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LG Bosses Seek Total Adherence To Executive Order 21

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Chairmen of three local government councils in Rivers State have called for total adherence to the principles and objectives of the Executive Order 21 issued by the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, last Friday.
The chairmen – Engr Samuel Nwanosike; Barrister George Ariolu; and Dr Enyiada Cookey-Gam – of Ikwerre; Obio/Akpor; and Opobo/Nkoro local government councils, said that the total adherence to the executive order would ensure violence-free electioneering campaigns, and credible 2023 elections in the state.
Speaking in Isiokpo, the Ikwerre Local Government Area headquarters, Nwanosike, called for strict compliance to the Executive Order 21, and directed all political parties and candidates wishing to use the facilities of public schools for political activities to obtain permission from the state Ministry of Education two weeks prior to the date of the event.
Nwanosike, while issuing the directive, charged all traditional rulers and security agents to ensure that political parties and candidates making use of public school facilities within their jurisdictions obtain permission from the Ministry of Education as mandated by the Executive Order 21.
He stated that the enforcement was with immediate effect, warning that the full weight of the law would fall on those who are culpable.
Nwanosike stressed that the Rivers State Executive Order 21 was not intended to witch-hunt anyone political party or individual, but aimed at securing public school facilities and maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the event of clash of activities.
Similarly, Ariolu directed members of the public to adhere strictly to the Executive Order 21 with immediate effect across communities in Obio Akpor.
This, he said, is in compliance with the state government’s directive, which states that political parties and candidates seeking to use premises of public schools should obtain a written approval from the Ministry of Education, two weeks before the date of the event.
In a statement, Ariolu urged traditional rulers and security agencies in area to ensure strict compliance to the order.
He also stated that any community that fails to report any breach, traditional rulers of such communities shall be made to explain to government, adding that the full weight of the law shall be brought upon anyone or political party, candidate or group found culpable in contravention of the order, irrespective of how highly placed the person might be.
Ariolu said the early warning was to avoid name calling and breakdown of law and order in the event of any disruption of unauthorised gatherings.
Speaking further, he said that the order was intended to sustain the peace prevalent in the local government area at the moment.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area, DrEnyiada Cookey-Gam, reminded political parties, candidates, and their supporters of the enforcement of the Executive Order 21 signed by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, last Friday, prohibiting the use of public schools for political campaigns without the approval of the state Ministry of Education.
The ONOLGA boss warned political parties and candidates must follow the guidelines of the order in obtaining permission from the Ministry of Education not less than two weeks before the date of the rally, in addition to payment of a non-refundable security fee of N5million.
The chairman said political parties and candidates must submit proof of payment and permission from the state Ministry of Education to the council for final clearance.
He said the use of public school buildings, structures and premises for political rallies was lawful only when there was compliance.
Cookey-Gam vowed to enforce the Executive Order 21, and warned that any political party or candidate who dares violate the rules would face the full wrath of the law.
He urged the security agencies, local vigilantes, and traditional rulers to implement the order across the 11wards in the area.
Cookey-Gam noted that the adherence was inline with his administration’s commitment to ensure safety of lives and property in the area.
He enjoyed political parties and candidates for the 2023 general election in the area, to avoid conduct that may trigger fracases that may lead to political tensions during and after the campaigns.

By: Nelson Chukwudi

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June 12: DSS Issues Stern Warning Against Protest

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned individuals and groups planning to stage protests on June 12, Democracy Day, to desist from any violent or disruptive actions.
The warning was contained in a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations and Strategic Communications, DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, yesterday.
The Service said it has received intelligence on plans to incite violence and disrupt public order during the protests.
The security agency vowed to maintain public safety and national security and urged citizens to resist any persuasions to engage in lawless acts.
The DSS also encouraged disgruntled persons to channel their grievances through appropriate channels and procedures.
Afunanya said: “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to plans by certain individuals and groups to stage physical protests in some parts of the country on 12th June 2024. These protests are designed with sinister objectives to coincide with the Democracy Day Celebration.
“While citizens may have the rights of assembly and expression, such freedoms should not be used to undermine public safety and national security. The determination by some non-state actors to incite mass disaffection through demonstrations that may turn violent will not be tolerated.
“Citizens are, therefore, called upon to resist any persuasions to be lawless or cause disorder and anarchy in the nation. Displeased persons are rather encouraged to appropriately channel their grievances through the right channels and procedures.
“The Service, while felicitating the government and citizens on this auspicious occasion of celebrating 25 years of unbroken democracy, calls for continued patriotism, unity and commitment to building a Nigeria of our collective dream.
“The Service will sustain collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including sister security agencies, to maintain the peace as well as protect lives and property across the nation. Law-abiding citizens are enjoined to go about their businesses without fear.”

