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Police Recovers Lethal Weapons From Robbers

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L-R: President, Rotary Club of Port Harcourt North, Rtn Ele Idachiaba, immediate past President, Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Trans Amadi, Rtn Frank Eni, President Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Trans Amadi, Rtn Anne Azuoma Anyaka, Guest Lecturer, Dr. F. S. Babep, during the Media Day at Rotary Club of Port Harcourt on Monday.

L-R: President, Rotary Club of Port Harcourt North, Rtn Ele Idachiaba, immediate past President, Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Trans Amadi, Rtn Frank Eni, President Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Trans Amadi, Rtn Anne Azuoma Anyaka, Guest Lecturer, Dr. F. S. Babep, during the Media Day at Rotary Club of Port Harcourt on Monday.

The Rivers State Police
Command says it has recovered over 807 ammunition, 40 weapons of various specifications as well as six sacks of dynamites from suspected armed robbers across the State in two months.
The State Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, stated this while briefing journalists at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in Rukpokwu, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state, yesterday.
The Commissioner also said that the cache of arms and ammunition recovered from the criminals represents the achievements of the command from February till date, in addition to the figures already given on 12th of April, this year.
Giving further breakdown on the achievements, the state Police helmsman stated that the Command, within the period under review, arrested 80 armed robbery suspects, out of which 40 were fatally wounded, adding that 60 cultists were also arrested, out of which 20 of them were fatally wounded.
Kimo further disclosed that the Command recovered 30 Ak 47, 10 pump action guns, 12 IED and 15 vehicles, adding that the Command also rescued 18 kidnap victims.
The state CP said the essence of the briefing was to showcase the modest achievements recorded by the operatives of SARS last Monday along Psychiatric Hospital Road, Rumuigbo in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State.
According to him, the  SARS operatives received a distress call from a member of the public at about 10 am informing them that he had seen his Toyota Avenza stolen five days earlier along Psychiatric Hospital Road in possession of two occupants but with different plate number.
He stated that the SARS Command led teams of the operatives and cordoned the area, adding that it was in the cause of the operation that the hoodlums blew up one of the Police Patrol vans with dynamites, adding that the hoodlums engaged the operatives in a gun battle, which led to the death of one of them, while the other was arrested.
The operatives recovered the stolen car, four AK 47 rifles, and 30 ammunition inside their operational vehicles,” he said.
“The Commissioner said he had communicated the development to the Inspector-General of Police, adding that the IGP has promised to replace the vehicle for the command.
He urged people to be more vigilant and partner with the Police in the on-going fight against criminals in the state.
The State Police boss, however, appealed to members of the public to keep calling the following Police distress lines: 08032003514, 08028915460, 08028915462, and 08160723892, to give timely and actionable information, adding that the Command would not relent until hoodlum are completely cleared from the state.

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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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