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House Of Reps Probes ECA Over NEC Approval Of $1 Billion To Fight Boko Haram
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House Of Reps Probes ECA Over NEC Approval Of $1 Billion To Fight Boko Haram

The House of Representatives on Thursday directed the House Committee on Finance to audit the Excess Crude Accounts, over the National Economic Council, NEC, approval of $1 billion to fight Boko Haram insurgency. Speaker of the House, Honourable Yakubu Dogara gave the directive after the motion sponsored by Honourable Ken Chikere, entitled “Need to deduct 13 percent derivation from the $1 billion approved by the National Economic Council to fight Boko Haram Insurgency” was stepped down. The Speaker gave the committee four weeks to carry out the exercise and report back to the House for further legislative action. The motion read: That at the 83rd meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on 14 December, 2017, the 36 Gover...
Navy Destroys 712 Illegal Refineries, 900,000 Metric Tonnes Of AGO, DPK In N/Delta
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Navy Destroys 712 Illegal Refineries, 900,000 Metric Tonnes Of AGO, DPK In N/Delta

PERSONNEL of the Nigerian Navy have destroyed over 712 illegal refineries, 900,000 metric tonnes of products suspected to be Automated Gasoline Oil (AGO), Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) and crude oil in the last seven months in the Niger Delta. This was disclosed by the outgoing Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Abubakar Al-Hassan during the passing out parade organised in his honour in Warri.   The parade organised by the Nigerian Navy was held at the premises of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS), DELTA, Warri Naval Base, during the week.   Al-Hassan, it will be recalled, assumed duty on July 17, 2017, at the Central Naval Command.   The Naval Boss said the achievements of the command was due to the commitment and determination of ...
Erosion: Kano Govt To Spend N500m As Counterpart Funding
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Erosion: Kano Govt To Spend N500m As Counterpart Funding

The Kano State Government said it would spend N500 million in 2018 as counterpart funding for the World Bank’s Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in the state. The World Bank project is aimed at controlling gully erosion in Nigeria. The state’s Commissioner for environment, Dr Ali Makoda, made this known at the opening of a five-day in-house procurement meeting in Kano on Thursday. The commissioner said that significant progress was recorded in the project in 2017 and that more advancement was expected in 2018. According to him, nine areas have been sampled for the inauguration of the project. He said that five of the nine projects would be pioneered for Watershed Management and four would be sampled for erosion control in some Local Government Areas i...
Delta Gas Explosion: NGC Begins Fixing Of Exploded Gas Pipeline
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Delta Gas Explosion: NGC Begins Fixing Of Exploded Gas Pipeline

Management of the Nigerian Gas Company, NGC, has kick-started the process of fixing the gas pipeline that exploded at Ugbokodo community in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. Our Delta State correspondent who visited the scene of gas explosion which took place in the early hours of Thursday, January 11, 2018, authoritatively report that an indigenous company, NANPIST Venture, was on ground clearing the affected area for proper assessment and evaluation of the damaged caused. An Official of NANPIST, Kingsley Onaipia noted that he was on site at the instance of NGC, stressing that excavation was being carried out to enable NGC Management ascertain the level of damage before real work will commence. Reacting to the developmet,the Ugbokodo-Okpe community said that they have no...
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NUT Names 10 ‘Chronic’ State Debtors; Directs Teachers Resume In Affected States

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has restated its position that the teachers in 10 states that are still owing salary arrears should not resume work until all arrears were paid. Mike Ike-Ene, General-Secretary of the union, spoke on the directive in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. Mr. Ike-Ene said that 10 out of 36 states still owed teachers several months of salary arrears in spite of the Paris Club Refund given to states by President Muhammadu Buhari. He listed the states to include: Abia, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Ekiti, Kogi, Ondo, Kwara and Taraba, describing them as chronic debtors as far as teachers’ salaries are concerned. According to him, Abia owes primary school teachers four months and secondary school teachers one mon...
2017: Strikes, Corruption, Others Characterise Nigeria’s Education Sector
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2017: Strikes, Corruption, Others Characterise Nigeria’s Education Sector