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Court’s CTC Validates Our Position On Amaewhule, Others -Rivers AG …Advises Media Against Misinterpretation Of Judgements

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The Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Dagogo Israel Iboroma, SAN, has said that the State High Court neither declared nor affirmed Martin Amaewhule as Speaker of the House of Assembly, stressing that the certified true copy (CTC) of court judgment validates the government’s position.
Mr Iboroma also urged media practitioners to desist from giving interpretations to court judgments by fiat, emotional or other shades of persuasions.
Rather, he advised that they should first obtain the judgement in order to read it thoroughly to gain proper understanding or at best, seek competent legal advice before going to press.
Mr Iboroma gave the advice yesterday night while briefing newsmen after obtaining the certified true copy (CTC) of the Monday court judgment in Port Harcourt.
The briefing was to restate his earlier position that there was no court ruling that ever declared or affirmed Martin Amaewhule and 26 others as members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Rivers State House of Assembly.
Iboroma said: “Yesterday (Monday), I briefed the press and made the point that there is a misrepresentation of the judgment of the High Court of Rivers State in Suit No. DHC/20/CS/2024 in social, print, and electronic media.
“My position has been confirmed and vindicated by the Certified True Copy of the court order in Suit No. DHC/20/CS/2024.”
Mr Iboroma stated that a court order embodied the enforceable decisions of a court, adding that in this case in focus, the enforceable orders of the court will necessarily entail the specific pronouncements of the court.
He listed the three orders of the court in the judgment to include: “That this Suit be and is hereby dismissed/struck out for want of jurisdiction.
“That the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) be and is hereby joined as 4th defendant.
“That the claimants’ case be and is hereby dismissed for lacking in merit.”
Mr Iboroma further said: “Contrary to the false claims and misrepresentation in social, print and electronic media, the court did not make a declaration that Martin Amaewhule is the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, neither did it make a declaration that Martin Amaewhule and 26 others are members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“If it were so, it would have been embodied in the court orders which have been circulated to you all and displayed by me here for the purpose of clarity.”
Mr Iboroma regretted that by the deliberate misrepresentation of yesterday (Monday), the court was painted in bad light and the public misled with such misinformation.
He said: “Whatever finding of fact that is not included in the court order is an Obiter Dictum, which has no binding force.
“Once again, I respectively urge the media to desist from giving any interpretation to any judgement without first reading the content of the judgement and seeking legal advice,” the attorney-general added.

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Sexual Harassment: Minister Drags Perm Sec Before Head Of Service

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, has formally lodged a complaint with the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation regarding allegations of sexual harassment levelled against the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Ibrahim Lamuwa.
In a letter addressed to the HOCSF dated May 27, 2024, Tuggar expressed his concern over the serious nature of the allegation levelled against the permanent secretary by Mrs Simisola Ajayi.
He emphasised the importance of addressing the matter urgently and thoroughly.
The letter was titled, “Re: Official Complaint Regarding Sexual Harassment Of Mrs Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi By Ambassador Ibrahim Adamu Lamuwa (Permanent Secretary Ministry Of Foreign Affairs.
It read, “I am compelled to write to inform you of a formal complaint against the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ibrahim Adamu Lamuwa, on allegations of sexual harassment.
“Bearing in mind the gravity of the matter, I feel it necessary to draw your attention to it and ask that you handle it accordingly,”
The letter included an attachment of the complaint received via email, and Tuggar assured the HOCSF his full cooperation in the investigation.
“May I also assure you that I remain available to provide you with any assistance required in discharging your responsibilities,” he added.
Ajayi, had a petition dated May 29, 2024, addressed to Tuggar, accused the permanent secretary of serial sexual harrasment.
Ajayi, through her lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), called for a thorough investigation into the actions of Amb. Lamuwa.
The petition, signed by Adebayo A. Oniyelu LP of Falana & Falana’s, was titled “Request For An Investigation Of Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa’s Conducts Of Sexual Harassment At The Place Of Work, Abuse Of Office, Official Intimidation And Discrimination.”
According to the petition, Ajayi narrated multiple instances of harassment allegedly by Lamuwa, which have created an unsafe and uncomfortable working environment.
She claimed for instance that during a policy retreat on October 7, 2023, Lamuwa allegedly made inappropriate advances towards her, suggesting she joined him in his hotel room.
He reportedly continued with inappropriate remarks throughout the retreat.
She also cited an incident on November 10, 2023, where Lamuwa allegedly invited Ajayi to travel to Hong Kong, promising significant personal benefits from the trip.

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