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Morgan Freeman’s ‘War with Russia’ video shouldn’t be taken seriously – Kremlin

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Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said she believed that Freeman’s role in the clip is similar to that of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell. During a UN Security Council session in 2003, Powell infamously used a model of a vial, which, he said, was similar to those used by Saddam Hussein’s government to store biological weapons. The claim was proven false when no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq by invading US forces.

“We’ll find out who stands behind this story faster than we learned about the contents of the vial,” Zakharova said in Facebook post.

She also cited the recent CNN story confirming that Paul Manafort, former chief of staff of the Trump election campaign, had been subjected to surveillance both before and after the election.

“Do you see Russia’s role here? Right – to legitimize illegal actions. Without this external factor it would be a new Watergate, but with this ‘foreign meddling’ the story was sent along the alley of national security,” she said.

“The finale will be spectacular. Can’t wait to see it.”

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CRISIS BREW OVER GOVERNOR WIKE’S DIRECTIVE FOR MANAGERIAL EMPLOYMENT AT GREENVILLE OIL TO INDIGENES

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The directives by Rivers State Governor NYESOM WIKE that any indigene of Rumuji community in Emohua Local Government Area of the state who are interested in any of three managerial positions in Greenville Oil Company should submit application to his office appears to be raising some issues among the indigenes of the community. Governor WIKE had in a meeting between the youths from the host community and the Green Ville company allegedly directed that all employment into managerial positions should be submitted to the paramount ruler of Rumuji community who must forward same to him. Women and youths from the host community today staged a protest to Government House in Port Harcourt to ask that the Governor allow the position of Public Relations Manager to a member of Accredited Land Owners. Some of the protesters led by Stanley Ordu who spoke while handing over a copy of the letter to a representative of the Government House said politicians may hijack the process if given the chance of submitting applications to the Governor. The Rumuji protesters insisted that FEDINAND KAR-OCHIA and CHIKORDI OJIMS who they feel have the interest of the community at heart must be allowed to represent the people to ensure the protection of their right. The aggrieved women and youths from Rumuji also used the opportunity to call on Governor WIKE to direct Green Ville to pay commensurate salaries to the few persons that have been employed. Meanwhile, Ikwerre Youth Movement have criticized the State Governor NYESOM WIKE over his intervention on the controversy rocking the management of an oil company in Emohua Local Government Area of the state and host communities. Ikwerre Youth Movement in Emohua has disagreed with the position of the Governor, stressing that such position was not in the interest of youths in the area. KINGSLEY CHUKWU who leads the Emohua IYM media Team expressed worries that youth employment in the area is been allegedly hijacked by politicians from the ruling party in the state which he said was dangerous for the youths. You will recall that Governor WIKE’S intervention came few days after youths from host communities staged a protest against Green Ville Oil Company which resulted in some of the protesters receiving gun shots wounds.

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LIST OF NEW COMMISSIONERS IN RIVERS STATE

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike approves the posting of Honourable Commissioners 1. Barr Emma Okah – Information 2. Prof Roseline Konya – Environment 3. Chief Ibibia Walter – Transport 4. Barr Isaac Kamalu – Budget 5. Mrs Tonye Oniyide – Culture 6. Prof Kaniye Ebeku – Water Resources 7. Rt Hon Dum Deekor – Works 8. Barr Mrs Ukel Oyaghiri – Women Affairs 9. Dr Fred Kpakol – Finance 10. Dr Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja – Education 11.Prof Chike Princewill – Health 12. Hon Damiete Herbert Miller – Social Welfare 13. Hon Ruderford LongJohn – Local Govt. 14. Hon Shedrack Chukwu – Power 15. Hon Boma Iyaye – Sports 16. Hon Emeka Onowu – Special Duties 17. Chief Chinedu Tasie – Housing 18. Barr Sylvanus Nwankwo – Chieftaincy 19. Mr Charles Nwogu – Agriculture 20. Emmanuel Aguma SAN — Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice

