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Southern Leaders Urge Osinbajo To Convoke Meeting Of Govs, NASS, Ethnic Leaders To Agree On 2014 National Confab Report

Southern Leaders Urge Osinbajo To Convoke Meeting Of Govs, NASS, Ethnic Leaders To Agree On 2014 National Confab Report

NEWS
Southern Leaders Forum, SLF has urged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to immediately convoked an extraordinary meeting between the governors, National Assembly leadership and leaders of ethnic nationalities in the six geo-political zones to agree on the critical areas of 2014 National Conference that need to be incorporated into the constitutional amendment in the country. The group spoke in a statement on Sunday in which they commended the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum (PGF) on their resolution that the current structure of Nigeria was not working. The PGF had recently met to deliberate on the crisis bedevilling Nigeria, which culminated in a quit order issued by the Arewa youths to the Igbo living in the North to leave by 1st October 2017. In a release issue...
We Are Ready For Any Probe Not Blackmail – Presidential Amnesty Office

We Are Ready For Any Probe Not Blackmail – Presidential Amnesty Office

NEWS
The Presidential Amnesty Office has said the department was ready for probe of its activities, but vowed that it would not succumbed to blackmail from anyone. This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja obtained by BigPen Online on Sunday, in which the Media Head of the Presidential Amnesty Office, Owei Lakemfa reacted to calls for probe of the amnesty office by some groups. The statement read: ” The attention of the presidential amnesty office has been drawn to a group demanding a probe of its activities. As a public institution answerable to the public, the Office is obliged to give account of its activities. “So in itself, there is nothing wrong with a probe. Also, a probe does not mean guilt; it is merely an inquiry to find out if any infraction has been committed. I
Plot To Remove Amnesty Boss, Boroh Heightens Tension In N’Delta

Plot To Remove Amnesty Boss, Boroh Heightens Tension In N’Delta

NIGER DELTA
Tension is mounting in the Niger Delta following a plot by a section of ex-militant leaders to launch a campaign for the removal of the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd). The development has however divided the ranks of the Ex-militants as some are rooting for Boroh while others are against him. Already, one of the group which styled itself as Niger Deltans for Accountability and Good Governance (NDAGG), has set up a Boroh-must-go website (http://www.ndagg) to push its case against the coordinator. It accused the amnesty coordinator of denying ex-militants their entitlements. Nation newspaper reported that another group, rooting for Boroh, Niger Delta Concerned Ex-agitators (NDCE), in a statement in Yenagoa, on Saturday war
Governor Wike Explains Why He Fired His Exco Members

Governor Wike Explains Why He Fired His Exco Members

NEWS
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has explained why he sacked his cabinet members, saying it was a political strategy to rejig the machinery of government as 2019 approaches. He said that the dissolution was done after due consultation with the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state. This was contained in a statement by Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, shortly after an election thanksgiving service in honour of the Majority Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly at St Martin's Anglican Church, Ogu on Sunday. The governor, according to the statement said that the dissolution was done to rejig the machinery of government to move the state forward. Wike said: "This is when you know those who are loyal and those wh...
Reactions Trail Wrongful Blacklist Of Sunny Ofehe On Terror Watch List

Reactions Trail Wrongful Blacklist Of Sunny Ofehe On Terror Watch List

NEWS
Reactions have continued to trail a leaked blacklist used by banks and other institutions as a guide against terrorism sponsorship and fraud which features the name of Nigerian-born Dutch environmental rights activist, Sunny Ofehe, among thousands of innocent Dutch persons, BigPen Online can report. The victims mainly Dutch citizens got a shocker when they discovered that their names were listed wrongfully on the World-Check list which was first exposed by investigative online platform OneWorld . The list called “Watch-List” later sold to Thomas Reuters has names of thousands of people wrongly blacklisted without their knowledge. The list containing children of Dutch MP’s, local drivers and even the mother of Mark Ruthe, the current prime minister of The Netherlands were compi
Thousands Of Dutch On Leaked Terror Blacklist

