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Okowa ‘proved’ he’s of more quality on economic development – PDP.


Okowa administration has constructed and commissioned across the state, the opposition would dredge up one or two temporary isolated instances.

The Delta chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday declared that available records have shown that Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa has distinguished himself in infrastructure delivery including quality roads construction across the state.


The party stated this in a statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Osuoza, and made available to newsmen in Asaba.

The party was, however, reacting to statement credited to an opposition party which called on the state governor to ensure quality in roads construction, alleging collapse on roads due to poor engineering works.


He cautioned the opposition in the state to get its facts right before going to the press.

Osuoza said, “Our attention has been drawn to a recent, spurious and misleading press statement titled: “Pay attention to quality in road construction, Delta APC charges Okowa” and signed by Sylvester Imonina, Publicity Secretary, (Caretaker) APC Delta State, on Feb. 19, 2021.

“It is indeed a pity that the APC, perhaps because of its fractured nature in the state, has forgotten that it was the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who nick-named Gov. Okowa the “Road Master” in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in road construction across the State.


“We find it amazing and quite laughable that amongst the thousands of kilometres of quality roads and bridges which the Gov. Okowa administration has constructed and commissioned across the state, the opposition would dredge up one or two temporary isolated instances.

“We need not remind the opposition that one of the hallmarks of Gov. Okowa’s administration is the hands-on, pragmatic, on-the-spot assessment of all construction work by himself and regular follow up assessments by the Ministry of Work’s team.

“The Roads highlighted in the APC statement, is prosecuted and delivered by tried and tested construction firms, in accordance with the very high-quality control standards and specifications demanded by Gov. Okowa himself”.

Osuoza added, “from Asaba to Isaba, Akugbeni to Agbor, Okpanam to Okpe, Warri to Irri, Issele Uku to Shekelewu, Idumuje-Unor to Idjerhe, Ogume to Ogulagha, Oleh to Odimodi, Koko to Kokodiagbene, the Okowa administration has made impact in urbanisation, rural integration and the provision of quality roads and bridges.


“In Delta North, starting from Asaba, the capital city, Gov. Okowa has built circles of roads and mega drainage systems to address the critical infrastructural deficiency in the zone.

“With Cable Point Dual Carriageway and several township roads delivered, residents of Asaba now have routes to beat the perennial gridlock of the key access way, the Nnebisi Road.


“In addition, a multi-billion naira storm drainage project has saved most residents of the capital city from dangerous flooding.

“To address the infrastructure needs of the Warri axis is best captured by the establishment of the Warri-Uvwie Area and Environs Development Agency (WUEDA), under the astute supervision and administration of Comrade Ovuozuorie Macaulay.

” It is with the clear mandate to bring sustainable social infrastructure to the twin cities of Warri and Effurun, the body has since risen to effect a positive change.


“Already, over N3 billion contracts have been awarded for storm drainages in the Warri-Uvwie metropolis and with the flood control measures in place and to undertake expansion and rehabilitation of the long Warri-Effurun-Sapele Road, stretching to Enerhen Junction.

“The Ughelli–Asaba dualisation project has witnessed great improvement. The Kwale-Ogume-Obiaruku and Ozoro-Oleh Roads developed by the Okowa administration have brought respite to the people.

“Just like the construction of Ekete main Road, off DSC Expressway, rehabilitation of Ekreravwe/Orhoakpor/Isiokolo Road, Abraka Township Roads Phase 1, as well the 8.5km Ughelli-Afiesere-Ofuoma Road in the heart of Delta central have all been captured.

Irri, Oleh, Ozoro, Iyede, Emede, Owhelogbo, Ellu, Ofagbe, Ikpide-Irri all in Isoko North and Isoko South and Ughelli, Amekpa, Afiesere, Ofuoma, Oteri, Abraka, Orerokpe, and several other communities in Delta Central and Delta South all have good stories to tell of Gov. Okowa’s footprints in road construction into their various communities.


