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Address 16-Point Agenda Of PANDEF And We’ll Be At Peace With You, IYC Tells FG

Address 16-Point Agenda Of PANDEF And We’ll Be At Peace With You, IYC Tells FG

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), led by factional President, Barr. Roland Oweilaemi Pereotobo has told the Federal Government that the Implementation of the 16-point agenda of the Pan Niger Delta Forum is the only panacea for peace in the region. IYC's factional President stated this on Tuesday at the 2nd Regular Meeting of the National Council on Niger Delta held in Akure, the Ondo state capital. Pereotobo in his address at the occasion, emailed to BigPen Online said that the peace required in the Niger Delta is anchored on the development of the region. He said to attain peace the Federal Government should address the teething issues of resource control, true federalism, political autonomy and self-determination within the Nigerian federation. Hear him, "The people want to exerc...
FG Releases N2billion For Takeoff Of Maritime Varsity, Okerenkoko

FG Releases N2billion For Takeoff Of Maritime Varsity, Okerenkoko

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday announced the approval of the release of 2 billion naira for the take-off of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State. Osinbajo gave the hint while opening the 2nd National Council of Niger Delta holding in Ondo state, the Presidency has said in its tweet handle @NGRPresident The Vice President who was accompanied by State Governor and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs to the event, said the process for prompt release of N2B take-off grant for the Maritime University, Delta State has been initiated, Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity to Osinbajo, stated this on his twitter handle@ https://twitter.com/akandeoj/status/907587920638472192  BigPen Online recalls that the 8th Senate had on Thurs 4th of May,
I’m Not Party To Alleged Diversion Of N250m Pipeline Surveillance Fund – Ex-militant Leader

I’m Not Party To Alleged Diversion Of N250m Pipeline Surveillance Fund – Ex-militant Leader

NIGER DELTA
Ex-militant leader, Henry Binidodogha (aka Egbema 1), has exonerated himself from the recent allegations of been party to the diversion of N250million oil pipelines surveillance contract fees.  This is coming following a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission,  EFCC, by some  aggrieved phase 3 ex-militants led by Godstime Ogidigba and Don Ben on behalf of others. Addressing newsmen in Benin City on  the allegations, Binidodogha challenged the petitioners to make public any agreement that connect him to them or to confirm that they worked with him. He asserted that he has fully paid all those that worked with him on the project at Ologbo 1 and 2; to the extent that he had to give financial assistance to some others who were not in
BREAKING: Ikpeazu Declares 3-days Curfew In Aba

BREAKING: Ikpeazu Declares 3-days Curfew In Aba

METRO
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has declared three days curfew in the commercial city of Aba, following the outbreak of skirmishes between some groups in the State, especially Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with men of the Nigerian Army. The Governor in a statement he personally signed on Tuesday, said the state for the past few days has been the focus of security searchlight over the development saying that government had observed the frenzy of activities of members of IPOB within Afara – Umuahia, the ancestral home of the leader of IPOB for some months now. According to him, the state government is equally aware of the recent proclamation by the Nigerian Army of Operation Python Dance II within the South – East geopolitical region of Nigeria. The operation as declare
Paris Club Refund: Buhari Railed Against State Governors

Paris Club Refund: Buhari Railed Against State Governors

NEWS
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed concern over the way the Paris Club Refund was spent by some state governors. The Federal government had on May 4 released details of the second tranche of Paris Club refund to States totalling N243.795 billion. The refund is in respect of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts between 1995-2002. The President, who met with members of the National Council of traditional rulers at the new Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja frowned at the inability of the affected state governments to pay the retirement benefits and outstanding salaries of workers with the payment of the refund. “We have to digress this much because I would like to convince you that I’m living with the problems of this countr
EXCLUSIVE: Tompolo, Okowa Fall Apart, Had Heated Argument On Phone

EXCLUSIVE: Tompolo, Okowa Fall Apart, Had Heated Argument On Phone

NEWS
There are strong indications that Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo has fell apart with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, BigPen Online can authoritatively report. The cosy relationship between Tompolo and Okowa which started in 2015 has dwindled and the ex-warlord may have given up on the Governor over alleged unsettled disagreement which broke out between the two few weeks ago. The Ex-militant leader who has been facing battle from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC which once declared him wanted over series of allegations including the inflated NIMASA's contract had allegedly accused Okowa of 'abandoning' him to face his travial all by himself despite his handsome contributions to his election in 2015. The EFCC had arraigned the ex-warlord on a...
Omo-Agege Chickens Out Of Fresh Fraud Petition Against Ibori, Uduaghan, Okowa

Omo-Agege Chickens Out Of Fresh Fraud Petition Against Ibori, Uduaghan, Okowa

NEWS, POLITICS
Following backlash which greeted the report that he was planning to petition successive governments in which he also served as Commissioner and Secretary to State Government, Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District of Delta State, Ovie Omo-Agege at the weekend capitulated saying the said fresh petition is not from him. Omo-Agege who served in Ibori's government as Commissioner and Secretary to the State Government in last days of the administration, said it was "cheap blackmail" to ascribe the proposed petition to him. His aide, Henry Efe Duku, who is said to be at the forefront of the campaign to petition the former Governors to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said his boss was not a member of the independent group that wants Ibori, Uduaghan and Ok...
Okowa Begs Ibori For ‘Forgiveness’ During Meeting By Jonathan’s Emissaries To Ex-Delta Governor

Okowa Begs Ibori For ‘Forgiveness’ During Meeting By Jonathan’s Emissaries To Ex-Delta Governor

NEWS, POLITICS
Facts have emerged that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state at the weekend begged former governor James Ibori to 'forgive' over report that he was angry about some actions he took recently as sitting Governor of the state. A dependable source at the meeting who confided in BigPen Online said the appeal was made in the presence of River State Governor Nyesom Wike who led a delegation to Ibori in his country home Oghara, as part of moves to reconcile him with former president, Goodluck Jonathan. The source said that Governor Okowa begged Ibori 'profusely for forgiveness', over the issue of commissionership slot and more recent, the reported failure to conferred with him before dissolving the state electoral body headed by his nominee, Moses Ogbe. It could be recalled that the
Ahead 2019, Wike Leads Powerful PDP Delegation To Ibori

Ahead 2019, Wike Leads Powerful PDP Delegation To Ibori

NEWS, POLITICS
As a strategy to ensure all leaders of the PDP are in one accord as 2019 approaches, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Saturday led a powerful delegation on a courtesy visit to former Governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori in his country home in Oghara, Delta state. Wike who is Co-chairman of the PDP National Reconciliation Committee was accompanied on the visit by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who is said to be in subtle cold war with Ibori over recent actions taken by the latter. Also on the Wike's reconciliation train to Oghara was  former Acting Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus; Senator Lee Maeba; former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Austin Opara; former Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo; and the Administrator, Greater Port Harcourt City Developm
Delta Govt Sealed 12 Companies Over Tax Evasion 

Delta Govt Sealed 12 Companies Over Tax Evasion 

BUSINESS
The Delta State Government has sealed 12 Companies, hotels and schools in Warri metropolis over alleged tax liabilities.  Officials of the state Board of Internal Revenue on Friday carried out the operation which went smoothly, NAN is reporting. According to Mr Joel Ogege, DBIR’s Director (Enforcement and Compliance), the companies were shut over accumulated Personal Income Tax liabilities totaling more than N10 million. Ogege, who led the team, said that the tax liabilities ranged from between N500,000 to N3 million. “We were left with no option after the defaulters ignored several notices, including Court orders,” he said. News Agency of Nigeria report that the exercise was smooth except in one company where his team encountered resistance. The official said that it was unlaw