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Wike has set Rivers on threshold of development – Nsirim

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From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said that Governor Nyesom Wike has set the state on the threshold of a development agenda that has brought progress in all facets of life.

Nsirim has also charged journalists in State to work to be part of Governor Wike’s agenda to build a society where everyone will be safe and happy.

Also, he has admonished journalists to be objective in their reportage, as the 2023 election draws near and not succumb to monetary inducement of politicians.

The commissioner spoke at a dinner he held for members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Rivers State Council, at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre, Port Harcourt, on Friday night.

He said: “Governor Wike stands tall among governors in the country. He has used the NEW Vision blueprint to progressively rewrite history that has made every Rivers citizen proud.

“Governor Wike’s legacy projects speak for themselves. As Information Commissioner, I don’t need to embark on propaganda because the facts speak for themselves.

“We, as agenda setters for the world, must always rise up against partisanship and pecuniary benefits to speak the truth at all times.

“Journalists must not allow themselves to serve as dump sites for unverified information that anoints those who play to the gallery as social crusaders.

“As preparations for 2023 general elections begin, the media should not succumb to yellow journalism by promoting campaign of calumny.

“Media practitioners have a God-given assignment to promote good governance and every practitioner’s role will be judged by posterity.”

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The commissioner advised journalists to adhere to the rule of thumb for media practitioners which states that facts are sacred, comments free.

Nsirim urged journalists in the State to strive to make inputs that would speak for them as people who also contributed to the development of Rivers State during the administration of Governor Wike.

He thanked journalists in the State for the cooperation given to him since he assumed office as Commissioner for Information and Communications, and urged them to always protect the integrity of the profession.

Speaking on behalf of the Rivers State Independent Publishers Association (RIVPA), the Publisher of the Port Harcourt Telegraph Newspaper, Ogbonna Nwuke, thanked the commissioner for recognising the role of journalists and bringing them together in such a forum.

He expressed the commitment of members of the association to the realisation of the development agenda of the State Government under Governor Wike.

Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the NUJ in the State, Mr. Amaechi Okonkwo, thanked the state government for the gesture and pledged the cooperation of journalists towards building a better Rivers State.

The Vice President, South-South of the NUJ, Mr. Opaka Dokubo, called for unity among journalists in the State to achieve set goals and commended the State Government for the gesture.

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Our helicopter did not crash – Police

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By Christopher Oji 

The Nigeria Police high command has denied reports making rounds that one of its Bell 429 5NMDA helicopters flying from Abuja to Bauchi on Wednesday crash-landed. 

In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba, the police explained that the helicopter was involved in a controlled safe landing at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.

“The aircraft did not crash, as being reported in some sections of the media, and none of the occupants sustained any injury whatsoever.

“All six on board, including the pilot and co-pilot, are in good condition.  

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“Similarly, the aircraft, which was flown by one of the best police pilots, was professionally safe-landed with minor damage on the rear rotor as a result of obstacle at the landing spot.

The incident occurred around 7:30pm (local time). The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has commended the Police Air Wing for their professionalism in safe-landing the aircraft and averting any serious air mishap.

He further noted that the Nigeria Police Air Wing, with a fleet of one fixed-wing aircraft, a Citation jet and 13 helicopters, has got a strong history of air safety since its establishment in the year 1972.”

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Police arrest wife, 2 others for murder of Lagos hotelier 

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By Christopher Oji 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested three persons in connection with the death of a popular hotelier, Mr. Femi Bakare Alaba, who was allegedly murdered last Monday by his wife. 

The deceased’s family had  returned from a trip from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, before he was murdered in their house at 9, Finance Road, Maplewood Estate, Oko- Oba, Agege, Lagos.

The family had accused Alaba’s wife of using a hot pressing iron to burn the man while he was sleeping.

The police said three persons, including his wife, have been arrested in connection with the murder and that the  body has been deposited at Yaba Mainland Hospital’s morgue for autopsy. 

According to Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, “The deceased’s wife and three others have been arrested in connection with the suspected murder case. Meanwhile, the case has since been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence  Department, Panti, for diligent investigation on the order of the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi.”

A police source at the homicide section of  SCIID, said the woman was not cooperating with the police as she has refused to tell investigators on what really happened to her husband.

The police source who said there was more to the murder beyond the allegation that the deceased impregnated another woman as his family were alleging that their brother was questioning the paternity of two of her two out of their three kids.

“ We are investigating and there are many things we are trying to unrevel but they are not what I can tell you till further notice. For now, we are having his wife and two others who though are not cooperating with us,but they will soon open up”, the senior police officer said.

When  Alaba and his wife returned recently from a trip from Dubai,their house was a Mecca of sort as family members and friends thronged the premises to welcome them back home

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No one could envisage that danger loomed. In fact, if anyone had told them that the life of one of the couple would be abruptly cut short, the person would have been dismissed and tagged a prophet of doom. 

Those who visited them when they returned were not disappointed as they were well entertained and got one gift or the other .

The family was described as philanthropists as well as peace lovers that they were the envy of residents. The couple was loved and admired by all.

But in the morning of January 24, things took a dramatic turn to the amazement of all. The owner of the popular Bama Hotel was murdered by his wife of eight years. 

According to a source, Bama, as he is fondly called was allegedly roasted to death with a hot iron by his wife.

A resident, who identified himself simply as Emmanuel, said: “My brother, we are still in shock because the unexpected really happened. We were told that Bama’s wife discovered that another woman was pregnant for her husband and was embittered.

“She waited for the man to sleep and used hot iron to press his body and the man died out of severe pain. We are still baffled and surprised how the woman who we saw as easy-going would have the mind to kill her husband in his sleep.

“The deceased was the owner of Bama Hotel and Suite. He was a good man that we respected him a lot. The couple has three kids and they just returned from Dubai before the incident occurred.”

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Fire  razes 57 shops, properties in Niger 

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An early morning fire yesterday razed no fewer than 57 shops, destroying  goods worth millions of naira  at  Mokwa main market in Mokwa local Government Area of Niger State.

The fire was said to have started at about 4:00am when the shops owners were at home.

A source close to the market, Abubakar Umar, said the inferno razed many shops and destroyed properties worth millions of naira as nobody or agency was on ground to put out the fire or salvage the goods. 

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According to him:” The fire  destroyed many shops in the market. The situation was very serious because there was no help coming from anywhere.The fire started around 4:00pm this morning and it was so serious that no body could go near it.

The hamattan weather  could not help the situation. We are grateful to God that no life was lost.

Adamu Usman, a  revenue officer of  Mokwa LG ,said that  about 57 shops were destroyed by the inferno.

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