NDLEA Arrests Female Drug Kingpin With 24 Sacks Of Cannabis In Rivers 

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a female drug kingpin Celina Ekeke with 24 sacks of cannabis Sativa in Rivers State. 

A statement issued by the Asst. Cmdr Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Rivers State Command, Emmanuel Ogbumgbada, said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday.

“On Wednesday 29th June 2022, at about 0200 hours, Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Etche Area Command of Rivers State Command carried out a search operation at Obunku community of Oyigbo LGA in Rivers State and arrested one Celina Ekeke ‘female’ a notorious drug dealer with 24 sacks of cannabis Sativa weighing 231.2kg,” the statement added.

“She has been on the watch list of the Agency for some time now as she uses her deformed legs to disguise and sell illicit drugs.”

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The suspect Celina Ekeke

 

The NDLEA said the suspect is being investigated at the Rivers State Command headquarters.

It quoted the State Commander, Comdr Ahmed Mamuda as restating the NDLEA’s “earlier warning to all drug dealers to desist from it because we will surely fish them out, particularly as the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA Rtd Brig. Gen Buba Marwa has charged us to go on offensive action against all drug dealers”.

“We also want to use this medium to call on the public to give us credible information that will enable us sanitize the society of hard drugs, while we call on drug users to seek help now before it is too late,” the statement read.

Deputy Governorship: I Have Never Failed With Leadership – Tonto Dikeh

 

Actress turned politician, Tonto Dikeh says she has never failed with leadership and therefore, believes she is capable of succeeding as Deputy Governor of Rivers State.

Dikeh made the comments on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics while speaking of her candidacy under the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

According to her, contrary to speculations and despite her being a subject of controversy, the decision to join politics was well thought out and is one she has worked towards for at least three years.

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“I am prepared for anything, truthfully. I have had three years to work on this, its not something that I just came out or emerged with. We’ve had a lot of time to work on this and for this. Criticism, I am ready, non-criticism I am ready. So, it doesn’t matter where the questions are coming from.

“I have failed in my life and I’m not denying that. Everyone has seen that.

“But am I going to fail with leadership. Have I failed in leadership? Start from motherhood, have I ever failed in motherhood, talk about my foundation. I think it was one of the foundations that stood up for this country, in the time of the pandemic, with no assistance whatsoever. I did even more than the government,” she said.

The ADC governorship candidate in Rivers state, Tonte Ibraye, had presented Dikeh as his running mate on Friday ahead of the 2023 elections.

Later the same day, the actress confirmed the nomination via her social media handles, where she shared what they hope to achieve if elected into office during next year’s election.

“I thank Mr Tonte Ibraye (@TonteIbraye), the Governorship candidate for ADC, Rivers State for nominating me as his running mate,” Dikeh tweeted.

“We are looking at investing in social protection, creating social value system & increased women’s inclusion in governance.”

Tonte Ibraye and Tonto Dikeh were later on Friday presented their Certificates of Return by the ADC party chairman, Ralph Okey Nwosu in Abuja.

Ignore Manipulated Video, I Will Never Leave PDP – Wike

File photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike speaking at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has urged Nigerians to ignore the ‘manipulated video’ suggesting that he is on his way out of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

The video circulating all over social media, purports that the governor intends to defect from the PDP following his loss at the recently conducted presidential primary election.

In a statement on Wednesday by his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri, the Rivers State Governor said the video making the rounds was an excerpt from a previous interview he had with regards to the defection of Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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In the said interview, Wike reacted to reason given by the Ebonyi State governor for his defection, dismissing it as untenable.

“The excerpt of the interview in circulation has been deliberately manipulated by some desperate and unscrupulous persons with obnoxious agenda.

“The intent of the video being circulated is to mislead the unsuspecting public, particularly members of the PDP,” the governor explained.

He urged the public to disregard the manipulated video.

Governor Wike further asserted that he has repeatedly maintained that he will never under any circumstances defect from the PDP, which has offered him the platform to excel in his political career.

