REPORT: What Went Down At The #IStandWithNigeria Protests

Today marks the somewhat beginning of the #IStandWithNigeria protests which has become one of the most publicized civil protests after #OccupyNigeria in 2012.

 

There were several stumbling blocks which made so many Nigerians doubt the eventual possibility of the protests. Recall that some days ago, Tuface Idibia who was the face of the protests backed out at the very last moment. However, that and the subtle threats by the Police did not deter Nigerians from trooping out in their hundreds to protest against bad governance.

 

People trooped out in the early hours of Monday morning in Lagos to converge at the National Stadium in Surulere while those in Abuja converged at the Unity Fountain to later move to the Aso Villa with placards, chanting anti-government songs and slogans.

 

Heavy police presence was seen at Gani Fawehimi park, Ojota, Lagos as protesters were prevented from gaining access to the park to gather and protest.

 

Despite the huge presence of security forces in strategic locations, Nigerians were not intimidated from carrying out their civic rights by making public their disdain for bad governance.

 

At the moment, protesters in Lagos have started leaving from National Theatre, Iganmu, after being addressed by Charly Boy, Seyi Law, others. Organizers thanke the police for providing security while it lasted. Protesters mill out and head their separate ways.

 

While in Abuja, the protesters are back to Unity Fountain, leaving behind the pro-Buhari group who also came out to show support and loyalty to the government.

 

Reports reaching us has it that Port Harcourt protesters were ‘not allowed’ to converge. According to Channels Television, police dispersed protesters in Port Harcourt, making it impossible for them to gather — or even protest.

 

While in Ibadan, Femi Aborisade, human rights activist and lawyer, addressed the crowd as protesters in Ibadan, Oyo state, started their march at the University gate and ended it in Bodija market.

 

Only time will tell how impacting the protests have been.

 

And from the outlook of today’s protests, according to Charlie Boy, “Nigerians will march again in March”.

Port Harcourt Thrown Into Darkness As Youths Hijack Power Station.

Fierce-looking youths from Oyigbo Local Government Area, Rivers State descended on the Port Harcourt metropolis by throwing the city  into unwarranted darkness.
This happened when a Federal Government facility under the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) was forcefully shutdown and barricaded.
The irate youths who were alleged to be acting in favour of an influential person residing in the area on the grounds that his feeder was placed on a load shedding transmission, chased away the technical men on duty, leading to their inability to transmit power to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) for onward distribution, to its customers.
 According to a statement released by the PHEDC Spokesperson, John Onyi condemning the actions of the youth in the area which he says is now habitual and very intolerant.
He hampered on the service being rendered to its customers in the metropolis, and called on the government to take steps to curb what he refers to as, ‘Taking laws into hand- posture’ of frequent disruption of power .
 ”The parochial action is becoming habitual and very embarrassing.
“In 2016 on two occasions, the same youths from Oyigbo blocked the source of supply to Port Harcourt Metropolis.
”The action of these youths if unabated will continue to plunge Port Harcourt City into unnecessary darkness.
”The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, condemns in its entirety taking laws into hand- posture of the youths – and hereby draws the attention of the law enforcement agencies in particular and the Rivers State Government, to come to the aid of PHED and the good people of the state to intervene and put a final stop to this frequent disruption of power distribution to customers”.
Source: Channels TV

Two suspected female robbers caught with bundles of master keys. [Pictures]

With the recent soar in the rate of crime in Nigeria, two young ladies named; Uchechi and Favour were caught today in a familiar neighborhood in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

They were allegedly apprehended with lots of master keys in their possession with which they allegedly use in robbing unsuspecting victims.
 

They have since been handed over to men of the Nigerian police.

 

See more photos of the girls below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

NNPC to begin comprehensive rehabilitation of Port Harcourt, Warri, Kaduna refineries.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has slated a comprehensive rehabilitation of the nation’s three refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna to achieve optimal capacity utilization for next year.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO), Refineries, of the NNPC, Mr. Anibor Kragha, at the Annual General Meeting of the three facilities in Abuja, yesterday, stated that the corporation was determined to move away from the approach of quick fixes and undertake a comprehensive rehabilitation of the plants.

