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Delta Oil Hub Threatens Shut Down Of  NNGPTC Installations, Slam NGC Two Weeks Ultimatum

Delta Oil Hub Threatens Shut Down Of  NNGPTC Installations, Slam NGC Two Weeks Ultimatum

BUSINESS, NEWS
Oil producing communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta state, have threatened to shut down all gas facilities belonging to Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company, (NGPTC) a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The shut down of facilities would commence after the expiration of a two weeks ultimatum, starting on Monday. This is coming barely few days after dreaded militant group, Niger Delta Avengers threatens to resume hostility in the region. BigPen Online recalls that the communities had accused, Nigerian Gas Company,  now known as Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company of “covering up” the incident of gas explosion in the area which affected many communities and damage their means of livelihood in the area. Gbara
Court Discharges, Acquits Oil Worker Of Kidnapping Charges In Delta

Court Discharges, Acquits Oil Worker Of Kidnapping Charges In Delta

NEWS
The trial of one Samuel Esiegbuya, who was subjected to both physical and emotional torture after a long period of unlawful arrest and incarceration at the Okere prisons alongside his siblings over wrongful accusations has collapsed as a High Court sitting in Warri, Delta state discharged and acquitted him of all charges. BigPen Online reports that in a suit charge No W/329c/15 between the state and the defendant, the complaint, one Jimoh Francis, a superintendent in a multi national oil company, Chevron Nigeria Limited, had accused Samuel Esiegbuya of attempted kidnapped, threat to life and defamation of character following their earlier disagreements at the company which led to the accused person losing his job. However, delivering judgement, the presiding judge, Hon. Justice T...
Gbaramatu Monarch Pleads With Avengers, Says Buhari Govt Is Putting Members Of PANDEF, Tompolo On Firing Line

Gbaramatu Monarch Pleads With Avengers, Says Buhari Govt Is Putting Members Of PANDEF, Tompolo On Firing Line

NEWS
Paramount ruler of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe ( Agadagba), has pleaded with dreaded Niger Delta Avengers militants to abandon hostilities and give President Muhammadu Buhari another chance to address the vex issues in the Niger Delta region. Gbaramatu is the hotbed of renewed militancy in the region. The monarch who spoke through the Secretary of the Traditional Council, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, expressed concern that allowing the militants to resume pipeline attacks would only jeopardize the gains of the relative peace earlier secured from the group. The monarch said that the APC-led federal government must not toy with the Avengers' threat ostensibly because of how they devastated the nation s oil and gas industry in the p...
‘Militia Group, Avengers Calls Off Ceasefire Because Of APC-led FG’s Inertia’

‘Militia Group, Avengers Calls Off Ceasefire Because Of APC-led FG’s Inertia’

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Coalition of civil society and community groups in the Niger Delta region, under the auspices of United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy,( UNDEDSS), have given insight to why dreaded militia group, Niger Delta Avengers suspended the ceasefire, blaming it on the inertia of President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressive Congress, (APC) federal government. In a statement after its emergency NEC meeting in Uyo, Cross Rivers state, late Friday night and signed by UNDEDSS's Secretary General, Mr. Tony Uranta, the group blamed the Federal Government for Avengers suspension of the unilateral ceasefire it had committed to since mid-2016. According the group, the Federal Government of Nigeria's insincerity, inertia and blind belief in the self-serving players in the Preside...
2019: Go And Help Your ‘Failed APC Govt’, Fmr Delta PDP Chair, Uzor Slams Utomi

2019: Go And Help Your ‘Failed APC Govt’, Fmr Delta PDP Chair, Uzor Slams Utomi

NEWS, POLITICS
    Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chairman in Delta State, Chief Edwin Uzor on Friday taunted All Progressive Congress, (APC), 2019 governorship aspirant, Prof Pat Utomi, urging him not to waste efforts trying to govern when his party, APC's "abysmal performance" is starring him on the face. Uzor spoke in reaction to Utomi's claims that Delta state was in "misery" under the PDP-led government. BigPen Online recalls that Utomi at a Delta North APC stakeholders meeting blasted the PDP administration in the State, saying  however that God would take away the  shame in 2019. In a statement on Friday, while reacting to the assertions credited to the economists, Uzor said that instead of Utomi wasting his energy trying to rubbish the achievements of Governor
UPDATED: Dreaded Avengers Ends Truce With FG, Roars It’ll Be Bloody

