EFCC Grills 58 Suspected Oil Thieves In Port Harcourt

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital has commenced an investigation of 58 persons allegedly involved in illegal oil bunkering.

They include one Mexican, one Ukranian and 56 Nigerians.

According to a statement by the commission, the suspects, as well as four vessels, one barge and two wooden boats, were handed over to the EFCC by the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder.

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The vessels, MV Western Orient; MV Temile, AHT Ajemisan and AHT Jascon 23, and the two boats were intercepted around Onne Anchorage, while Barge Hannamarine was intercepted at Okorochiri Creek in Okrika.

Wike Submits Report Card After 100 Days

Wike Writes Rivers Assembly, Reports Suspended LG Chairmen
File photo: Nyesom Wike

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has made a list of what his government has achieved within the first hundred days of his second term.

Wike listed his achievements in a statement published via his social media page.

Here is the list of Wike’s achievements in the last hundred days.

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16 Travellers Kidnapped By Suspected Gunmen In Rivers

 

Suspected gunmen have kidnapped 16 travellers along the Rumuji – Elele axis of the east-west road in Rivers state.

The victims were travelling from the Ekeki motor park in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital to Port Harcourt, Rivers State when their vehicle was intercepted by the suspected kidnappers and taken into the bush.

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According to the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed to Channels TV, said that a manhunt for the kidnappers has commenced and efforts are on to rescue the victims.

“We are aware of the pockets of criminal activities along the East-West road, we are doing our best to contain these criminal activities, especially kidnapping.

“We have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers and efforts are on to rescue the victims.”

Several Feared Dead In Rivers Pipeline Explosion

MOSOP Accuses Military Of Killing In Gokana

 

A pipeline explosion in Kom Kom area of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Rivers State, has left several people feared dead.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the pipeline exploded during a routine maintenance work by some engineers and has nothing to do with vandalism or terrorism.

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He explained that some persons stormed the area to scoop petroleum product when the explosion occurred, which led to their deaths.

Omoni added that men of the command are at the scene of the incident to ascertain the state of things and the number of casualties.

One Soldier, Two NSCDC Officials Killed By Suspected Militants In Rivers

 

A Soldier with 29 Battalion of 6 Division Nigerian Army (NA) and two personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have been killed by suspected militants in Rivers State.

The personnel guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Trans National Pipelines at Gio community were attacked by suspected militants on Sunday, in an attempt to vandalize 24″ and 28″ TNP pipelines.

Deputy Director Public Relations, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, confirmed the attack in a statement.

“In the early hours of Sunday the 16th of June 2019 (Yesterday), troops of 29 Battalion of 6 Division Nigerian Army (NA) in conjunction with personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Trans National Pipelines at Gio community in Tai Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State were attacked by suspected militants who were hitherto prevented from vandalizing 24″ and 28” TNP thereby putting them out of the illicit business.

“Unfortunately, during the ensuing fire fight one soldier and 2 personnel of the NSCDC lost their lives and their weapons (one AK 47 and 2 G3 rifles) were carted away by the assailants.”

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The statement added that there was an immediate reinforcement by troops at the location and an intelligence led to the tracking and engagement with the suspects in a gun battle.

“Consequently, at about 9:00am, troops cashing on available information sighted a white Toyota Hilux vehicle without number plate, hastily driven with 4 occupants.

“Sensing danger, the occupants opened fire at the troops in a bid to escape. Troops reacted, and incapacitated the militants’ vehicle. As a result, the bandits abandoned their vehicle and fled to the bush.

“One of the criminals was gunned down and was identified as the wanted notorious cultists and illegal oil bunkering kingpin Korobe Menele – popularly known as MENE. Others with him, believed to escape with gunshot wounds – leaving trails of blood.

Iliyasu added that the troops recovered a vehicle, ammunition and other items which was handed over to the NSCDC Rivers State Command for further action.

“The following items were recovered from the scene and in the vehicle:, 1 x K2 Rifle, 2 x Magazines loaded with 52 Rounds of 5.56mm, some personal effects, one pair of vehicle plate number KRK 95DP RIVERS and some documents.