‘’The plan for next year is to get the comprehensive rehabilitation programme done. The situation is like having three cars in your garage that have not been maintained for 15 to 20 years while you expect optimal performance from them. Changing one fuel pump here, one compressor there is not helpful. What we are doing now is to step back and take a holistic approach and do a full rehabilitation of all the refineries”, Kragha stated.

Meanwhile, after one year of experimenting with non-petroleum revenue for budget financing in the country, the managers of the country’s economy have returned to oil reliance budget financing.

The experimentation with the non-oil revenue sources as the cornerstone of budget financing was undertaken in the current 2016 Federal Budget which implementation is expected to wind down in May next year. It was planned to be led by non-petroleum revenue resources projected to fetch the country N1.45 trillion while oil mineral resources was projected at a cautionary level of N820 billion.

Oil mineral proceeds now have a larger projected revenue target of N1.985 trillion, while non-oil conversely now has a lower projection of N1.373 trillion.

Offering more insight into the policy shift at a briefing yesterday, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, said that revenue expectations from the non-oil window fell grossly below their targets and seriously impinged of the implementation of the 2016 budget.

He said: “ The projected independent revenue was N1.1 trillion as against N0.2 trillion realised during the period. The projected revenue for Customs was N0.3 trillion as against N0.2 trillion realised, while the projected non-oil tax receipts for the 1st – Q3 of 2016 is N0.8 trillion as against N0.5 trillion realised during the period.”

New Army Division In Port Harcourt To Secure Niger Delta.

The Nigerian Army’s new 6 Division in Port Harcourt is to organize and improve internal security operations in four states of the volatile Niger Delta.

Maj.-Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim, the pioneer General Officer Commanding (GOC), of the Division, announced this on Saturday in Port Harcourt.

Abdulkarim said the military had recorded success in the war against terror and was committed to combating emerging security threats in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.

According to him, the Division will cover the 2 Brigade Akwa Ibom, 16 Brigade Bayelsa and 63 Brigade in Delta, respectively, with divisional headquarters in Port Harcourt.

“This arrangement will help to curtail activities of militants, banditry, inter-communal clashes, illegal bunkering, kidnapping, robberies, Niger Delta Avengers and pipeline vandalism prevalent in the area.

“Insecurity in these states negatively impacts on our national economy resulting from sabotage by criminal entities within the region.

“Everything must be done to protect and defend our fledgling democracy with focus to prevent insecurity in the area of our responsibility,” he said.

Abdulkarim said his mission was to structure and enhance the operational capability of the division and improve combat readiness of the troops.

He said the task included a review of existing intelligence architecture; accountability; inclusiveness; rule of law; troops discipline and respect for human rights.

The GOC said the division would work with the media and the public to promote civil-military relations with focus on improving intelligence gathering.

“Officers and soldiers of 6 Division must collectively evolve media management skills in the exploit of mass and social media’s growing power instead of fighting it.

“Our personnel must be honest, trustworthy and professional in their conduct to earn public confidence in our internal security operations,” he said.

He urged governments and communities in the four states to cooperate with the division to enable it to achieve its mandate to improve security in the region.

How Corps Member Became A Corpse In Port Harcourt

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Dayo, has been found dead in a river in Isaka, Port Harcourt.

 

His body was reportedly found floating in the river two days after he was reported to have accidentally slipped off a boat while boarding a jetty to the community where he was serving.

 

The deceased was laid to rest on Friday, September 2nd.

 

A facebook user who shared a picture with a tribute to the deceased wrote: “Corper Dayo was someone who didn’t say more than 100 words in a day. Corper Dayo was someone who never looked for trouble. Corper Dayo was someone who smiled in French. Corper Dayo was someone who always seek the face of God.”

 

We the Isaka, Port Harcourt corps members sadly bid farewell to our friend who was one of us but lost his life last week Saturday.

 

He crossed the river to have a haircut in preparation for the next day (Sunday service) but unfortunately did not make it back to us after his haircut because he reached the island and accidentally slipped off the boat as he was trying to climb up the jetty leading to the community where we stay.

 

We cried our eyes out in prayers begging God to rescue him while the searcher swept the river. Unfortunately, according to the wish of God, he was only found two days after floating in the river. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

 

I also use this medium to urge our fellow corpers who are posted in riverine area to be very careful and also put on your life jackets no matter how small the river may be.”

 

Meanwhile, the NYSC, is yet to make an official statement on the death of the corps member.