“For the Riverine Delta, there are the Main Axial Road and Okerenkoko Township roads Asphalt Overlay of the 19.7km Obutobo 1 –Obutobo11 – Sokebolou – Yokori road; 10.8km Okpare-Umolo-Ovwodokpor-Kiagbodo road among numerous others; A 25.8 kilometers Trans Warri-Ode-Itsekiri bridges and access road project which is under construction, would be ready in this 2021.

“The story is not different in other riverine communities like Ogulagha, Obotobo, Okerenkoko, Ogidigben, Koko among others”.



Optimism on membership registration in Delta.


Ovie Omo-Agege and state party chairman, Prophet Jones Erue, others scampering for safety.

The Delta Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed optimism that the party’s membership registration/ revalidation exercise in the state would be hitch-free.

Mr Sylvester Imonina, the State APC Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement in Asaba.

Imonina was reacting to a social media report indicating that the exercise had been marred by violence in the state, describing it as fake news.


He said that contrary to the report, the registration has yet to commence in the state, adding that the party only held a stakeholders meeting on Wednesday in Asaba which was peaceful.

“The attention of the APC has been drawn to an inglorious news item on social media wherein some unverified and unreliable media outlets churned out falsehood on the outcome of the peaceful stakeholders ’meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3.


“Ordinarily, the party will not bother to respond to the said falsehood being peddled about an imaginary violence registration exercise but for the sake of some members of the party and the public, hence this reaction.

“First and foremost, there was no registration exercise that took place on the above-mentioned date in Delta.

“It is a known fact that the party’s registration and revalidation exercise is yet to commence throughout the country,” he said.


Imonina added: “It should be noted that the meeting that took place on Wednesday was for the leadership and stakeholders to brainstorm on the way forward toward the registration and revalidation exercise.

“The meeting was devoid of any scintilla of acrimony. Video and pictorial evidence abound to show that the meeting was peaceful.

“Leaders and party faithful, irrespective of political leanings had fruitful deliberations and far-reaching decisions for the good of the party.

” The outcome of the meeting was a product of old friends who were ready to put aside their political differences for the good of the party in the state.


“it was preposterous and devilish of some online media outlets to suggest that there was violence which led to DSP Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege and state party chairman, Prophet Jones Erue, others scampering for safety.

“We, therefore, call on the national leadership of the party, party faithful and members of the public to consign the said news into the dustbin.”



Disarray as Delta Justice discovers three of his children are bastard.


The first, a female, will be a graduate later this year, and the second will soon enter his 4th year of study.

A judge of the Delta State High Court Justice Anthony Ezonfade Okorodas after conducting a DNA test on his kids and has found out that three of his children with his ex-wife, Celia Juliet Ototo, a lawyer, are not his biological children.


Okorodas and the woman parted ways 11 years ago.

According to him, his curiosity to conduct the DNA on Celia’s children was fired by an anonymous caller, who said the last of the children, does not belong to him, biologically.

Celia Juliet Ototo serially cheated Justice Okorodas

Okorodas ordered the DNA test for the 17 year-old child. He was shocked by the result as it confirmed the information.


Then he ordered the test for the other two: the same result.

Celia Juliet Ototo had cheated on him all along before the separation 11 years ago.


Okorodas had since remarried and fathered four other children. The DNA has confirmed all to be his.

Read Okorodas press statement:

I have taken the decision to address the Press in respect of certain traumatic developments that have arisen between me and my ex-wife, Barrister Celia Juliet Ototo of the Ototo Family of Ovom in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. It is now nearly 11 years since our separation and divorce.

This Press Statement is important in order to prevent damaging speculations, half- truths and outright lies from persons who may want to cash in on the tragedy that has befallen my home.


Sometime during the coronavirus lockdowns early last year, I received information from an anonymous source that indicated that the last of the three children from my previous marriage was in fact not my biological child.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions at the time, I had to wait until August 2020 to carry out a DNA test.

The DNA test result which came out in September 2020 confirmed that I was not the biological father of the child.

Consequently, I convened a joint meeting between my extended family on the one side, and Celia’s paternal and maternal families (i.e., the Ototo Family of Ovom Town and the Agbagidi Family of Yenagoa Town) on the other side, where I confronted her with the paternity fraud allegation.


