We Will Defeat PDP In Their Own Game – APC Chairman

Ahead of the January 6, 2018 local government election in Delta State, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prophet Jones Ode Erue, has disclosed that his party was ready to go to the field to struggle it out with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in their own game.

He said the party is fully aware that the local government election is been organized by the state “but our party decided that we are coming to beat them in their own game. We are coming out, let them know that we are on ground because every time they talk, they say APC is not on ground”.

He stated that the party don’t believe in politics played in the media, “we don’t believe in the politics of newspapers and the social media, we believe in the politics of going to the grassroot telling your if they like what is happening in the state. We are dying gradually; our children owe monies they cannot pay”.

He noted that the party would challenge any breach of the process, rule and guidelines of the election in court, “look at my lips, I mean it. Anywhere they breach the process, we will challenge it in Court”, assuring party candidates and supporters that the party was working hard towards the polls.

He noted that the process of the election is currently been abused, “DSIEC abused the process. Our lawyers are crossing the Ts and dotting the Is but we want to tell them that we are not running from our shadows, we are going to beat them in this game but the rule and the guidelines must properly be followed”.

Asked if he has faith in the newly constituted Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) led by Mike Ogbodu and if his party would have a very successful local government elections, he said, “We are on ground more than the PDP, we are more popular and more acceptable, we know that the people have finished with the PDP because the hardship is too much”.

He said the three states sharing boundaries with Delta have lesser allocations but are ten times developed than the state, “it saddens one’s mind. PDP knows that they have failed”, saying that the party was coming out to defeat the PDP in their own game.

“The three states that we are in common boundary with, we receive revenue seven times more than them but in terms of development, they are 10 times ahead of us”, he regretted.

His words, “so much has been used for our airport and our airport nobody flies into because the runway is not good. It destroys aircrafts and nobody comes in. we fly to Owerre, Warri, Benin City and use road to come to Asaba and yet the tax payers monies have being over spent on one single project that does not bring result”.

Delta Govt. To Eradicate Quacks, Fake Spare Part Dealers

The Delta Assembly has said it will partner with state executives to eradicate quarks in the automobile industries and substandard spare part dealers in the state.

Mr Efe Ofobruku, the Chairman of House committee on roads, said in Asaba during a public hearing in the Delta House of Assembly with stakeholders in the automotive industry.

The public hearing is on a bill for a law to provide for the Registration of Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Spare Parts Dealers and Licensing of Motor Vehicle Mechanics.

Ofobruku said that the activities of fake mechanics and spare parts dealers in the society had led to road accidents and loss of many lives and property.

The lawmaker said that the proposed law would help identify authentic automobile technicians and provide them with more customers to better grow their business.

The committee chairman, who was elated by the large participation of stakeholders and their quality presentations and submissions, said it was the desire of the state assembly to turn out a law that would be acceptable to all the people of the state.

Ofobruku said that the essence of the public hearing was to seek the views of the people on the proposed law, adding that his committee was expected to put together a report that will input of all key stakeholders.

The chairman, who is representing Uvwie Constituency, called on interested stakeholders yet to submit a memorandum of the proposed law to do so as soon as possible.

Mr Peter Uviejitobor also a member of the committee commended the various groups present at the public hearing for their contributions to the lawmaking process.

Uviejitobor, who is representing Udu constituency in the assembly, noted that the proposed law would bring sanity to the automobile industry.

The Commissioner, Directorate for Transport, Mr Vincent Uduaghan, said the state government was always concerned with the safety of motorists in the state, saying the proposed law would help to reduce cases of motor vehicles accidents on the roads.

Uduaghan noted that many road traffic accidents in recent times were traceable to the activities of untrained mechanics or the use of fake and substandard motor spare parts.

The transport commissioner also observed that some notorious people use unregistered motor mechanics workshops as “safe haven’’ to perpetuate crime.

He said that there were instances where law enforcement agencies traced stolen vehicles to places where they were cannibalised and sold as spare parts.

Uduaghan said that the proposed law would also bring sanity on the roads, eliminate quackery in the automobile industry and restore confidence to vehicle users.
Others, who spoke included officials of Delta State Traffic Management Agency (DESTMA) and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

They highlighted the importance of the bill and stressed the need to accommodate the interests of all stakeholders in the proposed law.

201 Fake Orphanages Shut Down In Delta

Newsmen have gathered that about 86,000 fake orphanages are reportedly operating within the 25 local government areas of Delta State.The figure was released at the weekend by a group of ‘church ministers’ who alleged that they have in the last two years paid a visit to the various orphanage homes across the state.

