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.
5 Dead In Delta Tanker Explosion – Police
The Delta State Police Command says five persons died with properties including eight buses, two tankers, five trailers, two cars, and one motorcycle burnt completely in an early Sunday inferno, Channels TV reports.
Sunday’s incident happened after a tanker laden with PMS – driving towards Benin along Warri-Benin Road – fell with its content spilling into the nearby swamp.
In a statement, the command’s spokesman Bright Edafe disclosed that the spillage attracted youths who started scooping the fuel into jerry cans and other containers.
While they were at it, he said an explosion erupted and the fire engulfed the area.
Meanwhile, the Delta State Governor Sheriff Oborevwori has sent his condolences to the families of victims who got burnt in the explosion.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Festus Ahon, in Asaba, Governor Sheriff commiserated with the victims’ families on the sad incident.
He disclosed that the State has reached out to help the victims.
Governor Oborevwori blamed the unfortunate incident on the poor state of federal roads, once again calling on the Federal Government to expedite action in reconstructing failed portions of the road.
Adamawa Assembly To Support Works, Land & Survey Ministries with Requisite Legislations
The Adamawa State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Works Energy, Land and Survey says it is committed towards ensuring that the two ministries are backed by law in discharging their duties for overall development of the state.
The Chairman of the committee who is also the deputy chief whip of the house, Hon. Japheth Hammanjabu of Verre constituency stated this when he led other members on a familiarization visit to the headquarters of the ministry of land and survey and that of works and energy development separately.
Japheth Hammanjabu said the purpose of their visit was to understand the progress and challenges being faced by the ministries.
The Chairman revealed that the committee is ready to intervene on any possible review of the current legislative framework under which the ministries operate and make amendments where necessary.
He commended Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and the commissioners of the ministries for the role they are playing towards the progress and development of the state.
In their separately, the Commissioner ministry for land and survey and the surveyor general of the state explained that the ministry and the surveyor general’s office took a holistic assessment of the major land problems in the state after which a work plan was made to that effect.
While appealing for mutual working relationship with house for them to succeed in discharging their responsibilities they also appreciated the committee for the timely visit describing the composition of the members as well deserved.
Members of the committee include the Chairman of the committee Hon. Japheth Hammanjabu of Verre, Haruna Jilantikiri of Madagali who is also the Vice Chairman of the committee and Majority Leader Kate Raymond Mamuno of Demsa, Yerima Moses of Michika, Babangida Muhammad Njidda of Nasarawo Binyeri and Yohanna Sahabo Jauro of Mubi South Constituencies as members.
Former Speaker Mijinyawa Commends Judiciary As Tribunal Dismisses Petition Against His Victory
The Member Representing Yola South at the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa, has hailed the judgment of the National/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Yola which affirmed his victory in the March 18th 2023 election.
The Lawmaker stated this in telephone interview with newsmen shortly after the judgment was delivered on Friday, described the verdict as a victory for democracy and people of Yola South Constituency.
Rt. Hon. Mijinyawa commended the judiciary for upholding the nation’s democra.
According to him “it is as an act of God demonstrated through the people of Yola South who voted him during the March 18th, 2023 general election and went ahead to defend the votes.
The verdict indicated that the resolve of the people did not go in vain.
The judgement is clearly a victory for democracy and the resilient and courageous people of Yola South Constituency.
He said his opponent from People’s Democratic Party PDP had through mere allegation sought a reversal of the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission which declared him as the valid winner of the election.
Kabiru Mijinyawa said with the recent development he will concerntrate on his legislative duties and work towards providing his people with democracy devidends.
He called on the looser to set aside their political differences and work with him in order to move the Constituency forward.
It could be recalled that National /House of Assemnly Petitions Tribunal on Friday, dismissed petition filed against the former Speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa.
Rt. Hon. Mijinyawa, who is the present member representing Yola South constituency, was re-eected for the 3rd term under the platform of the APC during the 2023 general election.
Rt. Hon. Mijinyawa , who was speaker of the assembly from 2015 to 2019, was dragged before the tribunal by the Candidate of the PDP, Hon. Adamu Baba Mustapha.
In his petition, Hon. Baba Mustapha alleged that the election held on the 18th March, 2023 is invalid, null and void by reasons of non compliance with the electoral act.
On his part, the former Speaker was of the view that the exercise was in substantial compliance with the electoral act, and that the petitioner did not participate in the election.
He told the tribunal that the petition is premised on pre-election matter and that its lacks jurisdiction to entertain it, and described the petition as incompetent, frivolous and ought to be dismissed in its entirety.
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