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Rivers elders and leaders forum condemns impeachment attempt and calls for urgent action amidst rising tensions

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Rivers elders and leaders forum condemns impeachment attempt and calls for urgent action amidst rising tensions

In a crucial emergency meeting convened by the Rivers State Elders and Leaders Forum, chaired by His Excellency, Chief Rufus Ada George, former Governor of Rivers State, a comprehensive review of the state’s current political landscape unfolded. The meeting, held on December 17th, addressed alarming developments, including attempts to impeach Governor Sir Siminialayi Fubara, the bombing of the Rivers State House of Assembly Chambers, and the overall escalation of violence.

 

The Forum revisited the outcomes of prior meetings and the follow-up actions initiated, such as letters seeking audience with key figures, including the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, and Chief (Barrister) Nyesom Wike, the former Governor and current Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

**Concerns and Resolutions:**

 

1. *Unanswered Letters:* The Forum expressed regret that neither Governor Siminialayi Fubara nor Chief (Barrister) Nyesom Wike responded to their letters seeking audience.

 

2. *Impeachment Attempt:* The attempt to impeach Governor Fubara within six months of taking office without transparently communicating the reasons to the public was deemed unacceptable.

 

3. *Condemnation of Violence:* The Forum strongly condemned all forms of violence and lawlessness in Rivers State, demanding a thorough investigation into the ongoing crisis and the prosecution of those responsible.

 

4. *Demolition of Assembly Chambers:* The Forum urged the Rivers State Government to expedite the reconstruction of the demolished House of Assembly Complex, emphasizing the importance of lawmakers resuming their legislative duties.

 

5. *Misuse of Political Power:* The Forum condemned the misuse of political power for personal gains, particularly the recent defection of twenty-seven lawmakers without consulting their constituents.

 

6. *Rejection of Forum Shopping:* The Forum rejected allegations of forum shopping and the purchase of legal instruments outside Rivers State to instigate crises, calling attention to a disturbing court ruling allegedly premeditated by Justice Donatus Okorowo.

 

7. *Judicial Caution:* The Forum appealed to the judiciary and security agencies to exercise caution in their duties to avoid exacerbating the tense situation in Rivers State.

 

8. *Call for Federal Intervention:* Lastly, the Forum urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to build upon his earlier intervention, recognizing the potential ripple effects of inaction not only on Rivers State but also on the Niger Delta Region and the entire Federal Government.

 

**Voices of Concern:**

 

Signatories to the communiqué included eminent figures such as His Excellency, Chief Rufus Ada George, Adm. O. P. Fingesi, HH Anabs Sara Egbe, Emeritus Prof Dagogo Fubara, HRH N. L. A. Ede Obolo II, Captain Nwankwo, Eze Tony Woherom, Mrs. Annkio Briggs, High Chief Marcus Atata (J.P.), Dr. Kio J. Tams, AsemeAlabo Prof. E. T. Bristol Alagbariya, Sen Wilson A. Ake, Dr. Silva Opusunju, and Sen Andrew Uchendu.

 

As Rivers State grapples with the unfolding political crisis, the Elders and Leaders Forum’s strong stance highlights the urgency for swift and comprehensive intervention to safeguard the peace and security of not just Rivers State but the nation as a whole. The Forum’s call for a united front against violence and lawlessness resonates as a crucial step towards restoring normalcy and upholding democratic principles.

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EFCC, NUPENG Join forces against oil theft

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG)is seeking a collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)to fight the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the country.

 

 

The President of the Union, William Akporeha made the request when he led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.

 

 

 

Akporeha, who commended the EFCC boss for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, stressed the need to sanitise the oil and gas industry.

 

 

Akporeha itemised some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their works.

 

 

 

In his response, Olukoyede said it is important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the National Economic sabotage in the sector.

 

 

 

He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.

 

 

Olukoyede promises to continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in their operations.

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Kidnap kingpin, Boderi, feared killed as troops battle terrorists in Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Army operating in 1 Division area of responsibility have neutralised some insurgents and recovered more firearms and ammunition in encounters with the criminals in the General area of Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

 

A Statement by the Army spokeperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said a notorious terrorist, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including those of the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students and the Nigerian Defence Academy attack may have been killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo in the ambush.

 

The statement said while on a fighting patrol along Maganda-Dausayi – Mugaba axis, troops came under fire from insurgents who employed rustled herds of cattle as shields while they engaged the troops with direct fire. Two of the terrorists were killed in the process and arms as well as other items including 1 Techno phone, 3 Hilux vehicles and motorcycle keys, wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana, tramadol tablets and the sum of 13,200 Naira only, were recovered.

 

Also, during the encounter, some of the rustled livestock used as shield by the insurgents were caught in the crossfire. Troops are still on the trail of the fleeing insurgents and remain resolute on ridding the area of armed violence according to the army.

 

In a separate operation, conducted by troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday 22 February 2024, the troops successfully ambushed marauding insurgents along the Bada – Riyawa axis on the Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Road. In the encounter, troops killed 6 insurgents and recovered arms and 19 motorcycles which were destroyed.

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Senate confirms Cardoso Chairman, CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee, 11 others as members

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The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee alongside eleven others.

 

 

The confirmation follows the adoption of a report of the committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions presented by its chairman Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East).

 

 

Abiru, in his presentation, said the nominees possess the academic qualifications, technical knowledge and professional experience to be members of the Monetary Policy Committee.

 

 

Abiru further stated that the Senate Committee on Banking did not receive any petition against the nominees.

 

 

He added that the nominees were all cleared by the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services and possessed the Code of Conduct Bureau acknowledgment slip.

 

 

 

Other lawmakers in their submission charged the newly confirmed Members of the MPC to come up with proper economic policies to salvage the current situation in the country.

 

 

Those confirmed are CBN Deputy Governors, Mohamed Sani Abdullahi , Bala Bello, Emem Usoro and Philip Ikeazor.

 

 

Others are the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Jafiya Shehu, murtala Sabo Sagagi, Aloysius Uche, Aku Paulin, Mustapha Akinwumi and Bandele Amon.

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