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Rivers CP Decorates 56 Newly Promoted

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The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, has tasked senior police officers in the state to be more dedicated and bear the true image of the force while discharging their responsibilities.
Eboka made the call while decorating the newly promoted 56 Superintendents of Police in the command at a brief decoration programme held at the command’s headquarters on Moscow Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday.
The police helmsman urged the new senior officers to brace up with the challenges and responsibilities associated with their new status, and warned that anyone found culpable would be sanctioned accordingly.
He commended the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, and the Police Service Commission (PSC) for the recommendation and approval of the promotions, adding the IGP has been diligent and committed to the welfare of officers and men of the force.
According to him, the command has produced three commissioners of police in one year since his inception as police boss, saying that Rivers State Command has not been left out in the series of promotions.
“We are all happily gathered here today to celebrate our officers who have been found worthy by the Police Service Commission on recommendation of the IGP. They were promoted from Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to Superintendent of Police (SP). Of those promoted recently, 56 of them are from Rivers State Police Command.
“We are happy that whenever good things happen in the Force, Rivers State always partakes and is not forgotten.
“The IGP, when he took over, mentioned that he was going to fight welfare of his officers and men and this is what he is doing.
“Since I was posted to Rivers State, about three Deputy Commissioners of Police have been promoted to rank of Commissioners of Police and redeployed.
“Others have also been promoted from one rank to another.
“We are, indeed, grateful to the IGP for his magnanimity, and making sure he puts smiles on our faces.
“We must let you know that while we are celebrating you, to whom much is given, much is expected.
“I want to let you know that SPs who are doing well will still find themselves as Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) because most of them are young, and can deliver more than those who are no longer agile.
“I want to express gratitude to God for giving you the health to reach this rank. It is not all your course mates who started with you are here to celebrate the promotion of the new rank. Some were dismissed, some dropped and some have gone to the world beyond.
“It is one thing to have a new rank, it is another thing to maintain the rank you have acquired.
“If you do not maintain it, we will not hesitate to withdraw the rank from you.”
The command’s spokesperson, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, was among the 56 deputy superintendents of police that were decorated with their new ranks of Superintendent of Police (SP).
Speaking after the brief ceremony, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, thanked God for the elevation to the new rank, and also expressed appreciation to the Police Service Commission and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba for finding them worthy of the promotion as well as Friday Eboka for making out time despite his tight schedule to decorate them.
She promised that the promotion would inspire them to work harder as the new rank calls for service and responsibility.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, during the ceremony, presented DSP Loveth Patra Ekufu, a world and African champion on mixed martial arts/kick boxer to management team of the command.
Eboka said he was proud the recent world champion was currently serving in state police command, and used the opportunity to commend her for making the command, Nigeria Police Force and the country proud.
The CP urged her to continue to make the force proud even as he encouraged other officers and men to get involved in sports for fitness, not just for award winning.

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Customs Suspends Rice Sale As Seven Die In Stampede

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The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the suspension of the sale of foodstuffs following a stampede that reportedly killed seven persons at the NCS Old Zonal Headquarters in the Yaba area of Lagos State, last Friday.
A Chief Superintendent of Customs and National Public Relations Officer for Comptroller General of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada, disclosed the suspension of the exercise in a statement on Monday.
Nigeria Customs had said it was selling seized food items at N10,000 per 25kg to alleviate the people’s suffering as a result of the current high cost of living and other economic hardships.
Last Friday, a pregnant woman and six others reportedly died in a stampede after some suspected hoodlums attempted to force their way into the Yaba Customs office compound.
Some Lagos residents who thronged the NCS office in Yaba expressed disappointment on Monday following the suspension of the initiative.
However, in a statement on Monday evening, the NCS said the suspension became necessary considering “the recent unfortunate event.”
“We regrettably announce the suspension of this exercise until we establish what transpired on Friday, February 23, 2024,” the NCS spokesman said.
He explained that: “The disposal of the food items got off to a smooth start at about 0800hrs. We enjoyed the cooperation of the large crowd that obliged us, giving preferences to the elderly, people living with disabilities, pregnant women, and other vulnerable Nigerians who showed up for the exercise.
“This was the case up until about 1700hrs, as attested to by the over 5,000 beneficiaries and members of the press. However, unforeseen challenges arose when we ran out of stock and announced the continuation of the exercise the following day, leading to a regrettable outcome.
“The crowd became desperate and charged through our barricades in search of rice bags inside emptied containers. In the stampede that ensued, some fatalities and injuries were regrettably recorded.”
The Customs extended its “heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the unfortunate incident.”
The service said it was working with health authorities to establish contact and engage directly with the victims’ families on their next steps.

