Gunmen invaded Slaughter Market in Mgbuoshimini community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, in the wee hours of Monday killing 10 people including a couple. The traders had slept over at the market so as to rise up early enough for Monday’s activity when the gunmen stormed and unleashed mayhem on them. Confirming the development to newsmen, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni said the gunmen stormed the market at about 4am and opened fire on traders who were mostly women. The invading hoodlums were said to have razed building suspected belong to the family of one of their targets. The incident caused pandemonium and tension in the community as residents scampered for their lives. Omoni stated that police personnel have be
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Monday responded to content of the leaked memo written by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, to President Muhammadu Buhari, dismissing most of his allegations as false. In a detailed statement signed by NNPC’s Group General Manager in charge of Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, the state oil company said Kachikwu’s allegations are “baseless”, insisting that due process was followed as his consent is not needed in the award of the contracts he complained about. THEWILL had reported that Kachikwu had alleged insubordination and humiliation by Maikanti Baru, the group managing director of NNPC, in a memo to President Muhammadu Buhari, who doubles as the minister of petroleum. He als
Hundreds of workers of Delta Transport Services Limited (Delta Line) reportedly under the pay roll of the Delta State Government before the partial sale of the transport company to Good Is Good Motors on Monday shut down official and commercial activities in Asaba, the state capital over the non payment of their eight months salaries and entitlements. Coming under the auspices of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreation Services Employees (AUPCTRE), the workers besieged the company's head office along the Asaba-Onitsha express way as early as 8:00 am, locking the company's gate. Some of the placards bore by the protesters read in part: "Okowa You Are Inhuman, Pay Us Our Eight Months Salaries,", "Okowa Pay Us Our Gratuities, Pay Us Our Entit...
Delta state deputy governor, Barr Kingsley Burutu Otuaro on Saturday lost close to 4,000 members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) across Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri Southwest council area of Delta state, to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). Among those who left the PDP for APC was the brother of the Deputy Governor. Gbaramatu Kingdom, an enclave of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s ally, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo has been a PDP stronghold during elections in the state. BigPen Online reports that a chieftain of the APC and an indigene of the kingdom, Chief Michael Johnny, who is the deputy chairman of the Mainstream Delta APC (MDA), a pressure group in the party, received the decampees at the weekend. Receiving them, Johnny
Military troops on Saturday stormed Sapele, Jesse, Oghara in continuation of Operation Crocodile Smile in the Niger Delta region with a charge on officers and men of the operation to ensure they follow order and also be of good behaviour in order to get maximum support from the general public. The Brigade commander of 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Benin, Edo state, Brigadier General Ibrahim Garba gave the order in Sapele, Delta State shortly before the operation crocodile smile stormed the area for what the army described as "show of force". Brigadier General Ibrahim Garba emphasised that the behaviour of the troup during the exercise will determine whether the general public will support or cooperate with the Army to achieve result adding that "internal security depends large
The Minister for state Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Emmanuel Kachikwu has said that Petroleum Training Institute would play a critical role in the implementation of the new National Gas Policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Speaking during the 20th convocation ceremony of the Institution held at PTI conference Centre Effurun, Delta State at the weekend, Kachikwu said that PTI would compliment ongoing Federal Government efforts to implement the country's gas policy in terms of training and development of local human capital. The Minister who was represented by Dr. (Mrs) Shade Yemi-Esan, said the successful implementation of the new National Gas Policy would lead to the harnessing of Nigeria’s vast gas resources and commercialization of gas flares for economi