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[Nigeria] Wike dismiss perm. sec. for chasing health officials

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has sacked a serving Permanent Secretary for chasing away health officials who came to enforce Coronavirus guidelines during a burial ceremony.

The Governor lamented that burial ceremonies were reportedly being conducted in clear breach of the 50 persons maximum attendance limit.

Wike said a serving Permanent Secretary had the temerity to chase away officials of the State Ministry of Health who went to enforce the established guidelines on public burials at Oyigbo.

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The Governor, therefore, announced the sack of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Sunny Okere with immediate effect for flouting and obstructing the enforcement of the guidelines.

This, he said, would serve as a lesson to all other public officers who might wish to be irresponsible.

He assured that government would decontaminate public schools to keep them safe for resumption in line with the Federal Government’s Guidelines.


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Wike – We are committed to deepening democracy

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has explained that the support given to the judiciary by his administration is to deepen democracy in Nigeria.

He said all the arms of government need to work in synergy in discharging their responsibilities to serve the people with courage and efficiency.

Governor Wike was speaking shortly after inspecting the progress of work at the reconstructed residence of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal and other judicial staff located in Amadi flat, Old GRA in Port Harcourt and the Judges’ Quarters for Judges of Rivers State Judiciary in Orazi in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The governor said his administration had commissioned quarters for Judges of the Court of Appeal while the residence of the Presiding Justice and staff of the same court would be ready soon to boost their morale to confidently discharge their duties.

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“We are quite impressed with the level of work that is going on there. You must give the people all it takes to do their best because you can’t talk about fighting corruption and then you will not give the judiciary the support that it requires.

“You cannot talk about deepening democracy without having the judiciary or Legislature playing their role.

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

“The three arms of government must work together to be able to engender development for the state,” he said.

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Commenting on the provision of quarters for Judges of the Rivers State judiciary, Governor Wike said it would solve the problem of accommodation for Judges on retirement.

“I did say that we are going to give them owner- occupier residence so that when judges retire, they will get accommodation.

“It is very funny to find that when Judges retire, they do not have a place to stay or are compelled to stay in remote places after years of service. So, we thought that there is a need to give them a befitting place after retirement.

“We are happy that the contractor has completed the building, and now Julius Berger PLC is carrying out the furnishing. In a short time, we believe that it will be commissioned and handed over to the Chief Judge of the state who will then hand them over to the beneficiaries,” he added.


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I pray APC crisis continues – Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has reacted to the leadership crisis in the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Wike said he prays that the ruling APC remains in crisis.

Appearing on Arise Television, the governor said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would benefit from the crisis in the APC.

The governor explained that he wants PDP to return to power, hence, we will continue to pray that APC remains in crisis.

He said, “I am happy that APC is in crisis. It is not my business to help APC to be united.

“Remember that we also had our own crisis under Ali Modu Sheriff and APC jubilated about it then. It is my prayer that they should continue to be in crisis. We have taken another state.

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“Unfortunately, APC isn’t really a political party. They came together just to take over power.

“I want my party to be in power and therefore, I cannot be praying for APC not to have crisis. I hope they continue to make mistakes every day, and my party will continue to grow.”

Recall that the suspension of APC National Leader, Adams Oshiomhole by an Appeal Court had led to a leadership crisis in the party.

Following the crisis, the party’s National Executive Council, NEC, had dissolved its National Working Committee, NWC, led by Oshiomhole.

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The party’s NEC immediately constituted a caretaker committee to ensure the smooth running of the party till its National convention.

APC’s NEC appointed the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, to head the Caretaker Committee.

During the meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari urged aggrieved members to suspend all court matters in the interest of the party.

The president had lamented that the party’s fortune was in jeopardy, hence the need for unity.


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[Nigeria] Former Rivers Commissioner Condemn Wike’s Demolition of Hotels’ idea.

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Austin Tam-George, ex-Commissioner for Information in Rivers State, has condemned the recent actions of his former principal, Governor Nyesom Wike.

On Sunday, two hotels in the Eleme community were pulled down, a development that sparked outrage.

Governor Wike personally monitored the demolition exercise, which he said was the consequence of the violation of his COVID-19 executive order.

In a statement on Monday, Tam-George regretted that no formal charges were brought against the affected hotels before a court of law.

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He also complained that the owners had no opportunity to defend themselves before a judge.

