I’LL NOT TOLERATE ATTEMPT TO ARREST MY SUPPORTERS ON TRUMPED-UP CHARGES – GOV FUBARA, AFTER SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has vowed to ensure that peace prevails in the state while protecting his supporters, who he said, stand for truth. Fubara made this pledge while addressing newsmen shortly after a State Security Council meeting with heads of security agencies at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Tuesday. The governor emphasized that any attempts to arrest his supporters on trumped-up charges would not be tolerated. In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Nelson Chukwudi, Fubara reiterated that the law is clear on tenure extension for elected local government chairmen. Fubara said, “Let me also say this: I’m also aware that there is a grand plan to come and arrest some of our supporters. “This time around, you have to pass through me to arrest them because I don’t think there is anything that any of those people following us has done. Rather, they are standing on the side of truth. “If it will cost us our lives to stand on the part of truth, we will do that. And I will be the one that will lead the course.” He further said, “Let me assure everyone, more especially, the great and peace-loving people of Rivers State: the law is the law. The law has said that there is no extension of tenure. “The court said so, and whoever that is assuring anybody anywhere of whatever, I advise them to desist from it because peace is what we need in this State. “I assure everyone of you that whatever it takes to make sure that we maintain peace and order, we are not going back on that.” Fubara explained that the State Security Council meeting was convened due to rising tensions following the expiration of local government chairmen’s tenures. “It’s really unfortunate that we started hearing some disturbing news from some LGAs of invasion of council secretariats, and it is really unfortunate. So, we have called the Security Council Meeting so that the needful will be done. “We are also aware that our enemy is also planning a lot of things. But we will not fall into that plot. We will not also allow him or them to destroy the peace that we are enjoying in the state.”He thanked the people for their support, and urged everyone to continue to remain law-abiding for the unity and progress of the state.


RIVERS ON FIRE AS FUBARA’S SUPPORTERS GO ON RAMPAGE, CHASE AWAY COUNCIL CHAIRMEN, DESTROY WIKE’S STATUE IN OBIO AKPOR Supporters of Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State, have destroyed the statue of former Governor Nyesom Wike in Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Wike’s hometown. The development follows Fubara’s directive for Heads of Local Government Administration (HLGAs) to assume leadership of the 23 council areas, following the expiration of the three-year tenure of elected chairmen, vice chairmen, and councillors. The crisis has its roots in a court ruling recognizing a three-man House of Assembly, which annulled the tenure extension granted by the 27-member Assembly loyal to Wike. Despite the ruling, chairmen insisted on remaining in office for six more months. In Ikwerre, Samuel Nwanosike, the immediate past Executive Chairman, defied Fubara’s directive and stormed the council secretariat. Nwanosike, a close ally of Wike, accused Fubara of sponsoring insecurity in the state, claiming that the governor had armed youths who had attacked local government chairmen and police across the 23 council areas. The situation across the state has more or less been the same, with youths laying siege on different Local Government Secretariats. In Port Harcourt City Local Government Secretariat, heavy gunfire was heard, while one person was reported to have died leaving several other people with multiple injuries. These happened when the chairman, Hon Allwell Ihundah, attempted to access his office. The situation caused widespread tension, leading to temporary closures of businesses in the vicinity. According to reports, Chairman Ihundah arrived at the council secretariat accompanied by his security personnel, only to be confronted by youths who had occupied the premises since Monday. The unrest echoed similar incidents on Monday, where youths in Degema and Asari-Toru councils also demanded the departure of local officials from the secretariats. Youths from Eleme Local Government Area have also taken over their Council Secretariat, affirming that the governor was the sole authority they recognize. The group of youths gathered at the council secretariat following a directive from the governor through a statewide broadcast instructing Heads of Local Government Administration to assume leadership roles in all 23 LGAs in the state. They proceeded to expel any individuals who opposed the governor’s directive. During their demonstration, the youths reiterated that they were determined to prevent anyone from usurping the council’s assets. One of the protesters, speaking on condition of anonymity, emphasized their commitment to ensuring compliance with the governor’s instructions. He stated: “All of them have disappeared, because we have come to take over. The governor is the power that we know. We have taken over Eleme. It’s a complete takeover.” “The governor is the ultimate authority we recognize; there is no other authority. We have assumed control of Eleme. Eleme is under our control. Their term has ended; they should leave,” the protester continued. This display of support for the governor by the Eleme youths underscores their allegiance to the state leadership and their determination to uphold the directive issued. Local government chairmen in Rivers State had refused to vacate their offices despite the expiration of their three-year tenure and their councillors on June 17. The conflict began when a group of youths opposed the police’s efforts to take control of the building. The youths reportedly supported by Fubara’s allies, faced off against police forces, with gunshots being fired. Video footage showed shell casings and captured the unarmed youths’ outrage at the police’s use of force.


