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Youth Leader Wants Govt To Avert Communal Crisis

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The leader of Youth Patriotic of Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Wisdom Igwe, has advised the youths of the area to always maintain peace despite provocation by some companies operating in the community.
Igwe who spoke recently to newsmen in Port Harcourt also called on the State and local government to avert the impending crisis in the community, advising the youths to love one another to get their due rights and alleviate poverty in the community.
The youth leader warned that the youths would resist attempt by any group or corporate body that wants to deny the youths their entitlements, and added that they would not succumb to pressure or concede to various threats of intimidations.
According to him, “We appeal to various authorities, stakeholders, well- meaning Nigerians, especially our brothers at the Presidency and State, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi and Barrister Celestine Omehia to address this injustice .
“We know that oil and gas belong to the Federal Government but there are entitlements and compensation due to landlords and that is what we are asking for.
“We Omueg-belegbe community chose to know the reasons the community was excluded as well heads and landlords, knowing that the community has two wells , ‘one gas well and one oil well, we are sharing with Umuadiri” . Omuegbelebe also have land measuring more than 40 hectares that granted Allgrace”, he claimed.
He denied the claim that Omuegbelegbe wells were dried up and added that Allgrace Energy and Wester Odd had inherited the assets and liabilities.
Igwe faulted the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) which was secretly signed with some persons without implementation and whose contents were not followed because of various selfish interest groups in Ubima and from the staff of Allgrace Energy and Wester Odd Joint venture have interests.
According to him, ” the people want to know how much was paid for the issuance of ‘ Freedom To Operate (FTO) signed with the firm, the money realised from the contract executed and how the money was spent for community development”.
He regretted that several months after the signing the FTO, the copies of the FTO issued for all executed contracts were kept secret from the youths and from the community by the firm and some members of the community thereby brewing trouble in the area.

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Rivers Community Charges Security Agencies On Kidnapped Victim’s Whereabouts

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Some concerned indigenes of Agwut-Obolo Community in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, have called on security agencies to intensify the search for the whereabouts of Elder Otungban Francis, who was recently kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the community.
It would be recalled that some hoodlums recently stormed the community in two outboard engine boats and whisked away their victim after disposing him and his security aides of their belongings.
An indigene of the community who gave his name simply as Mr Brown, described the incident as one too many, stating that the community is now living in fear due to the activities of kidnappers.
Brown stressed the need for the various security agencies to intensify their efforts in search of the old man with a view to rescuing him alive.
Also speaking, another concerned indigene of the community, Taribo Awaji-Inomida Kacham, who described the incident as barbaric, said that kidnapping is now a regular feature in the community and called on the abductors to release him unconditionally.
She also called on the state government and the security agencies to investigate the incessant kidnap incidents in Andoni, maintaining that those found culpable should be arrested and prosecuted.
Similarly, the president, Andoni Youth Federation, Comrade Mike Amachree also condemned the kidnap of Elder Francis Otungban and assured that he has confidence in the government and security agencies in rescuing him alive without any ransom.
Several phone calls made to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) on the matter were not answered.

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N32.5m Fraud: Pastors Bag Jail Terms In Delta

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Justice F. N. Azinge of the Delta State High Court sitting in Otor-Udu, has convicted and sentenced one Pastor Glory Okeoghene Aberefa and Reverend Vincent Okpogo to 16 and 10 years imprisonment, respectively.
The duo, alongside their company, Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited, were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Under the guise of running a finance company, the convicts defrauded dozens of unsuspecting members of the public of millions of naira, through their fraudulent Mustard Seed Micro Investment Limited.
They were arraigned on 16-count charges, bordering on conspiracy to steal and stealing, contrary to Section 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, CAP 21, Vol 1, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.
On June 19, 2017, they pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
EFCC legal team members, V. O. Agbaje and K. U. Udus had acted on a petition and investigation which fingered them in the stealing of the sum of N32,516,620.
Pastor Aberefa was sentenced to one year imprisonment on each of the 16 counts, while the second defendant, Reverend Okpogo was sentenced to one year imprisonment each on count seven to 16.
The sentences are to run consecutively.
The convicts, already in prison, were earlier jailed 17 years by both the Federal High Court, Asaba and Delta State High Court, Warri.
They would now serve a new sentence, which Justice Azinge said would take effect after completion of the extant 17 years imprisonment.

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Rivers CP Tasks Officers On Dedication …Decorates 19 New SPs

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The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, has charged the 19 newly promoted police officers to consider their promotion as a call for more commitment to duty and hard work.
The 19 decorated officers, who were promoted to the rank of Superintendents of Police (SPs) include the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni.
Decorating the promoted officers, Mukan, encouraged them to be diligent in their duties and assured of his administration’s support to ensure that officers of the command carry out their duties efficiently.
The state commissioner of police used the opportunity to commend the Inspector General of Police for finding the officers worthy of the promotion, just as he charged them to ensure transparency and good sense of judgment in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Responding on behalf of the newly promoted officers, SP Nnamdi Omoni, who is currently the public relations officer of the command, assured that they would do all within their reach to justify the confidence reposed in them.

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