“The body and other recovered exhibits have been handed over to the NSCDC Rivers State Command for further action, while troops continue to track the remaining fleeing bandits to face justice.”

‘I Won’t Bow To Anybody’, Wike Vows To Defend The Interest Of Rivers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (l) and the Archbishop of the Anglican Province of the Niger Delta, Most Rev Tunde Adeleye at the Government House Port Harcourt Chapel of Everlasting Grace during the Thanksgiving Service for the Governor’s Re-election.

 

Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike has vowed to always defend the interest of the state without compromise.

He said this on Friday when the Archbishop of the Anglican Province of the Niger Delta, Most Rev Tunde Adeleye, visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

“I will not go to bow to anybody. I will defend the interest of our State. As far as God lives, this state will remain a Christian State, he said.

According to him, many politicians are easily swayed by circumstances and as a result, he only relies on God rather than trusting people.

As a politician, one group you must watch very carefully are the politicians. They are easily swayed.

“Something can entice politicians and they can change. If you watch what happened at the National Assembly, you can see that this is the attitude of politicians.

“You see a party has a position, then before you know it, they are selling out themselves for one plate of porridge. This one has a case and he wants them to withdraw the case.

“These things we know and we are guided about it. I will never let my guard down to say everybody is with me. The only person I can be comfortable with at all times is God.

“I don’t trust any human being. It is difficult for me to give 100 per cent trust that a man will continue to be like this or like that. The only person that cannot change is God.

He believes that with God, all challenges can be surmounted.

Speaking further, the Archbishop advised Governor Wike to remain vigilant in all his dealings.

He said, “The devil does not have any vacuum in his attacks. We know that quite a number of people have come to greet you, but we have a feeling to plead with Your Excellency that the guard should not be let loose yet.

A Thanksgiving Service was later conducted for his victory at the governorship elections.

Gunmen Kidnap Three Expatriates In Rivers

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The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of three expatriates in the state.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the workers were on site at the reconstruction of the Andoni Unity Road, when unknown gunmen stormed the area and whisked them away.

He added that the incident is being seriously investigated.

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Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has given the chiefs and leaders of Andoni Local Government Area, a 72-Hour ultimatum to ensure the immediate release of three kidnapped expatriates.

Governor Wike said failure to secure the release of the three kidnapped expatriates at the expiration of the ultimatum; he will formally withdraw the recognition of all government-recognized Chiefs in the Local Government Area and cancel the Andoni aspect of the Unity road project.

The Governor further stated that other communities across the state must take measures to protect contractors and workers executing projects for them.

He added that the same sanctions will be meted out to other communities where chiefs and leaders allow project contractors to be kidnapped.

Rivers Government To Implement Report On Soot

 

The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has ordered the immediate implementation of the report on Soot in the atmosphere which has caused environmental pollution in Port Harcourt and environs.

The governor gave the order on Wednesday when he met with the committee made up of environmentalists and other experts.

“We have told the chairman who was the former commissioner of the environment to make sure that everybody gets the report and quickly move into action and see how Rivers people will see some changes.

“As a government, we owe our people that responsibility for their safety in terms of a good environment and health.”

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He urged the committee which had doctors, representatives of the oil majors, security agencies and civil societies to ensure full commitment to achieve results.

“We are concerned that whatever we must do, we must do it, we don’t need to wait for the FG to assist us, let me plead with you, let us give this all sense of commitment.”

When Men Of God Are Involved In Politics, There’s A Difference Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has urged Christian leaders and other faithful to participate in politics in order to improve the system of governance in the country.

The governor made the call on Sunday when the Anglican Bishop of Niger Delta North and his team, visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital for a brief prayer session.

He explained that bad policies are products of bad leadership, and will, in turn, affect everyone.

Consequently, he believes the days of leaving governance solely in the hands of politicians are over.

“When men of God are involved, you always see that there will be a difference,” he said.

“Continue to pray for us and encourage your people to be part of politics. Let them not leave it for those who you say are politicians. If anything goes wrong, you are part of those that made things go wrong”.

