300 Persons Including 223 Children Released From Administrative Custody For Their Alleged Association With Armed Groups In North-East Nigeria – UNICEF

Peter Hawkins, UNICEF MAIDUGURI/Nigeria: Late last night, 223 children including 10 girls were released from Nigerian Army administrative custody and Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison after they were cleared of suspected ties with armed groups. They were released to the safe custody of Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, UNICEF and Borno State authorities in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria. The children will now immediately enter a programme that will help them reintegrate into their communities, re-engage with their families, and take the first steps towards creating a new life…

New Report Finds Sexual Extortion Ignored, Underreported And Unpunished Worldwide ..Study Highlights Significant Gaps In Policy And Research With Little Action In Most Countries

Berlin/Germany: In advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March, a new report from Transparency International provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of sexual extortion or “sextortion” as a form of corruption around the world. The report highlights cases in schools, police stations, immigration centres, court houses, refugee camps and many other places, where government officials abuse their power to sexually exploit others. Read the report The results show how deeply underreported sextortion cases are, as well as a significant lack of awareness of how to tackle the issue…

How Dakuku Peterside Has Repositioned NIMASA to A Global Brand – Eze … Describes Him as The Future Of Nigeria’s Maritime Ventures

PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: The VISION of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is to be the leading Maritime Administration in Africa advancing Nigeria’s Global Maritime goals while on the other its omission is to achieve and sustain safe, secure shipping, cleaner, oceans and enhanced maritime capacity in line with global best practices towards Nigeria’s economic development. The essence of this press statement therefore is to critically examine the Vision and Mission of NIMASA and probably proffer answers to the nagging question of if Dr. Peterside its Director General has actualised…

NUJ Applauds South-South Governor on Proposed Security Outfit

ASABA/Nigeria: The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Delta State Council, has described the proposed establishment of a security outfit by the South-South governors as a right step in safeguarding the people of the geopolitical from internal and external attacks by criminally minded elements. In a statement of commendation made available to the press and endorsed by the council chairman, Michael Ikeogwu and Secretary, Churchill Oyowe, the union said the action stance indicated that the governors had listening ears and the will power to respond to the needs of their people.…

Okowa Congratulates Bulkachuwa at 70, Retirement

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa ASABA/Nigeria: Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Thursday congratulated President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, as she turns 70 years on March 6. Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika in Asaba, on Thursday also congratulated Justice Bulkachuwa on her retirement from service having attained the mandatory age of 70 years. He described Bulkachuwa as a “fearless judge who surmounted all obstacles to attain her dream of becoming one of the country’s top jurists’’. Okowa…

South-South Governors to Set up Regional Security, Demand Full Implementation Of 13% Derivation

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (3rd right), Governor of Bayelsa, Senator Douye Diri (right), Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom (2nd right), Governor of River State, Nyesom Wike (3rd left), Governor of Edo State, Dr. Godwin Obaseki (2nd left) shortly after the South, South Governors Meeting in Asaba. Thursday 5/3/20 .PIX: BRIPIN ENARUSAI. ASABA/Nigeria: The Governors of the South-South states on Thursday announced their resolution to establish a regional security outfit to stem increasing criminal activities in the region. The governors, who met in Asaba, also resolved to insist…

OPINION: The Lawmaker’s Beleaguered Immunity Bill

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Fear is the most powerful enemy of reason. Both fear and reason are essential to human survival, but the relationship between them is unbalanced. Reason may sometimes dissipate fear, but fear frequently shuts down reason-AL-Gore, Former Vice President of the United States There is no better way to appreciate the validity of the above expression than reflecting on the latest push by the members of the National Assembly to pass a bill sponsored by Honourable Odebumi Olusegun, of Ogo-Oluwa/Surulere federal constituency (APC, Oyo), – a bill that…

DRUG REDUCTION: NDLEA on Inspection Visit to CEPEJ

WARRI/Nigeria: Center for peace and environmental Justice (CEPEJ), a foremost Non-governmental and Non-profit organization received a delegation of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) inspection team at her Abuja operational office on Monday, 4th March 2020. The inspection team comprising of two NDLEA staff from PSO department in charge of NGOs and civil societies dealing in drug demand reduction Mrs. Christiana ighekpe accompanied by her assistant in charge of NGOs trainings, research and statistics enquiries, Mrs. Matsomi Fumilayo. The inspection visit is centered on the facilitation of CEPEJ’s registration…

HoReps: Elumelu Seeks For Establishment Of Federal University Of Technology In Asaba, As Bill Passes Second Reading, Referred To Committee

Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu ABUJA/Nigeria: The House of Representatives on Wednesday , 4th March, passed to second reading a bill seeking for the establishment of a Federal University of Technology in Asaba, Delta State. The Bill sponsored by the Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, is to provide quality technical education amongst others, for teeming youths of the region and Nigeria in general. The bill is titled, ” A bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal University of Technology, Asaba, Delta…

Govt. Gives Warri, Uvwie and Environs Drainage Contractor One Week To Make Impact

WARRI/Nigeria: Delta State Government has charged contractors handling the phases one and two of the master drainage project that cut across Warri, Uvwie and environs to show more commitment to achieving the set target. Specifically, the contracting firms, Levant and CCECC, have been enjoined to hasten up their activities taking advantage of the dry season that is just ending. The Director General of the of Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency (WUEDA), Comrade. Ovuozourie Macaulay gave the charge while inspecting the various sites handled by the contractors. He cautioned…