‘The Buhari Regime Is Plotting To Assassinate Me’ – Governor Wike

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, raised the alarm on Sunday, May 20, 2018, that the Federal Government was

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, raised the alarm on Sunday, May 20, 2018, that the Federal Government was plotting to assassinate him in a crowd and claim accidental discharge.

Wike disclosed this during the third year anniversary thanksgiving service of his administration at the Living Faith Church, D-Line in Port Harcourt.

The governor said, “Intelligence report available to us as of this morning indicated that they are plotting to assassinate me in a crowd and claim it was an accidental discharge.”

Explaining that the plot of the All Progressives Congress Federal Government and its associates would not intimidate him, Wike stated that he remained committed to the defence of democracy and Rivers State.

He said that the plan would fail because God would continue to defend him, adding that there was a high level of conspiracy against the state.

“The level of conspiracy against Rivers State is unfortunate. Instead of focusing on governance, they focus on how to assassinate me or frame me up,” the governor added.

Wike told the church that the APC-led Federal Government, through the Inspector General of Police, plotted to plant millions of dollars and AK-47 rifles at his Abuja residence when the police went to an Abuja Court to get a search warrant.

He further stated that the court stopped the police from their “evil plot” when it ruled that they (police) should not search his Abuja residence.

“I am not afraid of my residence being searched by the police, but I know their evil intention,” he said.

Wike said that the state government had come to thank God for His protection in the face of a continuous plot by agents of the APC Federal Government.

He noted that despite the declaration by a former governor that his administration would not be able to pay salaries let alone do projects, his administration had succeeded in delivering outstanding projects.

In his remarks, the Rivers State Pastor of the Living Faith Church, Pastor Isaac Folaji, said thanksgiving engendered growth and blessing.

He said thanksgiving enhanced God’s protection and financial multiplication, adding that God would bless Rivers State as a result of the dedication service.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said Rivers people will sack Governor Nyesom Wike in the 2019 general elections.

He said, “I am confident that Rivers people are done with him (Wike); he has betrayed us, he has robbed us of our dignity, he has robbed us of our resources. Enough is enough.

“Let me repeat it again, on the 29th of May next year by 12 noon, the APC will be in the Government House, Port Harcourt. Governor Wike will have one of two options. Option number one, go back to his village in Rumueprikom; option number two, he will be in prison. If I don’t have confidence that Rivers people want him out, I will not be saying so.

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Downpour Wreaks Havoc In Port Harcourt

  A downpour which occurred on Monday has wreaked havoc in some parts of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Although no

 

A downpour which occurred on Monday has wreaked havoc in some parts of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Although no casualty has been recorded so far, some residents were seen clearing tree branches from their buildings and vehicles after the downpour which lasted only about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution company has cut power in some the affected areas for now to avoid any incident of electrocution.

See photos below.

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Civil societies protest against air pollution in Rivers

Civil society groups are leading residents of Rivers in a protest walk in Port Harcourt against air pollution in the

Civil society groups are leading residents of Rivers in a protest walk in Port Harcourt against air pollution in the state.

The protest, which is ongoing, had the people marching to the gate of the Government House, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State House of Assembly, and the office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in the city.

For more than a year now, Port Harcourt residents have been raising concern over the continuous emission of “toxic” soot into the environment by unknown persons or companies.

“It is time to take action against the soot,” one of the protesting groups, ‘We The People’, bared its mind on Twitter, a few hours before the protest.

“Join us to call global attention to the poisoning of millions of Port Harcourt residents. We are taking the protection of our health and environment into our own hands!

“No human being should have to live with this level of pollution. Nobody should breathe this soot. But the people of Port Harcourt have no choice. Day in day out, they live in, they breathe, drink and get poisoned by the soot. It is unjust, it is a death sentence,” the group said on Twitter.

The protesters sang as they marched on. They symbolically covered their noses with masks to indicate what life has become in the city.

The inscriptions on a banner read “Rivers people deserve the right to clean and healthy environment” and “Kick out soot now”.

Sami Abel, a senior programme officer with one of the protesting groups, Stakeholder Democracy Network, told PREMIUM TIMES what he considers as the cause of the pollution.

“We know that artisanal refining is a problem, but the bigger problem is how the security agencies dispose off the seized products. Instead of them to look for better ways of disposing them, they just set them ablaze and the whole place goes up in smoke,” Mr Abel said while appealing to the federal government and the Rivers State Government to rise up to the challenge of finding a solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, has accused the federal government and its agencies of being responsible for the air pollution in the state.

“The Ffderal government wants to eliminate a greater percentage of the state (population),” Mr Wike said on Wednesday in Port Harcourt while addressing a visiting delegation from the United Nations.