SACRIFICE SHOULD START WITH TINUBU, EX-MINISTER DALUNG Former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has tackled the President for asking Nigerians to make sacrifices for their country. President Tinubu while speaking to newsmen after observing Eid prayers in Lagos on Sunday, June 16, called on Nigerians to show more care for their neighbours and extend charity to all in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir. According to him, some level of sacrifices will be required to move the nation forward. “We have been told by the Chief Imam how we can follow the path of sacrifice. The sacrifice required of a good citizen. Citizenship comes with responsibilities. As citizens, what do we need to do to be committed members of our society? Yes, that is sacrifice; loving your country. Loving your neighbours. Sharing what you have with each other. And to always be thankful to Almighty God”. Reacting to the President’s comment, Dalung in a post shared on X today, June 17, said the sacrifice should begin with the President and his govt. He wrote; ‘’I listened to @officialABAT calling on Nigerians again to sacrifice, love, and believe in the country. Could this be mockery of the suffering of the masses, or he genuinely believe in what he was saying? If President Tinubu is sincere about what he’s saying, then it’s confirmation that his government is under siege by the notorious cabal. The president’s body language betrayed him completely from the social reality. He is in his own world distinct from the hardships confronting Nigerians. From my analysis of the speech, Nigeria is on auto pilot dangerous navigating turbulence. Does President Tinubu knows that Nigerians are suffering? Certainly not, his reckless economic policies, wasteful expenditures, plundering of resources, insensitivity to plights of citizens, boastful and egoistic squndering of goodwill, adoption of corruption and nepotism as state policies are the characteristics of this ignoble regime.Sacrifice should begin with @officialABAT and his jumbo size government, then Nigerians can take him serious, but for now it’s mere rhetorics and propaganda.”


PRESIDENCY FAULTS KWANKWASO, SAYS NO PLAN TO DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN KANO The Presidency has denied the claims put forth by the National Leader of the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, regarding an alleged plan to declare a state of emergency in Kano State. The Presidential spokesman, Bayo Onanuga, called these allegations baseless and labeled them as “mere rumors.” Following Kwankwaso’s accusations of bias in the Kano Emir tussle, the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government’s alleged plot to impose a state of emergency has sparked controversy. In response to these serious allegations, Bayo Onanuga stated that there are no circumstances that would warrant declaring a state of emergency in Kano State. The Presidency emphasized that such an extreme measure cannot be taken without the involvement of the National Assembly and that there are no plans to do so. Additionally, the Commissioner of Police in Kano, Ussain Gumel, refuted claims of bias in the emirate crisis, affirming that the police force’s mandate is to protect lives and property. Gumel mentioned that they had a duty to protect both emirs and that the police had remained neutral in the matter. He also indicated that the police had received multiple court orders on the emirate tussle, and these had been forwarded to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for review and directives.Gumel urged the public to be patient and calm as they await the outcome from the relevant authorities.


