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Newly Installed Okere-Urhobo Monarch Sues For Ethnic Harmony In Delta

Newly Installed Okere-Urhobo Monarch Sues For Ethnic Harmony In Delta

COMMUNITY REPORT
  The newly crowned traditional ruler, (Orosuen) of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Prof Paul Okumagba, Idama II, has appealed for harmony among ethnic nationalities in Delta State. The monarch spoke when members of the Warri Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union Journalists (NUJ) visited his palace in Warri, Delta state to share the joy of his recent enthronement Speaking, he assured his subjects and ethnic neighbours of reign of peace and progress in Warri and its environs. Expressing concern about mutual distrust and ethnic disharmony in the state, the Orosuen gave a brief narrative of how growing up in the oil city of Warri was like. "I am a Warri thoroughbred. I was raised and grew under a robust brotherhood with all neighbors, never by any means...
Tompolo’s Monarch Returns To Domain After Week-long Cleansing, Spiritual Fortification Exercise

Tompolo’s Monarch Returns To Domain After Week-long Cleansing, Spiritual Fortification Exercise

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
The paramount ruler of Gbaramatu Kingdom, HRM Oboro Gbaraun II Aketekpe (Agadagba) who left his palace to Agadagba-Bou (Ijaw Holy Land) some weeks ago in search of divine wisdom and understanding to administer his people and handle issues of the Niger Delta region as its concerns his subjects is back. BigPen Online reports that the monarch left his palace in the wake of reported offensive from the Benin Traditional Council which had accused the Gbaramatu monarch of meddling into the traditional institution of the Benin Kingdom through installation of the King of Olodiama Kingdom, an Ijaw homeland in Edo state. It was learnt that following the circumstances surrounding the issue, the monarch decided to go for his pilgrimage to the Agadagba-Bou (Ijaw Holy Land) of the Ijaw nation a...
Group Calls For Shut Down Of IPMAN Secretariat, Accuses Incumbent Chairman, BenJones Of Fueling Crisis

Group Calls For Shut Down Of IPMAN Secretariat, Accuses Incumbent Chairman, BenJones Of Fueling Crisis

METRO, NEWS
  A group, under the auspices of Concerned Marketers Group (CMG), has accused the incumbent chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigerian (IPMAN), Delta State Chapter, Mr. Benjamin Emoefe aka BenJones of fueling the crisis rocking the association in order to perpetuate himself in power. The group in a petition calling for the shut down of IPMAN secretariat and made available to BigPen Online on Saturday, alleged that Ben Jones was frustrating the election in connivance with some undisclosed individuals and officials. Expressing their displeasure over the suspension of the election, the group in the protest dated December 1, 2017, addressed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the State Commissioner of Police as well as the Directorate of State Security, De...
Updated: BREAKING: Gunmen Shoot AIT Reporter In Yenagoa

Updated: BREAKING: Gunmen Shoot AIT Reporter In Yenagoa

METRO, NEWS
Onisofie Owe, a female correspondent of Africa Independent Television (AIT) attached to Bayelsa State Government House, Yenegoa, the Bayelsa State capital, was reportedly shot by unknown gunmen yesterday night. She was returning from church late yesterday night at ediep-epie Yenagoa when she was waylaid by the gunmen who disposed her of all her belongings. She is reportedly in a very critical condition now at an undisclosed hospital in the state capital. A source who preferred anonymity, said that she was returning from Shiloh program about 10:40 when they heard a cry for help by the victim around James Baridi in an area few metres from her house. "I was driving home in company of a lawyer friend when we saw a blood soaked lady calling for help between Edepie and Tena
2019: IBB May Likely ‘Overthrow’ Buhari Govt Again

2019: IBB May Likely ‘Overthrow’ Buhari Govt Again

NEWS, POLITICS
  Indications are beginning to show that former military head of State, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd) may stage a 'civilian coup' in the country come 2019. The 1985 palace coup in which Babangida overthrew General Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria current President, under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) was said to be successful because the latter decided to avoid bloodshed. That is said to be the most important reason he overthrew the administration of Buhari. In one of the interview he granted to the press, IBB was quoted to have told those who wish to listen that a coup or change comes about if there is frustration in the society. According to him, there was frustration in the society between 1984 to 1985, as a result the ground was fertile for a ...
Access Bank, MD, Herbert Wigwe In Trouble, Arraigned Over Failure To Obey ICPC’s Lawful Invitation 

