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Ariolu, Paddy, Others Storm Emohua, Pay Last Respect To Ogbuagu …Egbeda Leaders Pledge Loyalty To PDP



The Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Barrister George Ariolu, last Saturday, teamed up with former Obio/Akpor LGA Caretaker Committee Chairman, Paddy Wali and other dignitaries in Emohua Local Government Area to pay last respect to late Mr Innocent IjeOgbuagu.
The late Innocent Ogbuagu, who passed on at age 96, was until his demise the father of Head of Local Government Administration in Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Johnson Ogbuagu.
Accompanied by his Vice, Lady ChinyeruAgbara, Ariolu paid his last respects to the deceased at his residence.
The funeral service, which was held at his hometown in Egbeda, Emohua Local Government Area, witnessed thrilling performances by the Owembe Cultural Dance Group and other indigenous musical performances and arts.
Ariolu during the funeral, condoled with the family of the deceased over their loss, whilst he encouraged them to take solace in the Lord.
He also urged the head of local government administration to be courageous and assume responsibility for the family.
Responding on behalf of the family, Johnson thanked the chairman for leading a high-powered delegation to Emohua to pay last respect to his late father and to commiserate with his family during their time of grief and mourning.
The ceremony had in attendance members of council workers and civil servants, amongst others who came to sympathize with the family of the deceased.
On the entourage of Ariolu were the Chief of Staff, Mr Promise Ogbonda; Supervisor for Works, Samuel Amadi; Supervisor for Agriculture; India Amadi; Supervisor for Education; Henry Ebere; Supervisor for Youths and Sports; Newman Ogbonda;special advisers, executive assistants, amongst others.
Others include; Leader,Obio/Akpor 9th Legislative Council,Prince AchorNna; Legal Adviser Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Barrister Leslie Ejekwu; Secretary, Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, IjeOkabie.
Similarly, the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Egbeda Community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State has commiserated with the family of Hon Johnson DidiaOgbuagu on the demise of his father, late Elder Innocent Ogbuagu.
They described late Ogbuagu as a rare gem who will be missed for his fatherly dispositions.
The Leader of the party, Chief David Omereji, who was accompanied by the Deputy Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly,Hon Edison Ehie; member of Rivers State House of Assembly representing Ahoada East 1,Hon ChibudomEzu; the Secretary of PDP in Emohua LGA, Hon ObindaWordu; the Co-ordinator of Wike Solidarity Movement (WSM) in Emohua Local Government Area, Hon John Amadi; the Councillor representing Egbedacommunity and the Chief Whip of Emohua Local Government Legislative Assembly, Hon Beauty Chile Omereji; the immediate past councillor, Hon HumphreyDidiAssor; and other leaders of the party, also prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
In a communique read by Assor, members of PDP in Egbedacommunity reminded Ehie that Egbeda people have never been allowed to hold any elective position in the LGA since its creation, adding thatEgbeda people were loyal to the decisions of the leadership of the party.
He also assured him that the people of Egbeda would support all the candidates of PDP in the 2023 elections.
Speaking during the visit, the Leader of PDP in Egbeda Ward 11, Chief David Omereji described Ehie as a friend of Egbedacommunity.
He told the lawmaker that Egbeda people have accepted the decision of the party, and assured him of the unflinching support of the people.
Omereji also told Egbeda people that nobody would take the place of God, adding that some disappointments were blessings in disguise.
In his reaction, Hon Edison Ehie said he has confirmed that Egbedawas the most populous community in Ikwerre.
He thanked Omereji for holding the party united, and said that the state Governor, Chief NyesomWike, if given the party’s ticket, would win the presidential election come 2023, adding that the governor was proud of him.
He assured Egbeda people that good things were on the way, and asked them to always support and pray for their leader, Chief David Omereji.
In her closing remarks, Hon Beauty Chile Omereji assured the deputy speaker that Egbeda has done it before and would do it again by voting massively for the PDP in the 2023 elections.
She assured him that PDP has never lost election in Egbeda, and would continue to win in all elections.
The epoch-making event was witnessed by all the leaders, youths, women and the elders of the party in Egbedacommunity.

By: Nelson Chukwudi

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Akeredolu will be remembered for truth, justice – Aiyedatiwa



Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State on Wednesday said the late former Governor of the state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, would be remembered for his good deeds, especially standing for truth and justice.

Aiyedatiwa stated this during a special court session held in honour of the late former governor at the Ondo State High Court in Akure.

He explained that the former governor used his knowledge, ebullience and capacities to defend the human peaceful existence.

Aiyedatiwa added that the deceased deeds during his life time were greatly impactful.

According to him, the deceased was after justice and rule of law.

Aiyedatiwa said that late Akeredolu was always not pleased when justice was not served.

He described the honour bestowed on the late governor as a well deserved because his life evolved around the legal profession.

“He was an achiever with success stories. He stood firm and was committed to truth and justice,” he said.

Also speaking, the Chief Judge (CJ) of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola, said that late Akeredolu remained celebrated in death more than being alive considering a reference to his achievements and attainment in life.

Odusola said that the late governor was a courageous fighter, who faced the serious security challenges in the state with ingenious courage that had become a national model.

