RIWAMA Alleges Police Harassment Of Sanitation Workers

RIWAMA, Police, Felix Obuah, Rivers State, Sanitation The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Mr Felix Obuah, has called on security agencies, especially the Police, to stop the incessant arrest, harassment and intimidation of sanitation workers who clean the city at nights.

RIWAMA thought it necessary to raise the alarm due to the purported continual arrest and harassment of the cleaners and those who dispose refuse in the state.

According to a statement signed by Mr Obuah’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Jerry Needam, the supposed arrests were capable of subverting the efforts of the agency to keep Rivers State clean and healthy.

The Sole Administrator emphasised that the job of cleaning the city at the odd hours of the night was indispensable and should be commended, adding that those who do it ought to be appreciated rather than hounded and dumped into police cells.

He appealed to the Police to assist RIWAMA by ensuring that the cleaners were not molested or intimidated by residents and hoodlums who disturb their peace and services at nights.

A Garbage-free Rivers State

“Rather than these indiscriminate arrests and throwing the cleaners into the cells, any case against them should be referred to our office at Mile 4, Ikwerre Road, for immediate consideration and prompt action,” the RIWAMA boss stated.

He, however, cautioned on the implication of locking up cleaners, which he claimed takes two to three days in most cases.

Mr Obuah stated that if the alleged unlawful acts does persist, it might lead to an environmental crisis.

He called for urgent understanding and cooperation of security agencies, adding that the task of cleaning the environment and restoring the ‘Garden City status’ of Rivers State was a collective effort of all, including the Police and other security agencies.

“All hands must be on deck to ensure a garbage-free Rivers State, and the security agencies have a role to play in that regard,” the Sole Administrator said.

You Are A Security Risk, PDP Tells Magnus Abe

Rivers Senator-Elect, Magnus Abe Vows Not To FailThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State is asking security agencies to put Senator Magnus Abe under surveillance over comments it claimed could scuttle the peace of the state.

The party is again raising alarm concerning what it referred to as the activities and unguarded statements of the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District.

It insists that his actions pose a security risk to the State.

The Rivers PDP chairman, Mr Felix Obuah, described the directive by Senator Abe, that lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, should invade the Assembly without being subjected to the oath of office, as demanded by law, as unbecoming of one who claims to be a federal lawmaker.

Mr Obuah in a statement said that the party was worried that Abe’s recent comments and secret meetings called for concern by every patriotic Rivers man and woman.

He said that although Senator Abe was known for unsavory and disrespectful attacks on the government and people of Rivers State, he had continued to make statements which were not only provocative and incisive, but seriously threaten the peace and security of the State.

Mr Obuah also expressed concern that Senator Abe had openly been making threatening remarks and boastings which, according to him, were very worrisome and likely to destabilise the corporate existence of the people of the State.

“The PDP is worried at the way and manner Magnus Abe is talking and conducting himself as if he is now the Governor and Chief Security Officer of Rivers State,” Mr Obuah noted.

The PDP also claimed that some criminal gangs in the State refused to embrace the State government’s recently concluded amnesty, following attacks by Senator Abe on the well intended programme.

He wants security agencies to put Senator Abe under surveillance, claiming further that his actions, if not checked, could result to breakdown of law and order in the State.

Rivers Rerun: No APC Leader Made Inciting Statement – Peterside

Dakuku Peterside and Nyesom Wike on Rivers Rerun ElectionsThe candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 governorship election in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, says no leader of the party made any sort of inciting statement during the just concluded rerun election in the state.

Mr Peterside, who is the current Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA),made the statement on Wednesday while giving his opinion on the violence perpetrated during parliamentary polls in the southern Nigeria oil-rich state.

“I challenge anybody to bring any evidence to show that any leader of the APC in Rivers State asked the people to come out and perpetrate violence, ask people to kill, ask people to write their will.

“No leader of the APC (All Progressives Congress) did that before, during and after the elections,” he claimed while giving his opinion on Sunrise Daily.

