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Uproar In Rivers Over Wike’s ₦500 Million Donation To Sokoto
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Uproar In Rivers Over Wike’s ₦500 Million Donation To Sokoto

Mixed reactions have greeted the N500 million donation by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike to Sokoto State. Wike donated the sum last week to assist the Governor Aminu Tambuwal government to rebuild a section of the burnt Sokoto Central Market. While the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some aides of the governor defended the gesture, an All Progressives Congress (APC) former spokesman in Rivers State, Chris Finebone, and an ex-agitator, Sobomoba Jackrich, described it as “selfish and politically-motivated.” Jackrich, who is the Convener, Network for Defence of Democracy and Good Governance (NDDGG), said his group was worried about the way Wike spends the state’s resources. He explained that while NDDGG sympathised with the fire victims, it was against the governor’s dec...
FG Disburses ₦123.348bn Grants To States. Bayelsa, Imo, Rivers, Zamfara Get Zero
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FG Disburses ₦123.348bn Grants To States. Bayelsa, Imo, Rivers, Zamfara Get Zero

The Federal Government has disbursed another round of performance-based grants to States in the sum of N123.348bn ($324.6m) under its States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for Results. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, who disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr. Hassan Dodo, the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations on Wednesday in Abuja, explained that the disbursement followed the achievement of results by the States in the just concluded 2019 Annual Performance Assessment (APA). The assessment was carried out by the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation (OAuGF) as the Independent Verification Agent (IVA) and approved by the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) of t...
DSS Uncovers Plots To Incite Religious Violence In Selected States In Nigeria
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DSS Uncovers Plots To Incite Religious Violence In Selected States In Nigeria

The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to alert the public about plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country. Targeted States include Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateaued, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos and those in the South East. Part of the plans is to cause inter-religious conflicts as well as use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, key and vulnerable points. Consequently, Nigerians are advised to be wary of these antics and shun all divisive tendencies aimed at inciting or setting them against one another. While the Service pledges to collaborate with sister agencies to ensure that public order is maintained, those hatching these plots are warned to desist from such in the interes...
Roads Projects: 5 States To Get N148bn Refund As Senate Approves Buhari’s Request
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Roads Projects: 5 States To Get N148bn Refund As Senate Approves Buhari’s Request

Five Nigerian states will get a refund of over one hundred and forty-eight billon naira (N148,141,969,161.24) for road projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. This was as the Senate on Tuesday, November 24 approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for a refund of the said sum to the affected states. The five states to include, Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun and Ondo. The money will be refunded to the coffers of the states government. The approval was sequel to the consideration of a report by the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts Chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP, Edo Central). Ordia in his presentation stated that most of the Federal highways in the beneficiary states where said projects were executed “were at a deplorable state before the in...
“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.
I Never Ordered Military To Kill Igbos In Rivers – Wike On Oyigbo Killings
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I Never Ordered Military To Kill Igbos In Rivers – Wike On Oyigbo Killings

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has described the allegation that he ordered the Nigerian Army to kill Igbos in Oyigbo Local Government Area, as a politically motivated falsehood. He maintained that curfew was imposed in Oyigbo to restore calm after members of proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organisations of Biafra (IPOB) killed 6 soldiers, 4 policemen and destroyed all police stations and court buildings there. Governor Wike gave the explanation on a live television programme in Port Harcourt on Monday. He said t1he narrative that Igbos were being killed by the military is intended to shift attention from the despicable activities of IPOB in Oyigbo, which is a boundary area adjoining Abia State. "I know that this is not the first time, IPOB has used Oyigbo as launchin...
Wanted Rivers IPOB Leader, Stanley Mgbere Cries Out, 21 Members Arrested
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Wanted Rivers IPOB Leader, Stanley Mgbere Cries Out, 21 Members Arrested