Although she initially strongly insisted that I was the biological father, she has since confessed to having the child with another man during the course of our marriage.

This repulsive act of my ex-wife prompted me to conduct DNA tests in respect of the two other children. A few days ago, the results came out. Sadly, none of them is my biological child.


This abomination has caused excruciating mental trauma to me, my present wife, Barrister (Mrs) Ebi Okorodas and all of the innocent children involved.

This is particularly so for Ebi, who has had to agree to having DNA tests on the four children of our own marriage.

Thankfully, the test results confirm each of them to be my biological child.


It is important to state that Celia walked away from the marriage when her youngest child (who is now 17 years of age) was just 6 years old.

Since then, all of her children have lived with my wife, Ebi and I, and we have been wholly responsible for their wellbeing and education.

Friends who are close to my family
would readily attest to the fact that unless specifically informed, no one could tell that the children were not the biological children of my present wife.

Ebi and I would continue to support the children in any way that we can. Indeed, even after the release of the first DNA test result which proved that I was not the biological father of the last child, we have continued to pay for his education in a private boarding school. The two other children are University undergraduates.


We pray for them to overcome the trauma and become responsible citizens of our country.

For Celia and her boyfriend or boyfriends, we leave them to their conscience.



Delta Gov, Okowa lauds Ned Nwoko at 60.


The governor affirmed that the Nwoko had continued to make life meaningful for the downtrodden, and urged him not to rest on his oars.

Delta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated businessman and politician, Prince Ned Nwoko, on his 60th birth anniversary.


In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor said Nwoko, a former member of House of Representatives, contributed immensely to political evolution in Delta and the development of his Idumuje-Ugboko community in Aniocha North Local Government Area.

He lauded the former lawmaker, who re-presented Aniocha/Oshimili Constituency in the green chamber from 1999 to 2003 for his patriotic contributions to the state and country, especially with his Malaria Eradication Project in Africa.

“You have consistently impacted positively on the lives of people irrespective of tribe, religion, social status or political affiliation through your entrepreneurial drive.


“Your Malaria Eradication Project in Africa and the establishment of Stars University, Idumuje-Ugboko, are some of your entrepreneurial contributions to job and wealth creation for Deltans and Nigerians.

“You have continued to blaze the trail by providing and offering leadership at various strata of the society and I urge you to continue to serve your people well without relenting.

“You have created several jobs and provided many opportunities for our people to utilize their potential and earn a decent means of livelihood through your investments and philanthropy.

“Through your generosity and large-heartedness, you have continued to maintain a large, devoted and loyal followership that bestrode the entire Delta and Nigeria,” he said.


“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you on the occasion of your 60th birth anniversary.

“It is my prayer that God will continue to grant you a life of more accomplishments,” Okowa added



Just in: Delta Gov’t unveils ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’


While commending the Nigeria Army, especially the 63 Brigade, Asaba, for the event, he disclosed that the Operation Crocodile Smile VI was necessary as it showed the bond between the Nigeria Army and the larger society.

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, unveiled the Nigeria Army’s Operation Crocodile Smile, urging military officers to be humane and professional in the discharge of their duties.

Okowa, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chiedu Ebie, noted that the advice became necessary because members of the public had become more conscious of their rights and how they want to be secured.

He said military officers should not abuse their position, stressing that they should not use their position to abuse the rights of other members of the society.


He, therefore, commended the military authorities for being conscious of the need for peace and security in the state and for contributing to his administration’s ‘Stronger Delta Agenda.’

Okowa, who noted that the Operation Crocodile Smile VI was a welcome development that had promised to ensure that criminals found no safe haven during the yuletide season, urged citizens of the state to be security conscious and cooperate with security operatives at all levels to stop criminal elements on their tracks.


Earlier, the 63 Brigade Commander of the Nigeria Army, Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Jallo, said the exercise was an annual event that would sustain peace and unity, pointing out that the exercise would be carried out in the entire state.

BESIDES, Okowa approved the appointment of Justice Patience Elumeze as Acting President of the state Customary Court of Appeal.

A statement issued by Ebie affirmed that the appointment takes effect from Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (yesterday).

