Tinubu Campaigns In Delta State, Promises Prosperity And Development 

Tinubu is a former Lagos State governor. [email protected]


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu was in Warri Delta State to campaign for next year’s election, saying the ruling party comes with prosperity for the state and the country. 

Tinubu spoke on Saturday during the flag-off of the APC campaign in the oil-rich State.

“Go to Lagos State and see development and records of beautiful people. Hope is here, development is here, progress is here, Omo-Agege is here and prosperity is here,” the former Lagos State governor added.

“I will fullfil my promises to you. You are the future of this country. Your dreams will be realised for a stable and united Nigeria,” he told the gathering at the Warri Township Stadium.

He accused the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of underdeveloping Delta State, claiming that the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar fought former President Olusegun Obasanjo while the Adamawa-born politician was a vice president.

“When Atiku was there, he was fighting his boss in public. They were telling us how they spent money to buy cars for their girlfriends. Do they have shame? Will you vote for them again?” he asked.

“Our rivals do not have shame as they are fighting in public. How can they think of good governance?”

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The PDP has produced all governors in Delta State since the return of democracy in 1999. [email protected] is a former Lagos State governor. [email protected]


Tinubu was not the only person who spoke at the event. The party’s governorship flagbearer in the state Ovie Omo-Agege also accused the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, of betraying Southern Nigeria by accepting to be the running mate.

According to the Deputy Senate President, a southerner should succeed Katsina-born President Muhammadu Buhari after his eight-year tenure in May.

He claimed Okowa is a “replica of Judas Iscariot today” and “should step down immediately from the ticket of Atiku Abubakar”.

Several chieftains of the APC attended the event in the oil-rich city. Some of them include the party’s vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima; Senate President Ahmed Lawan; Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State; Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State; the Deputy National Chairman of the party (South), Emma Eneukwu and a former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole among others.

PDP Supporters Rally For Atiku/Okowa In Warri, Delta State


Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marched for the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Ifeanyi Okowa in Warri, Delta State, on Wednesday.

The supporters who were carrying several paraphernalia of the party including the flag marched through some roads in the oil-rich city, drumming support for the duo.

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They believe that with what Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has done in Delta State, he would do more if the PDP is elected to occupy the presidency next year.

Atiku, a former vice president, is one of the leading candidates for next year’s general election. He defeated Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to clinch the PDP ticket during the party’s primary held in May.

Olu Of Warri Seeks Monument For Okotie-Eboh, NDDC Board Reconstitution

President Muhammadu Buhari receives the 21st Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, at the State House on January 26, 2022.


The Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Tsola Emiko, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has called for the immortalisation of late Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh and the reconstitution of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board.

Ogiame Atuwatse III said this when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on Wednesday, noting that the former finance minister achieved several milestones.

The monarch said that “as an interested party, we genuinely want a better deal for us in the Niger Delta, as we believe charity begins at home. By this, we mean that we Niger Deltans must be ready to put the betterment of our people first in all we do. Putting our people first is the only way to make our lives better”.


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A Win-Win


Ogiame Atuwatse III added that “not one monument is named after Chief Festus Samuel Okotie-Eboh. Therefore, we as Itsekiri hereby present a formal request that Chief Festus Samuel Okotie-Eboh be immortalised by naming a fitting memorial to his immense sacrifice for his dear country.”

Aside from these, he also decried the underutilisation of ports in Delta State – Warri, Koko, Sapele, and Burutu.

“These ports are under-utilised and can make a substantial contribution to the Nigerian economy and improve the security in our region by creating jobs for the teeming population of unemployed youths, thereby reducing insecurity in the Niger Delta,” he added. “We believe that this is a win-win for Nigeria and also a win for the Niger Delta.”

Delta Police Arrest Man With AK-47 Hidden In Sack Of Garri

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Police operatives in Delta State have arrested a suspected arm robber, Solomon Ebe, with 340 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition hidden inside a bag of garri (cassava flakes). 

In a statement on Sunday, the Delta Police Command spokesman, Bright Edafe, said the suspect was nabbed in the early hours of Friday by officers attached to the Bomadi Divisional patrol team who were on a stop-and-search duty along the Bomadi/Tuomo Road. 

According to him, the police operatives had intercepted the 37-year-old suspect, who hails from Tuomo community of Burutu Local Government Area of the oil-rich state, on his motorcycle. 

