Rivers Govt Warns Against Attempts To Blackmail NCDC

 

The Rivers State Government says its attention has been drawn to a recent petition, signed by one Mr. Needam Promise Gogorobari, owner of the Prodest Hotel and dated 24th May 2020.

According to a communique by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, the petition was to the effect that a certain ‘convicted’ Manager of Prodest Hotel, Mr. Bariledum Job Azoroh, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 amongst 27 others, in a result released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), may have been infected on the instructions of the government.

In its response to the petition, the Rivers State Government stated that it had restrained itself from responding to previous similar publications by the same person, because the subject matter was still before a court of competent jurisdiction.

The government however, noted that it is now compelled to reply to what it terms an “obviously spurious, deliberately misleading and intentionally provocative petition with a proper response, to set the records straight and caution the sponsors of this action from further peddling such falsehoods in the public space”.

“For the avoidance of doubt and for the information of the general public, let us state categorically here that the FACTS of this matter are very clear, viz:

“A Port Harcourt Senior Magistrates’ Court on May 18th, 2020 convicted Mr. Bariledum Azoro, Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme and sentenced him to a fine of N50,000 for contravening paragraphs 3 and 4 of Executive Order RVSG 07 2020 on closure of hotels, guest houses and related outfits and provision of manifests in the state.

“The Senior Magistrates’ Court also ordered that the convict, Mr Azoroh should be quarantined in the isolation centre at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Elekahia for 14 days, to ascertain his coronavirus status.

“That while in the court-ordered quarantine, competent health officials carried out mandatory tests on all suspected coronavirus individuals at the centre, including Mr.Bariledum Job Azoroh, to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

“It is important to state here that COVID-19 tests undergo World Health Organization, (WHO) and NCDC guidelines and are conducted under strict established medical protocols.

“That prior to the publication of the test results, the owner of Prodest Hotel in Eleme, Mr Gogorobari Needam had published one of his misleading petitions in an attempt to preempt the outcome of the test and the question we want to ask is: ‘Why did the hotel owner try to preempt the outcome of the test. Was he trying to cover up something?

“That on Sunday, 24th May, 2020, the NCDC announced that Rivers State had 27 recorded positive cases including Mr.Bariledum Job Azoroh, from tests carried out in the state.

“That following the official announcement of the result and confirmation of his Manager’s COVID-19 positive status, the Prodest Hotel owner has once again released another statement and this time is now calling for a state of emergency in Rivers State because his manager tested positive for COVID-19.

“Rivers people will recall that on May 19, 2020, we raised an alarm intimating the world of a clandestine plot by some Abuja politicians hiding under the cover of Covid-19 to instigate a State of Emergency in the state. Today, a hotel owner in Eleme, who lives in Lagos is also now calling for a State of Emergency. Is there any wonder therefore as to who is beating the drum for him?

“Indeed there seems to be more to this than meets the ordinary eye and we are calling on all well-meaning people to see the need to interrogate this man and know that he is acting out a script. In-fact, the entire petition sounds and reads like something lifted directly from the copy book of those who have been desperately trying to run down the Rivers State Government. This is desperation taken too far.

“We even recall vividly that Mr. Needam Promise Gogorobari had in an interview published in the Punch Newspaper of May 15, 2020 titled: “No ill feeling towards Wike for demolishing my hotel – Gogorobari”, actually stated categorically that he holds no grudge against Governor Wike for demolishing the hotel.

“His words: ‘Who am I not to forgive him? I don’t hold any grudge against him. I just feel that God wanted it to happen that way”. So what happened to make him change his mind? Is it not obvious that the agents of evil and those who do not mean well for Rivers State have reached him and are now beating this drum of dissent for him?'”the government’s communique partly read.

The Rivers Government also stressed categorically that the government doesn’t conduct COVID-19 tests, adding that the state has trained health professionals who follow the relevant medical protocols set down by WHO, the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, to conduct the tests.

