Lockdown: Its to Enable Us Arrest the Spread of the Virus, Not Punitive – Delta Govt

Secretary to State Government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie (right); Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu (left) and Delta State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, during the monitoring of compliance on the COVID-19 “stay at home” Order within Asaba and environs. Saturday 4/4/20 . PIX: JIBUNOR SAMUEL. By Chika Obi ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State Government has said that the stay-at-home directive was not intended to punish citizens of the state, but help curtail the spread of the Coronavirus into the state, or be able to tackle it once it’s confirmed in the…

I believe My Son Was Commissioned to be killed-Father of Joseph Pesu

Late Joseph Pessu By Peter James WARRI/Nigeria: In the midst of different version of what led to the shooting to death of the late Joseph Pessu, a 28 years Deltan who was killed by what can be termed a trigger happy Army personnel, the father of the late Joseph, Mr. Monday Pessu, had expressed his feeling that the late son was marked out to be killed, and the errant soldier was commissioned to carryout the deadly act. In an Interview with the vanguard Newspaper, Mr. Pessu appealed to the authourities…

COVID-19: Online Media Practitioners Caution Security Operatives on Attack on Journalists

By Peter James ABUJA/Nigeria: Online Media Practitioners under the auspices of the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN), have called on security agents enforcing the lockdown order in some parts of the country to stop harassing journalists who are in the field doing their legitimate jobs. The association in a press release, signed by Mr. Ismailia Yakubu, the National Publicity Officer, said that the body had noticed with dismay, and highhandedness some of the security agencies caught on tape had been intimidating journalists who are out to provide information…

Delta Commends Army for Arresting Deviant Soldiers

ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State Government has commended Nigerian Army high command for arresting two soldiers shown in an online video threatening the people of Warri. The state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, gave the commendation in a statement on Saturday in Asaba. He said that the military was a special force known for its discipline and wondered where the errant soldiers got their training and orientation from. Aniagwu said that no soldier was killed in Warri and that government was concerned about where the soldiers got their information that…

AfDB Approves Gender Equality Trust Fund And Risk-sharing Mechanism to Improve Women’s Economic Empowerment in Africa

African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina ABIDJAN/Ivory Coast: The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group have approved a new Gender Equality Trust Fund (GETF) aimed at pushing forward gender equality and women’s empowerment across the continent. Funded by donors, the GETF will support the delivery and scale-up of the Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) programme and promote gender transformative lending and non-lending operations. It is the first thematic fund on gender in the Bank Group’s history. The Fund will be established for an…

COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Actionaid Nigeria Calls for Accountability & Prioritisation Of Vulnerable Women, Children, Aged & Persons With Disabilities

ABUJA/Nigeria: The ActionAid Nigeria, (AAN), has called for accountability, and prioritization of vulnerable women, children, the aged and persons with disabilities in their plans, just as the questioned the exclusion of CSO’s in the operation of the committee on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The organization in a statement signed by Ene Obi, Country Director, stated that they had followed with keen interests the federal Government response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and appreciates some of the steps taken so far to mitigate the spread of the virus…

COVID-19: Warri Video Clips Fake – Delta Govt

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State Government has urged the public, particularly Deltans, to discountenance video clips purportedly on Warri residents defying the stay-at-home order of the state government over the Coronavirus pandemic and confronting security operatives, saying it was concocted and therefore, fake. The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, made the call in a statement on Friday in Asaba, and said that the concocted videos were not a true representation of happenings in Warri or any part of Delta in the last 48 hours. According to him,…

APC Delta State Condemns Unlawful Killing of Citizens

ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta state Chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, had condemned the unlawful killing of Mr. Joseph Pessu on Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Warri, Delta state. In a statement released by the Publicity Secretary, Mr. Felix Ogbotor Okpako, the party called on the state government to set up an investigating machinery immediately to unravel the circumstances that lead to what they called cold-blooded killing. It stated that the state government must realize the routine challenges that go with any stay at home order, and call for a…

Challenges of COVID-19: APC Chieftain Laments Wike’s Adoption of Intimidation as Governance Strategy

PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has decried the poor handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and its attendant consequences, especially the lockdown order handed down by Gov. Nyeson Wike of Rivers State. In a statement made available to media houses, the party chief said the striking revelation of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police on Channels Television on April 1, 2020, that there is no single arrest so far in the state shows that leadership in that state is way ahead of what…

Exclusive: The Nigerian Army Tells the True Story of Warri Killing That Resulted To Loss of Life

ASABA/Nigeria: The Nigerian Army, through an officer, who don’t want to be mentioned have explained what transpired that led to the death of Mr. Joseph Pessu, a 28 years Deltan in the hands of the Nigerian Army on April 2, 2020, in Warri, Delta State. According to the source, in the early morning of Thursday, at about 0800am. Troops deployed at Ubeji Guard Location were alerted of a suspected Armed Robber and Car Snatcher in a black colour Camry car without plate number by unarmed policeman and community vigilante who…