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Don’t Come To Rivers To Play Politics, Wike Charges New Rivers CP, Friday Eboka
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Don’t Come To Rivers To Play Politics, Wike Charges New Rivers CP, Friday Eboka

GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike on Friday charged new Commissioner of Police (CP) in Rivers state, Friday Eboka to shun politics and focus on core mandate of protecting lives and property. Wike, receiving CP Eboka at Government House, Port Harcourt, told him, “I will never come to you to say Mr. CP go and do what is illegal. I will never come to you to say so and so person is my friend, he was arrested for kidnapping, so release him. In fact, I’ll even say take him away. Because if I support the person who is kidnapping, it may be my turn tomorrow, I won’t always be governor. “So, whatever you can do with your team, please I beg you in the name of God, provide security. Don’t come here and play politics.” The governor said he is not unmindful that some persons may have recommended him to...
Obigbo Women Wore Same Underwear For 4 Months In Army Detention – Intersociety
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Obigbo Women Wore Same Underwear For 4 Months In Army Detention – Intersociety

About 50 women allegedly arrested by the Nigerian Army during the crisis in Obigbo, Rivers State, last October, were forced to wear the same set of underwear for four months in military detention, a civil rights group, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, has said. The Intersociety noted on Tuesday that there were fears that some of the ladies, who were recently freed after a prolonged legal intervention, could have infections such as sexually transmitted diseases as some of them claimed to have been serially raped. SaharaReporters had on February 16 reported that going by the accounts of two of the girls, they were routinely raped by soldiers during the months they spent at the detention facility in Mogadishu Barracks, Asokoro. The victims said they ...
63 Obigbo Residents Regain Freedom After 4 Months In Dungeons
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63 Obigbo Residents Regain Freedom After 4 Months In Dungeons

At least 63 residents of Obigbo in Rivers State have regained their freedom after four months in different security personnel dungeons in Abuja. The residents who were rendered incommunicado throughout their period of captivity were freed following the consideration of a bail application filed on Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 before an Abuja Grade 11 Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse by a human rights lawyer, Barr. E.R Okoroafor. This was contained in a statement made available to Vanguard by an Onitsha-based human rights group, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Intersociety, on Thursday. According to the statement which was signed by the rights group’s Chairman of Board of Trustees, Emeka Umeagbalasi, and other principal officers, 53 other residen...
Teacher Allegedly Brutalizes Student for Failing to Submit Assignment in Rivers state
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Teacher Allegedly Brutalizes Student for Failing to Submit Assignment in Rivers state

A teacher in Rivers state has been accused of brutalizing a student for failing to submit assignment. Twitter user, @empresswodi who shared photos of the brutalized student and the teacher said the alleged incident occurred in Emohua area of Rivers state She tweeted; Somewhere in Emohua, Rivers State... Because a student fails to submit Agricultural Science assignment. Teacher inflict injury on her all in the name of discipline Her parent should be reporting the matter to the school authority by tomorrow
4 Years After, Sodienye Mbatumukeke, Man Who Killed Jumia Delivery Man In Rivers Sentenced To Death
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4 Years After, Sodienye Mbatumukeke, Man Who Killed Jumia Delivery Man In Rivers Sentenced To Death

A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Monday sentenced one Sodienye Mbatumukeke to death after finding him guilty of two count charges of murder and armed robbery. The accused who has been on trial since 2017 alongside alongside one Excel Naabee. However, Nabee was acquitted and discharged by Justice Chigozie Igwe. Police had alleged that the two accused conspired to kill one Chukwuma Eleje, a Dispatcher for Jumia, when he went to deliver items which included an as iPhone and other valuables ordered by Mbatumueke and his accomplice, Naabee in March 2017 in their house located at Ada George Road in Obio-Akpor local government area of Rivers. According to the police, the two accused had strangled Eleje and dump his body in a septic tank. His remains was lat...
Explosion Rocks PDP Secretariat In Rivers
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Explosion Rocks PDP Secretariat In Rivers

