Jubilation as electricity is restored to Ogwashi-Uku, Delta state after 7 years darkness.

There was jubilation by residents of some parts of Ogwashi-Uku, headquarters of Aniocha-South Council of Delta State over the weekend, as Benin Electricity Distribution (BEDC) restored power to the community seven years after it was thrown into darkness.

The restoration, according to BEDC’s plan, is expected to be extended to other residents of the town in due course, as more transformers would be metered and energised in the coming days, as enumeration revalidation, network rehabilitation and safety checks continue in earnest.

The restoration process started with a town hall meeting organised by the Ogwashi-Uku D-Forum, in collaboration with the management of BEDC, led by the Chief State Head (Delta), Ernest Edgar, and including the Business Manager, Asaba Business Unit, Adekola Abiodun, and his technical team, with delegates from the various quarters and sub-clans that make up Ogwashi-Uku and environs was meant to brief residents on the extent of job done so far.

Edgar expressed shock at the level of vandalism of the network, in spite of rehabilitation work carried out by BEDC in June last year, pleading with the community leaders to work with the company to educate the public on the need to protect the equipment.

Edgar educate the people on the NERC directive on the use of methodology for estimated billing and confirmed that individual estimated bills would be delivered to each customer based on the global readings from the statistical meters installed on each transformer feeding the respective customers connected to the same transformer.

BEDC Safety Manager, Gilbert Nweke, enlightened the delegates on basic safety tips to be disseminated to their people in readiness for the gradual restoration of power in phases to the various areas.


Source: The Guardian

Days after Osinbajo’s visit, ex-VP Atiku Abubakar storms Delta state.

Osinbajo, during his visit to Akwa Ibom directed all international oil companies with head offices outside the Niger Delta to relocate to the area.

Abubakar, the vice president under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, arrived Delta state and was received by billionaire businessman, Ayiri Emami, and others.

It was not known as at press time if his visit was similar to that of Professor Osinbajo who acted as president of the country while Muhammadu Buhari was away on medical leave for 52 days.

It is believed that Atiku’s visit is aimed at helping him to consolidate on his political ambition to run for the presidency. He is yet to announce any plan to contest.

Atiku Abubakar had contested against Muhammadu Buhari under the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform during the primary election in 2015.

Though he lost, he is reportedly still building his support base ahead of the 2019 general election.

The Niger Delta region had, before now, been in crisis with militants and agitators attacking pipelines and other major oil installations.

FG Activates $20bn Gas Industrial Park In Delta State

Efforts by the Federal Government to fast track the development of the Niger Delta appear to be in full swing, as it plans to site a $20 billion gas industrial park in the region through a public-private partnership.

This was made known on Monday by Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, during a meeting with a group of international investors and developers on the project at the Presidential Villa.

The consortium is made up of fortune 500 companies which include the GSE&C of South Korea, the China Development Bank, Power China and several other global operators from Asia and the United Arab Emirates in the Middle-East.

A statement from the Vice President’s office explained that the project, tagged the Gas Revolution Industrial Park (GRIP), would be located in Ogidigben, Delta State, and is envisaged to be a regional hub for all gas-based industries.

According to the Acting President, the project would cover 2700 hectares with fertiliser, methanol, petrochemicals, and aluminium plants located in the park which has already been designated as a Tax Free Zone by the Federal Government.

He said the government “is committed to the development of the Niger Delta, and the importance of this project is underlined by the presidential attention it is attracting. The presidency is very interested”.

We Are Unwavering

Professor Osinbajo added that the Federal Government takes the project very seriously, just as it is ready to make several other commitments to change the fortune of the oil-producing states.

“We already have a steering committee in place, chaired by the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, and that shows the level of our commitment. We are unwavering.

“We take the project very seriously and glad to see you are committed and ready to make several other commitments. This is a process that we intend to see happen,” he said.

On his part, Dr. Kachikwu expressed confidence that the GRIP would bring the much needed succour to the people of the Niger Delta and the oil-producing states.

Speaking earlier, the leader of the group of investors and developers, Sheik Mohammed Bayo, stated the commitment of the consortium, stressing the importance of the project to solving the Niger Delta crisis.

The development comes against the backdrop of the recent visit by the Acting President to the oil-producing communities, to demonstrate the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to pursue a new vision for the Niger Delta.


Source: Channels TV

JUST IN: Ibori leaves DSS office, heads for Delta State.

James Ibori has left the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja after holding a meeting with Lawal Daura, the director-general.


The former governor of Delta state returned to the country on Saturday after serving a jail term for fraud in the UK.


TheCable understands that he was picked up by DSS operatives and then taken to the head office of the secret police for a “briefing”.


An official who spoke with TheCable said it should not be interpreted as an “arrest”.


“It was pre-arranged that he should have a chat with the DSS director-general upon his arrival. He will not be detained. His appointment was for 12:00 hrs so the operatives went to pick him up and then drove him down for the meeting,” the operative said.


Ibori is eagerly awaited in Oghara, his home town in Delta state, where he is expected to receive a warm welcome.


Source: The Cable

Police refute claims of herdsmen, farmers clash in Delta State.

The Nigeria Police Command in Delta has denied that there was a clash between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

The command’s spokesman, Andrew Aniamaka, made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State, on Tuesday.

