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Four Pirates, Two Traders Die In Gun Duel

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Operatives of the Joint
Task Force (JTF) of Operation Pulo Shield (OPS) have killed six unknown gunmen in the creeks of Bayelsa and Rivers States.
Four pirates were killed after they had engaged the soldiers in a shootout at Peregbene, on the Ogbia-Nembe waterways in Bayelsa State.
A soldier (a private) was, however, injured in the gun duel, which lasted about an hour.
According to a source, the gunmen were said to have attacked the gunboat conveying soldiers to an undisclosed location for an official assignment.
The gunboat came under attack but the soldiers had an  upper hand in an ensuing gun duel.
“The soldiers repelled the attack. They replied fire for fire, killing four of them, and injuring some. But one of the soldiers, a private, was also injured,” a military source said.
Confirming the incident, Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre (JMCC), Col. Isa Ado, said the troops were on patrol of the waterways when they saw the hoodlums between Peregbene and Obama.
Ado said the suspected pirates were driving a speedboat with 200-horsepower engine, which had been banned on the waterways, when they saw the Army gunboat.1
“On sighting the gunboat, the gunmen tried to escape. Our troops fired at them while they were trying to run away. As they were escaping, they were firing back at our troops. About four of them were hit by bullets. They were either dead or sustained serious injuries.
“They navigated into a narrow creek, put off the engine of their boat, and ran into the creeks. They escaped with their dead. One of our soldiers was shot in the leg, and he was immediately evacuated to a hospital for treatment,” Ado said.
He said the troops were still combing the creeks to locate the whereabouts of the gunmen.
Ado said the commander of the OPS ensured constant patrol of the waterways to fish out economic saboteurs and other maritime criminals, in accordance with the directive of the Defence Headquarters.
Also, it was gathered that pirates attacked a commercial boat conveying traders to Kaa in Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State.
The gunmen reportedly shot and killed two of the traders, injured a kid and the captain of the boat.
The travellers were said to have left Bonny Island, in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State, for Kaa, when their boat came under attack.
A source, who lives on Bonny Island, said the gunmen ambushed and tried in vain to stop the vessel.
“The boat had 200-horsepower engine. So, the captain, on sighting the gunmen, sped off. The gunmen chased the boat but could not catch up with it.
“They opened fire on the boat, killed two persons, and injured the captain and the kid. The injured are in a critical condition. The captain managed to bring the boat to Kaa,” the source said.

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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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