Traders Lament Market Demolition By Bayelsa State Govt

By Elizabeth Vincent Traders and technicians in GSM village Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, have lamented and condemned the actions of the Bayelsa State government over the demolition of phone village in Tombia market. The state task force on COVID-19 had claimed that the demolition was part of efforts to enforce social distancing, but traders who were the major casualty in the exercise claimed that the state government was targeting them with the goal of driving them away from doing business in the state. The Chairman of Phone village in Bayelsa State,…

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NCDMB: Creek Dragons Roars, Tells Sylva To Disregard Those Using MEND

  Calls  For The Reappointment Of Wabote As The Only Ijaw Man In The Board With Visible Performance   A group under the auspices of Creek Dragons (CD) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the minister for petroleum, State, Chief Timpre Sylva to completely disregard calls by  the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) not to reappoint the current serving executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMD), Engr. Simbi Wabote. The call was made on Monday in a Press Statement made available to newsmen…

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Crisis Looms In Utorogu Host Communities Over Alleged Sack of Pipeline Surveillance Workers

  Crises is currently looming in some of the host communities to Utorogu Gas Plant over alleged failure of pipeline surveillance contractors to pay surveillance workers of host communities their salaries and allowances and alleged sack of the workers. In a petition addressed to the Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa by Edjophe community, signed by its President General, Mr. Clement Ufuophu and Secretary General, Mr. Edijala Obatarhe, appealed to the governor to intervene urgently as the workers are geared for showdown with Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and…

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Covid-19: NGO, CSOs Distribute Face Mask, Cash As Palliative To Vulnerables/Nursing Mothers In Ughelli

By Omoghene Benedict,      In continuation to fight and curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, a Non-Governmental Organization, CODAF and other Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, have distributed hundreds of face masks and cash palliative to the vulnerables, aged and nursing mothers in Ughelli. Distributing the items and cash during a sensitization campaign on measures to contain the spread of covid-19 pandemic, the Executive Director of Community Development Advocacy Foundation, CODAF, Mr. Benin Richard said, “We are aware of what is happening and the hardship the people are going…

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Lawyers Demand Action On Fish Death In Niger Delta

By Elizabeth Vincent Environmental lawyers in the Niger Delta region have expressed concerns over the looming public health danger occasioned by the contamination and massive death of fish along the Atlantic coastline of the region. The lawyers under the aegis of the Association of Environmental Lawyers of Nigeria (AELN) urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to check the increased toxicity of the nation’s territorial waters. Residents along the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers have reported massive death of specie of  fishes littering the coastline since February.…

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Two Sisters Sent To Jail For Beating, Bitting An 8-Months Pregnant Woman In Delta

By Amatutu Emmanuel TWO sisters have been arrested and arraigned before an Ughelli Magistrate court for allegedly beating and biting off a finger of an 8-month pregnant woman during a fight between the sisters and the pregnant lady.   The incident occurred at the Akporigbe residence of the ladies in Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North local government area of Delta State.   Giving details of the incident yesterday, a source from the court disclosed that the suspects, Victory Ogboru and Mercy Ogboru were both arraigned before the chief magistrate, Ena…

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Journalists Cannot Be Stopped From Covering The House-DTHA

  The Delta State House of Assembly has debunked a social media report that journalists were prevented from gaining entrance into the public gallery during plenary. The Majority Leader and Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon Tim Owhefere who stated this while addressing newsmen in his office in Asaba, said the allegation was not a true reflection of the situation in the state legislature. Hon Owhefere, flanked by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon Oboro Preyor, explained that the novel Covid-19 pandemic had forced the leadership of the house to adopt…

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Vladimir Putin spokesman tests positive for coronavirus

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday said he tested positive for the coronavirus and was receiving treatment in hospital, news agencies reported. “I am ill. I’m being treated,” Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies TASS and Interfax, which specified he had COVID-19. Peskov is the fourth senior government official to have fallen ill, after Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova and Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev said they tested positive for the coronavirus. None were reported to be in a serious condition, with…

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Lockdown: House of Reps condemns extrajudicial killings, rights abuse

The House of Representatives has condemned the spate of extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses especially by security operatives in the enforcement of the lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari and governors. At the plenary on Tuesday, the House especially resolved to “condemn in its entirety the abuse of the fundamental rights, especially brutalisation and extortion, and the killing of innocent Nigerians by security operatives enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown across the country. The House requested Buhari to direct heads of security agencies implicated in the human rights abuses and extrajudicial…

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Eschew Frivolous Injunctions, Frequent Adjournments, Okowa Charges Judges

    Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has charged the judiciary to eschew granting of frivolous injunctions and ensure speedy dispensation of justice.   The governor gave the charge recently in Asaba, while swearing-in five new judges in the state.   He also urged the Bench in the state to avoid frequent adjournment of cases.   Okowa disclosed that the five new judges were appointed in line with procedures for such appointments as enshrined in Section 271, sub-section (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria…

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