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INTERVIEW! We’ve Seen Crass Incompetence In Delta State – Ochei

INTERVIEW! We’ve Seen Crass Incompetence In Delta State – Ochei

NEWS, POLITICS
  In this special interview with BigPen Online, former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.Victor Ochei spoke about his recent call to bar, the APC-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the achievements of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa so far, as well as chances of APC in the forthcoming council elections and 2019 general elections in Delta State. Enjoy it! How do you feel now that you have been call to bar? I feel accomplished. The end of a matter is better than the beginning thereof, that is what the Bible says. I started my journey to becoming a lawyer in 2008 and by the time I was done with it in 2012, I started the law school in Agbani, Enugu but because I was holding public office as a Speaker, it wasn’t going to sit well with my job and the law
Urhobo Youths Hail Buhari Over Emerhor’s Appointment

Urhobo Youths Hail Buhari Over Emerhor’s Appointment

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
  The leadership of the Urhobo National Youth Council (UNYC), have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Delta State APC leader, Olorogun O'tega Emerhor and other party faithfuls as Chairmen and Members of the Governing Boards of federal agencies and parastatals in the newly constituted Boards. The group in a statement signed by its President Comrade Monday Oyeghe thanked Mr President especially those from Delta state, urging the president to take a second look at the list of appointments and weed out the appointees that may have been overtaken by events. He also congratulated all newly appointed Delta APC faithfuls on their appointment by the Federal Government, as Chairmen and Members of the Governing Boards of federal agencies and parastatals, noted that ...
Daniel Elombah Released, Brother Still In Detention

Daniel Elombah Released, Brother Still In Detention

NEWS
  The Publisher of elombah.com and the General Secretary of the Online Publishers Association, OPAN, Daniel Elombah, who was arrested by officers attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigerian police on New Year’s day, has been released conditionally. It could be recalled that the United Kingdom-based attorney was arrested alongside his brothers from their family house in Edoji-Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State, Eastern Nigeria in the wee hours of New Year’s day. The online publisher was arrested over an opinion written by another writer on social media network, Instagram which was published on his platform, elombah.com. Elombah’s wife had told ALEDEH that her husband and his brothers were held under duress, stressing that she was terrified.
Innoson Boss Files N200Bn Suit Against EFCC

Innoson Boss Files N200Bn Suit Against EFCC

NEWS
Innocent Chukwuma, CEO, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, has filed a N200 billion lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The lawsuit was filed at the Enugu High Court by Joseph N. Mbadugha of McCarthy Mbadugha & Co, counsel to Innocent Chukwuma. Chukwuma is suing the EFCC for defamation, malicious falsehood and unlawful imprisonment. The Innoson boss had been arrested by the capital market and insurance fraud unit of the EFCC on December 19, claiming that he resisted arrest and used forged documents to get tax waivers, Independent had reported. Chukwuma maintained that at no time did he receive an invitation or was invited by the EFCC or was there any time he jumped an administrative bail granted by the EFCC, his spokesperson, Cornel Osigwe,
DSEIC Won’t Conduct Credible LG Election In Delta So Long Okowa Control, Supervises It – Lawyer

DSEIC Won’t Conduct Credible LG Election In Delta So Long Okowa Control, Supervises It – Lawyer

NEWS, POLITICS
  Warri-based human rights lawyer, Oghenejabor Ikimi has said that the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSEIC) under the control and supervision of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa would not conduct a credible, free and fair elections in the 25 Local Government Council Areas of the State come January 6th 2018. He spoke following the recent Vote of Confidence passed on the Commission by the Conference of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) in the State ahead of the council polls. In a statement obtained by BigPen Online, Ikimi described the statement credited to CRPP as an offensive brand of politics of the stomach capable of derailing true democracy at the grassroot. The statement read; "It is public knowledge that Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSEIC...
Over 21 Persons Murdered In Cold Blood In Rivers

Over 21 Persons Murdered In Cold Blood In Rivers

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
  Over 21 persons have been murdered in cold blood in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. Although details of the incident were still sketchy, a source said the victims were murdered by gunmen in the early hours of today as they were coming from crossover church services in Omoku, Onelga in River State. The source said that some armed men, believed to be foot soldiers of notorious militant leader, Don Nwanee raided the town at the wee hours of the day, leaving it with tears and wailing. Reports say among the dead was a son of the paramount ruler of Ogbogburu in Egiland where the incident took place. Confirming the incident, the Caretaker Committee chairman of the local government area, Ossy Olisa, said that six persons were injured in the...
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S 2018 NEW YEAR ADDRESS

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S 2018 NEW YEAR ADDRESS

ISSUES
  I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018. This year promises to be pivotal in our quest for CHANGE. Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country. The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots. I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups a...
Buhari Insists Restructuring Is Not Nigeria’s Priority

Buhari Insists Restructuring Is Not Nigeria’s Priority

NEWS
  President Muhammadu Buhari has once again reacted to the calls for restructuring which dominated the political scene in 2017. In his latest reaction to the issue during his New Year Broadcast on Monday morning, the President insisted that restructuring was not the most pressing issue in Nigeria because the country’s problems have more to do with process. “In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the on-going debate about “Restructuring”. No human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments,” President Buhari said. “We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may
WHY AFRICA’S YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE REAL WINNERS AT THE CONFEDERATION OF AFRICAN FOOTBALL (CAF) AWARDS

WHY AFRICA’S YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE REAL WINNERS AT THE CONFEDERATION OF AFRICAN FOOTBALL (CAF) AWARDS

ISSUES
Almost nowhere on earth is football followed as passionately as in Africa. It is loved by Africans from all walks of life across the continent. This week, I am giving the opening address at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Accra, Ghana. This has afforded me a good opportunity to reflect on Africa’s relationship with football and how it can help deliver a brighter future for our young people. I believe we need only look to the Liberian presidential election for a fine example of the transformative power of football. Against the odds, football legend and opposition candidate, George Weah was victorious and today, is President-elect of Liberia, one of Africa’s most popular countries. Weah’s perseverance in the face of an initial unsuccessful attempt is a testament
Isoko Youths Protest Lopsided Buhari, APC Appointments

Isoko Youths Protest Lopsided Buhari, APC Appointments

NEWS
  The youths of Isoko nation, Delta state, have expressed dissatisfaction over the lopsided federal appointments in Isoko nation and urged President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress APC led Federal Government to quickly correct the imbalance. Comrade Emmanuel Akpovoka, an Isoko youth leader, who spoke in Warri on Monday, said, "it is on record and verifiable that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress APC won only in Isoko south LGA with 10,000 votes and failed in the other 24 local governments in Delta State, at the 2015 presidential election, but despite these facts, the APC has failed to reciprocate the votes, contributions and efforts of Isoko South to the present administration". Akpovoka disclosed that Professor Sogolo, Chief Sali...