Monday, October 23Informations That Matters

Month: August 2017

9 foreigners, 2 Nigerians Remanded For Oil Theft In Rivers 

9 foreigners, 2 Nigerians Remanded For Oil Theft In Rivers 

NEWS
A Federal High Court in Rivers State has remanded nine foreigners and two Nigerians in prison for oil theft. The suspects are Mohammed Ejaz,  Naseer Khan (Pakistani), Oleksandr Nazarenko, Oleksandr Kashernvi (Ukrainians), Romeo Annang, Francis Ahorlu, and Kwesi Attah (Ghanaians). Others are Victor Mikpayi (Beninois), Fredrik Fatin Omenu (Indonesian), Victor Azebiri, David Otuhohi (Nigerians) and a company, Asztral Shipping Corporation SA, and a vessel, MT. TECNE (a.k.a MT STAR). They were remanded pending arraignment and hearing of a 4-count charge bordering on conspiracy, dealing in petroleum products without a license and tampering with oil pipelines. At the commencement of proceedings for their arraignment on Wednesday, Counsel to the EFCC, Kayode Oni, brought before the
2019 Presidency Takes New Turn As PDP Woos Dangote

2019 Presidency Takes New Turn As PDP Woos Dangote

NEWS
.Jonathan’s think tank committee lobbies richest man in Africa .Has financial war chest to match any APC candidate’ .’He’s not interested in politics, PDP should look elsewhere’ Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has started making overtures to billionaire business man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, to come and contest for the presidential election on its platform. Already, the opposition PDP has zoned the presidency slot for the 2019 election to the Northern part of the country, while the National Chairmanship slot of the party has been earmarked for the Southern part. The Daily Times reports that the party, in a determined efforts to win the 2019 election, has already sent emissary to the billionaire businessman from Kano, who is reputed as
Gunmen Assassinate PDP Ward Chairman In Delta

Gunmen Assassinate PDP Ward Chairman In Delta

NEWS
      Unknown gunmen suspected to be hired assassins have reportedly shot dead a Peoples Democratic Party Ward Chairman in Delta State. The deceased, ward chairman for Ughwagba in Okpe local government area of Delta State, Mr. Felix Okugbeni was killed last week Friday around 9:pm. A source who confirmed the incident to newsmen on Thursday said that deceased was shot severally both on his stomach and chest inside a tricycle in front of his residence. The victim was alleged to have been assassinated few hours after the Okpe Local Government Council Chairman, Prince Godwin Ejinyere, who is also seeking re-election in the forthcoming LG elections in the state visited the Okugbeni-led PDP executive in Ughwagba community. It was learnt that the killing sp...
UPDATED: BREAKING: Governor Okowa Dissolves State Electoral Commission

UPDATED: BREAKING: Governor Okowa Dissolves State Electoral Commission

NEWS
As reported earlier by BigPen Online, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has dissolved the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC. Okowa, announced the dissolution of the board in a letter to the State House of Assembly read at planery on Thursday. The approval of the dissolution followed a motion raised in the House in accordance with section 7 subsections 1 of the law establishing the board. The Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori presided over the dissolution done during plenary on Thursday. BigPen Online had exclusively  reported that Okowa had made moves to allegedly 'lay off' the board apparently because he has lost confidence on the members who were appointed by his predecessor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan. Majority Leader of the House, Honourable Tim Owhefere, moved mot
Military Invade Bayelsa Community Over Militants’ Killing Of Four Soldiers, Civilian

Military Invade Bayelsa Community Over Militants’ Killing Of Four Soldiers, Civilian

NEWS
Gunmen ambushed and killed four soldiers and a civilian in Nigeria’s oil-rich south, local sources said Wednesday, breaking months of uneasy calm after unrest over the distribution of the country’s oil revenues and forcing a military retaliation. Armed men ambushed the military contingent in the Ekeremor waterways area of Bayelsa State as they returned from an assignment in the Letugbene community on Monday. The gunmen, who outnumbered the soldiers, forced the servicemen to surrender, marched them to a creek, executed them and stole their weapons and military gear. A civilian boat driver with the military detachment attempted to escape but was also shot and killed by the attackers. Nigeria’s oil-rich south and southeast had been ravaged by violence orchestrated by groups se
Police Officer Who Killed Guest At Delta Burial Ceremony Dismiss

