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Sahara Weekly Reports – Like I noted in part one of this series, when you fight corruption and indiscipline, they both fight back ferociously. This would not be far from what is playing out currently at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and well-meaning Niger Deltans and Nigerians can ill afford to keep quiet.













It is obvious that certain individuals and vested interests are doing everything to ensure that the commission does not depart from its old ways and that the aims and intentions of the new Chairman of the Governing Board which to enthrone probity, accountability, due process and efficient service delivery to the people of the region are scuttled. To achieve that, these individuals and vested interests within and around the NDDC have orchestrated and deployed all manners of mischief and underhand tactics.


In the part one, I wrote about the procured court judgment which among other things purportedly barred the Chairman of the Board from interfering in the legal functions of the Managing Director of the Commission and sacking “18 Aides” allegedly contracted by the Chairman. In this installment, I shall deeply scrutinize that court judgment and expose the folly and mischief it is enabling for Niger Deltans and Nigerians to see.


It would be recalled that a certain Dr Mike Oberabor had approached the Federal High Court, Warri, presided over by Hon. Justice Okon E. Abang in a suit marked FHC/WR/CS/14/2023, “on behalf of himself and on behalf of the Oberabor Oreme-Egbede families of Olomoro Community in Isoko South local community of Delta State”,. The suit was “seeking an interpretation of the NDDC Act, 2000 and other relevant statute and documents relating to the running of the commission’’. It had the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Chairman of its Governing Board, Mrs Lauretta Onochie and its Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogboku as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants respectively.


From the Certified True Copy of the Judgment delivered on Tuesday, 9th May 2023, Justice Abang while stating that; “having considered the relevant provisions of the NDDC Establishment Act, 2000 ..’’, “the circular issued by the presidency on revised frequency of meeting for part time members of government committees, Boards of Federal Agencies, Statutory Corporations and government owned companies”, “the circular issued by office of the Accountant General of the Federation dated 16/1/23 on the subject matter of dispute between parties,” and “that the unilateral decision of the 2nd Defendant (Mrs. Lauretta Onochie) to appoint 18 aides in her office, the demand for an executive office in the commission are in contravention (of) relevant provisions of NDDC Act, the circulars released by Federal Government on the subject matter of the Plaintiff’s claims,” granted the Plaintiff’s claims and ordered as follows:


“It is hereby adjudged, ordered and declared as follows:


“1. That the 3rd Defendant as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission is the person statutorily empowered by the NDDC ACT to perform and wield the executive functions, powers and day to day running and management of the Commission to the exclusion of other members of the Board of the NDDC including the 2nd Defendant herein”.


“2. That all actions of the 2nd Defendant including but not limited to the appointment of her personal aides carried out in exercise of executive functions and powers in the Niger Delta Development Commission since her assumption of duty on the 4th day of January, 2023 are ultra vires her powers and therefore null and void and of no effect whatsoever”.


“3. That the 2nd Defendant (Mrs Lauretta Onochie) is restrained from carrying out and/or exercising any executive functions and powers in the Niger Delta Development Commission, the 1st Defendant (NDDC) herein.


“4. The 2nd Defendant is further restrained from interfering with the 3rd Defendant’s (Managing Director’s) executive functions, powers and day to day running and management of Niger Delta Development Commission the 1st Defendant herein.”


Firstly, I will not spend precious time dwelling on the person of the plaintiff, Dr Mike Oberabor, his qualification for bringing the suit, his real motive in meddling in what are internal affairs of the Commission as well as whose interest he is actually representing, especially seeing as all the prayers and reliefs sought in the suit and granted in the judgment are skewed in favor of the Managing Director, who is currently battling the chairman of the governing board and who himself was a co-defendant in the suit. Is it a case of the biblical ‘hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob’? Time will tell.


However, as erudite lawyer and anti-corruption activist, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla put it: “He (the plaintiff) is not qualified to bring a suit against the defendants. He has no locus standi because his community whom he is purporting to represent in Delta State is not the only community in the nine Niger Delta States of Delta, Imo, Abia, Akwa, Ibom, Ondo, Rivers, Cross River and Bayelsa States.”


Chief Obon-Obla goes further to say that; “The reliefs granted by the Court are unobtainable because by section 24 (1) of the NDDC Act, the honorable Chairman and Board members are public officers protected by the provisions of the Public Officers Protection Act”.

