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.
NYSC Tasks Corps Members On Security
The 1, 685 corps members deployed to Akwa Ibom State for the one-year national service have been charged to be security conscious and adhere strictly to camp rules and regulations.
Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, gave the advice during the swearing-in ceremony of 2022 Batch ‘B’, Stream 1 corps members at NYSC Orientation camp, Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai Local Government Area.
Fadah, who was represented by the State Coordinator, Mrs Chinyere Ekwe, cautioned corps members against promoting hatred on social media.
He admonished them to demonstrate a high level of discipline, adding that, “the regimented nature of the camp was intended to instill discipline and build resilience.
“White-collar jobs are no longer available and you should embrace the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED), to be self-reliant.
“You are strongly advised to be security conscious at all times and to report any suspicious character or activities around you to the appropriate authorities.
“I implore you to sustain the high level of discipline and enthusiasm you have demonstrated so far, especially by remaining compliant with the camp rules and regulations.”
The director-general urged the corps members to continue to distance themselves from cultism, drug abuse and other social vices.
“I also urge you to avoid using social media for spreading fake news, fueling hatred and other negative purposes.
“Instead, you should deploy the same for the promotion of national unity and development.
“Therefore, I encourage you to avail yourselves of the opportunities for self-employment offered through SAED.
“You are expected to choose from any of the skills areas, and make yourselves available for the training, which starts from the orientation camp.
“On our part, management will continue to work with relevant stakeholders for the success of the programme,” Fadah said.
He enjoined corps members to avail themselves of the once-in-a-life-time opportunity by participating actively in all camp activities.
The Director-General appealed for the support of all stakeholders in the call for the establishment of NYSC Trust Fund, which has reached an advanced stage of legislation.
He expressed appreciation for the support of the federal, state, and local governments, as well as security agencies, traditional rulers and other stakeholders for supporting the scheme.
The Tide’s source reports that the highpoint of the event was the administration of the oath of allegiance on the corps members by the Akwa Ibom Chief Judge, Justice Ekaette Obot, who was represented by Justice Gabriel Ette.
NDLEA Seizes Illicit Drugs, Arrests 68 Suspects In Bayelsa Community
The Bayelsa State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested 68 persons suspected to have engaged in sale and addiction to illicit drugs in the state.
The Tide learnt this during a press briefing held by the state command of the agency in Yenagoa, the state capital as part of activities commemorating the 2022 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking which holds officially on Sunday, 26th, June.
In his briefing, the state commander of the NDLEA, Mr Ali Aminu stated that meeting with the press became necessary as according to him, the media serves as a platform to educate as well as enlighten the general public, especially the vulnerable groups on the menace of illicit drug abuse and trafficking.
Ali, who also noted that from the 68 Suspects arrested, the command has successfully convicted eight persons, reiterated the command’s resolve towards getting the state rid-of illegal drugs, reassuring that following the command’s resilience, no fewer than 34.526kg and 630ml of various classes of illicit drugs and substances have also been seized by the command between January and June this year.
He hinted that from January to June, 2022, through constant intelligence-led raids on black spots and on identified drug dealers as well as through continuous patrol operations, the command arrested 57 males and 11 females illicit drug suspects, making it a total of 68 persons so far arrested by the command in the year.
He said while one hectare of cannabis farm was discovered in Oruama (Yiba-ama) Community of the Ogbia Council Area of the state in March, the drug demand reduction unit of the command he stated, has also been assiduously discharging its functions.
The state’s NDLEA helmsman noted that the drug demand reduction unit between January and June,2022 admitted a total of 13 clients, 5 out of the 13 he said, have been successfully treated and discharged, while eight were still undergoing treatment and rehabilitation, revealing also that the unit has successfully counselled a total of 52 arrested persons with a breakdown of males and eight females, respectively.
Ali commended the Chairman/Chief executive officer of the agency, Brig. General Buba Marwa(rtd) for repositioning the agency, saying the chief executive of the agency has brought in a new zeal into the personnel of the agency which has made them rededicated themselves to fighting the scourge of illicit drug abuse and trafficking in the country.
“The national drug law enforcement agency is the lead agency in the war against illicit substance abuse and trafficking. However, the agency cannot win this war alone.
“It’s up to all and sundry, individuals, state governments, NGOs, Schools and religious bodies. Our Sister security agencies and the press too are needed to enable us raise awareness and share information on the cancerous menace of the spectre of illicit substance abuse and trafficking to our persons, immediate environment and nation.
“ It is usually said, ‘if you’re not infected, you’re affected’ “, the NDLEA commander said.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Edo Trains Herbalists On Hygiene, Modern Skills
The Edo State Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues has begun a training for members of the Association of Lunatic Healers in the state.
The Tide’s source reports that the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Barbara Osobajo, who declared the training open in Benin, said the participants would be trained on personal and environmental hygiene as well as modern skills for care.
Noting that the Ministry was committed and firmly focused on enhancing the capacity of herbal practitioners, she commended the herbal healers for their passion in the treatment and rehabilitation of persons living with mental illness.
The Permanent Secretary, represented by Mr Sylvester Okeguale, the Director, Rehabilitation Services Department, assured the associaiton of the State Government’s continuous support.
She urged the members to adhere to proper personal hygiene and clean working environment.
In a remark, the State Chairman of the association, Dr Samuel Oghaimeh, expressed gratitude to the Ministry for the training.
Oghaimeh said it would enrich them with contemporary knowledge to improve their practices.
The source reports that the training was facilitated by Mrs Agho Taiwo, Head, Social Welfare Unit, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Uselu, and Mrs Felicia Igbinovia, the Social Welfare Officer, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital.
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