James Ibori, former Delta state, is currently in his hometown of Oghara in Ethiope East local government area of Delta state.
The politician returned to the country around 4:30am on Saturday and was picked up by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
He left the DSS headquarters in Abuja after holding a meeting with Lawal Daura, director-general of the service.
A mammoth crowd had converged on the Osubi Airport, near Warri to receive him, but some of them left when words went round that he was at the DSS headquarters.
It was later revealed that he would be landing at Benin airport in neighbouring Edo state, and most of his supporters, including top politicians, relocated to Oghara.
A source at the Benin airport said Ibori arrived at the place in a chartered flight, and did not waste time before embarking on the journey to Delta.
“Security was very tight. In fact his arrival took us unaware. Nobody could move close to him, as he was surrounded by his security aides,” the source said.