 

Leader of the group, Evangelist (Mrs.) Mabel Awoniso, said the conditions of many of the orphanages were an eyesore, adding that many of them operate in shanties, without windows, and toilet facilities. It was gathered that the illegal orphanages operated by faceless groups are registered with fake company names without signboards. In Asaba, Ibusa, Ughelli, Sapele, Okpanam, Issele-Uku, and Ogwashi-Uku communities, tales of human trafficking and alleged sale of babies by the operators are rife.

 

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, had last week Thursday told newsmen in Asaba that security agents in the state had been having a tough battle with many operators of orphanages in the state, especially in Asaba and Ibusa, where orphanages are operated in the dingy environment and dilapidated buildings.

 

“We have recorded cases of some of these orphanages operating under poor condition. Under such disguise, the operators sell babies to unsuspecting buyers. We have arrested several persons in connection with the act, and we are ready to shut down many of the orphanages,” he said.

 

Last Monday, the police uncovered an illegal orphanage home behind NTA Asaba where over 21 babies were recorded and three out of the babies allegedly sold for N1.3 million. According to the police boss, the operator (name withheld) is currently being detained for investigation. Furthermore, the state government through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, had raised the alarm over the influx of illegal orphanages and ordered the closure of 201, while 63,000 fake accounts were uncovered on the net with fictitious names, and had raked an estimated sum of N2 billion in the last two years from unsuspecting donors, many of whom are foreigners.

 

Mrs Omashola Williams, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, confirmed that the state government had
been inundated with the influx of illegal orphanages across the state, adding that steps had been taken to ensure that those involved in the illegalities are brought to book. Noting that the state government had closed down 16 illegal homes in the past, Williams expressed the determination of the state government to put a stop to the illegality.

 

An investigation revealed that operators of these illegal orphanages hoodwink unsuspecting donors with highly placed names of board members and colourful letter-headed papers with photographs of sorrowful orphans, soliciting for financial assistance from politicians, foreigners and corporate bodies with bogus account numbers boldly typed on the letter-heads.

 

The state government had officially recorded 520 registered orphanages last year, until some desperate operators allegedly obtained registration after offering a bribe, a claim the commissioner said is being investigated.

 

Delta: 5000 APC Members, Ex-LG Chairmen Decamp To PDP

Former Chairman of Ughelli North Local Government Council, in Delta State, Chief Friday Akpoyibo, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the All Progressives Congress, alongside over 5,000 of his followers.

Ifeanyi Okowa, the delta state Governor who received the decampees in Ugono Origin, Ughelli North Local Government Area, assured that the PDP would provide a level playing ground for members of other political parties, especially members of the APC who returned to the PDP.

He said, “You are returning home to your family, a family where there is no discrimination. Those who want to return are free to do so because, working together, I believe we will win in all elections.

“We have every reason to rejoice today. We need to work together for the large population of Ughelli North to translate to actual votes. This is the time for the people of Ughelli North to vote for development, not sentiments.”

Former Chairman of Ughelli North Local Government Council, in Delta State, Chief Friday Akpoyibo, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the All Progressives Congress, alongside over 5,000 of his followers.

The state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, who received the decampees in Ugono Origin, Ughelli North Local Government Area, assured that the PDP would provide a level playing ground for members of other political parties, especially members of the APC who returned to the PDP.

He said, “You are returning home to your family, a family where there is no discrimination. Those who want to return are free to do so because, working together, I believe we will win in all elections.

“We have every reason to rejoice today. We need to work together for the large population of Ughelli North to translate to actual votes. This is the time for the people of Ughelli North to vote for development, not sentiments.”

Delta Governor Misuses Paris Club Funds – Retirees

The Delta state Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been accused by the retirees under the umbrella of the Association of Retired Local Government Staff and Primary School Teachers of the state of the mishandling of the bailout funds released by the state government.

It was revealed that the retirees have taken to the streets bearing placards and banners held a protest during which they slammed Okowa over the non-payment of their entitlements.

While demanding to know how the bailout was spent, they requested the full payment of all benefits owed them from 2013 till date.

This is the second time in one week pensioners in Delta State will be protesting through the streets of Asaba singing the same song and passing the same kind of message.

Their placards gave a clear description of their requests as they converged on the complex of the State House of Assembly to pour out their grievances.

