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Political Violence: Police Assure Rivers Journalists Of Security

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As tension mounts preparatory to the March 28 and April 11, 2015 general elections, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Dan Bature, has assured Journalists of protection amidst increasing insecurity in the State.
He gave the assurance on Monday following a peaceful protest by Journalists in the State over the spate of insecurity characterized by kidnapping, robbery and violent attacks, which had also affected journalists in the course of performing their official duties.
The State Police boss, who addressed a delegation of the journalists led by the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Opaka Dokubo, in his office, identified with the concerns raised regarding insecurity in the state.
While acknowledging and thanking the journalists for their stand, he noted that it was for the same purpose that the State Security Council had been in session “since morning”, stating that “the Police is not incapacitated, and is still able to ensure peace and security of lives and property in Rivers State.
He told the protesting journalists that he had directed that wherever there is political activity, journalists should be identified and given protection alongside other security measures that will be put in place.
While thanking the journalists for what he called “strong working relationship” with the media since assumption of duty in Rivers State, he assured that the Police would not rest on their oars as regards ensuring security of lives and property in the state.
Earlier, the Journalists had taken the protest to Government House, Port Harcourt where the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Fortune Oguru, addressed them on behalf of the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, who he said, was in a meeting with all the security chiefs in the state.
Oguru explained to the protesting journalists that the security concerns they raised were top on the agenda of issues being discussed by the State Security Council.
“I am happy that you have come to vent your anger as regards what is happening in the state, what you are seeing here (Government House) are tiers of security chiefs in the state.
“As I am talking to you now, His Excellency has asked me to come and address you. One of the things they are addressing at the security council meeting is the issue of violence in the state.
“The Government is aware that kidnapping has increased, killing and a lot of violence have also increased in this State. That is one of the reasons they are discussing this morning. I am happy that you have raised your voice. Whatever be your view this morning will be passed on to His Excellency”, he said.
While stating the concerns of Journalists in the State at the gate of the Government House, the State NUJ Chairman, Opaka Dokubo, had expressed the concern that Journalists were not protected in the course of carrying out their official duties, particularly in preparation for the 2015 general elections, which had made them victims in political violence.
“For us as journalists, we are worried about the state of insecurity, especially in Rivers State. Yes, election is all over the country, but it appears to be taking a different dimension in Rivers State, as if it is only in this State that elections are happening.
“We have come to Government because Government’s first responsibility is the protection of lives and property. The way things are going, we as people who chronicle the stories every day of these happenings, have found that gradually, Rivers State is sliding into a very serious state of insecurity, and we are not happy.
“So, for us, we want to tell Government that whatever is needful and necessary to do to stem this tide, please take charge and do it”, he said.

 

Segbeba Dokubo

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians To EU Ban On Dex Soap

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has alerted Nigerians on the ban on Dex Luxury Bar Soap (No 6 Mystic Flower), by the European Union (EU).
The notification is contained in a public alert with No. 012/2024, signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, and issued to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
“The product does not comply with the cosmetic products regulation; it also contains Butyphenyl Methylpropional (BMHCA), which is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its risk of harming the reproductive system.
“It also causes harm to the health of unborn children and may cause skin sensitisation.
“It is as a result of the defective nature of the product that the EU banned it.
“The products is not in NAFDAC database; importers, distributors, retailers and consumers are to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain,” she said.
NAFDAC boss urged marketers and consumers to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the product, stressing that product’s authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked.
She enjoined members of the public in possession of the product to discontinue sale or use, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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Communities, Volunteers Ready To Face Upcoming Floods – Red Cross

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The Country Manager of the British Red Cross in Nigeria, Karsten Voigt, says communities and volunteers are ready to face the challenges expected with the upcoming floods.
Voigt said this at the sidelines of the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Lagos Branch.
The Tide’s source recalls that the British Red Cross donated resilience items to some communities in December 2023, to help mitigate the effects of flooding.
The items included cash, rain boots, rain coats, mosquito nets, handheld flashlights, solar powered lights with radio, USB chargers and a bridge to link the communities.
The communities that benefited included Agboyi 1, Agboyi 2, Agboyi 3 and Odo Ogun in Kosofe Local Government Area of the state.
Voigt said the Red Cross had measured the impact of the project in the communities and noticed that a lot of progress had been made.
According to him, apart from the cash and items given to the communities, simulation exercises have also been carried out to prepare the volunteers ahead of the floods.
“We have seen that people used the cash to address immediate needs they have after floods.
“Many households have used part of the cash to build up businesses.
“The solutions we have given to them are not only addressing their immediate needs after the disaster but actually building family income for their future,” he said.

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Nimet Forecasts Three-Day Sunshine, Thunderstorms

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunshine and thunderstorm from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet’s weather outlook released yesterday in Abuja, forecasts sunny skies on Monday with a few patches of cloud over the northern cities and prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Taraba later in the day.
According to the forecast, sunny skies with patches of clouds are expected over the North Central region with prospects of morning thunderstorm over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa, Kogi and Kwara States.
“Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Kogi and Benue States.
“The southern region is expected to be cloudy with spells of sunshine with prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo and Lagos States.
“ In the afternoon/evening periods, isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Oyo, Ondo, Edo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Rivers, Lagos and Bayelsa States,” it said.
NiMet also anticipated sunny skies on Tuesday with few patches of cloud over the northern states with prospects of isolated thunderstorms envisaged over parts of Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Kaduna States during the afternoon and evening hours.
It envisaged the North Central region to be sunny with patches of cloud during the morning hours.
The agency also envisaged isolated thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Kwara and Niger States, later in the day.
“Cloudy atmosphere with intervals of sunshine is expected over the inland and coastal areas of the South, with chances of morning thunderstorm over parts of Cross River, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.
“In the afternoon/evening periods, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Edo, Delta, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Rivers and Bayelsa States ,” it said.
It predicted a sunny atmosphere on Wednesday, with patches of cloud over the northern region, during the forecast period.
“Sunny skies with patches of clouds are expected over the North Central region with chances of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Plateau, Kogi, Nasarawa, the Federal Capital Territory and Benue States, during the afternoon/evening periods.
“ Cloudy atmosphere with intervals of sunshine is expected over the inland and coastal areas of the South with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia.”
Other states to experience cloudy atmosphere, are “Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, Cross River, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States, later in the day.”
NiMet urged the public to take adequate precaution as strong winds might precede rains in areas where thunderstorms were likely to occur.
The agency also urged airline operators to get updated weather reports and forecasts from its office for effective planning in their operations.

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