Saturday, 24 February 2018
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Despite the pull out of hip-hop musician, Innocent Idibia, known as Tuface from the One Voice Nigeria protest against the federal government, various groups took to the streets in Lagos and Abuja on Monday.

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The conveners of the protest, Coalition of young Nigerians promoting good governance and citizen engagement, tweeted: “It is not about where you are from or your religion. We are first Nigerians before anything else that defines us!”

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: The police on Monday took over strategic locations in Lagos metropolis in readiness for the anti-government protest initially planned by popular musician Tuface Idibia alias 2baba. 

The popular musician cancelled the protest on Sunday citing “security concerns and public safety consideration’’.

However, some groups vowed to go ahead with the protest in spite of the cancellation by its initiator.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 100 policemen were seen as early as 7.00 am at the National Stadium, Surulere, the planned take-off point of the protest.

The police team, led by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, came to the National Stadium, with over 15 vehicles and one Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC).

NAN reports that other locations in Lagos metropolis with heavy police presence were the Gani Fawehinmi’s Freedom Square, Ojota and the National Theatre, Iganmu.

NAN reports that at 9.00 a.m, a group of about 100 protesters from different groups had gathered at the National Stadium awaiting the arrival of other members of the group.

Speaking with NAN at the stadium, Owoseni said that the police presence was not to stop the protest, but to maintain law and order during the procession.

NAN reports that the main entrance to the stadium, which was initially locked, was opened for the public to use the facility on the orders of the police commissioner.

Yemi Adamolekun, the Executive Director, OneVoiceNigeria, told NAN at the venue that the coalition was not discouraged by the last minute cancellation of the protest by Tuface.

She said the protest was not about Tuface Idibia, but about Nigeria.

The planned protest had gained momentum with several public figures and civil society groups pledging to be part of it.

Tuface had called for nationwide protest against what he claimed as the worst economic crisis in the country which saw the costs of goods and services skyrocketing, with many families struggling to survive.

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The story of Onyebuchi Emecheta whom the world knew as Buchi, is at the same time that of a personal and communal triumph; the triumph of the personal will and communal efforts over the vicissitudes of life. Much has been said about her deprivations at childhood. Without meaning to water that down in any way, I would wish to place it in its truest perspective.

She grew up in the 1940s; a time of widespread social change in Nigeria. Primary school education was still sipping into many parts of the Nigerian hinterland, starting from the litoral areas such as Lagos and Calabar where the first white Christian evangelists first established their schools. By the 1940s, poverty was still widespread in Nigeria and the urban centres were still few and far between. While primary school education was within the reach of any child whose parents were forward looking, or who had embraced Christianity, the Christian missionary schools that were coming up even in the villages, secondary school education were open only for the most fortunate few. Buchi Emecheta, who by this time was already living in Nigeria’s greatest metropolis, Lagos, was among the fortunate few. Her father, a veteran who had fought in Burma during the Second World War on the side of Britain, had an uncommon exposure that opened up several doors. No wonder, he was working in the then elite work force of Nigeria; the railways.

So, Buchi had a life of promise before her. Then tragedy struck! Her father died. She was barely eight years old by then. Despite all the promise of the life of the intellect ahead of her, despite her visible intelligence due to the top-flight results she must have earned in the primary school classes she may have attended. That her father died would have spelt the end of the road for Buchi Emechete but for something that has remained a major plank of the progress, the remarkable progress, the unstoppable progress, the celebratory progress that has set Ibusa apart as a domain of progress and development. That thing is communal effort.

In Ibusa town, the saying that “it takes a village to train a child”, is still coming true today as it did when Buchi Emechieta was a girl child in need of financial help in the 1940s. When words reached Mr. Hallim, a then senior civil service staff of the old Western Region Civil Service at Ibadan, that there was a prodigiously gifted girl who has exhibited a splash of brilliance in her short stint at school, like a meteor streaking through the night sky, he reacted like the average Ibusa man or woman; that the young Buchi must return to school. We may never know how Mr. Halim came about that fateful knowledge; was it discussed at a meeting attended by Ibusa people? Or was the issue raised by friends of Buchi’s late father? Well, what is important is the result; Buchi returned to school because an Ibusa man who was not her real father treated her as though she were his own real daughter. From there, Onyebuchi opened up her wings and soared like the eagle. From there, she studied voraciously. From there she became the Buchi that was known and celebrated across the globe. From there, she became the Buchi that the world has joined Ibusa town to mourn today.

