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HRM Ateke Tom

The Amanyanabo of Okochiri clan in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, His Royal Majesty, King Ateke Tom, has filed a N1 billion suit against eight chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State over alleged defamation.

In the suit PHC/345/2018 before a State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Ateke, who is an Ex-Niger Delta agitator further demanded apology from the APC chieftains on national newspapers for denting his character.

The defendants in the suit are: Hon. Asita O. Asita, Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC in the 2015 election, Dr. Davies Ikanya, the Chairman of APC in the state, Dumo Lulu Briggs, Sampson Ngerigbara.

Others defendants in the suit include, Prince Tonye Princewill, Sekonte Davies, Emeka Beke, secretary of the APC in the state and Lawrence Chuku. Continue reading


Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs applauds Dame Judith Amaechi, ask women to emulate her good works

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Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs

A popular politician and business tycoon, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs has called on women to emulate the footsteps of the wife of the Former Governor of Rivers State, Dame Judith Amaechi for impacting greatly on youths in the Niger Delta region without being funded by anyone.

He also applauded women for their support to make men great.

Dame Judith Amaechi given a lecture

“Women are great. They are very good people, they are the backbone of men. You see what the wife of Former Governor of Rivers State, Dame Judith Amaechi has done. As a woman she has refused to relent. She has forged on without being funded by anyone. She has been raising the fund, even now that she is not in the office, yet she still continues her good works. What she is doing is worth emulating, every woman should follow her footsteps. There is no limit in the things that she can achieve. The Lord will give her grace to continue. Continue reading


Wike alleges that APC granted Amnesty to Don Wanny’s associates

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Governor Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Amnesty granted by the Imo State Governor to cultists who killed 23 persons in Omoku will have no impact in Rivers State. Speaking during a bills signing ceremony at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike said the wanted cultists who are kingpins of the Don Wanny gang will be brought to justice. Continue reading


Acclaimed N’Delta Freedom Fighters Mere Capitalists, Says Activist

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By John Odhe, Yenagoa
Chairman of the Civil Liberty Organizations CLOs in Bayelsa state, Chief Nengi James, has opined that those parading themselves as freedom fighters in the oil-rich Niger Delta region were nothing but self seeking capitalists.
The rights activist, who is also the founder of the Nengi James Foundation, stated this while receiving an award of selfless service from the Achievers Farm Group in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state along side three other prominent Bayelsans.
The other awardees include: business mogul and chairman of Ayala Group of Companies, Chief Robert Enogha, former Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Ndutimi Komonibo and one of the founders of Ijaw Youth Council, Timi Ogoriba.
Fielding questions from newsmen after the event, Nengi said those who carried arms to enrich themselves under the guise of fighting a common course of the Niger Delta people should not be honoured.
“I am happy that today l am  being honoured not because I am financially buoyant but because l share the little I have with the needy, the less privileged and the downtrodden.
“We need selfless leaders, those who have contributed to the development of the Niger Delta, to be recognized and honoured just as the Achievers Group has done today.
“We cannot continue to honour mediocrity. You cannot have mansions everywhere and claim to be freedom fighters. You cannot be a capitalist and claim to be freedom fighter while those you claim to be fighting for are wallowing in perpetual penury.
” What development have they attracted to the region? Freedom fighters are those who make sacrifices for humanity. How many houses have they built for their people? How much effort have they made to provide safe drinking water for the people?”, he questioned.

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Bayelsans To Enjoy 24-Hour Power Supply From Sept. 21st

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By correspondent John Odeh.

If the promise made by the Ministry of Power is anything to go by, then residents of Bayelsa state would begin to experience 24-hour power supply starting from September 21, 2018.

An official of the Ministry and Managing Director of the Bayelsa State Electricity Company, Engr Olice Kemenanabo disclosed this during the inter-ministerial briefings to mark Governor Seriake Dickson’s six years in office.
It could be recalled that a previous administration in the state led by former Governor Timipre Sylva made a similar promise that Bayelsans were going to be the first state to enjoy uninterupted power supply but failed to keep his word.
Engr. Kemenanabo said efforts were being made towards achieving the target which include upgrading of existing transmission stations from  40 to 90 megawatts as well as ensuring that the second mobile transformer functions optimally.
“We have upgraded from 40 to 90 MVA, we also want to  work on the second mobile transmission station that will serve the eastern part of the state so that we can dedicate the 90 MVA to the western and  central parts of the state. By so doing, the constraints of the sector would be a thing of the past”, he said.
On the scorecard of the Ministry of Power for the past six years, the Commissioner, Chief Partner Jim-Ogbolo said 48 projects were awarded out of which 23 had been completed while 25 were ongoing.
Some of the achievements of the Ministry, he said, include: construction of a new 33KVA  transmission line from Ogbia to Nembe, construction of 33KVA line from Ikebiri to Angiama and upgrading of electricity supply in Akepelai community.

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Governor Dickson Orders For More Gunboats To Fight Militancy

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Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson

The Governor of Bayelsa state, Mr. Henry Seriake Dickson has ordered for the procurement of additional 17 gunboats to fight militancy and other maritime crimes in the state.

This was revealed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Mr. Sparrow Jack while briefing newsmen on the security scorecard of Governor Dickson for the past six years.
He said on the arrival of the new war boats, oil pipeline vandals, sea pirates and  kidnappers would no longer have a hiding place as the state would now be parading over 32 gunboats at high sea and the backwaters.
Sparrow Jack said  the security apparatus in the state had been strengthened with the recent purchase of  extra 45 patrol vehicles for the state owned security outfit, Operation Doo Akpor, adding that a quick response approach of not later five minutes to distress calls had been adopted.
The Security Adviser also revealed that the state government had perfected plans to procure drones for security surveillance to aid the fight against armed robbery and cult activities in Yenagoa, the state capital due to its congested nature.

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Fourth batch of 465 Libyan returnees arrive PH International Airport

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Libyan returnees alight from the plane.

Another set of Libya returnees have returned to PORT HARCOURT through the Port Harcourt International Airport at the early hours of this morning.

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA says that the initial challenges being experienced in the course of evacuation of stranded Nigerians From Libya have been resolved. Continue reading


EFCC says monies recovered are kept in the consolidated revenue account of government

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The Port Harcourt Zone of the EFCC said last year it recovered two billion, seventy Nine Thousand Six hundred and eighteen Naira in Nigeria currency and eighty two thousand dollars and eight hundred and seventy five cent from fraudulent transactions.

The Port Harcourt spokesman of the EFCC, DELE OYEWALE told our correspondent in Port Harcourt on the achievement of EFCC in 2017 that the monies recovered are kept in the consolidated revenue account with the Central Bank of Nigeria . Continue reading

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