“The operatives, who were discrete in their responsibilities on reasonable suspicion, decided to search the suspect and the bag,” the police spokesman added. 

“Upon search,  three hundred and forty (340) rounds of AK-47 live ammunition, hidden inside the garri, were recovered. The suspect was arrested and investigation is ongoing.”

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Similarly, the statement noted that a mob had also reportedly set a suspected tricycle thief on fire in Warri. 

He narrated that the incident took place on Thursday after the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the ‘A’ Division Warri was informed that the tricycle, with registration number FHR 600 QF, had been snatched by four armed gang at Hausa quarters and were moving towards Delta Line along the Warri/Sapele Road.

He explained that while the Rapid Response team of the division was deployed to chase after the suspected thieves, one of them named Efe David, jumped down from the tricycle and was immediately arrested. The rest escaped with the tricycle. 

“Information was quickly disseminated to other divisions and vigilantes which fortunately led to the arrest of one of them by the vigilantes with the snatched tricycle while two of the robbers escaped. 

“The vigilantes were overpowered by an irate mob who delivered instant jungle justice on the suspect. The tricycle, a cut to size double barrel gun with two live cartridges  and some suspected stolen pieces of gold plated jewelries were recovered,” the statement added.

In a related development, during a raid in the Ozoro area of the state on the 29th of September, the police Public Relations Officer said: “one English double barrel gun and twenty-six (26) live cartridges were recovered in possession of one Ejiro Efemijoghor ‘f ‘,  who claimed that the gun belongs to her husband.”

Navy Destroys Illegal Refineries In Warri, Port Harcourt


The Nigerian Navy has destroyed some illegal refineries tucked in the hard to reach areas of the Niger-Delta creeks.

In the latest operations, the navy destroyed some illegal refineries located in Warri and Port Harcourt the commercial nerve centres of Delta and Rivers states.

Some of the areas combed by the navy include the Benette Island and Yeye creeks in Warri as well as Bakana creek in Port Harcourt.

Over 80 drums of 250 litres of products and 13 suspects were arrested during the Portharcourt Operation.

The illegal refiners are said to get their products by either breaking oil pipelines or wellheads, after which they proceed to their refineries where they distill the crude and then dispense to buyers who come from various parts of the cities by boat.

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Commodore Ibrahim Idewu, the Commander NNS Delta, says this breach, in the long run, affects the country’s oil production capacity while the refined products end up damaging the facilities and equipment of users.

Similarly, in his brief, Commodore Sam Bura, the Commander NNS Port Harcourt expressed the resolve of the Navy to keep the waterways safe, protect national assets and keep illegal refiners off operations.

He, however, calls for urgent prosecution of arrested vessels as maintaining the vessels at the naval jetties is draining the purse of the Navy.


APC Takes Presidential Campaign To Warri

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently at the Warri Township Stadium, Delta State for the party’s presidential campaign.

The presidential campaign is geared towards preparations for the general elections coming up in February.

APC leaders in attendance at the campaign include President Muhammadu Buhari; National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole; the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Festus Keyamo among others.

Operation Octopus Grip Uncovers Illegal Oil Refinery In Warri

The phase two of Operation Octopus Grip which was recently flagged off by the Nigerian Navy in Warri, Delta State has uncovered some illegal oil operations in the region.

Rear Admiral Abubakar Bello Alhassan, the flag officer commanding Central  Naval Command says the Navy is ever ready to combat criminals hell-bent on jeopardizing the nations economic interest in the oil-rich region.

The operation, on Thursday, discovered about 30 hectares of land used for illegal refineries at the Bennet Island in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

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The operation which was carried out using eleven gunboats, naval surveillance helicopters, and a special naval squad is aimed at consolidating on the successes of the “Operation Rivers Sweep” which was launched by the command in January 2017.

Alhassan said the illegal refinery camp is believed to have been re-established two weeks after it was destroyed. Various items like drums, pipes, polluted environment, storage facilities were discovered at the camp.

Commander NNS Delta, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu said the illegal refiners stole the camp from an abandoned wellhead and the illegal camp has an interconnection of pipelines from all oil companies passing through Bennet Island.

FOC Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Abubakar Bello Alhassan speaking concerning the illegal operation at the Bennet Island said some arrests have been made and the suspects handed over to the EFCC.

“We have made some arrests and we have handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,” he said.

Exercise Octopus Grip was flagged off in November 2017 with a sea exercise in the first phase.

