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Council Polls: Steer Clear Of Delta, Police Warns Mischief Makers, Restricts Vehicular Movement

Council Polls: Steer Clear Of Delta, Police Warns Mischief Makers, Restricts Vehicular Movement

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  The Delta State Police Command has warned mischief makers to steer clear of the state during the January 6 local government elections. State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim who gave this caution, also ordered the restriction of vehicular movements in the State from 6:am to 3:pm on the Election Day. In a statement made available to BigPen Online on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018, the CP noted that only those on official and emergency duties with valid means of identification as well as the electorates with permanent voters’ cards, going to their registered polling units to cast their votes, will be allowed passage during the restriction order. While noting that the restriction order is a security measure tailored towards checkmating movement of probable mischief
Rivers Killings: Wike Announces N200m Reward To Bust Perpetrators 

Rivers Killings: Wike Announces N200m Reward To Bust Perpetrators 

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Governor Nyesom Wike of River State, has announced a handsome reward of the sum of N200 million for information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the crossover night attacks in which 17 persons were killed in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government of  the State. The governor spoke on Tuesday when he led the Rivers State Security Council on a fact-finding/sympathy visit to the families of the victims. The Governor pledged that anyone was connected in any way with the crime would have his/her houses forfeited to the government. He said: “We have placed a N200 million bounty for relevant information that will lead to the arrest of all those involved in this unfortunate act of violence. “Anybody who is connected to this crime in any way will have his/her hous
Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Political Thug, Dracula Arrested In Warri

Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Political Thug, Dracula Arrested In Warri

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  A notorious kidnapper and a political thug who has being on police wanted list for his allegedly nefarious activities has been arrested in Warri, Delta State. The suspect simply identified as Anthony Ogbalor, alias Dracula, a ring leader of suspected armed robbery and kidnapping gang was apprehended by a crack team of police from 'B' Division Police station in Warri. BigPen Online gathered that Dracula who had been arrested in several occasions had often boasted to police officers that he would always get off the hooks through the influence of some political guns who allegedly used him for political thuggery. Sources revealed that the suspect alongside other members of his gang had boasted that they would be released by the politicians who would need his services for...
Students Protest Prosecution Of Tompolo, Call On FG, EFCC To Halt Trial

Students Protest Prosecution Of Tompolo, Call On FG, EFCC To Halt Trial

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Hundreds of students from the Niger Delta region have protested the continued trial of former militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The students want the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency to quash all charges preferred against Tompolo, saying that though the trial are politically motivated, Tompolo has maintains his support for national security. Some of the placard bore by the students read in parts; "Tompolo is not guilty. "Tompolo is a prominent builder of the future of youths in Nigeria", "EFCC must drop all charges against Tompolo", "Though politically prosecuted, Tompolo maintains his support for national security," among others The students who were drawn from vari...
EFCC Quizzes Ex-UBEC Boss Dikko, Others In N20b Fraud Linked To Minority Leader, Leo Ogor

EFCC Quizzes Ex-UBEC Boss Dikko, Others In N20b Fraud Linked To Minority Leader, Leo Ogor

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  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have quizzed a former Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Mallam Suleiman Dikko, for alleged N20billion fraud. Also grilled were contractors and top directors of UBEC, including those in charge of Finance and Procurement. Dikko’s and some contractors’ passports have been impounded “to ensure unhindered investigation”. The probe, said a source, who pleaded not to be named, is to unravel how funds meant for primary education and Unity Schools were either diverted or converted to private use. “The fraud involves over N20 billion, allegedly siphoned through the purchase of science and technical  equipment and MDGs’ books for some 104 Unity Schools between September  2012 and
Ndidi Elumelu Speaks On Power Sector Probe Again, Says Fmr EFCC Boss, Waziri Was Used To Frustrate His C’ttee

Ndidi Elumelu Speaks On Power Sector Probe Again, Says Fmr EFCC Boss, Waziri Was Used To Frustrate His C’ttee

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    Former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Power during the probe of Sixth Assembly, Hon Ndidi Godwin Elumelu has revealed that former Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, Mrs Waziri Farida was used to frustrate the power sector probe. Elumelu stated that depsite attempt to rope him in into the alleged N5.6billion Rural Electrification Agency theft, he was able to scaled through the hurdles because of his penchant for due process. Speaking exclusively with members of the Delta Online Publishers Forum, (DOPF), on Sunday, 24th December, 2017 in his Country Home at Onicha-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, he gave a graphic details of how his committee uncovered sharp practices which involved highly placed
Nigeria Police Orders SARS To Undergo Psychometric Test, Bans Them From Conducting Stop And Search

Nigeria Police Orders SARS To Undergo Psychometric Test, Bans Them From Conducting Stop And Search

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The Nigeria Police Force has ordered all personnels of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to undergo a compulsory psychometric test, training and continue assessment of operatives deployed to SARS to determine their suitability. In series of tweets on the NPF twitter  handle, the police force also ordered the prohibition of SARS operatives to act as body-body-guards, delving into land matters, personal disputes, debt collection and civil matters. BigPen Online can reports that the NPF also prohibited SARS officers from conducting stop and search on roads unless when necessary, adding that the direct supervision of SARS operation in each state command would be under the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state via the DCP/ACP operations. The statement on the polic
Reps Questions Onu Over Budget Implementation, Threatens Arrest Of Peterside

Reps Questions Onu Over Budget Implementation, Threatens Arrest Of Peterside

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  The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, was yesterday questioned over the implementation of N3.408 billion allocated to his ministry in the 2017 budget by the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology. Chairman of the House committee, Beni Lar said the explanation was necessary in view of the low achievements recorded in the sector. BigPen Online reports that Onu responded that despite N3.408 billion was appropriated to the ministry in 2017, only N811.281 million, representing 23.8 per cent, was released to the ministry in August this year. He said the amount was “inadequate to fund the activities of the ministry, at least, when compared with the N4.025 billion of 2016 that was appropriated while N1.791 billion was released.” He a
How Benin Outpost Customs Officials Share Loot On Highway After Extorting Importers

How Benin Outpost Customs Officials Share Loot On Highway After Extorting Importers

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  How I wish you are around in the late evenings when they share their 'loot'. You will marvel at the large sums of money they each take home on a daily basis, a sources told BigPen Online of how men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) mounting checkpoints on the country’s major highways, particularly those stationed at Ekiadolor and Oluku end of the Benin highway in Edo State operate. After extorting importers, they lure women in the area (married or single) with money such that in some instances they contribute to the breakup of some marriages, our source added. The source told our undercover reporter who was on the route recently that custom officials always extort importers, entrepreneurs and others who travel through the different Customs checkpoints along the Benin
Woman Rises To Become The First Female Northern Commodore In The Nigerian Navy

Woman Rises To Become The First Female Northern Commodore In The Nigerian Navy

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  The Nigerian navy on Monday, December 18, decorated Navy captain Jamila Malafa with the rank of commodore. This rank is equivalent to a brigadier-General in the Army and with this rank she becomes a one-star general. Speaking at the navy headquarters in Abuja, Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP) Rear Admiral Henry Babalola said it was a thing of pride and that only few women have achieved such height. Rear Admiral Babalola while commending Malafa, said that her elevation would inspire other women in the armed forces since there is no limit to what they can achieve. Jamila Malafa on her part confirmed being the first female of northern extraction to reach this rank in the navy adding that this elevation has inspired her to be more loyal and dedicated to her duties.