Niger Delta: Don advocates stiff penalties to curb gas flaring

A Professor of Energy Economics at the University of Ibadan (UI), Adeola Adenikinju, has said that for the environmental situation in the Niger Delta to be addressed, there must be significant penalties for human and non-human interference with oil and gas pipelines. He said this will serve as punishment for those involved in the act…

Military destroys 15 illegal refineries in Niger Delta

Security operatives in Nigeria have destroyed more than 15 illegal refinery facilities used by some youths in the Niger Delta area for crude oil refinning. A military spokesman, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, on Thursday, said the destruction of the refineries was in line with the mandate given the joint military task force to maintain law and…

FG To Establish Chamber Of Commerce For Niger Delta Youths

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo On Establishing Chamber Of Commerce The government of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to sustaining the anti-corruption fight, ensure that the system is cleaned up and government business is done the right way, says Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. According to him, “if we are not able to sustain the fight against…

Niger Delta communities source investors for modular refineries

Communities in the Niger Delta region have taken the lead in efforts to take advantage of the federal government’s plan to develop modular refineries. Already at a meeting on Thursday at the Presidency, a delegation of representatives from the Gbaramatu Kingdom met with the Vice President Yemeni Osinbajo on the issue. According to a statement…

Niger Delta States Indicate Interest In Community-Based Modular Refineries

 *We will engage on basis of trust-VP *Meets Gbaramatu leaders & US investors on proposed project  Niger Delta States Indicate Interest In Community-Based Modular Refineries Laolu Akande, Abuja; As implementation efforts on President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Vision for oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta region progress, states in the region are beginning to indicate interest…

Tensions rising in Niger Delta –Senate warns

The Senate, on Thursday, raised the alarm over growing tensions in the Niger Delta region, following the alleged refusal of the Federal Government, to offset five months arrears of 65,000 to 30,000 ex-militants. The money was supposed to be paid through the Presidential Amnesty Programme. In a motion, sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi and tagged…

Ibori, Alamieyeseigha victims of Niger Delta struggle – Governor Dickson

Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, on Wednesday claimed that the former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori and the late D.S.P Alamieyeseigha, were victims of the struggle in the Niger Delta. Dickson stated this while receiving Ibori at the Government House in Yenagoa. He said that the two former Governors mobilized the Niger Delta…

PHOTOS: Niger Delta reveal Plans for Tompolo’s 46th Birthday, design T-Shirts

The people of the Niger Delta are set to celebrate the 46th birthday of embattled military leader Government Ekpemupolo, more popularly known as Tompolo. Tompolo, was a commander in various guerrilla groups in the Niger Delta which were all agitating against the insensitivity of the Federal Government and the international oil companies towards to exploitation……

NNPC Lauds Positive Roles Of The Legislature In Oil & Gas Industry

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has described the interplay between members of the executive and the legislative arms of government as an indispensible element of the democratic process with potential positive spin-off effect on the oil and gas industry in the country. Delivering a keynote speech at the Executive Intelligence Management, EIMC, Course 10…

News Summary 27th March 2017 : 2016 Budget Capital Release Hit One Trillion

2016 Budget Capital Release Hit One Trillion Capital released to Federal ministries departments and agencies for the 2016 budget have reached a record 1 trillion naira the highest ever budgetary release in Nigeria’s annual funding for capital projects. A statement by the Director Information Federal Ministry of Finance, Salisu Dambatta states that the minister of…

Militants give new conditions for peace in Niger Delta

Some militant leaders in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region on Thursday gave new conditions for President Muhammadu Buhari to meet, in order to ensure total peace in the region. Included in the conditions is that all outstanding stipends to the militants and their leaders be paid without further delay. Under the amnesty programme, each former militant…

Be on Site Within 30 Days or Face Prosecution – FG

Laolu Akande, Abuja: The Federal Government (FG) has issued a new set of directives in its bid to accelerate the implementation of the Buhari administration’s new vision for the development of the Niger Delta. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, issued the directives at a recent meeting of the inter-ministerial working group following up on the…