UPDATED: Dreaded Avengers Ends Truce With FG, Roars It’ll Be Bloody

NEWS
Barely a week after Nigerian Navy commenced Operation Octopusship in the Niger Delta region, dreaded militia group in the region, Niger Delta Avenger has call off its cease-fire, declaring it would be brutal and bloody this time around. This is however coming a week  after a Lagos High Court okayed the Federal Government application to have Tompolo's properties forfeited. BigPen Online recalls that Avenger has fought intermittently since 2015, bring Nigeria oil industry to its kneels but had observed a tentative cease-fire for nearly a  year while the group, Pan-Niger Delta Forum, (PANDEF), led by elderstatesman, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark and MEND former warlord, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, (aka Tompolo), negotiated a peace deal with the federal government. The ceasefire w
EXPOSED! Kickbacks, Bribes Behind NDDC’s Contract Scandal; As MD Is Fingered In Allegations

EXPOSED! Kickbacks, Bribes Behind NDDC’s Contract Scandal; As MD Is Fingered In Allegations

NEWS
The contract scandal rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has exposed the truth behind why some critical stakeholders have allegedly accused the Managing Director of the commission, Mr. Nsima Ekere of attending only to contract files where he can racked up billions of naira, BigPen Online can authoritatively report. Dependable sources told BigPen Online that the scandal of which Ekere was fingered is currently generating heat in the Niger Delta region as Stakeholders in the Niger Delta project who had executed jobs for NDDC have perfected plans to exposed all the antics of the MD and others who deliberately failed to process files of projects they consider as ‘low hanging fruits’, which would have reasonably impacted on the micro-economy of the people of the region
God’ll Wipe Out Delta’s Shame In 2019 – Utomi

God’ll Wipe Out Delta’s Shame In 2019 – Utomi

NEWS, POLITICS
A governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State, Prof. Pat Utomi, has said that God’s plan is to wipe away shame from the state in 2019. Speaking during a  consultative meeting with Delta North APC party leaders in Asaba, Utomi challenged Deltans to leave their comfort zone and collectively come together and take up the responsibility of rescuing the state “from its current misery”. He said: “Going through Delta, what you see is misery starring at the faces of the people. The time for change is now,” adding that majority of Deltans are groaning and waiting for a new birth which will bring transformation to the state.  “Delta has suffered years of inept leadership that has failed to harness the great potentials that abound here. It is h
Delta PDP Chair, Esiso, Assembly Lawmaker In Alleged Bribery Scandal

Delta PDP Chair, Esiso, Assembly Lawmaker In Alleged Bribery Scandal

NEWS, POLITICS
    The chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) in Delta State, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso has been allegedly fingered in a bribery scandal involving member representing Aniocha North constituency in the Delta state house of Assembly, Emeka Nwobi who was reportedly accused of bribing the State Executive of the party and others to influence the party local government primaries to favour his candidate. BigPen Online was told that Nwobi allegedly bribed the leadership of the party in his local government and state Executive led by Esiso with the sum of N5.1 million to install his candidate, who is alleged be an All Progressive Congress (APC) member as the councillorship candidate for ward 8 in the forthcoming January 6 council election. Nwobi's candidate for the elec
Group Revisits Controversial Ojougboh’s Allegations Against Okowa, Says It’s Self-serving, Unpatriotic

Group Revisits Controversial Ojougboh’s Allegations Against Okowa, Says It’s Self-serving, Unpatriotic

NEWS
  A self-styled political pressure group, under the auspices of Lagacy Group has revisited the contentious allegations of 'blank budget' and misappropriation of N20billion naira Paris Club Refund levelled against Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State by an All Progressive Congress, APC Chieftain, Dr Cairo Ojougboh and came out with its verdict, describing the allegation as self-serving and unpatriotic. The group which says its mandate is to monitor developments and evaluate legacies of leaders especially in Delta State as well as monitor and x-ray the utterances and actions of other stakeholders, declared on Wednesday that Governor Okowa was not culpable in the allegations raised by Ojougboh, saying that the former lawmaker did what he did for his selfish political gains. ...