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Rivers Speaker Promises Life Changing Laws

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The Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Tonye Harry, says Rivers people would witness more effective oversight functions and laws that will change their lives  in the next dispensation of government.

Harry stated this in an interview with The Tide at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

The Speaker noted that the oversight functions of the present legislature in the state provided a lee-way for the executive arm to record many success, saying that laws such as the marching ground law on landlords and community youths brought relief to Rivers people.

“When re-elected, I will ensure that laws that will change the lives of Rivers people, especially the type that will be like the marching ground law will be enacted”, Harry said.

The state chief lawmaker who commented on the just-concluded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries, described the exercise very free and fair, adding that delegates expressed their views through their voters.

He denied reports that candidates were imposed on the people as insinuated by some people. Rather, he said in some areas where there is consensus, people feel it’s imposition”, adding that consensus is part of election process.

Harry said that Governor Chibuike Amaechi contested the primaries with three aspirants including Sir Celestine Omehia, adding that he was not aware of Omehia’s withdrawal from the race as his name came up at Abuja.

On the allegation by Prince Chibudom Nwuche former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives that Chief G.U. Ake, state PDP chairman manipulated the Rivers West Senatorial primaries in favour of his younger brother, Senator Wilson Ake, Harry said Chief Ake  was not at Ahoada that fateful day.

“The state party chairman was not even at Ahoada that day of the primaries. I was at Ahoada myself and I did not see the party chairman”, he declared and enjoined all  those who lost in the primaries to come together and join hands to move the party to another level, particularly during forthcoming general elections.

Shedie Okpara

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Twitter Promoting Instability, Act Of Terrorism In Nigeria, FG Alleges

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The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday, told the House of Representatives that the government decided to ban the operations of Twitter in Nigeria because it was promoting instability and act of terrorism in the country.

The minister, who spoke at a public hearing on the Twitter ban organised by a joint committee of the House, said despite repeated reminders, Twitter continued to provide separatist groups the platform to promote terrorism in the country.

He said the decision of the government was supported by the position of Section 45 of the 1999 Constitution, the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and also the Anti-Terrorism Act, among others.

He said the twitter also provided IPOB, an organization that was banned by the court in Nigeria the platform to spread hate news and ordering the killing of soldiers, policemen and burning public institutions.

On the issue of personal liberty, he explained that personal liberty can always be suspended when the rights of others is at stake.

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Igangan: Court Orders Release Of Detained OPC Members After Three Months

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The Chief Magistrate Court 2, Iyaganku, Ibadan, in the Oyo State capital, yesterday, ordered the release of three members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), three months after their detention by the Oyo State Police Command.

The OPC members – Awodele Adedigba, Dauda Kazeem and Hassan Ramon – had been detained mid-March, 2021, after they arrested a suspected criminal reportedly from the Fulani ethnic stock, Iskilu Wakili.

Wakili had been accused of terrorising Igangan and other villages in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

The OPC had handed over Wakili to the Oyo State Police Command but the police subsequently detained three OPC members for allegedly burning down Wakili’s house and killing an unknown woman in the process.

However, the OPC and one of its leaders, Gani Adams, had said that the murder and arson allegations were false; adding that it immediately handed over Wakili and three of his accomplices to the police in Igboora after their arrest.

The three detainees, yesterday, appeared before the magistrates’ court, presided over by A.O. Amzat, and were discharged and acquitted after the state’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions failed to prove to the court that the OPC men were guilty as charged.

Counsel for the defendants, Akwarandu Adetoun, said that the magistrate struck out the case and ordered the release of the detainees.

The OPC Coordinator in Oyo State, Rotimi Olumo, also confirmed the release of his men in a chat with newsmen, yesterday.

Before Wakili’s arrest, farmers and residents of Igangan, Ayete, Kajola and neighbouring villages in Ibarapaland lived in perpetual fear of Wakili who was accused of displacing them from their farms, kidnapping their rich men and raping their women.

Igangan has been in the eye of the storm of late as marauding hoodlums carry out successive attacks on the rustic agrarian village, creating palpable panic and tension in residents of the area.

Earlier in June, no fewer than 17 persons were reportedly shot dead when hoodlums invaded the town on motorcycles around 11pm, and started killing and destroying property, which continued until around 3am the next day.

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Buhari Names Six Ministers, Others To Resolve Twitter Impasse

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Federal Government’s team to engage with Twitter over the recent suspension of its operations in Nigeria.

The approval was announced in a statement in Abuja, yesterday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who will chair the team.

The Federal Government’s team also comprises the Attorney-General of the Federation and Honourable Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; as well as other relevant government agencies.

Following the indefinite suspension of its operations in Nigeria, for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence, Twitter wrote to Buhari seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension, with a view to charting a path forward.

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