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Community Youths Seek Land Cleansing, Compensation Over Three Persons’ Death

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Youths from Mgbuesulari-Okporo Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State have called for land cleansing and compensation of victims who died last year during a stampede at Inks Mart premises, an online digital asset company located in Rumuodara.
The youths numbering over 100 shut down the premises of the firm yesterday at Tii Ama Plaza on  East -West Road, as they insisted on land cleansing, over the death of three persons, who were trodden upon in a bid to get returns on their investments.
Leader of the youths, Stanley Amadi said a pregnant woman was one of the victims of the incident during the stampede last December.
He lamented that the company despite the incident caused by its failure to have crowd control opened for business without recourse to social responsibility and respect to the tradition of the host community, Mgbuesularu.
Amadi said, “We want the families of those that died to be compensated. That is why we shut down their premises.”
One of the relations to a victim, who gave her name as Chinyere Johnson from Abia State told newsmen that her elder sister, who was the breadwinner of the house died during the incident.
Johnson said life has been difficult for her after she lost her sister, as she urged government to intervene in the matter.
Meanwhile, traditional ruler of Okporo Okwurusi, Eze Oha Morgan Amadi said the action of Inks Mart is against their tradition.
“We were very angry about the incident. It shows we don’t have respect for lives. And so what we are doing is to ensure such a thing does not happen again,” Eze Amadi declared.
He went on to explain that the death of people at the company premises under such a circumstance was against the customs and tradition of the community. “You can’t open the business without cleansing the land and ensuring that the right things are done”, he said.
The traditional ruler insisted that the community is open for business and loves to host visitors and investors, but that such activity must be done in respect to human lives and dignity.

By: Kevin Nengia

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RSU Suspends Professor Over Rape

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Rivers State University says it has suspended Prof. David N. Ogbonna, former Head of Department of Microbiology Department for alleged sexual offence.
The suspension is coming on the heels of sexual offences against a female student of his faculty, even as a Port Harcourt Chief Magisterate Court has admitted him to bail on the allegation.
He is currently before a Port Harcourt Magistrate Court presided over by Chief Magistrate, Menenen Poromon after being accused by a 20-year-old female student of the department.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police command yesterday arraigned Professor David Ogbonna, of Rivers State University on allegations of unlawful and indecent sexual assault on a female student of the faculty.
Professor David Ogbonna was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Menenen..F.Poromon of Chief Magistrate Court 13.
The charge sheet read that: You Professor David Ogbonna on 16th day of May, 2022 at Rivers State University campus, Oruwokwo in Obio/Akpor Magisterial district but triable in Port Harcourt Magisterial district did unlawfully and indecently assault a ‘f’ aged 20 years by inserting your penis into her vagina thereby committed an offence punishable under section 360 of the Criminal Code CAP 37 Vol.11 of laws of Rivers State,Nigeria 1999.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The lead defence lawyer, O.C.Higher King urged the court to grant the defendant bail on self recognizance considering his status in the society.
Emi Jim George, lead lawyer holding watching brief for International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Rivers State branch urged the court not to grant the accused bail in view of alleged threat to the life of the ‘ victim’.
The Chief Magistrate Poromon after listening to argument of both lawyers granted the accused bail in like sum of 2 million naira and that the surety must be residing in the magisterial district.
The case was subsequently adjourned to July 20, 2022.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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Rivers NSCDC Commandant Warns Against Illegal Oil Dealings

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The new commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Rivers State Command, Commandant Michael Besong Ogar said there is much to do in the fight against illegal oil bunkering and illegal dealings in petroleum products in the State.
Ogar stated this while addressing management team, senior officers and personnel of the command on his first day of assumption duties in office as the commandant of the state command in Port Harcourt on Monday.
A statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, DSC OLUFEMI AYODELE said the commander vowed to fight illegal bunkering and personnel misconduct with vigor and professionalism.
“Let me first appreciate the Commandant General Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi mni for giving me such a herculean task; the NSCDC is committed to safeguarding all critical national assets and infrastructure as well as protection of the lives and properties of the citizens. Assuredly, we will do our work without compromise and prejudice. There is a new Sheriff in town, those in the act of Vandalism and operators of illegal refineries are advised to relocate because Rivers State will no more accommodate them”
The statement further said the commander maintained that there was need for collaborations among security agencies and all stakeholders in order to combat the menace of insecurity in the Nation.
He noted that Intelligence was the bedrock of security hence, the Public must partner with the Corps by providing credible Intelligence and information that would assist the Command to nip in the bud all activities leading to environmental degradation and economic sabotage across the region.
The Command Helmsman however gave a stern warning against violation of fundamental human right of the citizens he said as security agency with statutory mandate the officers and men of the Command must exhibit high level of professionalism and respect for dignity of persons as his administration will not entertain any iota of brutality against civilians and accidental discharge.
“It is expedient for me to reiterate that accidental discharge is not in the NSCDC manual therefore all personel bearing arms must exercise necessary caution while discharging their duties; we will go after those endangering the health of the people through illegal bunkering activities because they are constituting sabotage to the nation’s economy and in due course there would be sanctity in Rivers State…said Ogar”.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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Police Parade 42 Suspects, Recover Fresh Human Parts In Oyo

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The Nigeria Police, Oyo State Command, on Tuesday paraded 42 suspects for offences ranging from murder, armed robbery, cultism, diversion of goods and recovered fresh human parts.
The new Commissioner of Police, Adebowale Williams, made this known while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other exhibits recovered from the suspects included arms and ammunition, vehicles, motorcycles, tricycles, 23 mobile phones, five cutlasses, Hemp, N120,000 cash, clothes, embalmed human flesh, two small knives, among others.
Williams said that the Department of State Services, Ibadan, on May 31 transferred to the command, a case of conspiracy and murder after arresting a 31-year-old suspect linked with the crime.
He said that the suspect allegedly engaged in ritual killing and selling of human parts, which were unlawfully found in his possession.
The police chief said that the principal suspect, upon interrogation, confessed to have murdered a 26-year-old man, Wale Adefabi, who visited him along with his girlfriend, one Layelawa Simbiat.
“The principal suspect further mentioned his two other accomplices in the murder of the deceased and sequel upon this information, detectives from Homicide Section swung into action and apprehended them.
“The other accomplices have also confessed to have murdered the deceased together with the principal suspect and that the deceased body parts wi shared among themselves for ritual,” he said.
Williams said that the flesh of the deceased was recovered from the principal suspect and was taken to the University College Hospital (UCH) for Forensic Analysis.
He further said that investigation was still ongoing to apprehend other culprits who were mentioned in the murder of the deceased.
Speaking with journalists, one of the suspects, who claimed to be an Alfa, said that they poisoned the tea served the deceased which killed him.
The suspect further said that they used knife to cut the deceased’s body parts and shared his parts for ritual purposes.
The commissioner of police said that all the paraded suspects would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation.
He warned the criminal elements and perpetrators of evil vices to desist from their unwholesome and nefarious activities, saying that their criminal enterprise would not be allowed to flourish anywhere in the state.
Williams said the command would not hesitate to identify, isolate and bring to justice any person or group that attempts to threaten the sacred democratic order and peace in the state.

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