Niger Delta: Buhari orders contractors to resume work or face prosecution

The Federal Government has issued a new set of directives in its bid to accelerate the implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s new vision for the development of the Niger Delta. To this end, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on behalf of this principal, has given all contractors including those handling Niger Delta Development…

Osinbajo: Niger Delta Will Get Better Deal

Nigerians in the Niger Delta deserve a fair deal, according to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who outlined the vision of the Buhari administration and why it would depart from past leadership and governance failures in the region. Prof. Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari is now advocating a New Vision for the people of…

Buhari ready to give Niger Delta people fair deal – Osinbajo

Vice-President ,Yemi Osinbajo, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari, believes that the people of the Niger Delta, deserve a fair deal. In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Laolu Akande and sent to DAILY POST, Osinbajo said the administration was now advocating a New Vision for the people. He…

President Buhari Wants A Much Better Deal For Niger Deltans – VP Prof. Osinbajo

Laolu Akande, Abuja: While past leadership and governance failures explain the worrying conditions of Nigerians in the oil-producing communities, the people still deserve a fair deal, according to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. Prof. Osinbajo said this was the position of President Muhammadu Buhari and it is the reason the administration is now advocating…

Four Niger-Delta ex-militants employed as University lecturers

Four Niger Delta militants, who dropped their arms, went back to school and made First Class Bachelor’s degrees, have been employed as lec­turers by Benson Idahosa Uni­versity in Edo State. According to the co-ordinator of the Presi­dential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), the…

Osinbajo to head Niger-Delta Presidential delegation on Buhari’s directives

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been directed by his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari to head the special presidential delegation charged with the task of resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta region. The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, retired Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, on Monday in Abuja said the choice of Osinbajo……

Tompolo In Fresh Trouble Over N5.3billion Debt

A former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo has been dragged to court by a financial institution in the country over unpaid debt. The financial institution, Unity Bank Plc sued the limited liability company, Muhaabix Global Services, owned by the former Niger Delta militant for an accrued unpaid debt amounting to N5,320,953,095.40. The……

Why we will support Buhari’s govt – Niger Delta ex-Militants

Former militants under the aegis of Niger Delta ex-Agitators, have expressed support for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, stressing that they are ready to give peace a chance. Speaking at a meeting in Ughelli, Delta State on Friday, leader of the group, Israel Akpodoro said Buhari has made sterling progress in the nation, adding…

Gov. Dickson, Ibori discuss ways to tackle insecurity in Niger-Delta region

The governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson and the ex-governor of Delta state, James Ibori have resolved to jointly mobilize and employ the resources at their disposal towards tackling security issues plaguing the Niger-Delta region. This was made known in a statement signed and issued by Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Chief Press Secretary to Dickson, following…

Count Niger Delta out of your Oduduwa Republic – Group warns Adebanjo

Foundation For Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, (FHRACC), has warned a Yoruba leader, Ayo Adebanjo, to count out Niger Delta communities out of the proposed Oduduwa republic. Alaowei Cleric, its National President, in a statement yesterday stated that the group had seen a map showing the Yoruba territories proposed to form Oduduwa Republic. Noting that…

Relocation of oil firms to Niger Delta a big step to peace: Ex-Militant

A Niger Delta Ex-Militant on Monday applauded Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for directing oil firms to relocate their headquarters to the oil bearing states within the Niger-Delta region. Chairman of the Phase II Amnesty Programme beneficiaries, Mr Salvation Ibena Rufus told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa that if implemented, the directive would fast……

Niger Delta Youths commend Kachikwu for returning peace to region

The Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress (NGYCPP) on Sunday applauded the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu’s efforts of restoring permanent peace through reconciliation in the region. The group made the commendation in a communiqué, after a meeting in Yenegoa, and signed by the Acting Chairman of the coalition,……

Ensure your directive on relocation of multinational oil companies to Niger Delta include NNPC – FHRACC tells Osinbanjo

The Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, FHRACC, yesterday, called on Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo to ensure that its directive given to Oil multinationals to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Niger Delta region is should include the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. In a statement signed and made available to Daily…

PHOTOSCENE: Osinbajo visits Akwa Ibom

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, landed in Akwa Ibom State in continuation of the Federal Government’s outreach to oil producing communities in Niger Delta. He was received by Governor Udom Emmanuel. He also paid a visit to HRM Owong (Dr) Bassey Archianga, paramount ruler of Ibeno and chairman traditional rulers council of Akwa…