The government further noted that the claim suggesting that the Pro Hotel manager, Mr. Bariledum Job Azoroh, was infected while in detention is not only laughable and preposterous, but sad, and dangerously exposes the amazing ignorance and naivety of Mr. Needam Promise Gogorobari and those sponsoring him about the deadly nature of the COVID-19 disease.

“Rather than commend the Rivers State Government for stemming the tide of infection that would have arisen if the Hotel used for clandestine parties was not demolished and the Manager arrested, the owner is crying wolf where there is none.

“We also want to caution Mr. Needam Promise Gogorobari to be very mindful of his claims that his hotel Manager ‘has been framed up by an unorthodox hired medical officers recruited by Governor Wike with a report that he has tested positive to COVID-19 whilst in detention of the Rivers State Government'”.

“This is a clear accusation and indictment of the reputation and authority of the NCDC.

“We also want to call the attention of Mr. Needam Gogorobari that we take exception to his description of the Isolation Centre in Port Harcourt, as an ‘illegal detention facility at the Stadium in Elekahia, Port Harcourt’ and to inform him and his sponsors that the Director General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu and a team from the World Health Organization, were in Rivers State on a working visit in April this year and not only praised Governor Nyesom Wike for his leadership and handling of the COVOID-19 outbreak but also applauded his medical health team and all the facilities put in place in response to the Coronavirus”.

The Rivers government said it will be keen to know how the NCDC will react, when they read Mr Gogorobari’s description of a facility which the health agency approved, as ‘a detention centre’.

The government assure the good people of the state to remain resolute in their fight to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state, adding that the leadership will not be deterred by cheap blackmail and misleading propaganda.

Governor Wike through his aide, stated that his government is determined to employ and deploy appropriate strategies to keep Rivers State safe.

He called on all residents to work together with the government to defeat COVID-19 in Rivers State, adding that by the grace of God the state will be victorious.

Rivers Govt To FG: The Safety Of Our People Beyond Any Other Consideration

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

The Rivers State Government says it has observed with dismay what it terms the “indecent and reckless politicisation” of the fight to check the spread of coronavirus by agents of the Federal Government, especially as it relates to Rivers State.

According to a statement by its Commissioner, Paulinus Nsirim, the Rivers State Government said the case in point is the promotion and sponsorship of a misleading narrative on the arrest of two pilots and 10 passengers of Caverton Helicopters by the Ministry of Aviation.

The Rivers Govt said that this is “an unnecessary” media campaign that has led to the publication of sponsored editorials in on different online and Traditional Media.

Adding that sadly, the ‘media campaign of calumny’ against the Rivers State Government has been premised on falsehood, aimed at endangering the lives of over 6million Rivers people.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Wike Orders Arrest Of Two Pilots For Operating In Rivers Despite Border Closure

The Rivers Govt’s statement part read:

Contrary to the view being peddled by the Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika, the two pilots of Caverton Helicopters and their 10passengers were not arrested because they operated a permit granted them by the Ministry of Aviation.

They were arrested because they constantly contravened the Executive Order issued by the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, which requires that everyone coming into the state for essential duties subject themselves to mandatory health checks to ascertain their coronavirus status.

Before their arrests, the Rivers State Government issued several warnings to Caverton and other operators to ensure that their pilots and passengers are tested by Rivers State Health Authorities. Caverton Helicopters disregarded the warnings.

At the last count, Caverton Helicopters ferried over 220 passengers into the State without allowing health professionals of the Rivers State Government ascertain their coronavirus status. They also refused to avail the State Government their contacts, so they can be traced and tested.

The Rivers State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike remains committed to the protection of the over 6million citizens of the state.

We are not struggling to issue landing permits to airlines, neither are we contending for the control of the air space. Therefore, the issue on ground has nothing to do with the Exclusive List.

The Focus of the Rivers State Government is to ensure that nobody under the guise of transporting workers on essential services, ferry in persons who will compromise our health system. Therefore, these pilots and passengers must be subjected to health checks before they carry out their responsibilities. That is standard practice.

