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The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC has been called upon to investigate the activities of medical department of Niger Delta Development Commission.

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Aggrieved Niger Delta Youth made the call in reactions to alleged diversion of funds meant for the treatment of a three year old girl by some officials of medical department of the NDDC and senior staff of a Rivers State owned hospital in Port Harcourt.

The President of the group, PRINCE AMATARI who spoke to newsmen also called on the the Managing Director of NDDC, NSIMA UDO-EKERE to direct the medical department to immediately release the approved fund and probe all those involved in the alleged diversion.

AMATARI particularly accused the medical director, Mrs Lolo of masterminding the delay in the release of the approved fund for the treatment of Delight Egejuru.

AMATARI threatened mass protest by youths from the region against the NDDC and the King Harrison Hospital of the fund for the treatment of the little girl who he said suffered.

The mother of the three year old, VERONICA EGEJURU had earlier raised alarm over what she described as foul play by some officials of medical department of NDDC and senior staff of a state government owned hospital on the fund approved for medical treatment of her three year baby who was born without anus.

” I applied for financial assistance from the NDDC for medical treatment of my daughter who I gave birth to without her private part to urinate and defecate. The fund amounting to two million five hundred thousand was approved by the MD of NDDC.

” When I got to the NDDC office I was told that the money has been transferred to King Harrison Hospital which is government owned hospital and I quickly moved there and met one Mrs Lolo who told me to apply and I did and later told me that she will give me one point five million naira I said no that the fund was not for pleasure but treatment, she later argued with me why I do not want to carry out the operation in her hospital, since then till now I have not even seen anything, the woman lament”.

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IPOB: RIVERS GOVERNMENT WILL NOT TOLERATE ATTACKS ON OTHER NIGERIANS IN THE STATE SAYS GOVERNOR WIKE

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Governor Wike

▪condemns SARS Operatives for sabotaging Rivers Security Architecture

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the state government will not tolerate any attack on other Nigerians living in the state by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) or any other group.

The governor also declared that Rivers State belongs to all those who live in it, saying that the state heartily welcomes any Nigerian who resides in the state and carries our his/her lawful businesses.

Governor Wike further condemned the deliberate sabotage of the state’s security architecture by the direct criminal activities of the Rivers State Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS).

In a state broadcast on the state security situation on Friday, Governor Wike said:

“The Rivers State Government is seriously concerned with the recent activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB),

particularly the attack on Nigerian citizens living in Rivers State.

“Rivers people fully subscribe to Nigeria’s corporate existence

and its indivisibility. As a people we shall continue to support the

unity and peaceful co-existence of all ethnic nationalities and work towards actualizing our collective aspirations for a just, inclusive and progressive nation.

“Rivers State belongs to all those who live in it. We heartily welcome any Nigerian who wishes to reside here and go about

with his or her lawful businesses. Therefore, we shall not tolerate any attack by any group on other Nigerians living in Oyigbo or any

other part of the State. We warn troublemakers those who are bent on causing violence on others to steer clear of Rivers territory.

Nobody should take our hospitality and peaceful disposition for weakness, as we are capable of dealing decisively with anysituation threatens peace and serenity in the State.”

The governor added: “We call on Rivers people to be vigilant and not to allow themselves to be used by anybody to foment trouble in our State.

Do not hesitate to report any suspicious character or movements

around your vicinity to the law enforcement agencies for immediate action.

“In as much as we may share common concerns about thestructural problems of the country, we believe that dialogue, not

violence, remains the best way to resolve contending political issues. We therefore pray the Federal Government to initiate

meaningful national dialogue to peacefully resolve the structural challenges that are threatening Nigeria’s stability and progress.

“In the same vein, we urge the security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and conform to international rules of

engagement and best practice while responding to provocative acts from ill-advised groups”.

On the criminal activities of Rivers SARS, Governor Wike said for several months the state government has been receiving reports from traumatised victims who had been robbed of their valuables by SARS Operatives under the guise of conducting searches.

According to Governor Wike: “They employ several malevolent methods, including planting illicit drugs on their unsuspecting victims as bargaining chip or forcefully taking them to ATM boots to collect specified amount of money as ransom for their freedom.

“Furthermore, while the noticeable increase of kidnapping incidents along the East – West road and the Owerre – Port Harcourt road are worrisome, some of the rescued victims have

reportedly pointed SARS operatives as the ones that are responsible for most of kidnappings along those roads.

“Although the veracity of these allegations can only be fully established through an independent probe, the recent killing of a

SARS operative while carrying out a kidnap operation by the Inspector General of Police’s Special Squad clearly lends credence

to SARS direct involvement in criminal activities across the State.”

