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NO. DTS 0570 ECONOMIC FREEDOM: HEALTH COMMISSIONER APPEALS FOR UNICEF ASSISTANCE

NO. DTS 0571 IKA SOUTH COMMITTEE ON AIDS EMBARKS ON CAMPAIGN

NO. DTS 0572 ENVIRONMENTAL TASK FORCE EMBARKS ON SANITATION SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGN

NO. DTS 0573 UGHELLI NORTH CAN PRAYS FOR ECONOMIC RIVIVAL

NO. DTS 0574 ROAD TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES INAUGURATES LOCAL CHAPTERS

NO. DTS 0575 ABALA-OSHIMILI COMMUNITY KEY INTO SEEFOR PROJECTS

NO. DTS 0576 DUKE IN-COUNCIL RESOLVES LAND DISPUTE IN AMUKPE COMMUNITY

NO. DTS 0577 DELTA CENTRAL AREA COMMANDER COMMENDS IDHERE KINGDOM

NO. DTS 0578 ETHIOPE WEST PEO APPEAL TO MONARCHS

NO. DTS 0579 IKA NORTH EAST WARD CHAIRMAN COMMENDS LAW MAKERS

NO. DTS 0580 ARMY, COUNCIL COLLABORATES TO MARK INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION IN KOKO

NO. DTS 0581 SUSPECTED MAST VANDAL ARRAIGNED IN OWA-OYIBU

NO. DTS 0582 WIFE FILES DIVORCE SUIT AGAINST UNREPENTANT HUSBAND

NO. DTS 0583 LANDLORD DRAGS TENANT TO COURT AT OWA-OYIBU

NO. DTS 0584 FELONY, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS SLAMMED ON SUSPECTS

NO. DTS 0585 TEACHERS IN ETHIOPE WEST APPEALS FOR PAYMENT OF SALARIES

NO. DTS 0586 DELTANS URGED TO CURTAIL MOVEMENT AS EDO STATE HOLDS ELECTION

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NO. DTS 0570 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
ECONOMIC FREEDOM: HEALTH COMMISSIONER APPEALS FOR UNICEF ASSISTANCE

Arising from the current economic recession being experienced in the country and its resultant poor financial status of the State governments, donor organizations such as UNICEF has been called upon to show understanding through the review of its funding arrangements of counterpart funding so that the direct beneficiaries will not loss out completely.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health Dr. Nicholas Azinge made this call when he received in audience the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) officials in his Office.

The Commissioner said there is the need to guard against the State losing UNICEF’s 70% assistance to children and mothers who are the major beneficiaries of the funds because of its inability to meet its own financial obligation through the prompt payment of its 30% counterpart fund through the review of its exiting maniacal arrangements.

According to him, ‘the State Government is presently working out ways around the financial challenges it is presently experiencing by thinking outside the box to raise its internally generated revenue’. He pleaded with UNICEF not to withhold its 70% counterpart fund because the state is yet to meet up with its own share of the funding and therefore called for a review of the counterpart funds arrangement for the sake of the children who will benefit most from the programme.

The Commissioner thanked them for their positive contributions so far to the state such as its assistance and collaborations with the State Primary Health Care Development Agency which has gone a long way in strengthening the Agency.

He said they have taken notes of all issues that have been raised and assured them of government’s resolve to key into the new proposed programmes they have in store for the State.

Earlier, the Leader of the UNICEF Team, Mr. Wilbroad Ngambi, Head, UNICEF Field Office, South-South geo-political zone thanked the Commissioner for receiving them and reiterated his organization’s interest in working in Nigeria and partnering with the State Government with a view to supporting the State.

He applauded the State’s efforts at establishing the State Contributing Health Commission which according to him is key at scaling up the health sector activities through the funds it will inject to the sector to help address the challenge of financing the sector.

Speaking on their activities in the State, Dr. Eghe Abe, Health Specialist, UNICEF said the organization is in the forefront of working to ensure that the health of women and children are brought to the front burner.

