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Youths from Akpor Kingdom in Obio-Akpor Local government area of Rivers state yesterday stormed the Rivers state-owned syringe factory at Rumuosi, along East-West road to stop what they say is the looting of the factory.

 

The youths who said they acted based on information accosted a truck fully loaded with property from the factory.

 

A youth leader in Rumuosi, Goodnews Amadi who alerted the police on the incident at Syringe factory, said the facility is being looted by those who run the moribund factory.

 

On his part, the Community Development Committee Chairman of Rumuokwachi Community, Anya Amadi said host communities of the Syringe factory including, Rumuosi, Ozuoba, Rumuokwachi and Alakahia will ensure that those involved in the looting of the factory will face the Law.

 

Our correspondent who was at the scene of the incident reports that one Wokoma was taken away by the Police.

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A group under the aegis of the Niger-Delta Activist Forum have threatened to shut down facilities owned by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company over what they say is negligence on the part of the company.

 

The group at media briefing in Port Harcourt said what they termed Operation Zero Barrel oil for Agip, will commence from Wednesday this week because of the company’s failure to meet its obligations to host communities.

 

Convener of the group, Success Jack who spoke with newsmen said all efforts to reach-out to the management of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company for amicable resolution have failed.

 

Jack however drew the attention of all relevant agencies to the decision of the group.

 

You will recall that members of host communities of Nigeria Agip Company especially in Bayelsa and Delta states issued a fourteen day ultimatum to the multinational company which elapses this week.

June 17 2018 0
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Rivers State Local Government Council elections have been concluded across the twenty three Local Government Areas of the state.

 

Our correspondent Uchendu Ejiowhor reports that the electoral material arrived late in some pulling units in Emohua, Ikwerre and Ahoada Local Government Areas.

 

Some electorates who spoke to our correspondent expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the election.

 

A candidate of the People Democratic Party in Ikwerre Local government area Samuel Nwanosike and that of Emohua Tom Aliezi commended Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission and Security for conducting free and fair elections.

 

However, the state chairman of the All People's Party, APP, Kenneth Atata has called for the cancellation of the exercise alleging that sensitive materials for the election were hijacked.

 

Also speaking a councillorship candidate of the Green Party in Ibaa community in Emuhua Ikpendu Somba accused RSIEC of assisting the PDP to rig the elections.

 

Meanwhile reports from Ogu-Bolo, Okrika, Eleme, indicate that there was a low turnout of voters in the areas due to the rainfalls.

 

Our correspondent Vitor Ezeama who monitored elections in the areas reports that electoral materials arrived in some of the polling units around 9AM.

 

Some respondents who spoke with our correspondent including Navy CAPTAIN Erasmus Victor, Philip Oparaji, and Boma Iyayi described the election as widely peaceful.

 

A member of the Rivers State House of Assembly Evans Bipi called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to learn from the Rivers RISIEC.

 

Correspondent reports that there was full compliance to the restriction order with security presence in all the twenty three Local government areas of the state.

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has commended the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission for conducting credible Local Government Elections across the state.

 

The governor also commended security agencies for ensuring that the elections were peaceful by creating the right atmosphere for peaceful polls.

 

Speaking in an interview after monitoring the local government elections in Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor Local Government Areas, Governor Wike said that the non-participation of the All Progressives Congress in the elections turned out to be one of the reasons why the process was peaceful.

 

The governor noted that the security agencies played their constitutional roles during the elections.

 

He said the message to the Independent National Electoral Commission is that they can conduct credible elections if they resist pressures from different quarters.

 

Governor Wike said that he was more interested in the peaceful and credible conduct of the elections than anything else.

 

The position of the Governor was contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

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The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Dakuku Peterside says the massive low turnout that characterized the controversial local government election in the state on Saturday is a clear sign that what he said it Governor Nyesom Wike’s treachery has expired.

 

In a statement issued by his media team, the APC stalwart said that several members of the People’s Democratic Party called him, accusing the governor of manipulating everything, including changing the names of some candidates at the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission.

 

He noted that despite only PDP contesting the election against some imaginary opponents, the RSIEC still connived with the ruling party to inflate figures even in the governor’s home local government where he claimed that voters chose to stay at home.

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