Why Ibori Loot Is Not Returning To Delta State – Malami


The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, explained on Tuesday why the loot recovered from former Delta State Governor, James Ibori will be used for federal projects.

Malami had, earlier on Tuesday with the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, announced the return of £4.2 million recovered from Mr. Ibori and his friends.

The funds, set to arrive in the country within two weeks, are expected to be used for the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Express road and not returned to the Delta State Government where it was pilfered from.

“The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy,” Mr. Malami said during his Tuesday appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He argued that the law that was alleged to have been breached by Ibori was a federal law and that the parties of interests involved in the repatriation of the funds were national and not sub-national governments.

“All the processes associated with the recovery were consummated by the federal government and the federal government is, indeed, the victim of crime and not sub-national,” he said.

When pressed on whether the British government had insisted that the money be spent on certain projects, Mr. Malami said it was not “a matter of insistence but a matter of negotiation between two sovereign states.”

‘Judicial Processes’

Mr Ibori was convicted by a UK court in 2012 after pleading guilty to 10 charges of fraud and money laundering.

But the negotiations for the repatriation of his looted assets lasted for over seven years, due to what Mr. Malami described as “judicial processes” which requires all appeals to be exhausted before final forfeiture is granted.

“This hampered the speedy recovery of the looted assets,” he said.

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made an appearance on Channels Television on June 30, 2020.
FILE: Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made an appearance on Channels Television on June 30, 2020.


Mr. Malami, who also doubles as the Minister of Justice, said the government is pursuing the recovery of other looted assets, including more Ibori assets amounting to over £100 million.

Another component of the assets looted by a former military dictator, Sani Abacha, is also being pursued. The Abacha component is worth over $100 million.

What else did Malami say?

Mr Malami said the P&ID case which almost cost Nigeria a fine of $10 billion has been “a success story.”

“Our position as a government is being strengthened day-in-day-out,” he said. “We are optimistic.”

He said he had not been served a subpoena to appear before a High Court over the prosecution of former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina.

His appearance in the Maina case, he added, would be subject to legal considerations and the public interest.

Mr. Malami also denied that his office was involved in the re-opening of a case against the former Governor of Lagos State and APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu.

Gas Explosion Rocks Delta Community, Kills Three Children

An explosion has occurred at a gas plant in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The gas plant went up in flames Friday night, razing down some buildings, killing at least four persons, including three children, and leaving 11 others with various degrees of burns.

The cause of the fire is still unknown as of the time of this report but firefighters are were able to put out the blaze after hours of battling with it.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa visited some of the victims at the hospitals where they are receiving treatment on Saturday.

He confirmed that the casualties include one female adult and three children.

“The unfortunate thing is that we’ve lost people,” he said. “We’ve lost four persons. One is a grown-up woman and the other three are children. It’s a very painful thing. And so many others are currently at the burns unit of UBTH.”

According to Governor, the explosion did not take place within a densely populated area or the damage inflicted would have been more.

However, he noted that his government will take steps to prevent a reoccurrence in other parts of the state.

“I’m aware that we have some of these facilities even in more densely populated areas and I’m going to sit with the House of Assembly – we have to do an immediate legislation that will not allow such (incident) anymore,” he said.


Police Van Allegedly Kill Mother And Daughter While Chasing Fraudsters

A map of Delta, a state in south-south Nigeria.


A mother and her daughter have been reportedly killed by a police vehicle allegedly chasing suspected internet fraudsters also known as “Yahoo boys” at the PTI junction Effurun Uvwie Local government area of Delta State.

According to an eyewitness account, the police team had chased the ‘Yahoo Boys’ from PTI Road down to the spot where the unfortunate incident occurred.

The police van lost control and ran into the victims, killing them on the spot.

Reacting to the development, the Delta state Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has ordered an immediate investigation into circumstances surrounding the deaths.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor charged police authorities in the state to commence an urgent and accelerated investigation into the circumstances surrounding the losses.

