Notorious Cultist And Brother To Don Waney Killed In Edo State.

Following reports of an operation carried out by the Police that has lead to the death of some cultist, the Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the death of Don Waney’s younger brother and a notorious member of his gang.

Oluchi Igwedibia alias Obatosu, was gunned down by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) on Saturday, at Sabo Iyakpe, Etsako West in Edo State.

Addressing newsmen on behalf of DSS, the State Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, confirmed the death of Obatosu, when the corpse was displayed at the headquarters of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt.

Ahmed warned cultists to shun cultism and accept peace, stating that any youth who involves himself in crime would be dealt with by the law.

“This is, in deed, the fruit of collaborative effort by the security agencies to get the State free of crime and cultism. No evil doer will go free. Every youth should shun crime and embrace peace

“Oluchi Igwedibia was caught up by law in Auchi, Edo State, where he ran to and was planning to come back and attack his local government before he was killed… The law caught up with him,” Ahmed said.

Obatosu, who was amongst the 32 cultists declared wanted by the State Security Council, met his end following accurate DSS intelligence that tracked him down to Edo State.

The late Obatosu was said to have played a prominent role in the New Year killings by Waney’s gang in Omoku and its environs.

His death came barely a week after he allegedly wrote a threatening letter to Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) threatening to launch a reprisal attack in revenge over the death of his murderous brother.

Recall that his brother was killed months ago alongside members of his gang, with his mansion demolished by the State Government few weeks ago.

 

Real Madrid Football Academy Opens In Rivers State

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Tuesday said that the  Real Madrid Football Academy construction would begin by the first week in march 2018 as the Football club would begin the foundation for the construction as soon as possible.

In an interactive session with Sports Editors in PortHarcourt, the Governor speculated and  noted that the Academy would be completed in six months time.

Governor Wike emphaised that the Real Madrid Football Academy would transform the Rivers State football business.

He said that the packages that had been provided in the Real Madrid Football Academy project would help in producing quality international stars from the State.

The Governor noted that his administration would also complete the Academy started by the Chibuike Amaechi’s administration in Etche Local Government Area.

He stated that the Academy in Etche would also be developed as a sports academy.

The Governor noted that the State Government would collaborate with a non governmental organisation to build a swimming institute at the Diete Spiff Civic Centre in Port Harcourt.

“Sports is a major revenue earner that cannot be disregarded by any government worth its salt. This administration will continue to support sports,” he added.

The National President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr Honour Sirawo lauded Governor Wike for his commitment to the development of Sports.

The President of Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Mr Daniel Igali said the Rivers State Government is ready for the successful hosting of the African Wrestling Championship in Port Harcourt.

Omoku Attack: Wike Sets N50 Million Aside For Orphan’s Education

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday announced that the state government has set aside N50 million for the education of a one-year-old girl, Purity whose parents were killed in the Omoku attack on January 1st this year.

Rivers state was thrown into mourning following an attack by cult members led by their leader, Don Wanny who was recently killed, in Omoku community and its environs, that lead to the death of over 20 people.

At a meeting with residents of the community yesterday January 16th, Governor Wike said the state government has taken the responsibility to see the little girl through school. He also announced that the government will pay the hospital bills of all the people injured during the attack.

“I am here today to further express my condolences to the families that lost loved ones and also express my sympathy to the injured. Like I said before, the Rivers State Government will foot the hospital bills of the injured and support support the families of the deceased ” he said

On the 32 cultists his adinistration last week placed a N640m bounty on, Governor Wike alleged that Rivers APC leaders have approached the cultists, asking them to join their political platform ahead of the electioneering period. He stated that his administration will not be deterred by the political antics of Rivers APC, saying that the deadly cultists will be traced and brought to justice.

“Nobody should play politics with security of lives. Since we declared these cultists wanted, they have approached them to work with them. Whether or not they work with APC, they will meet their Waterloo”, he said.