Alleged corrupt practices: NDDC ready for probe – spokesman

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it is ready to open its book for audit to prove that it has not embarked on outrageous purchases of vehicles worth over N5 .5billion. The Commission was responding to an allegation credited to the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN)……

Osinbajo continues Niger Delta tour, visits Akwa Ibom Thursday

Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo will embark on a state visit to Akwa Ibom on Thursday. The trip is in continuation of his tour of Niger Delta States. A statement by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh revealed that Prof Osinbajo will inspect the ongoing construction of the second runway at the Akwa Ibom…

Niger Delta: Buhari Presidency Activates $20b Ogidigben Gas Industrial Project

  Acting President On Gas Industrial Revolution “We are unwavering in our commitment to the Niger Delta”— Acting President Osinbajo Laolu Akande, Abuja; In what is called a ‘Gas Revolution,’ and following the renewed interactive engagements of the Federal Government with oil-producing communities in several states in the Niger Delta region, a plan to put…

FG plans $20bn gas industrial park in Niger Delta-Osinbajo

The Federal Government says it plans to establish N20 billion gas industrial park in the Niger Delta, following a renewed interactive engagement with oil bearing communities in the region.P The Acting President, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo, said this on Monday when some international developers and investors of the project met with him at the Presidential Villa. Tagged……

Presidency Activates $20B ‘Gas Revolution’ Project

In what is called a ‘Gas Revolution,’ and following the renewed interactive engagements of the Federal Government with oil-producing communities in several states in the Niger Delta region, a plan to put in place a gas industrial park that is valued at about $20B through a Public-Private Partnership model is now in process. Tagged the Gas…

@NDDC: Shake Up in Niger Delta Development Commission

  (NAN)  The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has redeployed 11 directors to different offices and directorates to boost its performance in the development of the Niger Delta. The Managing Director of NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere, said on Thursday in Port Harcourt that the decision to shake-up the NDDC was taken after the commission’s retreat…

Oil theft: JTF destroys 3 illegal refineries in Niger Delta

The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) said on Saturday in Yenagoa that it had destroyed three illegal oil distillation sites in Delta and Rivers. Spokesman of ODSafe, Maj. Abubakar Abdullahi confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). “Troops of the Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS) Delta successfully carried out a……

JTF releases ex-Niger Delta militant leader, nine others

Ex-militant leader, Mr. Goddey Smith Bounanawei (alias King of the Forest) and nine others, including Peremor Ekpesegba, Akpos Livinus, Monday Ebimene, Churchilll Agbelogode, who were arrested by the Joint Task Force in connection with renewed militancy in the region have regained their freedom. The Ex-militants were released by the JTF on Thursday and handed over…

Throwbackthursday: Adaka Boro declares Niger Delta Republic

On February 23, 1966, some 51 years ago, the first attempt by the people of the Niger Delta to part ways with Nigeria, and have a country of their own, was made. The move towards self-determination was engineered by Isaac Adaka Boro, an indigene of Kaiama in present day Bayelsa State, who led an armed…

Speaker calls for more permanent solution to N/Delta crisis

……Why we are investigating abuses of of Amnesty programme Yakubu Dogara, Speaker HoRs On N/Delta Crisis Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has advocated for a permanent solution to the crisis of the Niger Delta region. Dogara was represented by House Minority Leader Hon. Leo Ogor, said this  when he declared open…

Dogara blames Nigeria’s recession on Niger-Delta militants

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said the on-going recession rocking the nation can be linked to the activities of the Niger-Delta militants last year. He stated this on Monday while delivering his opening remarks at an investigative hearing on the alleged violation of the Public Procurement Act and abuses of…

Niger Delta: stakeholders commend FG on proposed modular refineries

Local refinery operators and some stakeholders in Bayelsa on Sunday commended the proposed liberalisation of modular refineries by the Federal Government to drive development in the Niger Delta region. Acting President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo, had during his last tour of oil communities announced that the Federal Government would establish modular refineries in the Niger Delta……

