10042019 - Politicians, traditional rulers aiding bandits — DEFENCE MINISTER



PANDEF asks S’South

politicians to sink differences

By Emma Amaize

PAN Niger Delta Forum,

PANDEF, yesterday,

called on politicians in the

South-South geopolitical

zone, irrespective of

political affiliations, to put

aside their differences and

work together in the interest

of the region.

PANDEF, the umbrella

body of the zone,

particularly appealed to

politicians in Rivers State

‘not to further engage in

activities that could further

undermine and impact

negatively on social and

economic activities after the

tortuous electoral process in

the state.”

National Secretary of the

group, Dr Alfred Mulade

said: “The people of Rivers

State deserve to live in

peace after the state of

uncertainty caused by the

needless and senseless

violence before and during

the March 9 governorship

election in the state.

“We urge politicians who

are dissatisfied with the

outcome of the elections to

follow only lawfully and

constitutional means to seek

redress, and avoid

anything that would

threaten peace in the state,

region and nation at large.”

Zamfara: Bandits kill

3000 in five years Yari

Governor Abdulaziz

Yari of Zamfara

State, has said that armed

bandits have killed 3,526

persons in the state in the

last five years.

Yari spoke at a town hall

meeting in Gusau, the

state capital, yesterday.

He spoke at a meeting

attended by the acting

Inspector General of Police,

Mr Mohammed

Adamu, traditional and

community leaders, as

well as herders and farmers.

Yari, who was represented

by Abdullahi

Shinkafi, Secretary to the

State Government, SSG,

also said “Nearly 500 villages”

have been destroyed

by the attackers.

He added that “Over

13,000 hectares of farmlands

were either destroyed

or made useless

as farmers can no longer

use the lands for farming.

“Nearly 500 villages

have also been devastated

and 8,219 persons were

injured, some are still in

critical condition.

“The economy of the

state has seriously suffered

because thousands

of shops were destroyed

by the rampaging bandits,

who had displaced

thousands of our people

from their places of

abode, many of whom

cannot sleep with their

two eyes closed because

of fear.” Yari said the government

had written volumes

of reports containing

over 7,000 pages, giving

details of the crises

right from the beginning

to the “infiltration from

Libya and Boko Haram.”

He said the state government

was aware of

eight prominent bandits

camps at different locations

in the state.

The governor said recent

suspension of mining

activities in the state by

the Federal Government

must “be followed by enforcement,

because, it is

one thing to ban, and another

to enforce.”

Delsu don warns against

indiscriminate consumption

of liver, kidney

By Emma Okogba

A Professor of Environmental

Biochemistry and

Toxicology in the Department

of Biochemistry,

Delta State University,

Abraka, Professor Samuel

Asagba, has expressed

concern over the indiscriminate

consumption of

liver and kidney by Nigerians.

Asagba said liver and

kidney are two organs

that have high capacity to

accumulate metals.

Asagba who stated

these in a lecture he delivered

at the 70th inaugural

lecture of the university,

said the consumption

of these organs might

predispose consumers to

metal induced toxicity.

He spoke on the theme

“Biochemical implications

of cadmium in our food

and drinking water:

should we be worried?”

Healthcare: Delta Assembly approves

N1.64bn payment order to Fidelity Bank

By Festus Ahon


House of Assembly,

yesterday, approved a

request by the state

government to issue an

irrevocable standing

payment order to Fidelity

Bank in respect of the

remodelling of the Central

Hospital, Asaba.

The request was

contained in a letter sent to

the House by the Acting

Governor, Mr. Kingsley

Otuaro and read by the

Speaker, Mr. Sheriff

Oborevwori at plenary.

The acting governor said

the state government

originally awarded the

contract for the remodelling

of the Central Hospital

Asaba to Deux Project

Limited at the sum of N2.

29 billion.

He said during the

course of the project

execution, the initial

contract sum was reviewed

upward due to price

fluctuations and additional

works amounting to N427.7


He added that a contract

for the construction of

internal roads and parking

lots within the hospital

premises was awarded to

the same contractor at the

sum of N242.14 million.