There was pandemonium at the Rivers State secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt when a device suspected to be dynamite exploded. LEADERSHIP Friday gathered that hundreds of party faithful had gathered at the party secretariat for the conduct of primaries for councillorship aspirants ahead of the April 17, 2021 local government election in the state when the explosion occurred. The leadership of the PDP in the state had fixed yesterday for the exercise for wards and local government areas that could not reach consensus on the choice of councillorship candidates for the election. The incident caused commotion for residents of the area and motorists plying the ever-busy Port Harcourt-Aba Road as several vehicles were forced to make U-turn in the middl...
EFCC Arrests 8 Internet Fraudsters Including A Lady In Port Harcourt
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EFCC Arrests 8 Internet Fraudsters Including A Lady In Port Harcourt

The Port Harcourt Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested eight individuals including a lady suspected to be internet fraudsters. The agency said the suspects were all arrested on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at their hideouts in Mandela Housing Estate, Rumuokoro and Street 1, Radio Road Estate, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The suspects, comprising seven young men and one lady, are Vandross Ebre; Tochukwu Mbonu; Charles Mba; Okoroma Robinson; Ruth Allison; Timothy Godspower, Kingsley Obilor, and Sampson Ajaka. Their arrest followed intelligence reports on alleged internet-related fraudulent activities, the agency said in a statement. Items recovered from them include nine (9) phones, eight (8 ) Laptops of different brands, one ...
Ogoni Clean-Up Is Deceptive, Politically Motivated – Wike
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Ogoni Clean-Up Is Deceptive, Politically Motivated – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike says the federal government has been playing politics with the Ogoni environment remediation programme recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He noted that Ogoni, having played a pivotal role in the economic development of Rivers State and the country deserves more than what is currently being offered to the area. Wike spoke on Tuesday at Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area of the state, during the commissioning of the 16.06 kilometers dual carriage Sakpenwa-Bori Riad by the Enugu State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The governor urged Ogoni people to stop believing those who use Ogoni clean-up exercise at the turn of election year to deceive them and wondered why clean-up never happens when elections a...
Church Explosion Targeted At Governor Wike – Vigilante Says, Fingers IPOB
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Church Explosion Targeted At Governor Wike – Vigilante Says, Fingers IPOB

Over 24-hours after an explosive device was detonated at the Christian Universal Church Incorporated located on No. 25 Azikiwe Road, Mile 3, Diobu in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike, has yet to make any statement on the incident. The church, also known as God’s Power House, is believed to be owned by the governor’s father, even as the police fingered members of the Indigenous People of Biafra for the attack. As of the time of filing this report on Monday, neither Wike, nor any government official had reacted to the attack on the church. Residents of Azikiwe and adjoining streets expressed fears that the state government might impose a curfew on the area as a result of the attack. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Diobu Vigilante, Prince Amatari, has alleged t...
I Am Lucky To Be Alive — Grace Abdu, VOA Reporter Arrested By Army In Oyigbo
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I Am Lucky To Be Alive — Grace Abdu, VOA Reporter Arrested By Army In Oyigbo

Service Producer of the Voice of America (VOA) Grace Alheri Abdu, has said she was lucky to be alive after soldiers held her in Oyigbo, Oyigbo Local Government Area (LGA), Rivers state, for five hours as she paid a media investigative visit to the volatile area. Andu was arrested and detained by the soldiers at about 2pm Saturday till about 7pm when she regained freedom after several alleged interventions by key stakeholders. The VOA personality who said the soldiers who held her were “all drunk and intoxicated”, narrated that, “They told me to thank my God that I was a female journalist, and not from any of the media houses based in Port Harcourt otherwise they would have wasted me and that nothing would happen.” The soldiers had allegedly accused her of running live broadcas...
Soldiers Arrest Grace Abdu, VOA Journalist For Interviewing Resident Of Oyigbo
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Soldiers Arrest Grace Abdu, VOA Journalist For Interviewing Resident Of Oyigbo

