Nyesom Wike Owes Buhari The Peace Rivers State Now Enjoys

Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike while reacting to the death of notorious cultist and wanted murderer, Ejima Igwe-dibia alias Don Wani, has expressed unprofaned gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his support to restore peace.

Don Wani was ranked the most notorious cultist in the state after he became the suspected mastermind of the January 1 massacre in Omoku area of the state.

Wike thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies for killing Don Wani.

Read below the full transcript of his speech;

My dear people of Rivers State

On the first of January 2018, the entire State and the country at large was traumatized by the callous murder of 23 innocent persons at Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area by the notorious cultist, kidnapper, terrorist and murderer Don Wanny and members of his doomed gang.

When I visited the families of the victims, I placed a prize tag of N200 million for any information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of this most heinous crime against humanity.

I also assured the security agencies of our further determination to continue supporting them with whatever it would take to have these criminals apprehended and brought to justice.

Yesterday, 7th January 2018, we all received the news about the death of Don Wanny and two of his fellow gang members in their hideouts in Enugu State while trying to escape arrest from the security agencies that were closing in on them.

Although we would have wanted Mr. Don Wanny and his gang members to have been arrested alive and put to trial for their numerous crimes and atrocities against his own people. His death, nevertheless, is a huge relief to the entire State, and therefore, most welcome development.

For years the security situation in Omoku in particular, and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government area in general, has been most challenging because of the criminal activities of Don Wanny and his gang.

We therefore wholeheartedly thank President Muhammadu Buhari for rising to the occasion and not politicking with the issue of security. We also commend the security agencies, particularly, the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Security, for swiftly rising to the challenge in the most professional manner.

There is no doubt that this heroic success has proven what is possible when our security agencies are willing to discharge their constitutional duties with unadulterated commitment and professionalism.

Since 2015, we have been calling for tackling security issues devoid of political considerations in Rivers State in order to achieve maximum result. This level of commitment and professionalism as demonstrated in the Omoku case is exemplary. Therefore, we will continue to demand no less from our security agencies to keep our State safe and secure for residents, visitors and investors.

As a government, we have invested heavily on the security of the State and will continue to do everything within our powers to guarantee the security and safety of lives and property throughout the State. As a fact, we will spare no cost in ensuring that nobody will have peace if the lives and property of our people make no meaning to them.

However, we are deeply worried when our investments in security are deliberately prevented from yielding the desired results due largely to the recurrent tendency to politicize the federally controlled security agencies and services in the State. This is the reason why we must thank the President for doing things differently and with the support of all, a different result has been achieved.

The aftermaths of crime and insecurity affect society as a whole, and not only the direct victims. Accordingly, the duty to fight crime and criminality remains collective and no right thinking person should ever indulge in politicizing security issues under any circumstance.

Indeed, at a time such as this, we expect political leaders to eschew political sentiments in their reactions and utterances and join forces with the State Government to address the situation and bring justice to the victims.

Regrettably, instead of showing respect for the dead and genuine sympathies to the bereaved families, the leader of the All Progressives Congress and former Governor of the State prefers to exploit the unfortunate incident for political ends by disseminating wild, unguarded and inciting statements to the unsuspecting public.

Contrary to his false claims and posturing the security challenge in Omoku predated our administration and Rivers State was never peaceful when he held sway as Governor. In case he has forgotten, this same Don Wanny tragically killed 32 persons in Omoku on the 14th of December 2014 under his watch as Governor. Yet, he failed to bring Don Wanny to justice.

We reiterate our zero tolerance for all forms of criminality and reassure all residents of our determination to be tough with those who choose to violate our criminal laws and undermine peace and security in the State.

To underscore the seriousness we attach to the fight against violent crime, we shall be amending the Anti kidnapping law to prescribe the maximum sentence for engaging in cultism, robbery and kidnapping.

Our decision to offer amnesty to all repentant cultists, militants and criminals was done in good faith and in the best interest of the State. Regrettably, while the programme was on course, the former governor and his ilk dissuaded some of these criminals from sincerely embracing the amnesty. The result is the recent escalation of cult and criminal activities in parts of the State.

At all times, our position on the amnesty offer is clear: those who genuinely embraced the offer are bound to fully, completely and perpetually renounce all forms of criminality and be of good behaviour in order to enjoy terms of the amnesty. The full weight of the law will be released on those who failed to embrace it.

