Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Wike on Sunday 19 people wanted for operating illegal crude oil refining sites believed to be responsible for the black soot polluting the environment in Rivers State.
The governor has also directed the Rivers State Head of Service to query Mr. Temple Amakiri, a Director in the State Ministry of Energy, for abetting bunkering activities and hand him over to the police for investigation and possible prosecution.
Wike, in a statewide broadcast on Sunday said the government is resolved to pragmatically tackle the soot pollution in the state by destroying and closing down all identified illegal crude oil refining sites and activities in the State.
The Governor stated that following his 2022 New Year Message outlining measures to tackle the black soot menace, the State Taskforce on Illegal Street Trading raided some illegal crude oil refining sites in Port Harcourt and arrested a number of recalcitrant persons.
He added that 19 kingpins of bunkering and illegal crude oil refining activities have also been identified.
Wike therefore asked the kingpins, who he said have been declared wanted to report themselves to the State Police Command where their their details have been submitted.
“We have also identified those behind illegal bunkering activities in Okrika communities, Port Harcourt Township, Rivers South-East and Rivers South-West Senatorial Districts and their names would be soon published and declared wanted, if they fail to voluntarily report to the Police,” the Governor said.
The alleged illegal crude refining kingpins declared wanted by Wike are: Mr. Azubike Amadi, OSPAC Commander, Ogbogoro community and Chairman of Akpor Central OSPAC; Mr. India, of Rumuolumeni community and Chairman of Oil bunkering Association in Akpor kingdom; Mr. Okey who is in charge of Oil bunkering in Rumupareli; Mr. Anderson, who is in charge of oil bunkering activities in Ogbogoro community; Amadi Gift of Ogbogoro community; Azeruowa of Ogbogoro community; and Kingsley Egbula, also of Ogbogoro community.
The others alleged to be in charge of oil bunkering activities in Isiokpo community of Rivers are: Mr. Kemkom Azubike, Mr. Mezu Wabali, Mr. Chigozi Amadi, Mr. Opurum Owhondah, Mr. Bakasi Obodo ,Mr. Opus, Mr. Galaxi Mas, Mr. Chioma, Mr. Ogondah, Mr. Soldier, Mr. Chefo, and Nkasi.
What is soot?
Soot is a common term for a type of particle pollution formed as a result of the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons.
Because of its tiny size, soot can penetrate the lungs and bloodstream easily, hence, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) described it as one of the deadliest forms of air pollution.
In 2018, Governor Wike commissioned a study to investigate the factors causing soot pollution in Rivers and how to tackle it.
The report published in 2019 blamed illegal bunkering and refining of petroleum products as major cause of and gas flaring in the state.
He urged residents of the State to continue to report those involved in illegal crude oil refineries and other damnable activities to the Task Forces already set up at the State and Local Government levels for immediate action.
In the broadcast, Wike also reaffirmed the total ban on the use of motorcycles in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt councils, which was necessitated by the collective threat they posed to the security of lives and property.
“Any person or corporate entity that requires the use of motorcycle for any lawful purposes must, therefore, first apply to the office of the Governor for permit and proper documentation of the operational details and particulars of both the motorcycle and designated rider(s).
“Against this background, we are hereby issuing the final warning to all those operating motorcycles shuttles and or hawking foreign exchange along Birabi Street, Hotel Presidential, GRA junction by Zenith Bank up to Tombia Street to immediately leave or be arrested and prosecuted.”
The governor accused the traditional leadership, including members of Community Development Committees and youth leaders of Rumuola, Rumuogba and Okoro-nu-odo communities of collecting money from vendors and allowing street trading activities around and under the flyovers in these communities.
“Consequently, I hereby direct the traditional leadership of Rumuola, Rumuogba and Okoro-nu-odo communities to immediately stop all street trading activities around, in or under the flyovers in their respective domains or be deposed, arrested and prosecuted.
“Similarly, the traditional leadership of Rumuwoji Mgbuduku, Obiekwe, Nkpolu-Oroworokwo, Abali, Rebisi, Rumukalagbor-Oroworokwo and Ezimgbu communities are hereby directed to enforce the ban and ensure that no form of trading takes place around and under the flyovers located in their communities.”
Governor Wike also placed a total ban on the use of umbrella and table trading stands in the entire old and new GRAs of Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt City, Eleme councils.
According to him, government has credible evidence that most these purported traders in front of houses are informants who monitor and pass on vital details and information on the daily movement of very important persons to their criminal collaborators.