In the course of 2017, all the major unions within the education sector had cause to down tools, putting students, parents and the entire country in a state of frustration. A bigger cause for distress came in August when Boko Haram terrorists extended their bloodletting to students and staff in the University of Maiduguri, killing and maiming. In the midst of the chaos, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS lost its ex-president, Dauda Mohammed. Also, the Kaduna State Government commenced a controversial education reform meant to uplift the standard of education in the state but which involves the sacking of over 20,000 teachers. PREMIUM TIMES takes a look at the major highlights of the education sector in Nigeria in 2017. 1. ASUU’s “indefinite” strike ASUU ...
Many Residents Missing As Pipeline Explodes In Delta
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Many Residents Missing As Pipeline Explodes In Delta

There was confusion in Delta State on Thursday after an explosion affected the Nigeria Gas Company pipeline at the Ugbokodo community, near the Warri Refinery in Okpe Local Government Area of the state. It was gathered that some residents, including children, who fled into the bush following the raging fire were still missing as at about 4:30pm. Speaking to Punch, protesting members of the community, led by the Unuevworo (traditional) of Ugbokodo community, Tobore Ajisha, alleged that the explosion could have been prevented if the leaking pipeline had been fixed when the community leaders reported the matter to NGC officials in writing. Ajisha disclosed that the community had also placed a call to the management of Nigeria Gas Processing and Transporting Company when they ...
Court Orders Former Permanent Secretary To Forfeit N664m & $137,000 To FG
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Court Orders Former Permanent Secretary To Forfeit N664m & $137,000 To FG

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Clement Onubuogo, to forfeit the sums of N664 million and 137,000 dollars to the Federal Government. Justice Saliu Seidu granted the order at the resumed hearing of a forfeiture suit against Onubuogo. When the case was called, counsel to Onubuogo, Mr TS Awana, informed the court that his client had applications challenging the jurisdiction of the court on one hand, and another, seeking a discharge of an earlier interim order for forfeiture of his properties. Awana however added that owing to discussions between the accused and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the need to settle out of court, he would be withdrawing the two applications. Counsel to the E...
APC Cry Out: We Won’t Take Part In Delta Local Council Poll Rerun
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APC Cry Out: We Won’t Take Part In Delta Local Council Poll Rerun

All Progressives Congress in Delta State on Monday said it won’t participate in Tuesday’s Local Government election rerun in Ughelli North and Ethiope East Local Government Areas of the state. Prophet Jones Erue, the state APC Chairman, who was flanked by party leaders, announced this while briefing newsmen in Ughelli. Elections in Ughelli North and Ethiope East LGAs were cancelled after a violent protest. The office of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission in the area was also razed in the heat of Saturday’s local government election. Erue also demanded for outright cancellation of the results of the January 6 LG poll, alleging it was marred by fraud and other irregularities. He said the APC in the state would always be ready to participate in an election that is...
One Feared Dead, Others Injured As JTF, Militants Battle In Delta
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One Feared Dead, Others Injured As JTF, Militants Battle In Delta

The Joint Task Force on Thursday gunned down a suspected armed Isaba militant, with others seriously injured. The militants were said to have allegedly attacked their camp with sophisticated weapons with the intention to overrun same and attack Aladja Community. DAILY POST learnt that the militants, who came in their numbers stormed Aladja Community from the Isaba end allegedly with sophisticated weapons and engaged the JTF in an intense exchange of gun fire for about thirty minutes at about 6pm. In the process, one of them was shot dead, while the injured ones were carried away with severe bullet wounds by their lucky colleagues. Attempts to reach the Delta State Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka for comments were unsuccessful as calls put a cross...
IPMAN Advocates Investment In Modular Refineries
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IPMAN Advocates Investment In Modular Refineries

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to invest more in modular refineries as a way to end fuel scarcity. Alhaji Debo Ahmed, the Chairman, South-west zone of IPMAN, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo only two days ago in Lagos, confirmed that 10 modular refineries were at advanced stages of development in the Niger Delta. The 10 modular refineries are located in five out of the nine states in the Niger Delta region. The states include Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Imo states. Osinbajo said that two of the refineries, Amakpe Refinery (Akwa Ibom), and OPAC Refinery (Delta State), have had their mini-refinery modules already fa...
Pereotubo Oweilaemi Says: Itsekiri Not Bigger Than Ijaw
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Pereotubo Oweilaemi Says: Itsekiri Not Bigger Than Ijaw

Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) says the Itsekiri ethnic group in Delta State is not bigger than the Ijaw in population. Pereotubo Oweilaemi, the IYC President Worldwide, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, January 1, in reaction to a statement by Garba Shehu, media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, who was featured in Channels TV on December 31, 2017. Shehu reportedly said the Itsekiri ethnic group was bigger than the Ijaw ethnic group in Delta. “The attention of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has been drawn to a rather annoying and provocative umbrage by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu. “While it is not our concern to probe what informed Garba’s argument, our concern is the baseless misrepresentation of facts, oste...
NAPTIP Secures 7 Convictions Of Human Traffickers In 2017 In Benin Zone
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NAPTIP Secures 7 Convictions Of Human Traffickers In 2017 In Benin Zone

The Benin Zonal Command of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) says it secured seven convictions of human traffickers in 2017. Mr Nduka Nwanwenne, Zonal Commander of the zone that comprises Edo and Delta, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Monday. Nwanwenne said that the convictions ranged from five to 14 years in prison.He also said that no fewer than 75 suspected traffickers were arrested within the period, while about 3,000 victims were rehabilitated. He further said that no fewer than 500 victims were rescued within the period. The zonal commander also said that about 30 Cases were still pending in court, with 40 cases still under investigation. He said the major Challenges facing the zone include: denial of ...
Blood Bath Imminent As Herdsmen Take Over Ogba Zoo And Nature Park In Edo
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Blood Bath Imminent As Herdsmen Take Over Ogba Zoo And Nature Park In Edo

Tension has continued to mount in Benin, Edo state capital as residents and herdsmen are set to clash over sudden surface of a cattle market close to the popular Ogba Zoo and Nature Park premises in the state. Already, many tourists and fun seekers, who visited the popular Ogba Zoo, owned by the Edo state government and managed by a private concern have expressed disappointed and desert the area since the past one week following the appearance of the cattle market. There is cases of low patronage by the management since the Christmas as not many people visit the area as was the case in the past. Also, there is the fear of likely disease outbreak due to obvious fester of tick and other cattle diseases in the zoo. Besides, the multi-million naira walk way in the zoo is now part of the ca...
Buhari Okays Action On Audit Reports On 400 Niger Delta Projects
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Buhari Okays Action On Audit Reports On 400 Niger Delta Projects

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that action be taken on the Technical Audit Report on all projects awarded between 2009 to 2015 by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. This is  to ensure that there is value for the over N450 billion so far released for projects in the nine oil producing states. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Usani Uguru Usani, who stated this in Abuja at a news conference to review the activities of his ministry in the past two years, said the audit report not only provided first-hand information on the over 400 projects but convinced the President to approve the supervision of the Niger Delta Development Commission  (NDDC) by the Ministry to avoid duplication of duties. Usani who did not give details of the actions the government would take against contract...
Governor Okowa Speaks: Why Aminu Tambuwal, Nyesom Wike Visited Delta
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Governor Okowa Speaks: Why Aminu Tambuwal, Nyesom Wike Visited Delta

Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has stated that the recent visit of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, to the state has no political undertone. It is gathered that Tambuwal and Wike were in Delta State last week for the inaugural youths empowerment entrepreneurship exhibition under the state government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship Programme, and the opening of roads in Asaba. Addressing journalists on Monday at the fourth quarterly interactive meeting with journalists in Asaba, Okowa said there was no iota of truth that the visit had political colouration. Okowa described Tambuwal, an APC governor, as his close friend, adding that he was in the state to witness t...
Ex-ALGON Chairman Calls For Review Of Revenue Formula
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Ex-ALGON Chairman Calls For Review Of Revenue Formula

Mr Itiako Ikpokpo, immediate past Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Delta chapter, has called for a review of the nation’s revenue sharing formula. Ikpokpo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that “adjustment of the formula is the best solution to the financial problem bedevilling the local government system’’. He said that the nation’s yearning for grassroots growth and development would remain a mirage until conscious efforts were made to review the local government system, especially in the area of funding. Ikpokpo, former Chairman of Isoko South Local Government Area, pointed out that local government autonomy being clamoured for by many stakeholders could not achieve the desired results. “As good as it is, autonomy will not do us...
Federal Govt Releases Final Tranche Of Paris Club Refund To 27 States
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Federal Govt Releases Final Tranche Of Paris Club Refund To 27 States