The statement added that the appointment was occasioned by the retirement of Justice Stella Ogene as President of the state Customary Court of Appeal.


The governor urged Ogene to bring her experience to bear on her future endeavours, adding that as she was retiring into private life, the state would still require her counsel and services, especially as a role model to the girl-child.

MEANWHILE, the Delta State House of Assembly passed the 2021 Budget with an increase of N5.5b to the N378.4b earlier presented by Governor Okowa.

House Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere, moved the motion for the passage of the bill after reviewing the report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Chaired by the Speaker, Hon. Sherrif Oborevwori.

Submitting the report, Vice Chairman of the Committee, Hon, Festus Okoh, announced an increased budget of N383.95b, adding that N173.1b would be for recurrent expenditure and N210.8b for capital expenditure.


BBNaija’5: Okowa hails Dorothy, says she’s true Ambassador of Delta.


Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday described Big Brother Naija (BBN) 2020 first runner-up, Dorathy Bachor, as a “proud ambassador of the state for displaying leadership traits.”

Okowa, while congratulating Bachor’s achievements, assured her and other talented Deltans of the government’s support to achieve their dreams.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa IIfeajeka, said the 24-year-old Dorathy from Ute-Okpu in the Ika North East Local Government Area of the state, had displayed leadership traits that distinguished her as a model for young persons in Delta and beyond.

The governor stated that he wasn’t surprised that she became the last woman standing out of 10 women among 20 housemates in the competition.

“We are glad she related very well with the housemates and survived all the evictions and avoided controversies in the house. She has portrayed the Delta character of being well behaved and a worthy ambassador of the state,” the governor stated.


Delta Gov, Okowa identifies two factors as bane of growth in Nigeria.


Delta Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has identified rising insecurity, poor power supply as the bane of industrialisation and economic growth in Nigeria.

The governor stated this on at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Delta at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter (Anglican Communion), Bishops Court, Asaba.

He said that industrialisation of Nigeria was one good strategy to grow the nation’s economy, but observed that “challenges are actually so much that in the world today when you talk about our nation Nigeria, it’s like there is a question mark that follows and tends to limit the investing public from coming to us.

“The challenges of insecurity which is very key and very importantly, challenges of power failure which is also very significant limit industrialization.


“But, we must put our trust in God and allow Him to lead us because His wisdom is greater than the wisdom of the world.”

Governor Okowa acknowledged the benefits of a new state and said that Asaba and the entire state would have been less-developed than it is today if the state had not been created.

Brighter Days Ahead

He thanked religious leaders for their prayers for the state and the people, saying “brighter days surely lie ahead of our people’’.

The governor recalled that “29 years ago, this state was created out of the former Bendel State; we all rejoiced and we still rejoice till date. The Lord has done great things for us as a state and as a people in the past 29 years.


“I recall that even with the creation of the state and the joy, there were challenges that came with it. But 29 years later, we have realised that staying together we are able to develop our state, ourselves and our families, and to God be the glory.

“It is important that we continue to stay together because we have achieved reasonable peace and unity.

“When I recall at the creation of Delta state how Asaba was and what it is today, we can definitely say that we have had lots of changes and as a nation we have had our challenges and today, we have more challenges than we ever had and we cannot wish ourselves away from the Nigerian nation because we are part and parcel of the Nigerian nation.”

“Challenges of the time, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, have suppressed economies of the world. The nation is troubled and Delta State being part of the nation, is also troubled and I believe that there is only one way we can distinguish ourselves in a nation that is challenged as we found ourselves.’’


‘Move On’

In his sermon entitled “Break camp and move on”, Archbishop of Bendel Province, The Most Rev’d Cyril Odutemu, said that Delta had achieved a lot from creation, but called for serious efforts in the industrialisation of the state.

“We have crossed the hurdles of tribal crisis and we are moving to the promise-land even though we are yet to arrive where we should be.

“We must break camp in the industrialisation of Delta State and in doing so, we must see every Deltan as brother and sister for the sake of our dear state,” he stated.

The thanksgiving service featured prayer sessions for the nation and the State as well as for all those in the position of authority.


