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Two Arrested For Attempting To Kill Pastor

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Two suspects are now telling men of the State Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), Rivers State police command all they know about attempting on the life of a pentecostal  Pastor and destruction of his property in Ibaa, Emohua Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects who have made useful statements to the police were said to have trailed  their target to Egbelu Ozodo in Obio/Akpor local government area last month, where they were apprehended following a tip off.

Narrating his ordeal to The Tide On Sunday, the victim, Pastor Israel Okachi, the zonal chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Ibaa/Obelle and Resident Pastor of Sure Foundation Bible Church Ibaa, alleged that the attempt on his life and those of his family members is being carried out by some sponsored unrepentance militants at Mgbogizi village in Ibaa community.

According to him, there had been several failed attempts to shot him and his family members before the recent burning and stealing of his properties worth over N30 million in the community. 

Pastor Okachi who spoke to the Tide On Sunday, said the hoodlums further destroyed and stole some properties belonging to the church, as well closed down the church, by restricted members from worshipping in the community.

We the leader in the area recalled that some time in April, 2009 during the heat of the crisis in Ibaaa, a group of hoodlums led by one Nwaka Azu demanded from him the sum of N400,000.00 as ‘Security Fee’, which he refused to pay.

According to him, since then he has been facing series of gun shot attack which made him and his family to flee from the area to Port Harcourt.

He said the hoodlums further advanced to attack him at Egblu Ozodo in Port Harcourt, where two were arrested by police patrol team, while others escaped.

“On November 13, 2009 the escaped hoodlums advanced to the village led byt eh gang leader, Nwaka Azu and burnt and destroyed my storey building, stole properties worth N30 million,” the pastor explained.

The P.F.N. branch leader used the opportunity to call on the state government, security agencies and P.F.N. in national to do something urgently to save his life and his family members, as the miscreants who invaded the Ibaa Community are unrelenting.

When our reporter called at the State Police Command, the Rivers State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) D.S.P. Rita Innoma Abbey said was awaiting the report from the department handling the matter.

Meanwhile, police source from the State Command Investigation Bureau (SCIB) confirmed that the matter is still under investigation.

 

Enoch Epelle

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Traditional Ruler Empowers Widows, Others In Elele

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A traditional ruler, Eze Okechukwu Okah, Eze Ali Omokpirikwu of Elele, in Ikwerre Local Government, Rivers State, has empowered widows, women and chiefs in his community.
Eze Okah, gave out five milion, five hundred thousand naira to over 5000 persons for empowerment.
The annual empowerment programme was held at the weekend in Elele, in his palace. The aim was to assist women and chiefs to cultivate their farms.
Speaking at the ceremony, the traditional ruler said the major aim of the empowerment was to make feeding in various homes easy.
”This annual empowerment programme was to enable our mothers return to their farms. It is the only way I can assist them feed their homes and society at large.
For now, this is what I can do to assist our precious mothers, widows and the less privileged in the society”, Eze Okah said.
He further promised to build a befitting market for Omokpirikwu women, as to improve the economic activities of the area.
“The market, if built would end transporting goods to other neighbouring communities for sale.
Consequently, I dedicate this empowerment programme to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, because he is the pride of the state.
Governor Wike’s massive infrastructural and human capital development in the state deserves commendation”, he stated.
He used the forum to call on the governor to contest 2023 presidential race, saying that he has the capacity and support.
Earlier, an 89 year old woman, Edith Amadi, one of the beneficiaries expressed joy with tears, thanking Eze Okay for his benevolence, adding that since she lost her husband life have been so difficult.
The women leader of Ali Mama Omokpirikwu Chapter, Mrs Dorathy Ogbonna, Ezenne Justin Kinika, 79, and other beneficiaries’ thanked Eze Okah for the empowerment.

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Why Ogoni Should Be Supported For Governor -VON

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A politico-social group christened Vanguards of Ogoni Nation (VON), has canvassed for an Ogoni to be governor in 2023.
Chairman of the group, Favour Reuben, in a live radio programme monitored by The Tide in Port Harcourt said, Ogonis have potentials to lead the state.
He solicited for other ethnic groups to join in the quest for an Ogoni governor, noting that they cannot do it alone without support of other parts of the state.
In his words:” We are consulting and reaching out to other groups and we believe the Ogonis should be given a chance.”
Reuben dismissed the claim of riverine and upland dichotomy in the state guber race, stressing that current political developments have overtaken such position over the years.
Reuben, who is former chairman of Labour Party, also hinted that his party is ready to field any candidate from Ogoni in the party.
The former labour party chairman in the state urged all Ogonis to jettison their differences and ensure that they produced the governor in 2023.
He counselled against all forms of divisiveness and violence, emphasising the need for unity, compromise and sense of nationality among the Ogonis as a way of clinching the guber seat in next year.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Soberekon Calls For Six Vice Presidential Slots For Nigeria

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An elder statesman in Niger Delta, Rev Sokari Soberekon, has called for a provision for six vice presidential slog for the country. This is as he called for the restructuring of Nigeria before the 2023 general election.
In a memo titled “proposal for the restructuring of Nigeria for peace and stability, sustainability, rapid development and good governance”, made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt, the cleric said the political zones have been grossly neglected for years especially the villages that produce the resources that have sustained the country for 65 years, hence, the six vice presidential positions if put in place, would serve the interest of the autonomous geopolitical zones of the country.
Soberekon maintained that only restructuring will correct injustice and encourage healthy competition among the zones for rapid development since all the zones have resources that can be developed for growth and development.
Each of the six geopolitical zones include; south east, south west, south-south, north-east, north-central and north-west zones, he said, ”is naturally endowed with wonderful mineral resources that need be tapped and developed for rapid economic growth and development”
Soberekon in the same memo, warned against heeding to calls for the division of the country instead, he sued for “staying together as one indivisible entity”, as the best option for Nigeria, via restructuring.
Meanwhile, Soberekon has also called for the establishment of a petroleum and gas university in Oloibiri, Bayelsa State, as he invites President Mohammadu Buhari and other world leaders to visit Oloibiri to see the level of underdevelopment in the place.
Regretting the absence of a federal presence in the community, he said nothing less than the establishment of a petroleum and gas university would serve enough compensation to a people and land where crude oil was first discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria.

By: Kalu Emmanuel

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