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Delta Monarchs To FG: We’ve No Land For RUGA, Attempt To Smuggle Via Backdoor Will Be Sternly Resisted

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Delta State MONARCHS have unanimously declared that no land, under their respective domains, will be available for RUGA settlement should the Federal Government decide to re-introduce the now suspended policy.

The royal fathers, under the aegis of Delta State Traditional Rulers’ Council made the firm position known shortly after its monthly meeting in Asaba, the state capital.

Chairman of the council and Obi of Owa Kingdom, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II told journalists that the position was taken during the meeting, adding however that land will be readily available for industries that will boost economic activities and create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.

While thanking the Federal Government for having a re-think by suspending the controversial policy, the monarch said any attempt to smuggle it back will be stoutly resisted.

Obi Efeizomor also urged the President Muhamadu Buhari-led Federal Government to be decisive in clamping down on those involved in banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes across the country.

He said government and security agencies should prioritise the safety of the citizenry particularly those constantly on the road, by monitoring every route to guide against the conduct of hoodlums and men of the underworld.

“We know that doing this constant monitoring of the road is quite expensive, but the life and security of ordinary Nigerian should be of paramount interest to the government,” he stated.

The royal father seized the opportunity to admonish indigenes of the various communities in the state to ensure the sustenance of peace, as well as ensure that non-natives in their midst are protested from any harm to avoid using any part of the state as testing grounds.

“I want to appeal to our subjects that we are in the era of peace, so they should maintain peace, respect law and order. They should ensure that no harm come to the non-natives who have settled in their domains and are doing legitimate businesses so that people do not use our territories as testing grounds,” he reiterated.

On the inter-communal crisis between Okparabe and Arhavwarian in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state, Obi Efeizomor commended his colleagues in Delta central senatorial district for resolving the issues amicably.

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Atiku Wins Buhari In Delta State, As PDP Wins 11 NASS Seats, APC 2 |RN

As PDP wins 11 NASS seats to APC’s 2

Paul Osuyi, Asaba

 

Former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has polled a total of 594,068 votes across the 25 local government areas of Delta State in last Saturday’s presidential election.

His rival and incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) scored a total of 221,292 votes.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Collation Officer for state, Prof. Seth Accra Jaja, Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Otuoke announced the results in Asaba after collating the various results from various local government areas as earlier announced by respective LGA collation officers.

Atiku won in 23 out of the 25 councils, leaving Buhari with two.

Buhari won in Ethiope East LGA where the state governorship candidate, Great Ogboru hails from; and Ughelli North LGA where incumbent Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and state APC leader, O’tega Emerhor hail from.

Chairman of the state APC campaign council and former governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan did not only lost his senatorial election for Delta South, but failed to deliver APC in his Warri North LGA.

Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu also lost his local government, Aniocha North to the PDP.

Meanwhile, the PDP won two senatorial seats with incumbent senators Peter Nwaoboshi and James Manager retaining their seats for Delta North and Delta South respectively. Similarly, incumbent Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for Delta Central also retained his seat.

While Nwaoboshi polled 186,423 votes to defeat Doris Uboh of APC with 36,360 votes to retain the seat for Delta North, Mr. Manager pulled an upset in Delta South, defeating immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of the APC, who was primed to win going to series of endorsements he enjoyed prior to the election.

Manager who has been in the red chamber since 2003, scored 258,812 votes while Uduaghan scored 125,776 votes.

On his part, Omo-Agege defeated Mrs. Evelyn Oboro of the PDP to retain his senatorial seat for Delta Central.

In the House of Representatives election, PDP clinched nine out of the available ten seats in the green chamber, with House Minority Leader, Leo Ogor polling 34,000 to trash Joel Onowakpor of the APC who scored 23,553 votes.

Like Manager, Ogor who represents Isoko Federal Constituency will be serving his fifth tenure in the next dispensation.

