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December 13, 2011

Chairman says complainants were unserious in the prosecution of their cases

The Census Tribunal sitting in Abuja has struck out 21 out of the 102 petitions filed against the National Population Commission (NPC) by some local government areas in Rivers State in respect of the 2006 population census.

December 7, 2011

Adeghe, who is a former militant, is standing trial on a two-count charge of kidnapping and conspiracy

A former militant, Promise Adeghe, was on Tuesday arraigned before a Yenagoa High Court on a two-count charge of  kidnapping and conspiracy to commit felony.

November 23, 2011

Eight of the governors failed to secure the president’s support for their embattled colleague

Eight state governors of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) met on Tuesday with President Goodluck Jonathan in a last bid to restore the party’s Bayelsa State gubernatorial ticket to incumbent Governor, Timipre Sylva.

It was obvious that their efforts yielded little results as they left disappointed.

November 11, 2011

The Opobo/Nkoro and Andoni LGAs of Rivers State are disputing the particulars of their shared boundary

Maclean Uranta, the Chairman, Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers, has appealed to the state government to release the white paper on the boundary adjustment between the council and Andoni Local Government Area.

He made the appeal, in Port Harcourt on Thursday, following the alleged clearing of a parcel of land on Unity Road, belonging to Nkoro community, by unidentified persons.

Uranta said the white paper would enable the people of the two council areas to know their boundaries and avert communal hostilities.

October 31, 2011

Thousands of copies of the newspaper were razed in an ambush by suspected militants.

Suspected militants, on Monday, set ablaze a distribution van belonging to The Nation Newspapers at the Mbiama axis of the East-West Road on the boundary between Rivers and Bayelsa states.

October 9, 2011

The governors in the zone also say they will focus on the development of agriculture, as "a post-oil strategy".

Governors of the South-South geo-political zone have concluded plans to hold a summit on the decline in education in the area.

September 30, 2011

The pupils were on a motorbike (okada) that was conveying them to school when they were knocked down and crushed

Yesterday, a Toyota Hilux van crushed five children who were on their way to school in the Nonwa community of Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State.

According to a report, the pupils were on a motorbike (okada) that was conveying them to school when they were knocked down and crushed close to Gbam Junction.

The motorbike rider also lost his life in the accident. Youths in the community took to the streets in anger over the incident and soldiers in the area had to intervene to quell the unrest.

June 17, 2011

The governor made the sack as a result of incompetence of the contractors to render effective services.

Rivers state governor, Chibuike Amaechi yesterday announced the dismissal of all contractors in charge of refuse disposal in the state for negligence and incompetence.

Amaechi made the announcement during a meeting with the contractors at Government House, Port Harcourt. He said they lacked the capacity to carry out their task in the state capital and its environs.

May 24, 2011

Soibibo Horsfall was kidnapped on May 21 in Buguma, Rivers State

Youths in Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State have called for the release of the abducted chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Soibibo Horsfall.

Horsfall was kidnapped on May 21 in Buguma, headquarters of the local government. He was a chairmanship candidate of ACN in the Local Government Area.

“Politics in the area has not developed to the level of kidnapping opponents or perceived enemies,” said Ngofaa Benebo, a resident of the area.

May 23, 2011

INEC has so far, declared the results of only three local government councils, and the PDP has won in all of them.

PDP has won three chairmanship and 35 councillorship seats in the result of the Rivers council polls so far declared by the State Independent Electoral Commission. The polls were held in 21 local government councils on Saturday.

Sam Woka, Director of Public Affairs and Civic Education at the Rivers INEC, told newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday that the commission has so far, declared the results of only three local government councils.

He said the results were ratified by the management of the commission led by its chairman, Prof. Nimi Briggs.

April 14, 2011

The three main candidates at one time or the other, all worked under the administration of former governor of Rivers, Dr. Peter Odili but are now in different parties.

As the governorship elections approach, Rivers State, with its array of gladiators for the seat, has continued to interest analysts.  

April 3, 2011

Emmanuel Deeyah was taken from his country home by unidentified gunmen who have made no ransom demand

The police in Rivers State, on Sunday, confirmed the abduction of Emmanuel Deeyah, a member of the House of Representatives.

April 1, 2011

The Supreme Court judgement ceding 86 oil wells formerly owned by Akwa-Ibom State to Rivers State has continued to receive critical reactions Akwa Ibom indigenes especially from the oil producing communities.

The Supreme Court judgement ceding 86 oil wells formerly owned by Akwa-Ibom State to Rivers State has continued to receive critical reactions Akwa Ibom indigenes especially from the oil producing communities.

The court ruling ordered the Akwa Ibom government to handover 86 oil wells to the Rivers State government, and also to refund the revenue that accrued from the wells beginning from April 2009 at 8 percent interest rate to Rivers.  

March 30, 2011

Governments of states in the oil-producing region are not impacting well on the lives of the citizenry in spite of the huge statutory revenue allocations to them.

Unemployment is highest in the oil-producing region of the country. This is according to Emmanuel Ijewere, Chairman of the Agriculture and Food Security Commission of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group.

March 28, 2011

The governor’s campaign group say that he has been transaprent in handling the affairs of Rivers State.

The Governor Chibuike Amaechi Re-election  Campaign Organisation has denied allegations of financial impropriety levelled against the governor.

February 8, 2011

Three additional victims of kerosene explosion died in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday.

The tragedy had earlier struck at the home of Maxwell Udoh, a staff of the State Investigation Bureau (SIB) on Sunday, when kerosene explosion killed his two daughters. The incident took place at about 11 p.m. at Bernard Carr Street in Port Harcourt, the home of the Udohs, when the family was preparing super.

February 3, 2011

The State Security Services in Rivers State says it has arrested seven men suspected to be militants and kidnappers.

The Rivers Director of the service, Douglas Dogo, said,  in Port Harcourt on Wednesday,  that the men were arrested at different locations in the state on January  21 following a tip-off.