Delta PDP Members Protest Imposition Of Candidate

PDP Members Protest Imposition Of Candidates In Delta
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Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the Itsekiri region of Warri South West Local Government Area have rejected the imposition of candidate on them by some party leaders.

The aggrieved protesters, who stormed the PDP State Secretariat on Thursday in Asaba, the Delta State capital, chanted various songs to express their displeasure with the development.

This comes amid preparations for the local government elections in Delta State scheduled for January 6, 2018, as political parties have begun the process of selecting their flag bearers for the polls to elect the officers of the third tier of government.

The ruling party in the state – PDP is also an integral part of this process with some local government councils already producing candidates for the elections.

But members from the Itsekiri region of Warri South West LGA have accused some party members of disrupting the political harmony of the local government.

Spokesman for the group, Andrew Igban, who decried the alleged imposition of one Taiye Tuoyo as the PDP candidate for the polls in the region, maintained that the voice of the people must be heard.

He said: “We the PDP leaders of Itsekiri extraction of Warri South West LGA wish to inform the state leadership of the party and the state governor that the Ugborodo axis and the Ijaws have taken their turn of the LGA chairmanship in the persons of David Tonwe (presently the Director-General, Delta State Security), and George Ekpemupolo (the immediate past chairman of the LGA), and that it is now the turn of Benin River (Orere) axis to nominate the chairmanship candidate for the forthcoming contest.

“With every sense of seriousness, we have in one voice rejected the candidature of Taiye Duke Tuoyo as he is not even from Warri South West but Warri North and has not been playing politics with the Itsekiris in Warri South West LGA.”

According to a communique issued by the protesters, they have urged the party’s leadership to order the immediate release of the nomination form to one Johnbull Atse Edema Atumu.

The protesters were received at the party’s secretariat on behalf of the PDP state chairman by the Organising Secretary of the party, Sunday Onoriode.

Onoriode commended the people on their decision to drive home their demand in a violent free manner and promised to pass their requests to the party’s leadership for possible consideration.

Navy Flags Off Operation Octopus Grip In Delta

The Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Abubakar Alhassan reiterated the commitment of his men in curbing out criminal elements in Delta state.

According to him, the navy is ever ready to combat criminals whose aim is to jeopardise the nation’s economic interest.

“We started the first phase of the Octopus Grip which is “sea exercise” on October 30 in Onne, we are here to kick-start the phase two which is a riverine operation in Warri,” he said on Thursday.

The Naval boss further added that, “eleven gunboats from the NNS Delta will be used for the exercise and it will be going on simultaneously in other commands of the Nigerian Navy.”

It is hopeful the operation that began with the discovery of about thirty hectares of land used for illegal refineries at the Bennet Island in Warri south west local government area of the state, is being carried out with eleven gunboats, surveillance helicopters and a special naval squad.

Alhassan added, “Naval surveillance helicopters, eleven gunboats and a special naval squad being deployed for the operation octopus grid which is aimed at consolidating on the successes of the “operation rivers sweep” that was launched by the command in January.”

Bayelsa Police Arrest Ex-Officer Specialised In Vehicle Snatching

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The Bayelsa Police has arrested a dismissed soldier suspected to be specialised in snatching vehicles with master keys.

The suspect, John Andrew was arrested on Saturday by police on a stop-and-search operation in Akenfa, a suburb of Yenagoa metropolis.

It is alleged that he had stolen many cars with the help of master keys, specially made for him in Ghana and operates a five-man gang cutting across Enugu, Benue and Cross River states.

Parading the suspect, who hails from Cross River, the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Asuquo Amba, described the suspect as a ”habitual criminal”.

Amba said in Bayelsa alone, the suspect had been arrested three times.

”Andrew is a habitual criminal. We have apprehended this suspect three times. The first time he stole some vehicles in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, we apprehended him in Bayelsa.  The second time, he stole some vehicles in Ughelli, Delta State and brought them into Bayelsa, we were able to apprehend him.

”We were able to recover three vehicles from him and the matter was transferred to Delta State Police Command.  The Delta State Police Command arraigned him before the court, however, I do not know whether he has finished serving his jail sentence or he was granted court bail because I am definitely sure he was not given police bail.

”On June 17, 2017, about 1pm, our officers, while on routine stop-and-search operation at Akenfa area, flagged a Toyota with number-plate AG 599 YEN. The suspect zoomed off to avoid search. He was pursued and arrested by the policemen.