He commended the availability of e-data in the State which according to him is a plus to the State. He revealed that since about 70% of the State population health needs are met through the State Primary Health Development Agency, they are ready to strengthen the primary health care system through the State Primary Health Development Agency.

Dr. Eghe Abe added that UNICEF would work towards bringing all the health workers under one umbrella to enhance better coordination of their activities. He said they are planning a workshop of which they plan to invite all stake holders in the State.

He urged the State government to support the ‘save one million lives initiative’ through channelling more funds to assist the programme. On the issue of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) week, he said UNICEF has made its own portion of funds available and urged the Commissioner to make the State’s counterpart fund available so that the Week which initially was scheduled for June and but shifted upper will succeed. He also revealed that the federal Government has proposed October and November for the polio eradication programme and urged to the State to key into the programme by making its own part of the funding of the programme available.

In her contribution, Ngozi Onuora, the Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF said they are happy with the State’s efforts on nutrition and said there are still more to be done and urged the State to adopt the National Plan on nutrition through the domestication of the programme.

She called for the stepping up of advocacy on nutrition specific lines and said her organization will liaise with the Ministry and its Primary Health Care Development Agency for proper coordination of their activities.

Present at the meeting are the functioning Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Jude Winful-Orieke, Permanent Secretary, State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. (Mrs.) Oseji, M.I, Dr. Isaac Akpoveta, Chairman, Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Ben Nkechika Director General, Delta State Contributory Health Commission and Directors in the Ministry of Health.

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NO. DTS 0571 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
IKA SOUTH COMMITTEE ON AIDS EMBARKS ON CAMPAIGN

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, has commended the team of Local Action Committee on AIDS, Ika South chapter for their efforts in helping to create awareness on the outbreak of Lassa Fever in Delta State as well as HIV Virus.

This commendation was given by the Commissioner at Ogbemudein Model Secondary School during awareness campaign on the killer disease, Lassa Fever, which has already claimed a victim in the state.

Coincidentally, the commissioner met the team of Ika South chapter of local Action Committee on AIDS who were in the school to sensitize both staff and students on HIV/AIDS, Lassa fever and other killer diseases.

Reacting to the question, asked by the Commissioner, Mrs. Loveth Durojaye one of the committee members, explained that Local Action Committee on AID is a committee in the local Government Mandated to create awareness on basically HIV/AIDs as well as other Health Issues, adding that the committee was at Ogbemudein Model secondary school to create awareness not just on HIV /AIDs but on the killer disease in the state known as LASSA Fever.

The Commissioner commended the work of the committee while encouraging them to carry on with their assignment and went to Owa Model Secondary School and as well as Mbiri with his entourage.

Speaking during the awareness creation the chairperson of the L.A.C.A, Ika South chapter, Mrs. Lucy Ohen, advised the people to always go for check up without waiting until one breaks down as this will help to checkmate the problems of such sicknesses as heart attack, diabetes, kidney problems and others.

She cautioned on the need for us to be conscious of the food we eat as well as our life styles which are the major causes of the sickness that are killing people today and she advised the people to eat more of food that contains, fibres, vitamins while frowning against the consumption of too much proteinous and starchy food by adults.

She also preached generally, on hygine as the main panacea to overcoming the sicknesses that are plaguing men such as Lassa Fever which is basically transferred to our homes by rats.

Speaking on HIV/AIDS, she disclosed that HIV/AIDS is real positing that unprotected sex with victims still remain the major means of contacting it, saying that another way of contracting HIV is through blood transfusion which can be checked by one eating good food.

She advised parents to teach their children best behaviours, including sex education so that the children could learn it from them rather than from peers as well as the consequences of extra marital sex.

The local Action committee on HIV/AID of Ika South chapter who also previously went to Staff Model Secondary School, Agbor on sensitization, carried out free HIV testing, Malaria testing as well as B.P. checks, while also demonstrating on how to use both the male and female condoms which were distributed free of charge to participants.

