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VIDEO: Moment Akpabio, Fubara Clash At Wigwe’s Funeral

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Senate President Godswill Akpabio and Governor Siminalayi Fubara bickered over politics at the funeral of the former CEO of Access Bank and banking icon, Herbert Wigwe.

The funeral service was conducted at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Isiokpo in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The Senate President asked the Rivers governor to quit his political career if he thinks it is not worthwhile.

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Akpabio stated this while speaking in response to Fubara’s comment directed to the political class who attended Wigwe’s funeral.

READ ALSO: Herbert Wigwe: Emotions, As Govs, Akpabio, Dangote, Peter Obi, Sanusi, Others Attend Funeral

Fubara had earlier during his speech at the funeral service, said, “What is this struggle all about? You want to kill, you want to bury, what is it all about? This is a man, he’s not a politician. He made his money through us, our investments.

“He has the world in his palm financially. He controls even the political classes. But today, with all the power financially, couldn’t control life.

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“Is it not enough today to ask ourselves why are we struggling? Why are we not making impact in the life of our people? Please, political class, let’s go home with that question, and be answering it in our minds, and reflecting it in what we do.”

Reacting to the governor, Akpabio said if he (Fubara) believed there was nothing to the political struggle, he (Fubara) should withdraw from the acclaimed struggle.

READ ALSO: Herbert Wigwe, Wife, Son’s Bodies Arrive For Burial [Photos]

The Senate President said, “We’re not going to cry in one day alone, we’ll cry so many days. When you look at the university, you will cry. When you pass through his personal house and edifice, you will cry.

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“Any of the Access Bank branches worldwide, whether the one in Dubai, or whether the one in Kenya or anywhere, you will cry. The children that he touched, those that he sent to school and the lives he touched, when they are talking about it and they mention his name, you will cry.

“Then you will ask yourself, just like Governor Fubara said, what is the struggle all about? Your excellency, Governor Fubara, if there is nothing in the struggle, don’t struggle.”

READ ALSO: Herbert Wigwe, Wife, Son’s Bodies Arrive For Burial [Photos]

Akpabio, while eulogising Wigwe, said, “Herbert was an iconic person; he was a people’s person. I believe he was a friend and a brother to all that came across him.”

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Recall that Herbert Wigwe, along with his wife, Chizoba, and son, Chizi, have been laid to rest in a private interment in their hometown of Omueke, Isiokpo, Rivers State.

The funeral comes after a week-long series of funeral rites honouring the life of the banking executive and his family.

The funeral service was attended by politicians, business leaders, mourners from various spheres, including friends, associates, and well-wishers from both local and international communities.

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Four Suspected Cultists Arrested With Arms In Edo

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The Edo State Police Command says it has arrested four suspected cultists.

The suspects arrested were Isioma Unwogo, 21, Godstime Imareigbe, 32, Apeleokha Raymond, 28, and Mutar Igie, 30.

Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin City, said the suspects were arrested during a stop-and-search operation.

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He said the suspects were arrested in Ahor, a community along the Benin-Lagos bypass and on the Benin-Auchi Road, respectively.

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The command’s spokesperson said Isioma was arrested with one cut-to-size gun and a live cartridge by operatives of the Ahor Police Station Division on patrol.

The other three suspects were arrested when police operatives intercepted a Toyota Camry with registration number ABC 265 RA, and upon a search, they recovered a pistol concealed inside the vehicle’s bonnet.

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SP Nwabuzor alleged that the suspects confessed to being members of a secret cult group in the state.

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Reps Ask NERC, DISCOs To Reverse Band A Tariff Hike

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the distribution companies, DISCOs, to reverse the tariff hike for Band A customers immediately.

This resolution was reached after the adoption of a report presented by the House Committee on Power.

Chairman of the Committee Victor Nwokolo who presented the report, stated that Nigerians cannot afford the new tariff.

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The Committee recommended a return to the status quo.

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The recommendations were adopted by the Committee of the Whole, after which it was passed.

Further investigation into the tariff hike is to be conducted by the House.

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The NERC in April announced a hike affecting Band A customers, who are to pay N225 per kilowatt.

According to the regulatory commission Band A subscribers would have at least 20 hours of power supply per day

It also explained that only electricity customers in Band A would be affected by the increase.

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At the time, it said only 15 per cent of the electricity consumers were affected by the hike, however, the decision generated negative reactions since its announcement.

“We currently have 800 feeders that are categorised as Band A, but it will now be reduced to under 500. This means that 17 per cent now qualify as Band-A feeders. These feeders only service 15 per cent of total electricity customers connected to the feeders,” NERC Vice Chairman, Musliu Oseni said on April 3.

“The commission has issued an order which is titled April supplementary order and the commission allows a 235 kilowatt per hour.”

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Otuaro Visits Edo/Delta Liaison Office, Declares PAP Apolitical

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The administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Dr. Dennis Otuaro, has declared that the interventionist programme is a nonpartisan agency, adding that it is unaffiliated with any political party or person.

Otuaro spoke when he paid an official visit to the Edo/Delta Liaison Office in Warri recently where he urged employees working at the office to refrain from discussing politics.

He further admonished the liaison office management not to utilize the space as a haven for issues of any kind.

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The PAP administrator, while describing the liaison office as the first point of call for delegates, charged them to handle concerns from delegates with uttermost professionalism.

READ ALSO: PAP: IPDI Tackles Group Over Attack On Otuaro

He further charged them to make sure that everything done in the office enhances and maintains peace in the Niger Delta region.

He noted that they must assist the Federal Government in preserving law and order as well as the states within the liaison office’s jurisdiction.

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He said all activities carried out at the liaison office must support the head office in maintaining and advancing the peace in the Niger Delta region, adding that the programme’s main goal is to maintain peace and order.

READ ALSO: PAP: INC Commends Otuaro, Says ‘Ijaw Satisfied With Your Innovative Leadership’

In his response, the liaison office manager, Capt. Presley Prebor, while expressing gratitude to the administrator for thinking it appropriate to stop by the liaison office, said Otuaro’s presence would provide the employees more motivation and self-assurance in performing their own tasks at the workplace.

He seized the avenue to list out some of the needs of the liaison office.

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Some of the persons who accompanied the PAP administrator are: PAP Technical Adviser, Mr. Daniel Edgar Biu; General Manager, Operations, Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, Godfrey Tare Pondi; Chief Ebimobowei Oguma, S.A to the Administrator; Chief Moses Bebenimibo; Engr. Ebikonde Victor Sokoto; Chief Fezigha Odu, among others.

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