The suspected leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Stanley Mgbere, who was declared wanted by the Rivers State Government for allegedly perpetrating violence in Onne, Eleme Local Government Area, has denied being a member of the proscribed group. Governor Nyesom Wike had placed a N50m bounty on Mgbere’s head for anyone who could give any information that would lead to his arrest, saying he led IPOB members to cause violence in Onne. But speaking from his hideout in a video posted on Facebook, Mgbere said the information given to the governor about him, which necessitated Wike’s action against him, was false. He said though he was part of the #EndSARS protest in Onne, it was a peaceful one like what happened in other parts of the country, noting that he was a free-born fr...
Protesters Cook In Front Of Shell In Rivers As They Protest Sacking Of Kinsmen
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Protesters Cook In Front Of Shell In Rivers As They Protest Sacking Of Kinsmen

Drama as aggrieved youths reportedly blocked the entrance of the multinational company in Rumubiakani, Port Harcourt in protest against sacking of 11 indigenous contract workers at the premises of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Monday. The youths who are residents of four host communities Rumuozelu, Oginigba, Rumuomasi and Rumubiakani said that the decision of the oil giant to lay off 11 indigenous contract workers from the communities left them without any form of income for the past 5 months. Igbere TV also learnt that the youths arrived well prepared with cooking pot, firewood, plates and set out to prepare food in anticipation of a long stay. One of the organizers of the protest and Vice President of Rumuozelu Youths Association, Chinedu Ogwutum said that the yo...
Coronavirus: NCDC Says FG To Site Isolation Centres In FCT, 7 States
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Coronavirus: NCDC Says FG To Site Isolation Centres In FCT, 7 States

The National Centre for Disease Control says isolation facilities for coronavirus will be sited in the Federal Capital Territory and seven states across Nigeria. The NCDC, in a statement on its website yesterday, said it “is currently preparing treatment and isolation facilities in the Federal Capital Territory and seven other priority states in Nigeria. They are Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Enugu, Delta, Cross River and Kano States. The centre said the risk assessment conducted by the World Health Organisation which placed Nigeria at high risk, implied that “there is a high chance of an infected person coming into Nigeria. Till date, there’s no confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.” It said though the WHO had not placed any travel or trade restriction on China, it was ad...
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Grandma Bathes Two Kids With Pepper In Rivers, Put Them In Chain For Eating Food (Graphic Photo)

A grandma from hell has been arrested by police in Nigeria’s southern state of Rivers following reports she gave two grand children a peppered water bath and thereafter chained them, stripped. She then locked up the female kids, aged 7 and 8 up like a jailor. According to the police, the 52 year-old woman, simply called Mama Vera, gave the kids the horrendous punishment because they ate garri, a popular staple made from cassava and mixed it with sugar, as a meal without her consent. The incident happened at Mgbuoba in Obio/Akpor Local Government area of Rivers State. Witnesses said concerned neighbours had to break into the house when they heard the wailing children calling for help. The police who arrested the woman are also accusing her of denying the children their ri...
Ex- BBNaija Housemate and Miss International Nigeria, Kim Oprah Set To Handover As Audition Holds In Rivers, Abuja, Lagos
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Ex- BBNaija Housemate and Miss International Nigeria, Kim Oprah Set To Handover As Audition Holds In Rivers, Abuja, Lagos

The 2019 Miss Intercontinental Nigeria has Flag-Off free registration for prospective and adorable contestants, as it releases audition dates and locations in Lagos, Rivers and FCT. In a statement released to newsmen, it noted that the Rivers state screening would be held at Beverly Hills hotel, 130 woji road, GRA Phase2, Port Harcourt on the 12th of November. In FCT, the auditioning will be held at Grand Cubana Hotels, Jabi, Abuja on 14th November. While In Lagos, the final TV screening will be held at Tetrazzini building, No.2 Akin Adesola, Victoria Island on 16th November 2019 by 10:00 am respectively. According to the Head of Administration, Mr Olayinka Oluwatobi, he announced In the statement released by MIN pageant, that the 2019 edition of Miss Intercontinental Nigeria will propo...
Police uncover baby factory, rescue 19 pregnant girls
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Police uncover baby factory, rescue 19 pregnant girls

