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I have no hand in the raid of Mary Odili’s residence – Abubakar Malami
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I have no hand in the raid of Mary Odili’s residence – Abubakar Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has denied claims he ordered the raid carried out at the Abuja residence of Justice Mary Odili, a Supreme Court Judge and wife of former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, on Friday, October 29. Some Nigerians had accused the AGF of masterminding the raid of the Odili's. However a statement released by his media aide, Jibrilu Gwandu, said the AGF 'will not stoop too low to be associated with an apparent in-elegant and nasty court process on the strength of which the purported search warrant was procured. “The media reports on the issue depict too untidy process that could never emanate from the Office of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. The Office ...
Local government chairman in Rivers state dies in his sleep
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Local government chairman in Rivers state dies in his sleep

The Executive Chairman of Bonny Local Government Area, Rivers State, David Rogers Irimagha, is dead. The Nation reports that although the cause of his death is yet to be made public, their sources said that he died in his sleep. “He was found dead in his sleep this morning,” a source, who spoke in confidence, said, adding that the entire council had been thrown into mourning. The deceased was among the second term elected chairmen inaugurated in April 2021 after the local government election in the state.
CJN reads riot Act to heads of courts granting frivolous exparte orders to politicians
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CJN reads riot Act to heads of courts granting frivolous exparte orders to politicians

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad on Monday evening read riot Act to judges in the country, granting frivolous ex-parte orders in undeserved matters to politicians in Nigeria. He warmed the affected judges to desist from the act or have themselves to blame for any act of judicial misconduct. At a crucial closed door meeting held at the National Judicial Council, NJC headquarters in Abuja with seven Chief Judges (CJs) over issuance of conflicting ex-parte orders in their territory, he vowed that NJC will no longer condone any of such from Judges. The furious CJN personally interrogated Chief Judge, FCT, Abuja. Chief Judge, Rivers State, Chief Judge, Kebbi State, Chief Judge, Cross River State, Chief Judge, Jigawa State, Chief Judge, Anambra State and...
Fire guts Abonnema Wharf in Port Harcourt
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Fire guts Abonnema Wharf in Port Harcourt

A section of Abonnema Wharf in Port Harcourt Local Government Area of Rivers State was on Wednesday gutted by fire. The incident has caused panic in the area as several petrol tankers parked in the area made frantic efforts to leave at the same time. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report. DAILYPOST however observed that firefighters have arrived at the scene of the fire and are making efforts to put it out. Details later…
Gunmen kill son of local vigilante member in Rivers community
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Gunmen kill son of local vigilante member in Rivers community

One person identified as Prince Oguzo has been shot dead by suspected criminals in Ibaa community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State. Oguzo, twenty-four years old, was the son of a member of the vigilante in the community. He was reportedly shot dead in his father’s house in the early hours of Wednesday. The spokesman of the vigilante group, Ohaka Obisike who confirmed the incident said the “innocent young boy” was shot dead after the assailants missed his father who appeared to be their main target. Ohaka said other members of the vigilante group later intervened and chased the hoodlums away. He, however, called on the security agencies to go after the “parents of the criminals who are known in the community” In his words “It was around 2am this morning ...
“Private jet is next” – Nigerian pastor declares as he surprises wife with Lexus car on wedding anniversary for being a ‘virtuous woman’
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“Private jet is next” – Nigerian pastor declares as he surprises wife with Lexus car on wedding anniversary for being a ‘virtuous woman’

A Nigerian pastor, Alfred Akunchukwu (a.k.a Jah Messenger) from ONELGA, Rivers State, has surprised his wife with a Lexus car on their 7th wedding anniversary. Pastor Akunchukwu, the pastor in-charge of Distinction Ministries, Port Harcourt, presented the jeep to Caroline, on Monday, August 16 and thanked her for helping him to stay true to his calling, adding that he plans on buying a private jet for her. "It's our 7th wedding anniversary. A good man may not remain a good man if he is not married to a good woman. I have a Caroline Alfred that has helped me remain pastor Alfred without loosing my calling. I just want to say thank you my pretty wife. Jah Messenger say so!," he wrote. "This gift is just to say thank you so much my pretty wife for being a virtuous woman and a pru...
EFCC arraigns suspect for N425m internet fraud, accomplices on the run
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EFCC arraigns suspect for N425m internet fraud, accomplices on the run