Chairman of the association, Jerry Arioghore, said: “It is appalling to note that soon after assumption of office in May 2015, the state governor Ifeanyi Okowa, through the joint allocation account stopped the 7.5 percent statutory monthly allocation to the Bureau of Local Government Pensions.

“This is a serious infraction on the Delta State Pension Reform Law and all efforts to draw his attention to this fell on deaf ears.”

 

Boat Operator Killed For Refusing To Give Bribe

Boat operators yesterday protested against the killing of a fellow boat operator named Akpobolokaemi Duke, a native of Enekorogha Community in Burutu local council, by Marine Police personnel on October 1, at the Millar Waterside area of Warri, Delta State.

It was gathered that the deceased was coming to Warri to ferry passengers back to the riverine communities when he was allegedly shot by the Marine Police team. According to reports, he was shot for earlier refusing to pay a bribe demanded by the police team patrolling the Warri River. It was learnt that as soon as he was sighted from afar the policemen gave him a hot pursuit with sporadic gunshots, which led to the death of the deceased.

When contacted yesterday, the Delta State police command said it was investigating the incident and would make a pronouncement after a thorough investigation.

Meanwhile, human rights lawyer and national coordinator of the Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (FHRACC), Alaowei Cleric, said the unprovoked murder of the boat operator because he refused to pay a bribe should not go unpunished and urged the Commissioner of Police to bring the policemen involved in the killing to book.

He said: “The unprovoked killing of a law-abiding citizen by the police is unlawful and such act must not go unpunished. The perpetrators of this brutal murder of Akpobolokaemi Duke must be brought to book. We are calling on the Commissioner of Police to immediately investigate the incident and punish the culprits appropriately.

“Let the Police build public confidence by checkmating incidences of extra-judicial killings. Now that the Inspector-General of Police has ordered the dismantling of roadblocks on the roads, we appeal to the police hierarchy to also order immediate withdrawal of the police patrol teams from the creeks since they are becoming a tool of extortion.

“The police have not told us on their side of the story as our team of investigators were not allowed to interrogate them at the Marine Police division. However, in our independent investigation, we discovered that the Marine Police actually has a squad in the river, which specialises in extorting money from transport boats along Warri river. Mr. Akpobolokaemi was one their victims of unlawful extortion in the river. We do not know why they chose to murder him in cold blood.”

PDP Suffers Setback As Alimodu Sheriff Loyalists Dump Party For APC

Supporters of sacked national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, led by a former National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, have dumped the PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The defecting Sheriff loyalists, in their thousands, said they were “suffocated out of the party through deliberate act of impunity which led to the defeat of the party in 2015”.

The former PDP members were received by top members of the APC led by National Vice Chairman of APC, Mr. Hilliard Eta; Delta State leader of the party, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor; Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu; and the state chairman of the party, Prophet Jones Erue, among others in Agbor.

Speaking during the ceremony, PDP’s former National Vice Chairman (South-South), Ojougboh, said since the Supreme Court judgment which ousted the Sheriff faction, the Ahmed Makarfi national leadership have refused to reach out to them, hence their resolve to leave.

His words, “We asked the national body to open up the party after the unfortunate court judgment, the next thing we heard was that they were going to grant us amnesty, as if we are criminals.

“When Raymond Dokpesi was nominated as member of the committee for the non-elective convention, his nomination was rejected because they said they spent money on the court judgment.

“As if that was not enough, during the Anambra State governorship primary election, Jerry Gana was made chairman of a three-man committee to midwife a transparent election, but governors Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State rejected it and came up with another committee that went to Anambra and handed everything to Peter Obi.

“Back here in Delta, we asked the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to remove impunity, but what we continue to see here is a … family government.

“We now said it is time to look for people of like minds, people of progressive ideology to meet with, because I know most of you have ambitions to pursue.

“If we do not make a decision to belong to the progressives, most of you will miss out.”

One Soldier Killed And Several Injured In Delta State

One soldier was killed and several others injured in an attack on military personnel in Nigeria’s oil-rich south, a security source said on Thursday, in the second incident this month in the restive region.

The attack happened in the early hours of Thursday in the Ogbogbagbene community, south-west of the Delta state capital Warri, according to locals.

A source at Nigeria’s Department of State Security intelligence agency said it was not immediately clear whether those responsible were “militants or just hoodlums”.

“But they killed a soldier, injured others and carted away arms and ammunition, as well as a military gunboat,” he said, adding that the injured were being treated in hospital.

