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    Again, violence breaks out during Rivers rerun, INEC official ‘abducted’

Again, violence breaks out during Rivers rerun, INEC official ‘abducted’

A supervisor of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) at ward 14 in Etche local government area (LGA) of Rivers state has reportedly been abducted.According to NATION, he was kidnapped around 8am when he arrived at the ward for the legislative rerun election.The newspaper quoted some staff of the commission as saying the abductors seized the official vehicle which conveyed [...]

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    Rivers rerun: Etche LGA records low turnout of voters

Rivers rerun: Etche LGA records low turnout of voters

The on-going legislative election on Saturday recorded low turnout in some parts of Etche local government area of Rivers.The election is the conclusion of the 2015 general election to fill up Etche state constituency II and Etche/Omuma federal constituency seats.According to NAN, there was voter apathy at Ward 3, Unit 6 of Etche. Accreditation in the unit reportedly started at 8:30am [...]

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    Wike fires health commissioner ‘for no reason’

Wike fires health commissioner ‘for no reason’

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has sacked Theophilus Ndagene, the commissioner for health.This was disclosed in a statement signed by Simeon Nwakaudu, senior special assistant to the governor on media.The statement said Wike wished Ndagene luck in his future endeavor.No reason was given for the sack.This is not the first time that Wike would take disciplinary action against a [...]

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    Magnus Abe: Wike bought cars for PDP lawmakers but those in APC use taxis

Magnus Abe: Wike bought cars for PDP lawmakers but those in APC use taxis

Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers south-east senatorial district, has alleged that lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Rivers state house of assembly take taxis to work.Abe said while the state government bought vehicles for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators, no provision was made for the six lawmakers of the APC.He accused the administration of Nyesom Wike, the [...]

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    Outstanding Rivers election to hold Saturday

Outstanding Rivers election to hold Saturday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday for the conclusion of outstanding 2015 elections in Rivers state.Aniedi Ikoiwak, the resident electoral commissioner (REC) in the state, disclosed this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.He said the exercise would hold in Etche and Omuma local government areas.The election, according to the statement, is to fill the [...]

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    Soot: Rivers shuts Chinese construction company

Soot: Rivers shuts Chinese construction company

The Rivers state government has shut CGC, a Chinese construction company, located on the Obirikwere-Airport Link Road in Port Harcourt.Austin Tam-George, commissioner for information, disclosed this on Saturday.Tam-George said the task force outfit on soot closed the facility on Friday, after discovering that a plant there was contributing to the environmental hazard in the city.Residents of Port Harcourt have been [...]

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    Rivers govt: We won’t succumb to the antics of APC and its ‘security surrogates’

Rivers govt: We won’t succumb to the antics of APC and its ‘security surrogates’

The Rivers state government says it will not "succumb to the juvenile antics of the All Progressives Congress and its security surrogates".Reacting to the statement that N111 million had been recovered from the bribe Nyesom Wike, the governor, gave to some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Austin Tam-George, Rivers commissioner of information, accused the the federal government of launching a [...]

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    Rivers rerun: Police ‘recover’ N111m from 23 INEC officials (updated)

Rivers rerun: Police ‘recover’ N111m from 23 INEC officials (updated)

The police on Tuesday disclosed that they recovered N111m from some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) involved in the legislative rerun-election in Rivers state.Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), had set up a panel to investigate allegations of fraud and bribery in the December 10 election.But Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, went to court to challenge the [...]

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    Port Harcourt ‘thrown into darkness’ as angry youths shut power station

Port Harcourt ‘thrown into darkness’ as angry youths shut power station

Some angry youths in the late hours of Monday shut down a power station belonging to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), leading to power outage in Port Harcourt and environs.The youths were protesting alleged inability of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) to provide them with steady electricity and TCN’s refusal to employ youths from the host communities.They [...]

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    Odesanya, Rivers police commissioner, dies in India

Odesanya, Rivers police commissioner, dies in India

Francis Odesanya, Rivers state commissioner of police, lost his life at Sterling Hospital Ahmedabad-Gujarat, India, on Tuesday morning. Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, confirmed his demise in a statement.Idris expressed regrets over the development, disclosing that the deceased passed on at the age of 56 years.Omoni Nnamdi, spokesman of the state police command,  had earlier told TheCable that he was not [...]

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    APC expels Rivers assembly minority leader over ‘anti-party activities’

APC expels Rivers assembly minority leader over ‘anti-party activities’

The All Progressives Congress Party (APC) minority leader in Rivers state assembly, Benibo Anabraba, has been expelled.A letter signed by Davis Ikanya, chairman of APC Rivers, accused Anabraba of anti-party activities.The minority leader was also accused of failing to carry out lawful directives and disobedience to constituted authorities.Anabraba, who represents Akuku Toru Constituency 2 in the assembly, was elected APC [...]

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    Robbers attack bank in Port Harcourt

Robbers attack bank in Port Harcourt

A suspected robbery gang on Monday stormed the branch of a bank along Shell RA Bus Stop in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital, on Monday, injuring some persons.A witness told NAN that the robbery took place between 8am and 9am.The witness said it was not certain if the gang succeeded in leaving with some amount of money, as a soldier pursued them.The [...]

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    Wike: Amaechi imported helicopters seized by customs

Wike: Amaechi imported helicopters seized by customs

The  two armoured helicopters seized by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) were ordered by Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, the incumbent governor, has said.On Friday, customs announced that it had handed over the aircraft it impounded in November, to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).It said the helicopters were given to the force because the persons who [...]

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    Wike: Security agencies planned to assassinate me

Wike: Security agencies planned to assassinate me

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, says the six officers dismissed by the police authorities refused to allow security agencies “execute their plot” of assassinating him during the legislative rerun election in the state.The police had announced that they were dismissed for playing controversial roles in the election.But speaking on Tuesday when he received the Aluu council of chiefs at [...]

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    IPOB members hit Port Harcourt streets for Trump

IPOB members hit Port Harcourt streets for Trump

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday held a rally in solidarity with Donald Trump, United States (US) president-elect, in Rivers state.While a solidarity rally was held for the US president-elect in Nigeria, a protest rally against him is gaining momentum in his country.Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the US on Friday.The members of the [...]

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    Rivers PDP: 21 INEC staff have been arrested and told to implicate Wike

Rivers PDP: 21 INEC staff have been arrested and told to implicate Wike

The Rivers state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that 21 ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who took part in the legislative rerun election in the state have been arrested and told to accuse Nyesom Wike, governor of the state, of offering them bribe.In a statement it issued on Thursday, the party [...]

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