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NO. DTS 0572 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
ENVIRONMENTAL TASK FORCE EMBARKS ON SANITATION SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGN

In their bid to curb the menace of erosion, and ensuring a clean and healthy Ika nation, members of the recently inaugurated Environmental Task Force in Ika North / East and Ika south have embarked on massive sensitization exercises.

According to the co-ordinator of Environmental Task force in Ika North / East, Hon Kingsley Ifeanyi Iyetor disclosed that their purpose of embarking on the enlightenment programme is to warn members of Boji Boji metropolis to shun the act of indiscriminate dumping refuse on gutters and water ways.

He stressed that displaying of goods on the walk ways is also prohibited, adding that Vehicles obstructing movement will not be tolerated.

The co-ordinator vowed that the group will prosecute anyone caught flaunting the stipulated environmental laws saying that they will commence operations September 26th 2016.

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NO. DTS 0573 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
UGHELLI NORTH CAN PRAYS FOR ECONOMIC REVIVAL

As the harsh economic situation continued to bite harder on Nigerians, Christians from different denominations in Ughelli under the umbrella of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) gathered at the Heroes of Faith Ministry to pray for Nigeria.

Speaking before the prayer session, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (C.A.N) Ughelli North chapter, Bishop Diamond Emuobor said the prayer was at the instance of the national president of CAN who directed that all the Christians in Nigeria should fast and pray for the revival of the Economy of Nigeria and the unity of the church.

Bishop Emuobor said the church will pray and ask God to show mercy on the leaders of Nigeria who raped the country of its resources, for them to have sense of responsibility and show commitment to the wellbeing of Nigerians.”Our leaders should show sign of commitment to the wellbeing of those they are leading” he said.

The CAN chairman asserted that the church has lost its glory due to disunity, thus giving power to Satan to fight the church, “presently, the devil has set up division in the church using men to deceive men. Now the church is in a very esteem“ he added.

Bishop Emuobor said the church will pray for the restoration of the power of God as it was in the time of the apostles when there was raw demonstration of the power of God, “by the time a pastor is infused in the power of God, and authority is restored the enemies of the church will go into hiding” he said.

The guest speakers, Rev Oyibocha said our reproach brings disgrace to God and God is ready to remove our reproach if we cry to him. In a message title, “Standing in the Gap for Glorious Manifestation”, the servant of God called on Christians to stand in the gap for others, adding that the situation of the country calls for a divine and deep concern.
Rev. Oyibocha frown at the attitude of some pastors who absent themselves from such solemn gathering and advised them to have a change of attitude

Prayers were offered for the revival of the economy as well as the unity of the church.

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NO. DTS 0574 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
ROAD TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES INAUGURATES LOCAL CHAPTERS

The Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor on SEVICOM and Labour Relations, Comrade Mike Okeme, has stressed the need for robust harmonious relationship between government, labour and its affiliate unions just as he admonished the later to continue to contribute their quota in the socio-economic enhancement of the state.

Comrade Okeme, who stated this in Asaba during the inauguration of some local government caretakers of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Delta state chapter, enjoined the body to work as a team in order to realize their objectives especially within the confines of the legal frame-work setting it up.

He noted that the association was not a parallel union body to the national union of the road transport workers, adding that the state government under Senator Ifeanyi Okowa was committed at ensuring a level playing ground for all unions and their affiliates.

Comrade Okeme used the occasion to reassure the state workforce of government’s determination to ensure the welfare of workers despite the prevailing economic recession in the country which had equally affected the state and urged workers to reciprocate the gesture through effective service delivery.

Earlier, the Delta state Caretaker Chairman of the association, Comrade Elvis Kporo called on his members to be of good conduct at all times and strive to strengthen the union through canvassing for members.

While disclosing that the local government chapters inaugurated including Sapele, Isoko North, Isoko South, Ughelli South, Ughelli North, Warri South and Warri North, Comrade Kporo stated that other local government members of the association would be inaugurated at a later date.