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RIVERS STATE GOVERNOR ADMONISHES CHURCH LEADERS TO SPEAK UP AGAINST ILLEGAL ACTIONS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the Church to speak up against illegal and corrupt actions of the Federal Government to stem the drift of the country into an era of unprecedented crisis. In a keynote address at the 12th General Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Port Harcourt on Wednesday , Governor Wike said:”As long as the state of affairs in Nigeria does not conform to the ideas of justice, democracy, the rule of law and the moral injunctions of God, and as long as their remains no clear hope that things are going to change for the good of the country, we need as many voices that can speak truth to power and the Church of God cannot afford to keep quiet, while things go wrong and the nation continues to drift dangerously towards the cliff of crisis.” Governor Wike regretted that the fight against corruption has been politicised and skewed in a manner to oppress opponents of the Federal Government. He said: “People say power of any kind corrupts, but political power can be more vicious if exercised unchecked and in disregard of democratic norms.While we all support the Federal Government’s much-vaunted, but pretentious fight against corruptionit is patently wrong to fight corruption with corruption and double-speak or by side-stepping the rule oflaw, disobeying court orders and blackmailing the judiciary to submission. Unfortunately, this is the order of the day under the present democratic dispensation.” The governor called on the Church to be active moral guardians of political powers as instructed by God in order to reassert its influence as a critical voice for justice and insisting that Government actions must at all time be secured on legal and moral legitimacy. He said: “How can the Federal Government justify the situation where former public office holders from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are continuously harassed, hunted and hounded with corruption charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, while at the same time sparing those other members who defected to the All peoples Congress of similar investigations and treatment except the pure vendetta against His Excellency, Dr. Bukola Saraki for daring to contest the office of the Senate Presidency against the wish of the cabals in his party. “What has become of the case of those who were arrested for printing fake ballot papers with INEC’s authentic serial numbers to be used to rig the December 2016 legislative re-run elections? Have we not been vindicated by the recent judgments of the election tribunals, which strangely but questionably accepted and based their judgments on the fake results presented to them from the custody of the Nigerian Police, which actively and shamelessly participated in the rigging process?”. The governor used the 12th General Synod of the Church of Nigeria to outline steps his administration took to reposition Rivers State after the Amaechi’s administration mismanaged funds that accrued to the state. He said: “It is over two years since we assumed office on May 29 2015. As some of us may recall, our experience as an incoming or new government was quite harrowing. In the first instance, the outgoing government never gave us a chance to succeed and sabotaged us from the very beginning. Apart from refusing to cooperate with our transition team, we were startled by the state of things we inherited. “First, they emptied the State’s treasury to such an extent that we had no other choice than to scurry for funds from banks to pay salaries, run initial activities and prevent the government from failingbefore we even started. And when we did that with authorization from the State House of Assembly, they screamed blue murder just to score unavailable political points”. He regretted that despite the corruption of the immediate past administration, the Federal Government has refused to prosecute the perpetrators of corrupt actions in the state. Governor Wike said that after two years , his administration has revived Rivers State, improved the road infrastructure, health facilities and education. He said: “Our economy has not only recovered, it is growing, creating jobs and driving our development agenda. Here in Rivers State, we have not only cleared the salary arrears we inherited, we do not owe salaries to any civil servant. In deed, we are presently in a position to pay salaries to civil servants without relying on budget support from the federal government. ” The fact cannot be denied that before we came in Port Harcourt roads were some of the worst wrecked in this country. Today, residents and visitors to Diobu, Port Harcourt Township, Forces Avenue, Harold Wilson Drive, Borokiri, D/Line, Oro-Worokwo, Ogbunabali, Nkpogu, Dr. Peter Odili road and other parts of the State capital now drive on some of the smoothest roads.

