The Delta State Government says it has begun investigating the death of four newborn babies that died due to alleged negligence on the part of the doctor on duty at the Sapele Central Hospital in the Sapele Local Government Area of the state.
Confirming the incident, the Commissioner for Information Charles Aniagwu during a press briefing insisted that the incident must be investigated before a logical conclusion is made.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has restored the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly Oborevwori Sheriff as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the state in the 2023 general elections.
The appellate court voided and set aside the judgment of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court which had on July 7 nullified his nomination on grounds of certificate forgery and perjury.
Justice Peter Ige, who delivered the judgment, held that claims against the Speaker are criminal in nature and must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
He also held that Mister David Edevbie, who instituted the Federal High Court suit, ought to have approached the court through a Writ of Summons to enable the resolution of disputes and not by originating summons where only affidavit evidence is required.
The judge further held that issue of certificate forgery and faking of documents allegations against the Speaker are such that required witnesses from those who issued the certificates and the alleged fake documents.
Justice Ige, therefore, affirmed the victory of the Speaker in the May 25 primary election where he polled 590 votes to defeat Edevbie who scored only 113 votes to come second.
Reacting to the judgment at the Government House Chapel in Asaba during a thanksgiving and praise session, Oborevwori described the judgment as God’s work.
Protesters on Tuesday stormed the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The protest borders on the controversy trailing the emergence of Sheriff Oborevwori, who is also the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, as the PDP governorship candidate in the 2023 general elections.
On July 7, a Federal High Court in Abuja disqualified Sheriff Oborevwori over alleged discrepancies in his certificates.
A month after the judgement, dozens of protesters, who are Oberevwori’s supporters, carried placards to air their grievances. At the Wadata Plaza, the aggrieved PDP members insist that they want an audience with the party’s leaders.
The protesters who kept chanting “no Sheriff no PDP in Delta State” said they will not speak to journalists until a member of the PDP National Working Committee comes to address them.
The PDP in Delta state is split between those supporting the current Speaker of the State House of Assembly and an ex-Finance Commissioner, David Edevbie who was the second runner-up in the party’s governorship primaries.
Although Oberevwori has appealed the July Federal High Court judgement which disqualified him from the race, the PDP National Secretariat has witnessed series of protests both for and against the Speaker since the judgement was given.
During the PDP governorship primary in May, Oborevwori polled 590 votes to beat his closest rival – Edevbie, who was Finance Commissioner during the James Ibori administration, who polled 113 votes.
While Oborevwori is the preferred candidate of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, former governor James Ibori, is said to be backing Edevbie.
Aggrieved by the outcome of the primary, Edevbie had filed a suit alleging discrepancies in Oborevwori’s certificates.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization on Saturday declared the monkeypox outbreak, which has affected nearly 16,000 people in 72 countries, to be a global health emergency — the highest alarm it can sound.
“I have decided that the global #monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference.
He said a committee of experts who met on Thursday was unable to reach a consensus, so it fell on him to decide whether to trigger the highest alert possible.
“WHO’s assessment is that the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions, except in the European region where we assess the risk as high,” he added.
Monkeypox has affected over 15,800 people in 72 countries, according to a tally by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published on July 20.
A surge in monkeypox infections has been reported since early May outside the West and Central African countries where the disease has long been endemic.
The Delta State Police Command have arrested 51 suspected cult members belonging to the Eiye confraternity.
They were apprehended while carrying out an initiation of new members and also celebrating their anniversary within the premises of a hotel in Ogwashi-Uku Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state.
Parading the suspects at the premises of the anti-cultism unit of the force in Asaba, the state police public relations office, Bright Edafe said the suspected cult members were rounded up by operatives of the command’s Buffalo Patrol Team.
Following a tip-off, the operatives stormed the initiation venue, the suspects on sighting the police took to their heels, while some of them shot at the police.
Those who fled were given a chase by the team and the suspected cultists were arrested with two cut-to-size locally made guns, one expended cartridge and the Eiye confraternity regalia.
