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Fire Guts Popular Warri Market Again

Fire Guts Popular Warri Market Again

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
Fresh fire incident has been reported at the Ogbe-Ijoh market in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta state. The fire which broke out Friday night around 11: pm burnt over 100 stalls in the market which has notoriety for annual fire disasters. Sources said that the fire started from an area of the market where smoked fish are being processed. Over 500 stores where smoked fish are stored and processed got destroyed and goods worth million perished in an inferno which occurred early this week, Tuesday. Similar fire outbreak had occurred in the market early this year with the state government being accused of doing nothing to replace the shanties with modern structures. The cause of the inferno this time around could not be immediately ascertained as at press time. ...
Okowa Demotes Employees In State Public Service Promoted 8 Years Ago By Predecessor

Okowa Demotes Employees In State Public Service Promoted 8 Years Ago By Predecessor

NEWS
  Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has reportedly approved the demotion of some civil servants from Grade Level 16 to 14, Grade Level 13 to 12 and Grade Level 10 among others elevated by former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan's administration in 2010. A circular letter copied relevant government authorities in the state with ref number: HOS.24/36, titled 'Elongation Of The Officer's Cadre In The State Public Service To Salary Grade Level 17', dated September 3, 2010, signed by Mr. O. Ofili, then Head Of Service, reads thus: "His Excellency, the Governor, Dr. E.E. Uduaghan has graciously approved the elongation of the officers' cadre in the state public service to salary Grade Level 17. "By this kind gesture of His Excellency, the Governor, aimed at motivating the workforce to greater...
PDP To Buhari: You Are Shielding Oshiomhole From Corruption Probe

PDP To Buhari: You Are Shielding Oshiomhole From Corruption Probe

NEWS, POLITICS
Nigeria's opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of shielding former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole from graft probe. Oshiomhole who is currently gunning for All Progressive Congress (APC) National Chairmanship position had been accused of looting Edo State while he served as Governor. Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement on Friday said Oshiomhole must be made to account for the N10billion and N500million spent building two personal houses while serving as Governor of Edo State. The statement reads in full: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to prove the sincerity of his fight against corruption by directing the investigation and arraignm
BREAKING: Okowa Approves Sack Of 568 Workers Of Delta Line

BREAKING: Okowa Approves Sack Of 568 Workers Of Delta Line

NEWS
  Following the purported partial sale of Delta Line Transport Services Limited, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday approved the retrenchment of 568 staff of the company. BigPen Online gathered that the staff were disengaged today (Thursday) by the management of Good Is Good Motors (GIGM) who buy off 70 percent of the company from Delta state Government at the cost of N161million naira. Dependable sources however revealed that controversies have started trailing the action of governor as the staff alleged the new management have started recruiting non-Deltans employees from Anambra and Imo states at the expense of Deltans who laboured for the transport company for years. BigPen Online learnt that the affected workers who were lay off today would stage a mass protest an...
Activist Drags EFCC To Court Over Failure To Prosecute Ex-Gov Oshiomhole

Activist Drags EFCC To Court Over Failure To Prosecute Ex-Gov Oshiomhole

METRO, NEWS
  A Benin-based activist and anti-corruption crusader, Bishop Osadolor Ochei has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja for an order of mandamus compelling the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence criminal proceedings against former Edo state governor, Adams Aliu Oshiomhole on alleged corruption. An ex-parte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/628/2018 praying the court to order EFCC to put Oshiomole on trial followed the Bishop’s petition to the EFCC, dated October 28, 2016 ‎against Oshiomhole, who was governor of Edo state from November 2008 to November 11, 2016. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is the first respondent while Oshiomhole who is currently gunning for All Progressive Congress (APC) National Chairmanship position is the second.
I Did Not Dispute The Figure Of The NBS On Unemployment – Keyamo

I Did Not Dispute The Figure Of The NBS On Unemployment – Keyamo

NEWS, POLITICS
  Festus Keyamo (SAN), the spokesman of the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, has released a statement that he did not dispute the figure of the National Bureau of Statistics on unemployment. This comes after an online report where he was said to have not believed in the figures of National Bureau of Statistics on unemployment. The statement reads, “My attention has been drawn to some on-line reports where I was quoted as disputing the figures of the National Bureau of Statistics as to the rate of UNEMPLOYMENT in the country. Obviously, that is not correct. In a season of politics, fake news and twisted reportage are expected to dominate some space, but we shall expose them as they arise. “For the avoidance of doubt, what I disputed in the latest edition of THE INTERV
NBA Blacklisted Gani Fawehinmi Because Of Buhari – Keyamo

NBA Blacklisted Gani Fawehinmi Because Of Buhari – Keyamo

NEWS
  Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Festus Keyamo has stated that Gani Fawehinmi was blacklisted by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for supporting President Muhammadu Buhari in 1985. Keyamo, who TheCable quoted to have spoke to THE INTERVIEW, says he finds himself in a similar position as the late activist and human rights lawyer. The Director of Communications for the re-election campaign of President, Buhari said, “In 1984/85, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, my late boss, dared his colleagues at the NBA; he ignored all of them. In fact, it is just like some sections are so alarmed at what I am doing now,” Keyamo told The Interview. “That was exactly the same position Gani found himself. There is no difference. How would Gani support a Buhari, a dictator? As a result of that
Otuaro Assures Delta NUJ Of Govt Partnership

Otuaro Assures Delta NUJ Of Govt Partnership

NEWS
  Deputy Governor of Delta State, Deacon Kingsley Burutu Otuaro says the Delta State Government looks forward to a greater collaboration with the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state just as he thanked the body for its proper reportage of government programmes. The Deputy Governor stated this during a courtesy call on him, Thursday, by the Delta State Council of the NUJ led by its Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu who said the body had come to assure the Deputy Governor of support for his peace shuttles in the state. The Delta NUJ said it was impressed by Otuaro's cordial relationship with the State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa which he said has no doubt promoted peace, investors' confidence and development of the State. Otuaro said the NUJ has demo...
Two Nigerian Women Overpower Rapists In Chennai, Hand Them To Police

Two Nigerian Women Overpower Rapists In Chennai, Hand Them To Police

METRO, NEWS
  Two Nigerian University girls who were target of two rapists on Tuesday overpowered the two India men who wanted to rape them and handed them over to local police. TimesofIndia reports that seeing two women walking by themselves along a dimly-lit stretch at in Vandalur, Chennai, on Tuesday night, two men decided they would be easy targets and tried to grope them. What they didn't bargain for was that the women, Nigerian nationals studying in two city colleges, would turn upon them. The report says the two ladies rained blows on the molesters in a bid to struggle off their grip while they shout for help. The two men, who were later discovered drunk, were later handed over to the police. A police officer said one of the women was a student of Loyola College and t...
You Are Not Empowered To Probe Criminals, Court To National Assembly

You Are Not Empowered To Probe Criminals, Court To National Assembly

NEWS, POLITICS
  Abuja Federal High Court says the National Assembly lacks powers to investigate criminal allegations, indict or absolve anyone of crime. Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in a ruling on Tuesday, declared as null and void the practice of the national assembly to investigate criminal allegations involving individuals. Kolawaole said law enforcement agents or the executive have the powers to handle such issues. Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), filed a case with its suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/163/2009 against the House of Representatives. His legal action was push by the silence of the House of Representatives over a news story in a national newspaper in 2008 which indicted the leadership of the House in a shady car deal of 380 units of Peugeot automobile. Fo...