 

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

Security Operatives Gunned Down 6 Militants In Rivers

At least six suspected militants have been reportedly shot dead by security operatives in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State during a joint operation in the area.

The incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday.

There were conflicting reports, about the survival of the dreaded ex-militant leader in the area, General Don Waney, in the gun duel that lasted for hours. Waney was said to have been shot dead and his corpse carried away during the operation around Ali-Ugo junction.

But, it was gathered evening from one of the former militant leader’s lieutenants, who confirmed the attack by security agents, that “our boss is alive and not dead.”

Earlier, there was jubilation in Omoku, headquarters of ONELGA, when the news filtered in that Waney, was among the persons that were killed. But it was later told that the gang leader had fallen into a river after he was shot.

The security raid followed the killing of three members of ONELGA local vigilance known as Security Planning and Advisory Committee (OSPAC) recently.

The outfit was set up by the authority of the local government council to assist in tackling insecurity in the area.

Gunmen had on Saturday night invaded Okposi and Omoku communities and killed the three OSPAC members and another individual, causing panic in the area.

Waney and his gang, who had surrendered their arms to the state government, last year, during the state amnesty programme, were accused of masterminding the killings and were allegedly mobilising to lunch attacks in different communities of the LGA before the clamp down by the joint force.

It was learned that the group had allegedly resolved to destabilize the security formation put in place by the Caretaker committee Chairman of ONELGA, Osi Olisa, in order to resume their activities.

It was further gathered that while the hoodlums were on with their plans, security operatives including, the police, army, Department of State Security, DSS, Joint Military Task Force (JTF) and OSPAC, stormed their camp and allegedly killed a number of persons.

When contacted on the alleged killing of Waney, the Public Relations Officer of Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the information on the incident was sketchy, adding that a formal statement would be released when details were gathered.

Meanwhile, the Caretaker Committee Chairman ONELGA, Olisa, has assured that the security of the LGA could not be compromised, adding that efforts would continue to build a formidable security structure in the area.

Wike Escapes Assassination Attempt

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is said to have escaped an assassination attempt on Saturday when operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and a group of soldiers attacked his convoy. In a statement by Mr Simeon Nwakauda, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, said the security agents were in the motorcade of Rotimi Amaechi, The States Minister of Transportation.

The attack took place on Saturday afternoon at Nwanja Junction on Trans-Amadi Road in the state capital, while Wike was on a project inspection tour. Involved in the attack was the Commander of Rivers SARS, Mr. Akin Fakorede, who received the minister of transportation at the Port Harcourt International Airport and accompanied him on his trip.

“The SARS personnel and soldiers in the minister’s convoy mowed down the governor’s escort rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot car.

“Mr. Seimeikumo Debewari, Aide-De-Camp to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, supervised the attack, which led to the damage of cameras held by journalists.

News gathered reported that the Governor was unhurt as he continued with his inspection mission. The Minister, who spoke through a statement issued by his Media Office, described the governor’s claim as a blatant lie, insisting that he (Amaechi) was the person that escaped assassination.

Reacting, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, said there was no attack on the governor, describing the incident as a mere altercation between the governor’s security details and those of the Minister.

Omoni, however, disclosed that the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ahmed Zaki, had ordered that policemen involved in such altercation should be arrested.

“There was no attack on the governor. What happened was that the governor and the minister’s convoys ran into each others and there was an altercation. The State Police Commissioner has intervened and ordered the arrest of policemen involved in the act,” Omoni stated.

“However, while the SARS officers stepped down to assault the security personnel of the governor, the soldiers remained in their vehicle watching the scene,” the statement added.

Suspected Cultists Kill 15 In Rivers

Gunmen suspected to be cultists, in what seemed like a door-to-door attack, have killed 15 people in Agip/Mgboshimini area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

 

 

As at the time of filling this report, reason for the attack is yet unknown.

