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Agbarha people celebrate Agbassa juju festival with eminent personalities in attendance

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By Ruth Oromoni & Success Yanki

The oil city of Warri was in a festive mood as the people of the ancient Urhobo Kingdom of Agbarha in Warri South Local Government Area celebrated the Idju Owhurie Festival, popularly known as Agbassa Juju on Sunday April 18th, 2021.

Some people of the neighboring Urhobo kingdom of Okere who were related to Agbarha Warri also joined in the celebration in their numbers.

The event stated with the arrival of key officials of the Owhurie Deity. This was followed by the arrival of the seven Agbarha Warri communities of Otovwodo (Agbassa), Ogunu, Igbudu, Edjeba, Okurode (Ekurede Urhobo), Ukpokiti (riverine) and Oteghele (riverine).

A special guest at the event, the Commander of Operation Delta Safe (Sector 1) Colonel Sani Ahmed, noted that Agbassa Juju was rich culturally just as he commended the people for sustaining it.

Similarly, the Unuevworo of the Traditional Administrative Unit of Alegbo, in Uvwie Kingdom, Chief Hope Akasa, who represented the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, also commended the Agbarha Warri people for showcasing their culture in a colourful way, noting that it was a tourist event.

Both the President General of Agbarha Warri Kingdom, Chief Emmanuel Ememu and the Unuevworo of Ugboroke in Uvwie Kingdom, Chief Dennis Omovie, also a native of Edjeba, stated that the festival was a symbol of unity of Agbarha Warri people.

A member of Urhobos Peoples Integrity Organization (UPIO), Chief Westham Adehor commended the Agbarha Warri people for the revival of their rich culture with the celebration of the festival.

The leader of the Jewish Religion in Nigeria, Dr Israel Abido, who is also the Chairman of Delta State Library Board and a native of Ukpokiti, stated that the Jews do not worship deities but celebrate culture.

The commissioner representing Urhobos of Warri, Uvwie, Udu and Ughelli South Local Government Areas in the board of DESOPADEC, Chief Vincent Oyibode, remarked that Agbassa Juju was not only a symbol of unity of Urhobos of Warri, saying other Urhobos were also part of the celebration.

The member representing Warri South Constituency 11 at the Delta House of Assembly, Hon Matthew Opuoru described Agbassa Juju as the best festival in the world.

The member representing Warri Federal Constituency at the Green Chambers of the National Assembly, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, member representing Warri South Constituency 1 at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Austin Oroye, Chief Talib Tebite, Chief Fred Majimite and renowned Catholic priest, Rev Ft Oghenejode Abaka, were among eminent personalities sighted at the event.

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Okowa to Delta communities – Eschew bloodshed over land

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Warri Ward Crisis
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

By Faith Madogwe 

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has charged people of the state to eschew hostilities occasioned by land disputes, as no amount of land was worth the blood of any citizen.

Okowa gave the charge in Asaba when he received report of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry into the boundary dispute between Ozoro and Oleh communities in Isoko North and Isoko South councils.

He stressed that there was no land, however vast, should lead to the killing of any person whether such persons were from Oleh, Ozoro or any part of the state.

The governor assured that the commission’s report would be processed with a view to raising a White Paper that would permanently resolve boundary dispute among feuding communities.

“We will process the findings and recommendations through the normal processes that they have to go through and we will produce a white paper as quickly as possible.

“We assure you that because the only way we can truly say ‘thank you’ is to ensure that the work you have done to present the report translates to peace among the Ozoro and Oleh people,” he said.

He commended chairman and members of the judicial commission for turning in their report on time and expressed hope that the recommendations would help to foster peaceful co-existence in the two communities.

Okowa also commended the communities for presenting themselves before the commission and reassured them that his administration would take decisions that would positively impact both communities.

He urged all warring communities across the state to embrace peace and the pave way for sustainable development, stressing that a lot could be achieved collectively under an atmosphere of peace.

While submitting the report, Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry, Justice Marcel Okoh, said the memoranda were received from parties involved in the dispute during the commission’s public hearings.

Okoh disclosed that during the proceedings, the two communities expressed readiness to embrace peace and expressed hope that the commission’s recommendations would help the state government to achieve sustainable peace and unity between Ozoro and Oleh communities.

NNPC/CNL JV, EGCDF Commission N564m Projects in Egbema, Gbaramatu communities

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Staff quarters building project at Azama community

By Ebi Oboko & Loveth Ojogun

The Egbema Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation (EGCDF), a Community Based Organisation sponsored by the  NNPC/Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL)  Joint Venture, together with the Delta state government,  on April 15, 16 and 20, 2021  commissioned eleven (11)  infrastructural projects in Egbema and Gbaramatu Kingdoms of Warri North and Warri South West Local Government Areas of Delta State respectively.

At the highpoint of the commissioning event, on 20th of April 2021, at the EGCDF Secretariat Effurun Warri, Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs expressed the delight of his company in partnering with EGCDF for community development. In his words: “Everywhere we work, we demonstrate ethical, environmentally-responsible, safe and respectful business practices. We also contribute to the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As we would say, we are in the business of progress.”

“Our primary contribution is by safely developing and delivering affordable and reliable energy that is necessary for social and economic progress. We also contribute through our work in protecting people and the environment and by investing in health, education and economic development” he said.

Esimaje, represented by Sam Daibo, Area Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs Field Operations,  also thanked the Delta state government for its support; “The NNPC/CNL Joint Venture values the support of the government of Delta State over the years in creating an enabling environment for our operations and activities in the State and also for the smooth implementation of our GMoU and other Social Investment programs.”

In his own response, Comrade Jude Ukori,  Chairman of EGCDF, appreciated CNL for sponsoring the projects, which cost over five hundred and sixty four million Naira (N564 million).

He  called  on the Ijaw oil and gas producing Communities of Egbema and Gbaramatu Kingdoms to  protect the assets of CNL which has been  EGCDF’s  sole source of funding. “I must mention that our sole source of fund remains CNL/NNPC Joint Venture. Therefore we honestly owe them an obligation to secure their facilities in our domains and provide an enabling environment for their smooth operations. We commend them for their steadfast commitment to the annual donation of funds to meet our developmental needs and in driving the GMoU process” he reiterated.

In the same vein, Pott Johnson Reginald, Delta state Coordinator ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, commended the Management of EGCDF for executing the projects. Pott, who said he went round the communities with the commissioning team, attested to the quality of the projects and the fact that they were fully completed before their commissioning.

Comrade Jude Ukori listed the commissioned projects to include: 300 meters concrete road project at Benikrukru community; staff quarters building project at Azama community; three bedrooms bungalow building project at Olukperebu community; cottage hospital renovation and ancillary work at Oporoza community plus the renovation of two concrete jetties and construction of waiting sheds and radio house at Kokodiagbene Community- all in Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Council Area of Delta State.

Others are 400 meter concrete walkway project at Opuama community; concrete jetty project at Abadigbene community; 250 meter concrete walkway project at Itagbene community; three- bedroom bungalow project at Ogbinbiri community and water project at Adagbarasa community-  all in Egbema kingdom in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State. There is also the fencing, construction of gatehouse and landscaping of EGCDF secretariat complex Effurun,  Warri.

[BREAKING] GbaramatuVoice 6th Niger Delta Awards to hold in Lagos, calls for nominations

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By Ebi Perekeme 

Niger Delta is a region replete with men and women of valour, who have done very well in shaping the demands of the county and humanity at large. Hence, the Board of Editors, GbaramatuVoice, Niger Delta leading and most trusted newspaper, is calling for nominations of personalities for its coveted GbaramatuVoice 2021 Niger Delta Awards, in recognition of the contributions and roles played by these exemplary influencers and shapers from the area within the period August 2020 and May 2021.

A statement issued on Monday, April 19th, 2021, in Lagos, and signed by Mr. Jacob Abai, CEO/Editor-in-Chief of Gbaramatu Publishing Company Limited, Publishers of GbaramatuaVoice Newspapers, stated that the nominations would begin by Monday, April 26th, 2021, and would be bench-marked by Monday, May 31st, 2021.

Abai added that ideal nominees should be Niger Deltans, who have made extra-ordinary contributions to humanity in any field from any part of the world.

Winners that will emerge from the snap nominations are expected to be announced ahead of the events lined up in commemoration of the GbaramatuVoice 6th Anniversary, slated for Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Categories for nominations are: Niger Delta Man of the Year; Niger Delta Best Governor of the Year; Niger Delta Woman of the Year; Deputy Governor of the Year; Senator of the Year; Minister of the Year; Reps of the Year; CEO of the Year; Philanthropist of the Year

Others are: Youth Personality of the Year; Entrepreneur of the Year; NGO of the Year; Humanitarian Personality of the Year; Activist of the Year; Company of the Year; Diaspora of the Year; Niger Delta Sportsman of the Year; Sportswoman of the Year and Friends of the Niger Delta.

The statement said, each category will have the Editors’ Choice and, People’s Choice.

For the People’s Choice, readers and audiences should e-mail their nominations in 100 words, stating why they made each choice, to: gbaramatuvoice@gmail.com

For sponsorship and partnership details call or whatsapp the Publisher, Mr. Jacob Abai on 08143459986

Gbaramatu Youth Council Holds General Meeting On Way Forward in Kantu Community 

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The President, Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC), Comrade Shadrach Onitsha Ebikeme, in a group photograph, during the general meeting at Kantu community in Gbaramatu Kingdom.

By Ebi Oboko

As part of their continuing contribution to the development of Gbaramatu kingdom, the Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC), the apex youth body of the kingdom, today held a general meeting at Kantu community.

The aim and objective of the meeting was to discuss the way forward for the kingdom.

Speaking at the meeting, the President of Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC), Comrade Shadrach Onitsha Ebikeme, thanked the youths of the kingdom for their steadfastness.

He stated that unity and understanding among them will bring about the needed development of Gbaramatu kingdom.

Top on the agenda was his briefing of the body on the recent devastating oil spill in the kingdom and other very pressing matters.

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Otuaro receives surprise birthday cake from GbaramatuVoice [Photos]

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The management and staff of GbaramatuVoice, the Niger Delta leading and most trusted newspaper, today, presented a well baked cake to the Deputy Governor of Delta State – His Excellency, Deacon Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, on his 53rd birthday.

The presentation was done by no less a personality than the Publisher – Jacob Abai and his team at his country home in Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu kingdom.

Highlight of the occasion was the cutting of the cake with the management of GbaramatuVoice.

The elated Deputy Governor thanked the Publisher and his crew effusively and gave God thanks for allowing him mark another year in good health.

The Publisher, Abai said he was being presented the cake because of his good works which have impacted so positively on the people of Delta State, and urged him to keep up the good work.

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[PHOTOS] Deputy Governor Otuaro meets with Gbaramatu Youth Council, sues for peace

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By Ebi Perekeme

The Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, on Friday, met with members of the Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC), at his country home in Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom, asking them to embrace peace.

The youth group was led by its President, Comrade Shadrach Ebikemea and other executive members. 

The youths who visited the Deputy Governor, also had a birthday lunch with him to mark his 53rd birthday celebration.

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Gbaramatu Youths Reply Itsekiri Liberation Group, Maintain Stance

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Comrade Shadrach Onitsha Ebikeme, President, Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC)

By Ebi Perekeme

The Gbaramatu Youth Development Association A.K.A Gbaramatu Youth Council has replied the Itsekiri Liberation Group, ILG.

In a strongly worded rejoinder made available to the GbaramatuVoice newspaper on Thursday April 15, 2021, the group, speaking through its president – Comr. Shadrach Onitsha Ebikeme, said: “Our attention has been drawn to a publication credited to Itsekiri Liberation Group (ILG) signed by its Chairman and Secretary Comrades Mone Oris and Omagbemi Ajofortan who erroneously claimed that the Abiteye Otunana Makaraba 16 inch Pipeline where the suspected oil spillage occurred is under the control and over lordship of the Olu of Itsekiri people.

