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PRESS RELEASE  The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby informs the public that it has intercepted some members of organised syndicates involved in the sale of the new redesigned naira notes. In the course of its operations, in this regard in parts of the country, it was also established that some Commercial Bank officials are aiding the  economic malfeasance.   Consequently, the Service warns the currency racketeers to desist from this ignoble act. Appropriate regulatory authorities are, in this same vein, urged to step up monitoring and supervisory activities to expeditiously  address the emerging trends.  It should be noted that the Service has ordered its Commands and Formations to further ensure that all  persons and groups engaged in the illegal sale of the notes are identified. Therefore, anyone with useful information relating to this is encouraged to pass the same to the relevant authorities.  Peter Afunanya PhD fsi  Public Relations Officer Department of State Services N
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2023 Polls: Defectors to APC endorsed continuity of hardship, poverty in Nigeria - PDP

By EgbemaVoice, Spokesperson of Delta State Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq, has described politicians who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, as enemies of progress who by their actions and inactions openly endorsed continuity of poverty and hunger that is ravaging Nigerians since 2015 under APC national government. He made the assertion on Sunday during a public affairs radio programme in Warri, Delta State, saying that no right thinking politician with the interest of the people at heart would defect to APC that practically ruined the robust economy it inherited from PDP in 2015, and knowingly imposed acute poverty, pains and overbearing agony of a totally collapsed economy on Nigerians. Oghenesivbe, said that the only remedy to the highly sophisticated hunger and poverty like never before since Nigeria got Independence in 1960, is for eligible voters to collect their PVCs and vote out APC in the forthcoming g

We're not seeking fresh N100bn loan, Delta Govt clarifies

By EgbemaVoice, Delta Government on Monday said contrary to the misinformation being peddled by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, it was not seeking fresh N100 billion loan as being alleged.  Commissioner for Finance, Chief Fidelis Tilije, stated this at a joint press conference with his Information counterpart, Charles Aniagwu and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olisa Ifeajika in Asaba.  Tilije recalled that the state government had earlier received an approval from the House of Assembly to obtain N150 billion bridging finance from the N240 billion accrued refunds to the state on the 13 per cent Derivation Policy. He said that the needed facility was later reduced to N100 billion by the state government after deliberation with finance houses involved in the arrangement. According to him, after the discussion a new lead-finance-house emerged as against the one that was the leader at time the House of Assembly gave the approval for the government to

Okowa mourns Effurun-Otor monarch, King Duku II

By EgbemaVoice, Governor of Delta and Vice-Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has condoled with the Duku royal family and the Effurun-Otor Kingdom on the passing of their monarch, King Duku II, the Orovworere of Effurun-Otor.  Duku II passed on shortly after celebrating his 70th birth anniversary.  In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa also commiserated with the Urhobo nation and recalled that the late monarch was loved by his people and beyond.  He said “On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the passing of a great king and an accomplished scholar, His Royal Majesty, King Duku II.  “He was a great patriot and leader whose demise leaves a huge leadership vacuum on the Effurun-Otor people whom he served as Orovworere of the kingdom for six years.  "King Duku II was renowned for his simplicity, competence, diligence and scholarly approach to issues and was the first Urhobo kin

Court Dismisses Ex-Presidential Candidate’s Suit Seeking Buhari’s Sack From Office

By EgbemaVoice, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja has dismissed a suit by a former presidential candidate of Hope Democratic Party (HDP) Ambrose Owuru, against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari who was the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 election. The suit seeking the sack of President Buhari was thrown out by the Court on three major grounds which include that the suit constituted a gross abuse of court process, it was statute-barred, and was an affront to the Supremacy of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Justice Ekwo also held that the suit was baseless, frivolous, and vexatious in its entirety. The plaintiff, Owuru had in the suit applied for an order of the court to declare the presidential seat vacant and swear him in as the authentic winner of that election. Albert Owuru wants the court to determine the legality of INEC’S decision in 2019 during which it shifted the election from February 16 to March 23, 2019. He c

Ijaw Youths: Caution against unwarranted and unprovoked attacks on Warri North Council Boss Smart Asekutu, ____ IYC