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NO. DTS 0575 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
ABALA-OSHIMILI COMMUNITY KEY INTO SEEFOR PROJECTS

The Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Rev (Mrs) Omatsola Williams, has commended the people of Abala-Oshimili Community in Ndokwa East local government area of the state for keying into the SEEFOR-Community-Driven Development Project geared towards developing the area.

Rev (Mrs) Williams, who made the commendation while presenting cheque to the Community for the commencement of the construction of four classroom block project under the World Bank and European Union scheme, said that the community’s involvement in the programme was an attestation of their desire to improve the living condition of the Community describing their project as critical in driving more development to the area.

The Women Affairs Commissioner, however, urged Abala-Oshimili Community to always adhere strictly to the rules guiding the project, emphasising that any error would be borne by the Community and appreciated the state governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa for the wisdom in the payment in keying into the project by paying the state counterpart contribution.

Earlier, the President-General of Abala-Oshimili Community Development Union, Hon. Sam Afam Uzor, who is also the deputy national president of Abala-Oshimili Community, thanked the World Bank, the European Union and the state government for the project.

Hon. Uzor, who decried lack of basic infrastructure such as electricity, pipe-borne water, road and health centres among others, maintained that the classroom block project would bring multipliers effect in the Community, noting that education was the foundation of every successful society.

While assuring that the money for the project would be well utilized to realize the essence for which it was meant, the Abala-Oshimili President-general however, appealed to the state government, good spirited individuals as well as international Communities to come to the aid of Abala-Oshimili in the area of infrastructural development, particularly road from Asaba through Oko to Abala-Oshimili Community so as to give the people a sense of belonging.

In a goodwill message, the Project Coordinator of the SEEFOR Project, Mr. Benson Ojoko represented by Mr. Greg Agongiagwe enjoined the Community to be transparent in executing the project reminding them that there was need to do quality job so as to be able to attract more projects.

The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Rev(Mrs) Omatsola Williams was also at Agbarho-Otor same exercise where she again used the forum to commiserate with the kingdom over the demise of two illustrious sons of the Community, Michael and Felix Ibru and charged the project management committee to justify the confidence reposed in them by their fellow community members through the execution of quality project as well as ensure transparency at all times.

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NO. DTS 0576 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
DUKE IN-COUNCIL RESOLVES LAND DISPUTE IN AMUKPE COMMUNITY

A protracted Land Dispute amongst the people of Ibada Amukpe Community in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State has been amicably resolved by the members of a committee and the Duke in Council Amukpe District.

The land dispute at Ibada Amukpe community between Hon Paul Umukoro, for himself and on behalf of Ibada Amukpe community, the plaintiff Daniel Kokogho, for himself and on behalf of the children of late Chief Kokogho, the president and exco members of Ovwore Amukpe community defendants was delivered by the Duke in council, Amukpe district.

After the close of the case, panel members visited the said land for inspection along with representative of parties were the following findings were observed, the whole area covered by the survey plan of the defendant has signs to show it was an old camp where people dwell before, there are economic trees (coconut trees, rubber trees) well for water etc at the place, but both parties laid claim to the place, there are also relics like broken bottle, broken plates (damage) shells (old pits) in the place which confirmed the place to be an old camp, an old site for shrine was also identified, all that went to the bush stood at various portions they claimed belonged to their late father’s /grand fathers living just the portion where the old shrine is located, saying that, that is where late Okotie lived and practiced
his herbal profession and where Kokogho stayed with him.

The panel later carefully considered the evidence of both parties, vis-a-vis what was seen at the bush and concluded as follows, since there is evidence to show that people once lived at the place at Oko (village) it is therefore improper for Ovwore community to approve such a piece of land that is (40 plots) for an individually/family at the approval is against the constitution of the Amukpe district which forbid this.

The panel also resolved that the said deed of grant is therefore null and void and of no effect, noting also that the land caretakers were not involved in the granting of the deed.

Members of the panel include Chief P.E. Asagba (Duke) chairman Chief M. Asagba, member chief John Erhitobor (member) Chief E.M Odebala member, Mr. Godday Okpako member, Mr Peter Smart Amukpe district P.G and Samuel Ifude also member.