Mr. Aniamaka also advised journalists to verify their facts from relevant authorities before publication.

“The attention of the command has been drawn to reports suggesting that there are clashes between herdsmen and farmers in some communities in Delta.

“The command wishes to state unequivocally that it is not aware of any herdsmen and farmers clash anywhere in the state.

“Such unfounded reports are unprofessional, misleading and capable of causing a breakdown of law and order,” he said.

Mr. Aniamaka, however, urged the public to disregard the report, and assured that the command would continue to provide adequate security of life and property.

The alleged report claimed the clash had occurred between Abraka and Obiarukwu communities in Ethiope East and Ukwani Local Government Areas, respectively last Wednesday.

24-year-old University of Ibadan graduate crowned king in Delta State.

Nduka Ezeagwuna, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Ibadan, has been crowned king of Issele-Uku in Delta state.

The engineering graduate lost his father, Henry Ezeagwuna, in a motor accident along Benin-Asaba-Onitsha expressway, in 2014.

The accident also claimed the life of Sunday Ofili, a journalist and special adviser on information and communication technology to Emmanuel Udughan, the former governor of Delta.

Before now, the traditional rites and the coronation had been carried out in April by the Onishe of Issele-Uku, retired justice Azomani, ahead of the full coronation ceremony.

The young king

While presenting the staff of office to the monarch, Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of the state, who was represented by the deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro, said peace was important for the development of the state.

“I know as you ascend the throne today, there will be lots of challenges but you must listen to your people, adopt their culture, and they will be proud of you at all times,” he said.

He also advised the people of Issele-Uku to shun acts that are capable of bringing disgrace to the king and their community.

At the time of his father’s death, the new monarch was a 300 level student of the University of Ibadan.

Uduaghan Warns Politicians Against Unguarded Statements, Upload Of Pictures With Ibori.

Former Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan on Tuesday warned opportunistic politicians and others posting pictures of their London visit to his predecessor in office, the internationally-infamous James Ibori, to recognize they are creating more problems for their hero.

Mr. Ibori, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison by the Southwark Crown Court in April 2012 after pleading guilty to a 10-count charge of money laundering and corruption, was released last week to a halfway house in preparation for hearings over the lavish real estate and other property confiscated from him.

As a consequence of his spectacular looting, several people close to him were also sent to jail for various fraud and money laundering offences. They include his wife and former Delta State First Lady, Theresa NkoyoIbori; his mistress, Udoamaka Okoronkwo; his UK lawyer, Bhadresh Gohil; his sister, Christine Ibori-Ibie; as well as two financial advisers, Daniel McCann and Lambertus De Boer.

Just last year, Rowland Nakanda, an older brother of Teresa Ibori, was also sent to jail for two counts of money laundering. The police proved that after the Iboris were sentenced, Mr. Nakanda became one of the guardians of their three children in England.

Among others, the police said, Mr. Nakanda continued to pay the massive private school fees of the children, in cash, in an effort to avoid attention.  On one occasion, he paid over £15,000 in school fees over the counter for two of the children, enough money to run entire schools or hospitals in Delta State.

Since Mr. Ibori’s release last week, the Delta State political elite, appearing to approve of his scorched-earth looting of a state that should be one of Nigeria’s most developed, has shamelessly besieged the city of London in a frenzied pilgrimage to dance with him.

Concerned by the way that pictures of those visits and the statements by Mr. Ibori’s visitors are being uploaded on social media, Mr. Uduaghan urged those responsible for them to desist so as to avoid unwanted additional problems for their hero.

It would be recalled that last week, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta North Senatorial District) and one of those sponsored into political ascendancy by Mr. Ibori, was one of the early visitors. Sounding inebriated, he spoke about Mr. Ibori in heroic terms of a man who has become one of the world’s best-known thieves.

In a video of the event posted by SaharaReporters, the Senator, who himself earlier this year infamously sponsored a legislative effort to decriminalize corruption, bragged about how politically powerful in Nigeria Mr. Ibori has remained, affirming that even while behind bars in the United Kingdom, the disgraced former governor has somehow been a pillar of support for such political heavyweights as Nigeria’s #3 man,Senate President Bukola Saraki, and House Speaker Dogara.

Mr. Uduaghan, who is a cousin of Ibori and who had also been anointed to the governorship by Mr. Ibori, took to his Facebook account today, describing Nigeria as a “complex” country, and warning in coded language that people must “understand and respect the sensibilities” of others.

“For those going to London to see Chief James Iboriand posting pictures and making statements, please stop it,” the former governor warned.  “We appreciate your love for him. But you can go quietly without the unnecessary publicity.”

Evidently worried as to what might happen after Mr. Ibori is deported into the hands of the Nigerian government, he said, “You are creating more problems for him than you can ever imagine. Nigeria is a complex country and you must understand and respect people’s sensibilities.”

EFCC sources have indicated that the former governor, who escaped from a compromised EFCC in Nigeria in 2012 before he was extradited to the United Kingdom where he was then put on trial, will be prosecuted for various offences when he returns. This is in opposition to the situation in Delta State, where the red carpet is being spread out for Mr. Ibori to walk.

Traditional ruler commits suicide in Delta State.

The traditional ruler of Umuachi-Ogo community in Ndokwa-East Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM Onotuku Joseph Onyemali, has committed suicide by drinking a poisonous substance.