Lagos State Police Command has rescued 19 pregnant girls, between the age of 15 and 28, from a ‘baby factory’ at Ayanwale area of Ikotun. Two female suspects – 40-year-old Happiness Ukwuoma and 54-year-old Sherifat Ipeya – involved in the scandal, were arrested. The pregnant women were brought from Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Abia and Imo states. The Command has launched a manhunt of the principal suspect, Madam Oluchi from Mbano, Imo State. The victims were mostly abducted for the purpose of getting them pregnant and selling the babies to potential buyers. They were tricked with employment as domestic staff in Lagos. However, they are often held hostage on getting to Lagos. The babies are sold for N300,000 and N500,000 depending on the gender.
Abducted Rivers Monarch Regains Freedom
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Abducted Rivers Monarch Regains Freedom

The Rivers state monarch, Eze Edison Omeodu of Omofe Rundele in Emohua local government area of Rivers, who was kidnapped last week by some unknown gunmen has regained his freedom. Confirming his release, his wife, Dr. Nnenda Omeodu, said a ransom was paid to secure the monarch’s release. Eze Edison Omeodu was abducted along with his driver on Friday, July 5 at the Emohua axis of East-West while on his way back from Port Harcourt. The amount paid as ransom for his release was not disclosed by his wife.
Rivers based comedian strips naked in protest against state governor, Nyesom Wike
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Rivers based comedian strips naked in protest against state governor, Nyesom Wike

Port Harcourt based Comedian, Newman Chinda popularly known as Newmanny, has shared a photo of him naked in protest against the state governor, Nyesom Wike, who he accused of killing the entertainment industry in the state. In his words, Rivers state under Rotimi Amaechi's government was well known for Entertainment as it produced the likes of Burna Boy, Duncan Mighty, Dan D Humorous, Mr 2kay and a host of others but the Wike administration has in no small measure killed the entertainment industry in the state. Accoridng to him, Rivers state has more talented artistes than Davido. Read what he wrote below “Your Excellency Sir, Congrats on your Re-election.” Entertainment which is the bedrock on which a society thrives, should be prioritized in our very own Garden city. From...
Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi, Edo Ready To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage
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Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi, Edo Ready To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage

The governments of Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi and Edo States have agreed to pay the new minimum wage of N30,000. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said in Kano his administration has given priority to the welfare of civil servants in the state, and that is why it is not owning its workers. “We are ready to pay N30,000 monthly salary, because the welfare of our workers is paramount to anything and we will always give it. We will pay the N30,000,” he said. Governor Abdul Aziz Yari Abubakar said in Gusau that Zamfara State under his watch would do everything possible to ensure the welfare of workers in the state does not suffer. Yari who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Publicity and Public Enlightenment, Malam Ibrahim Dosara said that any state government...
INEC Warns Against Disruption Of Rivers Collation Results
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INEC Warns Against Disruption Of Rivers Collation Results

The National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Festus Okoye, has warned against the disruption of Rivers collation results. He said any agent of the various political parties that plans to disrupt the process will be taken out of the collation centre. “If any individual or agent of any political party wants to disrupt the process, that person will be taken out of the collation centre”. Mr Okoye stated this on Channels Television’s breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily. According to him, the commission is determined to conclude the electoral process in the state. He explained that the officials involved in the result collations are experienced and have the mandate of the commission to ensure that the processes are concluded. He also noted t...
Ahmadiyya to hold regional conference in Warri April 12
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Ahmadiyya to hold regional conference in Warri April 12

Enahoro said dignitaries across religions and traditional rulers will grace the occasion as well as leaders of the Jama’at from the headquarters in Lagos, Abuja, Edo, Delta, Rivers and other states in the South-South and South-East geo-political zones, will attend the event. The theme of the conference is: Recognition of God: A true means of salvation. Ahmadiyya Jamaat is a 130-year-old religious organisation, known worldwide for preaching and promoting peaceful coexistence, tolerance, education and provision of social services including establishment of hospitals for the enhancement of human life. The conference which will be held at MOM Civic Center along Airport Road, Warri shall include two segments. The first segment, he said, will be devoted to lectures on moral regeneration...
Nigeria Governorship Election: Nnamdi Kanu warns INEC over results in Rivers, Imo and Abia
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Nigeria Governorship Election: Nnamdi Kanu warns INEC over results in Rivers, Imo and Abia

