A Delta State High Court sitting at Otor-Udu, in Udu Council Area has awarded the sum of N5m (five Million Naira) as damages for negligence against Diamond Bank PLC. Hon. Justice Clara Emuobor Ashilefu, while delivering her judgment on Tuesday, 5 December, 2017 in suit No. W /546/2013 between Chief Francis Ometan and others and Diamond Bank PLC, stated that the Bank was negligent in the handling of the document kept in her custody for safe keeping. The court also awarded N50,000.00 (fifty thousand naira) as cost against the Bank, noting that 17 years was not too long for the bank to be careless about the safety of documents kept in her custody. Recalls that the suit which was instituted in 2013 at a Warri High Court was later transferred to the High Court at Otor-Udu
A bill to cut the salaries and gratuities of local government Councillors in Delta State is on the offing. Already, the bill christened, “Delta State remunerations, salaries, allowances, gratuities and pensions of certain public office holders and bodies amendment bill" has passed second reading at the State House of Assembly. The second reading of the bill at Tuesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, was sequel to a motion moved by the member representing Ndokwa West constituency, Hon Azuka Azaka, seconded by the Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere. Hon Azaka who sponsored the said bill, explained that the bill was important to protect and stabilize local government councils from financial collapse. According to him, presently, Councils were
Former Nigeria's Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida has expressed confidence that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led convention organising committee of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) will conduct a rancour free, acceptable convention. General Babangida spoke on Wednesday when Governor Okowa, accompanied by the Chairman of the caretaker committee of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and top officials of the party met him at his (IBB's) country home at Minna, Niger State. A statement release by Delta State Government quoted Babangida as saying,"I have here, the chairman of the caretaker committee, former chairman of Kaduna State, the Chairman of convention planning committee, the Governor of Delta State with the officials for the convention, I am glad they are working hard a
Firebrand human right lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN) has raised some posers concerning the ongoing probe of Director General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir Haliru Gwarzo, just as he decried display of petty politics and ethnic bigotry over the matter. BigPen Online recalls that Gwarzo had been under investigation by an Administrative Panel of Inquiry set up by the Hon. Minister of Finance; Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for his conduct as head of Nigeria’s apex securities regulator. Keyamo in a statement on Wednesday, however said, "I woke up this morning and read of the attempts by the Ho
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday made his first strategic trip to Kano state where he will be for a two day visit. This visit however is seen by many as an indication he is seeking for a second term in office in 2019, being that Kano state is a key state for any presidential aspirant seeking to win presidential elections. Speaking at the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, Buhari gave little away about whether he planned to seek a second term. He said, “I know the elections. If they are to be free and fair, if it is a question of numbers, if it is a question of allowing people to make their choice, then I think the people are in my pocket”. President Buhari seems to have fully recovered after months of treatment had last month also visited thre
The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi has refuted the news making the rounds that he is running for president in 2019. He stated this in a statement signed by his spokesman Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo and made available to BigPen Onlne on Wednesday. “The attention of Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has been drawn to reports in some sections of the media, which seems to suggest that he has confirmed an interest in seeking to fly the flag of PDP in 2019. "This is not a very true reflection of what the distinguished senator gave in a chat with some newsmen couple of days ago. “What threat does the return of Atiku portends to the aspirations of others who had either made their intentions known or those
Delta State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday says Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is impervious to the pain he is causing Deltans. The party stated this in reaction to the Delta state government claims that it released N800million to lessen the burden of councils in the payment of local government workers salaries. Delta APC however hinted that the N800million was the exact share Delta State Government got from the N28Billion loan package offered to the 35 states of the federation by President Buhari to pay local government workers’ salaries, adding that it was a lie for Okowa to say he released money when he did not add any additional money to relief the burden of the councils. Delta state Chairman of APC, Prophet Jones Ode Erue in a statement made
An Admiralty University to be run by the Nigerian Navy was among the six new private universities approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday. The Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, announced this while briefing the State House Press Corps at the end of the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. According to him, the approvals are a result of the memo submitted to FEC by the ministry. He said the universities were Admiralty University in Ibusa, Delta state, owned by the Naval Holding Company, Spiritan University in Nneochi, Abia state and Precious Cornerstone University in Ibadan. Also approved are PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt, Atibe University in Oyo town, Oyo State and Eko University of Medical...
Against insinuation that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has totally left Delta State, the oil firm on Wednesday says it is still around and implementing its Joint Venture projects for its host communities. SPDC's General Manager, External Relations, Mr. Igo Weli stated this during the commissioning of a multi-million naira 400-sitting capacity town hall for Ogunu community, near Warri. BigPen Online reports that this is coming just as SPDC on Wednesday endowed a Professorial Chair in Light Weight Automobile Engine Department at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, both in Delta State. According to Weli, there is no better way to correct the erroroneous assumption than the inaguration of the project which was conceived in 2011 when SPDC took the d...
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP has indicted the Delta State Government on violation of the State Child's Adoption laws, declaring however that the agency has nothing to do with "human trafficking" case allegedly involving officials of state government which is outside its (NAPTIP) mandate. This was contained in an official letter signed by Mrs Amugo Ijeoma Mary on behalf of NAPTIP, dated 21st June 2016 after the investigation of the case of the Proprietor of Explosive Academy, Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area and made available to BigPen Online on Wednesday. NAPTIP in the letter with Reference number, NAPTIP/NLM/782/1 had directed the Proprietor of Explosive Academy, Mr. Aghogho Ighorhiowhunu to petition the Delta State Attor...