Delta Community Issues Quit Notice To Herdsmen

 

Herdsmen resident in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State have been issued a seven-day ultimatum to vacate bushes they are residing in the council.

This is following an executive order given to them by the Local Government Chairman, Louis Ndukwe.

The executive order directs the herders to vacate the bushes within seven days or have their structures demolished.

Oshimili North local government plays host to a handful of Fulani herders. The local government Chairman, however notes that the decision to evict the herders is due to the increasing rate of kidnapping, killing, maiming among other crimes and security challenges.

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“The ultimatum is a seven-day ultimatum. That doesn’t mean that some amendments or waivers would not be given. Or extension of time but the important thing to note is that we will come down heavily on defaulters.

“We have agreed with traditional rulers and stakeholders. We have informed the police and other security agencies.

“What we are saying is enough is enough. We don’t want to accommodate anybody in our bushes anymore. It’s about the security of our people.

“If you want to live in Oshimili Local Government, buy a piece of land and stop living in bushes,” the local government chairman told Channels Television.

Unsatisfied with this directive, the herders took to Benin-Asaba highway in protest.

The herders including men, women and children carried placards with various inscriptions insisting they are not criminals but law-abiding citizens who were born in Delta State.

Their spokesperson, Idris Abubakar, said they are legal occupants of Oshimili and they pay rents.

“The Federal Government should come to our aid so they can allow us stay as legal occupants. The government should come to our aid and halt the local Government Chairman from passing this so-called executive order.

“Whoever is living in any place is a legal occupant of that place. We have receipts that they gave to us. We pay tenancy each year,” Abubakar said.

The Local Government Chairman, Ndukwe, in response to the protesters insists that the plan is not to victimise any tribe or persons but to rid the bushes of criminals who have used the bushes to perpetrate crimes.

Delta Govt Announces No Face Mask, No Movement Rule

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

 

The Delta State Government has announced that henceforth, there shall be a no mask, no movement rule in the state.

The announcement was made after a meeting by the technical committee on the fight against the pandemic in the state, led by Governor Okowa, as a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

According to the government, anyone found not wearing a face mask is at risk of being taken to an isolation centre.

The compulsory wearing of face masks is coming days after the lockdown in the state was partially relaxed.

Delta Records Third COVID-19 Case

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

 

Delta state on Saturday confirmed its third case of COVID-19, according to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa,

Okowa, who disclosed the news in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, said the patient was diagnosed in Asaba and is currently being managed by healthcare professionals in an isolation centre.

He added that the sample of the case was taken to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo, and returned positive.

“The patient is currently in a good state and responding to treatment; and we have already began to track all those that have had contact with him,” Okowa said.

“I am pleased to report that the patient is in stable condition and is responding well to treatment from our team of medical professionals,” he said.

The Governor said the third case reinforced the need for social distancing and a lockdown.

“In consonance with the rules and according to international best practices as enunciated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the state government urges Deltans, especially Christians to worship from home as the lockdown order is still in force,” he said.

“We thank Deltans for their support so far and urge them to continue to obey relevant instructions as it has become apparent that the virus is spreading in the state.

“We will continue to partner the Federal Government on effective implementation of its regulations on measures to curtail further spread of the virus in our state and country.”

 

COVID-19: Doctors Down Tools In Asaba To Protest Police Molestation

 

Resident doctors in Asaba, the Delta State capital have down their tools in protest even as the country and state is battling to contain COVID-19 pandemic.

The doctors are protesting what they described as incessant molestation and harassment by the Nigeria Police officers.

President of the association of resident doctors, Federal Medical Centre, (FMC), Asaba Chapter, Dr Nwabunor Osifo told journalists on Friday that the action is necessary following intimidation by the police against their members, especially in this period of lockdown.

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“Despite members showing the police officers valid Identification Cards, they still harass our members. An ugly incident happened today when one of our members had an emergency and was stopped by members of the police force.

“Things fell apart and sadly enough, our were members were teargased. Yes, doctors were teargased.

“In protest to this, we are embarking on indefinite and total shutdown. As doctors we are not callous, we feel for everyone,” Osifo said.

In his reaction, the State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, condemned the action of the police officers which he described as against the direction of the Inspector General of Police.

He added that the two officers have been arrested.

“The officer behaved in an unprofessional manner and in tune with IGP’s directive. We have consulted with medical union executives,” Inuwa added.

The Police Commissioner sued for peace and urged the doctors to rescind their decisions as the matter is currently being resolved.

Child Abuse: NAPTIP, Delta Govt Rescue 11-Year-Old Victim

 

An eleven-year-old girl has been rescued from the home of her foster parent, who is alleged to have subjected her to abuse in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

The operation was carried out by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), in collaboration with the state government, after a tip-off by members of that community.

The suspect, a widow in her forties, initially resisted arrest but was eventually taken away by the officials to the NAPTIP zonal office in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Court Of Appeal In Delta To Be Inaugurated In February

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

 

The Court of Appeal complex of the Asaba division in Delta State will be completed and inaugurated on February 3, 2020.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed this on Tuesday after inspecting the ongoing work at the complex located at Mariam Babangida Way in Asaba.

He also expressed satisfaction with the level of work done so far on the project, noting that the court would bring relief to Deltans who previously had to travel long distances to other states to seek justice.

