• Biafra: Fayose fumes, accuses Buhari, calls on international community over killing of Igbo youths on Biafra Day

    02/Jun/2016 // 2694 Viewers

    PARIS, JUNE 2, 2016:(DGW) - THE Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose while condemning the killings of pro-Biafra agitators accused President Muhammadu Buhari of an illconceived plan to turn the Igbos and other people in the Niger Delta to what he described as  “politically endangered species.”

    He called on the international community to take note of the wanton killings being perpetrated by the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

    In a  statement issued on Wednesday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said there was no justification whatsoever for the killing of over 30 Igbo youths just because they were marking “Biafra Day in memory of the former leader of the defunct Biafra Republic, the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.”

    The Ekiti Governor said never in Nigeria's political history has the country been this politically divided since Buhari took over the reins of power.

    His words:

    “To even justify the killing by claiming that the Igbo youths protest was orchestrated in order to mar the first anniversary of Buhari’s government is to say the least, wicked and animalistic,” the governor said.

    He said there is no way Buhari could extricate himself from the culpable acts of the security operatives by shooting unarmed protesters who are only agitating for self-determination.

    He said no fewer than 150 Igbo unarmed Igbo youths have been killed since August 2015 under Buhari's order.
     
    “It appears that President Buhari has made up his mind to eliminate as many South East and South South people as possible and lovers of the corporate existence of Nigeria and its people should call the president to order.”

    “I am alarmed that Nigerians who were only on peaceful protest could be shot at and killed by security agents and after the senseless killing of innocent Nigerians, security agents could demonstrate their heartlessness by coming up with justifications for the criminal act.

    “One is however not surprised because every evil perpetrated by the Buhari-led government against Nigerians, especially those the presidents appears to hate have been justified by those who perpetrated them.

    “We were in this country when over 1,000 Shiite Muslims were killed and buried overnight in Zaria, Kaduna State and the murder was justified. We were also here when over 400 Agatus were killed in Benue State and the President said nothing.

    “The Monday killing of over 30 Igbo youths is therefore condemnable. Its justification is barbaric, heartless, crude and must be condemned by all lovers of unity of Nigeria and its people.

    “I therefore wish to express my sympathy to the people of the South Eastern part of Nigeria and I urge them to remain resolute in their agitation for a Nigeria in which all Nigerians are treated equally irrespective of their tribe and religion.”


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  • Ijaw Chief To Buhari: Change your approach of ''I'll kill you, I'll destroy you; your threats make no sense''

    02/Jun/2016 // 5290 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 2, 2016: (DGW) AN Ijaw High Chief, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, has accused President Muhammadu of not having a grasp of the issues in the Niger Delta.

    While condemning the alleged human right abuses by soldier deployed to Gbamaturu Kingdom in search of the militants who have been bombing oil and gas facilities in the embattled region, the High Chief accused President Buhari of aiding and abetting soldiers in molesting and dehumanizing innocent people of Niger Delta communities.

    Said the obviously angry Gbamaturu High Chief:

    ‘’He’s in power , but he cannot grasp the issues in the Niger Delta. He was in the military, but he was mostly about capturing, molesting and gaining ground for the government. But in a democratic government it’s not like that.

    ‘’He’s still saying he’s going after this and that. He can go after criminal elements but a situation where you make people less human, doesn’t make sense''

    He added: “He (Buhari) should change his approach of ‘I will kill you, I will destroy you’. The avengers have a bad approach, but what is pushing them is beyond the knowledge of the president.

    ‘’A holistic approach is needed, the amnesty programme is just scratching the problem. The problem of molestation, deprivation, hunger and telling the people that they are not good enough to be educated. Stopping work at the maritime school is saying the same thing’’, he said.


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  • Oil production goes far below 1.2 million bpd as attacks by NDA continue

    02/Jun/2016 // 317 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 2, 2016: (DGW) THE attack on oil wells and gas facilities according to the state-owned oil firm , the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) has forced the country's oil production output below 1.2 million barrels per day recorded early this week, a source from the NNPC disclosed to DailyGlobeWatch on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria.

    The attacks have certainly worsened the situation, our source said, because it is coming when oil price has fallen from $50 to $49 per barrel.

    The bombing which has been going on with undiminished intensity in spite of heavy military presence in the region has produced a chain effect as power supply across the country has dropped drastically resulting from disruption of gas supplies to thermal power stations across the country.
     
    Nigeria has recorded multiple pipelines and other oil installations' attacks. NNPC, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Agip and Shell have been hard hit and an ultimatum issued to its personnel to shut down operations by the aggrieved militants.