Kidnapped UNIPORT Lecturer Gains Freedom

Dr Reginald Ohiri, a lecturer in the department of Biochemistry at the University of Port Harcourt, who was abducted on Monday, has regained his freedom. The kidnappers released him on Tuesday night when they discovered that he was not their target.

 
Spokesperson for UNIPORT, Dr. William Wodi, said not only has the lecturer regained his freedom but he has also reported to school. There was however no confirmation on whether ransom was paid. Dr Ohiri just informed him that it was a case of mistaken identity and the kidnappers allowed him to go.

 

Nigerian Navy Seizes Boats Laden With Stolen Diesel

OPERATIVES of the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder in Port Harcourt have confiscated two wooden boats used to convey about 100,000 litres of substance suspected to be stolen diesel worth N20.4m.

Base Operations Officer of NNS Pathfinder, Cdr. Ugochukwu Ajulu, who disclosed this on Sunday while speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt, stated that three suspects were arrested on board one of the wooden boats seized in Rivers State.

Ajulu said the boats were impounded during a routine patrol of the creeks and waterways by troops in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state.

He said, “On March 31, our troops on routine patrol impounded two wooden boats carrying suspected illegally refined diesel in quantity of about 100,000 litres.

“The first wooden boat transporting about 60 drums fully loaded with suspected stolen diesel was impounded along Bakana waterways with three suspects onboard.

“The second boat which had over 100 drums laden with illegally refined diesel was seized while it anchored at Aiteo jetty near Abonema. About 5,000 litres of diesel was also stored in a compartment on the boat.”

The Base Operations Officer stated that the Navy could not arrest any suspect from the second boat, adding that members of the crew took to their heels on sighting the advancing gunboats.

Ajulu disclosed that investigation was ongoing to find out the source and supply chain of the products, even as he stated that the suspects would be handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for further investigation and prosecution.

He appealed to the public not to hesitate to provide useful information that would assist the Nigerian Navy to arrest illegal oil bunkerers, sea pirates and vandals.

Speaking with newsmen, one of the suspects identified as Timothy Williamson confessed to the crime and pleaded for forgiveness.

Williamson claimed he was introduced to the illicit business by one woman popularly known as Mama.

He said, “We supply the product to our madam in the city who in turn supplies the product to Peace Oil located at Elechi Beach area of Port Harcourt.

“Please forgive me as I only indulged myself in this business because I have no job and money to feed myself and cater for my family.”

Source – Punchng.com

Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Warri Refineries Now Produce 6.76m Litres Of Petrol Daily – NNPC

The NNPC says the Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri refineries now produce over 6.76 million litres of petrol per day.

 

This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Mr Ohi Alegbe, NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division.

 

The statement said that the three refineries had been projected to increase combined production to over 10 million litres per day by the end of January.

 

It said a breakdown indicated that the Port Harcourt refinery, which was re-streamed a week earlier, produces about 4.09 million litres while Kaduna yields 1.29 million litres.

 

The statement added that Warri refinery, which was re-streamed on Sunday, posts a yield of 1.38 million litres.

 

It said the volume of petrol from the refineries currently operating at an appreciable percentage of their nameplate capacities would help stabilise supply and distribution in the country.

 

 

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Gunmen Kill Lecturer, Son In Port Harcourt

A lecturer at the Rivers State owned Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Dr. Ebirien Fubara and his son, have been killed by unknown gunmen.

Fubara was on secondment to the Rivers State Electoral Commission, RSIEC.

?This is as the lecturer’s wife’s brother, Okwudiri, who was in the house when the hoodlums struck, is said to be in critical condition as at the time of filing the report.

The incident occurred at about 2a.m, at their residence along Peter Odili Road, Port Harcourt, even as the cause of the killings could not be ascertained.

A source close to the bereaved family said the hoodlums used hammer, iron and rod to attack the victims.

According to the source who did not want his name in print, the late Fubara’s son died instantly, while Fabura and Okwudili were rushed to the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, BMSH.

Fubara was said to have passed on shortly and his corpse deposited at the Military Hospital, Aba Road, Port Harcourt.

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Port Harcourt Tops List Of The World’s Worst Airports

This year’s survey, which asked fliers to identify the world’s worst and best aviation terminals, attracted 26,297 qualifying responses.
Sleeping in Airports’ readers were asked to judge facilities in four categories: comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service.

