Medical doctor rescued in thick forest, one kidnapper killed
The forests of Rivers State are no longer for agriculture and floral treasure but are now warehouses for kidnap victims. The kidnappers wait on the roads and abduct persons and take them to the forests. They collect ransom for some and the rest they kill and sell for sacrifices to many waiting customers. The police often busts the schemes.
The Rivers State police command says it has rescued the Medical Doctor who was abducted on Monday from his home. The command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Owoni Nnamdi, in a press statement released in Port-Harcourt said that the men of the IGP Monitoring Unit rescued the victim in a thick forest in Ogbodo Isiokpo in Ikwerre LGA following following intelligence report.
Omoni said one of the kidnappers was killed when the members of his group engaged the police in a gun battle. He said members of another criminal gang terrorizing the Oroko and D-Line communities in Port-Harcourt LGA of Rivers State were also arrested by men of the command on Wednesday during a patrol. He said exhibits recovered from them include, one AK-47 rifle, two magazines and 10 rounds of 765mm live ammunitions, and a machete. While the sum of N500, 000 and other exhibits were recovered by the police, in the kidnappers’ camp in IKwerre LGA.
Coalition berates Rivers IPAC for insulting Rivers elders
The Coalition of Governorship Candidates and Party Chairmen (CGCPC) in Rivers state has berated the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in the state for condemning the action of some Rivers elders who according to it were seeking solutions to the political em passé in the state. The chairman of the coalition, Warigbani Ezekiel, described comments by the chairman of IPAC in Rivers state against the Rivers elders as insulting and a display of arrogance and incompetence, and called on the national leadership of IPAC to disband the leadership of IPAC in the state.
The chairman of the CGCPC also rejected the call by the Rivers State chapter for the return of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, Obo Effanga. He also supported the presence of the military in the just concluded governorship and state assembly elections in Rivers state.
Neighborhood Watch did not participate in elections – DG
The Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch Safety Agency (RSNWSA) has frowned at comments alleging that operatives of the agency were involved in the recently concluded general elections in te state. A statement by the Director General of the RSNWSA, Uche Chukwuma, said the comments were false and capable of creating wrong impressions in the mind of the public. Uche Chukwuma wondered how the agency would be part of an election when it is yet to be inaugurated for operations. The statement therefore advised the general public to disregard the alleged falsehood being perpetrated by some politicians in the state.
PDP demands collation, release of Rivers and Bauchi results, now
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately conclude the collation process for Rivers and BauchiStates, and declare winners of the elections. National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, made the call during a solidarity visit to Govenor Nyesom Wike at the government house in Port-Harcourt.
Secondus said it was illegal for INEC to stop an election midway. On his part, the National Secretary of the PDP, Ibrahim Sani, said the alleged involvement of the military in the governorship election in Rivers State was a threat to the nation’s democracy.
In his response, Rivers state governor, Nyesome Wike, alleged that some people were attempting to stop the collation and declaration of election results in the state. He accused the police of allowing Electoral and Collation Officers to intimidate them over collated results in the governorship election.