I wasn’t deported to Nigeria – Ibori

James Ibori

A former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who arrived Nigeria on Saturday after his release from a London prison, has said he was not deported from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Ibori said he left the UK “voluntarily”.

There have been reports on social media that the ex-convict was deported from the UK.

“It would be easy to verify that I was not deported because the deporting country’s officials would always hand over deportees to Nigerian Immigration officials and documents would also be exchanged,” Mr. Ibori said, Monday, through his spokesman, Tony Eluemunor.

“Those who have chosen to report lies and claim that I was deported know that no document exists anywhere in the world to back up those malicious claims.”

Mr. Ibori said correspondences between his solicitors and the British Home office were there as a proof that he was granted leave to exit Britain “voluntarily.”

The former governor said he did not want to announce the exact day he was to leave the UK to avoid creating crowd control challenges for the security agencies back home. But all his effort to keep his trip to Nigeria secret failed, he said.

Mr. Ibori had a rousing welcome at his hometown of Oghara, Ethiope West local Government Area of Delta State on Saturday.

He was convicted of corruption and money laundering on April 17, 2012, after five years of trial.

The Southwark Crown Court, UK, sentenced him to 13 years in prison while his houses, luxury cars and other property items were confiscated.

The judge, however, ruled that Mr. Ibori would spend half of the jail term which is six and half years.

Born on August 4, 1959, Mr. Ibori was the governor of Delta from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

On arrival on Saturday, Mr. Ibori met with the Director General of the State Security Service, SSS, as confirmed by the agency’s boss, Lawal Daura.

Nigerians had earlier expressed divergent views on whether Mr. Ibori should be prosecuted for corruption upon his return to Nigeria since the money he laundered to the UK was allegedly stolen from Delta State when he served as governor.

Meanwhile, the former governor has advised Nigerians to disregard the Twitter handle @ChiefIbori, saying that he was not on the social media platform.


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  • Rommel

    Thief,onye ori,oleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! Barawo,I don’t know how to say thief in Urhobo

    • John A

      Na here you hid put when your mini god is missing.
      Shameless he goat.

  • Holy truth

    Show d whole Nigeria d departure stamp of d British on ur passport & d arrival stamp of d Nigeria immigration on ur passport please so dat we can all know dat u are going back to face ur assets forfeiture case. No shame at all in dis man’s face. Dis was d third time dis shameless thief was convicted in d UK & he is still talking about not being deported 4rm UK. Wow! What a low life shameless thief.

  • Alex

    Shame won kill meooo!.He is now in the land of thieves,his now running his mouth.

  • thusspokez

    “It would be easy to verify that I was not deported because the deporting country’s officials would always hand over deportees to Nigerian Immigration officials and documents would also be exchanged,” Mr. Ibori said, Monday, through his spokesman, Tony Eluemunor.

    What does it matter whether the criminal was deported or not? Ibori is a convicted criminal — an ex-convict, for short — and I challenge him to try entering the UK again and let’s see if he would be allowed entry.

    If not being deported as an ex-convict gives him bragging rights or makes him feel a high-class ex-convict with a sense of prestige, then years of being banged up in UK prison and fed porridge everyday has obviously affected his state of mind.

  • Gary

    Yes, you were deported as do all foreign ex-convicts after serving their sentence. That you were not forcibly removed but allowed to leave of your own volition does not invalidate that you were under an order to leave the country.
    Ibori don start to bobo Delta people again. Na wa for dis criminal.

  • Simon

    Only in Delta state can a convicted felon like Ibori be given a hero welcome. Enough said. Too shameful for words!

  • Opekete

    When moral absolute is out the window, relativism becomes the norm rather than exception. Ride on Thief Ibori, you are the king of thieves.

    • Moral absolutism? what moral, everybody is doing it.
      What a country.

      • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

        You’re among those stealing public funds?

        • thusspokez

          Do you even understand what the poster is talking about?

        • It was a sarcastic remark not meant as a support but rather a general rebuke.

    • thusspokez

      Nietzsche once described moral absolutism and moral relativism as both childish — meaning our understanding of them is immature. Morality in Nigeria belongs to neither camp. I doubt if the Ibori cheerleaders really believe that their morality is good for them, let alone for other communities. Their morality is born out of tribal rivalry and hatred, and by a mindset which mistake their Ibori loyalty for tribal self-preservation.

    • NonPartisanElder

      Thief Ibori? That’s an appropriate title. But what about Chief Thief Ibori, just like we have Chief Judge? One is a professional lawyer that rose to the topmost position of CHIEF JUDGE, while the other is a professional rogue that rose to the pinnacle of CHIEF THIEF!

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        Lolzzz!!!

  • Comfortkay

    Chief Ibori has always been a rougue during his school days in UK he was cut stealing in tesco supermarket and the same man as public figure dry up his state and people are celebrating him, what a nation and see how white men is laughing about our Nigeria.

    • thusspokez

      Chief Ibori

      What chief? He takes pride in being an ex-convict who was not deported but left the UK voluntarily, so why not give him his proper title: Ex-convict Ibori.

  • Enough already the man has paid a very high price in a country where ‘stealing is not corruption’.
    Quote attributed to GEJ.

  • Dazmillion

    Ibori has not repented of his fraudulent lifestyle

  • FuzzyLogic

    Neither were you jailed in the UK for corruption and illegal currency activities.

  • SAM .A

    Ibori the ex convict has temerity to announce that he was not deported , because the village , the LGA and the state he comes from have lost human value, ethics and moore that diffentiate honesty from dishonesty , truth from lies ,integrity from shame , society of anything goes . Stealing in their culture today is a thing of pride ,imprisonment and release is equivalent to graduating as a doctor or lawyer in that state . The ogbologbo ole stole the Delta blind for 8 years they all praise him and celebrate the child of shame and ignominy

  • Lanre

    Whether you were deported or not is irrelevant. You are an ex-convict in the United Kingdom and they definitely did not send you home as the ex-governor of Delta State. What nonsense! Only in decrepit Nigeria.

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  • Cincinnatus

    You were deported jo. You think those people want a common thief like you in their country. Trying to mask his deportation as if he is somebody important. We dare you to go and buy ticket and enter London just to prove us wrong, if they won’t shoot you at their border. Lying thief.