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Key Into ‘Operation Sting’, Woke Charges Rivers Monarchs

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The Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke has called on all traditional rulers in the state to key into the recently launched ‘Operation Sting’ for the promotion of security in all communities in the state.
Speaking during the Traditional New Yam Festival of Erema Ancient Town, the Egwu Ogba, in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, yesterday, Woke advised traditional rulers to partner with the Rivers State Government to achieve peace across the state.
He said: “Let me use this opportunity to reach out to all traditional rulers in different communities of the state to key into the ‘Operation Sting’ for peace in the localities.
“The state government will not tolerate any form of cultism or insecurity in any community. The government is determined to fight every form of insecurity”.
He said that the Rivers State Government was working hard to build investors’ confidence in the state.
“We are working to build and sustain investors’ confidence in the state. With improved security, more investors will return to the state. More investors in the state will create employment opportunities for the youths”, he said.
He commended the paramount ruler of Erema Town for maintaining peace in the community, adding that the successful celebration of the New Yam Festival signifies the promotion of culture and the celebration of peace.
He urged the Paramount Ruler of Erema Town, Eze Azubuike Princewill to reach out to other traditional rulers in the area on the need to promote peace and security.
In his response, the Paramount Ruler of Erema Town, Eze Azubuike Princewill assured Woke that the people of the area would continue to support Governor Nyesom Wike beyond 2023.
Princewill said that since 2015, Erema people have always supported the governor because they believe in his capacity to deliver good governance in the state.
He said the large turnout of Erema people to celebrate the visit of the Chief of Staff to the Rivers State governor signified their unflinching commitment to the Wike-led administration.
It would be recalled that the Traditional New Yam Festival of Erema Ancient Town is a high-profile cultural event in the area that celebrates productivity and hard work.
All families are expected to celebrate the Egwu Ogba within their means.

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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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