The police spokesperson said further investigations have commenced, adding that with those found wanting upon completion of investigation will be charged to court.
Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have congratulated Ifeanyi Okowa on his emergence as the party’s vice-presidential candidate for the 2023 polls.
The PDP Governors Forum (PDP-GF) in a statement signed by its chairman Aminu Tambuwal on Thursday, said Okowa’s emergence is a sign of hope for Nigerians.
“The Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDP-GF) hereby congratulates the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on his emergence as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 General elections,” the statement read.
“The PDP-GF notes in particular that the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON, promised to select a serving PDP Governor as his running mate, ostensibly not just because of the contributions of the Governors to the effective running of the Party and its stability, but because of their experience and executive capacity. He kept his word.”
Furthermore, they noted that “Governor Okowa has distinguished himself as Governor of Delta State. He also has cognate legislative experience as a former Senator. He has what it takes to be an effective Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
The governors blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for ruining the country but expressed optimism that an Atiku-Okowa ticket will make things better.
“The great task of recovering, rescuing, and rebuilding Nigeria begins with the Atiku / Okowa ticket. The APC has completely messed up Nigeria. It has failed in all aspects of governance; insecurity, bad economy, dysfunctional education, health, and social services are the hallmarks of the APC administration,” their statement added. “With the Atiku/Okowa ticket help is on the way. We shall overcome.”
Below is the full statement:
PDP GOVERNORS FORUM CONGRATULATES GOV. IFEANYI OKOWA ON VP SELECTION
The Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDP-GF) hereby congratulates the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on his emergence as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 General elections.
The PDP-GF notes in particular that the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON, promised to select a serving PDP Governor as his running mate, ostensibly not just because of the contributions of the Governors to the effective running of the Party and its stability, but because of their experience and executive capacity. He kept his word.
Governor Okowa has distinguished himself as Governor of Delta State. He also has cognate legislative experience as a former Senator. He has what it takes to be an effective Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The great task of recovering, rescuing and rebuilding Nigeria begins with the Atiku / Okowa ticket. The APC has completely messed up Nigeria. It has failed in all aspects of governance; insecurity, bad economy, dysfunctional education, health and social services are the hallmarks of the APC administration.
With the Atiku/Okowa ticket help is on the way. We shall overcome.
Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR Chairman, PDP Governors Forum Abuja
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has thanked Atiku Abubakar for picking him as his running mate, noting that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) needs to return to power.
The Delta State leader said this on Thursday while accepting his nomination to be Atiku’s running mate in next year’s presidential poll.
“While thanking you, sir, I do understand that there is a great work that is ahead of us but I know that God has designed this to be and that by the special grace of God, we would all work hard to ensure victory for the party,” Senator Okowa said in his acceptance speech.
Okowa, who said there is work ahead for members of the party, called on them to work collectively.
“There is no doubt that there is a great work ahead of each and every one of us. The build-back process is going to be collective and we are trusting that all our party members will want to be part of that story at the end of the day,” he said.
Senator Okowa, who made the comment hours after Atiku picked him as running mate, will finish his second term as the Delta State governor next year.
Atiku had earlier explained that he chose the former lawmaker after consultations with leaders of the party. He said a committee was set up to help him with the choice of a running mate (from three persons shortlisted persons) but he picked the Delta State leader.
He, however, admitted that it was a difficult decision. According to him, while all three names submitted were qualified, he had to settle for just one: Okowa.
The former vice president said he looked out for someone who had experience, understands, and can proffer solutions to the challenges facing the country.
While giving a breakdown of the total 132 votes garnered, Funkekeme said Elumelu got 80 votes by way of affirmation, 17 by buying, and 35 by other means.
In his remarks, an elated Elumelu attributed his victory to God and his family members for supporting him strongly for the past few months.
He also appreciated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the roles he played in his emergence as the Aniocha/Oshimili constituency candidate.
“I feel very happy; I thank the Almighty God, only Him has done this. Most importantly, I thank my family, they have given me all the support. For few months, they have lost me because of this election. I give them thanks; I thank my mother for being a wonderful mother,” he said.
