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Rivers State Crisis: Appoint Youth Commissioners — High Chief Joe Umezulike writes Sim

Rivers State Crisis: Appoint Youth Commissioners — High Chief Joe Umezulike writes Sim

 Subject: Recommendation to Appoint Youth Commissioners


Dear Governor of Rivers state,


Sim

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you regarding the recent resignations of several commissioners from your cabinet. It is indeed concerning to see such a significant number of key officials stepping down from their positions.


Upon reflection, I believe this presents a unique opportunity for you to enact positive change within the governance structure of Rivers State. Rather than viewing these resignations solely as a setback, I urge you to seize this moment as a chance to empower the youth of your state.


As evidenced by the resignations, there may be a perception among some individuals that political connections or allegiance to former governors or leaders are prerequisites for success in government roles. However, I firmly believe that talent, dedication, and fresh perspectives are equally, if not more, valuable attributes in public service.


Therefore, I recommend that you consider appointing capable and driven young individuals to fill the vacant commissioner positions. By doing so, you can demonstrate your commitment to fostering a new generation of leaders and ensure that the voices and aspirations of our youth are represented at the highest levels of decision-making.


Moreover, appointing youth commissioners would not only inject new energy and innovation into your administration but also inspire confidence and hope among the younger population of Rivers State. It would send a powerful message that meritocracy and inclusivity are core principles of your governance system.


I stand ready to support and assist you in identifying suitable candidates who possess the requisite skills, integrity, and passion to serve your state with distinction. Together, we can work towards building a brighter future for Rivers State by harnessing the potential of the youth.


Thank you for considering my recommendation. I remain optimistic about the positive impact that your leadership can have on your beloved state.


Yours sincerely,


High Chief Joe Daniels Umezulike

New Nigerian Mandate

 Subject: Recommendation to Appoint Youth Commissioners


Dear Governor of Rivers state,


Sim

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you regarding the recent resignations of several commissioners from your cabinet. It is indeed concerning to see such a significant number of key officials stepping down from their positions.


Upon reflection, I believe this presents a unique opportunity for you to enact positive change within the governance structure of Rivers State. Rather than viewing these resignations solely as a setback, I urge you to seize this moment as a chance to empower the youth of your state.


As evidenced by the resignations, there may be a perception among some individuals that political connections or allegiance to former governors or leaders are prerequisites for success in government roles. However, I firmly believe that talent, dedication, and fresh perspectives are equally, if not more, valuable attributes in public service.


Therefore, I recommend that you consider appointing capable and driven young individuals to fill the vacant commissioner positions. By doing so, you can demonstrate your commitment to fostering a new generation of leaders and ensure that the voices and aspirations of our youth are represented at the highest levels of decision-making.


Moreover, appointing youth commissioners would not only inject new energy and innovation into your administration but also inspire confidence and hope among the younger population of Rivers State. It would send a powerful message that meritocracy and inclusivity are core principles of your governance system.


I stand ready to support and assist you in identifying suitable candidates who possess the requisite skills, integrity, and passion to serve your state with distinction. Together, we can work towards building a brighter future for Rivers State by harnessing the potential of the youth.


Thank you for considering my recommendation. I remain optimistic about the positive impact that your leadership can have on your beloved state.


Yours sincerely,


High Chief Joe Daniels Umezulike

New Nigerian Mandate

RIVERS STATE CRISIS: 5 Pro Wike Commissioners Resign

RIVERS STATE CRISIS: 5 Pro Wike Commissioners Resign

1. Environment, Austen Ben-Chioma


2. Social Welfare & Rehab... Inime Chinwewo Aguba


3. Transport, Hon. Nbima.


4. Education, Prince Chinedu


5. Housing, Hon. Gift Worlu










Source: social media


1. Environment, Austen Ben-Chioma


2. Social Welfare & Rehab... Inime Chinwewo Aguba


3. Transport, Hon. Nbima.


4. Education, Prince Chinedu


5. Housing, Hon. Gift Worlu










Source: social media


RIVERS ASSEMBLY: NEW SPEAKER EMERGES, DECLARES ACTIONS OF AMAEWHULE-LED FACTION VOID

RIVERS ASSEMBLY: NEW SPEAKER EMERGES, DECLARES ACTIONS OF AMAEWHULE-LED FACTION VOID


The Rivers State House of Assembly has at its sitting held on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 elected Rt. Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo representing Bonny State Constituency as the new speaker.


