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PORT HARCOURT: Panic in Ikoku spare parts market over emergency eviction notice

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Over 5000 spare parts traders stand being evicted from the popular Spare Part Market at Mile 3, Port Harcourt, the capital.

This follows an impromptu eviction notice of three weeks issued by the owners who offered no reason for the sudden decision.

Though reports say the traders have been transferred to a private entity for urban development, they have been advised to seek redress in Court.

Some of the affected traders appealed to the landlords to give them more time to plan their exit since no other location has been provided for them by the Rivers State Government.

Others want the state government to intervene and provide an alternative location considering the importance of the service they render to residents.

But Chairman of the Mile 3 Ikoku Spare Parts Market, Anthony Alaribole in reaction to the quit notice told newsmen that, “We are yearly tenants who have been operating in Ikoku for about 30-50 years.

“This notice had caused confusion among many of our members because the notice is too short.

He also alleged that, “The eviction notice is a strategy to destabilize the traders because of the matter they have with the police and the state government due to their demand for justice for the late Chima Ikwunado and the Ikoku4.”

Port Harcourt mechanic, Chima Ikwunado was allegedly tortured to death by police officers attached to the Eagle Crack Unit.

The officers from the Eagle Crack Squad who tortured the mechanic to death in December 2019 and unlawfully inflicted various degrees of injuries on Ifeanyi Onyekwere, Ogbonna Victor, Ifeanyi Osuji and Osaze Friday have been dismissed by the Rivers State Police Command and are currently facing charges of conspiracy and murder, among others.

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Issue an executive order to decongest the ports, Reps tell Buhari

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The technical committee on customs and excise at the House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an executive order to decongest the nation’s ports.

The committee made the recommendation to the federal government during a four-day oversight visit to the customs formations in Lagos which ended on Friday.

The order, the committee said, should direct the use of part of the revenue generated by the Nigeria Customs Service to carry out repairs on the access roads leading to the ports.

According to the committee, the nation is losing five times the amount of money that would have been generated from the ports due to bad roads and port congestion.

The committee also wants the President to immediately disband the Presidential Task Force on the decongestion of traffic at the Apapa Port.

The task force, the committee believes, has outlived its usefulness since it was inaugurated about two years ago.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Shell’s Request To Vacate ₦17bn Judgement on Oil Spill

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The Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited seeking to set aside a January 11, 2019 judgement of the court upholding damages to the tune of N17bilion awarded against the oil company.

The apex court had on January 11, 2019 upheld an earlier judgment by the Court of Appeal, affirming a June 14, 2010 judgement of the Federal High Court which awarded the damages against Shell over an oil spill at Ejam-Ebulu in Tai Eleme Local Government Area of River State in 1970.

Dismissing the application on Friday, Justice Samuel Osuji who read the lead ruling of the Supreme Court’s panel prepared by Justice Centus Nweze, held that the application by Shell, asking it to revisit its earlier judgment, was unmeritorious.

Although the lawyer to Shell declined speaking to Journalists, lawyer to Ejam-Ebulu community, Mr Lucius Nwosu while applauding the verdict of the court said the judgment sum, with interest, now stands in the region of N160billion.

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