Ibori denies operating twitter account

By Olaoluwa Ogungbe   |   07 February 2017   |   3:06 am  

Ibori

Says he was not deported from UK
As Nigerians await the next move of former governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, who returned to the country two days ago, after serving a jail term in London prison, the erstwhile governor has denied opening a Twitter Account.

Ibori, whose return attracted mixed reactions form different quarters in the country said in a statement, signed by his Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor that he does not own a twitter handle, @ChiefIbori.

He disclosed that reports reached him, Sunday afternoon that a twitter handle in his name @ChiefIbori, with his picture too, has been trending on the Internet.

The governor warned Nigerians not to fall victim to the fraudster who created the Twitter Account for whatever reason.

It reads: “We can only suspect that a confidence trickster must have created that account to lure incredulous Nigerians into a 419 trap.

“Please, Chief Ibori would like the general public to disregard that account and to stop assessing the Twitter handle over matters or discussions affecting him as neither he nor those working for him created that Twitter handle or has ever commented on it.

“The Twitter administrators have been advised to shut down the account and whenever Ibori sees the need to create a Twitter account, the public would be so advised.”

The former governor also corrected the impression created by some news reports that he was deported from the UK.

According to him, “Even though I had wanted to publicise my return to Nigeria so that wrong meanings would not be read into the public interest I knew my presence in Nigeria would elicit, and also because I never wanted any crowd that would gather because of me to disturb a single Nigerian in the course of their duties, all my efforts to keep the trip secret failed. The airline that brought me into Nigeria is public knowledge. So too is my disembarkation airport.

“So, it would be easy to verify that I was not deported because the deporting country’s officials would always hand over deportees to Nigerian Immigration officials and documents would also be exchanged. Those who have chosen to report lies, and claim that I was deported know that no document exists anywhere in the world to back up those malicious claims.”

Ibori explained that there exist a record of documented letters between his solicitors and the British Home off, which proves beyond all reasonable doubts that he was granted leave to exit Britain “voluntarily.”



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