The Federal Government on Saturday confirmed the release of the final tranche of the Paris Club refund to 27 state governments. The Director, Home Finance, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs Siyanbola Olubunmi, confirmed the release of the fund to the 27 states while speaking at the end of the Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting held at the headquarters of the ministry of finance. She said about ten other states have yet to be paid by the ministry, adding that payments to them was being delayed by some processes. Olubunmi who did not provide the amount that was paid said as soon as the processes were sorted out, the fund would be released to the states. It was reported that payments to some states may be delayed as a result of a suit filed by the consultant engaged by...
NYSC Calls For End To Delta Communal Clashes
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NYSC Calls For End To Delta Communal Clashes

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has appealed to communities in Delta to put an end to all forms of communal clashes saying no corps member will be posted to any warring area. Mr Benjamin Omotade, the state coordinator of the NYSC, made the appeal at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Batch “B’’, Stream 1, orientation course held in Issele Uku. Omotade said that the life of every corps member posted to the state was dear to the NYSC. He added that it was the NYSC’s policy that no corps member would be posted to any community involved in communal clashes. He particularly noted the peace challenges in Warri South-West and Udu Local Government Areas that had been on since 2016. He said that no corps member was posted there except the 10 females who applied to the NYSC mana...
2019: I’ll Reclaim My Mandate From Ovie Omo-Agege – Ighoyota Amori
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2019: I’ll Reclaim My Mandate From Ovie Omo-Agege – Ighoyota Amori

Leading Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for Delta Central Senatorial election in 2019, Senator Ighoyota Amori has vowed to reclaim his mandate which he lost to incumbent, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege through an Appeal Court judgment over a year ago. Amori, while declaring his ambition to vie for the same seat at his Mosogar residence in Ethiope West Local Government area of the state yesterday, lamented that it is the judiciary that truncated his seat in the red chamber prematurely in a controversial judgment by the appeal court which has now denied his people of quality representation. “I remember the mantle of leadership you all worked hard to give me in the 2015 general elections as your Senator in the 8th National Assembly; from the first election victory, the re-run victory, t...
Ijaw Freedom Fighters Give Obaseki & Oba Of Benin 21 Days Ultimatum To Apologize
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Ijaw Freedom Fighters Give Obaseki & Oba Of Benin 21 Days Ultimatum To Apologize

Ijaw Freedom Fighters in the six Niger Delta States on Thursday December issued a 21-one day ultimatum to the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and Oba of Benin Kingdom to tender an unreserved apology to the Pere of Olodiama Kingdom as well as the entire Ijaw Nation for calling Olodiama Kingdom “Non-Existent Kingdom.” The Ijaw Freedom Fighters handed down the ultimatum in a statement signed by Commander Keme Boudiwei and Commander Seimokoromor Anthony, after an emergency meeting in Rivers by its leaders from from Edo, Bayelsa, Edo, Ondo, Delta and Akwa-Ibom States. The Ijaw Freedom Fighters also threatened to storm the Edo State Government House and the Palace of the Oba of Benin Kingdom if the duo failed to comply with the twenty one day ultimatum. While noting that the Edo State Gove...
AGBAKOBA: Buhari Is Sleeping On The Job
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AGBAKOBA: Buhari Is Sleeping On The Job

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of sleeping on his job. Dr Agbakoba said this was apparent as he wondered why nobody has been sacked over the ‘Mainagate’ saga. Agbakoba who stated this apparently in response to issues of corruption that have continued to trail the current administration, also asked President Buhari to sack his entire cabinet. He noted that the government has failed, and wondered what government’s plan was for the unemployment situation in the country. He stated this when he spoke at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday entitled, “National Intervention Movement NIM,” explaining that the movement was not a political party but a network of people committed to make a difference in ...
1,070 Nigerians Died In Road Accident In Q3 – NBS
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1,070 Nigerians Died In Road Accident In Q3 – NBS

No fewer than 1,070 Nigerians died in road accidents in the third quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said. The NBS Road Transport Data for Third Quarter, 2017 posted on its website on Wednesday showed that 89 out of the number were children. The report stated that 981 of the 1,070 Nigerians that died, representing 91.7 per cent of the figure were adults while the remaining 89 Nigerians, representing 8.3 per cent of the figure were children. The breakdown of the figure showed that 815 of the number were males, representing 76.2 per cent while 255 were females, representing 23.8 per cent. According to the report, 2,478 road accidents occurred in the third quarter. It, however, attributed the major cause of accidents to speed violation, which it said accounted for...
Heartbreaking: 11 People Died Every Day In Nigerian Road Accidents Between July And September
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Heartbreaking: 11 People Died Every Day In Nigerian Road Accidents Between July And September

