PH Briefs



Rivers police denies high rate of kidnaps

The Rivers state Nigerian police command has challenged the authenticity of the report which claimed, 22 out of 44 kidnap cases in Nigeria within the last month took place in Rivers state.  Recall that the report released by the Niger Delta Watch 2018, entitled Kidnap Monitoring Registry indicated that Rivers State has one of the highest -incidents of kidnapping in the country. The report also stated that the 18 incidents of kidnapping have occurred in the seven Local Government Areas of the state. The spokesman of the Rivers state Police command, Nnamdi Omoni, in an interview accepted that though there were security challenges, that “this cannot collaborate what has been said in the public domain as being the correct situation in Rivers state.”

DSP Nnamdi Omoni said business activities in the state have increased as compared to the past as these are indications that the state is safe as against the speculation that it is not.  “Rivers state is safe. As long as we are concerned there is peace in Rivers State.  There is no state that is free from crime. We have our challenges and that is why we are here to tackle those challenges.


Rivers police says hunting abductors of bishop

The Rivers state police command said it has intensified effort for the unconditional release of the adopted Anglican Bishop of Ahoda Diocese, Rt. Reverend Clement Agbanyi, by unknown gunmen on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

The spokesman of the command Nnamdi Omoni in an interview assured the community and the Bishop’s immediate family that he would soon regain his freedom.  Omoni said the Special Intelligence Unit has been deployed to ensure the quick release of the bishop. “We need collaboration of the members of the community, the locals, the traditional rulers, the youths, to help us fight criminality in the state. We were able to rescue some kidnapped victims and that was due to the effort of the locals of the community who assisted us tremendously.”

Meanwhile, the Ekpeye Youth Congress, the apex youth body in Ekpeye ethnic nationality, has  condemned in its entirety the kidnap of the bishop and other kidnap activities going on in Ekpeye land.

Rising from an extra ordinary stakeholders meeting held on Wednesday December 19, 2018 at EYC Secretariat, Ahoada and, attended by former EYC President Generals, their former executives, all Igbu presidents of the six kingdoms in Ekpeye and presided over by the incumbent President General, Comrade Ogboka Chris Umeda who was flanked by EYC Central Executive Council Members, stakeholders, after extensive deliberation arrived at the following resolutions;

Ekpeye Youth Congress condemns the kidnap of the Bishop of Ahoada Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev’d Clement Ekpeye and noted that the kidnap was unacceptable owing to numerous kidnap cases that cut across all the kingdoms that make up Ekpeye ethnic nation within the period under review. Also, EYC condemns incessant harassment and kidnap of Ekpeye people along the East West road of Elele- Emuoha axis demanding that the youth presidents of the affected Ikwerre communities and Emuoha local government chairman, Tom Aliezi to call their boys to order. EYC therefore demand for immediate and unconditional release of Bishop Ekpeye and others who are currently held captive by the kidnappers.

Ekpeye Youth Congress calls on the two Local Government Chairmen of Ahoada East and West, Barrister Ben Eke and Hon. Hope Ikiriko to as a matter of urgency, convoke  stakeholders meeting that will address current security challenges in the affected LGAs

The President General of EYC, comrade Ogboka Chris Umeda to lead some key stakeholders of EYC for a meeting with all the Eze Igbus to discuss security matters.

Ekpeye Youth Congress to interface with security agencies in Ekpeye land to fashion out ways of maintaining peace and orderliness in Ekpeye before, during and after Christmas, New year and general elections seasons


Death toll in collapsed building in PH now 16

The death toll of victims from the collapsed seven storeys building on Woji Road in GRA Phase 2 area ofPort Harcourt has climbed to 16 with the discovery of 31 persons, who were pulled out from the building which collapsed on the 23rd of November, 2018. A panel of enquiry has been set up by Rivers State Government to investigate the cause of the building collapse.

The corpse of one person trending in the media (Ihionu Morgan) was discovered from the first floor late in the week. He is corpse number 16, and a member of Rotary Club of PH.


APC’s Victoria Nyeche urges Marine Base traders not to shake

The law maker representing Port Harcourt Constituency 1 in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Victoria Nyeche, has urged the constituency not to be intimidated by the threat of electoral violence in the 2019 general election. She gave the advice when she visited traders at the marine base yesterday.

She described the threats as a way of intimidating and discouraging the electorate from coming out to vote so that the election can be rigged. Our correspondent reported that the traders at Marine Base promised to support Victoria Nyeche in the 2019 general elections.

Meanwhile, INEC said it is fully prepared towards the 2019 elections, which will be free, fair and credible. INEC Chairman, Muhammed Yakubu, made this known in Kaduna yesterday. Mr. Yakubu assured that INEC will continue to improve on its logistics to enable it conduct free and fair election in 2019.


Wike’s market group assure of victory

Chairman of the Wike Continuity Movement at the Ikoku spare parts market in Port Harcourt, Uchenna Okpala, said traders in the market would work for the re-election of Governor Nyesom Wike because they are beneficiaries of his good governance.

Okpala said this shortly after he was appointed as the chairman of the Wike continuity Movement by government. He explained that Governor Wike has been friendly with the traders in the market “normally, PDP is our main party right from the origin but this time around, it is not going to be PDP as usual. We have a very big task at hand which definitely we must sensitize our people, telling them the important of coming out massively to vote PDP. We support the current government, being Nyesom Wike.   We have benefitted much; even in the area of our business in this current government, so we will support them massively.  The Chairman of the Mile 3 Builders association said the rehabilitation of the building material road by Governor Wike has assisted in boosting business activity in the area