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Reps To Buhari: Payment Of $462m For Fighter Jets, Impeachable Offence

Reps To Buhari: Payment Of $462m For Fighter Jets, Impeachable Offence

NEWS, POLITICS
Members of the House of Representatives did not mince words on Tuesday when they said President Muhammadu Buhari committed an “impeachable offence” by authorising the purchase of $462million jets for the military without appropriation by the National Assembly, PUNCH is reporting. Buhari is buying 12 Tucano aircraft from the US with the money. The planes will be delivered in 2020. The lawmakers became angry as soon as the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, read a letter from Buhari, informing the House that the expenditure was done in “anticipation of approval” by the National Assembly. They noted that the letter was a “mere afterthought”, as the expenditure had been done already. The anger caused a brief rowdiness on the floor, forcing Dogara to intervene in a bid to calm down
N6bn Fraud: EFCC Confirms Arrest Of Ibori’s Ally, Nwaoboshi

N6bn Fraud: EFCC Confirms Arrest Of Ibori’s Ally, Nwaoboshi

METRO, NEWS
  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has confirmed that the arrested of the senator representing Delta-North Senatorial District, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, for an alleged fraud of N6bn. The EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed this in a telephone conversation with the PUNCH on Monday. “The senator is currently in our custody. He was arrested over the weekend,” Uwujaren said. Nwaoboshi, who is a professed loyalist of convicted former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, has been on the radar of the EFCC for nearly two years following a series of petitions written against him. He had, however, shunned several petitions until he was eventually arrested. In one of such petitions, it was alleged that the lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the Senate
2019: Okirika Hails Okowa’s Endorsement By Anioma Nation

2019: Okirika Hails Okowa’s Endorsement By Anioma Nation

POLITICS
  Mr. Tony Okirika, Delta state House of Assembly hopeful for the Warri South West constituency seat, has hailed the people of Anioma nation in Delta North Senatorial zone for endorsing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for second term. The aspirant made the commendation in a statement on Tuesday, saying that the grand reception and endorsement was in recognition and appreciation of good governance and giant developmental achievements in virtually all the sectors by the Okowa's administration. He commended the Governor for his excellent achievements so far and urged the other Senatorial zones in the State to also endorse him for a second tenure in 2019. According to the Delta State House of Assembly hopeful, Governor Okowa merited the grand reception from the Anioma nation and de
BREAKING! Dino Melaye Rearrested, Moved To SARS Headquarters

BREAKING! Dino Melaye Rearrested, Moved To SARS Headquarters

METRO, NEWS
Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye has been rearrested early hours of today (Tuesday). Security agents had besieged Melaye's residence on Monday after he was earlier released by operatives of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS). The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) had on Monday confirmed the arrest of Melaye at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday morning. On Tuesday, reports say Melaye was rearrested and immediately moved to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Headquarters, Guzape, Abuja. Spokesman of the Service, Mr Sunday James, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Melaye was arrested by Immigration officials “based on instruction”. The confirmation came hours after the senator, who represents Kogi West, announced the arrest on
APC chairmanship: Delta APC Also Rejects Oshiommole

APC chairmanship: Delta APC Also Rejects Oshiommole

NEWS, POLITICS
    The All Progressives Congress (APC), Delta State chapter has rejected former Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as Chairmanship candidate in the forthcoming National Convention of the party. This is coming as chairmen of four states in the South South have earlier denied endorsing the former Edo state Governor. The four states that have earlier dissociated themselves from the purported endorsement are Davies Ikanya, Rivers; Joseph Fafi, Bayelsa; Etim John, Cross River; Amadu Attai, Akwa ibom. They said at a press conference on Monday that Chief John Oyegun, incumbent chairman of the ruling party, reserved the right to seek reelection. They had stormed out of the south-south zonal caucus meeting held at the Edo state government house on Monday i...
You Must Go Now After 16 Years In Office, Itsekiri Leaders Tell Sen. James Manager 

You Must Go Now After 16 Years In Office, Itsekiri Leaders Tell Sen. James Manager 

