Okowa splashed out N136m on two Armoured SUV for Ibori
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is living up to his reputation as a protégé of James Onanefe Ibori. XCLUSIVE MAGAZINE gathered from reliable sources that Governor Okowa recently splashed out a whopping N136 million on two bullet-proof 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV to ferry the ex-convict around.
Our sources explained that the vehicles are equipped with the basic armoring package: protective gear such as blast-resistant flooring and bulletproof windows that offer top-level protection from gunfire and blasts. And the bullet proof Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs also boost of added special ballistic protection devices.
The former delta State Governor, who recently served a 13-year jail term in U.K. Prison for fraud totalling nearly £50m ($77m), has been spotted several times dashing in and out of the Presidential Lodge in Asaba with one of the B6 armoured level SUV vehicles.
Life Pension Entitlement
A source inside the government house confirmed the purchased of the the two Armoured vehicles, but told XCLUSIVE MAGAZINE that they were not personal gifts from Okowa, but part of the perks included in Ibori’s entitlement as former governor of the State.
The insider source then explained that apart from this recent splash from Okowa, Ibori has also been receiving N50million per year plus other perks from the State government.
“As former governor of the state Ibori is entitled to life pension, a payment he has been receiving since 2008 and continues to receive even while in jail. If you calculate from 2012 and 2016 that Ibori was in jail in the United Kingdom, he would have received N250m from Delta State government right from when Uduaghan was the governor.”
XCLUSIVE MAGAZINE understands that as governor from 1999 to 2007, it was Ibori who signed into law the Delta State Governor and Deputy Governor Pension Rights and Other Benefits Law 2005 which was later amended in 2009.
“And it is that law provides for an ex-governor to be paid N50m per year among other perks. There is nothing Okowa can do about it but continue to pay up. He (Okowa) knows also that he would be entitled to such payment when he finished as governor,” our source said.
Ibori Dynasty Built with Slush Fund
One of the counts Ibori admitted at his trial in the U.K. related to a $37m (£23m) fraud pertaining to the sale of Delta State’s share in Nigerian privatised phone company company V Mobile. Apparently, that state money and his other proceeds of crime were used to build a strong political base, call it a political dynasty if you will, in Delta State so much so that his prison in far away UK was a Mecca of some sort where his worshippers trooped enmasse to pay homage.
XCLUSIVE MAGAZINE exposed in May 2015 how Okowa, as the Delta State governor-elect, had scampered to London with a strong entourage that included his deputy governor-elect, Hon Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, Erhiatake Ibori (Ibori’s daughter) and senator-elect Ighoyota Amori to finalise the sharing of political offices in the State, as Okowa was preparing then to assemble his cabinet.
Nwaoboshi Eulogises Ibori
It is no secret that Chief Ibori is the godfather of delta politics and all the current major players in the murky waters of politics in the State are under his tutelage.
And if you want to know the level of Ibori’s influence and immense power in Delta State and indeed the murky waters of Nigerian politics, you need to watch the video of shameless Peter Nwaoboshi, a Senator of the federal republic with equally questionable character as Ibori, eulogising Ibori (watch the video here).
In his despicable rant, Nwoaboshi, self-styled Oracle of Delta State politics, bragged that Ibori made him Senator, made his daughter Erhiatake a member of State House of Assembly member, and annointed two governors in the state, apparently referring to Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Dr Okowa.
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