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Newly affirm EFCC boss denies ‘selling seized assets.’


The new EFCC boss also gave an assurance that under his administration, the commission must recover all stolen assets for the betterment of Nigerians.

The newly confirmed Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa has denied selling off any assets seized by the commission in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital.

He made this known on Wednesday while being screened for the new position by the Senate.


According to him, the EFCC chairman has no power to dispose of assets.

Bawa further explained that it is the sole responsibility of the secretary of the commission.

The new EFCC boss also gave an assurance that under his administration, the commission must recover all stolen assets for the betterment of Nigerians.


He said he will work with strategic partners around the world to see that Nigeria benefits from the repatriation of assets stolen from her coffers.

According to Mr. Bawa, the EFCC will achieve its independent objective by sharing information with its partners.

During the screening by the lawmakers, Bawa assured the lawmakers that the Constitution will guide his actions, should he be confirmed as EFCC Chairman.

He promised that at the end of his tenure, the EFCC will be a better place than he met it, noting that his training by the FBI and the National Crime Agency of the United States and the United Kingdom respectively will come in handy.


Responding to questions regarding what he will do differently from his predecessors, Mr. Bawa said he will reposition the commission by ensuring that it strengthens its standard operating procedures and improve on them.

He also stated that there will be more transparency and accountability.



Police affirm kidnap of NTA reporter in Port Harcourt.


The statement noted that the incessant attacks on journalists in recent times are becoming worrisome and therefore unacceptable.

Gunmen have abducted a reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority, (NTA) ,Port Harcourt, Zonal Office, Chidiebere Onyia, in Rivers State.

Onyia, a nursing mother, was allegedly kidnapped at a gunpoint around 8 pm on Tuesday along the railway line, Woji in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of the state on her way home after work.

It was gathered that a gunman had ordered her to wind down at the traffic and when she did, he ordered her to drive to the corner and park.

According to an eyewitness, the hoodlum while displaying his gun followed her and also directed her to step out of her vehicle and move to a waiting Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).


Narrating the ordeal, the victim’s colleague who was in the car with her said, “We were trapped at the traffic at Woji railway when an armed man came to the car and ordered Onyia to wind down. When she did, he brought out a gun and asked her to quietly move to a corner and park.”

“At that point, three other men with gun emerged and asked her to step out from her vehicle and follow them to their waiting SUV, as she fearfully followed them, one of the men came back to our car and collected our hand bags, phones and other valuables and they drove off to unknown destination.”


The State Police Public Relation’s Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, has confirmed the incident, assuring that the police is working tirelessly to ensure that the victim is released timely and unhurt.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council, has called for the immediate release of Onyia.

In a statement jointly signed by the state Chairman, Stanley Job Stanley and Secretary, Ike Wigodo, the NUJ condemned the alleged kidnap, describing it as inhuman and heinous, especially against a journalist and a nursing mother.


The statement noted that the incessant attacks on journalists in recent times are becoming worrisome and therefore unacceptable.

According to the statement, “it is worrisome and regrettable that journalists are now victims of abduction and held for whatever reason. A fundamental prerequisite for a free media is that journalists should be allowed to move freely in their efforts to serve the public through gathering and dissemination of information.

“But what we are witnessing in the country today gives us serious concern. Less than two weeks ago, a reporter with The Punch, Okechukwu Nnodim, was abducted in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by some criminal elements, only to be released a few days ago. Also recently, the Business Manager of Silverbird, Segun Owolabi, escaped assassination attempt in Port Harcourt after close of work. And now, another journalist, Onyia, was kidnapped in Port Harcourt on Tuesday. This is unacceptable” the statement stated.

“While condemning this heinous act in strong terms, we urge the security agencies to secure the unconditional release of Onyia to enable her continue her professional services to the country”.


The Union however charged the security agencies to ensure the arrest of the kidnappers and bring them to book to serve as a deterrent to other criminally minded people.

The Union further demanded that immediate steps be taken by the Rivers State Government and security agencies to arrest this ugly development so as to enable journalists fulfill their constitutional mandate unhindered.



EdoDecide’20: Obaseki steps ahead as Ogbeide-Ihama withdraws


An Edo PDP governorship aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama has withdrawn his case in Port Harcourt against Governor Godwin Obaseki.

This followed an out-of-court settlement following which the Federal High Court stepped down the case.

Justice Emmanuel Obile, struck out the case.

Obile had granted an interim injunction on Monday excluding Obaseki from tomorrow’s governorship primary.

Ogbeide-Ihama, had sued the National chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Emmanuel Ogidi and seven others, including Obaseki.