The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has reacted to reports over alleged manipulation of governorship results in Rivers and Imo states In a statement on Sunday, INEC explained that they took the decision due to widespread violence in the state, during the March 9 governorship and State Assembly polls. The commission also claimed some of its staff were held hostage and materials including results sheets were destroyed. INEC has established a fact-finding committee, to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours. Reacting, Kanu on his Twitter page warned INEC over altercation of results from Rivers and Imo states. “With disturbing reports from Rivers, Imo & Abia governorship elections, we warn INEC that doctored results imposed against ...
Domestic Debts Of 36 States, FCT Hit N3.5trn In H1’18
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Domestic Debts Of 36 States, FCT Hit N3.5trn In H1’18

The Debt Management Office (DMO), yesterday, said the domestic debt stock of the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) stood at N3.5 trillion as at the first half of 2018 (H1’18). The figure indicates that the states and FCT increased their debt stock by about N200 billion or 6.0 percent over the N3.3 trillion recorded at the end of December 2017. According to data released by DMO on its website, Lagos State has the highest debt stock at N517 billion or 17 percent of the total debt stock of states. The data showed the domestic debt stock of the other states among the top five during the period under review are: Delta (N223 billion), Rivers (N191 billion), Akwa Ibom (N179 billion), and Osun (N136 billion). The states with five lowest debts are: Anambra (N2...
2019: I Will Unseat Wike – APC Governorship  Aspirant
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2019: I Will Unseat Wike – APC Governorship Aspirant

An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Rivers, Mr Tonye Cole, said he would unseat the present government in the state in 2019. Cole, who is aspiring to succeed Gov. Nyesom Wike, if given the ticket of his party, said that he would tackle economic and security challenges which the present administration had failed to do. He told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, after submitting his nomination form for the party’s primaries that he would attract foreign direct investment into the state. Tonye Cole According to him, Rivers has the capacity to attract investors if conducive business environment is created. Cole, therefore, said that he would use his experience and connection in business world to actualize the dream of improving on the economic status of the state, if...
NCDC: Lassa Fever Death Toll Rises To 101
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NCDC: Lassa Fever Death Toll Rises To 101

The death toll from the Lassa fever disease ravaging the country since the beginning of the year has risen to 101, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has said. The health agency, in its situation report of April 8, said 408 cases of the disease had been confirmed from 20 states, where the disease has been active. The states are Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory, with Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi having the highest reported cases. The NCDC epidemiological report for week 14 since the disease started, shows that 408 cases have been classified as confirmed and nine probable cases, including 101 deaths. There are also 4,480 contacts identified through ...
70-Year-Old PTA Chairman Beaten, Tied up After Being Caught Raping A 10-Year-Old Girl In Rivers
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70-Year-Old PTA Chairman Beaten, Tied up After Being Caught Raping A 10-Year-Old Girl In Rivers

A yet to be identified 70 year old man was beaten, tied up, today, by irate youths, after allegedly being caught defiling a 10-yr-old girl in Upata, Rivers State. According to a Facebook user, Cecilia Dikibo, the rapist who is said to be the chairman of the Parents Teachers Association of the Girls School, Ahoada, has been engaging in the act and getting away it Read her Facebook post below; This man raped a 10yr old in Ahoada, He Is Currently the P.T.A Chairman Of Girls school Ahoada.. Dear Fida Rivers State Branch Biko so the needful Me: He has been doing this and getting away with it, it’s not a spiritual curse.. This is a face of a pedophile … There are many more
President Buhari: I Don’t Have To Visit Troubled States Before I Take Action
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President Buhari: I Don’t Have To Visit Troubled States Before I Take Action

President Muhammadu Buhari says he does not have to visit troubled states to prove that he is taking action against killings. Buhari said this on Monday in reaction to criticisms of his delay in visiting Rivers, Benue, Zamfara and other states where violence and killings have been recorded in 2018. Speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting in Jalingo, Taraba, he urged the ethnic leaders to find ways of resolving the crisis in the state. He said: “Governor Darius Ishaku and I are here temporarily. We will go at the end of our tenure, but you are permanent with the people at the grass roots. “So, I charge you to go back and find ways of resolving the crises in your domains. Go and give your people justice for peace to reign. “When I was campaigning, I came here and promised to p...
Rivers Lawmaker Implicated In Recent Murder
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Rivers Lawmaker Implicated In Recent Murder