Police Officer Who Killed Guest At Delta Burial Ceremony Dismiss

METRO
A mobile police officer, who allegedly shot dead a 32-year-old man, Mr. Fred Ejovwokoghene-Igueride, during a burial ceremony at Emede in Isoko South Council Area of Delta State, Sergeant Habila Samaila, has been dismissed. Ejovwokoghene-Igueride a father of two, was shot dead while trying to exchange pleasantries with his former employer, one Chief Johnny Aribogha on Saturday 19th August 2019. Sergeant Samaila, who was attached to 33 PMF Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, was dismissed on Tuesday by the Delta State Police Command on grounds of professional misconduct and murder of the deceased. The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed Samaila’s dismissal in a statement made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday. The command while expressing condolences to t
South-East Governors Hold Peace Talks With Nnamdi Kanu

South-East Governors Hold Peace Talks With Nnamdi Kanu

NEWS
South-East governors on Wednesday met with Nnamdi Kanu and other leaders of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB). Chairman of the forum, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, told reporters that the closed-door meeting, which held at the Government House in Enugu, was strictly a peace talk. According to him, the governors have appealed to the leadership of IPOB and other concern citizens to allow them the opportunity to address the issues they have raised. Governor Umahi said the forum would engage the IPOB leadership in its subsequent meetings to ensure all issues were amicably resolved. The meeting, according to Umahi, who was flanked by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, "deliberated on the demands of IPOB and not...
Delta Line Bus Crashes In Delta, Killing Eight, Injuring Seven Others

Delta Line Bus Crashes In Delta, Killing Eight, Injuring Seven Others

METRO
A commercial bus belonging to the Delta State Government popularly known as Delta Line on Tuesday crashed, killings eight persons a day injuring seven others. The bus was reportedly involved in a ghastly motor accident along the Benin-Asaba Expressway near Agbor in Ika South Council Area of Delta State. Eyewitnesses account says that the bus fell off a bridge and plunged into the Itakpe-Aladja railway line which is 50 feet below. The bus was said to be travelling from Agbor to Asaba, the state capital, when the driver lost control plunging the both the occupants into the unused railway line. A source who gave account of the incident, said the dead victims included six males and two females while a child and six other adults sustained various degrees of injuries. Eyewitne...
Delta Govt Reacts To BigPen Online Report On Alleged Controversial N161m Delta Line Equity Shares Deal

Delta Govt Reacts To BigPen Online Report On Alleged Controversial N161m Delta Line Equity Shares Deal

BUSINESS, NEWS
Delta State Government has reacted to earlier report by BigPen Online that the state owned Delta Line Transport Services Limited was being sold to a private firm in a controversial amount. The State government though was silent about the amount the transport company was being given out, it confirmed that government was in the process of privatizing the company for greater efficiency, improved profitability. Against report that the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration had sold 70 percent equity shares to God is Good Motors, the Governor through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ehiedu Charles Aniagwu said that the state government only divested 60 percent of its equity shares to ensure greater efficiency and improved profitability. In a statement issued after a press conferen...
EFCC Recovered N409bn, $69.5m In Eight Months – Magu

EFCC Recovered N409bn, $69.5m In Eight Months – Magu

NEWS
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has recovered about N409 billion and secured 137 convictions nationwide between January and August 2017. The acting chairman of the anti-graft agency, Mr Ibrahim Magu, made the disclosure on Wednesday at an interactive meeting with media executives in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. “Between January and August 30, 2017, the EFCC recovered N409,270,706,686.75; $69,501,156.67; 231,118.69 Pounds; 610,816.20 Euros; Dirham 443,400.00; and 70,500.00 Saudi Riyal,” Magu said in statement signed by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren. “Over a month ago, the Commission recovered over N329billion from a group of oil marketers for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).” According to the statement, the session provided m