Uduaghan debunks claims of ditching PDP for APC

Former Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has debunked his rumoured romance with the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he remains a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Dr. Uduaghan made the clarification yesterday, at his Warri, Delta State residence, when he hosted PDP Delta South Senatorial District, meeting. He said: “I’m happy that PDP is waxing stronger, and I want to commend leaders and members of the party in the state. We will get there by the grace of God, and we will win all the elections…

How militant Soboma George was killed

We killed him, his girlfriend over N600m deal, murder of my uncle – Member of Niger Delta Avengers     The name, Soboma George, wouldn’t be forgotten in a hurry by many Nigerians, especially citizens of Rivers State. He was murdered in August 2010. He was a militant in both the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and The Outlaws. In August 2009, Soboma accepted an amnesty offer made by the Nigerian government, under President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. Until his death, he led The Outlaws, a cult gang,…

Fate of the Furious breaks global box office record

The Fate of the Furious has raced to the top of the box office chart – breaking an international record in the process. The eighth film in the action thriller franchise took an estimated $532.5m (£424.7m) globally over Easter weekend. The figure makes it the strongest worldwide debut ever – marginally overtaking the $529m (£421.8m) taken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, the film’s US takings were down sharply on the previous movie. Furious 7 took $147.2m (£117.3m) in the US when it was released in 2015 – but…

‘Stronger collaborations needed to tackle illegalities in maritime’

Mr. Vickson Ossai Aghanenu is the Managing Director of Anagba Ventures Nigeria Limited and President of Association of Chandlers and Ship Suppliers of Nigeria. In this interview with BAYO AKOMOLAFE, he speaks on the illegal activities in the country’s maritime, which requires collaboration from all stakeholders to sanitise the sector and raise its contribution to the nation’s economy. Excerpts:     How would you assess the performance of the maritime industry in the last three months? The maritime industry, which is very important to the Nigerian economy, has been experiencing…

Why Buhari dumped Amaechi’s template for Niger Delta

As oil output rises to 1.68m bpd President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration at inception two years ago, adopted a policy of coercion to muscle the militants to submission and further went ahead to suspend payment of stipends to the repented militants and cancelled the pipeline protection contracts for former militants leaders. The most senior politician in the Buhari’s cabinet from the South South geopolitical zone, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi’s suspension of the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU) Okerenkoko, Delta State, further convinced the people of the region that the Buhari administration was…

When the chicken comes home to roost

To “roost”, a noun, refers to a resting place for birds, e.g., branch of a tree, nest, etc. This saying, “the chickens have come home to roost”, is employed to tell someone that he has to face the consequences of his past deeds, even if committed long ago. This is the sorry state of things today, because those Nigerians who ought to speak when it mattered most, demurred, either out of fear, or outright complicity. Edmund Burke once theorized that why evil continues to thrive is because good men sit…