The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, CP Andrew Amiengheme, has expressed displeasure over the incessant attack on security officers in the state which led to the killing of one CSP Ben Ajide, Commander of the State Quick Intervention Unit and two others,
Four other police officers are still missing in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
In a press release signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon on Wednesday in Uyo, the State capital, the CP who said the remote and immediate cause of the incident were yet to be ascertained, stressed that such a trend was unacceptable and would not be tolerated in the state.
The Tide source gathered that security operatives particularly, the police have come under attack from gunmen in Akwa Ibom State in recent times.
Within the month of February police facilities including vans have been set ablaze while an officer on patrol vehicle was also burnt to death and few others shot dead.
It was further gathered that gunmen terrorising the Ikot Afanga community in Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state at the early hours of Monday, precisely at 2:30am stormed the residence of one inspector Aniekan, an indigene of the area who was still fast asleep and set the house ablaze.
A resident of the community who identified herself as Mfon narrated to our newsmen that the said inspector had played a prominent role in arresting the criminals.
According to her, “this thing is no longer funny, we woke up yesterday to see the burnt body of Inspector Aniekan. Those boys saw him as a threat considering his role in arresting, detaining and convicting them. They accused him of sometimes detaining them in the station without charging them to court.
“He was taken unawares and he has just paid the supreme price.”
Meanwhile, the village head of the area, worried over the incident reported the matter to the police and demanded more policemen in his area, but the gunmen came after him and burnt down his house as no one was inside the house when they launched the attack.
However, a Police Quick Intervention team led by CSP Ben Ajide was drafted for peacekeeping to the scene, unfortunately, the CSP was shot dead by the gunmen alongside two other officers while four others are still missing.
Amid that pandemonium, however, the military officers stormed the area to quell the crisis but one of them was shot dead while their van burnt down.
The State Commissioner of Police in reaction condemned the act and promised to bring the perpetrators to book. He, however, condoled with the deceased’s families and urged the public to avail the police with useful information that would aid in the investigations and arrest of the hoodlums.
The statement read in parts, “in recent times, in EssienUdim Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, security personnel, particularly, the Nigeria Police, Akwa Ibom Command have come under persistent unprovoked attacks, leading to deaths and destruction of property, a trend which is totally absurd and unacceptable.
“Whereas the remote and immediate causes of these unprovoked attacks are unknown, a discreet investigation is on the way to unravel the same and seek a lasting solution.
“The Commissioner of Police, Amiengheme Andrew is deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack on security personnel who were out maintaining the peace which led to the demise of CSP Ben Ajide who was the Commander of the Command’s Quick Intervention Unit and two others, while four others are missing”.
Host Community Set To Resolve Chieftaincy Tussles
Otuasega community of Ogbia council area of Bayelsa State has said they were willing to resolve the protracted chieftaincy tussle bedeviling the community before August this year.
The Tide learnt this at the weekend by the community’s interim leader and CDC chairman, Mr Igbuasi Gbanibebi.
Igbuasi who also doubles as the chief security officer of the SPDC’s host community hinted that the community’s leadership has resolved to end all contentious court cases on who becomes the Paramount ruler of the community.
He regretted that the suits instituted by the contenders to the throne, owing to the 2018 disputed chieftaincy election of the community have impeded development.
“We’ve decided as a community to withdraw all the cases concerning our chieftaincy election from court.
Though our tenure as CDC and community leadership would end by August this year, we’re resolve to end all cases and install a paramount ruler before we leave office on or before August”, he said.
“We’re talking to the contenders to the throne, hopefully they’re are cooperating, but should they refused, we would ask all of them to stop drawing us backwards and use the old traditional means or ask the clergy in the community to fast and pray, and then tell us whom God has ordained as our Paramount ruler”, he added.
Igbuasi who also spoke on the prevailing peace in the community in the absent of a substantive monarch commended the joint task force, JTF, Police and the community’s own vigilante service for sustaining the peace in the area.
Diri Solicits S’Korea’s Partnership On Agric, Infrastructure Dev
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has sought the partnership and support of South Korea in areas of agricultural, maritime and infrastructure development of the state.
At a meeting with the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae, in Abuja, Governor Diri said given its maritime similarity with Bayelsa State, the state also needed the South Korean expertise and partnership in developing deep-sea fishing, aquaculture and rice cultivation.
His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying that the state was equally interested in partnership in education, science and technology as well as in oil and gas.
He said his administration pays serious attention to the issue of security as top priority and has conscientiously worked with the security agencies to make Bayelsa and its maritime domain safer than before.
“The purpose of this meeting is to explore areas of economic partnership and seek the expertise of South Korea in developing our state and its economy.
“Bayelsa has huge potential in agriculture and marine resources. We seek foreign investment in aquaculture and deep-sea fishing. Our terrain is good for aquaculture to thrive as well as rice cultivation and production with the large expanse of land already in Peremabiri and Sampou. We are trying to revive the culture of farming in our state. The government is interested in commercial farming as against the culture of subsistence farming that a lot of our people engage in”, he said.
“The South Korean expertise is also required in the production of plastics, in science and technology and the oil and gas sector. Our administration is taking deliberate steps to open up the state. This can be done through massive road construction and development of infrastructure, including how to control the perennial flooding in our state. We seek your partnership and expertise too in this area”, he added.
Governor Diri noted that such partnership would help in empowering youths of the state that would be given training in order to check youth restiveness and militancy.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Anambra Guber Poll: Bayelsa Deputy Gov Predicts Victory For PDP
Ahead of the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would coast home to victory in the south-east state.
Ewhrudjakpo expressed the optimism at the state Party Secretariat in Awka shortly after leading a committee to conduct the election of local government delegates for the forthcoming PDP primaries in Anambra State.
A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, the Deputy Governor was quoted as, describing the exercise as smooth and successful, noting that 21 delegates were elected in the process.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who is the Chairman of the committee, disclosed that additional 21 physically challenged persons representing the 21 local government areas of the state were also chosen by members of the party.
While expressing delight at the show of unity and cooperation among the various stakeholders of the PDP in the state, he maintained that there were strong prospects, that the party has what it takes to win the November 6 election.
According to the Bayelsa Deputy Governor, the PDP delegates were elected in a peaceful, free and fair manner under the supervision of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He added that as a law abiding party, the PDP would soon conduct its primaries in accordance with the timeline provided by INEC and give whoever emerges as its flag bearer all the needed support with a view to winning the election.
He thanked the National chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Waziri Tambuwal and Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state for giving him and members of the Committee the opportunity to serve the party.
“It has been a very successful programme. As you can see, there is no protest going on. Everywhere is peaceful and calm. So we have successfully completed the exercise, which was witnessed by INEC. Members of our party have freely elected 21 delegates of their choice and also 21 physically challenged persons to represent those who are going to participate in the primaries”, he said.
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