A prominent member of the community Ambassador Kelly Igho Erute secretary Ibada- Amukpe also advised perpetrators and investors to stay away from Ibada family land known as Okuokoko which is the ancestral home of the people of Ibada and that there should be no trespass of any kind.

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NO. DTS 0577 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
DELTA CENTRAL AREA COMMANDER COMMENDS IDHERE KINGDOM

The Delta Central Area Commander, Nigeria Police, ACP Usman Ndanbabo has commended the people of Idjerhe kingdom for their effective collaboration with the Nigeria Police that has ensured the area is crime free and other social vices.

The area commander who visited the palace of the Monarch of Idjerhe kingdom Erhiekevwe 1 (JP) Ovie of Idjerhe kingdom accompanied by the divisional police officer of Jesse town Mr. Agaga Moses and the D.O of Mosogar Mr. Victor Ikewun, told Idjerhe people that he is particularly impressed with their show of hospitality to strangers and their total cooperation with security agencies in the area.

The new Delta Central Area Commander who hails from Niger State said in all his duties to police formations across the country, he has discovered that the Urhobo’s are the most hospitable people so far in the entire country, a message he must take back to his immediate family appealing far more support cooperation and synergy with the people for a better community policing so that the area would be
completely free from crime.

He said the police need information from the people if they most perform ultimately since they are no magicians thus all stakeholders must be adequately involved in their quest at riding the society free from criminal elements, pledging that they will from time to time visit the palace to rob minds together with the people of the agrarian community on how best their work should be done for the benefits of all, explaining that he decided to go round Police formations under his command to know their challenges since sitting in his office at ughelli can never give him enough information for him to work better.

The area commander who was also at the Jesse Divisional Police Headquarters, applauded the effort of the police, the vigilante, the anti kidnap group including members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) for their good working and effective crime control and prevention mechanism in the area.

He assured that government is making all effort to ensure that more men and women are recruited into the police force as all logistics needed for them to perform would be provided adequately assuring that his men across Delta central are fully prepared to ride the society of all criminal elements, revealing that stories about bombings in the area are not 100% correct.

ACP Ndanbabo who also visited Oghara and Sapele Police Divisions same day, advised men of the Jesse Police never to intimidate any member of the community since he will never hesitate to transfer such airing officer to an area where he could not get anybody to intimidate rather, he advised that they should be civil to everybody in the society since their duties is to protect life and properties.

The monarch of Idjerhe kingdom Erhiekevwe 1, who was represented at the occasion by his second in command, Chief Gabriel Emeje, Uzzi, the Iyasere of Idjerhe kingdom commended the area commander and his team for their visit to the kingdom. While appealing to him (Area Commander) for more men and logistics supports to the Jesse Police Station for them to perform better assuring that Idjerhe people will continue to partner with the police at all time.

The divisional Police Officer of the Jesse Police Station, Mr. Agaga Moses, who also received the Area commander into his office where mammoth crowd of Idjerhe people, the vigilante, members of PCRC, members of Anti Kidnap group etc had gathered explained some of their achievements in recent times with the arrest of all known criminals in the area which has reduced the crime rate in the area to the area commander.
He also appealed to the ACP for more men and logistics support to beef up what they have on ground while commending the efforts of other security outfits in the area for their effective collaboration with the Police in crime control and prevention.

Jesse Chief’s who were in the palace to received the ACP of Police Delta Central are Chief Stephen Ikewun DCP Police Rtd, Chief William Atiti, the Onugbrogodo of Onyobru subclan Jesse, Chief Oyibo, Chief Odowene Achoja, Chief Otubu, Chief Audu Abonokor and many others.

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NO. DTS 0578 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
ETHIOPE WEST PEO APPEAL TO MONARCHS

Traditional rulers in Ethiope west local government area of Delta state and other stakeholders have applauded the administrative style of governor Author Ifeanyi Okowa which has transformed the state in less than 2 years, pledging to support his government for the desired result of all Deltans.

