The President General of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Chief Joseph Omene, on Wednesday, hailed the release of ex Delta State goivernor, Chief James Ibori describing him as an illustrious son. “We are very glad to hear of his (Ibori’s) release from the London prison. The Judge that handled the case of our embattled son, Chief James Ibori, has shown uncommon courage and judicial competence,” the president general, Omene, said. He asserted: “Chief Ibori suffered incarceration following the evil activities of those who dreaded his rise and courage in championing the course of the common man. He is a leading light, very humorous, polite, humble and highly compassionate. He remains the Nelson Mandela of Urhobo land, Delta State and the nation in general. Ibori puts Urhobo nation on the radar of national illumination and consciousness. While he piloted the struggle for resource control, many power brokers, who have been against the struggle, wanted him out of circulation. They even wanted him to die as a wretched and forgotten man, but God saved him and now he has walked out of the London Prison as a free man.” According to Chief Omene, “Chief Ibori has suffered in the last eight years because some of those he helped at one point or the other, some of those he brought to political lime light, turned around to stab him at the back through giving false and unsubstantiated evidence against him. Now that he has been released, let them bury their heads in shame. Jubilation continued yesterday across Chief Ibori’s Oghara home town and surrounding communities, as well as several parts of the state, over his releas
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