“The matter had generated much attention at the time and the House joint committee headed by Hon. Rimande Shawulu (PDP, Taraba) and Akin Fakorede who had responded in a letter dated 6th May 2019 said, “Dr. Ferry was killed by friends and associates not men of Rivers F-SARS.”
“The six suspects were arraigned on Thursday, June 24, 2021, on 18- count charges bordering on conspiracy and money laundering contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011, as amended.
“This move by EVOMEC caused consternation to majority of principal members present at her meeting, which led to the brief visit by the House to the site, to meet with the perpetrators of the act. The Chief, while addressing the company (EVOMEC) through her workers; informed that Jumbo Chieftaincy House remains unaware of the presence of the company, despite the incursion on the property and its attending endowments, which had been a means of survival for the House.”
“Our King the Amanyanabo did set up a Security Committee for Bonny Kingdom to work in synergy with the Local Government Council and the security agencies, but there are limitations due to the lack of government buy-in. Therefore, we have called on the LG Council to synergize with stakeholders & groups to achieve a responsive security network. Community plays a huge role in intelligence gathering which informs security approach.”
“There has been series of protests but none gathered momentum like the one recorded from the 11th to 14th of January, 2021 which terminated in Port Harcourt, the State capital. Few days later, prayers we offered by widows in the community, seeking God’s intervention.”
“Lots of infrastructure to enhance living standards can be set up and yes, the funds are available. Tenement rate, as part of our policy, would be utilized by respective companies in providing infrastructures as desired by our community. We intend to be transparent about this, understanding the mistrust over the years and we shall set up a system to checkmate this process.”
“Having set up this illegal Elder’s Council, they have been receiving monies meant for the house and squandering same. There are cases ongoing with evidence by the Police at Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), Abuja bothering on these illicit transactions. We are pursuing all matters diligently to ensure these abnormalities are upturned.”