There is the other Buchi, the product of hard work; the single mother who raised five children and still found the time to author 21 books. The challenges she faced and overcame were fully reflected in Buchi’s often-autobiographical literary harvest. Somebody wrote about her that: “The main source of inspiration for her writing, however, was Africa, and in particular the villages of Ibusa in (Delta State) Nigeria where her family came from. Even though she had spent a relatively brief period of her childhood there, the villages and the stories she heard on her visits with her mother left an indelible mark on the impressionable young girl and became the lodestone for all she wrote. In The Slave Girl (1977, for which she won the New Statesman’s jock Campbell award), The Bride Price (1976), and the ironically titled The Joys of Motherhood (1979), she poignantly captured, in a manner reminiscent of her male contemporary Chinua Achebe, a vanishing Igbo culture in the process of transition to modernity”.

Mr. Sylvester Onwordi, the man who wrote those words should know Buchi intimately because he is her very own son. And not surprisingly, he is a writer too! So, even though Buchi Emecheta left Ibusa very early in life, Ibusa never left her for a minute. She remained a true Ibusa daughter, giving her literary creativity sustenance from Ibusa.

She not only identified with the Ibusa, she flew the Ibusa flag to the farthest corners of Planet Earth for wherever her books were ever read, the blog on the book covers always announced the name of her home town as though she always felt the duty to pay homage to the place of her birth. Her son wrote: “A constant refrain throughout my childhood was that she would one day return to Ibusa – a place that took on an almost mythical significance for us within the family. She made many plans to return over many years, even building a house in the village while working as professor at the University of Calabar – an experience that formed the basis for her novel Double Yoke (1983). But having lived in the UK for so many years, she found it increasingly difficult to adapt to life in modern Nigeria. And Ibusa, in her long absence, was transforming itself into a town and a conurbation that she barely recognized any more”.

Just like Buchi the girl that left Ibusa in her childhood changed, so too did her dear town also change for change is the only constant in life. None can begrudge her not returning to live fully in Ibusa, no that would be asking for too much. That she knew and cherished where she came from, is enough for us. What has never been in doubt is her love for Ibusa. Although the first reaction, upon hearing of her death, is to mourn, this is not dirge. Instead, I hereby raise a hymn of celebration to thank God for sending to Ibusa such a wonderfully gifted writer. Instead of mourning, I hereby celebrate her focus in life and the hard work behind all she achieved.

Yes, I celebrate Onyebuchi Emecheta, the Ibusa girl who conquered the world. She lived a life of great productivity that she lifted herself to the pantheon of the immortals with the Chinua Achebes; for as long as her books continue to be read, for that long is she alive. Buchi Emecheta, we can never forget you for you have given us so much to remember you by. Rest in perfect peace our daughter, our mother, our aunt. Rest in perfect peace dear true success story that will continue to serve as a role model to every girl child all over the world. Rest in perfect peace dear daughter of Ibusa, “Ezigbo ada Igbuzo nodu nma”

Dr. Austin Izagbo President – General Ibusa Community Development Union (ICDU) Worldwide

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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized a choice property belonging to the immediate past governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda.

The confiscation of the property which is located at No 184 Attahiru Bafarawa Close old GRA,Bauchi, is  on the strength of an order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, the commission said yesterday. It said the seizure will be in force pending the conclusion of investigation against him bordering on abuse of office, money laundering and diversion of public funds.

”The court had directed the Bauchi State Lands Registry to furnish the EFCC with the copies of all documents including building plan approval in respect of the property,” the EFCC said. It was said to be on the trail of Yuguda  who, prior to his election as governor had served, first as Minister of State for Transport and later as Minister Aviation in the Obasanjo Administration.

“We have been looking for him but intelligence gathering confirmed that he had been out of the country,” an EFCC source said.
“He was once sighted in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates but it is difficult to ascertain his location now.
“For the second year running we have been asking him to report for questioning but we cannot get him.”

His probe by the EFCC was triggered by a petition by the present administration in the state against him alleging that he spent N6.181billion as security votes within a period of four months in 2015 during his tenure.

The state cited a curious withdrawal of N2,191, 248,744.71 within 10 days under the guise of security votes.
In a petition signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Bello Shehu Ilelah, it urged the EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu to probe the suspicious expenses.