Vanguard reports that the monarch took his life after he was accused of engaging in witchcraft by some of his subjects.

The lifeless body of the king was discovered at about 8 am on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, in his palace after taking the poison with its container was found near his body.

A source in the community narrated that incident spoilt their mood as they were celebrating the recent release of the former state governor, James Ibori from a UK prison.

“While others were celebrating the release of ex-governor James Ibori, it was all tears here as our monarch was found dead in his room in a case we suspect is a suicide.

The monarch was said to have been accused of witchcraft by subjects. It is not clear who those subjects are but the traditional ruler drank what was considered to be a poisonous chemical, whose container was found near his lifeless body.

There has been apprehension in Umuachi-Ogo since the incident.”

Another community source added that the late monarch had been buried in front of the palace in line with the native law and customs while the chiefs have been silent on the issue, refusing to give further explanation.

Ijaw youths attack NIS operatives, seize riffles.

Gunmen suspected to be Ijaw youths from Ogbe-Ijoh community in the Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, on Saturday evening attacked the patrol team of the Nigeria Immigration Service, injuring one and then collected two riffles belonging to the officers.

Our correspondent learnt that an operative of the Marine Police team who rushed to the scene to rescue the officers also sustained a gunshot injury in his hand during the attack which lasted for over 30 minutes at about 6:40pm on Saturday.

The NIS operatives were attacked by the gunmen who chanted in the Ijaw language war songs along the creeks of Fegenegbene community, opposite Ogbe-Ijoh while heading towards the Warri Main Market.

A source attached to the Marine Police Post in Warri said, “If not for the swift intervention of the police, three operatives of the Nigeria Immigration Service and a civilian speedboat pilot would have been abducted by the heavily armed men numbering about ten.

It was learnt that the attack was not unconnected with the recent rivalry over the disputed land boundary between Aladja community in Udu Council and Ogbe-Ijoh community in Warri South West Council areas of the state.

One of the victims who spoke under a strict condition of anonymity said, “At about 6:40pm our patrol team was heading towards Warri Main Market when armed youths shot continuously at our boat. They demanded that we follow them after disarming us. They accused us that we were Urhobo people and they will kill us.

“As we were arguing, one of the youths confirmed that our pilot (boat driver) is an Urhobo boy and they wanted to kill him, luckily he jumped into the water. Our team leader, an Assistant Superintendent of the NIS was hit with the butt of their riffle. They also engaged operatives of the Marine Police. One of them was shot in his hand before they fled.”

When contacted, the spokesperson of the Delta State Command of NIS, Joy Obikwe, an Assistant Superintendent, confirmed the incident but said she has not been briefed with details.

Governor Okowa and the failure of leadership – By Emmanuel Asiwe

Over a year after his election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the manner in which Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has conducted the affairs of the state, in terms of governance and delivering the dividends of democracy, gives enough cause to worry about both his preparedness and capacity to deliver on his central electoral promise of inclusiveness to, assumedly, better governance. Rather, contrary to general expectations, Delta state has been hijacked by a cabal of political contractors and sundry jobbers, who have captured and taken the state hostage, even as the governor appears clueless and confused on the way forward in addressing the life and death challenges facing the people of Delta state. Honestly speaking, Okowa is carrying about as if he sought to win power first and then plan what to do with it after; he is just so unprepared for office, that not a few Deltans are having voter’s remorse. It is axiomatic that Okowa has set himself to fail. This is an embarrassing letdown by a man to whom much has been given; and from whom much is expected.

Since the creation of Delta state in 1991, the people have suffered under successive corruption-ridden, intrigue-filled, undisciplined and rapacious governments; the poster child of which was James Ibori, who was convicted of corruption and money-laundering and currently serving jail time in Britain. The people had waited to see a change for the better and Okowa’s election held out that promise and hope that a new Delta State was possible. So far, that hope and expectation has turned out to be a luxurious desire as Okowa has put on display, the most embarrassing verdict on his poor leadership credentials, proving to be worse than even his predecessors. Okowa seems addicted to primordial sentiments and prebendal instincts. Granted that before him, the Anioma people of Delta North and the Ijaw have never occupied the exalted office, that in itself; should not justify the abusive patronage and clientelism which Okowa has elevated to instruments of statecraft and governance.

Okowa has return to the old order when Delta state was a jungle in which political warlords and rent-seekers held sway to the detriment of the people. Looking like a man in a hurry, Okowa picked up the baton with gusto and went to work with aplomb, determination and zeal to rehabilitate his disgraced political mentor, James Ibori. To begin with, he stuffed his cabinet with relics of the old guard; people bereft of integrity in all its ramifications. Okowa’s choice for Commissioner of Finance had served in that same capacity in the Ibori administration. His Commissioner for Education was charged alongside Ibori by the anti-graft agency the EFCC. After sacking 3000 workers, Okowa seem not satisfied with the dubious title of “Governor Delta is broke.” He has taken corruption to obscene levels. His modesty in public appearance is put to shame by the splendor of ostentatious living, advertised so gleefully, by his entourage and cronies, who are boasting to anyone who cares to listen that “this is our time to chop.”

