PHOTOS: Delta Youths Nab Armed Fulani Herdsmen

The youths from Okpe town in Delta State on Wednesday morning disarmed some Fulani herdsmen who allegedly invaded the town.

The herdsmen numbering over eight were arrested with several dangerous weapons, including guns.

Photos show that the alleged herdsmen have been arrested but the Delta state police command still hasn’t confirmed the arrest.

Inspiring!!! Meet Endurance Otobi, The Blind Shoe Cobbler Who Defied All Odds


Endurance Otobi is a blind shoe cobbler from Delta state Nigeria. He was not born blind, he started having problems with his sight while he was in primary school and then became blind in 2002 after an incident doctors later revealed to him it was glaucoma.

Endurance’s parents were unable to pay for his surgery which led him to stay at home from 2002 to 2009. He later made up his mind to fend for himself.

Endurance Otobi learned to weave at Equipment Life Foundation, at Oshodi, Lagos, sponsored by a couple of friends. After graduation in 2010, he started teaching people how to weave bags and other things.

Against all odds, Endurance Otobi has made a popular shoe mender of himself despite he has been blind for 15 years now.

Source: Pulse NG

Police Arrest Four Bank Officials For Robbery In Delta

The Delta State Police Command has arrested four bank officials for their role in an armed robbery operation between Otulu and Ubulu-Okiti axis of the Benin-Onitsha Expressway.

 A policeman was shot dead in the robbery operation. The four suspects work for an old generation commercial bank.

 In a statement made available to The Nation, Delta Police spokesman  DSP Andrew Aniamaka said the four suspects include a female cash management officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Branch 1, Amina Oyewole,Chief Security Officer and two drivers.

He said the quartet were arrested after a preliminary investigation showed that in their bid to “cut corners” picked seven policemen from different locations and engaged them in an illegal escort to convey N25 million from its branch in Agbor ,Ika South L.G.A to Asaba-the State Capital without using a serviceable armoured vehicle as required by law.

The statement reads in part, “ The Cash management Officer of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Branch 1  Asaba, one Amina Oyewole ‘f’, the Chief Security Officer of the bank and two drivers were arrested by Delta State Police Command following an armed robbery attack which occurred Tuesday, September 5, 2017 between Otulu and Ubulu-Okiti, along Asaba/Benin expressway, Delta State.

“Their arrest followed preliminary investigation into the attack which revealed that, in a bid to cut corners, the bank officials illegally picked seven police officers from different locations, yet to be determined, and engaged them on an illegal escort for the conveyance of the sum of twenty-five million naira from its branch in Agbor to Asaba without using a serviceable, secure armored bullion van as required by law”

He said a policeman was killed in the attack while the robbers emptied their loot into two getaway cars.

The statement added ,”one of the police escorts was fatally injured by the armed robbers who also emptied the twenty-five million naira (N25, 000,000.00) into their cars- a Honda Pilot Jeep and Toyota Corolla, Registration numbers unknown,  and escaped”.

 The Command warned that banks requiring police escort must adhere to laid down regulations on specie escort especially during the ”ember” months.

Source: The Nation

UNICEF Urges Bayelsa, Delta To Fast Track Process Of Establishing RUWASSA By Law In Their States

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged the Government of Bayelsa and Delta states to fast track the process of establishing the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) by law in their respective states to aid the attainment of the rural component of Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP) championed by UNICEF and the European Union (EU).

UNICEF Specialist on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Ms Martha Hokonya who said this at a media dialogue in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state also urged the government of the two states to upgrade the WASH units in the local government Areas in the states into departments for effectiveness and efficiency.

Hokonya explained that the overall objectives of the NDSP by EU and UNICEF was to mitigate the conflict in the Niger Delta by addressing the main causes of the unrest and violence,unemployment and poor delivery of basic services through the WASH intervention programmes.

She noted the objectives of NDSP were designed to contribute to strengthening social bonding and peace building among communities in the project states through local capacity building and provision of access to improved sources of safe drinking water and basic sanitation in ten self-selected Local Government Areas in the Project states.

According to her, “there are five key objectives under the project which include upgrading the Local Government Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Units to Departments and strengthen the capacity of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Institutions in the five Niger Delta states to drive and implement sustainable WASH projects.”

