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Late Mechanic: Police Shield Autopsy Report

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After 11 days of anxiety and suspense over the result of the autopsy conducted on late Ikoku mechanic, Chima Ikwunado, the report may have been submitted to the Rivers State Police Command.
The Pathologist, Dr. Cornell Chukwuegbo, engaged by late Chima Ikwunado’s family, gave the indication during a telephone chat with The Tide, yesterday, but said the autopsy report is not for public consumption.
Chukwuegbo, however, said the report as, at press time, has been submitted by the police command’s pathologist, and urged our reporter to apply through the right channels to get a copy of the report.
It would be recalled that the Pathologist engaged by the Rivers State Police Command, Dr. Musa Stevens, after conclusion of a five hour autopsy at the mortuary of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), penultimate Monday, said the report would be ‘handed in’ after 10 days, saying there were no incisions or cuts in the late mechanic’s body to show that a previous autopsy was done.
Stevens had also said that global best practices would be followed, assuring that the autopsy would reflect the true cause of Chima Ikwunado’s death.
But speaking on the autopsy result in the telephone chat with our reporter, yesterday, Chukwuegbo said the autopsy report could not be made public except through the appropriate channels.
He asked, “When did they start making autopsy report public? Go to the police and get it. Ask your lawyer to apply to the police to get the report. Autopsy reports are not for public consumption. It has to pass through the normal process. Nobody is restricting you from seeing it but you have to go through the normal channel.”
When asked what the right channels were, the pathologist said, “The normal process is that a lawyer will apply to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the Ministry of Justice, the public prosecution people, and they will give you a copy of the report. That is the proper thing. It is not something for the public.
“Autopsy report is the communication between the pathologist and the corpse. So, if the pathologist wants to go to jail, he should tell the public what the report is without the court which ordered it knowing about it.
“The most important thing is that; let them get it. It is about now being submitted. The attending pathologist is the one whose duty it is to submit it, and by now, he should be with the police submitting it as we speak.”
Chukwuegbo, said he has been part of the autopsy ordered, noting that the report that would be presented would be a unanimous view of both experts – pathologists.
“It is one. I have signed. If we write two; that is a mad house. It is not done anywhere. It is a report, it is scientific. Any other pathologist will see the same thing and write the same thing.
“Moreover, the police have given the Coroner form. My duty is just to make sure that what we have seen is what is documented, and we sign, and it goes. It is not a big deal,” the pathologist stated.
Meanwhile, the family of the late Chima Ikwunado and the Ikoku Spare Parts Dealers have sued the police to court over the mechanic’s death in custody, and alleged torture of the Ikoku Four by the Police E-Crack Team, also known as the Commissioner’s Squad.
The Tide reports that the case is before Justice J.K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
When contacted, yesterday for confirmation of receipt of the autopsy report, spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said he travelled out of Port Harcourt.

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Missing National Light Newspaper’s Journalist, Mathew Onwuasoanya, Found

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Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC),  publisher of the National Light group of Newspapers, Awka has announced that one of their reporters, Barr Mathew Onwuasoanya who went missing for more than  a month has been found.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Media House, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, Editor of the newspaper, Mrs Rose Oranye, along with Chairman, Anambra State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ), Sir Emma Ifesinachi and the Council’s Secretary, Mr Emma Udeagha, on Thursday, July 9, 2020, met with Mr Onwuasoanya and members of his family.
During the meeting, Barr Onwuasoanya narrated his ordeal within the five weeks of his surprised absence. He explained how he was taken from his residence on May 30, 2020.
 He confirmed that he was picked up by some security men as reported but he got released thereafter.
After the shocking encounter with security agents which left him rattled, he promptly sought medical attention to attend to the traumatic experience.
 He disclosed that he received treatment all the while until he returned home while expressing his regret for his inability to reach

out to anybody given that he lives alone and had lost his phones in the process.
This reporter recalled that in a terse statement released earlier by the MD, a brother to the journalist, Mr Oliver Onwuasoanya had said that neighbours told him “that about 2am on May, 30, some vehicles, comprising a white Hilux truck and a Highlander with some gun – bearing men dressed in what looks like security men’s uniform came and whisked him away”.
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Rivers Scholar Wins 2020 Cambridge Outstanding Learners Award