Kid at ‘stop the soot’ campaign in Rivers

“The Rivers State Government does not own companies that refine crude. We have made representations to the federal government and her agencies on the issue of soot, to no avail.

“We have called on the security agencies to find more refined ways of destroying the illegal refineries. We have informed the National Council of Environment, the military and all federal regulatory agencies, but they are not interested in intervening,” the governor said.

Campaign walk against air polution in Rivers

Mr Wike, who accused the federal government of “organising people to protest” in the state, threatened to sue the federal government.

‘Stop the soot’ protest walk in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

“The federal government is using the soot as a political strategy, not knowing that it will fail woefully,” he said.

#StopTheSoot: Governor Wike says FG Deliberately Using Soot to Depopulate Rivers

Residents of Port Harcourt and its environs have for about 2 years have been experiencing soot in the atmosphere. The

Residents of Port Harcourt and its environs have for about 2 years have been experiencing soot in the atmosphere. The residents who have repeatedly cried out of the the situation and its short and lung term effects on the population have also decided to stage a peaceful protest against the problem.

Governor of the state Nyesom Wike has accused the federal government of having plans to depopulate the state, using the soot.

He made this known to a delegation from the United Nations at the Government House in Port Harcourt, a statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor’s Special Assistant (Electronic Media) said.

 

The governor was quoted as saying:

Thank God that the United Nations has come in view of the issues we have raised. We thank the United Nations for their concern on the Rivers Environment as it relates to the soot.

If we must move on, we must situate the cause of the soot and the fact that the Federal Government has decided to make sure that a greater percentage of the state dies.

The Federal Government wants to eliminate a greater percentage of the state. The problem of soot is not caused by the Rivers State Government. It is caused by Federal Agencies.

The Rivers State Government do not own companies that refine crude. We have made representations to the Federal Government and her agencies on the issue of soot, to no avail .

We have called on the security agencies to find more refined ways of destroying the illegal refineries. We have informed the National Council of Environment, the military and all Federal Regulatory Agencies, but they are not interested in intervening.

We want the international community to come to our aid and pressure the Federal Government not to politicise environmental issues. We are ready to work with the international community to address this challenge.

All the Federal Government is doing is to chase shadows , organising people to protest. Until they stop politicizing very serious issues and focus on governance, we will head nowhere.

The Federal Government is using the soot as a political strategy, not knowing that it will fail woefully.

I have directed the Honourable Attorney General to brief an environmental lawyer to sue the Federal Government and the international oil companies over the issue of soot.

Wike also questioned why $1 billion dollars would be approved for security challenge and same not done for the environmental challenge in the Niger Delta.

The governor had earlier called on protesters to direct their grievances to the federal government as the state has no control over security agencies, the Port Harcourt refinery, and the destruction of illegal refineries in the state by the Nigerian Navy.

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Taxi Driver Allegedly Killed By Police Bullet In Port Harcourt

File photo   A huge pandemonium nearly occurred in Rumuokoro area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on Sunday after

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A huge pandemonium nearly occurred in Rumuokoro area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on Sunday after a taxi driver was allegedly shot by a police officer.

The commissioner of Police in the state, Zaki Ahmed told Channels Television that troubled started when the driver allegedly obstructed an oncoming police patrol vehicle, preventing it from having its way.

READ ALSO: Youths Protest After Policeman Allegedly Kills Taxi Driver

According to him, an officer who alighted from the patrol van hit his gun on the body of the taxi and it exploded. He said the bullet hit and killed the taxi driver on the spot.

He also explained that security operatives have been moved to the scene to quell a possible escalation of the matter while investigations are on the matter.

Increased alleged extrajudicial killings nationwide call for concern as a similar case was recorded recently in Edo State. Youths and cab drivers in Benin City, the Edo state capital, on Tuesday, February 6 protested the alleged killing of a taxi driver by a police officer over his refusal to give bribe.

According to eyewitnesses, the police officer pushed the driver into an oncoming truck after he failed to give them more than N100 as bribe at a checkpoint.

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Protest as trigger-happy policeman shoots cab driver dead in Port Harcourt

Chaos has erupted in Rumuokoro roundabout in Obio-Akpor Local government area of Rivers State following the killing of a taxi

Chaos has erupted in Rumuokoro roundabout in Obio-Akpor Local government area of Rivers State following the killing of a taxi driver by a trigger-happy policeman.

The Policeman attached to a detachment of officers escorting a Petrol Tanker reportedly shot dead the unnamed driver for obstructing their movement.

DAILY POST gathered that passengers were in the cab when the unfortunate incident occurred but none of the passengers was injured.

Eyewitnesses say the cab drivers plying the Rumuokoro axis and motor-park touts regrouped immediately after the incident.

