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Geo-Fluids, Izunwa, Bob Bag PCRC Merit Award

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An engineering company with diversified interest in shipping, Geo-Fluids Group of Companies bagged the Corporate Organisation of the year 2009 Award of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Port Harcourt Area Command, Rivers State.
The General Overseer of Gateway International Church, Pastor George Izunwa and the proprietor of Mount Zion International School, Rev. Bob Joshua also bagged the most outstanding Community Service Award at the ceremony.
Speaking as Guest of Honour, Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange said the Senate would soon pass a bill establishing community policing, pointing out that when passed into law would enhance security and create job opportunity for the youths, and called on the public to support the police for security of lives and property.
Senator Amange commended PCRC Area Command for their initiative and enjoined them to keep the flag flying.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, Mr. Suleman Abba urged members of the public to encourage and assist the police in its onerous task for them to achieve maximum result, and warned that any police officer caught extorting money would be dealt with.
The commissioner was represented by the Area Commander, Port Harcourt metropolis, Mr. Makama Dabup.
Earlier, the chairman, PCRC Port Harcourt Area Command, Mr. Austen Yong commended the awardees and enjoined them to sustain their good works to the society, and also called for closer-ties between the police and the public.
In their response, the Group Managing Director of Geo-Fluids Group, Dr. Ala Ibanibo, who was represented by David Gesthop, Pastor George Izunwa and Rev. Bob Joshua, who was represented by Senibo Anthony Dappa said the award would spur them to redouble their efforts and commitments and lauded the organizers for finding them worthy for the awards.
Others who won award at the epoch ceremony include HRH Eze Horney Orlu, Hon. Nnamidurim Ihute of Oyigbo Constituency, Dr. Goddy Daminabo, High Chief Nathan Anumajuru, Late (Sir) Lawrence Nemi, CSP Celestine Oyama, CSP Aderemi Adeoyi and CSP Edward Egbuka among others.

Collins Barasimeye

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Eno Sacks Commissioner For Special Duties

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bassey Okon, of his appointment with immediate effect.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Enobong Uwah, disclosed this in a statement in Uyo on Monday.
Uwah, who did not give reasons for the commissioner’s sack, directed him to hand over all state government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary.
He thanked the former commissioner for the period he served the state, and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Check Oil Pollution In N’Delta, Stakeholders Urge Oil Firms

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Stakeholders in host communities have demanded that oil companies be compelled to address adverse health impact of oil exploration in the Niger-Delta.
They made their position known on Monday during a public presentation of the research report on the impact of oil extraction on women’s health in Otuabagi community in Bayelsa.
The Tide’s source reports that Dr Emem Okon, Director, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, an NGO, championed the event.
The source also reports that Otuabagi Community within the Oloibiri District in present Ogbia Local Government Area is where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956.
Okon said the report highlighted the adverse consequences of oil extraction which had profound negative impact on health and livelihood of women in Otuabagi community.
She said research revealed that several of the participants had hydrocarbons in their blood sample more than World Health Organisation (WHO) threshold and therefore demanded for compensation from oil companies and government.
“There is, therefore, a need to demand for compensation and restoration of polluted sites as well as health actions to keep us alive and to resist death, poverty and injustice”, she said.
She stated that the findings and data would serve as a tool for policy makers, community leaders and all those who strove for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Meanwhile, Dr Bieye Briggs, a public health physician and head of the research team, said from the findings of the report, it was revealed that there was very high and unacceptable level of exposure of the people to hydrocarbons.
Briggs advocated for the Federal Government to carry out health audit in Otuabagi community and other oil producing areas in the Niger-Delta region.
He explained that such audit was with a view to instituting intervention program to halt and reverse the impact of oil exploration.
Similarly, Chief Daniel Amangi, the traditional ruler of Otuabagi community, commended Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre for undertaking the project and urged the Federal Government to focus on developing the community.
Amangi also called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the research findings for the overall benefit of the people.
In the same vein, Alagoa Morris, a stakeholder, lamented that life expectancy was lower in the Niger-Delta region than in other parts of the country due to the hazards caused by oil exploration.
He called for compensation to be paid to host communities to ameliorate the health impact of oil extraction in the region.
The ceremony also featured a drama presentation by Otuabagi women and panel discussion on the findings of the report.

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Court Orders AAU Graduate’s Car, iPhone’s Forfeiture To FG

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A Benin High Court on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to sell a Toyota Venza 2012 model, recovered from a graduate of Biochemistry from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Osadolor Edomwonyi.
The EFCC charged Edomwonyi with internet fraud.
Delivering judgment, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, sentenced Edomwonyi to three years imprisonment.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 13 Promax, recovered from the convict .
He also ordered that balances in his Opay account, Kids Bank account and Access Bank with which he was charged and convicted to the Federal Government through EFCC and the accounts be parmanently closed.
The convict prayed the court for a plea bargain agreement.
Ikponmwonba, however, gave him an option of fine in the sum of N100,000.
Earlier, the EFCC counsel, Mr I K Agwaisaid, said the convict committed an offence contrary to the provisions of Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the advance free fraud and other fraud-related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The prosecutor said in a plea bargain agreement, Edomwonyi pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

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