The member representing Omuma Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Kelechi Nworgu has been implicated in the murder of one John Nwala.   John, who is on the wanted list of the Rivers State Government,and Stream Nwafor were earlier reported to have been killed last weekend in Omuma by men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, AKU.     However, a sibling of the deceased, Linus Nwala told newsmen that his brother was not killed by officials of the AKU as reported.   He acknowledged that his brother’s name was in the list of wanted persons by the state government but claimed that this was done out of hatred and as a result of his brother’s membership of a rival political party.   Linus accused the sitting lawmaker, Kelechi Nworgu of playing ...
Don Wayne: Nana, Kidnap Kingpin Granted Amnesty By Okorocha Killed In Rivers
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Don Wayne: Nana, Kidnap Kingpin Granted Amnesty By Okorocha Killed In Rivers

A dreaded kidnap kingpin and cult leader, Augustine Agulegbu, has been shot dead by security operatives in Delta State.   Agulegbu was an integral part of Don Waney’s killer squad, known as ‘The Red Squad.’     He was the sixth-in-command to Don Wayne.   The security operatives, who were mainly personnel of the Department of State Services, DSS, trailed Agulegbu, who is also called Nana, to one of his hideouts located along the New Sapele Road, Obiaruko in Ukwani LGA of Delta State, before he was shot.   It was also gathered that Emenike was one of those granted amnesty by the Imo State Government.   The Chairman of ONELGA, Osi Olisa, who confirmed the killing of Agulegbu to reporters, said that the deceased’s corpse was displayed at...
Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 31 In 15 States
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Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 31 In 15 States

Health minister Isaac Adewole Monday announced that the outbreak of Lassa fever has spread to 15 states, recording 31 deaths. He added that there had been 105 laboratory confirmed cases and three probable cases. The minister told the Emergency National Council of Health in Abuja that cases were recorded in Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Osun and Lagos states. The minister added that 10 health care workers were affected in four states (seven in Ebonyi and with one each in Nasarawa, Kogi and Benue states). Prof Adewole said four health workers died (three in Ebonyi and one in Kogi,) adding that the meeting was summoned to discuss the state of public health challenges in Nigeria with a focus on some of the challenges th...
House Of Reps Probes ECA Over NEC Approval Of $1 Billion To Fight Boko Haram
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House Of Reps Probes ECA Over NEC Approval Of $1 Billion To Fight Boko Haram

The House of Representatives on Thursday directed the House Committee on Finance to audit the Excess Crude Accounts, over the National Economic Council, NEC, approval of $1 billion to fight Boko Haram insurgency. Speaker of the House, Honourable Yakubu Dogara gave the directive after the motion sponsored by Honourable Ken Chikere, entitled “Need to deduct 13 percent derivation from the $1 billion approved by the National Economic Council to fight Boko Haram Insurgency” was stepped down. The Speaker gave the committee four weeks to carry out the exercise and report back to the House for further legislative action. The motion read: That at the 83rd meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on 14 December, 2017, the 36 Gover...
Over 3,400 APC Members Join PDP In Rivers
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Over 3,400 APC Members Join PDP In Rivers

No fewer than 3,400 members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have joined the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State. Receiving the defectors, the party’s Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, assured them of equal treatment and hailed them for being bold in their decision to leave the opposition party in Rivers. Nwanosike said it was expecting a landslide victory in the governorship, senatorial and other elections in the state. The party said its expectation was based on the performance of Governor Nyesom Wike, in the execution of projects across the 23 local government areas of the state. “Over 3,400 APC members from the 13 wards in the Ikwerre LGA, including non-indigenes, have defected to the PDP. The defectors left the APC because of failed promise...
19-Year-Old Strangled, Dumped In Septic Tank In Rivers
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19-Year-Old Strangled, Dumped In Septic Tank In Rivers

