Prof. Edosomwan kidnapped and assassinated in Benin

An Octogenarian and a retired lecturer of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State allegedly kidnapped in his residence in Benin City has been found dead. The body was found around Ogida Quarters More »

Obaseki’s approach to governance, a propaganda piece to deceive Edo people – Hon Isaiah Osifo

The administration of governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has come under criticism by APC leader in the state and former Chief of Staff in the administration of Prof Oserheimen Osunbor, More »

How to transform Esanland in 10 Years

HOW TO TRANSFORM ESANLAND IN 10 YEARS – Saintmoses Eromosele.     The following names need no introduction in Nigeria. They all have one thing in common – they are Esan by More »

Festus Alenkhe narrowly escapes kidnapping, whereabouts unknown

Ace broadcast journalist and crime watch presenter, Mr Festus Alenkhe, narrowly escaped death on Saturday when assailants suspected to be kidnappers broke into his house in Benin in a failed attempt to More »

Police arrest kidnappers of Ogba Zoo Boss, Andy Ehanire

By James Samuel Omede, Benin City. The Nigeria Police has arrested alleged kidnappers of the chief executive officer of Ogba zoo and brother in-law of General Theophilus Danjuma, Mr Andy Ehanire. The More »

Obaseki’s APC is a Magomago Party – Eni Balulu

Immediate past leader of the Esan Central Local Government Council Legislative House and chieftain of the APC in Esan Central, Bar. Eni Afanajah Adeghebalulu, a legal practitioner also known as Eni Balulu, More »

Protests mar Obaseki’s visit to Esan Central

By James Samuel Omede, Irrua. The rather belated “Thank You” visit by Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, coming about one year after assuming office, was marred with rowdy protests at Irrua More »

 

Prof. Edosomwan kidnapped and assassinated in Benin

An Octogenarian and a retired lecturer of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State allegedly kidnapped in his residence in Benin City has been found dead. The body was found around Ogida Quarters in Benin as we hear from our Crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe. The retired senior lecturer identified as Prof. Anthony Nosa Edosomwan was allegedly kidnapped in his house at second federal road around 6:30pm by unknown ...

Obaseki’s approach to governance, a propaganda piece to deceive Edo people – Hon Isaiah Osifo

The administration of governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has come under criticism by APC leader in the state and former Chief of Staff in the administration of Prof Oserheimen Osunbor,  Hon Isaiah Osifo. Osifo hails from Isi in Uhunmwode LGA of Edo State, same locality where the governor declared he comes from but which he has not visited since be emerged governor of the state by the grace of INEC and the c ...

How to transform Esanland in 10 Years

HOW TO TRANSFORM ESANLAND IN 10 YEARS – Saintmoses Eromosele.     The following names need no introduction in Nigeria. They all have one thing in common – they are Esan by birth or by matrimony.   Admiral  Augustus Aikhomun (Formerly Vice President of Nigeria), Chief Anthony Eromosele Enahoro   (Formerly Minister, FGN and mover of Independence Motion for Nigeria. Professor Ambrose Alli ...

Festus Alenkhe narrowly escapes kidnapping, whereabouts unknown

Ace broadcast journalist and crime watch presenter, Mr Festus Alenkhe, narrowly escaped death on Saturday when assailants suspected to be kidnappers broke into his house in Benin in a failed attempt to attack or kidnap him. A senior news reporter with Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) Benin, Mr. Festus Alenkhe who was formerly Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Edo State branch, narrowly escaped death ...

Police arrest kidnappers of Ogba Zoo Boss, Andy Ehanire

By James Samuel Omede, Benin City. The Nigeria Police has arrested alleged kidnappers of the chief executive officer of Ogba zoo and brother in-law of General Theophilus Danjuma, Mr Andy Ehanire. The suspect were arrested in Sapele after intelligence reports by the Police coordinated by the newly appointed Commissioner of Police for Edo state working with his counterpart in Delta State. The new police boss in Edo s ...

Obaseki’s APC is a Magomago Party – Eni Balulu

Immediate past leader of the Esan Central Local Government Council Legislative House and chieftain of the APC in Esan Central, Bar. Eni Afanajah Adeghebalulu, a legal practitioner also known as Eni Balulu, has criticized his party, the APC, and the governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, for being what he termed “Magomago” implying a dubious or not straightforward entity.   In a statement which E ...

Protests mar Obaseki’s visit to Esan Central

By James Samuel Omede, Irrua. The rather belated “Thank You” visit by Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, coming about one year after assuming office, was marred with rowdy protests at Irrua Tuesday. The youths of the locality came out in their numbers angrily protesting the perceived marginalisation of Esanland in the scheme of things in Edo State. They also protested the bad roads and lack of publi ...

Buhari has shown to be a Provincial President – BusinessDay Editorial

BusinessDay has described the APC as a drifting and disappointing Party to Nigerians and President Buhari as a “Provincial President” indicating that the President is not acting in the interest if the federation but out of nepotism, tribalism and segregation. Below is the verdict on President Buhari administration by BUSINESSDAY Newspaper in its editorial of October 17, 2017. “If there is any ...

Governor Obaseki – Making Edo State Nigeria’s Investment Destination? – By Paul Omoruyi

There was time, not so far back, that communication between a Nigerian State Governor and the citizens was virtually non-existent. A Governor is only seen on TV or in tinted siren-blazing SUV convoys zig-zagging precariously through Nigeria roads with arrant disregard for vehicular traffic rules. Any motorist that does not “disappear” from the road (road that can only occupy one car at a time!) will be subj ...

Bode George, Gbenga Daniels, Adeniran all shun Anambra PDP flag off, Dokpesi didn’t

By Faith Iguodala Okoro – Awka. The three aspirants from the South West, for PDP Natonal Chairmanship in the December 9th party elective Convention, all shunned the PDP gubernatorial flag off in Anambra state. The only aspirant who graced the flag off was the South South aspirant and front line person for the position, Chief Dokpesi. Chief Olabode George, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Prof Adeniran, all from t ...

I give my support to Dokpesi – Sen Tunde Ogbeha

Former military governor of old Bendel state and Akwa-Ibom state and currently Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Tunde Ogbeha,  retired military General, has endorsed High Chief Raymond Dokpesi for election into the position of PDP National Chairman in the December 9, PDP elective Convention. Senator Ogbeha made his unequivocal endorsement at his residence in Abuja when Dokpesi led a ...

Former Edo Speaker in hiding, evading Police arrest

Former Speaker turned former Deputy Speaker, Edo House of Assembly, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, Friday evaded arrest by the Nigeria Police who got a warrant for her arrest for conversion or stealing of public property in her possession. The state police obtained a warrant of arrest from the Benin High Court to effect the arrest of the Uhunmwode representative in the Edo State House of Assembly over her continued refu ...

Kidnappers wage war on Edo state, kidnap Catholic priest in Benin

The spate of kidnapping has assumed a frightening dimension within the last thirty days as lots of high profile, statement making individuals have been kidnapped. Thursday afternoon, a Catholic priest on a visit to Benin City was kidnapped according to Rev David Ogolor, an environmental rights activist. Last week, ace musician, Mr Osayomore Joseph was kidnapped after he allegedly played music at the Royal pala ...

Nigeria qualifies to play in Russia, defeats Zambia

By: Lucky Akhimien, Uyo. The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday emerged the first African nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup scheduled to hold in Russia after defeating Zambia 1-0 at a qualifier at the Akwa Ibom stadium. Substitute Alex Iwobi got Nigeria’s goal in the 71st miniute. The Eagles lost several chances at goals but the fans in the stadium and across Nigeria easily forgot their profligacy aft ...

Covering N5M fraud, Edo government redeploys NUJ Chairman

By: Omede, James Samuel, Benin City The last has not been heard of the Edo state government-aided fraud committed by suspended nine journalists of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Edo State. N5million bribe, which was termed ‘parting gift’ was allegedly paid by former Governor Adams Oshiomhole to nine journalists without appropriation and illegally. The N5M bribe generated a lot of controversy and U ...

Obaseki’s probe of Oshiomhole’s regime; APC woman leader imprisoned

A High Court of Edo State has remanded in prison custody the APC Woman Leader for Edo State, Dr Aisosa Amadasun and  four others over allegation of fraud. The APC State Woman leader and her fellow inmates were remanded for diverting public funds meant for the Universal Basic Education approved for Edo State by former President Goodluck Jonathan between 2013 and 2016. The funds were the source of the “Red Ro ...

