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: APC, PDP Hold Final Rallies Ahead Of Election

Rivers Rerun: APC, PDP Hold Mega Rallies Ahead of ElectionBoth the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state have held mega rallies ahead of the legislative rerun elections in the state.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday staged a mega rally at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Elikahia in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The rally which attracted about 12 state governors from APC-controlled states also had in attendance the national chairman of the party, Odigie Oyegun and other party officials.

The former Rivers Governor and Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi told the gathering that security is guaranteed for the legislative rerun elections in the state.

Some of the governors also expressed confidence that the APC would coast to victory in the rerun.

The PDP held its own final rally at Phalga, in the Rivers State capital.

The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike warned that all those planning to rig the rerun elections in the state will be disgraced.

The Governor, who addressed a crowd of PDP supporters at the rally played down the APC mega rally that held earlier in the day.

According to him, those who had negative things to say about his administration and person should go and resolve the problems that besiege their states.

He was apparently responding to criticisms by some APC governors that attended the APC rally.

Rivers Rerun: PDP Warns Against Sabotaging Election

Rivers Rerun: PDP Warns Against Sabotaging ElectionBarely 48 hours to the long awaited conclusion of the rescheduled legislative rerun elections in parts of Rivers State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it has uncovered plans to sabotage the election.

The PDP has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the connivance of security agencies, of plans to hijack and swap the original result sheets for fake ones during the Saturday, December 10, 2016 election.

The statement by its Rivers State Chapter Chairman, Felix Obuah and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam alleged that the agreement was sealed in a secret meeting between the State leadership of the APC, security agents and the electoral body at the residence of one of the APC’s chieftains in Port Harcourt.

The statement noted that no decision was reached at their first meeting owing to INEC’s insistence on involvement of security agents to perfect the deal.

The statement further said that certain persons hired and equipped for the assignment will cause crisis in each of the collation centres to enable the security agents come in under the pretext to calm the situation and while the melee lasts, the fake INEC result sheets would be substituted for the genuine ones.

The Rivers State PDP chairman, Obuah has therefore warned against any attempt to scuttle what he described as the “last opportunity to settle the election issues in the state” by taking sides in the election or indulging in acts that will cause crisis in the state.

According to him, all PDP agents have been asked to be peaceful, law-abiding but to insist that the right is done and never to be intimidated by anybody.

“Let me restate that we are ready for this election having campaigned adequately, demonstrated that we have all it takes to give our people quality leadership through Governor Nyesom Wike’s landmark achievements in one and half years which our good people of Rivers State have seen and acknowledged and are willing to reciprocate by filing out in their numbers on Saturday to confirm.

“We will not therefore take it kindly with any act, overtly or covertly aimed to ridicule Saturday’s exercise.

“May I also enjoin the INEC and the security agencies to caution their staff and personnel to allow peace reign in Rivers State by being fair and unbiased in this all important election,” the State PDP boss declared.

Meanwhile, INEC and the various security agencies, as well as political party leaders and their candidate have met in an effort to ensure that Saturday’s re-run polls are hitch-free.

With the poll already generating tension, the Deputy Inspector General Of Police in charge of Operations, Joshak Habila, said no group would be allowed to cause violence during the exercise.

Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Aniedi Ikoiwak, has equally given the assurance that the commission is ready for the polls.

It was not the first time the commission would make the pledge to ensure that the December 10, Rivers Rerun elections, would be free, fair and violence free.

There have been series of allegations by the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, who has said INEC, as well as security agencies have planned to rig the elections.

ACN Overrules Suspension Of National Officer By Rivers Exco

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has overruled the suspension of a national officer by the Rivers State Executive Committee, saying the suspension violates the party’s constitution.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said going by the ACN Constitution, no state executive committee can suspend any national officer of the party.

”In view of this, the status quo remains and we enjoined all our members to allow peace to reign. If anyone has any grievances, the Constitution of the party is clear on what to do,” it said, threatening to sanction any member who fails to adhere to the party’s stand on the suspension.

The state chapter of the party in Rivers state on Monday announced the suspension of its National Treasurer, Chief Kenneth Kobani, and the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jerry Needam.

The party, in a statement by its Rivers State Chairman, Esuku Esuku, said the suspension was based on the anti-party activities of the affected members.

The statment accused Needam of being present at the Port Harcourt International Airport to receive the state Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Mr. Felix Obuah and that he had also issued statements in favour of the state PDP.

Meanwhile, the ACN has warned its members in Rivers State to desist from rumour mongering that is capable of tarnishing the image of the party’s national leadership.

The party warned that disciplinary action will be taken against members found to be deliberately spreading such rumours.



Rivers PDP Chairman Denies Impeachment Moves Against Amaechi

The chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state, Mr Felix Obuah has denied claims that the party is making moves to impeach the embattled Governor of Rivers state, Mr Rotimi Amaechi. 

Mr Obuah made this known during a live phone-in session on Channels TV Politics Today.

The party leader however confirmed that he submitted the petition that led to the suspension of the Governor by the party’s National Working Committee but alleged that the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and some of the lawmakers are the mischief makers behind the political crisis rocking the state.