The petition, GO/SS/FIN/ S18/T.1 said the votes were supposed to be used for projects but diverted to security reasons.
The petition reads: “I am directed to lodge a petition on behalf of Bauchi State Government. The gist of the petition is that between January to May 2015, the sum of N6, 181, 224, 230 .00 was purportedly spent on security reasons and  consideration as follows: January(N351,806,000); February(N899,900,000); March (N2,040, 876,500); April(N738,200,000) and May (N2, 150,441,730).

“On 8/5/2015 and 18/5/2015 respectively, two memoranda were originated by the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Bauchi State in the person of Hajiya Talatu M. Barwa to  His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda for the release of N1,591,248,744.71 and N600,000,000 respectively totalling N2,191, 248,744.71.

“The amount was supposed to be used for the execution of projects in the areas of health, education, rural development and security. The projects were said to cut across all the 20 Local Government Councils having direct bearing to the lives of people in various communities in the state.
“The sums are the 20 Local Government Councils’ contributions to joint projects between the state and local governments.

“The sums were spent as security vote requirements in May 2015 without executing any health, education and rural development-related projects which was the main reason why the application for cash backing was made.

“The sum of N1,591, 248,744.71 was to be released from the Local Government Joint Account No. 5030025116 at Fidelity Bank Plc to the Accountant-General through the Excess Crude Oil Account No. 1243224012 operated at the First City Monument Bank(FCMB) Plc.
“While the sum of N600million from the Local Government Joint Account No. 5030025116 at Fidelity Bank to the Bauchi State Government through Excess Crude Oil Account No. 1243224012 operated at the First City Monument Bank(FCMB) Plc.

“Suffice to say that the sums of money in the memorandum for cash backing dated 8/5/2015 respectively were released. We urge you to cause investigation to be conducted into this matter. The following documents are attached and marked as Annexures 1,2, 3 and 4 respectively.
The annexures are Memorandum(8/5/2015); Memorandum(18/5/2015); Document titled payment of Security Vote requirement for the year 2015; and Document titled “Certificate of Expenditure.”

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Ex-Delta State Governor James Ibori returned to Nigeria unannounced yesterday six years after he first fled into exile in Dubai and four years after his imprisonment in the United Kingdom for corruption.

He arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja early yesterday aboard a British Airways plane into the waiting hands of operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) who drove him to their Abuja headquarters for interrogation. 

The DSS Director General, Mr. Lawan Daura, described his meeting with Ibori as a short debriefing session.

The British High Commission in Nigeria said Ibori’s return home will not stop the “legal process to confiscate and return to Nigeria” the ex-governor’s assets accumulated in London with stolen public funds.

It was only a matter of time before the news of Ibori’s arrival in Nigeria swept across the country. But what was not immediately clear was his movement plan after leaving Abuja. A report at about 10am yesterday suggested that he was heading towards his Oghara home town in Delta State via the Osubi Airport in Warri.

Hundreds of relations, political associates and supporters who heard the information quickly besieged the airport waiting for him only to be informed later that he had altered the plan by which he would proceed to the Benin Airport which is a mere 30 minute drive from Oghara.

The crowd was informed of the change in the flight of the former governor at about 2:30pm. He had landed in Benin, they were told.
A mild drama ensued as the people went into a frenzy, scampering to leave the airstrip, heading out to Oghara. Some of those at the airport to receive the former governor were council chairmen, members of the House of Assembly, appointed office holders, traditional rulers, youths and other social bodies.

They included the Secretary to the State Government, Victor Ovie Agas; Commissioner for Environment, John Nani; chairman of Sapele council area, Ejaefe Odebala; chairman of Ethiope West, Solomon Golley; chairman of Okpe council area, Prince Godwin Ejinyere.

Others were the Managing Director of DESOPADEC, William Makinde; Pius Ovbije (POC), a commissioner on the board of DESOPADEC, Chief Emmanuel Ighomena, a Senior Special Assistant to the governor; Chief Emmanuel Ganiga, National President of the UK branch of UPU; Chairman of DSIEC, Mr Moses Ogbe; member representing Okpe constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori.

Ibori’s supporters who were in Benin or closer to the city began finding their way to the airport there.
His chartered plane, a Challenger 60 run by IZYAIR and bearing registration number India Zulu Yanky (5NIZY) finally landed at the Benin airport at about 2.25pm.