Nine lessons for Nigeria from the German Unification

By: Omede, James Samuel – Benin City. Today in Germany, the Germans are celebrating similar to what Nigerians ‘celebrated’ two days ago, on October 1. Thus, permit me to open this article by congratulating Europe’s best economy for taking the right steps in 1989, step that the political elite of my country, Nigeria, particularly northern and southern leaders, should consider also taking as we approach t ...

By hearsay, I believe Nnamdi Kalu is now in London – Orji Uzor Kalu

Former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has said that the missing leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Maxi Nnamdi Kanu  may be in London, United Kingdom. According to Orji Kalu who is also a businessman and PDP turned APC politician whose cases at the anti graft agencies have miraculously been suspended since he dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progres ...

We need a Biafran agitation that will strengthen our industrial base – Orji Uzor Kalu

Former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has said that Biafra as a concept can never die among the Igbo. He stressed that the Igbo’s need to intensify the Biafra agitation, only that he suggested that the agitation should focus henceforth more on development issues. Orji Kalu who is also a businessman and prominent politician made the statements in an interview with news men in Lagos. Adverts: 0 8 ...

I urge youths to begin to speak up against the gross incompetence of our ruling grandfathers – Alabi-Idaehor ONE.

Today marks the 57th birthday of our beloved country Nigeria. While I remain unapologetically firm about my belief on the notion of one and truly united Nigeria, I must say say sincerely that today be a day of morning and for no form of celebration. Mourning as a way of expressing our heartfelt condolences to our brothers and sisters in the east. People who lost loved ones to the infamous and undemocratically r ...

Nigeria at 57 – Our position – By the Midwest Movement

By: Professor Echefuna’ R.G. Onyebeadi. We, the Members of the Midwest Movement felicitate with our fellow compatriots all over Nigeria and beyond as we mark the 57th b Independence of Nigeria today; October 01, 2017. “THE MIDWEST MOVEMENT is a pan-Edo/Delta group of distinguished sons and daughters of the twelve tribes of the old Midwest Region, later “renamed” Bendel State “by Mi ...

Buhari’s first term is bad; below the average mark – Catholic Church

The Catholic Church in Nigeria, through one of Her most senior members in Nigeria, a Cardinal of Rome, the Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos Archdiocese and former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie. According to Anthony Cardinal Okogie, those people calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to contest for the Presidency in 2019 do not mean well for Buhari and the nati ...

Obaseki sacks Perm Sec, suspends 3 others over N283m Exam fraud, orders a probe on Oshiomhole’s administration

The governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, sitting in Council, on Friday sacked Dr. (Ms) Osayuware Idahosa, who was until the sack the Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Youth and Special Duties. Three other civil servants were also suspended over  allegation of padding the budget for the conduct of primary school leaving examination (Primary Six Exam) to the tune of N283 million, a fraud which ...

I am heartbroken – Obaseki decries state of facilities at ICE abandoned by Oshiomhole

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday, paid an unscheduled visit to the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in Benin City for an on-the-stop assessment of the facilities at the institution. He decried the state of facilities at the institute. Obaseki, who expressed the view that he was heart broken about the the state of affairs in the school, was taken round the institute by the Acting ...

Kidnappers invade Ogba Zoo, abduct Danjuma’s brother

The management of Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Benin closed to a rude shock this evening as their proprietor and brother of Senator Daisy Ehanire Danjuma, Mr Andy Danjuma was violently kidnapped. Sen Daisy Danjuma’s brother was kidnapped in Benin City and two policemen attached to him are feared dead from gun exchange from the kidnappers. As at press time, the kidnappers are said to be yet to establish con ...

APC is really not concerned about this country, it’s really sad – Gov. Obaseki

The governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, has expressed his frustration over the Benin – Auchi road at the Ekpoma failed portion. Obaseki’s car help up in Ekpoma bad road, hence his outbursts The governor blamed the federal authorities for paying deaf ears to the pleas by Edo people including his government for the repair or reconstruction of the road, which has been in the last two ...

Uber loses licence to operate in UK

By Iyasere V.J.  Uber has lost its licence to operate in London effective September 30, London Transport regulator announced on Friday. The decision by London will affect over 40,000 drivers in a huge blow to the taxi app. The transport regulator said that Uber approach to transportation lacked corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implicati ...

Edo NUJ crisis gets messier , Secretary and eight others suspended

By : Faith Iguodala Okoro, Benin. The crisis rocking the Edo state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) has worsened with the Congress of the NUJ meeting and reaching far reaching decisions which included suspension of senior members or their refund of the monies they allegedly collected from government for “dirty” works during the Edo 2016 gubernatorial election. The Congress of the NUJ met ...

Crisis in Edo NUJ, Obaseki’s money tear journalists apart – Vanguard reporter wanted

By: Omede, James Samuel, Benin. There is palpable chaos at the NUJ Secretariat Edo state as some journalists accused the Edo State correspondent of Vanguard newspapers and close media aide to former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Mr Simon Ebegbulem, of coveting to himself monies allegdly meant journalists by government. As at Press Time, URHOKPOTA REPORTERS could not ascertain whether this money was approved officiall ...

My support for Obaseki was based on principles – Solomon Edebiri

By: Omede James Samuel, Benin. Former gubernatorial aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Edo State in the 2016 state election, Chief Iyobosa Solomon Edebiri, has admitted that he supported {and is supporting} the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki against his party candidate, in the concluded gubernatorial election. Edebiri made this ad ...

Victor Ogiemwonyi expelled from the NSE for fraud, Edo AG’s husband NOT indicted

By: Faith, Iguodala Okoro, Benin. (Additional reports by Omede, James Samuel) UPDATED STORY Mr Victor Ogienmwonyi, owner of Urban Oasis Hotel and former member of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) has been expelled from the NSE over N4.8bn Shares fraud which he was earlier indicted for in February 2017. Ogiemwonyi was expelled for life for his role in stock fraud after an investigation panel indicted him. Urho ...

IPOB is not a terrorist organisation – Military, South-East govs acted unconstitutionally – Senate President

By Omede James Samuel, Abuja. The President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Bukola Abubakar Saraki, has described as unconstitutional and unlawful the proscription of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (POB by the governors of the South-East states as well as the categorization by Nigerias military of the secessionist group as a “Terrorist Organization”. The Senate President who i ...

Don’t close 5,000 private schools in Rivers State – APC warns Wike

By: Iyasere VJ, Port Harcourt The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has warned Governor Nyesom Wike not to proceed with his planned closure of over 5,000 private schools in the State, as the consequences for the State would be grave. The party issued the warning in a statement signed by the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and released on Monday in Port Harcourt, the State capital. ...

Gov Obiano has done badly in first tenure – Anambra APC

By Omede, James Samuel – Anambra. The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State on Wednesday took a dig at the performance of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) government, expressing disappointment. The APC echoed a perception that many people including Chief Peter Obi share and which reverberates in the country. “Chief Peter Obi is disappointed in Mr. Willie Obiano. He is complaining in ...

Police are behind the kidnappings, robberies in Rivers – Governor Wike

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt THE Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police of being behind the series of kidnappings and armed robbery incidents in the state. Wike explained that the embattled Rivers State Special Anti-robbery Squad Commander, Mr Akin Fakorede, and his operatives had been indicted by an official police signal, which indicated that th ...

APC government owes workers 12 months salary in Osun, groups protest

There is palpable tension in Osun State led by APC governor, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola, has failed to pay workers between ten to twelve months salary arrears despite collecting billions of naira in the Paris Refund and other windfalls.    A ciivil society group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS), spearheading the protests, has urged the State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to ...

The timing for this Biafran agitation is wrong – Baron Mike Osaghae

One of the greatest value I ‘ve always conveted is to be able to discern things and know the way they should go. In 1 Chronicle 12vs32, “And of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs; and all their kinsmen were under their command;” Wondering where this leads? Okay, it is a simple dose for my Biafran brothers and sisters. I don’t support, ...

Prove your allegations against me or shut up – Atiku

By Omede, James Samuel – Abuja Former Vice President of Nigeria and foremost 2019 Presidential aspirant, Vice President  Atiku Abubakar, on Monday pledged to fight corruption in the country better than all previous administrations. Atiku has made known his intention to run for president in 2019 and he is being courted by both the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition ...

