Dreaded Ex-Militants Now Lawmakers In Rivers State House of Assembly

Date: 15-04-2015 10:36 am (5 years ago) | Author: CLARA JANCITA
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Some of the dreaded Niger Delta militants, who accepted the Federal Government’s Amnesty, have been elected into the Rivers State House of Assembly.
The late President Musa Yar’Adua had in 2009 signed a Proclamation granting Amnesty to Niger Delta militants, who agreed to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
The deal offered an unconditional pardon and cash payments to fighters who surrendered their arms and assembled at screening centers located in many parts of the oil-rich region within 60 days.
It targeted up to 10,000 militants whose attacks in the six Niger Delta states cost the country a third of its oil production and revenue.
The amnesty which came to effect on Thursday, August 6, 2009, saw militant commanders, including Government Ekpemukpolo, alias Tompolo, Sogboma George, Ateke Tom, Farah Dagogo, Ebikabowei Ben, alias Boyloaf, Kile Selky Torughedie, alias the Young Shall Grow; surrendering their arms and returning to normal life outside the creeks.
But based on the result of last Saturday’s election released by the state Returning Officer, Faraday Orumwense, a professor of Material Engineering, the ex-militants are among the 25 candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, who won the poll.
The ruling All Progressives Congress was only able to win a seat in the 32-members state legislature.
Citing widespread irregularities and violence, Mr. Orumwense declared elections in six state constituencies inconclusive.
Among those who will be making laws for the oil-rich state are Farah Dagogo, an ex-general of a dreaded militant group.
Mr. Dagogo, an indigene of Tombia community was dragged into the race by the Degema Political Front, a frontline political group and he will be representing Degema State Constituency in the assembly.
Adoki Tonye Smart, who will be representing Port Harcourt 11 State Constituency in the new assembly was a former field commander and second in command to Soboma George.
Late Mr. George was a dreaded militant leader who was shot by a rival gang in the Old Port Harcourt Township, months after he accepted the government’s amnesty.
Chisom Promise Dike, who won the Oyigbo State Constituency seat in the assembly, is a strong ally of Ateke Tom, a self-styled General of the erstwhile Niger Delta Vigilante Forces.
Mr. Tom, now referred to as the godfather, has become an institution of sorts in Ijaw politics and has strong influence in Okrika land.
He even contested the PDP gubernatorial primary in the state but was trounced by Nyesom Wike.
Kelechi Nwogu, who will be returning to the assembly to represent Omuma State Constituency, is said to have strong links with some of the ex-fighters in the region.
Evans Bipi, the factional speaker of the 7th Assembly, who was chased out of the chamber while attempting to impeach Governor Rotimi Amaechi, with five other lawmakers, will be returning to the house to represent Ogu/Bolo State Constituency.
Mr. Bipi is a relation to Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, and is also said to have strong links with Mr. Tom and other militant leaders in the region.
It was the House Leader, Chidi Lloyds, who stopped Mr. Bipi and his accomplices from going ahead with the plot to illegally remove Mr. Amaechi from office.
Mr. Lloyds had used the fake mace brought in by Mr. Bipi to thoroughly beat up and chase away the anti-Amaechi lawmakers from the floor of the assembly in 2013.
Mr. Lloyds, a strong supporter and friend of the state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, did not return to the assembly.
Other PDP member in the new assembly include Marshal Stanley-Udom who will be representing Abua/Odual, Okpokiri Okpokiri, representing Ahoada West; Jack Major, representing Akuku Toru 1; Tonye Alalibo, representing Akuku Toru11; and Ikuinyi Ibani, representing Andoni.
Others are Granville Wellington from Asari-Toru 1; Enemi George from Asari-Toru 11, Abinye Pepple from Bonny; Ngbulelo Israel from Gokana; Oguguo Anslem from Ikwere; Deeyah Bariene, Khana 1; Dinebari Loolo from Khana 11 and Amaewhule Chike from Obio/Akpor 1.
Also elected on the PDP platform are Michael Chinda from Obio/Akpor 11; Christian Ahiakwo from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni 1; Uwaji Nathaniel from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni 11; Dabotorudima Adams from Okrika; Ogbonda Nwene, Port Harcourt 1; Ihunwo Nyeche, Port Harcourt 11 and Ngbar Amulele from Tai.
The only APC candidate declared winner of the assembly poll is Josiah Olu, from Eleme State Constituency.