Grace Abdu, a journalist with Voice Of America, was on Saturday assaulted and arrested by Nigerian soldiers for ‘interviewing residents of Oyigbo in Rivers State’. We gathered that Abdu was illegally detained by the soldiers for several hours. “She went there around 11, so around 12pm, the soldiers saw her and arrested her. They also seized her equipment. She was kept at the Army Post in Oyigbo for several hours before they released her this evening,” a source told SaharaReporters. Recall that army operatives were deployed to Oyigbo amid the violence that broke out in the town after some alleged Biafran agitators clashed with security agents. The soldiers have, however, been accused of extra-judicial killings and abuse of human rights. The security agents are allegedly m...
Nobody Can Rename Any Part Of Rivers State – Wike
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Nobody Can Rename Any Part Of Rivers State – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has vowed that nobody can rename any part of the state. The Governor said this while making veiled reference to the activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in the state. Wike spoke on Friday at the Government House in Port Harcourt when he played host to a delegation of Tiv people living in Rivers State under the aegis of Mdzough U. Tiv led by Mr. Caleb Yashi. The Governor called on Tiv people to continue to live peacefully with people of their host communities. Wike noted that the Tivs have not caused any trouble in Rivers State even though they are warriors, and very strong. “Rivers State is a place that is very accommodating. We accept everybody to stay with us peacefully. It is only those who want to rename Rivers St...
APC Condemns Amaechi’s Absence At South-South Meeting
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APC Condemns Amaechi’s Absence At South-South Meeting

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, has attacked the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi over his absence at the Southsouth stakeholders’ meeting with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s delegation. The Igo Aguma-led party said that the minister was at the Port Harcourt airport to receive the Presidential delegation, escorted them to the Government House, and disappeared. The Federal Government held a meeting in the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday. The absence of Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State, drew the ire of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, saying the Transportation Minister cannot justify his absence, which it described as “unfortunate.” According to a statement by Livingston Wechie, the media advi...
Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday
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Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday

It has now been confirmed that the six governors of the South- south region will meet in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday, under the umbrella of the Forum of South-South Governors, to discuss issues around the mining of gold in Zamfara State. A source close to one of the governors told THISDAY last night that all arrangements for the meeting had been concluded and that Governor Nyesom Wike is excited hosting the crucial meeting. “The governors are looking towards taking a common decision on the Zamfara gold issue on Monday. This decision will be forwarded to President Buhari. South-south states also want ‘artisanal’ mining of oil,” added the source. Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, had last Wednesday expressed worry at “federal government’s apparent tacit endorse...
IPOB Can’t Speak For Igbo People – Dave Umahi
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IPOB Can’t Speak For Igbo People – Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has declared that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, cannot speak for the people of the southeast. Umahi, who is the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, said IPOB can’t represent the interest of the Ndigbo. He spoke during a visit of Southeast governors to their counterpart in Rivers State, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt. According to Wike: “We, Ndigbo, we do not support criminalities. Do not buy into any criminal that is from our side. I find it very funny when somebody is going to be claiming that part of Benue State must descend into his territory and part of Rivers State must descend into his territory. What sort of madness is that? “Even if there is a referendum, people must freely say where they want to belong to. You ...
Oyigbo Clashes: ‘How Policeman Shot My Fiancée Dead’ – Monday Bakor
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Oyigbo Clashes: ‘How Policeman Shot My Fiancée Dead’ – Monday Bakor

Nigerian security forces are carrying out extrajudicial killings in Oyigbo, say residents of the town in southern Rivers state. They accuse the army of carrying out revenge killings after authorities said three policemen and six soldiers were killed by members of a proscribed separatist group. Amnesty International also said it had received reports that "soldiers are allegedly invading homes" and that "some residents reported seeing dead bodies on the street, allegedly shot by soldiers". Monday Bakor, 36, told BBC Igbo that police officers shot dead his fiancée Queen Nwazuo on 22 October while they were both locking up their barbing salon. "I saw the policeman wearing [a] red beret. Before I could know, I heard a very loud sound, not in the air, directly at the shop. The bu...
“Let Me Chop Life Before Life Chop Me”- Lady Killed By Stray Bullet In Rivers
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“Let Me Chop Life Before Life Chop Me”- Lady Killed By Stray Bullet In Rivers

30-year-old Queen Nwazuo had been looking forward to a happy married life with her fiancé Monday Bakor before her life was cut short by a stray bullet in Rivers State. MCI reports that that the final year student of Aba State Polytechnic died on October 22, after she was hit by a stray bullet allegedly fired by some policemen in Oyogbo Local Government Arae of the State. A month before her painful death, she shared photos of herself at an eatery enjoying a plate of food and bottle of Coca-Cola drink. She captioned the post: "Life has no duplicate, I can't kill myself, Let me chop life before life chop me," Monday commented, "My money, my sugar. Enjoy yourself" "Thanks a lot for making my day" she replied.
Wike Bans IPOB, Stanley Mgbere Declared Wanted, N50 Million Bounty Placed On Him
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Wike Bans IPOB, Stanley Mgbere Declared Wanted, N50 Million Bounty Placed On Him