“The objective is to increase access to safe and sustainable water supply services in the rural communities of the selected Local Government Areas, increase access to improved sanitation and proper hygiene practice in rural communities and schools, institutionalize dialogue among stakeholders, strengthening social bonding and contributing to resolution of conflict situations and to establish a state and national monitoring and evaluation system,” Hokonya explained.

Speaking on the keys achievements of Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP) which is jointly funded by EU, UNICEF and three tiers of Government, she explained that a total of 206,954 people have been able to gained access to safe water and that 224 Water Safety Plans were developed in 224communities.

Also, on the keys achievement in the area of sanitation, Hokonya said a total of 508 communities have been triggered and mobilised to engage in Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), 143 communities stopped open defecation and that 146,364 people have gained access to improved latrines.

She added that 35 Primary Schools were provided with safe water and sanitation facilities while 28 schools in Delta got Hand Pump Boreholes. She also said that 14 schools got 2 VIP latrines each and that 10,520 pupils gained access to safe and gender sensitive WASH facilities. The UNICEF WASH specialist also disclosed that 12 Primary Health Care facilities were provided with 12 solar motorized borehole water facilities.

Hokonya commended the Federal, state and local government in the Niger Delta for their willing to ensure the wellbeing of the people in the region. She charged the three tears of government to put necessary mechanisms in place for the prompt payment of their counterpart funds at commencement of projects to enable early procurement of supplies and avoid delay during construction.

Delta Paid Ibori N250m in UK Prison – Investigation

The Delta State Government paid former Governor James Ibori N250m while he was in jail in the United Kingdom between 2012 and 2016,an  investigation has revealed.

It will be recalled that Ibori was convicted on February 27 2012, after pleading guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud at a Southwark Crown Court, London.

It was learnt that Ibori, who was accused of stealing over £250m, was entitled to life pension being a former governor of the oil-rich state.

The ex-governor, who served between 1999 and 2007, was able to sign into law the Delta State Governor and Deputy Governor Pension Rights and Other Benefits Law 2005 which was later amended in 2009.

The law makes provision for an ex-governor to be paid N50m per year among other perks.

Defending the payment of the money to Ibori in 2012, the then Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chike Ohgeah, said Ibori would continue to be paid N50m until a court nullified his tenure in office.

Ogeah said this in reaction to an affidavit deposed to by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which accused the state government of enriching the ex-governor.

He said, “The truth is that like every other elected governor who had served the state, Ibori was paid his pension entitlement and other benefits alongside his deputy under existing law. The law is the Delta State Governor and Deputy Governor Pension Rights and Other Benefits Law 2005 and the Delta State Governor and Deputy Governor Pension Rights and Other Benefits (Amendment) Law 2009.”

Calculations by one of our correspondents showed that for the five years Ibori spent in the UK prison, he was paid N250m by the state government.

Delta State is one of the states in the country currently struggling to pay salaries and which received bailout fund from the Federal Government.

According to a report on the bailout funds monitoring of states conducted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, in February 2016, Delta State had N36, 417,217, 601.53 as total debt value accrued from staff salaries and emoluments. The state was granted N10, 936, 799, 299 as bailout fund from the Federal Government.

Speaking with one of our correspondents on Saturday, human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), said the matter was a structural problem and it would be unfair to single out Ibori.

Falana explained that several states including those who could not pay salaries, were paying pensions to ex-governors who had also looted their state treasuries.

He said, “The matter goes beyond Ibori because he is not the only ex-governor collecting the pension. The law in Delta State does not say an ex-governor should stop receiving pay if he is convicted.

“The matter shows the failure of the Nigerian system. I am not defending Ibori but I don’t think he should be singled out. Pension for ex-governors should be scrapped completely.”

Meanwhile, the Delta State Government on Saturday said it was legal for it to honour the laws of the state by paying severance packages and other entitlements ascribed to former governors and deputies including Ibori.

The state government said it would be flouting the law if it decided not to pay the former governor.

Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said on Saturday that if the state government was owing Ibori his severance package, the government would clear the backlogs as clearly stipulated by law.

“If Ibori is entitled to pension by law, we will not take it away from him because that will be breaching the law . Even if he is owed, it is sure that he deserves the entitlements.’’

He also added that Ibori contributed meaningfully to the infrastructural development of the state and laid the foundation upon which successive governments were building on.

Source: The Punch

Niger Delta Avengers Claim Destruction Of Five Oil Facilities In Delta

The militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (DNA), at the weekend said it launched five attacks on the nation’s oil and gas facilities in the Warri creeks in the last three days.

