Sunday, January 21Informations That Matters

Author: Bigpenngr, Rotterdam

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...
Recall: Melaye Drags INEC To Court

Recall: Melaye Drags INEC To Court

NEWS
Embattled Senator, Dino Melaye, has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, seeking an order stopping ongoing process by his constituents to recall him. Vanguard has reported that Melaye filed an Originating Summons through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN on Friday. The lawmaker is praying the court to declare that the petition presented to INEC for his recall was illegal, unlawful, wrongful, unconstitutional, invalid, null and void and of no effect in law. He also prayed the court for a declaration that the petition purportedly forwarded to the INEC was invalid and of no effect, the same being signed by fictitious, dead and none existing persons in his senatorial district, as well as for an order of injun
2019: PDP Delta Central Adopts Okowa As Sole Governorship Candidate

2019: PDP Delta Central Adopts Okowa As Sole Governorship Candidate

POLITICS
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Delta Central Senatorial District has endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the sole candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial elections. This came following a motion moved by Minority Leader of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Leo Ogor, who represents the Isoko Federal Constituency and seconded by Chairman of Sapele local government area, Hon. Ejaife Odebala.  The motion which received a thunderous ovation was accepted by the Delta Central stakeholders who trooped in their large number to the rally packaged to shore up support for Governor Okowa's reelection. Stakeholders who spoke at the rally said that activities of Okowa within two years in office have qualified him to be the Governor of oil-rich Delta State till 2023. Speaking at
Igbuya’s Aide Alleges Delta PDP Chairman Hijacked His Okowa’s Mega Rally Proposal

Igbuya’s Aide Alleges Delta PDP Chairman Hijacked His Okowa’s Mega Rally Proposal

POLITICS
The much-talked about mega rally by Delta Central Senatorial District chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party designed to shore up support for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was a proposal allegedly 'stolen' from an aide of ousted Speaker, Mr Monday Igbuya, BigPen Online has been told. Igbuya's former Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Henry Ebireri alleged that the state PDP Chairman, Mr Kingsley Esiso actually 'stole' his proposal for the mega rally. He said that the idea for the rally was conceptualized by a political group which wrote proposal to that effect and handed same to Esiso who later schemed them out of the planning process. While the rally was ongoing in Sapele, country home of Igbuya, the former Speaker media aide issued a press release to newsmen discrediting Esiso as not be t...
Italian Kidnap Kingpin Busted In Delta

Italian Kidnap Kingpin Busted In Delta

NEWS
An Italian national suspected to be a leader of a notorious Kidnap ring in Delta State has been apprehended, BigPen Online can report. The suspect simply identified as Fernando Blessing, ring leader of a syndicate group reportedly terrorizing residents of Ozoro, headquarters of Isoko North council Area was paraded on Thursday at the State Police Headquarters, Asaba. Also paraded alongside the foreigner were leaders of another deadly kidnap syndicate arrested around Warri area, the commercial nerve Centre of the state. State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, explained that Fernando was arrested when he came to collect ransom of additional sum of N50,000 from a kidnap victim’s relatives having earlier collected the sum of N250,000. Other suspects, Lucky Unumeri and C
Hate Speeches: Okowa Commends Osinbajo For Steps Taken To Douse Tension, Urge Nigerians To Support Him

Hate Speeches: Okowa Commends Osinbajo For Steps Taken To Douse Tension, Urge Nigerians To Support Him

NEWS
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for measures taken so far to curtail the increasingly tension in the country, urging Nigerians to give him maximum support to ensure a more united and peaceful nation. The governor spoke on Friday while joining his Edo state counterpart, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to commissioned a private broadcast station, Bridge Radio 98.7 FM in Asaba, the state capital. Speaking at the event, Governor Okowa said: "the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo within the last few days, has been working tirelessly to unite us as a nation and we need to support him in whatever ways that we can." While stating that the people should be allowed to speak freely, Governor Okowa asserted, "even when the people are all...
High Profile Movement To Restructure Nigeria Formed

High Profile Movement To Restructure Nigeria Formed

NEWS
A pressure group, christened as Restructure And Unite Nigeria, RAUN, has been formed to push for restructuring of Nigeria into autonomous federating units premised on justice, equity, rule of law and respect for all ethnic nationalities. The group which have a 5-point take-off agenda is coming following the heated national debate over the unity of the country in past one month. BigPen Online was told that the group, a patriotic national movement have very prominent Nigerians as members and would formally made a public appearance a couple of weeks time. The group it was gathered would vehemently push for the immediate implementation of the 2014 National Conference Report which many had canvassed as solution to the myriad of problems currently confronting the country. Moreso,...
It Is Going, Going For Dino …As INEC Sets Date To Verify Petition

It Is Going, Going For Dino …As INEC Sets Date To Verify Petition

POLITICS
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has slated the 3rd of July 2017 to verify the registered voters who signed the petition for the recall of embattled Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye. A letter from INEC reads; “The Independent National Electoral Commission held its regular weekly meeting today and considered the petition submitted by some registered voters of Kogi state West senatorial district to kick start the process of recalling Senator Dino Melaye. “In accordance with the INEC guidelines for the recall of the members of the National Assembly, the commission has formally acknowledged the receipt of the Petitions to the petitioners’ Representatives and has conveyed a letter notifying Senator Melaye of our receipt of his petitio