It is incredulous, that Okowa, who has elevated the phrase “Delta state is broke” to a personal motto found nothing wrong awarding an airport renovation contract worth N5 billion to ULO Construction Company owned by one of his side-kicks, Uche Okpunor. With practically no experience in the aviation sector, Okpunor sold the contract to a Chinese firm for N500 million and pocketed the difference as commission. The Chinese outfit has abandoned the project and Okpunor defended his action by claiming he received only half of the N5 billion. The balance N2.5 billion reportedly went to underwrite the cost of securing Okowa’s victory at the election appeals tribunal. It is worth noting that the same ULO company received hundreds of millions of naira to renovate the presidential lodge but did a shoddy job, resulting in a fire; only to be rewarded with another contract to renovate the damaged building.

In another paid-to-play scam, Okowa approved a three-year N360 million contract for Daily Independent Newspaper for coverage of activities of the Delta state government. The funds were disbursed by the Managing Director of the Delta State Oil Area Producing Communities (DESOPADEC), William Makinde, an Ibori proxy, who has taken financial recklessness to a level, never before seen in Delta state. If Makinde has seen anything wrong with combining public office with incurable money-mindedness and lust for material aggrandizement, his actions are yet to reflect it. Here is a man who could not pay workers their salaries for the month of December 2015, but spent N50 million in a lavish end-of-year party at the Brown Hill event center. Makinde claims to have paid N5 million to rent the venue, whereas the standard rent was N1 million. Makinde runs DESOPADEC as his private kitchen.

Under Okowa, the developmental aspirations of Delta state have taken a back seat, and everything he does is to empower and fill the pockets of his Ika kinsmen to the exclusion of people from the central and south areas. He has missed no opportunity to reward his political sinecures. A case in point is the decision to re-constitute the moribund board of Direct Labor Agency (DLA) with former Speaker of the legislature, Frank Enekorogha nominated Director-General. Besides the fact that Okowa provided no evidence how the DLA would benefit a state in dire financial straits, that the governor would be opening more drain pipes on the public treasury, at a time workers and contractors are owed arrears, tells badly on his understanding of political leadership as a trust from the electorate to put the people’s interest above any other.

With all the squandermania, Okowa cannot definitely move Delta to a higher level on the scale of development. It is trite to state that development strategy is anchored on some essentials. Following health and housing, transportation infrastructure is arguably the next human imperative and critical factor essential to development. So far from the look of things, the Okowa administration has done next to nothing to improve service delivery and the welfare of the people. Rather, it has been a special purpose vehicle for an admixture of people who, like soldiers-of-fortune, have migrated to where the fortune is, persons driven by greed and self-interest who will stop at nothing in their quest for personal financial gain. This is not what Deltans voted for and it is no exaggeration to suggest that unless he changes direction, Okowa will not win a second term, even if he is foolhardy enough to seek re-election.

Given that Delta State has peculiar developmental challenges, the legitimate expectations for someone coming into the job with impressive grassroots and public service credentials, was that the new governor would bring some sobriety and decency into the governance of the state and possibly surpass the performance of his predecessor. Alas, Okowa has failed. The question now is how long will Deltans tolerate his vampire government? With Okowa having lost his way so early in the day, and if as the saying goes, morning shows the day, then are these signs of worse days ahead? No one except Okowa can answer these questions. To continue to hide behind “Delta state is broke” while lining the pockets of your cronies is hypocrisy that stinks to the high Heavens.

It is indeed pathetic that a man who was given the chieftaincy title of Ekwueme of Ika (meaning a man who does what he says) would turn out to be such a terrible disappointment, yet arrogant and disdainful to the electorate. Because leadership is key to change the present sad state of things in Delta state, the governor must commit himself to, and be seen to so do, a life of rectitude and an integrity-driven government. The only effective leadership is by example and Okowa as the pinnacle of state authority and power, must earn and claim without an iota of doubt, the moral high ground from which to exercise leadership. This, certainly, can be done. The only thing required is for Okowa to walk his talk and lead by example. Surrounding yourself with parvenus, court-jesters, opportunists, political touts and rogues who see their appointments as an invitation to “come and eat” instead of an opportunity to serve is not governance, not to talk of good governance.

Delta State plants 50,000 trees, partners World Bank on erosion control.

To check the intensity of global warming and deforestation across the state, Delta authorities have commenced planting of no fewer than 50, 000 trees’ in various towns across the 25 Local councils in the state.

The state government also disclosed that three illegal saw millers were recently arrested within Oghara town on a tip off and are currently being prosecuted.

Delta state Commissioner for Environment, Mr. John Nani, who reiterated the ban on the use of handsaw in all forest reserves, said the state government will not renege on the ban, on the use of handsaw in all the forest reserves.

According to him, the ban is a means of checking rapid deforestation and the menace of illegal wood across the state.

He stressed that the recent protest support by members of the State Saw millers’ Association, indicated strong support for Okowa led administration pointing out that the tree planting process would ensured replacement of the deforest ones.

“We know the importance of having trees in our forests, irrational wood cutting is not good for the environment, what we have done is to follow the state forestry laws, we want to protect Deltans and ensure the ongoing tree planting is not truncated”. He added.

Commenting on the development, a member of the state saw millers’ association, Mrs. Victoria Umubreme, noted that sawmills in the state were currently operating below installed capacity as a result of irrational tree felling, adding that the recent ban on hand sawing in forests within the state by government, was laudable.