“The Toyota car was stolen from where it was parked at Green Villa, Biogbolo, Yenagoa.

”The owner has been identified. In the course of our investigation, we recovered many masterkeys. He claimed that each of the keys costs N50,000 and were brought in from Ghana. He said with the keys, he could open any vehicle no matter the make.”

The police boss said that from the suspect’s background, the police investigation revealed that Andrew was a dismissed officer from the Nigerian Army.

He stated that since his dismissal, the suspect had perpetually operated a gang that specialises in stealing vehicles from where they were parked.

”We are happy we have caught him again. I want to assure the public that we are up to all his tricks and that with his arrest, the city of Yenagoa and Bayelsa will be at peace, especially knowing quite alright that most people in the metropolis do not have garages or car parks as most vehicles are parked on the streets, that is why he took advantage of that.

”With his arrest, I am sure our vehicles will be more secured. We are going to get some of his gang members in Makurdi and Enugu.”

In a chat with the suspect, Andrew who said he was dismissed from the Army for mutiny in 2014, confessed to the crime, saying he usually sold each stolen car for N300,000 to one Ike in Makurdi, Benue State.

He said it was the Devil that pushed him into the crime, promising that if he was left off the hook, he would no longer go into crime.

Andrew, who claimed he had stolen only four vehicles, pleaded with the authorities to free him and that he would turn a new leaf.

He stated, ”I use master-keys to remove vehicles from where they are parked. The police have apprehended me three times – I stole a Toyota Camry from Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

They caught me in Yenagoa before transferring me to Port Harcourt. Another one was a Hilux, I stole that one from Warri in Delta State and two others.

”When they took me to court in Delta State, I was put in prison but the owner told the Magistrate’s Court that I should pay him the money he used to repair his vehicle and that he was not interested in any case.

”I am very sorry, it won’t happen again. I am going to sign an undertaking, any time they catch me again, they should do anything they like to me. It is the devil’s work. I got the keys from Ghana. I buy one for N50,000, I have five gang members.

” I am a dismissed soldier. My last station was 3 Batallion, Warri, Delta State. I was accused of mutiny while on military operation in Borno State. I was brought to Delta State for court martial and I was dismissed in 2014. I am from Cross River State and I am a yam farmer.’

Delta State Records Second Case Of Meningitis

Delta State Records Second Case Of MeningitisFollowing the confirmation of the first case of meningitis at the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, Delta State has recorded a second case of the disease at the Central Hospital, Warri.

Briefing reporters in Asaba, the state’s capital, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, dismissed reports of outbreak, adding that the situation is under control.

“At the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, one case has been confirmed as caused by neisseria meningitidis, the organism that is usually associated with meningitis outbreaks. The second case is yet to be confirmed because of certain complications the patient has.

“The case in Warri was confirmed to have been caused by streptococcus pneumonia, this is a form of bacterium that is hardly associated with outbreaks.

“This is why the one in Warri is not an outbreak, it is a case of meningitis caused by streptococcus pneumonia which is different from the type of bacterium that causes outbreak of meningitis.

“The unconfirmed case in Asaba and the case in Warri responded satisfactorily to treatment and have been discharged. Currently, it’s only one case being managed at Federal Medical Center, Asaba and we are monitoring the situation,” he said.

The Commissioner asked the people not to panic, saying the State Government is ready to combat any possible outbreak of meningitis in the state.

Okowa Orders Contractors To Speed Up Road Projects

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has ordered all contractors handling road projects across the state to utilize the dry season to speed up their work.

He gave the order while inspecting road projects across the state, while also commending the quality of work done so far.

He, however, pointed out areas that needed amendments.


The governor was accompanied by some members of the State Executive Council and top government functionaries.

He also expressed his pleasure over the warm welcome he had received on arriving at the Warri area.

“I feel happy, it is spontaneous and I feel happy that the projects are directly impacting on the lives of the people.”


Furthermore, the governor reiterated his commitment in delivering his electoral promises, adding that his administration would do everything possible within its powers to ensure the delivery of quality projects that could stand the test of time.

“We are trying to utilize the dry season for road construction.

“We believe that our projects must stand the test of time, and we are using concrete on most of our roads in Warri axis and they are more than nine inches in thickness because, the roads must stand the test of time”, he said.

The governor also stressed that while the focus for now was on road construction, other sectors of the economy, especially education would also get the deserved attention during the rainy season.