The House further declared all actions taken by the  members of the factional Assembly led by Hon. Martin Amaewhule as void and a nullity in the eyes of the law and further called on Gov. Siminalayi Fubara to stop dealing with the former lawmakers who lost their seat following their defection.


While addressing the house the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oko-Jumbo said his emergence was in pursuant to the resignation of Rt. Hon. Edison Ogerenya Ehie and in line with section 92(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.


He thanked his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him assuring that he will continue to work with them to move the state forward.


The Speaker noted that after the House last sat on December 13, 2023 and adjourned sine dine, there has been an avalanche of legislative rascality perpetrated by the 25 former members of the 10th Rivers State House of Assembly, led by the former Speaker, Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule. 


Rt. Hon. Oko-Jumbo emphasised that the former members were aware of the provisions of section 109(1)(g) of the CFRN 1999, and following their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC)  on December 11, 2023,  Rt. Hon. Edison Ogerenye Ehie who then became the Speaker on December 13,  2023 wrote to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declaring the seats of the 25 lawmakers vacant in line with section 109(1)(g) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, stressing that there are numerous pending cases in the courts over the defection of the former lawmakers.


He therefore stated that, "All laws, plenary sessions and actions taken by the illegal House are hereby declared void and a nullity in the eyes of the law by virtue of the judgment of Lord Denning in the celebrated case of MacFoy v UAC (1961) 3 All ER 1169, which held that "you cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand."


Oko-Jumbo quoted further, "If an act is void, then it is in law a nullity. It is not only bad, but incurably bad. There is no need for an order of court to set it aside. It is automatically null and void without more ado, though it is sometimes more convenient to have the court declare it to be so. And every proceeding which is founded on it is also bad and incurably bad. You cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stay there. It will collapse."


The Speaker directed the Executive arm, the Judiciary and general public to disregard every law purportedly enacted by the illegal Assembly as they all amount to nothing but an exercise in futility.


"Furthermore, this House would want to most respectfully urge and call on His Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminilayi Fubara, to stop dealing with the 25 former lawmakers, in whatever guise." 


"Those members are merely floating and do not have any landing ground or anywhere to berth their ship since their defection to the All Progressive Congress on the 11th of December, 2023. This House is the legally and Constitutionally recognised House by virtue of the defection, and is ready to receive correspondences from and work with His Excellency."


He assured of the house unalloyed and unwavering support to work with Governor Siminalayi Fubara in moving Rivers State forward and in promoting the progress and welfare of the State.


Addressing newsmen after the sitting which held at 10:00am, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo called on all Rivers people to join and support the government of Sir Siminalayi Fubara as the house is ready to give its best for the service of the state


On his part the Chairman of the Business Committee of the House, Hon. Sokari Goodboy, assured of the house commitment to the advancement of the state and are ready to support the speaker. He urged Governor Siminalayi Fubara not to have anything to do with the former members of the house in order not to attract the wrath of the house.


Also in a twist, the Assembly Sergeant-at-arms, Mr. David Wariboko whom Martin Amaewhule-led factional Assembly allegedly suspended was seen performing his duties with the Assembly under Rt. Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo.




Source: Amoshie tv


The Rivers State House of Assembly has at its sitting held on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 elected Rt. Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo representing Bonny State Constituency as the new speaker.


The House further declared all actions taken by the  members of the factional Assembly led by Hon. Martin Amaewhule as void and a nullity in the eyes of the law and further called on Gov. Siminalayi Fubara to stop dealing with the former lawmakers who lost their seat following their defection.


While addressing the house the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oko-Jumbo said his emergence was in pursuant to the resignation of Rt. Hon. Edison Ogerenya Ehie and in line with section 92(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.


He thanked his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him assuring that he will continue to work with them to move the state forward.


The Speaker noted that after the House last sat on December 13, 2023 and adjourned sine dine, there has been an avalanche of legislative rascality perpetrated by the 25 former members of the 10th Rivers State House of Assembly, led by the former Speaker, Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule. 


Rt. Hon. Oko-Jumbo emphasised that the former members were aware of the provisions of section 109(1)(g) of the CFRN 1999, and following their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC)  on December 11, 2023,  Rt. Hon. Edison Ogerenye Ehie who then became the Speaker on December 13,  2023 wrote to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declaring the seats of the 25 lawmakers vacant in line with section 109(1)(g) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, stressing that there are numerous pending cases in the courts over the defection of the former lawmakers.