She appealed to the state government for the revitalization of the Sapoba plantation in BC 28 containing 1.8 million Gmelina Arbora trees planted by African Timber and Plywood (AT & P) in 1986 that indiscriminately divested by hand sawyers.

Meanwhile, the partnership between World Bank Assisted Programme and the State government has commenced as part of measures to tackle the 23 years erosion of 56 ravaging communities.

Consequently, the World Bank has earmarked $500m dollars to ensure that the menace has no place in the scheme of things in the affected communities including other seven states.

The Guardian investigations revealed that the menace of soil erosion and other forms of environmental degradation in the various parts of the state are sure to be reduced to history with the development.

Speaking to journalists in Asaba, the task team leader of the World Bank sponsored Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, (NEWMAP), Dr. Amos Abu said the World Bank will give needed support to the Delta State government with a view to ensuring that issues associated with soil erosion in the affected communities were nipped in the bud.

Some areas heavily ravaged areas by erosion which were inspected include; Ukwu-Nzu, Obomkpa Communities, Ubulu-Uku, Boji Boji Owa, Agbor, some part of Kwale and Otuogu in Asaba where houses in the past 23 years have been destroyed.

Mr. Abu disclosed that the World Bank has provided five million dollars (N500m) for the erosion projects and commended the Delta State government for the release of the N500 million counterpart funds to the World Bank for Delta State to benefit from the project.

The Acting National Project Co-ordinator, (NEWMAP), Ruth Peter Mishellia, said 19 states of the federation would benefit from the project, adding that the current focus were on seven states; Abia, Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi, Delta, Imo and Edo States.

Lassa Fever: 13 still under observation in Delta State.

The Delta State Government says 13 of the 55 people that had contact with a doctor, who died of Lassa fever in the state, are still being observed.


The state Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah, disclosed this in a statement.


Ukah said the 13 persons would be closely monitored for “one more week”.


The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, had on August 22 confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever, which claimed the life of one person, with 32 others placed on closed surveillance.

The surveillance was also extended to cover all contacts with the deceased doctor, who had treated about 55 persons over the period.


According to Ukah, 32 of the 55 contacts placed on watch in the state have been declared free of the disease.


Ukah said: “Sensitisation and advocacy to Local Government Areas, Primary Health Care Centres, schools, market places, among others will be intensified to achieve the desired result.”


He advised the people of the state to keep their environment clean and cultivate appropriate sanitary behaviour.

Ibori To Appeal Conviction Following New Cover Up Evidence

Former Delta State Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, is set to launch fresh appeal against his conviction in London, following new claims the Scotland Yard and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) covered up evidence of police corruption in a high-profile money-laundering case.

Ibori, his lawyer and associates were sentenced to various terms in prison and all of them are about to serve out their sentences only for new information to emerge that the prosecution had taken bribes to suppress a substantial number of documents suggesting an officer did take bribes, according to the BBC.

In a swift response, Head of Chief James Onanefe Ibori’s Media Office, Tony Eluemunor,

Eluemunor said: “The case demonstrates the truly shocking behaviour of the British Crown Prosecution Service.

“Despite the over whelming evidence of corruption by British anti-corruption officers, it continues to prosecute James Ibori and others when it now has in its possession evidence as to the source of his funds. It is believed that Ms. Saunders’s position is now untenable. As the Director of Public Prosecutions she has engineered a shocking cover-up.

Eluemunor added, surprisingly, the September 16, 2016 BBC report written by Mark Easton, Home editor, and entitled “New evidence Supports Cover-up Claims in Ibori Case” is totally different from what appeared in the Nigerian media.

The BBC report monitored last night has said, “The previously undisclosed material came to light after the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, demanded a review into the conviction of Nigerian politician James Ibori.

“The internal investigation followed allegations by defence lawyers that prosecutors had “wilfully misled” judges about the existence of evidence that could support corruption claims. Now defence solicitors are being sent previously unseen documents discovered during the review.

“In a statement the CPS reveals how “the review team found material to support the assertion that a police officer received payment in return for information”.

“The review team has now concluded that this material should have been disclosed to the defence and the process of disclosure to relevant parties is under way.”

“Prosecutors had previously denied there was any undisclosed material to support the corruption allegations and the admission that considerable documentation exists and should have been handed over, represents an embarrassing climb-down for the CPS.

Ex-Militants’ Planned Protest: Army, Navy, Police, DSS Takes Over Warri, Effurun.

The Nigerian Army, Navy, Police and Department of State Services, DSS, have deployed personnel in strategic locations in Warri, Effurun and environs in Delta State, following intelligence report that ex-militants plan to protest the non-payment of their monthly allowances.


development, yesterday, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), told Vanguard on phone that there was no need for the protest.


He said: “It is true that there are some debts, but the money has come. The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, will start payment from today or tomorrow. I have long passed this information to the ex-militants that payment will start soon. I do not know why some of them are still insisting on the protest.

Gov. Okowa Okays Establishment Of Modular Refineries In Delta

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday approved the establishment of modular refineries in the state to create jobs for its teaming unemployed youths.



The governor announced the approval when Mr Isaac Wright, the Managing Director of Wright Global Group, and his team paid him a visit in Asaba.



Okowa said that establishing the refineries in the oil-rich riverine communities would place them close to source of their raw materials.


