Six Division Nigerian Army To Conduct Monthly Route Match

Nigeria, Army, Suicide BombersThe Headquarters 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port-Harcourt, will be conducting its Route Match on Friday April 7, 2017 as part of their monthly Physical Training Exercise of the Nigerian Army.

The exercise is meant to assess the physical fitness and endurance of troops for effective manpower development of the personnel.

To this end, residents and commuters within Port Harcourt metropolis are hereby informed that they will witness large body of troops conducting the exercise between 6:00am to 9:00am along Ikwerre road, Rumuigbo round about, NTA road, East-West road, and Rumuokoro – Port Harcourt Barracks.

The general public is encouraged not to panic, as this is a routine monthly event in the Nigerian Army.

This was revealed in a statement on April 5, 2017 signed by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Colonel, Aminu Iliyasu.

RIWAMA Alleges Police Harassment Of Sanitation Workers

RIWAMA, Police, Felix Obuah, Rivers State, Sanitation The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Mr Felix Obuah, has called on security agencies, especially the Police, to stop the incessant arrest, harassment and intimidation of sanitation workers who clean the city at nights.

RIWAMA thought it necessary to raise the alarm due to the purported continual arrest and harassment of the cleaners and those who dispose refuse in the state.

According to a statement signed by Mr Obuah’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Jerry Needam, the supposed arrests were capable of subverting the efforts of the agency to keep Rivers State clean and healthy.

The Sole Administrator emphasised that the job of cleaning the city at the odd hours of the night was indispensable and should be commended, adding that those who do it ought to be appreciated rather than hounded and dumped into police cells.

He appealed to the Police to assist RIWAMA by ensuring that the cleaners were not molested or intimidated by residents and hoodlums who disturb their peace and services at nights.

A Garbage-free Rivers State

“Rather than these indiscriminate arrests and throwing the cleaners into the cells, any case against them should be referred to our office at Mile 4, Ikwerre Road, for immediate consideration and prompt action,” the RIWAMA boss stated.

He, however, cautioned on the implication of locking up cleaners, which he claimed takes two to three days in most cases.

Mr Obuah stated that if the alleged unlawful acts does persist, it might lead to an environmental crisis.

He called for urgent understanding and cooperation of security agencies, adding that the task of cleaning the environment and restoring the ‘Garden City status’ of Rivers State was a collective effort of all, including the Police and other security agencies.

“All hands must be on deck to ensure a garbage-free Rivers State, and the security agencies have a role to play in that regard,” the Sole Administrator said.

Fire ravages Port-Harcourt

Series of fire outbreak and explosions  ravaged different parts of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital on Friday, claiming yet to be confirmed number of lives.

The first incident happened after a barge carrying fuel exploded at the Abuloma jetty.

The blast at Abuloma occurred about 9.30AM and it is reported to have occurred as a result of the maintenance work being carried out in the vessel by welders.

A resident of Abuloma, Mr. James Israel, who witnessed the incident, told a news agency that “the welders were trying to seal an opening to block a leakage on the deck of the vessel’s fuel tank and in the process, the vessel exploded.”

“The welders died, but we cannot ascertain how many people died inside the vessel,” Israel added.

Atali on Rumuokwurusi-Igwuruta road in the oil-rich state was also engulfed by massive fumes on the same day after officers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the state, set five tankers, suspected to be loaded with illegally refined oil ablaze.

The JTF officers impounded the tankers in the area on Thursday night after which the tankers were driven into the bush in Agali, where they were set ablaze.

Spokesperson for the JTF, Operation Pulo Shield, Captain Sunday Samuel, said the tankers were involved in illegal bunkering, adding that the mandate of the JTF was to destroy products seized from illegal bunkerers.”

The Captain further added that six people were arrested as the tankers were impounded, adding that the suspects would be handed over to appropriate authorities for further investigation and prosecution.

Spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the agency has mobilised first responders to both scenes to put out the fire.

Another inferno was recorded at the building of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation where property worth millions of Naira was destroyed as fire gutted the second floor of The Tide Newspaper building, on Ikwerre Road of the city.

Also the Engineering Department of Sliverbird Rhythm FM was razed by an early morning fire that led to the privately owned station, go off air.

The series of inferno that led to unrest in the state is coming barely a week after the state government conducted mass burial for over 100 victims that died in an oil tanker explosion.