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Central Naval Headquarters Gets Quit Notice

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The Josephus Family of Agudama-Epie has given authorities of  the  Naval Central Command Headquarters, Yenagoa 14 days to quit Camp Porbeni, situated  along Mbama/Yenagoa Road, which they claimed belongs to them or in alternative enter direct negotiation with the family.

Camp Porbeni serves as temporary residential and operational headquarters of the newly created Central Naval Command.

The large expanse of land was developed by Konaliz Investments Nigeria Limited, a firm of land developers owned by Retired Rear Admiral festus Probeni,who at a time had servede as Minister for transport.

The landowners are threatening to seek legal means to enforce their ownership right over the choice parcel of land, since according to them, Konaliz Investments (Nigeria) Limited has failed to meet with them to settle the matter.

But former Rear Admiral Festus Porbeni (rtd.),when contacted in a telephone interview, asserted his ownership of the land, saying he has a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), a deed of conveyance duly signed by the landowners and a survey map of the parcel of land.

Porbeni declared that “if they go to court, it will be best for me asking “why it is only now that the Josephus family is seeking such action when I entered into the land since 1995”.

The retired Rear Admiral disclosed that he had once arrested  Hon. Abila Josephus who was selling his land behind Camp Porbeni and each time, he behaved as if he was mad,  was promptly released.

According to him, Abila was afraid of losing all the land he had illegally sold to people hence he was threatening such action, stressing that as an elder statesman, he will continue to pursue the path of peace.

Probeni also said in view of the development, he will formally inform the Inspector General of Police, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Secretary to the State Government and the Central Naval Command over the activities of Abila.

Already, the Josephus family had written to Konaliz Investment (Nigeria) Limited alleging forceful occupation of the site now called Camp Porbeni, arrest and intimidation by both the police and JTF and staff of the company.

The letter dated 31st May, 2010 written by a legal counsel, Chief F. D. Lott & Co and signed by one Barrister Emmanuel E. Ilenreh said men of the JTF ordered one of their client’s, Abila Smith Josephus  to sign an undertaking that he was living on a part of the land.

The family also accused Konaliz and Admiralty Fleet, another company owned by Porbeni, of constructing some buildings on the disputed land, “thus manifestly continuing the act of wrongful occupation and/or continuing trespass”.

In the latest development, the Josephus family has written a reminder and issued a 14-day notice to commence legal proceedings to enforce their right of ownership over the land describing Porbeni’s action as wrongful and forceful eviction of their family members from the land.

The letter signed by another counsel, Chief Walter Akeni said unless the company entered into negotiation with them over the land, they would go to court “to assert our legal right of our entitlement to our land wherein Camp Porbeni is situate and the adjoining lands.”

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”

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