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We will ban unpainted Taxi's and Buses in the FCT

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  We will ban unpainted Taxi's and Buses in the FCT The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, says the FCT Administration will soon ban unpainted taxis and buses from plying roads in the nation’s capital. Wike, who disclosed this during a media chat in Abuja, explained that the move was to combat the problem of “one chance” in the city. Wike said: “We are not going to allow vehicles that are not painted with FCT colour and registered by the FCTA to ply commercial in the territory. “That way, you know the driver is certified by the FCT and the buses and the taxes were also approved by the FCT. “When this is done, you as the passenger will not take the risk of going to enter any vehicle that you don’t even know,” he said. Wike added that Uber operators would also need to register to operate in Abuja. He also said that the drivers needed to be certified and profiled by the security agencies. “This is a city. If you don’t have rules, there will be pro

Rivers Crisis: Rivers elders kick as court shuns suit against Tinubu’s peace pact

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  Rivers Crisis: Rivers elders kick as court shuns suit against Tinubu’s peace pact SOME elders of Rivers State and stakeholders, yesterday, kicked and vowed to go on appeal, as a state High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, struck out a suit challenging the legality of President Bola Tinubu’s proclamation on resolving the political crises in the state for lack of jurisdiction to entertain the matter. A coalition of civil society organisations also threatened to sue Governor Siminalayi Fubara, to stop him from recognising Mr. Martin Amaewhule as Speaker of the House of Assembly, as well as re-presentation of the N800 billion 2024 budget to the Assembly. The suit was filed by 10 sons and daughters of the state, led by His Highness Anabs Sara-Igbe, against President Bola Tinubu, Governor Fubara, Martin Amaewhule, Rivers State House of Assembly and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. Sara-Igbe and nine others, in the suit, sought constitutional interpretation on whether President T

Rivers CSOs warn Fubara against re-presenting 2024 budget to lawmakers A coalition of civil society organisations in Rivers State on Monday protested in front of the Government House, Port Harcourt and warned Governor Siminalayi Fubara not to re-present the 2024 Appropriation Bill to the state House of Assembly. The coalition, under the aegis of Responsible and Non-partisan Civil Society Organisations in the state, said any attempt by Fubara to recognise Martins Amaewhule as speaker of the Assembly is a violation of his oath of office. Speaking during the protest, the chairman of the coalition, Enefaa Georgewill, urged the governor not to succumb to pressure of further desecrating the country’s Constitution by carrying out other items on the list of the peace accord, which he said contravenes the Constitution. Georgewill stated, “We have watched with keen interest desperate efforts made by few people and anti-democratic elements to avert democracy and undermine the sacred office of the executive governor of our dear state. “This is unfortunate, to say the least, if not criminal at worst. While we understand your calculation of political exigency, we wish that you refuse to succumb to pressure to be part of a process clearly intended to further desecrate the Constitution of Nigeria.” He insisted that re-presenting the already-passed budget would amount to disrespect to the Constitution and may result in anarchy in the state. Georgewill added, “The Martin Amaewhule-led House of Assembly does not exist in the eyes of the law by the provision of Section 109 (g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “To pretend to constitute itself and continue conducting the business of legislation on behalf of Rivers State is untoward, illegal and reprehensible. “The governor’s action should be controlled and dictated by our laws. Anything outside that is null and void. The office of the President, the office of the Governor, the office of the parliamentarians be it at the national, state or at the local level are all products of law. “Therefore any attempt for the governor to deviate from those dictates and spirit of our laws, such a position taken by the Governor or any other person is declared null and void. “We won’t equally fail to challenge any action of the governor that does not follow the dictates of our laws.” He added that the Amaehwule-led faction of the assembly ceased to be recognised following their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, which explains why the governor must follow the law. On his part, the spokesman for the Rivers State civil society organisation, Solomon Lenu, said the protest was to give Fubara the needed support and encouragement to stand by the law, as the governor will be held accountable for any actions he takes. The Rivers Assembly became divided following a move by 27 lawmakers loyal to ex-governor Nyesom Wike to impeach Fubara. The lawmakers defected from the ruling PDP in the state to the APC. In December, the governor presented an N800bn 2024 Appropriation Bill to a faction of the Assembly comprising four lawmakers. Following the passage of the budget by the lawmakers, Fubara subsequently signed the budget into law. The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday nullified the N800bn budget signed into law by the governor.