The governor reassured Rivers people of the commitment of his administration to work together with the security agencies and the police to guarantee the safety and security of lives and property across the state, despite the deliberate obstacles from SARs.

He called on members of the General Public to be vigilant and always be ready to protect themselves from the criminal machinations of SARS Rivers state.

 

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EXPECT MORE PROJECTS, GOVERNOR WIKE TELLS RIVERS PEOPLE

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that his administration will roll out more projects as a way of strengthening the state’s economy.

Speaking during the inspection of ongoing projects in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas on Thursday, Governor Wike said that several of the ongoing projects in the two local government areas will be delivered by the end of the year.

The governor inspected Woji-Akpajo Bridge/Road, Elelenwo-Akpajo Road, Creek Road, Produce House, Bonny-Nembe-Bille Jerry, Garrison-Trans-Amadi-Elelenwo Road and National Industrial Court.

He said: “When the people appreciate the developmental projects of the administration, it gives us the encouragement to give the people more infrastructure that will move the economy of the state forward.

” When people are happy, we are happy. We are happy that we are serving our people at this point in time. We will not disappoint them. That is what we owe the people”.

The governor particularly acknowledged the cheers of the market women along Creek Road in Port Harcourt. He noted that after the construction of the road, a befitting market will be constructed for the market women. Continue reading

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YOUTHS SHUT DOWN NIGERIAN AGIP OIL COMPANY FACILITY IN THE NIGER DELTA

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Youths from Ogbobi Clan in Ohoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State have picketed Nigeria Agip Oil Company over neglect of social corporate responsibilities.

Correspondent UCHENDU EJIOWHOR reports that the youths with placards and fresh palm leaves blocked the Agip facilities in protest to press home their demands over what they described as alleged unfair treatment by the management of the company.

Some of the youths who spoke to our correspondent complained that forty years of operation, the company is yet to employ any youth from the host communities.

The aggrieved youths said they decided to mobilize for the protest over failure of the company to provide them with good road, health care facilities and education.

” youths in our communities resulted to criminal activities due to lack of youth employment in this oil multinational, the electricity they were giving us later has beenstopped, no scholarship, we are suffering such much that is why we decided to mobilize for the protest to show the whole world of what we are passing through.

Addressing newsmen, the youth President of the communities, UCHE-FREEMAN OBIGILI threatened that the youths will continue to occupy the facilities of Agip until their demands are met.

” the Agip Oil company has failed in their social corporate responsibilities, no electricity, no educational scholarships for the youths, no employment for the youths, it is as if they are our host why we are their tenant, we will not leave this place until our demands are met. Continue reading

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SERENA WILLIAMS NAMES HER NEW BORN DAUGHTER

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Tennis Champion and Grand Slam winner, Serena Williams with her spouse co-founder of Reditt Alexis Ohanian have named their new baby daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Serena boasted that she knew that she was going to have a baby girl even after her partner felt otherwise.

The Tennis star said that she had worries initially during the Australian Open because she played under intense hot conditions, but without any hassles, there she knew it was going to be a she coming.

She posted these warm words about how happy she was in her instagram page.

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SUSPECTED ARMED IPOB MEMBERS HUNTING FOR HAUSA/FULANI’S TRAVELING THROUGH ABA/PORT HARCOURT EXPRESSWAY: ANOTHER RWANDA LOOMS

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A video clip has surfaced showing suspected IPOB members bearing dangerous items on the highway at Aba hunting for Hausa/Fulani travelers.

The action of the alleged members of IPOB might have been provoked by the show of force of the Military code named Operation Python Dance in Umuahia and surrounding towns. 

It was reported that some days ago at Oyigbo in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, some alleged members of the IPOB also attacked Hausa/Fulani sellers destroying their wares without any provocation. Two persons were allegedly killed in that fracas.

Community source has also informed our reporters of Hausa/Fulani boys seeking refuge at Umuebele in Port Harcourt under the guide of the security agencies. They are being protected from being lynched by their attackers.

The ongoing acts of violence in these areas might lead to dislocation of population and the destruction of social infrastructure, if it is not well managed. It might also lead to reprisals in the far North if nothing is done to contain the violence. And the end result would be the wanton destruction of lives and properties, leaving behind psychological trauma especially amongst women and children.

The nation has travelled this road before in 1967 during the Nigeria/Biafra Civil War, with over a million people deaths recorded from the war and untold hardship forced on the people. Eventually, the Ojukwu led Biafran troops surrendered to the Nigerian Forces.