Lion of Okada: Eulogy for Esama – By Bright Sado Omo

It was long before I was conceived  That a lion’s roaring caught the attention of my ears It was a roar, a roar of peace and one that put me to sleep My heart leaped for joy even though my blood trembled in its vessels. I wondered what lion could effect so much impart but my knees had to wait                                  For my eyes to gain sight.                       Then I arri ...

Fulani Herdsmen slaughter husband and wife at Ehor

A husband and a wife and parents In-law of the Head of Department of Records Department at Clara Oshiomhole Hospital, Ewohimi, has been killed in their farms today at Ehor. The deceased couple, who were also grandparents, were discovered dead in their farms with machetes marks on their bodies and the herdsmen taken to their heels when the community reacted. Adverts: 0 816 807 6181 Palpable tension has mounted in th ...

Ativie will return the Jeeps now, please don’t press charges – APC begs PDP

By: Samuel James Omede, Ehor. The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has begged the leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly, comprising both the PDP and the APC, to lift the suspension placed on the lawmaker representing Uhunmwode Constituency, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, so she can continue to represent her constituency.  Adverts: 0 816 807 6181 Represented by former Political Adviser ...

I am fulfiled by Obaseki’s re-commissioning of the Edo State Fertilizer and Chemical Company that I built for Edo People – Igbinedion.

Former PDP governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, has broken his silence on what he described as “petty political jealousy” of his successor and former APC governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, who curiously abandoned most of the economic infrastructures that the Igbinedion’s PDP administration put in place for the economic transformation of Edo State for political reasons. Reacting ...

I apologise to Oshiomhole for any embarrassment the letter I published may have caused him – Ativie

Impeached former Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, has tendered an apology to the former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, over what she described as “any embarrassment that may have caused him”. The lawmaker representing Uhunmwode Constituency under the All Progressives Congress agreed to step down from being Speaker to become Deputy Speaker during th ...

Return the Assembly cars or go to jail – Oshiomhole tells Ativie

Former governor of Edo State and leader of the APC in Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has asked the former Speaker who accepted demotion to Deputy Speaker over a bribe of government vehicles, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, to return the government cars in her possession or go to jail. Mrs Elizabeth had informed the new leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly led by Mr Adjoto, that she sold the government vehicles ...

I am prepared to step down as Speaker, if… – Adjoto

The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Adjoto, who emerged after the violent impeachment of former Speaker Dr Justin Okonoboh, has said that he is now prepared to step down as Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, apparently following pressures from several quarters including the traditional rulers of Edo North who called for his stepping aside for the sake of respecting the senatorial ...

We reject Adjoto as Speaker – Edo NorthTraditional Rulers

The violently installed Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Adjoto, has been rejected by members of the traditional councils of the Edo North and Edo Central Senatorial Districts. Rising from a joint meeting at Auchi, the traditional rulers insisted that a lawmaker from Edo Central Senatorial District must be made Speaker of the House for the purpose of equity, justice and sociopolitical h ...

Governor Obaseki And Chairman Ojezua Are On The Same Page

By Chris Azebamwan The very misleading report by Urhokpota Reporters that Governor Obaseki walked out on the Chairman of the APC, Edo State, Barr. Anselm Ojezua at a meeting to address the recent misunderstanding in Edo State House of Assembly could not have been further from the truth. Remarkably, the story had no byline and was not credited to anyone but if your reporter was at the APC Secretariat on Monday the 1 ...

FGN allocated N9b for failed Ekpoma road in both 2016 and 2017 budgets – Senator Ordia.

By Sunday Danladi Sado, Abuja. Senator representing the Edo Central Senatorial District (also known as Esanland), Senator Clifford Ordia, has made extensive clarifications about the true state of affairs of the Benin – Auchi Express Way, especially as it relates to the failed alignments at Ehor, Ekpoma, Irrua – Ajaokuta axis, which has rendered the roads totally impassable for a few weeks now. Motor ...

I sold my official vehicle, Oshiomhole gave me the right to sell it – ex-Speaker Ativie tells Edo Assembly

In a letter dated August 16 and signed by the Clerk of the Assembly, James Omoataman, penultimate former Speaker and immediate past Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Elizabeth Ativie, was asked to return the official vehicles allocated to her as a Deputy Speaker. The letter listed the vehicles to include one Prado Jeep, two Hilux vans, and one Lexus Jeep 2016 model. In her response, Hon Eli ...

Political hooliganism & barbarism in Edo Assembly should stop – Oba of Benin

The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, has condemned the recent fracas at the Edo State House of Assembly during their change of leadership on Monday. The revered Benin monarch expressed sadness at the violence that preceded impeachment of former Speaker, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, describing the incident as a display of “political hooliganism and barbarism.’’ Oba Ewuare reacted via a statement by hi ...

Esan elders reject Victor Edoror, demand an Esan Speaker

The People of Esan who mainly occupy the area of Edo State known as Edo Central Senatorial District, under the aegis of Concerned Esan Sons and Daughters, have expressly rejected Hon Victor Edoror as Deputy Speaker, and accused the Edo State APC government of deliberately plotting to politically emasculate the Esan people. The group which rose from a meeting on Tuesday in Benin, in a communique, noted with concern ...

Obaseki walks out on Ojezua over impeached Speaker, angry at Oshiomhole

Governor of Edo State and leader of the APC in Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has walked out on the emergency meeting which he summoned at the state APC Secretariat in Benin, under the chairmanship of the Chairman of the APC in Edo state, Barr Anselm Ojezua. The meeting between Governor Godwin Obaseki and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress APC to resolve the Speaker’s impeachment saga deadlocked on Mo ...

Pandamonium at EDHA, Dr Okonoboh removed as Speaker

By: Omede James Samuel, Benin. There’s currently pandemonium at the Edo State House of Assembly as the Speaker, Dr Justin Okonoboh, has been removed. As at 11.00am the Speaker drove out of the House of Assembly complex. It Premises of EDHA this morning… is now clear that Hon Kabiru Adjoto from Oshiomhole’s constituency has been appointed as the new Speaker. This has once again destroyed the balan ...

Declare State of Emergency on Benin/Abuja Road – Itulah

By: Omede James Samuel, Uromi Former member representing Esan South-East/Esan North-East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and former Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Barr Friday Itulah, has urged the federal government to immediately deploy the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and other intervention agencies to urgently rehabilitate the Benin-Auchi road at Ehor, Ekpoma and Irrua as ...

It is time to arise and shine, PDP Going Back To Villa  – Fayose

By: Omede James Samuel, Abuja. Governor of Ekiti state and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has said that those who are currently in Aso Rock are one chance people who don’t know what they are doing there. Governor Fayose also said that the Peoples Democratic Party has bounced back fully to life and is going straight back to the Aso villa. Fayose who officially unveiled his presidential ambiti ...

Osaze Oyema Jesuorobo having a sober reflection.

Just finished watching Adams Oshiomhole on Channels Television. What caught my attention was his bla bla on corruption and what he called massive looting of public funds in the country and I wondered if the man has gone ‘bunkers’. How can a man whose administration was spending over N230m (two hundred and thirty million naira) annually to conduct primary school leaving certificate examinations while ...

Re: The futility of Dakuku’s Appointment – a treatise by Wike

By Dr Chimele  Eze Amadi, Port Harcourt We have read the above titled piece endorsed on behalf of Governor Nyesom Wike by his aide on Electronic Media one Simeon Nwakaudu. Our first reaction was to ignore the poorly written and misleading treatise  but on a second thought, the need to put the records straight made this response imperative. First, it is common knowledge that Nwakaudu’s job may be at risk ...

Ehor and Ekpoma have been cut off from Edo State, motorists advised to beware

By – Faith Iguodala Okoro. The All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Edo State headed by Mr Godwin Obaseki appears helpless over the state of the Ehor and Ekpoma axis of the federal owned Benin- Auchi express way and also the alternative state owned Iruekpen – Ekpoma – Irrua roads through Ihumudumun in Ekpoma. All the roads in Ekpoma are totally bad and impassable, causing heavy vehicu ...

Makarfi gets additional four months to lead PDP, vows to overcome all hurdles.

Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, the Chairman of National Caretaker Committee, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has gotten the party’s approval to hold his position for an additional four months, within which an election for a substantive national chairman would be conducted. This approval was gotten at the just concluded 75th National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the Nati ...

I will probe Oshiomhole for the N253m Primary Six exam fraud – Obaseki.

   By – Faith Iguodala Okoro The Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has ordered investigation into discovered padding of the Edo State budget for the conduct of first school leaving certificate exam, also known as Primary Six exam. According to the governor, a 253 million naira fraud was discovered in the conduct of the just concluded Primary Six exam in Edo State. This fraud, according to available ...

“It’s not Fulani Herdsmen, but foreigners, that are raping and killing farmers – Governor Obaseki says. “You lied, Obaseki.” Nigeria Immigration Service replies.

By Tony Osas Okungbowa The governor and chief security officer of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has debunked the claim by Ewu, Irrua and Ekpoma people that Fulani Herdsmen raped and killed their women farmers in the bush. A woman killed by Fulani Herdsmen at Ewu This is despite abundant evidence, including his visit to Ewu after the gruesome rape and murder of two Ewu farmers in their farms and his deputy’ ...

PDP’s gubernatorial candidate, wife and deputy celebrate birthday today

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is today, June 21 2017 celebrating his 55th birthday anniversary. The entire social media as well as streets of Edo State are agog with activities and felicitation for his birthday, akin to a public holiday. In the days leading to his birthday, as has become his tradition for many years, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu offered fre ...

Ize-Iyamu assists 267 physically challenged persons, offers free medical screening exercise

No fewer than 267 Persons living with physical challenges, PLWPC, at the weekend benefitted from a free medical screening exercise held as part of activities marking the 55th birthday of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the PDP candidate in the 2016 Edo governorship elections. The event had in attendance many with hearing, sight and physical impairment among others which took place at the premises of the Salvation Army Reh ...

I kidnapped Dan Odiete, Uyi Technical and others in Edo State – Evans

By: Omede James Samuel, Abuja Billionaire Kidnapper, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, aka Evans, has revealed in an interview conducted by Channels Television and TVC that he was involved in the kidnapping of many people in Edo State, including Dan Odiete and Uyi Technical. He said that his mother knew he was into crime, but said the woman was not in support of his evil act. He also revealed how two of his gang members w ...

Declare me winner of September 28 Edo election – Ize-Iyamu tells Supreme Court

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has filed an Appeal at the Supreme Court, Abuja against the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Benin City. The Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of the Justice Badamasi-led Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that upheld the INEC’s declaration of candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Godwin Obaseki, as winner of t ...

Lagos Police arrest man in possession of human skull

Men of the Lagos state Police Command have arrested a 45-year-old man, Lucien Tosume suspected to be a ritualist, for possessing a human skull. Tosume was arrested on June 4 2017 following an intelligence report in Iraye village, Sagamu local government area of Ogun state. According to ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, the suspect who specializes in the sale of human skull, was accos ...

Biafra agitators should form a party to fight for their Independence – APC

The All Progressive Congress, APC, has advised the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, and other people agitating for an independent nation like the newly formed Rondel Republic and the musing Oduduwa Republic to form a political party or join an existing one, and contest for the Presidency or to advance their cause, which is Independence of their countries from Nigeria. This sta ...

APC/Obaseki lose and win at the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City over the appeal filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (POI) against the decision of the Justice Badamasi-led Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the Cross Appeal filed by the All Progressives Party (APC) and Governor Godwin Obaseki (GO) which sought to nullify the recount of the ballot papers ordered by th ...

Group condemns the eviction order on the Igbos 

The  Reformation for Positive Initiative ( aka, Reformation and reconciliation movement) has issued a press release in Lagos  conderming the eviction order given to Igbos living in North  to evacute within three months or face forceful evinction. In a release in Lagos  signed by its Coordinator Sir Aiyegbeni Omonhinmin, the reformation  movement, states: RPGI  received the news with shock, horror and ulta dis ...

We are not planning a coup against the Nigeria government – Nigeria Airforce

The Nigerian Air Force has denied that it was involved in any coup plot to overthrow the government. In a statement by its spokesperson, Olatokunbo Adesanya, the Air Force pledged its “loyalty … to the President and Commander-in-Chief as well as to the Nigerian Constitution.” The statement by the Air Force comes about three weeks after the Nigerian Army warned politicians to stop luring soldiers into politics ...

The Igbo are welcome in the Niger Delta, northerners must quit oil wells within three months – Niger Delta group

A newly formed group in the Niger Delta which describes itself as ‘coalition of intellectuals, groups and associations in the Niger Delta’ also known as Rondel Solidarity Movement, has declared that the Igbo people are welcome in the Niger Delta region, which they now call Rondel. The statement, signed by their Spokesperson, Efe Edet-Tamuno says Rondel wants independence from Nigeria from the year ...

Court of Appeal to give judgement on election tribunal appeal Friday

Information reaching Urhokpota Reporters indicate the the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City has fixed Friday June 9, 2017 to give judgement on the Appeal filled by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu against the decision og the Justice Badamasi-led Edo State Election Petition Tribunal judgement which validated the election of Mr Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress ( ...

Blame Sen. Alimikhena, not me, for the Keke Tyres – Philip Shuaibu

Mr. Philip Shuaibu and Deputy Governor of Edo State has said that Senator Alimekhena, not himself, is to blame over the embarrassment of giving Keke Napep tyres to the Afeimai people as “Empowerment”. In a statement issued by one of the social media aides of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Shuaibu observed that it has been brought to his attention that his trending photograph presenting Keke tyres is being mi ...

The sun and the moon appear together as Oba Ewuare visits Esanland

The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku-Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, has visited Esanland  as part of his thank you visit to the people for honouring Him during His coronation. A unique phenomenon appeared in the sky during the historic visit as the sun and the moon appeared in the sky at the same time of Oba’s visit. Oba Ewuare II’s visit has been described by native astrologers as a positi ...

Edo-based Imo woman needs support to save his son’s life

The Mother of a 6 month old baby, Mrs. Precious Vincent, yesterday appealed to the Anambra, Imo and Edo state governments and other well meaning Nigerians for financial assistance to enable her carry out the surgery on the Head of her son little Master Providence Vincent who is down with hydrocephalus. Precious, age, 26 who hails from Imo State but resides in Edo State, in tears at the NUJ press centre told newsmen ...

Coroner Rules On Sen. Adeleke’s Cause Of Death, Recommends Prosecution of his Nurse

The coroner’s inquest set up to identify the deceased, time, place, cause of death and circumstances surrounding the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke has run its course. The inquest headed by Olusegun Ayilara, a magistrate, had begun sitting on the 8th of May, 2017 and called several witnesses which includes Osun State Deputy Governor, Otunba Titi Laouye-Tomori; Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH, Prof. Akeem ...

Court of Appeal begin hearing Ize-Iyamu and PDP appeal against tribunal ruling

By Osehobo Ofure – Benin City. The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo state and presided over by Mr Justice Ali A.B. Gumel, earlier today began hearing the appeal by the PDP governorship candidate in the 2016 Edo governorship elections, Pastor Osagie Andrew Ize-Iyamu and his party, the PDP, challenging the ruling of the Edo state elections tribunal. The tribunal had in a ruling delivered by the Cha ...

Three and a half reasons why Oshiomhole wants Speaker Okonoboh removed, Obaseki’s tactical refusal

It is no longer a secret that there have been surreptitious moves to remove the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Dr Justin Okonobo, from office. It is also not news that those behind his impeachment plot want to replace him with Hon Foly Ogedengbe, a House Leader from Owan or Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, the former Speaker who only just obtained her WAEC certificate in 2014, years after she had retired as a ...

Group Wants EFCC to apologize to Sen. Bala Muhammed for Political Persecution

Prince Lucky Akhimien The Association of Northern Nigeria Students (ANNS), has criticized the manner the EFCC conducts her investigations in the so-called fight against corruption which they described as “selective” and “corrupt”. Specifically, they described the investigation of the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Sen. Bala Mohammed, CON, as not fair and provocative. In a ...

