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Presidential Tribunal: Real reasons I congratulated Buhari – Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has revealed that he congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal confirmed his election because he is not a hypocrite like other Governors.

Wike said it is better to offer public congratulations than visit the President at night.

Governor Wike said that unlike some Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who visit President Muhammadu Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from the heart.

The Rivers State governorship offered the explanation Thursday, at the Funeral Service in honour of Late Madam Blessing Awuse, Mother of Chief Sergent Chidi Awuse, at the St Luke’s Anglican Church, Emohua.

Governor Wike said politics is a game of interest, noting that Rivers people in the All Progressives Congress are under obligation to attract Federal benefits to the state.

He said: ” I am sure all of you are surprised that I congratulated Buhari. Is it not good for me to congratulate him, than to go to his house in the night?”

“So many PDP Governors go to see him in his house in the night. I have never gone and I will not go. I won’t go.

“We are the only state that the Federal Government refused to pay us our money used to execute Federal projects because I don’t go to see him in the night and I won’t go. He is not my friend, he is not doing well, but he won in court, should I say that the court did wrong, no.

“President Buhari, congratulations and carry Nigerians along. Unify the country, the country is too divided. I am saying what is right. What I will do, I will do, what I will not do, I will not do.

“Politics is a game of interest. And my only interest is Rivers State. Anything that is against the interest of Rivers State, I will not agree.

“These people sold us out, thinking that they are doing Governor Wike. It is the State that you are offending because I am just one person.

He, therefore, expressed displeasure that Rivers State has key links to President Muhammadu Buhari from the State, yet the East West Road, the seaports and other Federal projects have been completely neglected since 2015, adding that nothing indicates that Rivers State has prominent APC members working with President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We produce oil. They should not punish Rivers State because of me. I am just one individual. We have not benefited anything from the Federal Government. The only thing we have benefited is the abuse they heap on me.

“They turned the NDDC into a cash cow to sponsor elections against us. Nobody protested that anomaly. Now they want us to protest because someone did not nominate the management of NDDC this time.

“Since 2015, NDDC has not had its governing board, but nobody protested. I will not be dragged into such protests,” he said.

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BREAKING: Another torture centre with 11 inmates uncovered in Zaria

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An illegal rehabilitation home that had transformed into a house of horror where inmates are tortured and left to writhe in pains has been discovered in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The discovery, which was made on Tuesday, left many across the city in shock.

At least 11 inmates made up of men and children were removed from the illegal facility.

The latest incident follows the discoveries of other unauthorised rehabilitation centres in Rigasa under Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna, and another in Katsina State.

Many of the inmates in those places were bound with chains and had various torture marks all over their bodies.

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JUST IN: Seven killed, houses burnt as gang violence erupted in Cross River Community

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At least seven person have lost their lives while several houses were torched during a gang violence that broke out in Okundi under Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State in the early hours of Tuesday.

The violence was said to have been triggered by the killing of a young man named Joseph Bankong, who is opposed to cult activities in the area on Monday night.

A resident of the community, who witnessed the incident, said, “The killing of Bankong made the entire community to rise up against suspected cult members.

“In the process, Alphonsus Etta Ewung, Otu Agbor Edum, and Chief Paulinus Otu’s son among others were killed.”

Commissioner of Police in the state, Austin Agbonlahor, confirmed the incident, adding that “The police are on ground now”.

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Why we arrested Mompha in Abuja – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha.

EFCC disclosed that Mompha was arrested for alleged internet fraud and money laundering on Friday last week at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The anti-graft agency made the disclosure in a series of tweets titled: “Alleged Internet fraud, Money Laundering: EFCC Arrests Ismaila Mustapha, a.k.a Mompha.”

The tweets reads: “The EFCC, Lagos office, has arrested a renowned Social Media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha for alleged involvement in internet-related fraud and money laundering.

“The suspect, a premium and first class customer of one of the popular international airlines, was arrested on Friday 18, October 2019 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on his way to Dubai Emirate following series of intelligence reports received by the Commission.”

EFCC also disclosed that according to its operatives, “actionable cross border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities further strengthened our suspicion”.

It added: “Ismaila, who allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the guise of being a Bureau de Change operator is always seen with his little son flaunting huge amount of foreign currencies on his social media platforms.

“Investigations have also revealed that Ismaila is only using the BDC business, he jointly owned with his siblings, as a decoy to launder his proceeds of crime.

“However, the suspect has volunteered useful information to the operatives and has admitted to be reasonably involved in the first two cases he was alleged to be involved.

“At the point of arrest, five wristwatches with a total worth of over twenty million naira (N20, 000, 000: 00) was recovered from him. The suspects will soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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