Mr Peterside alleged that the violence that took place during the elections was caused by Rivers State Governor, stressing that he had earlier raised alarm and nothing was done.

“I have said it consistently (and nobody has challenged me) that all of these that happened in Rivers should be placed squarely on the feet of Nyesom Wike.

“He provided incentive, he provided (if I use an agricultural analogy) a manure for the violence we are witnessing in Rivers State and indeed, if nothing is done urgently, this psycho will continue and it will hurt everybody,” he insisted.

In a swift response, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Felix Obuah, refuted the claims, stressing that Governor Wike did his best to uphold peace during the exercise.

“The Governor of Rivers State is a God sent messiah to the people of Rivers State (and) he has done everything possible to bring peace (and) he has supported the law enforcement agents,” he said.

Mr Obuah maintained that the disruption of the polls was planned by the Minister of Transportation, Mr hibuike Amachi, and the APC members in the state.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), Amaechi and his cohort and followers did said that the election that brought Wike was manhandle by the former president (Dr. Goodluck Jonathan) who provided all sorts of security that intimidated APC,” the PDP chairman said while describing the allegation as an irony.

“We want to put on record that every problem that has been happening in recent time in Rivers State is a calculated attempt by Amaechi, Dakuku, (and) Ikanya (the APC Chairman in Rivers State),” he said, stressing that the state is peaceful and the residents are going about their normal business.

Reactions Trail Appeal Court’s Judgment On Wike Election

APCReactions have started to trail the judgement of the Court of Appeal which nullified the election of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, upholding the verdict of the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal. 

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Port Harcourt, the state’s capital, on Wednesday, told Channels Television that the decision of the Appeal Court was a clear reflection of the wishes of the people of the state.

But the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Felix Obuah, maintained that it was not over yet.

According to him, the party is hopeful that they will have victory at the Supreme Court.

The Court of Appeal had earlier on Wednesday struck out Wike’ appeal, which was seeking a dismissal of the judgment of the Rivers Election Petition Tribunal which sacked him as governor of the state.

The Tribunal headed by Justice Suleiman Ambrosa had, in a judgment on October 24 voided Wike’s election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in the state.

I Didn’t Come To Rivers With A Script, Says Former CP, Mbu

The out-gone Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Joseph Mbu has reiterated that he did not come to the state to act out a script from anybody as insinuated by some politicians especially from the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mbu said that those who called for his redeployment from the state would soon regret their actions and will beg for his return because the new CP, Tunde Ogunsakin is a no nonsense officer who does not tolerate any excesses from anybody.

Speaking during a joint courtesy visit to the Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, in his Port Harcourt home on Saturday, Mbu, who was accompanied by his successor, Ogunsakin made it clear that prior to his coming to the state, he never knew or met Wike or any other chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

Mbu said that he was leaving the state with his head high because “in the past one year, Rivers State under my command did not record any political killing”, adding that he carried out his job in the state with diligence and in consonance with the professional ethics.

“I did not come here with a script as alleged by few propagandists. I have discharged my duties with diligence and for the past one year, there has never been any political assassination in Rivers state.

“Our sworn allegiance to the Nigeria Police Force must be upheld at all times”, Mbu said.

He enjoined the new CP to be vigilant on any SUV car with tinted glasses, alleging that occupants of such cars may be assassination agents, assuring him that he would enjoy at least 90% support from the people of the state.

Ban On Political Rallies Remains

On his part, the new CP, Ogunsakin reiterated that the ban placed on every political rally must continue until 90 days to the election, adding that any social gathering in the state must get Police clearance five days before the event.

Ogunsakin promised to ensure that peace returns to the state so that electioneering could be done without any crisis.

We May Seek Legal Action On Ban, Says Wike

In his response, the Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, promised the new Commissioner the cooperation and support of the PDP and that of its members across the state.