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a suspected internet fraudster, Samuel Akunomah. Justice A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is presiding over the case. Akunomah faces 45-counts bordering on internet fraud, impersonation and obtaining money under false pretense to the tune of N425,000,000. Among the charges, in 2020, Akunomah and Omena Precious Okeren, Shittu Adebayo, Austin Chibike, Charemon Golden (all at large) took possession of the sum through FCMB Bank Account No. 4915799016 in the name of Skillz Nigeria Enterprises. EFCC said the money formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and run contrary to Section 15 (1)(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended). Prosecution co...
Pirates Abduct Eight Boat Travellers In Rivers
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Pirates Abduct Eight Boat Travellers In Rivers

Suspected pirated have abducted eight persons travelling via a passenger boat along the Kula-Abonrma waterway in Rivers State. Confirming their abduction, the Rivers Chairman, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Jonah Jumbo said the victims were abducted on Monday, July 19, by suspected pirates. According to Jumbo, out of the eight kidnapped persons, five were members of the maritime union in Kula, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area headed to Port Harcourt for a meeting. “The Kula unit and Abomema unit (of martime workers union) were asked to come for a meeting in the state office here in Port Harcourt, this morning (Monday). On their way from Kula, we got a complaint (report) that the officials who were coning for the meeting were kidnapped. All the passengers were kidnappe...
Nigeria returns seized vessel to Switzerland government
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Nigeria returns seized vessel to Switzerland government

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Saturday returned a Swiss vessel, MT San Padre Pio, to the Government of Switzerland, three years after it was seized by the Nigerian Navy. The navy arrested the vessel and its 16 Ukrainian nationals on January 23, 2018 for illegal entry and transport of gas oil into Nigeria’s waters without a permit. An official in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Dr Francis Oni, handed over the vessel and cargo to the representatives of the Swiss government at a brief ceremony in Onne, Rivers State. Oni said after the seizure of the vessel, its crew were charged to the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt for trial. “MT San Padre Pio was caught transferring gas oil into another ship on Nigerian waters in the middle of the night without permission from relev...
Others were accepted but I was rejected thrice at ritualists’ den – Rivers’ abducted nurse
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Others were accepted but I was rejected thrice at ritualists’ den – Rivers’ abducted nurse

An 18-year-old auxiliary nurse, Rachael David, has relived her close shave with death at a suspected ritual killers’ den in Rivers State after she was kidnapped at Okuru Junction, Port Harcourt. David, who is currently receiving treatment in a hospital, regained her freedom around 5pm on Friday. Sunday Punch learnt that the teenager had gone to buy something at the junction around 7am on Thursday and was returning home when a motorist signalled to her, asking for direction to Bitter Leave Junction. She said as she was describing the place to the driver, she was hypnotised and lost her senses until she arrived at an unknown destination. David explained, “I went to get something at Okuru Junction that Thursday morning before going to work. I didn’t get what I went to buy. While I...
Billionaire Businessman, Markson Ijiomah spotted Controlling Traffic in Port Harcourt
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Billionaire Businessman, Markson Ijiomah spotted Controlling Traffic in Port Harcourt

Nigerian billionare business mogul, Markson Chinedu Ijiomah, was spotted controlling traffic in the GRA area of Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Tuesday, May 11. The founder of Chinmark group, said he didn't do it to show off but to motivate others to change their immediate environments. "If we all seat like kings there will be no change, GRA Port Harcourt was blocked this evening all round, I instructed my protocol to stop, sent the security ahead to clear other junctions while I handle this one. Movement was eased and the street smiled a little.It is not for show but to motivate you in changing your immediate environment one step at a time, we are all we have. All we have God gave us." he said.
APC has Dragged Nigeria 50 Years Backwards – Governor Nyesom Wike
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APC has Dragged Nigeria 50 Years Backwards – Governor Nyesom Wike

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is the ruling party, has dragged Nigeria 50 years backwards due to its "abysmal performance." The governor said this when the Vice President of Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Obiageli Ejezie, led other leaders of the association to the Government House, Port Harcourt, to confer on him the “2019/2020 Good Governance Award” for his outstanding achievements in project execution in Rivers. Speaking to the delegation in his office, Governor Wike said in 2015, the APC convinced Nigerians that they were going to offer better governance than former President Goodluck Jonathan. He said going by the results of the APC since it came into power in 2015, Nigeria has only being retrogressing under the its lea...
Wike Imposes Night Curfew In All Rivers LGA From 10.00 p.m. To 6.00 a.m.
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Wike Imposes Night Curfew In All Rivers LGA From 10.00 p.m. To 6.00 a.m.