As school resumes: Delta gov approves another three for JSS exams.


The Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has approved additional three private schools as centres for the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) being organised by the National Examination Council (NECO).

The Commissioner, Mr Patrick Ukah in a statement listed the schools as Patricia High School, Asaba, Infant Jesus Academy, Asaba, and Marymount College, Agbor.

According to him, 43 private schools had earlier been approved as centres for the BECE by NECO which is different from that organised by the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.

Noble Reporters Media reports that BECE by NECO will begin on Aug. 24, while that organised by the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education will start on Sept. 21.

“JSS 3 students writing the NECO examination are expected to have resumed school for their revision, while those sitting for the state examination are expected back to school on Sept. 8,” he said.c

The commissioner advised management of the approved schools to adhere strictly to laid down COVID-19 protocols during the period.

“As the committee set up to monitor compliance will be visiting the schools regularly and any of the schools found not to be complying will be closed down.


Operation DELTA SAFE invades militants camp, kills 6.


The Defence Headquarters has said that troops of Operation DELTA SAFE, on Tuesday, in Bayelsa State, invaded a Pirates’ camp killing six militants.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the military spokesman, the troops acted on credible intelligence and monitored movements of a suspected pirate/sea gang leader, who sneaked into town from Port Harcourt.


The troops later raided the pirates’ camp at Tukugbene-Ayama Ijaw Local Government Area where they arrested both suspects and their gang members.

General Enenche disclosed that upon arrival at the personal jetty of the suspect, troops engaged in gunfire from pirates/militants in five boats that approached from adjoining creek.

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He further revealed that three AK47 rifles with a magazine, two 200 HP Yamaha outbound engines and three 115HP Yamaha outbound engines were also recovered during the operation.

The Military High Command commended the troops for their dexterity and advised them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of pirates/militants in the Niger Delta region.


Below is a full statement of the operation as published by General Enenche.


Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE acting on actionable and credible intelligence on a suspected pirate/sea robber gang leader one Mr LANRE mounted surveillance on the suspect who came into town from Port Harcourt with one AYI ABUH also a notorious Kidnapper/pirate. Subsequently, troops conducted a raid operation of the pirates’ camp at Tukugbene-Ayama ijaw LGA Bayelsa State on 4 Aug 20.

The operation was aimed at extracting both LANRE and AYI ABUH as well as other members of the gang from the community. Upon arrival at the personal jetty of the suspect, troops met heavy resistance from harassing gun fire from pirates/militants in 5 boats that approached from adjoining creek. The overwhelming fire power of own troops led to the forceful withdrawal of the pirates/militants with various degree of gunshots wounds. The gallant troops sustained the fire fight until 5 of the pirates/militants were neutralised ashore.


Furthermore, three of the attacking boats were sunk while the occupants with various degree of gunshots wounds escaped into the river. In the process, troops recovered 3 boats from the pirates. Additionally, own troops took over the jetty and advance to the objective area which was empty. It was believed that while the exchange of fire was ongoing LANRE and AYI ABUH escaped. A complete cordon and search was carried out on the building where the suspects were believed to be residing and thereafter the building was cleared. In the process, troops recovered 3 AK47 rifles with a magazine, two 200 HP Yamaha outbound engines and three 115HP Yamaha outbound engines.

Relatedly, troops acting on credible and actionable intelligence about a notorious criminal/kidnapper and oil thief popularly known as AKALAMI High Chief AKA SAMMY. Troops swiftly mobilized to conduct raid operation at his identified hideout along Mbiama East West road. During the operation, the kingpin was neutralised while attempting to escape. Items including a localliy made pistol and cartridges were recovered from the criminal. Sammy is reported to be a close ally to a notorious criminal known as VIP suspected to be one of the mastermind of the killing of 5 Battalion Soldiers around East West road.

The Military High Command congratulates the gallant troops for their dexterity and encourages them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of pirates/militants in the Niger Delta region of the country.


Gov. Okowa condoles Kwara Gov, Abdulrasaq over Father’s death


Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has sent condolences to Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of Kwara on the death of his father, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Abdulrasaq.

