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RSG Withholds Amnesty In Gokana, Tai …Gives 7-Day Ultimatum

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The Rivers State Government Amnesty  Committee has denied the people of Gokana the Amnesty programme as repentant cultists  and criminal gangs refused  to surrender their arms to embrace the programme.
The Amnesty committee expressed disappointment over the number of arms surrendered by the criminal  and cult gangs and none of the guns were functional. The committee was however, pleased with the attitude  of traditional rulers who showed  interest in the efforts of the  government on the  amnesty  programme.
The chairman of the committee,  Ken. Chindah however gave the unrepentant  criminals one more week  within which  to surrender their arms and embrace the programme   and called on the paramount  rulers to identify with the government as  it would no longer be business as  usual  on their next visit to Gokana.
On his part, the secretary to the  state government, Mr  Kenenth Kobani advised cultists and criminals in the area to fully embrace the amnesty and surrendered their arms  noting that no one is above the law.
Earlier, the Chairman Caretaker Committee,  Gokana Local Government  Area, Luwii Awara had appealed to the youth, cultists and criminal groups in  the area  to submit their arms and ammunitions to  the amnesty committee, adding that he would  go after  all those that refused to do so.
Also in Tai Local Government  Area, the amnesty programme was turned down as the number of weapons returned to the committee  was short of expectation.
The socio-cultural apex body, KAGOTE,  The Tide reports has appealed  to  cultists in Ogoni to support Governor Wike by embracing  the amnesty programme wholeheartedly just  as an ex-gang leader in the area, Ankor Era condemned the attitude of the  unrepentant cultists, saying “Ogoni’s are not sincere with the amnesty  programme”.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Amnesty Programmem  Commitee has  declared a gang  leader,  Samuel  Ogosu wanted, said its  chairman, Ken Chindah, who also gave cultists in Tai  seven days within which to decide  on embracing  the programme or face the  wrath of government.

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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NAFDAC Warns Against Drug Abuse

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has warned against patronising drug hawkers.
The agency also decried abuse of codeine drugs and self medication.
Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning during the flag-off of the agency’s seven-day awareness campaign in Port Harcourt.
Adeyeye cautioned against the use of kerosene tanker to load groundnut oil and the danger of using potassium bromate to bake bread.
The message of the director general which was delivered by the agency’s South-South Zonal Director, Subulade Isijola, also warned against the use of sniper to preserve any type of food or to keep flies away from meat, saying that the chemical in the sniper could be dangerous to human health.
He emphasised on the dangers of transfat and consumption of excessive oil, use of formalin on food and its associated health hazards and low level of exclusive breast feeding practice by lactating mothers and its associated health hazards.
According to Prof. Adeyeye, the sensitisation became necessary to promote health of the people, intensify and expand the scope of the informal and formal behaviour change communication strategies in order to reach the vulnerable communities especially at the grassroot.
The Tide reports that representatives of pharmaceutical organisations, Nigerian Customs, Federal Road Sefaty Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Civil Society Organisations, community leaders amongst others were present at the awareness campaign.

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Council Partners Navy Over Insecurity On Waterways

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The Chairman of Andoni Local Government Council, Bar. Erastus Charles Awortu, has stated his administration’s readiness to support the Nigerian Navy to address the menace of insecurity along waterways of the area.
The council boss made this known when he briefly stopped over at a Navy patrol boat along the waterway while on security official visit to Oyorokoto fishing settlement in the area.
Oyorokoto Community is located at the Coast of Atlantic Ocean in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, It is the largest fishing hub in West Africa. Before the presence of council administration, the area was plagued by issues of insecurity due to brazen attacks by sea pirates and other criminal gangs.
Awortu said his decision to support the personnel of the Nigerian Navy was borne out of the need to stem the tide of insecurity along Andoni waterways.
“We are very much ready to support the Nigerian Navy to help us to achieve peace within the Andoni waterways. We also need your support to address insecurity along our waterways. We have already established a good relationship with the men of Nigerian Navy deployed to Andoni coastal areas, I’m hopeful that this relationship would be beneficial to our effort towards addressing insecurity. We will also encourage the Navy in any way we can”, the chairman said.
Addressing the people of Oyorokoto Community, the council boss expressed his administration’s determination to bring lasting peace, stability and security in Andoni including fishing settlements and coastal areas.
He said the effort is geared toward economic development as well as to attract investors to the area.
According to him, more security men would be deployed to Oyorokoto community and its environs to improve security in the area.
Awortu assured the people of even development that would improve economic activities in all fishing settlements as well as sustain the existing peace in the area.
He said no amount of money spent in safeguarding the lives of people and properties to achieve an enduring peace in the area is a waste.
“We are very passionate about the issue of security. It was sad and unfortunate that when you tune to the radio, you don’t hear any good thing about Andoni, what you hear are kidnapping, sea piracy, cult killing, armed robbery and chieftaincy crisis”.

When I came into office only two security men were deployed to secure the whole of Oyorokoto and its environs which was grossly inadequate. I felt this wasn’t the right way to address the security challenges in the area.
“However the story is different today as we have been able to secure and facilitate increased deployment of security personnel to Oyorokoto and its environs to provide adequate security in the area. We are spending much to sustain the increased deployment of security personnel in Oyorokoto and other parts of Andoni”. Awortu said.
The Council Chairman while urging the people to maintain good relationship with security operatives deployed to the area, hinted that his administration has taken measures to curb the spate of attacks by Sea pirates and other criminal gangs.
He assured the people that the council will played more priority to ensured that activities of the criminals do not impact negatively on the businesses of the Small-Scale Fishermen and women at the Coastal Communities.
Awortu also promised to intervene in the area of Education in Oyorokoto Fishing Settlement and pledged to draw the attention of the relevant authorities in the Education Sector of Rivers State to public schools in the area.
Coastal Communities also visited by the Council Chairman Erastus Awortu includes AmaNsan, IbotokponMbaba, and Oyorokotoetc.

By: Enoch Epelle

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Again, Gunmen Kill Two In Ogoni Community

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Some unidentified gunmen in the wee hours of yesterday invaded Ka-Bori Community in Khana Local Government Area of the State, killing two persons.
An indigene of the area, who craved anonymity told newsmen that the victims were two females and a male.
One of the victims reportedly died on the spot.
The other victim was rushed to a medical facility where she is currently receiving treatment.
The natives have in the meantime, accused people of Kono-Boue Community of complicity in the attack.
The natives said security agencies had moved into the community to restore normalcy even as no arrest had been made.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of Kono-Boue Community Development Committee (CDC), Golden Nwibakpo has described as untrue insinuations that his people were responsible for the attack.
Mr Nwibakpo in a telephone interview said his community had been deserted and his people were roaming about in Bori and did not have the time to plan such an attack.
The image maker of the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, a Superintendent of Police (SP), is yet to react to the incident.

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