Despite Ibori’s conviction for corruption, Delta Governor Okowa celebrates him at 58

James Ibori

Despite being an ex-convict, the former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, has continued to enjoy loyalty and respect from the political class in the state.

Mr. Ibori was convicted of corruption and money laundering in the U.K in 2012 and was jailed for 13 years.

He came back to Nigeria in February 2017 after he was released from the U.K prison in December 2016.

Mr. Ibori is alleged to have stolen more than $250 million from the treasury of the oil-rich Delta State, plunging even more of his people into abject poverty and deprivation.

The Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, Thursday, while celebrating Mr. Ibori on his birthday, however, described the former governor as having made legendary contributions to the political development of the state and Nigeria as a whole.

Mr. Ibori is 58 today.

“Deltans and Nigerians cannot forget in a hurry how you laboured to build the most virile, potent and unassailable political family in Delta State and beyond even as your legacies still dot the nooks and crannies of the state,” Mr. Okowa’s spokesperson, Charles Aniagwu, quoted the governor as saying about Mr. Ibori.

Mr. Okowa, who described Mr. Ibori as being “an astute administrator and enthusiastic leader of impeccable disposition”, said the former governor championed the fight for resource control and fiscal federalism in the country.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I felicitate with a leader par excellence, Chief James Ibori, on the occasion of his 58th birthday.

“It is our prayer that God will continue to protect you and grant you good health to render more services to mankind,” the governor said.


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  • Mamman Bako

    He’s only paying a price for peace of mind. It hasn’t cost him an arm and a leg.

  • George

    I prefer Ibori than Satan of Sokoto or Sanusi the fake emir of Kano.

    Check the amount those two animals pocketed without any court cases to Ibori own. Nigeria has two laws for it citizens.

    Buhari 2.8$Billion stil very fresh in our mind. OBJ 16$Billion still very fresh in our mind.

    Tinubu continue looting of Lagos money very open for every monkeys to see.

    Let Ibori be and look for another news.

    • bola

      Thats why your area will never grow and u will continue to blame the FG with huge monthly allocation accrued to your state with little or nothing to show for it. someone admitted openly that he embezzled billions of naira ment for your state and built mansion for himself in south africa and uk instead of you to condemn it in all form but instead you carry drum and sing around him as your hero. where is our thinking? discourage corruption

      • Opekete

        Why are you wasting your precious time responding to this guy’s comment. i have come to realize that he is one of those who listen with their eyes and think with their feelings.

      • George

        If my area never grow so your area has grow. Thunder fire you so your area has grow more than my area. Bola Ahmed Tinubu God punish you forever.

  • Maverick

    Did any Nigerian court find him guilty? Why should his godson do?

    • dave jacob

      There they go again! Give yourself a thunderous applause!

      • Maverick

        Give the applause to the judiciary!

  • donald,the russian stooge

    oh yeah ………………….. the crook of delta,ex-convict,great thieving ex-governor,sexual deviant and pervert ……….. an acolyte of the ruler of darkness …….. i greet you many,many,many times ………………………

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    A criminal convict is a “leader par excellence” by Delta State Standards is one reason why the Nigerian project is stuck in the middle of nowhere. A man who stole his state blind gets celebrated by the representatives of the people who were victimized by his wanton plunder of the people’s resources. What goes on in a Nigerian mind?

    • dave jacob

      May God deliver their cranium!