     


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  • Call Buhari and his occupational army to order - NAGS tell the international community

    02/Jun/2016 // 803 Viewers

     


    PARIS JUNE 2, 2016: (DGW) THE National Association of Gbaramatu Students, (NAGS), has called on the international community to come to the aid of their people.

    This call became necessary following the armed invasion of the Gbamaturu Kingdom by Nigerian troops who they accused of gross human right abuses ranging from looting, raping of their woman and inhuman torture meted to the people resulting from the continued siege and invasion of their community. 

    In a statement issued by its president, Seiyefa Ekpemupolo, in Warri, made available to journalists , he said,  “We have to raise this alarm about the torture, pains and suffering being meted to our people by the military which had laid siege to our kingdom. ''

    ''We condemn the invasion, as our people are neither militants nor members of the Avengers. We call on the United Nations to call President Buhari and his occupational army to order''. 

    “Our students are out of school following the invasion and cannot prepare or sit for the common entrance and junior WAEC that will start in days,” it said.

    Meanwhile, a member representing Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Daniel Reyenieju has urged  the military to ensure that collateral damage from the operations was reduced to the barest minimum.

    The lawmaker said: ‘’Since last Sunday, I have been inundated with calls by many of those who have been affected negatively by the present military operations, particularly the aged, who are most unlikely to be part of the militants.” 

    Reyenieju noted the ‘’deep lamentations from my constituents from some of the oil producing communities in the riverine areas of my constituency remain most touchy and painful such that would make anyone to lament, except those whose hearts are made of stones. 

    ’While I am conscious of the fact that the military and the Nigerian state cannot sit down and allow such destruction to go on, in the same vein, I cannot remain not being bothered by the cries of agonies, displacements and fears of death emanating from some of those that I represent.”

    “As an individual born, bread and buttered in that environment, which I represent its constituent part that remains the highest oil producing (until recent events), I am conscious of the fact that peaceful approach through honest and constructive dialogue with the peoples of the region devoid of politics remains the most viable option for the achievement of durable peace.”









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  • Breaking: Buhari cancels visit to Ogoni land, asks VP Osibanjo to represent him

    02/Jun/2016 // 604 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 2, 2016: (DGW) In what looks like fear resulting from the alleged death threat issued to President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday by Niger Delta Avengers, the president has cancelled his visit to the troubled region and instead asked the Vice President to represent him.

    Sources from the State House, Abuja confirmed this last-minute cancellation to enable the President attend to other state matters.

    Recall yesterday the Niger Delta Avengers had threatened to assassinate President Buhari should he by a stroke of luck step his feet on Ogoni land.

    The State House said his decision to cancel the visit borders on the plan to attend the ECOWAS meeting scheduled for Dakar, Senegal tomorrow, to discuss issues of regional security and economic development.


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  • Buhari will die if he visits Ogoniland today – N’Delta Avengers

    02/Jun/2016 // 648 Viewers

     

    Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), the new militant group, has been quoted by International Business Times UK as vowing to kill President Muhammadu Buhari as he is billed to make an official visit today to Rivers State.
    But the Nigerian military has dismissed the threat, describing members of the militant group as criminals.
    “Buhari can go wherever he wants”, says Brigadier-General Rabe Abubakar, Director, Defence Information.
    President Buhari is due to be in Rivers State where he is to launch the project for the clean-up of the degraded land of Ogoni covering four local governments, as recommended in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Report.
    The threat on the president’s life followed an earlier attack on two Chevron facilities in Warri in the early hours of Wednesday, which the militant group had claimed responsibility. The attacks on oil pipelines blamed on the Niger Delta Avengers had halted oil production, and forced Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell to close at least two plants.
    A suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers had warned that the life of President Buhari was in danger if he went ahead with his planned visit to the region.
    The report of the militant’s threat to kill the president went viral Wednesday on the social media, after the news broke in the foreign media.
    IBTimes UK, quoting from a recorded voice, claims a man is heard saying during a phone conversation with one of the hosts of UK-based Radio Biafra, that Buhari “should sign his death warrant” before his visit.
    “Buhari is trying to visit Ogoniland, but he should sign his death warrant before coming to Port Harcourt or try to visit any state of the Niger Delta community, Biafra land,” the suspected NDA member said during the phone call.
    “We are starting a dance he cannot finish. We shall dance like vultures. He (Buhari) has dared to wake a sleeping lion, but I promise him this time around if he tries to step his foot in any community of the Niger Delta, in Biafraland, he will not go back alive. Any Niger Deltan who will try to walk with Buhari shall also go to his grave that day. This is our assurance.”
    The man also condemned the fact that Nigerian security forces opened fire on pro-Biafran demonstrators during commemorations to pay homage to the victims of the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War, also known as Biafran War, on Monday (30 May 2016).
    Police confirmed the deaths of 10 protesters and two police officers during clashes in Anambra state, claiming demonstrators were armed, but pro-Biafrans denied the allegations.
    “The Nigerian government shot and killed our brothers. They showed us are the monsters,” the man said.
    He then urged all pro-Biafrans to pray for their leader Nnamdi Kanu, director of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who is standing trial on six counts of treasonable felony charges.
    Niger Delta Avengers are the latest militant group to wage war against the Nigerian government, having accused the ruling party of marginalising people in the oil-rich Niger Delta
    Reacting to threat to the president’s life, Brigadier General Abubakar, told IBTimes UK that the government does not perceive NDA as a threat. “Niger Delta is part of Nigeria and will remain part of Nigeria for life. Buhari is the president, he is Number One, he can go anywhere he wants,” he said.