Aboard the plane were nine other passengers. As soon as the plane came to a halt on the tarmac, Ibori quietly disembarked and walked straight into his waiting car and the journey to Oghara resumed in earnest. Trailing his car was a long convoy of other vehicles. By 3:30pm Ibori and his entourage were in Oghara.

The transition from down town to his private residence took quite some time as the roads were taken over by hundreds of people who had painted their faces with chalk and carried leaves in solidarity with him.Music blared from loudspeakers placed along the streets by different bands. His house was jam packed by well wishers and political associates, who came to rejoice with him.


Giving an insight into his meeting with Ibori yesterday, the DSS DG said the session was mainly to debriefing the ex-governor and to discuss the way forward.
He said: “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.”

The British High Commission said in a statement in Abuja that despite Ibori’s return, the United Kingdom will continue to pursue the confiscation of his assets.
It said the UK is determined to lead the way in a coordinated global effort to bring the corrupt to justice.
The High Commission in the statement by its Press and Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Joe Abuku, said: “Having been jailed for his crimes in the UK and served his sentence, Mr Ibori has returned to Nigeria.

“The UK will continue to pursue, vigorously, the legal process to confiscate and return to Nigeria, Ibori’s criminal assets.
“The UK is determined to lead the way in a coordinated global effort to bring the corrupt to justice.
“That is why it was vital we sent a clear message to the world that James Ibori, a man who stole millions from the Nigerian Government and laundered those proceeds in the UK, has been held to account.
“Mr Ibori’s return will not prevent prosecutors from pursuing confiscation proceedings against him.?”

Chief Ighoyota Amori, a former senator representing Delta Central, said Ibori’s return was a good omen to the people.
“We are happy that Ibori is back, people are jubilating, the crowd you see here and the enthusiasm that has been displayed today showed that we really missed him.

“This is the only way for us to appreciate that our leader who left us long ago is back.
“His coming is a beginning of so many good things to come, by his presence today, l’m sure we are gaining back all we have lost.
“Ibori remains in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but it is not time to discuss politics. All his followers around are members of PDP.”
Mr. Lovett Idisi, member representing Ethiope East and Ethiope West Federal Constituency, thanked God for the safe return of Ibori.
“We prayed that all our PDP faithful should be steadfast now that we have a pure political direction.

“Their support has not been in vain. I believe now that our leader is out, we will have a sense of direction. We are a sheep with a shepherd right now.
“In my constituency, we now have somebody to consult without travelling overseas,” Idisi said.
One of Oghara’s youth leaders, Mr Efe Moses said the return of Ibori would turn things around for the good of the town.
“We are grateful to God for the return of our chief (Ibori). Sure things will turn around for better from now on in Oghara.
“Ibori is our father and we can die because of him,” Moses said.

Ibori’s arrival yesterday caught many people by surprise even after he had hinted earlier in the week that he would return within days to Nigeria.
He was released from prison in December after serving half of his 13-year sentence, taking into account pre-trial detention.
Ibori plans to appeal his conviction based on an allegation made by one of Ibori’s former associates that a British police officer had taken bribes in return for inside information on the case before Ibori’s conviction and that prosecutors had covered it up. His road to prison began in 2007 after the Metropolitan Police raided the London offices of lawyer Bhadresh Gohil where they found in a wall behind a fireplace computer hard drives containing details of a myriad off-shore companies run for Ibori by Gohil, fiduciary agent Daniel Benedict McCann and corporate financier Lambertus De Boer.

All of these men were later jailed for a total of 30 years. Following these corruption allegations, the United Kingdom courts froze Ibori’s assets there, valued at about £17 million in early August 2007. Ibori’s wife, Nkoyo, was arrested at the Heathrow Airport in London on 1 November 2007, in connection with the probe of the assets of her husband, particularly in the United Kingdom.[6] She was released after being questioned.

Ibori himself was later arrested on December 12 2007 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Kwara State Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.
He was subsequently slammed with charges bordering on theft of public funds, abuse of office, and money laundering.
The then EFCC Chairman, Malam Nuhu Ribadu also alleged at the time that Ibori attempted to bribe him to drop the charges with a cash gift of $15 million, which Ribadu claimed to have deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as exhibit.

