Sources have revealed that some host communities in the Niger Delta are currently collecting money from their youths for inclusion in pipeline surveillance jobs. This shocking revelation was exposed when some Youths reached out to the Office of the Minister of State for Petroleum requesting the status of their jobs. They were heartbroken to find out that plans to include the youth in pipeline surveillance are still in the preliminary stages and there is no current list compilation ongoing at the moment.  A youth from Burutu LGA in Delta state said "The association of Host Communities in Delta State has been collecting N10,000 from youths in the state: claiming it was a facilitation fee for securing a slot on the pipeline surveillance job". 

Youths in the NIger Delta should be vigilant and avoid falling into the hands of fraudsters. 

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Mr Kelsey Agama

Sources have revealed the brains behind the NDAGG.ORG website. It may interest you to know that our organization kicked off and swung into action in response to the activities of this blackmail site. 

We discovered that site was set up in the United States with a sole mandate of pulling down the leadership of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

Our investigations have revealed that the motivation of the culprits are linked to; the upcoming 2019 elections, cover up of fraud under the former leadership of the Amnesty Office and the hunger for power. 

The head of the team is Mr K. AGAMA; a former US marine, who was sacked due to corruption and illegal activities. He also is a direct cousin of the former minister of Petroleum Resources. Others behind this mega scam include past and current staff of the Amnesty Office, Some Ex Militant Leaders and Vendors associated with the Office. 

Full Details and revelations with Names, Facts and Figures coming soon 

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The leadership of the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum, PANDEF, has revealed that they are calling off the November 1st ultimatum, initially given to the Federal Government. 

This came after a closed door meeting with the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Yesterday. 

This move is obviously not going down well with people of the Niger Delta Region as various groups have come out to condemn this declaration, calling the PANDEF leaders, Sell Outs and traitors of the region. Could this be true, or is it just BLACKMAIL? 

What could have been reason for PANDEF's backing out? Did they consult their people before taking any decision? So many unanswered questions.. 

We are watching the situation closely and will update you, once we get extra information. 


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NDAGG has gathered that the Oweilaemi Pereotubo faction of the Ijaw Youth Council is set to stage a protest at the NDDC Headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 

Oweilaemi, who is affiliated with most of the past IYC leaders is said to have mobilized thousands of youth, in a bid to disrupt the activities of the NDDC and bring the agency to a lock down. 

This style of engagement has been a normal practice in the Ijaw Youth Council and has been used by past leaders of the council to arm twist government and private companies into doing their bidding. 

We've gathered that this particular move is being sponsored by a group of Ijaw stakeholders who feel neglected by the current NDDC administration. Some of the sponsors our sources have revealed include, Dr Chris Ekiyor, Famous Daugbarah and Ex Militant Leader, Boy Loaf. All efforts to reach Oweilaemi or members of his exco has been futile. 

Interestingly the President of the other faction of the Ijaw Youth Council, Barr Eric Omare, has frowned against the planned protest, calling on security agencies to arrest anyone found disrupting the activities of the NDDC. This information was picked up from the News bulletin of Rhythm 93.7 Port Harcourt, this morning. Barr Eric claims that the IYC under his watch has no business blocking gates of government agencies, and called on all Ijaw Youth to resist temptation and follow his style of Peaceful, Diplomatic Engagement. 

As events unfold we will update you


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How Nigerian Senators Took Bribes To Pass Peace Corps Bill

To pass the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, senators received kickbacks in form of job slots and cash reward from the promoters of the proposed paramilitary organization, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Scores of senators received at least seven employment slots each to back the bill, which was passed to, amongst other things, create the Nigerian Peace Corps as the country’s newest law enforcement agency.

Some of the lawmakers considered key to the passage of the law got as much as 500 slots, our findings show.

Other senators received cash rewards for their acquiescence, multiple senators, including those who benefited, told PREMIUM TIMES.

The bribery scheme became so brazen that some senators who were members of the committees that worked on the bill pointedly accused each other of being bought by the Peace Corps.

But the leadership of the Senate quickly weighed in, made peace amongst the feuding senators and hushed up the case, consequently saving the upper chamber from another major embarrassment, our sources said.

But the Peace Corps denied offering bribes to lawmakers to secure the major milestone in its decade-long quest to become a government agency.

“At no point did our organization offered any bribes to lawmakers,” Milicent Umoru, the group’s spokesperson, told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday. “The bill actually suffered a whole lot before it was finally adopted a few days ago.”

Both chambers of the National Assembly passed the bill “because they see it as necessary to curb acute unemployment amongst Nigerian youth,” she added. It remains unclear Saturday whether members of the House of Representatives also took bribes to pass the bill.