The Federal Government as we speak has quarantined Chinese Doctors who are in the country on invitation of the operators of Exclusive List. These Chinese Doctors will be isolated for 14days as a precaution before they mix with Nigerians. If the Federal Government has done that in Abuja for Chinese officials that they invited, why do they insist that persons coming into Rivers State must enter the state without health check?

What are they hiding?

What is the objective of these persons promoting unhindered access into Rivers State for persons from a coronavirus impacted state?

From all indications, it is clear that there is a plot to compromise the health of Rivers people. Otherwise, what is the motive for the grandstanding and the sponsorship of false editorials to mislead Nigerians by agents of the Federal Government?

The Rivers State Government urged the Federal Government to direct all its business associates to subject themselves to health checks to ascertain their coronavirus status.

On this premise, the Rivers State Government stated that it is not prepared to compromise, stressing that the safety of Rivers people is beyond any other consideration.

“No amount of yellow journalism will diminish the leading role Governor Wike has provided the entire country since the outbreak of coronavirus,” the Rivers Govt’s statement read.

It further noted that Governor Wike through the various prevention strategies he had initiated, has demonstrated to the entire world that he is prepared for leadership. The truth is that it is in time of crisis like the whole world is facing now, that you know genuine leaders.

The Rivers State Government argued that it respects the rule of law and has acted within the ambit of the law.

FG To Refund Monies Spent On Federal Projects By Rivers Government

 

The Federal Government has assured the Government and people of Rivers State that it will refund monies expended on Federal Projects in the state.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike led the Federal Executive Council Verification Team on a tour of listed projects in the state on Monday.

Addressing journalists after embarking on the verification of Federal Road Projects executed by the Rivers State Government on behalf of the Federal Government, Minister of State for Education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said that the Buhari Administration will always abide by set rules.

He said: “The Federal Government has always cooperated with the people of Rivers State. Rivers State is the strongest economic base of the country and anything that the Government will do for the Government and people of Rivers State, the Federal Government will respond accordingly

“The President is a stickler for the rules. We have addressed this everywhere, except for five states, that we are now verifying. No state has had an issue. “

READ ALSO: Wike Expresses Hope That FG Will Refund Monies Used To Execute Federal Projects

The Minister said that the Rivers State Government over the years did splendid work in the construction of key projects in the state.

“Terrific work has been done by the Government and people of Rivers State on behalf of the Federal Government.

“The Governor has taken us on an extensive review of more than the six projects that we came to inspect,” he said.

He expressed happiness with the tour of Federal Road Projects executed by the Rivers State Government.

He said: “I am glad we took time out to go and see all of them and verify them physically. We are really sure that the State Government has done what is right. “

In an interview with journalists after the Joint Verification Exercise, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said he is confident that the Federal Government will effect a refund.

He said: “The Minister has come with his team and I believe they will refund us the funds expended on the road.

“We have made submissions for refund, but we are yet to receive any refund from the Federal Government. I believe this last verification will come to fruition. I have confidence that they will refund us the money expended on Federal Projects.”

Governor Wike said if the Federal Government fails to effect the refund as promised, the Rivers State Government will raise an alarm.

“If they don’t refund, we will raise alarm and tell the world to help us ask we are being denied the refund.

“Now we are talking of governance and we need these funds to do more projects for our people. He has given us the assurance that the Federal Government will effect a refund this time around”, he said.

The tour commenced at the over 41.26 kilometre dualisation of the Airport-Isiokpo-Elele/Omerelu road, the reconstruction of Ikwerre road from Education to Agip flyover junction, construction of flyover at Agip-Rumueme-Abacha roundabout and the construction of a flyover on East-west road at Obiri-Ikwerre with rotary turning and service lanes.

According to a communique by Simeon Nwakaudu, a special assistant to the Rivers State Governor, the verification team also visited the construction of Eleme junction flyover and interchange and the construction of Ada George road phase one and two.

Governor Wike also led the team on inspection of Flyover Bridges under construction by the Rivers State Government.

Attempt By Rivers Govt To Malign Oshiomhole Is An Assault On His Reputation – Ebegbulem

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 13, 2020.