    “(The) NDA are just criminals and we are treating them as criminals. We are not being intimidated, we remain focussed to ensure security in the country and that Nigeria remains one. Nobody is above the interest of the country,” he continued.

    “No nation can tolerate an individual group causing havoc and advocating for separation. There are measures in our constitution to ensure this will not happen. We cannot and will not tolerate what these people are doing. In the long run, they will surely pay for they have done.”
    As expected, Ogoni kingdom is electrified as the four local government areas that make up that entity prepares for the first official visit of President Mohammadu Buhari to Rivers state for the flag off of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Report today.

    Before now, there have been series of meetings by politicians particularly of the major two political parties from Ogoni area: All Progressives Congress (APC) at the center and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the state.
     
    This much was attested to by the former senator who represented the Rivers South East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe when he said that the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report in Ogoni land was the fulfillment of APC campaign promise.
    Abe frowned at a situation where anytime credit is given to APC and himself for the project, the state chapter of PDP would say that the implementation should not be politicized.
    “What is disturbing to me now is that now that we are set to implement the report, every time I open my mouth and say something, you will hear people say don’t politicize the report and I ask what the politicization of the UNEP report is?
    “Is it the voice of Senator Abe that is now politicization of the UNEP report? This was the same voice when I went to every village in Ogoni land. It was our campaign slogan in the APC- $1 billion dollars, APC. It was a campaign promise by the APC presidential candidate. The implementation of the UNEP report in Ogoni land is the fulfillment of an APC campaign promise. It is a programme of the APC-led federal Government of Nigeria”.
    Abe said that our politics would be better if we learn to give credit to a party that fulfilled its campaign promise, pointing out that in so doing, there would be a healthy competition among parties to fulfill their promises.
    Senator Abe went further to say that “Governor Nyesome Wike was in Ogoni land to launch the Saakpenwa-Kono road, which a lot of people have described as politics and that it’s just a response to the visit of the President and the elections in the area.
    “Everybody there was making speeches how the former government did not do it. We know that that was politics but it does not stop me as an Ogoni man from being happy that the governor remembered us.
    “It does not stop me from appreciating the fact that he is going to do a road that we need and I would be one of those who will use the road even though I’m not in PDP. Every Ogoni son who wants to pass on that road will use the road. So, we are all happy that the governor came to do that”.
    Abe went on to say that “I do not want to make an issue out of the fact that from the information available to me what was projected or budgeted for the road is N100million. It means there was actually no plan to do the road at this time.
    “But if he is doing the road, we are happy about it and I thank him for remembering us at this time. I think that in the same vein, the PDP members in Ogoni should be gracious enough to thank us and President Buhari for the APC government coming to keep its promise to the Ogoni people.
    “I think it is the determination of the PDP not to acknowledge that this is the fulfillment of a promise by the APC government that brings up the issue of anytime you open your mouth and say this is APC government; they say you are politicizing the report”.
    Responding to Abe’s postulation, the state Governor, Nyesom Wike said “As part of measures to enhance security during Mr. President’s visit I hereby place a ban on the operations of motorcycles and tricycles in Gokana and Khana Local Government Areas between 6 a.m. and 6 pm on Thursday, 2nd June 2016. The security agencies have been directed to enforce this ban and ensure full compliance.
    “I call on Rivers people, particularly the people of Ogoniland, to come out in great numbers and give our amiable President a rousing welcome during his visit.”
    Wike said “the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, CGFR, is paying an official visit to Rivers State, tomorrow, Thursday, 2nd June 2016 to formally launch the cleanup of Ogoniland and other oil-impacted communities in the Niger Delta.
    “Mr. President’s visit to the State is both historic and significant. It is historic because it marks his first official visit to the Sate since assuming office as the President of this great nation. It is most significant because Mr. President is not on a political mission but to kick-start the largest environmental cleanup in our nation’s history, for which Rivers people, and indeed the Niger Delta will remain grateful. ”
    “As I have noted earlier, Mr. President is here as the father of the nation who cares about the environmental and developmental challenges that we face as one of his primary constituencies, Wike said.” - today.ng


