• Edo Gov, GODWIN OBASEKI, laments damage done by NIGERIA-BIAFRA civil war

    01/Apr/2017 // 4380 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2017: (DGW)The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki has lamented the disruption and damage done by the outbreak of the Nigeria-Biafra civil war.

    While speaking in Benin City, the Edo State capital, he said the civil war not only disrupted but also damaged a well-organized civil services system put in place by the British.

    While further patting the British on the back, he said,“What we are doing is to automate the process, we inherited the British administration system which was used to govern the entire world. It was that system that helped us built the economic, social and political foundation of this country. Nigeria worked because the civil service worked. The civil service worked because they are processes and system that made it worked. 

    “What happened is that we had a civil war and most of those processes were disrupted. So when we say things are not working today is because the processes that we inherited in terms of how we manage the bureaucracy was disrupted. And it has been a challenge trying to bring back those processes., he added.


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  • Again, IPOB raises alarm over another sinister plot by the FG

    01/Apr/2017 // 1188 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2017: (DGW) THE  Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised an alarm over sinister plot by the Nigerian government in collaboration with the governors of Abia, Anambra and Rivers States to whitewash the Amnesty International reports over the killings of unarmed IPOB members who were on a peaceful demonstration.

    This was made in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary  Emma Powerful.

    According to the statement which read in part, he decried the activities of the Anambra, Abia and Rivers Sate governor for their collaboration with the Federal Government to whitewash the report of the International human rights body, Amnesty International.

    He said, “We wish to bring to the attention of the world the activities of the governors of Abia, Anambra and Rivers states who have been in constant clandestine meetings with Nigerian Army to whitewash the Amnesty International reports which stated categorically the killings of unarmed peaceful members of IPOB in their respective states.”

    Also in the statement, IPOB said it has discovered the ill-conceived plan by the above-named governors to retain the services of a rented mob  to protest against Amnesty International’s reports which indicted the Federal Government and her security agencies, especially the Army.

    “We are minded of the current trend of this All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to rent a mob of miscreants for the paltry sum of N1000 per protester, to put up a show of shame against any group or individuals that dares to challenge them with facts and figures.

    “A few days ago, such mob of recession-ravaged miscreants were hired to shore up the crumbling, almost nonexistent, reputation of President Muhammadu Buhari in Igweocha (Port Harcourt) Rivers State.

    “Also, it is on record that this visionless government of President Buhari is also in the despicable business of setting up phantom and in most cases completely fraudulent nongovernmental organisations that nobody has ever heard of before, to protest against renowned organisations like the Amnesty International,” the statement added.


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  • 'This is the way to go' - Ekweremadu tells Igbos in S'East

    01/Apr/2017 // 12061 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2017: (DGW) Nigeria's Deputy Senate President, Dr Ike Ekweremadu has charted a new course for the Igbos in the South-East States.

    He spoke yesterday at the opening of the 28th Enugu International Trade Fair , where he called for regional integration that would make the region the Japan of Africa and Europe of Africa.

    Speaking further, he said the southeast states stand to gain more by developing commerce industry, mines, and agriculture to develop the region which can only be feasible by nothing but restructuring to allow the federating units reasonable autonomy and constitutional empowerments to take initiatives.

    According to him,  “Contiguous to regional economic integration is the need for restructuring to move matters like power, railway, aviation, ports, and mineral resources, among others to the concurrent list. That way, States will not have to depend on the Federal Government for the critical infrastructure needed to drive industrialisation.''

    “With this and visionary leaders, the South East can easily become the Japan, Dubai, and Europe of Africa rolled into one, given the entrepreneurial capacities and ingenuity of our people as well as the potentials already shown by Nnewi, Onitsha, and Aba.

    “By their convergence, for instance, South East States can easily attract investors or pool their resources to establish industrial parks, develop the Onitsha seaport, dredge the River Niger, revive the Oji River Power Station or build an entirely new one. This is the way to go”, Ekweremadu said.


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  • OIL in Ijaw land does not belong to NIGERIA ...... - Asari Dokubo warns OSINBAJO

    01/Apr/2017 // 3217 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2017: (DGW) Asari Dokubo has issued a warning that the crude oil in Ijawland does not belong to Nigeria but the Ijaw people and warned the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to stop coming to Ijaw land for peace moves knowing full well the right thing to do, Vanguard reports.

    In his warning he described his tour of the region as none other than a meaningless jamboree adding that there is no basis for it.

