Chiefs and people of Bille community in Degema Local Government Area have raised alarm over an alleged threat by some youths alleged to be from Ke Clan.
In a press conference held at the weekend at Bille Town, Vice Chairman, Bille Chiefs Council, Chief Ibitamuno Minapakama called on the federal and state government to come to their rescue as this is not the first time the threat had been made by their neighbours.
According to Chief Minapakama, problem started sometime in September when a video clip containing the alleged threat went viral online following destruction of illegal refineries in the area by federal authorities.
The Vice Chairman of the Bille Chiefs Council narrated that few weeks after the threat, some indigenes of the Kingdom were attacked on their way from Port Harcourt.
The attack, the traditional ruler narrated which occurred on Tuesday 16th October, along the New Calabar River, lefts two passengers dead while men and women sustained gun injuries.
In the words of Chief Minapakama, “we wish to re-emphasise that the Bille Kingdom is not involved and does not have any hands in the ongoing destruction of illegal refineries scattered all over the state”.
He affirmed that the destruction of illegal refineries was part of the policy programme of the federal government overseen by one laprado security company engaged by the government to dislodge the economic sabotage activities of hoodlums.
Unfortunately, he submitted that the activities of Lapado security was posing threat to the peace and safety of Bille community, as those engaged in illegal refining believed that they were the ones behind the exercise.
Reiterating their call for intervention, the Bille Kingdom spokesman urged the federal authorities to come to their rescue as the lives of men and women were under constant threat.
It’s against this backdrop that a petition had been addressed to the Nigeria Police, Director of State Security, Nigeria Army and other security agencies towards brining peace between Bille and Ke people.
Further stating he said, “behind this peace process there have been unconfirmed rumours of attacks on Bille Town, its village and, in fact, any Bille person found anywhere in the state from the several quarters either the destruction of illegal refineries had affected or earmarked for further destruction”.
Further stating he said, “behind this peace process there had been unconfirmed rumours of attacks on Bille Town, its villages and, in fact, any Bille person found anywhere in the state from the several quarters either the destruction of illegal refineries had affected or earmarked for further destruction”.
Traditional Ruler Empowers Widows, Others In Elele
A traditional ruler, Eze Okechukwu Okah, Eze Ali Omokpirikwu of Elele, in Ikwerre Local Government, Rivers State, has empowered widows, women and chiefs in his community.
Eze Okah, gave out five milion, five hundred thousand naira to over 5000 persons for empowerment.
The annual empowerment programme was held at the weekend in Elele, in his palace. The aim was to assist women and chiefs to cultivate their farms.
Speaking at the ceremony, the traditional ruler said the major aim of the empowerment was to make feeding in various homes easy.
”This annual empowerment programme was to enable our mothers return to their farms. It is the only way I can assist them feed their homes and society at large.
For now, this is what I can do to assist our precious mothers, widows and the less privileged in the society”, Eze Okah said.
He further promised to build a befitting market for Omokpirikwu women, as to improve the economic activities of the area.
“The market, if built would end transporting goods to other neighbouring communities for sale.
Consequently, I dedicate this empowerment programme to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, because he is the pride of the state.
Governor Wike’s massive infrastructural and human capital development in the state deserves commendation”, he stated.
He used the forum to call on the governor to contest 2023 presidential race, saying that he has the capacity and support.
Earlier, an 89 year old woman, Edith Amadi, one of the beneficiaries expressed joy with tears, thanking Eze Okay for his benevolence, adding that since she lost her husband life have been so difficult.
The women leader of Ali Mama Omokpirikwu Chapter, Mrs Dorathy Ogbonna, Ezenne Justin Kinika, 79, and other beneficiaries’ thanked Eze Okah for the empowerment.
Why Ogoni Should Be Supported For Governor -VON
A politico-social group christened Vanguards of Ogoni Nation (VON), has canvassed for an Ogoni to be governor in 2023.
Chairman of the group, Favour Reuben, in a live radio programme monitored by The Tide in Port Harcourt said, Ogonis have potentials to lead the state.
He solicited for other ethnic groups to join in the quest for an Ogoni governor, noting that they cannot do it alone without support of other parts of the state.
In his words:” We are consulting and reaching out to other groups and we believe the Ogonis should be given a chance.”
Reuben dismissed the claim of riverine and upland dichotomy in the state guber race, stressing that current political developments have overtaken such position over the years.
Reuben, who is former chairman of Labour Party, also hinted that his party is ready to field any candidate from Ogoni in the party.
The former labour party chairman in the state urged all Ogonis to jettison their differences and ensure that they produced the governor in 2023.
He counselled against all forms of divisiveness and violence, emphasising the need for unity, compromise and sense of nationality among the Ogonis as a way of clinching the guber seat in next year.
By: Kevin Nengia
Soberekon Calls For Six Vice Presidential Slots For Nigeria
An elder statesman in Niger Delta, Rev Sokari Soberekon, has called for a provision for six vice presidential slog for the country. This is as he called for the restructuring of Nigeria before the 2023 general election.
In a memo titled “proposal for the restructuring of Nigeria for peace and stability, sustainability, rapid development and good governance”, made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt, the cleric said the political zones have been grossly neglected for years especially the villages that produce the resources that have sustained the country for 65 years, hence, the six vice presidential positions if put in place, would serve the interest of the autonomous geopolitical zones of the country.
Soberekon maintained that only restructuring will correct injustice and encourage healthy competition among the zones for rapid development since all the zones have resources that can be developed for growth and development.
Each of the six geopolitical zones include; south east, south west, south-south, north-east, north-central and north-west zones, he said, ”is naturally endowed with wonderful mineral resources that need be tapped and developed for rapid economic growth and development”
Soberekon in the same memo, warned against heeding to calls for the division of the country instead, he sued for “staying together as one indivisible entity”, as the best option for Nigeria, via restructuring.
Meanwhile, Soberekon has also called for the establishment of a petroleum and gas university in Oloibiri, Bayelsa State, as he invites President Mohammadu Buhari and other world leaders to visit Oloibiri to see the level of underdevelopment in the place.
Regretting the absence of a federal presence in the community, he said nothing less than the establishment of a petroleum and gas university would serve enough compensation to a people and land where crude oil was first discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria.
By: Kalu Emmanuel
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