A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, discharged and acquitted Ibori of all 170 charges of corruption brought against him by EFCC on December 17, 2009 But in April 2010, about three months after the assumption of office by the then President Goodluck Jonathan, a fresh charge of embezzlement of N40 billion was pressed against him.

He soon fled the country and headed to Dubai where he was arrested on May 10, 2010 by the International Police and extradited to the UK.
On 1st and 2 June 2010, UK jurists found James Ibori’s sister, Christine Ibie-Ibori and his associate, Udoamaka Okoronkwo, guilty on counts of money laundering, in a verdict delivered at the Southwark Crown Court, London. They were sentenced to 5 years in prison each on Monday 7 June 2010.

On 27 February 2012, accused of stealing US$250 million from the Nigerian public purse, Ibori pleaded guilty to ten counts of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud at Southwark Crown Court, London.

On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, Ibori was sentenced to 13 years by the Court for his crimes. James Ibori was released from prison in December 2016 after a court order. He served four years out of the 13 years he was sentenced to.

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SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: 2face Idibia, otherwise known as 2baba, has  insisted that the nationwide protest, tagged  iStandwithNigeria, which was earlier slated for  February 5 and later moved to February 6, would  hold as planned. He said that there was no going  back on the protest that had already received the  support of many Nigerian youths.

He told a television station in Lagos on Friday that Nigerians should join him at Surulere, the take off point of the protest on Monday.

Reacting on his twitter handle also on Friday, 2baba  in a retweet of his earlier statement, cautioned against tagging the protest anti-Buhari,  stressing that it was strictly against bad  governance in Nigeria. “Protest is not anti- Buhari, it’s against bad governance in Nigeria.”

According to him “This is not a point-scoring  exercise. It is not about tribe or religion. It  is simply for the unrepresented. Our leaders owe  us their ears too and they must hear us. This  march is about connecting the government with the  citizens.”

2face maintained that his intention was never to  take credit for the movement but rather to  amplify the voices of the organisation credited  with the widely circulated message.

The movement, Saturday Tribune gathered, will  start from the National Stadium, Surulere by 8:00  am while it will kick off at Unity Fountain,  Abuja by 9:00 am.

His declaration came as Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina told Saturday Tribune, on Friday, that the government respects the right of the organisers to protest under the law.

He, however, stressed that security agencies too have the right and constitutional duty to maintain peace, law and order.

The popular singer, while speaking in an interview with ReelTV, enjoined members of the public to share their thoughts on social media platforms.

“We need to move. Nigeria is greater than all these. Let’s keep selfish interests away from Nigeria. Let’s work. Let’s cooperate. Let’s make things happen. This thing is no longer a one man thing. It is all of us, Nigerians.

“Between now and Monday, February 6th, I ask you to share your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter and blogs. You can also send sms to 09023555335. How are these issues affecting you? How is it doing you? What are your daily struggles? No matter what part of the world you are in, I encourage you to share your thoughts.

“Join me on Monday at Surulere. You also do it wherever you are. You can do it online. You can match from your office. Just participate. Use any of the hashtags, istandwithNigeria, istandwith2baba, OnevoiceNigeria,” he said.

Speaking with Saturday Tribune on the planned protest, a civil society group, Agenda for Change, through its Publicity Secetary, Mr Folorunsho Aminu, stressed the need for all Lagosians and Nigerians to rise up for real change.

“We have organised our members to join in the march. It is going to be a peaceful protest aimed at telling the government our heart desires.

“ The truth is that Nigerians are suffering and smiling. People are not finding it funny at all.

“People are literally dying of hunger as it were. It is sad and alarming that the government’s focus is not to build strong economic policies that would boost the lot of the average man. The rich and the poor and crying.

“This march is for the good of everybody. We should not just sit in a place and push the baton to TuFace and other notable Nigerians,” he said.

Also speaking, a human rights lawyer, Ebun Olu Adegboruwa said, “for the information of the police commissioner, Nigeria is a democratic country governed strictly in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution. Section 39 of the Constitution grants freedom of expression, including the right to be heard and to disseminate information and ideas.

“Section 40 grants the right to associate and gather together. Section 38 grants the right to freedom of movement and peaceful assembly. I believe that Mr Fatai Owoseni has a copy of the Constitution, to guide his actions and utterances on this matter, instead of threatening innocent and law abiding citizens, who are responsible for his salary.

