The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, (CP), Mr Austin Agbonlahor, has said the investigation of the kidnapped TV/Radio broadcaster, Mr Peter Etim aka godfather, about four months ago was still on.
Agbonlahor disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists at Ernest Etim Bassey Press Centre in Calabar last Monday.
He said: “On the kidnap of Peter Etim, you cannot confirm a man’s death when you have not seen the body, the incident happened when I have not come but it was brought to my notice. It’s still being investigated.”
Agbonlahor thanked the press for giving the command adequate publicity during the last general elections and explained that the crimes and criminalities had reduced drastically in the state.
“We have achieved more than necessary, people can now sleep with their eyes close, attend night party without fear and travel in the highway without molestation” he said.
Consequently, on communal clash, the CP explained that he was aware of communal clashes, “I have records of about eleven clashes, both inter and intra states, the one between Cross River and Ebonyi or Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.
“We are attending to them and the press also has to create awareness that people don’t need to kill themselves because of land. In some places particularly, Odukpani in Cross River and Itu in Akwa Ibom, they said the clash is over a 100 years and in Ebonyi and Cross River they said it was age long crisis.
“Are we taking pride in killing ourselves, we need orientation, the press have the responsibility to talk to our people, why we must not die because of land, we have elders, we have chiefs, we have educated people both within and abroad, let they talk to their people to avoid killing themselves.
“Some of these people do what they do in defence of what they call their land or their property, you can’t sacrifice your lives for land, we need to give them orientation on how to leave together, however, we have our men in those flash points,” he stated.
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NOSDRA Yet To Discover Cause Of Dead Fishes On N’Delta Coastline
The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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