What landed Port Harcourt at the top of the pile? Respondents reportedly complained about unpleasant and unhelpful staff, alleged corruption, a severe lack of seating, broken air-conditioning and the fact that the arrivals hall was inside a tent.

“The good news is that some areas of the terminal have been recently renovated, meaning you can expect actual walls, floors and windows,” says the website.

“Though it is a far cry from reasonable, improvements are being made.”

CNN has asked for a comment from aviation authorities in Nigeria, but so far no response.

Remarkably, Port Harcourt didn’t even appear on last year’s worst airports list.

There were quite a few repeat offenders on this year’s list though, as well as some notable omissions.

Filipinos will be pleased to hear their long maligned Ninoy Aquino International Airport Manila Airport, crowned worst airport for three years in a row before slipping to fourth place last year, didn’t even make this year’s top 10.

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport held onto its position as world’s second worst airport.

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Police Stops Armed Robbers From Carting Away N120m After Robbing A Bank In Port-Harcourt

A robbery attack on a new generation bank located in Trans Amadi in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was foiled today by the State Police Command.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Mohammed, the command responded to a distress call that led to them trailing the fleeing robbers.

The Police PRO told Channels Television that the gang of eight who were fleeing in two utility vehicles engaged his men in a gun battle but the robbers were over powered.

In his words, the main vehicle used for the operation was recovered and found to be carrying the stolen bags of money, which after counting was in the range of 120million naira.

Gas Explosion Kills 4 In Port Harcourt

Residents of Eliozu in Port Harcourt, Rivers State are still in shock over the gas explosion that killed four persons.

Residents were seen on Friday morning talking in small groups around the scene of the explosion which had remains of the wreckage caused by the explosion.

Some eyewitnesses said that the explosion occurred when a car air conditioner repairer was trying to refill one of his cylinders in his shop. Sadly the explosion killed him on the spot and three others near by.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, told our correspondent that the deceased have long been taken to the hospital.

He used the opportunity to advise persons who use combustible materials in their businesses to observe all safety measures to avoid a recurrence of such disaster in the future.

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Attempt To Burn Federal High Court In Port Harcourt Foiled By Police

The Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Police say it has foiled an attempt by arsonists to raze the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. There were speculations Thursday morning that two explosions went off at the premises of the court.

But police in the state said there were no explosions as speculated. “There was an unsuccessful attempt to torch Federal High Court,” police spokesperson in the state, Muhammed Ahmad, told reporters. “It was never an explosion as speculated. Investigation has in earnest commenced.”

Mr. Ahmad did not provide further details. Earlier reports however said the incident occurred “just now as judges settled down for the day’s work”.

“The Court was supposed to hear two cases brought before it by the APC local government chairmen in the state against the Rivers State government,” a journalist in the city, Fyneface Fyneface, said .

“However, the local council chairmen had said earlier on local radio stations today that they had withdrawn their case at the Federal High Court to enable them continue with same case at the Industrial Court, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.” 

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Missing Ex-Cult Leader Found Dead + Read Bizarre Way Cult Members Killed Him

Thirty-year-old Godwin Victor, aka Sangba, who was abducted by members of his former cult group for embracing normal life, has been found dead.

Sangba’s hands and legs were tied, while a log of wood was also tied to his neck before he was thrown into the Lagoon.

Policemen reportedly recovered his corpse around the UNILAG waterfront on Thursday. Sangba had quit his group due to fear for his safety and police harassment.

Some of his friends, who did not support his decision, attacked him. He was said to have moved to Port Harcourt after increased threats to his life. However, when he came back to check his family, he was abducted.

How he was abducted:

Family sources that Sangba was kidnapped by cultists, who were his friends and members of the gang he once led.

The gang members were said to have been displeased with his decision to quit the group and embrace normal life.

Sangba reportedly left the group due to constant harassment by the police and for safety concerns.

The 30-year-old Akwa Ibom indigene had recently returned to the community from Port Harcourt, when he was abducted on Friday.

His wife, Eniola, said her husband had returned from Port Harcourt where he relocated to due to threats to his life.

She said, “My husband is very popular in this community. Because of that, whenever there was a fight involving his friends and people’s property were destroyed, the police would arrest him.

“He became unhappy with the bad name they were giving him, and he called them and said he wanted to quit street fighting.