PDP disowns James Ifaluyi-Ogbeide’s Supreme Court article, accuses APC of mischief

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has disowned an article published in The Nation newspaper where it was alleged that the PDP was plotting with the Supreme Court to remove Obaseki from office. In a statement by the Edo State PDP, signed by Mr. Chris Nehikhare the State Publicity Secretary, the PDP described the story by The Nation and other newspaper as “fabricated, concorted and laughable attempt ...

Edo Police arrest killers of Italy-based Nigerian

By: Omede James Samuel, Benin City. The Nigeria Police, Edo State Command, has apprehended two of the suspected killers of Mr. Omoruyi Okundolo, who was assassinated in Benin City during his holiday visit to the city. The deceased and the two suspects The two suspect, of a four member killer gang, are currently in Police custody and they have confessed to the crime, naming two other members of the gang, Moses and P ...

APC governors in a meeting in Abuja, plotting to influence Supreme Court judgement

Investigation by Urhokpota Reporters reveal that some governors of states controlled by the All Progressives Congresss (APC), and major APC major stakeholders are currently in a meeting today, May 24, 2017, in Abuja, plotting how they will help Sheriff influence the judgement at the Supreme Court. Huge amount of monies have been voted to ensure that their plot is successful. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice O ...

Army shoot an Edo youth in a peaceful protest over Fulani Herdsmen’s killing of Ewu women

Mr Ehimen Abuya, one of the youths in the peaceful protest today in Ewu, Edo State over the Fulani Herdsmen’s raping and killing of two women in the community Monday, has been shot in the leg and rushed to Irrua Specialists Teaching Hospital, Irrua. Mr Abuya was allegedly shot in the thigh by suspected northern military officer during the peaceful protest in Ewu this morning. According to Hon Peter Oboh from ...

Court of Appeal to hear PDP’s appeal on May 30

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City has fixed Tuesday May 30 for hearing on the joint appeal filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Edo State and their candidate in the September 28 Edo State gubernatorial election, Pastor Andrew Osagie Ize-Iyamu, (the Appellants). The Appellants are asking the Court of Appeal to overturn the judgement by Justice Badamosi led Edo State Gubernatorial Election Peti ...

Fulani herdsmen rape, kill two married women in Edo

By Lucky Akhimien, Ewu. Two married women in two communities killed this morning in their farms in Ewu by suspected Fulani herdsmen who raped them and murdered them in the bush. Ewu is the second largest community, after Irrua, in Esan Central LGA of Edo State. It is a growing industrial and commercial city which hosts one of the biggest production factories in Edo State, the Bendel Feed and Flour Mills Ltd. It ...

Less than two months left for Nollywood Film Festival Germany – Call for Films submission

The city of Frankfurt will again host the Nollywood Film Festival Germany (NFFG) and its sister event Nollywood Europe Golden Award (NEGA) this year, director Isaac Izoya has announced. The yearly event, organized by Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V., features Nollywood (Nigerian) film screenings, an award ceremony and networking opportunities for filmmakers. Nomination for Nigerian films to be screened at this ye ...

Apapa Port Access Road: Cesspit for Corruption – Osinbajo’s attempt to clean the mess  

The Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) has earmarked N4 billion for the repair of Apapa port access road, the same road federal government had allocated N6 billion in 2010 aside other intermittent allocation in what has been described as a conduit for political heavyweights to divert public funds to private pockets. Apapa port access road has remained deplorable, turning into a killing field where countless Nigerian ...

Chief Tony Anenih’s son slumps, dies, playing Tennis

Confirmed information reaching Urhokpota Reporters is that the second son of Chief Tony Anenih, Mr. Eugene Anenih has died. He was reported to have slumped and died during a Lawn Tennis game this afternoon in Lagos. Until his death, Mr. Eugene Anenih served as the Managing Director of Nova Finance and Securities Limited. Mr. Anenih has worked previously at TRW Finance and Securities Limited and A and Hatman Limited ...

Innovation & Self-Reliance, Recipe for Economic Recovery of Nigeria – By Saintmoses Eromosele

Innovation & Self-Reliance, Recipe for Economic Recovery of Nigeria – By Saintmoses Eromosele (Being Text of a Paper Presented at Akin Deko Main Auditorium, University of Benin, May 9, 2017 at the SUG Entrepreneurship Training and Merit Awards Conference) The topic given to me by the organisers of  this conference, the Student Union Government (SUG) of the University of Benin, is “Innovation & ...

Understanding Silence; A Tribute to Chief Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion – by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (Esq)

UNDERSTANDING SILENCE A TRIBUTE TO CHIEF LUCKY NOSAKHARE IGBINEDION by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (Esq)  Silence can be very discomforting and dreadful. Some regard it as the reality of loneliness. But how do you juxtapose it in the midst of company and not just for a short period of time occasioned by reflection or introspection but one that is prolonged and intense. The ugliness of silence can best be explained whe ...

Ode to an Amazon – by Chief Mrs Evelyn Igbafe

I am proud to be woman but feels better to ‘ve raised an Amazon in the making. Isikphe, it give me deeper fulfilment to see you trained from a child I gave birth to unto a woman I wished to be. You ‘ve become a better me and an inspiration unto many people. I congratulate you greatly my lovely daughter as you graduate from one of America’s Universities with an outstanding grade. With all gratitude ...

Edo COP orders the arrest civil society leaders inside TV studio for criticising him

Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Mr. Haliru Gwandu has reportedly ordered the immediate arrest of Abraham Oviawe Esq and Marxist Kola Edokpayi who are President and Publicity Secretary of NOCSON immediately after their media chat on ITV, BENIN on the state of Security in Edo State this morning the 12th of May 2017. The premises of ITV was put under seige by officers and men of the Edo Police led the DPOs of Ugbow ...

Buhari has no respect for Osinbajo, his letter show mischief, a lack of morality and constitutional violation – Isaiah Osifo

Former Chief of Staff of Edo State in Professor Oserheimen Osunbor’s administration and APC chieftain in Edo State, Hon Isaiah Osifo, has described President Buhari’s letter to the Senate as lacking in morality. Adverts: 0 816 807 6181 In an article authored by the cerebral Edo politician who was also formerly local government chairman of Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State, Osifo faulted the c ...

Oshiomhole may join Labour Party, if Tony Momoh is elevated over him – Aides

Unconfirmed report reaching Urhokpota Reporters indicate that Oshiomhole may defect to Labour Party to contest the 2019 election against Buhari or any northerner that the party may present. Our source, who pleaded anonymity, said that there was a secret strategy meeting held a fortnight ago somewhere in Edo state to discuss the political future of the political family of Oshiomhole. According to our source, it ...

BREAKING NEWS: Osinbajo takes over from Buhari as Acting President of Nigeria

By Lucky Akhimien Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has today taken over as Acting President of Nigeria according to Section 145 of the Nigerian constitution, despite the ambiguous wording of the letter by President Muhammadu Buhari who is on indefinite undisclosed medical vacation abroad. Section 145 of the Nigerian Constitution provides that; “Whenever the President transmits to the President of the Senate and t ...

While Men Slept, Okonjo-Iweala Built Institutions

By UWA EGHOMEKA In January of this year, there was a lot of talk about the ghostworkers syndrome in the country with some very heavy, almost depressing, figures reeled out detailing how much the government had lost paying salaries to phantom employees. Naturally, after a while, the stories died down and everything returned to ‘normal’.  Then, recently, it was all over the news that the Nigerian Army was one ...

Tambuwal and Kwankwanso lobby to serve Osinbanjo as VP, if…

By – Lucky Akhimien (Abuja) Reliable information from sources close to power indicate that President Buhari is contemplating resigning his position as President of the Federal Republic to attend to his challenging health situation. The reason why he is yet to tender his resignation, according to our sources, is that he wants to be sure of who should succeed him, be able to decide on who should be Presidential ...

We take any briefing by the Nigeria Police with a pinch of salt – ASUU.

The Fabricated Tales of A Police Commissioner’s Blackmail/Desperate Undisguised Cover-up of Assault, illegal Arrest and Police Brutality on AAU Ekpoma. (Being Text of Press Briefing By ASUU AAU Ekpoma Branch on Thursday  20th April, 2017 at Ekpoma in Response to the Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Mr. Haliru Gwandu’s Press Briefing on the Arrest of Some Professors/Lecturers). Gentlemen of the Press. The ...

