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Read how Akwa Ibom will present world champions in seven years

– Akwa Ibom state Governor Udom Emmanuel has a great plan for sports in the state – He said the development of school sports is the best way of discovering stars that will represent the state and the country – The Governor revealed that Akwa Ibom will produce world champions in the next 7 years […]

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Delta state at 25: James Ibori writes on his stewardship as state governor
Former Delta state governor, James Ibori, who is presently in jail in the UK for defrauding his state while he was governor, wrote this article as the state celebrates its 25 years of existence. Read the article below 
Let me begin by paying tribute to my predecessors in office who piloted the affairs of the state before the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP)administration was inaugurated on May 29, 1999.
From Air Commodore Luke Chijiuba Ochulor  (rtd) who was the pioneer Administrator on creation in 1991 to the first elected Governor, Olorogun Felix Ibru,  after the demise of the civilian administration, Abdulkadir Shehu, Bassey Asuquo, Ibrahim Kefas, John Dungs and  to Walter Feghabo who supervised the conduct of the election in 1999, and eventually handed over to me as Governor. 
I want to say without fear of contradiction that Delta in its 25 years of existence has been a success story. It is indisputable that the state has overcome some very challenging times. 
The Warri crisis was my administration’s first challenge. At the inauguration of the PDP administration on May 1999, Warri and its environs were boiling. There was a full-blown attack on Escravos on May 30, which spilled over to the surrounding villages and eventually reached the Warri metropolis.  
The level of destruction was such that it shocked the entire country and dampened the joy of the transition to democracy. 
Its genesis can be traced to 1997 when the Federal Government of the late Gen Sani Abacha created a number of Local Government Areas including Warri South-West LGA, with headquarters in Ogbe-Ijoh, – an Ijaw town between Aladja and Warri Metropolis.  
With the relocation of the headquarters of this LGA, from Ogbe-Ijohto Ogidigben, an Itsekiri town, on the Atlantic coast,  riots followed and hundreds of people died.  Six Shell Nigeria (SPDC) installations were taken over by protesting Ijaw youths, leading to a drop in oil production. 
As head of the PDP administration at the time, I knew I had to act swiftly to stem the destruction of life and property. I then summoned a meeting of the major ethnic groups in Warri at the Government House, Asaba. 
I recall vividly that the meeting stalemated, as the leaders disagreed on almost every issue. I then directed that the leaders of the delegations be taken to a room in one of the VIP Guest Houses and left there until they reached an agreement.  
One of the leaders said to me, “Governor, we will not speak to each other even if we stay there for days”. In response, I then said that was exactly my objective. 
On reflection today, our modest efforts have been blessed with some level of peace and understanding. As if the ethnic discord was not enough, Asaba’s position as the state capital threw up a different challenge of its own.  
During my campaign to be Governor of the state, it was clear to me that some leaders from the Delta South and Central Senatorial Districts were deeply unhappy with Asaba as the capital. Conversely, leaders from Delta North Senatorial District were very emphatic on the status of Asaba as state capital, and they impressed on me to respect it if I became Governor. I assured them that I would always sleep in Asaba as long as duty did not take me out of the capital. This was my way of committing to the status of Asaba as capital.  
Now, I look back with pride.  Asaba is a capital city that everyone can be proud of. The PDP administration also set out to avoid the mistake of other states where only the capital was developed. 
So we made sure that Delta did not become a one city state. Apart from Asaba and Warri, we identified another tier of development to include Agbor, Ughelli, Sapele, Oleh, Oghara, Abraka, Ogwashi-Uku, Burutu and Ozoro. 
My prayer is for this dream to endure. Deltans will benefit from a multiplicity of urban centres with well-developed infrastructures. On the political level, I agonized over how to banish the feeling of second class citizenship of some sections of the state. 
Many, who felt left out in the political arrangement, especially, the Ijaws of Warri, were brought into government at the local and state levels. 
We held tenaciously to the PDP mantra of equity and justice. And this gave birth to the principle of power rotation. 
The result is that for the first time in Nigeria’s history, a minority ethnic group, the Itsekiri, produced the governor of the state. 
Most of all, I am pleased to note that today, all three Senatorial Zones have produced the governor of the state.  
In 2007 the baton of leadership went to Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, an Itsekiri from Delta South Senatorial District  and  from him  to Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, an Owa man from Delta North. 
I thank God for their lives and their commitment to Delta State. And to all those who will come after them, I wish fair weather, smooth sailing, but most of all, I wish them inspired leadership as they pilot this most strategic state in Nigeria to greater heights. 
The fourth issue that engaged our attention was true federalism and Resource Control. I embraced it for obvious reasons. We won some battles; more will surely come for the journey has just begun. Some of us are paying the price today for our perceived audacity.
Some other comrades in the course of the struggle have made the supreme sacrifice. May we never forget them. On a personal note, my greatest regret is that I’m not there with you to savour this special moment. 
However, I must put on record on this historic day, my gratitude to the people of Delta State for the opportunity given me to serve as Governor from 1999 t0 2007.  
And it is to the people that I have reserved my last and greatest tribute.  I also say to them that the journey has not been without its challenges, but we have made much progress.
Congratulations on this your well-deserved celebration. I wish you and our dear state peace, unity, and prosperity in the years ahead.
If the president is aggrieved by the naming of dog after him, he should sue – Falana