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WIKE URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FIGHT CORRUPTION WITHIN THE AMBIT OF THE LAW

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged the Federal Government to fight corruption within the ambit of the law. Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Primate of Anglican Church, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh accompanied by Archbishops and Bishops of the church at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike said that the fight against corruption must not be vindictive in nature. Governor Wike said: “The fight against corruption must be holistic and it should not be vindictive in nature “. The governor added: “Those of us who are privileged to serve should know that it is by the Grace of God that we serve. Therefore, we must serve to the Glory of God “. He said that the Church has been the pillar of his administration, hence he is not afraid to associate with the church at all times. He thanked the Church for scheduling the General Synod in Rivers State as the Archbishops and Bishops will see the works of the administration. Earlier, the Primate of Anglican Church, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh encouraged Governor Wike to maintain the tempo of his development strides in the state. He informed that the Church that has always been in the forefront in the fight against corruption. He said the theme of the General Synod in Port Harcourt is: “Thou shalt not steal.” He noted that the emphasis of the Anglican Church is to encourage sacrificial living , righteousness and the good of the society. On the unity of the country, he said: “The Church believes in one Nigeria. We advocate that everything should be done to ensure there is peace.

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Closure of Illegal Schools In Rivers: APC, Off The Track – PDP

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People’s Democratic Party (PDP) State Chairman, Rivers State. Bro. Obuah

In a press statement released by the Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Bro Felix Obuah, he states that his attention has been drawn to a trash disguised as a press statement by a fractured and collapsing All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State imputing that the decision to close down illegal schools across the State, by the State government is targeted at schools owned and run by non-indigenes particularly the Igbo and Northerners who are members of the APC in Rivers State. Interestingly, the statement came from no other, and could not have come from any other than Mr. Davis Ikanya, the controversial APC Chairman in Rivers State who has long entered the Guinness Book of Records as not only a harbinger of falsehood but also an unrepented self-seeking alarmist. Ordinarily, such hollow statement of a political jobber of Ikanya’s mold hardly deserves our reaction but for the need to put the records straight so that some impressionable minds do not get trapped in his (Ikanya) snare. In the first place, the public outcry over the deteriorating fortunes and rapid fall in the standard of education across the length and breadth of Nigeria is common knowledge vis-à-vis the call for thorough re-examination of our educational curricular and quality of teachers with a view to containing the menace. It’s against this backdrop that the State Ministry of Education had sensitized and requested all private schools operating in the State to formalize their registrations to enable the relevant agencies guide and monitor them according to set standards, and in the interest of our children and wards. Accordingly, His Excellency, Chief Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, Governor of Rivers State on August 15, 2017, graciously gave a second opportunity for unapproved private schools in the State to regularize their status before the new academic session begins in September 2017. Proprietors/Proprietress/ operators of private schools in Rivers State were therefore, advised to visit the quality assurances department of the Ministry of Education for regularization of their schools. It is therefore shameful for Mr. Ikanya to have claimed that the genuine exercise was aimed at Igbo and Northerners who are APC members in Rivers State. It’s needless to stress that this laudable and bold step by the State Ministry of Education has been overwhelmingly acclaimed by the general public as a welcome development and stand to get the pay for their efforts and sufferings to give their children the best education as a safeguard for their future. It suffice to say that it is only the like of Davies Ikanya and his co-travellers whose children are studying abroad where education is better regulated and where they prefer to waste the looted resources of the State on high school fees and ostentation living that will not see anything good in the people-oriented effort to improve the educational standard in the State. The PDP Chairman, Bro. Obuah therefore wishes to state that the State Ministry of Education means well for our children and the decision to clamp down on these illegal schools is basically to guarantee a better and secure future for our children as leaders of tomorrow. There is no intention whatsoever to witch-hunt anybody as a careful inventory of the affected schools can only subject Mr. Ikanya and his APC members to more ridicule because the policy is mindless of whose ox is gored. The general public should therefore discountenance that spurious and malicious statement of Mr. Ikanya and see same as a figment of his own imagination having lost grip with current trends.

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