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NDDC Sole Administrator: Group Protests, Gives Akpabio 72 Hours Ultimatum

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Group known as Edo Restoration Movement has issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio to resign over what it tagged marginalisation of Edo State in the running of the NDDC.

The group which protested the alleged marginalisation on Friday in Benin closed down the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) office in Benin City for operation.

The group which protested at the MM Way office of the commission in Benin City, carried placards with different inscriptions such as “IMC is illegal in NDDC Act”; We are giving Akpabio 72 hours to resign”; Let Akpabio hand off the management of NDDC”; NDDC stop marginalizing Edo State”; “Constitute NDDC Board now” among others.

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Speaking, Secretary-General of the group, Comrade Ben Bowei said the they decided to take over the NDDC office in Benin because of marginalisation of Edo State by NDDC.

While stating that the marginalisation must stop, he emphasised that putting in place Sole Adminstration to run affairs of the NDDC should stop and that a legally constituted board should take over the management of the commission.

“We are here to take over the NDDC office, because Edo State has been marginalised by the NDDC and this must not be allowed to continue. We are here to put a stop to this injustice, We are part of the Niger Delta. Edo State is the 5th oil producing state and the 3rd largest producer of gas in Nigeria.

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“What about the board? Till now, Edo State has not produced the Chairman nor Managing Director of the board. Edo should be considered for the position of the MD of the board.

“Recently, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs went round the Niger Delta, but he did not come to Edo State. We are giving Godswill Akpabio 72 hours to visit Edo and talk to us or resign, if he fails to resign we will shut the East- West Road,” He said.

Also, speaking the Publicity Officer of the group, Arc Thaddeus Irabor said, the group was there to send a signal to the authority on what they will do if their plights are not addressed,

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“We are here to send a signal, we are giving Akpabio 72 hours ultimatum to resign, so that a legally constituted board can take over the management of the NDDC. The peace loving people of Edo State have been taken for granted.

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“We want him to resign, not because we have any thing personal against him, but because Edo has been marginalised. We want to say that we can bite and even crack the bone; We will not only shut the East-West Road, we will shut all oil installations in Edo State. We are calling on Akpabio to stop using the NDDC fund for his personal use,” he said.

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Man, 38 Escapes Assassination Attempt In Benin

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Innocent Omoruyi

By Omokha Andrew

A 38-year-old activist, Innocent Omoruyi, narrowly escaped assassination in the early hours of Wednesday, July 19, 2023 as his residence at Obe Community,Sapele Road in Benin city was attacked by yet to be identified gun men.

The attack which eye witnesses say was viciously executed on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 bore the markings of a dreaded cult group terrorizing Benin City, the state capital.

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The Obe, Sapale Road incident, it was learnt, happened soon after Omoruyi left the house to attend to matters of interest some few metres away from his home.

The assailants were said to have shot sporadically in their frustration as residents scampered for safety.

However, Omoruyi escaped unharmed.

One of the eye witnesses who craved anonymity said: “The felons apparently went for the kill, weilding guns and other dangerous weapons. “We are shocked that they didn’t see Innocent Omoruyi who was just some few metres away from home when they arrived”.

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“How that happened, only God knows and it was obvious that it wasn’t his time to die yet and just before that not long ago his business place on Lagos Street, Benin City was burnt down in the middle of the night by unknown arsonists.

“This sequence of events is not ordinary. We know it’s politically motivated due to the role he played in the last general elections. He has been advised to go into hiding at the moment for his personal safety”, he concluded.

When contacted, the police Public Relations Officer Chidi Nwabuzor said he was yet to get any information as regards the latest incident. He promised to feed our correspondent with relevant details as soon as they become handy.

Our information source however revealed that the matter has already been incidented at the Love World Police station on Sapele Road, Benin city.

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Nigeria To Earn Over $4bn Revenue As FEC Okays Concession Of Abuja, Kano Airports

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Nigeria will earn over $4 billion in nominal revenue as the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday okayed the concession of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano, to the Corporacion American Airport Consortium, a Luxembourg-based company.

James Odaudu, the Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, the Council also approved that the Federal Ministry of Aviation would be renamed the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace.

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The statement noted that the company would make combined upfront payments of $8.5 million for the concession of NAIA and MAKIA.

He added that the development would spur evidential growth within the Nigerian aviation industry.

In alignment with the Aviation Roadmap, approved by Mr President on 18th October 2016, the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace is delighted to inform all stakeholders, both local and international, and the media, that the concession of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano has been approved by the Federal Executive Council,” the statement said.

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In December 2022 and January 2023, Corporacion American Airport Consortium was announced as the preferred bidder for the airport’s concession after scaling through a series of evaluations of technical and financial bids.

Nominal revenues mean income not adjusted for inflation and decreasing purchasing power.

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Russia Expelled From Council Of Europe Amid War With Ukraine

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The Council of Europe says it has expelled Russia with immediate effect after 26 years of membership because of the Ukraine war.

The Committee of Ministers took the decision in a special session, the rights body announced in the French city of Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Earlier, Russia had already declared its withdrawal from the Council of Europe after it had taken steps to exclude it.

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On Tuesday evening, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted unanimously in favour of Russia’s exclusion.

Russia joined the Council of Europe on Feb. 28, 1996.

Together with the formal notification of the withdrawal, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe also received information from the Russian Federation on Tuesday about its intention to denounce the European Convention on Human Rights.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, the leaders of the Council of Europe once again condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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They expressed their solidarity with the Russian people, who continue to belong to the European family and share its values.

The body said it would continue to stand by Ukraine in the fight against the aggressor.

The Council of Europe monitors the observance of human rights in its 46 member states and is not part of the European Union.

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The body reacted to the Russian invasion of Ukraine two weeks ago by suspending Russia’s membership, this decision was considered historic.

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