Arrest Attackers Of Jonathan’s Home, PDP Tells FG

A file photo of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Federal Government to immediately track down and apprehend the gunmen that attacked the home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

It made the demand as it condemned the attack in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The PDP described the attack on the former President’s home as extremely disturbing, stressing that an extensive investigation must be carried out into the incident.

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“Our party insists that the gun attack is a direct threat to the life and safety of the former President and members of his family and as such the assailants must be tracked down,” the party said.

It commiserated with the families of the soldier killed in the attack and urged the security agencies to go after the assailants.

The PDP also asked the security agencies to rescue those reportedly abducted during the attack.

Buhari Calls Jonathan, Condemns Attack On Ex-President’s Home

Muhammadu Buhari                                                                                                  Goodluck Jonathan

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with former President Goodluck Jonathan following an attack by gunmen on his country residence in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed that the President called his predecessor on Tuesday.

In the telephone conversation, President Buhari expressed sadness over the “tragic and unfortunate attack.”

He regretted that a gallant soldier lost his life but commended other soldiers on guard for bravely repelling the attack.

The President also condoled with family members, as well as officers and men of the Nigerian Army over the loss of one of the guards.

He gave an assurance that the protection of the life of former President Jonathan and all citizens of the country would continue to be the major preoccupation of his administration.

Gunmen Attack Ex-President Jonathan’s Residence, Kill One Soldier

 

Gunmen stormed the residence of former President, Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, early Tuesday morning in a bid to steal a gunboat belonging to the military stationed at the creek.

The assailants who came in about five engine boats stormed the security post about 100 metres away from Dr Jonathan’s residence but met resistance by soldiers who engaged them in a firefight.

A statement by the Media Adviser to Dr Jonathan, Ikechukwu Eze, confirmed the attack which he said occurred by 1:30 am.

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He said that the military overpowered the criminals, forcing them to retreat, but one soldier was killed in the fight while another was injured.

Mr Eze intimated that Dr Jonathan was not in town when the attack happened, but Channels Television gathered that the former president was in his residence as at the time of the attack.

He said the former President has condoled with the family of the deceased soldier, the military and has urged the concerned security authorities to swing into action and bring the culprits to book.

Consequently, all roads in Otuoke/Otuaba is currently blocked by military personnel, with movement of residents restricted.

The former president is presently in his residence at Otuoke, getting briefed by top security personnel on the incident.

When contacted, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Maj. Jonah Danjuma said he will issue a statement, as soon as he gets more details.

On his own part, the Bayelsa Police Command Spokesman, SP Asinim Butswat, said he does not want to talk about the military affair.

Zaria Water Project To Be Completed In July 2017

Zaria water, Water Project, Otuoke, Bayelsa StateThe Kaduna State government has promised that the persistent water scarcity being experienced by residents would come to an end soon, as the Zaria water project would be ready by July, 2017.

The State Commissioner for Water Resources, Sulieman Lere, made the promise during a visit to the project site to ascertain the level of work there.

The Commissioner said that the project was awarded to two construction firms and it includes rehabilitation and replacement of some of the old pipes, construction of 7.3 kilometre transmission lines, construction of 10 reservoirs of six million litres each, construction of three bolster stations and dams, among other projects.

According to the Commissioner, the project is intended to alleviate and address the issue of perennial shortage of water for domestic, commercial and industrial purposes within the area.

The Zaria water project started in 1999, and the sum of 69 billion Naira would be needed for its completion. Out of this figure, the water treatment plant would cost 24 billion naira and another 20 billion naira would be spent on expansion before transmission.

Meanwhile, one of the contractors handling the water expansion project, lamented that some residents have built on water and transmission lines and this has affected proper reticulation of water in some areas.

He said that this has been a major issue delaying the speedy completion of the project and called for a reorientation of the people.

Some residents of Zaria who lamented their sufferings due to the water scarcity, expressed optimism that the project when completed would indeed impact positively on their lives.

