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Oil Spill Devastates Rivers Community

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The Nigerian Agip Oil Company has announced a shut-in at its oilfield in Aggah community in Ogbia/Egbema Local Government Area of Rivers State, following a devastating oil spill as a result of pipeline leakage.
The company said that the decision was designed to forestall further damage to the environment.
Eni, the Italian parent company of NAOC, confirmed the development in a statement, yesterday.
The statement reads in part, “NAOC got a report of a leakage from a well flow line on 14th October, 2019, in the southern part of Aggah territory, in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“The leakage was primarily bubbling of gas and sheens of condensate.
“Following the report of the event, NAOC deployed containment booms around the leak spot and shut-in the well to stop the leak.
“Statutory notification was issued to Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), NOSDRA and Rivers State Ministry of Environment for Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) before effecting the repair.”
Meanwhile, the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) said that it was investigating the cause of a damaged pipeline and possible volume of leaked crude oil at Aggah which had polluted the area.
The Port Harcourt Zonal Director of NOSDRA, Mr. Cyrus Nkangwu, who confirmed the development, said the NAOC had reported the oil spill to the agency.
He said the area had been cordoned off to prevent further spread, adding that the agency had also deployed its personnel to the oil spill site.
“A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) team is currently at the scene of the incident and would find out the cause of the leak and estimated volume of crude discharged into the environment,” Nkangwu said.
The leak is coming barely one month after fire broke out from NAOC’s field in nearby Ubeta community in neighbouring Ahoada-West Local Government Area of Rivers State.

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Eleme Council Chairman Condemns The Kidnap And Killing Of Dinabari Ereba…

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The Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area in Rivers State, Barr. Philip Okparaji, has expressed shock over the killing of a 38yr old man from Gokana LGA, Dinabari Ereba in a forest in Alesa, Eleme LGA by a kidnap gang.
Barr. Okparaji while condemning the act, warned hoodlums and criminals never to use Eleme land to perpetrate their heinous crime as the Council authority is out to smoke out all criminals from the area.
The Eleme Council Boss in a statement he personally issued on Wednesday, condole with the family of the deceased and commended Rivers State Police Command for living up to its responsibilities.
He stressed his administration’s preparedness to continue to collaborate with Security agencies to give the people of Eleme a new ease of life which has led to the recent establishment and equipping of Volunteer Vigilante group in the area to help give useful information to security agencies towards securing the LGA
Hon. Okparaji, while pointing out that the kidnappers were not from Eleme, called on residents of area to always report suspicious movements in around communities in the council area.
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Police Parade Four Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Female Victim In Cross River

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The Cross River State Police Command has paraded four suspected kidnappers and rescued one Cecilia Onega, 38 years, from kidnappers’ den.
Parading the suspects at the State Police Headquarters, Diamond Hill in Calabar, Cross River State on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo said the breakthrough was recorded by the Command.
She said that the victim, one Cecilia Onyago ‘F’ 38 years was rescued without a ransom paid.
“We are working to make sure that kidnapping is no more in the State.
We urge Cross Riverians to provide us with information which would enable us work harder and pick these hoodlums wherever they may be,” she stressed.
The police spokesperson said that on July 10th 2020, in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State, a husband and wife were going about their normal businesses when armed kidnappers came in and kidnapped the woman.
“The Police got a distress call from the people

and we swung into action. In a bid to know the location where the woman was taken to, we got one suspect which led us to the arrest of other gang members.
“Right now, the suspects are in our custody, a lot of items have been recovered including two vehicles, Toyota Camry with registration number NEM 828 AY and Jetta car no LSD 879 AV and several local guns,” she quipped.
DSP Ugbo said that the suspects are with the Police and they have given the Police useful information and “as soon as investigations are completed the suspects will be charged to court.
“We are very happy about the success recorded because Cross River State is noted for being a place people come and relax and Police is working tirelessly to make sure the hoodlums are brought to book
“Every evening, we have a team of Police officers at different locations doing stop and search; it is a regular exercise which the outgoing Police Commissioner put in place.
“We urged all Cross Riverians to corporate with us, give us useful.
Friday Nwagbara, Calabar.
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COVID-19: Hand Washing Cheapest Way Of Fighting Diseases – Health Commissioner

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The Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu, has said that the cheapest way fighting various diseases was through effective hand washing.
Edu staate this in Calabar while receiving over 200 handwashing stations donated by United Purpose, a non-governmental organisation, for the Primary Healthcare Development Agency in the State.
The commissioner, who said she was grateful that the state had partners who were always ready to support it in the area of health, stressed that when sanitation fails, healthcare suffers.
“Although the state had not recorded massive number of the ravaging COVID-19 infections and deaths residents are advised to have a high index of suspicion.
“We encourage everyone to effectively use the available resources in the health facilities in the state and have a high index of suspicion.
“I call on the health workers in the state to bring the Infection Control Protocol (ICP), they have been taught to bear.
“We will be signing the Clinical Governance Agreement today to ensure that when our clients go to our facilities they are protected and the care giver is also protected,” she said.
The commissioner encouraged residents of the state to build their immunity because it was a way of protecting themselves and their loved ones.
She added that anyone who felt any symptoms of COVID-19 should go to the state’s testing centre. Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, Director General, Cross River Primary Healthcare Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), lauded  United Purpose and other partners for assisting the state.
Ekpenyong said it was not the job of the government alone to fight the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the state but the job of everyone.
Mr. Nanpet Chuktu, the Programme Manager of United Purpose, said his organisation partnered the state because it wanted to help in pushing back the virus from the state.
“We the United Purpose, through the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, are making a donation of 10 hand washing stations per Local Government Area (LGA).
“These hand washing stations are for emergency and would be delivered to the state’s Primary Healthcare Agencies.
“We are looking at about 250 of them and each of the primary healthcare facilities would get at least one,” he noted.
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