The governor again urged the public to ignore the distorted video, adding that those behind it are desperately wicked and intend to mislead the public.

Wike assured all Nigerians that he remains a faithful, committed member of the PDP and will never leave it for ‘cancerous’ APC.

Wike Reveals How He Almost Scuttled PDP Presidential Primary, Calls For Calm

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has revealed how he almost scuttled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary as he called on his supporters to remain calm.

The governor said this on Monday at a reception in his honour at the Government House in Port Harcourt following his return from the party’s presidential primary in Abuja.

Wike said he was tempted to obstruct the process when an aspirant who had spoken previously was allowed to return to the podium to pronounce his withdrawal, in contravention to the guidelines of the election.

“I have never seen how people can violate procedures and guidelines. Somebody has spoken, it is at that point he was speaking that he would have said I am withdrawing. You don’t call him back,” Wike said. “I just said, ‘Look, this our party must not be destroyed.'”

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‘God’s Will’

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

He, however, called on his supporters to remain calm, describing his loss at the PDP presidential primary as the will of God.

“It is God’s will, let us not bother ourselves so much,” Wike said, accusing governors of the southern region of betrayal.

“Shame to those who will sell out their own,” he said, maintaining that “I have never seen a thing like that”.

“No wonder we cannot move on with development. Look at, a region ganged up. Then, your own region cannot gang up,” Wike argued.

“You became a tool to be used against the interest of your people and you think you have won? You have lost.”

Governor Wike said though he did not clinch the PDP presidential ticket, he believes, just like his supporters, that his performance has raised the political profile of Rivers State and other minority groups in Nigeria.

“In the political history of this country, you can count on us. We are not pushovers,” the former minister said.

Alleged N96bn Fraud: Supreme Court Judgment Vindicates Me – Amaechi

A file photo of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, during an interview on a Channels Television programme.

 

Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday said the Supreme Court judgment dismissing his appeal to stop his probe over an alleged N96 billion fraud has vindicated him.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, had earlier described the judgment as a vindication of his administration’s decision to probe Mr Amaechi.

“Nigeria’s apex court today ruled on the Appeal filed by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi against the Rivers State Government on the Justice Omereji Judicial Commission of Inquiry,” a statement released by Amaechi’s media office said.

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“The Supreme Court in dismissing the Appeal however pronounced that the function of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry was mere investigative, that nobody, neither Amaechi nor anyone else, was on trial before the panel.

“The Supreme Court ruling clearly vindicates the former Governor of Rivers State. The apex court was categorical and clear that Amaechi was not on trial. The implication of this is that any indictment from the Commission is null and void and cannot stand.

“With this judgment, Amaechi has been vindicated and cleared him of all purported or alleged indictment by the Governor Wike’s Commission. It has been further settled that the decisions/recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry and subsequent White Paper issued by the State Government is not a conviction or indictment and cannot stand.

“From the onset, it was obvious to any discerning mind that the Commission was set up to embarrass, denigrate and humiliate Amaechi. The apex court judgment today, further buttressed this stance. A Commission purportedly set up to investigate past financial transactions was actually a Commission to personally witch-hunt Amaechi.”

Alleged N96bn Fraud: Rivers Leaders Will Decide If We Prosecute Amaechi – Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday said the prosecution of Rotimi Amaechi over an alleged N96bn fraud will depend on leaders of the state.

Mr Wike was speaking during a live broadcast after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by Mr Amaechi over the probe.

Mr Amaechi, a former Rivers State Governor and ex-Minister of Transportation, is running for President on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

“We are not being vindictive, but we have been vindicated,” Mr Wike, Chief of Staff to Amaechi when the latter was Governor said.

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Mr Wike had set up a panel to probe Mr Amaechi’s dealings after he became Governor and the Supreme Court case was an attempt by Mr Amaechi to set aside the recommendations of the panel.

“If you see that report, as a Rivers man, you’ll cry,” Mr Wike, who is also running for President on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, said on Friday.

