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Ekwueme’s Death: Ibori Laments Poor Treatment Of Former Vice-President

Ekwueme’s Death: Ibori Laments Poor Treatment Of Former Vice-President

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
  Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori has attacked a cross-section of Nigerians who are mourning the passing away of Former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme accusing them of shedding  “crocodile tears”. In a statement by his spokesman, Tony Eluemunor, Ibori said Nigeria is the biggest loser in Ekwueme’s death adding that the Octogenarian lived a fulfilled life and with his demise, the nation would never know the examples he would have set as President. “Though His Excellency, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, GCON was a great icon, a national father-figure and a stabilizing factor in Nigerian politics, I Chief James Onanefe Ibori cannot stop asking “what if”. "Even those who betrayed the effort to make Ekwueme President may begin to hypocritically of course, bewail th
Clark’s PANDEF, Reconciles With Other Pro-Niger Delta Groups, Insists On Dialogue

Clark’s PANDEF, Reconciles With Other Pro-Niger Delta Groups, Insists On Dialogue

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
[Widget_Twitter id="1"] Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark-led group, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has reconciled all difference with other pro-NigerDelta groups including Pan-Niger Delta People’s Congress (PNDPC) which recently broke away to form a splinter group. BigPen Online gathered that the reconciliation was affirmed today (Tuesday) in Warri, Delta state following an earlier close door meeting held over the weekend at Kiagbodo, Burutu local council, Delta state, where the groups agreed to work together again for the good of the Niger Delta. The reconciliation is coming on the backdrop of the disruption of the PANDEF meeting in Port Harcourt by suspected militants loyal to PANDEF's splinter group. BjgPen Online recalls that one of the splinter group, Pan-Niger Delta People’
Southern Senators Forum To Hold Summit On Restructuring And Other National Issues

Southern Senators Forum To Hold Summit On Restructuring And Other National Issues

NEWS
  The southern senators forum (SSF) under the leadership of Senator Hope Uzodinma is set to convey a retreat for all Senators representing the southern parts of the country. This retreat which is scheduled to hold on the 23rd of November to 26th  will brainstorm on national issues including restructuring in Nigeria. The senator in his statement said the SSF was committed to ensuring an equitable, progressive and prosperous Nigeria and would continue to solicit for lasting solutions to problems affecting the country irrespective of tribe, religion or culture. According to the senator, this retreat will enable the senators to further commit to the peace and tranquility of the polity and will also discuss protection of ethnic minorities in the country. He pointed out t
Jonathan To Buhari: Implementing 2014 Confab Report Will Solve Nigeria’s Problems

Jonathan To Buhari: Implementing 2014 Confab Report Will Solve Nigeria’s Problems

NEWS
  Immediate past President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has advised his successor, President Munammadu Buhari to implement the 2014 confab report, insisting that it will go a long way in solving so many of the problems that Nigeria is facing. This, he said even as he lament not being able to implement it because of time constraint, he encouraged the President to use the report because it outlined in details the panacea for the progress of the country. Jonathan in a statement by his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze reiterated in the message that the 2014 confab report holds the key “to reshaping and consolidating the necessary grounds and shared values, needed to move the nation forward” stating that it held answers to most of what Nigerians are agi
Nigerian Army Promotes 137 Officers To Generals

Nigerian Army Promotes 137 Officers To Generals

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[Widget_Twitter id="1"] The Nigerian Army Council on Monday approved the promotion of 45 Brigadier Generals to the rank of Major Generals and 92 Colonels to the rank of Brigadier Generals. This was contained in a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations. Some of those promoted to the rank of Two Star Generals (Major Generals) include Brigadier General HO Otiki, Acting Commander Defence Headquarters Garrison, Brigadier General OO Soleye, Acting Director Veteran Affairs, Defence Headquarters, the Acting Provost Marshal, Brigadier General AT Hamman, the Acting Military Secretary, Brigadier General F Yahaya, the Acting General Officers Commanding 3, 7 and 8 Divisions, Brigadier General BA Ahanotu, Brigadier General IM Yusuf and Brigadier ...
Ibori Exposes Secret Of How He Rescued, Hide Ngige In Govt House Asaba For One Week In 2003

