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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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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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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 says if he dies by dubious means, it will spell doom

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***Army invades, destroys my homes in Kiagbodo, Ughelli over Okuoma massacre

…Asks Delta Governor to investigate gruesome murder of 17 soldiers

Elderstatesman, Chief Edwin Clark has indicated that should he die of a natural cause it will be a joyful celebration however, but if his death is linked to any dubious means by some overzealous state actors, no one can tell how far the fire will rage.
The 97 year old leader of the Ijaw nation spoke when he raised grievous concern on Tuesday over the invasion of his country home in Kiagbodo and his father’s house in Ughelli, both in Delta State, leaving both structures in a heavily damaged state.
He said his declaration is not a threat but an acknowledgment of God’s mercies on me.
Clark who raised the alarm at a Press Conference in his Abuja residence said the soldiers forcefully broke into the two residential buildings allegedly in search of of fleeing perpetrators of the Okuoma massacre where senior and junior military personnel were gruesomely murdered recently.

He demanded the establishment of a commission of enquiry to probe the entire incidences.

Clark wondered why the Delta State Government was not being carried along in the ongoing military operation in the area, claiming that the attacks on his country homes would have been averted if the state government was part of the exercise.

He said, “A strong commission of enquiry should be set up by the Delta State Government to find out who bare the real perpetrators of the heinous crime.”

The Ijaw national leader narrated how the destrucive attacks were carried out on his home and that of his father.
He said, “At about 6pm on Saturday, 23rd March, 2024, I got a telephone call from someone who identified himself as the commanding officer in the Nigerian Army, Division in Port Harcourt.
“He (the Army officer) said that a tracker of the Nigerian Army, had tracked one Mr. Vote, the community chairman of Okuoma Community, whom the Army was looking for in respect of the killings of the 17 men of the Nigerian Army, to a house in Ughelli.

“He (the commanding officer) said he and the military men had broken into the house, ransacked it, before they were informed that the house belongs to me, that he was very sorry and apologising to me on behalf of the Army.

“In my usual way and as a leader who is expected to condone as much as possible, I accepted his apology whole heartedly, but told him that I do not own a house in Ughelli, that the house he is referring to, could be my father’s.

“I went on to sympathise with the Nigerian Army over the gruesome murder of the soldiers, an action I had condemned severally the moment I heard of it in the news.

“I assured him that we will all work within our powers to avail the security agencies with any available information that would unravel the whole thing and bring the perpetrators to book.

“We ended the discussion on a cordial note. It was not long after that, I was inundated with calls from my home, Kiagbodo, telling me how the army had invaded my country home by land and by air.

“That they came in about five trucks loaded with armed soldiers numbering between 30 and 40. They broke my house, used their legs to break open all the doors in the compound including the security door to my sitting room which was locked because I reside in Abuja.

“At the same time, flying their drone within the premises. Some of them went to the buildings behind the main house, and also broke all the doors that were locked. They matched out my staff living in those buildings, including lecturers at the university; made them to sit on bare ground.

“They also broke into my late brother, Ambassador Akporode Blessing Clark’s house; a man who served this country internationally in various capacities, including as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; as both of us share the same premises.

“They brought out his son almost naked, as the young man was taking a bath, when they stormed the house.

“All their phones were seized. The people had to identify themselves, and told them whose house it was, before they asked for my telephone number, which they said they will pass to their “oga”’, before they all departed.

“One would have expected that at this juncture, a call could have been put to the Governor of Delta State, to inform him of what happened.

“I immediately called back the commanding officer to tell him of the actions of his men. And he said he was aware, and that was why he called to apologise.

“Before continuing, let me play the devil’s advocate by stating that the army may not know that the house they went to in Kiagbodo is my country home.

“However, I feel very uncomfortable to conclude this recent incident with such theory, when I recall how men of the Tactical Squad of the Nigeria Police, attached to the Office of the Inspector General of Police, on 4th September, 2018, at about 12 noon, stormed my house in Abuja in a bus load, fully armed.