Governor Okowa condoled with the deceased’s family on the loss of their loved ones and assured that everyone involved in the processes that led to the incident would be brought to book

At Least 15 Persons Die From Mysterious Disease In Delta


Not less than 15 people have died mysteriously within the last two weeks in Ute Okpu and Idumesa communities in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, confirmed this to Channels Television in an interview on Sunday.

Ononye said he already led a team of public health officials including the representative of the World Health Organisation in the state to the affected communities with a view to unravelling the mysterious disease.

Families of the deceased, as well as the hospital in Umunede were also visited to get an assessment on how the strange illness progressed and resulted in death.

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Samples of the victims, who were mostly between the ages of 18 and 25, have also been collected for investigation.

According to the commissioner, there is a high suspicion of viral haemorrhagic fever, or even drug intoxication.

But the outcome of the test on collected samples will give clearer information on the disease and will inform the next line of action.

14 #EndSARS Protesters Arrested In Ughelli Have Been Released, Says Gov Okowa

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]



Fourteen #EndSARS protesters arrested by the Police in Ughelli, Delta State in connection with the killing of a Police Corporal during the agitations have been released. 

“In line with our commitment to meet all the legitimate requests of the #EndSARS protesters in Delta State,” Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa tweeted on Thursday, “all the protesters that were previously detained by the Police in Ughelli have been released.”

The governor had made the promise to the protesters two days ago.

Some hoodlums had reportedly attacked the police and killed a Corporal Etaga Stanley attached to the ‘A’ Division in Ughelli last week.

They also stole his AK 47 with 25 rounds of live ammunition stolen. However, the stolen rifle has been recovered by the Police.

#EndSARS Protest: IGP Condemns Killing Of Police Officer In Delta

Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu


The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the violent attack on policemen and damage to police operational vehicles and other assets by #EndSARS protesters in Ughelli, Delta State, on Thursday.

He has also ordered a probe into the incident which resulted in the death of a police officer, Corporal Etaga Stanley attached to ‘A’ Division, Ughelli.

Another police officer, Sergeant Patrick Okuone also reportedly sustained gunshot injuries during the attack.

The Force Headquarter’s spokesperson, Frank Mba, in a statement on Friday, said the protesters also carted away “one service AK47 rifle with breach no 56-2609008 and 25 rounds of live ammunition that was with the deceased at the time of the incident.”

The IGP described the incident as cruel and unwarranted and warned that the Force will no longer tolerate any attack on its personnel or any member of the law enforcement community by any individual or group protesting under any guise.

Young Man In Viral Video Was Not Shot, He Jumped From Moving Vehicle – Delta Police

The Delta State Police Command has reacted to the viral video of the alleged shooting of a young man in Ughelli, Delta State by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Reacting to the post which said the young man was shot and left to die, the police debunked this claim, explaining that he sustained injuries after jumping from a moving car while trying to evade police arrest.

The Police spokesperson in Delta State, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, explained that the victim was arrested with a White Lexus Jeep without registration, “parked by the roadside which on sighting police patrol team, the driver immediately zoomed off at high speed in a suspicious manner.”

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Onovwakpoyeya said the police team gave the Lexus Jeep a hot chase and eventually intercepted the vehicle and arrested the two occupants.

“On their way to the station with the arrested suspects inside the police patrol vehicle, the suspect jumped out of the moving vehicle and sustained body and head injuries,” she added.

The police spokesperson said further that the police tried to rescue the victim but an angry mob came out to attack them, thereby forcing them to leave the scene to avoid a violent confrontation with the mob.

She concluded that “the patrol team immediately visited the victim at the hospital where he is still alive and recuperating.”

The police reaction follows Saturday’s outrage on Social media which was triggered by the viral video shared on Twitter with the post “a young boy dead at Ughelli, Delta state . .  . in front of Wetland hotels. They left him for dead on the roadside and drove away with the deceased Lexus jeep,” by a user.


