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3 Perish In Fuel Tanker Crash …As Fire Guts 4 Vehicles, Injures 10

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The accidented petrol tanker at kilometre 17 Port Harcourt-Aba express road spilling its contents before bursting into flames, yesterday. Photo: Prince Dele Obinna

The accidented petrol tanker at kilometre 17 Port Harcourt-Aba express road spilling its contents before bursting into flames, yesterday. Photo: Prince Dele Obinna

A fatal accident involving two petrol tankers and two heavy duty trucks has claimed three lives along the Port Harcourt-Aba Express Road.

The accident which occurred yesterday at Kilometre 17 Port Harcourt Aba Express Road off Eleme Junction, opposite Feuggerolle Nigeria Limited also caused injuries to more than 10 persons.

Eye witnesses told The Tide that the accident occurred when one of the tankers in an attempt to negotiate through the  bad part of the road, veered off, spilling its contents, before bursting into flames.

According to the account, petrol from one of the tankers  helped to ignite the other trucks involved in the accident.

Among the dead were the tanker driver whose body was immediately recovered and the conductor who was lying lifeless in the water when our reporter visited the scene at about 2.00pm, yesterday.

However, when contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Dr Rita Inoma-Abbey confirmed the incident but declined to comment on the exact casualty figure.

Meanwhile, residents of the area have blamed the incident on negligence by the government which failed to make the road safe for motorists.

One of the residents, Mr Joseph Ejiofor described the incident as devastating.

“We are all surprised coming here to see this situation. The government should come and rescue people from here, make drainage , channel the water. It is not a big deal, it is something they can do”, he said

Another resident, Mr Eze urged the government to channel the water into  Imo river.

‘Government should make this place motorable in January, FERMA came here they did what they did and left”, he said.

The Tide learnt that because of the heavy traffic caused by the incident, vehicles coming from Abia State to Port Harcourt had to go through Igbo Etche.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government has awarded the contract for the repairs of the failing spots along the Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway within the Oyigbo axis

State Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Dr Dawari George made this known to newsmen, while inspecting the remains of petrol tankers that collided with a commercial bus leaving two people dead at the spot, yesterday.

Dr George while expressing sadness over the accident, said measures are being put in place to avert such incidents in the future. He added that government was concerned about the welfare of its citizens.

 

Kevin Nengia

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Governor Wike Releases N450M To 2019 Presidential Election Violence Victims In Abonnema

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The State Chief Executive Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has released the sum of Four hundred and fifty million naira to the victims of the 2019 Presidential election violence in Abonnema.
Speaking during  a meeting preparatory to giving out the cash, Governor Wike  said the gesture is in fulfilment of his promise to the people of Abonnema  at the Church service to honour those who lost their lives, the injured and those who lost properties during the crisis.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government Dr. Tammy Wenike  Danagogo, Governor Wike said no amount of money could adequately compensate the people for the harrowing experience they suffered in the hands of the Nigerian Army, stating that he appreciates the support and commitment of the People of  Akuku Toru Local Government Area before, during and after the elections. He said he would continue to execute programmes that would positively impact on the lives of the people of the  Area.
He assured them that the second phase of the Abonnema ring road would be commissioned before the end of June, stressing that the contractor has been fully paid.
According to him in the face of the Covid 19 Pandemic he has continued to stand by the People of the State by taking practical steps not only to protect Rivers People but to also provide palliatives to bring succour to the vulnerable and less privileged unlike the   selfish politicians in other political  parties who only visit the people to solicit for votes during elections but do not have the interest of the people at heart.
In his remarks the Amayanabo of Abonnema King Disrael  Gbobo Bobmanuel thanked  Governor Wike for fulfilling his promise to the Abonnema People, noting that the Governor has proven over the years that his word is his bond.
According to him the Governor is a man worthy of trust and support because he has fulfilled all his promises to the Abonnema People. He Advised beneficiaries to make judicious use of the Money the Governor has graciously given to them.
Earlier the Chairman of Akuku Toru Local Government Area Hon. Roland Sekibo who said he is still traumatized by the events that took place during the Presidential election in 2019 expressed gratitude to Governor Wike for his kind gesture, stressing that the People of his Local Government Area would continue to support the Governor in his quest to improve the lives of Rivers People.
Also speaking one of the beneficiaries Mr  Minamiango Romeo  who sustained gunshot injuries  expressed gratitude to Governor Wike for not abandoning them in their time of need and promised to continue to support his Administration and the leaders of the Local Government Area.
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PROBE: EFCC Should Stop Media Trial – Rivers State Government

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The Rivers State Government says its attention has been drawn to a fresh wave of media trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the officials of the state.

According  to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, “the latest attempt contained in today’s edition( May 24,2020)of The Nation Newspaper alleged that the State Government has refused to release top officials for interrogation in connection to the withdrawal of N118 billion in cash between 2015 and 2018.

 

“We have repeatedly said that the State Government will not release its officials to the EFCC for investigations until the commission approaches the Court  to set aside Subsisting orders of perpetual  injunction granted by various courts of competent jurisdiction restraining the EFCC from investigating or inquiring into the financial transactions of the Rivers  State Government including its ministries, departments and  agencies.

 

“In view of these  Subsisting judgments, it would amount  to an act of brazen  illegality for the EFCC to  insist  on  interrogating  any official OF the Rivers State Government.
For the avoidance of doubt, no official of the Rivers State Government would appear before the EFCC until the subsisting judgments in favour of the Rivers State Government are set aside on appeal.

“Resorting to the Media can only be described as cheap blackmail and witch-hunt to turn away public attention from the development strides in the State.

“This media trial that they engage in all the time will not take the place of our extant laws no matter how hard they try.

“The EFCC should stop playing to the gallery and pursue its war against corruption within the ambits of the law.

 

“Rivers State Government is committed to the Rule of Law and cannot be intimidated by the EFCC.

“Those who want to use the EFCC to promote their political agenda in the State will fail because we know their antics.

“Targeting Rivers State for this occasional media trial should be seen by the public for what it is, “political witch-hunt,” the statement said.

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Rivers Records 27 New Coronavirus Cases …Manager Of Prodest Hotel Among The New Cases

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Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive coronavirus  cases.

A statement signed by the Rivers state Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed that the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme is among the new positive cases.

According to the statement, the latest development validates the State Government’s proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19.

Recall that Prodest Hotel was demolished two weeks ago because the owners violated Executive Order 7 which banned the operation of hotels.

The COVID-19 Taskforce members from the Local Government who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.

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