His Royal majesty, Urhie I, Ovie of Mosogar kingdom and his counterpart, Uku Ogharaname Orefe III, Ovie of Oghara kingdom respectively who played host to the Public Enlightenment Officer of from the Ministry of Information in Ethiope West Council Area said the governor of Delta state has performed above the expectations of Deltans with the little allocations from the federation account.

The monarchs in their respective speeches pledged their support to the government through collaborative effort, good counsel and prayers that will move the state forward.

They assured the Public Enlightenment Officer Miss Victoria Aghotse that they will utilize her office effectively by channelling their complaints and demands to government and as well show case the activities of their kingdoms to the outside world while involving the office of the information officer of the Ministry of Information in any activities within their domain.

Earlier in her address, the Public Enlightenment Officer of the Local Government Area Miss Victoria Aghotse who assumed office in the Local Government few months back, told the monarchs that she was carrying out the familiarization tour to their palaces with other officers of the ministry who accompanied her on the visit so that they would be aware of her presence in the local government.

Miss Aghotse while commending the monarchs for their successful reign that has improved the status of the Local Government applauded them for showing casing the rich cultural heritage of their respective kingdoms to the outside world, pledging to support the 3 kingdoms in the Local Government Area in by projecting their activities effectively.

She said in line with the SMART agenda of the Delta State Government, the media in the area are ready to work to ensure that the goals of this administration are achieved.

She appealed to the rulers in reaching the public enlightenment officer on time whenever there is any activity to be carried out in the palace or any part of local government area so that they on their part can carry out their plans for coverage effectively since they are in the L.G.A to serve the people better.

She suggest to the monarchs that their next coronations anniversary should feature dinner party where all sons and daughters both at home and in the Diaspora would come and felicitate with each other bringing in activities such as dance, drama that would showcase the rich cultural heritage of the people.

Miss Aghotse was also at the home of the former chairman of Ethiope West Council, Olorogun Dr Wilson Omene where she commended him on his pragmatic leadership role that brought the council to better stead during his administration appealing that he should also make useful suggestions to the seating chairman on the way forward so that the council can progress rapidly.

Chief Collins Erutode Udi has asserted that sport is the surest way of reducing youth restiveness in the Niger Delta Region.

Udi who made the assertion in a media chat with newsmen in a reception of conferment of his chieftaincy title at Mariere Primary School Evwreni in Ughelli North Local Government Area on Thursday September 22nd, 2016 asserted further that sport is a veritable means of empowerment to the youths of the region mentioning the likes of Mikel Obi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Odion Igholo and a a host of others to buttress his assertion While playing host to footballers of Holy Ghost Football Club of Evwreni who came to honour him at the reception, the ebony black renowned philanthropist and sport sponsor promised to continue to do his best in the sponsorship of sports particularly in the round leather game of soccer at the grass root.

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NO. DTS 0579 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
IKA NORTH EAST WARD CHAIRMAN COMMENDS LAW MAKERS

The Ika North East PDP Ward Chairmen have commended the honourable member representing Ika North East Constituency of the Delta State House of Assembly- Hon. Anthony Emeka Elekeokwuri, on his efficient representation of the people of Ika North East at the DTHA

The PDP chieftains who made this assertion when they visited the legislator in his Umunede residence, Ika North East LGA, stated that Hon. Elekeokwuri have distinguished himself since his inauguration as honourable member representing Ika North East State Constituency and described him as a good Ambassador of his people, who is compassionate, tireless, committed and divinely placed for the continued growth and development of the party- PDP in Ika North East and Delta State at large , they commended the Legislator for his exemplary attitudes and expressed satisfaction with his stewardship, noting his outstanding performance, empowerment programmes and vibrancy in the House- DTHA , particularly his regular interactions with his people at the grassroots.

They advised the lawmaker never to change but continue in this good faith.

