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Sexual Assault: Police Set Up Probe Panel

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The Rivers State Police Commissioner, CP Eboka Friday, has ordered a discreet investigation into an alleged sexual abuse case involving a 17-year-old girl and an officer.
The Command’s spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, who disclosed this while reacting to the allegation, said the outcome of the findings will be made public.
She said: “The Commissioner of Rivers State Police Command, has called both parties over the alleged offence for discreet investigation. The outcome will be made known to the public.”
It learnt that a teenager, simply identified as Binla, had alleged that a police officer known as Salihu Kazeem, alongside his boys stripped the teenager and her friend naked, took video of them and abused them sexually after accusing them of stealing his money.
Binla, in a telephone interview, narrated that the incident happened in March.
She said: “It was in March this year, I was discussing with my friend about getting a job. She told me that she was going to visit her friend and that I should come with her, that maybe I could ask the man to get me a job. So when I saw the man I spoke to him, He asked me my age, I told him, I am 17 years old.
“He told me that since I am 17 there are jobs that I cannot do. That he will see what he can do and get back to me.
“After that, he asked if we had eaten, and we said no. He gave us his ATM card that we should go and get anything we want to eat. We went and bought food and came back with the ATM card and gave him the ATM card.
“So he later claimed that he had debit alerts on his phone, we asked him the amount, but he refused to tell us.
“So, he discharged my friend that brought me and kept me with the other girl I met there.
“He called his boys and told them we were thieves. They ordered us to pull our clothes. After pulling our clothes, he recorded our nakedness. He told us that if we didn’t cooperate with him, he was going to spread the nude videos. He took us to a room and poured us teargas and slept with us till the next morning before discharging us.
“Then, like one month after he has been coming, like three times now. Any time he comes, if we refused to go with him, he will threaten to share our nude videos, then I will go with him and he will sleep with me.
“This last time he came, I was not around. He told my friend they should tell me to come, but when they told me, I refused to go. Then on the following Monday when I was going to repair my slippers, he met me on the road and asked if my friend did not tell me to come, I said they told me. He asked why I did not come, I said nothing, then he dragged my phone from my hand that I should come with him.
“That when I am ready to pay him the N500, 000 he lost in his account, I should come and collect the phone.
“Today, I went to Rumupakani (Ada George) Police station to make a complaint. So, the police went with me to the man’s house, but we did not see him.
“After I got home, people told me some boys came to look for me and I do not know the boys.
“My life is under threat. I don’t know if he is the one that sent the boys. I am calling on the public because my life is under threat”.
When contacted, the officer, Salihu Kazeem claimed the girls did not come back the night he gave the ATM card but sent one of their friends to return his ATM card.
He alleged that he has been receiving debit alerts ever since he gave the girls his ATM card even as of Saturday, August 27, 2022.
He denied taking nude videos of the girls, insisting that they stole N500, 000 from his account.
The policeman however agreed that the three times he slept with the girls were with their consent, and he paid for their service.
He admitted seizing the girl’s phone.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign has called for a thorough investigation into the incident.
A lawyer with the rights group, Fetus Bonwin advised the officer to submit himself for investigation.

Bonwin called on police authorities to thoroughly investigate the girl and the officer and if anyone is found culpable, he/she should be charged to court.

 

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RSG Tasks Workers On Communication, Record Mgt

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The Rivers State Government has tasked the administrative staff of the State Ministry of Health on Effective Communication and Proper Record Management.
This is in order to prepare the administrative staff of the Ministry on service delivery.
Giving the task while declaring open a two-day workshop on “Understanding Basic Technique of Effective Communication and Record Management”, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Ndidi Emmanuel Utchay, emphasized on the importance of effective communication and record management in service delivery.
According to her, “the essence of the two-day training of administrative staff of the Ministry is to increase their skills and knowledge on key techniques in communication and record management.
“It has been observed that staff lack the understanding of handling confidential and classified documents, files, in public service”, she stated.
She, therefore, charged staff to take advantage of the opportunity of the two-day training to improve on their skills to enhance quality service delivery.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Training Coordinator, Nnamdi and Associates, Sir Cletus Idu, said “it’s a known fact that adequate understanding and clear writing, effective communication, and proper record management constitutes the most precious asset in organisations operating within the purview of public service”.
He further explained that in most cases, “we notice that files are kept with scheduled officers longer than necessary because they do not actually understand what action to take.
“Interaction with some employees show that many do not understand the basic techniques of filling memo writing, indexing, and handling of restricted, secret and classified documents”, he said.
He, therefore, urged participants to utilize the opportunity accorded by the training “by using the knowledge so garnered judiciously”.