He said that apart from providing job opportunities for the people, the project would also make petroleum products available and affordable.


“Modular refineries will provide jobs for our people. It will bring job opportunities close to the people and also bring the product close to the people and to the market at a reasonable rate.


“We will support this partnership, especially with the fact that it will provide job for our people and you are providing the funding 100 per cent.


“It is our hope that everything works; the government of Nigeria is also supporting the establishment of modular refineries because that is the right way to go,” Okowa said.


He assured the investors of adequate security, adding that the state was largely peaceful.


The governor said that the state government was working hard to ensure that the youths were employed and to create an enabling environment for investors.


“We are investor-friendly people and we will give you the best of support we can give to you as a state government,” he said.


Earlier, Wright said that his organization would provide 100 per cent funding for the modular refineries.


He said that the organisation proposed to establish the refineries in Escravos and Koko communities in the state.


Wright said that the refineries would be established at no cost to the government.


He said that the project, estimated to cost 400 million dollars (about N 78.8 billion), would be completed in a couple of years.




Okowa Condemns Attack On Oil Facilities, Reads Riot Act To Perpetrators

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, has condemned in strongest terms, the recent attacks on the oil and gas facilities across the state and called on all Deltans to cooperate with the security agencies to unmask the criminals behind the heinous crime.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, the governor urged the security agencies to intensify their surveillance over the oil facilities and pledged the commitment of his administration to support all measures that would restore the confidence of all stakeholders in the oil and gas industry operating in Delta state.



“These attacks should be condemned by all well meaning Nigerians, particularly compatriots from Niger Delta. This is an attack on our soul. The state is bleeding again and its implication for the economy and image of Delta state grave”, he said.



The governor noted that only last week, his administration hosted a stakeholders’ summit on the effects of the vandalism of oil and gas facilities in the state; where the various arms of the security agencies, the oil and gas operators and the host communities converged to brainstorm on measures to stem the activities of vandals. He noted these attacks, coming just few days after the summit, was not a good way of reciprocating the good intentions of his government and the enormous resources that are being invested in turning around the fortunes of the state.



He called on community leaders and youth groups to resist any temptation to be drawn into these nefarious activities as this might jeopardize the on-going intervention of federal government, in the lives of the youths, through the Amnesty Office.



“Do not be part of this crime and refuse to listen to any leader or politician who would want to pitch one ethnic nationality against the other as a result of these incidents. The destruction of oil facilities is purely criminal and we reject attempts to label it otherwise,” the Governor observed.



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Delta Speaker Never Settled Me With N180m – Anirah

The All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for Sapele constituency in the 2015 general election, Chief Felix Anirah, has denied rumours that he was settled with N180 million by the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Igbuya, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to ditch his electoral case against the Speaker.

The Appeal Court in Benin City, in an appeal brought before it by Anirah, had ruled in favour of Igbuya, thereby upholding the ruling of the election petition tribunal in Asaba.

Anirah, in a statement, yesterday, accused two aides of the Speaker as the brains behind the rumour to hoodwink the gullible electorate of his constituency.

Describing the PDP as a party that feeds on lies, he said that he cannot be bought over, stressing that he did not at anytime meet with anyone, including the Orodje of Okpe, HRM Orhue 1, to settle his election matter out of court.

According to him, “Though the Court of Appeal chose to give judgement in favour of Igbuya despite the avalanche of evidence brought before it, I will never relent until the mandate given to me by the people of my constituency is recovered.”

Police Arrest 252 Cultists In Delta

Commissioner of police in-charge of Delta State, Alkali Baba Usman said over 252 cultists have been arrested since the beginning of this year and majority of them have been prosecuted and convicted.


Aside the incessant criminal activities of cultists in major areas of the state, the commissioner of police is also saddled with the onerous task of checkmating the nefarious activities of not just other criminals but, the recent uprising amongst some agitators for the creation of sovereign state of Biafra.
From all indications, he has lived up to expectations and is poised for an onslaught against all forms of crime and criminality in the state.


Speaking in Asaba, he said, “we have taken the war against cultism to their camps. We have had diligent clamp down on cults in different locations.”
In Oghara, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad raided cult hide outs and arrested 48 members. At Agbor, another cult hot-bed, about 9 cultists were arraigned recently and are facing the wrath of the law. At Jesse, about 13 members of Sparrows Junior Eye, SJE, were arraigned in July, 2015.

More so, at Ibusa, cult members engaged a SARS team, threw stones at their Hilux van and damaged the back and front windscreen. At the end, two of them were nabbed. As a follow up, the command monitored and arrested 33 male and 2 female members of Supreme Vikings confraternity also at Ibusa. At Okwe, we nabbed 9 suspected Aiye 1977 A.S,H. Dodorima cultists during their meeting.
On the whole, over 252 cultists have been arrested since the beginning of this year and majority of them have been prosecuted and convicted. We also succeeded in dealing with several cult-related killings. For instance, last September at Obiaruku, one Ife Akachukwu, 21, was shot by rival cultists while another unidentified boy was found dead after sporadic gunshots by rival cultists groups.
At the same Obiaruku, one Albert Onukaba, 28, was killed by suspected cultists. The three incidents showed that rival cultists were on a vengeance mission.

