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Trouble Brews In Rivers Community Over Chieftaincy Coronation

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Some members of Eria family of Rumuomoi Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State have rejected the installation of one Hon. Lawrence Chinwo as the paramount ruler of the community.
Former Chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC), Rumuomoi, Comrade Kingsley C. Okabie told The Tide in an interview that the installation of Lawrence Chinwo as the Nyenweli of Rumuomoi was a desecration of the culture and tradition of the community.
He said that he was selected by the entire community as their paramount ruler but was rejected by the Ekinigbo council of chiefs and as well as the Apara council of chiefs.
In a petition he made available to The Tide, the former CDC chairman alleged that “on the 24th of November, 2021 at a gathering that dragged into late evening, the Rumuomoi people chose comrade Kingsley C. Okabie as the new paramount ruler.
“That evening, there was celebration at the play ground till late in the night”.
Okabie, however, said his nomination by the Rumuomoi people was rejected by the Ekinigbo council of chiefs and the Apara council of chiefs which settled for Lawrence Chinwo.
He said Lawrence Chinwo cannot become the paramount ruler since he and Goodluck Chinwo the Owhor holder of the community are from the same mother.
The former CDC chairman urged the government and the security agencies to intervene to save the community from impending crisis.
He also threatened to go to court if the situation is not reversed.
Also speaking, Mr Victor Daniel, a member of Eria family said the community will not accept Lawrence Chinwo as their new paramount ruler.
He said the family decided to go to court to right the wrong committed against it.
However, on his reaction Chairman of Eria Royal family, Rumuomoi, Eze (Dr) Gabriel Chinwo denied that the community chose the former CDC Chairman as its paramount ruler.
Chinwo also dismissed as false allegation the coronation of Lawrence Chinwo, describing it as an abomination, adding that there was no such tradition in Ikwerreland.
He said that the decision of the Apara Council of Chiefs is final, warning that anybody planning to cause trouble in the community will be reported to the security agencies.

By: John Bibor

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Family Cries Out Over Killing Of Bread Winner

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The Woha family in Igwuruta has cried out over the killing of their brother, Mr Paul Woha by unknown assailants last year, saying that his demise has thrown the family into more challenges and difficulties.
Late Mr Paul Woha, father of three was allegedly shot and killed at his residence at No 16 Igwuruta Airport Road, in lkwerre Local Government Areas of Rivers State by unknown killers and hailed from Ogbakiri in Emohua local government area of the state.
Speaking to the tide crime The Tide, one of the deceased siblings, Mrs Loveth Samuel said the death of their brother has brought a devastating condition to the family, saying that the family has been passing through serious hardship.
She alleged that on the 19th of September at 9:30pm some unknown thugs or assailants invaded their brothers’ house on that fateful day, attacked and Shot him in the presence of his wife and children.
According to her, he was later confirmed dead late at night by 12:30am at a hospital where he was rushed to after the doctors linked the death to losing of too much blood from the gunshots and machete cuts, adding that the assailants later set his entire apartment ablaze and burnt it down two days later after his death.
“Later, we were told that they came back for his wife and children but didn’t find anyone at home, so they decided to burn down his house. This made the wife to run away with the children.
“Until today, nobody knows where the family ran to and this has also caused more injuries to the family.
Even no arrest has so far been made on those who killed my brother and bread winner of the family”
“The police medical report from the Old GRA Police division confirmed that my brother died of the injuries he sustained from gunshot,” she stated.
She appealed to wel-spirited individuals and organisations to come to their aid and assist them to enable them take care of the family as their living condition at the moment was challenging.

By: Amadi Akujobi

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Dagogo Takes Plea In High Court, Monday

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The embattled governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State and a member of Federal House of Representatives, Hon Farah Dagogo, will on Monday next week, face proper trial on a two-count charge of cultism and conspiracy brought against him by the state government before a state High Court.
Dagogo was expected to appear before the Port Harcourt High Court presided over by Justice Chinwendu Nworgu last Monday to take his plea on a two count charge, however, the inability of the police to produce him in the court stalled the court proceedings and forced the trial judge to adjourn the matter
The Tide reports that when the matter was mentioned at the High Court, the Counsel representing Farah Dagogo informed the court that his client was sick and receiving medical attention.
Counsel to the defendant informed the court that the inability of his client to appear in court was due to his deteriorating health condition
He urged the court to grant the short adjournment date to enable his client properly attend to his health.
“My client is sick and undergoing medical attention.” he stated.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Chiwendu Nwogu, after listening to Counsel in the matter adjourned it to 16 May, 2022, for plea taking.
In an interview the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Rivers State, Professor Zacheaus Adangor (SAN,) said at the next adjourned date, the defendant would take his plea.
It would be recalled that on Monday, a Port Harcourt Chief Magistrate presided over by A, O Amadi-Nna had also adjourned the matter to 26th of May for bail application consideration before the matter was taken to the High Court for proper arraignment and trial.
The adjournment was also caused by the absence of the defendant in the court which was also attributed to his sickness.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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Court Orders NAPTIP To Allow Domestic Violence Victim’s Parents To See Daughter

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An FCT High Court, Maitama, yesterday ordered the National Agency For Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) to allow a domestic violence victim’s parents to see their daughter in NAPTIP’s custody.
The victim, a-14-year-old girl was alleged to have been violently beaten by a woman, Esther Nwatu, with whom she was living with as a maid.
Justice Peter Kekemeke gave the order after the victim’s parents known as Mr and Mrs Ogbonna from Enugu State complained to the court that for seven years they were not allowed to see their daughter.
The victim’s parents, who did not have any legal representation, made a passionate appeal to the court to grant their request.
The judge said that the parents of the victim must have access to their child and also know what was going on with her.
“Ensure that the child is brought out for the parents to see between Tuesday and Thursday.
“Let them see their daughter and talk with her, whatever good you are doing, carry them along,” Kekemeke told NAPTIP.
The trial Judge then adjourned the matter until Thursday, May 12 for report.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Comfort Ajene, told the court that the girl was with them and was attending school too.
The prosecution’s second witness, Jane Okereke, testified and tendered photographs of the victim in evidence.
Pius Ezema, Defence Counsel to Esther Nwatu, objected to the admissibility of the photographs, but he was overruled by the Court.
NAPTIP had alleged in its submission before the court that on or about July 7, 2016, a-14-year-old girl was inflicted injury by her madam, Esther Nwatu of Orozo, Abuja.
It further alleged that Nwatu stripped the girl naked, tied her hands and legs, and flogged her with an electric wire.
The prosecution said that the offence contravened Section 2(1) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015.
She had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In another development, Justice Kekemeke adjourned until July 13, for defence in a case of alleged culpable homicide.
The judge adjourned when the prosecution counsel, S.I Nwafoaku failed to appear in court and no information was presented regarding his absence.
Kekemeke also did not allow the counsel to call his witnesses.
The defendant’s counsel, V.C Labesa, informed the court that he was going to file a no-case- submission (no case to answer).
The police had alleged that a 27-year-old Saleh Haruna of Fulani Camp, Bazunkure, Pegi, Abuja killed his brother’s wife, Rabi.
It alleged that Haruna on Nov. 11, 2020 hit Rabi with pestle on her forehead which led to her death, contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code.
He however pleaded not guilty to the allegation levelled against him.

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