NDA, in a series of tweets, claimed to have attacked critical facilities in three locations in Warri Southwest Local Government Area of Delta State.But the claim has not been independently confirmed.

Efforts to get security and industry confirmations on the alleged attacks did not yield results, although community sources confirmed the attacks.

In its tweet, NDA claimed to have destroyed a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) crude pipeline in an unidentified location on Friday night; two major crude oil trunk lines belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), near Batan, on Saturday night and two major oil wells belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) near Abiteye, on Sunday morning.

It said: “At 9:15p.m on Friday, the @NDAvengers blew up Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) crude oil trunk line to Warri Refinery.
“At 11:26 p.m on Saturday, @NDAvengers blew up two NPDC major crude trunk lines close to Batan flow station in Delta State.
“At 1:15 a.m on Sunday, @NDAvengers blew up two major Chevron oil wells – Well 7 and Well 8, close to Abiteye flow station in Delta State.
“All five operations were carried out by @ndavengers strike team. Well done, soldiers.”

Confirming the attacks, a community leader at Kokodiagbene in Warri Southwest Local Government Area, who is also an environmental activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, said he had confirmed the attacks from community sources.

The activist said the location of the NNPC trunk line attack had not been confirmed.
Mulade said: “The one that happened yesterday (Saturday) was at Dibi flow station; that’s not exactly Abiteye, but behind it. It affects the Chevron Dibi flow station and the NNPC trunk line to the Warri Refinery. We have confirmed the one at Dibi, but we are yet to confirm the one at the trunk line. That’s the confirmation we are waiting for.

“We have not been able to confirm the attack on the NNPC trunk line to Warri Refinery, but it is around the Batan Chanomi Creek axis. We are yet to know the exact area.”
Also, a police report, which our reporter accessed in Warri last night, confirmed the twin attacks on the Chevron Oil Wells 7 and 8 at Abiteye.

It reads: “At about 0110 hours (1.10 a.m) and 0115 hours (1.15 am), Chevron Oil Wells 7 and 8 were blown up at Abiteye flow station. Chevron’s Chief Security Officer (CSO), who was on ground at the location, claimed that the twin explosions occurred at about 5 minutes intervals. The bombed oil wells are a little distant from the Abiteye flow station. Chevron has reported a drop in pressure from the crude oil pipeline at Abiteye.”

Former Delta Governor, Alex Ibru Is Dead

Former Delta State governor and one-time Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Felix Olorogun Ibru is dead!

The 80-yrs old business tycoon, was said to have passed on after a brief illness.

Until his death, Ibru held the position of President General of the Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU)

He was born on 7 December 1935 at Agbarha-Otor in the Ughelli North local government area of Delta State to Chief Peter Epete Ibru and Chief (Mrs).

Details later…

Revealed: Delta State Government Hiding Tompolo

As the EFCC seeks permission to consolidate moves to smoke out Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo by confiscating his properties, can disclose that the former militant leader is currently being harbored by the Delta State government.

Tompolo, who has two arrest warrants on his head and was declared wanted by the EFCC, was sighted in the home of Delta State Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro in Asaba, on Wednesday 17th February. He is still believed to be holed in there.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) wants Tompolo arraigned on a 49-count charge including the diversion of N45.9 billion.

The EFCC has filed 49 charges against Tompolo that includes conspiracy and diversion of funds belonging to NIMASA but the ex-militant leader has failed to make himself available as ordered by the court.

Also, the EFCC, Thursday, sought an order to seize properties belonging to the embattled ex-militant at No. 1 Chief Agbamu Close DDPA Extension Warri (Effurun), Delta State.

The properties the EFCC intends to seize include:

(i) All properties of Mieka Dive Ltd and Mieka Dive Training Institute Ltd situated at No. 77, Lioth Street, ODPA Ugborikoko, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State.

(ii) All properties of Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd.

(iii) All properties of Muhaabix Global Services Ltd.

(iv)  A River Crew Change Boat named MUHA – 15

(v) The property known as “Tompolo Dockyard”, by the end of Enerhen Road, Effurun, Warri.

(vi)The property known as “Tompolo Yard”, at the end of Chevron Clinic Road, next to Next Oil, Edjeba, Warri.

(vii) The Diving School at Kurutie, at Escravos River.

(viii) The property known as “Tompolo House” at Oporaza Town, opposite the Palace.