“It also claimed that the good Ijaw people of Gbaramatu Kingdom are ‘customary tenants’, with a further view that Abiteye Flow station belongs to Deghele and Bateren communities while Otunana and Markaraba fields belong to Omadino people. Whilst we find these claims highly provocative, we consider this the last straw that could likely break the camel’s back.

“For the avoidance of doubt and regardless of any prejudice, Abiteye, Otunana and Makaraba Fields belong to the good Ijaw people of Gbaramatu Kingdom and the Ijaws within those areas are living in Gbaramatu ancestral lands given to them by God Almighty. If anyone is to be referred to in such condescending manner, it should be the Itsekiris that fits properly into those shoes. In the spirit of covetousness, the Itsekiris have obtained several fraudulent court judgments to covet the lands and properties of their benevolent neighbors and history has alluded to this fact.

“According to a petition written by Urhobo/Isoko Native Authority Council dated 20th December, 1952, ‘in the Matter of the Change of Title of the Olu of Itsekiri’, the foremost Urhobo socio-cultural group attests to the fact  that ‘the Itsekiris came to the present day Warri from Ode Itsekiri to meet the Ijaws and Urhobos already carrying on trade.’ This fact was further substantiated by an heir apparent to the Itsekiri throne – Prince William A. Moore, who insisted in all honesty that prior to the advent of Bini Prince Giniwa to Ode Itsekiri, the area now known as Warri was occupied and owned by the Ijos the Sobos and the Meins. This means that even before Giniwa was driven away from Bini amounting from him sleeping with his father’s wife which marks the first migration of this people to Ode Itsekiri, the Ijaws and Urhobos have been since living and carrying social, economic activities in all of these areas. This clearly shows that if anyone is fit to be called a customary tenant and stranger in Warri and environ, it is the Itsekiri people that appropriately fits into this shoes as they are total strangers in some of the lands they are currently occupying and laying claims to.

“While our ancestors, just as the Urhobos did, lived with these people with open minds and tried to live peacefully together, the Itsekiris try to incessantly make efforts to aggravate us by calling us all sorts of abominable names, insulting our cultural heritage and questioning our very existence as a people. Although our fathers lived with these insults, we the youths of this generation will surely put a stop to this trend as we will not bequeath this ugly and embarrassing status quo to the future generation of Gbaramatu people.

“Despite this obvious fact, the Ijaws of Gbaramatu Kingdom have always maintained peace in the spirit of live and let’s live regardless of the endless provocative claims made by the Itsekiris who are used to calling people all sorts of derogatory names shunning civility at all levels.

“The said consent judgment the Itsekiri communities are holding unto to lay claims over Abiteye field which rightly belong to people of Benikrukru community of Gbaramatu Kingdom was a gentleman’s resolve over a defined disputed portion of land between families and to reach a temporal truce, the representatives of the Benikrukru community reached a gentle man’s agreement with the parties involved in order to have mutual benefits over the disputed portion of land and this resolve is subject to review when one party seem not be comfortable with the arrangement anymore and present superior facts. More so, it was stated clearly in the said consent judgment that ‘the parties hereby agree and declare that the settlement herein reached is without any prejudice to the question of ownership of land’ between the signatories to the said consent judgment. Most importantly, the said area where we have identified that the oil spill goes beyond the portion where the consent judgment covers as evident in the survey done on the area and the map presented to the Delta State Government on Monday 12 April, 2021.

“While the above submission buttress the fact that our representatives then who consented to that judgment were left without much choice but to consent to a sharing formula with the people of Deghele and Bateren for the purpose of peace despite the fact that there was no justice, perhaps because they were for one reason or the other incapacitated to pursue the case to the latter and not necessarily because the said disputed portion was jointly own by the Ijaws of Benikrukru and the Itsekiris of Deghele Bateren. Hence moving forward, there will certainly be a review of this agreement through the desk of necessary state and federal apparatus which will set the people of Benikrukru free from this sharing arrangement with the Itsekiris.

“For the people of Omadino who are Gbaramatu people living in Gbaramatu land and descendants of Oweigibi who is a Gbaramatu man but chose to call themselves slaves by ignorantly dragging their father’s property under the Itsekiri kingdom, let it be known that if Omadino people come to Oporoza and appeal to the Pere and proclaim that they are ancestrally from Gbaramatu, they will certainly get restitution and be forgiven of all their iniquities against the good Ijaw people of Gbaramatu kingdom. But if they refuse this option and choose to continue to play hanky-panky game with us, we will have no other option but to stop them from having any access to Jons Creek fields as they will be barred from stepping foot in Gbaramatu kingdom which in turn means evacuating the land they are currently occupying because it is owned by Oweigibiri – a descendant of Gbaramatu Kingdom.

“It is obvious that there are certain characters within the top management rank of Chevron Nigeria Limited that are fueling their ethnic agenda and this they value more than protecting the interest of CNL through unbiased intervention. These personnel are fueling ethnic crisis between the Ijaws of Gbaramatu and the Itsekiris  without recourse to the fact that you cannot deliberately set fire in your own house and expect to live in peace without been consumed by it. Let it be known that the last Warri crisis between the Ijaws and the Itsekiris is quite fresh in mind and is not a befitting scenario to taste a repeat. It is on this note that we the youths of Gbaramatu kingdom under the aegis of the GYC call on the Federal Government, the Delta State Government and CNL to call Mr Esimaje Brikinn and Mr Samuel Edaibo to order as CNL will certainly be the first casualty of the ethnic conflict they are both fueling.

“Concrete hint has it that these persons are using  their influential position in CNL to ensure that their tribes men are involved in the JIV in an area that exclusively belongs to Gbaramatu people, and are the sponsors of the ill talks from their tribes men against the Gbaramatu people. Therefore, we want the general public and all relevant authorities to note and hold Mr. Brikinn and Mr Samuel responsible for whatever their ill-conceived actions snowball to. The Delta State government should also take a stand on this matter as any crisis within the state might likely have a devastating effect on the revenue of the state and will truncate the developmental agenda of the SMART government.

“It was evident before the Delta State government that CNL personnel sent to intervene in this matter at the meeting with the Secretary to the State Government and the oil and Gas Commissioner at the SSG’S office, Asaba on Monday, 12th April, 2021 were holding brief for the Itsekiris rather than addressing the underlying worries of the people. It is for this reason we pass a vote of no confidence on the duo that came to represent CNL in that meeting as they are obviously interested parties in this matter and lack the capacity to bring about justice in this matter. Hence, CNL should send delegations that are not biased to handle this matter forthwith.

Not yet done, the group stated: ” Against the above backdrop, we reiterate our clear position.

“While we agree that there are impacted neighboring kingdoms affected by the oil spillage as a result of the flow of the river which is beyond human control, we insist that the JIV involving Gbaramatu territory of the spill be done separately from the spillage claimed to have occurred in Itsekiri territory as THE JOINT JIV WILL ONLY AMOUNT TO UNDERMINE THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF THE GBARAMATU KINGDOM. And we the youths, having a clear sense of knowledge and understanding of the implication of such barbaric and sacrilegious act, are firm to ensure that the above position is maintained in the entire process of getting justice for our people in relation to the oil spillage. Even though joint JIV was the previous culture, status quo must change for the future of our people and land.

“We wish to use this medium to inform the Delta State Government and all security operatives that we have evacuated all Itsekiris living in Gbaramatu communities and lands in keeping with our effort to forestall these sort of provocative claims they are continually making about us, our lands and territory as we are not going to adopt the benevolent tradition of our forbearers in order to save our children unborn from this avoidable stress and insults.  We reiterate that any Itsekiri man or woman who dares to return back to the communities where they have been asked to evacuate, does so at his or her own risk.

“While we are aware that CNL is deliberately delaying the process of getting justice for our people in order to have enough time to execute plans that could likely forestall our people from getting justice in any case, we are giving CNL a 24 hour ultimatum to come and conduct the JIV that involves Gbaramatu Kingdom alone in order to kick start the process of achieving environmental justice for our people, or else, we shall cause the total shut down of all CNL operations in our territories which will include the North IP line and every of their patrol boats.

“A stitch in time saves nine,” it concluded.

Chevron Oil Spill: Tension as Gbaramatu Youths Beat War Drums

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By Ebi Perekeme 

All hell has broken loose in the Niger Delta as members of the Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC) in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, have warned Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) to hastily conduct the JIV over the recent oil spill within 24 hours or they will cripple the operations of the company in the their land.

The youths are taking the action because of CNL’s reluctance to carry out JIV test which was one of the points of reconciliation that was agreed upon between the Ijaw youths and the management of CNL. 

The youths spoke through their President, Comrade Shadrach Ebikeme, during their tour to various communities on Wednesday (April 14, 2021) to inform all Itsekiri living in their land to vacate immediately, accusing them of conniving with CNL to frustrate the peace process that the Ijaw youths agreed upon. 

According to him: “This tour is as a result of pressing issues affecting us in Gbaramatu. There is an oil spill in Gbaramatu which occurred over two months ago which has ravaged the entire kingdom and Chevron Nigeria Limited is said to be responsible but they are avoiding the subject. They are saying that it is not their pipe that is causing the issue contradicting the information we gathered which says it was caused by Chevron facility.

“Different meetings have been held and different publications has been made all to no avail. Infact, there was a protest as regards the oil spill which led to our mothers that were most affected protesting at the different flowstations and shut them down hence, call for Chevron to do clean up and JIV as well for over 14 days.

“As at last week, issues came up and with the help of our leaders, the Gbaramatu king and prominent men in the kingdom, our mothers were convinced to leave the Chevron facilities so they could conduct the JIV.

“Gbaramatu is one united kingdom and they always listen to authorities. So, the women obeyed and left the premises so that the JIV could be conducted but after two days or there about, Chevron said that if the JIV is to be conducted, the Itsekiris must be part of the process which we, the Gbaramatu people, disagreed with.

“We are at the suspected point where the spill occurred. If you look right, you will see Kokodiagbene community and just across it Benikrukru community. Amadinor and Idele are miles away from here. So, we cannot allow them to be part of the JIV. On that premise, we hold on to our desire that it is going to be only the Gbaramatu Team and no third party.

“On Monday, April 12th, 2021, there was a meeting in Asaba between the State Government, Chevron and our delegation. Our delegation was sent to that meeting and we made our issues known that this spill happened in Gbaramatu River and there will be no third party.

“Chevron is playing with our lives and they concluded on conducting the JIV with the Itsekiris inclusive at the end of it all that meeting was inconclusive as the Itsekiris were constantly pressing to be included. As a matter of fact they were saying that it is a tradition. That this particular line that the spill occurred they have been doing joint JIV with other communities and this one will not be different. Some of us stood up and addressed them that they might have been doing that but it will not be business as usual. That is, this time around, there will be no joint JIV and that this happened in Gbaramatu here. So if Chevron is to run any JIV it has to be with the Gbaramatu people alone. It should be a Gbaramatu thing and no third party. Our Fiyewei, Godspower Gbenekama, was present in that meeting. He made these same points and told Chevron and Delta State Government that was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chiedu Ebie, and said clearly that we will do just one JIV and no third party.

“In that meeting we sent strong signals. I told them that Chevron is playing with our lives. People’s sources of livelihood have been affected.

“Our major source of livelihood is fishing which the spill has affected seriously. People are sick as a result of the spill. People have been affected in different ways. We expect Chevron Nigeria Limited to even show some level of concern and it is sad that till this moment Chevron is still denying the spill. They could not think to bring in some relief materials to take care of the people before conducting a JIV.

“So, in that meeting, I told them that, in few days from now, few hours from now, If Chevron Nigeria Limited fail to conduct the JIV with just the Gbaramatu people we will shut down their operations to the point even their excort boats will not pass this river.