    According to him, “This jamboree by the vice president is funny. Are they our overlords or are we being colonized that they are coming to visit here and there? Don’t they know what is right?

    “The oil belongs to us; it does not belong to Nigeria. Ijaw oil belongs to us. If Itsekiri say their oil belongs to Nigeria, that is their business and if Urhobo say same of their oil, that is also their business and same applies to others.

    “But we, Ijaw, are saying that Ijaw oil belongs to Ijaw, they should leave our oil alone.


    “That is the issue at stake and people are not addressing these issues as it should be addressed. So for me, they are only postponing the doomsday, they should do what is right because the oil of Ijaw people belong to them.”

    Commenting on the Buhari-led administration, he score the government as zero which has only worsened the situation in Nigeria

    He said: “Is there anything to appraise in the Buhari led government? What is there to appraise? Can you multiply zero? If you multiply zero, what would it give you?” 

    “From N200 a dollar during the time of former President Goodluck Jonathan, which was the highest, to a roving price of N450 per dollar to salary not being paid for months in all the states, this is a zero government and there is nothing to appraise.


    “That President left and the people are not allowed to know the reason their president left? That fuel price was increased from N87 per litre when Goodluck left office to N145, what is there to appraise? You can’t multiply zero by zero because if you do, what you get is zero, so this is a zero government.”

    Asari Dokubo further denied ever making any threat there would be war if Jonathan did not win 2015 presidential election and took urgent step to correct it.

    He said, “Did anyone hear me say that? If there is nothing in the Niger Delta as they claim, why are they perambulating here? Watch that video where I was quoted to have made such statements properly and tell me where I was quoted to have said so.

    “What I actually said was that if Goodluck win and they attack us, we would fight back, that was the statement we made, else, if there is peace in the region, why the perambulation?”


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  • JUST IN: ASARI Dokubo receives powerful warning over comment on Niger Delta

    01/Apr/2017 // 9123 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2017: (DGW) An enviromental activist and the Executive Director, African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ,, Benin City, Edo State, Rev David Ugolor, has warned Asari Dokubo not to split the Niger Delta, Vanguard news reports.
     
    He chided the ex-militant leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari,for his warning that Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo,  to stop visiting the oil-rich region for peace.
     
    Ugolor, an environmental activist cautioned Dokubo-Asari not to unwittingly fall prey to an “Abuja agenda,” saying it was indecorous of him, one of the celebrated arrow heads of the struggle, to impute that there was nothing like Niger Delta struggle, but Ijaw struggle and that other ethnic groups should leave Ijaw to enjoy the benefits of its armed struggle it waged against the Nigerian nation.
     
    He asserted: “Niger Delta struggle is a common agenda for all the ethnic groups in the region and should not take an individual ethnic coloration. All the ethnic groups Urhobo, Ogoni, Itsekeri, Isoko and others have played their role. Gun is not the only option.”
     
    “For example, Ken Saro-Wiwa and Comrade Sunny Ofehe of the Hope for Niger Delta Campaign, are not carrying guns, Nnimmo Bassey is not carrying gun and nobody will discount their contributions to the Niger Delta struggle. We also need to be careful not to play into the hands of Abuja agenda. Even when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was president, he did not deal with Niger Delta Question. What was responsible? He managed to take care of his wife and close relations.
     
    “If the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo’s visit will turn around things for the Niger Delta people, which include the poor Ijaw, not the self-centered war entrepreneurs, we should all rise up and support him and allow new thinking to shape the future of the region,” he said.
     
    Ugolor stated: “We cannot continue to create division and think we will succeed, Dokubo –Asari has played a useful role to draw global attention to the plight of our people, but he should not invest in narratives that will split the common agenda.”
     
    “ United we stand and divided we fall, I think Dokubo-Asari’s interview with Vanguard today (yesterday) will not help to build a common agenda, so I strongly appeal to him to use his goodwill to strengthen inter-ethnic cooperation and also give chance to the Vice-President to implement the new agenda. It is time to try an alternative to model,” he maintained.
     
     


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  • BREAKING: Fresh violence breaks out in Ile-Ife, 10 people injured

    01/Apr/2017 // 493 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2017: (DGW) Fresh violence has reportedly broken out in Ile-Ife on Friday March 31, 2017 in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State after a clash between Yoruba and Hausa residents in the ancient town. 

    Reports, however, say that the clash was between the people of Ipetumodu and Asipa communities in Ife North Local Government Area of the state over a misunderstanding  that broke out after an inter house sports football competition in the Community High School Ipetumodu, not far away from Asipa.

