Being a convicted criminal would spell the end of a politician’s career in many places around the world but it seems the reverse is the case in Nigeria.

Former Delta State governor, James Ibori who returned from the United Kingdom some weeks ago after serving 13 years in a UK prison has been conferred with a chieftaincy title.

He was conferred with the “Ezi-Oyi Anioma”, meaning a good friend of Anioma nation.

The conferment comes five days after the former governor gave out his daughter, Erhiatake, in marriage to Abioye Suenu.

Ibori’s residence has become a type of Mecca since his return to the country.

Ibori, a former cashier at a British chain of DIY stores, was jailed in April 2012 for fraud amounting to nearly 50 million pounds (at the time $78.5 million, 62 million euros).

Ibori was released in December after serving just over four years of his sentence and launched an appeal against his conviction, angering anti-corruption campaigners.