Tam-George described Wike’s Executive Order as a spurious, draconian, ill-defined and sickening pattern of lawlessness and impunity.

He recalled that in July 2017, Wike shut down and revoked the Certificate of Occupancy of Novotel Hotel in Port Harcourt, allegedly because his critics lodged there.

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Tam-George wrote: “In the past three years, Mr Wike has deployed his private army of thugs, disguised as State “Task Forces”, to kill innocent citizens, loot markets and shops, terrorize young women in Port Harcourt, and extort money from drivers and traders.

“On the 24th April, Sergeant Lavender Elekwachi, a traffic warden on duty in the Eneka area of the State, was murdered in cold blood by Governor Wike’s marauding Task Force.

“On the 27th of April, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet warned governments to refrain from violating fundamental human rights under the guise of emergency measures during the COVID-19 crisis.

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“But in the past six weeks of the pandemic, Governor Wike has caused the death of a law enforcement agent, confiscated private properties, demolished hotels, brutalized market women in Port Harcourt and held pilots and oil workers on essential duties in illegal detention.

“The alarming acts of lawlessness by Mr Wike means that Rivers State has descended into a state of anarchy. State institutions have been hijacked by a lawless government, and the people themselves have been ‘kidnapped’ by a moral hoodlum in power.”

Tam-George urged the United Nations Human Rights Commission to commence criminal proceedings against Wike.

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He appealed to the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) to initiate money laundering investigations, visa restrictions and asset freezes against the Rivers helmsman.

“Governor Wike is well-known for his expensive vacation junkets to European cities, even as children die from preventable water-borne diseases in Rivers State”, the former commissioner added.


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Rivers Governor, Wike Sack Beggars. [Nigeria]

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Government of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has sent 150 homeless wanderers and beggars out of the state.

The vagrants were sent back to their home states in the North, Niger Republic, Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom States.

This is part of the government’s measures to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.

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Through its Ministry of Social Welfare, State government profiled the affected persons and sent them to their states and country of origin

This was disclosed by the state’s Commissioner for Social Welfare, Mrs. Inime Aguma on Tuesday.

Aguma led other officials of the ministry to profile all the vagrants before they were evacuated to their states and local government areas of origin.

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The commissioner disclosed that the evacuation exercise was not discriminatory and but designed to protect Rivers people.

She pointed out that the exercise was not targeted at any ethnic group, but was aimed at removing vagrants capable of spreading virus on the streets.

She noted that adequate arrangements were being made to ensure that the vagrants were transported to their respective locations in dignity.

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Recall that Wike, while addressing the state on Monday, had directed the commissioner to deport all vagrants to their states of origin.

According to him, “We have also directed the Commissioner of Social Welfare to round-up and deport all vagrants, including the almajiris, to their states of origin to protect our people from the threat they present to the transmission of this pandemic.”


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COVID-19: Church donate life support ambulance to Rivers govt. [Nigeria]


In its determination to contribute in the fight against world health pandemic, Coronavirus, the Omega Power Ministries (OPM) has donated a brand new state-of-the-art Life Support ambulance to the Rivers State government to assist in the battle.

OPM’s General Overseer (GO), Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, who confirmed the donation in a telephone chat on Sunday, disclosed that the new ambulance was received on behalf of the governor by the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike.


The GO further noted that the gesture was in appreciation of the relentless effort put in by Governor Nyesom Wike and other health workers in the fight against the deadly virus in the state.

“By the grace of God Omega Power Ministries decided to support the state government because we have seen the great fight of the governor against COVID-19.

“We appreciate his efforts and decided to support the state with an ambulance in case there is an emergency somewhere.


“We acquired the ambulances for our free hospital in Port Harcourt and decided to donate one to the state government because the fight against coronavirus is a fight for everybody. As we are praying against its spread, we should also be seen giving support.

“The donation which shall be permanent with the Rivers State government is part of the Church commitment towards assisting the masses in this trial period,” Chinyere said.

He further assured that OPM will not relent in its effort to support government in whatever measures within its reach to fight the satanic epidemic that can sweep the earth of its inhabitants.

The General Overseer who operates a free Specialist Hospital in Rivers State admitted that the ambulance donated to the state was acquired from the tithes and offerings of Church members.


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[Nigeria] Wike change his mind on Easter celebration in Church?