Furthermore, he opined that “the suit (by Dr Oberabor) by section 24 (2) (a) & (b) of the NDCC Act was time barred. Indeed, Section 24 (1) – (2) (a) & (b) of Niger-Delta Development Commission (Establishment etc) Act state as follows:

24. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the provisions of the Public Officers Protection Act shall apply in relation to any suit instituted against any officer or employee of the Commission.


(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law or enactment, no suit shall lie against any member of the Board, the Managing Director or any other officer or employee of the Commission for any act done in pursuance or execution of this Act or any other law or enactment, or of any public duty or authority or in respect of any alleged neglect or default in the execution of this Act or such law or enactment, duty or authority, shall lie or be instituted in any court unless:


(a) it is commenced within three months next after the act, neglect or default complained of; or


(b) in the case of a continuation of damage or injury, within six months next after the ceasing thereof.


It is curious to note that the presiding judge did not take the above facts contained in the same NDDC Act into consideration.


Secondly, I will not dwell anymore on the allegation of appointment of “18 personal aides” by the Chairman of the Board which I debunked in part one as that has been proven to be false and malicious. Even the NDDC Board has strongly and officially debunked that claim. Therefore, the court could not have nullified or voided something that never existed. I still wonder why and how the Court accepted that as true without verified evidence or proof of such.


Thirdly, it is very important to state here that there is no arguing the fact that the Managing Director is statutorily empowered by the NDDC Act to perform and wield the executive functions, powers and day to day to running and management of the NDDC as stated in the court judgment.


Indeed, Section 12 (1) (b) of the NDDC Act states that “the Managing Director shall be the chief executive and accounting officer of the Commission”. However those powers are neither absolute nor without oversight, checks and balances. Those powers are “… subject to the general direction of the Board …” as stipulated by the NDDC Act, Section 12 (2).


Section 12 (2) states that: The Managing Director shall, subject to the general direction of the Board, be responsible:-


(a) For the day to day administration of the Commission;

(b) For keeping the books and Proper records of the proceedings of the Board, and

(c) For –


(i) The administration of the secretariat of the Board, and

(ii) The general direction and control of all other employees of the Commission.


It is therefore as curious as it is disappointing to read the Judge reduce the position and duties of the Chairman of the board of the NDDC to merely overseeing and presiding over meetings of the board thus: “The court having considered the relevant provisions of the NDDC ACT to the effect that appointment as the Chairman of the board of the 1st Defendant on part time basis is to oversee and preside over the meetings of the board,”.


Indeed this brings to fore the questions I asked in part one of this series as to what exact executive functions or powers of the Managing Director have been usurped by the Chairman Governing Board since January 4, 2023 when they all assumed office?


Does the Chairman insisting that due processes must be followed in the running of the affairs of the Commission, that transparency, probity and accountability must be the watch words, that multiple accounts maintained in the name of the Commission, some shrouded in secrecy must be accounted for and that the NDDC must be made to work for the common good of the generality of the people of the Niger Delta and Nigerians at large constitute interference or usurpation of the powers of the Managing Director to oversee day to day running of the Commission?


If anyone, it is the management led by the Managing Director that usurped the powers of the Governing board by reportedly signing a $15b Memorandum of Understanding on a rail project with neither the knowledge of the Chairman nor the consent and approval of the board.


For avoidance of doubt and for proper information of Niger Deltans and Nigerians, Section 8 of the NDDC Act expressly states that: (Please pay attention to 8 (e)).


8. The Board shall have power to:-

(a) Manage and supervise affairs of the Commission.

(b) Make rules and regulations for carrying out the functions of the Commission.

(c) Enter and inspect premises, projects and such places as may be necessary for the purposes of carrying out its functions under this Act.

(d) Pay the staff of the Commission such remuneration and allowances as appropriate.

(e) Enter into such contracts as may be necessary or expedient for the discharge of its functions and ensure the efficient performance of the functions of the Commission.

(f) Do such other things as are necessary and expedient for the efficient performance of the functions of the Commission.


I have heard talk from some people of the Chairman demanding that she be made a signatory to the NDDC account, suggesting that such is wrong and the cause of the ‘rofo rofo’ fight. While I do not hold brief for the chairman and cannot speak to the veracity or otherwise of that claim, I do not see anything in the NDDC Act that prohibits such or makes it illegal and why the Managing Director or anyone should have a problem with that, except some person(s) has something to hide. Indeed, in my humble and objective view, that would be in line with the spirit and letter of the Act establishing the NDDC.