A nineteen year old girl, Chiburuoma Boms has been killed and her body dumped in a septic tank in Elekahia Community, Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.   DAILY POST reports that on getting wind of the incident youths of Elekahia went on rampage in violent search of those they suspect to have committed the crime.     The Rivers State Police Command in a statement said preliminary investigations revealed that the teenage girl was strangled to death.   Spokesman of the Command, Nnamdi Omoni stated that six people had been arrested already and were helping the Police with investigation.   Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police said the matter had been transferred to the State CID for further actions.   “Men of the Elekahia Polic...
No Land For Cattle Colony In Rivers – Governor Wike Voice Out
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No Land For Cattle Colony In Rivers – Governor Wike Voice Out

Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, says there is no land for cattle colonies in the state.   Meanwhile he governor said this on Tuesday when he received members of D-Source Connect Group in Port-Harcourt, the state capital.   The federal government had proposed cattle colonies as a measure to end the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers/communities in the country.   But some states, including Benue where at least 70 persons have died in herdsmen killings, have kicked against the idea of such colonies.   Wike said having cattle colonies in Rivers would amount to allowing “external forces” control the state.   “We will not allow our state to be controlled by external forces,” he said.   “We will not be drawn into debates o...
My Performance Has Enhanced PDP’s Electoral Prospects In Rivers, Says Wike
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My Performance Has Enhanced PDP’s Electoral Prospects In Rivers, Says Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated that the electoral prospects of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state have been enhanced following the outstanding performance of his administration. Speaking during a special appearance on Viewpoint, Rhythm FM Port Harcourt Phone-in Programme yesterday, Wike said his projects and programmes rolled out across the state have made the PDP more acceptable to the people. He said: “If elections are held 100 times in Rivers State, the PDP will win. The chances of the PDP are even brighter in Rivers State as a result of my performance. I have projects located in all local government areas of the state. I have reasons in each local government area why the people should vote for me.” He explained that if it is in terms of performance...
Nigeria: Transport Fare Increased By 23.99 Percent In December – NBS
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Nigeria: Transport Fare Increased By 23.99 Percent In December – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) says the average transport fare paid by commuters across the country increased by 23.99 percent in December 2017. The Bureau disclosed this in its monthly Transport Fare Watch released on Wednesday. It said the average fare for bus journey within the cities across Nigeria increased by 23.99% month-on-month and 14.78% year-on-year to N171.34 in December 2017 from N138.19 in November 2017. The Transport fare watch report for December 2017 covers several categories, namely: bus journey within the city per drop constant route ; bus journey intercity, state route, charge per person; air fare charge for specified routes single journey; journey by motorcycle (Okada) per drop; and waterway passenger transport. According to the statistical office, States w...
How SSS Tracked, Killed Don Waney
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How SSS Tracked, Killed Don Waney

A top official of the State Security Service, SSS, on Wednesday revealed how Don Waney, an alleged kidnap kingpin, was tracked to his hideout in Enugu. Mr. Waney allegedly masterminded the killings of 23 worshipers on New Year’s Day, in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers. The source told the News Agency of Nigeria on condition of anonymity on Wednesday that the operation that led to his death was successful and averted further bloodshed in the state. The informant said the decision to swoop on Mr. Waney was taken after he ordered his men to carry out killings of innocent residents of Omoku town. “We intercepted Waney’s phone conversation he had with one of his lieutenant in which he ordered them to attack schools, hospitals, places of worship, marketplaces...
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Buhari Meets Saraki, Dogara; To Meet Benue Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met, behind closed doors, with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. This information was posted on twitter account of the Presidency Nigeria; @NGRPresident on Sunday in Abuja. The post read: “President Muhammadu Buhari meeting with Senate President and the speaker Yakubu Dogara.’’ The meeting was expected to deliberate on national issues including the recent killings reported in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna and Rivers. President Buhari had condemned the reported killings in Benue and ordered the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act for prosecution. The President had on January 2 expressed shock and outrage at reports of killi...
Nigerian Government Demolishes Don Waney’s Mansion in Rivers
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Nigerian Government Demolishes Don Waney’s Mansion in Rivers