UNEASY CALM IN RIVERS OVER HEADSHIP OF LOCAL COUNCILS There is uneasy calm in Rivers State following a directive by Governor Siminalayi Fubara to Heads of Local Government Administration (HLGAS) to immediately take charge of the 23 council areas. Governor Fubara gave the charge in a statewide broadcast in Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday morning following the expiration of the statutory three-year tenure of the elected LGAs chairmen, vice chairmen and councillors on Monday, June 17. He said: “My fellow Rivers people, I come before you today with immense gratitude and heartfelt appreciation for your unwavering support to me and my administration. “I urge us all to reflect on the shared sacrifice we have all made to have a peaceful and prosperous Rivers State, and indeed, Nigeria. It is my wish that we continue to live in peace and harmony as one. “Together, we have achieved milestones in different sectors of our economy which include infrastructure, health, education, workers welfare, improved service delivery, agriculture and social welfare that resonates deeply within our communities. “Your dogged and committed support has been the bedrock of our progress, and for that, I extend my sincerest thanks.“I also wish to acknowledge and commend the dedicated services of the outgoing elected local government chairmen, vice chairmen and councilors who were elected and sworn in three years ago, and whose tenure expired yesterday the 17th of June, 2024, as provided for by the Law.“On behalf of the Government and the people of Rives State, I thank you all for your sacrifices, and commend your commitment to public service and our dear Rivers State. “I congratulate you all for the successful completion of your tenure and wish you well in your future endeavours. “As we move forward in making sure that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is upheld, and that law and order is maintained as we continue to strive to provide leadership and direction for our people, I hereby direct Heads of Local Government Administration (HLGAs) to continue to provide leadership in their respective local government areas. “Heads of Local Government Administration (HLGAs) are hereby directed to immediately take charge of the Councils with renewed vigor and readiness to serve and await further directives as we navigate towards even greater accomplishments together. “I assure you, my good people of Rivers State, that we shall continue to defend you, provide infrastructural development, sound healthcare delivery, quality education and undiluted welfare service packages for all our people and workers. “Once again, I thank you my dear good people of Rivers State, for your steadfast support and dedication to our shared vision of unity, progress and prosperity.“Together, we will continue to build a brighter and better future for all.” The council executives, who are believed to be loyal to former governor and incumbent Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, had vowed not to vacate office, thereby setting the stage for a showdown. A viral five minutes, seven seconds video clip, reportedly taken last Saturday, showing scores of armed men crossing a creek into the state has further heighten tension. In the viral clip, leader of the group, whose name could not be ascertained at press time, had declared that they were back from the river ahead of Wednesday, to eject any council  chairman that refuses to vacate office. Ahead of the imminent showdown, scores of youths were spotted in some of the local government headquarters, chanting that the chairmen should go. In Degema Local Government Area and Asari-Toru LGA (ASALGA), some youths opposed to the elongation for the tenure of the council chairmen had occupied the headquarters, vowing not to leave the secretariats until Wednesday, when work would resume after the public holiday declared by the…


EX-EDO DEPUTY GOV, SHAIBU, SHUNS PDP, DECLARES SUPPORT FOR APC GUBER CANDIDATE Ahead of the September 21 governorship election in Edo State, a former deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, has distanced himself from the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Asue Ighodalo. According to Channels TV, Shaibu, who spoke on Sunday on the sidelines of the 2024 Father’s Day celebration at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Benin City, said he prefers to support a homeboy. Shaibu, who was impeached by the Edo State House of Assembly a few months ago, claimed that the PDP candidate is an outsider. The former deputy governor stated that the governorship race began with himself and two other homeboys – Monday Okpebholo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Olumide Akpata of the Labour Party (LP). He, however, declared his support for the APC candidate, warning that the victory of the PDP flagbearer would reintroduce godfatherism in Edo State. He said, “Today, I came in as a homeboy. We have only two homeboys in the major political parties in Edo State. One is in Labour, and one is in APC, and I choose to follow another homeboy in the APC. “The man they are parading in the PDP is an outsider, and we have also agreed that there is no more godfatherism in Edo.“So, the man the PDP is trying to portray in Edo now is the godson of Obaseki, and there is no way a godson will now be governor of Edo.”


KWANKWASO ACCUSES FG, APC OF CREATING NEW BOKO HARAM IN KANO The 2023 Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso, on Monday, accused the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government of attempting to create a new breed of Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents in Northern Nigeria. Kwankwaso was reacting to the ongoing situation in Kano where security agencies have been backing the deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero. Speaking at a flag-off ceremony for the construction of the 82-kilometre rural road networks in his hometown, Madobi, Senator Kwankwaso said the people of Kano will resist any attempt to undermine the constituted authority in the state. He said: “We have mass followership because people believe in us, we are pro-people and the NNPP administration is determined to serve them anywhere they voted for it. “We will not fold our arms and watch enemies of the state destroy the peaceful co-existence of our dear state, we shall do everything possible to support the governor to succeed. I am happy that he is not distracted and is focused on achieving his goals. “There are people from Kano, enemies of the state, who also suffer mental illness and are the ones advising the Federal Government on how to take over Kano through the State of Emergency. This is the madness of the highest order that the good, peace-loving and committed people of Kano will resist.” In addition, Kwankwaso said: “In the build-ups to 2027, some desperate politicians are already on a mission of disruption, but we will rather prefer the two of us to lose than to allow them to crush us unnecessarily. We dare anybody, who thinks he can victimise us politically, to go and be rest assured that we are ready for the fight. “We are not afraid to be out of power because we will remain politicians in or out of government, we cannot run away from our destiny, we are humans, we know what is good for us and we will pursue it vigorously.” The NNPP national leader further stated that the Federal Government is listening to some unpatriotic politicians from Kano, who will only contribute to its failure adding that the people of Kano will resist any attempt to undermine the constitutional responsibility of the Governor by any individual or group.“We are open to dialogue, truce and reconciliation, but we will not accept intimidation and political harassment of any sort. We know how to play politics and we have all it takes to protect ourselves from any evil,” Kwankwaso warned.


