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Flood: Rivers Begins Distribution Of Relief Materials To IDP Camps

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The Rivers State Task Force on the 2022 Flood Disaster Management, has commenced an on-the-spot, one-on-one assessment and evaluation of the level of damage and devastation caused by what could be best described as coastal flood.
The task force has also kicked off the distribution of urgently needed relief materials, including medical supplies, to cushion the effects of flooding on the people.
Coastal flood is caused by strong winds or storms that move towards a coast or waterline during high tide.
The Tide investigations show that when powerful waves breach the coast’s dune or dike, the area is usually flooded.
Coastal areas with fewer defenses and lower elevation are the most affected.
Speaking during the visits, the Chairman of the committee, Dr. George Nwaeke, directed that the Rivers State Mobile Clinic should be stationed at the IDPs camps for immediate medicare pending when adequate centres would be put in place.
On arrival, the members of the committee stopped at the Ahoada East section of the East-West Road where the ravaging flood had totally cut-off a lane of the dualcarriage way.
At this point, the Chairman of the committee, who doubles as the Permanent Secretary, Special Services Bureau, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. George Nwaeke; Secretary of the committee and former commissioner in the state, Barrister Inime Aguma; and the Chairman of Ahoada West Local Government Area, Evangelist Hope Ikiriko, respectively, addressed stranded commuters and motorists who had been on that spot for about two days with perishable goods destroyed.
They assured them that the state government would immediately begin the distribution of relief materials to affected residents while adequate arrangements were being made to evacuate stranded people to higher grounds.
Afterwards, the team moved to Ula-Ehuda community, the access to the Odiokwu clan in Ahoada West Local Government Area.
At the scene, the committee resolved to immediately provide speed boats for the evacuation of stranded community dwellers.
Another point of call was at Edeoha Community where the affected persons reported that the flood swept through their community about two days earlier.
They also catalogued their immediate and long term needs to the committee, which assured them of government’s readiness to provide succour to the victims of the flood.
The committee further went to inspect the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Ahoada East Local Government Area headquarters.
At the location, the committee noted that the affected persons had started reporting to the camp under the supervision of the council Chairman, Hon Ben Eke.
After inspecting and addressing the agonised and devastated victims of the flood, the committee promised to commence the distribution of materials ranging from food items, mattresses to other relief materials to cushion the negative impact of the flood on the people.
Similarly, the Rivers State Task Force on the 2022 Flood Disaster Management also paid a visit to Erema Primary School I and II, in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, where Internally Displaced people were camped.
On arrival, the Chairman of the local government area, Hon. Vincent Job, told the flood victims that the committee was set up by the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, to ameliorate the sufferings of the affected people and bring succour to the challenges they were faced with.
It was gathered that the IDP camp has a total of 1,100 people with few of them sick.
However, on arrival, the medical team of the committee provided medical treatments to the sick.
Also, the committee took boat to Ndoni to see displaced persons and houses that had been submerged by flood.
After assessing and taking photos, they were taken to the IDP Camp close to River Niger where the inhabitants were camped on a sand filled area.
Speaking at the site, the Chairman, Dr. George Nwaeke, said Governor Nyesom Wike, in his magnanimity, inaugurated the committee to provide relief materials and medical aid to cushion their sufferings.
On her part, the Secretary of the committee, Barrister Inime Aguma, said the committee has a special concern for the women and children in the IDP camps, adding that the initiative of having a mobile clinic was to ameliorate their sufferings.
She said the committee was in touch with the local government chairmen, to provide medical aid, food, shelter and facilitate their immediate evacuation from anywhere that was completely flooded.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Community Development Committee in Ndoni community, Mr. Patrick, pleaded for the Federal Government to also come to their aid.
Furthermore, the Director General of Pension Board, Ndoni Zone, Mr. Samuel, commended the good gesture of the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for the fund approval he has made to alleviate the sufferings and pain of Ndoni people.
Also speaking, the LG Chairman, Hon. Vincent Job, thanked the governor of Rivers State, for setting up the committee, and promised the people that the committee would start bringing relief materials as soon as possible.
Afterwards, the committee visited Ibocha and Egbema community to ascertain the level of flood and devastation in the area.
In the same vein, the committee visited the Palace of His Eminence, Barrister Nwachukwu Nnam Obi III, the Oba of Ogbaland.
Speaking at the palace, Chairman of the Rivers State Flood Management 2022, Dr. George Nwaeke, sympathised with the King and his subjects over the flood situation that has ravaged the area.
He said the state governor has inaugurated the committee to alleviate the sufferings and bring succour to the people of the area.
Responding, King Nwachukwu Nnam Obi III, thanked the governor for his commitment and responding briskly whilst he commended the committee for hitting the ground running.
Meanwhile, the King has promised to constitute a local committee at the community level to liaise with Rivers State Government on flood management for easy distribution of relief materials.

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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