Ibori Exposes Secret Of How He Rescued, Hide Ngige In Govt House Asaba For One Week In 2003

NEWS, POLITICS
[Widget_Twitter id="1"]   For those who doesn't know how former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chris Ngige was rescued from Awka during the abduction saga in 2003, the Saturday last week grand reception organised in honour of Chief James Onanefe Ibori have offered many the opportunity to know what transpired. It is now clear that Ibori played a very critical role in rescuing Ngige from the hotel where he was held up by security agents. Emphasing the need for leaders in the country to be courageous in standing on the part of the constitution and working for the people, Ibori revealed how as a sister governor at that time, he moved in to save Ngige from further embarrassment when his attention was drawn to the constitutional breach. He spoke at the grand reception o...
Auchi Poly Expels SUG President, 2 Others Weeks After Accusing Rector Of ‘Corruption’

Auchi Poly Expels SUG President, 2 Others Weeks After Accusing Rector Of ‘Corruption’

NEWS
[Widget_Twitter id="1"]   Barely few weeks after they leveled allegations of corruption and others against their Rector, management of Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, on Monday, announced the expulsion from the institution of a former Students Union President (SUG), Mr Samson Okoduwa and two others for misconduct. The expulsion is contained in a statement signed by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Mustapha Oshiobugie, and made available to journalists in Benin. Acting Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Sanusi Jimah, according to the statement, also announced the expulsion of a former General Secretary and Speaker of the SUG, Obukowho Favour Oghenerume and Unuareleokpa Patrick respectively. Nigerian Tribune reported that the trio had last month at a media brie
Students Overrun Govt House In Osun Over Fees Hike

Students Overrun Govt House In Osun Over Fees Hike

NEWS
[Widget_Twitter id="1"] *No Fees Increment - Govt Pandemonium broke out in Osogbo, capital of Osun, on Monday when protesting students, from the state-owned tertiary institutions stormed the city to protest what they termed arbitrary increase in the fees regime by the management of their schools. The protest, which turned violent started around 9.15am, when the protesting students, who were coordinated by the chairman of Joint Campus Committee (JCC) and National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Zone D, Osun axis, Comrade Saheed Miftau stormed the popular Olaiya junction to halt traffic flow of vehicles. But, efforts by the anti-riot policemen to contain the action of the students failed as they allegedly hurled stones and other dangerous objects at the security agen...
Dokubo Debunks CNN Report Linking Him To Threat By Militants To Blow Up Pipelines

Dokubo Debunks CNN Report Linking Him To Threat By Militants To Blow Up Pipelines

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[Widget_Twitter id="1"]     Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, has debunked alleged report in the CNN Network linking him to threat by militants group to renewed hostilities in the Niger Delta region. Dokubo-Asari's spokesman, Activist Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro, in a statement obtained by BigPen Online on Monday, said that the report credited to the CNN was ochastrated by agents of the Buhari-led administration who are finding every means to robe him in. According to Anighoro, Dukubo-Asari have no reason to go into any negotiation with the federal government, therefore it was baseless to say he opted out of ongoing peace efforts in the Niger Delta. The statement read in full: "The attention of the leadership of the Niger Delta People Salvation Front (NDPSF) has been dr...
Absence Of Record Of Treaties Signed By FG National Embarrassment – CDHR

Absence Of Record Of Treaties Signed By FG National Embarrassment – CDHR

NEWS
[Widget_Twitter id="1"] The reported absence of available, inclusive and updated record of treaties and conventions to which Nigeria is a signatory is a national embarrassment, National President, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, Mr. Malachy Ugwummadu has said.  Ugwummadu, a human rights lawyer stated this in Abuja after a sub-regional conference on Africa Industrialization Day, described the development as regrettable and unacceptable.  While expressing deep concern over the embarrassing report, Ugwummadu said that the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice must be held responsible for this uninspiring and upsetting lapse because of the office he occupies He wondered why a government would openly and gleefully tell her citizens in this age and time that it does n