Illegal oil activities in N/Delta to end soon, says Presidency

The Presidency says illegal oil refining in the Niger Delta would soon be a thing of the past, following Federal Government’s plan to liberalise participation in its proposed establishment of modular refineries. Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, retired Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)……

NIMASA ready to partner FG on Niger Delta dialogue, says Peterside

Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), says the agency is ready to partner with the Federal Government to meet development challenges in the Niger Delta. Peterside disclosed this to newsmen on the sidelines of the visit of the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo`s visit to Port Harcourt for……

FG committed to peace, development in Niger Delta – Osinbajo

Acting, Prof. President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday said that the Federal Government was committed to peace, development and security in the Niger Delta region. Osinbajo made the pledge at a Town Hall meeting in Port Harcourt with Rivers stakeholders on the development of the State and the Niger Delta. He said that the need for……

Niger Delta youth group lauds Osinbajo’s visit, seeks more role for Kachikwu

The Niger Delta Non-Violence Youth Leaders Assembly, (NDYLA), a peace advocacy group, has applauded last Friday’s visit of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to Bayelsa, describing it as a morale booster. The group also said that the visit had revived the hope of Niger Delta people of a sustainable peace and development in the region under……

Our Mission For Niger Delta – Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

On Monday January 17, 2017, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, started a series of “Interactive Engagements” with oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta region with the visit to Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State. The Acting President, Osinbajo continued the engagement in a town hall meeting…

FG is committed to development of Niger-Delta region – Minister

The Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Mr Usani Usani, has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to develop the Niger Delta region. Usani restated this at a stakeholders’ meeting to mark the visit of the Acting President Yemi Osibanjo to Bayelsa on Friday Osinbajo resumed his his peace talk for sustainable development on Friday. The minister assured……

PHOTONEWS: Osinbajo arrives Bayelsa, meets Niger Delta leaders

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo Friday arrived Bayelsa State, ahead of his meeting with leaders and government officials in the state. Osinbajo’s visit is aimed at finding solutions to the crisis in the Niger Delta region that would lead to improved oil production. The acting president was welcomed by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and other…

ICT: Youths exposure in Niger Delta low —Entrepreneur

Mr Ikenda Elechi, Chief Executive Officer of ICEtech Group, has said that the exposure of youths’ to Information Technology (IT) was very low in the Niger Delta. Elechi, an ICT expert, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Tuesday. He said that there were enormous……

Increased tension as militant group threatens to overrun Shell Hq

Palpable anxiety has continued to hold the entire business community of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following speculation that the giant oil firm, Shell Petroleum, had concluded plans to leave the state in response to a fresh threat by an unknown militant group to resume hostilities against it. Tension was said to have built up around…

29-point guideline on Nigeria Delta operations released

National Council on Hydrocarbons The National Council on Hydrocarbons on Tuesday released guidelines on how to review, strengthen and initiate robust policies for the oil and gas sector. The guidelines, contained in a communique released by the Ministry of a Petroleum Resources, highlighted 29 needs to aid the development of the sector and the Niger…

NIGER DELTA: Clarke’s group trusts FG to adopt 16-point agenda

Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), a pressure group led by Edwin Clarke, on Saturday raised hope for a return to dialogue as a way to bring the Niger Delta imbroglio to a peaceful resolution. There had been misgivings in the region over whether the Federal Government was sincere in its posturing of finding lasting solutions…

It’s Time To Plan The Future Of Niger Delta, VP Osinbajo Says

VP Osinbajo And Governor Wike During His Visit to Rivers state The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo Has called on the people of Niger Deltans to embrace peace as a panacea for Infrastructural developemnt of the region. This he stated at the on going tour of the region to meet with the stakeholders and interact…

VP Osinbajo in Delta on peace mission

The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo on Monday led a Federal Government team to Delta State as part of government’s efforts to resolve the lingering Niger Delta Crisis. The visit was said to be for an Interactive Engagement and Fact-Finding Mission with Oil-Producing Communities in a renewed effort at resolving the crisis in that region. On…

Niger Delta region long neglected – Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has admitted that the Niger Delta region has long been abandoned. Osinbajo made this assertion when he led a Federal Government delegation to the oil rich region on Monday. The Vice President noted that most of the developmental initiatives started by the past administrations had not achieved their developmental objectives for…

