Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Onueze C.J. Okocha has called on the Federal Government not to relent in making sure that members of the fundamentalist Muslim group, Boko-Haram are brought to book considering the havoc they have unleashed in the country.
Okocha, (SAN) made the call during a chat with newsmen shortly after the swearing-in of six new High Court Judges by the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi yesterday in Port Harcourt.
The former NBA boss who spoke against the backdrop of plans by the federal authorities to dialogue with the group, averred that peace talks should be based on the part of justice, as he lamented the loss of lives and properties as a result of the group’s activities.
Okocha remarked that, “If we look at the incidents that have occurred throughout the country, bombing of churches, bombing of Police stations, killings of innocent civilians and citizens, it seems to me that it is a law and order matter”.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria argued that the Niger-Delta agitation differs from that of the Boko Haram in that it was hinged on genuine demands stemming from long years of neglect, environmental pollution and resource control.
So far, he stated that the Boko-Haram has remained faceless and their demand for the termination of western education bogus,” for me, we must seek ways and means to maintain and enforce law and order. Anybody who bombs a Church or mosque for that matter and says it is Boko haram should be arrested and prosecuted”, he added.
On whethter the federal government should proceed with the peace talks, Okocha averred,” we talk peace with people who want peace. We don’t talk peace with people who want to kill all of us”.
Meanwhile, the erudite lawyer has described Nigerian Judiciary as one of the finest in the world despite challenges in the system.
He was of the view that the judiciary has asserted itself as an independent arm of government over the years stressing that in recent times there have not been any record of compromise by judicial officers.
“In recent past we have not heard of any Governor or Speaker or highly placed politician interfering with the manner in which the courts decides and determines a case”, Okocha observed.
While congratulating the new judges, he advocated for financial independence of the judiciary pointing out that starving the courts of funds would hamper the integrity of the judiciary and its independence.
Council Boss Calls For Unity Among Okrika Indigenes
The Chairman of Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon Akuro Tobin, has enjoined the people of the local government area to work in unity among every community and interest group in order to advance the development of the area
Akuro stated this when he organized a special luncheon to host traditional leaders, elected representatives, and other stakeholders of Okrika extraction held at the council premises over the weekend
The council boss spoke on the need for peaceful coexistence amongst the people and the need for all hands to be on deck in order to maintain the existing peace and security being enjoyed by all in the area, adding that no community can develop without peace and security.
He assured the people that his administration would collaborate with everyone to bring the desired development in the area, saying that his administration would embark on people-oriented projects that will impact positively and improve the well-being of the people
Akuro used the opportunity to call on the people to support his administration, adding that he will always interface with the people at all times and thanked the traditional institution for their efforts in maintaining absolute peace and tranquility across communities in the local government area.
In their remarks, Hon. Bright Gogo, a member of the federal House of Representatives and Alfred Abam assured the council boss of their readiness to give him the much-needed support and cooperation to enable him to move the council to greater heights.
Those who attended include the Amanyanabo of Okrika, King Alfred Seminitari Abam, Amanyanabo of Ogoloma, King E.T. I Obudibo, Amanyanabo of Kirike Town, King Air Commodore T. E. O Ogube (rtd), Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, King Ateke Michael Tom.
Others include the member representing Okrika/Ogu Bolo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Bright Gogo, the member representing Okrika State Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Linda Somiari-Stewart and the former Minister of Transport, Chief Abiye Precious Sekibo.
By: Michael T. Abraham
Wike Commissions 350 Shop-Ultra-Modern Market In Etche
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike at the weekend commissioned an ultra-modern market with 350 shops at Ulakwo in Etche Local Government Area.
The market is one of the projects of the council chairman, Dr Obinna Anyanwu.
Wike, represented by the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Desmond Akawor, said the project will improve the economy of the area.
He also said the execution of the project was indication that the council chairman was following in the footsteps of Governor Wike.
While stressing that Etche Local Government Area was a major beneficiary of the present administration, warned the people of Etche against being misled by members of the opposition.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Urban Development and Physical Planning, Mr Austin Ben Chioma said the people of Etche are happy with the development programmes, of the council chairman.
Chioma, however, urged the chairman to replicate the project in other parts of Etche.
Also speaking, a former Commissioner in Rivers State, Chief Alwell Onyesoh said the project will have direct bearing on the economy of the area.
According to him, the project is significant as it will help farmers in the area with a place to sell their goods.
Earlier, the council chairman, Dr Obinna Anyanwu said the project was to provide a place for the people who are predominantly farmers to sell their produce.
He said the market before now was as a shanty but that his administration had turned it into an edifice that people can see.
By: John Bibor
NULGE Hails Steps To Instil Discipline In Emohua Council
The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Rivers State says the union is in support of the policy of the current administration of Emohua Local Government Council to instil discipline among workers.
The State President of NULGE, Comrade Clifford Paul who made the statement when the leadership of NULGE visited the Emohua Local Government Chairman, Dr Chidi Lloyd at the council secretariat last Thursday said they were at Emohua council secretariat to rub minds and see areas they could work together for the interest of workers and government.
Paul said the policy to sanitize the system and instil discipline among workers was a genuine intention to correct the irregularities in the nominal roll of the council staff.
The union boss commended the council chairman for using his wealth of experience in handling the issue of workers salaries in the local government area.
He pleaded with the council chairman to facilitate the payment of primary healthcare workers in the local government area who are yet to receive their salaries.
The council chairman, Dr.Chidi Lloyd further reassured the union that the legitimate council workers and the staff of primary healthcare who have not received their salaries are going to receive theirs before the end of the week.
Lloyd noted that the council was paying salaries to those who do not go to work, stating that the policy was aimed at instilling discipline amongst workers.
By: Ike Wigodo
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