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AIG Moves Against Troublesome Politicians In Rivers

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Following the increase in
political intolerance and crisis among politicians in Rivers State, the police authorities have warned that they will deal with any politician or group of persons causing problem in the state.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 6, Calabar, Tunde Ogunsakin, gave the warning while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt over the recent political disturbances in the state, Monday.
According to the AIG, the press briefing was necessitated by the recent disruption of the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Okrika LGA last week Tuesday.
He regretted that the attack led to the death of one Police Officer Ifeanyi Okorie, and injuring of some persons, including an operative of the Department of State Service and one journalist that were stabbed.
‘It is sad that it was in the course of repelling the assailants that we lost one of our men, although the intervention of our officers greatly minimised the impact and injuries”.
Ogunsakin, who recalled that on Wednesday, 4th February, 2015, he had a meeting with all political parties and stakeholders in the state during which he reiterated the mandate from the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, to ensure that electioneering activities are conducted under a peaceful and hitch-free environment.
He opined that during the meeting, it was agreed that political activities must effectively accommodate the interests of all without undermining the fundamental human rights of the citizens, and without also compromising the peace, order, security and safety of lives and property in the state.
‘It is important to state that in the course of the aforementioned meeting with the political parties and stakeholders, candidates and other political actors signed a Peace Accord, which was committal in nature to the effect that all political actors will, among other things, eschew all forms of electoral violence. Unfortunately, it has become apparent that the political actors who were at the meeting are not complying with the peace accord”, he said.
The AIG stated that the meeting further resolved that in the event of any violation of the Peace Accord, appropriate sanctions should be meted on the violators, adding that it was in the strength of the above that he has temporarily relocated his  office to Port Harcourt.
The Police boss warned that he will no longer condone any act that would disrupt peace and order in any part of states under his control, especially Rivers State.
Ogunsakin said that he has the capacity to overwhelm any persons or groups that will rise to contravene the Electoral Act or disrupt the peace, adding that in line with his intention to partner with all communities, established institutions and all relevant stakeholders, he met with politicians and religious leaders from Okrika and Ogu/Bolo LGAs where he re-iterated his commitment to ensuring zero tolerance to crime and violence.
He told the media that his office has commenced a detailed investigations into the incident that took place during the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Okrika as well as the attack and attempt on a Rivers PDP convoy at Abua in Abua/Odual local Government Area, adding that he was determined to ensure that the perpetrators are made to face the wrath of the law.
The Police while soliciting for public cooperation and information said the public could send their information to the Police on the dedicated lines: 08173172215, 08173172216, the Nigerian Police Zone 6 @yahoo.com, among others, and assured of their protection.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr. Sam Woka (right0 with his counterpart, Ministry of Transport counterpart, Nuka Nadum Nwikpasi,  at the inspection of  the monorail project in Port Harcourt last Wednesday.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr. Sam Woka (right0 with his counterpart, Ministry of Transport counterpart, Nuka Nadum Nwikpasi, at the inspection of the monorail project in Port Harcourt last Wednesday.

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Fresh Crisis To Brew In Ubima Community

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Crisis is about to erupt in Ubima Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, following the continued under development and alleged mismanagement of funds in the area.
The Tide gathered that some youths of the community have demanded that the leadership of the community be dissolved as a result of poor performance and lack of leadership focus.
The President of Patriotic Youth of Ubima, Wisdom Chimankpa Igwe alleged that the Community Development Committee (CDC) leadership was accused of being responsible for the underdevelopment of the community.
Igwe disclosed that the youth body has written to the CDC through her lawyer, Ndubuishi Okeah Esq of SALOD Chambers, demanding to know the details of Memorandum of Understanding signed with the various companies operating in the area and the level of implementations, but unfortunately they decided to use security agencies to shut them up.
He warned that the youth would resist any intimidation and may resort to violence if their demands were not met.
According to him,” It is unfortunate that since September, 2021 when that letter was written, they are yet to either reply or give details of implementation of the MoU. We are not happy but must work towards dialogue and seek peace”.
He alleged that majority of the leaders are jobless and have no legitimate means of livelihood, alleging that funds from multi-national companies are mismanaged.
“The leaders of Ubima Community have no legitimate job, this is the sole reason that all the huge revenue from all the multi-national companies ranging from Nigeria Agip Oil Company, SIAT, All Grace and Western Ord are mismanaged”, he alleged.
He also alleged that the leadership also converts every revenue meant for the community and youth development to personal use, thereby under developing the community.
He said the youths have decided to take over the mantle of leadership of the community and alleged that those in power have failed the people.
“The youths wants to remain in power, without a constitution and without tenure. We are tired of handpicked leaders, our employment quotas are sold out to strangers by these jobless and visionless leaders. The little things we enjoy today are what the Rivers State government gave to us,” he said.
He accused the community leadership of using security agencies to intimidate the youths, adding that they are out and stood for justice.

By: Ike Wigodo

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Ministry Set To Issue BECE Certificates To Candidates

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The Rivers State Ministry of Education says plans are underway to issue certificates to candidates who sat for the July 2021, Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, Faustina Eugene-Nwanekwu, last Wednesday, quoted the commissioner as saying that it would be the first time BECE certificate will be issued shortly after publication of results”.
Ebeku, according to the statement, noted that the development is fundamental and in line with the current National Policy on Education.
The commissioner, in the statement, assured that the date of the planned launch of the certificate will be made public as soon as arrangements were concluded.
She said that the commissioner urged the students, principals, parents and the general public to watch out in order for them to know when these certificates will be available at the public domain.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Polo Club Partners Military Ahead Of Golden Jubilee

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The President of the Port Harcourt Polo Club, Dr Chukwudi Dimkpa, Tuesday, paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding Six Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Major General Sani Gambo Mohammed.
Dr Dimkpa said the visit was to intimate the Nigerian Army on activities lined-up to celebrate the 2022 Golden Jubilee Tournament of Port Harcourt Polo Club.
Dimkpa, while addressing the GOC also said the 50th anniversary tournament scheduled to commence in January 2022, was expected to attract dignitaries, corporate bodies and visitors from across the country and beyond, thus the issue of security will be paramount.
Engr Dimkpa stressed that the purpose of the visit was to seek partnership and working collaboration with the Nigerian Army, especially in area of providing security coverage for the tournament and guests.
He thanked the GOC and the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army for their efforts in combating crime and criminality in the state, and the privilege of the visit, used the opportunity to extend an official invitation of the club’s Golden Jubilee tournament to the Nigerian Army.
Receiving the club in Port Harcourt, the General Officer Commanding Six Division of the Nigerian Army, represented by the Garrison Commander, Brig. Gen M. D. Danja, assured of intimating the GOC on the invitation.
He also promised adequate security co-operation in order to have a hitch-free tournament.
“The 50th anniversary tournament of the Port Harcourt Polo Club scheduled to commence January, 6th to 15th, 2022, is open for sponsorship and participation by individuals and corporate entities, and will provide avenue to showcase their products and services”, the president said.

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