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Cult Clash Claims Four Lives In Edo

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Four persons were killed and 10 buildings destroyed in a suspected cult clash at Afokeplla in the Etsako-East State Local Government Area of Edo last Monday
Our correspondent who visited the area reported that residents of the community were living in fear following the attack and reprisal attack by members of the cult groups.
A resident of the community, Mr Ahmed Seidu, said that the killings were as a result of a misunderstanding between members of rival cults groups in the community.
“The crisis escalated when one of the leaders of one of the cult groups was shot dead, resulting in a show of force by the rival groups.
“Since Monday, we have been living in fear, hoping that the situation will be brought under control by the security agencies,’’ Seidu said.
The Chairman of the council, Mr Aremiyau Momoh, who visited the community, confirmed that 10 buildings were set ablaze in the attack on the community.
Momoh said the council had imposed a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in the community, until the situation was brought under control.
“The cult crisis which started on Monday has led to the killing of four persons and the destruction of 10 buildings in the community.
“The police have commenced investigation and very soon, those who are found wanting will be brought to book.
“The community is now devoid of its usual busy commercial activities as residents have gone into hiding for fear of reprisal attacks, while the police are on ground doing their investigation.
“As chairman of the council, I have imposed a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in the community and anyone found wanting at this hour would be arrested and handed over to the security agencies.’’
However, when the Edo Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwanbuzor, said that the command was not aware of the situation.
“We don’t have that report yet at our command, I will have to get across to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Okpella on this development,’’ he said.

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Wike Approves Recognition Of New Monarchs

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The Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers now has new entrants, following Governor Nyesom Wike’s approval and the recognition of two monarchs, yesterday.
The two new government-recognised traditional rulers are, Okan-Ama of Ataba in Andoni Local Government Area, King Benson Mgbowiyi Egwenre, Orak XVII; and Amanyanabo of Opukula/Singiama in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, King Hope Daminabo Dan-Odopusingi, Odopusingi (V); both in Rivers State.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Felix Odumgweru who presided over a brief but colourful ceremony at the Ministry’s Conference Room, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, said the event was in fulfilment of the governor’s promise to recognize and upgrade more deserving monarchs.
Odumgweru said, “On September 13, 2019, there was an elaborate ceremony to give recognition to 84 government-recognized traditional rulers. His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike made mention that the windows and the doors for more recognitions, more upgrading will still be open to well-deserving traditional rulers as recommended by their various people and communities.
“To put effect to that, he (the governor) mentioned that some have also been recognized but could not take part in that ceremony. At this point, we want to inform you that His Excellency has graciously given approval to the recognition of the following persons as I would read out and you would sign off your papers of recognition.
“I humbly write to inform you that His Excellency, Chief Nyesom Wike, we welcome and inform “HRH, King Benson Mgbowiyi Egwenre, Orak XVII, Okan-Ama of Ataba, Andoni LGA and HRH, King Hope Daminabo Dan-Odopusingi, Odopusingi (V), Amayanabo of Opukula/Singiama in Akoko/Toru LGA, both in Rivers State.

 

Dennis Naku

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CMD Lauds Wike Over Rivers Teaching Hospital Facelift

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Management of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), has said that the facility has experienced increased patronage following massive renovation and reequipping of facilities by the Governor Nyesom Wike-led government.
Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr. Friday Aaron, who disclosed this during an exclusive interview with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt, stated that Governor Wike had last year upgraded the hospital to a teaching hospital for the College of Medical Sciences of the Rivers State University.
“It was in totality, a change that is in line with New Vision for quality health for Rivers people. What is happening here is phenomenal because there are so many ongoing projects in the hospital premises being carried out by the current administration.
“So, what it means is that the upgrade has brought a lot of changes in the hospital. What is happening here, we, the management and staff, doctors owe the government and people of                                                                                  Rivers State to offer quality services bearing in mind the enormous investment here because a lot is expected now from us.
“We’re very grateful to the Governor. That is why you see what is happening because the people have also responded. It is not just the change in the look, there is a change  in the attitude of our people because they have seen government commitment to change the place and they can see the commitment. The processes also have to change for better. We have new management, new team, and new focus,” he said, noting that the hospital now has a clearer vision and mission.
“I must tell you we are having more patronage amidst work that is ongoing here because you will see that the number of functional beds that we here have reduced due largely to the quality of service we offer.
“The hospital used to be 375 to 380 bed capacity hospital, but now, with renovation, the number of beds went down to 200 to 240 depending on where they are renovating per time.”, he said.

 

Dennis Nku

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RSHA Passes Road Maintenance, Rehabilitation Agency Amendment Bill

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After intense debate, last Monday, the Rivers State House of Assembly finally passed the state Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Agency Amendment Bill 2019 into law.
The bill, which scaled through the first and second readings before it was passed into law, witnessed robust debate on the floor of the House.
Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Martin Amaewhule, who presented the bill, said it seeks to increase the number of members of the board.
He suggested that the board should have 15 persons as against the nine persons in the principal law.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Edison Ehie; Chief Whip, Hon. Evans Bipi; and Hon. Michael Chinda of Obio/Akpor Constituency II and  other legislators, aligned themselves by supporting the expansion of the board from nine to 15 members.
Meanwhile, the state House of Assembly has screened and confirmed 11 nominees of members of the Governing Board of Rivers State Road Maintenance Agency.
This follows a letter from the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for the screening and confirmation of the nominees.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, urged the nominees to serve towards effective delivery.
The nominees include, Prince Timothy Nsirim and 10 others, who were screened and confirmed on the floor of the House, last Monday during plenary.

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