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Monarch Explains Abonnema Liberation Anniversary

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His Majesty, King (Barr) Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel II, Nyemoni I, the Amanyanabo of Abonnema Kingdom, has explained  the significance  of the Abonnema Liberation Anniversary tagged; “Go To Niger’ held recently at the Bobmanuel Square, Abonnema Community in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
King Bob-Manuel said that it was very important for the youths to be present at the event as a historical  one for them to participate  and  learn from the celebration.
“We want to use the occasion to thank God for protecting us and saving  us from the problems of the Civil war, and we want to let our  youth  see what  happened many years ago before most of them were born.
“We also want  to use the same occasion to thank God for the lives of those who fought to liberate  our community. Still to put the spirit of those who lost their lives, the soldiers and our  own people, some who died in Abonnema, some who died when they were told to live with hunger, starvation and by the bullets,  may God keep their spirits in his bossom”, he prayed.
According to him, “Abonnema community is developing but not  as fast as it should be. In those days, we had ships coming to the community, we had companies from Europe and other continents but now  we no longer have those things,  though the development is still there in terms  of infrastructure. But we do need  a lot more.”
“We thank the Governor of the state, His Excellency, Chief (Barr) Nyesom Wike for his good work, he has particularly looked at our area and he has supplied many developmental projects. We are  grateful to the governor”, he said.
Highlights of the event were cultural  activities, thanksgiving  service, drama session tagged “Mock Go To Niger”, an expression of the coercion of the  Biafran soldiers on  the people  of the area during the Civil War, and a mega  bush party as well.
The event attracted many visitors  from within  and outside the state. “Go To Niger”, Abonnema Liberation Anniversary 2017  was  powered  by Hero Larger Beer, in partnership with Nyemoni  Improvement  Society (NIS), Dakowa Ventures, Overheat Entertainment and State Filmz.
Some guest artistes at the anniversary Mega Bush party were megastar, Alaibe, Cash  Crop, Barry Festus, Ganja-man, Splendid, Vicci, Top City, Usher Chris,  Tha Ibz and others.

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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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