 

 

It was gathered that those killed by the gunmen include both indigenes and non-indigenes, a nursing mother, a husband and his wife among others.

 

 

Gory pictures from Agip/Mgboshimini shows corpses littered all over the area with some bodies burnt and others severed with bullets and machete cuts.

 

 

Several detachments of Police are presently in the area.

 

 

Details later……..

Wike Assigns Ministries To 20 New Commissioners

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has assigned portfolios to newly appointed commissioners in the state.

 

According to a statement posted on social media handle of the newly appointed Rivers state Commissioner for Information, Emma Okah, revealed that the new commissioners were inaugurated by the governor on Wednesday.

 

The new commissioners and their portfolios are as follows:

 

  1. Barr Emma Okah – Information
  2. Prof Roseline Konya – Environment
  3. Chief Ibibia Walter – Transport
  4. Barr Isaac Kamalu – Budget
  5. Mrs Tonye Oniyide – Culture
  6. Prof Kaniye Ebeku – Water Resources
  7. Rt Hon Dum Dekor – Works
  8. Barr Mrs Ukel Oyaghiri – Women Affairs
  9. Dr Fred Kpakol – Finance
  10. Hon Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja – Education
  11. Prof Chike Princewill – Health
  12. Hon Damiete Herbert Miller – Social Welfare
  13. Hon Ruderford LongJohn – Local Government
  14. Hon Shedrack Chukwu – Power
  15. Hon Boma Iyaye – Sports
  16. Hon Emeka Onowu – Special Services
  17. Chief Chinedu Tasie – Housing
  18. Barr Sylvanus Nwankwo – Chieftaincy
  19. Mr Charles Nwogu – Agriculture

 

Emmanuel Aguma, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, had earlier been sworn in as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, bringing the number of commissioners in the state to 20.

 

Performing the swearing-in, governor Wike had charged the commissioners to exhibit 100 percent loyalty.

 

He said, “We demand 100 percent loyalty. This work deserves total commitment. When you have the opportunity to serve the state, it is a rare privilege. Therefore, you have to be committed to service.

 

“We are rebuilding the state because a lot went wrong during the immediate past administration of the APC. You need to put in your best.”

 

APC Discredit Wike’s Allegation Against SARS

The All Progressive party has challenged the allegation made by the Governor of Rivers State Chief Nyesom Wike, that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police is behind the kidnapping and robbery in the State.

The state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Chris Finebone, who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said,

“Ordinarily, the APC has no business involving in any matter between the governor and any other entity, but in the instant case and even in previous related cases, the governor has either alluded to or expressly stated that the APC benefited from whatever allegations he raised against the police or particularly the SARS.

“From all indications, the governor’s accusation yesterday (Wednesday) that members of SARS abducted some persons and forced them to withdraw N500, 000 is manifestly cooked up to directly smear members of the SARS and their Commander, Akin Fakorede, who is known to have resisted every advances made by the governor to compromise the officer.

“We recall that Governor Wike has never hidden his disdain for the SARS Commander due to the officer’s principled and professional stance in rejecting the governor’s baits in the past two years.

Governor Wike seems to have sworn to have Akin Fakorede compromised or transferred out of Rivers State to pave the way for a replacement that may play ball with him.”

He said the state APC considered Wednesday’s accusation against t SARS, as malevolent, mischievous. He alleged that the intention was to mask the next phase of killings by some persons loyal to the governor.

The APC spokesman in the state also decried Wike’s silence on the issue of the Indigenous People of Biafra, adding that while Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State had declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew, Wike had not done anything.

But the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Samuel Nwanosike, described the APC’s defence of SARS barely 24 hours after the governor’s declaration as an indication that the APC was sponsoring violent crime in the state through SARS.

Explaining that Wike’s claim that SARS was behind the kidnappings and armed robberies in the state was incontrovertible and with evidence, Nwanosike said it was shocking that while the police had yet to respond to the allegations against them by the governor, the APC decided to come to their defence.

