Rivers: IBAN condemns demolition of Daar Communications building by State Govt.

…Calls for respect of legal process in land disputes The Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria, (IBAN), has strongly criticized the River State Government for its demolition of Daar Communications PLC’s building and equipment, which houses African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower, on Monday, September 4, 2023. In a press statement issued yesterday by the Chairman of IBAN, Guy Murray-Bruce, the association condemned the actions of the Rivers State Government, labeling it as “self-help,” “illegal,” and “an abuse of the legal order.” IBAN noted that the land dispute between Daar Communications Plc and…

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Rivers: IBAN condemns demolition of Daar Communications Plc by State Govt. 

…Calls for respect ol legal process in land disputes Aminu Imam The Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria (IBAN) has strongly criticized the River State Government for its demolition of Daar Communications PLC’s building and equipment, which houses African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower, on Monday, September 4, 2023. In a press statement issued by the Chairman of IBAN,Guy Murray Bruce the association condemned the actions of the Rivers State Government, labeling it as “self-help,” “illegal,” and “an abuse of the legal order.” IBAN emphasized that the land dispute between Daar…

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Rivers State shuts down AIT, RayPower FM

The Rivers State Government shut down the operations of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM in Port Harcourt. DAAR Communications PLC, in a brief statement issued at the weekend by AIT Editor, Terverr Tyav, said the management was taken by surprise by the shutdown, as the Government had not given it any notice of the shutdown. According to DAAR, the contractors disconnected the wave-guard from the mast’s antenna while riggers were dismantling the mast. It added that bulldozers were also deployed to demolish the Transmitter Complex at the DAAR…

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Rivers: NAF airstrikes destroy boats ‘loaded with stolen crude’ 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it destroyed three boats sighted tapping crude oil from a pipeline at a dispensing site in Rivers State. Director of NAF Public Relations, Edward Gabkwet, in a statement, said the operation was carried out via airstrikes on Saturday, August 5, 2023. According to him, the air component of ‘Operation Delta Safe’ executed the operation. He said, “The air strikes became necessary after three boats were sighted tapping crude oil from a pipeline”.  Consequently, the boats were engaged and destroyed by the aircraft,” he added.…

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Tribunal: Rivers APC withdraws petition against PDP, INEC

The Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal has struck out the petition filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) following the withdrawal by the party’s counsel. With this withdrawal, the governorship candidate of the APC, Tonye Cole remains the only petitioner against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Fubara Siminalayi. Cole is challenging the victory of Siminalayi in the March governorship poll in the state. Drama ensued at the Tribunal as the APC filed an application for change of counsel in their petition…

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Destabilisation of Democracy: Pastors in Rivers threaten curses on Interim National Govt. advocates

Pastors in Rivers State have threatened to place a curse on some disgruntled elements who are busy advocating for the setting up of an Interim National Government, (ING) in the country. The clerics, under the auspices of Rivers Pastors Unite for Tinubu, (RPUT), warned proponents of destabilisation of the country’s democracy saying they should either desist from it or face the wrath of God. Over 100 pastors made their position known in a statement they issued in Port Harcourt on Wednesday to welcome the President-elect to Rivers State. The statement,…

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“Don’t expect refund from me, I owe you nothing”, Tinubu tells Wike, in Rivers

The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has said he’s not obligated to reimburse Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for the construction of some federal roads in the State. Wike had earlier made a request for a refund for the constructed roads. However, speaking while inaugurating the Rumuokwuta-Rumuola Flyover in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State, Tinubu said he did not owe Wike anything. While noting how the State had to amend its procurement law to enable it to source funds and complete the various flyover projects in embarked up in record time,…

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Rivers: Wike declares public holiday over Tinubu’s official visit

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has declared Wednesday, May 3, a public holiday. The holiday is to enable people in the state to welcome President-elect Bola Tinubu, who embarks on a two-day visit to the State to commission projects. Tinubu will be in the State today, Wednesday and Thursday, May 4. The governor had promised to invite Tinubu to his State to commission projects when the President-Elect campaigned for votes in the state before the last election. In a State-wide broadcast yesterday, he said a formal invitation was sent to…

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2023: Rivers APC dumps Tonye Cole; pledges to vote Wike’s guber candidate

Some All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) members in Rivers State have pledged to support Siminialaye Fubara, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the anointed governorship candidate of the state governor, Nyesom Wike, in the March 11 governorship and State Assembly elections. Tonye Cole, the anointed candidate of Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of the State, is the governorship candidate of the APC. However, members of the party said the decision to back Wike’s candidate is a way of reciprocating the support he gave the APC presidential candidate…

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2023: ‘Amaechi working for Atiku’ – Rivers PDP alleges

The Rivers chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Council, (PDP-CC), has alleged a former Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi is a member of the ‘wicked’ cabal punishing the people with fuel and naira-swap crises. The Director of Publicity and Communications, PDP-CC, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, challenged Amaechi to deny that he was not part of persons making life a nightmare for Nigerians. Nwuke said Amaechi was also working secretly for the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, alleging the former Rivers Governor recently reconciled with members of the PDP-CC in Rivers  He…

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