At Kwale, the story is the same. One Ifinwa Analuwe, 20 was stabbed to death by suspected rival cultists while in another incident, the acting chairman of Uvwie LGA, Chief Stella Otiotio was attacked by armed irate Uwvie youths suspected to be cultists when she ran into them while collecting illegal tolls and levies from unsuspecting members of the public. In addition, we arrested six suspected Aiye cultists in Warri,” he said.
“We will not relent in our fight against cultism. In this regard, we appreciate the cooperation of well-meaning individuals and stakeholders in the state for quality information which has helped in stemming cult tide in the state. I would also appreciate security agencies and the local community vigilante groups for their various efforts at curtailing cultism and other violent crimes in the state.”
“I must add that the motivation and encouragement from the IGP and AIG Zone 5 cannot be overemphasized. Of particular note is the interactive session on Police Community Partnership in crime Prevention and Control for Credible Youths held recently in Asaba by the AIG Zone 5,” he said.



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Delta State Governorship Tribunal Adjourns Judgment

The Delta State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba on Wednesday adjourned judgement of the petitions filed by the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) O’terga Emerho and Great Ogboru respectively, to a date that would be communicated before August 28.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Nasir Gummi, announced that the tribunal would  communicate to counsels, the date for the judgement shortly after submissions from the 1st, 2nd and  3rd respondents’ counsels against the suit filed by the petitioners to invalidate and nullify the result of the April 11 governorship elections in the state.

At the sitting, Alex Iziyon (SAN), the lead counsel to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petitions which he said varied with the petitioners’ evidences before the tribunal.

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New Delta State Governor, Okowa Denied Access To Office On First Day At Work

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, got a shock Monday on his first day in office as he was denied access to the governor’s office at Government House, Asaba, the state capital.

This might have deepened the purported frosty relationship between the immediate past governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, and Okowa.

According o unofficial reports, the governor, who was conducted round offices and halls within the complex by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Benson Oburoh, go an unpleasant surprise when the keys to his office were not made available, with insinuations that the ex-governor might still be holding on to the keys.

While a school of thought exonerated Uduaghan, saying the incident was the fault of some aides to
the new governor, who are believed to be supervising some repairs in the office, some people claimed that it was deliberate.

Okowa’s inspection of the Government House complex followed a prayer session at the Government House Chapel, which had in attendance his wife, Edith, deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro, politicians and staff of the complex.

Speaking earlier at the service conducted by the chaplain, Rev. Ben Golley, Okowa urged the people of Delta State to continually pray for the success of the programmes and policies of their leaders, as prayer is the key to success.

Meanwhile, as residents of the state await the governor’s appointments to form a government, the erstwhile commissioners under ex-governor Uduaghan have allegedly stripped the Commissioners’ Quarters bare.

Civil servants attached to the official residential quarters of commissioners were seen in clusters discussing the development in hushed tunes.

One of the workers who pleaded not to be mentioned in print told Daily Independent that the former commissioners looted everything, including air conditioners, television sets, furniture and kitchen utensils from their official residences.

James Ibori Has Suffered Enough! Grant him Presidential Pardon – Ijaw Group Urges President Jonathan

A call has been made for president Jonathan to grant presidential pardon to James Ibori before his exit from Aso Rock.The call made by the Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, in Delta State says the former governor of the state ,deserves to be pardoned .

Speaking to newsmen, the National President the group, Mr. Austin Ozobo,said:

 “Chief Ibori has suffered enough and there is no justification for not granting him clemency, as had been done to others.Ibori should be freed. Hundreds of persons, who looted heavily from government coffers are walking freely in the streets. The continuous incarceration of one corrupt man among a million other corrupt citizens cannot change the menace of high level corruption in the country.Ibori’s imprisonment could be seen as a witch-hunt and such is highly barbaric and provocative and the Nigerian government must quickly do something about his matter. ‘’Despite the ordeals Ibori is passing through, Deltans hold him in high esteem and his great achievements while in office cannot be discountenanceded.There should be no sacred cow among political office holders. Ibori’s case is not different, he is a victim of circumstances. Release him and let him breathe fresh air and let other corrupt public office holders be tried as well.”

INEC Suspends Release Of NASS Election Result In Delta

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Monday suspended the collation of results of the National Assembly elections held in Delta Central Senatorial District of Delta state after a protest by the Labour Party in the area.

The Returning Officer of the senatorial district, Prof Greg Okagbare, who announced the suspension, said it was occasioned by protest against the exercise noting that “Some people are not satisfied with the results that we are collating.”

He said further: “I decided to suspend the collation till I get further directive because they said there is need for them to seek clarification and look at the basic information that led to the final figures we are collating.”

Prior to the pronouncements, the governorship and senatorial candidates of the LP, Chief Ovadje Ogboru and Barr Ovie-Omo-Agege respectively had stormed the INEC collation center Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North Local Government Area to register their displeasure with alleged manipulation of the NASS election result in the district.

It was learnt that the protest followed report that the PDP candidate, Chief ighoyota Amori had suddenly overtaken the party’s candidate who was earlier leading in over half of the eight LGAs.

Chief Ogboru said, “We are appealing to the chairman of INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega to change all the Electoral Officers, EO in the state before the governorship elections. If the commission as the electoral umpire fails to do this, my party would decide the next line of action at the end of the day.”