A STATE-WIDE BROADCAST REINFORCING THE PROSCRIPTION OF IPOB IN RIVERS STATE BY GOVERNOR NYESOM WIKE, CON, GSSRS, POS 23rd OCTOBER 2020. My Dear Good People of Rivers State, 2. The Rivers State Government views with serious concern the unending destructive activities of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra (IPOB) in Rivers State. 3. Recall that the IPOB was classified as a terrorist organization by the Federal High Court and subsequently proscribed in September 2017 by the Federal Government. 4. However, despite its ban, the group has continued to operate in parts of the country, including Rivers State in furtherance of its alien political objectives. 5. Since its proscription, the group has carried out intermittent processions in parts of Rivers Stat...
#EndSARS: Women, Mothers Protest In Port-Harcourt, Rivers State (Photos)
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#EndSARS: Women, Mothers Protest In Port-Harcourt, Rivers State (Photos)

Women from all strata of the society on Monday gathered at UTC Bus stop along Azikiwe road, Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State in protest against what they described as ‘illegal arrest and brutality against their sons and husbands.’ The women carried placards with various inscriptions like:” Don’t Arrest and kill our Sons”,”If you kill our son who inherits our wealth?” Leave our sons, they’re not criminals”,”We are mothers, we protect our sons” “Leave Him,He is not A Criminal,” “Please End Police Brutality” etc. The women, who are putting on in various shades of attires of black and blue trousers and T-shirts are expected to march towards the Government House Gate and the Rivers State Police Command headquarters to make their demands. Similarly, the #EndSARS,#Policebruta...
Lagos, Rivers, FCT, Ogun Earned More Than Other 33 States combined 2020 – NBS
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Lagos, Rivers, FCT, Ogun Earned More Than Other 33 States combined 2020 – NBS

The index in Tuesday's report revealed that the IGR of Lagos State, put at N204 billion, is higher than that of at least 29 states put together. The quartet of Lagos, Rivers, the FCT and Ogun State raked in a total internally generated revenue more than all other 33 states of the federation combined in the first half of 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said. The NBS said the 36 states of the federation and federal capital territory generated N612.87 billion in the first half of 2020. Of the total amount, the aforementioned states and the capital city earned N335 billion, equivalent to 54 per cent. Other states made a total of N277 billion (46 per cent). The index in Tuesday’s report revealed that the IGR of Lagos State, put at N204 billion, is higher than that of...
Police rescue kidnapped Port Harcourt lawyer
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Police rescue kidnapped Port Harcourt lawyer

Police in Rivers State have confirmed that Bisola Paulette Ajayi, the female lawyer abducted by unknown gunmen at her residence in Rumuokwurusi, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Port Harcourt has been rescued by Operatives of the Anti-Kidnap Unit of Rivers State Police Command. CSP Nnamdi Omoni, Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers Command, just confirmed the report circulating to the effect that, “DSP Adewale led the Operation into a deep forest in Etche to rescue the young lawyer and one other person, two persons arrested including an armed dealer.”
PDP Declares Amaechi Politically Dead As Another APC Chieftain Defects To PDP
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PDP Declares Amaechi Politically Dead As Another APC Chieftain Defects To PDP

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Dr. Sampson Parker, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Dr.Parker, former Commissioner of Health in the Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi administration, led over 2,000 of his supporters from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Okochiri in Okrika Local Government Area on Sunday. Excited by his return to the PDP, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike while speaking at the event announced the award of the second phase of Okochiri Internal Roads in Okrika Local Government Area for the people of Krikese Kingdom. A statement from Information Commissioner, Paulinus Nsirim on Sunday added that Gov.Wike also announced the award of the reclamation of 25 hectares of ...
Kidnap Kingpin, Honest Digbara aka Bobisky Dies Hours After Arrest In Rivers State
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Kidnap Kingpin, Honest Digbara aka Bobisky Dies Hours After Arrest In Rivers State