“At the meeting, our Fiyewei was able to address some issues with persons the Chevron put in front. The likes of Brikin, Samuel Idaigbo are being so tribalistic in nature that everything they are doing is just the Itsekiri agenda. As a matter of fact, they are fueling an ethnic crisis between the Ijaws and Itsekiris that will affect so many things. We want to use this medium to tell Chevron that if they think the people they put as leaders are working for them and as a result an ethnic crisis emerge, Chevron is going to suffer a whole lot of it. All their properties will be destroyed in this river.

“We will shut down all their operations including all other companies working under Chevron. We still beg the Delta State Government to do the needful. They step in, we air our views, we show them maps, distance has been seen. We are begging the State Government to tell Chevron to come and conduct the JIV.

“Today, we are on a mission commissioned by our King, His Royal Majesty, Oboro-Gbaraun II, traditional council and all sons and daughters of Gbaramatu. We have come to a conclusion that we cannot continue to have a friendship that will benefit just one party and keep hurting ourselves.

“The Ijaw people of Gbaramatu, precisely, are people with a good heart. We accommodate everybody and often time people take us for granted but now we are saying enough is enough, we are evacuating all the Itsekiris in our Kingdom.

“We are on a mission to evacuate all the Itsekiris in Gbaramatu communities, villages, everywhere. We no longer need the friendship and we, at the same time, are sending strong signal that if Chevron Nigeria Limited does not act urgently, we will shut down all their operations within 24 hours. This time, it is not going to be just women. We still want to tell the world that Omadino is an Ijaw community. Ijaghala is ours, Ikantu is ours and we are going to claim them,” he concluded.

[EDITORIAL] Chevron Needs Dialogue With Host Communities Over Alleged Oil Spillage

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By GbaramatuVoice Editorial Board 

It is now a common knowledge that one of the self-contained and quietly influential international oil companies operating in the Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), has in the past weeks been in the news over a frosty relationship with the host communities.

The skirmish, going by both the media and commentaries from Gbaramatu communities, is orchestrated by an alleged oil spillage that recently occurred in the area of which the affected communities have said that they have enough evidence that the spill was traceable to a fractured facility belonging to the American oil giant.

This strained relationship has also, as a consequence, led to pickets of the company’s three operating platforms located in riverine parts of the state.

Aside from the cordial relationship that had existed between Chevron and these communities in the past, the Editorial Board of the GbaramatuVoice is particularly pained about the development but considers it as an unpalatable development. A state of affairs that necessitated this editorial intervention/commentary.

Beginning with the cool headed nature of the organization when juxtaposed with other oil prospecting and production firms in the region, Chevron, all these years, has in our estimation demonstrated a high sense of reputation for total neutrality, discipline and loyalty in community relations. Its community relation’s template has been praised over time with some troubled communities in the regions calling for its adoption by other oil majors in the Niger Delta region.

But the present event has heightened a sense of insecurity and underlined the urgency of the organization to come out and seek dialogue with the affected communities.

Looking at the present challenge, as a reputable media that supports the fundamental needs of the country, and, the positive purpose of both government and corporate organizations, if it will not in any way dent/obstruct our primary responsibility to the masses, the Newspaper is using this medium to call on the Management of Chevron Nigeria Limited to, in the interest of its (Chevron) reputation and good corporate citizenship end the present challenge with the communities which is tending towards becoming a crisis of the sort.

In our views, the communities’ demand for the establishment of a Joint Investigation Panel to unravel the immediate and remote factors that led to the alleged spill is not out of order. It is a global practice employed by any group or society desirous of peace and harmony. Their call for meeting with Chevron management without taking violence is equally legendary as it is commendable.

The Newspaper holds the opinion that Chevron as a responsible and responsive organization should make use of this opportunity in the interest of its reputation.

As a way of cementing the relationship in ways that will prevent further crisis in the future, the GbaramatuVoice proposes that Chevron management promptly and thoroughly investigate the allegations by the communities that some of the staff in the organization’s Warri office is false-feeding the Chevron headquarters in Lagos with inaccurate information about the current. As the staff has vested interests- which includes but not limited to, namely; tribal/ethnic sympathy/ inclination, emotional attachment or patterned observation among others.

The reason this allegation which is laced with capacity to instigate inter-tribal/ inter-communal hostility must not be handled with levity is that it is coming at a time when the Ijaws and their Itsekiri brothers are beginning to speak in one voice, eat from one plate and drink from one cup. Such robust relations currently for instance must not be truncated for pecuniary reasons of some individuals and groups. But must be nurtured and sustained.

Finally, the Editorial Board and entire Management of GbaramatuVoice, will in the interest of peace encourage Chevron to recognize that the best way to win an argument is by avoiding it. The time to seek peace with these communities is now.

[BREAKING] Gbaramatu youths evacuate Chevron, Itsekiri from Abiteye, Utonana and Makaraba flowstations

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By Ebi Perekeme 

Youths of Ijaw extraction under the banner of Gbaramatu Youths Council(GYC) have given Chevron Nigeria Limited(CNL) a 24 hour notice to stop operations and evacuate all their staff at their flowstations in Abiteye, Utonana and Makaraba or else have themselves to blame.

The youths are taking the action because of CNL’s reluctance to carry out JIV test which was one of the points of reconciliation that was agreed upon between the Ijaw youths and the management of CNL.

Equally given a quit notice are Itsekiri people who are accused of conniving with CNL to frustrate the peace process that the Ijaw youths agreed upon.

The Itsekiris were told to pack out of the locality under 24 hours to avoid very dire consequences.

Details shortly…

Makaraba community refutes claims of oil field ownership by Omadino

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Chief Alex Makaraba Bubor, Ganmobowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom

By Ebi Oboko

The people of Makaraba in Gbaramatu Kingdom, a community in dispute over ownership of an oil field have vehemently denied that the oil field is in Omadino, an Itsekiri community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Making the denial in a statement the Makaraba spokesman and the Ganmobowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Chief Alex Makaraba Bubor said: “We want to state in very clear terms that Makaraba Oil Field is not situated in Omadino Community at all from time.

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RE: MAKARABA AND OTUNANA OIL FIELDS ARE IN OUR LANDS; MAKARABA COMMUNITY’S RESPONSE

“Our attention has been drawn to an article making the rounds in some online media outlets regarding the ownership of Makaraba Oil Field, Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West LGA, Delta State.

“In the said article one Mr. Armstrong Omaretsuli Yomere appeared to say that both Makaraba and Otunana Oil Fields are both situated in Omadino Community, Warri South LGA, Delta State.

“Our initial reaction was to ignore Mr. Yomere’s near-horror and puerile comments, hoping that those who know better and have a sense of history will call him to order and educate/enlighten him and get him to cudgel his brains properly, perchance he is seeking sheer popularity and relevance.

“Since that has clearly not happened, it now behoves us to respond to Mr. Yomere and possibly his co-travellers.

MAKARABA OIL FIELD

“We want to state in very clear terms that Makaraba Oil Field is NOT situated in Omadino Community AT ALL from time. Chevron Nigeria Limited, several administrations of Delta State (past and present), the Federal Government of Nigeria, together with other major stakeholders know this for a fact both historically, judicially and as a result foisting riparian rights on the people of Makaraba Community of Gbaramatu Kingdom.

“Where were the people of Omadino when the oil field was named ‘Makaraba’? Where were they when Gulf Oil (now Chevron) bought the said adjoining land/rivers culminating into an oil field from our grandfather Pa Makaraba and paid him rents?

“According to Mr. Yomere, there are court judgments even from the Supreme Court of Nigeria purporting to hand ownership of the Makaraba Oil Field to the people of Omadino. When did that happen? What year?

“Our advise to the said Mr. Yomere is to go take up some history lessons on the Makaraba Community and the wider Gbaramatu enclaves and ‘NOT touch ancient landmarks’ OR seek to fiddle with same, rather he should focus on other progressive enterprise that will be beneficial to all and sundry, and refrain from attempting to stir the hornet’s nest.

This is a CAUTIONARY ADVICE!

“On the issue of the JIV, vis-à-vis the recent oil spill, we have made our position unequivocally clear and do not mind repeating it for the umpteenth time, that we would NOT have a joint investigation whatsoever with the Omadino people. Under no circumstances would that happen! WE WILL NOT RETRACT! NOT NOW, NOT EVER!

DSP Omo-Agege pours encomiums on Tompolo in 50th birthday message

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By Ebi Perekeme 

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has congratulated Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, popularly known as ‘Tompolo’, on his 50th birthday anniversary.

Senator Omo-Agege, in a felicitation message personally signed by him, noted that age 50 being a milestone in the life of any individual is also a fitting moment for reflections and re-dedication of self to the betterment of the society.

“Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, the Odokorikodo 1 of Niger Delta, the Pena Odoko of Ijaw nation means many things to many people and the outpouring of good wishes is testament to where he stands with the people of the Niger Delta.

“I heartily congratulate you my brother on reaching the half-century club; may your next 50 years be just as amazing as the first.

“May this golden jubilee celebration mark the beginning of a more positive affirmation of goodness in your life, your family and the people around you,” Senator Omo-Agege stated.

You’ve contributed greatly to the peace and development of Niger Delta – Okowa hails Tompolo at 50

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By Our Correspondent

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated Niger Delta activist and ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo as he clocks 50 years.

Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday in Asaba, said that Ekpemupolo popularly known as Tompolo his an illustrious son of Niger Delta, who had contributed immensely to the peace and development of the region.

He said that Ekpemupolo’s crave for the development of Niger Delta compelled him to embrace the Presidential Amnesty offered by the Federal Government to armed agitators in the region in 2009, thereby ending the near-intractable militancy in the area.

He remarked that ‘’Tompolo’’ contributed hugely to the restoration and sustenance of peace in Delta, recalling that his swift intervention in one of those “tough times’’ helped to nip in the bud, a dangerously brewing crisis in the state and the region.

The governor urged him to continue to do good, as it was fulfilling and rewarding to be benevolent, “especially now that you have attained the golden age’’.

“On behalf of my family, the government, and people of Delta, I felicitate with an illustrious son of the Niger Delta, High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo on the occasion of his 50th birth anniversary.

“Tompolo, as he is fondly called, is an embodiment of peace and has contributed greatly to the peace and development of the oil-rich Niger Delta, and has continued to partner governments in the maintenance of peace in the region. We are grateful to him for his support.

“As he celebrates his golden jubilee, it is my prayer and that of the people of Delta that God will continue to bless him with good health and wisdom to continue in his services to humanity,” he stated.

Abonnema Stadium Commissioned Amidst Pomp As LGA Boss Bags Award

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The newly commissioned Abonnema Township Stadium in Abonnema Town, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State

By Our Correspondent

The sleepy town of Abonnema in Akuku Toru LGA was recently roused from its slumber when prominent members of the PDP gathered at the newly built stadium to commission it and watch as the GbaramatuVoice newspaper bestowed the award of the Best Performing Local Government Chairman in the Niger Delta for the year 2020, on the youthful LGA chairman – Hon. Rowland Charles Sekibo.

Mr. Jacob Abai, Publisher of GbaramatuVoice Newspapers, presenting the Niger Delta Best Performing Local Government Chairman of the Year 2020 to Hon. Rowland Charles Sekibo, Executive Chairman, Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, at the newly commissioned Abonnema Stadium.

The icing on the cake was the presentation of flags to the councilorship aspirants from the 17 wards in the LGA.

Mr. Jacob Abai, Publisher of GbaramatuVoice Newspapers, presenting the Niger Delta Best Performing Local Government Chairman of the Year 2020 to Hon. Rowland Charles Sekibo, at the newly commissioned Abonnema Stadium.

Leading the commissioning was the representative of the Rivers State governor – Chief Engr. Emeka Woke who is the Chief of Staff to the Government House, the leader of the Elders’ Council of the PDP – Chief Ferdinand Anabraba, the Secretary to the Rivers State Government – Hon. Dr. Tammy Danagogo, a commissioner – Chief Hon. David Briggs, a Special Adviser to the governor – Hon. Dema Iyalla, Hon. Sam Ohia, Hon. Andy Wanjoku, etc.

