Residents of No. 12 Dim Street in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt Thursday night witnessed the first fire outbreak of the year when the building was razed, destroying properties worth millions of naira.
The main office of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company and No. 16 Echinda Street, close to Ada George Road also suffered the same fate simultaneously the same night.
An eye witness said the fire outbreak at No. 12 Dim Street began at about 8.00pm from one of the flats, though the cause was not immediately known.
The Tide learnt that fire fighters from the Rivers State Fire Service and those of Agip Fire Service arrived the seen but could not bring the inferno under control before it overwhelmed the entire building, though no life was lost in the three incidents.
According to the source, it took the efforts of youths around the area to put off the fire as the fire fighters who allegedly struggled with their tools complained of lack of water.
A personnel of the state fire service that spoke to The Tide at the scene on condition of anonymity said “the problem we have is that we don’t have enough fire fighting vehicles and equipment.”
He stressed the need for the establishment of more fire service stations around Port Harcourt and advised residents of the city to handle all electrical appliances and petroleum products with utmost care.
A staff of Agip Fire Service told The Tide that night that “as we are here, our base is on fire and we are going there now”.
The Tide also learnt that while the Rivers State fire Service and Agip were heading to the Agip base, another call was received informing them that No. 16 Echinda Street was also on fire.
The landlord of No. 12 Dim Street, Chief Godfrey Umesi said he and his family were praying over a meal when they heard sourcing.
According to him, the fire started from one of the flats in the building and “it did not give an inch to the tenants to remove their properties or cash.”
RSG Committed To Education Development – Ebeku
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
Court Remands Suspected Fake Lawyer
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.
Operation Still Water Has Recorded Success – GOC
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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