He therefore stated that, "All laws, plenary sessions and actions taken by the illegal House are hereby declared void and a nullity in the eyes of the law by virtue of the judgment of Lord Denning in the celebrated case of MacFoy v UAC (1961) 3 All ER 1169, which held that "you cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand."


Oko-Jumbo quoted further, "If an act is void, then it is in law a nullity. It is not only bad, but incurably bad. There is no need for an order of court to set it aside. It is automatically null and void without more ado, though it is sometimes more convenient to have the court declare it to be so. And every proceeding which is founded on it is also bad and incurably bad. You cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stay there. It will collapse."


The Speaker directed the Executive arm, the Judiciary and general public to disregard every law purportedly enacted by the illegal Assembly as they all amount to nothing but an exercise in futility.


"Furthermore, this House would want to most respectfully urge and call on His Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminilayi Fubara, to stop dealing with the 25 former lawmakers, in whatever guise." 


"Those members are merely floating and do not have any landing ground or anywhere to berth their ship since their defection to the All Progressive Congress on the 11th of December, 2023. This House is the legally and Constitutionally recognised House by virtue of the defection, and is ready to receive correspondences from and work with His Excellency."


He assured of the house unalloyed and unwavering support to work with Governor Siminalayi Fubara in moving Rivers State forward and in promoting the progress and welfare of the State.


Addressing newsmen after the sitting which held at 10:00am, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo called on all Rivers people to join and support the government of Sir Siminalayi Fubara as the house is ready to give its best for the service of the state


On his part the Chairman of the Business Committee of the House, Hon. Sokari Goodboy, assured of the house commitment to the advancement of the state and are ready to support the speaker. He urged Governor Siminalayi Fubara not to have anything to do with the former members of the house in order not to attract the wrath of the house.


Also in a twist, the Assembly Sergeant-at-arms, Mr. David Wariboko whom Martin Amaewhule-led factional Assembly allegedly suspended was seen performing his duties with the Assembly under Rt. Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo.




Source: Amoshie tv

YORUBA IN PORT HARCOURT AND RIVERS STATE POLITICS

YORUBA IN PORT HARCOURT AND RIVERS STATE POLITICS


I have effectively followed the political happenings and elections in Rivers State since 1999 till date. Throughout this period of about 24 years, never for once have I seen the “Yoruba interference” in the politics of Rivers State.


It’s no longer news that the Yoruba people have a high population in the State, a population comprising of different professionals contributing positively to the growth and economy of Port Harcourt and Rivers State.


But with their valued contributions to the economy of the State and high population in the area, the Yorubas never brag about their accomplishments, achievements and establishments in the City and never uses same to denigrate their host communities and boast that they will determine the political future of their landlords and choose who becomes their next lawmakers and Governor of the State. They don’t even print campaign posters and contest elections in the State, even when they are at liberty to.


I have never seen the Yorubas engage in tactless political activities in Rivers State or making reckless political statements during local elections in the State or anywhere outside South-West, Nigeria. Also, I have never seen them brag that they made a candidate win an election in Rivers State or anywhere outside SW. even when they obviously contributed.


During elections in Rivers State, the Yorubas who are registered to vote comport themselves, mind their business throughout the campaign period and go to their polling units to cast their votes for their preferred candidates and quietly leave their polling units after doing so. In fact, the only time you will see Yoruba people during campaigns here is when political parties or candidates have called the Yoruba community for a campaign meeting to seek for their votes and support.


This behaviour of one of the most industrious, respected and celebrated ethnic group in the world is possible not just because they are one of the most educated people in Nigeria, but also, because they have a culture of respect imbibed in all sons and daughters of Yoruba in and outside Yoruba land, the culture of respect called Omoluabi.


Throughout my years of political participation and observation in Rivers State, the attitude of the Yorubas in Port Harcourt is the direct opposite of that of some others who not only behave like lost and uncivilized entities without any form of education and culture, but are also brash, tactless, reckless, noisy, disrespectful and boastful. Who after selling fake oraimo cords in one kiosk at Rebisi, always brag about the imaginary powers they have as tenants to determine for their landlord, how and when he should impregnate his wife. A true definition of uninvited tombofly and meddlesome interloper.


As a man of independent thoughts who is also cultured (by virtue of being an Ikwerre man) and appreciates good things, I must commend the Yoruba people for maintaining high standards of respect for others and promoting the principles of Omoluabi. Nigeria would be a better place if we all promote our uniqueness and respect our differences.