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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RIWAMA Embarks On Evacuation Of Illegal Dump Site

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In a bid to keep Rivers State clean, the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) has embarked on the evacuation of refuse at the illegal dump site on the bridge linking Egbelu/ Eliopranwo road in Port Harcourt.
The chairman of the agency, Mr Isoboye Jack, who disclosed this during the inspection of the ongoing evacuation exercise at the illegal dump site, said the heap of refuse has caused hazards over the years.
He called on the residents to understand and cooperate with the agency towards achieving a clean and healthy environment in the area.
“We believe that the heaps of refuse over the years has blocked the carnal. If the waterways are blocked it will cause a huge problem which can lead to flooding.
“By evacuating all the refuse here to the approved dump site instead of the unapproved dump site that people are using, it will also help to chase all these scavengers away. We want to make sure that we chase all of them out of this place and provide a receptacle for the people”, he said.
According to him, by the time all waste products are evacuated, the area will be sealed with sink to prevent people from using them as a dump site and a proper receptacle that will be evacuated on a daily basis will be provided for the people.
Isoboye called on the people to obey the ban on dumping of wastes on the median and streets as well as adhere strictly to the dumping hours of 6pm to 10pm daily.
He further called on those doing businesses on the waterways, especially the bricklayers, to desist as they are blocking the canals and causing flooding around the environment.
“Most of them have been complaining that we are stopping them from doing their business, meanwhile what they are supposed to do is to stay off the drainage point. Their sands and cements have been affecting the flow of water thereby causing flood”, he said.
He stated that the task force set up for the enforcement of the ban would be working round the clock to ensure compliance, warning that defaulters will be arrested and prosecuted, especially now that the sanitation court is functional.
The chairman further called on security agencies to collaborate with RIWAMA towards ensuring strict adherence to the rules and regulations of the agency.
Also speaking, the Manager of CDT Logistics, Mr. Charles Obinna, who is in charge of the area, thanked the state government for the move to evacuate the refuse that has pilled up over the years in the area.
He called on both residents and private waste managers to cooperate with the agency to achieve a clean and healthy environment.

By: Iragunima Benice

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Peace Corps Urges Nigerians To Shun Ethnicity

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In a bid to achieve peaceful co-existence in the country, the Peace Corps of Nigeria has advised Nigerians to embrace peace and shun ethnic sentiment.
The founder and national commandant of the corps, Professor Dickson Akoh, made the call on the sidelines of the celebration of the International Day of Peace in Port Harcourt, recently.
The celebration has “End Racism and Build Peace” as its theme.
Professor Akoh, represented by Dominick Uche, decried high level of marginalisation and inequality in various quarters of political and economic life and urged Nigerians to shun religious bigotry for a peaceful society.
He called on various tiers of government to intensify campaign against ethnic sentiments and work towards taking right decisions that will impact on the people.
According to him, Nigerians and their leaders should begin to pursue and institutionalize peace, and put an end to vices.
He noted that insecurity, conflict and ethnic bigotry had grossly affected the youths and development in the country.
Also speaking, the Rivers State Commandant of the peace corps, Dr Michael Obioru, while lamenting the high level of discrimination and tribalism among Nigerians, prayed for national unity and harmony and urged stakeholders to continue to use the tools of advocacy, dispute resolution techniques and campaigns against social ills in the country.
He also called for the empowerment of youths to reduce the rate of crime in the country.

By: Oreoluwa Adigun & Oribim Ibama

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