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Daniel Elombah Released, Brother Still In Detention

Daniel Elombah Released, Brother Still In Detention

NEWS
  The Publisher of elombah.com and the General Secretary of the Online Publishers Association, OPAN, Daniel Elombah, who was arrested by officers attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigerian police on New Year’s day, has been released conditionally. It could be recalled that the United Kingdom-based attorney was arrested alongside his brothers from their family house in Edoji-Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State, Eastern Nigeria in the wee hours of New Year’s day. The online publisher was arrested over an opinion written by another writer on social media network, Instagram which was published on his platform, elombah.com. Elombah’s wife had told ALEDEH that her husband and his brothers were held under duress, stressing that she was terrified.
Innoson Boss Files N200Bn Suit Against EFCC

Innoson Boss Files N200Bn Suit Against EFCC

NEWS
Innocent Chukwuma, CEO, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, has filed a N200 billion lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The lawsuit was filed at the Enugu High Court by Joseph N. Mbadugha of McCarthy Mbadugha & Co, counsel to Innocent Chukwuma. Chukwuma is suing the EFCC for defamation, malicious falsehood and unlawful imprisonment. The Innoson boss had been arrested by the capital market and insurance fraud unit of the EFCC on December 19, claiming that he resisted arrest and used forged documents to get tax waivers, Independent had reported. Chukwuma maintained that at no time did he receive an invitation or was invited by the EFCC or was there any time he jumped an administrative bail granted by the EFCC, his spokesperson, Cornel Osigwe,
DSEIC Won’t Conduct Credible LG Election In Delta So Long Okowa Control, Supervises It – Lawyer

DSEIC Won’t Conduct Credible LG Election In Delta So Long Okowa Control, Supervises It – Lawyer

NEWS, POLITICS
  Warri-based human rights lawyer, Oghenejabor Ikimi has said that the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSEIC) under the control and supervision of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa would not conduct a credible, free and fair elections in the 25 Local Government Council Areas of the State come January 6th 2018. He spoke following the recent Vote of Confidence passed on the Commission by the Conference of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) in the State ahead of the council polls. In a statement obtained by BigPen Online, Ikimi described the statement credited to CRPP as an offensive brand of politics of the stomach capable of derailing true democracy at the grassroot. The statement read; "It is public knowledge that Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSEIC...
Over 21 Persons Murdered In Cold Blood In Rivers

Over 21 Persons Murdered In Cold Blood In Rivers

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
  Over 21 persons have been murdered in cold blood in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. Although details of the incident were still sketchy, a source said the victims were murdered by gunmen in the early hours of today as they were coming from crossover church services in Omoku, Onelga in River State. The source said that some armed men, believed to be foot soldiers of notorious militant leader, Don Nwanee raided the town at the wee hours of the day, leaving it with tears and wailing. Reports say among the dead was a son of the paramount ruler of Ogbogburu in Egiland where the incident took place. Confirming the incident, the Caretaker Committee chairman of the local government area, Ossy Olisa, said that six persons were injured in the...
Buhari Insists Restructuring Is Not Nigeria’s Priority

Buhari Insists Restructuring Is Not Nigeria’s Priority

NEWS
  President Muhammadu Buhari has once again reacted to the calls for restructuring which dominated the political scene in 2017. In his latest reaction to the issue during his New Year Broadcast on Monday morning, the President insisted that restructuring was not the most pressing issue in Nigeria because the country’s problems have more to do with process. “In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the on-going debate about “Restructuring”. No human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments,” President Buhari said. “We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may
Isoko Youths Protest Lopsided Buhari, APC Appointments

Isoko Youths Protest Lopsided Buhari, APC Appointments

NEWS
  The youths of Isoko nation, Delta state, have expressed dissatisfaction over the lopsided federal appointments in Isoko nation and urged President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress APC led Federal Government to quickly correct the imbalance. Comrade Emmanuel Akpovoka, an Isoko youth leader, who spoke in Warri on Monday, said, "it is on record and verifiable that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress APC won only in Isoko south LGA with 10,000 votes and failed in the other 24 local governments in Delta State, at the 2015 presidential election, but despite these facts, the APC has failed to reciprocate the votes, contributions and efforts of Isoko South to the present administration". Akpovoka disclosed that Professor Sogolo, Chief Sali...
Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Political Thug, Dracula Arrested In Warri

Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Political Thug, Dracula Arrested In Warri

METRO, NEWS
  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...
Presidency Admits Errors In Controversial List Featuring Dead Persons As Appointees

Presidency Admits Errors In Controversial List Featuring Dead Persons As Appointees

NEWS
The presidency has reacted to the controversy generated by its appointment, Friday evening, of 1,468 Nigerians into the boards of agencies and parastatals. The list generated controversy after names of some dead persons were found among the appointees. Checks also show duplications and appointments of individuals that are no longer in the ruling All Progressives Congress. The Presidency however downplayed the matter Saturday as, according to a spokesman of the president, there was nothing scandalous about the list. Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES by telephone, Garba Shehu said “the list has a history” which explains the controversy around it. “In 2015, Mr. President requested all state chapters of the party to submit names of 50 party members for board appointments,” Mr. Shehu
Buhari Signs Compulsory Treatment For Gunshot Victim Bill, 5 Others Into Laws

Buhari Signs Compulsory Treatment For Gunshot Victim Bill, 5 Others Into Laws

NEWS
  President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed six bills, including the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 and the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Act, 2017 into laws. Senator Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), made this known to State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday. According to Enang, the Gunshot Act specifically stipulates that a person with gunshot shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit. He explained: “Furthermore, a person with gunshot wound shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the police
Updated: President Buhari Appoints Dead Men Among 209 Chairmen Of Federal Boards (+Full List)

Updated: President Buhari Appoints Dead Men Among 209 Chairmen Of Federal Boards (+Full List)

NEWS
Many Nigerians were astonished on Friday when they discovered that two among the list of 209 chairmen of boards of agencies and parastatals approved by Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari had died. It was not clear why the names of the deceased still featured on the list of nominees for the federal appointment but some observers tagged it as a posthumous appointment or one of the many blunders of the Buhari's led administration. The strange appointments became a new chapter in President Buhari's controversial actions in recent times in which he has been criticized of having lost touch of governance. BigPen Online learnt that among those appointed was an APC leader in Delta state, and second republic senator, Late Senator Francis Okpozo who died on December 26, 2016 in Benin Ci