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Rivers Police Investigate DPO’s Alleged Ownership of Illegal Refinery

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From Titus Eze, Port Harcourt

Following the the cloud of soot traced to illegal petroleum products refiners, which has polluted the environment  of the entire Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike took the bull by the horn and stormed illegal camps where the Illegal business were going on in creeks of Emohua Local Government Area in the state.

The governor in his combat blue jeans ordered the distruction of no fewer than nine camps and arrested seven men alleged to members of illegal camps.

 He further ordered the 23 LGA’s chairmen in the state to within 48-hours identify illegal camps in their localities and name all the perpetrators, promising N2million for each arrest pointing out that their activities of the illegal refiners have brought untold hazards to the state residents.

He maintained that no stone will left unturned to save Rivers people from the dangers from illegal petroleum product refiners.

Declaring nine persons wanted and naming a divisional Police  Officer attached to Rumuji Police Station as one of the owners of illegal refining camps, the State Police  Command set up an investigative panel to investigate the Divisional Police Officer in charge over his alleged involvement in illegal refining activities.

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In a statement by the acting spokesperson of the command DSP Grace Iringe-Koko, the command said the DPO has been redeployed as a panel headed by Assistant commissioner of police had been inaugurated.

The statement said the outcome would be made public and the officer punished appropriately if the allegations are confirmed and reiterated  the commitment  of the command to support the state government in its war against illegal oil bunkering.

The Acting PPRO  assured the public that  the command will not spare any indicted person no matter how highly placed and  called on any one with useful information not to hesitate in passing it to the security agencies or local government chairmen. According to Iringe-Koko, “The Rivers State Police  Command, received with concern, the news making the rounds that a Divisional Police Officer in the state, is involved in illegal bunkering activities. 

The officer was immediately redeployed and a panel headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, inaugurated to investigate the matter. The outcome shall be made public and the officer punished appropriately if the allegations are confirmed. 
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police CP Eboka Friday, wishes to reiterate the commitment of the command to support the state Government in its war against illegal oil bunkering and assures the public that  the command will not spare any indicted person no matter how highly placed he or she may be. He is using this medium too to call on any one with useful information not to hesitate in passing it to the security Agencies or the Local.”

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Ikole-Ekiti Youths Send SOS to govt, as Gunmen Kidnap Hotel Manager

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Youths in Ikole-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti on Tuesday charged the State Government for protection against kidnappers in their communities.

The youths made the appeal in a statement signed by Mr Toba Fatunla, the Coordinating President of Youth Associations in all the 25 communities in Ikole Local Government area.

Fatunla noted that the appeal was sequel to the alleged abduction of Mr Idowu Ajayi, the Manager of Downtown Lounge and Bar, Ikole-Ekiti, by gunmen on Monday night.

“Today again, another vibrant Ikole youth by name Idowu Ajayi was kidnapped at gun point along Ado-Ekiti-Ijesa-Isu-Ikole-Ekiti axis of the state.

“The spate of kidnapping in Ikole Local Government area is now very alarming and disheartening.

“We frown at this level of insecurity and we are calling on the state government to rise up to secure the lives of Ikole people.

“No meaningful development can be achieved in an unsecured environment.

“It is very condemnable that our communities are no longer safe and we are not happy with this development.

“We call on both the state and local  governments to urgently swing into action and help us find our brother that was kidnapped.

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“We equally urge the security agencies to be proactive in securing our lives,” he said.

Fatunla lamented that kidnapping of residents and indigenes of Ikole Local Government Area was on the increase.

He appealed to the government for urgent attention, noting that residents of the communities were having sleepless nights over activities of kidnappers.

According to him, the hotel manager was travelling from Ado-Ekiti to Ikole-Ekiti when he was allegedly stopped and pulled out of his vehicle to an unknown destination.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday Abutu, did not answer calls nor respond to text messages sent to his mobile phone by NAN correspondent. (NAN)

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Taraba Criticises Killing of Three Policemen, Lady in Fresh Communal Conflict

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Taraba State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr Solomon Elisha, has criticised the killing of three policemen and a woman in fresh crisis in Kurmi Local Government Area of the state.

The dastardly act was committed when crisis erupted between Ichen and Ndaka tribes in Kurmi Local Government Area of the state.

Elisha, while speaking to newsmen in Jalingo on Tuesday, expressed sadness that it was unfortunate that brothers chose to take arms against themselves.

He noted that instead of facing the economic crisis that crippled the activities of the two communities people chose to fight over issues that had not any benefit.

According to him, it is a wrong thing for brothers to have chosen not to co-exist peacefully.

“When this issue started the state government was on top of the situation and stakeholders had engaged the various groups in dialogue.

“I am an Ichen man from Kurmi; I have spoken to my people to lay down their arms and resolve whatsoever is the issue.

“Gov. Darius Ishaku during his recent visit to Kurmi spoke to the two feuding parties which they agreed to co-exist and live in peace,” he said.

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The Commissioner, who is a stakeholder from Kurmi LGA, commended the governor for setting up a commission of enquiry to wade into the crisis with the view to bringing an end to the conflict.

It will be recalled that the Taraba Command of the Nigeria Police had earlier confirmed the killing of three policemen and a woman in the crisis between Ichen and Ndaka tribes. (NAN)

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Kaduna Govt. Distributes Welfare Equipment to Vulnerable Persons in 3 LGAs

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The Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA) has commenced distribution of welfare equipment to vulnerable groups in three local government areas (LGAs) of the state.

Muhammed Mukaddas, Executive Secretary of the agency, made this known on Tuesday while inaugurating the distribution exercise in Kaduna.

Mukaddas said the gesture was not compensation, but something to build their resilience, and increase capacities to absorb shocks in the face of disasters.

He said Gov. Nasir El-Rufai approved the equipment for onward distribution as part of government efforts to show concern to its citizens.

The executive secretary said that Igabi, Birnin Gwari and Zangon Kataf LGAs are the beneficiaries from the pilot phase while others will soon benefit.

He called on residents to continue to be security conscious, report suspicious activities to security agencies, and inform SEMA whenever there was need for humanitarian assistance.

Speaking on behalf of the chairmen, Gabriel Achi, Vice Chairman, Zangon Kataf LGA, commended Gov. El-Rufai for the gesture while assuring that the items would be distributed judiciously.

Two of the beneficiaries, Fatima Muazu and Jumai Adam thanked the state government for the gesture while assuring that the items would be used appropriately..

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“These items are to empower us in supporting our families and not to be sold out,” they said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the items distributed were, grinding machines, welding machines, water pumps and sewing machines. (NAN) 

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