• Group advises Buhari to seek Uduaghan’s help over Niger Delta crises

    Group advises Buhari to seek Uduaghan’s help over Niger Delta crises

    With the current stalemate in the proposed dialogue between militants and the Federal Government and the renewed bombings in the Niger Delta region, a group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly involve immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan to end the impasse.

    The group known as the Niger-Delta Deliberators (NDD), made up of professionals and community leaders from the Niger-Delta region, opined that the former governor understands the psyche and cognitive worldview of youths of the […]

  • Buhari must seek the help of Uduaghan to solve pipelines bombing – Niger Delta elders

    Buhari must seek the help of Uduaghan to solve pipelines bombing – Niger Delta elders

    President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to seek the help of a former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, in resolving the problems of bombing of pipelines in the Niger Delta Region.

    The call comes at a time of increased bombing of oil facilities by Niger Delta militants.

    A group, the Niger-Delta Deliberators, made up of Niger-Delta professionals and community leaders, called on Buhari to seek the help of Uduaghan to arrest the spate of bombings of oil facilities.

    In a press […]

  • Buhari baffled at level of sophistication of bombings in Niger Delta

    Buhari baffled at level of sophistication of bombings in Niger Delta

    President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed worry over the sophistication involved in the blowing up of oil pipelines in the Niger Delta, suggesting that those involved are not ordinary Nigerians.

    Buhari said, only some professional associations with high competences could go into the sea for almost 70 kilometres to blow pipelines with ease, adding that such associations need to talk to their members to ensure they were not deploying their skills in a negative way to the detriment of the country.

    The president […]

  • Oil Pipeline Saboteurs Are Not “Ordinary Nigerians”, says Buhari

    Oil Pipeline Saboteurs Are Not “Ordinary Nigerians”, says Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari has observed that those blowing up oil installations in the Niger Delta region are not ordinary Nigerians.

    Buhari explained that the sophistication the vandals employed in blowing up oil pipelines was an indication that they were experts in the field.

    He stated this after his investiture as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, NAE, led by its President, Joana Maduka, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.

    The President noted that a situation where vandals go deep […]

  • Bush burning caused pipeline explosion in Niger Delta – JTF

    Bush burning caused pipeline explosion in Niger Delta – JTF

    The Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Delta Safe (ODS), said Monday that the recent pipeline explosion that occurred around Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli, Delta State, was caused by bush burning.

    Clarifying the incident, JTF’s Deputy Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre (JMCC), Lt. Com. Thomas Otuji, said heat from the bush burning ruptured the pipeline belonging to Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

    Otuji asked members of the public to disregard a statement from a militant group, Greenland Justice Mandate (GJM), which claimed responsibility for the […]

  • Niger Delta: Massive explosion leaves Ughelli residents in shock

    Niger Delta: Massive explosion leaves Ughelli residents in shock

    A devastating explosion that rocked a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) yesterday left residents of Ughelli, in Delta State, in shock.

    Though initial investigation indicate that the explosion was as a result of a fault, some community sources said it was as a result of an attack by suspected militants.

    “Yes, there was a huge explosion on a pipeline known as Abura line operated by NPDC at about 7.45 pm, but we are not sure whether it was […]

  • Danjuma denies media reports of role in Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme

    Danjuma denies media reports of role in Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme

    Army veteran and elder statesman, Lt Gen Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) has reacted to reports in major national dailies where he was referred to as the Coordinator of Niger Delta Riverine Protection Program.

    The report further quoted him copiously and ascribed delivering the mandate of the Program to him.

    This was contained in a statement sent to the media by the Head of Media and Communications of the Presidential Committee on The North East Initiative PCNI, Alkasim Abdulkadir.

    “With the foregoing Gen. Danjuma […]

  • How to end militant attacks in Niger Delta – Mitee explains

    How to end militant attacks in Niger Delta – Mitee explains

    The wave of attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta will stop only if the Federal Government commits itself to a genuine dialogue.

    The chairman of the default Technical Committee on the Niger Delta, Ledum Mitee, said in Port Harcourt, that irrespective of the recent stakeholder meeting between the presidency and Niger Delta leaders, the attitude of the Federal Government had not shown it was committed to dialogue.

    According to Mitee, while government strategy to end the crisis in […]

  • We will find the formula for peace in Niger Delta by 2017, Kachikwu declares

    We will find the formula for peace in Niger Delta by 2017, Kachikwu declares

    Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, has declared at the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Producer-Consumer conference in Tokyo, Japan, that Nigeria would find the formula for peace in the Niger Delta region of the country by 2017.

    Kachikwu said Nigeria was at 2.1 million barrels of oil production per day, before the renewed hostilities by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

    Speaking to Bloomberg on the “turmoil” in the region, Kachikwu said: “Well, I won’t call it turmoil anymore, I […]

  • Nobody else anywhere in the world will destroy the facilities meant to help them, Osinbajo tells Niger Delta leaders

    Nobody else anywhere in the world will destroy the facilities meant to help them, Osinbajo tells Niger Delta leaders

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday received a delegation of Urhobo leaders, led by Chief Tuesday Onoge at the Presidential Villa, where he described the damaging of pipelines and oil installations in the Niger Delta as destruction of facilities meant to help the people of the region.

    The vice president lamented that “so much damage is being done, governments will come and go, but these damages will ultimately destroy people’s livelihoods, aspirations and future”.

    Osinbajo said: “Nobody else anywhere in the world will […]

  • Communities in Niger Delta drag Shell to London court

    Communities in Niger Delta drag Shell to London court

    Hearing has started yesterday at Britain’s High Court on new lawsuits filed by two communities in Rivers state, Ogale and Bille, alleging that decades of oil spills have fouled the water and destroyed the lives of thousands of fishermen and farmers in the Niger Delta, where a Shell subsidiary has operated since the 1950s.

    The communities say they brought their fight to London because the Nigerian courts are too corrupt.

    “Let the shareholders of Shell who are residents of the advanced world, like Britain, […]