– Falana insists that anybody has the right to label a dog with his desired name – The human rights activist asks Buhari to sue for libel instead of public prosecution – He also adds that the man did not commit any criminal offence Radical human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN) has hit at President […]

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Photos: Nigerian Army launches ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in Niger Delta, kills 5 militants and arrest 23 others
The Nigerian Army has formally launched a new military exercise in the Niger Delta code named “Exercise Crocodile Smile”. The aim of the new exercise is to provide adequate security for residents as well as critical national economic assets in the region.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, flagged-off the exercise on Saturday in Sapele, Delta State.

Meanwhile the 133 Special Forces Battalion of Nigerian Army troops today carried out a precursor operation to Exercise CROCODILE SMILE aimed at getting rid of all forms of criminal activities in the Niger Delta geo-political region of Nigeria.

In the course of the operation, 5 militants that attacked the troops were killed in action, while numerous others were injured and 23 suspects were arrested. The operations which was conducted yesterday 26th August 2016, was carried out by the Special Forces at the militants camps.

Items recovered from the camps include 2 AK-47 rifles, 11 Pump Action Guns, a locally made revolver pistol, 292 cartridges of live Ammunition, 199 rounds of AK-47 rifle Ammunition, 4 electricity generating sets and a Camp Gas Cooker. The troops also recovered an abandoned Engine Boat left by the fleeing criminals.

Photos: Death of Stella Oduah's first son attributed to use of fake drug
The death of the first son of Senator Stella Oduah , Maxwell Chinedu Etoromi, has been attributed to the use of fake medication. According to Sahara Reporters, the 28 year old son of the former Minister of Aviation died at a Turkish private hospital in Abuja yesterday August 26th. He died after he took a wrong medication prescribed for him following a tooth surgery. The decease graduated from Guildford College in the UK before returning to Abuja.

Girgizan kasa ya kashe sama da mutane 240 kasar Italiya

Gine gine da dama sun tsatsatsage biyo bayan wani mummunan girgizan kasa da ya auku a kasar Italy a ranar Laraba 24 ga watan agusta wanda yayi sanadiyyar mutuwar jama’a da dama. Mutane da yawa ne ake ganin girgizan ya rutsa dasu cikin dago dagon gidaje da suka rushe a yankunan Amatrice, Accumoli da Pescara […]

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Soyinka, Orji Kalu get new roles with Niger Delta Avengers

– Niger Delta Avengers have named Africa’s first Nobel Laurette, Professor Wole Soyinka, as committee members to dialogue with federal government – The militant group also named former governor Orji Uzor Kalu as a committee member – Five other prominent figures will also dialogue with the federal government on behalf of Avengers and other splinter militants groups Nobel […]

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Top 10 Africa Nigerian newspapers (most read Online)