“They came with a Search Warrant from a Magistrate Court in Abuja, bearing Mrs. Helen Clark, but with the address of my house on it, that they had come to search the house; that they had information that arms from the Niger Delta were being stock piled there.

“I identified myself, and told them that there was no one named Helen Clark, living with me in the house. I spoke with the then Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations. But they insisted on carrying out their search.

“With a very clear conscience, I allowed them to go ahead with their mission. They took their time to search every space in the compound, including my bedroom, but found nothing incriminating.

“They wrote their report to that effect. I asked to be given a copy of the report, but the men who came for the search informed me that a copy can only be given to me if I went to their office.

“I detailed two persons to accompany them to their office, but they refused to give them the copy. I was told that I had to apply formally. I asked my lawyer to apply, which he did, till date, I do not have a copy of that report.

“The incident attracted a lot of attention locally and internationally. Dignitaries from everywhere trooped to my house to visit/sympathise with me.

“Some of them were former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan; former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa then Governor of Delta State; Governor Seriake Dickson, then Governor of Bayelsa State; the then government of Akwa Ibom State sent a delegation of six Senator.

“Those who also visited included Chief Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Afenifere; Chief John Nnia Nwodo, then President-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo; Dr. Pogu Bitrus, President General, Middlebelt Forum, and a host of others, including a journalist who called from France, asking about the incident.

“On the evening of the Police search which was seen in some quarters as life threatening, tensions started brewing among the youths who had already started protesting in the streets, especially in the Niger Delta region.

“The then Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, dispatched a ‘high powered delegation’, of four top Police officers, led by a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, to come and apologise to me, stating that the police officers who came to carry out the operation, were on an illegal assignment.

“I refused to bite that bait. There is no way the young officers would have gone to a Magistrate Court to procure a Search Warrant, to come search my house for arms. But I accepted the apology for the sake of peace, as the nation, especially the South-South region was already agitating.

“However, the condition I gave them was that the young officers who came to do a ‘job’ officially assigned to them, should not be touched.

“Now, few days ago, on Saturday 23rd March, 2024, another set of state actors, this time the Army, invaded my country home, by land and air, breaking into my house that was securely locked.

“This has gone beyond coincidence and it is giving me a source of concern. By God’s grace I am one of the oldest men in this country today.

“On May 25, I will be 97 years, God keeping me alive. In about seven decades of my life, I have served this nation meritoriously in different capacities. I have served in the same cabinet with persons who later became Heads of State and Presidents, both as military and civilian.”

He warned the security agencies to exercise restraints and great caution by ensuring that he died of natural causes because there could be grave consequences if his life was terminated by their actions.

Clark said, “I want to end this write up to all concerned with what I told President Muhammadu Buhari, when my security details were withdrawn that if I die today as a result of natural occurrence, it will be a joyful celebration.

“However, if my death is linked to any dubious means by some overzealous state actors, no one can tell how far the fire will rage. This is not a threat. It is an acknowledgment of God’s mercies on me.

“Having said that, I want to appreciate the enormous responsibility on the shoulders of the Nigerian Army, who are burdened with so much internal security issues.

“It is for that reason that I want to use this medium to kindly appeal to all concerned to work assiduously to unravel what happened and bring the perpetrators to book.

“The earlier this matter is concluded the better, as it will also avail the affected communities which are almost locked down today, without adequate food and water, the chance of returning to normal life.

“I also wish to commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his efforts in combatting the ravaging security issues in the land, especially as it concerns the release of some of the abducted children in Kaduna State. I employ all of us to give him the necessary cooperation. This is the only country that we have.

“Again, I call on the various state actors to let me live in peace, and treat me with the kind of respect that I deserve, having served this country, and still serving even at the age of 97 years, until when it will please the Almighty God to call me home.”

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