Chief James Ibori has finally returned to his hometown Oghara, Delta State following his return from the United Kingdom after nearly seven years in detention.
The former two-term governor of Delta State returned to the country around 4:30am on Saturday and was picked up by agents of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The meeting held in Abuja shortly after Mr. Ibori arrived Abuja from London where he was recently released from jail.
The director general of SSS, Mr. Daura, confirmed the meeting to journalists.
“He met me for a short debriefing session and way forward; also, to welcome him back to his fatherland. We are also meeting soon to discuss issues of interest affecting the nation”
An official of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, had earlier told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the British Airways conveying Mr. Ibori touched down in the airport early in the morning.
The official, pleading anonymity, said the former governor was picked up by some people to an undisclosed place.
He also said he could not confirm the identity of the people that picked him up from the airport.
Back home in Delta State a mammoth crowd had converged on the Osubi Airport, near Warri to receive him.
It was later revealed that he had left Abuja, and would land at the Benin airport in neighbouring Edo state.
A source at the Benin airport said Ibori arrived at the place in a chartered flight, and immediately embarked on his journey to Delta.
A source said:
“Security was very tight. In fact his arrival took us unaware. Nobody could move close to him, as he was surrounded by his security aides”
The atmosphere became charged when Ibori’s convoy entered the town. Youth had surrounded his private residence, and taken over every available space within.
It took a while for security operatives to be able to make way for him to alight from his car. Before moving in, Ibori acknowledged cheers from the crowd.
People lined up both sides of the road, singing and dancing. Different groups had their own style of celebration.