Nwanosike said, “From the position of the APC, the PDP has been vindicated that they (the APC members) are part of the crime. Instead of the SARS Commander (Fakorede) to react to their action that led to the killing of a police inspector, it is the APC that is reacting.

“It shows that Akin Fakorede is being sponsored by the APC in the state. We will not allow this matter to be swept under the carpet the way the issue of the printing of election result sheets was swept under the carpet.

The inspector that was shot is a policeman. His wife is also a police woman attached to Elekahia Police Division.”

 

Suspected Child Killer, Ifeanyi Dike Begs For Mercy In Rivers

The twenty-three year old suspected child killer and ritualist, Ifeanyi Dike, has said no one aided his escape from police custody in Port Harcourt.

Ifeanyi Dike, a second year Physics student of the University of Port Harcourt had escaped from the premises of the State CID in Port Harcourt after he was paraded for allegedly killing his eight-year old niece, Victory Chikamso for ritual purposes.

He was captured three weeks after his escape by men of the Plateau state Police Command at Barkin Ladi.

On his extradition to Port Harcourt, Dike told journalists that he escaped on his own.

He said he got frustrated by traveling from Rivers state to Jos.

According to him, “I am a student of UNIPORT. When I got to Jos, I started hiding again even though I know that nobody knows me there.

“I was living inside an uncompleted building in that place but I could not endure anymore because I was hungry. I now came out and somebody looked for my trouble.

“The Hausa boy then use something like knife to cut my hand, out of anger I took a screw driver and stabbed him. That’s how they took us to police station.

“When we got to the Police, I told the Police who I am but they did not believe me until I called one of my aunties that confirmed to them.

“I know what I have done is wrong. I know that the world is not happy with me but I want to say I am sorry.”

Meanwhile, Rivers state Commissioner of Police, CP Zaki Ahmed has said child-killer, Ifeanyi Dike will be arraigned in court as soon as possible.

CP Ahmed said the full weight of the law will be brought on Dike.

The Commissioner of Police said he was overwhelmed with the response of members of the public on the matter adding that the same vigour should be used to help the Police fight crime in Rivers state.

Man Killed Eight-Year-Old Girl After Defiling

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested a suspected ritualist, Ifeanyi Dike for killing an eight-year-old girl, Victory Chikamso who was earlier abducted by the killer.

The Eliozu axis of Port Harcourt was thrown into confusion as the body of the girl was recovered with her tongue, breasts, vagina and eyes removed.

It was gathered that the victim, who was a resident of Messiah Street, Eliozu was abducted on Friday by Dike, who also lived on the same street.

Also learnt that the girl was defiled before she was killed, while her vital organs were removed and put in a polythene bag by the suspect.

The state police command said in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, that the suspect was trying to dispose the mutilated body of the victim when he was apprehended by a local vigilante.

The statement read, “Today, at about 0130hrs, men of the Okporo Police Station arrested one Ifeanyi Chukwu Maxwell Dike (male, 23 years) of Messiah Street, Eliozu, Port Harcourt, who yesterday (Friday) abducted one Chikamso Victory (female, eight years) of the same address.

“The little girl was abducted, defiled and killed, while her vagina, eyes, tongue and breasts were removed and put in a polythene bag.

“The suspect was going to dispose of the body, when he was arrested by a local vigilante that suspected his movement.

“After he was questioned, the suspect dropped the bag and fled. Consequently, he was given chase and arrested. On further interrogation by the police, he confessed and took the police to where the vital organs were concealed.”

Omoni added that the body and organs of the victim had since been deposited in an undisclosed mortuary, while the suspect was being held by the police for further investigation.

The suspect, who described himself as a 200-level undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt, said he was lured into ritual killing by a man who promised to make him wealthy.

The father of the deceased, who identified himself as Ernest, expressed sadness over the murder of his child, as he thanked the police and the local vigilante for recovering his daughter’s body.