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Rivers CSOs warn Fubara against re-presenting 2024 budget to lawmakers A coalition of civil society organisations in Rivers State on Monday protested in front of the Government House, Port Harcourt and warned Governor Siminalayi Fubara not to re-present the 2024 Appropriation Bill to the state House of Assembly. The coalition, under the aegis of Responsible and Non-partisan Civil Society Organisations in the state, said any attempt by Fubara to recognise Martins Amaewhule as speaker of the Assembly is a violation of his oath of office. Speaking during the protest, the chairman of the coalition, Enefaa Georgewill, urged the governor not to succumb to pressure of further desecrating the country’s Constitution by carrying out other items on the list of the peace accord, which he said contravenes the Constitution. Georgewill stated, “We have watched with keen interest desperate efforts made by few people and anti-democratic elements to avert democracy and undermine the sacred offic

Rivers police return $3000 extorted by arrested officers

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Rivers police return $3000 extorted by arrested officers   The Rivers State Police Command has said that three of its officers who kidnapped and extorted the sum of $3,000 from two men would face an orderly room trial and query respectively. The spokesperson for the command, Grace Iringe-Koko, who disclosed this while parading the suspects before newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday, said the action is part of internal disciplinary measures taken against operatives involved in unlawful activities. Iringe-Koko, a superintendent of police, also said the money equivalent to N4.2 million have been recovered and handed over to the owners. Recall that the policemen, including two Assistant Superintendents of Police and an Inspector, had whisked their unsuspecting victims to three states before dispossessing them of the said amount, equivalent to N4.2 million. She stated, “The Rivers State Police Command wishes to inform the public that it has taken decisive action in response to a dist

Senate will summon Wike over kidnapping epidemic – Kingibe

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  Senate will summon Wike over kidnapping epidemic – Kingibe The Senator Representing the Federal Capital Territory, Ireti Kingibe, said the Senate will summon the Minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, over the rising rate of insecurity in Abuja. There has been an increase in cases of abduction in Abuja lately. Kingibe, while appearing on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Sunday disclosed that the Senate will summon Wike and heads of security agencies over the spike in crimes in the nation’s capital. She said, “When the Senate resumes, I plan that the (Senate) FCT committee specifically needs to sit with the two ministers and the security agencies for them to give us their plans concerning security. “It is not that I am hoping. I know he will be summoned. But whether he responds or not is a different matter entirely. But as the chief security officer of the FCT, he should have a plan. “He should be able to tell us, the committee, and specifically me, that this is the plan for protecting t

Court declares Rivers N800bn 2024 budget illegal The Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday nullified the N800bn 2024 budget signed into law by the Rivers State Governor, Simi Fubara. In December, the governor had presented an N800bn 2024 Appropriation Bill to a faction of the state House of Assembly, comprising four lawmakers. Following the passage of the budget by the lawmakers, Fubara subsequently signed the budget into law. The Rivers Assembly became factionalised following a move by 27 lawmakers loyal to ex-governor Nyesom Wike to impeach Fubara.The presiding judge, James Omotosho, held that everything done by the four lawmakers was null and void. The court also recognised Martin Amaewhule as the speaker of the state assembly. Details later…

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   Court declares Rivers N800bn 2024 budget illegal  The Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday nullified the N800bn 2024 budget signed into law by the Rivers State Governor, Simi Fubara. In December, the governor had presented an N800bn 2024 Appropriation Bill to a faction of the state House of Assembly, comprising four lawmakers. Following the passage of the budget by the lawmakers, Fubara subsequently signed the budget into law. The Rivers Assembly became factionalised following a move by 27 lawmakers loyal to ex-governor Nyesom Wike to impeach Fubara.The presiding judge, James Omotosho, held that everything done by the four lawmakers was null and void. The court also recognised Martin Amaewhule as the speaker of the state assembly. Details later…

NLNG BOAT WAVES CAUSED A CANOE BOAT TO CAPSIDE AND DROWNED FISHER MAN

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NLNG BOAT WAVES CAUSED A CANOE BOAT TO CAPSIDE AND DROWNED FISHER MAN An intense wave generated by a transiting passengers' boat chartered by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) caused a fishing canoe to capsize on Saturday. The incidence occurred in the water channel of Amadi Ama and Koko Ama in the Port Harcourt Local Government Area. Youths of both communities got angry and led protested to demand justice over one Mr Precious Imabibo, a native of Amadi Ama who got drown while his fishing colleague survived, now receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital. In a statement on Sunday, the Management of NLNG said it was aware of the incidence and the protest by youths of the communities. The General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development of NLNG, Andy Odeh who signed the statement sued for calm. "Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) is aware of protests stemming from a grievance concerning a capsized canoe in the Amadi-Ama and Koko-Ama communities' wat

BLAME WIKE FOR THE UNREST IN THE FCT--ADEYANJU

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  BLAME WIKE FOR THE UNREST IN THE FCT-- DEJI ADEYANJU  The Federal Capital Territory has never had it this bad. Kidnappers freely access estates, and abduct people for ransom with little or no intervention from the security agencies. What is the Inspector General of Police and heads of other security agents not doing right? Insecurity in the FCT is getting to an unimaginable level now and the minister (of the FCT), Nyesom Wike is to blame because instead of focusing on his job as a cabinet member, he is preoccupied with the political tussle in Rivers State. Wike’s attention is divided. He is not interested in running the FCT because he is struggling to maintain a  political structure in Rivers State. He is shouting all over the place and instead of being all over the place in FCT to secure lives and properties, he is jumping all over the place. It is ironic that just two days ago, Wike was blaming the area council chairmen for the insecurity in the FCT by claiming that they did not st

