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Victims of 2019 presidential election violence get N450m from Wike


Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, has made good his promise to victims of the 2019 Presidential election in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local government area of the state with the release of the sum of N450 million.

Speaking during a meeting preparatory to giving out the cash, Governor Wike said the gesture was in fulfilment of his promise to the people of Abonnema at the Church service to honour those who lost their lives, the injured and those who lost properties during the crisis.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, Wike said, “No amount of money could adequately compensate the people for the harrowing experience they suffered in the hands of the Nigerian Army”, stating that he appreciates the support and commitment of the People of Akuku Toru Local Government Area before, during and after the elections.

He said he would continue to execute programmes that would positively impact on the lives of the people of the Area with an assurance that, “The second phase of the Abonnema ring road would be commissioned before the end of June, stressing that the contractor has been fully paid.

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“In the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic we have continued to stand by the People of the State by taking practical steps not only to protect Rivers People but to also provide palliatives to bring succour to the vulnerable and less privileged unlike the selfish politicians in other political parties who only visit the people to solicit for votes during elections but do not have the interest of the people at heart.”

In his remarks the Amayanabo of Abonnema King Disrael Gbobo Bobmanuel thanked Governor Wike for fulfilling his promise to the Abonnema People, noting that the Governor has proven over the years that his word is his bond.

According to him, the Governor is a man worthy of trust and support because he has fulfilled all his promises to the Abonnema People. He Advised beneficiaries to make judicious use of the Money the Governor has graciously given to them.

Also speaking one of the beneficiaries, Mr. Minamiango Romeo, who sustained gunshot injuries, expressed gratitude to Governor Wike for not abandoning them in their time of need and promised to continue to support his Administration and the leaders of the Local Government Area.

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Hell was let loose on the narrow streets of Abonnema on the day of the presidential election on Feb. 23, 2019 when armed men engaged soldiers on election duty in a shoot-out that lasted hours leading to death of civilians and soldiers in the area.

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