Okowa’s condolence message is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, on Saturday in Asaba.

He said the death of the governor’s father was a big loss, not only to people of Kwara but the nation in general, given his invaluable contributions to nation-building.


Okowa said that the late Abdulrasaq, who reportedly died on Saturday, July 25 in Lagos at 92, was reputed to be the first lawyer of Northern Nigeria extraction.

He joined the Abdulrasaq family, the people, and the Government of Kwara to mourn the departed patriarch and elder statesman.

The Delta governor said that Alhaji Abdulrasaq lived a life of impact, and urged the family to be consoled by the legacies left behind by their late iconic father.

He said that the family should take solace in the fact that the late patriarch lived to witness the enormous successes achieved by his children, including the emergence of Mr. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq as Governor of Kwara.


“We received the news of the demise of your beloved father with sadness, but we are consoled by the fact that he lived a life of dedicated service to the nation and humanity.

“We share in your sorrow and pains at this period and we pray that God will grant you the courage to bear the loss as we pray for the repose of the soul of your departed father.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn with you, my brother governor, Abdulrasaq, on the unfortunate demise of your beloved father, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Folorunsho Abdulrasaq, SAN.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and the entire people of Kwara. May Allah forgives his sins and grants him aljana firdaus,” Okowa said


[Delta State] Court gift Man death sentence over Robbery


A High Court in Asaba, the Delta State capital has sentenced a 30-year-old man, Amechi Chidokwe to death by hanging for armed robbery.

Chidokwe, who hails from Umudora Anam in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State was arraigned before Justice Mabel Omovie for three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.

The charges are punishable under Sections 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special provisions) Act Cap R11 Vol. 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria; 2 (1)(2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special provision) Act Cap R11 Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and 3 (1) of Robbery and Firearms (Special provisions) Act Cap R11, Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The defendant who pleaded not guilty was arraigned before the Court on the 20th of November, 2017.


According to the evidence of the nominal complainant, Mr Kenneth Oseji, on the 13th of January 2017 was accosted by a man at gunpoint in his premises when he drove home after work at about 5 pm and demanded his car key.

Mr Oseji told the court that when he kicked the man who was joined by two others, the gun fell off his hand which prompted him to raise an alarm attracting neighbours

The defendant who was driving the tricycle was apprehended while his cohorts ran away.

At the close of evidence, counsel to the defendant Mr K. O. Ajayi, submitted in his written address that prosecution has failed to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond reasonable doubt, even as he urged the court to discharge and acquit the defendant.


This comes as the Assistant Chief State Counsel E. U. Ogbolu asked the court to convict the defendant as charged.

Ogbolu based his premise that he has effectively discharged the burden of proving the case of conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery, attempted robbery and illegal possession of firearms against the defendant.

Citing copious judicial and statutory authorities, the presiding judge held that considering the gamut of evidence before the court, the prosecution has successfully proved beyond reasonable doubt the three counts of conspiracy, attempted robbery and illegal possession of firearms against the defendant.


[Nigeria] 7 dead as explosion hit NNPC


Seven persons have died after an explosion at the ‘Oil Mining Lease 40’ operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division (NNPC), Kennie Obateru confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, the incident happened on Tuesday evening at Gbetiokun in Delta State where the facility belonging to its subsidiary is located.

“The incident, which occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately caused 7 fatalities,” the statement explained.


Obateru said the NNPC has started an investigation into the cause of the incident and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has been informed about it.

“The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers: Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, which are consultants to NPDC,” he added.

He said all personnel on board the platform have been fully accounted.

According to him, the NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, also commiserated with the families of the bereaved and prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.



Delta abducted NLC chairman regain freedom


Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa confirmed the released of kidnapped Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Delta State, Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku.

The state’s NLC boss was abducted around 8pm on Saturday while driving out of his house behind Immigration office along Ibusa/Asaba road, Asaba, the Delta State capital, was set free on Monday by his abductors.

Although Inuwas said that he was not aware of any payment of ransom, sources close to the NLC says otherwise.