In his response, the Honourable who was elated thanked the party chieftains for honouring him with this special visit, he noted that he veered into the murky waters of politics to give selfless service to the people and not for personal interest. He pledged his continued loyalty to the party. He also used the medium to expressed his deep appreciation to his Excellency, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and the party chief for their fatherly advice and guidance which is yielding positive results, he therefore solicited for their continued support and guidance, urging them to keep praying for him.

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NO. DTS 0580 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
ARMY, COUNCIL COLLABORATES TO MARK INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION IN KOKO

The 19 Battalion, Koko, is collaborating with the Warri- north local government council to mark this year’s national day celebrations in the Council Area , in grand style.

Announcing the programme of events in a meeting held at the council secretariat to deliberate on the way forward for this year’s celebration, the commanding officer of the 19 battalion and headliner of the celebration, Lt. Col. Anthony Ozemhoya, stated that the celebrations kick starts on Saturday 24 September, with an all participatory environmental sanitation that will be led by the executive chairman of the council area, Hon. Eyituoyor Francis Maku.

According to the programme this will be followed by a one day lecture slated for Thursday September29, the Jumat service will be held in Koko central mosque, on Friday September30, as well as the medical outreach.

The grand finale which is on Saturday, October 1; will avail the council boss the opportunity of reviewing a special guard parade that will be organized in his honour, and the privilege of hoisting a brand new flag; symbolizing a new Nigeria noting that, on Sunday October 2, 2016, will round off the celebrations with thanksgiving at the church in Koko.

On his part, Hon. Maku, who was filled with appreciation for the bold initiative taken by the Army boss to carry the bulk of the celebrations, approved the proposal for the event, stating that at a time where most council areas cut down on national celebrations, due to paucity of funds, Warri- north is not only marking it but celebrating it in a grand style.

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NO. DTS 0581 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
SUSPECTED MAST VANDAL ARRAIGNED IN OWA-OYIBU

A man middle aged man, Evans Ofili discovered in an abandoned well has been accused of trying to vandalise the mast of one the major network providers at Idumuesah in Ika North/East.

The accusations was contained a statement given by one Jacob Azorgbulem a security operative attached to a mast location in Idumuesah when he came up as a witness during a case titled Commissioner of Police verses Evans Ofili at Magistrate Court 1 at Owa- Oyibu.

According to Jacob Azorgbulem, he was at home on the 25th June this year when his son called him ob phone that somebody was spotted on top of one the solar mast, on sitting the investigators the young man took to his heels.

Azorgbulem observed that not quite long they held someone in about two poles away crying for help, stating that the man was rescued and later handed over to the police only after he alerted the Supervisor in the presence of the community vigilante group.

While cross examining the witness, His Worship, Charles Ugeh asked if any instruments or tools were discovered with the accused, an answer was given by the witness in the negative.

The case was however adjourned to 10th October 2016 for further hearing.

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NO. DTS 0582 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
WIFE FILES DIVORCE SUIT AGAINST UNREPENTANT HUSBAND

A woman, (name withheld)that is within her late forties , living in airport road, Effurun in Uvwie local govt area, had filed a wreath to formally divorce her husband of thirteen years in Ekpan customary court.

The petitioner stated that her supposed husband have never been responsible in playing his role in the up keeping of the home; stating, “I am responsible for feeding, medical, house rent and every other financial commitment that involves me and my husband in the house,”

The petitioner noted that she even have a personal business that she established because of her husband to get him into something doing that would fetch money for him but he refused to participate in the business in the guise that he is an evangelist.

She however stated that the last straw that broke the camel’s back was when she spent over 1.8 million naira for an IVF with the agreement of her husband because they have no children, and later had a miscarriage, explaining that she became sick and started bleeding and her husband did not even talk to her even though they were living together in the same house.

According to her, she was rushed to the hospital by her elder sister that she called and her husband managed to visit her only once in the hospital.

She explained that it was when she returned from the hospital for the second time after being admitted for five days that her husband sent their caretaker to collect their house rent from her since it was overdue, even as she explained that she just spent over 1.8millions naira for an IVF that almost took her life without any financial support from her husband hence she was broke, adding that the caretaker went ahead to evict them out of the house.