Kidnap kingpin Honest Digbara, popularly known as Bobisky has died hours after he was arrested by the Rivers state Police command. He died after multiple gunshot injuries and machete wounds sustained during gun battle with Policemen. Bobisky was arrested alive early Saturday at Korokoro in the Tai Local Government Area in a sting operation led by the Divisional Police Officer of Bori, Superintendent Bako Angbashim. Governor Nyesom Wike had earlier placed a N30 million bounty on Bobisky’s head, saying he will reward any member of the public who can provide useful information that will lead to the arrest of the criminal. Speaking after the arrest, the state police commissioner, Joseph Mukan, said, “He was arrested through credible information at Korokoro Community in Tai LGA wher...
2023: Soso Soberekon Declares Interest To Run For Governor In Rivers State
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2023: Soso Soberekon Declares Interest To Run For Governor In Rivers State

Music executive, Soso Soberekon, has declared interest to run for governor of Rivers state come 2023. Soso shared the poster above on his IG page on Tuesday September 1, with the caption ''With love for our State and a fierce commitment to a vision of rapid progress for indigenes of Rivers State and following wide-ranging consultations, I offer myself to serve you as Governor. I therefore intend to be a candidate in the 2023 Gubernatorial election. I seek the opportunity to offer our State visionary, purposeful, competent leadership to build our future. The time is now we can do it. God bless'' He has however not disclosed the party he would be running on.
Kidnapped Woman Rescued From Well In Rivers State After 3 Days
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Kidnapped Woman Rescued From Well In Rivers State After 3 Days

A woman identified as Mrs Chizoba Eke, who was declared missing in Rivers State, has been found, days after she was abducted. Chizoba was recovered from a well on Thursday in an uncompleted building at Igwuruta community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state. The mother of two, who was kidnapped from her home along with her six-month-old baby on Monday, was thrown into the well after severe beatings by her abductor. Luck, however, ran out on the suspect when he was intercepted with his victim’s baby by a team of policemen on a ‘stop and search’ operation at Omerelu, a boundary community between Rivers and Imo States. Chizoba’s husband, Eke Eke, confirmed his wife’s abduction and rescue to Channels Television on Friday. He disclosed that he was invited by the pol...
Married man commits suicide in Rivers state
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Married man commits suicide in Rivers state

A 45-year-old married man, Chinedu Peter Ogwa, committed suicide at his home situated at Wokoma street in Mile 3 Diobu in Rivers state on Thursday night August 27. The Nation reports that Chidinma Ogwa, wife of the deceased, said her husband started behaving strangely on Monday, August 24. She said he left behind a suicide note where he appealed to her and their children to forgive him. She said her late husband blamed his action on frustration, lack of business success, as well as inability to recover his debts among others. In her words “It all started on the afternoon of Monday, August, 25, 2020, when he called me from where he was then to ask me what we are going to eat that night, I told him not to worry, that I had already prepared soup. After a while he came back and met m...
Police Shoot 19-Year-Old Boy For Impregnating A 17-Year-Old Girl In Rivers State
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Police Shoot 19-Year-Old Boy For Impregnating A 17-Year-Old Girl In Rivers State

Unless three different surgeries are urgently conducted on the left leg of Ledesi Kote, a 19-year-old boy who was shot by a police officer for impregnating a girl, according to doctors ,the young man may lose the leg to amputation. According to Kote, the father of the victim, He was in his compound in K. Dere community in Gokana local government area of Rivers State on Friday, August 21, 2020, around 7am, when a Sienna drove into his compound with about four armed police men. “They went straight to my son’s room door and were banging and cocking guns. I approached them to inquire from them what my son did wrong that they were looking for him, but none of them answered me. It was one of them who angrily told me that my son impregnated a girl.”. According to the victim’s father...
FG To Build New Refinery In Rivers State
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FG To Build New Refinery In Rivers State

The federal government has said it plans to build as third refinery in Rivers State bringing the total in the state to three. This is as the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, insisted that the Niger Delta region is safe for companies to conduct their businesses, and therefore demanded that international oil companies (IOCs) relocate their headquarters to the state. The duo spoke yesterday when the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipri Sylva, and the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) paid a courtesy visit to Wike at the Government House in Port Harcourt. Sylva also said plans had reached an advanced stage to rehabilitate the existing refineries in the country. He said the federal government decided to start the rehabilitation pro...
Governor Wike Sacks Permanent Secretary for ‘Flouting COVID-19 Guidelines ‘
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Governor Wike Sacks Permanent Secretary for ‘Flouting COVID-19 Guidelines ‘

