Edo Police arrest killers of Italy-based Nigerian

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 two More »

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, More »

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 More »

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 More »

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 More »

 

Edo Police arrest killers of Italy-based Nigerian

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 Power, who are now on the run. When i ...

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 is ...

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 Nigerians ar ...

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 & Self ...

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. 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 choice of words used by ...

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 was ...

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 att ...

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 Sena ...

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 registration ...

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 ruse ...

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

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 Barack Obama, ex-British Prime Minis ...

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 trib ...

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 criticisin ...

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 planning by ...

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 a f ...

Esan People under Attacks by Hausa/Fulani Herdsmen Daily

By Prince Kelly O. Udebhulu. EWU- The system of killings perpetrated by supposed herdsmen in Esan land which began about  two years ago appears unabating and this should worry Edolites from the governor to the peasants. It has turns a daily occurrences. One of two Ewu women killed by Fulani herdsmen in Ewu Notably, the most gruesome killings of two women by the herdsmen in Ewu, Edo central senatorial district of E ...
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