Connect with us

Niger Delta

Sylva Lobbies Former Aides, Others For Buhari

Published

on

Former Bayelsa State
Governor Timipre Sylva has begun intense lobbying of his former top aides and  leading members of the Peoples Democratic Party to support the All Progressives Congress candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, in the state.
While Sylva has won over a former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Felix Oboro, one of the  founding fathers of the PDP in Bayelsa into the APC, he led a team of ranking party leaders to visit his  then Special Adviser on Security, Chief Richard Kpodo.
Kpodo, a former Chairman of the defunct New PDP that metamorphosed into APC in the state, has dissociated himself from the APC after he was denied the Chairman of  APC in Bayelsa.
He was the Protem Chairman of the APC before he was dropped over undisclosed rift with Sylva. Sylva, it was learnt, led the APC Chairman, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe, and over 500 party loyalists to a
meeting with Kpodo at his (Kpodo’s) De Rich Park Hotel in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital  recently.
Sources at the meeting said Sylva begged Kpodo to return to the APC and unite with others to ensure the victory of Buhari at the presidential poll in February.
An executive member of the party, who pleaded anonymity, said the visit was to bring back the former aides of Sylva and build a solid support base for APC’s victory in Bayelsa.
Kpodo, who was a very close aide of Sylva when the latter was Governor of Bayelsa, is said to have no fewer than 1.5million supporters across the length and breadth of South-South.
When contacted for his reaction on the visit and his position, Kpodo said the visit of his former boss  was a private one.
He said, “Yes, my former boss visited me with his supporters and party candidates. He wants me back  to give support to his party.
“And I have yet to give a reply. I have equally told my supporters all over the state and the region to  be on standby.”
It was further learnt that Sylva was not resting on his oars to ensure that the APC took over Bayelsa  from the PDP in all strata of elections in the state.
He was said to be in consultations with aggrieved members of the PDP and other members to join  the APC train in the state.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Missing Crown: Police Arraign Suspects

Published

on

The Police in Delta State have filed a three-count charge of burglary, stealing and felony against Chief Ayiri Emami and others at large before a magistrate’s court sitting in Warri.
The charge, MW/178 C 2021, the Commissioner of Police vs Chief Emami, reads: “That you Chief Emami and others at large on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, burglary and stealing.”
Count II: “That you Chief Emami and others now at large on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District with intent to commit a felony, breaks into a dwelling house of the Olu of Warri.”
Count III: “That you Chief Emami and others now at large, on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District did stole two crowns value at N2 billion.”
According to the charge sheet, the alleged stolen crowns belong to Itsekiri.
It also stated that the offences are punishable under certain sections of the Criminal Code Laws of Delta State.
Chief Ayiri pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Ejiro Diejomaoh, granted bail to Ayiri in the sum of N2 million, with two sureties, who must not be persons lower than Level 15 and in like sum.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Obaseki Promises To Sustain Reforms, Projects

Published

on

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has pledged to sustain ongoing reforms and projects to open up new towns and communities in the state for increased economic growth.
Obaseki gave the assurance on Wednesday, when he received the management team of Benin Club 1931, who were on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin City.
Reiterating the need to improve the standard and quality of the club to meet the ongoing massive development across the state, the governor said, “We are opening up new areas and towns and there will be new clubs. You must ensure that you improve the standard and quality of the club. There will be competition, I can assure you.
“We need to do quite a bit in terms of rebranding and repositioning of the club. As you see, the city is growing tremendously; the growth trajectory will continue for many years to come.”
Obaseki commended the leadership of Benin Club 1931 for sustaining the Club since 1931, congratulating them for the 90th-anniversary celebration.
“Not many institutions in this country can celebrate or boast of celebrating 90 years or nine decades of existence. It’s quite a lot of achievement; it’s a significant milestone and should be celebrated significantly. Ikoyi Club was founded in 1938 and we are older; we should do things to reflect our importance and significance in this country,” he charged.
Noting the reason for the early set up of the Benin Club, Obaseki added, “British officers had to settle here and occupied the place for a while as they needed a recreation area. That is why we have the club before that of Lagos.”
In his response, President of Benin Club 1931, Fred Ejedawe Iboi commended the governor for the developmental strides being recorded across all sectors of the state.
He noted, “We have done our best to develop the club’s infrastructure, and now, the club is working on installing facial recognition to access the club. We have done our best to improve on the infrastructure we met.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Niger Delta

NSCDC Arrests Couple Over Children Sale

Published

on

Operatives of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Akwa Ibom State Command have arrested one Elisha Effiong for allegedly conniving with his wife to sell their two daughters aged six and four, respectively.
Effiong, who lives in Cameroon with his wife was arrested in Uyo on November 15, 2021, through an intelligence report while trying to sell their children, identified as Abasifreke Edet and Rachael Edet.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Umana Ukeme, the suspects said that their decision to want to sell the children was borne out of extreme hardship.
According to the statement, the suspect confided in a private security guard of his plans while the guard, in turn, notified the commandant of the corps, Mr Abidemi Majekodunmi who immediately ordered the arrest of the culprit.
“The suspect, Elisha Edet Effiong, ‘M’ was apprehended with his two children identified as Abasifreke Edet, 6, and Rachel Edet, 4, while attempting to sell them for M700, 000 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
“Effiong, 40 years was apprehended at FulCare Hospital along Ekpanya Street, where he notified the security guard of his intention to sell his two children to pay off his debt and meet other financial challenges.
“The security guard notified the NSCDC and immediately, Commandant Abidemi Majekodunmi detailed personnel of the anti-human trafficking unit of the corps who swung into action and apprehended the suspect alongside with his two daughters, “ the statement read in part.
According to Ukeme, preliminary investigations have been concluded while the case would be transferred to NAPTIP zonal office, Uyo for the prosecution of the suspect.
The commandant while commending the private security guard for the prompt release of an intelligence report that aided the arrest of the suspect, however, condemned the heinous act, describing it as a crime against humanity.
He called on the people of Akwa Ibom State to always avail personnel of the corps with timely and actionable intelligence that could lead to arrest and tracking of criminal elements in the state.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Trending