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How Airforce Diverted Two Armoured Helicopter, Wike

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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says two armoured helicopters worth over $10 Million that the State government gave to the Nigerian Airforce to fight crude oil theft and sea piracy in the State have been diverted to fight Boko Haram.

The governor has meanwhile warned that the State will not hesitate to withdraw the gunboats it’s  about to present to the Army, Navy and Police if they are deployed for use in other states.

According to a statement by his Media Aide, Mr Kelvin Ebiri, the Governor stated this at the presentation of twenty nine (29) operational vehicles to the Police at the re-launching of the Rivers State security outfit code named, C.4.I, at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.

The governor explained that his administration has continually demonstrated its resolve to rid the State of criminality through provision of operational vehicles, gunboats and other forms of support for the security agencies.

He however expressed dismay that some of the equipment provided by the State government to support security agencies fight crime are often diverted to other States at the detriment of Rivers State.

“Let the Nigerian Airforce know that Rivers State government gave them two armoured helicopters. The former Chief of Air Staff never wrote to thank us. Which state has done it for Nigerian Airforce in this country? Not one. Even while he was former Chief of Air Staff, he never came here to thank us. But he was using our own armoured helicopter.”

He further continued: “Rivers State government paid over $10million (for the armoured helicopters). We said it should be used to fight oil bunkers here, but ask me where are those helicopters today? The (Airforce) headquarters have taken it, saying they are fighting Boko Haram. But we bought it to fight criminals here, to fight oil bunkers here, but they have taken it.”

Governor Wike said with the re-launch of C.4.I security outfit, the Rivers State Police Command should become more proactive in fighting crime. He urged the police and other security agencies to take the war against criminality to the criminals.

“We must take the war to them (criminals) let them know that enough is enough. All those people who think they can collect money from contractors, who think that they can kidnap contractors and threaten people, you must go all after them. We can’t continue with this kidsglove. Enough is enough. Don’t allow them to kill your men before you go after them. “

The governor disclosed that in the next few weeks the Rivers State government will donate more operational vehicles and equipment to the C.4.I security outfit to enhance their operations. In addition, he said the State will also give five gunboats each to Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Police to tackle sea piracy.

“But let the gunboats remain within the territory of Rivers State.  I am not here to buy gunboats for any other state. I am buying gunboat for the protection of the people that do business and live in Rivers State and their property. Don’t carry our gunboat and say the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, IG said bring the gunboat to so, so place.  Every state is to protect their territory. The day I hear you take our gunboats to other state, I will collect them back.

The governor assured the police personnel attached to the C.4.I unit that if they loss their life in active service the State government will take care of their families.

“Let me tell you what I will do for people of C.4.I.  If any of you in course of this work, in course of fighting crime and criminality dies, Rivers state government will take care of your family.”

He disclosed that the State government will soon deliver latest state of the art equipment to the Department of State Services (DSS) to enhance their operational capability to track down criminals.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 16, Austin Agbonlahor,  said the re-launch of C.4.I marks a new vista in the concerted fight against criminality.

He noted that security is expensive and commended Governor Wike for his continual support to the police.

Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Friday Eboka said the 29 operational vehicles, 200 bulletproof vests and helmets provided by the governor will serve as moral booster for the personnel of the C.4.I as they strive to reduce crime and criminality to its barest minimum in the State.

He warned kidnappers, cultists and armed robbers to have a rethink as Rivers State is no longer safe for their nefarious activities.
 
 
 

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Wike: APC Chieftain Lampoons Northern Politicians In Tinubu’s Cabinet

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…says they’re gullible politicians who failed to represent the region well

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Sai’du Bobboi lampooned Northern politicians who have formed the cabinet of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a bunch of failures in representing the entire region.

He said the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barrister Nyesome Wike is an intruder and the Party’s interloper who came from the opposition ruling party and displaced them in silenced any issues concerning the northern region.

He accused Wike of attacking some well-meaning Nigerians, especially those from the Northern extraction at will without any of the politicians in the current government fighting for the injustice being meted out by the current FCT minister to many sons and Daughters of the party.

Sai’du from Adamawa Central Senatorial District gave the example of Messrs Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd managing the affairs of the International Conference Center (ICC) Abuja abruptly revoked its contract with the federal government by Wike without following due process.

According to him, Wike did that because the company is owned by a Northerner and revoked the contractual agreement with the sole aim of empowering his political cronies who will be loyal to him in 2027.

The Adamawa State-born politician said the crop of ministers from the Northern region in the current cabinets are Wike stooges who do not have the capability and capacity to stand against injustice and defend anyone in the North.

Worried that if they cannot defend the interest of the North and any politician who has served the party well and wholeheartedly worked for the success of the party they have become failures and all Nigerians should boo them because they are a disgrace.

Sai’du further said that Mallam Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi, a non-serving Senator who has represented Adamawa Southern Senatorial District in recent times became a victim of Wike’s “rascality” of attacking Northerners.

Sai’du who was the former National Chairman of the KOWA Party said Moallayidi was one of the few individuals who sacrificed a lot in delivering President Tinubu and all he could get in return was Wike’s sheer wickedness in attacking Northerners.

He called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency replace Wike with a more decent politician from Rivers State who is a true member of APC otherwise, the excesses of his leadership are becoming more unbecoming and will consume everyone in the party, including the president.