The Senate approved the harmonized version of the controversial bill on Tuesday, despite deep skepticism from its own Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters that the bill offers virtually no unique service to the public.

David Umaru, the committee chairman who was mandated by the Senate to look into the significance of the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, delivered a scathing review of the paramilitary group when he laid the findings of his committee before the Senate Tuesday.

“The powers, functions, e.t.c., of the Peace Corps call for concern and this committee would wish that they are subjected to further examination,” Mr. Umaru, APC-Niger East, said.

The senator said the attempts by promoters of the Peace Corps to make government absorb it was strange and starkly different from the approach of its sister organization in the United States.

“The American Peace Corps, which is used as a model, does not operate as a permanent and pensionable employment as intended in Nigeria under this proposed legislation,” Mr. Umaru said. “Rather, its employment is for a limited period of five years only for regular employees and 24 months for volunteers.”

Yet, Mr. Umaru went on to recommend that the Senate should proceed with passing the harmonized version of the Peace Corps Bill, clearing the way for its onward transfer to the president’s desk for assent.

Dickson Akoh, Peace Corps’ national commandant, said his organizations would offer what the American Peace Corps offers and even more.

The Peace Corps will achieve capacity building for youth creativity and intervention; capacity building for youth development and empowerment in agriculture; and peace education and conflict resolution, Mr. Akoh said.

But a majority of existing government agencies expressed strong opposition to the creation of the organization.

At a House committee hearing during consideration of the bill, the Office of the Head of Service (HoS) said several government agencies with similar mandates as Peace Corps already exist and listed the Ministry of Youth Development and Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity and Ministry of Environment as examples.

Other existing law enforcement agencies include Ministry of Education, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, National Orientation Agency, National Poverty Eradication Programme and, National Directorate of Employment. The list is far from being exhausted, the head of the service said.

Consequently, the HoS urged lawmakers to consider “the implications of the proposed creation of Nigerian Peace Corps on the cost of governance and duplication of duties of existing agencies.”

Law enforcement agencies have taken measures against the Peace Corps since at least 2003 when the State Security Service arrested Mr. Akoh and shut down his offices across the country.

He resumed operation in 2007. But when the SSS clamped down on his organization again, he launched a civil lawsuit which has dragged since then.

This year alone, the police have detained Mr. Akoh at least twice.

At the first incident, armed officers from police, SSS and the Nigerian Army stormed the head office of the Peace Corps and took Mr. Akoh and more than 40 others into custody.

The head office was also shut by the police and has not been reopened ever since.

Mr. Akoh said he had won at least 11 cases against different security agencies over the past 15 years. The police will neither confirm nor deny this assertion.

While several agencies under executive control have openly expressed opposition to the Peace Corps, President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo have not said whether they will assent to the bill or reject it.

Inquiries directed to presidential spokespersons, including Garba Shehu, Laolu Akande and Femi Adesina, went unanswered throughout Thursday.

Senate sources with knowledge about the tactics of the Peace Corps told PREMIUM TIMES the group’s promoters gave millions of naira to some senators.

“Apart from the cash bribes that they offered, they even gave some key lawmakers who worked to ensure that the bill was passed more than 1000 job slots,” a senator said.

But PREMIUM TIMES could not confirm if Mr. Umaru received cash bribes from the Peace Corps.

Promoters of the Peace Corps also put pressure on some lawmakers through their constituents.

“They asked our constituents to inundate us with calls about jobs prospects in the Peace Corps,” the senator said.

Senate spokesperson, Abdullahi Aliyu, did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES request for comments on the allegations.

But Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP-Abia South, denied receiving any bribes from the Peace Corps.

The “allegation is beneath contempt,” he said.

“None at all,” he said while responding to a specific question on whether he received cash bribes.

Mr. Akoh was said to raised funds from the sale of forms to unemployed youth seeking job placement in his organization. He has been selling employment forms to prospective recruits at N1,500 per copy.

But he told PREMIUM TIMES in January that the N40,000 he collects from prospective members was meant for registration, training, procurement of kits, amongst others.

“The ICPC has investigated us in 2004 and established that we’re not extorting money from the youth,” he added.

Other than the possible employment opportunities that an established Peace Corps could bring to Nigerian youth, there appears to be no other unique reason for its creation.

But even “this can be achieved by strengthening existing agencies and not necessarily creating a new one so as not to overburden the federal government,” Mr. Umaru said.

Yet, the senator declined requests from PREMIUM TIMES seeking to know why he urged his colleagues to allow the Peace Corps Bill scale through in disregard of the findings of his committee.

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