“So now the leaders of the state will decide what next step to take; it’s not for only me. Yes, I’m a Governor, but I can’t do it alone. If the leaders of the state says, yes we must prosecute them, I have no choice; but if the leaders say otherwise, I have no choice.”

Mr Wike said Mr Amaechi had mismanaged state funds through Sahara Energy and Tonye Cole, who won the APC governorship primary on Thursday.

“One of it was a diversion of $50 million from Rivers State Government through Access Bank to Sahara Energy,” Mr Wike said. “And the issue became, what did Sahara Energy do for us that we are paying $50 million? Where is the agreement to show we borrowed money from them? Nothing.”

“You said Sahara Energy bought our gas turbines. Why are we paying them $50 million? Did we borrow money from them? Where is the agreement?”

Alleged N96bn Fraud: Amaechi To Appear Before Wike’s Commission Of Inquiry

 

Presidential aspirant under the aegis of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Amaechi, will now have to appear before a Commission of Inquiry in Rivers State, where he would answer to allegations regarding his involvement in a N96 billion fraud levelled against him by Governor Nyesom Wike. 

Upon resuming office as governor, Wike constituted a 7-man panel to probe Amaechi, seeking to ascertain how his predecessor had spent a whooping N96 billion which was allegedly withdrawn from the treasury of the state government during his tenure.

The Commission was also to take a critical look into the alleged sales of valuable assets belonging to Rivers State, during the period of Mr Amaechi’s tenure.

Listed assets as specified by the Wike-led government include but are not limited to the Omoku Gas Turbine, Afam Gas Turbine, Trans Amadi Gas Turbine, Eleme Gas Turbine, Olympia Hotel and the award of contract for the execution of Mono Rail Project.


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Riled by his successor’s brazen move, Amaechi approached the courts, praying that they prohibit Wike from investigating his eight-year tenure as governor of Rivers.

The appeal lingered in the courts for quite a while,  with the High Court of Rivers State and the Court of Appeal, dismissing the former governors suit and prompting him to seek respite in the Supreme Court.

However, a ruling by the apex court today, dismissed the former minister’s plea, thereby, establishing that Amaechi will have to appear before the Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice George Omereji.

Tonye Cole Wins Rivers APC Governorship Primary

Mr Tonye Cole was announced as winner of the APC Governorship Primaries on May 26, 2022.
Mr Tonye Cole was announced as winner of the APC Governorship Primaries on May 26, 2022.

 

Mr Tonye Cole has emerged as winner of the All Progressives Congress’ governorship primary.

Reacting to his emergence, Mr Cole promised to prioritise education, youth development, industrialisation and more if elected as the next Governor of the state.

He expressed confidence that his emergence will bring victory to the APC in 2023.

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Earlier, one of the contestants in the primary, Senator Magnus Abe, had vowed not to accept the outcome of the primary.

Senator Abe at a media briefing at Freedom House, his campaign office in the new GRA of Port Harcourt, said the process that produced the delegates for the primary was not credible.

He however said that he must be on the ballot for next year’s election, but did not give details whether or not he would challenge the result in court or decamp to another political party to achieve his dream.

Governorship Aspirant Dagogo Loses Bid To Stop Rivers PDP Primaries

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed an experte application filed by Mr Farrah Dagogo seeking to stop the Peoples’ Democratic Party Governorship primaries in Rivers State from holding on May 25.

Mr Dagogo’s suit was dismissed on grounds that the application was filed late and as such, the applicant couldn’t induce urgency in the court.

Farrah Dagogo sought a court order restraining the Peoples Democratic Party and Independent National Electoral Commissioner INEC, from going ahead with the party’s primary scheduled to hold on May 26, 2022, in Rivers state.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Taiwo had ordered the PDP and INEC, to appear in court and show cause why the injunctive order filed by Dagogo should not be granted against them.

At the day’s proceedings, counsel for Dagogo, told the court that the PDP didn’t take the right steps, noting that his client had complied with all the requirements according to the party guidelines, before being deprived of screening, thereby violating the guidelines of party primaries regulation.