“Wike from PDP is getting on the nerves of everyone in APC, the Man is having his field day and his atrocities are going unhindered being aided by the so-called Ministers who are afraid to call him to order.

“All I’m saying is he should stand up for Justice and stop fighting those who worked for the party that’s today a beneficiary of their hard work and labor through all sorts of pains to bring Tinubu on board,” Sai’du said

Sai’du a one-time Vice Presidential Candidate of the KOWA PARTY in the 2015 Presidential Election With Professor Oluremi Sonayya as the only woman Presidential candidate continued to say that the APC party is becoming evil with the glaring tendencies of killing her own bonafide Sons and Daughters.

“Many people sacrificed a lot, who against all odds served the party and spent their time, energy and resources in bringing into power the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu are today crying for marginalization because the likes of Wike are the Alpha and Omega of all that’s happening in the party.” He said

He said Northern politicians in Tinubu’s regime are dosing off, they should wake up and fight for the collective interest of the entire region.

“Your silence is too much for our liking, you are becoming stooges to a Man that ought to be under your tutelage. He has silenced you and is making you irrelevant in this administration for his personal interest. Under your nose is fighting one of our own for no just course, under your watch is meting out injustice to some northern politicians and none of you can address him. You are failing us, you are not representing us well and you all will regret it later. Remember the consequences of your actions or inactions will bore down to the electorates to decide.” Sai’du further stated

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ADSUBEB Acting Chair, Shehu Felicitates With Gov Fintiri, Muslim Faithful On Eid-el-Fitr

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The Acting Chairman Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board, (ADSUBEB) Malam Shehu Umar Shehu has congratulated Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and Muslim faithful in the state on the occasion of the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr, marking the end of the Ramadan fast.

Shehu, in his Sallah message made available to this platform, urged Adamawa people, especially Muslim faithful, to continue devoting themselves to prayers for unity, peaceful coexistence, and the progress of the state.

He called on people to keeping faith with the leadership of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, assuring that the state would continue to witness the type of greatness desired by citizens.

Malam Shehu acknowledged that the efforts of the Governor Umaru Fintiri led administration to improving the education are yielding results, and advised people to continue to support the present administration. 

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How Gov Fintiri, Atiku, Others Celebrate Eid-El-Fitir In Yola

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Wednesday joined hundreds of Muslims at the Yola Eid ground to observe 2-raka’at supererogatory prayer in commemoration of this years Eid-el-fitir celebration.

Other dignitaries at the Eid ground include Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Waziri Adamawa, Alhaji Mustafa Aminu, the Galadima Adamawa among other senior government officials, traditional title holders, district heads among others.

In his sermon shortly after he led the 2 raka’at prayer, the Chief Imam of Modibbo Adama Central mosque, Yola, Khadi Ahmadu Bobboi admonished Muslims to fear Allah, shun away from all sinful activities even after the Ramadan period.

Bobboi urged the faithful to be thankful to Allah at all times, supplicate and pray fervently with their families for God guidance so that peace and tranquillity will continue to reign in the state and the country in general.

Governor Umaru Fintiri in an interview with newsmen shortly after the prayer, expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for the successful completion of Ramadan fasting and celebration of the Eid-el-fitir.

He said: “We are grateful to Almighty Allah for allowing us to observe one of the five Pillars of Islam. With this, I congratulate all Muslims across the world particularly Adamawa and Nigeria.

“And to urge us to live a life of modesty as enjoyed by Islam, help the needy, coexist peacefully and respect one another. This is my message today for the good people of my state and the country.”

Contributing, the Waziri Adamawa, Alh Atiku Abubakar while congratulating Muslims on the celebration of Eid-El-Fitir, describes the hardships Nigerians are going through as most unfortunate but expressed optimism that the country will overcome it.

“We should work hard and support government policies that are designed actually to alleviate the sufferings of the poor people. Basically, I’m not satisfied with the federal government policies, ” he said.

Meanwhile, 4 years down the line, the palace of the Lamido Adamawa HRH Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa, was back to life as Muslim faithful from various district and ethnic groups joined in the famous durba celebration and paid sallah homage at the palace of the Lamido in Yola.

The colorful event which was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic was revived, to enable the faithful mark the end Eid-El-Fitr celebration in grand style.

In attendance at the Lamido’s palace for the epoch celebration was Governor Umaru Fintiri, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Awwal Tukur, Security Chiefs and other top Government officials among others.

In his speech, the former VP who is the Waziri Adamawa, congratulated the Muslim faithful for successfully completing the 2024 Ramadan fasting and urged the faithful to be steadfast in their commitment to humanity and respect for authorities.

He lamented the current economic situation of the country, and called on people to turn to God in prayers and support leaders to address the situation.

He commended Governor Fintiri for coming through in the face of the current hardships by distributing palliatives ro the citizens and urged the people not be tempted to sale the food items freely giving to them.

He further urged the government to assist farmers with farm inputs and called people to embrace farming as a means of survival to overcome the current hardships.

The Waziri Adamawa also urged farmers to plant early maturing crops in order to have a bumper harvest.

He also called on the people to work closely with security operatives and support them with relevant information that will aid in addressing insecurity in their communities.

Regarding the 2024 Hajj operation, he appealed to the government to look into the situation that is fast becoming affair for the rich and assist the pilgrims to enable them tap into the blessings of one of the important pillars in islam.

The Waziri Adamawa who stood in for Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa throughout the celebration has received a Sallah gift from Governor Umaru Fintiri at the event.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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