Section 14, (3) (a) and (b) (pay particular attention to 14(3a) of the NDDC Act 2000 under “Financial Provisions”, dealing with funds accruable to the commission provides thus:


14 (3) The fund shall be managed in accordance with the rules made by the Board, and without prejudice to the generality of the power to make rules under this subsection, the rules shall in particular contain provisions –


(a) Specifying the manner in which the assets or the fund of the Commission are to be held, and regulating the making of payments into and out of the fund; and


(b) Requiring the keeping of proper accounts and records for the purpose of the fund in such form as may be specified in the rules.


Therefore, if the Chairman of the Board for reasons we all know are altruistic decides that she should also be a signatory to the account(s) of the Commission, there is absolutely nothing wrong or illegal about that in my view. Indeed the NDDC Act supports that as I have shown above. The fact that past Chairmen of the Governing Board may have been less than interested or thorough should not make that an acceptable norm.


I have taken the pain to go through this in detail to help fellow Nigerians to see the facts and separate them from fiction. What is going on at the NDDC is nothing but trying to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it with some people trying to emotionally blackmail, intimidate and malign the Chairman of the Governing board who from the get go has left no one in doubt as to her intention and her determination that the NDDC is made to work for the generality of the good people of Niger Delta and Nigeria at large.


As I wrote in part one, part of their gimmick is to present the Chairman before her employer, Niger Deltans and Nigerians as the agent provocateur and a disagreeable person who does not want the Agency to function and as someone who is equally tainted and hopefully by so doing mobilize public sentiments and opinion against her, using the media and their well-oiled and financed propaganda machinery. That must not be allowed to happen.


In closing, I reiterate my call for the Presidency and the National Assembly to stand resolutely behind the Chairman of the Governing board, Mrs Lauretta Onochie.


I equally expect the governors and indigenes of NDDC member states to rise up in defense of this woman who is determined to fight for them. It is our interest that is at stake.


Finally, I respectfully call on the entire Board and management of the Commission to realize that it is the lives and welfare of the long suffering people of the Niger Delta that they represent that are at stake. It is time to bury the ego alongside the hatchet and cooperate with the Chairman of the Governing board for the good of the commission, the Niger Delta and Nigeria at large.


©️ Uche Diala


Celestial Church Debunks False Reports



Celestial Church Debunks False Reports

Celestial Church Debunks False Reports

Trailing Arson, Looting of Parish in Ajah

…as mob attempts to kill Shepherd and Assistant

Authorities of the Celestial Church of Christ have issued a statement to debunk false reports, including videos that some people have posted on the Internet aimed at tarnishing the image of the church, after tragedy struck at CCC Overcomers Parish, Oke-Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos, which almost claimed the life the Shepherd, Venerable Superior Evangelist [Prophet] James Aso and his assistant, Senior Evangelist Ayotunde Oladipupo.






The parish was burned down by an angry mob that also broke in and stole church equipment and valuables, while the New Moon Service of Thursday, 1st June, 2023. The arson was triggered by the death of a Hausa man named Dogo who was contracted to evacuate the overflowing soak-away in the church premises. The deceased Hausa man also doubles as an Okada rider in the neighbourhood.





However, contrary to the false narrative making the rounds that the Parish was burnt because the deceased’s body was mutilated and human parts removed for rituals. Below are authenticated truths as confirmed by the police, parishioners, non-Hausa neighbours and the official media spokesman of the Celestial Church of Christ, Superior Evangelist Kayode Ajala.




The Facts:

– The deceased Hausa man known as Dogo was quite popular in the neighbourhood and was known for the job of evacuating overflowing soakaways. He also doubled as an Okada rider and it wasn’t the first time he’d been paid by the parish for such jobs. This time, he was actually paid for the job three days before the unfortunate incident.




– Dogo himself chose to do the job on the night of Thursday, 1st June, 2023. This was while the New Moon Service was in progress and the Parish Shepherd in Charge of the Parish, VSE Aso James, was busy in the inner altar as he was the Service Conductor.




– While carrying out the job he was paid for, Dogo slipped and fell into the soak-away.

Celestial Church Debunks False Reports



– The Assistant Shepherd of the Parish, Senior Evangelist Ayotunde Oladipupo, who was supervising Dogo’s work immediately tried to rescue Dogo and in the process, he also fell into the soak-away.

– Church members alerted by the shouts for help abandoned the Service and began a rescue operation for the two people that had fallen into the soak-away. The lifeless body of Dogo was eventually brought out, while the unconscious body of Oladipupo was also brought out of the soak-away. Both of them were rushed to the hospital where the lifeless body of Dogo was pronounced dead.