Breakdown of the presidential election results across the local government areas:
Warri South LGA

PDP 22,086
APC 10,007

Isoko South LGA

PDP 19,407
APC 10,536

Isoko North LGA

PDP 19,515
APC 7,045

Warri South-West

PDP 81,833
APC 43,214

Burutu

PDP 38,543
APC 5,546

Warri North LGA

PDP 25,394
APC 12,744

Sapele LGA

PDP 13,642
APC 9776

Ughelli North

PDP 16,140
APC 24,193

Okpe LGA

PDP 11,167
APC 7,769

Ndokwa West LGA

PDP 20,498
APC 3,579

Bomadi LGA

PDP 62,297
APC 1,742

Ndokwa East LGA

PDP 20,976
APC 3,312

Ethiope East LGA

PDP 8,294
APC 13,854

Ethiope West LGA

PDP 29,458
APC 8,648

Ughelli South LGA

PDP 14,802
APC 10,078

Aniocha North LGA

PDP 12,996
APC 3,674.

Oshimili North LGA

PDP 19,700
APC 1,960

Patani LGA

PDP 17,028
APC 4,789

Ukwuani LGA

PDP 14,681
APC 4,552

Uvwie LGA

PDP 12,712
APC 7,591

Oshimili South LGA

PDP 38,670
APC 2,635

Udu LGA

PDP 10,048
APC 9,166

Aniocha South LGA

PDP 14,770
APC 3,239

Ika South LGA

PDP 20,080
APC 6,378

Ika North-East LGA

PDP 29,331
APC 5,265

(The Sun)

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Delta State CP Orders Arrest Of Four Officers For Murder |The Republican News

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From Paul Osuyi, Asaba

The Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, has ordered the immediate arrest, detention and investigation of four policemen for alleged professional misconduct and murder.
In a press release made available to newsmen in Asaba by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka disclosed that the CP gave the directive following a report that the affected office shot three persons during a child dedication ceremony in Warri.
Aniamaka gave the names of the officers as Inspector Samuel Imana, Inspector Anthony Nwali, Sergeant Anthony Oniri and Corporal Innocent Ajah, adding that they were attached to Area Commander’s office, Warri.
He said during the child dedication ceremony at Edjewo by Poloko Market in the oil-rich city, the officers were “alleged to have engaged in shooting, which resulted in the death of Elvis Ovie while two others were injured.
“The CP who was miffed at the apparently reckless and unwarranted shooting by the police officers vowed that appropriate sanctions would be meted to the erring officers after an investigation is concluded.
“The CP, while reiterating that the command will not condone any act of impunity by any of his officers and men, expresses his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and the injured and prays for the speedy recovery of the injured victims.”
About two months ago, the command dismissed three officers who were caught on illegal duty. The dismissed officers are now facing trial in court.  (The Sun)

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Military/IPOB Clash: Police Beef Up Security In Asaba, Delta State |RN

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From PAUL OSUYI, Asaba
With the fear of a possible spillover of clashes in parts of the South-East to Delta State in the South-South, the state police command has deployed patrol teams to strategic areas.
The clashes which started earlier in the week is between military personnel and members of the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The situation in Asaba is however calm and devoid of any form of hostility as residents went about their normal activities unhindered.
Saturday Sun observed the presence of the detachment of mobile and regular policemen particularly in Okwe area of the capital city.
Okwe is considered as a settlement for IPOB and other Biafra agitators obviously for its proximity to the River Niger which is the boundary between Delta State and states in the South-East.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Zanna Ibrahim could not be reached to speak about the development as he was said to be attending a conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka told our correspondent on the telephone that the deployment of officers was a proactive measure to forestall breakdown of law and order.
He said the presence of uniformed policemen in strategic locations was not intended to cause tension but provide adequate security for law-abiding citizens.
“It is our duty to ensure that people feel free and secure. However, if there is an incident in your neighbour’s area, while you are trying to bring it under control, you also take deliberate steps to ensure that such incident does not spill over to your area.
“So basically our duty is to ensure there is order. Part of what we promised the people is civil policing, democratic policing and policing with a human face. People should, therefore, be reassured that there is no cause for alarm,” he said.   (The Sun)
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Monarch Flees As Fulani Herdsmen Behead Man In Delta State

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Ovie Okpare, Warri

Palpable tension has enveloped Urhuoka-Abraka community in Ethiope-East Local Government Area of Delta State following the killing of a member of the community by armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

Sources said the incident occurred on Monday around Ovre-Abraka bush where indigenes of the community farm.

