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Bakassi Protest Ceding Of 76 Oil Wells

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The Bakassi natives have demanded the immediate return of the 76 oil wells ceded to Akwa Ibom State.
The oil wells were ceded to their neighbouring state on November 22, 2007 following what they described as a political solution to the lingering tussles between the two states.
This led to Cross River losing hundreds of millions of naira that normally accrue to them from the federation account based on the 76 oil wells.
The lost again has created a no-love-lost relationship between the two brotherly states just as Cross River State government has accused federal government of meting out injustice to the people of Bakassi.
However, barely 12 years after the ceding, the Bakassi natives have staged a protest at the state House of Assembly Complex, Calabar, demanding the return of the 76 oil wells, saying that Nigeria would never know peace until justice is done to Bakassi natives.
Speaking on why they need it now, the leader of the Bakassi youths, Mr Kingsley Asuquo, said they had been suffering following the ceding of the oil wells and had been rendered homeless in the country.
Asuquo, from Akpankaya ward said: “We are protesting because we the Bakassi people have been neglected over the years. What belongs to us has been taken away from us, talking about the 76 oil wells.
“We have been rendered refugees in our country and the economic benefits of the youths have not been given to us and our rights. So we want the government to revisit the 76 oil wells and the marine boundary of Cross River and Akwa Ibom State .”
Explaining that since the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon and the loss of 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom, he said nothing has been done to the people of Bakassi, particularly the youths and the women.
Asuquo added that the people had been moved from Abana the headquarters of Bakassi to Akpabuyo and now to Ikang.
“They moved us to Ikang South which they now call Bakassi and whenever it is election time, that is when we know that we don’t belong to this place; we don’t just understand; they will move us to where they call Day Spring and vote and they now say the votes in Ikang is for Akpabuyo,” he lamented.
He decried the building of the resettlement camp and housing units for the people without economic benefits.
Addressing the natives at Assembly complex, the Speaker, Hon William Eteng, represented by Hon. Peter Odey, said the ceding of the oil wells remains a mystery to the people of the state just as the loss of the wells did not just affect the people of Bakassi alone but all local government areas of the state.
On the issue of proper delineation of the Bakassi state constituency, Odey advised the youths to do a memo to INEC because they have the power of delineation of constituencies and it is beyond the power of the Cross River State House of Assembly.
“So the youths should, in a peaceful manner like they have come here today, they should use that peaceful manner to appeal to INEC and if possible take legal action against INEC,” he said.

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Rivers Police Burst Car Snatching Syndicate

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The Rivers State Police Command says it has arrested an alleged member of car theft syndicate who specialises in robbing bolt drivers in the state and its environs.
In a press statement in Port Harcourt, the state capital, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Nnamdi Omoni said that operatives of Octopus Strike Force on September 15, 2021, at about 1750hrs, arrested one Nnali Osita, a 21-year-old member of a notorious car snatching syndicate that specialises in robbing Bolt/Uberdrivers in the state.
The statement said, that “while solving a case of car snatching reported by one Yusuf Ogunshola ‘m’, a Bolt driver who was hired from Effurun in Delta State to Port Harcourt, only to be taken to Abel Jumbo Street in Mile 2,Diobu, Port Harcourt, where two other members were already waiting”.
The statement further stated that the Bolt driver,on arrival, was attacked at gunpoint and dispossessed of his personal belongings, including withdrawing the sum of N87,000 from his bank account, adding that he was thereafter locked in a toilet belonging to a new generation church on the same street.
“In the course of our investigation, operatives got some clues which ultimately led them to Gambia Street in Diobu, where they had perfected plans to sell the said car. However, on sighting the police, they abandoned the car, and took to flight but the suspect; Nnali Osita was not lucky, as he was arrested, while others escaped.
“Meanwhile, efforts have been intensified to ensure that the fleeing gang members are arrested and their operational weapons recovered.
“The Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka has vowed to come hard on all miscreants in the state, and is hereby advising all Bolt/Uber or anybody in the transportation business to be circumspect and shun all mouth-watering offers; being the antics deployed by these criminals to attack their victims.” the statement added.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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Federal Varsity Admits 2,423 Students,Holds 10th Matriculation

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The Federal University, Otuoke in Bayelsa State has admitted new 2,423 students for its 2021/2022 academic session.
This was made known to newsmen at the weekend during the 10th matriculation ceremony of the institution.
The Tide learnt that the Federal University, Otuoke was amongst the 12 universities established during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
In his matriculation speech, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Teddy Charles Adias cautioned the matriculants against engaging in nefarious activities as students.
He charged students to be serious with their academics, noting that the institution is described as a ‘Family University, just as he added that the school has more than ever become a grooming ground for intellectuals.
“Students of this university are groomed and trained in both intellectual and in character. You’re here to learn, but that you’ve done your matriculation doesn’t mean it’s the end.
“As students members of this family university, you should be Ambassadors of this institution wherever you find yourselves in both learning and character”, he said.
“No nation can develop without a good and competitive intellectual base,. And that is why this Family University was set up to amongst others be part of sister institutions that would build and develop the needed intellectual capacities for our development as a nation”, he added.
The Tide reports that the university admitted freshers into all of its six existing Faculties of Management Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences as well as Engineering and Education.
“A total of 5,692 persons applied for admission for the session, but out of these, a total of 2,423 were selected and granted admission, after going through all the required academic processes needed as qualifications for admission as students members of the university”, the Vice Chancellor said.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Police Move To Secure Abducted Doctor, Ex-Senator’s Release

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The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6, Usman Gomna, has ordered investigation into the abduction of a medical doctor, Nsidibe Umana and former-Akwa Ibom senator, Nelson Effiong.
The AIG’s order is coming even as the command said that it had put in place a crack team to trail the abductors of the two victims.
Nelson Effiong, a former senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial district, was abducted on Sunday, September 5, 2021 while relaxing in his sit-out along Oron Road; while the medical doctor was abducted in his compound in Orukaman Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
The AIG gave the charge last Friday while responding to a request by the chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Ime Sylvester Udoh, during a meeting with security stakeholders in the state.
Dr. Udoh had raised the alarm over the abduction of the medical doctor and had also called on the Police to rescue the victim alive.
Responding, the AIG said, “Before I came here, I have directed the CP of the command, Andrew Amiengheme, to intensify efforts to see how he can be rescued.”
He reiterated the commitment of the zone in tackling crime and criminality and called on stakeholders to continue to cooperate with the Police by revealing useful information that could help in tackling the crime rate in the states.
Speaking further on the kidnapped medical doctor, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, said a manhunt had already been put in place to effect the release of the doctor.
“Our men are in the field to ensure the release of that young doctor. Unfortunately, the abductors are asking for N20m and where will the family get that kind of money?
“That is part of the societal problems, and we are asking the stakeholders to quickly expose and not to give them a cover,” Amiengheme said.
On the abduction of the ex-senator, the CP said, “We’re very much on top of the situation. Care must be taken to protect his life in the first instance.
“We must not do anything that will jeopardise his life, a lot has been done, we are observing some restraints so that he is not killed and his perpetrators brought to book.”

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