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.

Wike Accuses Police, DSS Of Trying To Abduct A Judge

Nyesom Wike, Police, DSS, JudgeRivers State Governor has accused the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) of trying to abduct a serving Federal High Court judge in his residence at number 35, Forces Avenue in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, on getting wind of the incidence, went to the residence of the judge with the aim of averting the arrest.

A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said the security operatives were angered by the governor’s arrival at the scene shortly after the process began.

The statement adds that the security operatives blocked the entrance of the residence of the judge at about 1:00am on Saturday, claiming that they were acting on orders from above.

The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Francis Odesanya, however, said that the two security agencies were at the scene because they received privileged information.

Mr Odesanya added that he was at the scene as a peacemaker.

Governor Wike Narrates The Situation 

Meanwhile, the Governor narrating the situation to newsmen in the state said, “It appeared to be an attempt to kidnap some people, so I told my security details to arrange security for us to move to the place.

“We got here 10 minutes after 1:00 am, and saw some security agencies, I asked what was  going on and the security official said they were detailed to arrest a judge.

” I said it is never heard that by 1:00am (after one), you are here to arrest a judge when you could as well invite the judge.

“If you cannot reach the judge whoever the judge is, invite the judge through the Chief Judge and obviously, the judge must have to respond to your invitation”.

The Governor stated that it will not be appropriate to arrest a judge at an odd hour when he has not been declared as a criminal but invited to have a chat which they said was the motive of the arrest.

He insisted that the judge must be invited in the morning to come for the chat, “I said okay, why not in the morning invite the judge to come whoever the judge is?


“And they insisted that by the order they have that they are directed to pick the judge and bring the judge over.

“I said well, as the Chief Security Officer, if I cannot at this moment say look, it is not possible and let us see a way that we can do things the more civilized way, this is democracy, this is not military government.

“If as a governor of a state you cannot respect and say okay, now that the governor as the Chief Security Officer (as they said) has advised that they should invite the judge to come whoever the judge is, then something is wrong”,

The governor further added that such act portends danger to our democracy and “under a democratic government, it’s not allowed, the rule of law must always take its place”.

He noted that there are things to be done in a more decent way to assure people of their protection in a democratic dispensation, he referred to the incident as “unfortunate”

 

Eid-el-Fitr: Governor Wike Felicitates With Muslims

Nyesom-Wike-Rivers-State-Eid-el-FitrRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has felicitated with Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr.

In a sallah goodwill message on Wednesday, Governor Wike congratulated the Muslim faithful for the successful fasting period and its attendant benefits of purification.

He called on all Nigerians to draw the lessons of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication derived from the teachings of the Holy Prophet all through the Ramadan period.

A statement signed by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, noted that the Governor assured that his administration would continue to promote religious tolerance and the right environment for the freedom of worship.

Governor Wike Mourns ‘The Concubine’ Author, Elechi Amadi

Elechi-Amadi-Nyesom-Wike-RiversRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed sadness over the death of Nigeria’s Literary Icon, Captain Elechi Amadi.

This was made public on Wednesday in a statement by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

In a condolence message to the family, the people of Rivers State and the entire country, Governor Wike described late Amadi’s passage as a loss to the country.

He said that the contributions of the Literary Icon to the development of the nation were legendary.

The Governor added that his literary works promoted Rivers State, the Niger Delta region and the country, hence he would be celebrated by Rivers State and all lovers of literature across the country.

He said that Captain Amadi was a consummate patriot, a great literary icon, a soldier’s soldier and development enthusiast.

Governor Wike prayed God to grant his immediate family the strength to bear the irreparable loss, stating that his achievements in different areas of national life would always be remembered.

Captain Amadi, aged 82, was born on May 12 in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

‘The Concubine’ writer was an author of plays and novels that were generally about African village life, customs, beliefs and religious practices before the Western world.

Governor Wike Suspends Works Commissioner

WikeRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has suspended the State Commissioner for Works, Mr Kevin Wachukwu.

A statement by Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, informed that the suspension is with immediate effect.

The Governor directed that the Special Adviser on Special Projects should take over the responsibility of supervising projects in the Ministry in the meantime.