NEWS, POLITICS
Itsekiri leaders in Delta state have declared that incumbent Senator representing Delta South Senatorial District, Chief James Manager has overstayed at the Senate and it is time for him to go. Coming under the auspices of apex Itsekiri socio-cultural and political pressure group, Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, ILOT, stated that it is the turn of the Itsekiri ethnic nationality to produce the candidate to represent the Ijaw, Itsekiri and Isoko ethnic nationalities that make up the Delta South Senatorial district at the Red Chamber in Abuja. They declared that the Itsekiri would take its turn after Senator James Manager, an Ijaw, would have completed four term in office at a stretch. ILOT made this declaration Sunday in Warri when a former Speaker of the Delta State House of Asse
Seven Years After, Court Exonerates AAU Don Of Sex-for-grade Allegations, Jailed Two Fmr Students

Seven Years After, Court Exonerates AAU Don Of Sex-for-grade Allegations, Jailed Two Fmr Students

METRO, NEWS
  A magistrate court sitting at Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area in Edo state, has jailed Judith Ivie Okosun and Juliet Obehi Okosun both graduates of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU). Chief Magistrate Maltina Iluobe in charge sheet No: MEK/18C/2012, committed Juliet Obehi Okosun to two years imprisonment for unlawful detention and indecent assault of the University don. The court also convicted Judith Ivie Okosun for one year jail term for unlawful detention of the plaintiff in connection with sexual harassment scandal, which precipitated to the dismissal of Dr. Peter Otubu, lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic of the Institution, over seven years ago. The first and second accused persons were convicted with N20, 000 with an opti...
BREAKING! EFCC Detains Delta Senator, Nwaoboshi Over Alleged Fraudulent Deals

BREAKING! EFCC Detains Delta Senator, Nwaoboshi Over Alleged Fraudulent Deals

METRO, NEWS
  The Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District, Mr Peter Nwaoboshi has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). BigPen Online gathered that Nwaoboshi, who was arrested over corruption related offences have been in solitary confinement of the anti-graft agency since last week. The offences border on the purchase of controversial Delta state Government property, the "Guinea House" in Lagos state which he allegedly purchased in a fraudulent manner with other corruption related issues. The embattled Senator, who is seeking to re-contest for the Delta North seat have being in a legal battle with the EFCC over his 12-storey building he fraudulently bought with proceeds of alleged fraudulent contract he did for the Delta ...
Presidential Panel Sues House Of Rep, Blocks Probe On Its Asset Recovery Activities

Presidential Panel Sues House Of Rep, Blocks Probe On Its Asset Recovery Activities

NEWS
The Special Presidential Investigation Panel led by Okoi Obono-Obla, have filed an interlocutory injunction to restrain the House of Representative from probing its asset recovery activities. BigPen Online recalls that the House of Representatives, through its Ad Hoc Committee on Activities of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel, had given the Obono-Obla-led panel a week ultimatum to submit to its secretariat, 12 sets of documents about his panel. This followed the lawsuit by the panel on March 21, 2018, before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order of interim forfeiture of some properties belonging to the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to the Federal Government. The panel had sought the interim forfeiture of the said properties on the grounds that...
2019: James Manager’s Kinsmen Endorses Uduaghan For Senate

2019: James Manager’s Kinsmen Endorses Uduaghan For Senate

NEWS, POLITICS
The ambition of immediate-past Governor of Delta Stste, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan got a boost as kinsmen of incumbent senator, James Manager endorsed the former governor who is gearing up to represent Delta South Senatorial District in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly. Manager's kinsmen who spoke under the auspices of Ijaw Liberation Movement in Ijawland, one of the three major ethnic groups in Delta South Senatorial District, where Senator James Manager, the incumbent senator representing the district, comes from thrown their full weight behind Dr. Uduaghan. In an interview recently, the leader of the group, Peremotebi Simeon, expressed his kinsmen’s desire to have Uduaghan represent them “this time around”. The leader, who said they were excited havin