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Lady Scalded With Burning Stove Insists On Justice

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A 32-year old lady, Miss Jane Amos, who was scalded with burning stove allegedly by a Police Officer at her compound in Rumukwuota,Obio/Akpor Local Government Area last month has dismissed insinuation making the rounds that she has abandoned the case.
Miss Jane Amos made the disclosure in an interview with journalists, shortly after she was discharged from the hospital over the weekend where she has been on admission for one month.
She said “I want to use this opportunity to dismiss the rumour making the rounds that I have abandoned the case of the Police officer, Ezekah Akbelu, who threw burning stove at me that resulted in severe burns on my body. There is no iota of truth in the rumour. I have been on admission for one month in the hospital and when I was being discharged, the Doctors said I will be coming for treatment every two days”.
She disclosed that the Police Officers investigating the case from State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) visited her at the hospital and took her statement.
Miss Amos noted that it is a clear case of attempted murder, saying: “My being alive today is an act of God”.
“Even though there is pressure from some quarters on me and my family to abandon the case, I want to state clearly that I have not and will not abandon the case. I want Justice to be seen and done in the matter. I have suffered severe pains, trauma and great financial loss, since the day the incident occurred. I call on the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, CP Friday Eboka to use his good office to ensure Justice is not denied me in this matter”, Amos added.
She thanked the media, humans right organizations and Nigerians for all their efforts in ensuring Justice is done in the matter.
Recall that miss Jane Amos in an interview with journalists as at the time of incident, disclosed that the officer developed hate for her after she turned down his alleged love advance and friendship proposal.
The spokesperson for the Rivers State Police command, DSP Grace Iringe Koko had confirmed the arrest and detention of the Police Officer to journalists, while adding that investigation is ongoing at State CIID.
As at press time, it is not clear if the Police officer who was arrested then is still in police custody.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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RSNC Seeks Partnership With Silverbird, Multimesh Communication

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The Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC), publisher of The Tide Newspaper, says it is seeking partnership with the management of Multimesh Communication, owners of Family Love FM 97.7 and its Silverbird counterpart, which operates Rhythm 93.7 FM, to improve its services.
General Manager of the corporation, Chief Ernest Chinwo, stated this in Port Harcourt, yesterday when he led other members of RSNC management on separate courtesy visits to the two radio stations.
Noting that the media organisations have a lot in common, the General Manager said it has become necessary for them to work together for the good of the people.
According to him, the forthcoming general elections in the state has made it imperative for the media organisations to work together to enlighten the people on the new Electoral Act.
Chinwo said, The Tide, which is 51 years old, is the only surviving state government-owned newspaper in both the South-South and South East, noting that the paper also has extensive coverage of events across the country.
He said the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation is also into various printing businesses, and stressed the need for the two stations to include The Tide in their daily newspaper reviews.
At Love FM 97.7, Chief Chinwo commended the station for inculcating in the society high moral standards.
He said The Tide is ready to support the two stations in terms of coverage of their activities and others.
Earlier, the Business Manager, Port Harcourt Station, Silverbird, Miebaka Inyenengi, and the Chief Executive Officer of Multimesh Communication, Mrs. Greg Okonkwo, had thanked the RSNC management for the visit.
They commended the management of the corporation for the continued existence of The Tide Newspaper, in spite of the economic downturn in the country.
They also pledged their readiness to work with the RSNC management, assuring that The Tide would be included in their newspaper review programmes.

By: John Bibor & Oribim Ibama

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2023 Guber: MOSOP Threatens Protest If…

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Ogoni people in Rivers State, have threatened to embark on massive protest if the two major political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) fail to pick candidates from the Ogoni ethnic nationality as their candidates.
Speaking through the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), they also rejected any “secondary status”, warning those canvassing for an Ogoni Detputy Governor to stop, stressing that the ethnic nationality would not settle for Deputy.
The positions are contained in a statement signed by factional President of MOSOP and Secretary-General, Prince Biira and Festus Legbara, respectively.
Biira expressed regret in what he called the political injustice meted out to Ogoni people, saying the Central Committee of MOSOP observed that Rivers South-East senatorial district had been grossly marginalised since the creation of the State.
“For the 55 years of the existence of the State, Ogoni has not occupied its proper place in terms of appropriate and adequate political representation in Rivers State, especially regarding holding the office of Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker (House of Assembly) and Chief Judge.
“For over half a century of the existence of Rivers State, Ogoni had been supporting other communities in the State to achieve their political, social and economic dreams and desires, aware that citizens of these nationalities have occupied the office of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker (House of Assembly) and Chief Judge of the State.
“Out of the three senatorial districts in Rivers State, it is only Rivers South-East Senatorial district, which accommodates Ogoni, that has not produced a Governor of the State.”
MOSOP also warned that only the political party that offers its platform for the actualisation of Ogoni ambition that would enjoy electoral goodness and benevolence of the senatorial district.

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Wike’ll Clinch PDP Presidential Ticket –Ijaw Group

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A frontline group advocating power shift to riverine axis of Rivers State in 2023, RG23 Movement, has expressed optimism that the State Governor and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Nyesom Wike will clinch the presidential ticket of the party at the forthcoming primaries of the party slated for Abuja.
The group, which canvassed this position in Port Harcourt in an interview with newsmen after submitting an appreciation letter to the PDP in the state recently said Governor Wike is sure of clinching the PDP presidential ticket.
The Convener of the group, Mr Pureh Kalango, who spoke on behalf of the group also stressed the need for power to shift to the riverine axis of the state during the governorship election in the state, contending that the position of the group tallies with the clamour for power to shift from the North to the South of the country, on which premise it is confident that Governor Wike would clinch the presidential ticket of the PDP, being a Southerner.
According to Kalango, if PDP in the state allows a riverine person to emerge as its governorship candidate, during the forthcoming primaries of the party, the party would generally be seen as one that believes in equity, fairness, inclusiveness and justice which are hallmarks of peaceful coexistence.
He thanked the PDP leadership in the state for providing direction and leadership to Rivers people within the past seven years, and prayed that the party finishes strong as it strives to resolve all pending issues in the state with the countdown of the 2023 general elections.
Also speaking, the head of mobilisation of the group, Mr Samuel Urang as well as the leader of the Igbo Interest Group, Rivers State of the body, Mr Rommel Ojigwe toed the same line, and advised PDP in the state to pick its governorship candidate from the riverine areas of the state.

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