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Breaking: EFCC Arrests Rochas Okorocha in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Imo West Senator and former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd learnt that Okorocha was arrested in his office on Tuesday by EFCC operatives for alleged money laundering charges.

The arrest has also been confirmed by the spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, who said in a telephone chat that: “Okorocha has been arrested by our men.”

Nigeria losing over 50 million dollars as Pan Ocean workers industrial action continues

* Stakeholders urge FG, others to intervene urgentlyBy Ogba Collins, WarriThe Nigerian Government is losing an estimated crude oil production of over 420, 000, Four Hundred and Twenty Thousand Barrels Per Day and over 50 million Dollars since the two unions. NUPENGASSAN of Pan Ocean workers embarked on an industrial action against management of Pan Ocean over non payment of salaries, pension remittances, welfare of workers among others.Investigations revealed that Pan Ocean workers had issued several industrial action notices to the Top Management of the company in pursuance to their demands but to no avail until they shutdown OML 98, OML 147 fields as well as the major gas plant line supplying Egbin Power plant last December 2020 which compelled NNPC, DPR, Pan Ocean Top Management for meetings and it was resolved and they were assured of meeting up their demands by federal government.Further investigations revealed that Chairman of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association, PENGASSAN, Pan Ocean branch, Comrade Rex Aibangbee, NUPENG Branch Chairman, Comrade Aboy Udi, PENGASSAN as well as NUPENG National PRO, Comrade Cogent Ojobor and PENGASSAN, Warri Zonal Council Vice Chairman, Comrade Prince Audu Peter Oshiokhamele with NUPENGASSAN National President, Williams Eniredonana Akporehe and PENGASSAN National President comrade, Comrade Osifo Festus both unanimously declared and gave Pan Ocean and federal government as well as relevant agencies 48 hours starting from December 7, 2020 to meet up the demands of the workers or they shutdown their operations they reiterated that the two union presidents had directed that they shutdown operations if NNPC, NAPIMS, Ministry of Petroleum doesn’t resolve the issue amicably by paying the workers what’s due them.Accordingly, federal government in their joint meeting held with both NUPENGASSAN and their National leaders agreed however that the NNPC will pay the workers 60 percent, while Pan Ocean take care of their top management after it was reviewed.The federal government agreed outright payment of 100 percent in order for easy takeover of the assets by NPDC.Presently, Pan Ocean has refused signing memorandum of Understanding with federal government through the NNPC, its subsidiaries and staff of Pan Ocean in order to mandate release of fund to pay and settle the workers industrial unrest which has led to loss of almost 500 thousands barrels of crude oil per day; and almost loss of about 900 million cubic feet of gas production occasioned due to shutting down of the various production well facilities.Stakeholders in the oil and gas sectors are urging the federal government and the top management to urgently intervene in order to save the economy from such huge loss and possible economic collapse if the industrial unrest continues.They stressed the need for government to prevail on Pan Ocean Top Management to settle the issue promptly in order to encourage peaceful and industrial harmony among workers and Pan Ocean management.

Investors Inspect Obeaku Deep Seaport, Commend Ikpeazu over Conducive Business Environment in Abia

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has been commended for his political will and successful partnership with foreign Investors who have come to invest in the state.

The CEO Zoros Energy Ltd – investors in the Obeaku Deep Seaport – Eze Ikenna Nwaigwe who gave the commendation when he led other members of his team to the Deep Seaport on an inspection tour said their visit followed the completion of all the necessary documentations with the NNPC, Federal Ministries of Transportation and Petroleum in which Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration has demonstrated great commitment.

According to Eze Nwaigwe, the Zoros Deep Seaport will start with the reclamation of the area and dredging of about 30 meters deep from Obeaku to Ikot – Abasi Port and an establishment of a Mega City Project comprising of 10,000 housing units in its first phase, refineries, free trade zone, industrial layout, gas plant for steady power supply, shopping malls, hospital and police station all of which the team of Marine Engineers alongside other experts are working out.