The #EndSars hashtag was the number one trend on social media app, Twitter for several hours on Saturday, bringing back to the fore calls for the proper handling of high-handed police officials.


Uduaghan Dumps APC, Returns To PDP

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Former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan (file).


Former Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has today returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after dumping the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Dr Uduaghan today officially made a return to his former party where he served as secretary to the government and governor for eight years.

The former governor was received back into the PDP fold today at his ward, Aigborodo Ward 6, in Warri North Local Government Council of Delta State.

Mr. Uduaghan told Channels Television that for several months now, he has been persuaded to return to the PDP.

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The former governor of Delta State defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in August of 2018.

At the time, he said in a statement titled ‘Moving On To The Bigger Playing Field’, that he decided to join the ruling party because of the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s effort in tackling the crisis in the south-south region.

In 2019, Uduaghan went on to contest for the Delta South senatorial district but lost to James Manager.

The former governor and the APC challenged the result up until the appellate court but lost to his PDP opponent, Senator James Manager.

One Killed, Others Injured As Building Collapses In Delta

One killed as building collapses in Delta State


One person has died and others injured after a story building under construction in the Okwe area of Asaba, Delta State collapsed on Saturday.

According to eyewitness accounts the owner of the building and four others who were working when it suddenly caved in, were trapped under the rubble.

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Some were, however, rescued and taken to a nearby hospital while one person lost his life.

The local vigilante in the area is currently keeping watch at the site to prevent robbers or anyone who may want to cart away valuables.

COVID-19: Delta Stands The Risk Of Becoming Another Epicentre, Says Okowa

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa


Delta Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has deplored the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state, saying it had become obvious that community transmission of the virus had reached an alarming and frightening proportion.

In a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, the governor said that it was regrettable that many persons still think that the coronavirus disease was a hoax.

According to him, if residents don’t take the necessary precautions as listed by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, the state stands the risk of becoming another epicenter after Lagos State.

“It cannot be a hoax when over 20 persons have died including some prominent citizens.

“Therefore, I want to make a passionate appeal to all Deltans to please realise that the coronavirus disease is real,” he said, disclosing that as at Saturday, the number of confirmed cases of the virus in the state was 781.

According to him, on Thursday, June 25, 2020, Delta State recorded 106 cases, coming behind Lagos, the epicentre of the pandemic in the country.

The latest figures from the NCDC showed that on Friday, Delta State recorded 66 additional cases.

“This brings the total number of infected persons in the State so far to 781. The local governments mostly affected are Oshimili South (181), Warri South (128), Uvwie (112), Oshimili North (79), Ughelli North (74), Ethiope West (41), and Sapele (66),” Okowa stated.

He explained that “the State Government allowed normal business activities to go on in essential sectors of the economy to enable citizens take care of their families. It does not in any way suggest that the danger is over.

“We made this decision with all sense of responsibility while counting on your partnership with the Government to defeat this virus. Regrettably, it does appear our people have not taken this matter as seriously as they should.

“Our isolation centres are currently overwhelmed with the number of cases and unless we proactively and collectively take drastic actions to reverse the trend, we stand the risk of becoming another epicentre for the pandemic.

“In the absence of a specific curative drug, the only way to check the transmission of the virus is for all of us to adhere strictly to the NCDC-issued guidelines and safety protocols, which are as follows:

-Stay at home as much as possible. Only go out if it is essential for you to do so.

-If you must go out, please ensure that you maintain about six feet distance from other persons. This is because the virus is transmitted through droplets – either due to coughing, sneezing, or talking – of an infected person.

-Wear face masks once you are outside your home. This will shield you from droplets from a carrier.

-Avoid crowds and large gatherings as much as possible.

-Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds as often as possible. If this is not readily available, make sure you have a potable alcohol-based hand sanitizer to rub your hands.

