Following the release of former governor, James Ibori from prison, the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, has said Ibori is a source of great pride and strength to Nigerians.
In a statement, Igbuya who expressed excitement on the release of the ex-governor praised Ibori for advancing Nigeria’s cause even while in detention.
Describing the former Delta State governor as a rallying point and a source of great pride and strength to Nigerians, Igbuya said Ibori remained popular in the state because of his fighting spirit and numerous achievements.
He commended the ex-governor for inspiring many Nigerians to greater heights, contributing significantly to the electoral fortunes of key political actors in the country and succeeding in the art of governance.
In his statement, the speaker also praised the legal team, adding that James Ibori is a pillar in Delta State. He said James Ibori loves Nigeria more than any other thing and made great sacrifices on several occasions to demonstrate this love.
After completing his conviction on money-laundering charges, the Royal Justice Court in London on Wednesday, ordered for the former Governor to be released.
Ibori is being held in a flat on Abbey Road in the St. John’s Wood area of London, pending a confiscation hearing scheduled to begin next month.
There are however fresh indications that the former Governor of Delta State may be deported back to Nigeria.
The British Home Office says that jailed foreign nationals, who were handed a custodial sentence, are usually considered for deportation.
In a brief statement, Press Officer Richard Mellor, stated that where the offenders are released by an Immigration Judge, the Office procedural seeks the most stringent bail conditions, while continuing to pursue their removal from the UK. He, however, said it was “inappropriate” to speak on ongoing legal proceedings against Ibori.
One of Ibori’s ex-media aide, Sunny Areh, had said Ibori may not return to Nigeria soon, as his travel documents had expired.