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Border Closure: Task Force Flays Influx Of People Into Rivers …Accuses Security Agencies Of Compromise

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The Rivers State Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks has raised alarm over the influx of people into Rivers State through the entry and exit points of the state despite the border closure by the state government.
The Coordinator of the task force, Hon Bright Amaewhule, disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt shortly after monitoring some locations in the state.
Amaewhule warned that the state may be heading for trouble of the novel Coronavirus disease if something urgent was not done to halt the free movement of people into the state from other states.
He said, “It is sad that some people that live and do business here in Rivers State have flagrantly refused to abide by the policies and laws of the Rivers State Government in ensuring that more of our people do not suffer from COVID-19. And I also see that this happens at the boundary between Etche-Omuma-Imo and Abia States.
“Now, if you come again to Oyigbo, Tai and Khana axis of Rivers State, these are basically where these people that come from other states enter Rivers State, thereby violating the laws of Rivers State Government on COVID-19.
The task force coordinator accused some security personnel of complicity, saying that there were allegedly collecting bribes and allowing people into the state, noting that the State Security Council must act in addition to the measures put in place to prevent people who may be coming into Rivers State with symptoms of the Coronavirus.
“I know the governor, even the State Executive Council and the State Security Council have put measures in place to ensure the safety of lives and property of people that live and do business here. But by my own observation, some of the security agencies that are being stationed at these border posts have resorted to collecting bribe and extorting money from those who want to enter Rivers State to do business.
“What they do is that they ask you to park at a particular point, when they see that the atmosphere is free, they now ask you to pay N1,000, N1,500 or N2,000 depending on the goods that you are carrying. That is why you see the influx of people coming into the state from these points,” Amaewhule explained with bitterness.

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PROBE: EFCC Should Stop Media Trial – Rivers State Government

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The Rivers State Government says its attention has been drawn to a fresh wave of media trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the officials of the state.

According  to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, “the latest attempt contained in today’s edition( May 24,2020)of The Nation Newspaper alleged that the State Government has refused to release top officials for interrogation in connection to the withdrawal of N118 billion in cash between 2015 and 2018.

 

“We have repeatedly said that the State Government will not release its officials to the EFCC for investigations until the commission approaches the Court  to set aside Subsisting orders of perpetual  injunction granted by various courts of competent jurisdiction restraining the EFCC from investigating or inquiring into the financial transactions of the Rivers  State Government including its ministries, departments and  agencies.

 

“In view of these  Subsisting judgments, it would amount  to an act of brazen  illegality for the EFCC to  insist  on  interrogating  any official OF the Rivers State Government.
For the avoidance of doubt, no official of the Rivers State Government would appear before the EFCC until the subsisting judgments in favour of the Rivers State Government are set aside on appeal.

“Resorting to the Media can only be described as cheap blackmail and witch-hunt to turn away public attention from the development strides in the State.

“This media trial that they engage in all the time will not take the place of our extant laws no matter how hard they try.

“The EFCC should stop playing to the gallery and pursue its war against corruption within the ambits of the law.

 

“Rivers State Government is committed to the Rule of Law and cannot be intimidated by the EFCC.

“Those who want to use the EFCC to promote their political agenda in the State will fail because we know their antics.

“Targeting Rivers State for this occasional media trial should be seen by the public for what it is, “political witch-hunt,” the statement said.

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Rivers Records 27 New Coronavirus Cases …Manager Of Prodest Hotel Among The New Cases

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Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive coronavirus  cases.

A statement signed by the Rivers state Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed that the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme is among the new positive cases.

According to the statement, the latest development validates the State Government’s proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19.

Recall that Prodest Hotel was demolished two weeks ago because the owners violated Executive Order 7 which banned the operation of hotels.

The COVID-19 Taskforce members from the Local Government who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator Congratulates Hon (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike On Her Birthday

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As the wife of Rivers State Governor, Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike celebrates her birthday anniversary on Sunday, the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah has felicitated with the First Lady, describing her as a rare gift to the State, Nigeria and the world at large.
Bro. Obuah in a congratulatory message also described Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike as a simple, loving, caring and trustworthy mother who has remained a pillar of strength to her husband in the task of administering the State.
He lauded the Governor’s wife for her steadfastness and being a role model for women, noting that her wonderful virtues are worthy of emulation.
While stressing that behind a successful man, there is a good wife, the RIWAMA Sole Administrator added that the blessed companionship of the First Lady and her husband has contributed in no small measure in navigating the ship of Rivers State into a glorious era.
His words: “As you mark your birthday today, I bring you best wishes and good tidings from my beloved wife and family, as well as workers of the Rivers Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, who are appreciative of all that you are doing to advance the cause and dignity of Rivers people”.
Bro. Obuah prayed that the birthday would bring to the Governor’s wife, an extra share of everything that would make her the happiest in life.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator further prayed God to grant the Rivers First Lady long and prosperous life for the overall benefit of the State and to the glory of God.
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