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OPU-Nembe crisis: IGP must withdraw Policemen deployed to Bayelsa for elections- Degi

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Senator who represented Bayelsa East senatorial District in the 9th senate, Biobarakuma W. Degi-Eremienyo has expressed regreted that Policemen deployed to Opu-Nembe (Bassambiri) since August, 2023 for the Bayelsa State Governorship election, have not helped to resolve the security situation.
While addressing media men at his residence in Abuja on recent developments in Opu-Nembe (Bassambiri) Community he said the Community had witnessed killings of innocent people, vandalization and massive looting of property from several houses including the his own residence in Nembe while the police stay aloof and even encouraged the insecurity.
Senator Degi-Eremienyo expressed shock that his residence located within the quarters where the Police men are stationed was not spared.
The Senator therefore, called on the Inspector-General of Police to withdraw all the Policemen deployed from outside Bayelsa State Police command to Opu-Nembe (Bassambiri), as the have have apparently overstayed their usefulness.
He said they should be made to account for the perpetuation of the crimes under their surveillance.
Meanwhile, senator Degi- Eremienyo has appealed to the chiefs, elders, opinion leaders, men and women of Opu-Nembe (Bassambiri) to allow the collective interest and aspirations of the people of the Community to override personal interest.
He emphasized the need for stake holders to accept sincere, brotherly peace talks as the best option, on the way forward.
The senator lamented that his remedial efforts to nip the conflict in the bud was jettisoned, adding that any attempt to kill the Bassambiri SPIRIT under any circumstances will incur the wrought of the ancestors and posterity.
He however, commended the Inspector – General of Police, Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun for the remarkable improvements recorded under his leadership in the protection of lives and property in the Niger Delta and other regions of the Country.
The senator also expressed appreciation to Governor Douye Diri for the concerted efforts made at sustaining unity and peaceful communal life among the people of Nembe.
He earnestly appealed to the Governor to continue to drive the process of peaceful resolution of the conflict and reconciliation to guarantee free in and out movement of all indigenes of the Community.

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Clark tackles Ganduje, Damagum for colluding with Wike to sabotage Rivers people

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Elderstatesman and the leader of the Ijaw nation Edwin Clark has accused the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Umar Ganduje and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amb. Umar Damagum of colluding with Former Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike to sabotage the elected Government and Governor or Rivers State, Sir, Siminalayi Fubara
In an open letter to the duo he urged the other executive members to order.

“As a patriotic old statesman, I strongly believe that I should address this letter to you to call to order FCT Minister, Chief Nyesom Wike, because he is dancing naked in the open market in the politics of madness in Rivers State with one leg each in the two parties.
“I know both of you are fully aware and involved in the political crisis in Rivers State which is caused by Wike who is controlling the two parties in Rivers State particularly the PDP.
He advised both chairmen to withdraw from the madness of politics of Rivers State to avoid the dangerous crisis facing Rivers State, one of the most important states producing the resources used to sustain the economy of this country.

“I hope you do not forget that the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and the deep seaport of Onne are very well established in Rivers State.
“How can the Federal Government and the two main political parties allow an individual to disrupt and cause confusion, harassment of the democratically elected Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara on the guise that he alone and not the people of Rivers State made Fubara Governor, in his provocative and inciting statement?
According to him, the support given to Nyesom Wike by both party Chairmen has made him courageous enough to intimidate and anger the Rivers State Governor and Government and this is seen as an act to overthrown the duly elected Governor, which is criminal.
Finally, I am therefore appealing to you, in the interest of peace and stability in Nigeria to disassociate yourselves from the diabolical and mischievous plan by Wike for no just cause to bring down the Government of his successor, Governor Fubara.
“I strongly advice both of you to retrace your steps and take charge of your political parties in Rivers State and not leaving it for Wike who is neither PDP nor APC.”

