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Two Arrested For Attempting To Kill Pastor

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Two suspects are now telling men of the State Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), Rivers State police command all they know about attempting on the life of a pentecostal  Pastor and destruction of his property in Ibaa, Emohua Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects who have made useful statements to the police were said to have trailed  their target to Egbelu Ozodo in Obio/Akpor local government area last month, where they were apprehended following a tip off.

Narrating his ordeal to The Tide On Sunday, the victim, Pastor Israel Okachi, the zonal chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Ibaa/Obelle and Resident Pastor of Sure Foundation Bible Church Ibaa, alleged that the attempt on his life and those of his family members is being carried out by some sponsored unrepentance militants at Mgbogizi village in Ibaa community.

According to him, there had been several failed attempts to shot him and his family members before the recent burning and stealing of his properties worth over N30 million in the community. 

Pastor Okachi who spoke to the Tide On Sunday, said the hoodlums further destroyed and stole some properties belonging to the church, as well closed down the church, by restricted members from worshipping in the community.

We the leader in the area recalled that some time in April, 2009 during the heat of the crisis in Ibaaa, a group of hoodlums led by one Nwaka Azu demanded from him the sum of N400,000.00 as ‘Security Fee’, which he refused to pay.

According to him, since then he has been facing series of gun shot attack which made him and his family to flee from the area to Port Harcourt.

He said the hoodlums further advanced to attack him at Egblu Ozodo in Port Harcourt, where two were arrested by police patrol team, while others escaped.

“On November 13, 2009 the escaped hoodlums advanced to the village led byt eh gang leader, Nwaka Azu and burnt and destroyed my storey building, stole properties worth N30 million,” the pastor explained.

The P.F.N. branch leader used the opportunity to call on the state government, security agencies and P.F.N. in national to do something urgently to save his life and his family members, as the miscreants who invaded the Ibaa Community are unrelenting.

When our reporter called at the State Police Command, the Rivers State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) D.S.P. Rita Innoma Abbey said was awaiting the report from the department handling the matter.

Meanwhile, police source from the State Command Investigation Bureau (SCIB) confirmed that the matter is still under investigation.

 

Enoch Epelle

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RSG Committed To Education Development – Ebeku

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The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, has stated that the Rivers State Government is committed in the development of education in the state.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Education on Media, Faustina Nwaneku and made available to The Tide, Wednesday; in Port Harcourt said Prof Ebeku made the disclosure when he visited some Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Centres in the State.
Interacting with pupils at the Centres visited, Prof. Ebeku said the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike, was determined to addressing the issues of out-of-school children through the provision of free education in the state and implementation of BESDA programme.
He said “The government knows that the future lies with you. The young shall grow and if we do not make effort to ensure that you learn something, then we do not have a future as a people.”
The Education Commissioner also commended the facilitators at the Centres for the professional discharge of their teaching duties,
He said he was impressed with the teacher-pupil relationship he observed during the visit.
Speaking to the children he said: “I am happy to come here to see you all today. I have participated in your literacy class and I can see you are doing well. I can see you are eager and hungry for knowledge”.
Prof. Ebeku was guided to the BESDA Centres by the Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Fynface Akah, and some staff of the Board.
The Tide reports that the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) is a programme designed to increase equitable access for out-of-school children, improve literacy in focus States, and strengthen accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Court Remands Suspected Fake Lawyer

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A High Court in Port Harcourt has remanded to police custody a suspected fake lawyer, Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe who has been practicing in the State for over 10 years.
Adjogbe was remanded following the plea by the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt Branch, Prince Nyekwere that the suspect may escape if he was allowed to go.
Justice C. Nwogu in his ruling directed the prosecutor from the office of the Commissioner of Police to take custody of the suspected fake lawyer pending the outcome of their investigation.
The Tide reports that the suspected fake lawyer, Stanley was exposed on Wednesday, during cross-examination when he failed to answer correctly questions bordering on his identity as a legal practitioner.
Also, the suspected fake lawyer could not tell the court the law school he attended, the year he graduated and when he was called to the Bar.
He also could not mention the university he attended as a law student.
The Tide further reports that the defence team in the criminal matter also tendered reports from the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the national leadership of NBA disowning the identity of Mr. Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe as a genuine legal practitioner in the country.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the NBA, Port Harcourt branch, Prince Nyekwere in an interview explained the reasons he demanded that the suspected fake lawyer be remanded in Police custody.
Also, Ibikiri Otorubio, the lawyer who cross-examined the suspected fake lawyer in the case of a bounced cheque,, explained why they suspected that the lawyer is fake.
Mr. Otorubio said if the suspected fake lawyer was found guilty, he would face a jail term of 14 years.

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Operation Still Water Has Recorded Success – GOC

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The 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt says the Exercise “Still Water” operation designed to clear up crime and criminality during Ember months has recorded success with the civil- military cooperation in the State.
The Garrison Commander, 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Muhammed Danja, made this known during a novelty football match between Ahoada West Football Club and Python Football Club at Ahoada-East Local Government Area.
Danja maintained that the football match was part of the civil- military responsibility of Exercise Still Water operation in the state.
On his part, the chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area, Ben Eke, commended the efforts of the military in curbing the activities of illegal petroleum products taking place in the area
Eke also called for more collaboration in fighting other crimes in the area
The Tide reports that the Ahoada East Football Club defeated the Python Football Club by a lone, following a tension pact and keenly contested encounter.
Prizes and awards were presented by the Garrison commander to the match officials, judges, three most valuable players, the winners and the 2nd runners-up.

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