DELTA COMMUNAL CRISIS: Socio-economic activities grounded in Ogbe-Ijoh – IYC

By Emma Amaize_ WARRI

IJAW Youth Council, IYC, Western zone, yesterday, raised the alarm that social and economic activities have been grounded at Ogbe-Ijoh community, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, following the unending boundary dispute between it and neigbouring Aladja in Udu Local Government Area of the state.

Chairman, IYC, in the zone, Frank Akiefa, in a statement, also lamented that scores of residents had fled the Ijaw town as a result of the constant bloodbath and urged the Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, to urgently “put modalities in place to stop the crisis between the two warring communities.”

The Council asserted: “Within this period of hostility, socio-economic as well as political activities have been greatly halted not to talk of the incessant loss of lives and properties. Children no longer go to school because of fear. Many have been killed, mutilated, injured and permanently disfigured in Ogbe-Ijoh.”
“This avoidable crisis has also resulted in many have fleeing their homes.

Dwellers in these communities no longer go on with economic activities like fishing and farming for fear of losing their lives, thereby causing malnutrition and hunger.

“As the general elections draw near, we urge Governor Okowa to find a lasting solution to this dispute because elections might be thwarted in those areas. We also want to recommend that security personnel should be stationed in between the two communities to ensure lives and properties are secured.

“We equally use this medium to call the two communities to give a peace a chance. It is better you realize that crisis is an ill-wind that when it blows it does nobody any good. The warring communities should know that no parcel of land is worth the blood of a human being,” it added.

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VIDEO: Buhari’s Certificate, Army Says Not In Possession Of Document

The Nigeria Army has finally broken its long silence over the educational qualifications of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) by asserting that the retired general actually entered the Army from secondary school.

Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Olajide Laleye, told a crowded press conference on Tuesday that the Army holds General Buhari in high esteem and would not like to be dragged into any controversy concerning the eligibility or otherwise of the retired general to occupy any public office.

Laleye stated, however, that the Army decided to speak now to douse the controversy over-shadowing the politician’s educational qualifications and to halt the avalanche of requests from numerous individuals and corporate bodies to the military asking for the records.

He stated that APC Presidential Candidate was enlisted into the army in 1961 without certificates since he was picked from the secondary school to start military service.

Brigadier General Laleye said: “Records available indicate that Major General Muhammadu Buhari applied to join the military as a Form Six student of the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, on October 18, 1961. His application was duly endorsed by the principal of the school, who also wrote a report and recommended him to be suitable for military commission.”

The Nigeria Army spokesman noted, however, that the usual practice in the Nigeria Army before candidates are shortlisted for commissioning into the officer cadre, requiring that the Selection Board must verify the original copies of credentials that are presented by candidates may not have been followed in Buhari’s case.

His words: “There is no evidence or available record to show that this process was followed in 1960s. Nevertheless, the entry made on NA Form 199A at the point of documentation after commission as an officer indicated that the former head of state obtained the West Africa School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 with credits in English language, geography, history, heath science, Hausa and a pass in English literature.

“However, neither the original copy of the certificate, a Certified True Copy (CTC) nor the statement of results of Major General Buhari’s WASC result is in his personal file” as evidence of his claims.

During the question session, the Army spokesman stated that Buhari attended several professional courses relating to the military profession including two in the United States and other foreign countries.

Laleye expressed reservations and displeasure over attempts by politicians to drag the military into partisan politics and hoped that with the release of the records by the military, the matter will now be allowed to rest. – @Hope For Nigeria.

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VIDEO: AIYF finally cry out to the Agadagba of Arogbo, over the illegal arrest of youth in the kingdom by unknown military group

By, Nigbeke Perekontei West, Arogbo

Arogbo Ijaw Ibe Youth Forum (AIYF) finally cry out to the Agadagba of Arogbo kingdom in Ese-Odo local government area of Ondo state, Nigeria over the illegal arrest of youth in the kingdom by unknown millitary group.

The king promise the youth that such is unlawful. That he will put and end to issure of such and that youth are very useful in the society.

The Opukutu 111 promise the youth that the remaining person will be release in due course. That the youth should relax and remain law abiding.

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Chief (Dr). Julius Tekeme Applauds Okowa For Appointment Into State Cabinet – MainNews.Blog

The Hon. Commissioner for Urban Renewal in the Delta State Executive Council,Hon (Chief) Dr.Julius Takeme has applauded the Governor of Delta State,His Excellency, Senator (Dr).Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for his appointment as honourable Commissioner for Urban Renewal of the Delta State Executive Council.

The Hon.Commissioner made this known to news men in Asaba shortly after receiving his appointment letter from the Delta State Government.Hon.Takeme while speaking to news men expressed readiness in giving Deltans the best of services in this daring times.

He applauded the State Governor for the rare feat of making him a member of his cabinet,noting that he is ready and prepared for the task ahead.

Chief.Takeme further commends the Governor and the Ijaw nationality in Delta State for standing with the Governor and his Deputy thus far.He prayed that the love and support will know no bounds going forward from 2019.

The Hon.Commissioner emphasised that his presence in the State Cabinet is to deliver and maximise the prime position of the PROSPERITY Mantra and the SMART Agenda of the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa led Delta State Government,this he is committed to.

He reiterated that,as a Commissioner for Urban Renewal,he will stop at nothing to liaise properly to give Deltans the best,noting that he will equally close rank with the political family and that of Deltans to ensure landslide victory to retain Senator Okowa as Governor of Delta State till 2023.

Meanwhile,the Hon. Commissioner also expressed concern over the resurgence of the age long communal crises between the Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja communities.He maintained that with unity of purpose, tolerance and forgiveness on both sides,such energies expended in the recent upsurge would be used to meet the developmental needs of the people rather than crisis.

Chief.Takeme stressed that there is no gain in crises rather than killing,tears and sorrow meted on the people. The development we need can not be achieved in an atmosphere of war,adding that,it will be challenging for government to deliver its mandate of the prosperity mantra when lives and properties are threatened by crises.

He called to bare the uniqueness of the two ethnic nationalities of Urhobo and Ijaw,noting that the Urhobos and Ijaws have built a common ancestry over the years preexisting this age where Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja are partners in the bond.

Therefore,it is my appeal that, the Ogbe-Ijoh Ijaws and the Aladja Urhobos should have a rethink and sheath their swords in complying with the sustainable peace steps taken so far by the Delta State Governor and give peace a chance in order to attract development as well as encourage peaceful coexistence,the statement adds.