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Methodist Prelate Loses Car To Armed Robbers

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The prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, His eminence Dr. Sunday Ola Makinde was attacked by a gang of armed robbers in Akwa Ibom State and dispossessed of his Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep.

The attack was said to have taken place between Abak and Ukanajun as the prelate and his entourage were returning from a grand reception and thanksgiving service by the cathedral of Unity Methodist Church, Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Uwa East, Essien Udim in honour of governor Godswill Obot Akpabio last Sunday.

In a telephone conversion with one of the drivers in the entourage who craved anonymity, the armed robbers may have been informed of the prelate’s movement by a source who attended the church reception.

Even though the source did not give a detailed account of the attack and the exact spot where it occurred, it was obvious that they had pre-information by the way they operated.

Apart from the prelate losing his car and some content inside it, the mobile policeman attached to him was also said to have lost his riffle to the hoodlums.

Our source added that the attack must have been carried out on the prelate as target because their informants may have informed them that the prelate’s car was loaded with cash given him by the governor.

The Tide was however not told how much cash His eminence lost to the men of under world in addition to the car.

The prelate who earlier reprimanded Gov. Akpabio for his habitual lateness to events, however commended him for the various life touching projects  he has executed in the state.

Makinde told politicians who are interested in second term not to stash money for their re-election but should execute projects, saying it is there projects that would make people to vote for them a second time.

He singled out both the Lagos State governor Fashola and Akpabio for their good works and endorsed them for second term.

Responding, Chief Akpabio attributed his lateness to the planning committee, who had informed him that he was only going to be needed during the second part of the programme.

Akpabio used the occasion to call on Akwa Ibom politicians to stop politics of deceit, noting that some of them who are spreading falsehood about him can not even be voted by their kinsmen.

He said his emergence in the political arena was facilitated by his family members due to his track records.

He later commissioned a multi purpose hall and parsonage built and furnished by Elder Ibanga Akpabio, stat PDP Secretary.

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Host Community Set To Resolve Chieftaincy Tussles

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Otuasega community of Ogbia council area of Bayelsa State has said they were willing to resolve the protracted chieftaincy tussle bedeviling the community before August this year.
The Tide learnt this at the weekend by the community’s interim leader and CDC chairman, Mr Igbuasi Gbanibebi.
Igbuasi who also doubles as the chief security officer of the SPDC’s host community hinted that the community’s leadership has resolved to end all contentious court cases on who becomes the Paramount ruler of the community.
He regretted that the suits instituted by the contenders to the throne, owing to the 2018 disputed chieftaincy election of the community have impeded development.
“We’ve decided as a community to withdraw all the cases concerning our chieftaincy election from court.
Though our tenure as CDC and community leadership would end by August this year, we’re resolve to end all cases and install a paramount ruler before we leave office on or before August”, he said.
“We’re talking to the contenders to the throne, hopefully they’re are cooperating, but should they refused, we would ask all of them to stop drawing us backwards and use the old traditional means or ask the clergy in the community to fast and pray, and then tell us whom God has ordained as our Paramount ruler”, he added.
Igbuasi who also spoke on the prevailing peace in the community in the absent of a substantive monarch commended the joint task force, JTF, Police and the community’s own vigilante service for sustaining the peace in the area.

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Diri Solicits S’Korea’s Partnership On Agric, Infrastructure Dev

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has sought the partnership and support of South Korea in areas of agricultural, maritime and infrastructure development of the state.
At a meeting with the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae, in Abuja, Governor Diri said given its maritime similarity with Bayelsa State, the state also needed the South Korean expertise and partnership in developing deep-sea fishing, aquaculture and rice cultivation.
His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying that the state was equally interested in partnership in education, science and technology as well as in oil and gas.
He said his administration pays serious attention to the issue of security as top priority and has conscientiously worked with the security agencies to make Bayelsa and its maritime domain safer than before.
“The purpose of this meeting is to explore areas of economic partnership and seek the expertise of South Korea in developing our state and its economy.
“Bayelsa has huge potential in agriculture and marine resources. We seek foreign investment in aquaculture and deep-sea fishing. Our terrain is good for aquaculture to thrive as well as rice cultivation and production with the large expanse of land already in Peremabiri and Sampou. We are trying to revive the culture of farming in our state. The government is interested in commercial farming as against the culture of subsistence farming that a lot of our people engage in”, he said.
“The South Korean expertise is also required in the production of plastics, in science and technology and the oil and gas sector. Our administration is taking deliberate steps to open up the state. This can be done through massive road construction and development of infrastructure, including how to control the perennial flooding in our state. We seek your partnership and expertise too in this area”, he added.
Governor Diri noted that such partnership would help in empowering youths of the state that would be given training in order to check youth restiveness and militancy.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Anambra Guber Poll: Bayelsa Deputy Gov Predicts Victory For PDP

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Ahead of the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would coast home to victory in the south-east state.
Ewhrudjakpo expressed the optimism at the state Party Secretariat in Awka shortly after leading a committee to conduct the election of local government delegates for the forthcoming PDP primaries in Anambra State.
A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, the Deputy Governor was quoted as, describing the exercise as smooth and successful, noting that 21 delegates were elected in the process.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who is the Chairman of the committee, disclosed that additional 21 physically challenged persons representing the 21 local government areas of the state were also chosen by members of the party.
While expressing delight at the show of unity and cooperation among the various stakeholders of the PDP in the state, he maintained that there were strong prospects, that the party has what it takes to win the November 6 election.
According to the Bayelsa Deputy Governor, the PDP delegates were elected in a peaceful, free and fair manner under the supervision of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He added that as a law abiding party, the PDP would soon conduct its primaries in accordance with the timeline provided by INEC and give whoever emerges as its flag bearer all the needed support with a view to winning the election.
He thanked the National chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Waziri Tambuwal and Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state for giving him and members of the Committee the opportunity to serve the party.
“It has been a very successful programme. As you can see, there is no protest going on. Everywhere is peaceful and calm. So we have successfully completed the exercise, which was witnessed by INEC. Members of our party have freely elected 21 delegates of their choice and also 21 physically challenged persons to represent those who are going to participate in the primaries”, he said.

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