Monday, December 26, 2022






Chief Sunday Stephen Rone, the Obazuaye of Warri kingdom, alias Ogieloyibo



Mr Julius Rone popularly known as the Gas King has lost his previous father. The father, Chief Sunday Stephen Rone, the Obazuaye of Warri kingdom alias Ogieloyibo passed on to glory on Monday December 26, 2022. He was age 86. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Iwere Women Prayer Network stage Praise Warfare to bring down God’s blessings in Iwere land

Iwere Women Prayer Network stage Praise Warfare to bring down God’s blessings in Iwere land 


Olori Atuwatse III 

The Iwere Women Prayer Network led by Olori Atuwatse III and supported by wives of Chiefs from Warri Kingdom has staged a one day praise warfare to God to bring down the hand of God upon  Warri Kingdom as year 2022 comes to an end.


In her opening remarks, coordinator of the programme, Bishop (Mrs.) Juliet Olley who spoke on behalf of the Convener of the programme, Olori Atuwatse III, thanked the women for their relentless commitment towards the success of the programme right from inception,saying that “With the emergence of our King and Queen, good things have being happening in our land. 


Bishop Godsevidence Pemu(4th: L-R), Bishop (Mrs.) Juliet Olley & Rev. Blaise Adedeji in a group photograph with Wives of Chiefs from Warri kingdom  

Olori Atuwatse III is a spirit field woman of God and has given us the opportunity to gather here every quarterly to pray for the growth and prosperity of Warri Kingdom.”


Bishop Olley encouraged the women not to be discouraged because there is always benefits in the things of God, just as she announced that Olori Atuwatse III has made provision for take home Christmas packages for the women.


In their separate sermon, Bishop Godsevidence Pemu and Rev. Blaise Adedeji both admonished the women to give God thanks at all times because when praises goes up, God comes down and Heaven becomes vacant, adding that believers should always hold God by His promises. 


The programme with the theme being “Supernatural Praise was held on Saturday December 10, 2022 at the Olu’s Palace, Warri.

The programme which also captured  prayer sessions led by Bishop Anirejuoritse, Pastor Mrs. Julie Mayuku, Mrs. Caroline Eyewoma and Mrs. Patience Omolubi witnessed a saxophonist display as well as chorographic display from talented Kids.

Monday, December 12, 2022

NDDC Board: We will not accept the nomination of Onochie - Rita Lori

NDDC Board: We will not accept nomination of Onochie ---Rita Lori



Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor has rejected the nomination of Lauretta Onochie from a non-Oil Producing area by President Muhammadu Buhari and an injustice to Itsekiri nation that produces the highest quantum of oil and gas in Delta State and second throughout Nigeria.


Addressing a mammoth crowd of hundreds of Itsekiri women at the Olu Palace field on Saturday, the social crusader and activist stated that since it is the turn of Delta State to produce both the Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC and the Act establishing the Agency stipulates clearly that the position must go to the highest oil producing ethnic nationality, it is only right that Itsekiri be made the Chairman and or Managing Director of the Commission.


Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor who ventured into the creeks on Friday to the massive Obodo Flow Station under OML 150 and operated by Conoil in Warri South, in solidarity with protesting Itsekiri youths noted that "we cannot be bearing the adverse effects of oil and gas production, contributing hugely to the financial well being of Nigeria and yet be oppressively deprived of our well Constitutional deserved position this time around", saying that "we shall resist it", but appealed to the youths to tread softly and avoid destruction of any kind while agitation and negotiations continues.


She expressed regrets that some selfish Itsekiri men and politicians are behind the support and nomination of Onochie in a kill and divide arrangement. She applauded the protesting youths and the womenfolk even as she promised to take the protest to the doorstep of Aso Rock and the floor of the Senate who she tasked on rejection of the nomination of Lauretta Onochie.


Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor together with all the women and men present at the conference ground then invoke traditional curses on Itsekiri greedy politicians/individuals who indulge in selling away Itsekiri rights and privileges to others and also pocket funds belonging to the nation, converting them to their personal uses.


She revealed that some groups of Itsekiri men  withdrew #300m illegally from the coffers of the IRDC and charge the youths to go and demand the money from them as the fund were for the development/building of water facility, hospitals, schools, provision of skills acquisitions and other empowerment programs that would alleviate the suffering of the people in the rural communities.


The woman leader who has being in the struggle for the establishment of DESOPADEC and the NDDC all these years maintained that these agencies were not created for politicians to loot the funds and deprive them from meeting their Constitutional mandate to the oil bearing people and communities.