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has sacked a permanent secretary in the state, Mr. Sunny Okere for flouting and obstructing the enforcement of the COVID-19 guidelines. The permanent secretary was accused of chasing away officials of the state Ministry of Health, who went to Oyigbo to enforce the established guidelines on public burials. In a statement released by the state's Commissioner for Information and Communications Paulinus Nsirim, Wike said the sack of the permanent secretary would serve as a lesson to all other public officers who might wish to be irresponsible.   The statement read; “Burial ceremonies are also reportedly being conducted in clear breach of the 50 persons maximum attendance limit, such that a serving permanent secretary had the temerity...
Rivers State APC Suspends Victor Giadom
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Rivers State APC Suspends Victor Giadom

The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has announced the suspension of the party’s Acting National Chairman, Victor Giadom, for acts of gross infractions of the party’s constitution.
Giadom Wants To Kill APC As They Did In Rivers State – Oshiomhole
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Giadom Wants To Kill APC As They Did In Rivers State – Oshiomhole

Suspended National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has accused the court-endorsed acting National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Giadom of attempting to destroy the party the way his group allegedly did in his home state, Rivers. Oshiomhole in an online television interview monitored in Abuja also declared that Giadom was no longer a member of the National Working Committee NWC of the party, noting that assuming he was still one, it would not be possible for a deputy National Secretary to superintend over the affairs of the party in the presence of other high ranking officials. This was as the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Yekini Nabena accused an unnamed Minister in the administration of President Muhammadu B...
Hundreds of Houses Belonging to Policemen to be Demolished in Rivers
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Hundreds of Houses Belonging to Policemen to be Demolished in Rivers

The Rivers State Police Command has concluded plans to begin demolition of hundreds buildings belonging to police personnel in the state. The police authority in the state referred to the buildings as illegal structures erected on police lands. The notice of demolition dated June 3 and addressed to all officers of buildings at Nimi Okoro police station in Port Harcourt and signed by the police provost Marshall for the state Commissioner of Police. The document tagged, Notice of Removal of Illegal Structures on the Nigeria Police Land, Rivers State Command, relied on a signal issued in 2004 by the then inspector-general of police. The demotion notice said: “Your attention is hereby drawn to IGP’s 2004 circular in respect of the illegal struc...
Five States To Get N148bn Reimbursement For Repairing Federal Roads
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Five States To Get N148bn Reimbursement For Repairing Federal Roads

The Federal Executive Council has approved the reimbursement of funds expended on federal roads by some state governments. The total sum to be reimbursed to five states is N148,141,987,161.25. Among states shortlisted to benefit include Cross River N18,394,737,608.85, Ondo N7,822,147,577.08, Osun N2,468,938,876.78, Bayelsa N38,040,564,783.40 and Rivers N78,953,067,518.29. The memo was presented by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the third virtual council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari inside the Council Chambers of the State House. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents on behalf of Fashola, said council had also warned that there will be no reimbursement in future should any st...
Manager of Demolished Hotel Tested Positive For Coronavirus – Rivers Government
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Manager of Demolished Hotel Tested Positive For Coronavirus – Rivers Government

The Rivers state government has announced that the manager of a hotel which was demolished by Governor Nyesom Wike for violating the lockdown order he issued, has tested positive for Coronavirus. In an announcement made on Sunday May 24, the Rivers government said the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Bariledum Azoroh is among the 27 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the State. The state's commissioner for information, Paul Nsirim also recalled how some COVID-19 Taskforce members who went to enforce the Executive Order at same hotel, were allegedly ''brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.'' The statement reads; Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive coronavirus cases. The Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme is among the new positive cases. This late...
Wike Says 60% Of COVID-19 Cases In Rivers Are Oil Workers
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Wike Says 60% Of COVID-19 Cases In Rivers Are Oil Workers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated that 60 per cent of coronavirus cases recorded in the state are from oil workers returning from rigs. Governor Wike disclosed this when the Management Team of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited paid him a courtesy visit at Government House Port Harcourt. He stated that it is for this reason that the state government has insisted that oil workers coming into the state must be tested to confirm their coronavirus status. The Rivers state Governor also said that the Nigeria Air Force Base, Port Harcourt, recently quarantined 14 oil workers out, which three tested positive, just as he commended Exxon Mobil for their gesture. “Just yesterday the Nigerian Air Force base quarantined 14 oil workers. Three of them tested positive for COVI...
Wike Should Stop Acting As President, Federal Republic Of Rivers – Sagay
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Wike Should Stop Acting As President, Federal Republic Of Rivers – Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), speaks on latest developments in Rivers, Kogi and Lagos state in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI brings the excerpts: There has been controversy over some actions taken by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on his efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The latest be­ing the demolitions of two hotels for flouting lockdown directives. What is your take on that? In terms of attitude, I think he is very hostile and aggressive and he is exhibiting it in the mid­dle of this crisis. I remember the speech he made to the tradition­al rulers in the state; he treated them like rascally school boys that you can talk to anyhow without any regard. That i...
Video Of Governor Wike Cooking In The Kitchen
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Video Of Governor Wike Cooking In The Kitchen