Dear Yoruba people, please keep it up, you have my respect ✊


Nwo Diali 


I have effectively followed the political happenings and elections in Rivers State since 1999 till date. Throughout this period of about 24 years, never for once have I seen the “Yoruba interference” in the politics of Rivers State.


It’s no longer news that the Yoruba people have a high population in the State, a population comprising of different professionals contributing positively to the growth and economy of Port Harcourt and Rivers State.


But with their valued contributions to the economy of the State and high population in the area, the Yorubas never brag about their accomplishments, achievements and establishments in the City and never uses same to denigrate their host communities and boast that they will determine the political future of their landlords and choose who becomes their next lawmakers and Governor of the State. They don’t even print campaign posters and contest elections in the State, even when they are at liberty to.


I have never seen the Yorubas engage in tactless political activities in Rivers State or making reckless political statements during local elections in the State or anywhere outside South-West, Nigeria. Also, I have never seen them brag that they made a candidate win an election in Rivers State or anywhere outside SW. even when they obviously contributed.


During elections in Rivers State, the Yorubas who are registered to vote comport themselves, mind their business throughout the campaign period and go to their polling units to cast their votes for their preferred candidates and quietly leave their polling units after doing so. In fact, the only time you will see Yoruba people during campaigns here is when political parties or candidates have called the Yoruba community for a campaign meeting to seek for their votes and support.


This behaviour of one of the most industrious, respected and celebrated ethnic group in the world is possible not just because they are one of the most educated people in Nigeria, but also, because they have a culture of respect imbibed in all sons and daughters of Yoruba in and outside Yoruba land, the culture of respect called Omoluabi.


Throughout my years of political participation and observation in Rivers State, the attitude of the Yorubas in Port Harcourt is the direct opposite of that of some others who not only behave like lost and uncivilized entities without any form of education and culture, but are also brash, tactless, reckless, noisy, disrespectful and boastful. Who after selling fake oraimo cords in one kiosk at Rebisi, always brag about the imaginary powers they have as tenants to determine for their landlord, how and when he should impregnate his wife. A true definition of uninvited tombofly and meddlesome interloper.


As a man of independent thoughts who is also cultured (by virtue of being an Ikwerre man) and appreciates good things, I must commend the Yoruba people for maintaining high standards of respect for others and promoting the principles of Omoluabi. Nigeria would be a better place if we all promote our uniqueness and respect our differences.


Dear Yoruba people, please keep it up, you have my respect ✊


Nwo Diali 

EFCC Arrests Nine Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

EFCC Arrests Nine Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt


Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


They were arrested following actionable intelligence on their suspected involvement in internet-related offences.  


Items recovered from them include different brands of mobile devices, laptops, two cars and several incriminating documents in their possession.


They will soon be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 

Source: EFCC 


Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


They were arrested following actionable intelligence on their suspected involvement in internet-related offences.  


Items recovered from them include different brands of mobile devices, laptops, two cars and several incriminating documents in their possession.


They will soon be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 

Source: EFCC 

EFCC Arrests Suspected Internet Fraudster in Port Harcourt

EFCC Arrests Suspected Internet Fraudster in Port Harcourt


Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested a  suspected internet fraudster, Ali Desmond Chinedum in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.  

 

He was arrested following credible intelligence on his suspected involvement in internet-related offences.

 




Items recovered from him include, one iPhone 11 Pro Max, One Redmi 12 Android mobile device, two  United States Navy identity cards with number: 100040041245 and 100010041159, one Mercedez Benz GLK and one HP Laptop computer device and charms.

 

He will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 

Source: EFCC


Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested a  suspected internet fraudster, Ali Desmond Chinedum in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.  

 

He was arrested following credible intelligence on his suspected involvement in internet-related offences.

 




Items recovered from him include, one iPhone 11 Pro Max, One Redmi 12 Android mobile device, two  United States Navy identity cards with number: 100040041245 and 100010041159, one Mercedez Benz GLK and one HP Laptop computer device and charms.

 

He will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 

Source: EFCC

EFCC Arraigns Fake Afghan Soldier for $1000 Internet Fraud in Port Harcourt

EFCC Arraigns Fake Afghan Soldier for $1000 Internet Fraud in Port Harcourt


The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 14, 2024 arraigned David Ikeaghichi before Justice S. D. Pam of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State for impersonating an Afghanistan soldier and obtaining money under false pretence.


