From Asaba, Ugheli, Oghara, Warri and other towns in Delta State, it is wild jubilation as supporters of former Governor, James Onalafe Ibori trooped to the streets to celebrate his release from London prison in the United Kingdom.
The Premier gathered that Ibori, who has been serving a 13-year jail term in the UK on charges of money laundering, still retains a large chunk of support from the state.
Many of his supporters believe that his ordeal was purely a political conspiracy perfected by the ex-President Goodluck Jonathan-led federal government.
Media Aide and Spokesman to the strongman of Delta politics, Tony Eluemunor, who confirmed the development in a text message, said that Ibori was released a few minutes past noon following a court order.
Expectations had been rife that the former governor was going to be released yesterday, but that did not happen and no reason has been adduced for the one day delay.
Ibori is not expected to return to Nigeria immediately, as Eluemunor said last week. He said homecoming would come at a future date.
He added that some few things needed to be put in place, including a possible challenge to his arrest, trial and eventual imprisonment, which process is currently a subject of investigation by the British authorities.
Besides, there is also the confiscation trial, which is also pending and which would be part of a wholesome investigation, following a twist to the entire affair, after it was discovered that some men of the Metropolitan Police, London, who investigated his case, were themselves corrupt