The director-general of the State Security Services, SSS, Lawal Daura, on Saturday said he met with a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, to welcome him back to his fatherland.
It was earlier reported that operatives of the SSS arrested Mr Ibori immediately after his arrival in Abuja.
Making clarification on the alleged arrest, Mr Daura told journalists that he met with the jailbird for a short debriefing and to welcome him back home.
“He met me for a short debriefing session and way forward… also to welcome him back to his fatherland.
“We are also meeting soon to discuss issues of interest affecting the nation,” Mr Daura said.
Mr Ibori, who was convicted by a British court on charges of money laundering, arrived at the Benin Airport on Saturday aboard a chartered plane, IZYAIR, with registration number India Zulu Yanky (5NIZY). He was initially scheduled to land at Osubi Airport in Warri.
The flight, a Challenger 60, landed at Benin airport at about 2.25pm
Mr Ibori stepped into his country home Oghara at about 3:30 pm.
His residence was thronged by well wishers and political associates, who came to rejoice with him.