Declare me winner of September 28 election – Ize-Iyamu tells Court of Appeal

By – Dr. Thompson Omorodion (Guest Writer) Pastor Osagie Andrew Ize-Iyamu (POI) and his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have, damning all pressures to the contrary, Friday, filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, challenging the April 14 ruling by Justice Badamosi of the Edo State Governorship Elections Petition tribunal which upheld the election that brought Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki in ...

The Long Road to Ports and Harbour Law: Seeking Legal Framework for 2016 Port Concession.

Andrew Airahuobhor (Nigeria’s Best Maritime Reporter of the Year 2009 Award Winner) Nigeria took a significant step today, towards removing the toga of illegality on its Port Concession of 2006. The Senate on Thursday, April 27, 2017, passed the Nigerian Ports and Harbours Bill that lingered at the National Assembly for up to 11 years. “Today, we passed the Nigerian Ports & Harbours Bill at the ...

INEC begins voters registration, silent on minors

By Osehobo Ofure, Ubiaja The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), has commenced the continuing voters registration exercise across the country and warned citizens against multiple registration. National Commissioner for South-South in the commission, Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, gave the warning during the launch of the continuous voters registration exercise in Benin City but was silent on the registra ...

Edo state government accused of corruptly mismanaging Paris Club refund

– By Osehobo Ofure, Benin City. Godwin Godwin Obaseki may have paid an unknown consultant who helped Edo state to facilitate her share of the Paris Club refund 20 percent of the total sumagainst the 5 – 10 percent approved by other states to such consultants. Save Nigeria Group in Benin led by Elder Omon Enojie, who disclosed this also said that information available show that the 20 percent was a r ...

Obama spearheaded the conspiracy by US, UK and France to remove me from office – President Goodluck Jonathan

By: Omede James Samuel, Abuja. Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has opened up on the loss of his Presidency nearly two years after leaving office on May 29, 2015. Jonathan disclosed that he lost the 2015 elections to ‘local and international conspiracies’. He named the United States, Britain and France as the conspirators. He blamed it all on former United States President B ...

20 retirees die in Edo waiting for 50-month pension owed them

By Osehobo Ofure Aggrieved  pensioners in Edo have asked Governor Godwin Obaseki to use the N13.28billion Edo state share of the federal government’s Paris Club refund to settle their N14billion pensions arrears and gratuities dating back to 50-months. They said this will be in line with the strict advice of President Muhammadu Buhari asking all state governors to use the funds to pay all arrears of salaries, p ...

Tribute to Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, By Gov. Rauf Aregbesola

Tribute to Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, By Gov. Rauf Aregbesola   ERIN WO, AJANAKU SUN BI OKE, A TITAN IS GONE   TRIBUTE TO SENATOR ISIAKA ADELEKE (JANUARY 1955 – APRIL 23, 2017)   I received with deep shock but submission to the will of Allah (SWT) the news of the death of Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke early this morning. He was 62 years. Senator Adeleke was the first civilian governor of the State of ...

IDPs in Edo lampoon Dogaro, Okonoboh over failed pledges

By Ofure Osehobo Nigerians who are internally displaced  persons,( IDPS) at Uhogua camp in Ovia NE local government area of Edo state have condemned the failure of the speaker of the  House  of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara and that of the Edo assembly Dr Justin Okonoboh for failure to  redeem pledges they made when they visited their camp in 2016. Dogara  who visited  the IDPs with scores of members of ...

An Open Letter to Senator FRACIS ALIMEKHENA of Edo North

AN OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR FRACIS ALIMEKHENA OF EDO NORTH. 23rd April, 2017 Dear Senator Alimikhena, How are you and your family? I guess you are fine. Sir, on May 29, it will be 2 years since you assumed office as the Senator of the Federal Republic representing the good people of Edo North Senatorial District, after contesting for the position in three previous elections. Distinguished Senator Sir, I am pr ...

Adeleke: We Are Still in Shock Over This Nightmare – Osun Govt 

The Government of Osun on Sunday said it is still in shock over the sudden death of the first Civilian Governor of the state, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke.   The Government described as a nightmare, the news of the death of one of the illustrious sons of the state.   In a short statement signed by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the government said the d ...

Urhokpota Reporters’ Volunteer remembers his Father

Dear Father It’s been 4years since I last saw you, spoke to you, touched your hand, hugged you or just sat in your presence. I miss you! I really, really miss you. I miss the sound of your voice, how you’d call me Raffy daddy (you’re still the only person who called me by that nickname). I miss your hugs. I really wish I could hug you right now. I miss your words of wisdom, your sense of humour (I think you ...

Edo Tribunal Update: Obaseki files appeal at the Supreme Court

By Lucky Akhimien, Benin City. The embattled governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case at the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal. Obaseki, APC and INEC lost their application at the Court of Appeal where they sought to invalidate the recounting of ballot papers ordered by the Justice Badamosi led Edo St ...

Global Migration Crises: World Bank Says Decline Uncertain

By Andrew Airahuobhor, Washington DC. The global migration crises is not expected to decline soon as the issues of large income gaps, widespread  unemployment in many developing countries continues. The latest edition of the Migration and Development Brief, released today during the World Bank’s Spring Meetings in Washington DC shows that the number of refugees in the 28 European Union countries increased by 2 ...

Edo couple delivered of quadruplets in Abuja, seek help

By Ofure Osehobo, Benin City. The family of Mr & Mrs Imudia Uduehi who were recently  blessed with a set of quadruplet  babies are appealing to members of the public and philanthropists for assistance. The Quadruplets The couple who are said to be from Ekpoma in Esan West local government of Edo state received their blessings at Abuja, few days to Easter. The Parents, Mr and Mrs Imudia Uduehi, at the hospita ...

Why Remittance Flow to Africa Declined by 6.1 Percent

Andrew Airahuobhor, Washington DC. Diversion of remittances to informal channels due to controlled exchange rate regimes in countries such as Nigeria; slow economic growth in remittance-sending countries and decline in commodity prices, especially oil, which impacted remittance receiving countries are responsible for why remittance flows to Sub-Saharan Africa declined by an estimated 6.1 percent to $33 billion in 2 ...

Oba Ewuare II charge media on Ethics

Ofure Osehobo – Benin City. Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo Nedo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11 has asked media practitioners to adhere strictly to the principles and ethics of professionalism in the discharge of their duties. He said,  “You should verify your facts, be professional with morality and integrity, adding  “information management is crucial and mismanagement is bad”. The Oba who ...

World Bank, UN Plans Coordinated Response to Global Famine – Kim Urge UK to Sustain Foreign Aid

Andrew Airahuobhor, Washington DC. The World Bank has pledged to use every tool it has, both “financial and advisory” to prevent famine in the future as its President, Jim Yong Kim convenes a meeting co-chaired with the United Nations-Secretary General to ensure a coordinated, effective, and well-resourced response. Kim was speaking Thursday in Washington DC at the ongoing Spring Meetings, which is covered liv ...

Delta set to battle Edo over land dispute, House passes Resolution to checkmate Edo state

By Lucky Akhimien – ASABA — Tension is brewing between the governments of Edo and Delta States over land disputes among both states, particularly the controversial Umutu land in the borders of Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta state and Orhionmwon Local Government of Edo State.   Wading into this crisis is the Delta State House of Assembly which preemptively passed a Motion to mandate the Governor ...

World Bank Blames Policy Uncertainty for Slow Recovery in Nigeria, S/A, Angola

Andrew Airahuobhor, Washington DC. Nigeria, South Africa, and Angola, three of Africa’s largest economies, are seeing a slow economic recovery after a sharp slowdown in 2016 due to insufficient adjustment to low commodity prices and policy uncertainty, according to the new Africa’s Pulse, a bi-annual analysis of the state of African economies conducted by the World Bank. Sub-Saharan African regional growth is p ...

Nigeria Projected to Grow 1.9% as Global Economy Gains Momentum

– Andrew Airahuobhor – Washington DC, April 18, 2017. In the face of uncertain risks to future growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday revised up its forecast for continued growth only slightly, saying it sees 3.5% global growth in 2017 from 3.1% recorded in 2016. For 2018, it sees 3.6% growth, the same as it expected in January. In the revised IMF World Economic Outlook report released ...

US Protectionist Measures Create Opportunities for South Asia

Protectionist measures from the United States and other developed nations is projected to open up new opportunities for South-Asian countries, according to a World Bank report exclusively made available to Urhokpota Reporters today 16.04.2017 in Washington DC, United States of America. The report is coming ahead of the annual spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank commencing on Monday, Apr ...