    Youths from both communities were allegedly involved in the fight. Some unidentified youths were said to have taken advantage of the face-off between the students and set ablaze the popular Akinola Market in Asipa a development that escalated the crisis between the two communities.

    Gunshots were reportedly fired into the air to heighten tension in the area and no fewer than ten persons sustained injuries. Policemen arrived later to maintain law and order.

    According to one of the traditional chiefs who spoke on condition of anonymity, Asipa community was to blame. He alleged that the other community turned a mere school riot to community clash to burn the market.

    He also alleged that this was not the first time that such attack would be carried out against his people. However, a leader of Asipa community, Julius Ogerinde denied the allegation saying that they were aggrieved because of the government white paper on the disputed land which favoured the other community.

    “They only used the avenue of the Inter house Sport competition to perpetrate their grievances and three of our people were shot,” he said.

    When contacted, the police spokesperson, Mrs. Folashade Odoro confirmed the clash, saying policemen had been drafted to the area to maintain law and order and normalcy has since returned to the area. Recall that many lives and millions of property destroyed in the last clash in Ile-Ife.

    The Nigeria Police Force recently said it arrested 21 suspects over the March 8 killings and destruction of property in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Force Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, Chief Superintendent of Police, made the disclosure in Abuja when he presented the suspects before newsmen.


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  • IPOB issues statement, declares May 30 public holiday

    01/Apr/2017 // 1774 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2017: (DGW) THE Indigenous People of Biafra has declared May 30 as a public holiday and urged all supporters of the agitation for the restoration of Biafra to sit at home in honour of all Igbos who had lost their lives in sectarian killings in the country from 1945 to date.

    This was contained in a press statement issued by IPOB's spokesperson, Emma Powerful, made available to newsmen in  Awka, Anambra State.

    Their statement reads “The indigenous people of Biafra and its leadership worldwide would like to use this opportunity to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra, lovers of freedom all over the world and humanity in general, to prepare for the historic annual Biafra Day of Remembrance 2017.

    “On the 30th of May 2017, as it is now the tradition since our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu held the inaugural event at our Cenotaph in Enugu on 30 May 2014, we shall honour the gallant and brave Biafran soldiers that withstood the might of the British-sponsored coalition against Biafra between 1967 and 1970.

    “Our heroes and heroines of the class of 1967-1970 who paid the ultimate price in defence of the dignity of the black race during this genocidal war against the people of Biafra, will be remembered and honoured in the finest traditions of IPOB.

    “This annual event for 2017 has been designated a day of prayer, fasting, supplication and introspection.

    Continuing, he said  “We shall also remember all the martyred freedom fighters (IPOB & MASSOB) that fell in pursuit of our liberation from the oppression and the tyranny of Nigerian Army, Police, Navy and DSS.

    “We can never forget them and we must always honour them as long as there are Biafrans on the face of the earth. Every victim of unwarranted state-sponsored sectarian violence in Nigeria will also be remembered.

    “All those that sacrificed their lives in the field of battle and protests that this present generation of Biafrans might live, will be honoured, including the victims of Asaba Massacre. They will be honoured with a two-minute silence immediately the clock strikes 12noon on the 30th of May 2017.

    The statement noted that the May 30 ceremony would be the fourth consecutive times IPOB had held the anniversary.

    It added “The very first event was held in Enugu on May 30th, 2014, Aba May 30th, 2015 and 30th May 2016 at Nkpor Anambra State where the Nigerian Army, Police, Navy and DSS committed unspeakable crimes against humanity that brought shame to Nigeria before the comity of civilised nations around the world.

    “Therefore, we expect every man, woman and children to observe this great annual event by staying at home and not engaging in any business activity.

    “There will be no movement in Biafraland, both human and vehicular. Biafraland will be shut down completely as a mark of dignified respect to those that sacrificed their lives for us.

    “That is the least we can do to show them and Almighty God that this generation of IPOB and those to come will remain forever indebted to them that gave their lives to stop the elimination of the Biafra race from the face of the earth.

    ” Equally all victims of state-sponsored genocide starting from the Jos massacre of Biafran people in 1945 to the most recent Asaba massacre in 2017 at IPOB meeting by the Nigerian Army will all be honoured”.


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  • BUHARI tipped to win 2019 presidential election

    01/Apr/2017 // 260 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 1, 2017: (DGW) The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibeh Kachikwu, has tipped President Muhammadu Buhari to win the 2019 presidential election.