-> Africa Nigeria is all the time on the information: If it weren’t for the kidnapping, it’s bribery and corruption, however Africa Nigeria was just lately within the information for wining the African Nations Cup once more and it was a second of jubilation and one of the crucial various international locations that aren’t fairly […]

Wike under attack over alleged fraud

– Dakuku Peterside accuses Gov Nyesom Wike of being interested in borrowing money to host irrelevant events – Peterside says Wike is operating a 419 government – The APC guber candidate in the 2015 election says Wike lacks the needed prowess to lead Rivers state Dakuku Peterside, the director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety […]

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Marcus Rashford sends Manchester United top of the EPL

– Marcus Rashord leads Manchester United to a late win at Hull – The 19-year-old was inspirational after coming on from the bench – Manchester Unite are joint top on the league standings Manchester United go into the international break with a Marcus Rashford’s injury time winner at the Molineux. The game was heading for […]

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Sen. Ben Bruce visits the 'badly maintained' National War Museum in Abia
Sen Ben-Murray Bruce today paid a visit to the National War Museum, located at Ebite Amafor in Isingwu Community, Umuahia North Local Government Area, Abia State. According to him, the museum is badly maintained. He advised the Ministry of Culture to look into the maintenance of the piece of National history, in order to encourage the world to visit Nigeria. More photos after the cut...

Negotiations/dialogue will commence whenever Nigeria shows readiness - Niger Delta Avengers
Niger Delta Avengers spokesperson, Brig Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, released a statement today, saying the militant group will commence negotiations whenever the Nigerian government shows readiness.

The group also reacted to a statement signed and released by one Ballatyne Agiri, which claimed that Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and other prominent figures have been named as members of the commitee to dialogue with the FG on behalf of the Niger Delta Avengers, as well as other splinter militants groups in the oil producing zone. Read below...

The High Command of the Niger Delta Avengers are bothered again on the insensitivity to the genuine plight of the Niger Delta agitation by every successive government of Nigeria and the present handlers of the APC government.  We are amazed that Prof. Wole Soyinka, has been taken on the jugular by enemies  of the Niger Delta because of  his belief that the government of the day should understand the need to restructuring and listen to the Niger Delta agitation positively. That if, we the NDA have named Prof Wole Soyinka and some incredible names to advise and lead any group is the Lie of The Century!  They says, when an handshake goes beyond the elbow it has turned to another thing; amazingly, the handwriting are so clear that our noble laureate name is going the infamous way, as he is being named along as an adviser with some unscrupulous characters as Niger Delta Avengers  (NDA) dialogue team with the government of Nigeria. Putting the records straight; the name/names parading as factions of the Niger Delta Avengers are just the figment of some persons protecting their jobs and hell bent on derailing the wheel of progress in the history of Nigeria and the Niger Delta agitation.

Our strike teams and Command structures have not at anytime contacted these Nigerians at any time to advise or lead any contact with the government of Muhammadu Buhari on the Niger Delta agitation.  We have shown our respect and restraints to personalities that have been too fixated to impress Abuja in the name of the Niger Delta struggle since the beginning of "Operation Red Economy " ignorantly or willingly.

The NDA cannot be teleguided by Mr Charles Okah and Henry Okah from their respective prison cells using disorganised characters of the All Progressive Congress (APC), from the Niger Delta to impress Abuja. We are not unaware of the creations of the Nigerian Intelligentsia community and security apparatus to sustain the Niger Delta struggle to bloat their pocket and credibility. The NDA have unequivocally given our tacit support to the Chief Papa (Dr.) Edwin Kiagbodo Clark Niger Delta Elders and Stakeholders conference committee to lead the Pan Niger Delta Negotiations/Dialogue Team, whenever this wicked entity called Nigeria shows readiness.
Budget padding: Jibrin confesses to looting N650m

– Abdulmumin Jibrin has confessed he was a beneficiary of a questionable office maintenance allowance – Jibrin says he got N650 million from the maintenance allowance – He says he would explain how he used the money Abdulmumin Jibrin, the Kano lawmaker at the centre of the unfolding budget padding scandal, has implicated himself for the first time […]

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