Delta State Government request FG to return $4.2m recovered from Ibori

Delta State Government request FG to return $4.2m recovered from Ibori

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, urged the Federal Government to return the £4.2m Ibori loot or invest it in specific projects in the state.

Okowa, who spoke at the quarterly media briefing in Asaba, said the state government had written the Attorney General of the Federation and the presidency on the need to return the fund or channel it to specific projects.

“Now that the United Kingdom has returned the money to the country, we want to ensure that it is refunded to the state. Letters have been written and we have made appeals to Mr. President and Attorney General of the Federation. We asked that either the money is returned to us, or applied to projects in Delta State.

“We also suggested some projects to which the money can be applied. The £4.2m should amount to about N2.2b going by current exchange rate,” he said.

Okowa also said his decision to dissolve the state’s executive council was informed by the need to work without stress and to enable people to pursue their interests.

The governor described the security situation in the country as worrisome and that Delta State was not spared saying: “This is not the land of our dream, where it is now difficult to travel on land, not because of the fear of accidents, but because of criminals.

He said the meeting of the southern governors in Asaba and their decisions was in the best interest of the country, saying the resolutions would unite, create development and move the country forward.

Okowa also disclosed that another meeting of the southern governors would be held to follow up on the earlier decisions of the Asaba meeting.

MEANWHILE, Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, said spending the returned Ibori loot outside Delta State would amount to breach of trust.

He said the Federal Government was just a trustee, while the beneficiary remained Delta State and as such, the Federal Government should spend the money in the state.

“The money belongs to Delta State and not the Federal Government. If they don’t want to give to the state government directly, they should spend it exclusively in Delta, otherwise it will be a breach of trust,” he said.

FEC approves N10.2b projects for water resources, aviation, Presidency

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), yesterday, approved N10.168 billion to facilitate execution of various projects under the ministries of Water Resources and Aviation as well as two agencies under the Presidency.

The council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was held in the First Lady’s Conference Room, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaking to newsmen after the virtual meeting, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu and his Aviation and Information counterparts, Hadi Sirika, and Lai Mohammed explained the various projects approved by council.

In the Ministry of Water Resources, the minister said FEC approved augmentation for two contracts, which had been affected by time and inflation.

“The contracts, Bagwai Irrigation Project in Kano State and the Biu Water Supply Project in Borno State, got an aggregate of N8.825 billion.

“The first one was for expansion and completion of Bagwai Irrigation Project. We sought for an augmentation of N3.76 billion, which was approved.

“The second memo was on augmentation for Biu Water Supply Project. Again, this is a project that was started in 2001, but is yet to be completed. It ran into a lot of problems, mainly associated with funding and the Boko Haram insurgency. So, we sought an augmentation.

“The total augmentation is N5.063 billion, bringing the contracts sum now to N9.36 billion from N4.29 billion, inclusive 7.5 per cent VAT, with a new completion period of 24 months.”

Sirika said council approved a contract for procurement of a towable mobile office for the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) of the Civil Aviation Authority.

“The contract is for procurement, equipment and installation of accident investigation towable mobile offices in favour of Messrs. Crases Integrity Services Limited. The total contract sum is N201,150,437.21.”

Mohammed said two memoranda were approved in the name of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I have two memos presented in the name of Mr. President. The first was a memo seeking approval of council for the enhancement of security at the newly completed premises of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission located at Jabi.

“The second memo sought council’s approval for procurement of 16 vehicles for the use of Federal Civil Service Commission. We have 16 members of the FCC, the chairman and 15 commissioners representing the states.

“They asked for replacement of the old unserviceable vehicles and the council duly approved the purchase of one Toyota Landcruiser V8 and 15 Toyota Rush, all at a total of N336,216,198,” he said.

Two Persons killed as hoodlums attack Osun community

Two persons have been reportedly killed by some hoodlums during a violent attack at Arulogun area of Ede in Osun State.

Airview News gathered that hoodlums, on Thursday and about 30 in number invaded the house of one Wakili Olayiwola, set his Toyota Corolla car on fire and ‘rained’ bullets on the building.

The hoodlums eventually killed a 23-year-old man, Rilwan Kareem of Oke Bode Area in Ede and one Taofeek, Airview News learnt.

However, the police spokesperson in Osun State, SP Yemisi Opalola said five persons have been arrested over the matter.

Suleiman Babatunde, 39; Saka Taofeek, 35; Raimi Saheed, 21; Akinloye Quwiyu, 23 and Sadio Alatise, 25 were arrested.

She disclosed that the corpses of the victims have been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.

