Friday, February 23Penning issues that shape nations...

Author: Bigpenngr, Rotterdam

Delta Shuts 2 Schools As Students Riot Over Transfer Of Principal

Delta Shuts 2 Schools As Students Riot Over Transfer Of Principal

NEWS
The Delta Government on Thursday shut two secondary schools in Asaba involved in a fight over the posting of a school principal. The students of Zappa Basic Secondary School allegedly attacked their mates in West-end Mixed Secondary School over the transfer of their principal by the state government. Zappa students allegedly took to the street in protest over the transfer of their principal to Westend, witnesses said. In a telephone conversation, Delta Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie, said the two schools had been closed down indefinitely. Ebie said Westend was closed down in order to avoid a reprisal attack but would be opened in the coming days. He described Zappa Basic Secondary School students’ action as unbecoming as the students could no
Armed Robbery Suspect Meets Waterloo In Warri

Armed Robbery Suspect Meets Waterloo In Warri

METRO
  One suspected armed robber allegedly terrorising 3rd Marine quarters and its environ in Warri, Delta state was killed by vigilante group on Tuesday. It was learnt that the suspect alongside members of his gang left Ugborikoko, to Marine quarters where they allegedly robbed and were on their way out when they met resistance from local vigilante group who were alerted of the robbery incident in the area. A police source told BigPen Online on Thursday that the suspected robbery gang had engaged the vigilante in a gun duel Tuesday night and in the process, one of them was gun down while two others escaped. Confirming the incident, the vigilante chairman in Marine quarters who simply gave his name as Onwene, said they responded to a distress call from the area and moved i...
Jonathan’s Kinsmen Call For Unity, Unveils Dickson Unity Cup

Jonathan’s Kinsmen Call For Unity, Unveils Dickson Unity Cup

NEWS
Political leaders and stakeholders from Ogbia Local Government Area of the Bayelsa state, has urged indigenes of the area to declare genuine support for a united people, acknowledging that football remains the most popular sports that brings about unity in critical times. The state Commissioner for information and orientation, Mr. Markson Iworiso, stated this on Thursday while unveiling the mascot for the Governor Dickson unity cup, at the information house, Yenagoa. It will be recalled that a seven member reconciliation committee to reconcile all aggrieved persons within the fold of the Ogbia people headed by a commissioner in the state was inaugurated few weeks back. Iworiso, said what is happening today is very special and significant because it’s not just a soccer or footb
Man Fatally Machetes His Wife, Then ‘Kills’ Himself In Asaba

Man Fatally Machetes His Wife, Then ‘Kills’ Himself In Asaba

METRO, NEWS
  A middle aged man whose identity has not be established on Monday reportedly inflicted severe machete cut on his wife, then allegedly killed himself with same machete in Asaba, the Delta state capital. A veteran journalist, Alicia Dominic Okobi who posted the development on her Facebook page, purportedly described how the incident happened. Below is her account of the incident. "This is Evangelist Mrs Promise lying down critically at the intensive care unit of the Federal Medical Centre Asaba. "Her husband inflicted these injuries on her with a machete on Monday evening. "She returned from a journey that evening, little did she know that the husband had prepared to kill her. "As soon as she entered their room the man started cutting from her head. "The (t...
Ex-Nigeria Presidents, IBB, Shagari, Jonathan, Shonekan Shun Buhari’s Council Of State Meeting

Ex-Nigeria Presidents, IBB, Shagari, Jonathan, Shonekan Shun Buhari’s Council Of State Meeting

NEWS
  Four Nigeria's former Head of state and Presidents, Ibrahim Badamasi Babagida, Goodluck Jonathan, Shehu Shagari and Earnest Shonekan were conspicuously absent at today's Council of State meeting conveyed by President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari who is presiding over his third meeting of the Council of State, had gone round the Council Chambers to shake hands with his visitors before the meeting started but couldn't find the trio to exchange pleasantries with. Although, all living past Presidents and Heads of Government are members of the Council, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Shehu Shagari and former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida are absent. No reason was advance for their absence. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Yakub
Delta: Ochor Inspects Skill Acquisition Centre Awarded 10 Yrs Ago, Says Project To Be Inaugurated Soon

Delta: Ochor Inspects Skill Acquisition Centre Awarded 10 Yrs Ago, Says Project To Be Inaugurated Soon

COMMUNITY REPORT
  A multipurpose skill acquisition centres that was awarded during the tenure of ex-governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori is among projects lined up for commissioning few weeks from now by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in Umutu Community, Ukwuani Local Government Area of the state. The project which was abandoned for over ten years is near completion in line with the "SMART" Agenda of Governor Okowa. Executive Director, Social Services Development, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, (DESOPADEC), Hon Christopher Ochor Ochor, who carried out an on the spot inspection of some projects being carried out by the commission in the area, disclosed that in the next few weeks, the skill acquisition centre would be among projects to be inaugurated in the area. ...
Omo-Agege Apologises To Senate Over Statement On Amendment Of Electoral Act

Omo-Agege Apologises To Senate Over Statement On Amendment Of Electoral Act

NEWS, POLITICS
  Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Wednesday apologized to the Senate over statements credited to him that the amendment of the Electoral Act was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate had on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the statement. Coming under point of order, Senator Omo-Agege apologized to the Senate based on the statement credited to him. Omo-Agege and nine senators had alleged that the re-ordering of the election sequence was targeted at Buhari ahead of the 2019 general elections. The other nine senators are Abdullahi Adamu, Abu Ibrahim, Benjamin Uwajumogu, Ali Wakil, Abdullahi Gumel, Binta Masi, Yahaya Abdullahi, Andrew Uchendu and Umaru...
Governor Okowa Sends Another Commissioner Nominee To State Assembly

Governor Okowa Sends Another Commissioner Nominee To State Assembly

NEWS, POLITICS
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Wednesday forwarded to the Delta State House of Assembly the second Commissioner nominee after the sack of two earlier. The governor sent in the name of Mr. Emmanuel Chinye for screening and confirmation. Okowa had earlier this month appointed Dr Mordi Ononye as Commissioner for Health after the sacked of former Health Commissioner Dr Azinge. The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori read the letter from the governor during plenary on Wednesday. The letter read: "in the exercise of the power conferred on the Governor by Section 192 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, that the Governor wish to present Mr. Chinye Emmanuel for appointment as Honourable Commissioner and member of the Delta State Executive Council ...
Northern Senators Sack Its Chairman, Adamu Over Missing N70m

Northern Senators Sack Its Chairman, Adamu Over Missing N70m

NEWS
  Northern Senators Forum on Wednesday removed its chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu over alleged diversion of N70 million. Adamu was a former Nasarawa State governor. Senator Shehu Sani said it was alleged that some 'monkeys' took the money belonging to the northern senators. The letter of Adamu’s removal was read on the floor of the Senate. Senator Aliyu Wamakko is the new chairman of the NSF.
Dana Aircraft Lands In Bush After Overshooting Runway In PH

Dana Aircraft Lands In Bush After Overshooting Runway In PH

NEWS
  A Dana aircraft on Tuesday landed in the bush after its overshot the runway at Port Harcourt international airport An aircraft overshoots the runway when it moves past a specified point unintentionally. The aircraft, which reportedly flew in from Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport, Abuja, ended up in the bush. Passengers were reportedly evacuated from the bush. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) confirmed the development, saying no one sustained injury in the incident. “A Dana aircraft numbered 9J0363, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt airport has overshot the Port Harcourt runway,” Henrietta Yakubu, spokeswoman of the agency, said in a statement. “The incident was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by stron