“He met other cult groups and appealed to them to embrace peace and lay down their weapons.”

She said the groups agreed to a truce in December last year.

A few months after the truce, sanity returned to the area. But some of Sangba’s friends, who were opposed to the development, attacked him.

Eniola said one of her husband’s friends shot him at a party in April, adding that he narrowly escaped.

“From that time, he stopped coming to the house and started lodging in a hotel nearby.

“When the stress became too much for him, he decided to relocate to Port Harcourt. While he was away, there was another bloody clash in Bajulaiye and Ebute; two people were killed. When he heard, he was disturbed and told his friends to stop the fighting. He wondered what they were fighting for.”

The victim later returned to Lagos on Wednesday, June 3, to look after his family and perfect plans to travel outside the country.

“When he arrived, he called one of those boys, who he trusted, and told him that he only came to get his travelling documents,” Eniola added.

The victim went to a club on Friday, when the gang attacked and abducted him.

Another friend, who was with him, Toheeb Akinpelumi, was said to have been injured before he escaped.

Sangba’s mother, Eme, said the family reported the matter at the Bariga Police Division.

She lamented that her son had yet to be found, urging the kidnappers to release him.

She said, “Since they kidnapped him on Friday, his phone numbers have been switched off. I have not been able to eat. He is my source of happiness and joy. I appeal to his friends, Anarchy, Ade and others, to release him. If he offended them, they should forgive him.

“Ade and Anarchy lived with me for two years and I fed them.

“After the disagreement started, they chased my son with guns, saying they would kill him.

“At another time, they came to the house and when they did not meet him they broke the television and said they would return.”

A police source said the victim was kidnapped by Anarchy, Rotimi, Lati, Ade and others, who were loyal to late Segun Ogere, aka Shaggy.

Shaggy was killed by suspected cultists while returning from a court, where he was the principal witness, sometime in 2014.

Source: Punch

BREAKING: Explosion, Gun Fire Spree At APC PH Rally (See Photo)

There are reports that there has been an explosion around the venue of the APC rally in Port Harcourt. The rally which is being held at Okrika Secondary School is been said to have turned sour after the explosion went off.

More so, there are reports of random firing of gun bullets at the rally’s vicinity. Party faithfuls have been running for their lives, while it has  been reported that the Party officials and leaders are yet to arrive the venue. Below is a photo of a Channels TV journalist trying to take cover. This report was monitored on Channels TV.

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I have Not Done Much For My People Because I am Transparent -Jonathan

Speaking at the PDP rally in Rivers state, at the Amiesimaka Stadium, Igwuruta-Ali, Greater Port Harcourt City, President Jonathan, in a rebuttal to a statement he attributed to an APC chief in their campaign that held recently in Yenegoa, on why he had not fulfilled his promise to the Souh-south region.

The President said he did not concentrate development on his region because of his quest for equitable distribution of the country’s resources.

The president went further to justify his position and took the crowd through a story his formation years in Port harcourt. He said “Don’t worry, it is a good news because people are saying that I concentrated development in the South South. Bayelsa State was part of Rivers State. I am part of this state. Since I finished by secondary school, I have been in Port Harcourt. I started my first job as a young officer in the Customs. Of course, I attended the University of Port Harcourt and started lecturing in the Rivers State College of Education. So, I have been part and parcel of this state.

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Development on the Disorder in PH NYSC Camp

More reports from the NYSC orientation camp in Port Harcourt provides that the furious protest by NYSC corps members has resulted into throwing of  the “nonesense food” given to them by the camp coordinators.

According to a corps member, corpers have matched to the state coordinator’s lodge for further enquiries into why they have not been paid their first “allowee”, while others have finally resolved to express their frustration by throwing away the breakfast that was served to them from the camp kitchen, addressing it as “nonsense food”.

The state coordinator is seen in the photo addressing corps members in a blue shirt, positioned at the centre of the photo.

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Diezani’s Kidnapped Sister Freed

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The kidnapped sister of Nigeria’s oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was abducted last week in the oil city of Port Harcourt, was freed in a joint operation by security forces, police said Wednesday.

“Osio Agama has been safely rescued during a joint operation by the police, military and SSS (State Security Service),” Rivers state police spokesman Ahmad Muhammad told AFP.

Muhammad did not say if ransom was paid for the release, the latest targeting relations of prominent Nigerians in recent months.