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APC LG Primaries: Edo Dep Gov Shaibu Fingered In Allege Imposition Of Candidate

APC LG Primaries: Edo Dep Gov Shaibu Fingered In Allege Imposition Of Candidate

NEWS, POLITICS
  The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Hon. Phillip Shaibu, is in the eye of the storm over the alleged imposition of Andrew Osigbe as the party’s candidate in Owan East local government Council of the State. Shaibu, was accused of leading some impostors to Warrake ward 10 out of the 11 wards in the Council where he allegedly dragged the leader of the 3 man panel, Hon Emmanuel Agbale , the State Commissioner for Science and Technology to declared Andrew Osigbe as the Consensus Chairmanship candidate. The ward where the deputy governor visited also produced all the councillorship candidates, brazenly side tracked the other 10 wards which produced Victor Ohiosumuan as the popular and consensus chairmanship candidate of the party in the local government. Prior to the primary, the cauc
Crack Deepens Between Ijaws, Itsekiris Over Maritime Varsity’s Site

Crack Deepens Between Ijaws, Itsekiris Over Maritime Varsity’s Site

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
  The crack between Ijaws and Itsekiris over the site of Maritime University in Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri South West Local Government area of Delta State deepened with Omadino community insisting that the land is Okerenghigo and not Okerenkoko as claimed by the Ijaws. Consequently, they have vowed not to allow the Ijaws take over their land under the guise of the establishment of the University by the Federal Government. According to a statement issued on Monday by the people of Omadino, an Itsekiri community, they lauded the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami over his memo to the National Assembly dated October 17, 2017 advising the legislators to comply with a Supreme Court judgement that recognised the site of the university as Okerenghigo. In the statement ...
DESOPADEC Queries Over 300 Staff Who Partake In Protest

DESOPADEC Queries Over 300 Staff Who Partake In Protest

NEWS
  The management of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, (DESOPADEC) has issued query to over 300 staff of the establishment who partook in the two weeks along protest over non pay of allowance and other entitlement. BigPen Online learnt that the query letter which were signed by DESOPADEC's Executive Director, Administration and Finance, Bashorun Askia Ogieh were issued on Monday. The commission said the protest was illegal therefore the staff breach the condition of service and should explain why they partook in the disruption of the activities of the commission for two weeks. Meanwhile, Delta state chapter of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Services Technical & Recreational Services Employees, AUPCTRE, DESOPADEC Branch, has countered the ...
Delta Govt Dissolved Post-Primary Education Board

Delta Govt Dissolved Post-Primary Education Board

NEWS
  The Delta State Government has dissolved Post-Primary Education Board in the state. A statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ovie Festus Agas on Thursday, said all members of the board stand dissolved. While thanking the former members for the meritorious services to the state, the statement urged them to hand-over all government properties in their possession to the Permanent Secretary of the Board for proper record keeping. "I wish to announce for the information of the general public and especially, the various stakeholders in the education sub-sector that the full membership of the Post-Primary Education Board has been dissolved. "I convey the appreciation of the government and people of Delta State to the former Chairman and members of the Board for ...
Isoko Youths Rise Against Okowa Over ‘Illegal’ Arrest Of Their Leader Who Led Protest Over State Of Roads In Delta

Isoko Youths Rise Against Okowa Over ‘Illegal’ Arrest Of Their Leader Who Led Protest Over State Of Roads In Delta

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
    Hundreds of Isoko youths on Thursday took to the streets, protesting against Governor Ifeanyi Okowa over the alleged illegal arrest of the President of Isoko National Youths Assembly, (INYA), Comrade Ovie Umuakpo who led protest over deplorable state of roads in the state last year December. BigPen Online gathered that Umuakpo was arrested on Wednesday by police detectives from Asaba, following a petition written against him by one Samuel Askia, son of the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, DESOPEDEC, Bashorun Askia Ogieh over the last year December protest by the youth group of which Ogieh name was mentioned in one of placard bore by the protesters. But the youths group who perceived 'political undertone' over the arrest, are accusing Governor Okowa as bra...
‘How I Tactically Saved Okowa In Last PDP Primaries’ – Ochei

‘How I Tactically Saved Okowa In Last PDP Primaries’ – Ochei

NEWS, POLITICS
Snippet from a recent interview by former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Victor Ochei shows that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa could have been defeated in the 2015 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries if not for the "political chess game" played by Ochei. Ochei, who gave a graphic details of how he 'tactically' saved Okowa from loosing the primaries, said that if he had withdrew from the race as pressure was heavily amounted on him to so do then, David Edevbie, now Commissioner for Finance under Okowa's administration would have clinched the ticket. The former Speaker who spoke to Anioma Voice newspaper in an exclusive interview, said that the pendulum was swinging toward Edevbie but his decision not to step down at the last hours of the race saved Okowa un...
Radical Christian Group Declares To Wage ‘War’ Against Jihadists

Radical Christian Group Declares To Wage ‘War’ Against Jihadists

METRO, NEWS
  A group under the auspices of Coalition of Christian Crusade Movement of Nigeria,(COCCMON), on Wednesday declared to wage 'war' against Jihadists masquerading as herdsmen in Southern and Northern part of the country. The group in a strong worded statement made available to newsmen in Warri, Delta state, called on Christians all over the country to resist every violent attacks against them. The group in the statement which was signed by Comrade Israel Timi Ade declared a seven point resolutions after its extraordinary meeting held at the oil city. COCCMON however called on Israel and the United States of America to get set for powerful supply of technical supports to prosecute the war against Jihadists. The group which say its members cut across all Christian denominations rad...
Delta Assembly Summons DESOPADEC Chairman, MD, Others Over Unabated Workers Union’s Protest

Delta Assembly Summons DESOPADEC Chairman, MD, Others Over Unabated Workers Union’s Protest

NEWS
  The Delta state House of Assembly has summoned the chairman of DESOPEDEC board, Godwin Ebosa, the Managing Director, Olorogun William Makinde and other management team of the commission over the unending crisis rocking the establishment. BigPen Online learnt that the House summoned the management of the commission in a letter conveyed to them on Tuesday. The workers union which has since split into two factions was also summoned to meet with the House Committee led by Hon Daniel Mayuku. Meanwhile, the two weeks industrial action and protest against the management of the commission over the non payment of allowances and other entitlements of workers have been called off. It was learnt that the workers union became divided on Monday after the Chairman of Amalgamated Union of Pu...
BREAKING! EFCC’s Arrests Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal

BREAKING! EFCC’s Arrests Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal

NEWS
  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has arrested and detained the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, for alleged fraud to the tune of N223m. Mr. Lawal is detained in the Abuja headquarters of the anti-graft agency where he will face investigators over his role in the controversial contracts, ALEDEH is reporting. The former SGF was removed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017 following allegations that he diverted aid funds intended for the humanitarian crisis in North-east Nigeria. [Widget_Twitter id="1"]
EFCC Arrests Patience Jonathan’s Sister Over N3bn Accounts

EFCC Arrests Patience Jonathan’s Sister Over N3bn Accounts

NEWS
  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested the younger sister to Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the wife of the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, over suspicious payments of N3bn made into her many accounts The accounts, with a combined balance of N3bn, are in Skye Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Diamond Bank and Ecobank. It was learnt that the suspect, Esther Oba, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday shortly after returning from Dubai with her husband and three children. Mrs. Oba first came under the EFCC radar in 2016 when the commission was investigating Mrs. Jonathan. The commission had discovered that an account with Oba’s Bank Verification Number bearing Mrs. Jonathan signature had a balance of $429,381.87 and subsequently fr