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Herders With Arms Are Criminals – Okowa

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Any herdsman seen with arms in Delta State is a criminal and should be made to face the law.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed this at Government House, Asaba while presenting first batch of 35 Nissan vans to different security agencies in the state.
Governor Okowa said the vans were meant to assist the security agencies in mitigating the national problem of insecurity, pointing out that a lot was being done by his administration in partnership with relevant stakeholders in addressing the challenge of herdsmen and farmers clashes,kidnapping, armed robbery, among other security issues.
He advocated inter-agency cooperation among the different security agencies and pledged to provide more vehicles for them to perform optimally.
As the Chairman of South South Governors Forum, Senator Okowa said the governors would soon meet to brainstorm on the spate of insecurity in the region and ways to overcome it.
He said the Waterways and Land Ssecurity Committees were established to fortify security in the state and urged Deltans to continue to work for the peace, unity and development of the state.
While calling on the federal government to come out with policy direction on the issue of herders and community clashes, the governor said his administration would spare no efforts in the security and overall development of the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa thanked Governor Okowa for the security vans and his continued support to the different security agencies in the state and pledged to put the items to maximum use.
He debunked rumours of police shielding herdsmen, pointing out that arm bearing herders caught will be treated as criminals.
He solicited for the support of all in making the state safe for all, pledging the command’s readiness to nipping crime in the bud.

 

Albert Ograka, Asaba.

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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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