Ikeaghichi is facing trial on two-count charges, which run contrary to Section 1 (1)(a & b) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.


The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 14, 2024 arraigned David Ikeaghichi before Justice S. D. Pam of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State for impersonating an Afghanistan soldier and obtaining money under false pretence.


Ikeaghichi is facing trial on two-count charges, which run contrary to Section 1 (1)(a & b) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

How EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

How EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt






Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested eleven ( 11) suspected Internet fraudsters in an early morning sting operation on Thursday.


The suspects: Chidindu Michael; Timothy Emmanuel; Nweke Joseph Jeff; Francis David; Pedro Enuaghanam Nnaemeka; Promise Amesi; David Eke; Michael Okoroaha; David Achi, Justic Arugba and Collins Wedeh, were arrested on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Ozuobo Area, off NTA Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


They were arrested through surveillance and verified intelligence on their suspicious internet- related criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include: one wine- coloured Lexus ES 350 car; six Plasma Television sets; three laptops; ten( 10) mobile phones of different brands; one LG Home Theatre; one black and red Boom Speaker; one Hisense Speaker; one Hisense Sound Bar, 5 Automated Teller Machine( ATM) cards of different banks and two Apple wrist watches .

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

By EFCC












Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested eleven ( 11) suspected Internet fraudsters in an early morning sting operation on Thursday.


The suspects: Chidindu Michael; Timothy Emmanuel; Nweke Joseph Jeff; Francis David; Pedro Enuaghanam Nnaemeka; Promise Amesi; David Eke; Michael Okoroaha; David Achi, Justic Arugba and Collins Wedeh, were arrested on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Ozuobo Area, off NTA Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


They were arrested through surveillance and verified intelligence on their suspicious internet- related criminal activities.

Items recovered from them include: one wine- coloured Lexus ES 350 car; six Plasma Television sets; three laptops; ten( 10) mobile phones of different brands; one LG Home Theatre; one black and red Boom Speaker; one Hisense Speaker; one Hisense Sound Bar, 5 Automated Teller Machine( ATM) cards of different banks and two Apple wrist watches .

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

By EFCC







EFCC Arrests Three Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt

EFCC Arrests Three Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Port Harcourt


Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested three suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation.

They were arrested on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at No. 10c. Okokwu Street, Mile 3, Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State following some verified intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects are: Otode Kelvin Presco, Miracle Kanen Bariduduune and Saviour Ledum Prince

Items recovered from them include: one black- coloured iPhone X; one green-coloured infinix Hot 9; one brown Tecno Camon 12 air; two small itel torch light phones; one black -coloured power bank, one black -coloured Tecno Camon 15 air and one blue- coloured infinix smart 4 phone.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded

Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested three suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation.

They were arrested on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at No. 10c. Okokwu Street, Mile 3, Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State following some verified intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects are: Otode Kelvin Presco, Miracle Kanen Bariduduune and Saviour Ledum Prince

Items recovered from them include: one black- coloured iPhone X; one green-coloured infinix Hot 9; one brown Tecno Camon 12 air; two small itel torch light phones; one black -coloured power bank, one black -coloured Tecno Camon 15 air and one blue- coloured infinix smart 4 phone.

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded

Two Internet Fraudsters Bag Three Years in Port Harcourt

Two Internet Fraudsters Bag Three Years in Port Harcourt


Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Morgan Innocent Chinda (aka Richard Johnson Adams) and Joshua Pina to three years imprisonment, for internet-related offences.


They were jailed recently after pleading “guilty" to one- count separate charges bordering on impersonation and Internet fraud, upon their arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.



The lone charge reads Chinda: "That you Morgan Innocent Chinda (aka. Richard Johnson Adams) sometime in 2021, at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court fraudulently impersonated one Richard Johnson Adams, an American citizen and pilot working with American Airways with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act".

The charge against Joshua Pina reads: "That you Joshua Pina (aka Berry Williams) sometime in 2021, on or about 28th June 2021 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court fraudulently impersonated one Berry Williams with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act"

In view of the pleas of the defendants, prosecution counsel, N.A. Dodo prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Mohammed found them guilty as charged and consequently convicted and sentenced Chinda to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N 250,000), and Pina to one-year imprisonment, with an option of fine of Fifty Thousand Naira ( N50,000).

