“A purely private matter” – Delta state government on James Ibori’s sentencing
by Lekan Olanrewaju
The Delta State Government on Tuesday responded to the conviction of former governor James Ibori, describing it as a “private matter”, stating that it would not take a stance on the issue.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Chike Ogeah, told a Punch correspondent in Asaba that it was not the job of the government to take a stand on such issues.
“He [Ibori] is a private citizen. Delta state government cannot have an official position on a purely private matter.” Ogeah said.
The Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, however said the conviction was a good thing.
“We have been vindicated at last because most Deltans misunderstood us when we started the fight.” he said. “Even the people believed that we manipulated his arrest, but my joy is that he pleaded guilty to the charges of corruption and money laundering; it is nemesis that caught up with him. “It is very sad that someone who was governor of Delta State is being convicted in far away London. It is something we are receiving with mixed feelings because he has dented the image of our state; he has dented the image of the judiciary and he has dented the image of the Attorney- General of this country.