Pipeline bombardments have killed over 20,000, Osinbajo tells N’Deltans

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday told the people of Gbaramatu kingdom in Delta State that attacks on pipelines in the region from 1998 till 2015 have killed over 20,000 persons. The vice president stated this when he visited Delta State on Monday as part of the ongoing efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal…

Osinbajo off to Niger Delta to checkmate crisis

In further efforts to address the Niger Delta situation, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, is to visit a number of oil communities in the region. His visit which is billed to take him across some Niger Delta states begins Monday, January 16, 2017, with a visit to Delta State, after which he is also to…

Osibanjo begins tour of Niger Delta Monday

Vice President, Prof. Osibanjo Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is to begin tour of communities in the Niger Delta on Monday in a bid to solve the lingering crisis in the oil-rich region. The move is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to resolve the crisis in the area through engagement with the locals….

VP Osinbajo Commences Series Of Interactive Engagement With Oil-Producing Communities

VP Osinbajo Laolu Akande; In a further demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s readiness and determination to comprehensively address the Niger Delta situation, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will be visiting a number of oil communities across some Niger Delta States starting on Monday, January 16, 2017,  when he travels to Delta State. At a later date to…

Niger Delta elders beg militants over attacks on oil installations

The Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum has called on aggrieved militant groups in the Niger Delta to stop bombing oil facilities in the region. Just few days ago, the Niger Delta Delta Avengers, NDA, had threatened to renew hostilities in the oil rich region, saying it will hit President Muhammadu Buhari very hard…

Niger Delta: Another deadly militant group emerges, vows to bring down NDDC, others

Another deadly militant group has emerged in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The new group, known as Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, Monday joined the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, who had recently declared its intention to resume attacks on oil installations in the oil-rich region. The development is coming following the Federal Government’s alleged…

Tension grips oil firms in Niger Delta as Avengers renew threat

There was palpable tension on Saturday within the Niger Delta region of Nigeria following a renewed threat by a volatile militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to resume hostilities on oil facilities there. As a result, many oil firms and contractors were seen in panic mood, a situation that the locals said was worse…

Buhari resumes payments to ex-Niger Delta militants

The Federal Government has resumed payments to former Niger Delta militants, as agreed under a 2009 amnesty deal, a government official confirmed on Thursday. President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been holding talks with militants to end attacks on crude pipelines, which cut Nigeria’s output by 700,000 barrels in 2016. The budget for cash payments to…

Press Briefing by Army Spokesman Brigadier General SK Usman

Gentlemen of the press, welcome to year 2017 maiden press briefing. It is our first interaction to review our last year training and operational activities which led to the final fall of Boko Haram terrorists headquarters in “Camp Zairo” and subsequent Presidential commendation on achieving that noble feat. It will also enable us to project…

Niger Delta people suffering more than almajiris – Edwin Clark

A former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has claimed that the Federal Government has abandoned the Ijaw ethnic nationality. He said the suffering and under-development of the region, “is worse than that of the almajiris up North.” Calrk made this statement when he played host to the Ijaw Professionals’ Association, IPA, Homeland chapter….

God did not bring Nigeria together – Niger Delta groups‎ reply Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has come under heavy attacks over a recent comment credited to him that the unity of Nigeria cannot be negotiated. Three civil society organizations in the Niger Delta, have countered his assertion, saying that Wike’s unconditional support for the unity and indivisibility of a defective federal structure that favours…

President Buhari Mourns Senator Francis Okpozo

Nigeria President Buhari  FEMI ADESINA, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari expresses heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Delta State on the death of Chief Francis Okpozo, a Second Republic senator and a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The President also commiserates with the family and friends of…

Buhari condoles with Delta State over Okpozo’s death

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday commiserated with the government and people of Delta State over the death of a Second Republic Senator and member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Francis Okpozo. Sen. Okpozo died yesterday at his country home in Ozoro community, headquarters of Isoko North Local Government…

Buhari reveals how he will handle Niger Delta militants

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the government will try to dialogue with Niger Delta militants, instead of fighting with them for the control of oil resources in the region. He was speaking on Sunday, when the Minister of the FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello, paid him a visit along with some residents of the city….