The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has revealed that no fewer than 1,070 Nigerians died in road accidents in the third quarter.   This indicates that in the 92 days that make up the third quarter, July 1 to September 30, an average 11 people died from road accidents daily.   The NBS Road Transport Data for Third Quarter, 2017 posted on its website on Wednesday showed that majority of the victims were adults.   According to Premium Times, the report stated that 981 of the 1,070 Nigerians that died, representing 91.7 per cent of the figure, were adults while the remaining 89 Nigerians, representing 8.3 per cent of the figure were children.   The breakdown of the figure showed that 815 of the number were males, representing 76.2 per cent while ...
Ambode, Aregbesola, Dickson Arrive Ibadan For Southern Governors Meeting
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Ambode, Aregbesola, Dickson Arrive Ibadan For Southern Governors Meeting

Governors from the Southern part of Nigeria under the auspices of Southern Governors Forum are meeting today in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, DAILY POST reports. The governors from the 3 geo-political zones of South West, South-South and South-East are meeting at the Oyo State Government house, Agodi in Ibadan. An aide of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state confided in our correspondent that the meeting will have in attendance Governors from Southern states. Though, the time of the meeting has not been made public, the delay it was learnt may not be unconnected with the ongoing 6th National Women Conference of the Oyo State Officials Wifes Association (OYSOWA) currently taking place at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan. The conference which currently h...
Don’t See National Convention As An End – Governor Dickson Tells PDP Leaders
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Don’t See National Convention As An End – Governor Dickson Tells PDP Leaders

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, has advised Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders not to see the party’s National Convention on Saturday as an end but a means to regain power in 2019. Dickson gave the advice when he received an national chairmanship aspirant of the party, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, at Government House, Yenagoa. According to him, the major concern of PDP leaders now should be to have a successful convention that would lead the party to victory in 2019. “Let me caution our party leaders, I hope that we are not focusing too much on this convention instead of focusing on winning federal power. “I think we should be focused and be strategic and also think of how to get an acceptable candidate through a fair process open to the three north zones in the South. “Thi...
Another Bobrisky? ‘Feminine’ Male Corper Spotted At Delta NYSC Camp
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Another Bobrisky? ‘Feminine’ Male Corper Spotted At Delta NYSC Camp

It seems someone is set to give Bobrisky a good run for his money… Ebimobowei Joshua Agai is professional model and make up artist from Bayelsa. He is currently undergoing his national youth Service in Delta State. He studied Theatre Arts at Igbinedion University, Okada and is the winner of Best Catwalk Male Model Nigeria 2014. See more of his photos below.
Model Reveals How  Her Ex-Boyfriend Refusal To Follow Her To Olumo Rock Led Her To Meeting Her Fiancé…
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Model Reveals How Her Ex-Boyfriend Refusal To Follow Her To Olumo Rock Led Her To Meeting Her Fiancé…

Makida Moka announced their engagement on her Instagram ad also revealed how her ex-boyfriend’s absence got her hooked to the love of her life. Makida shared photos of herself and her man during their introduction that took place recently and wrote ; M.M and O.O. He came to officially ask my family because first of all INTRODUCTION. Congrats to them! Makida, later revealed how her ex-boyfriend’s absence got her hooked to the love of her life, Oliver. When they come all the way from Canada via Delta to ask your family if they can marry You, you wear the brightest floral print to avoid any mistakes. #MO18xFOREVER
Anambra Guber: Police In Delta Restrict Vehicular Movement
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Anambra Guber: Police In Delta Restrict Vehicular Movement

The Delta command of the Nigeria police has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement between Delta and Anambra through the Niger Bridge, with effect from 12am on Friday. Zanna Ibrahim, the commissioner of police in the state, gave the order in a statement signed by Andrew Aniamaka, the command’s public relations officer. The commissioner said the order was aimed at forestalling any breach of security ahead of the Saturday governorship election in Anambra. It read: “Against the backdrop of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra slated for Saturday, Nov.18, the Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, Mr Zanna Ibrahim has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement. “The order restricts movement through the Niger Bridge linking Asaba to Onitsha with effect from 12...
MOSOP condemns House Of Reps Rejection Of Motion To Honour Ken Saro-Wiwa, 8 Others
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MOSOP condemns House Of Reps Rejection Of Motion To Honour Ken Saro-Wiwa, 8 Others