STATE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY NYESOM EZENWO WIKE, CON, GSSRS, POS ON THE RECENT SECURITY BREACHES IN RIVERS STATE. My dear people of Rivers State On 28th April 2021, the Rivers State Security Council, in consideration of the recent murderous attacks on security personnel in Ikwerre and Abua/Odual Local Government Areas imposed a night-time curfew on our land borders with other States. 2. A review of the present security situation shows that the threat of further deadly attacks on hard and soft targets across the State still exists. 3. This being so, it has become imperative for the State Government to take further necessary measures to secure our State and safeguard lives and property. 4. Accordingly, the State Security Council has, today, after exhaustive deliberation,...
EFCC To Set Up Chemical Lab To Fight Illegal Oil Bunkering
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EFCC To Set Up Chemical Lab To Fight Illegal Oil Bunkering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to establish a fully-integrated chemical laboratory in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to combat the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta region. EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement quoted the Port Harcourt zonal head of the commission, Chief Detective Superintendent (CDS) Aliyu Naibi, as making the disclosure while hosting the executives of the Petroleum Products Retail Outlet Owners Association of Nigeria (PETROAN), System 2E Eastern zone, who paid him a courtesy visit. According to him, the issue of illegal oil bunkering was rampant in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and the EFCC had been relying on the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for product analysis, in the investigation of su...
Aggrieved APC Candidates Criticize Amaechi Over Boycott Of Rivers Council Polls
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Aggrieved APC Candidates Criticize Amaechi Over Boycott Of Rivers Council Polls

Aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to Magnus Abe have lambasted the Minister of Transportation and leader of the party in Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, for writing to the State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC), that the APC will not participate in today’s election. The Abe faction had conducted primaries for the Local Councils elections and the chairmanship and councillorship candidates emerged, hoping to be elected at the polls before the Supreme Court disqualified their faction and authenticated the Isaac Ogbobula camp which is loyal to Amaechi. The aggrieved APC members, while speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt, described the action of the minister as unfortunate, stressing that the unfavourable development came up after they had perfected al...
Two Arrested in Rivers with Substandard Ponmo from Madagascar
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Two Arrested in Rivers with Substandard Ponmo from Madagascar

The Rivers State Government says it has intercepted a truckload of suspected substandard animal hide, popularly called ponmo, in Onne, Eleme Local Government Area of the state, that were imported into the country from Madagascar. The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Fred Kpakol, who disclosed this to newsmen, said two persons who accompanied the products to the country have been arrested. “We got a tip-off that some canda meat that was imported found its way into the state. We went in and found out that it had come in from the Onne Port. It’s was a container full of canda meat. We were able to intercept it and took it to the area command. When it was opened, it was discovered that it was adulterated and stinking. “From the import paper, we found out that it came in from Ma...
Wike Bans Meeting Of Igbo Group In Oyigbo, Rivers State
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Wike Bans Meeting Of Igbo Group In Oyigbo, Rivers State

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has placed a ban on a planned meeting of some Igbo residents in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state over fears that such a meeting could spark fresh unrest in the area. The meeting by a group known as the United Igbo community is scheduled to be held at Oyigbo on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Wike in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim directed security agencies to ensure that the said meeting does not hold to forestall a breakdown of law and order in the area. Oyigbo LGA which shares boundary with Abia state is considered a stronghold of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Wike had in October 2020 declared a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo after a police station and other facilit...
NNPC Signs $1.5 Billion Contract For Rehabilitation Of PH Refinery
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NNPC Signs $1.5 Billion Contract For Rehabilitation Of PH Refinery

The drive by the Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to boost in-country refining capacity was bolstered on Tuesday with the signing of the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) contract for the rehabilitation of the 210,000 barrels per day capacity Port Harcourt Refinery in Alesa-Eleme, Rivers State. The rehabilitation project which has a completion timeline of between 18 and 44 months under a three-phase arrangement was awarded to Milan based Tecnimont SpA at a lump sum contract price of US$1.5 billion, inclusive of VAT and other statutory payments. An elated Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, described the PHRC rehabilitation project as a dream come true, noting that the project was in l...
Wike Launches C4I Security Outfit To Tackle Insecurity, ESN
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Wike Launches C4I Security Outfit To Tackle Insecurity, ESN

In pursuit of our desire to ensure the safety of lives and property in Rivers State, we today re-launched Rivers State's security outfit tagged C4I. Personnel of the outfit which comprises of 400 policemen and 200 civil defence personnel have in the last month been specially trained in relevant skills to ensure they carry out their duty efficiently. We have made appreciable success in the area of security but we wouldn't rest on our oars. With C4I we intend to take it a step further by adopting a proactive policing approach and nipping the effort of criminals in the bud. C4i vehicles branded with their Local Government Areas of responsibility have been deployed to each Local Government Area in the state. To further boost our security in the riverine areas, in the next few week...
Fulani Herdsmen Destroy Farms, Rape Women In Agbonchia, Rivers State
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Fulani Herdsmen Destroy Farms, Rape Women In Agbonchia, Rivers State