Otuaro noted that due to

the damaged hospital

perimeter wall occasioned

by the 2017 flood in Asaba

metropolis it became

necessary for the state

government to reconstruct

the fence with concrete at

the cost of N46.24 million

bringing the total contract

sum to N3 billion.

According to the letter the

state government had

already paid the contractor

the sum of N1.94 billion

leaving a balance of N1.06


He said the state

Executive Council at its

fourth meeting, ratified the

governor’s approval for the

completion of the project

through contract financing

to be provided by Fidelity

Bank as a term loan facility

of N1.06 billion.

According to the letter,

the project would be

executed by Open House

Property Management

Company Limited, a sister

company of Duex Project

Limited, adding that the

purpose of the letter was to

seek the authorisation of the

House for the state

government to issue an

appropriate Irrevocable

Standing Payment Order

ISPO in favour of Fidelity

Bank for the full repayment

of the facility amounting to

N1.06 billion with equal

monthly installments of

N143.75 million for a

period of eight months .

The Majority Leader,

Chief Tim Owhefere moved

separate motions for the

House to receive and

approve the request of the

Acting Governor.

The motions were

seconded by Mr. Peter

Onwusanya, Oshimili

South and Dr. Alphonsus

Ojo, Ukwuani


AWARD: From leftMrs Rose Yusuf, wife of the General Overseer, Household of Love Church;

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Senior Pastor, Trinity House Ministries International; Mary Afolabi,

awardee; and Mrs Ibidun Ighodalo at the conferment of the Lifetime Achievement Award by

the Ituah Ighodalo Foundation to celebrate Pastor Ituah's birthday in Lagos.

DPR threatens to shut stations selling fuel above

N145 in Bayelsa

By Samuel




Department of

Petroleum Resources, DPR,

has threatened to shut

down erring filling stations

over sudden hike in the

pump price of petrol from

N145 to N160 per litre in

Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Residents of the state

were taken aback last

Thursday by the increase in

the price of the product by

station owners.

But DPR’s Head of

Operations, Ibinabo Jack,

yesterday after a meeting

with both independent and

major marketers, frowned

on the hike, saying it was

not approved by any

regulatory body.

He urged them to

immediately revert to the

original price of N145 per

littre, or be sanctioned.

His words: “I personally

went around and

discovered that all the

filling stations were selling

above the pump price.

They were selling at the

rate of N160 naira for PMS.

We frown on that and

condemn it.

“The sudden rise in

pump price is not welcome

by DPR. There are no

directives for fuel pump

increase. The pump price

is still N145 per littre. The

DPR will not hesitate to

impose stringent penalties

upon anyone found selling

above the pump price.

“The price of PMS at the

depot as at the beginning

of the week was N133.

Marketers have no reason

to say they have written to

the authority or that they

were granted by someone

to sell above the pump

price approved by the

Petroleum Products

Regulatory Agency, PPRA.”

However, the Bayelsa

TETFund unveils biggest signature

infrastructure in Nigerian varsities

By Egufe



THE Tertiary Education

Trust Fund, TETFund, has

unveiled what the Fund’s

Executive Secretary, Prof

Elias Bogoro described as

“biggest signature project

ever” in Nigerian


The massive structure,

now known as Seven-In-

One, was commissioned by

Bogoro among other newly

completed TETFund

projects in the University of

Port Harcourt, at the

institution’s 32nd

convocation ceremony.

He said: “This gigantic

project, Seven-in-One

represents the first time

such a massive signature

state Chapter of the

Independent Petroleum

Marketers Association of

Nigeria, IPMAN, said the

increase was due to price

increase at the depots.

The group said its

members have to source

products from Warri and Port

Harcourt refineries at prices

above N142 and

considering the transport

cost, there was no way they

could sell at the

government price.

infrastructure as this will

be commissioned by the

TETFund in any university.

The Seven-in-One edifice

includes a 1,200 capacity

auditorium, 24 fullyfurnished

offices for

academic staff, eight

classrooms, eight lecture

halls, and a 600-capacity

lecture theatre, among

other features.

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