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Okrika: House Decries Attack On Dakuku, Others

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Members of the Federal
House of Representatives led by Hon. Pally Iriase were in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on solidarity and condolence visit to Dr. Dakuku Peterside, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC last Sunday.
The lawmakers who were in the state to commiserate with Peterside and the APC over the attack on their rally in Okrika, condemned in its entirety, the growing intolerance and violence in Rivers State. The members who described the assault as an attack on freedom of association and movement, called on politicians in the state to focus on issues rather than resorting to intimidation and harassment of opponents.
“This visit is solemn and it is from the House of Representatives. We have come to commiserate with our brother and our own, Dr. Dakuku Peterside and people of Rivers State. Apart from those who were critically wounded, an officer lost his life. It is unfortunate that a serving policeman was cut down.
‘As the events unfolded, we were worried because no serious action was taken to nip the crisis in the bud. If there was any action at all, we will not be here today on condolence. We do not need to waste lives if truly our mission in politics is to serve. As a House therefore, we condemn in totality, agents of this violence.
‘We know Peterside as a gentleman and God-fearing born-again Christian and he would not want to be associated with violence. So we were really worried and distressed when we heard that his party was attacked by the hoodlums. We are therefore using this medium to send a message: people should campaign on issues. We also wish to call on the security agencies to be independent and up and doing. They should not take sides so that they can deal with whoever that is perpetrating this evil. Please take our message to the people of Rivers State. We came all the way to signpost our abhorrence as a House to violence.
Responding, Peterside thanked his colleagues for their concern and time, describing this season of campaigns as inauspicious for a politician to travel because of work pressure.
‘I wish to express our deep appreciation for finding time to commiserate with us over the loss of a fine police officer and others who were injured in Okrika, home of First Lady, Patience Jonathan. First, the House passed a resolution on the issue. I want to commend the House of Representatives for this.

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RSG Committed To Education Development – Ebeku

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The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, has stated that the Rivers State Government is committed in the development of education in the state.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Education on Media, Faustina Nwaneku and made available to The Tide, Wednesday; in Port Harcourt said Prof Ebeku made the disclosure when he visited some Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Centres in the State.
Interacting with pupils at the Centres visited, Prof. Ebeku said the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike, was determined to addressing the issues of out-of-school children through the provision of free education in the state and implementation of BESDA programme.
He said “The government knows that the future lies with you. The young shall grow and if we do not make effort to ensure that you learn something, then we do not have a future as a people.”
The Education Commissioner also commended the facilitators at the Centres for the professional discharge of their teaching duties,
He said he was impressed with the teacher-pupil relationship he observed during the visit.
Speaking to the children he said: “I am happy to come here to see you all today. I have participated in your literacy class and I can see you are doing well. I can see you are eager and hungry for knowledge”.
Prof. Ebeku was guided to the BESDA Centres by the Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Fynface Akah, and some staff of the Board.
The Tide reports that the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) is a programme designed to increase equitable access for out-of-school children, improve literacy in focus States, and strengthen accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Court Remands Suspected Fake Lawyer

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A High Court in Port Harcourt has remanded to police custody a suspected fake lawyer, Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe who has been practicing in the State for over 10 years.
Adjogbe was remanded following the plea by the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt Branch, Prince Nyekwere that the suspect may escape if he was allowed to go.
Justice C. Nwogu in his ruling directed the prosecutor from the office of the Commissioner of Police to take custody of the suspected fake lawyer pending the outcome of their investigation.
The Tide reports that the suspected fake lawyer, Stanley was exposed on Wednesday, during cross-examination when he failed to answer correctly questions bordering on his identity as a legal practitioner.
Also, the suspected fake lawyer could not tell the court the law school he attended, the year he graduated and when he was called to the Bar.
He also could not mention the university he attended as a law student.
The Tide further reports that the defence team in the criminal matter also tendered reports from the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the national leadership of NBA disowning the identity of Mr. Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe as a genuine legal practitioner in the country.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the NBA, Port Harcourt branch, Prince Nyekwere in an interview explained the reasons he demanded that the suspected fake lawyer be remanded in Police custody.
Also, Ibikiri Otorubio, the lawyer who cross-examined the suspected fake lawyer in the case of a bounced cheque,, explained why they suspected that the lawyer is fake.
Mr. Otorubio said if the suspected fake lawyer was found guilty, he would face a jail term of 14 years.

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Operation Still Water Has Recorded Success – GOC

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The 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt says the Exercise “Still Water” operation designed to clear up crime and criminality during Ember months has recorded success with the civil- military cooperation in the State.
The Garrison Commander, 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Muhammed Danja, made this known during a novelty football match between Ahoada West Football Club and Python Football Club at Ahoada-East Local Government Area.
Danja maintained that the football match was part of the civil- military responsibility of Exercise Still Water operation in the state.
On his part, the chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area, Ben Eke, commended the efforts of the military in curbing the activities of illegal petroleum products taking place in the area
Eke also called for more collaboration in fighting other crimes in the area
The Tide reports that the Ahoada East Football Club defeated the Python Football Club by a lone, following a tension pact and keenly contested encounter.
Prizes and awards were presented by the Garrison commander to the match officials, judges, three most valuable players, the winners and the 2nd runners-up.

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