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Independence Day: Gov Wike Spits Fire, Says Nothing Like Nigeria

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has expressed anger over the current state of the nation, saying there is nothing like Nigeria that needs to be celebrated.

In a video posted online, Wike was sighted speaking during a sermon in a church as part of activities to mark the 2021 Independence Day.

Governor Wike, who referred to the country as an old man at 61, said Nigeria is characterized with hatred, division and enmity, stressing that some persons in authority are hating a whole state because of an individual.

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The Governor lambasted the National Assembly for allegedly misrepresenting Nigerians, particularly on the constant approval for loan whenever it is requested by the executive.

Wike expressed sadness over the lawmaker’s failure to ask questions on how the monies were being used.

He also alleged that there is no court in the country, stating that they have been intimidated by those in power.

He stressed that the Nigerian judges have abandoned their responsibilities for the fear of unknown.

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He said, “You have a child that is 61 years old. In the next few days, Nigeria will be 61 years old. So many people celebrate when they get to 60 years thanking God.

“Now Nigeria is 61 years but the only reason why we can thank God is because there still appears a name called ‘Nigeria’. That is the only reason we are thanking God. But indeed, is there anything called Nigeria?

“An old man at 61 years, full of enmity, division and hatred. At 61 years, you hate a state because of an individual, discriminating against some people because of their religion, because of where they come from. And we are here clapping hands for Nigeria.

“At 61 years old, where is legislature? A legislature that cannot think, a legislature that anything they bring is right. A legislature that cannot say that Nigeria has come to the age of conducting a free and fair election.

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“A legislature that would close its eyes and say “anytime you want to borrow, borrow”. A legislature that will not ask questions “this money that you are borrowing, where is it”?

“61 year old, giant of Africa. The money they are borrowing, where are they applying it? We have no congress to ask questions.

“Indeed what are we celebrating at 61 years old? Where are the courts? The judges are been intimidated, they have abandoned their responsibilities out of fear of what would happen”.

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Drama As Ortom Busts Illegal Revenue Checkpoint In Benue, Arrests Operators [PHOTOS]

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Luck ran out on a gang of illegal checkpoint operators at Abinsi, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Sunday, October 24, 2021, when Governor Samuel Ortom busted their operations.

Governor Ortom’s attention was drawn to the activities of the illegal revenue operators when he noticed the harassment of heavy-duty vehicles that were detained at the checkpoint on his way from Kwande Local Government.

He then ordered his convoy to stop to find out why many vehicles were parked at the checkpoint.

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As soon as he alighted from his car, some of the youths at the checkpoint took to their heels.

He discovered, during an interaction with drivers of the vehicles, that the checkpoint operators were collecting money from motorists without issuing them receipts, a development that prompted the Governor to order the arrest of four of the operators who could not run.

The Governor directed that those who fled should also be apprehended and thoroughly investigated alongside the four suspects to unravel benefactors of the proceeds from their illegal collections.

He explained that within a very short time, the checkpoint operators collected more than N20,000 from the commuters without issuing them receipts.

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Governor Ortom lamented that despite the collections, nothing goes to the government as such monies are diverted into private pockets for individual use.

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DAILY POST reports that he vowed to sanction the management of the Board of Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, for failure to supervise and ensure the right thing was done.

Governor Ortom said he will henceforth, personally carry out surprise checks on the activities of checkpoint operators in the state.

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The four suspects were then handed over to the Police for further investigation.

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EFCC Grills Ex-Senate President

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A former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, is currently being grilled by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a case of corruption and diversion of public funds.

Anyim who arrived the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Jabi, Abuja at about 3pm, is currently being grilled by a team of operatives.

Though details of the specific allegations against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, were sketchy as of press time, a source familiar with the case informed that, it is tied to the corruption and money laundering case involving former Aviation Minister and serving senator, Senator Stella Oduah.

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Part of the rehabilitation funds to the tune of N780 million were allegedly traced to a company in which Senator Anyim has interest.

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When contacted, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said he has not been briefed.

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Mr. Macaroni Confronts Policemen Over Alleged 30k Extortion Of A Young Man

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A video making the rounds shows actor, comedian and content creator, Mr. Macaroni (Debo Adedayo), confronting policemen over their dealings with a young man.

In the video, a young man carrying dreadlocks and backpack can be seen explaining to Mr. Macaroni that he was made to transfer N30,000 to an account by the officers.

Some of the officers then started pleading with the comedian-turned activist.

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However, one of the policemen could be seen recording the person making the video in spite of his colleagues’ attempt to stop him.

Some youths that recognised Debo, stopped to ask what was happening.

One of the officers was heard telling them “kosi kan kan” (‘nothing is wrong/happening’).

On the body of a police Hilux truck packed at the scene was written “The Nigeria Police Ogudu Division”.

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A source said the event was streamed live on Instagram by Mr. Macaroni.

The star was a key figure of the #EndSARS movement that climaxed with the Lekki Tollgate shootings.

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Also, last Wednesday, which was the first anniversary of the infamous October 20, 2020 incident, saw Mr. Macaroni and other stars at Lekki Tollgate for a memorial.

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