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Court Dismisses Police Objection Against Fubara’s CoS …Restrains Police From Arresting Ehie

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A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt, yesterday, dismissed the preliminary objection by counsel to the Nigerian Police, Celestine Dickson, challenging the jurisdiction of the Court to hear the fundamental rights suit by the Chief of Staff to Governor Siminalayi Fubara, Hon. Edison Ehie against the police for lack of merit.
The trial Judge, Justice Sika Aprioku, in a ruling, yesterday, assumed jurisdiction and held that the non-joinder of the Nigeria Police Force in a matter that the Commissioner of Police is a party to does not render the suit incompetent.
Justice Aprioku said the application by the Police lacks merit and thereby dismissed it with a cost of N100,000 in favour of Hon Edison Ehie.
Aprioku also granted the prayers of the counsel to Edison, Damian Okoro to restrain the Police from arresting, detaining, harassing, or inviting Ehie based on the trumped-up charges in the suit by Rt Hon. Martin Amaewhule in connection to the destruction of the Hallow chamber of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Speaking to newsmen outside the courtroom, counsel to the Police, Celestine Dickson, said he would study the judgment and advise his clients accordingly.
Dickson stated, “That is the wisdom of the court and we cannot criticise the wisdom of the court. The outcome of court decisions must bind parties.
“If you are not satisfied I think you study the judgement and take the next step. The court made it clear that in a couple of minutes, we were going to have copies of the judgement. That will give us the opportunity to look at the judgement and advise our clients accordingly.
On his part, one of the counsel to the Chief of Staff, Ibioku Mac-Barango said the judgment reflects the position of the law.

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Fubara Expresses Confidence In Tinubu To Address Labour Concerns

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In the midst of the ongoing nationwide protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has expressed confidence in President Bola Tinubu’s ability to address the concerns raised by the organised labour and alleviate their fears.
Fubara gave the assurance during the NLC’s protest to the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday .
The State NLC, led by its chairman, Alex Agwanwor, had joined its counterparts in other parts of the country to protest against high cost of living in the country occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government in May last year.
Recall that there have been a series of protests across the country over the cost of living, inflation, insecurity and hardship among Nigerians.
The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had on February 8 issued a 14-day nationwide strike notice to the Federal Government over the failure to implement the agreements reached on October 2, 2023 following the removal of the fuel subsidy.
Responding to a letter of demands presented to the governor by the State NLC, Fubara noted that the grievances outlined by the protesters primarily fell within the purview of the Federal Government.
The governor, who was represented by the Head of the Rivers State Civil Service, Dr. George Nwaeke, said, “To all who listened to every presentation of the labour leader as it is being read out, we can find out none is local, not originating from local source here. They are all national issues and we have hope in the Renewed Hope Agenda of the Federal Government. We have hope. And I know Governor Fubara will also deliver this message as presented by you to the President.”
Fubara further assured the protesters that his administration remained committed to alleviating the economic hardships faced by the people of Rivers State.
He highlighted initiatives such as the provision of palliative buses in response to the fuel subsidy removal and the ongoing development of 20,000 housing units for low-income earners.
The governor also emphasized his administration’s dedication to improving the welfare of civil servants, citing measures such as the employment of 10,000 youths into the state civil service, promotions, and the provision of bonuses.
He affirmed the significance of the issues raised and reiterated his commitment to prioritizing the welfare of workers in the State.
He, however, assured that the NLC’s demands would be conveyed to the President as presented.

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