Wike vows to chase criminals out of FCT community

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  Wike vows to chase criminals out of FCT community  The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has directed the Commissioner of Police in the FCT to provide two new divisional police stations in the Gwagwalada community. The minister also disclosed that from next week, police stations across the six area councils would receive new operational vehicles and communication gadgets to enhance the work of security agencies in the territory. Wike made this known during his second town hall meetings on security at the Gwagwalada Area Council on Friday. While disclosing that some informants of kidnappers had been arrested, the Wike vowed to chase criminals out of Gwagwalada, stating that their time had come.  He said, “Security is one thing the President has said he will give Nigerians, because his job is to make sure that he protects lives and property. If we cannot protect lives and property, then our being in government has no meaning. “Criminals should get ready;

Nigeria's Poverty reduced by 7% -- World Bank discloses

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Nigeria's Poverty reduced by 7% -- World Bank discloses    The World Bank has estimated that improved access to internet coverage over three years led to a seven per cent reduction in extreme poverty in Nigeria and Tanzania. This was disclosed in a new brief titled, “Digital transformation drives development in Africa,” noting that the exposure has also led to an increase of 8 per cent in labour force participation and wage employment. The World Bank said, “In 2023, a World Bank flagship report found that in Nigeria and Tanzania, extreme poverty declined by about seven per cent after three or more years of exposure to internet coverage, while labour force participation and wage employment increased by up to eight per cent.” In the brief, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, Andrew Dabalen, was quoted as saying, “The minimal usage of mobile internet is a lost opportunity for inclusive growth in Africa. Closing the uptake gap would increase the continent’s potential to create

EFCC WORRIED ABOUT ITS INVESTIGATORS ACCEPTING BRIBE

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  EFCC WORRIED ABOUT ITS INVESTIGATORS ACCEPTING BRIBE Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Ola Olukoyede says some of its investigators take bribe to compromise activities of the commission. Olukoyede made the allegation in his New Year address to staff members of the anti-graft agency at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday. The EFCC chairman, who described the situation as very embarrassing said the anti-graft agency has set a process in motion to fish such bad eggs. Olukoyede informed he has directed the Department of Internal Affairs to be more active and vigilant to monitor every staff member in all their engagements, warning that ed such conduct would no longer be tolerated under his watch. “At this point, I need to strongly reiterate the issue of discipline,  integrity and sense of responsibility in the way we do our work.  Public opinions about the conduct of some of our investigators are adverse. The craze and quest for gratification

FG suspends third-party agents from NIN registration

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FG suspends third-party agents from NIN registration  The National Identity Management Commission has temporarily suspended Front-End Partners from engaging in the National Identification Number enrolments. This is because the commission is currently carrying out a revalidation exercise of these third-party registration centres. The Director General, NIMC, Abisoye Coker-Odusote disclosed this while noting that NIMC has identified multiple infractions and unwholesome practices in the processes of National Identity Number enrolment and modification. Coker-Odusote revealed this at the opening of a four-day training for the first batch of newly revalidated Front End Partners in Abuja. While assuring participants that revalidation is aimed at improving the enrolment process and addressing outstanding debts owed to the Front-End Partners, the DG stated that many infractions have been reported, with a significant number attributed Front-End Partners. Front-end partners provide enrolm

Military increases air surveillance, destroys terrorists’ hideouts in FCT, others

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Military increases air surveillance, destroys terrorists’ hideouts in FCT, others   The Defence Headquarters on Friday said it had increased its air and ground surveillance in the Federal Capital Territory and its environs. This is following the spate of kidnappings in the nation’s capital. Over 15 persons have been abducted since the beginning of the year in the FCT. In a statement on Friday, the Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.Gen.Buba Edward, also said troops destroyed terrorist hideouts in Abuja,  Niger, and Kaduna. He assured the residents that the military in collaboration with other security agencies was making frantic efforts to tame the rising criminality in the FCT. The statement read, “The armed forces are not unaware of the terrible impact of kidnappings on the families of those affected. Indeed, our hearts and thoughts go to their families and loved ones. We also recognises the fear that these kidnappings create among the citizenry, following recent event

Five most anticipated elections of 2024

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Five most anticipated elections of 2024  2024 will turn out to be one of the years with busiest elections in recent times as a larger per cent of the population in the world will be electing their leaders. No fewer than 30 countries will elect presidents while 20 elect their parliament. Observers alert of risk in places of disinformation and manipulation of the process through the use of artificial intelligence. Below is a list of five countries with the most anticipated elections: 1. Trump-Biden rematch? On November 5 2024, Americans will choose their next president in a race that could see ex-president Donald Trump win back the White House despite facing 91 felony counts. Polls have shown that a majority of voters think that Joe Biden, the Democratic incumbent, is too old to be commander-in-chief but he remains virtually unchallenged within his party for the Democratic  nomination. Disinformation looks set to be a feature of the campaign, a hangover from the last foul-tempe