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Bayelsa Applauds Army, Tasks JTF On Patrols

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri has hailed the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their services which culminated in the successful inauguration of the Prosperity administration
Diri handed down the commendation while speaking at the formal flagg-off of the Sixth edition of Exercise Crocodile Smile at the Army Super Camp, Ema-Okenema in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo particularly thanked the men and officers of the Nigerian Army for the role it played to prevent the breakdown of law and order in the state.
Diri maintained that, but for the gallantry and professionalism of the Army, Bayelsa would have been thrown into chaos following the Supreme Court ruling on the 13th of February, this year.
He also expressed gratitude to security agencies for being alive to their responsibilities during the EndSARS protest to forestall carnage in the state.
“Your singular show of professionalism was able to nip in the bud the rascality and criminal activities that tried to rear up their ugly heads as a result of the Supreme Court decision that restored our stolen mandate on the 13th of February 2020”, he said.
“If not of your effort, we believe that the carnage that took place in the state would have gone beyond what we saw. So, we want to thank the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for the roles you all played in the events that led to our successful swearing-in on the 14th of February”, he added.
“As we all witnessed during the ENDSARS protest, Bayelsa State was the only state in the Federation that was spared from carnage and that is because of the professionalism displayed by men and officers of the various security services”, the Governor noted.
He however, urged the security services, particularly the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, to intensify their patrols across the land and waterways in the state to deal decisively with perpetrators of piracy, kidnapping and other criminal activities.
He condemned in strong terms last Thursday’s attack on the Toru-Orua residence of the former Governor, Chief Seriake Dickson, and called on security agencies to fish out those behind the dastardly act for punishment.
According to him, “We want you to increase your patrols both on our land and waterways to deal with criminal elements who still carry out piracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and other crimes.
“Just last (Thursday) night, the residence of the immediate past Governor of the state was attacked and we painfully lost a policeman in that incident. That clearly shows we are not yet at Calvary.
We strongly condemn the attack and call on the security to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.
“But we believe that this Exercise will help to uproot and root out the remains of all the criminals, be they cultists, armed robbers, kidnappers and pipeline vandals in our state.”
Earlier in his remarks, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Major Gen. Olu Irefin, said the sixth edition of Exercise Crocodile Smile was flagged off across the country at the behest of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, to enhance the operational capability of army personnel.
Major General Irefin noted that the Exercise, which is expected to end on 31st December this year, was targeted at curtailing prevailing security threats such as cultism, illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism and other crimes in the state.
He pledged the Nigerian Army readiness to cooperate with other security agencies and uphold professional ethics as well as standard rules of engagement for internal security operations.

 

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Dep Speaker Cautions Supporters Against Hate Speech, Violence

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Deputy Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly, Mr Joseph Bassey, has called on his supporters to shun all forms of hate speeches and violence as they prepare to get into campaign.
Bassey, who is also the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akpabuyo/Bakassi/Calabar South Federal Constituency, made the call in an interview with The Tide’s source in Calabar.
He urged his supporters and well-wishers to focus their campaign for his election on issues that affects the people and not on personalities.
The Deputy Speaker, while reiterating his position on peaceful polls, said there was no need for any of his supporters to incite unnecessary comments towards any personality, especially on social media.
He urged them to be mindful of their choice of words, adding that the timetable for his campaign activities would be made public soon.
“As we prepare to get fully into the campaign, we don’t need to abuse anyone or spread hate speech on personalities. Let us get into the campaign with issues that affect the people.
“The election is coming up in a few months, we must sustain the tempo of our advocacy, consultations and peaceful conduct because we are sure of victory during the polls.
“Avoid any language that may heat up the polity, be civil and courageous enough in selling me as a brand to even your opponents,” he said.
He told his supporters that his aspiration to represent them in 2023 was to create a better opportunity to uplift the youths through job creation and empowerment.
He also promised to attract the needed development to the constituency, empower the women and men and also promote their socio-economic status.

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2023: Retiring AIG Warns Officers Against Job Compromise

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Retiring Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Zone 16, comprising Bayelsa and Rivers States, Mr. Ayim Abrahim Eyong, has cautioned officers and men of the zone against compromising professional policing in their relationship with politicians in the forthcoming 2023 polls.
He added that instead of working in consonance with the directives of politicians which may not be for the betterment of society, police officers should rather take directives and commands from the force’s authorities.
The retiring AIG gave the charge in his farewell speech in Yenagoa during the celebrations of his 60th birthday, grand child’s birth, and his meritorious sentforth party.
He said if he was given a second chance, he would rather still love to enlist into the Nigeria Police Force, adding that he has no reservations about being a police officer.
“God has always been with me after praying. He has protected and guided me aright. I know He can do it for you too. I advise police officers and men of the various police commands to hold unto God in all that you do as humans and officers.
“I thank the Governors of Rivers and Bayelsa States for their co-operation, immense assistance to the zone. I want to appeal that such hand of fellowship be extended to my successor”, he said.
In her remarks, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer (ZPPRO), CSP Ikwue Lafiaghe, described the celebrant as a man that is generous to a fault.
“One thing about our boss is that he’s very generous. He can give his last to please people to be happy. He’s generous to a fault, he’s down to earth, he relates with everybody both junior and senior officers and civilians alike”, she said.
Also speaking, the State Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Chief Oyinkuro Ereboh described the retiring AIG as a trustworthy man, saying that the zonal police boss was an icon in the Nigeria Police force.
The RTEAN Chairman revealed that he has learnt a lot from the retiring AIG, noting also that he would want to emulate the police boss’s legacies on peace and conflict resolution, stressing also that he would prefer the retiring police zonal AIG be succeeded by an officer with indisputable unique qualities, capable of handling challenges like the retiring AIG.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Coconut Refinery: A’Ibom Recommits To Planting 2m Seedlings

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The Akwa Ibom State Government has restated its commitment to plant two million coconut seedlings to generate raw materials for the St. Gabriel’s Coconut Oil Factory in the State.
The State Governor, Udom Emmanuel made this known at the inaugural planting of 300, 000 coconut seedlings in Mkpu, Itu Mbonuso in Ini Local Government Area of the state.
He said the coconut planting exercise was the hallmark of activities held to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the state.
Emmanuel said the state would become an economic hub with the availability of raw materials to boost production.
“In all the activities to mark the 35th State Anniversary, this is one of the most remarkable. Today, we want to commission the first phase in this Local Government Area.
“Based on the survey that we have carried out, Ini LGA will give us a very high yield with hybrid coconut.
“As announced all over the 31 Local Government Areas, we are planting 300, 000 coconut seedlings across the state.
“Our target is before I handover the baton to the incoming governor, we will plant two million coconut seedlings and before December, we will meet that target,” Emmanuel said.
He urged the community to protect the project, saying that the coconut plantation will generate income to the state.
According to the governor, virgin coconut oil sells higher than crude oil at the international market.
Earlier in her remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Offiong Offor, thanked the Governor for facilitating the project to ensure raw materials for the coconut factory.
Offor said as the state marks coconut day with the planting of seedlings, many job opportunities would be created for the youths and income would be generated through the production of the coconut oil.
Also speaking, the Paramount Ruler of Ini, Edidem Etim Umoette, commended the Governor for the various development projects put in place across the state.
Umoette added that the huge investments in agriculture across the 31 local government areas remains a panacea for food sufficiency.

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