I'm Not A Thief, I'm A Chief - James Ibori Declares During Thanksgiving Service

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Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, yesterday reaffirmed his innocence of charges leveled against him in the United Kingdom where he recently served a jail term, saying, “I am not a thief.”

Chief Ibori, who spoke in English and his native Urhobo dialect, gave the clarification at a thanksgiving service organised in honour of him by the monarch and people of Oghara kingdom at the First Baptist Church, Oghara.




The former governor, who was dressed in light brown native and blue wrapper, was ushered into the church during the praise and worship session at about 10.25a.m in company of his sister, Christie Ibori-Ibie, daughter and member, state House of Assembly, Hon Eriatakhe Ibori and a host of other dignitaries.

Speaking for the first time since his arrival after serving his jail term in London, Chief Ibori said:

“Today, I have decided to speak for myself, I am not a thief, I cannot be a thief. Today is the day they say I should give testimony to God, for those that know me, you know that my entire life is a testimony itself and I have said it over and over again that my life is fashioned by God, directed by God, sealed, acknowledged, blessed by God and I believe that since the day I was born.

“Like the Arch Bishop said, when this whole commotion started, what was most painful to me was the pain and suffering that my people were going through.

“It has nothing to do with me as a person because for some reasons like I said to you, I drew my strength from God and somehow, I knew that God would stand by me, I knew that one day, and this day would come. I am indeed very pleased that I can now stand before you and look at your faces, faces that I have missed and those of you that have indeed suffered the pains of my absence. It has nothing to do with me.

“So, when I reflect, it gives me joy that all your prayers, God has answered, all your support and solidarity with me all through this period, it is indeed not what I can begin to say…”

“If I am to give testimony of my journey, you will not leave here. The only testimony that I have is the fact that I am back and alive in your midst. And again I say that I never had any doubt in my mind that I would get back home,” he said.

Speaking in Urhobo, Ibori asserted: “There is an Urhobo adage that says it is in the river that one changes clothes, it is in the river that I changed my cloth.”

“When I looked how things were going, I discovered that they want to separate me from you people. They want me to go to the corner where I will not be seen.

“That is how I see it. At a point, I called my elder brother (former Governor Uduaghan) that this is how I can get home, that this is what I am about to do now. It was a pragmatic decision. I am happy to be home with my people. There is nobody that can battle with the Lord.

Urhobo adage says there is time for everything (Okemutie). A day will come when I will tell my story and every one of you will hear me. Today is to thank God,” he added.
osarobo62 at 09:24 AM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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you are a chief thief......end of story
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manfred1 at 09:31 AM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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2019 president of nigeria,,, next thing we will hear
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Otikadinje at 09:33 AM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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Just thank God that you are back and alive, which one come be you are not a thief who call you thief before, you are only a jaguda nonsense Grin Grin Grin

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ficull at 09:45 AM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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...... And the circus begins....
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tuscanT at 09:54 AM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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PPL like you destroyed the image of Nigerians all over the world. Theif claiming innocent upon all the evidence stack against you. This is the reason God has left Nigeria long time ago and the church are sharing him sad!!!!!!!!
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blowout at 10:09 AM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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who ask u question? we all know wetin u be. which kind adage be say na inside river person dey change clothes. na only militants for creek fit get that kind adage. we know who u be.
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Larry28 at 11:05 AM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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 Roll Eyes
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gogoman at 11:14 AM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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EX-FELON!!!
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akinmanchy at 11:36 AM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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Whichever way, just go and sin no more

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BournIdentity at 11:49 AM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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Them nid to wipe d devil in u commot form ur bodi
     
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james987 at 12:29 PM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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Thief or no thief just thank God and mend your ways. That's all
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odi2muchi at 05:46 PM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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Yeye shameless thief. Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes If u are not a thief then what are you? Armed robber! Grin Grin Grin
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kima77same at 07:08 PM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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IBORI SAID, HE IS NOT A THIEF; HE IS A CHIEF. THE TRUTH IS,  HE IS THE CHIEF IF THIEFS. THAT IS WHO HE IS
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Troublemenot at 08:12 PM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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My brother u no be thief we know. you only specialize in taking wetin no belong to you
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tommy70 at 10:42 PM, 13/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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 Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh? Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
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Markeve at 12:45 AM, 14/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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it is curiosity that landed a bullet in a monkey's head.
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LegendaryU at 09:48 AM, 14/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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You are the both!!!!!!!!!!!!
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xdonx1 at 09:32 PM, 15/02/2017 (1 year ago)
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Bad people get mind. Stood in the presence of God and confidently saying I am not a thief. Sori na we b thief. Idiot thunder strick u
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