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Oil Well Crisis: Imoke Bans Side Comments, Protests

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Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has urged Cross Riverians to maintain the paces can not to embark on any activity that may lead to a breakdown of law and order following the ceding of its 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom and its delisting as an oil producing state.

In a state wide broadcast to the people, Imoke said he was compelled to address the state on the issue of the oil wells and the purported delisting of the state under the guise of the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon stressing that those far reaching decisions were taking without any reference to consultation between the two states and the relevant federal agencies and at a time when the maritime boundary of the two states was neither in doubt nor in dispute.

According to Imoke, “As uncautionable and provocative as this action may appear to be, we have reacted in a must continue to do same until the matter is resolved”, adding that, “as you may be aware, Mr. President’s attention was drawn to the matter even before the implementation of the purported new indices and he accordingly directed that the decision of the relevant agencies be revisited. In line with Mr. President’s directive, several meetings have been held under the leadership of the Vice President towards resolving the impasse.”

The governor assured the people that justice will be done, and that oil wells restored, and thanked Cross Riverians for their unprecedented solidarity and support through the challenging periods remarking that, “from our youths to our women and our elders, we have all spoken with one voice, condemning the action and seeking justice. You have once again demonstrated your love for state ad this administration and we are quite appreciative.”

He said as provoking as the decision may be he appealed to Cross Riverians to maintain the peace and not to embark on any activity that may lead to a breakdown of law and order because the state has absolute confidence in the ongoing efforts of Mr President and the Vice President towards resolving the matter amicably.

Imoke noted that Cross River is a peaceful state, and Cross Riverians very hospitable and accommodating people and for years have enjoyed an excellent relationship with its neighbouring states, which the people are committed to maintaining, emphasizing that they must continue to exhibit the warmth and hospitality that they are known for and for no reason must they disrupt the peace which has contributed greatly in making the state the estination of choice for business or leisure in Nigeria.

The Governor reiterated than all programmes and projects remain on course, inspite of the setback and for the state to achieve its desired set goats, the people must ensure that they maintain the peace while thanking Mr. President, the Vice President and all well meaning Nigerians, who have stood by the state in one way or the other in these trying times.

Chairman of the occasion and member representing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal contituency at the House of Representatives, Chief Andrew Uchendu (right) having a handshake with the former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir Gabriel Toby during the 10h Anniversary lecture in honour of late Evans Oi, founder of the Port Harcourt-based Independent Monitor Newspaper, at the Minstry of Justice Auditoum, Port Harcourt. Phone: Donatus Ken.

Chairman of the occasion and member representing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal contituency at the House of Representatives, Chief Andrew Uchendu (right) having a handshake with the former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir Gabriel Toby during the 10h Anniversary lecture in honour of late Evans Oi, founder of the Port Harcourt-based Independent Monitor Newspaper, at the Minstry of Justice Auditoum, Port Harcourt. Phone: Donatus Ken.

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Missing Crown: Police Arraign Suspects

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The Police in Delta State have filed a three-count charge of burglary, stealing and felony against Chief Ayiri Emami and others at large before a magistrate’s court sitting in Warri.
The charge, MW/178 C 2021, the Commissioner of Police vs Chief Emami, reads: “That you Chief Emami and others at large on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, burglary and stealing.”
Count II: “That you Chief Emami and others now at large on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District with intent to commit a felony, breaks into a dwelling house of the Olu of Warri.”
Count III: “That you Chief Emami and others now at large, on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District did stole two crowns value at N2 billion.”
According to the charge sheet, the alleged stolen crowns belong to Itsekiri.
It also stated that the offences are punishable under certain sections of the Criminal Code Laws of Delta State.
Chief Ayiri pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Ejiro Diejomaoh, granted bail to Ayiri in the sum of N2 million, with two sureties, who must not be persons lower than Level 15 and in like sum.

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Obaseki Promises To Sustain Reforms, Projects

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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has pledged to sustain ongoing reforms and projects to open up new towns and communities in the state for increased economic growth.
Obaseki gave the assurance on Wednesday, when he received the management team of Benin Club 1931, who were on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin City.
Reiterating the need to improve the standard and quality of the club to meet the ongoing massive development across the state, the governor said, “We are opening up new areas and towns and there will be new clubs. You must ensure that you improve the standard and quality of the club. There will be competition, I can assure you.
“We need to do quite a bit in terms of rebranding and repositioning of the club. As you see, the city is growing tremendously; the growth trajectory will continue for many years to come.”
Obaseki commended the leadership of Benin Club 1931 for sustaining the Club since 1931, congratulating them for the 90th-anniversary celebration.
“Not many institutions in this country can celebrate or boast of celebrating 90 years or nine decades of existence. It’s quite a lot of achievement; it’s a significant milestone and should be celebrated significantly. Ikoyi Club was founded in 1938 and we are older; we should do things to reflect our importance and significance in this country,” he charged.
Noting the reason for the early set up of the Benin Club, Obaseki added, “British officers had to settle here and occupied the place for a while as they needed a recreation area. That is why we have the club before that of Lagos.”
In his response, President of Benin Club 1931, Fred Ejedawe Iboi commended the governor for the developmental strides being recorded across all sectors of the state.
He noted, “We have done our best to develop the club’s infrastructure, and now, the club is working on installing facial recognition to access the club. We have done our best to improve on the infrastructure we met.”

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NSCDC Arrests Couple Over Children Sale

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Operatives of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Akwa Ibom State Command have arrested one Elisha Effiong for allegedly conniving with his wife to sell their two daughters aged six and four, respectively.
Effiong, who lives in Cameroon with his wife was arrested in Uyo on November 15, 2021, through an intelligence report while trying to sell their children, identified as Abasifreke Edet and Rachael Edet.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Umana Ukeme, the suspects said that their decision to want to sell the children was borne out of extreme hardship.
According to the statement, the suspect confided in a private security guard of his plans while the guard, in turn, notified the commandant of the corps, Mr Abidemi Majekodunmi who immediately ordered the arrest of the culprit.
“The suspect, Elisha Edet Effiong, ‘M’ was apprehended with his two children identified as Abasifreke Edet, 6, and Rachel Edet, 4, while attempting to sell them for M700, 000 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
“Effiong, 40 years was apprehended at FulCare Hospital along Ekpanya Street, where he notified the security guard of his intention to sell his two children to pay off his debt and meet other financial challenges.
“The security guard notified the NSCDC and immediately, Commandant Abidemi Majekodunmi detailed personnel of the anti-human trafficking unit of the corps who swung into action and apprehended the suspect alongside with his two daughters, “ the statement read in part.
According to Ukeme, preliminary investigations have been concluded while the case would be transferred to NAPTIP zonal office, Uyo for the prosecution of the suspect.
The commandant while commending the private security guard for the prompt release of an intelligence report that aided the arrest of the suspect, however, condemned the heinous act, describing it as a crime against humanity.
He called on the people of Akwa Ibom State to always avail personnel of the corps with timely and actionable intelligence that could lead to arrest and tracking of criminal elements in the state.

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