“The issue of police permit for citizens to gather freely, expired with the coming into force of the 1999 Constitution and we cannot now go back to the military era of shutting up citizens from legitimate expressions.

However, speaking in an interview with Lagos Talk 91.3fm, Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said those who were calling for the protest were people who supported the last government and were still pained that they lost the last election.

“This is a country of about 180 million people. It is impossible for 180 million people to think the same way. The Yoruba have a saying that goes thus; if you all sleep and put your head in the same direction, then you are all foolish because you would be breathing in one another’s mouth and lungs. Don’t forget the last election and how it went. Somebody scored 12.5 million votes, another scored about 15 million votes.

Also, some civil society organisations, including Journalists for Democratic Rights, said on Friday that they would not be part of the crowd.

Adeoye, who spoke on phone with the Saturday Tribune, said while his group should be counted out of the protests, other major civil societies he equally belonged to, including Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) and Civil Liberty Organization (CLO), would also not be part of the action.

This was just as he said Nigerians hold the right to stage protest and such right should not be denied them, but contended that what many were not sure of was the motive behind the planned protest by 2Face at this time in question.

According to him, 2Baba has never been associated with fight for justice in the country and is also not known as a revolutionist of a kind, “even though he might likely fans who have political affiliation to parties in the country and out of enthusiasm may want to be part of the crowd of protesters that day.”

Comrade Adeoye, however, said the popular musician should be given the chance to hold his protest, contending that it was possible that the grave economic situation in the country might have brought out the spirit of revolutionist in him.

Also, a group that called itself the APC Northern Musicians Forum on Friday said it would not participate in the planned protest by Nigerian music icon, Tuface Idibia, over alleged sufferings in Nigerian.

Haruna Ningi, chairman of the Forum, who made the remark at a media briefing in Kaduna, said the protest was different from the ideology of the forum.

He, however, agreed that Nigerians were suffering, but insisted that the present administration met nearly an empty treasury and had to increase savings, to get Nigerians out of the present situation.


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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: WARRI-POLITIICIANS, top government functionaries, friends and associates of the former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, waiting for his return to Delta State, have besieged the Osubi Airport, Osubi, near Warri and his country home at Oghara, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state. Among them was his long-time political soul mate, Chief Ighoyota Amori, who visited him in London soon after his release, Secretary to the State Government, Chief Festus Agas, Hon Alphonsus Ojo, Chief Sheriff Oberovwori, Chief Pius Ovbije, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, managing director of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Chief Williams Makinde, Chief Lovette Idisi, Mr. Austin Ayemidejor and Mrs. Philomena Oyarone. Despite the short notice about his arrival, the terminal 2 VIP room and arrival lounge of the Osubi Airport are overfilled and security personnel at the airport are finding it difficult to control the crowd.

A taxi driver at Oghara, Ejiro Onakpome, said: “We heard that he is already in Nigeria, we are anxiously waiting for his return to Oghara. We are also being careful in celebrating his anticipated return today, as it might just be another rumour like it was in December, last year.” But, an elderly woman, whom has already positioned herself at a vantage position in Ibori’s country home, said: “If we do not see Ibori, our hero today with our eyes, Oghara will not sleep, our illustrious son is finally returning home.”

Meanwhile, commercial activities are currently at a slow pace in the community, as the people seem ready to lock up their stalls once the former governor arrives. Commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, were carrying out several acrobatic displays awaiting his arrival. Live musical bands were seen performing at strategic locations, while bill boards, one of which bore the inscription: “Welcome Home”, have been erected along the road leading to his country home.

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Saturday, 04 February 2017 15:41

X365RADIO: Ibori arrives Nigeria

SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Former Delta State Governor, James Ibori who was recently freed in the United Kingdom after serving jail term has arrived the country.
The Nation confirmed that he arrived Abuja on Saturday morning on British Airways flight and is heading to his hometown, Oghara.

The official, pleading anonymity, also told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that 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.

The former governor was recently freed from prison in the UK after serving a jail term.

He was convicted of corruption and money laundering on April 17, 2012, after five years of trial.

The Southwark Crown Court, UK, sentenced him to 13 years in prison while his houses, luxury cars and other property items were confiscated.

The judge, however,  ruled that Ibori would spend half of the jail term which is six and half years.

Born on Aug. 4, 1959, Ibori was the governor of Delta from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).(NAN)

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