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has condemned Nigeria’s House of Reps for turning down a motion to honour Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others. Saro-Wiwa was executed alongside eight others on November 10, 1995 after being found guilty of murder. The lawmakers said it would be inappropriate to grant Saro-Wiwa the honour, arguing that his execution was “duly considered and endorsed by government.” Rep. Benjamin Wayo (Benue-APC) said, “While I agree that the environmental situation in Niger Delta is pitiable, we have to be careful in adopting the prayer in the motion calling for one-minute silence for the late environmentalist. “Section 33 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution says every person has right to life. It is only permissible to be taken through constitut...
House Of Reps Speaker Yakubu Dogara Orders Non-Performing Committees To Stop Work
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House Of Reps Speaker Yakubu Dogara Orders Non-Performing Committees To Stop Work

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Wednesday ordered all committees yet to conclude their investigations to discontinue same forthwith. ‎The Speaker’s declaration was sequel to his warning last month that all ad hoc and standing committees yet to submit their reports must do so within one week or forfeit their mandates to the whole House. At plenary, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, (PDP, Delta), in a point of order, cited Order 17 Rule 3 and Order 10 that the issue should be re-visited as it affects the tenets of the 8th Assembly’s Legislative Agenda. ‎He said: “Five weeks ago, Mr Speaker, you ordered that committees that had not submitted their reports in the last one year should submit their reports or forfeit their rights to such bills or probes “Mr Sp...
PDP Governors, Chairmanship Aspirants Meet In Enugu
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PDP Governors, Chairmanship Aspirants Meet In Enugu

The 11 Governors of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are in a closed door meeting in Enugu with the eight national chairmanship aspirants of the party ahead of the Dec. 9 national convention of the party. The governors are Ishaku Darius, Taraba; Dankwambo Ibrahim, Gombe; and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum. Others are Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta, Nyesom Wike, Rivers, Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom; and Ben Ayade of Cross River. The others are Ebonyi Governor, represented by his deputy, and Serike Dickson of Bayelsa. The eight national chairmen aspirants in attendance are, Raymond Dokpesi, Bode George, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeiran, Uche Secondus, Gbenga Daniel and Rasheed Ladoja Also in the meeting wer...
Defence Chief Abayomi Olonisakin Vows To Strictly Prosecute Violent Agitators
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Defence Chief Abayomi Olonisakin Vows To Strictly Prosecute Violent Agitators

Nine days after the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), issued threats to blow up critical oil assets in the Niger Delta region, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin, has vowed that the Nigerian Armed Forces will strictly prosecute groups associated with violent agitations in the country. The CDS made the vow during the induction of 20 sophisticated gunboats newly acquired by the Nigerian Navy on Saturday at the Warri Naval Base, Warri, Delta State. This is coming after members of the NDA nine days ago threatened to cripple the nation’s oil economic by attacking critical economic assets in the Niger Delta region over accusing the Federal Government of insincerity in the development of the region. Olonisakin, who apologized for arriving late at the venue of the even...
Nigerian Navy To Launch 20 New Patrol Boats In Delta – Official
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Nigerian Navy To Launch 20 New Patrol Boats In Delta – Official

The Nigerian Navy (NN) says it will on Saturday inaugurate 20 new patrol boats at NNS DELTA in Warri, Delta. The Acting Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Navy Capt. Suleiman Dahun, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja. According to Dahun, the boats comprised 16 locally built Epenal boats and four Rigid Hull Inflatable boats, imported from South Africa. He explained that the induction of the boats was part of the key priorities in the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice-Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas’s Strategic Directives of 2017. The acting director said further that the induction was aimed at boosting the service operations on the Nigerian Navy. “Accordingly, the service deeply appreciates the support of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forc...
Our Kids Saw Us Having Sex, Kristen Bell’s Husband Admits
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Our Kids Saw Us Having Sex, Kristen Bell’s Husband Admits

Kristen Bell told a hilarious (and disturbing) story of her children walking in on her and her husband having sex – and now Dax Shepard himself has confirmed the awkward anecdote! During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Shephard clarified that kids Delta, 2, and Lincoln, 4, “didn’t walk in while I was, like, pounding Mom.” He added that they did, however, see them fooling around under the sheets. “We put on the TV in the living room — we’re bad parents — and then we stole away for a minute, afternoon delight, but we were just under the sheets and they walked in,” said Shepard, 42. “It was more just explaining why we’re taking, like, a nap in the afternoon while they were on the loose.” The actor added that he had no idea Bell, 37, had talked about the embarrassing incident on national...
Nigerian Navy Launches “Operation Octopus Grip” With Gunboats In Delta
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Nigerian Navy Launches “Operation Octopus Grip” With Gunboats In Delta