The Secretary of the NLC in the State, Comrade Innocent Ofoyade, noted that Ofobruku was released on Monday night


He said, “Yes, we thank God that our chairman was released yesterday night, we are grateful to the state government, the police, vigilante group and all those who show concerned.

Ofoyade said, “ransom was paid but it is an undisclosed amount, and as I speak to you now, he is receiving treatment because he was injured at the process”

Commissioner of Police in Cross River state, Hafiz Inuwa

Inuwa, however, said, “We give glory to God for his released, to the best of my knowledge, no amount was paid.”

The police boss stressed that the command was intensifying efforts to arrest the suspects.



Delta NLC chairman kidnapped – Police confirm


The police have confirmed the abduction of Mr Goodluck Ofobruku, Chairman of Delta chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Saturday night in Asaba.

The spokesperson of the state Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who confirmed the incident to newsmen on Sunday in Asaba, said that Ofobruku was a victim of armed robbery before he was kidnapped at gunpoint.

“The incident was a case of armed robbery and abduction. The gunmen were robbing in the street when the labour leader was driving out of his home.

NLC Chairman, Delta State Chapter – Mr. Goodluck Ofobruku

“They intercepted his car and forcefully abducted him and took him to the nearby bush,” Onovwakpoyeya said.

The police spokesperson, however, said that the command had dispatched its operatives to comb the bushes and rescue the NLC chairman.


Ofobruku was abducted at about 8 pm. on Saturday while driving out of his house behind the Immigration office on the Ibusa/Asaba road.

The Secretary of NLC in the state, Mr Innocent Ofoyade, told journalists on Sunday that Ofobruku was driving in the congress’s official Toyota Sienna space bus before he was abducted.

“The chairman was on his way out that night to get some drugs when the incident occurred. He was intercepted by the hoodlums along his street and taken away.

“We learnt this morning (Sunday) that the abductors have yet to establish contact with the victim’s family,” Ofoyade said.



COVID-19: PDP empathize with Delta Governor


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta Chapter, has empathised with Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, his wife, Edith and family following the news that they tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

The party in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Osuoza, on Wednesday expressed its solid support for the governor and his family at this trying time.

The party urged him to be firm in faith and strong in the conviction that this is a situation that would soon pass.

“Your Excellency, the Delta PDP family wish you, your dear wife and members of your family presently inconvenienced by this unwanted situation, a speedy recovery.

“COVID-19, like you have told Deltans, is not in any way a death sentence and your inspirational leadership, as well as proactive management of this pandemic, has further strengthened our belief that you and your family will all come out stronger and healthier.

“We commended your Excellency for the sincerity, honesty and the transparency you have continually exhibited, especially as it concerns your family since the outbreak of this pandemic.


“We join our prayers with those of your well-wishers all over the world, that the good Lord will touch you and your family with His Divine healing at this time,’’ the party prayed.

It called on Deltans to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 preventive measures put in place by the NCDC, the Federal and Delta Ministries of Health amid rising positive cases of the pandemic in the state.

“It is now obvious to all that COVID-19 is real.’’

The party wished the governor and his wife, speedy recovery and prayed that God blesses and keeps them safe.



COVID-19: Gov. Okowa and wife test positive.


Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has announced that he tested positive for coronavirus alongside and wife, Edith.

The governor announced this on social media today July 1. This comes barely a week after one of their daughters tested positive for the virus.

”My wife and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are well and continuing with our isolation/medication. We thank you all for your continued prayers for us and our daughter.” he wrote.


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COVID-19: I fear, cases in Delta may be like Lagos – Okowa


Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Saturday expressed concern over the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state.

In a statement he personally signed, the governor said it had become obvious that community transmission of the virus had reached an alarming and frightening proportion in the state.

He also expressed regret that many people in the state still thought the pandemic was a hoax.

Okowa urged the people of the state to take necessary precautions prescribed by the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, saying the state stood the risk of becoming another COVID-19 epicenter after Lagos State.

He said: “It cannot be a hoax when over 20 persons have died including some prominent citizens.


“Therefore, I want to make a passionate appeal to all Deltans to please realise that the coronavirus disease is real.”

The governor disclosed that Delta has 781 confirmed COVID-19 cases as at Saturday evening..