The Federal Government has demolished a multi-million naira mansion belonging to the slain Niger Delta militant and notorious kidnapper, Don Waney. The mansion located at Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, was demolished on Tuesday morning. The Nigeria Army had confirmed that Don Waney and two of his accomplices were killed in Enugu   According to Punch, the house was bulldozed under the watch of heavily-armed security agents, who mounted guard at different angles of the militant’s palatial home.   When contacted, the spokesman for the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, told the newspaper , that Waney forfeited the property and other things to the government after he became a fugitive and refused to come out and defend hi...
NLC Appeals To Federal Govt To Urgently Apprehend Killer Herdsmen
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NLC Appeals To Federal Govt To Urgently Apprehend Killer Herdsmen

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has appealed to the Federal Government to urgently apprehend the perpetrators of serial of killings around the country in the guise of herdsmen. Mr Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President made the appealed in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja. Wabba said that the congress believed that the Federal Government must rise up to its responsible by directing appropriate security agencies to urgently apprehend the situation. “We are upset at the rate of serial killings around the country, notably in Benue, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Rivers and Taraba States reported in the media as orchestrated actions of armed civilians in the guise of herdsmen. “We are more worried that these mass murders have continued unabated as if our s...
Governor Wike Wants Death Sentence For Cultists, Kidnappers
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Governor Wike Wants Death Sentence For Cultists, Kidnappers

Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has declared that Government will amend the State Anti-kidnapping Law to prescribe death sentence for those involved in cultism, robbery and kidnapping. Wike made this known during a broadcast in Port Harcourt following the killing of Johnson Igwedibia, popularly known as Don Waney by the security forces on Saturday. He said the three arms of government would work together to amend the state Anti Kidnapping Law to proscribe death penalty to violent crimes. “Rivers government has invested heavily on the security of the state and will continue to do everything within our powers to guarantee the security and safety of lives and properties. “As a fact, we will spare no cost in ensuring that nobody will have peace if the lives and properties of our people ...
Death Of Don Wani Will Restore Peace In Rivers – PDP
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Death Of Don Wani Will Restore Peace In Rivers – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has stated that the death of kidnap kingpin, Don Wani, would restore peace in the state. Chairman of the Rivers State PDP, Felix Obuah, commended the security agencies for killing the criminal behind most of the criminal activities in Ogba, Egbema, and Ndoni local government areas of the state. Obuah further hailed the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, for his quick action in restoring peace in the state. He said: “ The death of Waney and his gang members is God’s answer to the prayers of the peace-loving ONELGA people and the bereaved families of the victims of the New Year massacre victims. “On our part, we would ensure that every encouragement is given to the state government and the security agencies for a more secured and p...
Why Rivers APC Preaches Insecurity – Governor Wike
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Why Rivers APC Preaches Insecurity – Governor Wike

Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state is preaching insecurity because it has nothing to offer the people of the state. He wondered why the former governor of the state, Mr Chibuike Amaechi and Dr Dakuku Peterside, could magnify the issue of kidnapping and cult-related killings when the current administration in the state is tackling security challenges for the development of the state. He spoke at Opobo, during the one-day sensitization programme for the people by the Grassroots Development Initiative, GDI, at the weekend. Governor Wike was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Chukwuemeka Woke. He said: “I recall that Amaechi was governor as at December 14, 2014 when 32 persons were murdered at Omoku. The only...
Governor Wike Cry Out, Asks Federal Govt To Beef Up Security In Rivers
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Governor Wike Cry Out, Asks Federal Govt To Beef Up Security In Rivers

Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers said on Friday that there was an orchestrated plan to create the impression that Rivers was not safe through the promotion of targeted cult related killings. Meanwhile the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Wike made the allegation when the Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau (Rtd) paid him a courtesy call in Port Harcourt. The governor said that the state government was ready to partner with the Federal Government to tackle the security challenges in the state. He stated that the security agencies in the state had knowledge of the cult kingpins terrorizing flashpoints in the state. “The security agencies have the profiles of all cult kingpins in different parts of the state and they know their locations, there is no wisdom in t...
Buhari Meets IGP Over Benue, Rivers, Kaduna Killings
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Buhari Meets IGP Over Benue, Rivers, Kaduna Killings