Banham Primary School Rivers Win Channels Kids Cup

 

 

Banham Model Primary School have emerged champions of the Channels International Kids Cup Season 11.

The kids from Rivers State beat their counterparts from Adetunji Primary School, Kwara State 1-0 to win the trophy.

The interesting final showdown took place on Monday at the Campos Square in Lagos Island.

Just about 15 minutes into the game, a player from Kwara was flagged over a hard tackle on an opponent, a few meters outside the box.

The referee then awarded a free kick against the Adetunji boys while a player from Rivers curled the ball straight into the net.

Team Kwara who were short of a player fought hard to get an equaliser before the half time whistle but to no avail.

After the restart, the Adetunji boys stepped up their game to put pressure on Banham but the Rivers boys showed their opponents that they were equally up to the task.

The Southerns maintained their lead until the end of regulation time to deny the Season 10 champions the opportunity to retain the trophy.

Earlier, Samfra School from Lagos also beat Ecole Evile from Benin Republic 1-0 in the third-place match.


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The final match of the tournament takes place yearly on May 27 to mark the Children’s Day.

This year’s edition is not different from the previous seasons as it featured many side attractions, one of which was a beautiful performance from Temilayo Abodunrin.

The nine-year-old saxophonist thrilled players and dignitaries at the Campos Square with love-preaching songs.

Charmain of the Organising Committee, Mr Steve Judo; First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and newly elected Lagos State FA Chairman, Mr Seyi Akinwunmi, as well as the Ghana Consular General, James Nyasembi, were part of the dignitaries at the event.

Wike ‘Sacks’ Traditional Ruler For Allegedly Harbouring Cultists

FILE PHOTO: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike speaks while receiving Adamawa Governor-Elect, Ahmadu Fintiri at the Government House in Port Harcourt on April 3, 2019.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has approved the withdrawal of the Certificate of  Recognition of a traditional ruler in the state.

The traditional ruler, HRM Monday Frank Noryaa, Gbenemene Baabe, was removed following his alleged indictment on cult-related activities within his kingdom.

This was disclosed on Monday, in a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

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“The Traditional Ruler was also indicted for harbouring cultists, leading to insecurity in the area,” the statement added.

According to the governor, his administration remains committed to the promotion of peace and security across the state.

He said any traditional ruler or government official indicted for promoting insecurity will face the full weight of the law.

The withdrawal of the traditional ruler takes immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the ruler could not be immediately reached for comments and no official response issued yet.

But the Rivers State Police Command confirmed to Channels Television that the Monarch was invited on Monday for questioning over the violence in his community in Khana Local Government Area, that led to the killing of at least five persons on Saturday night.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer in State, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, he was released after being questioned.

DSP Omoni added that some persons have been arrested and an investigation is currently ongoing with officers deployed to the community to check any further outbreak of violence.

Rivers State Government Moves To Sanction Companies That Patronize Cultists

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike (File photo)

 

The Rivers State Government has said that it will henceforth sanction any company that awards surveillance jobs to cultists.

This is in line with its commitment to improving security across the state.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike made this known during a Courtesy Visit by the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr Jerome Pasquier at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Governor Wike said that before such surveillance jobs are awarded, the companies should inform the State Government for proper scrutiny of the beneficiaries.

“Companies encourage cultists by giving them surveillance jobs. We must know those doing these surveillance jobs.

“When you empower them, they have more money to acquire arms. Any company that gives surveillance jobs to cultists will be sanctioned”.

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He appealed to the French Ambassador to prevail on the authorities not to politicise the security of the country.

Governor Wike called on the French Embassy to take steps to ensure that Air France returns to Port Harcourt. He said the state government is prepared to support the airline through relevant policies.

He urged the management of Air France to reconsider their action and return to Port Harcourt.

The Governor said that his Administration will continue to work towards enhancing a fruitful relationship with the French Government.

Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr Jerome Pasquier noted that there is a major French Presence in Rivers State through the operations of Total and other professionals. He said that the embassy will continue to work towards greater French Presence in the State.

He said that the Embassy is working to persuade more French investors to come to Nigeria, especially Rivers State.