Mr. Olu, a staunch supporter of Mr. Amaechi, will be returning to the new house with a PDP majority.
However, elections to Ahoada East 1, Ahoada East 11, Emuoha, Etche 1, Etche 11 and Opobo/Nkoro were declared inconclusive.
INEC is yet to fix dates for the conduct of fresh elections in the affected areas.


Posted: at 15-04-2015 10:36 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
- allenspike at 15-04-2015 11:13 AM (5 years ago)
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Only in nigeria
Posted: at 15-04-2015 11:13 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Larry28 at 15-04-2015 11:21 AM (5 years ago)
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Nawa oo
Posted: at 15-04-2015 11:21 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- sandra78 at 15-04-2015 01:05 PM (5 years ago)
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Good
Posted: at 15-04-2015 01:05 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- echeeche at 15-04-2015 01:34 PM (5 years ago)
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i hear
Posted: at 15-04-2015 01:34 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- k4short2 at 15-04-2015 02:06 PM (5 years ago)
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WHAT OF THE NORTH?
Posted: at 15-04-2015 02:06 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- vantheo at 15-04-2015 02:17 PM (5 years ago)
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Wen things go bad rivers people should not cry for help oh. 

Posted: at 15-04-2015 02:17 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- femjay at 15-04-2015 02:40 PM (5 years ago)
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I weep for rivers people ...

Thuggery and violence is going to be the order of the day ..........
Posted: at 15-04-2015 02:40 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Francolysis at 15-04-2015 03:46 PM (5 years ago)
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What of the BOKO HARAMS that make up the northern government?
Posted: at 15-04-2015 03:46 PM (5 years ago) | Newbie
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- Giftous1 at 15-04-2015 04:00 PM (5 years ago)
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All these posterz...uhmm...i strongly urge you to put your mouth where your business is...cause yo know just NOTHING!! keep talking cause PDP won in rivers..how man stupid post(s) have you posted about the apc ruling states? The north especially..mind your business..NO BE EVERY THING YOU HEAR OR SEE YOU GO POST...just an advice....
If you like quote me...i dont give a 3F (Flying phyukin phyuk)
Posted: at 15-04-2015 04:00 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Onyibochukwu at 15-04-2015 05:29 PM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: femjay on 15-04-2015 02:40 PM
I weep for rivers people ...

Thuggery and violence is going to be the order of the day ..........

how e take disturb you, better begin now dey weep for yoruba's and hausa's cause there is death already in their camp.
Posted: at 15-04-2015 05:29 PM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- odegbalegu at 15-04-2015 06:06 PM (5 years ago)
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I soak my brother the  only APC member in that house and the entire house in the blood of Jesus. Oh my Gush! it's like Daniel in the Lion's den.
Posted: at 15-04-2015 06:06 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- discollins at 15-04-2015 06:21 PM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: odegbalegu on 15-04-2015 06:06 PM
I soak my brother the  only APC member in that house and the entire house in the blood of Jesus. Oh my Gush! it's like Daniel in the Lion's den.
Posted: at 15-04-2015 06:21 PM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- dareper at 15-04-2015 09:28 PM (5 years ago)
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Hmmm
Posted: at 15-04-2015 09:28 PM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- chisparlis at 15-04-2015 10:03 PM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: femjay on 15-04-2015 02:40 PM
I weep for rivers people ...

Thuggery and violence is going to be the order of the day ..........

why are you wiping for rivers people, is it your home town, they are taking what belongs to them and if any funny stupid act from buhari it will cost another war in Nigeria.
Posted: at 15-04-2015 10:03 PM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Abubu86 at 15-04-2015 10:44 PM (5 years ago)
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finger crossed
Posted: at 15-04-2015 10:44 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- beneno at 15-04-2015 11:10 PM (5 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 15-04-2015 11:10 PM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- mathiasobi at 16-04-2015 02:49 AM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: chisparlis on 15-04-2015 10:03 PM
why are you wiping for rivers people, is it your home town, they are taking what belongs to them and if any funny stupid act from buhari it will cost another war in Nigeria.
HOW MANY UNA DEY?? WAR WAR Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 16-04-2015 02:49 AM (5 years ago) | Newbie
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- jdybad at 16-04-2015 04:52 PM (5 years ago)
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YES , IT HAS BEGUN...

LOOTING, EVIL, HARASSMENT AND THUGGERY. CONGRATS TO PDP
Posted: at 16-04-2015 04:52 PM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Nicksam at 16-04-2015 07:57 PM (5 years ago)
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 Cool Cool Cool Cool
Posted: at 16-04-2015 07:57 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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