-Refrain from touching your face with unwashed hands, especially outside your home.

-Avoid hugs and handshakes.

“My dear Deltans, this is a clarion call to arms. We must brace up and take responsibility for our collective health and safety now.

“It is very worrisome that many of our people still walk the streets without wearing a face mask or even observing physical/social distancing.”

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The governor ordered that henceforth, banks, supermarkets, malls, stores, salons, and motorists must admit limited persons per time and strictly enforce the physical/social distancing rule.

“In addition to providing hand wash stations/alcohol-based sanitizers, banks, salons, supermarkets, stores, and malls must deny entry to patrons without facemasks. Where there is more than one person, occupants of private vehicles MUST also wear face masks.

“The number of guests at social events – weddings, funerals, traditional marriages – should not exceed 50 with appropriate physical distance set in place. People without face masks MUST be turned back. I also implore our religious houses to implement all the safety protocols as agreed.

“Residents in the most affected local governments – Oshimili South, Warri South, Uvwie, Oshimili North, Ughelli North, Ethiope West, and Sapele – are particularly advised to be on red alert.

“Let me emphasise once again that the coronavirus disease is real, and anybody can contact it. It is neither a rich man’s nor a poor man’s disease. Anybody can be affected.

“I call on every resident in the State to act responsibly to protect yourself and others, and do not forget to continue praying for God’s merciful intervention to stop this raging pandemic.

“Together we shall beat this virus,” he added.

COVID-19: NDDC Distributes Medical Equipment, Relief Materials In Delta


As parts of efforts to combat the ravaging coronavirus pandemic and its attendant hunger, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has kicked off the distribution of medical equipment and food palliatives to the 25 Local Government Areas of Delta State.

Flagging off the distribution at Iwhrekeka Community, Ughelli South Council Area, the Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Professor Daniel Pondei, said that the COVID-19 pandemic created health emergency and pangs of hunger the world over, particularly in the Niger Delta region.

Professor Pondei, who was represented by the Delta State Director of the Commission, Mr Gochua Okejoto, said that with the rising cases of the pandemic in Nigeria, there was need for all hands to be on deck to fight the virus with all available resources.

The NDDC Acting Managing Director further disclosed that the Commission in response to the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, committed funds to aid the fight across the region under its Emergency Support for Health and Social Programme.

He thanked the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his commitment to ensuring that the medical supplies and food items got to the indigent and vulnerable persons in the State.

The NDDC boss said that mechanism had been put in place to ensure that the food palliative got to the right people across the state.

Professor Pondei noted that the medical supplies included special diagnostic and critical care equipment such as ventilators, adding that the equipment would be distributed to the Central Hospital, Warri, Central Hospital, Ughelli and the Teaching Hospital, Oghara.

He advised the people of Delta State to listen and obey the precautionary measures given by governments towards conquering the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that Corona Virus was real.

The Delta State Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Mofe Pirah, represented by Mr Emmanuel Amiwero, thanked NDDC for complementing the efforts of the state government at mitigating the spread and the negative impact of the Corona Virus pandemic on Deltans.

Also, the Chairman of the NDDC COVID-19 Distribution Committee for Delta State, Sir Bishop Oruefe thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC for meeting the needs of the grassroots in the region.

A youth leader from the Ijaw nation, Barrister Pele Dimebide also thanked President Buhari and the IMC of the NDDC for its intervention at this critical time.

Delta SSG, Information Commissioner Test Positive To COVID-19


Two top officials in the Delta State Government have tested positive to COVID-19.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, who made this known in a statement in Asaba, named the officials as Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie and Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu.

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According to the governor’s spokesperson, both officials showed mild symptoms of the virus and consequently subjected themselves to the test.

He further reveals that they are currently in isolation and are in stable condition and high spirits

Residents of the state have once again been advised to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols as anyone, irrespective of status, could contract the virus.