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Rivers taskforce fires 21 officials for extortion

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Less than two months after it was set up, the Rivers State Taskforce on street trading and illegal parks said it had so far sacked 21 officials over their alleged involvement in extorting traders and motorists.

Coordinator of the Taskforce, Felix Nwadibe who disclosed this during a chat with newsmen said the affected officials were caught in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas of the State.

Nwadibe said ten of the officials left their duty posts to other areas they considered to be lucrative and allowed traders to operate illegally after collecting money from them, while 11 others allegedly extorted motorists in Choba, near the University of Port Harcourt.

“They were posted to Oil Mill, but they left the place. We have been getting information that they do leave their beats on daily basis, which means there is something they are doing. Collecting of money from the traders there. They allow them, (traders) give them cover and collect money.

“So, when the information got to us, they were dismissed. Anyone who behaves the same way will go the same way,” he added.

Nwadibe explained that their sacking followed reports from members of the public, expressing sadness that they were perpetrating such an act despite repeated warnings before the taskforce commenced enforcement, saying he would not compromise its mandate of restoring sanity on the streets of Port Harcourt and its environs.
“I received phone calls from more than five people that a particular team at Choba were extorting money from motorists. So, as the information got to me, not from one person, not from two, not from three people, I dismissed all of them. This (sacking) will now serve as a deterrent to others,” he stated.

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ICPC arraigns two FRSC officers for extorting motorists

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Kayode Oyero

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission has arraigned two officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps over alleged extortion of motorists.

The two officials, John Asegu and Otom Asueni, were brought before Honourable Justice H. Aprioku of the Rivers State High Court 11 sitting in Port Harcourt on two-count of extortion and gratification.

ICPC, according to a statement on Monday, told the court how the duo forcibly collected various sums of money totaling N3,500 from motorists as a “fee“ to allow the motorists pass their checkpoint along Port Harcourt-Ahoada expressway, even without being charged for any traffic offence.

 

The Commission also accused the defendants of using their position as public officers to confer undue advantage upon themselves by soliciting for, and accepting gratification. The defendants were arrested on the act after ICPC mounted a sting operation on them following intelligence

ICPC in a Charge No: PHC/3905ICPC/19 averred that the duo’s actions were contrary to and punishable under sections 8, 19, and 26 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and if they are found guilty they shall on conviction, be liable to imprisonment for seven years without option of fine.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted them bail.

They were, however, remanded in prison because of their inability to meet up with the bail conditions.

 

The case was adjourned to the 26th of March, 2021 for commencement of trial.

 

 

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NECO RESULT RELEASE

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RIVERS STATE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

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The Rivers State Ministry of Education informs School Owners, Administrators, Parents and Guardians that the results of the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) have been released.

The Ministry enjoins all candidates who sat for the examination to visit their schools for collection.

The Ministry states that:
HENCEFORTH, Candidates seeking to register for SSCE must present original copy of their BECE certificate as a prerequisite for registration.

Candidates who have registered for the 2021 SSCE must present their BECE certificate before the completion of their registration.

Candidates seeking to benefit from the state government’s bankrolled UTME registration must also present original copy of their BECE certificates.

Public and Private Schools by this announcement must ensure students seeking to be admitted into SS1 to SS3 present original copy of their BECE certificates at the point of registration

The Ministry solicits the cooperation of all heads of schools to drive this course.

Schools can apply for the BECE certificates at rivemis.riversstate.gov.ng

Signed
Sir. Chidi Adiele
Permanent Secretary
Rivers State Ministry of Education

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Sunday Igboho storms Ogun, vows to flush out killer herdsmen

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A Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho on Monday, stormed some parts of Ogun State and vowed to flush out killer herdsmen in the troubled areas in the state
Igboho, who stopped briefly in Abeokuta around 4pm and had a brief interaction with his supporters, later proceeded to Ketuland where some soldiers allegedly connived with herdsmen to flog some farmers for not allowing them grazing their cattle on their farms in Yewa-North Local Government Area of the state.

While addressing his followers in Abeokuta, the activist said, “I observe there is an injustice from the herdsmen because they know the power that they have in the Federal Government. So, they behave as if Yoruba people are nobody. They kill our people, they kidnap our people, and they rape our women.”
“Any Fulani herdsman who engages in kidnapping would be flushed out,” Igboho vowed.

When asked whether he would limit his activism to Igangan, his hometown in Oyo State, Igboho said, “Not only Igangan, we are going to visit all Yorubaland and ensure there is peace everywhere.”

The activist lauded the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, for allowing him in the state.

Appreciating the gesture, the activist said, “We have not visited the governor, we will do that after we have flushed the Fulani herdsmen out of the state.
“I am going to Yewa because that is where the Fulani are wreaking havoc.”

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