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Ogoni Raids: Go After Criminals, MOSOP Urges JTF …As Ndigbara Denies Involvement In Criminality

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Following the ongoing operations in some Ogoni communities by men of the Joint Military Task Force, in which innocent lives and property have been allegedly lost, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), has called on the authorities and men of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) to exercise caution in carrying out their operations.
A statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Sunny Zorvah, quoted MOSOP’s President, Legborsi Pyagbara, as saying that, “Whilst we do not support any act of criminality by anyone or community, we also expect the security agencies on legitimate assignments in our communities to conduct themselves in a manner that does not cause avoidable deeper crisis or result in killings of innocent persons and destruction of property in the area in cause of fighting crime or going after crime suspect(s)”.
According to the statement, “MOSOP also strongly condemns the reported killing of military personnel on duty along Tai- Gokana axis and the invasion of Ogoni communities, leading to the death of innocent persons”.
It argued that, “Reports have it that heavily armed military men on Sunday, June 16, 2019, raided houses, arrested natives and shot sporadically in Gio community in Tai Local Government Area(in Ogoniland).
Meanwhile, a former Niger Delta agitator Solomon Ndigbara, has denied involvement in any act of criminality or violence in parts of Ogoniland, Rivers State.
Ndigbara, in a letter sent to the Area Commander, Nigeria Police Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state wondered why despite his contributions to the peace and development of the area and the State in general, he was still being hated and linked with the current insecurity in Ogoni.
While reiterating that he has committed himself to propagating peace since he embraced the Federal Government Amnesty and promised not to destroy the legacies of prominent Ogoni and Niger Delta forebears, including Paul Birabi, Ken Saro-Wiwa and Isaac Adaka Boro.
He said that any effort aimed at restoring peace in Ogoni should not be left to one individual, but for concerted efforts by genuine and well-meaning persons and institutions that are willing to work harmoniously in the interest of the people.

 

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana/Dennis Naku

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Diri Suspends Twin Kingdom Youth Election 

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has directed the immediate suspension of the election of a new executive of the twin clans of Epie-Atissa, popularly referred to as the Oguan Youth Congress (OYC).
The Tide learnt that the Governor’s directive was sequel to the factional crisis that has engulfed the kingdom’s youth body, resulting in tension in the state capital, Yenagoa.
A statement made available to newsmen by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah, on Wednesday, noted that the Oguan Kingdom comprises 29 Epie and Atissa communities in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
The statement added that the suspension was indefinite, pending the resolution of the impasse by the State Government.
Alabrah also said the Governor has directed the police and other security agencies to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order as a result of the feud.
Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
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US Consulate Trains 25 Girls On STEM In Edo

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The U.S. Consulate says it is training 25 girls in underserved secondary schools in Edo State on STEM initiative (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics).
The Tide’s source reports that the training is called the GirlLEAD STEM Talent Accelerator Programme, and was inaugurated recently.
Addressing the female students at the Benin City Window on America, in Benin, the Consul-General, US Consulate in Lagos, Will Steven, said  the programme was aimed at bridging the gender divide in STEM.
Stevens said:  “We want to see more of female founders in the tech space as well as doing well in STEM.
“Technology is one of the drivers of the Nigerian economy, and it holds a lot of opportunities for job creation.
“The job opportunities are there but not to be filled only by boys”.
According to him, the STEM programme prepares secondary school girls for possible scholarships in universities in the U.S. or for the students to continue in Nigeria universities or other universities in the world.
He also talked about the AI (Artificial Intelligence) conference to be organised in Lagos by the United States in collaboration with the Nigerian government.
He said the conference would encourage both countries to work together to talk about the framework as well as the safe environment for AI.
“We want to bring in AI training to the 27 American spaces across Nigeria”, he added.
Earlier, Dr. Georgina Erifeta, Director, Benin City Window on America, said the U.S. space had contributed to making the tech ecosystem in Edo to emerge as a major player in Nigeria’s tech landscape.
“By equipping young people with digital skills, we empower them to innovate, solve problems, and drive economic growth, fostering a brighter future for our community and beyond”, he said.
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Impeachment: Security Operatives Take-over C’River Assembly Complex

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Security personnel have taken over the Cross River State House of Assembly complex, following the impeachment of the Speaker, Mr Elvert Anyambem, recently.
The Tide’s source  reports that the Speaker’s removal almost resulted in a clash between his supporters and other members of house.
The State Commissioner of Police, Gyogon Grimah, was sighted in the midst of other security personnel around the Assembly Complex.
Analysts say the presence of the security personnel is to forestall breakdown of law and order around the complex.
It would be recalled that the Speaker was impeached on Wednesday on grounds of  gross misconduct, high-handedness and misappropriation of funds.
Anyambem’s impeachment was carried out at a sitting of the Assembly in which he was presiding.
The impeachment notice was singed by 17 out of the 25 members of the Assembly.
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