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An Egi-born indigent scholar from Showers Christian Schools, Port Harcourt in Rivers State has won the British Council high recognition and outstanding Cambridge Learners Award for 2020.
The teenager, Ike Holy, scored 94 per cent in Combined Science (O Level) in the Cambridge International Examinations in the November 2019 diet. This is said to be the best result in three sessions in the subject.
This achievement has also position him as the second person since 2017 from Showers Schools to win such recognition in the Cambridge examinations.
The Tide gathered that four Showers students made distinctions (A’s) in the same subject, Combined Science O levels, in top grades: distinctions (A*-A), also in Mathematics, and  A’s in English Language.
The Learners Award acknowledges exceptional Nigeria-based learners’ achievements in Cambridge examinations taken by students around the world through the British Council.
Showers Proprietress, Mrs. Ekama Emilia

Akpan in reaction to the award, said: “Again, we thank God, Total E&P Nig. Ltd, the parents, and our committed, hard working teachers, who in spite of all, supported and believed in the dreams of the management, to train and graduate students in a sustainable manner devoid of examination malpractice
Ike hails from Amah in Egi Community and was admitted at 11 years of age to Showers Christian High School.
According to the CEO, “His entry performance was below average, but with the schedule of teaching in place, he made a great improvement to warrant the success in the examination.
Akpan, who is also top member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), said Ike is one of the scholars of “Catch Dem Young Educational Support Programme” initiated by Total E & P Nigeria Limited since 2007, to support indigent students chosen from thirteen (13) Egi Communities of Rivers State.
“Showers International School was given the mandate by Total E& P to teach the students

to the level to be competitive with the best in Nigeria.”
Speaking further, Mrs Akpan commended the Rivers State Government for providing the enabling environment for indigent students to achieve such a noble academic award, in times like this. She believes there are many hidden and unrecognized talents in the State that are waiting to be discovered and groomed to excel, but more support is required to be able to develop such talents to seize the opportunities to achieve more  global academic accolades.
Responding to the award, lke said, “The school jealously guards its policy on examination malpractice, which has drilled us to understand that nothing good comes easy, and that quality does not come by chance but by hard work. Showers group has  a philosophy that says if you fall, you pick yourself up and try again until you get it right.
“I particularly appreciate my parents for their consistent love, belief in me and encouragement, in spite of their own financially challenging circumstances.
“The International Learners Award means a lot to me.  I believe this achievement will also challenge other students in and outside my school to strive to work harder to merit such awards.”
Lilian Peters
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NPA Empowers Three Rivers Communities With Working Tools

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As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, CRS, the  Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman has empowered three host communities to Rivers Port Complex, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State with various working tools valued millions of Naira.
Usman said the empowerment is aimed at sustaining the cordial relationship between the Port and the communities.
NPA empowered Bundu-Ama with 35 deep Freezers, Okari-Ama with 80 Grinding machines and Isaka communities with 40 Welding machines.
The Three Rivers communities are in Okrika Local Government Areas of Rivers State.
Speaking during the official presentation of the items to the communities, Managing Director  NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman said  it aimed  is to ensure peaceful co existence in its operational areas.
Bala Usman insisted that without the existing peace and unity between the host and the Port, business would not strive at the complex
Represented by the Port Manager, Rivers Port

Complex, Engr. Yunusa Ibrahim  Anji, Usman,  thanked the communities for its Co-operation with the management of the Rivers Port Complex over the years and assured the host that NPA would improve in its CRS in years ahead.
“We appreciate your cooperation with the Port Management and that is why we are doing these things to your communities, we no longer have crisis in the complex, Usman said
“This is parts of our CSR to your communities, NPA would improve in years ahead to your communities” She said.
Usman admonished the communities to make judicious use of the working tools donated by NPA for the benefits and the growth of its people.
Recieving the items, Chairman, Okari-Aka Community, Mr. Ezekiel Okari thanked the  Managing Director of  NPA, Ms Bala Usman for her prompt attention to the need of his community by empowering his people with 80 Grinding machines.
Okari assured the management that his community would make judicious use of the

items.
He noted that the working tools would help at empowering the youths of his community.
Also speaking,  Chief  Willam Addoh of Bundu-Ama community lauded the management for empowering his community with 35 deep freezers.
Addoh said the gesture would ensure cordial working relationship with the Port and empower the youths for a better living.
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