Governor Nyesom Wike has reversed the permission he granted earlier for some religious activities to hold in churches and mosques in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Paulinus Nsirim said the decision was taken after the Rivers State Governor held a meeting with eminent clergymen, well-meaning Nigerians, and civil society groups.


The statement released by the commissioner reads;

The Rivers State Government has cancelled the concession granted churches to hold Easter Church Services with their full congregations.

This decision was taken after due consultations with eminent clergy men, well-meaning Nigerians and civil society groups.

For the avoidance of doubt, churches should stick to the 50 persons per service to maintain social distancing


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PETAN donate items to 3 states in Nigeria.


As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) endeavours, and in its efforts to alleviate the anguish of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) is partnering with the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to donate ambulances, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment to Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers State governments respectively.

This was made known by the newly elected Chairman of the Association, Mr. Nik Odinuwe, in Port Harcourt. He said the association is aware of the immense strain COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the healthcare system in Nigeria, and that, with PETAN’s donation, he hopes a substantial fight against this virus will be won, in the three states and the entire country.


Echoing some of the sentiments of the Chairman, Dr. Lucky Akhiwu, the Publicity Secretary of the Association, said the whole country is working tirelessly to slowdown the spread of Coronavirus and that PETAN will be proud to help on a continuous basis.

According to him, PETAN member companies are presently reaching out to their host communities, to provide them with palliative materials to help ease their struggles in this time of need. In his final remark, Odinuwe thanked the health care personnel for their selflessness in the fight against the virus, and urged members of the public to stay in their homes, wash their hands regularly, and comply with the stipulated social distance gap.

PETAN, as a reputable association, continuously takes care of the well being of her staff, and now is working in close association with her members host communities, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.


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COVID-19: N10bn to Lagos, N0bn to Rivers – FG’s foul – Wike accuse. (Nigeria)


Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has accused the federal government of foul-play over approval N10 billion for Lagos, while his state is yet to receive any monetary support from the federal government for the fight against coronavirus.

Communicating via his Twitter handle, Wike accused the government of politicising efforts to fight the disease.


While Rivers is being controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos, is under the All Progressives Congress (APC). Lagos has so far recorded 120 cases of the coronavirus while Rivers has one case.

But the governor asked if the federal government is waiting for a state to have more than 50 cases before rendering support.


“While Lagos State received a grant of N10billion as a commercial hub, Rivers State as the nation’s oil and gas hub that produces a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth has not received any support from the Federal Government,” he wrote.

“One wonders why Federal Government should single out a state out of 36 States to give support. Does it mean that support will come when a State has a record of over 50 infected persons before it gets support.


“No state should be seen as more important than any other state. This is a Federal Republic. No state is superior to others.”

It is quite unfortunate that the containment of coronavirus has been politicized by the Federal Government. While Lagos State received a grant of N10billion as a commercial hub, #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/NsLqPzPkze


— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) April 5, 2020

Rivers State as the nation’s oil and gas hub that produces a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth has not received any support from the Federal Government.#Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/uNXd22CAXd


— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) April 5, 2020

One wonders why Federal Government should single out a state out of 36 States to give support. Does it mean that support will come when a State has a record of over 50 infected persons before it gets support. #Covid_19


— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) April 5, 2020

He said Rivers is entitled to support from the federal government, adding: “Every day, we are inundated with letters from the Federal Government to allow oil companies to fly in expatriates to drill oil.

“Then we ask, what is the status of those coming from Lagos? Nobody has told us their status as regards coronavirus.


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COVID-19: Rivers NUJ shut down indefinitely. (Nigeria)


As a result of the growing concerns on the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the entire world, Rivers State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) will from Wednesday (1st of April, 2020) shut its Press Centre at Moscow Road, Port Harcourt for an initial period of two weeks.

This is also in compliance with the directive of NUJ National Secretariat putting all activities of the Council on hold for two weeks.


In a statement jointly signed by Stanley Job Stanley and Ike Wigodo, Chairman and Secretary respectively noted that the suspension is in compliance with the directive of the National body of the Union, which directed all state councils to stop congresses and other large gatherings in line with precautionary measures put in place by Federal and State Governments against the spread of the Coronavirus.

The statement advised NUJ members and visitors to stay away from the Press Centre for the duration of two weeks at the first instance.

The Union leadership also urges Journalists in the State to strictly adhere to laid down preventive measures and follow expert advice on coronavirus prevention.


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EFCC investigate Ex Governor Odili’s N100bn fraud case.


