Odidigborigbo: James Ibori Becomes Izonfini-Owei of Ijawland

The Pere of Akugbene-Mein Kingdom in Delta State, Stanley P. Luke Kalanama has honoured the former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori with the title of Izonfini-Owei of Ijaw.

A statement by Ibori’s Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor yesterday in Abuja said the event took place at the weekend in Akugbene town in Bomadi Locala Government Area of the state.

Speaking during the ceremony, the monarch said people of the area held the reception to honour Ibori in appreciation of the developmental strides he brought to the Akugbene town, the Ijaw nation and the entire Delta State during his 1999 to 2007 governorship tenures.

The statement said “The people of Akugbene reminded Ibori that until he built the 612 metres long Bomadi Bridge over River Forcados, at the cost $50 Million (USD) cars had no access to the Bomadi LGA and it other 11 communities. The Bridge made possible the first road connection between the Ijaw mainland and the riverine areas.”

Also speaking at the event, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, said “I must thank our leader, former governor James Ibori, who because he is a courageous and bold man, he took on a project at that time that was nearly impossible for state governments to undertake.”

The statement also said the Court of Appeal hearing in the Ibori London and associates cases continued at the weekend.

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