The judge ordered that the items recovered from the convicts at the point of arrest: iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 and Qukitel C 19 be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

By EFCC

Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Morgan Innocent Chinda (aka Richard Johnson Adams) and Joshua Pina to three years imprisonment, for internet-related offences.


They were jailed recently after pleading “guilty" to one- count separate charges bordering on impersonation and Internet fraud, upon their arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.



The lone charge reads Chinda: "That you Morgan Innocent Chinda (aka. Richard Johnson Adams) sometime in 2021, at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court fraudulently impersonated one Richard Johnson Adams, an American citizen and pilot working with American Airways with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act".

The charge against Joshua Pina reads: "That you Joshua Pina (aka Berry Williams) sometime in 2021, on or about 28th June 2021 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court fraudulently impersonated one Berry Williams with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act"

In view of the pleas of the defendants, prosecution counsel, N.A. Dodo prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Mohammed found them guilty as charged and consequently convicted and sentenced Chinda to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N 250,000), and Pina to one-year imprisonment, with an option of fine of Fifty Thousand Naira ( N50,000).

The judge ordered that the items recovered from the convicts at the point of arrest: iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 and Qukitel C 19 be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

By EFCC

NIGERIA: States Govt, Not FG Should Collect VAT, Related Taxes, Court Rules

NIGERIA: States Govt, Not FG Should Collect VAT, Related Taxes, Court Rules


In a landmark ruling, the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has declared that the Rivers State Government and not the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), an agency of the federal government, should collect Valued Added Tax (VAT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT) in the state.


Presided over by Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam, the court also issued an order of perpetual injunction restraining the FIRS and the Attorney General of the federation, both first and second defendants in the suit, from collecting, demanding, threatening and intimidating residents of Rivers State to pay to FIRS, personnel income tax and Value Added Tax.


Justice Pam made the assertion while delivering judgement in Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/149/2020, filed by the Attorney General for Rivers State (plaintiff), against the Federal Inland Revenue Service (first defendant) and the Attorney General of the Federation (second defendant).


The Court, which granted all the eleven reliefs sought by the Rivers State Government, stated that there was no constitutional basis for the FIRS to demand for and collect VAT, Withholding Tax, Education Tax and Technology levy in Rivers State or any other State of the Federation, being that the constitutional powers and competence of the federal government was limited to taxation of incomes, profits and capital gains, which did not include VAT or any other species of sales, or levy other than those specifically mentioned in items 58 and 59 of the Exclusive Legislative List of the Constitution.


The judge dismissed the preliminary objections filed by the defendants that the Court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit and that the case should be transferred to Court of Appeal for interpretation.


Justice Pam, who also dismissed objection raised by the defendants that the National Assembly ought to have been made a party in the suit, declared that the issues of taxes raised by the state government were issues of law that the court was constitutionally empowered to entertain



He declared that after a diligent review of the issues raised by both the plaintiff and the defendants, the plaintiff has proven beyond doubt that it was entitled to all the eleven reliefs it sought in the suit.


The court agreed with the Rivers State Government that it was the State and not FIRS that was constitutionally entitled to impose taxes enforceable or collectable in its territory of the nature of consumption or sales tax, VAT, education and other taxes or levies, other than the taxes and duties specifically reserved for the federal government by items 58 and 59 of Part 1 of the Second Schedule of the 1999 constitution as amended.


Also, the court declared that the defendants were not constitutionally entitled to charge or impose levies, charges or rates (under any guise or by whatever name called) on the residents of Rivers State and indeed any state of the federation.


Among the reliefs sought by the Rivers State Government, was a declaration that the constitutional power of the federal government to impose taxes and duties was only limited to the items listed in items 58 and 59 of Part 1 of the second schedule of the 1999 constitution as amended.


The Rivers State Government had also urged the court to declare that, by virtue of the provisions of items 7 and 8 of the Part II (Concurrent Legislative List) of the Second Schedule of the constitution, the power of the federal government to delegate the collection of taxes can only be exercised by the State government or other authority of the state and no other person.


The State government had further asked the court to declare that all statutory provisions made or purportedly made in the exercise of the legislative powers of the federal government, which contained provisions that were inconsistent with or in excess of the powers to impose tax and duties, as prescribed by items 58 and 59 of the Part I of the Second Schedule of the 1999 constitution, or inconsistent with the power to delegate the duty of collection of taxes, as contained in items 7 and 8 of Part II of the Second Schedule of the Constitution, were unconstitutional, null and void.