The Ijaw youth council (IYC), Egbema kingdom has caution against the increasing unwarranted attacked on the Warri North local Government Area council chairman, Hon. Capt Smart Yomi Asekutu, by the legislative arms of the council, and mostly Itsekiri's councillors and caucus released Press statement partly reads,.. A PRESS STATEMENT MADE BY THE LEADERSHIP OF THE IJAW YOUTH COUNCIL,(IYC) EGBEMA KINGDOM, ON THE 30th OF JANUARY, 2023. OVER THE INCREASING AND UNWARRANTED ATTACKS ON THE CHAIRMAN OF WARRI NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA BY ITSEKIRI COUNCILORS. The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Egbema Kingdom, Has observed with discontent the unwarranted and unprovoked attacks on the Chairman of the Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, Hon. Capt, Smart Asekutu, by members of the Itsekiri caucus of the Warri North Legislative House. Few days ago, the leadership of IYC, Egbema Kingdom got wind of rumours from some quarters that some Itsekiri councilors have impeached the Chairman of War

My uncontrollable Tears: Chief Authority Aye Joins Late Ogbe Takubun, Ebidinwei Ipiteikumoh, kotowei Ogunyinbo, Raphael Pere, Ebidouwei Okoro, Jaja Beggi, Victor Owowo, Otosco Ejemi, other's

Late chief Authority Aye, aka Otonlor Authority Aye, why why why My uncontrollable Tears: Chief Authority Aye Joins Late Ogbe Takubun, Ebidinwei Ipiteikumoh, kotowei Ogunyinbo, Raphael Pere, Ebidouwei Okoro, Jaja Beggi, Victor Owowo, Otosco Ejemi, other's . ....... Ajakurama Development Forum,  community Mourns By EgbemaVoice, Ajakurama development forum, (ADF), Worldwide, National president Mingo Meshach Saya Ogumaka, has mourned late Chief Authority Aye aka Otonlor, who passed on, at about 12: 40 pm, 29th, Jan 2023, at Ajakurama town, the traditional headquarters of Egbema kingdom, Ovia south west local Government Area of Edo state, Chief Authority Aye was a renowned youth leader who is one of the young Chief in Egbema kingdom over eighteen (15) years as brave traditional Title chief, He had been determined to become a vibrant leader since his childhood, he was a grassroots youth leader, a businessman,  I remember his youthful age as teenage then, he was a playful, friendly and

New naira: Banks beef up security against customers’ attacks,

by EgbemaVoice, Four days to the expiration of the deadline set by the Central Bank of Nigeria for the old N1,000, N500 and N200 notes to cease from circulation, Deposit Money Banks have taken extra security measures to prevent angry customers from attacking their branches and destroying facilities. Saturday PUNCH reports that customers besieged bank branches in different parts of the country on Friday in attempts to withdraw new notes for use during the weekend and deposit old notes so that they would not be caught napping as Tuesday’s deadline approaches. However, most of the customers were disappointed as they could not make withdrawals through the Automated Teller Machines as most of the machines had been shut due to non-availability of new notes, while the few ATMs that were dispensing cash had long queues of desperate customers. Similarly, security guards at bank branches had a hectic time controlling the surging crowds making attempts to enter the banking halls to see if they co

INEC to test BVAS’ workability in 436 polling units nationwide,

By Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja, Ahead of next month’s general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has concluded plans to conduct a mock accreditation of voters across the country.  Chairman, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) from the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja.  According to him, the mock accreditation exercise, which would take place in about 436 polling units across the country, is aimed at testing the readiness of the Biomodial Voter Accreditations System (BVAS).  Yakubu said: “As you are already aware, the Commission has taken delivery of the BVAS machines for the election. We have also dutifully tested each machine in our offices nationwide to ensure its functionality. The next step is to conduct field tests across the country involving actual voters.  “For this reason, and in readiness for nationwide deployment, the Commission is conduct

Kano Gov’ship Election: Ganduje, Kwankwaso, Shekarau In Supremacy Battle

By Clement A. Oloyed For the first time since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999 and barring any 11th-hour compromise, each of the three leading politicians in Kano State will enter the battlefield with one thing in mind: to win the election for his anointed candidate and retire the other two from the political scene.* Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Senators Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Ibrahim Shekarau, have taken turns to rule the state since 1999 for two terms each and now have their horses in the race, with each hoping to be the first to single-handedly “anoint” a successor. This is so because it is the first election circle where each of the political heavyweights will belong to different political parties. The norm since 1999 has always been two of the trio teaming up against the other, but the dynamics have now seen Ganduje as the leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Kwankwaso as the leader and presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and