Representative of the Governor of Rivers State, Engr. Emeka Woke, Chief of Staff to the Government House, flanked by Hon. Rowland Charles Sekibo, Executive Chairman, Akuku Toru Local Government Area with other government officials, commissioning the Abonnema Township Stadium. 

In his speech, the chairman gave God the glory for his performance and promised not to let down all who trusted him enough to give him the flag to recontest for a second tenure – the first to receive such a favour since the LGA was created.

Areas he said he would concentrate on next include giving bursary yearly to students as well as giving those in the Oceania axis skills acquisition programmes, among other laudable projects.

The Chief of Staff Government House, Engr. Emeka Woke; Secretary to the Rivers State Government – Hon. Dr. Tammy Danagogo; Hon. Rowland Charles Sekibo, Executive Chairman, Akuku Toru Local Government Area, other top government officials.

He also said the award will spur him to do more and urged all to continue to support the PDP at all levels.

He also commended Governor Nyesom Wike for the different projects he has given his people and pledged to continue to support him.

In his own speech, the representative of the Rivers State governor – Engr. Woke, thanked the chairman for not disappointing them and promised not to disappoint him after apologising for the governor’s inability to be present.

Traveling down memory lane, he reminded all how the previous administration tried unsuccessfully to dissuade the Abonnema people from supporting Wike but failed both in 2015 and 2019 as the people saw the light in Wike.

He went on to list some of the projects that have been given to them and promised more are on the way if the people continue to support the governor.

Others who spoke such as Chief Anabraba, Hon. Briggs, Danagogo etc spoke in similar vein and urged all to continue to support the PDP.

The 3,000 seater stadium was then commissioned to the glory of God after which the GbaramatuVoice newspaper, through its publisher – Mr. Jacob Abai, presented the award to the elated chairman.

Adducing reasons why he was given the award, Abai said he was highly honoured to be giving out the award to the chairman and gave God the glory.

He also posited it was based strictly on his performance especially in the area of educational development and human capital development generally and was not a money-making venture.

He concluded by urging him to do more for the people as soon as he is returned after the forthcoming election and called on all and sundry to rally round him.

Flags were then presented to each of the 17 aspirants from the wards in the LGA and the party leaders urged them to go out and ensure the people came out to vote for them on 17 April and urged them to do their best when voted in.

Oil Spill: Gbaramatu youths threaten total shutdown of Chevron operations

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Comrade Shadrach Onitsha Ebikeme, President, Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC)

By Ebi Perekeme

Again, Gbaramatu Youth Council, GYC, in Delta State, has threatened to shut down completely the activities of Chevron Nigeria Limited, in its oil-rich environment if the management fails to conduct Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) in few days in line with the earlier agreement with the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oboro-Gbaraun II, over oil spill from the company’s facilities.

In a statement jointly signed on Friday April 9, 2021 by Comrade Shadrach Onitsha Ebikeme, its President and Comrade Ebike Joel Asoh, its Secretary, Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC) Worldwide, has warned the management of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) to ensure that it gets a tough backlash from the youths.

GYC said it was ready to close down the operations of the multinational oil company in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of the state if the company fail to comply with their demands.

Full text of the statement read: “The Gbaramatu Youth Council write to reiterate our position on the oil spillage in Gbaramatu Kingdom on CNL’s 16 inch Makaraba Otunana Abiteye Truck Line and to address some of the critical issues that are obviously slowing the pace of bringing about environmental justice to the good Ijaw people of Gbaramatu Kingdom, whose means of livelihood has been destroyed and are currently suffering from different degree of hardship amounting from the large quantum of crude oil spillage in the area.

“While we agree that there are impacted neighboring kingdoms affected by the oil spill as a result of the flow of the river which is natural, we make bold to uphold that the JIV should be done involving only Gbaramatu Kingdom due to the fact that the spillage point is in Gbaramatu territory, as such, involving other ethnic group in such defining investigation will only amount to undermine the territorial integrity of the Gbaramatu Kingdom. It is for this salient reason, the Traditional Council, through its Fiyewei, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, the Gbaramatu Chairmen Forum and the GYC have strongly reiterated this position at every given opportunity.

“And we the youths with a clear knowledge and understanding of the implication of such barbaric act are firm to ensure that the above position is followed up to the latter in the entire process of the JIV.

“We also use this medium to also reemphasize and strongly advise the oil bearing communities’ leadership in Gbaramatu Kingdom to restrain from any of such kind of pally with neighboring kingdom(s) to undermine the position of the Gbaramatu Traditional Council which is in fact the position of the entire people of the kingdom to halt such attempt forthwith as anyone or group of persons found wanting in betraying the position of the Traditional Council shall fall under full wrath of the youths, and such person or group of people shall be treated as betrayers and as common criminals.

“We are also aware that there are certain characters within the top management rank of Chevron Nigeria Limited that are fueling their ethnic agenda and are up against the Gbaramatu position which is likely to cause conflict. Let it be known that the last Warri crisis between the Ijaws and the Itsekiris is quite fresh in mind and is not a befitting scenario to taste a repeat. It is on this note that we the youths of Gbaramatu Kingdom under the aegis of the GYC call on the Federal Government, the Delta State Government and CNL to call Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager of Policy, Government and Public Affairs—PGPA to order.”

Going forward: The youths stated: “Concrete hint has it that Brikinn is using his influential position in CNL to ensure that his tribe men are involved in the JIV and he is the sponsors of the petition against the Gbaramatu people that is currently at the table of the Delta state government. Therefore, we want the general public and all relevant authorities to note and hold responsible Mr Brikinn for whatever outcome his selfish actions amountqs to in the coming days.

“It is sad that days after CNL, Delta State Government and other relevant stakeholders appealed to our father His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, The Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom to speak to his people to evacuate the Abiteye, Otunana, Makaraba CNL platforms that they have since occupied in protest to ask CNL to take responsibility for the naturally caused spill on a 16 inch pipeline that has been laid by Chevron since 1974 in order to allow CNL to swiftly conduct the JIV as promised.

“However, while our father, the Pere, who is an ambassador of good peace with regards and respect for constituted authority, did asked his people to leave and they have since done so in obedience to his directive, Chevron is seemingly trying to ridicule his efforts by refusing to timely conduct the JIV and this act of disrespect will certainly get tough backlash from the youths if the JIV is not conducted in few days. Few hours from now, after due consultation with relevant stakeholders, we shall cause a total shutdown of Chevron operation in the waterways which includes the shutting down of North IP Line.

“The Nigerian Federal Government, the Delta State Government and the general public should note that CNL is deliberately delaying the JIV because in its usual character, some of its top management staffs are making effort to contract hungry local youths to sabotage and tamper with the pipeline, in order to distort the evidence of its natural cause thereby depriving the Gbaramatu people from getting the environmental justice they deserve. While this development is highly unfortunate, we make bold to say that any of such occurrence will bring about regrettable result as we are kin in pursuing this case to the latter and get justice for our people.”

Douye Diri, Okowa, Yahaya Bello to Grace Tompolo’s Golden Jubilee Celebration 

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By Ebi Perekeme 

In a statement jointly signed by the National Coordinator of the Tompolo Annual International Symposium, Jacob Abai; Michael Tonlagha, the chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Comrade Fiyebo Eperetei
Secretary (LOC) details of the forthcoming programme released includes a Conference/Anniversary Lecture, varying cultural activities/performances and many more.

The Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, will function as the Keynote Speaker at the Tompolo Annual International Symposium/celebration coming up on Monday, April 12th, 3021.

He is expected to speak on the topic, entitled: ‘Security, Peace and Development in the Niger Delta.’ And is expected to use the topic to generate new knowledge areas that will help usher in sustainable development in the Niger Delta region.

For his part, His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, will be the Chief Host, while Governor Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State will function as the Special Guest of Honour.

Other dignitaries expected at the Lecture/Golden Jubilee Celebration will include but not limited to traditional rulers, women groups and youth groups among others.

The members of the Local Organizing Committee(LOC), in announcing on Monday, April 12, 2021, as the date for the celebration of Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo’s (aka Tompolo) 50th Birthday anniversary said that the programme, which is billed for 10.00am, will be held at the Warri Township Stadium, Warri Delta State.

The Golden jubilee celebration is in furtherance of the annual birthday series in honour of Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo in acknowledgement of his sterling contributions towards the development of Ijaw nation and the entire Niger Delta as a whole.

Other dignitaries expected at the Lecture/Golden Jubilee Celebration will include but not limited to traditional rulers, women groups and youth groups among others.

To help our invited guests and general public understand fully the strategic importance of this celebration, it is important at this juncture to underline that Chief Oweizide is a Peace Ambassador and an illustrious son of Ijaw nation and that of Niger Delta by extension.

He is a freedom fighter/former General Officer Commanding(GOC) of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta(MEND).

He is also the Chief Priest of the Egbesu deity, the Ijaw nation god of war. It is on record that, Chief Government Ekpemupolo has assisted, and strategically become a valid instrument of peace in the Niger Delta region. His efforts in the areas of peace and security have become the most pronounced reason for why sustained peace and calmness now exists in the region.

Niger Delta: Military bombards Essien Udim council area in Akwa Ibom

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By Our Correspondent

A combined military operation has commenced to flush out criminal elements in Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom following the recent spate of attacks on security operatives in the council.

Essien Udim, the council area of the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has been under siege for sometimes now by criminal elements suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Last week, three police officers including, a Chief Superintendent of Police(CSP), was killed in a reprisal attack by gunmen while four policemen were declared missing.

Military vehicles were also set ablaze by the hoodlums.

To contain the worrisome situation, the military on Tuesday morning began bombardment of suspected enemy hideouts in the area even as sounds of gunshots and heavy artillery were heard.

Drones and helicopters were also deployed as they flew at low levels to ensure proper surveillance of the area.

The military had on Monday asked residents to vacate areas suspected to be used by as camps by the criminals.

Staff and students of the Federal Polytechnic Ukana in Essien Udim located few metres from Akpabio’s residence were forced out of the school campus.

The Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic in Ikot Ekpene was also shut.

The Army Public Relations Officer, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Akwa Ibom state, Captain Godfrey Abakpa confirmed the military operation to our correspondent in Uyo.

At the time of filing this report, the Army Spokesperson said no arrest had been made yet.

Asked if the criminals were members of IPOB, he said: ”They are miscreants for now. We can’t categorise them until they are apprehended and questioned to know their intention and who sent them”.

[BREAKING] Jubilation as Itsekiri nation gets new Olu designate, announces monarch’s demise (Photos)

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By Our Correspondent

After months of speculations, Itsekiri nation, on Monday (April 5, 2021) announced Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, as the new Olu designate of Warri at Ode Itsekiri, its ancestral home in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The new Olu designate was born April 2, 1984, to Prince Godwin Toritseju Emiko (the late Ogiame Atuwatse II) and Gladys Durorike Emiko in Warri, Delta State.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in International Studies and Political science while minoring in History and Economics. He also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Management.

The announcement of Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, puts paid to rumours over the death of Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli 1.

The Iyatsere of Warri kingdom and Acting Chairman Warri council of Chiefs and Olu Advisory Council, Chief Johnson Amatserunreleghe announced the development at exactly 11.32 am before a gathering of Itsekiri prominent chiefs, Princes and sons and daughters.

He also said a period of mourning had been declared for the Itsekiri nation that will run for three months. ‘ No burials, marriages, dancing will hold across all Itsekiri communities for three months.”

‘There shall be no merrymaking of any kind anywhere in Iwere land. All Itsekiri sons and daughters must tie their wrappers upside down for the duration”.

This was followed by 20 cannon shots fired to announce the departure of the monarch. He said the 20 cannon shots signified that 20 Olus had reigned over the Iwere nation.

Check out photos below…

 

Chevron oil spill: We are going nowhere, Benikrukru leaders as protest enters day 10 (Photos)

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By Ebi Perekeme

As Gbaramatu agitation against Chevron Nigeria Limited enters its tenth day on Sunday, Benikrukru leaders have asserted that their protest against environment pollution is far from over and they are “going strong”.