Former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, is currently under probe for allegedly diverting N100 billion for personal use.

Odili, who was governor between 1999 and 2007, was alleged to have moved about N4 billion in cash to a bank between 2004 and 2006, in favour of his Aide-De-Camp, Isaac Onyesom, and Emmanuel Nkata who worked in the Rivers State liaison office in Abuja.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a fact sheet on the probe also alleged that N1.5 billion out of the amount was used by the ex-governor to obtain a doctorate degree and naming of a Hall after him in Lincoln University, USA.

It alleged that about N100 million was doled out to a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party on November 28, 2005.


But while still under probe, the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike was alleged to have transferred suspicious N2billion (public funds) to some firms belonging to Odili between 2016 and 2018.

There were indications that Odili might be put on trial by the EFCC.


But Odili in a suit FHC/ PHC/C3/26/2020 dated March 12, 2020, asked a Federal High Court to restrain the EFCC from investigating him.

He said the EFCC was bound by the 2007 judgments of the Federal High Court on the perpetual injunction against his arrest and prosecution.


He said the EFCC had been threatening to arrest, detain and prosecute him.

According to document on the status of investigation on Odili, the EFCC claimed that the ex-governor allegedly laundered the N100billion under the guise of pursuing a Power Project in Rivers State.


The document reads in part: “The Commission wishes to once again explain the case being investigated for which some restraining orders were obtained by both the representative of Rivers State Government and Dr. Peter Odili and also the new intelligence that were got against the third party which had link with some group of companies belonging to Odili.

“For the purpose of clarity, the commission wishes to put more light on the ongoing investigation in 2006 before it was aborted by some high court, based on a suit instituted by the former Governor of River State and some officials of the State govt.


“The petitioner had alleged that Dr. Peter Odili, then a governor of Rivers State had conspired with officials of his government and the chairman, Rocksons Engineering Group of Companies to divert over N100billion from the account of Rivers State, alleging that he used same for Power Project in Rivers.

“The petitioner also went further to say that part of the state fund was moved to the Government House account, from where it was distributed to the then governor and his relatives and investigation commence.


“The said account of the Government House was immediately obtained and details of the account revealed that about N4 billion between 2004 and 2006 was moved in cash in favour Odili’s ADC, Isaac Onyesom and one Emmanuel Nkata of the Rivers State liaison office, Abuja.

“These funds were withdrawn in cash for the former governor of Rivers State. Emmanuel Nkatah was arrested and he confirmed that the funds were withdrawn for the former governor through his ADC.


“ Investigation was on when the ADC, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), suddenly retired from the Police and disappeared into thin air.

“ Among those who also benefited from the funds from Rivers State was a former National Chairman of PDP who received a manager’s cheque of N100 million from the same account on November 28, 2005.
Read Also: We will reopen Odili’s investigation, says EFCC


“ Between 2005 and 2006, the former governor Odili paid about N1.5billion which was used to obtain a doctorate degree and naming of a Hall after him in Lincoln University, USA and so many others.

“ From the same account, he moved N3 billion to an oil company for shares, N1.4 billion to a bottle water company, and about N1.8billion to a communication company which as of 2006, had no share as it was not a quoted company.


“ When the investigation commenced, he quickly involved the State Govt to take over the shares but the State Govt was not comfortable and requested that the companies return their money.

The EFCC said despite being under investigation, about N10billion questionable deposits were found in some accounts traced to Odili and a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police.


It said N2billion out of the suspicious N10billion was lodged in some companies belonging to Odili by the Rivers State Government between 2016 and 2017.

The document added: “Sometimes in 2018, information was received that some Companies belonging to a retired ASP: NUMAC Project Company Ltd and NUMAC Global Resources Ltd, had between 2004 and 2018 received over N5 billion into the account and the funds came in tranches of N500, N300 millions etc, which is suspicious.


”These Companies and their accounts were thoroughly investigated. It was discovered that the inflow into these accounts are mostly cash.

“ On few occasions, about N2billion came in from Rivers State Government account between 2016 and 2017.


“These funds were traced to the following Companies: Pamo Group of companies Ltd, Pamo Clinic and Hospital and Pamo Educational Foundation. The above companies were found to have belonged to Dr. Peter Odili and his family.

“Based on the above, and in view that the above companies were not part of restraining order of the Federal High Court, the EFCC commenced further investigation.