FG Commissions Otuoke Water Project

Water Project, Otuoke, Bayelsa StateThe Nigerian government has commissioned a regional water supply scheme in Otuoke community to provide portable water to Otueke and 12 communities in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The Otuoke regional water scheme is aimed at reducing the incidences of water borne diseases by providing sustainable portable water.

The project was completed by the federal government at the total cost of 5.9 billion naira.

Speaking at the commissioning, the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, said that the federal government remained committed to completing all viable projects that would positively impact on the lives of the people without any form of political sentiment.

The project was initiated by Nigeria’s former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who hails from Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

Delta Stops Recruitment Into Civil Service

DeltaThe Delta State Governor Dr, Ifeanyi Okowa, is taking up on a tough note as he has suspensed the on-going recruitment into the state’s civil service.

The new governor explained that his decision is based on what he calls sharp practices ranging from abuse of office to sales of job slot associated with the recruitment.

He said that the recruitment cannot be adjudged to be credible and being a flawed process there no way the exercise could be justifiable.

“This abysmal handling of the exercise culminated in the suspension of the chairman and members of the commission and the setting of an administrative panel to review the recruitment process”, the Governor said.

He stated that until the review is concluded the exercise remains suspended.

Dr Ifeanyi Okowa was sworn in as the Governor of Delta State on Friday, May 29, making him the 12th Governor of the state.

Senator Okowa Wins Governorship Election In Delta

OkowaSenator Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared the winner of the April 11 governorship election in Delta State.

The result was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer, Professor Bio Nyananyo of the Federal University, Otuoke, at the commission’s headquarters in Okpanam Road, Asaba the state capital.

Professor Nyananyo said that Senator Okowa was declared winner after he had polled a total of 724,680 votes.

The result sheets were duly signed and accepted by the party agents of all candidates in the election.

Nigeria’s Election: Voting Begins In Some Polling Units

February electionsVoting has started in some polling units across Nigeria while accreditation of voters is still ongoing in other places.

Channels Television correspondent in Damaturu in Yobe State reports that voting has started.

Voting began at about 1:45pm in Government Secondary School, Damaturu, Yobe State, with large voters turnout.

Voting has also started in some polling units in Ogun, Yobe, Bayelsa and Imo States.

In Otuoke, Bayelsa State, President Goodluck Jonathan and the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, were the first to cast their votes in their polling unit.

Accreditation is still ongoing in other states across the nation, after delays caused by poor functionality of the card readers in some polling units.

 

Omeri Commends Accreditation Process

Mike_Omeri2The Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mister Mike Omeri, has commended the mass mobilisation of voters despite a few challenges identified in the accreditation process so far.

At the Ta’al Modern Primary school in Keffi, Nasarawa State, Mr Omeri expressed the hope that the election would be held smoothly, given the observed peace and tranquility at the polling stations visited.

Accreditation of voters has commenced across Nigeria as citizens go to the polls to vote in the presidential and national assembly elections, the 5th quadrennial election to be held since the end of military rule in 1999.

In Lagos State, south-west Nigeria, voting materials arrived at some of the polling units early.

Channels Television correspondents, who visited polling units in Ikeja and Ifako observed that accreditation had already started. Residents at Ifako were seen queued up in orderly manner while officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were seen giving on final instructions on election processes.

Our correspondent in Kano, north-west Nigeria, said accreditation started early and was still going on smoothly, though there were cases of some people not being able to get accredited as the card readers failed to read their finger prints.

In Otuoke, the home town of the Nigerian President and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Goodluck Jonathan, the card reader failed to recognise the finger print of the President, forcing the INEC to accredit the President with the Register.

Jonathan Urges Nigerians To Be Patient With INEC

G-winPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday urged Nigerians to be “patient” with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as they vote in an unprecedented Presidential elections.