Nigerians must be wary of such plots because the purveyors of such actions are never around to bear the brunt of the crisis. The late. Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu who was the leader of the Biafran Army went into exile abroad leaving millions of Igbo people to suffer the excruciating pains of war after the defeat.

The actions of the suspected IPOB members should be reprimanded by all good and peace loving Nigerians, as such actions are counter productive to the ongoing peace efforts in the country among the various ethnic groups and also capable of plunging the nation into war. This was how the Rwandan genocide started, which we all refer to in history books as one of the world’s greatest human tragedy of all time.

The government of Nigeria must do all it can to restore peace and order which is a constitutional mandate using all its available resources. More so it should be able to predict and proffer solutions to conditions that possibly threaten the peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians.

 

 

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LANDLORDS DRAG RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT TO COURT OVER DEMOLITION OF PROPERTIES

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The victims of demolition at Unity Estate within Eneka community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State have dragged the State Government before a State High court sitting in Port Harcourt.

Among those joined as respondents in the suit are the Attorney General of the state and the State Ministry of Urban Development.

According to the motion on notice for an order enforcing fundamental rights order two rule one with numbers, 2346 sighted by our correspondent, members of Unity Estate Landlords Association who are victims of the demolition want the court to declare as illegal the massive demolition of over eighty houses and other properties worth billions of naira by the State Government. Continue reading

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GOVERNOR WIKE ACCUSES SARS OPERATIVES, SAYS THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SERIES OF KIDNAPPING AND ARM ROBBERY IN RIVERS STATE

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that most of the kidnapping and armed robbery taking place in the state are perpetrated by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The governor stated that the
embattled Rivers State Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) Commander, Mr Akin Fakorede and his operatives have been indicted by an official Police Signal, which indicated that they are responsible for the series of kidnapping and deadly robbery across the state.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike stated that the SARS Commander was planted in the state to sabotage the security architecture of the state and create an atmosphere of fear.

The governor said that criminal activities of Mr Fakorede were uncovered by the Inspector General of Police X Squad Abuja deployed to the state after the squad busted the attempted kidnap of one Mr Azumana Ifeanyi on September 11, 2017 at the GRA, Port Harcourt.

The Official Police Signal with the title: “Police Wireless Message ” and Reference Number DT0: 121030/09/2017 —INGENPOL-X-FHQ ABUJA TO-INGENPOL SEC ABUJA, noted that the squad received a distress call on the kidnap of Mr Ifeanyi and immediately swung into action. According to the signal, they met the three SARS operatives robbing and a gun duel ensued. The operatives had taken Mr Ifeanyi to a Fidelity Bank ATM where they compelled him to withdraw N500,000 as ransom.

One of the SARS Operatives was killed, while Inspector Justice Nyeche who led the IGP team was injured. Continue reading

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SUSPECTED IPOB MEMBERS ATTACK POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL VEHICLE, KILL TWO OFFICERS, AND SET POLICE VAN ABLAZE IN OYIGBO

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Rivers State Commissioner of Police ZAKI AHMED has confirmed the arrest of over thirty-three suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra who have been on rampage at Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state.

CP AHMED also confirmed the killing of two Police officers and inflicting injuries on many inhabitants of the area by the same group who attacked residents of Oyigbo.

CP AHMED said the IPOB members equally attacked police van from training school Nonwa enroute Port Harcourt International Airport and burnt the police van to ashes and the driver of the vehicle named, inspector Emaikwu Ochochi was badly injured.

Briefing newsmen at the command headquarters in Moscow road in Port Harcourt, the commissioner of Police however said normalcy have since been restored but threatened that all those involved in the violence attack which led to the killing of police officers who were discharging their lawful duties and other damage will be made the face the wrath of the law. Continue reading

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GOVERNOR WIKE DECLARES COMMITMENT TO THE REVIVAL OF SECONDARY HEALTH FACILITIES

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that his administration will sustain the revival of the state’s secondary healthcare facilities across the state.

The governor also called on political office holders to invest in their respective constituencies as a means of empowering their communities.

Commissioning the reconstructed General Hospital Abua on Tuesday, Governor Wike said that all health facilities abandoned by the immediate past administration will be completed to ensure that Rivers people have access to quality healthcare.

The governor said that the administration is working on completing the Mother and Child Hospital, Port Harcourt, Zonal Hospitals at Degema, BorI and Etche.

“All the hospitals being constructed or reconstructed were abandoned. They were in a sorry state of abandonment, despite the funds that accrued to the state. We have started the process to complete the abandoned Zonal Hospitals and the Mother and Child Hospital.

“We promised the people that we will reconstruct this hospital and we have delivered on our promise. We don’t make promises and start giving flimsy excuses”. Continue reading

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