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Death Of Naval Men: LG Chairman Urges Restraint

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The Chairman, Ekeremor Local Government Council of Bayelsa State, Dr Bertola Perekeme, yesterday condemned the killing of four Naval personnel in December 2019 in the area.
Perekeme said no sane person would condone the killing of anyone, let alone military officers on the line of their constitutional duty.
He said that the leadership of the area was worried about the activities of criminals and has always collaborated with security agencies to protect law abiding citizens who were also victims of criminal activities.
He however, noted that invading communities and burning houses in the guise of searching for criminals is unfashionable in a democratic setting and highly unprofessional.
Sources told newsmen in Ekeremor that a joint military team arrived Bilabiri community in about 16 gunboats on Friday morning in search of those behind the murder of the four naval men.
Residents reportedly fled the community following the military operation and alleged that houses were burnt down by the military, leaving the coastal settlement deserted.
Reacting to the development, the local government chairman urged the military to exercise restraint and demonstrate professionalism in line with international best practices and their rule of engagement.
He regretted that communities, whose inhabitants live in fear and apprehension following activities of some criminal minded elements, were being invaded and destroyed by the military.
“These communities need help and protection from security agents because they live in fear and are constantly intimidated.
“The military should work closely with other security agencies in intelligence gathering and effect arrest to help our people,” Perekeme said.
He sympathised with the military over the loss of its four officers during exchange of fire with suspected sea pirates along the Ramos River and warned youths of the area to shun criminality.
Meanwhile, the outcome of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta with headquarters in Yenagoa on the on-going operation is being awaited.

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Fire Ravages Filling Station In PH …As Youths Stone Fire Service Men

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Fire has ravaged Heritage Oil Filling Station (formerly AP) located at Iwofe axis in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The Tide gathered that the fire started at about 6:45am, yesterday, when one of the tankers was discharging fuel at the filling station.
No lives were lost, and there were no reported cases of injuries.
The fire continued with explosions, but for the intervention of the youths who risked their lives to put out the fire and prevented it from spreading to a nearby gas plant in the filling station.
An eyewitness said that the youths struggled with the fire, and eventually succeeded in minimising the negative impact of the incident before the state fire service men came by 8.15am.
The angry youths, the eyewitness said, pelted pebbles at the fire service men and chased them away for responding two hours after the commencement of the blaze.
Another witness, who gave his name as Samuel Alaja, said, “though the boys did not do well in stoning the fire service men but quickly added that the problem of late response in times of emergency has to be dealt with in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
“A situation where fire will start by 6.45am, and the youths will battle with fire and explosion till 8.15am before the fire service men will come is unacceptable.
“If not for the boys, the fire would have entered the gas plant, which would have definitely affected Onava Oil close to Heritage Oil and the many houses surrounding the filling station”, he said.
He reiterated the need for government to set up active fire services at close proximity, stressing that the existing state fire service has never responded on time to any fire incident in the capital city.
Alaja added that the stoning of the fire service vehicle was a product of anger from previous late response whenever duty calls.
Another eyewitness, who pleaded anonimity, commended the quick and selfless response of the boys in putting out the fire, saying that “when people work together, challenges can be put under control quickly’’.
All efforts to reach the owner of the filling station proved abortive.

 

By: Lilian Peters

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Banigo Extols Wike Over Obaseki’s Victory …Hails Rivers HoS On Birthday

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The Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has described the State Chief Executive, Chief Nyesom Wike as a Master Strategist and an Astute Political Icon.
Banigo stated this in reaction to the resounding victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded gubernatorial election in Edo State.
In a statement from the Government House, Port Harcourt, last Monday, Banigo said it was gratifying to note that under the watch of Wike as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council for the September 19, 2020, Edo State Governorship Election, Obaseki recorded a landslide victory over his rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
While congratulating Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election, Banigo said Wike has continued to demonstrate great capacity and leadership in the Peoples Democratic Party as a committed party man, and expressed the hope that the Peoples Democratic Party would take over the reins of governance at the federal level in 2023.
In another development, the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has felicitated with the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Wenike Danagogo, as he celebrates his Birthday, yesterday.
In a statement in Government House, Port Harcourt, Banigo described Danagogo as a seasoned administrator who always brings to bear his administrative acumen in the discharge of his duties, as a former chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, former commissioner for urban development, former minister of sports, and presently, Secretary to the Rivers State Government.
Banigo said Danagogo’s peaceful disposition and his flair for mentoring young politicians stands him out as a complete gentleman.
The deputy governor prayed the Almighty God to continue to bless and keep him in good health.

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Rivers LG Boss Donates 500KVA Transformers To Communities

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The Executive Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, Barrister Philip Okparaji, has handed over brand new 500KVA transformers bought by the council to Korokoro and Ollube communities of Aleto and Onne.
In a brief handover ceremony at the Local Government Secretariat in Agbonchia, Okparaji, stated that the transformers were part of the rural electrification project of his administration, adding that with the new transformers, artisans and business owners in the area would grow their businesses, boost youth employment and contribute to the peace and development of the area.
The LG chairman, who also holds doctorate degree, stated that more communities, including Eteo would get new transformers soon to promote social and economic activities in the communities.
He disclosed that a bigger step-down transformer would be purchased to connect the local government council secretariat to the national grid, adding that he would continue to work for the development of Eleme LGA in line with the mandate given to him by the electorate in the area.
Presenting the transformers on behalf of the LG Council to Korokoro and Ollube communities, former member representing Eleme in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Josiah Olu, thanked Okparaji describing him as a man with listening ears, and applauded him for heeding to the cries and yearnings of the people.
Calling on the communities to ensure the safety of the transformers, the former lawmaker stated that the major work of government had been carried out.
He pointed out that the council had been assured that the transformers have a lifespan of, at least, 30 years, charging members of the communities to ensure the protection of the transformers from vandals.
Receiving the transformer on behalf of Ollube community of Onne, Chief Ollor Oluka, explained that the community did a formal letter presenting their plight and requesting the donation of a transformer from the council, and conveyed the gratitude of the community to Okparaji for identifying with their plights.
Oluka pointed out that their long nights and days of darkness had come to an end with the provision of the new transformer by the council and added that they would continue to support his administration to succeed.

 

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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