Lead counsel for the Rivers State Government, Donald Chika Denwigwe (SAN), who spoke to journalists after the court session, explained that the case was all about the interpretation of the constitution as regards the authority of the government at the state and federal levels to collect certain revenue particularly, VAT.


“So, during the determination of the matter, some issues of law were thrown up like, whether or not the case should be referred to the Court of Appeal for the determination of some issues.


“The court noted that the application is like asking the Federal High Court to transfer the entire case to the Court of Appeal. In which case, if the court so decides, there will be nothing left to refer back to the Federal High Court as required by the constitution.”


According to Denwigwe, the court refused that prayer and decided that the case was in its proper place before the Federal High Court and to determine it.


Donald Chika Denwigwe, SAN, lead counsel to Government of Rivers State and Ken C.O. Njemanze, SAN, briefing journalists after the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt on Monday declared FIRS collection of Value Added Tax in Rivers State unconstitutional.


On the implication of the judgement, Denwigwe said it was now, unlawful for such taxes as VAT in Rivers State to be collected by any agency of the federal government.


“In a summary, it is a determination that it is wrong for the federal government to be collecting taxes, which are constitutionally reserved for the state governments to collect. The implication of the judgement is that the government (federal and state) as an authority under the constitution, should be advised by the judgement, that it is the duty of all government authorities to comply with and obey the law so long as the court has interpreted it and said what that law is.


U“So, in other words, the issue of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the territory of Rivers State and Personal Income Tax should be reserved for the government of Rivers State.”


Counsel to FIRS, O.C. Eyibo said he would study the judgment and advise his client.


By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt.


In a landmark ruling, the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has declared that the Rivers State Government and not the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), an agency of the federal government, should collect Valued Added Tax (VAT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT) in the state.


Presided over by Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam, the court also issued an order of perpetual injunction restraining the FIRS and the Attorney General of the federation, both first and second defendants in the suit, from collecting, demanding, threatening and intimidating residents of Rivers State to pay to FIRS, personnel income tax and Value Added Tax.


Justice Pam made the assertion while delivering judgement in Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/149/2020, filed by the Attorney General for Rivers State (plaintiff), against the Federal Inland Revenue Service (first defendant) and the Attorney General of the Federation (second defendant).


The Court, which granted all the eleven reliefs sought by the Rivers State Government, stated that there was no constitutional basis for the FIRS to demand for and collect VAT, Withholding Tax, Education Tax and Technology levy in Rivers State or any other State of the Federation, being that the constitutional powers and competence of the federal government was limited to taxation of incomes, profits and capital gains, which did not include VAT or any other species of sales, or levy other than those specifically mentioned in items 58 and 59 of the Exclusive Legislative List of the Constitution.


The judge dismissed the preliminary objections filed by the defendants that the Court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit and that the case should be transferred to Court of Appeal for interpretation.


Justice Pam, who also dismissed objection raised by the defendants that the National Assembly ought to have been made a party in the suit, declared that the issues of taxes raised by the state government were issues of law that the court was constitutionally empowered to entertain



He declared that after a diligent review of the issues raised by both the plaintiff and the defendants, the plaintiff has proven beyond doubt that it was entitled to all the eleven reliefs it sought in the suit.


The court agreed with the Rivers State Government that it was the State and not FIRS that was constitutionally entitled to impose taxes enforceable or collectable in its territory of the nature of consumption or sales tax, VAT, education and other taxes or levies, other than the taxes and duties specifically reserved for the federal government by items 58 and 59 of Part 1 of the Second Schedule of the 1999 constitution as amended.


Also, the court declared that the defendants were not constitutionally entitled to charge or impose levies, charges or rates (under any guise or by whatever name called) on the residents of Rivers State and indeed any state of the federation.


Among the reliefs sought by the Rivers State Government, was a declaration that the constitutional power of the federal government to impose taxes and duties was only limited to the items listed in items 58 and 59 of Part 1 of the second schedule of the 1999 constitution as amended.


The Rivers State Government had also urged the court to declare that, by virtue of the provisions of items 7 and 8 of the Part II (Concurrent Legislative List) of the Second Schedule of the constitution, the power of the federal government to delegate the collection of taxes can only be exercised by the State government or other authority of the state and no other person.


