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Crisis Brewing Over N4 Billion TV Programme By Delta State Government, APC Alleges Scam

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Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has blasted the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission for allegedly proposing over N4 billion annually for its media activities.

Prosper Edo, Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on DESOPADEC Matters, had a few weeks ago announced that the commission’s Managing Director, Askia Ogieh, would embark on a rebranding mission of the commission through a weekly television programme on ChannelsTV, AIT and state-owned broadcasting outfits in Asaba and Warri in an Opa Williams Production.

According to a director in the commission, who spoke with SaharaReporters on the condition of anonymity, the programme will cost over N4 billion annually.

Condemning the programme, the APC stated that it wouldd not in any way add value to people’s lives.

In a statement signed by the state’s Publicity Secretary, Sylvester Imonina, the APC said, “A commission that is supposed to be an interventionist agency for the good of Deltans from oil producing communities is now a cesspool of personal aggrandizement and corruption. While the commoners/the poor from the oil producing communities are wallowing in abject deprivation of social basic amenities such as good schools, good roads, potable water, health care and other basic necessities of life.

“The present DESOPADEC budget for oil producing area is about N28 billion. A critical look at the budget shows that N4.6 billion is for media propaganda of things claimed to be done, yet “not done” for the area of the mandate of the commission, for the fiscal year. Why that humongous amount.? A good product does not need advertisement. The claimed projects will advertise themselves through the beneficiaries and not the media hype.

“N5.2 billion for the fiscal year, on security in the area of mandate. In other words, over N433 million is budgeted/spent on a monthly basis. N3.6 billion is for Water ways and land security committee. That is, N300 million on a monthly basis. This is a committee that ought to be directly financed by the state government, but same was given to DESOPADEC as an added burden and a pipe for frittering away our commonwealth.

“Information available says that the committee is an avenue for empowering some few PDP thugs/members who could not be given the position of Special Assistants and Aides to the Governor. What a way to waste resources of our dear State. Five billion naira for miscellaneous, entertainment and other frivolous things. Who are they entertaining? That is left for Deltans to imagine.

“Meanwhile, after the addition of monies for salaries of DESOPADEC staff to the above, what is left for the developmental projects of the oil-producing areas in Delta State is only a meagre sum, around the neighbourhood of N4 billion. This is criminal thievery and neglect of the people who purportedly ‘voted’ PDP into power in Delta state, and it is unacceptable. Deltans never bargained for this.”

The party, however, warned that the patience of Deltans should not be taken for granted.
All efforts to contact the Peoples Democratic Party’s chairman and publicity secretary, Kingsley Esiso and Ifeanyi Osuoza, respectively were unsuccessful.
Similarly, DESOPADEC Managing Director, Askia Ogieh, did not respond to calls made to his telephone line.
However, his aide who spoke to SaharaReporters on the condition of anonymity, said there was no going back on the N4 billion earmarked for the TV programme.

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Bayelsa poll: Another Police Inspector confirmed dead following Nembe shooting

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A Police Inspector posted from the Mobile Police formation in Asaba, Delta State, has been confirmed dead, owing to gunshot injuries suffered from the mayhem at the aborted rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nembe, Bayelsa State.

Members of the PDP were attacked on Wednesday, at King Koko Square, venue of a PDP rally In Ogbolomabiri, Nembe.

The PDP has blamed the attack on the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), with Senator Duoye Diri, the governorship candidate for Saturday’s election, calling on President Muhammad Buhari to declare a state of emergency on Bayelsa volatile areas.

The body of the Police Inspector, whose name was not disclosed, has since been deposited at the Nembe General Hospital.

Another of his colleagues, Mr. Ododomu was luckier as he survived the attack with gunshot wounds on his leg.

Two other policemen who were at the aborted PDP rally, are said to be critically injured and are battling to survive.

Several other people are reportedly missing with growing worries from unconfirmed reports that the thugs ripped open the stomach of their victims and threw them into the nearby river.

Medical personnel have been battling to save lives of the victims at the Specialists Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.

As at Friday, 39 of the injured have been discharged on follow up, while 47 are still on admission, with 32 at the Federal Medical Centre and 15 still gasping for breath at the Specialist Hospital, Yenagoa.

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Six women arrested for trafficking minors in Jigawa

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Jigawa State Hisba command has arrested six women for allegedly trafficking nine children to Federal Capital Abuja for child labour.

Deputy Director State Hisba command Malam Yunusa disclosed this to Daily Post in Dutse.

He explained that the children were taken from villages in Roni local government areas of Jigawa state.

Yunusa said the suspects were arrested while attempting to traffic children to Abuja, Bauchi and Kano states respectively.

He said the victims were all girls and their age is ranging from nine, ten to eighteen year old.

Yunusa said three of the women were indigenes of Roni local government in Jigawa while the others were from Kunci local government area in Kano state.

The suspects were taken to Jigawa state police command for further investigations.

Spokesperson Jigawa state police command SP Abdu Jijiri confirmed the arrest to Daily Post.

He said the case is still under investigation.

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Man nabbed for allegedly killing student in Kaduna

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The Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspect in the killing of a student, Hassan Abdullah of Government Secondary Rigachikun, in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

The incident occurred in the school premises on Thursday at about 11 am when the suspect, Sani Umar, who is not a student of the school, accosted Abdullahi and allegedly stabbed him with a knife.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Kaduna that the victim died on the way to hospital.

Sabo said Umar had been arrested and is undergoing investigation.

According to him, the matter was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to unravel the circumstances that led to the incident.

The police spokesman assured that the suspect would be prosecuted after the investigation.

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