Consequently, based on reliable information by the security agencies, I hereby direct them to immediately arrest and prosecute the under-mentioned persons who have either reneged on the terms of the amnesty and or refused to embrace same by continuing with cultism, kidnapping, and armed robbery in the State:

OGBA/EGBEMA/NDONI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. OLUCHI IGWEDIBIA (a.k.a. Obatosu)
  2. Eze (a.k.a. Ugly Vulture)
  3. AUSTIN – 6i/c Iceland Omoku)
  4. Evidence
  5. TOMPOLO from Obuboru – Greenlander

ASARI TORU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. IDAYE GRANVILLE (a.k.a. Egbele)
  2. MPAKABOARI DALABU (a.k.a. Parker)

ANDONI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. ETENGO ETNEGO – MEND
  2. VICTOR EKENS – MEND

AHOADA WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. HAPPY HARRY ODULU (alias Chief Priest) Egbema-Ogbogolo
  2. AHOADA AUGUSTINE OBENE (alias Sunshine, Okogbe village)
  3. TU-MAN, P (from Idoha village)

ELEME LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. MBAJO – DEYGBAM

EMOHUA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. GOODLUCK IGONIKA – ICELAND
  2. JUSTICE ORDAH (a.k.a. ADC) – ICELAND
  3. SUNNY KEMJIKA WOVODO – DEYGBAM
  4. ONYEMA UWOBO – ICELAND

IKWERRE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. JONATHAN NKEMIJIKA (alias School Boy)

GOKANA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. BARIJASI FRIMA (DAYWELL) – BOMU
  2. ELVIS KOOYA (DAYGBAM) – BODO
  3. GIOBARA POIBA – K/DERE
  4. BONIFACE PAAGO (a.k.a. Chairman) – BODO

OMUMA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. JOHN WALA – DEYWELL
  2. IHECHIMERE NWAYINWU – DEYWELL
  3. BRIGHT OKERE – DEYWELL

AKUKU TORU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. OSELA JACK – GREENLANDER

DEGEMA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. LUCKY MILLER – DEYGBAM
  2. SOMINBA BIABO –
  3. OROLOBO NELSON – ICELAND
  4. WATER BABY – ICELAND
  5. DANIEL BOBMANUEL – GREENLANDER

ETCHE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

  1. UCHECHKWU OKERE (A.K.A TOGO – DEYGBAM

The Rivers State Government will pay N20 million to any person who volunteers useful information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of any of the afore-mentioned persons.

Finally, we wish to reassure Rivers people once again of our commitment to support the security agencies to guarantee the safety and security of lives and property across the State.

Thank you, and may God continue to bless Rivers State.

 

Despite Owing Pensioners, Wike Buys N484m SUVs For Rivers Fed Lawmakers

The Rivers State Government has bought new SUVs – Toyota Land Cruisers – worth hundreds of millions of naira for the 16 National Assembly members from the state, despite the fact that the state is owing retired civil servants their pensions and gratuities for over three years now.

Three of the vehicles are said to be for the senators, while 13 are for the House of Representatives members.

The State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday, released the vehicles in Port Harcourt to two federal lawmakers who were around, according to a Government House press statement.

The two lawmakers are Betty Apiafi and Bari Mpigi. Both are members of the House of Representatives.

“This is from the Government of Rivers State which you are part of,” Mr. Wike was quoted to have said, as he gave out the new vehicles. “This is to aid you to carry out your official functions in Abuja.

“Defend the interest of the state wherever you are,” he said

Mr. Wike said the vehicles were for all members of the National Assembly, irrespective of party affiliation.

By PREMIUM TIMES’s calculation, the cost of the 16 vehicles should be more than N484.720 million, going by the unit price of $83,665 for a Toyota Land Cruiser in the U.S.

The N484.720 million does not include other costs such as customs duties and clearing cost.

The lawmakers from Rivers, like other federal lawmakers, are entitled to and had received their official vehicles from the National Assembly, Abuja.

Besides, the purchase of the vehicles is coming at a time that Rivers, like most other states in Nigeria, is facing an economic crisis due to the slump in oil prices.

President Muhammadu Buhari a few days ago ordered that more money from the Paris Club refund be released to the states, including Rivers, before Christmas to help ease their financial hardship.

Meanwhile, the Rivers government appears unable to meet its financial obligations to some of its retired civil servants whose main source of income ought to be their pension.

Edward Abibo, the state Chairman of Nigeria Union of Pensioners in Rivers, told PREMIUM TIMES, Monday, that over 1,850 retired civil servants in the state were yet to be accommodated in the state pension payroll for more than three years now, even when, according to him, they went through screening during the state biometric verification exercise.

He also said that the state government for 15 years now hasn’t done an upward review of the pensioners’ monthly take-home.

“An average pensioner collects less than N5,000 monthly from the Rivers State Government,” he said.

“Rivers State Government has remained silent over the Paris Club refund which was meant to help them clear the entitlements of pensioners in the state.

“Our governor has refused to make any comment about the money he has received.

“Those on the contributory pension scheme are also suffering because the state government has refused to contribute its counterpart funds totaling about N30 billion to the pension funds administrators,” Mr. Abibo said, adding that the pensioners were going through terrible hardship and emotional pains.

Apart from the pensioners, Rivers has also been unable to meet the financial needs of its students who are studying abroad under the state foreign scholarship scheme.

The state’s financial burden for the scheme is uncertain for now.