“Exhibits recovered from the suspects are one single barrel gun, a dane gun, eight expended cartridges, axes, cutlasses, criminal charms, five motorcycles and 48 rounds of AK 47.

“Expanded investigation is ongoing while the Commissioner of Police vowed to arrest all the escapees and ensure that all of them face the wrath of the law,” she added.

By Airview News.

PTF Officially Declares A Second Wave Of COVID-19 In Nigeria

The recent COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Federal Government has continued to spark reactions from concerned Nigerians and stakeholders.

The reinstatement of curfew and other restrictions across the nation is coming on the heels of insecurity which recently escalated to all regions of the country.

Banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen attacks and the activities of ‘unknown gunmen’ in both the South-East and South-South have relatively ‘drained the glory’ of Nigeria as both civilians and security operatives are killed helplessly.

Amid the security crisis, the Federal Government on Monday announced a fresh COVID-19 restriction, hitherto imposed to curtail the spread of the virus in the country.

Boss Mustapha, who is the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, during the briefing of the task force in Abuja, announced the closure of all bars, nightclubs, pubs and event centres, as well as recreational centres in all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

All restaurants were also directed to close, except those providing services to hotel residents, takeaways, home deliveries, and drive-ins.

Similarly, all informal and formal festivity events, including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events, have been restricted to not more than 50 people.

This, to some Nigerians, is fresh nationwide lockdown which according to some, would further worsen the already ‘depressed’ economy.

Meanwhile, some have questioned the move by the Federal Government to impose a fresh lock down, citing the COVID-19 vaccination which is currently ongoing in many parts of the country.

Recall that Nigeria on March 1st, took delivery of nearly four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to the country in batches within the year.

Upon arrival, samples were handed to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) for further examination, after which the agency certified the vaccines safe and effective for use, according to Nigerian’s Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire.

The Federal Government subsequently commenced the COVID-19 vaccination, beginning with healthcare workers who are often at the risk of exposure to infections being the first responders to patients.

Some concerned Nigerians who spoke with Airview News correspondent lamented the new restriction, stressing that the Federal Government was expected to focus on tackling the security crisis which has claimed several lives in less than three months instead of fresh lockdown.

An event manager in the Federal Capital Territory, Agbo Mathew Adah, said the restriction would impose more hardship on Nigerians owing to the current economic situation birthed by insecurity.

“Last year, there was a total lockdown due to COVID-19 which held the world hostage, this year, since January, it has been killings upon killings and the hardship is even worse than it was in 2020.

“So are they trying to combine the 2020 predicament to what we are already facing? I don’t think it will work.

Speaking further, the COVID-19 frontline nurse, said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control was being proactive to ensure the new variant is contained.

“This Indian COVID-19 variant is correctly dealing with them there. They record no fewer than 4,000 deaths daily.

“We wouldn’t want such ‘hell’ to befall the nation, so I applaud the NCDC for acting fast to prevent this dangerous disease from spreading forth.

When asked why such a reaction should be in place despite the vaccines available, she said “that you have been vaccinated is not a guarantee that you cannot spread the virus.

“Besides, how many Nigerians have taken the vaccines? Just a few persons besides health workers. It may be shocking to tell you that some health workers don’t believe in this vaccine due to religious influence.”

By Airview News

Tussle over Odogwuship stool tears Ibusa community apart

The tussle for the rightful occupant of Odogwu Ibusa left behind by the late odogwu about four years ago,is drumming up worrisome beat for the Otu-Odogwo family and the Obuzor of Ibusa. the community is in the news again.

A fresh crisis over who should succeed the former Odogwu of the town, is threatening to tear the agrarian community apart.

Already, traditional kingmakers and Obuzor of Ibusa are divided over the right choice Charles Ositadinma  Okonkwo,(Akulua Unor of Ib’uzor) to ascend the throne as the next odogwu of Ibusa.

The Late Onowu Micheal Emeshie, Diokpa of Otu Odogwu in Ibusa and the entire Otu Odogwu nominated Charles Ositadinma  Okonkwo and the late diokpa perfected his duty by chalking him as custom demands was alleged to have installed Charles Ositadinma  Okonkwo as Odogwu of Otu Odogwu against Obuzor of Ibusa , Obi(Prof.) Louis Nwoboshi described perceived candidate from London. Those against the installation of Charles Ositadinma  Okonkwo claimed that some requisite formalities and notification of relevant authorities were not followed.