Access Bank, MD, Herbert Wigwe In Trouble, Arraigned Over Failure To Obey ICPC’s Lawful Invitation 

BUSINESS, NEWS
  The Managing Director Of Access Bank, Mr Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank Plc and top management staff of the bank have landed in trouble over a lawsuit against them. The trio, BigPen Online can report were arraigned on Thursday at an Abuja High Court in the Federal Capital Territory for alleged refusal to go obey ‘lawful invitation by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’, (ICPC). ICPC's invitation on the trio was in connection with alleged refusal of the bank to release the Post No Debit order on two firms, Blaid Construction Limited and Braid Properties Limited. Listed along as defendants in the charge number CR/032/17 are the Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Herbert Wigwe and Mrs Neka Adogu, who is a staff of the bank. The case was i
Bode George Bows Out Of PDP Chairmanship Race

Bode George Bows Out Of PDP Chairmanship Race

NEWS, POLITICS
  A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, has announced his withdrawal from the  PDP Chairmanship race. Chief George made this announcement at a conference on Friday night in Abuja. He raises concerns about the fallout of the outcome of the convention. Giving reasons for his withdrawal from the race, George said the South West is already cheated with the entrants of aspirants from the South-South. He stands with the micro-zoning principal of the party, which has been jettisoned George also accused the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike of undermining members of the PDP in the South West on a national Television when he said the South West has never contributed anything meaningful to the success of the PDP. Channel T
Robbers Hijack Bullion Van, Emptied It Amid Heavy Shooting In Asaba

Robbers Hijack Bullion Van, Emptied It Amid Heavy Shooting In Asaba

METRO, NEWS
Daredeviled armed robbers on Friday hijacked a bullion van in Asaba, the Delta state capital, emptied it of all cash deposit, amidst heavy shooting. Eyewitness said the robbers numbering about ten had ambushed the van along the busy Asaba-Benin-Onitsha expressway and after chasing away the security escort accompanying the van, they vandalised it and emptied it. The source who described the robbery incident as a set of a movie scene, said the robbers successfully offloaded the bullion van of hundreds of millions of naira in broad day light while shooting heavily at police escort attached to it. It was gathered that the suspected robbers after raiding the van believed to be that of the United Bank of Africa, (UBA), made a u-turn with the vehicle they came with and zoomed to unkn...
Delta Police Arrests Trigger-happy Policeman Who Shoots Student Over N1000 ‘Bribe’, Four Others, Queries DPO Over Incident

Delta Police Arrests Trigger-happy Policeman Who Shoots Student Over N1000 ‘Bribe’, Four Others, Queries DPO Over Incident

METRO, NEWS
  The police in Delta State have arrested the fleecing cop who allegedly shot a student of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, Sofia Ogogo, and a civil servant, Victor Emeagwai, at a checkpoint in Ibusa, close to Asaba, the state capital. Besides, the state police command also confirmed that it has four other policemen on the team arrested while the Divisional Police Officer of Ibusa police station was queried for lacking in supervision. This was contained in a statement signed by Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka who quoted the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim as reaffirming the Command’s readiness at all times to ensure fairness and justice in all its dealings with members of the public. The arrest of the fleeing officer, Sgt.
Nothing Like Micro-zoning In PDP, Says Wike

Nothing Like Micro-zoning In PDP, Says Wike

NEWS, POLITICS
  Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated there is nothing like micro-zoning in relation to the December 9 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party. He spoke while canvassing support for the candidature of former Acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus whom he said is the best candidate to drive PDP to the next level in view of his experience and track record. The governor said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will come out from the National Convention stronger and re-positioned to provide credible opposition. Wike spoke on Friday during an appearance on Sunrise Daily from the Abuja Studio of Channels Television. He said: "The issue of micro-zoning and gentleman's agreement does not arise. There is nothing like  tha