She said that the last time she saw her husband though she later sourced for money that was used to pay for the rent.
The respondent as at the time of this report was not available for comment.

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NO. DTS 0583 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
LANDLORD DRAGS TENANT TO COURT AT OWA-OYIBU

A landlord, name withheld has dragged his tenant, one Florence Akinodo to court for allegedly assaulting his wife and daughter over washing of toilet.

During a hearing at Magistrate Court 1 sitting at Owa Oyibu, Ebere nurse, the landlord’s daughter stated that on 15th of May 2015 while at work, she received a call from a friend that the accused Florence has threatened to beat her up.

On getting home, as she was about to enter her apartment, she was allegedly attacked by the accused sisters, Victory and Happiness while Florence was watching, as she was slapped by Victory about 3 times.

She noted that Florence threatened to pour hot water on her, adding that Victory vowed to also bath her with acid, explaining that her parents later came to her rescue only to return a few days later and discover that her room glasses were destroyed.

The council to the accused Barr EOC Okoje later cross examined Ebere before His Worship Charles Ugeh adjoined the case to the 27th of September 2016.

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NO. DTS 0584 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
FELONY, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS SLAMMED ON SUSPECTS

A case was trailed between the state commission of police and Victor Zarigbe and another Ibede Omoyibo of Edijala Street in Orhuwhorun town who committed felony by attempting to prevent justice thereby bribing a lawyer with a bottle of wine and the sum of fifteen thousand naira (N15, 000) in cash.

The two accused person was fined the sum of 350,000 (Three hundred and fifty thousand) and a presentation of a civil servant with Salary Grade Level 12 for bail.

The chief Magistrate concluded that cases like this will not be treated with levity next time that people like the accuse persons are the one dragging the name of the Judiciary to the mud.

Also at the same customary court in Otor-Udu another case was called between the state and three accuse person namely Enakponu, Francis Odunefe and Ovie Ofufu was levied on a three court charge of belonging to an unlawful society called Aroba Confraternity, and also for being in possession of a curved wooden gun not licensed the third on was a motor cycle found in their possession with registration no Auc 139 and also an itel phone which the accused persons could not account for.

It was acclaimed that the said secret cult has been known for causing chaos and anarchy in the community.
However, the three accused persons pleaded not guilty to these three court charges.

The case was adjoined to the 21st Nov 2016, the accused persons however how to remain in police custody till said date.

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NO. DTS 0585 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
TEACHERS IN ETHIOPE WEST APPEALS FOR PAYMENT OF SALARIES

As schools resumed new academic section, teachers in Ethiope west local government appealed to state government to pay their salaries.

The public and private schools in Ethiope west resumed fully for the new academic section.
It was observed that most schools in Ethiope west resumed at first day of resumption.

Some of the schools visited were Ibori primary school Ogharefe, ICE Oghara, Uherevie primary school, Uduaka primary school Oghareki, Oghareki Grammar School Oghareki.

Mrs Abu Patricia, Principal ICE Oghara who spoke to news men said the school have resumed fully. She said both teachers and students have resumed for the new academic section.

Also speaking the Head Mistress of Uherevie primary school Mrs. Edoso Christiana said being the first day of resumption the turn up of both teachers and pupils are quite impressive despite the non-payment of teachers’ salaries for some months now.

Teachers were seen in the class rooms teaching, they appeal to government to pay up their salaries.

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NO. DTS 0586 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
DELTANS URGED TO CURTAIL MOVEMENT AS EDO STATE HOLDS ELECTION

Deltans and visitors travelling to and through Delta State to Edo State have been urged to take precaution from Tuesday September 27, 2016 to Wednesday September 28, 2016, due to the heavy presence of security personnel in Edo State.

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said the heavy presence of security personnel is to maintain peace and order during the Wednesday September 28, 2016 gubernatorial election in Edo State.

Mr. Ukah particularly called on residents living in towns bordering Edo State to take precaution, curtail movement and remain calm, peaceful and law abiding during and after the election.

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