Governor Nyesom Wike was seen cooking in the kitchen as he Prepares ahead of the Rivers State Lockdown. Recall that the Governor has announced the temporary lifting of the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for two days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020. Governor Wike made the announcement in a State-Wide broadcast on Sunday night. He said that the total lockdown will be lifted on Tuesday 12th May, 2020 and Wednesday, 13th May, 2020. Governor Wike said that the lockdown will be reinstated on Thursday, 14th May, 2020.
Hotel Demolition: Sowore Reacts “Wike Is Mad, He’ll Pay For His Sins One Day!”
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Hotel Demolition: Sowore Reacts “Wike Is Mad, He’ll Pay For His Sins One Day!”

Omoyele Sowore reacts as Governor Wike demolishes Hotels in Rivers State. Describing @GovWike as mad is an understatement, the Rivers State chief executive see him self as an emperor because he’s gotten away with so many atrocities as gov, he must think at a point that nobody could possibly hold him to account. Someday though he will pay for his sins!  
Owner Of Demolished Prudent Hotel In Rivers State, Promise Gogorodari Speaks
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Owner Of Demolished Prudent Hotel In Rivers State, Promise Gogorodari Speaks

The owner of Prudent Hotel demolished by the Rivers State Government, Promise Gogorodari, has denied violating any law to warrant the demolition of his structure. Gogorodari told our correspondent in a telephone interview that he built the hotel to take people off the streets. He said the state government should have carried out proper investigation before demolishing his hotel. He explained that apart from employment to other persons, the hotel, he had been able to help his family and other relatives. The Lagos-based hotelier said that the demolition of two hotels would be a setback to the state in terms of investment, adding that the development was not good for investors in the state. “I am based in Lagos, but I am not in a right frame of mind to speak now. There is nob...
Leo Dasilva Reacts As Wike Pulls Down Two Hotels In Rivers State (Photo)
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Leo Dasilva Reacts As Wike Pulls Down Two Hotels In Rivers State (Photo)

Former Big Brother Nigeria housemate, Leo Da Silva has reacted to the now-trending news that Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor has pulled down two hotels in the state for violating the lockdown orders. Speaking via his official Twitter handle, the reality TV star stated that he hopes Wike is putting as much efforts that he is putting on lockdown of the state on testing and isolation capacity also. He wrote: “I hope the energy Governor Wike is using to enforce the lockdown, he is also using it to increase testing and isolation centre capacity in Rivers state. Fighting this virus is not about being performative but being readily effective.”  
Lebanese Actor Lured To Rivers State With Fake Movie Role, Kidnapped
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Lebanese Actor Lured To Rivers State With Fake Movie Role, Kidnapped

They kidnapped Mr B from Owerri to Rivers state yesterday. He is so lucky to be rescued. The guys invited him for a business and then kidnapped him for money. They told him they were looking for a white man to play a role in their new movie. He drove from Owerri to meet his kidnappers in Rivers state. He's been living in Nigeria for over 30 years. His kidnappers follows him on Facebook and Instagram - they were his fans too. The only one left to watch over him is the one arrested when police came to rescued him  
Vehicles Impounded During Lockdown in Rivers State will be Auctioned – Governor Wike Warns
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Vehicles Impounded During Lockdown in Rivers State will be Auctioned – Governor Wike Warns

