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    Rivers has infected my manager with COVID-19, says owner of demolished hotel

Rivers has infected my manager with COVID-19, says owner of demolished hotel

Promise Gogorobari, owner of Prodest Hotel, Eleme, which was demolished for allegedly flouting lockdown order in Rivers, has accused the state government of infecting his manager, with COVID-19. In a statement, Gogorobari said his manager was healthy before he was detained on the orders of Nyesom Wike, the governor. Paulinus Nsirim, Rivers information commissioner, had listed Bariledum Azoroh, the manager, as one of [...]

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    Rivers: There’s plot to impose emergency rule on our state

Rivers: There’s plot to impose emergency rule on our state

The Rivers state government says it uncovered plans by some politicians to impose an emergency rule on the state. Paulinus Nsirim, the state commissioner for information and communications, made the claim in a statement on Wednesday. He said the plot was attempted but foiled during the 2019 governorship election in the state. Nsirim said similar a attempt is being made by some persons [...]

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    ‘I didn’t break any law’ — owner of demolished hotel in Rivers speaks

‘I didn’t break any law’ — owner of demolished hotel in Rivers speaks

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    Rivers demolishes two hotels for ‘flouting’ lockdown directive

Rivers demolishes two hotels for ‘flouting’ lockdown directive

Prodest Hotel, Eleme, and Etemeteh Hotel, Onne, have been pulled down on the orders of the Rivers state government for allegedly violating the lockdown directives. Nyesom Wike, the governor, had imposed a lockdown and directed all hotels in the state to suspend services immediately as parts of measures to check the spread of COVID-19. The governor had warned residents that failure to [...]

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    Arrest of pilots has nothing to do with FG’s exclusive list, says Rivers

Arrest of pilots has nothing to do with FG’s exclusive list, says Rivers

BY DARLIGNTON ETIM The Rivers state government says its decision to arrest two pilots of Caverton Helicopters was based on their flouting the executive order issued by the state government on lockdown measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. On March 25, 2020, Rivers state had declared a lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus in the state. However, the pilots who arrived [...]

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    Caverton Helicopters kicks over arrest of its pilots on Wike’s order

Caverton Helicopters kicks over arrest of its pilots on Wike’s order

Caverton Helicopters has asked the federal government to prevail on the Rivers state government to release two of its pilots detained over alleged illegal flight operations. According to a statement by the aircraft, two of its pilots were arrested and charged to court on Tuesday on the orders of Nyesom Wike, the governor. It explained that while the federal government banned flight [...]

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    Rivers health workers declare indefinite strike — amid coronavirus outbreak

Rivers health workers declare indefinite strike — amid coronavirus outbreak

BY EDEM DARLINGTON Health workers in Rivers state have declared an indefinite strike amid the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. Rivers recorded its first case of the disease hours after the health workers began strike on Wednesday. In a circular to their members, the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), asked the workers to stay [...]

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    Coronavirus: Rivers to close all borders from Thursday

Coronavirus: Rivers to close all borders from Thursday

The Rivers state government says it will close its borders from Thursday to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading to the state. Speaking on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Nyesom Wike, the governor, said the restriction will affect air, land and sea borders. The governor said no passenger will be allowed into the state from the airport. Wike said no vehicle will [...]

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    24 babies, four pregnant girls rescued in Rivers ‘baby factory’

24 babies, four pregnant girls rescued in Rivers ‘baby factory’

The Rivers state police command says it rescued 24 babies and four pregnant girls from a baby factory in the state. Speaking on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Mustapha Dandaura, the commissioner of police, said the factory was uncovered during a covert operation into the activities of the centre. Represented by Nnamdi Omoni, the command spokesperson, Dandaura said the eagle [...]

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    Court asks Wike to reinstate 8 permanent secretaries sacked unlawfully

Court asks Wike to reinstate 8 permanent secretaries sacked unlawfully

A national industrial court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, has ordered the reinstatement of eight permanent secretaries sacked by Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, in 2015. Wike had forcefully retired the permanent secretaries, the state's head of service, the accountant-general and some other officials in 2015. The permanent secretaries are Samuel Woka, Kadilo Brown, Augustine Orlu-Orlu, Muka Nwikosi, Minabelema Michael-West, Ngozi Abu, Kingsley [...]

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    Issa-Onilu: We’ll petition NJC over judge assisting PDP to keep Rivers APC in crisis

Issa-Onilu: We’ll petition NJC over judge assisting PDP to keep Rivers APC in crisis

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will petition the National Judicial Council (NJC) over Augusta Kingsley-Chukwu, a judge of the Rivers state high court presiding over some cases involving the party. In a statement on Wednesday, Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC spokesman, said the judge has not been fair to the party as it works towards repositioning the APC in Rivers. The supreme [...]

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    Amnesty: Failure to punish violent gangs turning Rivers to killing field

Amnesty: Failure to punish violent gangs turning Rivers to killing field

Amnesty International says the "failure" of the Rivers state government to protect residents from violent gangs has led to the loss of many lives. The organisation, in a statement on Thursday, said it is deeply concerned that the authorities are doing "little or nothing" to address ongoing violence in the state. Citing communities like Khana and Gokana local government areas, AI said at least [...]

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    VIDEO: Wike presents SUVs to Rivers lawmakers — 24 hours after passing budget

VIDEO: Wike presents SUVs to Rivers lawmakers — 24 hours after passing budget

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has presented members of the state assembly, with brand new Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). The governor handed out the gifts less than 24 hours after the lawmakers passed the state’s 2020 budget of N530.81bn. While receiving the gifts at government house, Port Harcourt, the lawmakers commended the governor and promised to continue working closely with him. Ikuinyi [...]

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    Magnus Abe: Rivers APC in crisis because Amaechi wants me expelled

Magnus Abe: Rivers APC in crisis because Amaechi wants me expelled

Magnus Abe, a former senator from Rivers, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state is in crisis because Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, wants him expelled from the party. Abe and Amaechi have been at loggerheads since the build-up to the 2019 general election. The in-fighting caused the APC in Rivers to lose all elective positions in the state. In a [...]

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    ‘Don’t harass your lecturers’ – minister tells UNIPORT female students

‘Don’t harass your lecturers’ – minister tells UNIPORT female students

Adamu Adamu, minister of education, says female students should stop going to lecturers unnecessarily. He made the remark on Tuesday at the unveiling of a policy document against sexual harassment by the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT). Represented by Ijeoma Duru, the assistant director, tertiary department of the ministry, Adamu also warned students against harassing their lecturers. “The federal ministry of education is [...]

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    Port Harcourt ‘serial killer’ pleads guilty to killing nine women

Port Harcourt ‘serial killer’ pleads guilty to killing nine women

Gracious David West, an alleged serial killer in Port Harcourt, has pleaded guilty to killing nine women in different hotels. West was arrested in September and he had confessed to killing seven girls; five in Port Harcourt; one in Owerri, Imo state capital and another in Lagos state. But he admitted to killing nine women at his trial on Tuesday at the [...]

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