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Gov. Wike approves N450m to compensate victims of 2019 election



Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has released the sum of N450m to those affected during the 2019 bloody general elections in Ijaw communities in Abonema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state.

The governor, who met with the families of the affected persons and the council of chiefs at their town hall in Abonema on Monday said their bank account numbers would be credited with the amount of money starting from Wednesday 27th.

There are indications that the families of 37 persons, who paid the supreme price, were entitled to N9m compensation each.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Tammy Danagogo, who represented the State governor said the categories of beneficiaries include families of deceased persons, the wounded; those, who lost their properties including phones among others.

Speaking further the stated that in keeping his promise, Wike constituted a committee led by the deputy governor with a mandate to identify and list all victims of the violence, which he said was orchestrated by the army.

According to him, following the report handed over by the committee, the governor released N450million and insisted that the money should be paid to the accounts of the beneficiaries.

“We came to inform the community that the money is ready and by Wednesday you will begin to receive the alerts. Money is not enough to compensate the people of Abonema especially those, who lost their lives.

“We have a list of 37 persons that lost their lives. So, money is not enough. But the governor is doing this to let you know that he stands with you. If there is anybody I know that is reliable to stand with you in the face of any adversity, it is governor Wike.

“This is why I have always said even before I became the SSG that we should support him. The people of Abonema and Akuku-Toru are witnesses to the fact that our governor is reliable”, he said.

Danagogo also noted that the governor would soon inaugurate a significant project, the Abonema Ring Road Phase two, which was abandoned by contractors since 2006.

The Amayanabo of Abonema, His Royal Majesty, King Disreal Bobmanuel, in his remarks commended Wike for identifying with the people of the community.

The traditional ruler also described the governor as someone who is dependable, recalling how Wike fulfilled various requests presented to him by the community since he came into power.

Speaking further, he said when the community took their cry to the governor over the destruction and killings that occurred in the community, during the election, Wike wasted no time to set up a committee that worked out the compensations.

He said: “The compensation is quite generous. I want to thank Wike for being a friend to the people of Akuku-Toru. I thank him for showing concerns and helping us each time we go to him”.

The monarch advised the beneficiaries to think of how to properly utilize the money and to avoid engaging in frivolities and costly enjoyment.



Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.