Ijaw, Niger Delta Youths Protest Alleged Victimisation Of Leaders

Ijaw-Youth-CouncilA 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.

Wike Tasks Christian Leaders On Discipline In Rivers State

Nyesom Wike, Christian Leaders, Rivers StateRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on Christian leaders to ensure that their activities do not impede the day to day activities of the people.

The governor made the call at a meeting with church leaders from the Niger Delta in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

He stressed that the church is the example of discipline and asked the clergymen to control their activities in that light.

Governor Wike said the idea of holding programmes that spill over to block government roads without approval should be discouraged.

He proposed the inclusion of traffic department in churches and asked the clerics to consent the government before holding a programme to ensure prompt awareness of the public.

“God didn’t say that if we have a church we should not organise ourselves, we must (and) part of it is to obey rules.

“It is good that government should let you know that we are willing to partner with you but we should also obey simple rules,” he said.

On his part, the Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey, assured the governor of abiding by the laws of the state.

He added that they would continue to partner with the government to ensure the development of the state in south-south Nigeria.

We Foiled Over 98 Bank Robberies In 2015 – Rivers Police

PoliceOver 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.

Nigeria To Leave For Burkina Faso On Thursday

super eagles- oliseh-nigeriaNigeria’s home-based Super Eagles will leave for Burkina Faso on Thursday for the return leg of the 2016 African Nations Championship qualifier.

The Nigerian side will be heading to the fixture with a two nil advantage, and the overall winner will qualify for 2016 CHAN in Rwanda.

A squad of 18 players from the 23 in the training camp will be named for the trip to Ouagadougou.

Meanwhile, Coach Sunday Oliseh will not release any home-based Eagles player in camp for the midweek rescheduled week 34 of the Nigeria Professional Football League matches.

Nigeria Defeated Burkina Faso 2-0 in the first leg match which was played in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, in Nigeria’s south south.

Bird Flu Recorded In Port Harcourt

Bird Flu Recorded In Port HarcourtFarmers 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.

The Federal Government of Nigeria had assured poultry farmers in June that the Avian Influenza has been contained.


Youths, Women Shut Down Shell Facilities In Bayelsa

ShellSome 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.

Rivers Set For Election, Delivers Electoral Materials

riversThe Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, Gesila Khan, has said that “all is now set for the Presidential and Assembly elections in Rivers State.”

The Rivers State REC gave this assurance, during the formal delivery of sensitive materials from the CBN at the premises of the electoral body in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Taking an inventory of the materials which included ballot papers and result sheets, the REC said that, all materials would immediately proceed to all the local government areas in the state.

The Commissioner of Police also gave the assurance that these sensitive materials would be adequately secured.

The CP also hinted that his men were under stern instructions to ensure that security was guaranteed during the polls.