Stranded abroad, the students recently protested in front of Chatham House, London, against Governor Wike who was there to speak on the effort of his administration to develop the oil-rich state.

The state Commissioner for Information, Emma Okah, however defended the purchase of the vehicles. He told PREMIUM TIMES, Monday, that it was a long-standing policy of the state to buy vehicles for federal lawmakers.

“Celestine Omehia did the same thing when he was in office as governor; he bought Toyota Land Cruisers for senators and Toyota Camry for House of Representatives members.

“I don’t know about Amaechi, but I know that he was paying money. So, it is always the policy of the state government to give them support.

“It shouldn’t be seen from the purview that they already have vehicles; it should be seen from the purview that it is part of the entitlements that the state government accords to them.

“Would anybody say that part of the government policy should no longer be carried out?” Mr. Okah said, adding that it took the government more than two years to buy the vehicles because it was doing so in bits because of lack of money.

Mr. Okah said the purchase of the vehicles shouldn’t be compared with the government’s inability to fund the scholarship scheme initiated by the previous administration of Rotimi Amaechi.

“It’s not every policy that you meet that you must continue, particularly if you cannot carry it,” Mr. Okah said.

“By the admission of one of the students who spoke inside the Chatham House, the payment that should be made to the final year students alone in the foreign scholarship scheme is N3 billion.

“If you put final year students, put the fourth year, third years and the rest of them together, how much would that be for a state government in one year?

“Now, the government has come out very clearly to say look those who are doing core science courses continue to stay there, we will manage to pay and we have been paying. Those who are doing arts-related and management courses, those courses that can effectively be taught in Nigeria, please come back, we will secure admission for you and give you scholarship here in Nigeria.

“Some of them are attracted by the lure of staying overseas, they don’t want to come back home.

“So, if you cannot carry a problem and you give reasons why you cannot, the minimum that anybody expects is understanding. Even in homes, if things change for a family and they can no longer do the kind of things they use to do, eat the kind of food they used to eat, and drive the kind of vehicles they used to drive, you scale down according to your circumstances,” the commissioner said.

The commissioner said it wasn’t true that some pensioners in the state were receiving as low as N5, 000.

He said Governor Wike deserved commendation for clearing salary and pension arrears that were left behind by the Amaechi administration.

“Pension is not the only problem that the Rivers State Government has to contend with. There may be cases where pension have not been extended to a few persons for one reason or the other, some due to the biometric problem, some due to the fraudulent pension system that the government has to battle with and all of that.

“I am not saying that we are running a 100 per cent perfect administration; the point I am making is that where we have done well, it is important that people should appreciate us. We are calling for the understanding of everybody,” the commissioner said.

Magnus Abe, an All Progressives Congress, APC, senator from the state, is among the beneficiaries of the new vehicles.

When PREMIUM TIMES contacted Mr. Abe, he corroborated what was said by the information commissioner.

“As far as I know, every government in Rivers State in the past has bought vehicles for the legislators at the national level. It has been like that for sometimes.

“I have not received a vehicle so far from this administration, but I have heard that the governor gave out vehicles today.

“But for the question, whether it is okay to buy those vehicles or not considering the present day economic realities, it is the governor who should be able to make that determination because he knows his challenges and his priorities,” the senator said.

Source: Premium Times

Youths Boo Wike As Osinbajo Commission Projects In Rivers

The Rivers State Governor, Nyeson Wike was on Thursday booed by youths loyal to former governor of the state, Rotimi Ameachi.

Minister for Transport, Ameachi who accompanied the acting President Yemi Osinbajo on a commissioning of projects in the state was joined by APC faithful that besieged the airport with shouts of ‘the Lion” renting the air.

The Acting President was received on hand by Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and a handful of traditional rulers and others who queued for a formal handshake with the August Visitor.

A mild drama ensued as Wike pointed at the already waiting BMW to chauffeur drive Osinbajo who insisted rather that they walked to the already waiting Chopper where Amaechi, Abe and others were already seated.

Wike who was visibly worried tried hard to convince Osinbajo to go with him and commission just one project, but the Acting President insisted that they head to the Chopper for the venue of the commissioning of the World standard Fertilizer project built by the INDORAMA Group.

A disappointed Wike had to leave his aides, supporters and convoy behind and joined Osinbajo to the Chopper where APC faithfuls were already singing the praise of their leader, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.

As soon as Osinbajo entered into the Chopper and Wike made his way to enter, the already charged youths began to boo him with shouts of, “Come down!, Come down!” while some others continued with shouts of “the Lion!” until the Chopper left.

The governor’s convoy and his supporters were now grumbling over their leader’s failure to convince Osinbajo to first commission any of his projects decided to make their way back home as it was obvious that they may not make it to Eleme, the venue of the official program for the Ag. President.

It is not yet clear if the visitor will concede to Wike’s pleas to commission any of his projects after the INDORAMA program.