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, says he has read a statement by the Rivers State government that he and Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, “sponsored thugs” to attack the residence of former Rivers State governor, Dr. Peter Odili.

In a statement by Simon Ebegbulem the Chief Press Secretary to the APC National Chairman, the spokesman noted that the reckless defamation of the character of Oshiomhole is unbecoming of a state government that is supposed to operate under the rule of law including fairness and justice to all.

Mr Simon Ebegbulem stressed that the statement is an egregious assault on the reputation that has taken Oshiomhole a lifetime to build.

“For clarity, Oshiomhole was not in any way involved in the action that took place at the residence of Dr. Odili, a gentleman for whom Oshiomhole has tremendous respect as a friend of many years despite political differences.

“As a matter of principle, Oshiomhole condemns any harassment Hon. Justice Mary Odili had suffered for a judgment she gave within her powers aa a judicial officer. Oshiomhole as a one-time beneficiary of judicial redress of injustice always holds the judiciary in the highest esteem and the obedience of court orders,” Ebegbulem stated.

READ ALSO: We Will Hold Sylva, Oshiomhole Responsible If Anything Happens To Odili – Rivers Govt

The APC National Chairman’s spokesperson further stated that dissatisfied as a party, the APC under Oshiomhole’s leadership has returned to the Supreme Court seeking the review of the judgment, adding that this is the democratic culture to which Oshiomhole subscribes.

“It would be expected that it is the police that should give an account of what happened at the residence of Dr. Odili based on investigation and not the Rivers State government in Port Harcourt.

“The unsubstantiated allegation by the Rivers State government is, therefore, an insult on the APC National Chairman. It is an indecent thing for a state government to do in the circumstance.

“We hereby call on the Rivers State Government to toe the path of decency and withdraw the defamatory statement with due apologies,” the statement read in part.

Rivers State Government Terminates Sale Of State-Owned Power Plants

 

The Rivers State Government has approved the termination of the Share sale contract for the sale of 70 per cent equity of the State Government-owned power generation assets held by First Independent Power Limited in Omoku, Afam, Trans-Amadi and Eleme Gas Turbines to NG Power-HPS Limited.

The Government also terminated the concession of the Rivers and Bayelsa State-owned Olympia Hotel to Cenpropsaroten Hotel Management Limited.

it further terminated the concession agreement between the Government of Rivers State and Kild concession Limited in respect of the construction of a Toll road and Secondary developments in Abonnema Wharf, Port Harcourt.

READ ALSO: Again, EFCC Discovers Over $2m At Airport

The terminations were part of resolutions at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Friday at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

The three companies that had their contracts/concessions terminated are subsidiaries of Sahara Energy Limited, used by the immediate past Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi to acquire state assets.

Briefing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting, Information and Communication Commissioner, Emma Okah said that the State Government arrived at the resolutions in line with yet to be implemented recommendations of the White Paper on the Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry for the Investigation of the administration of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on the sale of Valued Assets of Rivers State and other related matters under the chairmanship of Justice George Omereji.

The Rivers State Government directed the Honourable Attorney General of the State to take further steps as contained in the White Paper.

FG vs INEC Officials: Court To Rule On Jurisdiction May 12

FG vs INEC Officials: Court To Rule On Jurisdiction May 12Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed May 12 to rule on the application to strike out the charge by the Federal Government against 23 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The officials were accused of allegedly receiving 360 million Naira as bribe from the Rivers State Government, to manipulate the outcome of the legislative polls in the state in December 2016.

The defendants, in a motion, asked the court to either strike out the case or alternatively transfer the case to Port Harcourt, on the basis that the alleged offences took place there.

They also argued that the prosecution’s submission that the trail cannot take place due to security concerns was unfounded, saying the offences in question are currently being tried in various courts in Rivers State.

The prosecution, however, opposed the application and called for its dismissal for lack of merit.