    He disclosed this in a chat with Richard Quest, the CNN anchor who is in Nigeria on a working visit.

    Quest asked Kachukwu, “Is it likely, that within another year your president or his party will be fighting in an election, and pretty much you are already in an election mode?”

    Responding Kachikwu said, “Those of us in government are focused on getting work done; the president is probably going to win the election anyway.”


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  • Force for force will cause more violence, damage the already depleted economy - Group warns FG

    01/Aug/2016 // 948 Viewers

     

    A non-governmental organization, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, has urged security agencies in the country to support the ongoing dialogue between the Federal Government and the militants.

    It advised government to put an end to threats of use of force to give confidence to the people.

    This is part of a statement by CEPEJ’s national coordinator, Sheriff Mulade on Sunday.

    According to the statement, “It is pertinent to state that any attempt at invading, harassing, intimidating and arresting residents of innocent communities in the region will be seen as betrayal of trust from government’s security agents.

    “We call on all stakeholders to genuinely support President Muhammadu Buhari to save our dwindling economy and devastated environment. Force for force will cause more violence and damage the already depleted economy.”

    CEPEJ called on the federal government to be committed towards getting the needed results from the peace talk and to desist from making it a political jamboree.

    It added, “CEPEJ strongly cautions militants in the region, particularly Adaka Boro Avengers, ABA, to abort their alleged plan to declare Niger Delta Republic, which is not the primary interest of the people.

    “Their primary interests are development and remediation of the devastated environment.”

     


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  • Massive fraud amounting to N13.8bn detected in APC-led govt, Sen. Dino Melaye writes EFCC to commence investigations

    01/Aug/2016 // 2910 Viewers

     


    The Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory and Founder of Anti-Corruption Network, Senator Dino Melaye, has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to commence the investigation of Manitoba Hydro International Nigeria Limited over alleged abuse of Public Procurement Act and diversion of funds amounting to N13.8 billion.

    While handing over the letter of petition to the Director of Public Affairs of the Agency, Osita Nwaja, at its Headquarters on Friday in Abuja, Melaye stressed that it was the desire of the anti-corruption group to ensure ?that economic and financial crimes are duly investigated send prosecuted.

    He said the company was awarded a management contract to oversee the Transmission Company of Nigeria? assets and liabilities after the privatisation and unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria to Generating Companies and Distribution Companies by the Bureau of Public Enterprises in March 2012 for a term of three years.

    Melaye revealed that the cost of the contract initially $30 million and was subsequently renewed ?for one more year at the cost of $5.2 million, adding that TCN has over 8000km of 330kv line and 12000km of 12kv connecting many substations within Nigeria.

    Against this background, he disclosed that investigations conducted uncovered several economic and financial crimes committed by Manitoba? and also outright disregard of best practices in TCN.

    Melaye stated: “In 2015, the company fraudulently diverted funds transferred to the tensions for the 2015 trace maintenance.

    “The company was involved in splitting of contract to avoid TCN Tenders Board and Ministerial Tenders Board as observed in the case of contract of repairs of telecommunications equipment and power stations: 340kv substations (S1 and S2) which amounts to N247,061,796 and N248,859,350 respectively.

    “The awarded of contract verbatim at the cost of 893,000,000 for repair of telecommunications equipment and remote terminal units associated with PHCN (legacy) power stations and TCN 330kv. Though the contract sum was fully paid but there is no evidence that the contract was executed.”

    The senator emphasised that the failure of the company to ensure ?probity, accountability and transparency in the management of the TCN, as well as its failure to audit TCN’s account since assumption was in contravention of the terms of contract signed between the company and the BPE.

    This, Melaye noted, has no doubt led to irregularities in the Market Operations Sector.

    According to him, the management contract requires the company to expand the TCN’s wheeling capacity to 6000 megawatts, which was never realised.

    Melaye? said TCN’s performance under the management of the company has fallen so low that the company inherited 4000 megawatts and has now dropped to 1500 megawatts presently.

    He therefore called on the anti-graft agency to launch an investigation into the activities of the company, while urging the Federal Government to prohibit the company due to several contraventions of the BPE Act 2007.

    When contacted, the spokesman of the EFCC, ?Wilson Uwujaren, said as an anti-graft agency, they were duty-bound to investigate petitions sent to it.

    Uwujaren did not specifically state if the petition submitted by Senator Melaye will be given speedy investigation.

    “We receive petitions from time to time and we investigate,” he said.


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