The Rivers State Police Command has said that peace has been restored to Bodo community in Gokana Local Government Area of the state following an alleged invasion of the community by gunmen in military uniform.
The gunmen had whisked away over 30 persons, last Wednesday.
Spokesperson of the state Police Command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, said the state Commissioner of Police, Okon Effiong, had dispatched a tactical unit to restore peace in the community, adding that peace has been restored.
According to a source, members of Bodo Community fled their homes to safety after some gunmen suspected to be soldiers invaded their community in the early hours of Wednesday, and whisked away some persons to an unknown destination.
According to a source, who said there had been tension in the community following the issues that broke out after oil spill incidents that happened earlier this year.
The source said the disagreement led to the dethronement of the community king and shake-up of the leadership structure in the community.
The source further stated that the gunmen in military camouflage showed up at the Regent’s residence, Chief Pius Menegha, but met his absence.
The source further said thathe gunmen allegedly brutally beat his wife and took away about 25 people amidst sporadic shooting in the air for several hours.
The community, however, called on the state governor to wade into the issue as they urged the commissioner of police to order a probe into the lingering crisis in the community.
A member of the community, who is the leader of the intercessory group, Bariaala Ngo, said “We, the people of Bodo City, are calling on the commissioner of police in Rivers State, Okon Effiong Okon, to investigate some men dressed in military camouflage to Bodo community on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 by 1:30am, and inflicted massive brutality, and arrested over 20 people in the community, of which the unknown gunmen in military uniform also broke and invaded the regent’s house and a dynasty head with sporadic gunshots.
“Among those arrested were Chief Pius Menegha, whose wife was thoroughly beaten and harassed, and our regent is yet to be found since after the insurgency occurred.
“You also agree that the Bodo youth, in recent time, had made several moves through the help of God almighty against the administration of fetish people in the community.
“However, some residents of Bodo community, in a save our souls (SOS) letter addressed to the IGP, also draw the attention of the public to Bodo community that the community is now under attack by persons who don’t want the progress of the community due to their selfish gain.
“We, the native of Bodo, are appealing to the inspector general of police and the Department of State Service (DSS) to investigate those bad element that has decided to take up arms against the Bodo community and consider the safe and quick release of the innocent citizens of Bodo who are under siege.
“The indigenes of Bodo also draw the attention of the security agencies that their lives is in danger and no longer save in the community as they are waking up to attack every day.
“They also called on the governor of Rivers State to summon all the elite of Bodo to come home and make peace with her community and ensure that the place is safe for all.”
By: Akujobi Amadi
We Get Petrol At N200 Per Litre From Depots, IPMAN Cries Out
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has decried the ‘unsustainable’ price that the private depot owners sell the premium motor spirit, otherwise known as petrol in the country.
Speaking, yesterday, on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Deputy National President of IPMAN, Zarama Mustapha, revealed that the private depots get petrol at the approved price of N148/litre from the sole importer of the commodity, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, however, sell it for as high as N195 to N210 to independent marketers, which is not sustainable.
“Though marketers get petrol at the approved price of N148/litre from NNPC depots, the company does not have enough storage facilities to cater to the needs of marketers, hence, the latter resorts to private depot owners. It is more of the issue of private depots collecting the products at the approved price and not selling to the independent marketers at a price approved by the mainstream, downstream regulatory authority.
“You cannot get a product at N195 to N200 and expect to sell it at N175,” he noted.
The IPMAN official said depot owners give excuses such as the cost of transporting the product from the mother vessel to their depots and escalation of the dollar as reasons for the price hike.
Mustapha lamented that most Lagos depots are in a chaotic situation and marketers spend three days to load refined petrol that they are not supposed to spend more than three hours to lift.
He urged the NNPC to engage depot owners to sell the product to marketers at the recommended price, saying the common man is at the receiving end.
For weeks, vehicle owners have had a tough time getting petrol from filling stations, especially in Lagos and Abuja.
Whilst many outlets are closed, the few open ones sell the indispensable commodity for as high as N250 per litre from the uniform price of N169/litre.
The supply shortage has led to long, gruelling snake-like queues at the few open filling stations as motorists and business owners jostle to buy fuel while others resort to the black market.
The situation has also worsened traffic on major roads as vehicle owners block at least one lane to join queues to filling stations.
Make Nigerian Youths Innovative, Buhari Tells Corporate Leaders
President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked leaders of corporate organisations to build the capacity of Nigerian youths to be innovative and embrace technology to make positive contributions to their organisations and the nation.
The president, represented by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, said this at the Institute of Directors (IoD) 2022 Annual Director’s Conference (ADC), yesterday, in Lagos.
The ADC had as its theme: “Corporate Governance and Digital Transformation: Leading Purposefully for Growth and Sustainability.”
Buhari, noting that the challenges associated with corporate governance were multifaceted, stressed the need for heads of organisations to harness technology to achieve effective governance.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to providing the necessary legal support and framework to support the entrenchment of good corporate governance practices across various sectors of the economy.
Buhari also pledged his commitment to supporting the IoD by giving the institute’s chartered bill the necessary consideration to enable it to achieve its mandate.
Deputy Secretary General, United Nations, Ms Amina Mohammed, said the world was hit by a series of global crises which have affected the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Mohammed said technology and digitalisation would set the era of digital transformation in areas of health, education, agriculture and finance.
Nigeria Does Not Belong To North, Arewa Youths Tell Northern Elders
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has said that Nigeria does not belong to the North ahead of the 2023 general election.
Apparently reacting to the recent interview granted by a member of the Northern Elders Forum, Alh Sani Zango Daura, in which he called on the North to support a Northern candidate.
The AYCF, in a statement issued by its National President, Yerima Shettima, noted that supporting a southerner was clearly a demonstration of justice.
He noted that this was because Nigeria does not belong to the North alone, or Muslims and Christians of the North, insisting that “even on moral grounds, the most responsible political action by the North was the decision on powershift in 2023, because the Presidency cannot be hereditary and Nigeria is not a Banana Republic”.
Shettima further said, however, that the elder was expressing his personal opinion and not the stand of the North in general, saying that a “ little balancing was needed in position of our father Zangon Daura, more so when he admitted that the elders are mere escorts for the younger generation today”.
The AYCF noted that when 13 Northern governors led by Kaduna State Governor, Mal Nasirel-Rufai endorsed a Southern candidate for the 2023 presidency, they repeatedly cited political justice.
“Though we are not card-carrying members of the APC, we shared the view that the decision was in line with being fair to the South in 2023.
“We are aware, as well as our father ZangonDaura, that the North is respected for honouring its promises to the South and this one absolutely undeniable character of all Northerners.
“We are not known to break promises and that explains why our son, President MuhammaduBuhari never objected to the idea of a Southern presidential candidate in the ruling party. In the North, like our father ZangonDaura knows, promises are sacred and in fact a culture”.
It would be recalled that in a viral audio of AlhajiZangonDaura while addressing a group of youths, suggested that they should throw their weight behind a fellow Northerner for the presidency in 2023, citing historic and religious instances, something the AYCF said it believed was “overtaken by events, current realities, and the spirit of justice and fairness in the Nigerian project”.
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