According to a concerned indigene of the town who pleaded not to be named in print, said Obuzor is the King of Ibusa,  he belongs to Otu-Odogwu, Umueze as well as Mgboko community. The Mgboko is where Otu-Odogwu emanates and it is this same Mgboko community that brought out Chief Charles Okonkwo to be the next Odogwu of Ibusa. It is only the Diokpa of Otu-Odogwu that has the traditional power  to endorse and chalk  the person for the title of Odogwu of Ibusa after the community has selected. After  nomination  at the village level, like they did now, it is the Diokpa of Otu-Odogwu that will endorse the person with the traditional native chalk.  Its about four years now when the last Odogwu of Ibusa died. They were trying to play the politics by imposing people who lives in abroad as our Odogwu, but the late diokpa of Otu-Odogwu told them that their decision was wrong. That somebody who stays 10,000 miles away from the community can’t be the Odogwu of Ibusa.. The person that must be the next Odogwu of Ibusa must be resident in Ibusa. The reason is when there is an external attack from neighboring communities for instance or issues that need immediate attention of their war lord, to the extent of turning into war, do we need to phone the Odogwu who  is outside the country to come to our rescue?  It is not done. Odogwu must be resident here. That was why the late diokpa told the Mgboko Community that he has endorsed Charles Okonkwo for the title because he lives with us in Ibuzor.

The Obuzor of Ibusa , Obi(Prof.) Louis Nwoboshi cannot select nor nominate our Odogwu for us , he has no traditional  right to do so , we nominated Charles Ositadinma  Okonkwo,(Akulua Unor of Ib’uzor) as our next Odogwu of Ibusa and the late diokpa of Otu Odogwu have already chalked him and no other living person can be chalked again from Otu-Odogwu. With reference to the letter from Obuzor of Ibusa dated 5th of Dec.2019 with reference number OBZ/ABU/6.10/019/002 he said  “we  do not contest your custody of Odogwu title but the Prescribed Authority is vested with the responsibility of conferring the title to a worthy son of Otu Odogwu”. It was very clear that the Otu-Odogwu followed the stipulated guidelines to ensure the best candidate emerges, The entire Otu-Odogwu picked Chief Charles Okonkwo as the most qualified person because he met all the requirements for the position and this same Chief Charles Okonkwo was conferred with Chieftaincy title as the (Akulua Unor of Ib’uzor) in 2008 by the Obuzor of Ibusa  (Eleven years ago because he is a worthy son of Ibusa). So The Obuzor of Ibusa cannot reject Otu-Odogwu candidate because he is the most qualified person for the position.

As a result of the alleged installation of Chief Charles Ositadinma  Okonkwo,(Akulua Unor of Ib’uzor) as Odogwu in waiting, The Obuzor of Ibusa , Obi(Prof.) Louis Nwoboshi wrote a letter to Chief Charles Okonkwo informing him that the Obuzor and his palace chiefs have disqualified him for not following the rules and guidelines of the Palace. Obuzor seem to have over reached his powers. By the government white paper that brought Obuzor stool, Obuzor duty here is just to write to the government of Delta State informing them to recognise the person the community selected as their Odogwu. 

Also “By the standing order and rule in Mgboko community that brought out Charles Okonkwo to be the next Odogwu of Ibusa, The Obuzor of Ibusa , Obi(Prof.) Louis Nwoboshi cannot select nor nominate our Odogwu for us , he has no traditional  right to do so ,we nominated Charles Ositadinma  Okonkwo,(Akulua Unor of Ib’uzor) as our next Odogwu of Ibusa and the late diokpa have already chalked him.

The entire Umueze community in their meeting of 28th October 2019 nominated Charles Okonkwo  for the Odogwu  title and Obuzor of Ibuzor is a member of this Umueze community in respect of the fact that he does not attend Umueze meetings, our decisions are bidding on him so also are the decisions of Otu-Odogwu  Community. Which one are we going to argue who has right or who do not have the right? The right is vested in the diokpa of Otu-Odogwu spiritually and traditionally. Unless Obuzor is trying to usurp diokpa’s traditional powers because he is the king, but in Ibusa tradition “OKPALA KA EZE”. Was he not chalked and crown by the Diokpa of Ibusa for him to be crown the Obuzor of Ibusa? Did Obuzor crown himself King alone?  As it stands today, Chief Charles Okonkwo is the Odogwu of Ibuzor-elect, thank God he has completed the most important processes of IKWA Agana (Ikpu Ogbu).

We called on all Ibusa sons and Daughters and relevant authorities to call Obuzor to order to present and installed Chief Charles Ositadinma  Okonkwo,(Akulua Unor of Ib’uzor) as the Odogwu of Ibusa Kingdom.

By Airview News.