He added that his client’s rights were violated in the whole process.

The counsel for PDP told the court that they were challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit.

Citing section 25(1) of the 1999 constitution as amended and section 84(14) of the Electoral act 2022, he told the court that Dagogo cannot impose Jurisdiction on the court.

He urged the court to dismiss the suit, claiming that the urgency of the matter is self-induced.

Farah Dagogo had on 12th May 2022 filed a suit challenging his prevention from the screening exercise of his party (PDP) for the oncoming gubernatorial primary election for Rivers State having submitted all the required documents.

The hearing on the substantive case has been adjourned to June 7.

2023: Wike Woos PDP Delegates In Niger, Plateau, Vows To End Banditry

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has continued his nationwide tour to seek the votes of delegates to the presidential primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, with a visit to two North Central States of Niger and Plateau.

In Niger State, Governor Wike told the delegates at the Party’s secretariat that he has the capacity to end banditry in their domain.

To prove his readiness to govern Nigeria effectively, Governor Wike said he will begin to form his government the moment he is elected the Presidential Candidate of the PDP, because winning at the general election is nothing to be worried about due to the alleged maladministration of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

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He said the APC has not only failed in protecting lives and improving the livelihood of Nigerians, but has also performed poorly in the fight against corruption, which were the three main campaign promises of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Governor Wike stressed that the recent prerogative of mercy granted the jailed former Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame and that of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye was a further dent on the anti-corruption mantra of the APC-controlled Federal Government.

He accused the APC of hoping to exploit the influence of the two former Governors ahead of next year’s election

Governor Wike said he is ready and fit to “face the APC for whatever they want”.

Governor Wike’s leadership qualities and commitment to the growth of the Peoples Democratic Party was acknowledged and applauded by some stakeholders, including the Niger State PDP Chairman, Tanko Beji; the former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana and Senator Zainab Kure.

Governor Wike then proceeded with his delegation from Rivers State to Jos, the Plateau State capital where he met with former Governor Jonah Jang at his residence, before visiting the State Secretariat of the PDP to address the delegates and party executives led by Christopher Hassan.

He said what the PDP needs is a candidate who can win an election.

Governor Wike equally promised to end the insecurity in Plateau State and replicate his development blueprint in Rivers State at the federal level.

Gunmen Attack Commercial Bus In Rivers

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A file photo of three armed men.

 

Gunmen have attacked a commercial bus with passengers in Rivers State.

The bus was said to have been attacked when heading to Kalabari riverine axis in Degema, Asaritoru and Akukutoru Local Government Councils from Port-Harcourt.

Although the Police PRO says the command has not received an official report, Chairman of Degema, confirmed that there was an attack on one passenger bus, not two as is being rumoured.

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NSCDC Recovers Over 100,000 Litres of Illegally Refined Diesel, Arrests 14 Suspects In Rivers

 

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has recovered over 100,000 litres of illegally refined diesel in Rivers State.

Spokesperson of the command, Olufemi Ayodele, stated this on Tuesday while parading 14 suspects, in connection to the crime all between the ages of 31 and 49.

While displaying the impounded vehicles and products at the Corps Headquarters in Port Harcourt, Ayodele vowed to intensify the fight against the illegal refining of crude oil in the state, despite the seeming resistance by the perpetrators of the crime.

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Addressing journalists, he said operatives of the command deployed to parts of the state intercepted and recovered (103,800) litres of diesel suspected to be illegally refined and being transported in small vehicles and trucks to different locations within and outside Rivers State, in the period under review.

The products displayed were concealed in plastic bags, a common tactic by the criminals to beat security checks.

Speaking further, Ayodele explained that the 14 suspects were arrested for either transporting the products on land and on waterways, or being in possession of aluminum materials used in the fabrication of Illegal refineries.

According to him, they were arrested in Obio/Akpor, Ahoada East, Ikwerre, Degema and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas.

He said two wooden boats, four trucks, and four cars were also impounded in the operation, adding that the suspects will be prosecuted according to the law.