The State government had further asked the court to declare that all statutory provisions made or purportedly made in the exercise of the legislative powers of the federal government, which contained provisions that were inconsistent with or in excess of the powers to impose tax and duties, as prescribed by items 58 and 59 of the Part I of the Second Schedule of the 1999 constitution, or inconsistent with the power to delegate the duty of collection of taxes, as contained in items 7 and 8 of Part II of the Second Schedule of the Constitution, were unconstitutional, null and void.


Lead counsel for the Rivers State Government, Donald Chika Denwigwe (SAN), who spoke to journalists after the court session, explained that the case was all about the interpretation of the constitution as regards the authority of the government at the state and federal levels to collect certain revenue particularly, VAT.


“So, during the determination of the matter, some issues of law were thrown up like, whether or not the case should be referred to the Court of Appeal for the determination of some issues.


“The court noted that the application is like asking the Federal High Court to transfer the entire case to the Court of Appeal. In which case, if the court so decides, there will be nothing left to refer back to the Federal High Court as required by the constitution.”


According to Denwigwe, the court refused that prayer and decided that the case was in its proper place before the Federal High Court and to determine it.


Donald Chika Denwigwe, SAN, lead counsel to Government of Rivers State and Ken C.O. Njemanze, SAN, briefing journalists after the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt on Monday declared FIRS collection of Value Added Tax in Rivers State unconstitutional.


On the implication of the judgement, Denwigwe said it was now, unlawful for such taxes as VAT in Rivers State to be collected by any agency of the federal government.


“In a summary, it is a determination that it is wrong for the federal government to be collecting taxes, which are constitutionally reserved for the state governments to collect. The implication of the judgement is that the government (federal and state) as an authority under the constitution, should be advised by the judgement, that it is the duty of all government authorities to comply with and obey the law so long as the court has interpreted it and said what that law is.


U“So, in other words, the issue of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the territory of Rivers State and Personal Income Tax should be reserved for the government of Rivers State.”


Counsel to FIRS, O.C. Eyibo said he would study the judgment and advise his client.


By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt.

Oil Thief Bags Two Years in Port Harcourt

Oil Thief Bags Two Years in Port Harcourt


Justice A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Rabiu Aliyu to two years imprisonment for illegal dealing in petroleum products, without an appropriate licence.

The convict was jailed after pleading guilty to a one-count charge, bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products without authority and an appropriate licence, upon arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

The charge reads:"That you Rabiu Aliyu, on the 16th day of May, 2017 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did without appropriate licence deal in about Thirty Three Thousand (33,000) litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (17) (a) of Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17 of the Revised Edition, (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1 (17) (b) of the same Act"

In view of the plea of the defendant, prosecution counsel, Endeba Abiyesuku, prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Counsel to the defendant, M. M. Suleiman did not oppose the prayers of the prosecution but prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250, 000.00). He ordered the 33,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) arrested with the convict, to be forfeited to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Truck with registration number XA 538 BGW released to its owner.

Aliyu’s journey to the Correctional Facility started after he was arrested sometimes in 2017 by the Anti- Illegal Oil Bunkering patrol team of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, at Akala Olu Community, in Rivers State for illegal dealing in petroleum products.

The convict was also arrested alongside a DAF truck with registration XA 538 BGW loaded with products suspected to be Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) . He was thereafter handed over to EFCC for further investigation and prosecution.


Source: EFCC

Justice A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Rabiu Aliyu to two years imprisonment for illegal dealing in petroleum products, without an appropriate licence.

The convict was jailed after pleading guilty to a one-count charge, bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products without authority and an appropriate licence, upon arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

The charge reads:"That you Rabiu Aliyu, on the 16th day of May, 2017 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did without appropriate licence deal in about Thirty Three Thousand (33,000) litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (17) (a) of Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17 of the Revised Edition, (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1 (17) (b) of the same Act"

In view of the plea of the defendant, prosecution counsel, Endeba Abiyesuku, prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Counsel to the defendant, M. M. Suleiman did not oppose the prayers of the prosecution but prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250, 000.00). He ordered the 33,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) arrested with the convict, to be forfeited to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Truck with registration number XA 538 BGW released to its owner.

Aliyu’s journey to the Correctional Facility started after he was arrested sometimes in 2017 by the Anti- Illegal Oil Bunkering patrol team of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, at Akala Olu Community, in Rivers State for illegal dealing in petroleum products.

The convict was also arrested alongside a DAF truck with registration XA 538 BGW loaded with products suspected to be Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) . He was thereafter handed over to EFCC for further investigation and prosecution.


Source: EFCC

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