Youths Protest Alleged Irregularities Of Shares Payment In Rivers

Youths, Rivers, Elano Investments, Indorama PetrochemicalsYouths in Eleme Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State have protested the alleged negligence of Indorama Petrochemicals to address the payment of dividends accruable to them.

The protesters, drawn from the six communities of the LGA, on Monday stormed the major streets in the state to press home their demands.

The leader of the protest, Benjamin Ngokanya, alleged that a company, Elano Investments Limited, which was appointed to access the shares on behalf of the host communities, had confiscated the returns.

The youths accused the company and Indorama Petrochemicals of working together to deprive the communities of their benefits.

However, both companies denied the allegations.

The Head of Corporate Communications at Indorama Petrochemicals, Jossy Nkwocha, briefed Channels Television crew on their own side of the story.

The matter seemed to have become more controversial, as another set of youth leaders were apparently in support of Elano Investments.

However, various stakeholders have called for a quick resolution of the issues to avert possible violent clash.

Rivers Rerun: INEC Suspends Elections In Six LGAs

INECINEC has suspended the legislative elections in six local government areas of Rivers State.

INEC’s decision, according to the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Aniedi Ikoikwak, follows reported cases of violence and other hitches witnessed in some parts of the state including Andoni, Bonny, Gokana, Khana, Eleme and Tai local councils where the exercise has been suspended.

No date has been fixed for the rerun elections in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, voting has ended in the Rivers rerun election and counting has started in some polling units to determine the outcome of the election.

Rivers Rerun: Counting Begins In Some Polling Units

Rivers RerunVoting has ended in the Rivers rerun election.

Counting has started in some polling units to determine the outcome of the Rivers State election.

Channels TV correspondents covering the election report that while some parts of Rivers State have experienced relative peace, the situation in some appeared to have taken a violent dimension.

Earlier, our correspondent reported that in Asari Toru, Degema and Abonema in Rivers West senatorial district, the election went on smoothly, with security agents on the ground to keep the peace.

In Ikwere Local Government Area, however, there have been some skirmishes, with cases of stabbing reported. Shooting has also been reported in Abalama after security agents reportedly left the area.

Voting was said to have been stalled in Opobo Nkoro, Andoni and Bonny due to non-availability of sensitive materials such as result sheets.

Rivers Rerun: Unavailability Of Sensitive Materials Stalls Elections In Bonny, Opobo

Rivers RerunThe situation in the ongoing Rivers rerun election appears to be taking a violent dimension in some parts of Rivers State while others are experiencing relative peace.

Voting is said to have been stalled in Opobo Nkoro, Andoni and Bonny due to non-availability of sensitive materials such as result sheets.

Earlier, our correspondent reported that in Asari Toru, Degema and Abonema in Rivers West senatorial district, the election went on smoothly, with security agents on the ground to keep the peace.

In Ikwere Local Government Area, however, there have been some skirmishes, with cases of stabbing reported.

Shooting has also been reported in Abalama after security agents reportedly left the area.

Sensitive materials for the re-run polls had been delivered at the state headquarters of the INEC in Port Harcourt on Thursday with sorting and distribution also done at the different senatorial zones and constituencies in all 23 local government areas in the state.

INEC recruited the services of 24,930 adhoc staff, 379 collation officers and 37 returning officers for the Rivers rerun elections which is being conducted in compliance with the appeal tribunal which nullified the earlier polls.

 

Rivers Rerun: Violence Reported In Eleme

Eleme violenceA case of violence has been reported in Alode in the Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.

According to Channels Television’s political correspondent, who is monitoring the situation, a 14-seater bus has been burnt.

Some residents blamed the action on some political thugs while others said that the violence was caused by some cultists from a neighbouring community.

Accreditation and voting had earlier began in three senatorial districts, 12 federal constituencies and 22 state constituencies of the state.

Sensitive materials for the re-run polls had been delivered at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt on Thursday with sorting and distribution also done at the different senatorial zones and constituencies in all 23 local government areas in the state.

INEC recruited the services of 24,930 adhoc staff, 379 collation officers and 37 returning officers for the rerun elections which is being conducted in compliance with the appeal tribunal which nullified the earlier polls.

#SaveRiversRally: Police Area Command Was 400 Meters Away

The Chairman of Eleme local government area in Rivers State, Oji Ngofa, on Monday alleged that a Police Area Command was 400 meters away from the venue of the Save Rivers Movement (SRM)rally which was marred by violence on Sunday, wondering why officers of the Force did not come to the rescue.

“The venue of the rally was not up to 400 meters from the Bori Area Command but police didn’t do anything and the hoodlums (from wherever they came from) started shooting, chasing people away, damaging property and all that,” he said.

Ngofa whose LG is near to Khana Local Government, where the attack occurred, disclosed that problem started at about 4 AM on Sunday morning when the hoodlums started shooting and then returned when organisers of the rally started setting up.

“There was no way they would say that they didn’t hear the gunshots,” Ngofa said, adding that efforts of the SRM to secure police assistance yielded nothing.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu told Channels Television via a telephone interview that the group did not invite the Police and also did not request security presence for the rally.

In response, Mr Ngofa said “that is not true” because the same letter written to the Police, seeking security, last week covered two events including Sunday’s rally.

On allegations that the group was trying to stage campaign rallies, Ngofa said the mission of the Movement was to “promote good governance.”

Although the identity of the attackers remains unknown, Ngofa said residents of Khana local government would be able to point out the perpetrators.

Contrary to claims by the State Police Commissioner, Mbu, Mr Ngofa disclosed that the group had made attempts at informing the police of the event beforehand. He added that the lawyer of the group, Ken Asuette went to the Police command on Friday to remind the Force of the rally which was to hold on Sunday.

He further stated that the refusal of the Police to do its job indicates that they are lying and playing games.

“It is a gang up to bring a reign of terror on Rivers people.”