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Bayelsa Warns Against Dumping Of Waste In Drainages

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The Bayelsa State Government says dumping of waste into canals and drainages would attract sanctions  as such action is responsible for the continuous flooding being experienced in some areas in the state.
The state commissioner for works and Infrastructure, Engr. Lawrence Erudjakpo who gave the warning during his weekly tour of the projects in the state, particularly cautioned Yenezuegene residents whom he said had turned the natural drains to their dump sites.
“Its only here in Nigeria that people pollutes and  government pays, but elsewhere if you pollute the environment you pay for the pollution and that is one of the principles of sustainable development. I want to advise all Bayelsans to stop dumping refuse into our drainages and our gutters, even our canals because when you do that it makes the state flooded, because once the water doesn’t flow naturally, it will get flooded”.
He also condemned the action of some land developers who built and blocked drainages, saying government would no longer tolerate such acts from the builders, as according to him, ”It is the attitude of our people  not to take responsibility for anything, but wants gov-ernment to take responsibility for everything”.
On the issue of on-going projects in the state, the commissioner said the present administration had completed various projects such as the fly-over, the Azikoro road, the Youths Development Centre at Kaiama among other projects, but attributed the delay in commissioning to the tight schedule of Mr. President whom he said, was working hard for his re-election.
The commissioner however, expressed dis satisfaction over some projects that had not been completed due to unnecessary delays on the part of the contractors, saying everything was being put in place to make sure that all the loose ends were tied.
In his contribution, Mr. John Diepreye Ndiomo, a member of the state council of the Nigerian Labour Congress who was among the team, urged the people of the state to always clear their gutters especially on the day of environmental sanitation.

L-R: President Goodluck Jonathan; pdp gubernatorial candidate for Delta, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa; Deputy Director-General, pdp campaign organisation, Mr Peter Obi and Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, during President Goodluck Jonathan's meeting with Anioma group in Asaba on Friday.   Photo: NAN

L-R: President Goodluck Jonathan; pdp gubernatorial candidate for Delta, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa; Deputy Director-General, pdp campaign organisation, Mr Peter Obi and Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, during President Goodluck Jonathan’s meeting with Anioma group in Asaba on Friday. Photo: NAN

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Troops Immobilise 39 Illegal Refineries, Recover 950,000 Litres Of Stolen Crude Oil In N’Delta

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Troops of Operation Delta Safe have discovered and immobilised a total of 39 illegal refining sites, 91 cooking ovens, 24 reservoirs, 17 large dugout pits and 96 storage tanks in the Niger Delta region in the last two weeks.
Also, a total of 637,500 liters of illegally refined automotive gas oil; and 950,000 liters of stolen crude oil were recovered in the course of the operations.
Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko made this known at a briefing yesterday. He said, ten (10) criminals associated with pipeline vandalism, piracy, illegal oil bunkering and armed robbery were arrested.
Onyeuko said recovered items in the worse of the operations which included; 3 assorted arms, 48 rounds of different calibres of ammunitions, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines as well as 17 pieces of galvanised pipes and 23 wooden boats among other items used for illegal oil bunkering activities along with all the arrested criminals, have been handed over to relevant security agencies for further action.
According to him, troops’ of Delta Safe conducted these operations at different locations in villages, creeks and towns in Emohua, Ikwere, Port Harcourt and Ahoada LGAs of Rivers State.
Other locations were villages, towns and creeks in; Warri South, Warri South-West and Warri North LGAs of Delta State as well as in Ekeremor, Brass and Southern Ijaw LGAs of Bayelsa State.

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Four Kidnapped UNIPORT Students Regain Freedom

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The four students of the University of Port Harcourt who were abducted by gunmen have regained their freedom.
The students were returning from the Ahoada area of Rivers State when the kidnappers struck and whisked them away.
Report Say the victims escaped on Wednesday when a team of security operatives invaded the kidnappers’ den and engaged them in a shootout.
The Public, Relations Officer of the University, Sam Kpenu, while confirming the development, said the students had been reunited with their families.
He said, “Four students of the University of Port Harcourt who were kidnapped last weekend have been released and reunited with their families.
“Gbaa Nenubari, Asumbo Elizabeth, Eze Chimezie and Onosigho Augustine were abducted on their way from the Orashi River where they had gone for a vegetation sampling for their final year project and postgraduate research work.”
Kpenu said the Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Owunari Georgewill, who received the four students in his office, commended the Nigeria Police Force, the Chief Security Officer of the university and the entire security agencies in Rivers and Bayelsa states for their prompt intervention which led to the release of the victims.

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Police, Civil Defence Clash Over ‘Illegal Oil Bunkering Site’ In Rivers

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The police in Rivers State, have narrated how their operatives clashed with the personnel of a sister security agency – the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) over an alleged illegal oil bunkering site in the state.
The police spokesperson in the state, Grace Iringe-Koko, in a statement in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said police operatives who visited the illegal refining site at Ogbogoro Community for an operation, were resisted by armed officials of the NSCDC.
Iringe-Koko, a deputy superintendent of police, said the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, George Ariolu, visited the site with a detachment of police operatives led by Akika Solomon, an assistant commissioner of police.
She said armed civil defence officials, about 20 of them, prevented the chairman’s team from having access to the site.
“They were eventually disarmed and arrested by the police before Ariolu had access into the depot,” she said.
“We are fully committed to fighting the war against illegal oil bunkering to a logical conclusion,” she said.
In his reaction, Bature Aliyu, the NSCDC Commandant in Rivers State, dismissed claims that the site was used for illegal oil activities.
“The marine exhibit yard in Ogbogoro jetty is not an illegal bunkering site.
“It is a holding bay used by NSCDC to detain boats, vessels, barges and drums used for illegal oil bunkering,” he said.
Mr Aliyu, who spoke through an Assistant Commandant of Corps, Michael Oguntuase, said that NSCDC’s Commandant-General, Ahmed Audi, visited and endorsed the site in 2021.
“So, the yard is NSCDC’s marine exhibits yard and not an illegal dump.
“Most of the exhibits there were arrested by the Nigerian Navy and handed over to us, while some of the arrests were made by us.
“The Ogbogoro jetty is a no-go area for anybody because destroying the yard means destroying the exhibits,” he said.
Mr Aliyu urged members of the public to report any NSCDC personnel found culpable of oil theft, illegal bunkering and vandalism in the state.
The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared war on operators of illegal refineries in the state.
The governor recently accused the police and the civil defence of aiding and abetting the operation of illegal refineries in the state.

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