On his part, the project facilitator, Elder Godwin Nnah expressed the level of support and interest Governor Ikpeazu administration has committed to the project. He also commended the traditional ruler of Obeaku, Eze Ikeagwuchi Ekeke for his cooperation noting that the security condition of Abia and its industrial status are part of the comparative advantages foreigners look out for and which have been attracting them to the state.

He further noted the employment opportunities and better standard of living Abia populace will enjoy when the Zoros Deep Seaport project is fully realized and encouraged the donor community to sustain their support.

In their words, the Traditional Ruler of Obeaku, Eze Ikeagwuchi Ekeke and a prominent son of the area, Mr Ejike Okere said the community gave out 2,000 hectares of land for the project emphasising that the site is between 7 and 8km to the Imo River and has about 23 nautical miles to the Atlantic Ocean which will make the shipping business easier for Abians.

The Traditional Ruler, Eze Ikeagwuchi Ekeke led the team on the ferry tour to the borders of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.

Anambra APGA Guber Ticket: Nze Nwankpo Will Win Primary Election, Case Closed

By Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, FCMsp

It is obvious that any credible party who presents Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo as its flag bearer in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election 2021 will have it smooth. Oputa Ifeadi as he is popularly known is a good product, going by his antecedents. He has all it takes to become a winner.

Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo Campaign Organization is running a peaceful and issue-based campaign ahead of the APGA primary election. At a point, our campaign train met with that of one of the APGA guber ticket contenders known as “Mr. Option A4”. The Philosopher cum politician merely stopped his team to demonstrate his political maturity. In fact, he told the world that “Consensus Strategy” and or “imposition tactics” of his opponent would be settled based on the party’s constitutional provisions. In fact, he cautioned the political disciples and supporters of Mr. Option A4, advising them not to play God, insisting that “Madu aburo chukwu” God is not man. Nwankpo’s position on the raving issues of “annointed candidate” and or “body language”, earned him profound respect amongst APGA party faithfuls. It attracted accolades from far and wide describing him as a man of honour, and winning more supports.

The APGA guber ticket will be won because, Nwankpo has no political baggage in Anambra politics. He is loved by both the young and the old, for his generosity and his political diplomacy.
During the campaigns for power to go Southern Anambra, Nwankpo worked assiduously to ensure power is ceded to the South. He galvanised all the traditional, and religious institutions, political leaders of thoughts, elderstatemen, professional bodies and stakeholders. He ensured debates on power rotation favoured Anambra South geopolitical zone.

In all his mobilization, deep consultations exercises, and campaign speeches at different occasions and events, Nwankpo does not engage in mudslinging; he talks about what he has going for him and what he intends to do for the people. At one of such events held at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka, he said: “ I love APGA, I’m investing in the party because I don’t want the party to die. I believe that party is supreme. I’m going into this primary election with one thing in mind. If the party decides that I am not good enough to be the flag bearer and give to another person, and the process leading to the action is adjudged transparent and credible, I will congratulate the winner, and work with the party to win the main election. I have empowered many people in my own capacity as individual and I think I can do more if they allow me.”

Observers say he is a successful businessman and a public-spirited individual. Nwankpo has this to say about his involvement in politics: “I’m looking for a new and challenging call to publicly serve and give back to the society that shaped me; one that will allow me to make the best use of my existing skills and wealth of experience in managing people and executing projects that would be to the best of the people”.

Nze Nwankpo had held political offices as Special Adviser to late President Umaru Yaradua, and Senior Special Assistant to former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. He has proved that he has the capacity to show concern about the less privileged. He has touched the lives of people in diverse ways. His scholarship scheme is bold, as over a thousand students are beneficiaries. Nwankpo also doled out scholarships to outstanding students from high schools in Anambra state, and committed a lot of money to the empowerment of less privileged youths and elderly people in the society. He sank boreholes at various communities in Anambra State. He procured medical equipment and dispensing of medication to the aged. He sponsored a medical team from the United States of America to help the people overcome their health challenges.

Belonging to a credible political platform is very important for any ambitious politician. Nwankpo is in a credible party; he is a future governor. He has the potentials of winning.