DSS raises alarm over plot to bomb places of worship, recreational centres during Yuletide

The Department of State Services (DSS) has alerted Nigerians about plot by “enemies of state”, to unleash terror on places of worship as well as recreational centres during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
It said the plot would be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.

The DSS spokesperson for the Service, Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Tuesday, however, assured that the security forces had taken measures to avert such plans.

Afunanya stated, “The Department of State Services wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons.

“The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.

“The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the government.”

The DSS further called on Nigerians to remain extra vigilant and report strange movements to security and law enforcement agencies.

COVID-19 second wave: FG issues fresh order to civil servants as lockdown begins

The Federal Government on Tuesday directed civil servants from grade level 12 and below to stay at home.

They are to remain at home for five weeks following the second wave of the COVID-19 disease in Nigeria.

Head of Civil Service of the Federation, HOCSF, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a circular in Abuja.

He pointed out that the development was as a result of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 around in the country.

The circular reads in part; “Following Mr President’s approval of recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, in the light of the second wave of the infection in Nigeria, officers on grade level 12 and below are hereby, directed to stay at home for a period of five weeks, effective from Wednesday Dec. 23 and await further directive,” the HOS said.

The HoS said that the measure became imperative to streamline the number of officers who come to work daily.

She said those affected by the directive are expected to work from home, while officers on grade level 13 and above are to adhere to preventive measures.

Ogun killings: Akinlade threatens to drag customs before ICC, UN, gives ultimatum

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement in Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, has reacted to the alleged killing of three persons by stray bullets said to have been fired by men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Ayetoro area of the State on Tuesday.

DAILY POST reported on Tuesday that there was a clash between customs officers and some suspected smugglers when the NCS were in Kikelomo area of Ayetoro to evacuate imported bags of rice from a building.

Shots were said to have been fired by the customs officers and this reportedly led to deaths and injuries among innocent individuals.

In a statement made available to Journalists on Wednesday by his media aide, Azeez Adelani, Akinlade threatened that the NCS would be dragged for extra-judicial killings before the International Criminal Court, the United Nations and other global agencies, if those behind the alleged killings were not brought to book by January 21, 2021.

Akinlade, an indigene of Yewa land in Ogun West Senatorial district, called for “an immediate halt to the killings of innocent residents by men of the Nigeria Customs Service.”

According to the former lawmaker, “it is high time the people of Yewa kingdom took their destinies in their own hands and approach the UN, ICC and other related global bodies for redress.”

He said it is now clear that the State government will not act.

He said, “If by Monday 21st of January 2021, those responsible for this killing are not brought to book, we shall commence the process of approaching external bodies for justice, which is within our rights as global citizens.”

Akinlade recalled that while he was at the National Assembly between 2015 and 2019, he brought to the attention of the parliament, several of such kill.

He said that not only did the House take up his motion, the cases were referred to the House Committee on Public Complaints.

He, however, expressed disappointment that “the whole effort was frustrated by the NCS and its leadership.”

Triple A, as he is fondly called, believes that such killings will not stop unless it is brought before the global court.

“Unless individuals are prosecuted for extrajudicial killings and blacklisted internationally, nothing will change.

“Men of the NCS knows the big players in the smuggling rings. In short, they dine and wine with them. Those men are not spirits but cowards who make illicit money from the blood of innocent residents.

By Airview News.

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi Epitome of Leadership in PDP Oshimili North is unbeatable, Okowa warn Politicians to stop using his name to deceive Deltans

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oshimili North local government area of Delta State would be drifting into confusion if feelers making the rounds are not closely checked.

Once the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) has called for election by availing and publishing a public notice as well as guidelines and timeline for the election, all parties in the state including the PDP are required to comply and set in motion Party machinery towards the emergence of their candidates in accordance with the party’s selection method.

In the case of Oshimili North LGA, the PDP called a meeting at the instance of the Chairman of the party in the LGA, Chief Nduka Felix Ogwude through the Secretary of the party in the LGA, Mr. Ifeanyi Nwaezeigwe which was convened and held at the residence of the Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, (the Leader of the Party at the LGA) at Ibusa in Oshimili North LGA of Delta State.

For Oshimili North LGA, an 18-man list was raised and published which also included the name of the serving and sitting Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, the Leader of the party in the LGA, the Chief Whip of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Dr Mrs. Pat Ajudua, Executive Chairman of the LGA, Hon Louis Ndukwe, PDP Vice Chairman in the LGA, the Woman Leader, the LGA Youth Leader, the Zonal Woman Leader, political appointees under the state government such as the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Olisa Ifajika, Chairman Hospital Management Board Delta State as well as well as other notable officers of the Party in the LGA.