There has been tension in Agbonchia community in the Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State after Fulani herdsmen invaded the area, destroying farmlands and assaulting the residents. SaharaReporters learnt that the invasion started on Monday with residents deserting the area gradually due to the fear of the killer herdsmen, who reportedly also raped some women in the community. Some of the residents told SaharaReporters that a massive peaceful protest is being carried out today, Friday, to force the attention of the state and federal government to the community which is presently under herdsmen’s siege. “Right now, farms in Agbonchia have been taken over by Fulani herdsmen. Our women are crying in the farms. To return home is almost impossible. Everyone is angry. We are p...
Rivers State Teachers Protest Over 5 Years Unpaid Salaries
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Rivers State Teachers Protest Over 5 Years Unpaid Salaries

Teachers in Primary and Secondary Schools in Rivers State-owned tertiary institutions are currently protesting over non-payment of their salaries running into five years. The protesting teachers, numbering over 250, with placards and banners, alleged that they have lost about ten of their colleagues due to the hardship experienced within the period. The protesting teachers, who came out with their children, as well as sympathizers from the civil society organizations in the state, said they were from Primary and Secondary Schools in the Rivers State University, the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, and the Ken Saro–Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori. They wondered why Governor Nyesom Wike would give N500million to the Sokoto state government over a burnt market while refusing to pay...
South South PDP Congress Elects New Executives
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South South PDP Congress Elects New Executives

South South PDP Congress Elects New Executives At Obiwali International Centre, Port harcourt Rivers State. The 16th Elected Zonal Officers are as follows: 1) CHIEF DAN OSI ORBIH - National Vice Chairman (Edo State) 2) CHIEF MRS TESSY TORU - Woman Leader (Delta) 3) CHUKS NWABUNÍ - Ex. Officio (Delta) 4) AMADI SILVER NWANYANWU - Ex. Officio (Rivers) 5). EVELYN WEKE - Treasurer (Rivers) 6) FELIX OMENU - Secretary (Bayelsa) 7) BARR. GEORGE TURNAH - Legal Adviser (Bayelsa) 8) BARR, LLOYD OWONARU - Youth Leader (Bayelsa) 9) SAMSON ABU Ex-officio (Edo) 10) ANTHONY IKUENOBE - Financial Secretary (Edo) 11) OBONG PAUL A. EKPO - National Ex-officio (Akwa Ibom) 12) MR. MONDAY CHARLIE AKPAN - Ex- Officio (Akwa Ibom) 13) BISHOP ANTE ANTE - Publicity (Akwa Ibo...
I Can Walk Around Rivers State Without Security Because I Have Performed – Wike
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I Can Walk Around Rivers State Without Security Because I Have Performed – Wike

Rivers States Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says despite attempts by agents of the Federal Government to cripple his administration from the onset, he has not disappointed Rivers’ people and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the governance of the State. Governor Wike said he could walk around the entire Rivers State today without security because his administration and the PDP have fulfilled their promises to transform the State for the benefit of all. He made this assertion at the inauguration of the ultramodern Government House clinic and Administrative Building in Port Harcourt. “I have not disappointed the people of Rivers State and I have not disappointed the party that gave me the privilege to contribute my own quarter to the development of the State. But for politics...
Jubilation as Fisherman Catches Giant Swordfish in Rivers Community
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Jubilation as Fisherman Catches Giant Swordfish in Rivers Community

A fisherman on Friday morning, March 5, caught a giant swordfish at Oyorokotor fishing settlement in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. Swordfish also known as broadbills in some countries, are large, highly migratory, predatory fish characterized by a long, flat, pointed bill. They are elongated, round-bodied, and lose all teeth and scales by adulthood.
Victims Laments As Oil Spill Ravages Rivers Farmlands, Fish Ponds
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Victims Laments As Oil Spill Ravages Rivers Farmlands, Fish Ponds

Farmers in Okogbe clan, in the Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State are counting their losses after an oil spill destroyed farmland, crops and fish ponds worth millions of naira. It was gathered that two separate spills from Okordia-Rumuekpe pipeline operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company and Ogoda-Brass pipeline operated by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) occurred in the area around the middle of 2020. Some of those affected claimed that the spills, which was not cleaned, was dispersed by flood into the surrounding communities, culminating in a fire which devastated farmlands, streams, forest and other sources of livelihoods One of the farmers, Dr Patricia Ogbonnaya, said she noticed crude oil in her farmland in December 2020, adding that despite s...
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 ...

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