James Ibori Released From UK Prison


The former governor of Delta State, Nigeria James Onanefe Ibori has been released from UK prison by a court order.

Ibori was sentenced to 13-year imprisonment in the United Kingdom on corruption charges in April 17, 2012.

The home office wanted the court to resolve Ibori could be released without going through confiscation trial to determine if his assets should be seized after serving jail term and it was resolved in Ibori’s favour.

Former senator representing Delta central in the National Assembly, Chief Ighoyota Amori, in a text message to journalists confirmed that Ibori has been released unconditionally from the UK prison and that the former governor will soon be welcomed in a grand ceremony in Delta State.

However, reports by Naij indicate that Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, a former media aide to Olorogun Otega Emerhor, revealed that Ibori may return to Delta state on December 23 as a red carpet is being prepared for him.

He said Ibori will return in a chartered jet through Heathrow airport to Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

He added that political associates and family members will give him a red carpet reception before jetting him to Osubi airstrip from where the convoy will take off for his palatial home in Oghara in Ethiope West, Delta state.

He said political observers believe that the return of Ibori to the state will open a new page for the politics of Delta state.

He also said some political observers are of the view that he may defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) since PDP folks contributed to his travails in the United Kingdom.