“I thank my brothers – Peter, Tony, all of them. Most importantly, I thank my governor, the Ekwueme of the universe. My federal constituency will always stand by you; whatever you ask us to do, we will do.
“Thank you so much for providing the enabling environment for me to come out victorious. Most importantly, let me thank the hierarchy of PDP in Abuja led by the National Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, for allowing transparency in all the processes that has happened today.”
The Delta State Police Command is asking residents of Asaba to disregard any sit at home order issued by faceless persons
Commissioner of Police in the state Ari Muhammed Ali in a press statement that was made available to newsmen, declared that there is no “sit at home order either by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) or any other faceless individual or individuals”.
This declaration is coming on the heels of a message by faceless individuals that Asaba residents are warned to observe the ‘Sit At home order’ as declared by the proscribed IPOB.
While urging residents to go about their lawful businesses, the Police Commissioner assured residents of their safety.
He promised that the Command is willing and able to deal decisively with anyone or group of persons who try to cause trouble in the state.
The Commissioner of Police admonished members of the public, particularly residents of Asaba and the entire Delta North district, to remain vigilant, monitor, and report any strange and suspicious movements or persons in their neighbourhood to the Command or other law enforcement agencies.
Meanwhile, officers and men of the Command have been placed on red alert with the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, Area Commanders, DPOs, and Tactical Commanders to maintain Police visibility across the length and breadth of the state to deploy strategies that will make the State uncomfortable and uninhabitable for hoodlums
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that his principal will forever be remembered in Nigeria, at least for the Second Niger Bridge, which will be completed this year.
Adesina made this claim in an article titled, ‘NDABOSKI! If Only For 2nd Niger Bridge, This Country Won’t Ever Forget Buhari’.
He asserted that previous governments led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) failed to deliver on the project, even though they made promises for sixteen years. According to him, President Buhari has taken up many major infrastructure works, most of which would be due for commissioning before he exits next year May, and as such, “we must appreciate the ramrod straight man from Daura for succeeding where many other leaders before him had failed.”
Below is the full article as published by the president’s spokesman on Facebook:
“This year, the long wait for Godot will come to an end. The second bridge over the River Niger will be commissioned and put to use. And what a dream come true it would be. Last December, a friend had traveled from Lagos to the South East for the Christmas holidays. When he had spent six hours on the River Niger bridge, a journey which should take less than five minutes, since the bridge is only 1.6 kilometers long, he called me in frustration. He was almost bursting a blood vessel. I consoled and comforted him, and added for good effect: “This is the last time you and other travelers would be stranded on that bridge. By next Christmas, there would be two bridges in operation, and it would be a jolly good ride.” He said a resounding amen, and went off the line. What trauma and travails users of the River Niger bridge have passed through. Built in 1965, the artery between the South East, South South, and the rest of the country has become grossly inadequate, and a torture to navigate at peak seasons. There was a year travelers even spent the night on the bridge. There is a long history to the building of a second bridge over the River Niger, and it had over the years become a tool of false promises, lies and propaganda. When politicians want the votes of South Easterners as elections approach, they go and offload shovels, pick axes, wheelbarrows, cutlasses and others at the site, as if that is what is required to build a bridge of that magnitude. After they’ve got the votes, they come to remove their miserable implements. Goodbye basket, I’ve carried all my apples. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) did it for 16 years, building the bridge with their mouths. The first recollection was during the campaign for the 1979 presidential election. Candidate of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), Alhaji Shehu Shagari, went to the South East, and promised a Second Niger bridge. That was all it was. A promise, though the NPN government lasted from 1979 to 1983. Then came the military regimes headed by Muhammadu Buhari, which lasted only 20 months, that of Ibrahim Babangida, which endured for eight years, Ernest Shonekan-led Interim National Government, 84 days, Sani Abacha, five years, and Abdulsalami Abubakar, 11 months. Nothing was heard about the bridge. Under Babangida, an alarm was raised about the deteriorating condition of the bridge. Ever the master of artifice and sleight of hand, the then military president challenged Nigerian engineers to design a new bridge. They did! End of story. Then came Olusegun Obasanjo, a former military head of state, as civilian President. He promised to build the bridge. It didn’t happen in eight years. About five days before he left office, Obasanjo flagged off the project, to cost N58.6 billion, and handed it to his successor, Umaru Yar’Adua. No action in the three years that the administration lasted. Understandably so, for Yar’Adua was infirm. Then came Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who even at a point added Azikiwe to his name. He promised Heaven on earth, saying he was a South easterner, and he would build the bridge. During a Town Hall meeting on August 30, 2012, in the region, he said what would he claim he had done for his Igbo brethren, if he didn’t build the bridge. Later, Azikiwe disappeared from Jonathan’s name, and the Second Niger bridge disappeared with it. All that happened in the about six years that the administration lasted was a Federal Executive Council approval for final planning and design of the bridge. All motion, no movement. And then came the man from Daura, a Fulani, with no affinity with the South East. He didn’t make promises, he didn’t boast. He just went to work quietly. From September 1, 2018, without fanfare or swashbuckling, action started on the Second Niger bridge. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister for Works and Housing, was the chief executioner. Doggedly, he and his principal set to work. And here we are today. What has defeated many military and civilian administrations is now reality in our country. I will never forget the day I traveled to Onitsha for a private event. I was on the same flight from Lagos to Onitsha with His Royal Majesty, the Obi of Onitsha. When we alighted, and were walking towards the arrival hall of the airport, I went to pay my courtesies to the distinguished monarch. He greeted me warmly, asked after President Buhari, and told me to pass his appreciation for the work being done on the Second Niger bridge. “Every time I drive on the old bridge, and I look to my side, seeing the new upcoming one, joy wells in my heart,” the Obi said. And that is the thing to do. We must appreciate the ramrod straight man from Daura for succeeding where many other leaders before him had failed. Where there is a will, there is a way. President Buhari has taken up many major infrastructure works, most of which would be due for commissioning before he exits next year May. Roads, rail, airports, bridges, many others. If only for the Second Niger bridge, Nigerians will never forget Muhammadu Buhari. But then, you can add Loko-Oweto bridge, Bodo-Bonny road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Enugu-Port Harcourt, Abuja to Kaduna and Kano, AKK Pipelines, rail network across the country, and many others. Surely, this country will always remember Muhammadu Buhari for good, no matter how revisionists have tried to shroud the successes with only talk of insecurity ravaging the country. While the security challenges are being met frontally, infrastructure proceeds apace. It takes determination and doggedness. Indaboski! Nigeria will always remember Buhari for his strides in infrastructure, when the country was earning far less than it used to do. Indaboski? What does it mean? Search me. Ask Prophet Chukwuemeka Odumeje what the word means. He coined it. But I repeat: Indaboski! This country will never forget Buhari, if only for the Second Niger bridge.”
The Delta State Government has shut down a primary school in Asaba following the death of a 19-month-old pupil, Obina Udeze.
Channels Television gathered that the victim died from injuries sustained by a teacher, Emeka Nwogbo, who reportedly flogged him on Monday, leaving marks on his body. The little boy was said to have fallen sick after the beating and was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. His health condition deteriorated until he eventually died on Saturday morning.
The Delta State Commissioner for Basic Education Chika Ossai told Channels Television on Sunday that the school was not approved by the state government. He explained that the government’s decision to seal up the affected institution is because the proprietor does not have an operational licence.
Meanwhile, the accused teacher is currently in police custody while investigations are ongoing. The spokesman of Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, said they have commenced investigations into Udeze’s death.
Fire gutted the popular Ogbe-Ijoh Market in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, destroying several goods worth millions of naira.
The market is well known to be one of the biggest fish markets across the country.
Although the cause of the fire incident is still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, residents and shop owners were seen running helter skelter to rescue what is left of their respective goods.