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Delta State is one of the four states which have been approved to have Courts of Appeal – a development that the governor says would help ensure speedy delivery of justice for the people.

Okowa also inspected the Traditional Rulers Council Secretariat project where he acknowledged the contributions of traditional rulers to the development of the state, particularly in ensuring peaceful co-existence in their domains.

PDP Ward Chairman Killed By Gunmen In Delta

 

A young man identified as Paul Onomuakpokpo, has been killed by gunmen suspected to be hired assassins.

Mr. Paul who was also the ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Olomu, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State was killed on Wednesday night along the Ogoni Road near the palace of Olomu Kingdom.

Reports suggest that armed assassins ambushed the PDP Chieftain and rained bullets on him and his Toyota Camry car.

He dies from his gunshot injuries.

Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

The police spokesman, however, noted that no arrest has been made, the state police command says investigations are still ongoing.

Medical Doctor Kidnapped In Delta State

 

Some gunmen have kidnaped a medical doctor identified as Dr Jerry Isogun, who is also the President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD DELSUTH Oghara, Delta State.

This was confirmed in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Association, Harrison Adja, on Thursday.

According to the statement, Dr. Isogun was kidnapped on Wednesday night while on his way from his primary place of assignment in Oghara, to Sapele where he lives.

The association also disclosed that an attempt had been made on their colleagues last month, and another one escaped the same kidnappers just about 20minutes before the president was kidnapped.

With the increase in the spate of kidnapping around the Oghara-Sapele-Warri and Oghara-Benin axis, the association has called on the government to come to their aid.

“We are therefore calling on delta state government, security agents, chairmen of the adjoining LGAs, and traditional rulers to beef up security around these areas, to forestall such happening in the future.

“We are also calling on the Federal Government to ensure that these roads are fixed as a matter of urgency to avert future occurrence”.

Appeal Court Dismisses Ogboru’s Appeal, Upholds Okowa’s Victory As Delta Governor

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A file photo of the Court of Appeal in Abuja

 

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the case filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Great Ogboru on the March 2019 Governorship Elections in Delta state for lacking in merit.

A unanimous decision by a panel of five justices affirmed the decisions of the tribunal which upheld the victory of Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of the state.

Mr. Ogboru had approached the appellate court in a bid to upturn the September judgement of the elections tribunal that dismissed its petition seeking the cancellation of the March 2019 elections in which Okowa was declared a winner for lacking in merit.

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The APC candidate who appealed on 37 grounds stated that the tribunal erred on the point of law.

He contended that the total number of votes declared for the PDP candidate outnumbered the total number of accredited voters during the elections.

But the appeal court ruled in favour of the respondent, Ifeanyi Okowa on the ground that the appellant is unable to prove the case.

The panel also held that the appellant was unable to mention at least one accredited voters who did not vote in the election, nor was he able to call at least an agent of the political party who on the point of law is the most qualified person to testify in a case of over-voting.

The court, however, dismissed the entire appeal for lacking in merit.

It affirmed the decisions of the tribunal which upheld the victory of Ifeanyi Okowa in the March 2019 governorship election.

No cost was however awarded against the appellant.

Delta Election: Court Reserves Ruling In Appeal Filed By APC’s Great Ogboru

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment in the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Chief Great Ogboru, against the election of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as the Governor of Delta State.

A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Uzo Ndukwe-Anyanwu, reserved judgment on Monday after the lawyers to the parties in the appeal adopted and argued their final briefs.

Chief Ogboru is seeking a reversal of the decision of the Delta State governorship election petition tribunal which returned Senator Okowa as the winner of the March 9 governorship election.

He had raised 37 appeals through his lawyer, Mr Nicholson Ichekor, upon which he is asking the court of appeal to set aside the entire judgment of the tribunal.

The APC candidate alleged over-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

Three Children Die In Delta Flood

 

Three children have lost their lives in a recent flooding that ravaged communities in Warri North council area of Delta State.

The children – a girl and two boys, from two separate families, were aged two, four and five years old.

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While their parents and members of the community have been mourning the loss, they have also called on the Federal Government to put measures in place to prevent future tragedies caused as a result of flooding.

Flood: Residents Call Govt To Intervene After Death Of Teenagers In Delta

 

Residents of some communities in Delta State are calling on the government to immediately address the issue of flooding.

The appeal recently became intensified, following the death of some teenagers in the state who were flushed away by floods.

About a week ago, a 12-year-old girl was reportedly swept away by the flood in Okpanam Community after a downpour which lasted several hours.

A similar tragedy occurred days ago in Alibioba community, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area where two brothers, Testimony and Godwin Okwuokenye were swept away by a ravaging flood in the area.

11-year-old Godwin reportedly fell into a gutter right in front of their home and was swept away by the flood. In an attempt to rescue him, his brother, Testimony, also lost his life.

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At their home, a crowd of sympathizers were seen mourning the deceased.
Speaking to Channels Television, the parents pleaded with government to come to their aid and create more drainages to prevent a recurrence.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie, has visited the family to commiserate with them.

He said while the government will continue to do its best to improve the state’s infrastructure, residents should also apply caution in the rainy seasons.

Earlier in the year, the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had predicted that most states would experience abnormal amounts of rainfall.

Some of the state include: Sokoto, Katsina, Borno, Niger, Plataeu, Nasarawa, Osun, Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Bayelsa, Rivers and Cross River.