He stated that it was more-worthy that the late governor did not interfere with judicial activities, even when it did not favour his desires.

According to him, late Akeredolu was a man that lived with his words.

“In my last encounter with him at a time when his health was obviously failing, Arakunrin still reiterated his desire to construct a judiciary complex that will be the envy of other states in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“He also spoke about judges’ welfare and I wondered how a man in such a condition could still love the judiciary so much as to remember the little promises he made,” he said.

The CJ said that late Akeredolu was an outstanding legal icon and a political colossus, a man who was an exemplar of indefatigable courage, principled resistance with honesty and self-respect.

He stated that late Akeredolu would continue to be a good reference point in humanity.

In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Yakubu Maikyau, described the late governor as a man with keen passion to help humanity and secure peace.

Maikyau added that the deceased was a person of humility known for truth and justice, and asked the deceased family to take solace in the good deeds of the late governor.

Dignitaries present include Gov. Abdulrasak Abdulrahman of Kwara; Ondo State Deputy Gov, Olayide Adelami; Chief Olusola Oke, SAN; and APC Chairman in Ondo State, Mr Ade Adetimehin.

Others are human rights lawyer, Mr Kayode Ajulo; Ambassador Sola Iji, Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly; and former Inspector of Police, Mr Sunday Ehindero.

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Gunmen Kill Police Inspector In Rivers 



The Rivers State Police Command said an Inspector was killed by gunmen who ambushed and attacked its men on a stop and search duty at the Eliozu Flyover in Obio/Akpo Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday night.

The spokesperson of the command, Grace Iringe-Koko, disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday.

Iringe-Koko said the gunmen who were spotted in a carton-colored Sienna bus with fully tinted glasses drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, near Port Harcourt where they launched the offensive which claimed the officer’s life.

She, however, said the team rose to the occasion and returned fire and neutralised one of the miscreants who wore masks, but that other gang members escaped by the whisker.

The statement reads, “We are deeply saddened to announce a heinous incident that occurred on 21st February 2024, involving an attack on policemen attached to Operation Sting of the Rivers State Police Command.

“At approximately 2145hrs, while conducting routine stop-and-search at Eliozu flyover, the officers were ambushed by unidentified hoodlums operating in a carton-colored Sienna bus, with fully tinted glasses.

“The registration number of the vehicle remains unknown at this time.

“The assailants drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, and opened fire on the police team, resulting in the tragic loss of one Inspector who valiantly gave his life in the line of duty.

“Undeterred, the police team responded with bravery, engaging the attackers and managing to neutralise one of them with a mask on his face, while the others managed to escape, potentially sustaining gunshot wounds.

“The command has launched a thorough investigation into this despicable act and has already identified the group responsible.

“Rest assured, we will relentlessly pursue these criminals and bring them to justice. No amount of intimidation will hinder our officers’ unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens.”

While noting that such acts of aggression against security forces detrimentally impact the safety and security of our entire society, she stressed that the command remains resolute in its duty to maintain peace and protect the well-being of the populace.

“The Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, reiterates unequivocally that those who perpetrate violence against policemen or any citizen will face the full weight of the law.

“We urge all law-abiding citizens to continue with their daily activities without panic, as we are determined to uphold our mandate of preserving lives and property in the face of such challenges.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the fallen inspector, and we assure them that his sacrifice will not be in vain. Our resolve to serve and protect remains unwavering as we stand together against those who seek to disrupt the peace and harmony of our society”, she said.

Recall that last year, a former Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division, Bako Angbashim, was ambushed and killed by a cult gang.

Since the death of the cop, the command has been on his trail, with constant land and air bombardments in the various hideouts of the Iceland cult leader, even as some of his lieutenants were gunned down previously.

However, on Monday, Grace Iringe-Koko,  said intelligence reports revealed that the wanted cult kingpin was killed in a recent joint security raid in the Idu-Ekpeye community, Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State.


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Nigeria’s GDP Grew By 3.46% In Q4 2023  -NBS



Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product grew by 3.46 per cent year-on-year in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2023, the National Bureau of Statistics has disclosed.

In its ‘Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report (Q4, 2023),’ released yesterday, the NBS said the growth rate is lower than the 3.52 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and higher than the third quarter of 2023 growth of 2.54 per cent

It added that the service industry was responsible for the growth in the quarter.

Both the IMF and World Bank expected Nigeria’s economy to grow by 2.9 per cent in 2023.

The report read, “Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 3.46 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2023.

“This growth rate is lower than the 3.52 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and higher than the third quarter of 2023 growth of 2.54 per cent.

“The performance of the GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 was driven mainly by the Services sector, which recorded a growth of 3.98 per cent and contributed 56.55 per cent to the aggregate GDP.”

In terms of share of the GDP, industry, and the services sectors contributed more to the aggregate GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of 2022.

“The agriculture sector grew by 2.10 per cent, from the growth of 2.05 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. The growth of the industry sector was 3.86 per cent, an improvement from -0.94 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. In terms of share of the GDP, industry, and the services sectors contributed more to the aggregate GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. On an annual basis, GDP grew by 2.74 per cent in 2023 relative to 3.10 per cent in 2022,” the report added.



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