Speaking to reporters, Counsel to the defendants, Ukpai Ukairo, said: “All the elements of this offence happened in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“We are saying that it is appropriate and that’s the position of the law that it should be tried in Rivers State. The prosecution says that there are security challenges in Port Harcourt, but our contention is that those security challenges will not inhibit the trial of this case in Port Harcourt.

“They’ve completed investigations into this matter and there is nothing before the court showing that there will be a breach of security if the defendants are tried in Port Harcourt”.

On his part, the prosecution counsel, Alilu Kayode, noted that it was up to the court to decide where the trial would take place.

“The argument is already placed before the court, it is for the court to now determine whether by the submissions of all parties, the court has territorial jurisdiction or not.

“If it has, we will continue here; if it does not have, we will await the court determination of the application,” Mr Kayode said.

Governor Wike Hails SWAN At 53

SWAN, Rivers State, Nyesom WikeThe Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has felicitated with the leadership and members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) on the 53rd anniversary of the association.

Governor Wike lauded the association for its contributions towards the development of sports in Nigeria through professional reportage of sporting events and sports personalities.

He urged SWAN to sustain its efforts aimed at developing sports in the country and assured the association of support from the Rivers State government.

The governor made the remarks in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu.

Over 20,000 Cultists In Rivers State Embrace Amnesty

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Some cultists and gang leaders that enlisted in the amnesty programme

Over 20,000 cultists in Rivers State gave up arms and subscribed to the state’s amnesty programme in the last 60 days, the Chairman of the programme said on Tuesday.

The figure was given in a report of the Rivers State Amnesty Committee submitted to the Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike.

It also stated that thousands of ammunition and explosives were recovered within 60 days of intense and sometimes dangerous work of disarming and enlisting thousands of cultists into the Rivers State Amnesty Programme.

The final report was submitted by the Chairman of the Amnesty Committee, Kenneth Chinda.

According to him, the exercise, which took place in all the local government areas in the state, saw the enlistment of over 20,000 ex-cultists on the programme, with thousands of arms and ammunition as well some explosives recovered.

The exercise many times had cultists in their usual unruly nature arrive venues of the amnesty programme put together by the Rivers State government to last within two months.rivers-state-amnesty-guns
In his final report presentation, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Amnesty, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Amnesty Committee, noted that cult groups were found in all the local government areas.

Giving a narrative of what the report covers, he said: “The following findings were made by the committee; cult groups exist in all local governments in the state; some communities have weapons with which they prosecute communal wars; community vigilante groups are also cult groups; the major reasons behind these cult groups include communal wars, chieftaincy tussle, economic hardship and sheer criminality; the battle for supremacy among these cult groups led to many killings in the near past and these cult groups were heavily armed attested to by the number of arms recovered from them”.

“Disband All Vigilante Groups”

Mr Chinda further gave some recommendations.

“All arms recovered in this exercise should be burnt in a symbolic burn fire. This we believe will build public confidence and also the confidence of investors in the security situation in the state.

“All armed community vigilante groups should be disbanded because they are cult groups.

“All communities still holding arms should be directed to submit same and the laws regulating the ownership of guns should be made more stringent,” he stated.

In his response, the Governor, who appeared impressed, noted that the report was a clear indication of a detailed work done within the time frame.guns-recovered-in-amnesty-programme-in-rivers-state

“We have just heard the committee report which is a detailed report.

“I can assure you that the government from the Executive Council through the Security Council will swing into action immediately. But before that, to show that government is serious, I hereby disband all vigilante groups in all the communities except they have been profiled by the security agencies not to be cult groups. That is important so that people will know that we are very serious.

“Initially, people said it was a political game that we want to use this opportunity to release people that will support them during the election.

“You and I know… Look at the number of AK-47s, GMPs. If you have 70 AK-47s in this state, you know what will happen,” Governor Wike told the Amnesty Committee.

Governor Wike further shut the door against those who failed to take up the amnesty offered and asked security agencies to bring them to justice.

“I want to say for those who refused to come out to accept the amnesty programme, I direct the security agencies to go after them, because the time for the amnesty is over.