For his part, Omo-Agege said: “I am here to make sure that the right thing is done. For the collation to continue, the card reader must be interrogated, they must also produce some of the sensitive forms and they should invite all the candidates and we sit down together and we go through the ballot papers and anybody who wins, let him win, we just want the right thing to be done.”

It was also alleged that two of PDP leaders from Ughelli North ward 2/6 were said to have taken two different results to the Electoral Officer from same wards, which they said was questioned by the Electoral Officer and protested by the agents of the Labour Party.

However, it was gathered that the peaceful protest by the LP chieftains got out of control when security agents refused them entrance into the INEC office. When they insisted on entry, teargas was shot randomly to disperse them.

The action of the security operatives led to pandemonium as residents and some of the protesters ran for their dear lives. But calm later returned when the duo of Ogboru and Omo-Agege were allowed inside to lodge their complaints.

Delta 2015: Governorship Candidates Square Up For Live TV Debate..

The much anticipated live TV debate among top contenders in the Delta State gubernatorial election will now hold on March 24 in Asaba as against the earlier announced February 19.

Doely Intermediaries and Inspire Delta, organisers of the 2015 Delta State Gubernatorial Election Debate, in a statement last week announced that the postponement became necessary to accommodate everybody. Project Coordinator, Jude Banye said the decision to postpone the event was taken in light of the recent postponement of the General and State Elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Banye explained that due to the importance of the gubernatorial election debate and the anticipation of the state and its indigenes towards this event, there was a need to ensure that it was an all-encompassing debate with full attendance of all the gubernatorial candidates.

He stated that after consultations with all candidates and parties involved, the organisation had been constrained to postpone the event to March 24, 2015 to ensure the attendance of all candidates.
The event is still billed to hold at Grand Hotel, Asaba, Delta State, at 7.00pm and will be broadcast live on Channels TV. Doely Intermediaries is an independent, nonpartisan management consultancy headed by seasoned business analysts and workshop facilitators. Doely Intermediaries organised the 2011 Election Symposium tagged: One Man One Vote How Possible?

The debate which will be broadcast live on Channels Television and covered by major media houses, will be an ideal opportunity for the three main contenders, Chief Great Ogboru of the Labour Party (LP), Olorogun Otega Emerhor of APC and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa of the PDP to share their vision with Deltans at home and in the Diaspora.

“The move is a response to the need for candidates to articulate their plans and abilities to Delta indigenes and get the people more involved in the electoral process.

The Gubernatorial Election Debate is intended to inform, sensitise and involve voters in the 2015 Delta State political process,” Banye concluded.

They Kidnap For 5k Ransom, Resident Reveals

A criminal gang is currently holding the community of Kokori hostage and had set up a parallel government to the community’s recognized leadership. Second-in-Command to the Okakuro (most senior person in Kokori), one Edjosere, was shot dead by the boys, December, last year, for allegedly refusing to dance to their tune.

A resident, Elder Umukoro, told Niger Delta Voice, “Life in Kokori has never been the same again since the youths took to kidnapping, can you imagine we do not sleep with two eyes closed anymore?

“The youths, despite the heavy presence of the military, steal rob with impunity. They break into houses at will, they also kidnap people for any amount, they can kidnap for N5, 000; N10, 000 etc.

“The other day, youths came to obstruct a traditional marriage, saying that they must be settled or the party will end, they were openly brandishing guns and cutlasses.

“The painful thing is that the small kids have learnt from them and the town looks uncontrollable as small boys threatens everyone and get away.”

Another resident, who craved anonymity, said that the situation was getting a bit better with the arrest and killing of some suspected criminals recently.

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Police Recover Over 7,000 Stolen PVCs

The Police in Delta on Thursday said it had recovered 7,565 stolen Permanent Voter Cards in the state. This was disclosed in a statement by the spokesperson of the state’s Police Command, Celestina Kalu, in Warri.

Ms. Kalu said the PVCs were stolen from the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state.

The police spokesperson said Shakira Adewale, an INEC employee in Oghara, reported a case of stolen PVCs at the Oghara Police Station on February 10 and named the night guards as suspects.

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PDP Group Canvasses Support For Jonathan, Okowa

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwarts, in Warri, Delta State, yesterday inaugurated a new political forum known as PDP Crusaders which seeks to inject new energy into the campaign project of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the party’s governorship candidate for next year’s election.

Speaking during the inauguration, President of the group, Prince Suru Diden, said the new forum was out to actualize the governorship ambition of Sen. Okowa and re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan come 2015.

Diden said: “Today’s historic meeting of stakeholders and members of PDP Crusaders provided a platform to canvass support for Sen. Okowa who is the bridge that will connect the three senatorial districts in Delta State. Our key strategy is door-to-door campaign to convince the electorate to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan and Sen. Okowa.

“Sen. Okowa would push forward Governor Uduaghan’s laudable projects in the state.”

While inaugurating the new Exco, the representative of the Grand Patron of the forum, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan said the meeting was a significant step towards winning the general election in 2015.

He also commended Governor Uduaghan for the peaceful conduct of the primaries, which in turn, produced Sen. Okowa.

Those in attendance at the meeting included Mr. Vincent Uduaghan, a representing the Grand Patron, immediate past Chairman of Warri South local government, Mr. Austin Uroye, Mr. Eugene Ebisin, Chief New-year Ifie, Mr. Scout Eyenuro, among others.