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  • If we have to separate let it be in peace not by violence - Senator Ndume tells IPOB & NDA

    02/Jun/2016 // 41966 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 2, 2016: (DGW) Let us negotiate because violence  will not help in our bid to separate, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume has cautioned the Indigenous People of Biafra and Niger Delta Avengers.

    He said this while responding to questions on the rising agitation in the oil region of Southern Nigeria and the South Eastern Nigeria.

    Ndume reminded the aggrieved youths that Nigeria first came into being by acts of negotiation by youths in the northern and southern part of Nigeria and if we can no longer stay as one it must not be pursued by acts of violence but to come together sit down and negotiate and not by force.

    He, therefore, said if there should be division in the country, there must be negotiation among the different parts of the country rather than through violence and killings of innocent Nigerians and destruction of public property.

    He blamed the elders of the region for not doing enough to advise their children.

    IPOB, he said, as a group is only expressing its opinion but warned that it will not be proper for some persons to suppress other people's view.

    Also reacting to the call by the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, that Nigeria needs to be restructured, Ndume said the ex-Vice President was not wrong but pointed out that he was only expressing his views to which he is entitled.


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  • Breaking: Niger Delta group vows to launch missiles, bring down military, other aircraft

    02/Jun/2016 // 17098 Viewers

     

    A Niger Delta group, the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, has vowed to launch six missiles in the region.
    The group also warned against the deployment of helicopters in the South South zone by the military, saying it was going to bring them down.
    It also said once the deployment of the six missiles commences, no flight operations should take place within the country’s airspace.
    The group, which also claimed affiliation to the Niger Delta Avengers, said the missiles were capable of bringing down any aircraft no matter how big.
    It fixed June 7 for the commencement of the launching of the missiles.
    In a statement signed by four members of the JNDLF, the group said it had observed that President Muhammadu Buhari was bent on breaking up the country and that it was set for the proposal.
    The statement, signed by General Akotebe Darikoro, Commander, General Duties; General Torunnanaowei Latei, Creeks Network Coordinator; General Agbakakuro Owei-Tauro, Pipelines Bleeding Expert; and General Pulokiri Ebiladei of its Intelligence Bureau, reads in full: “We have seen and noted that President Muhammadu Buhari (a.k.a. Pharaoh) is set for the final breakup of the country.
    Mr. Buhari should also know that we are also prepared and set for his proposal.
    The Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) which is the highest organ of all the freedom fighting body has finally endorsed the followings:
    1. After extensive and exhaustive deliberation by all Commanders of various groups in Yenagoa, the heart of the Niger Delta struggle met last night and as part of our mission, we are going to test six (6) of our MISSILES in the region. This is to show the federal government of our readiness of the American prediction.
    2. There should be NO any form of helicopter to fly around in the region as we will not guarantee the safety of such object.
    3. The people of the Niger Delta region should not be panic in course of test running the 6 MISSILES.
    4. We may also decide within the week to shut down the Nigerian satellite orbit, so that there will be no communication in the country if needs arise.
    5. Within our three (3) days operations, NO airplane should fly out of the country because it can target such object no matter how small or big it may be.

