Collation Of Results Ongoing In Rivers Legislative Rerun

Rivers RerunCollation of results is ongoing at various federal and state collation centers for the national and state assembly elections in Rivers State.

Elections are also expected to be concluded in Akuku Toru Local Government Area (LGA) of the state in south-south Nigeria.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had released an interim statement rescheduling the conclusion of the rerun election in 14 units spread across wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Akuku Toru LGA for Sunday from 12 noon.

INEC said it was taking stock of the situation in other local government areas where collation was underway.

Meanwhile, the fall out of the election has triggered reactions from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

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While the PDP claimed that the APC in connivance with the military and the police were obstructing the process in their favour, the APC maintained that the presence of the military brought the excesses of many politicians under control.

The PDP spokesman in Rivers State, Samuel Nwanosike, had also alleged that the military and INEC were obstructing the process in Ikwere, Emohua and Andoni LGAs of the state.

In his reaction, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim, denied allegations of intimidation, snatching of ballot boxes and killings leveled against the military during the re-run elections.

Rivers Rerun: Army Denies Allegations Of Electoral Misconduct

General Abdulkarim said the claims were not only false, but a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army and wipe public sentiment.

He noted that although the soldiers provided perimeter defence to ward off armed hoodlums and miscreants, the military remained apolitical.

Rivers Rerun: Army Denies Allegations Of Electoral Misconduct

Rivers Rerun: Army Denies Allegations Of Electoral MisconductThe Nigerian Army has denied allegations of intimidation, snatching of ballot boxes and killings leveled against it during the Rivers state re-run elections which took place on Saturday.

The General Officer Commanding 6 division, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim, said the alleged killing and mass arrest by soldiers in Tai and Gokana local government areas of the state were not only false but a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the army as well as wipe public sentiment.

The GOC who spoke in the early hours of Sunday, noted that although his soldiers provided perimeter defense to ward off armed hoodlums and miscreants, the Nigerian Army remained apolitical.

The Major General said there were three explosions in Bedlam in Abonema, five NYSC members were abducted and rescued while two police officers were killed, among which was a senior officer who was beheaded.

According to him, “Nigerian army troops were in no way involved in the escort of politicians as alleged.

“They acted swiftly in response to security breaches in order to enforce the law, provide aid to the Nigerian police and other security agencies especially in areas like Abonema, Etche, Gokana, Ikwere, Eleme, Tai, Khana and Omoku amongst others.

“Susceptibility of mentioned areas warranted providing security for the electoral officials, voters, international and local observers, in conjunction with other security agencies by soldiers for a peaceful election to thrive in the environment.

“These areas were rift with armed men who engaged security personnel. In gokana, armed hoodlums engaged the soldiers providing outer perimeter defense for the electorates”

The GOC went further to explain that “at Emohua, Mr Oblewaremu abducted five NYSC members with election materials in a Siena bus. The corps members were later rescued and the suspect handed over to the police.

“Nigerian army as a respected institution with constitutional responsibilities to safeguard lives and property,” he stated.

Rivers Amnesty: More Cultists Surrender Arms

Rivers Amnesty: More Cultists Surrender ArmsHundreds of cultists and their gang leaders from Ikwere and Obio Akpor local government areas have joined the queue to embrace the Rivers amnesty programme offered them by the state government.

This came as the 3-month grace period given by the government draws to a close.

Notable among the latest repentant cultists are two gang leaders, known as Italian and Gunboat, who had earlier been declared enemies of the state for refusing to accept the amnesty programme.

The event, which lasted into the night, became rowdy at some point as the cultists and suspected criminals from Ikwere and Obio Akpor communities arrived to denounce their old acts.

The amnesty committee had to resort to the use of camera lights as day light began to fade away, coupled with the evening’s rainfall.

The Special Adviser to the Governor of Rivers State on Amnesty, Kenneth Chinda, granted pardon on behalf of the state government.

He warned Justice Amadi also known as Italian and others who joined the amnesty queue to stay away from criminality henceforth.

The repentant Justice Amadi also replied, “from today I’m no longer Italian, call me by my name Justice” as he received his pardon.

The caretaker committee chairman of Ikwere Local Government Area, Samuel Nwonosike, then advised all those who have accepted the state’s pardon to stay out of trouble.

He warned that anyone who goes back to crime would face the full weight of the law.

“They are safe as long as they don’t go back to crime. But as soon as they go back to crime, the full weight of the law will come upon them,” he said.

The Rivers amnesty programme continues to achieve success with hundreds of cultists having, one week earlier, denounced crime and criminality with arms and ammunition recovered in various local government areas.

Rivers Cult Clashes: Governor Wike Declares War On Hoodlums

Wike, Cult clashesThe Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike, has declared war on criminals who are terrorising the state through their cult activities.

The Governor gave stern warnings to the groups during the presentation of 57 cars to magistrates in the state judiciary in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The security situation in the state has raised concerns in recent times with the Governor decrying the situation during a recent security meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbanjo.

The Governor said that these cult groups were sometimes patronised by some multinational companies to protect their facilities which results to battle for recognition and supremacy amongst the groups.

Governor Wike, insists that the state would no longer tolerate the excesses of the cult groups.

Not less than 19 people were reportedly killed in suspected cult clashes in Aluu community in Ikwere Local Government Area and Obite community in Etche LGA in Rivers.

Eyewitnesses say some innocent persons were also caught in the crossfire.

19 Killed In Rivers Cult Clashes

cult clashesThere are reports that 19 people have been killed in suspected cult clashes in Aluu community in Ikwere Local Government Area and Obite community in Etche LGA in Rivers.

Although the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, said that he was not aware of the incident, a security source who asked not to be quoted told Channels TV correspondent that among the dead is a Naval officer who was a member of the joint security operation that was sent to quell the situation.

Sources described the crisis as a battle of supremacy between rival cult groups.

Eyewitnesses say some innocent persons were also caught in the crossfire.

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ikwere LGA, Samuel Nwonosike, told journalists that the situation was overblown.

He said that the government has moved in to chase out the miscreants and that normalcy has returned to the affected areas.

Governor Amaechi Visits Communities In Ikwere

Amaechi[1]The recent loss of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship election in Ekiti State to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has become a warning signal of some sort to the party to up their game in grassroots politics.

Ahead of the 2015 governorship election in Rivers State, Governor Chibuike Amaechi, on Friday went on a “meet the people” tour of the grassroots communities including Igwuruta, Omagua,Isiokpo among others in Ikwere local government area.

With him was the Minister of State for Education, Nyesome Wike of the PDP, as they tour the 12 communities in the council.

The governor said  that his visit was not a campaign visit for any party but an opportunity to meet his people.

Although, it seemed to be an APC rally, as some people in the crowd were chanting PDP trying to fly the party’s flag.

Officials of the Nigeria Police Force were also part of the touring team to ensure that it was a peaceful one.

Governor Ameachi had defected to the APC from the PDP with four other governors in November 2013.