Other commercial drivers and motor park touts responded by blocking all roads connecting Rumuokoro roundabout and threatening to unleash violence.

One of the eyewitnesses say the touts stopped Police officers reinforced from Rumuokoro Divisional Police Station from evacuating the body of the slain driver.

Another eyewitness said the touts started attacking everyone perceived to be from Northern Nigeria because they perceived that the trigger happy officer is a Northerner.

“After they have stopped the police from carrying the lifeless body of the driver, those touts started attacking ‘Aboki’ people that are pushing wheelbarrows. That was why SARS people came to stop them because they had started destroying Aboki shops too,” he said.

The development prompted more police reinforcement from the Anti Kidnapping Unit and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to quell possible breakdown of law and order in the area.

The Rivers State Police Command is yet to respond to the unfortunate incident.

Libya Returnee Dies Two Days After Arriving Nigeria

Nigerians returning from Libya at Port Harcourt Airport on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Adebayo (the deceased returnee) is seen here

Nigerians returning from Libya at Port Harcourt Airport on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Adebayo (the deceased returnee) is seen here backed by NEMA official upon arrival at the airport.

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has announced the death of one of the Libyan returnees.

The deceased, Towabola Adebayo, an indigene of Ogun State was among the 5th batch of returnees that arrived Port Harcourt International Airport on Tuesday, February 13.

Adebayo, according to her death certificate signed by the Casualty Officer, Akaa Chibuike, and made available to Channels Television, died on Thursday, February 15 at 5.15 a.m.

The young lady was reported to have arrived the airport on Tuesday looking emaciated. She was immediately carried on the back by one of the staff member of NEMA and rushed to the hospital.

READ ALSO: FG Evacuates 136 More Nigerians From Libya

Examination by the medical officers at the hospital said she was resuscitated while on admission but her blood glucose level kept fluctuating.

She was admitted through the accident and emergency unit of the hospital after complaints of “several episodes of vomiting, abdominal pain and low-grade fever associated with weakness, anorexia, weight loss, frequent urination and increased thirst.”

Nigerians arriving Port Harcourt International Airport on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

The aircraft conveying the returnees including Adebayo touched down at the airport 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday morning. They were received NEMA and other agencies on behalf of the Federal Government.

As Nigeria receives more batches of the returnees from Libya, more returnees are expected for evacuation window as the Federal Government looks to meet the over 5,300 target of Nigerian returnees.

 

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Nigeria wins 46 medals at ongoing Africa Wrestling Championships

Team Nigeria has won 46 medals at the ongoing Africa Wrestling Championships holding at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civil Centre, Port Harcourt.

Team Nigeria has won 46 medals at the ongoing Africa Wrestling Championships holding at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civil Centre, Port Harcourt.

According to our reporter, the medals comprise 16 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze.

As at the time of this report many events are still ongoing and Nigeria’s medals chances are still high.

The championships will end Feb. 11.

Daniel Igali, the president, Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) said that the country’s representatives had been impressive.

Igali said that he was particularly impressed by the skills exhibited by the Cadet Team.

“Over the years, we didn’t have a cadet team and I’m glad we have now and they are pulling their weights.

“We are not there yet but it’s a gradual process and we are on the right path to get it right eventually.

“When I started wrestling then, there was nothing like cadet team. I started wrestling at age 16 and it was straight to the senior team.

“This is a good development because it provides an avenue to catch them young and groom them well to fully maximize their potential.”

Sunmisola Balogun is the only Nigerian athlete who has so far qualified for the Youth Olympic Games from the championship

No fewer than 90 wrestlers which comprising both males and females are representing Nigeria at the competition.

Some of the countries participating in the championship are:  Nigeria the host, Liberia, Egypt, Guinea Bissau,Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Namibia, Kenya, Burundi, Cameron, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Madagascar, and Senegal

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Total blackout in Port Harcourt as youths shut down Afam transmission station

The Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt has been in total blackout for days. This is because youths from Oyigbo Local

The Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt has been in total blackout for days.

This is because youths from Oyigbo Local Government area of the State shut down transmission of the Afam Power Plant.

The youths under the aegis of Oyigbo Youths Assembly said they are protesting the refusal of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC to supply power to communities hosting the Afam Power Station.

The youths claimed that host communities do not pay for power, adding that they are entitled to free power supply.

Reacting to the protest, spokesman of the PHEDC, John Onyi said Oyigbo, the host community was disconnected because of their refusal to pay for supply.

Onyi said communities around Afam is owing PHEDC over five billion Naira just as he appealed to the youths to vacate the Afam Transmission Station to allow for the return of normal activities to the State.

“The communities around that Afam have not paid a dime. They are currently owing us about five point eight billion naira and they have been enjoying supply.

“All efforts to get them to understand why they should have been abortive so we disconnected them,” he said.