Adeleke Heads To Appeal Court, As Tribunal Declares Oyetola Governor,

BY our reporter, EgbemaVoice, The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo yesterday declared Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the duly elected governor of the state in the July 16 gubernatorial election.  The tribunal consequently ordered that the certificate of return earlier issued to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, be withdrawn with immediate effect.  The majority judgement delivered by the chairman, Justice Tertsea Kume, held that the admittance of over voting in six polling units by the respondents established non- compliance with electoral law and therefore the need to look into discrepancies in the 744 polling units presented by the petitioner.  He maintained that after the deduction of valid votes cast from the over voting at these polling units, Oyetola polled 314,941 while Adeleke polled 290,266.  While saying that it is the duty of the tribunal to deduct the valid votes

Itsekiri community Applauds Warri North Council Boss, Smart Asekutu, over concrete jetty,

By EgbemaVoice, Chairman of Warri North Local Government in Delta State, Hon. Capt. Smart Yomi Asekutu, has received commendations from the people of Ubagboro for facilitating the construction of the ongoing concrete jetty in their community. Briefing newsmen in Warri, Chairman and Secretary of the community, Austin Ogbemi and Ebisan Fenemigho, said the community has not had it so good. According to them, the Ubagboro community had been abandoned by successive administrations in the state until Asekutu’s predecessor, Mr. Aduge Okorodudu, built a health post for the community, followed by the ongoing capitalintensive and all-important project, which construction has reached an advanced stage by the incumbent chairman of the council. The community leaders noted that Asekutu was God-sent to deliver the community from the vicious cycle of under-development and socio-economic despondency, as they prayed for God to protect him and lift him higher in his political

2023: Gbagi of SDP, mediocre in electioneering politics - PDP , ...he converted Churches to campaign arena

By EgbemaVoice, Spokesperson of the Campaign Council of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq, has said that the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Kenneth Gbagi, is a mediocre in electioneering politics and a self serving politician. He made the assertion in a radio programme monitored in Asaba on Thursday, saying that Gbagi's political immaturity and lack of integrity accounted for the reason why the SDP campaign office in Asaba had remained perpetually locked, pointing out that the party's governorship candidate will not be able to win in his Oginibo Ward on March 11. Oghenesivbe noted that Gbagi's lying tongue, his unstable character, pride and arrogance is responsible for his poor political career since 1999 and counting, describing the SDP governorship candidate as a reckless talkative who cannot be trusted with the affairs of Delta State, not now, not in the future. The Delta PDP Campaign Council spokes


Hon. Capt. Smart Yomi Asekutu, Warri North local Government Area council chairman. READS FULL STATEMENT THREAT TO EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF WARRI NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMAN, HON. SMART YOMI ASEKUTU BY SOME SPONSORED COUNCILLORS: HOLD ITSEKIRI LEADERS RESPONSIBLE,  BEING THE TEXT OF THE RESOLUTION REACHED BY THE LEADERSHIP OF CONCERNED EGBEMA INDIGENES, CEI, AT THE END OF THEIR ONE-DAY MEETING IN KOKO, ON JANUARY 26, 2023. Our attention has been drawn to certain activities taking place at Warri North Local Government wherein some itsekiris Leaders,instigating Councillors of the Local Government, against the Council Chairman, Hon Smart Yomi Asekutu.  The leadership of the Concerned Egbema Indigenes is by this, notifying the relevant government authorities and various security agencies in Warri North Local Government Area in Delta State and beyond, to hold Itsekiri Leaders, responsible for anything that may likely cause a breach of peace in the area especially with the election around th

Dr. Grikpa James Congratulates Agadagba of Egbema kingdom, The Bini Pere IV, On presentation of staff of Office,

By EgbemaVoice,  Egbema kingdom born young vibrant and critical youth leader, a Frontline member of  Concerned Egbema Indigenes, has congratulated the Agadagba of Egbema kingdom, the Bini Pere IV, on his coronation and presentation of staff of Office, at Egbema palace, Ogbudugbudu town, 19th Jan 2023,  His goodwill messages partly reads,  I, Dr. GRIKPA JAMES EBIMIYEN on behalf of myself and the great people of Egbema kingdom heartily congratulate HRM. Amb. MESHACK E. A UBABIRI (JP), THE AGADAGBA OF EGBEMA KINGDOM, BINI PERE IV, on his ascension of the ancient throne of the Agadagba of Egbema Kingdom (Delta and Edo States), and the official presentation of staff of office by the Delta state government on the 19th day of January, 2023. May your reign bring peace, unity and the much needed development to our dear Kingdom. May God grant our our king longevity in good health and wisdom to pilot the affairs of the ancient kingdom.  I want to use this medium to call on all sons and daughte