A crowd of youths from Ijaw and other parts of the Niger Delta, took to the streets of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, to protest what they say is a calculated victimisation of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and other leaders in the region.
The protesters took their grievances to the south-south zonal office of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the headquarters of the police command in the state.
They alleged that there was an attempt to subdue the region which according to them, would be resisted.
The aggrieved youths then called on the Federal Government to tell the EFCC and other security agencies to tread with caution.
Furthermore, they lamented what they described as a neglect and lack of development in their area.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Zonal Head of the EFCC, south-south, Usman Muktar, has disagreed with them, stating that the commission is not victimising anyone.
Over 26,000 different fire arms, ammunition, cartridges, 10 IED materials, 137 million naira were recovered by the Rivers State Police Command with over 98 bank robberies foiled in 2015.
This was revealed to journalists by the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, during a media briefing at the command’s headquarters in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital.
The briefing was hosting by the Police to provide a summary of their operations in the past year.
According to the PPRO, 802 suspected robbers, kidnappers and cultists were nabbed and 243 of that number were killed during exchange of gun fire with the Police in various operations.
According to the Police Command boss, the ammunition were recovered and mopped up in 2015.
He added that increased raids on criminal hideouts, crime and criminality are expected to yield more results in 2016.
Farmers and consumers of poultry products in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, have again been put on red alert, following the confirmation of the outbreak of Avian Flu (Bird Flu) disease by the Rivers State Government.
The Director, Public Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Nnanna Onyekwere, while speaking to Channels Television, said that two farms in Choba, Obio Akpor Local Government Area in Port Harcourt have already been affected.
According to him, the ministry is appealing to owners of poultry houses in the state to report any strange sign noticed in their birds.
The Ministry of Health has, however, given residents the assurance that the government is on top of the situation to stem any possible spread of the disease.
Some youths and women from Nembe communities in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, on Friday shut down two flow stations belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) for about two hours.
The two facilities, located along the Nembe creek 1 and 2 and said to produce over 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day, were invaded by the agitated youths and switched off at about 10am.
The protesting Nembe indigenes, armed with placards with various inscriptions portraying their grievances, accused the SPDC of neglect and disregard for a signed Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU).
They alleged that despite the peaceful disposition of the Nembe people to the company’s exploration activities for over 50 years, the SPDC, according to them, has failed to provide the promised electricity, water and good health facilities for the community.
The protesters were, however, dispersed with the intervention of security personnel and after officials of the SPDC met with some of the community leaders.
They agreed to meet again next week at the SPDC office in the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt to iron out the areas of disagreement.