“ It was further established that the funds were moved from the banks in Abuja contrary to the claims that the money formed part of the security .

“The ADC, the principal suspect in the alleged fraud has been in hiding, he has refused to honour the invitation of the Commission. The commission reliably gathered that it was because of the case that he prematurely retired from the police voluntarily.”

The former governor is however fighting back by approaching a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt seeking a fresh injunction against EFCC.


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No other party in Rivers but PDP – Governor boast


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) is the only existing political party in the state because of its commitment to the rapid development of the state.

Speaking during the defection of former Commissioner of Education and Rivers APC chieftain, Chief Allwell Onyesoh with his supporters at the PDP Secretariat in Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike said that Rivers people are happy with the performance of the PDP over the years.


He said: “There is no other party in Rivers State. PDP is the only party as far as Rivers State is concerned.

“Except people who do not see and those who tell lies in this state, the only party that means well for Rivers State is the PDP.”


Governor Wike said that the performance of the Rivers State PDP is beyond mere propaganda.

“This is the only party that keeps its promises. When we say a thing, we go all out to carry it out on behalf of the people,” he said.


He expressed happiness that Rivers leaders are returning to the PDP to promote the interest of the state.

Governor Wike said that the PDP returnees will enjoy equal opportunities with older members of the party.


He said: “Everybody has equal rights. Luckily congresses will soon start and everyone will participate. The new entrants will feel at home. The more the merrier.”

In his remarks, Chief Allwell Onyesoh said his movement is not defection, but homecoming.


He said: “We came back to our house. We went on a journey. We have gone, we have seen and we have come back. “

The former Commissioner described his defection as a home-coming with a cross section of the APC membership from different wards of Etche.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike

“We make bold to come back to the House that rightly belongs to us. I thank those who did not leave as they stayed home to keep the house in order,” he said.

Receiving Chief Allwell Onyesoh into the PDP, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah urged them never to return to the APC that has disappointed the nation. He said that the PDP symbolises development as shown in Rivers State.


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Nigeria can’t conduct credible elections – Wike allege


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has decried the inability of the country to conduct credible elections after several years of practicing democracy.

The governor has also instituted a N100 million empowerment programme for Wakirike women from Okrika and Ogu/Bolo Local Government Areas, for stoutly defending Rivers mandate during the 2019 elections.

Wike spoke yesterday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, during a solidarity visit by the leaders and people of Okrika and Ogu/Bolo LGAs. He said:”It is unfortunate that up till now, we cannot conduct free and fair elections in Nigeria.


“It is unfortunate that the giant of Africa, lacks the capacity to conduct credible elections”, he complained. He commended the Wakirike women for defending the state mandate against the invading soldiers, and urged Rivers people to always ensure that their votes count during elections.

“At all times, continue to defend and protect the Rivers mandate”, he said. Governor Wike said that out of the N100 million meant for the empowerment programme for the courageous women of Wakirike ethnic nationality, N50 million has been reserved for Okrika LGA and N50 million for Ogu/Bolo LGA.


The governor commended Wakirike people for maintaining peace in the area, saying that his administration would fulfill key developmental pledges to them. Wike stated that he would extend electricity to Okrika LGA and work towards the construction of the jetty at Isaka.

The governor further noted that he would link Ogu and Wakama communities as he promised during his campaign. He added that the next phase of Okochiri internal roads would be completed by his administration.


On the Okrika Grammar School, Governor Wike urged the leaders of the area to write to the Anglican Church for the school to be released to the state government for total reconstruction. He reiterated his respect for traditional rulers, saying that they were under obligation to promote the culture of Rivers people.

“We must always promote our tradition and culture. I have respect for traditional rulers. All I say is that we should promote our own culture”, he said.


In an address on behalf of the Wakirike Ethnic Nationality, Senator George Sekibo said that they were at the Government House to congratulate the governor on his well deserved victory at the polls.

He praised Governor Wike for the key appointments to Wakirike ethnic nationality, the projects executed in the area and the recognition and upgrading of traditional rulers’ stools of the people.


He urged the governor to reach out to the Wakirike women who courageously defended Rivers votes, despite the deployment of soldiers.

He said: “It is consequent upon this conviction that we, the Wakirike people, especially our women, put our pride and our lives on the line to defend our votes”.

Earlier, former Minister of Transport, Abiye Sekibo, said that the Wakirike people did not expect anything less than a victory for Governor Wike during the last elections.