“Nyesom Wike aggressively boasted that nobody can remove the member representing Ogu-Bolo Constituency. Therefore one is tempted what this dangerous, diabolical and mischievous politician can do to breach the constitution and cause a breakdown in law and order in the country.
“He is not in a position to amen section 109 (1g) of the constitution and he is not in a position to undermine the Supreme Court judgement which has now been firmly accepted as precedent, which binds all Courts in Nigeria.
“Listening to Wike who is a self imposed leader of the party PDP and the champion of madness in Rivers Politics is also controlling the ruling party APC by appointing a caretaker committee under the former Chief of Staff to Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Chief Tony Okocha, while he is not the legitimate chairman of APC in Rivers State.
“The legitimate Chairman Emeka Beke was suspended and was replaced with Chief Tony Okocha, because of his close relationship with the Leader of APC in the state, in person of Rt Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. “Chief Tonye Cole, the APC gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State also belongs to the elected executives. “Nyesom Wike, in order to impress the Presidency and APC in Abuja, decided to create the Chief Tony Okocha led caretaker committee with which he now deals with the APC in Rivers State with the approval of the National Chairman of APC.
“One maybe tempted to ask the National Chairman of APC why he chose to deal with a caretaker committee of APC which the Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike had earlier presented the committee to him in the APC secretariat in Abuja before constituting it as a caretaker committee.
“But curiously, you now deal with a caretaker committee instead of the elected Chairman. I hope you are aware of the court action filed against you and APC by the elected Chairman of APC in Rivers State, Emeka Beke.
“The old APC members by law are the APC leaders because they were never removed before the illegal caretaker committee was imposed on Rivers State, who are loyalist to Wike.
“The legally constituted executives are in court, challenging the imposition of the caretaker committee on Rivers State chapter of the APC by the NWC.
“By his statements, he made it very clear that he is at work in Rivers State to intimidate, harass, disorganise the state in order to replace Governor Fubara with the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Martins Amaewhule, through impeachment. In his usual contradiction, he stated at a new year banquet on Sunday 7th January 2024, in his massive building standing tall in a large expanse of land, that this trouble between him and the elected Governor started when the Governor and others planned to remove Hon Amewhule as speaker of Rivers State house of Assembly and Wike reacted that you can’t do that to an Obiakpo son. “Meanwhile, he had held meetings with his loyal 27 members of the House to impeach the newly elected Governor of Rivers State. The House met at an ungodly hour at 7am and 23 members signed the notice of impeachment against the Governor and as part of the arrangement, the 27 members again met at the same venue on 11th December 2023 and defected en mass to APC, singing APC songs and waving APC flags and both of you were part of this wicked arrangement made by Wike.
“Indeed, that was the day the almighty Wike wanted to install an APC Government in Rivers State to show President Bola Tinubu how influential he was in Rivers State.”

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Fubara moves to probe Wike’s adminiatration

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Governor Sim Fubara of River State is not resting as he has announced his next move to probe the administration of former Governor Nyesom Wike
The Governor made the dusclosure while swearing in Hon Dagogo Iboroma as the Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice.
The Governor charged the newly sworn-in Commissioner to be prepared for what was ahead, as he would be overseeing the setting up of a panel of enquiry to probe the activities of Government within the last 8 years in the State.
The governor lamented the grand-scale sabotage against his administration, saying that the state was in a critical situation.
He said it had become obvious that the political crisis could no longer be resolved

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Plot to dislodge Rivers Assembly by Fubara through interim order uncovered

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***CRC cries out, says another recipe for crises being perpetuated by the Governor

Concerned Rivers Citizens, (CRC) have claimed that the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara is colluding with the courts to dislodge the Rivers State Assembly and/or set aside its Laws to pave way for him to impose caretaker committees at the Local Government Councils.

This they said they will resist as it runs against the Constitution, decisions of the Supreme Court and intervention of Mr. President.

A statement issued and signed by the convener of CRC, Emmanuel Chibuzo stated that,

“Things are no longer at ease with Fubara as he has designed another evil plot which will take Rivers State backward and rock the dicy peace in the state just the way he pulled down the Hallowed Chambers of the Assembly to upset the peace of the state.

“We are well aware of his moves to get an interim order from a Rivers High Court to declare all the laws passed by the State Assembly illegal/ and or restrain the Assembly in the interim and within the period of the interim order constitute illegal caretaker committees at the LGA filled with his goons.
“This was the same method he used to get four lawmakers to sign the 2024 Appropriation Bill.

“The CRC totally condemns this destructive move and called on all right thinking Rivers people to resist this daylight robbery of the tenets of democracy.

CRC further called on the Chief Judge of Rivers State and some six High Court judges considered for this yooman’s job to desist from being used as the public is watching them closely.

The statement named some Judges being allegedly considered by the Fubara group for the job with some inducement to include justice Boma Diepriye, Justice Opufa Ben-White, Justice G.O Ollor, Justice C.N. Wali, Justice Monima W. Danagogo and Justice Sika H. Aprioku.
“It is important to state that we shall no longer seat back and watch any Judge being used to perpetuate any illegality. We shall come after such Judge using all available legal and social means to get justice to catch up with such a Judge.

“If Fubara continues to fight the state assembly meaningful development can never take place in the state and definitely growth will be truncated.

“Not too long ago we all saw how the state governor usurped the powers of the assembly getting four lawmakers to sign the budget of the state.

“Fubara is busy fighting himself in the name of building structures that he never had a hand in its foundation to the detriment of all Rivers people.

“This new dangerous path that he is designing for himself will not in any way favour Rivers people rather it will favour him and his co-travelers.

“Rivers will become the epicenter of mockery as democracy is being trampled upon by one misguided governor.

It is said that he who wants to stop a fight should separate a quarell.

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