On Wednesday, the 29th of June, 2022 a three storey building collapse which resulted in loss of valuable properties. Though, lives were not lost, yet, valuables worth millions of naira were destroyed as a part of the building serving as residential apartments and shops caved in on Wednesday on Bende Street at the Old Port Harcourt Township axis of the city.
An eyewitness said the building collapsed at about 2am on Wednesday.
The witness said the building was abandoned, but some persons were squatting there.
The building is one of many old structures in the Old Port Harcourt Township that residents often describe as a time bomb.
Speaking to channels television, a resident of port Harcourt, Alex Loveday, said this is not the first time the building will collapse.
He stated that the first time part of the building caved in, occupants were warned to keep away from the facility but they ignored it.
“People are living inside here. I am aware that they have warned them to keep away. The first time part of it collapsed, they warned them to keep away from the vicinity,” he said.
“Government has not fully taken charge of it, that is why they still remain here. They don’t want to go out because nobody asked them to go out with a force and they look like they are not paying any bills. But they don’t know that they are endangering their lives.
This collapsed three-storey building on 112 Bende Street is one amongst several in this area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital which is a source of concern to residents.
The structure of the building and the length of time it had stayed without renovation caused the fall of the building.
Myriad of these buildings constructed during the colonial era have outlasted their lifespan but are still being used as residential buildings and shops.
This is not recommended and it’s best for the State Government to renovate or demolish these structures to avoid any more collapses within the city.
Inhabitants of this collapsed building have expressed grief and are devastated as they have been rendered homeless.
Outcome of Gov. Wike’s meeting with Atiku In London.
Following the brief meet in London, the main purpose behind the meeting has been disclosed, on the meeting between the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike and 2023 Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar in London last week.
Recall that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic party, and the sitting Gov of Rivers state has been feuding over the primary elections conducted within the party
The meeting held in Lon was attended by Governors Okezie Ikpeazu, Samuel Ortom, Seyi Makinde, who are allies of Wike and Ahmadu Fintiri, an ally of the former vice-president
However, reconciliatory moves are in high-gear and this newspaper has reliably gathered that Wike and his allies made 6 solid demands from Atiku in order to support him in 2023. The demands include;
The rift became wider after Atiku chose Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate against the recommendation of a committee setup to chose the Vice Presidential candidate of the Party. The committee had selected Wike. Following the meeting, Gov. Wike made certain demands.
A reliable source disclosed that Atiku allegedly told Wike that he will consider their demands and get back to them within 2 weeks.
It was also learned that Wike met with Tinubu and the Presidential Candidate of the Labour party, Peter Obi, who are both lobbying the Rivers Strongman.
Speaking on the meeting after his return from London on Friday, Wike said; “I can confirm that this is the first time as a team that we are meeting with presidential candidates. For whatever its worth, consultation is ongoing. Whatever we are talking about, is for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. It is not parochial and tied to one person or group of persons.”
“We believe that with what is going on, it will be for the interest of Nigerians at the end of the day.”
Wike decried the situation where standard, training and competence had always been traded for mediocrity.
He said leadership should not be about one individual and the interest of his family, but about the collective interest of everybody.
“Consultation is still ongoing. Never mind some people who do not believe in the existence of this country.”
High Court orders the sealing up of First Bank’s headquarters in Abuja.
The headquarters of Firstbank located at the Central Business District, Abuja, had been sealed up by the FCT High Court Enforcement Unit over failure to comply with a garnishee order.
Many staff of the bank, while responding to the development, characterized it as embarrassing, stating that, it could have been dealt with differently.
A garnishee order is one of the options open to a judgment creditor to enforce a judgment that has been made in his favour.
It is a common way of enforcing a judgment debt and is solely used to enforce monetary judgments against a debtor to recover money.
Officials of the FCT High Court Enforcement Unit stormed the bank (Coomasie) with towing vans and cranes and towed some of its valuables.
Items carted away included stand-by generators, Hilux vans and air conditioners among other valuables.
An official of the court, who spoke to NAN on grounds of anonymity said, “ it is a long story, but it is all about a garnishee order against the bank which it didn’t comply with.’’
Efforts to get the head of the unit and the bank’s officials to speak on the development proved abortive.
Some staff of the bank, while reacting to the development, described it as embarrassing, saying it could have been handled differently.
The bank’s headquarters in Lagos has also failed to react to the development, as calls and text messages put across to the cell phone of an official in the Communications Unit of the bank were not responded to.
Most of the bank’s customers were seen in groups hanging outside the bank’s premises.
EFCC Apprehends, 13 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters.
They were nabbed in the early hours of Thursday, July 28, 2022, in a sting operation at various locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Thirteen (13) suspects are: Austin Fama, Victor Lucky, Victor Apugo, Emeka Chukwu, Tariesi Ego, Best Okon Akpan, Kenneth Ekeke, Divine Umoh, Abasii Bianuake, Life Attai, Daniel Assor, Orji Michael Kelechi and John Amadi.
They were arrests followed actionable intelligence received by the Commission on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.
Items recovered from them include cars, mobile phones of different brands, ATM Cards and Laptop computers.
In the same vein, operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the EFCC on July 21, arrested Seventy Four (74) suspected internet fraudsters.
They were picked up in at various locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, however, of the number, Forty Eight (48) had incriminating items in their possession.
The apprehended suspects include: Promise Sunday, Ukala Goldman, Isaac Golden, Peter Ikechukwu, Bankole Olamide, John Chiemela, Thomas Martins, Dr Victor, Emmanuel Owuma, Emmanuel Sekun, Philip Abaku, Emmanuel Egwuanumku, Thompson Charles Lekia, Ken Anelele Marvel, Kelechi Prince, Ugochukwu Ukaigwe, Ake John, Victor Madu, Moses Jubril Akrah, Jonathan Jeffery, Noble Lot, Success Umukoro, Precious Michael and Christabel Enoch.
Others are Desmond Ogu, Louis Abbas, Donaldson Ugbo, Kelvin Dickson, Henry Messiah, Godwin Egwelike, Timinepre Esuku, Mathew Kelvin, Alfred Friday, Nyderson Mufisa Nwogu, Boyle Edward, Ifeanyi Elum, Richard Welle Chikodi, Ogu Raymond, Tamunoturoko Briggs, Kenedy Patrick, Shadrach Savior, King Nwonuma, Chisom Umah, Joseph Effiong, Kelvin Ifeanyi, Birabil Lessi Junior Goodness, George Nnamdi and Doro Precious.
Lots of Items were recovered from them including five exotic cars, different brands of phones, laptops, ATM cards, Etc.
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