Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission, on Thursday sent a warning notice to contractors who had abandoned multi-million Naira projects across the Niger Delta that it would soon visit the project sites to see the level of work done in relation to the money paid to those contractors. Magu warned that where public fund is found to have been taken without utilizing it for the reason it was released, those involved would be made to face the full weight of the law. He spoke in Abuja when officials of the National Association of Niger-Delta Students, NANDS, visited him. Magu said, “We will visit such projects and ensure the completion of the projects and where money has been taken; we will go after them and recover the money. We will ensure that j
Coalition of youth leaders from the Niger Delta have alleged that under the gleeful eyes of Commander of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman and his men, influential oil barons and foreigner are siphoning the nation's crude oil with "fake voucher from the NNPC. Addressing a world press conference in Warri, Delta state on Friday evening, under the auspices of Niger Delta Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council, the leaders said the JTF has failed in its mandate to rid the region of illegal oil bunkering. The Leaders who were drawn from various ethnic nationalities in the region including those Ijaw, Etsako, Yoruba, Ogoni, Efik, Yala, Benin, Owan and Qua, Anioma, Ibibio, , Esan, Oron, Isoko, Bekwarra, Edo, AfighIwaadEket and Urhobo, all
Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company on Thursday denied claims that it sponsored the recent protest by youths calling for the sack of Commander of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman over unabated illegal bunkering activities in the Niger Delta region. The Nigeria and Africa’s energy firm said Aiteo group and its Chief Executive, Benedict Peters was not the masterminds behind the serious allegations levied against the JTF boss by the people of the oil-rich Niger Delta region. Aiteo said that any attempt by the embattled Admiral Suleiman to suggest Aiteo’s involvement in the activities of those who undertook the protest or indeed any other related activity is a distraction designed to fail. The statement read in full: "It appears t
Renowned Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark has advised Mr Ibe Kachukwu , the Minister of State Petroleum to stand for his right in the Ministry of Petroleum, noting that he is merely a floating Minister with his responsibilities allegedly being hijacked by the Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Chief Edwin Clark made this assertion on Wednesday at his Kiagbodo residence in Delta state. Kachukwu should be careful not to make it in history as the most sidelined Minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, Clark said, noting that the region would stand by him if he chose to do the needful. “The Minister of State for Petroleum is floating, he hardly finds job to do. If contracts can be awarded without him and approved by
A large-scale fraud has been uncovered in the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), involving some institutions of higher learning in the country. The fraud was discovered following an in-house committee headed by the Head of Reintegration, Amnesty Office, Chief Aroloyeteim Brown, who verified beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme in local universities in the country. The verification shows that the educational part of the programme was fraught with irregularities in previous deployment of delegates for educational programmes in some universities in the country. Report says an alarming figure of students enrolled in universities under the PAP were not captured in the data base at the Amnesty Office. Confirming this in a circulated statement on Tuesday, the amnesty office
The leaders of oil and gas producing communities in Delta State, have vowed to resist any attempt by the National Assembly to further enslave and impoverished the host communities in the controversial Petroleum Host and Impacted Communities Development Bill. This was made known in a open letter by Gbaramatu-Egbema-Ogulagha Coastal Communities Front (GEOCCF) to Senate President, dated 4th June, 2018, and signed by Hon. George U. Timinimi (MIoD, MCIArb), President, Chief Bright Abilo, Fredrick Igere, Shandors Tortor, Philemon Ugedi, Chief Freason Dose, Ekio Youpele. They insisted that the Petroleum Host Communities Fund should be maintained at ten percent (10%) monthly profit of oil companies as was initially proposed, and totally rejected the paltry 2. 5 % proposal and
The group, Niger Delta Oil and Gas Monitoring Group (NDO&GMP) has lampooned Benedict Peters, the Chief Executive Officer of Aiteo Energy, operators of Nember Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) over alleged accusations against the Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman. Benedict Peters had been enmeshed in a recent media war with the JTF boss over the N1.192 billion pipeline protection deal the company claimed they had with JTF over a period of three years. This is coming following accusation by JTF boss that the Chief Executive of Aiteo was behind the protest in Abuja in which youths from the Niger Delta region call for his removal. However, in a statement exonerating that JTF boss of the allegation, the group claimed that Aiteo chi...
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aiteo Energy, Benedict Peters and Commander of the military task force, Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman are currently enmeshed in a media war over the N1.192 billion pipeline protection deal the company claimed they had with JTF over a period of three years. This is coming following allegations by coalition of Niger Delta Civil Society activists and the Niger Delta environmental protection group led by Tochukwu Ohazuruike, that the JTF boss, Suleiman was neck-deep in illegal activities especially in the oil sector. The group which staged a mass protest in Abuja demanding the immediate removal of the naval Officer as the Commander of the Special Task Force (STF) in the Niger Delta had alleged that the militar...
A coalition of Niger Delta Civil Society activists and the Niger Delta environmental protection group have call for immediate removal of JTF commander in the Niger Delta region. This followed a protest march staged in Abuja on Friday by thousands of men and women mostly youths from the region. The protesters said their action was informed by the worsening case of economic sabotage, oil bunkering, vandalisation of oil facilities as well as stealing. The protesters demanded the immediate removal of Rear Admiral Apochi Sulaiman, Commander of Operation Delta Safe, accusing him of aiding and abating the problems they listed. They carried placards bearing different inscriptions such as: Please Save Nigerian Economy from the hands of Apochi and his oil bunkerer friends; ...
Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson is on the warpath again with his predecessor, Chief Timipre Sylva over claims and counter claims about state of insecurity in the state. This is coming as cultists between Tuesday and Thursday have reportedly killed over eight persons in a renewed cult war in the state. Reports say Dickson and Sylva are currently trading blames over the alleged killings in the state. Source disclosed that Governor Dickson had through his Special Adviser on Security, Boma Spero-Jack, accused the All Progressives Congress chieftain and a former Governor Sylva of sponsoring acts of destabilization in the state. The Governor had described Sylva as an agent of destabilization of Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation in a statement on Wednesday. Spero