Wike explained that PDP would look at the laws to decide whether the ban by the Police was in line with the law, saying that as a law-abiding political party, PDP would not do anything that would impinge negatively on the state.

“We will give you all the support you will require to make your job successful. There was a time when Police was used to intimidate and arrest people in this state until we had to go to court to seek redress before we could hold political meetings.

“Those of us in the GDI (Grassroots Development Initiative) and PDP can testify that Mbu had refused to give us permit to hold our rallies but because we do not have money as they do to go to the press, members of the public did not know about this.

“I have never met Mbu in my life. The propaganda by the other people (APC) that he was acting the script written to him by me was most unfortunate. You cannot influence Mbu in any way. That is why Rivers people protested the plan to redeploy him from the state.

“Let me appeal to you, the new CP to please ensure that lives and property in the state are well protected. Those of us who live in Abuja will not want to be afraid of coming home because of one crisis or the other.”

In his words, “That is why we promised to give the Police our maximum support”, Wike assured.

Also at the meeting were, National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, State Chairman of PDP, Felix Obuah, Dr Abiye Sekibo, Dr Tammy Danagogo, Emeka Woke among many others.

Amaechi’s Defection To APC Is Root Of Rivers State Crisis – Wike

The Supervising Minister of Education in Nigeria, Mr Nyesom Wike, has attributed the crisis in Rivers State to the Governor’s decision to join the opposition against the cultural and historical background of the state, which has always been pro-People’s Democratic Party.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, the minister said the state had enjoyed political peace until Governor Chibuike Amechi came into office.

“When you are given a mandate and that mandate is given to you by the people, you must also do something that will make the people want will want to go along with you.”

The crisis in the state is based “on decisions that the governor of the state has taken to lead Rivers State to an opposition which has not happened since 1967 that Rivers State was created and politically, Rivers State has never played an opposition politics.”

The Minister, who was once a close associate of the governor, added that, “Amaechi thinks that everybody must go along with him and if nobody goes along with him, impunity is there.”

He accused the governor of trying to impose his will on the people, saying it is the reason for the reactions.

Wike, who said the disagreements between himself and the governor are political, attributed his political success to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“I was one time council chairman for two terms in Obiakpor local government and I’ve been a chief of staff under PDP so what is that that is going to make me leave the party that has brought me up politically,” he stated.

‘Vendetta’

Wike also accused the governor of intimidating the Chairman of the State chapter of the PDP, Felix Obuah, for going to the court to secure his position against Amaechi’s wishes.

“The governor declared that his hotel should be used to build a school and he revoked the Certificate of Occupancy (C of  O)  of the hotel simply because he went to court and we said that is not democracy.

“If somebody feels that he will go to court to realise or get back his mandate, you should encourage him.”

“The next thing the governor could do by intimidating the young man was to revoke his C of O without due process which was cancelled by the Court of Law in favour of Obuah,” he explained.

Wike said the governor was against his support for Obuah. “I have a right to support him, just like he was supporting G.U Ake.

“In retaliation, Amaechi dissolved my local government council.

“Just because the court gave judgment sacking the G.U Ake led exco and that it is the Obuah led exco that is the legitimate exco of the party, then ‘vendetta’. You now dissolve the council, having dissolved the council” thinking it would affect the minister.

“We came into office in 2007 and as at 2009 – 2010, I saw the politics internally and then I called my friends and said I don’t think it would be proper for me to continue to stay here. I have to leave… I didn’t know that the governor had decided a succession plan that he was going to get rid of some people including myself that were becoming too powerful in the state according to his own estimation.

“I decided to run for a seat in the Senate but before I decided to run for Senate, Mr Peterside Dakuku had come to my house to tell me that the governor feels that I should run for Senate… Then I sent a close friend of the governor to him, to confirm what Dakuku Peterside informed me. He said yes, he’s encouraging that I should run for a seat in the Senate.

“Then something occurred to me that something must be going on. I started pursuing the ambition of Senate.