Matters arising from the Edo elections tribunal – Ofure Osehobo 

On September 29 2016 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared one Mr Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the Edo State Gubernatorial election held on Wednesday, September 28. The results INEC said it collated from the eighteen local government areas of the state show that the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled a total of 319,483 votes while the candidate for the Peop ...

We will never allow Nigeria to break because once it breaks, we will lose and the poor gain – Sule Lamido

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa state was quoted last week as saying that Nigeria cannot break up because members of the elite are united in preserving their advantages over the masses irrespective of their differences of tribe and religion. Nigeria, he said, “is too weak to break. Who will break it? The ordinary person in Jigawa or the ordinary person in Sokoto or the ordinary person in Bayelsa? Is it the Igbo vu ...

Tribunal dismisses PDP petition, says accredition of voters is not necessary to validate election

The Kano-born Justice Badamosi led Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the Petition by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (POI). The import of the judgement, (that has been alleged to be influenced by powers that be) was that although the PDP and POI were able to demonstrate that the number of recorded ballots cast were significantly more than the numbe ...

Tribunal Judgement Update: PDP’s Issues 3 and 4 on Corrupt Practices have been overruled

Justice Badamosi has similarly struck out the two Issues 3 and 4 on Corrupt Practices alleged by the People’s Democratic Party. He is now on the 5th Issue of Non- Compliance. Many pundits alleged that the APC bribed the Tribunal with 1.5 billion Naira. According to a source who posted on social media 48 hours ago, he linked Adams Oshiomhole visit to Buhari and Buhari’s visit to the Chief Justice of Nig ...

Edo tribunal judgement update, court dismisses Respondents’ Motion to strike out Petitioner’s case

Judgement in the Edo State Gubernatorial Elections Petition Tribunal has commenced in Benin City. The three justices of the Tribunal are seated and reading the judgment. Justice Ahmed Badamosi, the lead Justice, has just struck out the 3rd respondent’s (APC) prayer to dismiss the Petitioner’s case. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (POI) are the petitioners in this ca ...

The mystery Ikoyi millions belong to Amaechi, whistleblower alleges

The mystery apartment where about tens of millions of hard currencies were discovered in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria has been discovered to belong to a certain politician in the federal cabinet named Rotimi Amaechi. Osborne Towers, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State is the location where the stated amount of $38,000,000.00 (Thirty-Eight Million Dollars), N23,000,000.00 (Twenty-Three Million Naira) and £27,000.00 (Tw ...

Edo Tribunal to deliver judgement on Good Friday

Reliable but unconfirmed report indicate that the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin City has scheduled Friday 14th April 2017 as judgement day on the contested September 28, 2016 election in Edo State. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) challenged the result declared by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which awarded victory to the M ...

Court of Appeal dismisses APC’s appeal, declines to extend time for ballot recount by PDP

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City has dismissed the cross appeal lodged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Godwin Obaseki seeking to invalidate the ballot count ordered by the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin City. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had filed an appeal to the Court of Appeal requesting that the ballot papers recount ordered by the Edo State ...

Edo Commissioner of Police not redeployed – Police PRO

The Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Command has debunked the runour making rounds in the social media that the Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Haliru Gwandu, has been redeployed out of Edo State. The PPRO stated this in an exclusive telephone interview with Urhokpota Reporters’s correspondent in Benin City. The Police PRO however stated that whether or not a police boss is removed, which is possi ...

Edo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal set to give judgement on September 28 election, adjourns ruling  

The Edo elections tribunal today adjourned ruling in the petition brought before it by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate in the 2016 governorship elections, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. The PDP and Ize-Iyamu are challenging the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of Mr Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress, APC winner of the election. The a ...

Insight on adoption of final written addresses by all parties

The sitting commenced at exactly 9:15am with the usual introduction of all counsel to parties present in court to the panel of judges headed by Justice Ahmed Badamosi. Counsel to the petitioner Yusuf Ali (SAN) starting deliberations suggested to the judge’s to grant all counsel’s 20 minutes each to make a brief summary of their final written addresses and 5 minutes each to all respondents to reply, this ...

APC suspends Charles Idahosa and LGA party chairman, to appear before disciplinary committee

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Uhunmwode LGA chapter has announced the suspension of former Political Adviser to former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Mr Charles Idahosa as well as the chairman of the party in the locality, Mr Harrison Oyegue for anti party activities. In a Press Briefing Sunday, the APC stakeholders in Uhunmwode LGA approved the suspension of the two leaders in the locality. 15 of the 24 local go ...

Our suspension is ill motivated and lacks merit – Samson Osagie

My attention has been drawn to my suspension along with 30 others including my LGA executives and other notable leaders for alleged anti-party activities. Nothing can be more ludicrous and false, than for me to be accused of anti party activities. Let me state clearly that as against my accusers particularly Charles Idahosa, I followed the governor and the entire State campaign team to campaign throughout Edo Sout ...

Edo APC dancing in the brink, party in palpable disarray

The crisis rocking the Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which saw to the recent suspension of key leaders of the party in Edo Central and Edo South has taken a turn for the worse. The party which is grappling with disenchantment over the slow motion style of governance and the use of foreigners as consultants adopted by Governor Godwin Obaseki has earlier this year suspended key leaders like ...

Tribunal to hear written addresses in Edo election petition on Monday

The Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal will on Monday April 3, 2017 resume sitting for all parties in the disputed 2016 Edo State Governorship Election to adopt their written addresses. The three member Tribunal chaired by Justice Ahmed Badamasi has been sitting in Benin City over the petition filed by the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate in the 2016 governorship election, Pas ...

Edo APC chieftain remanded in prison for treason, civil disturbance

Information available to Urhokpota Reporters indicate that a major leader of the APC in Egor Local Government Area and Edo State leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Chief Odion Olaye, has been remanded in prison custody in Benin City. Chief Olaye was remanded Friday by a Benin City magistrate court after he was charged by the police for Treason, Civil disturbances and promoting inter ...

Edo Police invade a party in Ekpoma, brutalise 60 students, demand 20,000 Naira bail from each.

By Ehi Ekhator. Over 50 males and females were arrested yesterday at His Banner Hotel in Ekpoma by the anti-cultist unit of the Edo State police command. Urhokpota Reporters gathered that the party was organized by a student simply identified as Chima, the daughter of a popular pastor who also has a machine spare parts store along Dova road in Ekpoma It was gathered that the men of the anti-cultist division storme ...

African Youth Union Commission visits Ize-Iyamu, identifies with his youth oriented policies 

The Chairperson of the recently inaugurated African Youth Union Commission (AYUC), Dr Carl Isibor Oshodi led some members of the commission on a courtesy visit to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu at his residence in Benin City yesterday. In his address, Dr Carl Isibor Oshodi gave a brief insight into the activities of the African Youth Union Commission and the benefits to the average Nigerian Youth if properly tapped into. ...

Tension heightens in Edo over Okomu Plc’s alleged illegal acquisition of farm land

Tension has heightened in an Edo community over alleged Illegal acquisition of farm land by Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc. Some agrarian communities in Uhunmwode, Owan West and Ovia North East Local Government areas of Edo State have called on the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to call the management of the company to order, so as to avoid what they described as “unwarranted confrontation between them and the ...

Court of Appeal reserves judgement on PDP’s appeal indefinitely

The  court of appeal sitting in Benin has reserved judgment sine dine in the appeal before it, filed by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP)  and its candidate in the Sept. 28 governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. The appeal is over the Edo election petition tribunal’s stoppage last month of the recounting of ballot papers used in the said governorship election  in the on-going trial. The appellants in ...

I stitched my anus thrice, wore diapers for many years – Ex-Gay

Homosexuality is an increasing menace in the Nigerian society like in many other countries of the world. In some places, the practice has been legalised and in those places, it has had great disruption to the basis of their societal life and Nigeria stands such risks. “I had my anus sutured three times while I was practising homosexual. That was the price I had to pay for such ignorance. The first suture was in ...