There was no immediate response from the military joint task force that handles security in the region when contacted by AFP.

One woman who lives locally said people “heard gunshots by the waterside where the army formation is stationed at about 2:00 am (0100 GMT) this morning, only to realise that the army was under attack”.

Angodi Akpo, who sits on the Burutu local council, said the community was “under siege” because of fears of reprisals.

“Everyone is apprehensive and is locked indoors over the likely action of the military following the attack, as the security operatives are harassing innocent residents in the guise of searching for the culprits,” he added.

Twelve days ago two soldiers were killed at Sapele in Delta state, where there was also a similar attack in May that left four marine police officers dead.

The Niger Delta region, which includes Delta state, is home to Nigeria’s multi-billion-dollar oil and gas industry and has frequently been hit by unrest.

Militants have periodically mounted attacks on oil and gas infrastructure as part of their calls for a fairer share of profits from the sector for local people, most of whom live in dire poverty.

After repeated attacks in 2016 that hit oil production, the government initiated talks with rebels, leading to a fragile truce and promises of improvements in the impoverished region.

“Account For Federal Allocations To Delta State”, Militants Challenge Okowa

A militant group, New Delta Avengers (NDA), has threatened to cripple oil exploration in Delta State if Governor Ifeanyi Okowa fails to account for the federal allocations accrued so far to the state.

The militants accused Okowa of abandoning the oil-bearing communities and withholding votes for the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC).

The faceless group, in a statement yesterday by its spokesman, Cpl Olleum Bellum, apologised for aborting its press briefing on Sunday, attributing the development to espionage.

They alleged: “If you see the allocations for states that were released by the Ministry of Finance today (yesterday), you will see that Delta State and Okowa were paid N4,747,930,884.16 billion for February and DESOPADEC is supposed to get half of that money but we know that nothing was paid to the agency.

“The governor has questions to answer. What we asked for is the name and physical location of projects that this government has spread in Ijaw, Isoko, Ndokwa and Urhobo communities. We want to know what he has done for them and the money given.

“Let the governor wake up from his slumber and come to terms with his vicious acts towards our communities. He cannot wish away the truth. He has not done anything to benefit the oil communities from Ndokwa, Koko to Forcados.

“We are saying that he is robbing Peter to pay Paul and we stand by this. Let him release the details of funds that he has given to DESOPADEC. Why is he not publishing the state’s allocations, internally generated revenue (IGR) and other incomes as other states do.”

The group urged the Federal Government to pay the 13 per cent derivation funds directly to the communities for their development.

 

 

Source: The Guardian

15-year-old Boy And His Father Brutally Attacked With Machete In Delta State

A 15-year-old boy identified as Bright and his father are currently hospitalised after they were allegedly hacked with cutlass in Ndokwa East LGA of Delta State by men he referred to as ‘untouchable lords’

Read the report as shared by CEO of Behind Bars Initiative, Prince Gwamnishu Harrison:

Bright and his father were on their way back from farm and were both Butchered by untouchable lords in their Community.
I received a phone call from Little Bright pleading I should seek for Justice for him.

HIS STORY
“I was in the Farm with my father and a man named Oyibo came to meet us in the farm. Oyibo came on that faithful day and started clearing my father’s land. My Father warned him never to approach his land, Oyibo left.
After the day’s work, we were on motorcycle when a group of men numbering six (6) pushed us down and started attacking us with machetes. They cut me severally with cutlass and left me to attack my Father and I escaped. I ran into the village with my hand falling out from the socket and reported to the villagers.
The matter was reported to Ashaka Police Station Ndokwa East LGA and they got two of the men arrested. My father and i were hospitalized and later heard that our attackers were released two hours after their arrest. Am currently in Children’s ward in Federal Medical Center Asaba.
Please help me seek Justice”

Immediately the call dropped, I visited Federal Medical Center Asaba and met Little Bright. Though didn’t ask much questions but truth be told. Some people are heartless, wicked and evil. The perpetrators have disfigured Bright’s hand and are now walking free because they have been set free.
They need our Supports.

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Speaker Of The house In Delta State Was Impeached, Suspended

Members of the Delta State House of Assembly on Thursday impeached the Speaker of the House, Chief Monday Igbuya, over alleged financial misappropriation and highhandedness.

The impeached speaker was also suspended for three months by the lawmakers.

He has since been replaced by a member of the House from Okpe Constituency, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori.

Details later…