“A day to collection of forms, in the midnight, the Governor summoned me, the then party chairman, G.U Ake and some other people. This was in 2010-2011.

“He said he had fought the wife of the President, they had problems and he doesn’t want to have any further problems with her… and there’s no need for me to run for Senate.”

After Amaechi asked Wike to withdraw from the Senate seat race, he was appointed the Director General of the Campaign which resulted in Amaechi’s second term in office.

Wike further claimed that the governor had deterred him from running for Senate because they were both from the same Senatorial district and he wanted to run for Senate in 2015. He said that the governor had fears that he (Wike) would want to return to Senate again.

“But when he became the Chairman of the governors’ forum, he realised that the influence he wields…could be beyond being a senator. So let me use that forum to organise myself politically and become relevant nationally.”

According to the minister, the governor was on a mission to clear the state politics of some people he identified as strong in order not to have his succession plan challenged.

“Senator Magnus Abe never wanted to be a Senator. Dakuku never wanted to go to House of Reps… The day the governor told him that he was going to the House of Reps, he (Dakuku Peterside) sent traditional rulers to beg the governor that he was not interested.”

Commenting on the fact that the governor had nominated him to be minister, Wike said it was part of the plan to get rid of him.

 

Police Arrest Rivers Lawmaker, Chidi Lloyd Over Alleged Murder

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested the Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Chidi Lloyd, for alleged murder of Mr Kingsley Ejeuo and a Police Sergeant, Mr Urang Obadiah.

A statement issued by the spokesman for the police, Mr Ahmad Mohammad, said that “Mr. Lloyd was arrested on his way to join the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, in his private jet in order to escape justice”.

The statement added that “Mr Lloyd knocked down Mr Obadiah while pursuing Ejeuo, identified to be his political opponent”.

According to the police, Mr. Lloyd, who is still standing trial for his involvement in the fracas that took place in the Rivers State House of Assembly on July 9, 2013, was said to have rammed into Ejeuo’s Passat car with a bulletproof vehicle and killed him (Ejeo).

The statement read: “Hon. Chidi Lloyd on December 30, 2013 while pursuing his political opponent knocked down Sgt. Urang Obadiah while he (Obadiah) was trying to stop him. He killed him and went ahead to crush the Passat car which Mr. Kingsley Ejeuo was driving and killed him.

“The Police thought that it was a mere accident, which ought to have been manslaughter.”

The Commissioner of Police had directed ACP Aliyu Garba, the Area Commander Metro, to visit Mr Lloyd in his hospital bed and commiserate with him but Mr Lloyd, conscious of what he did, had relocated to another hospital before Mr Garba got there.

The police further stated that Sgt. Urang Obediah died on the spot.

The statement added that late Ejeuo, who hailed from the same place with Lloyd, was believed to be in the PDP camp led by Mr Felix Obuah.

Distorted And Untrue Account

The Leader of the House allegedly escaped from the hospital where he was being guarded by four policemen.

However, in a swift reaction, the Senior Special Adviser on Media to the Rivers State Governor, Mr Paul Iyofor, in a telephone interview with Channels Television faulted the police’s claims, saying that the “Rivers State Police Command had released a completely distorted and untrue account of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Lloyd on January 2, 2014.”

He pointed out that “it was when the governor got to Abuja that he was told that Chidi Lloyd was arrested in his house; in the presence of his family and lawyer.

“The lawyer confirmed to the press that the arrest was made in Chidi Lloyd’s house.”

He noted that the State Police Commissioner had grounded the plane that “was supposed to take the governor from Port Harcourt to Abuja because he was about to escape with Chidi Lloyd.”

“Chidi Lloyd was not with us. He was nowhere near us,” he insisted.

“While the governor was speaking to the I.G, the commissioner was shouting at the top of his voice, he showed disrespect and disregard to the governor. He was shouting, trying very hard to disrupt the conversation between the governor and the Inspector General of Police,” he explained.

