Suspected killer squad has emerged in the Bayelsa State owned Niger Delta University (NDU).
Already serious death and mysterious disappearance of students and staff have been on the increase in the past few months.
The latest victim according to a source close to the university is a year four engineering student who was and killed, dumped at the school’s gate a few days ago.
The final year student was said to have been axed to death at 12 midnight of the fateful day and some vital parts of his body removed.
The incident preceeded the death of another student who was chased to the nearby Amassoma river and drowned, and his corpse was not recovered uptil date.
Yet in another incident, the driver of the institution’s registrar whose name was given as Stanley Soukiri was kidnapped, and his dead body was later discovered under a footbridge, in an advanced stage of decomposition.
His assassins did not only mutilate his body but also cut-off his tongues and private parts.
Just a week ago, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, one Mr Amazike died mysteriously in his sleep and was buried few days before the present killing of the part-four student of Engineering Department.
When The Tide visited the University, some students were seen discussing the incidents in low tunes. A female student who chose to be anonymous claimed that the killings and disappearance of students especially the females were regular occurrence, adding, “only God is helping us because you don’t know the next victim’’
A lecturer at the university was very aggressive when approached to comment on the incidents, “what do you want to know from me, even though we just lost our PRO, don’t you know the office of the VC and the Registrar?
Both the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar were said to be attending crucial management meeting when The Tide called in their offices
However, the State Police Command image maker, Mr Eguavon Emokpae confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying, investigations were on to unravel the deaths.
Meanwhile, the State Governor, Chief Seriake Dickson has directed the state security agencies to look into the matter.
A press statement signed by the Senior Media and Public Affairs Assistant, Mr Daniel Iwariso Markson reads; ‘’Report over the brutal murder of an undergraduate student of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma, has just been brought to our notice and government is working closely with the various security agencies to get to the root of the matter.
The statement also stressed the present administration’s willingness and firm resolve to confront the various security issues thrown up by activities of cult groups and militants with the seriousness that it deserves.
‘I have directed that thorough investigation be carried out and that the perpetrators should immediately be fished out and brought to book. We are clear in our resolve to maintain a zero tolerance for crime and criminality,’ the statement quoted the Bayelsa State governor.
Diri Charges Security Agencies On Intelligence Gathering
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has urged security agencies to invest more time and resources in intelligence gathering in their effort to overcome banditry, insurgency and other securty challenges confronting the country.
He made the call at a retirement party organized by the state government in honour of the outgoing state Commissioner of Police, CP Mike Okoli, in Yenagoa.
Represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Governor emphasized the need for security agencies to adopt a holistic approach that will encourage the active participation of civilians in their campaign against insecurity.
According to Senator Diri, until security is seen as everyone’s business in society, the use of kinetic approach to addressing security challenges will yield little or no meaningful result.
While calling on the police and other security outfits to be above board in the performance of their duties, he urged people of the state to always volunteer information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of criminals in the state.
“Security is everybody’s business, but more often than not it is seen as nobody’s responsibility. Sometimes we want somebody to do something about security, and nobody does anything about it, and at the end of the day security is not taken seriously.
“But somebody has to do something about security. We should all do something about security so that our state can be safe.I will like our security agencies to be more proactive and preemptive in carrying out their duties because it is cheaper to be preventive. They have to make more effort in the area of intelligence gathering from the civil populace”, he said.
Describing CP Mike Okoli as a refined product with an unblemished record throughout his service in the Nigeria Police, Governor Diri said society had a lot to learn from the wealth of experience of the retiring Commissioner of Police.
He acknowledged the sacrifices being made by security personnel, noting that some of them get killed or become paralyzed in the course of securing lives and property, and therefore, must be appreciated in society.
“We need to learn a lot from the experiences of CP Mike Okoli. He had good cooperation with his colleagues in the state. No wonder, Bayelsa State had a decline in crime during their service in this state. As a government, we are very grateful. We know what these people (security agents) pass through. As civilians, we sleep at the risk of their breath, spine and throat.
“When you are sleeping and a crime is being committed, the Commissioner of Police and other service commanders would rush out because there is something going on.We are praying for CP Mike Okoli that as you are going into your retirement… from the Nigerian Police, we thank God on your behalf for being who you are and who you are going to be”, he added.
Earlier in their separate goodwill messages, the Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass, His Royal Majesty King Alfred Diete-Spiff, and the Commandant of Police Staff College, Jos, Assistant Inspector General, Don Awunah, acknowledged CP Okoli’s contributions to the relative peace and security in the state.
They described him as an outstanding and accomplished officer with an unblemished track record in the Nigerian Police and wished him the best in his future endeavours.
Responding, the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, CP Mike Okoli, thanked Governor Douye Diri, and his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, for honouring him by hosting his retirement thanksgiving reception.
Okoli also thanked the service commanders and everyone who made out time to attend the event, especially the Commandant of Police Staff College, Jos, A.I.G Don Awunah, and prayed God to bless them.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Delta Commissioner Urges Students To Study Hard
Commissioner for Secondary Education in Delta State, Mrs Rose Ezewu, has urged Nigerian students to always study hard to excel in their examinations to become productive adults.
Ezewu made the plea yesterday, while monitoring the ongoing third term promotion examinations in some schools across the state.
According to her, this is one way for students to broaden their minds, knowledge and become successful individuals, problem solvers, employers and wealth creators in the society.
The commissioner described teachers as critical stakeholders in the development of any society, especially in the area of building and shaping the orientation of children.
“Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration is committed to transforming the education sector by ensuring a conducive teaching and learning environment for students and teachers in the state.
“Teachers should reciprocate government’s huge investment in the education sector by being more committed to their duties,’’ she said.
Some of the schools monitored by the commissioner and her team included Okeme Secondary School, Okuokoko in Okpe Local Government Area and Ogbe Secondary School, Effurun.
Others are Alegbon Secondary School, Ekpan, both in Uvwie Local Government Area, and Edjeba College in Warri South Local Government Area.
Don Advocates Balance Between Demand, Supply Of Teachers
Prof. Ebele Egwunyenga of the Delta State University, Abraka, yesterday advocated an equilibrium between the demand for and supply of teachers in the school system
Egwunyenga made the assertion in a paper she presented at the 7th Quadrennial 8th State Delegates Conference of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Delta State Chapter, in Asaba.
She said that adequate personnel is essential in the sustainability of Nigeria’s educational system.
According to her, adequacy is not limited to the number of personnel as it includes equitable distribution of teachers according to areas of specialisation.
“I recommend that government should ensure that there is equilibrium between teachers’ demand and supply in the school system.
“Government should improve on social amenities, particularly in rural areas. This will encourage teachers posted to the area.
“Government should provide modern technology for both teaching and learning. School facilities should be made attractive by government such that teachers would wish to be in school daily.”
Egwunyenga, who underscored the importance of education in nation building, said that education remained the vehicle for sustainable socio-economic development of any nation.
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