The marathon movement has sent out a message of unity, made indigenes of “Gbaramatu Kingdom visible once again” and brought them back to agitate for their right peaceful.

For over ten days, the three oil flowstations in Gbaramatu Kingdom, belonging to Chevron, have transformed into townships occupied by hundreds of protesters from different communities in the Kingdom.

The Chairman of Benikrukru Community said they are prepared to continue the protest as long as it is required.

He said ” We are completely and spiritually prepared. Unless and until the government and the oil company listens to us and meets our demands, we will not move from here. Members of the communities together with Chevron staff and government officials are supposed to go for Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) today (Saturday April 3, 2021), we waited for them, they refused to appear for none reason, we are watching them closely,” Solomon, who is among the leaders at the forefront of the protest, told GbaramatuVoice.

Check out pictures from day nine.

The Chairman of Benikrukru Communities, Mr. Solomon Eris, addressing the press yesterday (April 3, 2021) in Benikrukru Community, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area
Women addressing the protest after the failed JIV.
Youths displaying after the failed JIV
Women protesting at the Abiteye flowstation belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited
The Secretary of Benikrukru Community, Kingsley Ukuli, addressing the press with women at Abiteye flowstation after the JIV.
The Chairman of Benikrukru Communities, Mr. Solomon Eris, addressing the press after the failed JIV.

Easter: Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Attahiru Ibrahim Visits Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom (Photos)

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By Our Correspondent 

As the world marks this year’s Easter festivities, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Attahiru Ibrahim, has paid courtesy visit to the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba.

The Chief of Army Staff represented by Brigadier General A. Idris and accompanied by Colonel S. Ahmed and other top military officers, paid a courtesy call on the monarch on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at his palatial palace in Oporoza town, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.

The Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom highly praised and thanked the Nigerian Army for making out time to visit him to celebrate the season.

The army chief also presented gift items to the monarch in the spirit of Easter.

Check out the photos below.

The Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba with Brigadier General A. Idris and Colonel S. Idris, Representatives of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Attahiru Ibrahim. 
The Representative of Chief of Army Staff, Brigadier General A. Idris
The Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba.
Brigadier General A. Idris Representative of Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Attahiru Ibrahim and Colonel S. Idris with the Executive Director, Fenog Nigeria Limited 
Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro-Gbaraun II
Brigadier General A. Idris with Colonel S. Idris representative of Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Attahiru Ibrahim.
Brigadier General A. Idris in a warm handshake with the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom

Oil War: Gun battle in Bayelsa community ends with 1 dead, 5 critically injured over security contract 

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By Our Correspondent 

One person killed and five others were injured in a gun battle in Bilabiri Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, over disagreement on a proposed security contract.

It was gathered that the blood bath that led to the loss of lives ensued over disagreement on who handles a major multinational oil company security contract in the area.

An indigene of the area, identified as Jerry, who confirmed the incident said there is a battle for supremacy among two groups on who controls an oil security contract running into millions of Naira.

Meanwhile, the leadership of Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, Worldwide has condemned the bloody conflict and has called on Governor Douye Diri and security agencies to intervene to bring the situation under control before its escalate into further breakdown of law and order in the area

IYC in a statement signed by its President, Peter Igbifa, also appealed to the warring parties to sheathe their swords saying it was irresponsible for brothers to pick arms against themselves.

Igbifa said instead of bloodshed the brothers should sit down in a roundtable to discuss the issues and resolve grey areas of their differences insisting that dialogue remained the best tool in dispute resolution, adding that the IYC was willing to work stakeholders of Bilabiri and security agencies to restore the peace in the area.

Igbifa further urged the state Governor, Senator Douye Diri, to raise a peace panel that would work with all the parties in the dispute to identify the causes of the crisis and permanently resolve them.

He said: “It is irresponsible and unbelievable that our brothers will shed their blood because of a job that is coming to their area. As a council, we condemn the bloody conflict in Bilabiri and we are asking those involve in thos dastardly act to stop further bloodshed.

“The Council is calling on security agencies especially the police to move into the community and restore the peace to avert further breakdown of law and order. We are also appealing to our Governor, Senator Douye Diri to raise a peace panel that will identify the remote and immediate causes of the conflict and permanently resolve them.

“The IYC is ready to work with security agencies and all the parties involved in the conflict to ensure it doesn’t happen again”.

We will resist Chevron – Gbaramatu youths

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By Ruth Oromoni 

Arising from an emergency meeting held recently in Warri by the Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC) worldwide, the apex youths body in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta state, the youth body has said it will resist the alleged attempts of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) to involve third parties that were not part of the oil spill incidence of 17th February, 2021.

This is coming hours after the communities chairmen of Gbaramatu Kingdom issued a stern warning to the management of the American oil giant to thread carefully and to beware of certain elements in the company seeking the benefit of their tribesmen not resident in the spill area nor took part in the struggle to make CNL take responsibilities.

According to the GYC President Comrade Shadrach Onitsha Ebikeme, who spoke with press men, “Chevron should not allow itself to be used by elements within its fold to create problems for the company through the enthronement of unethical practices in its bid to favour certain groups of persons outside Gbaramatu Kingdom in relation to the spill.

“Chevron should be professional in the course of ensuring that justice is served by it doing the right thing, which in this case is to conduct a Joint Investigation and Verification with stakeholders from Gbaramatu affected communities as against any other outsiders as it regards the incidence of the spill.”

Comrade Ebikeme also said the youth body have cause to believe that some shady activities from Chevron is in the offing citing the denial of the company of the Utonana flowstation spill when it first occurred.

“We have just entered the month of April and for a spill which occurred in February and was vehemently denied by Chevron despite evidence to the contrary, and with no JIV exercise being done up till now, speaks volumes and ill of a so called global oil giant that ought to be well abreast of global best practices in tandem with Sustainable Development Goals.

“I think Chevron has let down the Gbaramatu people and has shown that our safety and wellbeing is never their interest,” he added.

The GYC President therefore call on the American oil giant to do the needful without creating a storm in the process as such tactics will be resisted by the people.

“In line with the mandate of the Gbaramatu Traditional Council of Chiefs as led by Chief Ambassador Godspower Gbenekama (JP), we urge Chevron to, as a matter of urgency, carry out the much awaited JIV with stakeholders from the affected communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, the incidence of the spill.

“We will resist any attempts by officials of Chevron who hide behind the company to foster the interests of certain parties or groups that are outside the Gbaramatu Kingdom area. And we will not sell our birthrights to any ethnic group, or allow the problems created by Chevron for our people, who are suffering and deprived of basic amenities, to become an avenue for others to enrich themselves,” he warned.

Oil Spillage: Benikrukru communities set for total shutdown of Chevron: No food, no electricity supply

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Protesters at Abiteye Flowstation in Kenyagbene community

By Ebi Perekeme 

After eight days of successful blockade of three of the Chevron Nigerian limited oil platforms, by the people of Gbaramatu kingdom, Delta State, in protest of a recent oil spillage in the kingdom, resulting from the organization’s fractured facility and the inability of its management to address the situation, the Benikrukru community has again, issued the American Oil giant an ultimatum to act or get ready for a mother of all protests that will completely paralyze its operations in Abiteye field.

Solomon Eris, the chairman of Benikrukru communities, stated that the stiff actions to be taken against Chevron will include but not limited to, namely; the total shut down of the organization’s source of electricity to their Abiteye station, there will be no movement of vessels or boats in and out of their flowstations. This is in addition to cut off and ensuring 100 percent prevention of food supplies to their personnel at the platforms.

Going by the content of the statement, the communities while lamenting the lackadaisical and nonchalant attitude of Chevron Nigeria Limited Chairman/Managing Director, Mr. Richard Kennedy, to their plight, the community leader declared that the days of grace has eluded Chevron and their communities are therefore ready to fight the International Oil Company to a standstill.

“Chevron has the means but we own the trick,” he submitted.

Continuing, the community leader stressed that “it has been a very painful experience for us and worse, the world has benefitted from our God given natural resource especially the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“They have looked on while we suffer this form of environmental degradation, killing, torture in the hand of Chevron Nigeria Limited in connivance with its management operating in their Warri office who daily feeds their headquarters with wrong information.

“As the Chairman of Benikrukru Communities, a note of warning I have for Chevron Nigeria Limited is that our case would not be like that of Ogoni/Shell experience. For Chevron to think along that axis is to underrate our resolve.

“We, as a people, have resolved to fight this course, with Chevron. That will sound better in the ears of our children yet unborn. We will not want to be addressed or remembered by future historians as a leadership that betrayed their people.

“We would not hesitate if Chevron refuses to address our demands, to approach African Commission on peoples and human rights and the United Nations agencies relevant to this case.

“It is our solemn promise to expose to the world the atrocities daily committed by Chevron in our land,” he stated.

The statement added that if this two days ultimatum which also stands as a final warning to the Chevron’s Group Managing Director and his management team, is not strictly adhered with, the Benikrukru communities with other communities in Gbaramatu kingdom will be left with no other option than to pull out of the existing Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) entered with Chevron Nigeria Limited, few years ago.

“The implication of such a step is that it will set the stage for a full blown war against Chevron and its facilities by the protesters. And it is my belief that the world will not blame us as we have explored every alternative dispute model at our disposal. Instead of reasoning, Chevron has all these years been killing us softly.

“With the present circumstance, Chevron and its management have so far frustrated our efforts. They have also proved beyond reasonable doubt that in the estimation of the right thinking world, they are neither responsive nor responsible organizations.”

He said in part; “By refusing to address the kernel of our demands, Chevron and its management have sown in the wind and they will reap the whirl wind.”

King Robert and Izonebi the protege

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Late King Robert Ebizimor with Alfred Izonebi aka Jking

BY EKANPOU ENEWARIDIDEKE

King Robert Ebizimor – a legend legendary for his legendary futurological capability, his legendary embarrassment and disorientation of death, his legendary humanism and undiluted, unstinting, love for his protégés/apprentices, particularly that his indescribably appreciative protégé called Aguiyi-Ironsi, later lovingly ‘ROBERTED’ as Izonebi – is a household name in Ijaw whose 71-year resonance originated from Angalabiri town in Bayelsa State where he is paternally rooted and Ojobo town in Delta State where he is maternally rooted. As William Shakespeare and Wole Soyinka are to the world in Literature so is King Robert Ebizimor to the entire Ijaw nation and beyond in music because his like can only be spotted in a century – the music genius whose wise words were philosophically 99 years old when he was only 20 years old in age, though 25-September-1943 is the indisputable claimant of his birthday.

The life of King Ebizimor began as a palm wine tapper, lumberjack, fisherman and sand excavator and ended up as a politician and music philosopher of immiscible colour even where there is emulsion added to produce a beautiful paintwork. In his progressive evolution through the different phases of his life he was guided gingerly by his cardinal philosophical theories, ‘Bibobraism’ and ‘Nanaowei-Oborism’.

The political life of King Ebizimor was comparatively rosy. In the rosy political life of KIng Ebizimor he had once contested election as a Local Government Chairmanship candidate in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa in 1999 on the ticket of National Solidarity Movement and failed but memorably left behind WAZIRIC echoes of politics without bitterness as he openly embraced and struck everlasting acquaintance with those known to have piloted and plotted his electoral failure while the political game lasted.By the available electoral statistics got from the the field, it was King Robert Ebizimor who won the Chairmanship Election based on his immeasurable popularity but he lost the election eventually due to political manipulations from the top.However,as a politician of towering height who has amazing capacity for mass mobilization,sensitization and orientation of the masses towards the production of impressive electoral result, King Ebizimor was appointed Senior Special Assistant on Culture by Governor Timipre Sylva in the twilight of his administration.Governor Seriake Dickson also appointed King Robert Ebizimor a Senior Special Assistant on Culture on 2 April 2012.