Iyofor berated the strained relationship between the governor and the police commissioner and urged him to respect the office of the governor of Rivers State if he would not respect Rotimi Amaechi.

Lloyd is currently facing trial for hitting another lawmaker, Mr. Michael Chinda, with a mace on the head some months ago.

He presented himself to the Nigeria Police after the video clip of the unruly act went viral.

A six-count charge, including attempted murder was filed against him, but he was granted bail in order to receive medical attention after sustaining injury during the July 9, 2013 free-for-all, in the chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

PDP Suspends Amaechi

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a member of the party over the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.

The NWC also referred the suspension of Mr Amaechi to the party’s disciplinary committee for appropriate action.

The party’s NWC at an emergency meeting on Monday, agreed to suspend the Rivers state Governor following a petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee.

The party made this known in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

According to the statement, the party “considered the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee against His Excellency Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c ), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution.”

“The National Working Committee after preliminary hearing, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b) hereby suspends the Executive Governor of River State, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a member of the PDP and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party.”

“This is in furtherance of the determination of the leadership of the party to enforce discipline at all levels within the party” the statement concluded.

The state chapter of PDP in Rivers state has been embroiled in a prolonged crisis that has had 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and Speaker, suspended by the newly installed executives of the party in the state.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier sacked executive members of the party in the state that were loyal to Mr Amaechi and replaced them with the Felix Obuah led faction.

Former Rivers Commissioner Calls Amaechi A Dictator

A lawyer and former Rivers State Commissioner of Information, Emmanuel Okah has described the leadership style of Governor Chibuike Amaechi as suppressive and dictatorial.

Mr Okah, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said Mr Amaechi runs the affairs of Rivers state as though it was a one man business.

He said the governor determines “who becomes Chairman; he determines who becomes the Secretary; he determines who becomes a Councillor; he determines who goes to the House; he determines who goes to the Senate.”

The former Commissioner accused Governor Amaechi of using his office to persecute anyone who challenges the decisions of his administration.

He said for merely going to court to challenge the election of Godspowe Akeh, who is loyal to Governor Amaechi , as the chairman of the Rivers state executive organ of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the governor revoked the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) of the petitioner, Felix Obuah’s hotel in Omoku.

Governor Amaechi suffered a great political setback last month as the Rivers state chapter of the PDP executive led by Mr Akeh was sacked by an Abuja High court presided over by Justice Ishaq Bello.

Justice Bello approved the election of the faction loyal to the Minister of State for Education, Nyson Wike led by Mr Obuah and the entire members of the factional executive.

Rivers PDP Gives Amaechi 48hours To Explain His Plane Controversy, Suspends 27 Assembly Members

The crisis rocking the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new twist as the party on Monday, suspended 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The party’s leadership also announced that it has given the state Governor; Rotimi Amaechi, 48 hours to “explain to Rivers people why the jet bought with the state government money is bearing a bank’s name on the documents.”

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Sunday  grounded the plane of River State governor for the expiration of its operating license while the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) claimed that the plane belongs to the Bank of Salt Lake City USA and was brought into the country on chatter by Carverton Helicopters.

The new chairman of the party in the state, Felix Obuah told journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital, that the suspension of the lawmakers was over their refusal to obey an order by the party to reinstate the suspended Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government Area.

He noted that the suspension of the lawmakers, who are members of the party, is part of resolutions reached at the end of an emergency meeting of the party on Monday.

Not tolerating corruption

Felix Obuah also announced that the party has given Governor Amaechi 48 hours to explain to Rivers people why the jet bought with the state government money is bearing a bank’s name on the documents.

He warned that the party would not tolerate corruption in the state.

The leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd in his reaction to the suspension of 27 House members by the state PDP, stated in an interview with our correspondent, that the lawmakers had acquired a restraining order to stop the suspension.

He expressed his surprised that the party still went on to suspend the lawmakers.

The leader of the House also said the suspension is a plot to distract the party in the state.

He called on stakeholders to remain calm.