It was gathered that the young man, a welder, who was later identified as Solomon Ejor, was killed while trying to rescue his mother, Mrs Maria Ejor, who had gone to Ovre to farm, and was held hostage by the herdsmen in her farm.

On getting to the place, a confrontation ensued, which led to the woman’s freedom, but Solomon was unlucky as he was shot before being beheaded by the suspected herdsmen.

It was gathered that over 50 local farmers had been killed in the scuffle since the struggle began even as the state government and security operatives were accused of playing politics with the rampaging killing in the area.

Irked by the continued killing and inaction of the traditional ruler, angry indigenes retrieved the mutilated body of the victim and went to the palace of the Ovie of Oruarivie-Abraka to dump the corpse and register their grievances.

Upon sighting the angry mob with the corpse of the slain welder, the monarch was learnt to have reportedly fled the palace through the back gate to an unknown destination probably to avoid seeing the corpse which is a taboo for a monarch in Urhobo.

The protesters invaded the palace destroying cars and air conditioners with a threat to torch the palace less for the timely intervention of a detachment of army personnel.

The President General of the community, Dr. Tedwins Emudainohwo, whose car was also destroyed in the mayhem said, “They brought the corpse to the palace with the intention of desecrating the palace coupled with the fact that it is a taboo for the Ovie to see a corpse.

“The victim, in company with his younger brother and two friends, had gone to the bush to rescue their mother who had gone to the farm and was trapped in the bush, following shootings by herdsmen in the area.”

“Their mother had gone to her farm on Monday to work. While there, she started hearing gunshots inside the bush and had to take cover at a spot. In her hiding position, she was able to see some Fulani herdsmen walking past as they continued shooting. After the situation had calmed down, she called her children and told them that she was trapped inside the bush.”     (Punchng.com)

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Delta State Paid Ibori N250m In UK Prison-Investigation |The Republican News

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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. (Punchng.com)

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Gunmen Abduct Delta Monarch, Demand N50m Ransom |The Republican News

 

Ovie Okpare, Warri

Suspected kidnappers have abducted Orhifi Orovwagbarha Agbarha-Ide Ememoh II, the Ovie (traditional ruler) of Agbarha-Warri Kingdom, in the Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Our correspondent learnt that the Urhobo monarch was abducted on Wednesday along the Ughelli/Asaba Expressway near Ossissa community in the Ndokwa-East Local Government Area of the state while travelling for a meeting in Asaba, the state capital.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the kidnappers had opened a line of communication with the Agbarha-Warri Kingdom, demanding N50m ransom.

A top chief of the Agbarha-Warri kingdom, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the abduction of the traditional ruler when contacted on the telephone.

The source said, “Our monarch was travelling to Asaba, the state capital, to attend a security summit when his convoy was waylaid by some armed men, who whisked him to an unknown destination.”

A senior police officer in the state confirmed the king’s abduction, noting that the hoodlums had reached out demanding “an unspecified ransom before the monarch could be released.”

The National Coordinator, Niger Delta Peace Coalition, Mr. Zik Gbemre, accused security operatives in the state of ineptitude for allowing hoodlums to be on  the rampage.

He said, “I can talk about the situation in Warri because NDPC has been inundated with the news of gradual resurgence of criminals in the area. It shows we are not secure. The impunity with which the criminals are operating without response from the police has become alarming.

“On November 28, a driver of Chief Tunde Smooth, named Emmanuel Ikemefuma Chidubem, was shot dead.

“The cocky robbers drove with glee, shooting through front of the Warri AC’s office without response from the police.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the monarch’s abduction, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, was leading the rescue operation.

Anianmaka called on the people of the state to help the police with information that would lead to the rescue of the traditional ruler, as well as nip the resurgence of kidnapping in the state in the bud.  (Punchng.com)

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