There is only one musician in Ijaw nation whose songs philosophically transcend and encapsulate all the components of life. For every phenomenon in life King Ebizimor’s songs have a cardinal philosophical path of direction charted for mankind. Enormously gifted in music, some see his political involvement as an aberration though to King Robert Ebizimor and the realist progressives in the society, his political involvement is tied to a pragmatic attempt to test his cardinal theories on the administrative plane where he would have demonstrated his humanism and sensitivity to the plight of his own developmentally impoverished people – his own developmentally deprived people whose cause he has always championed musically from the cradle of his life to his moment of ‘transfiguration’.

‘Bibobraism’ as a philosophical theory that says everyman has a destiny but destiny can never be realised except there is hardwork, and ‘Nanaowei-oborism’ as a theory that says human beings are goats to God who kills any of them for supper at his own convenience, were the cardinal philosophical theories which dominated the life of King Ebizimor and his musical compositions. Beyond these cardinal philosophical radiance, King Dr Robert Ebizimor psychically saw his death in clear outlines, packed his luggage and bravely waited for death at the departure lounge to take him away without death displaying his usual arrogance and flourish.

Conscious of his impending death detected futurologically, King Ebizimor timely had somebody under his tutelage and apprenticeship as a musician and anointed him to take over after his death, having already constructed his grave where he would be peacefully interred at death. It was Alfred Izonebi of Ndoro and Torugbene towns whom King Robert Ebizimkor personally bathed, baptised and anointed to continue his musical heritage.

Izonebi who is today seen as a music king was anointed first as a junior music king and later as Ijaw music king before King Ebizimor eventually yielded to the ice-block hands of death .This is a story that also reveals King Ebizimor’s philanthropism and humanism as he saw Alfred Izonebi as his own personal project and investment in both educational and musical terms.

Historically chronicled is the fact that Alfred Izonebi was first discovered as a musician inside mosquito net in a remote raffia palm-tapping forest singing Bestman Doupere’s hit song ‘Ofuroagha’. He was eight years old when Izonebi’s father(Alfred) caught him singing inside the white mosquito net. Alfred began a close monitoring of his son’s musical talent until he was twelve years in age. At twelve Alfred formed a great music band named Mosquito Band made up of five persons who were all his children except one, but the band was led by Izonebi.In Ndoro town Izonebi’s father habitually brought mosquito Band to entertain any gathering of visitors and strangers. Izonebi, as the leader of the mosquito Band, was taken to perform in Burutu town for the entertainment of Godday Orubebe who was the Chairman of Burutu Local Government Area.At every performance there were always enthusiastic encores because the Mosquito Band was talented and impressive in performance.

In the chronicles of Izonebi as the mosquito net-born musician, it is recorded that the famous Mosquito Band of Ndoro town had once entertained Intelligent Emeka Odogwu of Tamigbe town who was on a visit to Ndoro.Characteristically, the Mosquito Band was brought by Alfred to entertain Intelligent Emeka Odogwu as a mark of honour for the talented musician popularly hailed as Intelligent Emeka in Ijaw nation.

Because Alfred was enthusiastic about the growth of his son’s promising music career, he took Izonebi to King Robert Ebizimor’s stage in Ndoro town where he skillfully sang Robert’s hit song ‘Duamabou’ to the captivation of all. On 2 November 1992, at the age of thirteen, Mr Alfred personally handed over Izonebi to King Robert Ebizimor at Ojobo town after Izonebi, had again, memorably sang the hit song ‘Duamabou’.

Alfred Izonebi became King Robert Ebizimor’s own son right from 2 November 1992.He was in primary five when he was handed over to King Ebizimor. King Ebizimor the music guru immediately took over the sponsorship of Izonebi’s education from primary school to university. Alfred Izonebi studied Theatre Arts at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State and graduated in 2009. Having equipped him educationally and musically, Izonebi was then allowed to accompany King Ebizimor in all his music stage performances and visits to the studio for production of new songs.

Izonebi had never been shocked in life by anyone before but the greatest shock came the way of him from King Ebizimor one day. That was the day King Robert Ebizimor and His Izon Brothers Band was divided into two parts – one part to be led by Izonebi and the other part led by the King himself. Izonebi, King Ebizimor’s protege, was damned too afraid to lead the part of the band that providentially fell on him but he was persuasively ‘piloted’ by his music father. With King Ebizimor’s persuasive pilotage Izonebi’s stage fright evaporated and he began to lead the band with the music stamina injected into him by King Ebizimor through persuasive pilotage. King Robert Ebizimor divided his band inot two parts because he had already had premonition of death as a philosophical futurologist and would turn in his grave if his protege,Izonebi, was not fully equipped for stage performances apart from producing songs in the studio.

Another shocker stormed Izonebi again in 2010 when King Robert Ebizimor declared that he was ready to crown him (Izonebi) as music King to continue the music heritage having got himself prepared to retire from the stage. The music guru sent message to all Ijaw musicians to congregate in one love in Angalabiri town and witness his coronation of Izonebi as music king to take over from him in February 2010 at Angalabiri town. However, two days to the coronation day, there was a protest from Angalabiri town made up of King Ebizimor’s core believers and well-wishers. This is obviously a love-induced Ijaw music kingship-protectionism because the Angalabiri people were not yet tired of King Ebizimor’s stage performances.This is a development open to the deductive stand or inference that the music kingship can only vacate its original space to its choice space of King Robert Ebizimor’s conceptualization subject to the retirement of King Ebizimor from the earth – a retirement-affirmation which has been already received from Robby in metaphysical terms now that he is on the other side of the world that valorises metaphysical communication.

For Angalabiri town it was not yet time for king Robert Ebizimor to retire from the music stage and that he should continue. It was a fierce loved-induced protest staged by his core believers; so fierce King Robert Ebizimor was circumstantially compelled to change the ceremony from coronatoin of Alfred Izonebi as music king to February 2010 Angalabiri Music Festival – an intelligent device quickly created by King Robert Ebizimor to placate the loved-induced Angalabiri protesters as the bridge for him to give the music kinship coronation of Alfred Izonebi a metaphysical affirmation and consummation from the underworld by being the invisible force behind the musical compositions of Izonebi, the accredited protege of King Dr Robert Ebizimor.

To the futurologically equipped King Robert Ebizimor – but unknown to the Angalabiri people – that he wanted to crown Izonebi music King was a remote metaphysical communication of his death and retirement from the earth of stage performance.He knew his death was near but did not want to tell anybody – only wordlessly channelling his energies futurologically into the activities concerning Izonebi’s music career which only metaphysically equipped discerning mind can detect as the near-arrival of King Robert Ebizimor’s death.

The excavation of the aborted coronation of Izonebi as music King is to tell the ‘knowing-nothing’ world that the current music kingship of Izonebi enjoys the blessings and affirmation of late King Ebizimor who is always with him in spirit as a consummation ritual,having openly enacted the first part of the ritual that carried the JUNIOR-KING-ROBERT- EBIZIMOR RECONGNITION.This must not be mistakenly viewed as a chronicle of Izonebi as the only King with the exclusive right of music kingship as there are other music kings in Ijaw nation – King Fezena Pius Alabeni, King Pereama Freetown and King Alabor Allen.That Izonebi’s music kingship coronation came from late King Robert Ebizimor strikingly rings a bell of high decibel that the ‘knowing-nothing’ world can never ignore – even in deliberate pretended companionship with ignorance,forgetfulness and ‘not-knowingism’.

That king Robert Ebizimor actually believed and loved Izonebi with the whole of his heart is an understatement. King Robert actually loved Izonebi.No greater love had a man for another man than the love King Robert Ebizimor had for Izonebi.

King Ebizimor, the reservoir of shockers, gave Izonebi the most memorable shocker when he summoned him with these words in 2011: ‘all the musical instruments in the music band you currently leading are all yours now. Start your own musical career now’. This was how the pleasantly shocked and surprised Izonebi was fully anointed to continue King Ebizimor’s music heritage. This last shocker came while King Ebizimor was on a progressive lane in his recovery from a brief illness that caused him some momentary discomfort. It was the last anointing from King Ebizimor.

King Ebizimor had never fallen ill in his entire life as an exceptional musician.Only once in the life of King Robert Ebizimor did he falll ill but when he fully recovered, he stormed the studio for two new albums – ‘My Story’ and ‘My Leg’.In a song entitled,’My Leg’, he prayerfully appealed to God to take his life peacefully without the chastisement of illness. He told God in clear terms he was ready to die but the death should be the type devoid of the pains of illness. This shows his premonitory knowledge of his death and his total acceptance and submission to death – though he had earlier musically communicated his impending death in one of his songs when he gave three categories of people that went to Heaven straight at death: The first oldest man, the second oldest man and the third oldest man in a community. Because he knew he would not fall into any of the three categories, he intelligently added with a futurological air of authority that he would go straight to Heaven at death even if he did not fall into any of the three categories of Heaven-goers. This was king Ebizimor’s first immediate signal that he knew his time was around the corner – a death signal that preceded his alert in his ‘My Story’ song that he had prayerfully chosen death in his forthcoming song entitled ‘My Leg’ which was released after his death.

King Robert Ebizimor was a great musician phenomenally faithful to his cardinal philosophical theories of ‘Bibobraism’ and ‘Nanaowei-oborism’ until his chosen retirement from earth. As exemplification of his own philosophical theories of ‘Bibobraism’ and ‘Nanaowei-aborism’ he sees himself as one destined to live the life of a highlife musician from childhood to adulthood (bibobraism) ,who,at the peak of retirement from earth, must submit himself willingly to be slaughtered by God for supper because human beings are goats to God almighty who is at liberty to kill any of them for supper.

Displaying a legendary faithfulness to his philosophical theory of Nanaowei-oborism, King Robert told God that he was ready to be slaughtered by Him for supper. This readiness was prayerfully channelled to God in a song entitled ‘My Leg’ – a song that eventually became King Robert Ebizimor’s swansong.

Death promptly visited King Robert Ebizimor shortly after his prayerful wish to God for a painless death – which was less than a month from the day he musically communicated to the world in his song ‘My Story’ that he had chosen death over his existence in another song that was on the way entitled ‘My Leg’.He died in a road accident in Delta State on 31 July 2014. His prayerful wish to God for painless death in his hit song ‘My Leg’ was simply cast as: ‘Mud or earth knows no pain and trouble. Let me become mud and depart in peace. I am not scared of death. Death, come and take me away. I am ready but you must not come to me in the form of illness. Death, take me away from this earth without any form of pains. God, please let me die without pains. I am ready. I see no farther than I can from here’. His prayerful wish was granted and he departed full of pride and joy as the music genius who intimidated and commanded death to take him away from the visible earth because he had completed his earthly mission.

King Robert Ebizimor saw his death like the way Nostrodamus saw tomorrow. There is indeed Nostradamus in late King Robert Ebizimor who has already gone down in history as the philosophical futurologist because only a philosophical futurologist can alert the world to his own chosen death in a song before the actual arrival of death.King Robert Ebizimor was psychically smarter and faster than death and so he bravely challenged death to dare him because he was a study in overmuchness in terms of readiness to retire from the earth.

And for a genius like King Dr Robert Ebizimor, futurologically equipped to lay a great foundation for Alfred Izonebi, his protege,it is no wonder that King Alfred Izonebi remembers his music boss King Dr Robert Ebizimor in every musical composition – a very clear indication that King Izonebi is the Bishop of gratitude over good deeds received from others.May all the young Ijaw musicians and music bosses emulate the late pure-hearted and humanistic King Dr Robert Ebizimor, the Nostradamus of our generation,and anoint music proteges to take over from them before their retirement from the earth of stage performance and song-production in the studio.Similarly, may Ijaw music proteges learn to fly on the eternally appreciative wings like King Izonebi when their masters die – I mean King Alfred Izonebi who appreciates and promotes the image of late King Dr Robert Ebizimor every second in every song because he(Robert) was his music master,mentor,sponsor and father – a great father both in parental and music-mentorship terms.