Of the 18-man member selected Chairmanship Primary Election Coordinating Committee, to nominate a candidate for the PDP in Oshimili North LGA ahead of the Council Polls, eight (8) absented themselves and did not participate in the meeting that held on Sunday December 13, 2020 at the residence of the Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Leader of the Party in the LGA, where Mr. Ambrose Elue Dike was unanimously selected and endorsed by the 10 member present at the meeting as the PDP Standard Bearer for the March 6, 2021 Council Polls in Delta State.

According to the PDP State Chairman, Barr Kingsley Esiso, stated on Sunday December 13, 2020 at Sapele local government area of Delta State, that “PDP will not go for Party Primaries as usual and that PDP Leaders will pick suitable candidates among the aspirants for the Council Polls in the various local government areas in Delta State”.

And in line with the above, the PDP guideline stated that the selection process must be done in the meeting held in the Leader of the Party in each local government area’s residence, and the Distinguish Senator Peter Nwaoboshi is the supreme Leader of PDP in Oshimili North LGA.

In the same vein, another meeting was held on Monday December 14, 2020 at the residence of the Chief Whip of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Dr Mrs. Pat Ajudua, which preceded the inaugural session on Sunday December 13, 2020 by a purported 12 members who also adopted and endorsed Hon Innocent Esenwezie as PDP’s candidate for the chairmanship election in Oshimili North LGA. This is quite unfortunate as some persons in the LGA have no regard for the supreme Leader of the Party Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

The question now is who are these 12 persons who endorsed Hon Innocent Esenwezie as candidate? Has Oshimili North two Leaders now in the persons of Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi and Hon Dr Mrs. Pat Ajudua? Why should another person be endorsed by those who did not attend the inaugural meeting held on Sunday at the Senator’s house? It is important that we do not create problem in the Party to rubbish the Pioneer Secretary of PDP in Delta State, two-time PDP State Chairman in Delta State and one of the most Serving and sitting powerful Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We also want to use this medium to advise those in the habit of using the Governor’s name to play dirty politics to desist from that as the Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, is too mature to be dragged into dirty politics because he is a grassroots man who knows what it takes to be a leader. We are also advising that money politics is no longer in vogue because this is a grassroots election (see me I see you). The era of imposing unpopular candidates on the masses is gone.

We should note that Mr. Ambrose Elue Dike (Water) has no enemy because he has served and paid his dues to ALL the leaders in Oshimili North LGA, both the 18-man Committee set by the PDP. We should all support to sell Ambrose Dike Elue because he is a tested and trusted candidate to move Oshimili North LGA to the next level because it is his turn to lead. Attached therein the approved PDP endorsement form by true leaders of Oshimili North Local Area.

By Airview News

Delta Monarch, SSA Applaud Commissioner of Education for his Excellent Performance

Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education and the Akatakpo Enyi 1 of Okpanam Kingdom, Chief Patrick Ukah, has been described as an uncommon humanist.

The traditional ruler and the Ugoani of Okpanam Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Chief Michael Ogbolu, made the assertion in Okpanam during a reception organized in recognition of the outstanding performance and commitment of Chief Ukah.

He said the commendation was not only that Chief Ukah played a pivotal role in the growth and development of Okpanam Community but for adding value in the critical sector of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.

Chief Ogbolu commended Governor Okowa for his multifaceted approach towards transforming the community, recalling that the community had never had it so good before the Okowa administration came onboard in 2015 just as he stated that the governor had constructed several roads in the community.

Earlier, the organizer of the reception and Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Community Development, Hon. Innocent Chibuolu, lauded the Commissioner for impacting positively on the community.

He stated that the community would continue to identify with Chief Ukah for single handedly ensuring that the community benefited from several human capital and infrastructural development.

While describing Chief Ukah as his political leader, Hon. Chibuolu said the strides of the Commissioner in the community was unprecedented and worthy of commendation.

Responding, Chief Ukah commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for finding him worthy to serve in his administration.

Chief Ukah said that he would have done nothing if the governor had not given him the opportunity to serve, adding that Senator Okowa was determined to create access road from Ibusa to Akwukwu-Igbo in addition to numerous roads and other people-oriented projects in the area.

The Commissioner urged the people to be more united and avoid divisive tendencies as well as strive for the development of Okpanam community at all times.

Highpoints of the ceremony was the presentation of a short drama chronicling the achievements of the Commissioner as well as the presentation of souvenir by children of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Okpanam, to Chief Ukah.

By Airview News.