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Wike Inaugurates Law Revision Committee

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The one week long conference of the African Bar Association (AFBA) took the lead among other activities in Government House last week. As Chief host and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, declared the Confab open last Monday.
Accompanied by his Sokoto State counterpart, Chief Wike said AFBA has a huge task in recreating the image of Africa to the outside world.
With over 1,000 lawyers attending, Wike charged them to be the shining light in the continent and to help reshape it for good of the people. He said, “it’s against this background that we note with satisfaction the decision of AfBA to organise this Conference”.
Later in the evening, Wike hosted the lawyers to a state Banquet in Government House. While welcoming them to Port Harcourt, Chief Wike said AfBA members can help to promote and sustain democracy in the African continent.
Same last Monday, the governor through his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, announced the relief of appointments affecting four local government areas. They are those Gokona of Asari-Toru, Emohua and Ogu/Bolo. The governor thanked caretaker committee chairmen and wished them well in their future endeavours.
Last Tuesday, the governor at the Exco Chambers of the Government House inaugurated the State law Revision Committee.on. He tasked the body to complete its task in six months from the date of execution of the instrument. He said the last time that laws of the state were revised was in 2003 under the Chairmanship of Late Justice Fiberesima.
On the same day, Governor Wike swore-in the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Tai Local Government Area, Mr Sylvester Mgba. He charged the new caretaker chairman to prioritise the payment of salaries and support for security agencies.
Shortly after inaugurating the law Review Committee and swearing-in of Tai LGA Caretaker Chairman, Chief Wike, received the–management and selected students of Jesuit Memorial College, Mbodo, Aluu. He used the visit to explain the rationale behind the state new policy to shut down schools that are not approved in the state. He said, “We have told parents of children at the 1886 schools shut down by the state government to relocate their wards before the commencement of the next academic session. By September,  we shall fully implement measures aimed at strengthening the state education  sector”.
On the evening of last Tuesday, Chief Wike played host to the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He stated that already his administration has started working with the apex bank on how to revive SMEs.
Despite the measures by the administration to revive and empower Small Scale Enterprises (SMEs), Wike noted that the CBN has denied the state so many fund and schemes that will drive economic activities in the state, adding that CBN was starving Rivers State economy due to federal politics.
Last Wednesday, Deputy Governor, Dr  Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, in a statement decried the failure of INEC and other federal agencies to prosecute those who were caught printing ballot papers and fake electoral materials last year. She lamented that the matter was being swept under the carpet.
Also last Friday, the Deputy Governor, in a statement, assured residents that the state was ready to tackle any incidence of Lasa Fever and called on people not to panic over recent developments.
Last  Saturday, the Governor, Deputy Governor and other members of the PDP were in Abuja for the non-elective convention.

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Council Boss Vows To Deliver Fubara, Other PDP Candidates In Rivers

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The Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area in Rivers State, Hon. Akara Okechukwu, has expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win the forthcoming Governorship election in the area, not leaving out other positions down to the last councillor.
He stated that the foundation of victory has been laid by the Governor of the State, Chief Nyesom Wike, following his infrastructural development in the State.
Hon. Okechukwu said this while reacting after the State PDP campaign team visited his area on Saturday, saying that the people of Oyigbo were ready to reciprocate what the present administration had done for the LGA in every aspect.
“ I have no fear and I am convinced that the Governorship candidate of PDP Siminialayi Fubara, and other State candidates of the PDP, will win.
“The people of Oyigbo have vowed to vote massively for PDP because that is the only way to pay back Governor Wike for his good works, mostly in Oyigbo.
“As I speak, 95 percent of people living in the area  have their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and this indicates sure victory for our great party. I thank the people for coming out en masse for the campaign. I am really happy,” Hon. Okechukwu said.
Also speaking, Chairman Revenue Committee of the LGA, Senibo Daniel Chijindu, described the massive turn out as historic, saying that it was an indication of total victory.
“ I will say that the massive turn out of people is historic because this is the first time people came out en masse for campaign. Honestly, this is an indication that Oyigbo is Simplified and totally PDP.
“Governor Wike has given Rivers State a facelift in all ramifications. That is why Oyigbo people said they are for PDP in totality,” he said.
The revenue boss advised those who registered for PVCs to go and  collect their cards because that is only way to sustain the good governance of PDP.
In his own remarks, former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in the state and a stakeholder of PDP in Oyigbo, Hon. Nancy Nwankwo,  said adequate sensitisation had been done.
According to  her , women in Oyigbo were already prepared to celebrate the victory of Siminialayi Fubara come May this year, saying they will come in their numbers to vote for PDP.
“ I am convinced that Sim Fubara will do better hence he was a civil servant. He has proven his intellectual capacity faithful and truthful to replace Governor Wike,” she said.

