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‘IGP’s View On Mbu, No Threat To Rivers Peace’



The position of the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar not to re deploy the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr Mbu Joseph Mbu contrary to the resolution of the National Assembly will not stop the two Chambers from ensuring that peace returns to Rivers State ,Senator Wilson Asinobi Ake has stated.
Senator Ake representing Rivers West in the National Assembly said if the Inspector General Of Police still allows the Rivers police boss in the state till after the recess, then the police boss may be seeking to make history on his job.
The lawmaker, who spoke with journalists in Port Harcourt recently, said it is up to the Police boss to consider what majority of Rivers people are yearning at but if he thinks that allowing Mbu in Rivers State will maintain peace against the advice of the 439 persons representing every nooks and cranny of the country, ,then it is a wrong move.
According to him,  keeping Mbu in Rivers State is like keeping him in contention with Governor Chibuike Amaechi who was elected and have the mandate to protect the interest of his people.
‘’Ordinarily, the Governor of a state has right to request for the change of a Commissioner of Police if he sees that the Commissioner is not assisting him in doing the job in the state as chief Security Officer. The Governor has the right to request for a replacement .The Governor has done that severally and other Rivers people have also join their voice to say so, ’’he said .
He described the current political crisis in the state as unfortunate in our life and the political history of Rivers State , adding that , the development in the state is shocking to many people outside the state.
‘’Too many people outside Rivers State believed that the people are too civilized and educated to act the way they are currently doing in the name politics,’’ the senator said.
Ake who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Labour and Employment condemned a comment credited to the factional chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP),Brother Felix Obuah in which he was quoted to have summoned Governor Amaechi to his Palace for a peace talk, describing such comment as one from an uninformed person without a true knowledge of the protocol of the Governor.
He reminded Obuah that Governor Amaechi is the first citizen of Rivers state and whether anybody likes it or not, he still remains the father of the state and anybody addressing him should address him properly and in a respectful manner.
Senator Ake cautioned the Minister of State for Education not to allow his political ambition to threaten democracy and peace in the state.
He regretted that some persons in the state have allowed themselves to be used to aggravate hostility and tension in the state, adding that it is also incumbent on indigenes of the state to show interest in what’s  happening and see how it could be resolved.

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Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity



Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).

Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.

It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.

Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.

Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.

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Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments



President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.

The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.

According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.

He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.

Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.

The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.

He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.

On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.

He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.

“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.

“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.

“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.

”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.

“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.

“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.

On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.

On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.

According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”

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Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari



Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.

The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.

Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.

He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.

He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.

“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.

“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.

“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”

He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.

This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.

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