Deltans Stands Still as Ibori Arrives Nigeria Onboard British Airways Flight

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 Former governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori

A former governor of Delta State, James Onanefe Ibori has returned to Nigeria on board a British Airways flight that landed at the Abuja International Airport.

The British government in a statement said it deported the former governor having served out his 13 years jail sentence (served 6 1/2 years) in December for money laundering.

Ibori was received and booked by DSS officials at the airport as is the practice with deportees. He was taken to the DSS headquarters where he met with DG Daura. Reports said he will depart Abuja for his hometown, Oghara, Delta State later Saturday.

The British Government had accused him of stealing about $250m from the Delta State Government part of which was used in buying six houses and luxury vehicles in the UK, the United States and South Africa.

The ex-governor had on Friday, appeared before a Southwark Crown court in London for hearing on his asset forfeiture.

Ibori told journalists outside a London court some days ago that he had asked his lawyers to appeal his conviction

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