According to reports just filtering in the much talked about third political force has been launched. Those who were also in attendance at the launch include former Governor of Cross Rivers State , Donald Duke and former Governor of Osun state, Oyinlola Olagunsoyein. Continue reading
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has reiterated his call for the decentralisation and depoliticization of security services as a way of resolving the deadly security challenges facing the country.
The governor noted that that the security services as presently constituted cannot address the security challenges facing the country, where lives are wasted regularly, while governors are helpless. Continue reading
Stephanie Otobo who last Sunday apologised to Apostle Johnson Suleman for accusing him of having an affair with her, has vowed to name her sponsors in court.
The woman said she has emails and text messages to prove her claims.
Otobo, a stripper and musician, spoke on Tuesday from her Lagos hideout via a video published online.
The video is the third on her alleged connection with the preacher since January 23.
She denied being coerced or paid to make a confession in favour of Suleman.
In the first video confession released on Sunday, Otobo apologised to Suleman, founder of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide (OFM), for accusing him of impregnating and breaching a marriage promise. Continue reading
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his administration would no longer tolerate acts of killings and kidnapping for ransom by armed gangs in the nation. Buhari further expressed worries that the recent upsurge of insecurity in different parts of the nation has affected the nation’s development, adding that his administration would not fail to bring the perpetrators to justice. Continue reading
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commended the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Army for the joint operation that led to the killing of Oluchi Igwedibia alias Obatosu, younger brother of Late Don Wanny.
The younger brother of Late Don Wanny who was amongst the 32 Cultists declared wanted by the State Security Council was killed at Sabo Iyakpe, Etsako West in Edo State on Sunday, January 28, 2018, following accurate DSS intelligence.
The Late Oluchi Igwedibia alias Obatosu played a prominent role in the New Year killings by Don Wanny gang in Omoku.
Governor Wike declared that none of those declared wanted by the Rivers State Security Council will go free, saying that they will all be brought to justice.
The governor further declared that the N20million bounty placed for credible information that will lead to the arrest of the wanted cultists is still in place.
He stated all those who participated in the New Year Mayhem at Omoku and any other security infraction in the state will be traced and brought to justice. Continue reading
Stephanie Otobo, the Canada-based singer who claimed to have had an affair with Apostle Johnson Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministries, says she lied.
Stephanie Otobo made the confession during the church service that she was paid heavily by top politicians and some pastors to tarnish Apostle Johnson’s reputation that his offense was that he spoke against the evil of the system and defended the church.
Mrs. Suleiman who received Stephanie Otobo prayed for her and said she has forgiven her.
It will be recalled that Stephanie Otobo sometime last year accused Apostle Suleiman for having a sexual affair with her.
Police in Rivers State has arrested two men for allegedly turning a human being into a goat at Rukpokwu.
An Eyewitness who shared the story online said the incident happened yesterday around Happy Bite area in Port Harcourt and the police had to take control of the situation.
It was said that the two men had turned a human into a goat and and were apprehended when trying to escape. Continue reading
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has debunked some speculations that the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) will end in January 31, 2018, rather says it will end December 2018.
In a statement on Friday by Mr Femi Akinbiyi, the commission’s Head of Publicity in Lagos State, said it has come to the notice of the Commission in Lagos State the rumours going round that the CVR would end on Jan. 31, 2018 therefore urged Nigerians to register as the process is still on.
“We, therefore, wish to inform the people that the Continuous Voter Registration is still on. In line with the provision of section 9 (5) of the Electoral Act (as amended), Continuous Voter Registration will be temporarily suspended 60 days to the commencement of the General Elections scheduled for February, 2019”. Continue reading
IJAW YOUTH COUNCIL (IYC) WORLDWIDE
SPECIAL PRESS RELEASE
January 25, 2018
STATE OF THE IJAW YOUTH COUNCIL (IYC): BEFORE THEY DESTROY THE FABRICS OF COUNCIL
The National leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has watched with bewilderment the controversies surrounding the activities of some characters purporting to act on behalf of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide. Their activities have brought disgrace and public opprobrium to the umbrella body of Ijaw youths, the IYC touted to be the most revolutionary organization in sub-sahara Africa.