“We are going to take the wars to them now. Since you had the opportunity to accept amnesty and you refused, you have become enemy of the state. We will fight to the last to make sure that criminality is brought to the barest minimum,” he promised.

Going forward, some say the next challenge will be to sustain the security gains so far for the peace and prosperity of the state.

Rivers Amnesty: Hundreds Of Cultists, Gang Leaders Surrender Arms

Cultists, gang leaders take amnesty in Rivers StateHundreds of cultists and their gang leaders from Ikwere and Obio Akpor Local Government Areas have accepted the Rivers State government amnesty.

They enlisted for the amnesty programme on Monday, as the three-month grace period given by the Rivers State government for them to accept the offer or face the wrath of the law nears conclusion.

Notably among them were two gang leaders, known as Italian and Gunboat, who had earlier been declared enemies of the state for refusing to accept the state government’s amnesty programme.

The situation was rowdy at some point, as cultists and suspected criminals from Ikwere and Obio Akpor communities of Rivers State arrived for the amnesty programme granted by the state government.

The committee had to resort to the use of camera lights as daylight begins to fade away, made worse by a cloudy atmosphere due to rain.

Granting pardon on behalf of the Rivers State government to the cultists, the spokesman for Governor, Ken Chinda, warned Justice Amadi also known as Italian and others who joined the queue in an event that lasted till nightfall, to stay away from criminality henceforth.

Vowing to desist from criminal activities, as he received his pardon, Justice Amadi said: “From today, I am no longer Italian, call me by my name Justice”.

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ikwere Local Government Area, Samuel Nwonosike, warned the repentant gang leaders and cultists that “anyone that goes back to crime will face the full weight of the law”.

“Everyone who has accepted amnesty today are pardoned of their former acts of criminality by the state, but anyone that goes back to crime will be made to face the law,” he warned.

In the end, all those who accepted pardon were advised to stay out of trouble.

Residents Protest Eviction Notice By Rivers Government

rivers-protestResidents of some waterfront communities in Rivers State have come out in their numbers to protest the eviction notice given to them by the government.

The protesters stormed the streets of the state in south-south Nigeria on Monday, causing panic among residents.

They were subsequently dispersed by security agents who were deployed to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

The Rivers State government in its reaction said that the focus was to get rid of shanties discovered to harbour criminals.

Rivers Murder: Court Adjourns Trial Of Former LG Boss To September 22

PDP leadershipA Rivers State High Court has adjourned the fresh murder trial of a former Chairman of Asari Toru Local Government Area in Rivers State, Ojukaye Flag-Amachre, to September 22 and 23, 2016.

The presiding judge and Chief Judge of the State Justice Iyayi Laminkanra also asked that the accused be remanded in prison.

The Court of Appeal, which was expected to hear the bail application of the former local government chairman, failed to sit due to a motion challenging its constitution.

Justice Lamikanra further signed a production warrant for the accused to be produced on the next adjournment date.

Earlier, in his submission, the Counsel to the Rivers State Government, Godwin Obla (SAN) who noted the non-presence of the accused person, prayed the court to issue a the Federal Comptroller of Prisons in the state a production warrant to produce the accused person in court.

He also applied for application for renewal order to remand the accused person in court and the case to be adjourned.

Also speaking, Counsel to Flag-Amachree, Sabastine Hon (SAN) noted that the failure of the accused to be in court was not his fault as it is the duty of the prison authority to bring him to court.

He agreed that the case be adjourned, but however objected to the application of the state counsel for renewal order for further remand of the accused since he is already in prison.

Dolphins Renamed Rivers United

Rivers UnitedThe Nigeria Professional Football League side, Dolphins FC, has been renamed Rivers United by the Rivers State Government.

The League Management Company (LMC) confirmed that the name change was agreed on Thursday following a “formal request by the government of Rivers State.”

The Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko, explained that the name change was granted since it was not offensive or prejudicial to national unity and is also agreeable with community identity, supporters and follower-ship.

Rivers United will start the new Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season at home against Enyimba on Sunday.