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Insecurity: Igbo Leaders To Partner Police On Community Policing

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The President of Igbo Congress, Cross River Chapter, Prince Raymond Atulomah, has stated that Ndi Igbo would partner with police command in the area of community policing.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Cross River commissioner for Police, Mr Sikiru Akande, in his office in Calabar, Atulomah said Igbo leaders craved for a crime-free society and therefore would contribute to ensuring that the police Command succeeded in the area of crime fighting.
According to him, Igbo are committed to promoting a peaceful co-existence between them and host communities especially in local security.
Hear him, ”we are here to pay solidarity visit to the Commissioner and congratulate him on his appointment. We pledge to collaborate with your office in the area of community policing. We promise to be law abiding and carry out our business within the confines of the law.
“As leaders we would not condole or tolerate our people engaging in any unlawful act that would bring Ndi Igbo to disrepute. Therefore, we enjoin your office to reach out to us in the area of need as that would ease our way of doing business.
“We equally commend the commissioner for his avowed commitment to zero tolerance for crime, especially in the area of kidnapping that almost ruined Igbo businesses in the state.”
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade on Non-Indigene Matters, Ugoji Nwabueze, Esq, said the commissioner was coming to the Cross River for the second time as he was here before and therefore urged him to tap from his wealth of experience to police the state.
Ugoji, who doubles as the President of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Cross River chapter, said: “Cross River is a relatively peaceful state with low crime rate, especially since his arrival. We assure the police command one hundred percent of Igbo support and work with them to combat crime because businesses thrive mostly in a peacfeul atomsphere.”
In his response, the Cross River State Commissioner for Police, Mr Sikiru Akande, expressed gratitude to Igbo leaders for finding out time to come and share some good moments with him.
Akande noted that ”this is the most interesting moment and the best visit I have ever had because it has given me an opportunity to share some thoughts with Ndi Igbo in the state.
“Let me say it that Igbo have been protective of the command in the area of collaboration. Cross River is the only state within South South zone that didnt witness IPOB and ESN criises, because of cooperation of Igbo leaders in the state.
“Igbo leaders have paid more dues to protect the state and we thank them for that just as the command would always protect their interest,” he said.
Present at the visit included the President of Igbo Community, University of Calabar, Prof Rufus Okoro, Mr Chidienere Onuemaizu, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade on Print, Chief Fidelis Onyebueke, former Vice Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Calabar Branch, and Patron of Ohanaeze, Cross River and other officers of the Congress as well as leader of various local government associations in the state.

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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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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