The Nigerian Navy, Central Naval Command has launched “Operation Octopus Grip” phase two with eleven gunboats in Delta State. The Navy appealed to coastal communities to cooperate with it to rid the Niger Delta of crime. The Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Abubakar Bello Alhasan said the launching of the operation was in continuation of the first phase earlier launched in October 30th, 2017. Alhasan also led an operation to destroy illegal refineries in Bennett Island, Warri South-West Local Government Area. He said the first phase of the operation was mainly on the sea area, while the second phase which was launched simultaneously in all the commands will concentrate on the riverine areas. “Like you all know we launched the first phase of t...
PTI, NANS Agree On Tuition Fee Reduction
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PTI, NANS Agree On Tuition Fee Reduction

The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has resolved the stand-off between it and the management of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta over tuition fee increase. NANS president, Mr Chinonso Obasi, led some executive members of the association to engage the management of PTI in a constructive dialogue inside the institution’s premises on Tuesday. NANS had on Monday issued a 24-hour ultimatum to PTI’s management to reverse the approved schedule of charges for 2017/2018 academic year in which tuition fee was increased by 130 per cent. The dialogue which commenced in the morning lasted until night before the management led by the PTI Principal, Prof. Sunny Iyuke agreed to shift ground. Iyuke said that the institution was underfunded and needed to exe...
Ex-President Obasanjo Faults Fed Govt’s Handling Of School Feeding Programme
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Ex-President Obasanjo Faults Fed Govt’s Handling Of School Feeding Programme

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the Federal Government’s involvement in the school feeding programme, saying it is essentially a programme that the states should execute. Obasanjo stated this in an interview at the venue of the World Food Prize in Iowa, USA, penultimate Friday. The President, African Development Bank and a former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, was on the occasion, awarded the 2017 laureate of the World Food Prize, where Obasanjo was in attendance. The Federal Government had said in September that over N6.2bn had been paid to 14 states as part of efforts to meet its target of feeding three million primary school children in 2017 under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme. The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publi...
Fed Govt Confirms Six Fresh Cases Of Monkeypox As Disease Hits Abuja
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Fed Govt Confirms Six Fresh Cases Of Monkeypox As Disease Hits Abuja

The Federal Government has confirmed six fresh cases of monkeypox including one in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement in his office in Abuja on Friday, according to a statement by the Director of Media, Mrs. Boade Akinola. Ehanire said apart from Abuja, there were two new cases of the disease in each of Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states and one in Enugu. This brings the total number of confirmed monkeypox cases to nine. Ehanire noted that investigations were ongoing to see if any of the new cases had a link with the Bayelsa cluster, where the outbreak started. He called for calm among members of the public, as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is working with all affected states to ensure case fin...
Pep Guardiola Faults Match Ball After Manchester City’s Carabao Cup Win Over Wolves
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Pep Guardiola Faults Match Ball After Manchester City’s Carabao Cup Win Over Wolves

Pep Guardiola laid into the match ball after watching his Manchester City beat Wolves on penalties in the Carabao Cup, saying it would have been a “miracle” for Sergio Aguero to have broken his scoring record with it. The clash between the sides top of the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship was an entertaining – if scoreless – affair, with Claudio Bravo required to be at his best to deny Nuno Espirito Santos’ side from snatching a shock win. The Chile goalkeeper again came to the rescue in the shoot-out at the Etihad Stadium, denying Alfred N’Diaye and Conor Coady as City won 4-1 on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes. Guardiola was satisfied to be in the quarter-finals but was not best pleased with the English Football League’s Mitre match ball. “The ball is not accep...
Fed Govt Feeding School Children In 17 States – Yemi Osinbajo
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Fed Govt Feeding School Children In 17 States – Yemi Osinbajo

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday disclosed that three more states have been added to the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, with an additional one million children now benefitting from it. This was contained in a press statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-president on media and publicity, Mr Laolu Akande. According to the statement, the additional states are Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Niger, which brings to 17 the number of states currently participating in the School Feeding Programme. The statement added that the programme was a crucial part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s Social Investment Programmes, SIP, aimed at tackling poverty and hunger, as well as creating jobs for Nigerians. It mentioned other 14 sta...
Operation Crocodile Smile II Begins In Lagos
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Operation Crocodile Smile II Begins In Lagos

