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Success’ll Remain Hallmark Of Our Govt, Gov Fubara Assures …Celebrates King Ateke Tom At 60

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has declared that nothing less than resounding success will be reckoned with his administration in the provision of social services, critical projects, and sustenance of peace across the State.
Governor Fubara made the declaration at the thanksgiving reception organised by the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, King Ateke Michael Tom, to celebrate his 60th birthday, which held at his residence in Okochiri Town, Okrika Local Government Area on Sunday evening.
King Ateke Tom also organised the event to thank God for the elevation of his traditional stool from second class to first class status and the conferment of honour by the Okrika people on him as the Ama Poku (spokesman) of Kirike Se.
Governor Fubara reiterated that the worse is over with the political crisis that confronted governance in the State, adding that the government was now working assiduously to deliver quality services and signature infrastructure projects in line with his administration’s ‘people first’ mantra.
He said, “I identify with you, King Ateke Tom, and I want to appreciate you for standing with us. Like I had said, the worst is over concerning the political crisis. What we are doing today is moving forward and advancing our State. And I am happy that you are one of my allies.
“I assure you the only thing that will be associated with our administration is success, success and more success,” he said.
Governor Fubara noted with delight that King Ateke Tom is not merely celebrating with drinks and foods distributed to friends but has actually included God in the event with an expression of gratitude to Him for the blessings bestowed on him.
The Governor stated how in contemporary times, life expectancy continues to reduce because of lifestyle changes and other exposures like effect of modern technology, which makes attaining 60 a lofty feat.
He added, “We as a government, it is our duty to make sure that we support our own, more especially when you are contributing to peace and development of our State.
“When one marks 40, we say thank God. Somebody has marked 50, and by the special grace of God, King Ateke Tom is celebrating 60. So, I want to thank God for his life because it is only possible through God.”
Governor Fubara said looking at the life and time of King Ateke Tom, one will understand that death had moved around him, and it therefore, is a miracle for him to have lived this long.
He stressed that it must have been possible for to have come this far by God’s providence, adding that it is only for that reason that it is worth celebrating.
“So, I am happy to tell you that we will continue to stand by you. Let me thank everyone that is here who has come to celebrate with our brother.
“Thank you for coming to support him. I know that as a man, nobody is perfect, but in his own little way, he tries as much as he can, to make peace his major gift to the people of Okrika. I know and I don’t need to be told how much he spends to make sure he makes people happy,” the Governor clarified.
Governor Fubara, who wished King Ateke Tom more glorious years on the throne, urged him to continue to promote peace and development not only in Okochiri Kingdom but in the entire Okrika land.
He said, “I am happy to identify with our brother. He is celebrating three things. Firstly, his birthday; secondly, the special honour by the great people of Okrika and Okochiri; and thirdly, the one that they said I did. I didn’t do it as a person, it is the Office of the Governor that honoured him,” he emphasised.
He said that it only takes a unique character and quintessential individual to celebrate such triple gifts of God at the same time, and wished him well in all his endeavours.
In his welcome address, former Minister of Transport and chairman of the occasion, Chief Abiye Sekibo, said the reception is auspicious for them because a revered son and king is being celebrated.
He said the three-fold celebration, is a show of gratitude to God for the life of King Ateke Tom, enabling him to attain 60th birthday, in addition to the conferment of honour on him by the Okrika people as the spokesman of Kirike Se worldwide and the elevation of Okochiri traditional stool to a first class by the State Government.
Chief Sekibo, who expressed appreciation to Governor Fubara for his presence, said as one of them, Okrika people are resolved to sustain support for the Governor to ensure that he succeeds in government.
In his goodwill message, Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, noted that God has blessed King Ateke Tom so much so that within just one year of Governor Fubara’s administration, he has garnered three distinct blessings.
He said, as friends, they are happy with him for the feats achieved, which revolve around his quiet philanthropic nature, capacity to bring people together, and lots of wisdom exhibited in administering his kingdom.
King Jaja recalled the strength of courage and purpose which made him stand up in defence of the Niger Delta region to demand for justice and equity in the exploration and distribution of the accruing benefits of inherent resources, adding that today, the region has got a measure of respect that it deserved.
He charged him to continue to do more for the people, as according to him, the people of Niger Delta still need his guidance and direction to achieve greater heights.

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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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