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    Tonye Cole and the moment of epiphany

Tonye Cole and the moment of epiphany

BY AUSTIN TAM-GEORGEThere is tremendous hunger in Rivers State for an end to the bellicose and toxic politics that have seized the state since 1999. Media headlines about the state are frequently about political assassinations, beheadings and inconclusive elections due to widespread violence.As Nigeria’s oil and gas metropolis, Rivers State suffers unique consequences when our social and political spaces [...]

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    Wike gives condition for allowing Rivers officials appear before EFCC

Wike gives condition for allowing Rivers officials appear before EFCC

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, says officials of the state government will appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) only if the anti-graft agency follows the rule of law.The EFCC had invited and quizzed Peter Amangbo, managing director of Zenith Bank, over alleged N117 billion transaction by the state government in the past three years.The anti-graft agency is [...]

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    Amaechi: It’s a fallacy! I never appointed governorship candidate for Rivers APC

Amaechi: It’s a fallacy! I never appointed governorship candidate for Rivers APC

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says he never appointed a governorship candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state.Amaechi, a former governor, is the leader of the political party in Rivers.The minister was alleged to have endorsed Tonye Cole, co-founder of Sahara Energy, as the candidate of the party for the 2019 governorship election.But in a statement released [...]

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    Aguma, Rivers attorney-general, dies in London

Aguma, Rivers attorney-general, dies in London

Emmanuel Aguma, commissioner for justice and attorney-general of Rivers state, is dead.Emma Okah, the state commissioner for information and communications, announced this in a statement on Friday.He said the senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) passed on while receiving treatment in a London hospital.He described the death as a “monumental” loss to both the state and the family.The statement read: “It [...]

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    Wike: Rivers blocked from getting govt support fund — but other states have received

Wike: Rivers blocked from getting govt support fund — but other states have received

Nyesom Wike, Rivers governor, has accused the federal government of refusing to release the government budget support fund meant for his state.Wike said other states have received the fund except for Rivers, alleging that it is because of his critical stance on national issues.He was quoted to have said this on Saturday during the commissioning of three road projects by [...]

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    Rivers state: A people high on soot

Rivers state: A people high on soot

BY TOMBARI SIBEA dense smell rudely greets your nasal channel as you take your first step out the door in the morning. The unmistakable choking smell of a cocktail of diesel and kerosene, or some hydrocarbon product, permeates the air space. It feels quite dense, and triggers burden the otherwise simple biological process of respiration. The respiratory system overworks itself, [...]

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    Amaechi’s wife: How we moved from one house to the other before my husband’s victory at supreme court

Amaechi’s wife: How we moved from one house to the other before my husband’s victory at supreme court

Judith Amaechi, wife of Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says her life was in danger before the supreme court pronounced her husband governor.Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo denied Amaechi from contesting the 2007 governorship election after a "K-leg theory" was propounded.The party then gave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to Celestine Omehia who eventually won the election but was later sacked [...]

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    Wike’s bounty and a safe nation

Wike’s bounty and a safe nation

Did Wike’s bounty create the magic that found those agents of the tragic, the killers who menaced his state, and served their gang a bitter fate? – Ikeogu Oke, “Wike’s Bounty”As we seek solutions to the mass killings that have wracked our nation’s peace in recent times, the N200 million bounty Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike placed on the killers [...]

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    Kidnappers, cultists, armed robbers to get death penalty in Rivers

Kidnappers, cultists, armed robbers to get death penalty in Rivers

Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, has warned kidnappers and cultists to leave the state or risk death sentence.The warning is coming on the heels of the amendment of the state anti-kidnapping law prescribing death sentence for criminals involved in cultism, robbery and kidnapping.The governor said this on Tuesday in Port Harcourt in a statewide broadcast on the killing of Johnson [...]

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    Amaechi says Wike is playing ‘witchcraft’ politics

Amaechi says Wike is playing ‘witchcraft’ politics

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, is playing “witchcraft" politics in the state.Amaechi said this on Monday in reaction to the killings in parts of Rivers.Thirty persons were reportedly killed in two separate attacks in the state, including in Omoku community.In an address to Rivers citizens, Amaechi accused the governor of “failing” in his [...]

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    IPOB members ‘kill police sergeant’ in Rivers

IPOB members ‘kill police sergeant’ in Rivers

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday allegedly killed a police sergeant at Oyigbo Junction in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.Zaki Ahmed, the state commissioner of police, who confirmed the killing, said the irate youth also injured two other policemen and burnt down their patrol vehicle.The attack came amid reports that members of the group were killed during [...]

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    We have taken note of your threats, Rivers APC replies Wike 

We have taken note of your threats, Rivers APC replies Wike 

The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says it has taken note of the threats of Nyesom Wike, governor of the state.The party said this in reaction to the governor's claim that he would risk his life to stop the APC in 2019.Accusing the federal government of destroying key institutions through their “poor governance model”, Wike charged [...]

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    Wike: Be ready to fight… I’ll risk my life to stop APC in  2019

Wike: Be ready to fight… I’ll risk my life to stop APC in 2019

Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, says he is ready to risk his life to prevent the All Progressives Congress (APC) from winning the governorship election in 2019.Speaking at a thanksgiving service in honour of George Sekibo, the sacked senator who represented Rivers east in the national assembly, Wike charged his supporters to be ready to fight.He also accused the federal [...]

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    Appeal court upholds removal of Sekibo as Rivers senator

Appeal court upholds removal of Sekibo as Rivers senator

The appeal court in Abuja has upheld the judgment of the River state election petition tribunal sacking George Sekibo as a senator representing the eastern district of the state.On June 29, the tribunal declared Andrew Uchendu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the senatorial election.It directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate [...]

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    After ejecting all commissioners, Wike sacks special advisers

After ejecting all commissioners, Wike sacks special advisers

Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, has sacked his special advisers.This was contained in a statement issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, special assistant to the governor on electronic media.Nwakaudu, however, did not give a reason for the action. Though he said Bishop Winston, special adviser on religious affairs to the governor, retained his post.Last month, Wike sacked all his commissioners. No reason [...]

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    Pirates kidnap Moroccan crew in Rivers

Pirates kidnap Moroccan crew in Rivers

Suspected pirates have kidnapped five crew members, including three Moroccans, from a general cargo vessel identified as the Panama-flagged Oya 1 around 15 nautical miles south west of Bonny Island, Rivers state.The kidnapping, according to World Maritime News, quoting Moroccan media, occurred on 31 July.The attack was confirmed by IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC).“The incident was reported to the [...]

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