We’ll persuade Niger Delta militants to dialogue with FG, Buhari says

In its bid to ensure a lasting solution to the militancy in the Niger Delta, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his administration will persuade Niger Delta militants to dialogue with government. This was even as the President continued his incessant appeal to Nigerians to bear with his government, assuring them that how to lift…

Militants want Buhari to sack Ministers for Niger Delta

A Militant group, the Action Crocodile Group of Niger Delta (ACGND), the Ondo State chapter, on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack his Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Uguru Useni and his counterpart for state, Prof. Claudius Daramola. The militants formed under the auspices of the Niger Delta Avengers are accusing the two…

Statement By Amina Mohammed On Appointment as UN Deputy Secretary-General

Amina Mohammed(15th December, 2016): The opportunity and responsibility to serve people and planet as the next United Nations Deputy Secretary-General is truly humbling. I am most grateful for the confidence and trust demonstrated by the United Nations Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres and President Muhammadu Buhari. As directed by Mr President, I will continue in the meantime…

2017 Budget Must Ease Burden of Our People, Says Saraki

Nigeria Senate President, Bukola Saraki Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, called on the executive arm of government to work to ensure that the 2017 budget truly ease the burden of Nigerians. Saraki in his welcome address during the formal presentation of the presentation of the 2017 Appropriation Bill before a joint session…

Nigeria Budgets N110b For Amnesty, Insurgency

  Nigeria has budgeted N110 billion for the  implementation of Presidential Amnesty Programme and the rehabilitation of the Northeast region devastated by the activities of the Boko Haram insurgency.President Muhammadu Buhari stated this in his presentation of the 2017 budget estimates at the National Assembly, Abuja, on Wednesday. He said that the allocation for the…

JTF Troops Arrest 10 Suspected Militants

The Nigeria military has arrested 10 suspected militants terrorizing various creeks in Cross Rivers, Niger Delta region, and recovered weapons from them. Troops of Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Delta Safe (ODS), carried out the operation which led to the arrest. The soldiers intercepted and recovered cache of arms and ammunition in one of their…

Jonathan breaks silence on N’Delta crisis, sues for peace

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on Niger Delta people to embrace peace in order to actualise the needed development in the oil region. Jonathan who had mostly been silent on the renewed militancy in the region noted that it was impossible to have development in an environment devoid of peace, and called on traditional…

Itsekiri leaders support militarisation of Niger Delta, condemns PANDEF

A group in the oil region of Niger Delta, Itsekiri Leaders of Thought (ILOT), has expressed its support for the present militarisation of the region. This is as the group condemned calls by Chief Edwin Clark and others who are demanding withdrawal of military from the Niger Delta. According to ILOT, the never-ending menace of…

Hope for peace in Niger Delta as Senate moves to fast-track passage of PIB

Normalcy may soon return to the troubled Niger Delta region, as strong indications have emerged that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), currently before the Senate will be fast-tracked and passed soon to immediately address serious issues affecting the people, which in turn have led to the current escalation of crisis in the area. Some Senators…

EFCC arrests an illegal oil vessel at the point of discharge

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested an oil vessel off-loading products suspected to be Automated Gas Oil, AGO, along Eagle Island in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.   The arrest, made on Thursday December 1, was made possible by high-level intelligence and surveillance by the EFCC. Men and officers of the…

Four suspected sea pirates arrested in Niger Delta

The Nigerian Navy on Friday at Masunkiri in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa, arrested four suspected sea pirates in the ongoing operations in the Niger Delta, codenamed, Exercise Eagle Eye. Exercise Eagle Eye, launched on Thursday in Warri is the annual sea inspection operation by the Chief of Naval Staff, aimed at enhancing maritime…

Governor Obaseki Defined The Path to Security in Niger-Delta Region

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State says a coordinated approach of accurate data and statistics of communities in the Niger-Delta region is pivotal to resolve youth restiveness and enhance human capacity development. Besides, Governor Obaseki said his administration is determined to curb youth restiveness and build their capacity through technical and vocational training, explaining that…