He expressed happiness that Wike has confidence in the Wakirike people; hence, most of their leaders were his close confidants. Sekibo lauded the governor for his friendship to the Wakirike nation.


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Rivers police ban use of covered plate numbers, sirens


The Rivers Police Command has banned the use of sirens, revolving lights, spy and covered number plates in the state.

A statement signed by the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, banned the aforementioned facilities due to the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on the abuse and indiscriminate use without appropriate approvals.


The statement said the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State command, appealed to the residents of the state, particularly banks, companies, private individuals and security personnel except those on covert operations to show understanding by complying with the directive and immediately remove the unauthorized and prohibited facilities or face prosecution.

The statement further said the taskforce headed by the officer In charge, CP Monitoring Unit, CSP Grace Wonwu, has been given the marching order to enforce compliance, arrest defaulters and impound any vehicle in default.


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You won’t have rest – PDP tells Uzodinma

as protest will continue


The Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday said that they will continue protesting in Imo state, over the January 14, 2020 judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha, as governor of the state and upheld Hope Uzodinma, as the validly elected governor of Imo.
The PDP, disclosed this in Owerri, through their state Publicity Secretary, Damian Opara, after their stakeholders’ meeting.

The party also said that they have expanded more of their strategies on dealing with the issue of lawmakers elected under their party that defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.


It stated: “Following a very critical Imo State PDP Stakeholders meeting, held at the Party Secretariate, No. 98 Okigwe road, Owerri, on Sunday 09/02/2020 to review the State of affairs of the Party, it was resolved as follows:

“That the Party shall continue to use every legal means available to the Party to make sure that the unjust Judgement given against the Party, Governor Emeka Ihedioha and his Deputy Hon. Gerald Irona by the Supreme Court of Nigeria is reviewed and reversed.”


On some of their state House of Assembly members who decamped to the APC, “That the purported decamping of few members of Imo State House of Assembly elected under the Platform of our great Party is of no consequences to the popularity of PDP and her teaming supporters in Imo State.

“That the Party in Imo State shall in conjunction with the National organs of the party employ all legal options to recover their seats in the House of Assembly, as the National Secretariate had already declared their seats vacant.


“That the Party shall keep on demonstrating/ Protesting within the Constitutional right of her members, to peacefully and publicly show our support to Governor Emeka Ihedioha,

his Deputy, Hon. Gerald Irona and our unacceptable tendencies towards the Supreme Court Judgement that ousted Governor Emeka Ihedioha and his Deputy, Hon. Gerald Irona.


“The entire Stakeholders of PDP Imo State Chapter after receiving the information about the forthcoming Party Congresses to elect Party Officers from the State Chairman, Sir Martain Ejiogu,

resolved that the Party in Imo State shall strongly participate in the Congresses and therefore urged every member of the Party who wants to vie for any Party position during the

Congresses to do so as there shall be no imposition of Party officers or writing of list of any kind by any individual in the Party during the Congresses in Imo State.

“The Stakeholders finally urged all PDP members to remain faithful in the Party and leave all those who have left the party as there are better future in PDP for them than elsewhere, since what the Party is facing now in Imo State is a temporal set back.”


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Lassa Fever: 3 persons dead in Rivers ..


The Rivers State Government has confirmed three persons dead in an outbreak Lassa Fever in the State.

The Acting Permanent Secretary ,Ministry of Health, Dr Chinwe Atata, confirmed this on Wednesday during a press briefing to give an update on the status of the disease in the State.


She told newsmen in Port Harcourt that the ministry had earlier begun proactive effort o contain the outbreak.

Atata said “we have received preliminary confirmation that three of the samples tested positive to Lassa virus, the Rivers State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre had earlier commenced proactive effort for containment of the outbreak.


”All hands are on deck for facility decontamination, line-listing, presumptive prophylaxis and surveillance to ensure public health safety and security of people.”

Atata, who is also Director Planning, Research and Statistics assured that the state had procured large quantities of anti-viral agents, adding that isolated centres had also been setup across teaching hospitals in the State.

In her words: ”the state has procured large quantities of antiviral agents and isolation centres have been designated and are being setup across the teaching hospitals in state in case of any eventuality, the state government is doing everything to contain the Lassa virus.”

She called on residents of Rivers to continue all necessary preventive measures and enjoined all to promote good community hygiene to prevent rodents from entering homes.


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