    6. Our Fighter Expert Team shall be position in the six (6) Niger Delta states, who are already arrived the region from training through our country’s porous borders with our foreign partners who are going to showcase what they have learnt in past on year.
    7. Our struggle is not for any human blood, but we have been pushed to the wall for justice because our patience is running out on daily basis as Nigerian uniform men killing our innocent people continuously.
    8. Nigerian military should as a matter of urgency leave peacefully the Ijaw communities they are presently in, the next 48 hours under the guise of searching for the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) or else we should not be blamed of whatever catastrophe that may befall on such officers and the likely affected families of the officers should blame not the region.
    9. We have consulted our war gods (deities) that enough is enough and that the time has come. Since the present Pharaoh of Nigeria, President Buhari is to preside over the disintegration of the country it is a good omen.
    10. Henceforth, any attack on Ijaw communities or person(s) by the military or para-military body in the region, we will not hesitate to order our shoot-at-sight squad of any uniform personnel in the region.
    11. We ask all Service Chiefs including Minister of Defence to shamefully resign their positions because Nigeria has no security in whatever form. Bravo to our Foreign Marine Crack Team for their ability to shut down Nigerian obsolete surveillance equipments.
    12. For the records, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) are not in Delta state, we only go there to strike and return back safely to the struggle base, Bayelsa state.
    13. We further warn especially Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, Information Commissioner in Bayelsa state not to criticize our activities any longer or else he has a choice of leaving the planet earth anytime he made such statement(s).
    14. All oil and gas operations should shut down immediately as our MISSILES testing will affect their equipments.
    15. NOTE, we shall commence MISSILES testing on Tuesday 7, June 2016 which coincide with the date of our training abroad. Since the present Pharaoh of Nigeria (Buhari) fails to our demands. We promised Nigerians and the entire world that we are going to surprise them. - today.ng


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  • Nigeria's oil output rises again to 1.6 million bpd - Kachikwu tells OPEC in Vienna

    02/Jun/2016 // 352 Viewers

     


    PARIS, JUNE 2, 2016: THE Minister of State for Petroleum Resources , Dr Ibe Kachikwu said on Thursday in Vienna, Austria said Nigeria's oil production output has again climbed to 1.6 million barrels per day.

    He disclosed this at a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna.

    Oil ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are meeting Thursday morning in Vienna, where Iran and Saudi Arabia were expected to clash over output targets.

    Output had before now fallen below 1.1 million barrels per day as a result of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the region.

    However, Dr. Ike Kachiukwu disclosed in spite of attacks in the restive region  Nigeria is still targeting  oil production of 2.2-2.3 million bpd for this year as efforts he said are on course to fish out the militants and halt attacks.


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  • Seven die as gunmen attacks military boat in Delta

    02/Jun/2016 // 912 Viewers

     

    Insurgents in the Niger Delta drew the first blood in the escalating security situation in oil-rich region Wednesday night when a band of armed persons attacked a military house boat in a creek near Omadino community, Warri South council area of Delta state, killing 7 people, including 2 soldiers.

    It was gathered that five boats, loaded with heavily armed insurgents, stormed an isolated boat house, located inside the creek around Omadino, an Itsekiri community, at about 8:00pm, opened fire on the occupants, killing all those aboard, except for one civilian, who reported died later while being taking to the hospital.

    There was yet to be any claim of responsibility by either the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), the insurgent group, which had in recent times pitted itself against the federal government by destroying oil and gas facilities or any other group for that matter.

    Reliable sources, all of whom preferred to be kept anonymous, confirmed the development, some with more detailed facts than the others.
    A community source, said the attack happened at about 8:00pm, claiming all occupants of the boat, whom he thought to be soldiers, were killed.
    “An army security house boat was attacked and all the security men inside were killed last night, at Omadino by pipeline here. This happened around 8 in the evening”, he said.

    Another source, from one of the military formations in Warri, however revealed that the house boat was not all soldiers, but that there were civilians, who render different types of services aboard.
    A military source from Warri, who confirmed the development, said that two soldiers and five civilians lost their lives in the attack.

    He said most of the men stationed at the house boat had gone on pipeline patrol when the attackers came.

    According to the source, although outnumbered by the assailants, the remaining soldiers who were left on the boat when the attackers came gave their best by giving a frantic fight, adding that the assailants did not leave without a bloody nose.

    “The report is true. They came in five speed boats, they were many and unfortunately when they got there, some of the soldiers were on pipelines patrol. When the attackers got there, the man on sentry did his best and the rest, but unfortunately, because of their number they opened fire to kill the civilians inside the house boat. There were four civilians and two soldiers, making six.

    “The seventh person, who happened to be a civilian, was rushed to Oghara (the Delta State University Teaching Hospital), getting to Oghae, they found out that the hospital was on strike. Before he could be rushed back to Warri, his situation had deteriorated; you know the distance between Warri and Oghara that was how he gave up the ghost.

    “Our people also got some of them down, but as they wouldn’t like to leave any of their casualties behind, we can’t ascertain, but the soldiers tried their best in reducing their number”, the source said.
    However, efforts to get the Commanding Officer of the 3 Battalion, Effunrun Barracks, Major Monday Anzaku and the Army Public Relations Officer (APRO) of the 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Benin, Captain Jonah Unuakhalu, for confirmation and comments were unsuccessful as both men were unreachable.


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