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Apara Rebisi Stool: Court Assures On Accelerated Hearing

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A Port Harcourt High
Court says it will give accelerated hearing to the suit challenging the stool of Eze Opara Rebisi in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state pending before it.
The trial judge, Justice T.S. Orji, who made this declaration Wednesday, at the resumption on the hearing of the suit, said the decision was to give the case the serious attention it deserves.
She reiterated that her earlier preservative order on the matter directing all the parties involved to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the matter was still in force, adding that the court would invoke its powers on any party that fails to comply with the court order.
The trial judge while adjourning the matter to 3,17,22nd and 30th July, urged the parties to file all their responses before July 10, 2014, stating that on the resumption dates, the court would take all the motions and responses together.
The case was filed by Chief Emeka Anyabelem and Elder Boniface Wechie  on behalf of Oroworukwo Community. In Rebisi Kingdom, challenging the purported installation of an indigene of Oro-Olozu as the Eze Apara Rebisi.
The claimants had also sought an interlocutory injunction restraining the installation and coronation of any candidate from Oro-Alozu Community for coronation as the Eze Apara Rebisi pending the determination of the substantive suit.
The trial judge refused to grant the motion on the ground that she would hear the matter on its merit and also give it accelerated hearing.
Justice T. S. Orji, later granted what she described as preservative order which directed the parties involved in the matter to maintain the status-quo.
Earlier, counsel to the claimant, James Ocholi (SAN), says only the 9th defendants filed reply to their services adding that the court’s preservative order was still in force.
He disclosed that he would react appropriately to the change of title of Prince  Woluchem Victor, who purportedly described himself as the Eze Apara Rebisi.

President, Port Harcourt City Students Association, Mr Hope C. Worlu (right), addressing Eze Epara Rebisi, Eze Victor Woluchem (left), during a courtesy visit to the palace of the monarch in Port Harcourt, last Saturday. Photo: Prince Dele Obinna

President, Port Harcourt City Students Association, Mr Hope C. Worlu (right), addressing Eze Epara Rebisi, Eze Victor Woluchem (left), during a courtesy visit to the palace of the monarch in Port Harcourt, last Saturday. Photo: Prince Dele Obinna

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Incest Cases Worry FIDA

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International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the State, has raised an alarm over the increase of incest in the State.
The Acting Chairman of FIDA in the State, Nnenna Igbokwe told newsmen that the organisation discovered this during their sensitisation programme about the VAAP Law.
Igbokwe said at least three of the incest cases are before court of competent jurisdiction.
The Acting FIDA Chairman also said that the accused especially, fathers use threat to silence cases of incest in their family.
She however, advised security agencies to do due diligence in their investigation of the incest matters.

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Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect

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The State Deputy Governor and foundation member of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has received the new MWAN’s, National President-elect, Prof. Rosemary Ogu.
The Deputy Governor received Prof Ogu in her office at Government House, Port Harcourt, and congratulated the team on the victory.
She also presented gifts to the National President-elect.
Earlier, the 22nd National President-elect of Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Prof Romary Ogu had promised to work hard to take the association to enviable heights.
In another development, the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has also received her 22nd MWAN Biennial Conference registration materials from Dr Vetty Agala, the President of MWAN in the State
The Tide reports that the State delegation included MWAN’s, Rivers State Founder/Initiator, Dr Bernadette Korubo, a life member of the association, Dr Nnesochi Offor who is also another life member, past President of the State, past National Treasurer and MWAN mentor 2021.
Other delegates led by the State President, Dr Vetty Agala were Dr Obelebra Adebiyi, immediate past State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association and past President, MWAN, Rivers State, Dr Ibimonye Porbeni, the immediate past MWAN President in the State and Dr Ireju Ajie, the Secretary of MWAN in the State.
The State branch of MWAN will be hosting the 23rd biennial conference in September, 2023.

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LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community

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As the build up to the Krakrama Youths Association’s election gathers momentum, the Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, has sued for peace amongst parties.
The Tide learnt that security intelligence from the Krakrama community revealed that rancour and crisis were looming as a result of the forthcoming youth election in the community thus, if treated with levity may degenerate into a crisis situation in the community.
Sequel to the impending fracas allegedly caused by the pre-election irregularities, the Asari- Toru Local Government Area boss in line with his constitutional duty of maintaining peace and order as the Chief Security Officer in the Local Government Area has ordered for a fresh start of the process.
Speaking in a meeting with the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community, King Iwari Gibson Bala, the CDC Chairman, Comrade Victor Membere and the outgoing Youth President of Krakrama Youth Association, Comrade Ikalaso Tomitamunoa, the Council boss ordered for the nullification of the Electoral Commitee appointed by the outgoing executives of the Krakrama Youth Association.
He further asked the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community to liaise with the relevant stakeholders to appoint a credible, neutral and acceptable Electoral Committee that will oversee the elections.
Moreover, the Council Chairman directed that the aspirants who had purchased forms already still stand as status quo still remains.
For fairness, the new Electoral Committee to be appointed has been directed to give one week of grace to aspirants for continuous sale of forms.

By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel

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