These characters have within a short period of time engaged in despicable activities ranging from outright fraudulent claim to have attended and presented a lecture in a non-existent seminar in faraway United States of America to becoming members of a Presidential Aspirant campaign team in the name of the IYC to outright endorsement of the sitting President as their preferred candidate in the 2019 Presidential election.
We are not surprised by the activities of these persons. We knew all these while that the desperation to seize the IYC was to use the platform to become overnight billionaires.
These characters thought that once they call themselves leaders of IYC, manna will fall from heaven and make them rich overnight. They fail to realize that IYC is not a business name and that if you must lead IYC and lead well, you must have a source of living. This was the reason why some of their associates in the past had consistent running battles with the IYC led by Kuromiema Abiye and Udengs Eradiri as Presidents.
However, the President of the IYC, Eric Omare has vowed to restore sanity to the IYC while stating clearly that the IYC is neither a political organization nor a business name for people to beg money from one office to the other.
The IYC is a revolutionary grassroots movement with a mandate to achieve resource control and self-determination for the Ijaw people in solidarity with other ethnic nationalities of Nigeria in line with the historic Kaiama Declaration.
Therefore, we would not allow strange elements who know nothing about the founding philosophy of the organization to destroy the fabrics of the IYC.
The IYC has not endorsed any Presidential Candidate and would not be part of the campaign team of any of the Presidential candidates in the 2019 elections, except an Ijaw man or woman is the Candidate of any of the leading parties or a candidate that has done something extra ordinary for the Ijaw people.
Of course the IYC cannot endorsed a candidate leading a government that is after the lives of key Ijaw leaders, frustrating the take-off of the only university sited in the riverine areas of the Ijaw nation and has not done anything significant in terms of infrastructure for our people.
This brings to the fore why we refused to accept the strange and absurd decision of the Ijaw Elders Committee that was set up by Governor Dickson of Bayelsa State. Though the members of the committee have been very apologetic since their mistakes became glaring but have been appealing ‘’in the interest of the Ijaw Nation’’. And if we may ask: what is the interest of the Ijaw nation in turning the IYC to beggars associations?
What is the Ijaw interest in turning the IYC to political endorsement platform? What is the Ijaw interest in using the IYC platform to become members of campaign team of a Presidential Aspirant who is not even an Ijaw?
The point must be made that the IYC support for the election of former President Jonathan both in 2011 and 2015 elections is distinguishable from the present situation? The Jonathan presidency was an Ijaw project and it was the general consensus of the Ijaw people to support his election bid and the INC and IYC as the umbrella bodies had the duty in the Ijaw national interest to lead the campaign in reaching out to other ethnic nationalities.
This was what the Abieye Kuromiema and Udengs Eradiri leadership of the IYC did. The present situation where some characters are using the IYC platform to endorse candidates left, right and centre is totally unacceptable and has brought the IYC into serious disrepute. The half-hearted denial by the leader of this dishnourable hustlers’ team is just an afterthought.
Consequently, we call on all Ijaw patriots to join hands with the President of IYC, Eric Omare and his executive council to restore sanity to the IYC. This is the time the IYC is most needed to lead the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria towards achieving resources control.
It is now crystal clear that the transferred aggression by some stakeholders of the IYC and Ijaw nation against the Eric Omare leadership would not do the Ijaw nation any good. We cannot allow the fabrics of our dear IYC that our founding fathers and successive leaders have labored hard to build to become the envy of others to be destroyed by hustlers who are ready to do anything to make money.
The IYC is not a business name
All Progressive Congress (APC) committee on True Federalism has finally presented its report on restructuring that would see that several items such as, police, judiciary, labour issues, food, drugs, poison, mines and minerals, oil field, mining, geological surveys, natural gas and prisons are placed in the concurrent list.
By this development the Chairman of the APC committee on restructuring, Governor El Rufai of Kaduna State said that states would now have power to legislate on the above mentioned items. He however said that states would now be in control of the land, minerals and hydrocarbon resources. Though, crude oil exploration in the continental shelf of Nigeria would be the exclusive preserve of the federal government, since it is the federal resources and security apparatus that are being used to protect the seas and borders.
On citizenship, he said that the issues of local government and state of origin, the committee are recommending state of residence in order to resolve the issue of residence. El Rufai advised that an arrangement has to be made to amend the Federal Character Commission Act. Continue reading