Other speakers at the conference supported Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor on the struggle, promised to go along with her and prayed God to grant her long life and the strength to continue with the struggle. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

NDDC Board: Itsekiri Graduates demands MD, Chairman positions, says protest continues

 NDDC Board: Itsekiri Graduates demands MD, Chairman positions, says Protest continues.

 The National Association of Itsekiri Graduates, NAIG, an umbrella body of all Itsekiri graduates worldwide has thrown her weight behind the protest by Itsekiri National Youth Council INYC  and Niger Delta Itsekiri Oil and Gas Producing Communities, NDIOPC,  on the  demands that the position of the MD and Chairman of NDDC be occupied by an Itsekiri, stating categorically that, Itsekiris been the  highest producer of oil and gas both in Delta and Edo States, is long over due for the position.

The Graduate Body made the declaration  during their last Congress for the year 2022 recently in Warri.

 Addressing newsmen, President of National Association of Itsekiri Graduates, Comr. Ben Eyitemi Eburajolo stated that NAIG been the intellectual organ of Itsekiri Nation, cannot fold her hands and allow such injustice and marginalization to be done to the Itsekiris, even when the act that established the Commission attested to Itsekiri legitimate agitation for inclusion.

Comrade Eburajolo averred that “We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to recall or revisit the list and the Senate not to screen the names of nominees unless the federal government include Itsekiri on the list for fairness, equity and justice.


“We are fully in support of the ongoing protest in all Itsekiri Oil bearing communities and the recent law suit filed against the Federal Government by aggrieved Itsekiris. We will not relent until the Federal Government yields to the voice of reasoning. This gross marginalization cannot to be tolerated any further and the fact that we are peaceful people does not mean we are helpless, weak or ignorant of the law.”

Monday, December 5, 2022

NDDC BOARD: Itsekiris drags Federal Government to Court over non-inclusion

 NDDC BOARD:  Itsekiri drags Federal Government to Court over Non-Inclusion

Some prominent Itsekiri sons have dragged president Buhari, National Assembly, AGF and Lauretta Onochie to the Federal High Court Warri over the composition of the proposed new NDDC Board.

In a pre-action notice filed by Prince Emmanuel Okotie-Eboh, Comrade Amaechi Ogbonna , Prince Tsola Emiko Amoye and Prince Isaac Dorsu as intending claimants they are seeking the order of the  Honorable Court to set aside the nomination of Lauretta Onochie the 8th proposed defendant by President Buhari, the proposed 1st  defendant in the circumstances of the case and replace her with someone from any of the oil bearing Itsekiri communities.

They further sort the order of the court to mandate president Buhari to invoke and apply the sprit and intent of the relevant statutes requiring the consideration of  quantum of contribution to be applied with regard to the nomination, screening and  approval to fill the slot of the chairman or managing director on the board of the NDDC.

They also want the court to restrain Buhari or his proxies from inaugurating the board with Onochie or any person who is not from an oil producting community as stipulated  by the NDDC Act.

They further sort an order of  injunction  restraining Onochie or her proxies from presenting herself as a representative to fill Delta state slot on the governing board of the NDDC even as they prayed the court to mandate the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure compliance with the spirit and intent of the relevant statutes as well as the overriding objectives of national unity, equity and harmonious co-existence and the principle of distributive justice, requiring that the consideration of quantum of production in the circumstances . 

The pre-action  notice was filed on their behalf  by the Chambers of  Jolone Ikomi, Esq and Robinson Ariyo & Co.

Sunday, December 4, 2022



Topic: News 


Itsekiri youths worldwide has declared that they will not backdown in the protest in all their oil communities until President Muhammadu Buhari meets their demands by making Itsekiri the MD or Chairman in the NDDC Board.

The aggrieved Itsekiri youths made the declaration at a Congress held on Saturday December 3, 2022 in Warri to further drive home their unrelenting demands to President Buhari.

The ongoing protest which has gained momentum from Itsekiris in Diaspora such as Itsekiri Congress United Kingdom(ICUK) has entered its sixth day as at Press time. 

Addressing newsmen, President of Itsekiri National Youths Council, Comr. Isaac Oritseweyinmi Agbateyiniro declared that the ongoing protest which is code-named “Operation Jigini” will not be called off until the Federal Government heed to the voice of reason by  retracting the list of nominees for the new board of the NDDC and appointing an Itsekiri to the MD position citing relevant provisions of the NDDC Act as well as the Nigerian constitution that supported their case.

“We need to be given our legitimate place in the NDDC Board, we cannot settle for anything less than. Our fight is for the good of our people backed up by the act that established the NDDC Commission “, he declared.

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