(ix) Any other property discovered by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, moveable and immoveable, belonging to the 1st Accused person.

Since he was declared wanted, security agents had traced the ex-militant who hails from Okerenkoko, Gbaramutu Kingdom in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, to his last known address at No. 1, Chief Agbanu Street, DDPA Extension, Warri, Delta State, but he was nowhere to be found.

However, sources close to Kingsley Otuaro claim that Tompolo is hiding in his house.

They assert that Tompolo also rides with the deputy governor’s convoy to avoid being detected by security operatives who are on the look-out for him. Recall that the police has promised to arrest Tompolo on sight since the EFCC declared him a wanted man and since the court placed an arrest warrant on him.

The Deputy Governor’s motorcade conceals Tompolo, because security agents do not stop the convoy for procedural frisking, reveals Huhuonline.

It is believed that Otuaro is protecting Tompolo as pay back for handpicking him for his current position. Tompolo singlehandedly picked Otuaro as running mate to current Delta governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Otuaro and Tompolo are both Ijaws as well.

Bar. Otuaro was instrumental in sealing a 10-year-deal between Global West Vessel Specialist Limited (GWVSL) and the Nigerian Maritime and Security Agency (NIMASA). The deal was said to be worth $103.4 million (N39.64billion).

300 PDP Stalwarts Decamps To APC In Delta

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State has suffered a setback following the defection of over 300 of its members in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state to All Progressives Congress, APC.

“I have always hoped that we could help PDP to reform itself but that has not happened. The more we try, the more it seems that the party is terminally ill. So, it came to a point that I think that what is best for me and my people, and what is best for Nigeria, is being in APC which has actually appeared to be charting a path for Nigeria. Although it is slow, I think Nigeria is on the path of progress.Leading the defectors, Mr. Dada Ogoli-Egbune, a former chieftain of the party in the state, said: “Our decision to leave the PDP is because after the party suffered terminal illness at the last general election, it has refused to reform.

“It is not easy, we must realize that for 16 years the PDP almost destroyed this country and people did not say anything. The government is just taking off. For the first time there is fear in the land, the issue of impunity is no longer there. People are no longer as bold as they were to indulge in corrupt practices.”

“There is now purposeful leadership, it is no longer business as usual. Although they can do more, but by and large there is purposeful leadership,” he said.
Receiving the decampees, the Chairman of the APC in ward four, Aniocha North, Mr Jerome Azike, said, he was happy to receive the decampees, adding “It shows the wind of change is already blowing.”


Apologize For Taking Me To Court, Okowa Tells LP, APC Guber Candidates

Delta State Governor Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has advised his opponent from the Labour Party (LP), Great Ogboru and his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Olorogun Emerhor, to apologize for taking him to court despite knowing they didn’t win the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial election in the state.

Okowa made the call during a thanksgiving service in Asaba to mark the decision of the Supreme Court, which upheld his election in a unanimous decision, Osun Defender learnt.

The governor described the appeal against him as an abuse of the court process.

Mr. Okowa in the company of his wife, the former Secretary to the State Government Ovuozourie Macaulay, and other top government functionaries dedicated his victory to God.

According to the Governor, Olorogun Emerhor and Chief Ogboru knew they did not win the elections, yet, they went to the Elections Petition Tribunal to the Court of Appeal and then, to the Supreme Court, subjecting Deltans and lovers of the state to uncertainties.

“It is time to forgive and move on. I also believe that my opponents, Olorogun O’tega and Chief Ogboru should apologise to all Deltans, because, they knew the people’s choice but, they just wanted to go through this legal process,” he said, reiterating, “I have forgiven them but, I think they need to apologise to Deltans because, they distracted the people.”

“We should forgive them, it is time to love ourselves, see ourselves as brothers and sisters fighting solely for the common good of our people; it is time for us to break away from the past, to begin a new partnership; it is time to have a collective approach to governance – community governance because, on our part, we promise to carry every one along in love and unity.”

“I have forgiven them but, I think they need to apologise to Deltans because, they distracted the people,” Mr. Okowa stated.

Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Oyo, Yobe And Delta Guber Polls

Osun Defender has learnt that Nigeria’s Supreme Court Tuesday evening, upheld the elections of Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi; his Delta and Yobe State counterpart, Governors Ifeanyi Okowa and Ibrahim Gaidam.

It was learnt that the Supreme court also fixed February 15 to give reasons for its unanimous judgment in the election.