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Choba Killings: Wike Moves To Restore Peace, Security

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has assured that the State Security Council has been primed to address the security challenges facing Choba community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
Wike also stated that security agencies have arrested some persons linked to the recent security upheaval in Choba community to stem the tide of insecurity in the area.
The governor spoke, last Friday, during a Security Town Hall Meeting with Choba chiefs, leaders and youth groups in Choba.
He said: “I won’t come here again. You have to listen to the voice of reason at this time. Enough is enough. We shall no longer tolerate any form of violence in Choba.
“We have made some arrests and police have commenced investigating the security situation. Anybody who is linked to killing in the area would be brought to Justice. Nobody will bring you out of detention once you are linked to the insecurity in Choba”.
Wike directed the paramount ruler of Choba community to reconcile all disputing groups in the area for peace to return.
“Paramount ruler of Choba community, I give you one week to reconcile all the groups in the area. By next week, I will meet with the leaders, chiefs and youth leaders to ensure that we have lasting peace in the area”, he said.
He urged all groups to work with the Rivers State Government to promote peace, and noted that after the meeting, security agencies will move against those who generate crisis for peace loving residents of Choba community.
The governor advised Choba youths to shun cultism as there is no profit in crime, saying that his progress over the years was because he was not involved in criminal activities.
He said: “If I was a cultist, I wouldn’t have been a governor. I was a chairman of the local government area, I was a chief of staff, and I became a minister. If I was carrying gun, I wouldn’t have been saddled with those responsibilities.
“So, why don’t you want to be like me? Why don’t you have hope that you can be great tomorrow? Why don’t you think that there is a future for you? Why do you want to waste your life? Your mother had you after nine or 10 months, and the only way you can pay your parents is to carry gun to kill innocent people?”
He regretted that the people of Choba community have allowed the name of the community to be dragged down by persons who promote insecurity, and urged them to work with the Rivers State Government to entrench security of lives and property in Choba community.
The meeting attracted chiefs, youth groups, women associations and key stakeholders of Choba community.

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Wike Gives Taskforce Marching Orders On Street Trading, Illegal Markets

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has inaugurated the state’s Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks, with a charge to the task force to sanitise the streets and return Port Harcourt to its Garden City status.
Inaugurating the committee, last Wednesday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike said that the task force was a product of law, following his assent to the Rivers State Street Trading, Illegal Markets & Motor Parks (Prohibition) Bill No. 8 of 2019.
The governor, who had earlier in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, appointed with immediate effect, Mr Bright Amaewhule, as the Special Assistant to the Governor and Coordinator, Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks, said that all the operatives of the task force have been profiled by the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police, while those found wanting have been flushed out.
Wike insisted that henceforth, every appointment that he would make, must pass through security checks, adding that this would enable him have thorough knowledge of the security profile of whoever he would be giving appointment.
He said: “Every appointment I will make now must pass through security. I want to know who is who”.
Wike explained that the reason government sent the task force members to the State Security Services and the police for screening was for proper identification and to ensure that government did not take people who will put it in trouble, and assured that more appointments would be made into the task force to replace those screened out by the security agencies.
He said: “All of us love the state and we must love it fully. Not in half measures. When we build roads, before you know what is happening, the roads are taken over by street traders and illegal motor parks.
“The task force has the responsibility of cleaning up the streets. Ensure that nobody trades on roads. You must wear your vests and identity cards during your work period”, he emphasised.
He said that mobile courts have been established on a zonal basis, and directed the task force operatives to take arrested street traders, mechanics and illegal motor park operators to the mobile courts were offenders would be tried, jailed or fined.
The work of the members is to arrest offenders and take them before the mobile courts in each zones.

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CACOL Faults EFCC’s Raid On Ambode’s Residence

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The Executive Chairman, Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran, has faulted the action of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in allowing themselves be used by some perceived political enemies to raid the country home of former Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode in Epe area of Lagos.
Adeniran spoke, yesterday, during an interview on Arise TV’s Morning Show, where he picked holes in the selective method of the investigation by the anti-corruption agency.
It would be recalled that, last Tuesday, EFCC raided the residence of Ambode in Ikoyi and Epe over allegations of corruption, but could not find anything incriminating.
But Adeniran said, “That account we were told is the account of the Lagos State Government. It is not a functional account for the former governor or anybody in that government, and that is because it has to be operated. Nobody is above the law actually, and we are not saying that if any corruption issues are developed against the former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, that he should not be investigated or brought to justice.
“The reason why we have to believe that you have to connect with it is that, that is the only corruption allegation that has been levelled against the former governor. And we don’t have anything against that, if on reasonable ground that have reasons to believe that maybe the cash is starched in that house just like that found in Osborne’s house, Falomo, Ikoyi or shopping complex. They could raid the place and they can break it down if they refuse to open the place. But then, you have to have reasonable reasons to do that too zealous to protect one of their own, that might be the reason.

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INEC’s Claim Of Not Having Place For Data Storage, Laughable -PDP

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The Executive Chairman, Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran, has faulted the action of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in allowing themselves be used by some perceived political enemies to raid the country home of former Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode in Epe area of Lagos.
Adeniran spoke, yesterday, during an interview on Arise TV’s Morning Show, where he picked holes in the selective method of the investigation by the anti-corruption agency.
It would be recalled that, last Tuesday, EFCC raided the residence of Ambode in Ikoyi and Epe over allegations of corruption, but could not find anything incriminating.
But Adeniran said, “That account we were told is the account of the Lagos State Government. It is not a functional account for the former governor or anybody in that government, and that is because it has to be operated. Nobody is above the law actually, and we are not saying that if any corruption issues are developed against the former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, that he should not be investigated or brought to justice.

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