WHY I ORDERED ARREST OF ADO-BAYERO AFTER DETHRONEMENT – KANO GOVERNOR, YUSUF Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has said he ordered the arrest of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado-Bayero, to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the state. Yusuf explained that Ado Bayero’s decision to return to Kano State two days after his dethronement posed a security risk, hence the order for his arrest. He was reacting to an article, “A Rendezvous with Recklessness and Executive Rascality,” by Bala Ibrahim, who accused him of rascality and recklessness in power. However, speaking through his spokesman, Sunusi Bature, the governor said repealing the 2019 Kano Emirate Law gave him the power to abolish the emirates created by his predecessor, Abdullahi Ganduje. Recently, the Kano Federal High Court ordered the state government to pay Bayero N10 million for breaching his fundamental rights, personal liberty and freedom of movement. Citing Sections 35(1) and 41(1) of the 1999 Constitution, Justice Simon Amobeda held that it was wrong for Yusuf to order Bayero’s arrest without lawful justification, which he said forced the applicant into house arrest for fear of being arrested. Reacting via a statement, Bature said: “Does Bala Ibrahim actually understand the workings of government and governance? I do not want to go into judicial pronouncements, but the point I want to make clear is that the issue of Kano Emirship is straightforward with the repeal of the Kano Emirate Law (2019) and enactment of the Kano Emirate Law (2024), which gave Governor Yusuf the power to abolish the five emirates and return Kano to its glorious and historic position as one emirate. “This is the wish of the people of Kano State. The reappointment of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II did not also come to anyone as a surprise, because his dethronement (and consequent banishment) by Abdullahi Ganduje and his co-travellers was done out of malice. “Now, calling for the arrest of dethroned Emir Aminu Bayero was only done for the public good, as his entrance into Kano shortly after his dethronement posed a serious security threat which is being managed up till today.”Governor Abba Yusuf remains the Chief Security Officer of Kano State, and no sane leader would fold his arms and watch Kano snowball into a state of anarchy without taking action.”


FOUR KILLED, 12 INJURED AS VEHICLE IN CONVOY OF MALAWI’S VP KILLED IN PLANE CRASH RAM INTO MOURNERS A vehicle in the convoy of the late Malawian Vice President, Saulos Chilima’s funeral procession has killed at least four mourners and injured no fewer than 12 persons. The vehicle, which was part of a motorcade conveying the remains of the late VP, rammed into mourners on Sunday night in the Ntcheu community, a village in central Malawi. It was gathered that thousands of mourners had lined up in the streets to catch a glimpse of the vice president’s coffin when the incident happened. The spokesman of the Malawian police, Peter Kalaya confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday morning. “Due to the impact, two female and two male pedestrians sustained severe head injuries and multiple fractures and died whilst receiving treatment,” said a police statement. It will be recalled that a military aircraft conveying Malawi’s Vice President and other top government officials went missing last week after it failed to land. After an intense search, the wreckage of the aircraft was discovered with no survivors.The VP and the nine others were on their way to the funeral of a prominent Malawian lawyer, former Attorney General and Justice Minister, Ralph Kasambala in Mzuzu when the plane crashed.


POLICE TAKE OVER RIVERS LG SECRETARIATS AMID TENSION OVER CHAIRMEN’S TENURE The police have stationed armed operatives at the secretariats of four local government councils in Rivers State following the expiration of the tenure of LG chairmen in the state. Police vans are currently positioned at the entrances of Port Harcourt City, Obio/Akpor, Ahoada East and Ogu/Bolo LGAs. Earlier, youths in Degema and Asari/Toru LGAs occupied their respective council secretariats in protest against the extension of the tenure of the LG chairmen. The youths were seen in viral videos on social media chanting solidarity songs in support of those Governor Siminalayi Fubara is expected to appoint to manage the local councils on a temporary basis. The outgoing LG chairmen, who were loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, had their tenure extended by an amended Local Government Law Number 5 of 2018 by the faction of the State House of Assembly headed by Martins Amaewhule. However, the extension was nullified by a Rivers State High Court ruling on May 21, 2024, which declared the Local Government Law No. 2 of 2024 as inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution. Despite the court’s ruling, the chairman of Ikwerre LGA, Samuel Nwanosike, had vowed to remain in office. Two LG chairmen from Bonny and Opobo/Nkoro, who are loyal to Fubara, celebrated the expiration of their tenures with a thanksgiving service on Sunday.Meanwhile, Fubara had yet to release an official list of Caretaker Committee Chairmen to manage the affairs of the various LGAs following the tenure expiration.