Speaking after four card readers were used but none recognised that of the ‘First Family’ for the accreditation exercise, the President noted that the “Nigeria elections is an election that the whole world is interested in and my conviction is that the election should go on smoothly, I plead with Nigerians to be patient.

“I encourage Nigerians to be Patient with INEC” he said in his hometown Otuoke in Bayelsa State.

He added that “there may be issues”, adding that “this is the first time we are using this technology of voters card and card readers, I just spoke with the INEC Chairman to know what is happening across the country, President Jonathan is just one voter so even if we have problems with my own card, as long as nationally the process is going on well” he said.

The President, who earlier called the INEC Chairman to “know is that what is happening across the country”, noted that “I want to use this opportunity to commend Nigerians and congratulate them for coming out to elect the next President, senators and House of Representatives”

The President speaking to newsmen in Otuoke after his accreditation went on to say, “There may be a way to resolve the hitches but insisted that “my interest is for us to conduct a peaceful and credible elections and I believe that no matter the hitches”.

The elections were earlier scheduled for February 14 but was postponed till March 28 due to security concerns.

President Jonathan To Participate In Late Sister’s Burial On Friday

President JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan’s younger sister, Mrs. Nancy Jonathan-Olei, who passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2015 is to be buried on Friday, January 23, 2015 in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

According to a burial programme issued on behalf of the Jonathan and Otazi families of Otuoke, Mrs. Jonathan-Olei’s body would leave the Otuoke Comprehensive Hospital Mortuary at 9AM for her residence in Otuoke.

Mrs. Jonathan-Olei’s remains would be received by members of her family at the residence and moved to the Dame Patience Jonathan Square for a Service of Songs scheduled to begin at 10AM.

A funeral service for the late Mrs. Jonathan-Olei would be held at the St. Stephen’s Anglican Church at 1PM after which her remains would be interred.

A statement by the Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, revealed that President Jonathan has been scheduled to participate fully in Mrs. Jonathan-Olei’s burial programme.

She is survived by her children, grand-children and siblings including President Jonathan, Sir Ariolo Ebele Jonathan, Mr. Evans Jonathan, Madam Obebhatein Jonathan, Mrs. Dorcas Awo, Mrs. Stella Donald, Mrs. Aziboni Abuge and Miss Dagao-apu Jonathan.

Despite Challenges, Nigeria’s Future Is Bright – Jonathan

Goodluck JONATHANPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday assured Nigerians that despite the challenges confronting the nation at the moment, Nigeria will get to the Promised Land.

The President, who participated in the first Sunday of the year service at St. Stephens Anglican Church, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, acknowledged the huge potentials in all parts of the nation.

In his brief remark, President Jonathan said his administration would continue to tap into the potentials in order to move the nation forward.

He expressed optimism that the nation’s future was bright, despite the bumps and challenges.

He used the opportunity to thank the church and Christians for praying for the nation, acknowledging that “this period is a challenging one for the whole world”.

“I thank you for your prayers, especially at this period. This is a period the world is passing through challenges.

“We have a lot of potentials and I see a bright future for the country. Despite the challenges and bumps, Nigeria will move on and get to the promised land,” he said.

In his earlier sermon, the officiating pastor, who is the Bishop of Ogbia Diocese, Reverend James Aye Oruwori, urged the congregation to avoid committing sin and strike a strong covenant relationship with God to be able to fight all their battles. He used the example of David and Goliath in the Bible, saying that David’s strong covenant with God gave him victory.

He urged Nigerians to remain calm ahead of the upcoming general elections, pointing out that God had already taking a decision on the outcome. He said no one could alter the decision.

“God has written his decision on the next election, no one can change it. He wrote the decision long ago. Election is the biggest thing we are expecting this year, we must stop exhibiting fear. We should be calm and abide by God’s decision,” he noted.

Present at the service were Governor of the State, Henry Seriake Dickson, his wife, Dr Rachael Dickson, deputy governor, John Jonah, chaplain of Villa Chapel, Reverend Obiona Owuzurumba and other Presidential aides.