Nigerian Army on Friday said the increase in crimes in coastal areas of the country compelled it to step up training and operations in the amphibious environment. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said this at Takwa Bay Island in Lagos State when he launched “Exercise Crocodile Smile II.” According to him, the ‘Order of Battle’ 2016 provides for amphibious battalion in the island to keep the coastal area of Lagos State safe. He said “a detachment of Nigerian Army has since been stationed on the island; more army presence will also be felt soon on the island and other parts of the country in line with the 2016 Order of Battle as fund becomes available.” The army chief recalled that the first phase of the exercise which took place between August and September 2016 ...
No Ongoing Monkeypox Vaccination In South-East – NCDC’s Chikwe Ihekweazu
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No Ongoing Monkeypox Vaccination In South-East – NCDC’s Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, says there is no ongoing vaccination against monkeypox in the south-east or any other part of the country. Dr. Ihekweazu said this on Thursday in Abuja at the Senate committee hearing on the reported monkeypox outbreak in parts of the country. The NCDC boss explained that there is no relationship between his organisation and what is going on in the south-east. He, therefore, cautioned Nigerians against participating in any immunization against the disease. Earlier in the week, some parents in Delta and Anambra states reportedly began to withdraw their children from schools, following reports that the army was administering immunization drugs suspected to be harmful. The army h...
Delta CP Zanna Ibrahim Tasks Recruits On Obedience
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Delta CP Zanna Ibrahim Tasks Recruits On Obedience

The Commissioner of Police in Delta, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, has admonished new recruits posted to his Command to operate within the provisions of the law. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Ibrahim gave the charge at the command’s premises in Asaba while receiving the 237 Police Constables of Delta origin who recently passed out from the Police Training School, Benin. He also advised them to be disciplined and dedicated to duty as well as show absolute respect to the rights of the citizens. He also urged the new recruits to eschew corruption and be good ambassadors of the Nigeria Police Force at all times in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities to the nation. The commissioner told the new constables that they would be posted to their respective local governm...
Ijaw Youths Rejects Planned Operation Crocodile Smile
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Ijaw Youths Rejects Planned Operation Crocodile Smile

Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), yesterday rejected the second round of Operation Crocodile Smile scheduled to kick-off on Saturday. IYC described the planned “militarisation” of the Niger Delta region as “unwarranted”. They youths also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call it off in the interest of peace in the South-south. A statement by IYC spokesman, Daniel Dasimaka, noted that despite Buhari’s promise of dialogue during his Independence day speech, the military was bent on breaching the fragile peace in the area. IYC maintained that deploying soldiers days after promising to embark on consultations, “epitomises the government’s hypocrisy towards the Niger Delta.” IYC urged the federal government to heed the advice by the United States and the United Kingdom that military ap...
Ijaw Group Commends Governor Dickson’s Leadership Style
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Ijaw Group Commends Governor Dickson’s Leadership Style

The Western Zone of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), the umbrella body of all Ijaw people in the federation, has expressed support for the leadership style of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State. The INC said the style of governance of Governor Dickson and his intervention in issues of critical concern to the Ijaw, across the states of the federation, has fostered unity. A statement by the Zonal Publicity Secretary of the INC, Western Zone, Comrade Priye Noel Kuete, made available to journalists in Benin-City, enjoined all Ijaw sons and daughters to encourage Governor Dickson to succeed both as a governor of Bayelsa State and as a leader of the Ijaw people. Noting that Governor Dickson had handled his position to the admiration of millions of the people, the INC comme...
Delta APC Chairmen Condemn Threats To NDDC Projects Director
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Delta APC Chairmen Condemn Threats To NDDC Projects Director

All Progressives Congress, APC, local government chairmen in Delta State have denounced attempts by some persons to blackmail and drag the Executive Director, Projects, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Samuel Adjogbe, into unnecessary contract controversy. The Forum of All Progressives Congress Local Government Chairmen, Delta State, in a statement by the chairman, Valentine Egbe, said: “As baseless as this distraction may be, it is trite that lies, when constantly and consistently repeated, will soon begin to wear the garb of truth, and to avoid the risk of allowing the unsuspecting public to be misled, the party feels obliged to put all the facts in proper perspective. “Firstly, the relevant procurement law stipulates in unambiguous terms how contracts are awarded in p...