He sought a court declaration restraining them from allowing Obaseki, who was not screened within the time stipulated in the timetable to contest the PDP’s primary.

Omoregie’s Counsel, Fredinard Orgbe before the hearing of the case requested that the court should stand it down.

This was to enable parties reach terms of settlement.

The lawyers to all the defendants also agreed with the request.



Just in – FG opens Laboratory in Port Harcourt

The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, disclosed this while also inaugurating the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) office building in Port Harcourt.

NobleReporters learnt that NOSDRA is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Environment.

She said the Federal Government was worried by the activities of oil thieves that had contributed largely to crude oil spillages in the Niger Delta.

“We are sad that majority of the oil spills that occur almost on daily basis are caused by artisanal refining, pipeline vandalism, oil theft and illegal bunkering.

“The devastating impacts of oil spills on the environment, health and livelihoods of our rural and urban communities have led to land degradation, air and water pollution.

“Similarly, it led to deaths, destruction of habitats, loss of biodiversity, incidence of diseases, as well as depletion of our national revenue base,” he said.

The minister said that the National Economic Council had recently noted with concern that the country lost about 22 million barrels of crude between January and June 2019.

According to her, the illegal and inhuman practices must be stopped if the country wished to develop and progress as a nation.

“To this end, the Federal Government decided to put up a standard National Oil Spill Reference Laboratory to cater for local needs in spill management.

“I implore NOSDRA to ensure that standards are kept and maintained in line with international best practices so as to make the facility the pride of the nation

“The Federal Ministry of Environment will pay attention to NOSDRA to ensure it acquires the necessary tools to carry out its mandate in the petroleum sector,” she said.

Mr Idris Musa, Director General of NOSDRA, said with the completion of the facility, NOSDRA was now in a better position to respond to environmental challenges in the petroleum sector.

He said the laboratory was made up of four units, including, analytical chemistry, wet chemistry; microbiology and toxicology units.

“The assemblage of the state-of-the-art equipment for petroleum hydrocarbon sampling and analysis in the laboratory is revolutionary,” he said.

Also speaking, Rivers Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Banigo, urged the Federal Government to speedily implement fully its policy on modular refineries.

Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor

“The establishment of modular refineries will help reduce pollution to the environment. We want the Federal Government to take seriously its promise to implement this policy.

“We also want the International Oil Companies as well as the Nigerian Oil Companies to set up a Remote Sensing Command Centre to receive immediate signal of oil spill,” she said.


Serial Killer, Gracious David West Points 7 people he killed out of 19

Accused serial killer of women in Port Harcourt, Gracious David West was dragged to mortuaries to identify the bodies of seven out the 19 people he killed while on the prowl.

This came to light on Friday at his trial when one of investigating police officers of SARS Port Harcourt, presented West’s statement affirming the morbid visits.

The IPO Sergeant Ogbomudia Timi Engbokuru presented the statement and two others to the court.

David-West admitted the statements belonged to him.

And as Engbokuru told the court, he made them at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Office , Police Headquarters and Elekahia Police Station.

Engbokuru said Mr David-West after confessing to the crime ,took the Police on 20 September to all the hotels rooms where he killed the women.

The trial before Justice Adolphus Enebeli and Justice Mark Chukwu continues.

David-West was arrested on 19 September, 2019.


PH: FAAN reopens Airport less than 24-hours of closure

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the reopening of flight operations at the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) to the general public.

Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, of the FAAN, said on Sunday in Lagos that the airport was on Saturday night closed due to the fire incident.

FAAN had on Saturday night announced the temporary closure of Port Harcourt International Airport runway following a bush fire incident close to the area.

Yakubu said the airport was reopened less than 24 hours after it was closed for proper investigation on the incident.

She explained that the reopening followed a careful evaluation and mitigation of the impact of the bush fire earlier reported around the airport.

Yakubu further stated that the incident had caused the dissipation of smokes around the airside.

She, however, said FAAN remained committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of its passengers and airport users.


PH: FAAN closes International Airport over bush fire disaster

The Port Harcourt International Airport runway has been temporarily closed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) over a bush fire incident that recently occurred near the facility.

Closure of the airport reportedly prevented flights from landing and taking off from the airport on Saturday January 4.

Reassuring Nigerians of its commitment to the safety, security and comfort of passengers and airport users, FAAN’s Corporate Affairs General Manager, Henrietta Yakubu said the temporarily closure of the runway was part of safety precautions.

She said;

“A joint team from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency is presently evaluating the situation.

“This is with a view to ensuring that the airside is cleared of smoke and restoration of normalcy at the airport.”


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