By: Tonye Orabere

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Ebonyi APC Chair, Reps Candidate, Others Arrested Over Alleged Killings

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No fewer than 26 suspects have been arrested over the recent killings and arsons that took place in Ekoli Edda Community, in the Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Among those arrested were the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Stanley Okoro-Emegha, and a former chairman of the Afikpo South LGA and Federal House of Representatives candidate for Afikpo North/South Constituency in the 2023 general election, Eni Chima.
The police claimed they (the suspects) were responsible for the killings and arson that pervaded the area on December 26, 2022. In the incident, two persons including a Police Inspector, were killed, while two houses were torched.
The Ebonyi State Police Command, during a press conference, stated this in Abakaliki on Monday.
The command, which spoke through its spokesperson, SP Chris Anyanwu, accused the suspects of being behind the dastardly acts, vowing to arraign them in court soonest.
Aside from murder, the command also accused the suspects of arson, conspiracy, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.
According to the police, the suspects must face the wrath of the law, in spite of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor David Umahi.
SP Anyanwu said, “The key actors among the suspects arrested, volunteered useful ‘confessional statements’ that exposed the aggregate of overwhelming findings hereunder outlined:
“The fracas that engulfed Ekoli-Edda on 26/12/2022 ignited at about 1600 hours during a face-off between the security aides of Hon Stanley Okoro Emegha versus a faction of Ekoli-Edda youth believed to be loyalists of Hon Eni Uduma Chima.
“The protracted political rivalry/supremacy struggle between the duo, is the cause of the showdown that took place. Interestingly, the two political stalwarts hail from same community, belong to same political party and even live in close proximity.
“The visit of the APC chairman to his village on the fateful day, with his aides, infuriated the fragment of the youths in the area who are purportedly adherents of Eni Uduma Chima, hence the showdown that ensued.
“The war songs chanted by Egwu Famous Chinedu, the town crier, amidst hitting/blowing of his gong/trumpet, respectively, galvanised the youth into further action, hence, the rampage and escalation of the brouhaha.”
He added, “The investigation further revealed that an attempt to arrest one Aruah said to be the leader of the Ekoli-Edda youth warriors, brought in the warriors who were reserved for the purpose of fighting in the boundary dispute between them and a neighbouring community in Cross River State. The said warriors wielded sophisticated prohibited firearms and their actions further degenerated the situation.”

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Release PVCs In Opposition Strongholds, ADC Urges INEC

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The African Democratic Congress, ADC, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of hoarding permanent voter’s cards, PVCs, with the intent to favour a particular political party at the polls.
ADC alleged that the only explanation for the inability of some persons to get their PVCs despite the Commission’s promises and show of force was its deliberate strategy to disenfranchise some voters.
The party made its position on the PVC collection known in a statement by Mabel Oboh, the National Diversity and Inclusion Director, and the National Representative of the party in Lagos Campaign Council.
According to the party, “in Lagos for instance, non-indigenes are greatly affected by this deliberate act of disenfranchisement, based on feedback from our supporters.”
ADC noted that, “It is becoming more evident that INEC is not prepared to conduct a free and fair election come February, as a good number of registered voters have not been able to collect their PVCs.
“This is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise willing, but already fed up Nigerians from voting across the country.
“INEC had enough time to prepare for elections but it has shown itself to be partisan by denying people in the stronghold of the opposition their PVCs.
“We consider this action as rigging before elections. This perpetual act should not be condoned by Nigerians
“ADC also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure all eligible voters collect their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.
“Our democratic systems and processes must be respected for the betterment of all, especially now that the country needs good leadership.
“As a third-force political party, ADC has worked very hard to ensure that we win a lot of seats and we are not going to fold our arms and watch our hard work go up in flames.
“We are also advising all those that have not got their voter’s card to continue to raise alarm.
“This time around, the people should not allow their mandate to be stolen from them.”

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