Enewaridideke, writes from Akparemogbene, Delta State

DESOPADEC Commissioner, Bebenimibo launches ICT Center in Warri

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Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, member representing Warri South West Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, commissioning the PEB ICT Centre

By Faith Madogwe 

The Commissioner representing Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in the board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), has launched an Information Communication Technology (ICT) training centre in Warri for the youth to build their capacity in the assembling and repairs of computers.

The PEB ICT Centre, is expected to provide opportunity for the youth to acquire entrepreneurial and employable skills to make them more competitive in the job market.

Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, the Managing Director/CEO, PEB ICT Centre with Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, Lawmaker representing Warri South West Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly.

In an address during the launching of the project, the lawmaker representing Warri South West Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, who was the guest of honour, commended the commissioner to initiate the project.

In his address, the Managing Director and CEO of PEB ICT Centre, Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, said besides offering opportunity for the youth to use the facility for e-learning, students who registered with them also stood the chance of acquiring entrepreneurial skills in ICT.

[PHOTOS] Glitz, Glamour at Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha’s birthday 

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By Faith Madogwe

Dignitaries thronged Obotobo Town last Saturday for the birthday of the Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, Elder (Capt.) King Joseph Timiyan JP, Agbonu, Torububor 1, GbaramatuVoice reports.

The palatable palace walls and the main road in the town were adorned with banners by individuals and corporate organisations wishing the king well.

As part of the celebration, a traditional wrestling was held.

The wife of the Ebenanaowei, Her Majesty, Queen Nurse Timiyan, was in attendance. She gorgeously dressed and was surrounded by women of the kingdom.

Different cultural troupes performed to add glamour to the event.

Guests were treated to a three-course meal of Nigerian and foreign cuisine. Assorted wines and drinks were served at the birthday ceremony.

A highlight of the celebration was the cutting of the beautifully decorated cake. The enormous cake was royally designed.

Dignitaries included Hon. Julius Pondi, Member representing Burutu Federal Constituency, who was the chairman of the occasion; Capt. Letthemsay Enaibagha, a business mogul, the Pere of Ogbe-Ijoh-Warri kingdom, King Couple Oromoni; Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom; members of Ogulagha Traditional Council of Chiefs, among others.

Here are photos of the celebration captured by GbaramatuVoice.

Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, his, the Queen and son with Hon. Julius Pondi, Member representing Burutu Federal Constituency; Capt. Letthemsay Enaibagha, a business mogul; Mr. Felix Braboke and chiefs, cutting the birthday cake.
Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom
The Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, stepping out majestically with other traditional rulers and chiefs
The Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, Elder (Capt.) King Joseph Timiyan JP, during the birthday celebration.
The Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, Elder (Capt.) King Joseph Timiyan JP, his wife, cutting the birthday cake with the Pere of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom, King Couple Oromoni; Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom, Hon. Julius Pondi, member representing Burutu Federal Constituency, Chiefs of the kingdom, at his Palace in Obotobo town.
His Royal Majesty, Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom with his son, Prince Tamara-emomo-emi
Capt. Letthemsay Enaibagha, a business mogul, at the ceremony
Cross section of Ogulagha Traditional Council of Chiefs
Her Majesty, Queen. Nurse Timiyan, Wife of the Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom
Array of beautifully designed cakes
Ebele of Ogulagha Kingdom, his, the Queen and the Son, Prince Tamara-emomo-emi
Hon. Julius Pondi, Chairman of the occasion, giving his opening speech.
Hon. Julius Pondi with Capt. Letthemsay Enaibagha, at the ceremony.
MCs of the event: Kelvin Sapp; Emmaralo and Likiliki Mouth

Eulogies drench Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha kingdom on his birthday

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The Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, Elder (Capt.) King Joseph Timiyan JP, his wife, cutting the birthday cake with the Pere of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom, King Couple Oromoni; Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom, Hon. Julius Pondi, member representing Burutu Federal Constituency, Chiefs of the kingdom, at his Palace in Obotobo town.

His Imperial Majesty and Our King, Elder (Capt.) Joseph Timiyan JP, Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta state. Before we dive into writing this eulogy to mark the auspicious occasion of your birthday, the news organization must start with a confessional statement. It sounds unbelievable but it is true that despite being writers by training and profession, commenting on this eulogy was a herculean tasks for us.
 
The reason for such occurrence is barefaced and comes in many folds. 

His Majesty, Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, his and son with Hon. Julius Pondi, Member representing Burutu Federal Constituency; Capt. Letthemsay Enaibagha, a business mogul, Felix Braboke and others

First, prior to this time, the Editorial Board of the GbaramatuVoice Newspaper thought that we have a comprehensive account of your good deed. But after going through, and listening to the testimonies of your subjects that gathered to celebrate you on your birthday, the news organization became overwhelmed by the facts that emerged.

The Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom, Elder (Capt.) King Joseph Timiyan JP, his wife, cutting the birthday cake with the Pere of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom, King Couple Oromoni; Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom, Hon. Julius Pondi, member representing Burutu Federal Constituency, Chiefs of the kingdom, at his Palace in Obotobo town.

 
In view of the above, the publisher, editorial board members of the News Organization have among many other lessons on that day, come to a sudden but sincere realization that you are not just a mere traditional ruler but an enigma and an institution.
 
Again, we are now well aware that you are a Royal Father deeply, dearly, sincerely and clearly loved by all- namely; fellow royal fathers, those in public offices in the state and beyond, traditional rulers, your subjects, youths within the kingdom and beyond, fathers and mothers in the kingdom among others.
 
It is evident as subsequent paragraphs will reveal that you belong to the class of your very own. You are specially created by God, anointed as a king by Him, crowned by men and loved by all.
 
Certainly, like a global market, Ogulagha kingdom under your watch has made great advancement.  You have under your leadership assisted/helped the Ogulagha emerge among the comity of great kingdoms in the state with resounding achievements. You have with your creative leadership prowess made the kingdom a reference point and envy of other kingdoms.
 
Our King, by your relationship with us at the GbaramatuVoice in past six years, you have taught us that there exists a very big difference between doing-good and doing well.
 
You have demonstrated that ‘doing-good entails charity service or so-called selfless service where one renders assistance and walks away without waiting for any returns while doing well describes reciprocation and ‘win-win’ because the doer is also a stakeholder and has an intention to benefit at least in goodwill and friendship’.
 
We are indeed grateful.
 
As you celebrate, we cease this medium and the favorable condition provided by the occasion of your birthday to joyfully inform you that God has tremendously used you to uplift your kingdom and humanity. In the same vein, announce without fear of contradiction to the world that you doing well on the throne.
 
The GbaramatuVoice is without a doubt not alone in this opinion.
 
Let’s look at commentaries
 
Beginning with reality, the speech by Honorable Julius Pondi, a ranking, member of the Nation’s House of Representative, representing Burutu Federal Constituency, who was the chairman of the occasion, comes to mind.
 
To copiously quote him, he said in part;  “Your Majesty sir, I was inside when you prayed and did said and I agreed for the past fifteen (15) years we have left where we were, it has gone beyond where we met it. Today we have had cause to the presence of the Vice President of Nigeria (Prof. Yemi Osinbajo) in the last 15 years under your watching, we have had cause to have Governor (Senator Ifeanyi Okowa) of our dear state in your kingdom in your palace twice under your reign. Under your watch I have not only gone to the national assembly but I am a ranking member in the national assembly not without your very sincere prayer. So when I have the opportunity to come here I see it as a privilege. Your Majesty, you have indeed done very well.”
 
Now, before you conclude with the above comment, wait till you cast a glance at another, this time around,  by a fellow traditional ruler in the person of Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom, King Emmanuel Okumagba. 
 
Hear him; “I have come all the way from Okere-Urhobo Kingdom in Warri-South Local Government Area. This is my first visit to Ogulagha Kingdom to thank God for His Royal Majesty, Pere of Ogulagha Kingdom. I can see that he has done so much for this kingdom and it’s only proper that I should appreciate the Almighty for his life, and to ask God to give him continuous wisdom and strength to rule his people diligently. When the people have a good leader it brings joy and the kingdom flourishes. It is my hope and prayer that the people of Ogulagha Kingdom continue praying for their king who has done so much for them. The people of the kingdom should emmulate peace inorder to encourage peaceful reign of the king. And most importantly I pray for good health so he can live long to continue serving his people. This is my prayer for him and everyone who has come to celebrate with him.” He cocluded.
 
Let’s move from the traditional ruler to the subject
 
To some, he is a helper. He sees all as family members. He assumes relative and friend of those who have no helpers and he found delight taking over case, and became their helpers seeing them through primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Those who were not trade and business, he helped financially and otherwise. He provided moral support. He is a man of gentle nature. There was no time you will hear him shouting and he talks calmly.
 
To others, he is someone who forgives and show mercy on those that offends him. He is gentle and does not discriminate. He takes care of his subject as if they they are his family. He does not underling their status. He has trained other people’s children and he gave some financial assistance. Others, he placed on scholarship. He is a humble leader.
 
To the rest, he is a faithful Royal Majesty. He is indeed a perfect gentleman who in his journey of life so far that has always believe in the adage that says; Good name is better than riches”. He identifies honesty as best approach towards any achievement in life. He loves and he is loved by his people.
 
His character says something new and important.
 
His Royal Majesty in the estimation of his people is generous to a fault. More often than not, his nature abhors suffering and he empties his pocket to alleviate the sufferings of others.  His generosity in our views at the GbaramatuVoice is legendary. His Place is always visitors friendly as they drink, eat and dance to music of their choices. At every point in time, there is always food for everyone to eat.  
 
On this day, at this time and in this place, it is our wish and prayers at the Gbaramatu Voice, the Niger Delta leading and most trusted newspaper, that the God in heaven blesses you with good health of mind and body, and furnish you with more leadership wisdom to guide and guard the kingdom. 

We obviously and sincerely appreciate the unalloyed support given to us all these years.

Again, accept our sincere congratulations as you celebrates.

By GbaramatuVoice Editorial Board 

NIMASA says floating dock to be deployed ‘soon’

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…As NPA hands over shipyard to NIMASA for floating dock

By Our Correspondent

Dr Bashir Jamoh, Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration Safety Agency (NIMASA) says the agency’s modular floating dock is in the process of being deployed.

Jamoh disclosed this during a visit to Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman at the NPA Headquarters, Marina, Lagos.

“I am here to affirm that the modular floating dock has come to stay.

*We have concluded arrangements for its deployment and operation.

“The date for its commissioning will be announced soon,” he said in a statement on Wednesday on the visit.

Jamoh, in an interaction after the meeting with Bala-Usman, recounted the process of securing the NPA Continental Shipyard for the floating dock.

He also spoke on the process of getting approval from the Federal Ministry of Transportation as well as the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).

The director- general emphasised that obtaining those approvals were important preliminary conditions.

He said this was because of the need to engage managing partners and ICRC in charge of the mode of operations and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Jamoh said that the second aspect after the housing of the floating dock was the issue of operation.

He said that NIMASA had obtained the approval of the ICRC and had been directed to move to the Federal Executive Council.

“As far as we are concerned, the confirmation of certain aspects of the operations will be run concurrently.

“While we are seeking the Federal Executive Council approval, the issue of a managing partner will be considered and Expression of Interest will be published. So, we are good to go.

“When fully operational, the NIMASA floating dock, which arrived Nigeria in 2018, is expected to provide a lot of benefits to the maritime industry, ranging from conserving foreign exchange, to providing employment.

“Others are boosting indigenous capacity, developing shipping, and providing training exposure for students of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, and the Maritime University, Okerenkoko,” he said.

In her remarks, Bala-Usman stressed the need to promote the NIMASA local dry dock to the maximum capacity by placing the NPA’s Continental Shipyard at the agency’s disposal as a preferred location.

She said NPA would go into an agreement with NIMASA on the handover of the authority’s dockyard, jetty locations, and warehouses within the area to facilitate the installation of the modular floating dock.