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over the security situation across the country particularly the killings recorded in Benue, Rivers and Kaduna states. At the end of the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Idris confirmed to State House correspondents that the meeting centred on how to effectively secure the country. He said the President gave him a directive to tighten up the nation’s security. “Every time we meet with the President, he gives a charge. He said that we should go and take care and ensure that we tighten our security,” Idris said. On Benue crisis, the police boss said he would deploy more units to support the efforts policemen are making in the state to ensure adequate protection for the p...
Wike Reveals Root Cause Of Violence In Rivers
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Wike Reveals Root Cause Of Violence In Rivers

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has blamed international oil companies for the recent outbreak of violence and cult-related activities in the state. Wike was reacting to the gruesome killing of 17 people in the state on New Year Day by unknown gunmen, The governor said oil companies in the state were awarding surveillance contracts to cultists who in turn use the money to buy sophisticated weapons to terrorize communities. The governor spoke on Friday when he received the visiting Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, at the Government House, Port Harcourt. Mr. Danbazzau said he was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the state and assess its security situation because of the killing. A Government House statement quoted the governor as telling the minister t...
APM Terminals Waives Charges On Fish Container For IDPs
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APM Terminals Waives Charges On Fish Container For IDPs

APM Terminals Apapa Limited has waived the handling and storage charges estimated to be millions of naira on a container of fish donated by the Federal Government to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yobe. The Managing Director of the terminal, Mr Martin Jacob, said this in Lagos on Wednesday. Jacob said that the 40-foot container laden with Tilapia fish was confiscated by the Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in a statement. He said that the Federal Government through the NCS had directed that the container be released to the Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport (NACST) for onward delivery to the Yobe State Government for the use of IDPs. The managing director said that the management of the terminals limited was always willing to support ...
Omoku Killings: World Council Of Churches Condemns Attack
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Omoku Killings: World Council Of Churches Condemns Attack

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned an attack that occurred on New Year’s Day at the Rivers church in Omuku town, southern Nigeria. At least 16 people were killed by gunmen who opened fire after a New Year’s Day church service, according to police reports. The group had attended a midnight service before they were ambushed in the early hours of Monday. “People who were worshipping, starting anew, celebrating and reflecting on a new year, have lost their lives,” said Tveit. “We condemn this senseless violence. Let us strengthen our resolution to pursue peace and justice for all, dignity for all, the freedom to worship safely for all.” Tveit and the WCC fellowship held those who lost loved ones in prayer. “We mourn for the families of...
Rivers Killing: No Arrest Yet – Police
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Rivers Killing: No Arrest Yet – Police

The Police Command in Rivers says it is working hard to ensure that those that killed at least 14 worshippers in Omoku on January 1 were arrested and brought to Justice. The command’s spokesman, Nnamdi Omini, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Tuesday that though no arrest had been made, some clues had been gotten. NAN reports that gunmen had attacked and killed 14 people that were returning from crossover church service in Omoku in the early hours of January 1 and injured 12 others “The police will ensure that the victims get justice even in their graves, “No stone will be left unturned in the course of our investigations, the long arms of the law will catch up with the killers,” Mr. Omini said. According to him, the killing was a rude shock to the command ...
Rivers APC Leaders Insult Me To Gain Relevance — Wike
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Rivers APC Leaders Insult Me To Gain Relevance — Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike has said the All Progressives Congress leaders in the state only gain recognition from the Federal Government by abusing him. Wike explained that apart from insulting him in the media, the state APC leaders had no political value. The governor spoke on Saturday when he received hundreds of APC defectors from Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area at the Government House in Port Harcourt. He said, “The only way they (Rivers APC leaders) get recognition from the Federal Government is by insulting Wike. Apart from that, they are finished politically. “They must tell Rivers people what they have attracted to the state. After two and half years, they are unable to attract any project to the state.” He said with the level of project delivery in Rivers, it would be ...