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Churches, Mosques, Religious Houses Should be Accountable to Members, says Patrick Eholor

The President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor has constituted a National Legal Team to sue the Corporate Affairs Commission, Christian Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and other religious umbrella organizations, to begin accounting for all monies they collect as offering, tithe, zakat, sacrifice and other emoluments, annuities, payments, advantages, whether in cash or in kind as, according to him, these are resources that are in the Public Purse.

Eholor also known as Ultimate Equal stated that Churches, Mosques and Traditional Institutions must conform to all Corporate Governance Processes as Provided for by the Company and Allied Matters Act, 2020.

Chief Patrick Eholor wrote on the matter thus:

“The days of “Can a man rob God is gone,you must provide evidence of compliance with audit and accounting protocols, when managing Public Funds.

Churches, Mosques and Shrines that are registered as Incorporated Trustees in Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act, 2020 and are therefore controlled by the Regulations of Corporate Governance as provided by all Laws in Force in the Federal Republic of Nigeria enabling same .Churches Mosques and Shrines must hold Annual General Meetings, with all their Members Present, they must have a Treasurer who must be a Trustee, who has records of the financial transactions of the organizations, a Secretary who must be a trustee and a custodian of the chattels and properties of the organizations and other trustees who are alta egos of the Organization .”

He stated that the days of using churches, mosques and traditional institutions money to build universities in personal names of the General Overseers or leaders of the organizations are gone, as One Love Foundation through its lawyers will see to the end of all illegal shenanigans and illegalities as perpetrated by demagogues on this matter.

“The days of reckoning are here”, Eholor concluded.

Edo residents applaud Obaseki for ongoing 8.3km Ekehuan Road dualization  

As work intensifies on the dualisation of Ekehuan road in Benin City, residents have commended the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for prioritising the construction of the 8.3km road.

The road, which leads to the site of the Benin River Port project, on completion would boost infrastructural development in the state in line with the Obaseki-led administration’s promise to upgrade infrastructure and drive urban renewal in the state capital.

A part of the road project includes an underground drainage system, which on completion will tackle flooding problems in the area.

While commending the governor, the residents noted that the road project on completion will improve business activities and better the living standard of the people.

A resident, Mr. Asemota Osaremen said: “Before now, movement from Ekehuan road to Ekehuan barrack takes about 30 minutes, but with the progress of work done on the road, it takes just ten to fifteen minutes. We hail the governor for his commitment to improving the welfare and livelihood of Edo residents.”

Mrs. Juliana Imafidon, a trader along Ekehuan road urged the state government to ensure that the contractor delivers quality and durable projects before the rainy season.

She said: “Obaseki did well because before now vehicles could not pass here. People can move freely. Workers should be fast because the rainy season is fast approaching and if not, movement would be disturbed.”

Another trader, Mrs. Ewaen Omorede-Edokpaiyi, expressed appreciation to the state government for the project.

Okowa congratulates Tompolo at 50, plus PHOTOS from the Birthday Show

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated Niger Delta activist and ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo as he clocks 50 years.

Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday in Asaba, said that Ekpemupolo popularly known as Tompolo, was an illustrious son of Niger Delta, who had contributed immensely to the peace and development of the region.

He said that Ekpemupolo’s crave for the development of Niger Delta compelled him to embrace the Presidential Amnesty offered by the Federal Government to armed agitators in the region in 2009, thereby ending the near-intractable militancy in the area.

He remarked that ‘’Tompolo’’ contributed hugely to the restoration and sustenance of peace in Delta, recalling that his swift intervention in one of those “tough times’’ helped to nip in the bud, a dangerously brewing crisis in the state and the region.

The governor urged him to continue to do good, as it was fulfilling and rewarding to be benevolent, “especially now that you have attained the golden age’’.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I felicitate with an illustrious son of the Niger Delta, High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo on the occasion of his 50th birth anniversary.

“Tompolo, as he is fondly called, is an embodiment of peace and has contributed greatly to the peace and development of the oil rich Niger Delta, and has continued to partner governments in the maintenance of peace in the region. We are grateful to him for his support.

“As he celebrates his golden jubilee, it is my prayer and that of the people of Delta that God will continue to bless him with good health and wisdom to continue in his services to humanity,” he stated.