“We believe the floating dock is an integral part of the maritime sector and we like to commend NIMASA for starting this.

“NPA will continue to provide the necessary support as it relates to the aspect of our shareholding within the SPV being guided by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).

“As it is, NPA has confirmed and reiterated that it will support and hand over those facilities within the next few weeks to enable NIMASA to conclude the movement of the modular floating dock from the Naval Dockyard to the Continental dockyard.

“This is a very welcome development for the sector and we look forward to patronising and using the dockyard facility for our vessels and other vessels of government agencies,” she said.

Chevron oil spill: Gbaramatu chiefs order for joint investigation

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Chief Godspower Gbenekama, Fiyewei of Gbaramatu kingdom

By Our Correspondent

Gbaramatu Traditional Council of Chiefs while reacting to the recent protests that greeted the oil spill that was alleged to be from assets of Chevron Nigeria Limited, in the Gbaramatu area of Warri South-West LGA of Delta State raised doubts about the aerial investigation purportedly carried out by the company and ordered “for an immediate joint investigation team involving all stakeholders including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), Chevron, Delta State Government and relevant agencies to ascertain the cause of the spill and determine the owner-company of asset.”

Addressing a press conference on the issue, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, Fiyewei (Spokesman) of Gbaramatu Kingdom, said: “Following an oil spill alleged to be from assets of Chevron Nigeria Limited, in the Gbaramatu area of Warri South-West LGA of Delta State, affected community representatives across all communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, have inundated the Gbaramatu Traditional Council of Chiefs with complaints on the deleterious effects of the spill.

“It is against this background that we made our own investigations on the spill and decided to address the press on the concerns of our people.”

Going further, the Gbaramatu Traditional Council of Chiefs observed and stated that, “Our investigations clearly show an oil spill which has meandered through and beyond the creeks and rivulets of Gbaramatu Kingdom owing largely to lack of immediate steps to curtail the spread. The locals have had to abandon their fishing expeditions, even as they develop respiratory problems due to smell of fumes of the spill.

“The oil spill which occurred about six weeks ago was promptly reported to Chevron Nigeria Limited believed to own the assets that produced the spill. The company, Chevron, has been in denial till now. On Saturday, March 27, 2021, the Company through its General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, denied that the oil sheen on the waters are from its assets.

“We call for an immediate joint investigation team involving all stakeholders including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Chevron, Delta State Government and relevant agencies to ascertain the cause of the spill and determine the owner-company of asset. We think that a unilateral aerial investigation reportedly conducted by Chevron is not reassuring as we know that assets passing through the site of spill are exclusively owned by Chevron Nigeria Limited. We wonder how an alleged aerial investigation could establish any meaningful fact.

“As custodians of the welfare of our people, we hold and call on the Federal, State Government and the Oil Companies operating in the area to rise up to the challenge of ameliorating the sufferings of the people, even before we ascertain blame. The people are suffering. We call for relief materials to enable the local populace survive the displacement and conditions caused by the oil spill. It would be a sad commentary that Chevron and other oil companies fold their arms while their host communities suffer the deleterious effects of the oil spill.

“We commend our people on the non violent and peaceful occupation of the Abiteye, Otunana and Makaraba flow stations and ask them to sustain the peace while we continue our appeal to relevant authorities to address the issues.”

Oil Spillage: Gbaramatu protest against Chevron thickens as lawyers issue 14 days ultimatum

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Women from Kokodiagbene Community, protesting at the Utonana flowstation in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State

By Ebi Perekeme

Lawyers under the umbrella of the Gbaramatu Lawyers Association (Gbaramatu Oloutomo-Abu Gbolei), have issued a 14-day ultimatum to American oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited, to take urgent steps to call on all the affected Communities to undertake a post-spill impact assessment to determine the extent and intensity of the oil spillage in Gbaramatu kingdom.

In an open letter dated March 8, 2021 and addressed to the General Manager, PGPA, Chevron Nigeria Limited and signed by Emotimide Friday Esq, President and Werisinde Timiyan Esq, Secretary, the group lamented the oil company’s silence and denials on the lingering oil spillage incident in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state.

The letter reads in full: “We are representatives of the above Association and concerned indigenes of the 18 February 2021 Utonana Flowstation Trunkline oil spill affected Communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West L.G.A Delta State and hereby write on their behalf as follows:

“That there was an oil spill from your Utonana Flowstation Trunkline on the 18th of February, 2021, and the affected Communities have called on your Company, Chevron Nig. Ltd through the Media and several correspondences to take urgent steps to curtail the further spread of the spill. Unfortunately, your Company has deliberately paid deaf ears to the call and cry of the Law abiding citizens of the Communities and rather come up with the untenable and unsustainable position that the spilled oil is not from its facility despite the obvious fact that it is.

“That the said spill from your facility has spread all over the rivers of the affected Communities thereby truncating our fishing activities which is our means of livelihood resulting in untold hardship and starvation. We now directly inhale the dangerous Chemical fumes emanating from the spilled Crude oil leaving many of us hospitalized as a result of the long exposure to the dangerous chemical fumes from the spilled crude oil.

“Despite your feeble attempt at denial, it is common knowledge that the Utonana Flowstation Trunkline is your operational oil facility and we have also been reliably informed that you are making preparations to carry out a repair works on same Utonana Flowstation Trunkline you denied ownership.

“In the light of the above, we therefore urge you to take urgent steps to call on all the affected Communities to undertake a post-spill impact assessment to determine the extent and intensity of the damage and long term effects on the health of the people and ensure that appropriate remedial action is taken for the restoration of the environment and compensation of all the affected Communities within fourteen (14) days from the date of your receipt of this letter and before any repair works are commenced.

“A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE!!!

Oil Spillage: We will go nowhere until Chevron meet our demands, says protesting Benikrukru communities

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Protesters at Abiteye Flowstation in Kenyagbene community

By Enaibo Asiayei

Solomon Eris, chairman of the aggrieved Benikrukru communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, has warned that there
will be no end in sight to the continued occupation of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) facility until the management of the company meets with the communities’ at the ceased facility and addresses the kernel of their demands.

Mr. Eris, who is protesting the recent spillage occasioned by a fractured part of the company’s pipeline within the community, gave this indication on Monday, March 29th, 2021, while speaking with newsmen when they visited the now ceased oil facility.

According to the community Chairman, “this time around, it is not going to be business as usual for Chevron Nigeria Limited. We are going to remain here until the Group’s Managing Director leaves his cosy office and comes down here and addresses us.”

“We have made our point clear and simple. The MD and his management team must come here and address us. Until that is done, we are going nowere. We are going to remain here. This is the first stage.

“No matter how long Chevron Nigeria Limited lives in denial, the situation is not going to change. They recently in a statement denied oil spill from their 16′ Abiteye, Makaraba and Utonana fields in CNL’s Western area of operations in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State. We expect Chevron management to come down here and tell us that trash.”

Speaking further, he noted that the community is working in conjunction with other communities that are also affected by the spillage to ensure a total close down of Chevron operations in the kingdom.

“We must ensure that their business here is paralyzed, he concluded.

Other conditions according to the community, the oil giant is expected to meet before they could reach a truce including but not limited to provisions of alternative and habitable accommodations, and relief materials/medical supplies to the victims.

Most importantly, the protesters are demanding adequate compensation (financial/material) for individuals and affected communities.

In addition to the above, the chairman insisted that the Company must set up a joint investigation committee to ascertain the level of damage done to the communities by the devastating oil spill from the organization’s flow station.

The protest which started on Friday, March 27th, 2021, has continued till date.

Danger as Okerenkoko, Makaraba, other communities join protest over oil spillage in Chevron facility

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…Threaten a total shutdown of flowstations

…Vow to continue until their demands are met

There was palpable tension on Sunday in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state as indigenes of Okerenkoko and other communities join the ongoing protests against Chevron Nigeria Limited, disrupting operations of the multinational oil company, GbaramatuVoice reports. 

The protest which entered its third today is among other demands aimed at having Chevron Nigeria Limited management and government officials set up joint investigation Committee to ascertain the level of damage done to the communities by the ‘devastating oil spillage from the organization’s flow station.

Other demands according to the communities include but not limited to provisions of alternative and livable accommodations, and relief materials/medical supplies to the victims. Most importantly, the protesters are demanding adequate compensation (financial/material) for individuals and affected communities.

The protests which started on Friday March 28 saw Kokodiagbene communities storm Utonana flowstation and occupied the station till date.
 
Making this development a crisis is that it is happening at about the same time the indigenes of Benikrukru Communities and other communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom are occupying Abiteye station.

Speaking with newsmen, the Chairman of Benikrukru Community, Mr. Solomon Eris who led other communities to Abiteye flowstation has vowed never to leave the premises until the company comes down to discuss with them.

To further demonstrate their resolve, protesters in Abiteye Field held non-denominational church service. And thereafter released their masquerades of war on the company’s yard.

Our reporters also observed Youths, women and men chanting war songs at the time of filing this report.
 
On his part, the Chairman of Okerenkoko Community, Mr. Kingsley Oturubo, explained that the oil affected all their communities among which are; Makaraba, Okoyitoru, Okerenkoko, Ekpemu, Gbegbe, Asafama, Daunimighan Ekpemu, Bikumor, Biboperezion, Poutubu, Ovuleye, Akapata, Adagbarasa and Oluba communities.
  
Currently, the protesters in Abiteye, Utonana and Makaraba flow stations which belong to Chevron Nigeria Limited are making arrangements to ensure a complete shutdown of operations in Gbaramatu kingdom. 
 
Meanwhile, Chevron Nigeria Limited in a statement to GbaramatuVoice on Saturday (March 27, 2021), has denied oil spill from their 16′ Abiteye, Makaraba and Utonana fields in CNL’s Western area of operations in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

BREAKING: Again, Chevron denies spilling oil at Abiteye, Makaraba, Utonana fields …reiterates commitment to environmental stewardship

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By Ebi Perekeme

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation  and CNL is aware of a report in the media and some communities about an alleged oil spill from Abiteye, Makaraba and  Utonana Fields in CNL’s western area of operations, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
 
CNL has investigated and continues to survey its Assets in the Abiteye and Utonana Fields including the 16” Makaraba-Utonana-Abiteye Right of Way (ROW) and confirms that there has not been any indication that the oil sheen on water is from its Assets in Abiteye, Makaraba and Utonana fields or from any other CNL facilities as alleged.
 
Speaking on the subject, Esimaje Brikinn, CNL’s General Manager Policy, Government and public Affairs says “we take incidents of oil spill seriously. Our surveillance programme is an ongoing exercise engrained in our processes; and we respond to every report of a spill by following established industry regulatory processes, including engagements with communities and regulators, and Joint Investigation Visits (JIV), to determine source, cause and impact of such spills. These are ongoing in the current case”. 

He added that after the initial report of an alleged spill in the area, CNL conducted an overflight of the area with the regulators, Department of Petroleum Resources and National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, and it was confirmed that there has been no spill emanating from any CNL’s assets in the area.
 
“We continue to engage the communities and communicate our findings concerning the alleged spill to the leadership of the community stakeholders.

CNL operates in strict compliance with relevant laws and regulations governing the Nigerian petroleum industry and remains committed to the protection of people and the environment. We will continue to conduct our operations reliably and efficiently, with utmost consideration for environmental protection” he concluded.

BREAKING: Hundreds of protesters storm Chevron oil facility, shutdown flowstation over oil spillage in Delta

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By Our Correspondent 

Hundreds of people from oil rich Kokodiagbene Community in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area is currently staging a peaceful protest at Otuana Flowstation following the massive oil spill reported from Chevron’s 16′ Makaraba-Utunana-Abiteye trunk line.

The protesters, comprising fishermen, youths, women and farmers affected by the spill, carried placards, demanding for Chevron to stop further operation in the area, send relief materials to all affected communities, clean the environment and JIV of all parties to access the degree of damage and compensation to be paid accordingly.

Stay tuned for live update from the venue…

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