Rivers: “We won’t allow politicians plunge State into crisis” – Ijaw group warns

Ijaw group

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has vowed that it won’t allow the current political turbulence in the Rivers State between Governor Siminilayi Fubara and the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, plunge the State into crisis. The council stated this in a communiqué issued yesterday, at the end of a one-day peace and security Summit convened by the IYC with leaders of various youth bodies from different ethnic nationalities in the Niger-Delta who sued for peace. It said the peace and security Summit, held on May 17,…

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Rivers: Fubara vows to probe ex-Gov. Wike

Fubara to probe Wike

Rivers State governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has vowed to set-up a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate how the affairs of governance were conducted in the State before he assumed office. Fubara gave the hint at the swearing-in of the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dagogo Israel Iboroma, (SAN), at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday. The Governor said he was bringing the Attorney-General on board at a critical time when there were lots of legal matters that needed to be tackled, with bravery and courage. He said, “Let me say…

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‘Rivers political crisis may consume Nigeria’s democracy’ – Bode George warns Tinubu

Bode George

Former Deputy National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to urgently intervene in the ongoing political crises in Rivers State to avert the breakdown of law and order in the State. George, who described the crisis in Rivers as a time-bomb waiting to explode, said nobody should sit on the fence and pretend as if everything was okay. He, therefore, also appealed to the party’s elders and stakeholders to intervene in the political crisis rocking Rivers to stop it from becoming…

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Court declares 25 Rivers Assembly seats vacant

Rivers Court

The Rivers State High Court has declared 25 Rivers State House of Assembly seats vacant. The court also issued a temporary order stopping the Speaker of the State Assembly loyal to Wike, Martin Amaewhule, to stop parading themselves as Assembly members. The court, presided over by Justice Charles N. Wali, added that the status of their legislative seats would be determined by the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice. Justice Wali, who gave the order yesterday, in a case with suit number PHC/1512/CS/2024, also ordered that the 25…

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Rivers: LGA chairmen dare Fubara, vow to remain in office beyond tenure 

Fubara

The Rivers State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, (ALGON), has slammed the State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, accusing him of tempering with funds meant for the 23 LGAs in the State in the last 12 months. The association also alleged that the governor withheld the LG funds for April, while one of the councils, Emuoha, has not received the funds due to it since March 2024. The body noted that the action of the Fubara-led State government has denied the local government chairmen of their functions in…

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Rivers: Fubara sets up committee to recover all State  properties ‘falsely’ grabbed by former Gov. Wike

Fubara Wike

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has set up a committee to recover all State  properties allegedly grabbed  falsely by the former State governor, Nyesom Wike. Some of the properties identified for immediate recovery are: The old NDDC building on Aba road; The mall on GRA junction (under demolition); West African Glass Industry; Rivers State University Hostel K Campus; Rivers State High Rise aka PHC Towers; Nigeria Engineering Works, a.k.a NEW. Others are: ⁠Civil servants Lodge building @ Old GRA; Shoprite complex; The Hypercity land by NLNG roundabout (Estern Bypass) ,…

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Rivers Political Crisis: Gov. Fubara draws battle line, dares Wike 

Fubara Wike

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has shifted gears, standing up to his former boss-turned-rival, Nyesom Wike, after enduring months of political attacks. In the course of last week, Fubara used two occasions to fire shots at the immediate-past governor of the State, now minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the State House of Assembly. Recall that Fubara recently warned Wike not to mistake his calmness for weakness, signaling a new assertiveness. Despite implementing a peace agreement brokered by President Tinubu, Fubara clarified that it wasn’t a sign of…

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Port-Harcourt Refinery misses another deadline to begin production

Barely three weeks after Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd., (NNPCL), gave a two-week ultimatum, the Port-Harcourt Refinery, in Rivers State, is yet to commence production. Recall that on March 15, Kyari met the Senate ad hoc committee investigating various turn-around maintenance (TAM) projects of Nigerian refineries and assured that the Port-Harcourt Refinery would begin production in two weeks. He said, “In the next two weeks, production will start. We did mechanical completion of Port Harcourt; that was what we said…

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Over 10 illegal refineries, 500,000 litres crude oil reservoir uncovered in Rivers

Over ten illegal refineries have been uncovered at Odagwa community in Etche local government area of Rivers State. The illegal refineries were discovered by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Commandant-General’s Special Intelligence Squad. According to the security agency, the illegal refineries had an estimated 500,000 litres of Crude oil warehoused in about 50 illegally constructed Reservoirs. The NSCDC Rivers State Command Spokesperson, Superintendent Olufemi Ayodele, made the disclosure while parading some of the suspects arrested during the raid of the oil bunkering site in Odagwa Etche in…

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Rivers: “LG Chairmen’s tenure extension, legislative rascality, coup against democracy” — Ugochinyere

The amendment of Sections of the Law No. 5 of 2018 extending the tenure of elected Local Government chairmen in Rivers State by the Martin Amaehwule-led House of Assembly has been condemned by the spokesperson of Coalition of Opposition Lawmakers, Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere. Ugochinyere, who represents Ideato North/South Federal Constituency of Imo State in the House of Representatives, in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, described the purported override of Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s veto by the State House of Assembly just a few days after it purportedly amended…

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