Photos from Tompolo’s 50th birthday celebration:

Sultan Announces Sighting Of Moon, Says Ramadan Begins Tuesday(Today)

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on Monday night announced the sighting of the moon and noted that the 2021 Ramadan will begin on Tuesday, April 13th(today).

This is according to a broadcast by the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

The Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has called on Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to use the period of this year’s Ramadan to pray for the peace of Nigeria, he also asked the Ummah to pray for leaders in the country for wisdom to handle all the challenges facing the nation.

He called on Muslims to adhere to the teachings and practice of Islam during the month, urging them to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours.

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest shrines, had earlier announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan will start on Tuesday, as Muslims worldwide face coronavirus curbs.

“Tomorrow, Tuesday… is the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan this year,” the kingdom’s supreme court said in a royal court statement.

Other Muslim countries, including Sunni-majority Egypt and Lebanon, have also announced that Tuesday marks the start of Ramadan, while Shiite-majority countries like Iran are expected to start a day later.

The daytime fasting month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Observant Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk, and traditionally gather with family and friends to break their fast in the evening.

It is also a time of prayers, during which Muslims typically converge in large numbers at mosques, especially at night.

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many Muslim-majority countries have imposed restrictions on worshippers, including night-time curfews, and called for prayers to be performed at home.

OEC Foundation pays a visit to  Iwaya Community

Over the weekend, Members of the Omonuwa Echie Charity Foundation visited the Iwaya community in Yaba, Lagos State for their first soup kitchen of the year. The outing took place on Saturday, April 10, at the palace of the Oba-elect of Iwaya. It was organized to mark the OEC Foundation day ofThe six-man team consisted of dedicated volunteers and were led by Ehiaghe Echie, co-founder of the foundation. They were received by Iwaya palace chiefs including the secretary of the council and the youth leader namely Chief Balogun, Chief Otumba and Chief Akogun.The event began with a welcome address from Chief Akogun, expressing their appreciation to the OEC Foundation team for the timely visit. The chiefs mentioned the sorry state of the Nigerian economy and how individuals need to look after each other.The team lead, Ehiaghe Echie thanked the chiefs for their warm welcome and talked about what the foundation’s basic mission is; to offer a helping hand to the less privileged. She stated that the foundation’s target audience for the day was adolescent girls and children of Iwaya.After the preliminary discussions, food packs were distributed to over a hundred women, young girls and children. Sanitary pads were also given to adolescent girls.The outing ended with a vote of thanks from the palace secretary on behalf of the Kabiyesi and the rest of the royal council. He mentioned again that it is not an easy feat for people to dip their hands into their pockets to support strangers. He added that the people of Iwaya deeply appreciate the kind gesture from the foundation. The Iwaya women’s leader also offered a short prayer for the OEC Foundation team on behalf of the council.As the OEC Foundation team took their leave, they left smiling women and children behind them at Iwaya.The Omonuwa Echie Charity (OEC) Foundation is a Pan-African aid organization that exists to uplift the less privileged in society and be a helping hand to those in need. it is based in South Africa but operates in Nigeria.In the words of the founder of OEC Foundation, “Poverty is right in front of us, and its eradication begins with us”.More photos from the event:

‘Ebube Agu’ Security Network, A Welcome Development- Nwankpo

The APGA leading governorship aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo has commended the Southeast governors for the initiative.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday and circulated by his Director Media and Publicity Dr. Harris Chuma-Odili, the former presidential aide Nze Nwankpo said the governor’s decision to launch a regional security network codenamed “EBUBEAGU” is a welcome development, that it will address the worsening insecurity in the region.

“We must commend the governors of the six states of the Southeast for coming up with this initiative. We believe that “Ebubeagu” will address the issues of kidnapping, terrorists attacks, banditry, armed robberies and help flush out criminal elements that had held the region hostage.” The statement reads

The idea of Ebubeagu Security Network was mooted during a security summit at Owerri organised by the Southeast Governors in April 11, 2021 over the rising insecurity in the region.

The governors in attendance were, Governor of Abia State, Okezuo Ikpeazu, Anambra, Willie Obiano, Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and the host governor, Hope Uzodimma.

Also in attendance, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo world-wide, Professor George Obiozor as well as top security chiefs in the zone.