The NCDC confirmed 66 new cases in the state Friday night.

Okowa added: “This brought the total number of infected persons in the state so far to 781. The local governments mostly affected are Oshimili South (181), Warri South (128), Uvwie (112), Oshimili North (79), Ughelli North (74), Ethiope West (41), and Sapele (66).”



COVID-19: Delta Gov go into isolation with Family after daughter tested positive.


Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, says one of his daughters has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The governor announced this on Friday via his verified Twitter handle.

He noted that in line with the procedures of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), his family would go into isolation for two weeks.

We will continue to keep you all updated.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, also confirmed the development in a statement on Friday.

According to him, the state government has intensified efforts at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Ifeajika said, “It is again pertinent to stress that COVID-19 is real and citizens are advised to be disciplined and comply with the protocols of wearing face masks and maintaining physical-distancing while in public places, as well as basic hygiene of handwashing with soap in running water and use of alcohol-based sanitisers as NCDC regulation demands.”



Million worth goods, properties destroy in Delta market inferno

Properties and goods said to be worth millions of naira have been destroyed at the popular Ogbe-Ogonogo market in Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, many of the traders resorted to self-help in a bid to salvage their goods.

Other residents and passers-by also besieged the scene of the inferno, defying physical distancing guideline, as they lamented the damage done by the fire.

Some of them could not hold back their anger over the absence of the state fire service as the fire raged, but a government official was on the ground to calm the aggrieved traders.



[Nigeria] Lady stripped naked in Delta State for stealing in a supermarket.


In Nigeria, a country in a lockdown without real palliatives to assist the poor feed themselves, some without any hope are resorting to self-help and when they are caught they are severely punished.

The lady pictured was stripped and filmed after she allegedly stole milk in a Supermarket in Agbor area of Delta state.


The state is on the 3rd week of lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Activist, Harrison Gwamnishu who shared the story online, said the lady claimed to have stolen the milk so she could feed her hungry child.


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Sapele Protest – Delta Police Arrest 18.

The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

The Delta State Police Command, yesterday said it has arrested 18 persons in connection with Wednesday’s protest by women in Sapele who took to the streets to protest the two weeks extension of the lockdown imposed in the state by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

This is just as the State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, took a swipe at the state government’s description of the protest as “politically motivated”, adding that the position of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP led state government is an “embarrassing attempt to divert attention from the State Government ineptitude in bringing about things that benefits Deltans.”

Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Sylvester Imonina in a statement yesterday, explained that in as much as the APC throws its weight behind the state government on the lockdown to check the spread of the pandemic in the state, the party is embarrassed by the spontaneous comments by the state government through the Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, who described the protest as politically motivated.

The party in the statement said: “APC, Delta sees that embarrassing statement from the Commissioner for Information as an attempt to divert attention from the State Government’s ineptitude in bringing about things that benefits Deltans.”


[Nigeria] Man killed over cow in Delta.

Suspected herdsmen have killed 28-year-old Austine Nwaeke allegedly over the killing of a cow in Albert Camp, Delta State, NobleReporters heard

The camp, a farming settlement populated mainly by migrant farmers and artisans, is located in the hilly suburbs of Oshimili South council of the state.

His widow Jennifer said the gunshot woke her up. “I ran out of the house and saw my husband dead in front of the door,” she said.

Police spokesman Onome Onowakpoyeya confirmed the incident, saying the killers were being hunted.


Okowa’s tension rising since Delta confirm 3rd COVID-19 case?

Ifeayi Okowa, governor of the state, in a post on Twitter on Saturday, confirmed the development.

Okowa said the patient, a male, was diagnosed in Asaba, the state capital, and has been placed on isolation.

He said,

“We have just confirmed the third case of ‪#COVID19‬ in Delta State.

The patient, a male, was diagnosed today in Asaba, our state capital, and is currently being managed by our healthcare professionals in one of our isolation centres.

“The patient is currently in a good state and responding to treatment and we have already began to track all those that have had contact with him.

“The confirmation of this third case further reinforces our call for social distancing and a lockdown. All Christians should worship at home tomorrow.”