Governor Nyesom Wike has warned residents of the Rivers state against defying the lockdown order his government imposed in some areas following the outbreak of Coronavirus. Residents of Port Harcourt Local Government Area and Obio/Akpor Local Government Area which is currently on total lockdown over cases of Coronavirus, were specifically warned against flouting government directives on lockdown. In a statement released by Commissioner for Information and Communications Paul Nsirim on Thursday May 7, residents of the mentioned local governments were told that vehicles seized during the lockdown period will be auctioned. Members of the public interested in buying such cars, were also asked to look out for the adverts on some national dailies. The statement reads;   ...
Governor Nyesom Wike Places Port Harcourt on Total Lockdown
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Governor Nyesom Wike Places Port Harcourt on Total Lockdown

In a bid to stop the importation of the novel Coronavirus to the state, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that any oil worker who intends to come into the state for work, must present his or her COVID-19 test result before they will be allowed access into the state. River state currently has 14 confirmed cases of COVID19. He gave the order during a state wide broadcast today May 4. ''In the last few days, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has diagnosed several positive cases of COVID-19 infections in the State, some of whom were persons flown into the State by Oil and Gas Companies for their operations. The latest of these positive cases was the 14th case who was flown in to Port Harcourt as recent as Wednesday the 29th of April 2020 by Bristow Helicopters...
Wike Orders Immediate Deportation Of Almajiris From Rivers State
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Wike Orders Immediate Deportation Of Almajiris From Rivers State

In more measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike, has ordered the immediate deportation of almajiris and other street beggars from the state with immediate effect. Governor Wike gave the order on Monday in a statewide broadcast on COVID-19. He said it became necessary to deport the almajiris because of the dimension COVID-19 is beginning to take in the country. The Governor also announced a 24-hour total lockdown in parts of Obio-Akpor and Port Harcourt city Local Government Areas including; Elakahia, Stadium Road, Rumuomasi and Rumuobiakani, just as he warned residents of Oyigbo, Rumukwurusi and Rumuokoro to stay indoors. Governor Wike, therefore, said the Rivers State Taskforce will be inaugurated on Tuesday since the Police and oth...
Thousands Of Dead Fish In Rivers State Washed Up On Shoreline (Photo)
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Thousands Of Dead Fish In Rivers State Washed Up On Shoreline (Photo)

The banks of many riverine communities in Rivers State have been littered with thousands of dead fish washed ashore by waves. Worried by the development, the Rivers State Government has warned residents to refrain from the consumption of the dead fish while it carries out investigations on the cause of death. The areas most affected are communities in Bonny and Andoni Local Government Areas of the state. Specifically, the dead fish were seen in Amariari, Lighthouse, River 7, Agaja, Uku-Mbi, Mbisu 1, Mbisu 2, and Ifoko communities in Bonny Local Government Area, and in Oyorokoto and other communities in Andoni Local Government Area. Worried by the number of the dead fish on the shores and waterways of Bonny, a team of young men from the area tried to unravel the mystery behi...
Governr Wike Cancels Permission he Granted for Celebration of Easter in Churches
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Governr Wike Cancels Permission he Granted for Celebration of Easter in Churches

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 clergy men, 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.
FG Politicising COVID-19 Response. Lagos Got N10 Billion, Rivers Got None – Wike
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FG Politicising COVID-19 Response. Lagos Got N10 Billion, Rivers Got None – Wike

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 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 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 No state should be seen as more important than any other state. This is a Federal Republic. No state is superior to others. Rivers State is entitled to support from the Federal Government. Every day, we are ...
Nyesom Wike Has Announced Partial Lockdown Of Rivers State
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Nyesom Wike Has Announced Partial Lockdown Of Rivers State

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has announced partial lockdown of Rivers State. He also suspended operations of night clubs, cinemas and public parks as part of measures to prevent the coronavirus pandemic. Though the state has not recorded any positive case of the pandemic, Wike has been rolling out measures to stop the virus from getting to Rivers, including closing public and private schools and directing restrictions in religious and transport activities. In his latest announcement in Monday, the Governor said significant public places would remain closed till further notice beginning from March 24. He insistee that his government was committed to protecting the residents. Wike, in a state broadcast, directed religious groups to temporarily stop all forms of open worshi...