– The family of the deceased Hausa man, Dogo, took custody of his remains with all parts of the body intact.

– The Police also attest to the fact that no part of Dogo’s body was tampered with.

– The arson at the Overcomers Parish was carried out by an angry mob largely made up of ‘area boys’ and Okada riders who also attacked the Shepherd of the Parish, VSE Aso James, and inflicted grievous bodily harm on him.

– The Hausas in the neighbourhood are doing a house-to-house search, on a reprisal attack, looking for Celestial Church members with the intention to harm them. Many C.C.C. members in the neighbourhood have since abandoned their homes and gone into hiding.

– VSE James Aso (Shepherd) and Senior Evangelist Ayotunde Oladipupo (Assistant Shepherd) are presently hospitalised and in critical condition.

Members of the public should disregard any other narrative meant to tarnish the name and image of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide.

The Celestial Church of Christ is a Bible believing church focussed on evangelizing the world through the proclamation of the word – the good news of the Messiah Jesus Christ and of the Kingdom of God; in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, proclaiming deliverance to those bound by the shackles of Satan, healing the broken-hearted, the sick, the deformed, restoring hope to the hopeless and those who are bound, while reinforcing the faith of all – both feeble and strong in the unfailing righteousness and faithfulness of God Almighty and Jesus Christ, the Lord and Saviour.


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BREAKING! Gunmen Attack Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Several Injured



BREAKING! Gunmen Attack Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Several Injured















Sahara Weekly Reports That Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State escaped death by whiskers when his convoy was blocked and attacked by people believed to be supporters of Alh. Muritala Yakubu Ajaka at about 12.30 hours on Saturday.








BREAKING! Gunmen Attack Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Several Injured









The attack took place near the Naval Base, a few kilometres from Lokoja town.

















It was reported that the convoy of Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, having sighted that of the Governor, reportedly blocked the road while some of his armed thugs started shooting sporadically at the Governor’s convoy.



















A Tundra branded with the logo of the SDP and with SDP flags also blocked the Governor’s vehicle and occupants of the SDP-branded Tundra were armed with rifles and short guns.
















Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, said there is no cause for panic as the Governor is in high spirits.





















“Some security aides and other aides attached to the Governor sustained some degrees of injuries and have been rushed to medical facilities for medical attention.

















We urge the people of Kogi State to remain calm as security agents are in full control to ensure the arrest of the hoodlums behind the attack.





















“The State Government will ensure that law and order are maintained as the attackers will be brought to justice,” he said.






















Governor Bello warned that no APC member should involve in any reprisal attack as insecurity from any quarter will be met with stiff penalties

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How Pro Kingsley Accurately warmed About India’s Train Crash 



Ozekhome Confirms Prophet Kingsley’s Prophetic Warning On Kanu

How Pro Kingsley Accurately warmed About India’s Train Crash 

Sadly, June 2023 started on a scary note as over 260 people died and over 1000 injured as three trains crashed in India’s eaten Odisha state.
However, while the world expressed shocked over the unfortunate incident, One man who was not surprised was Prophet Kingsley Aitafo. The amible clergy during his monthly prophetic warnings said God told him June will start with scary incidents.
How Pro Kingsley Accurately warmed About India's Train Crash 
And to confirm this Sadly, at least 261 people have been killed and 1,000 are injured in a crash involving three trains in India’s eastern Odisha state.
One passenger train derailed on to the adjacent track and was struck by an incoming train on Friday, also hitting a nearby stationary freight train.
A massive recovery operation is under way, after hundreds of emergency workers searched the wreckage.
The cause of India’s worst train crash in over 20 years is not yet clear.
Officials say several carriages from the Coromandel Express, travelling between Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and Chennai (formerly Madras), derailed at about 19:00 (13:30 GMT) in Balasore district after hitting a stationary goods train. Several of its coaches ended up on the opposite track.
Another train travelling in the opposite direction – the Howrah Superfast Express travelling from Yesvantpur to Howrah – then hit the overturned carriages.
“The force with which the trains collided has resulted in several coaches being crushed and mangled,” Atul Karwal, chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) told ANI news agency.
More than 200 ambulances and hundreds of doctors, nurses and rescue personnel were sent to the scene, the state’s chief secretary Pradeep Jena said.
Sudhanshu Sarangi, director general of Odisha Fire Services, had earlier said 288 had died.
All trapped and injured passengers have been rescued. It is not clear how serious the injuries of those taken to hospitals were.
Work to restore the site of the crash begun, India’s South Eastern Railway company said on Saturday.

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