Breaking News: Ghastly accident claims several lives in Ugoneki

A ghastly road accident has claimed several lives in Ugoneki, between Ugoneki and Obanosa. Lots of bodies reconvered. A truck left its lane, heading towards Abudu, and collided with a company bus heading towards Benin City. The photos are too graphic to feature in report. Instead we will use the Minister’s photo. The casualties are still being evacuated to the mortuaries as at the time of filing in this repor ...

APC State Chairman testified against self at Edo Election Tribunal 

There was a mild drama Wednesday in the Edo State Governorship Election Tribunal holden in Benin City as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Barr Anselm Ojezua, testified against his own sworn testimony, under pressure. In his oral deposition, the APC state Party chairman said that he didn’t rely on INEC’S manual for electoral officials 2016. But his sworn deposition was re ...

Pastor assassinated in Benin City

The security situation in Edo State is reaching alarming proportion as a Pastor and member of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) was shot dead along a busy street in Benin City. Pastor Godwin Emmanuel, founder and senior pastor of Love Fire Ministry, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Sunday night at Oko Central area near the Benin Airport in Benin City, Edo State. Public Relations Officer of the Church, Mr. F ...

Your appeal lacks merit, Court of Appeal tells Edo APC, fix March 16 for hearing

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City on Tuesday struck out the application by counsel to the third respondent, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), for the consolidation of the appeals by the petitioners and respondents describing it as a mere academic exercise. Ruling on the application, Justice Olukayode Bada presiding, said, “by consent of all counsel, hearing of the two a ...

POWA Shopping Mall in Benin razed by fire

A shopping mall in Etete, near the Police Zonal Headquarters, beloging to the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) has been gutted with fire. The incidence happened this evening and fire fighters are still busy trying to put out the fire and rescue a few properties. This brings to four the nunber of high profile fire incidences that have happened to Benin City in the last 100 days, even as Edo government have n ...

Obaseki to return ‘Oshiomhole Police’ to Benin, may change the name and uniform

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has revealed that plans are already in place to return nonconventional traffic monitors to Benin and eventually throughout Edo State. The traffic monitors under former governor Adams Oshiomhole and Obaseki as economic adviser, was Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDSTMA) nicknamed “Oshiomhole Police” and they were largely untrained, unscrupulous and a menace to r ...

During my tenure Boko Haram got up to Benin and had a base in Kogi – Adams Oshiomhole

In his first major interview granted since leaving office, the former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has admitted that his administration failed in security, adding that even the Boko Haram penetrated Edo State during his time. “Boko Haram got up to Benin and had a base in Kogi.” Oshiomhole admitted. The forner governor who was also a former labour leader described all those critic ...

Impending crisis in Edo, as Ijaws contend ownership of Gelegele community in Benin Kingdom

Newly elected president of the Ijaw Youths Council ( IYC ), Barr Eric Omare, has said that the ownership issue of Gelegele community in Edo State, if not properly handled may lead to a serious communal crisis. Addressing a press conference at the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ Warri Correspondents Chapel, the IYC president in company of the national spokesperson of the council, Henry Oyala, and other members of ...

PDP prays for complete recounting of ballot papers at Edo elections tribunal, at Court of Appeal

The appeal filed at the Court of Appeal by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against a ruling of the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which aborted the complete counting of the ballot papers has been scheduled for hearing. Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City will on Tuesday next week hear the prayer of the PDP and its candidate, Pastor OsagIe Ize-Iyamu, for completion of the recounting of ...

Ogbemudia left a lasting stamp on Edo and Delta, says Delta Speaker Hon. Igbuya

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, Friday described Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia as a leader of rare character. In a condolence message to the family, Igbuya applauded Ogbemudia’s efforts in the improvement of sports, urban development, education, public transportation, housing and commerce in defunct Bendel State. “Ogbemudia was an honest man, an extraordinary politician, a gr ...

Edo declares seven days mourning for Ogbemudia

The government of Edo State has declared seven days of morning for departed former two-term governor of defunct Bendel state, part of which is now Edo state, General Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, who died in Benin City Thursday. In a statement signed by governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, the Edo government declared the seven day mourning period. According to the statement, Mr Obaseki described the departed ico ...

APC witnesses express ignorance over conflicting scores on INEC result sheets and ballot papers issued

The APC continued its defence at the Edo elections tribunal sitting in Benin City on Friday by presenting witnesses who expressed who either expressed Ignorance or were totally confused about the conflicts in figures between the votes cast and the ballot papers used during the 2016 election. All of them who were confronted with the conflicting figures on the INEC form EC8A or result sheets and the ballot papers INE ...

Iconic leader, General Ogbemudia, is dead

A two-term governor of the defunct Bendel State, Brig-Gen. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, who designed the Benin Masterplan and laid the infrastructure for development in Edo and Delta States, has died. General Ogbemudia Ogbemudia, 84, died in Benin City on Thursday night at about 11.00 p.m. reliable sources close to him disclosed to Urhokpota last night. Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, born on September 171932, was a ...

The Issues, Myth, Facts, And Way Forward – PDP National Working Committee

The PDP National Caretaker Committee Text Of Press Conference On The Current Situation Of The Party And The Illegal Occupation Of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff And Co-travellers At Wadata Plaza Delivered By Prince Dayo Adeyeye On Thursday, 9th of March, 2017At The PDP Temporary Secretariat, No. 13 Thaba-Tseka Street, Wuse 2, Abuja. The Issues, Myth, Facts, And Way Forward Gentlemen of the Press, thank you for joining us ...

INEC fixes February 16 for 2019 general election

In a radical departure from the past, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced dates for 2019 general elections, giving Nigerians and political parties two years’ notice. In a statement posted on its website Thursday, the electoral commission said it was making the announcements well ahead “in order to ensure certainty in our dates for elections, and to allow for proper plannin ...

Senator Mark mourns General Adebayo describes him as a pathfinder

Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has paid glowing tribute to the former military Governor of the defunct Western Region General Adeyinka Adebayo saying that the  late general was among the first military officers who laid the solid foundation for Nigeria’s Armed Forces. Senator Mark in a condolence message to the Government and People of Ekiti State described late Adebayo as a pathfinder w ...

An inquiry into the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended 2015) – Osaze Jesurobo

ELECTORAL ACT, 2010 (AS AMENDED 2015). PART IX- MISCELLANEOUS. Regulations. Article 153:- The Commission may, subject to the provisions of this Act, issue regulations, guidelines, or manuals for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of this Act and for its administration thereof. INEC 2016 MANUAL FOR ELECTION OFFICIALS. PAGE 36, ARTICLE 2.4.2. The verified voter shall then present himself/herself to the AP ...

Impeach Yar’Adua now – Buhari (Exactly 7 years ago)

Karma is a bitch. Today makes it exactly 7 years since General Muhammadu Buhari (as he then was) made this cold and calous statement, as published in a national daily (not Urhokpota Reporters), against then ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua because he was ill and indisposed. Yar’Adua was ill but was honest about it. He didn’t call his illness medical vacation or annual leave, he simply said he was i ...

FG unveil plan to recovers ‘failing’ economy

The Federal Government has released its economic recovery growth plan (ERGP), which will drive the country’s economic recovery, growth and sustainable development. The plan is aimed at revamping the economy on a medium term between 2017-2020 by eliminating challenges that frustrates innovation and market based solutions to build the economy. The document clarified that the plan differs from several economic ...

97-year-old twins die as they were born : together

The deaths has occurred in Barrington, Rhode Island, United States of America of a 97-year-old twin women, Jean Young Haley and Martha Young Williams. One of the twin, Marta, who was guest at her sister’s house, apparently slipped and fell while walking to her car after an evening dinner out together. Her twin sister and host, Jean, running into the house apparently to call 911 for help, tripped on a rug and ...

Obaseki closes defense at Edo tribunal, called 70 witnesses

Governor of Edo State and second respondent in the Petition filed at the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal by the People’s Democratic Party and their candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has closed his case Monday in Benin City, after calling a total of 70 witnesses. There was however a mild drama at the tribunal sitting in Benin City before the second defendant, Mr Godwin Obaseki, closed his ...

Obaseki is not fit to be our party leader – APC caucus declare

The Edo state caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have declared Obaseki unfit for the position of party leader of Edo State by their controversial adoption of former governor, Adams Oshiomhole, as leader of the party, sidelining other more senior leaders of the APC, who incidentally are from Edo South. Many party members from Edo South and some from Edo North have kicked against the decision to choose ...
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