The Ketebu family in Bayelsa State, has called for the immediate release of their sons, currently being detained by the former leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, over a land dispute.
Two sons of the Ketebu family, Messer Sydney and Reagan, were last weekend, arrested and detained by men of the Nigerian Police force from the Force C.I.D in Abuja.
Disclosing these facts to our correspondent at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, a spokesman, for the Kelebu family, who is also the Vice President, World Assembly of Youth in Africa, Comrade Preye Ketebu, said that the policeman, one ASP Justus Ogah, from the Force CID Abuja, who did arrest the young men, is allegedly demanding the sum of N100 million naira for the release of his victims.
Apart from the said N100 million naira, the said ASP Justus, is also requesting that a civil servant on level 17 and a property of about N100million must sign the surety before the young men could be released from their incarceration and the illegal detention.
According to Preye, the family and the said Hon. Lloyd and several others were in court over a land matter at the Trans Amadi axis in Port Harcourt.
The land dispute recently came to an end following a ruling by a Port Harcourt High Court in favour of the Ketebu family and directed that other encroachers including Hon. Lloyd, should vacate the piece of land.
Hon. Chidi Lloyd, he pointed out, refused to obey the court order to vacate and asked for a truce meeting with the family, which was attended by the two young men that ended in their arrest and illegal detention.
According to Preye the family was worried and at loss over at the involvement of such a Senior Police Officer from the Force C.I.D in Abuja, in a land case in the court in Port Harcourt.
“We have decided to send a Save Our Soul (S.O.S) to the Inspector General of Police, unless our sons are released unconditionally with immediate effect,” he added.
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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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