Thousands Of Dutch On Leaked Terror Blacklist

NEWS
The World Check Checklist completed by recruiting housewives expanded into the global industry standard for the prevention of money laundering and the financing of terrorism. OneWorld and Argos took possession of the database and were upset. Hundreds of thousands of people are being screened extensively. Some people are wrongly closed to the bank account. RESEARCH - 'Beware of: risk of terrorism'. This will see banks see if environmentalist Sunny Ofehe wants to open an account or close a loan. That's what realtors see if Ofehe is bidding on a house, and car dealers when he wants to buy a new car. Ofehe is suspected of left with terrorists in the Niger Delta. [...] February 2011: arrested. September 2011: accused of launching a bombing on an oil pipeline and fraud. Case deferre...
FRIGHTEN THE ACTIVIST OR PIN A CRIME ON HIM?

FRIGHTEN THE ACTIVIST OR PIN A CRIME ON HIM?

ISSUES
BY JOE OGBODU, JUST BACK FROM THE NETHERLANDS For 16 years, Sunny Ofehe, a Dutch-Nigerian environmental activist, had lived happily with his family in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The peace in his household was, however, shattered recently when an allegation of conspiracy to blow up oil pipeline belonging to Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria was levelled against him. Ofehe told the Nigerian Compass on Saturday that he had never had any problem with the Dutch government’s law enforcement agencies since migrating there 16 years ago. It was there that he met his wife, Dorothy, a Nigerian with whom he has four “great boys.” But Ofehe’s kids were traumatized late last year when they experienced what they had never seen in such a pristine environment: The ransacking of their home by th
Wike Sacked All Cabinet Members

Wike Sacked All Cabinet Members

NEWS
Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has fired all members of the State Executive Council. This was contained in a statement issued by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu on Saturday. All sacked Commissioners, according to the statement are directed to immediately handover to their respective Permanent secretaries. The statement read: “Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has dissolved the State Executive Council. “The governor directed all former commissioners to handover to their respective Permanent Secretaries.” Wike thanked the former commissioners for their service to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours,” it read. BigPen Online reports that the sack of all Commissioner is coming a day after the C
SUNNY OFEHE: WHAT NEXT AFTER FAILED TERRORISM CHARGE?

SUNNY OFEHE: WHAT NEXT AFTER FAILED TERRORISM CHARGE?

ISSUES
The Netherland-based Nigerian environmental activist, Sunny Ofehe, is surely a misunderstood person despite his commitment to the cause of his people. And the Dutch secret service seems to be chasing shadows over the frivolous charges brought against him. For 18 months, he was placed under police investigation and surveillance, during which his telephone conversations were regularly tapped. Over 25 police officers were mobilised for the investigation, resulting in a 7,500-page dossier on him. On several occasions, undercover police officers broke into his car and wired it with listening and tracking device. They placed a vehicle with surveillance camera in front of his office for five weeks. While they built 7, 500 case files on him, the investigative process alone took ...
Group Demands Extension Of Referendum To Indigenous Peoples Of Niger Delta

Group Demands Extension Of Referendum To Indigenous Peoples Of Niger Delta

NIGER DELTA
Following the letter by Arewa Youths Council, calling on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to allow the Igbos have their 'Biafra Republic' through a referendum, a Niger Delta group has demanded that the referendum be extended to the oil-rich region to enable the indigenous people of the area go their own way. In a statement made available to BigPen Online on Saturday, the group, Niger Delta Self Determination Movement, NDSDM, said that over 40 ethnic nationalities in the region are demanding that such a referendum must be extended to them in all the six states of the South- South geopolitical zone. The group said that they were equally tired of the "over 100 years of stifling and oppressive system" occasioned by the amalgamation of Nigeria by Lord Lugard. They reaffirmed their de...