Governor Wike frowned at the failure of the Rumuokurushe traditional leadership to honour the terms of their undertaking not to allow any form of street trading on the Rumuokurushe market.
“Unfortunately, the Rumuokurushe traditional leadership has apparently failed to comply with or enforce this condition in that market and Government will not hesitate to again shut it down if the ongoing breach continues unabated.”
Regina Daniels releases chats with sex therapist, Jaruma
Regina Daniels has issued a statement addressing her dealings with Jaruma; detailing what went wrong between them.
Regina Daniels also explained that she and Jaruma had an agreement for her to advertise her products; which she did, but Jaruma then wanted her to go beyond their agreement; by posting things which were “deceitful” on her page.
Regina said she disagreed and when there was a “major crisis” going on in her family; Jaruma took advantage of that to promote her products; at the expense of the Nwoko family.
Regina is thought to be making reference to Jaruma’s post; insinuating that Ned Nwoko’s marriage to his Moroccan wife ended because of the kayanmata (sex-enhancing product) Regina allegedly used on Ned.
Regina also shared chats where she blasted Jaruma for claiming her use of kayanmata on Ned caused the problem between him and his Moroccan wife.
Regina reiterated that she has never used any of Jaruma’s sex products.
Meanwhile, Kanye West had a lot to say in his latest interview with Hollywood Unlocked where he claimed there is a second s*x tape featuring his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian.
The rapper told host Jason Lee that he once retrieved a laptop from Ray J, who starred with Kim in a scandalous s*x tape released in 2007.
During the interview, Kanye reflected on Kim’s new romance with comedian Pete Davidson before recalling the incident with Ray J.
“How you gonna bring me to SNL and kiss the dude you dating right in front of me?” he said. “And everybody’s like, ‘Oh, that’s, that’s cool.’ After I went [and] got the laptop from Ray J myself that night, right?”
The Donda artist then said, “I met this man at the airport. Then got on a red eye came back, delivered it to her at 8:00 a.m. in the morning and then I gave it to her and she cried when she saw it.”
Osun NSCDC arrests 24-year-old suspected online scammer
Bright Joseph, a 24-year-old suspected online scammer has been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command.
Disclosing this via a statement made available to DAILY POST on Thursday in Osogbo, the spokesperson, Adigun Daniel, revealed that the suspect was arrested at his residence, Zone 6, Apete Area, Owode-Ede, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
Adigun, who disclosed that Johnson, a National Diploma (ND) certificate holder from Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, stated that the suspect had fraudulently advertised on his Instagram handle the sales of eggs in a non-existent farm called Choice Farm he was operating which is located in Ogbogbo, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
The Osun NSCDC spokesperson explained that he had successfully scammed a 37-year-old Halima Ashifa, a resident of Sango Ota, Ogun State, before luck ran out for him.
According to Adigun, “Halima Ashifa signified interest in the supply of eggs and established contact with the suspect.
“She eventually made a cash transfer of a total sum of fifty-five thousand Naira (N55,000) in two instalments of seven thousand and five hundred naira (N7500) and forty-seven thousand and five hundred naira (N47,500) only for the eggs on January 21 and 25, 2022, respectively.
“The money was deposited in a GTBank account, which the suspect claimed was the account belonging to his company secretary. Whereas, the account number actually belongs to a Point Of Sales (POS) operator at Owode-Ede.”
While disclosing that the crime committed by the suspect was tantamount to obtaining money under false pretence, Adigun stated that he had violated Section 1(1) A(C) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.
He explained that he contravened the act because he fraudulently obtained money from his victim knowing that he had no eggs for sale and he did not own any poultry farm.
The command spokesperson, however, stated that the suspect would be charged to court in due course because he has volunteered confessional statements to confirm his culpability.
Oyetola urges Osun voters to safeguard PVC ahead of guber election
Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has urged the electorate in the state to safeguard their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the July 16 gubernatorial election in the state.
The governor made the remarks on Thursday during what was described as a “strategic tour” of Ila Federal Constituency Area of the state.
Oyetola also urged members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to keep their membership registration slips safe ahead of the party’s primary.
He appealed to them not to allow any individual to deceive them with ”fake loan” to steal still their PVCs from them.
“I implore you to keep the party’s registration slip issued during the accreditation exercise and your voter’s card safe.
“With the look of things, it seems that the party will opt for direct primary, if it is so, the membership slip will be used for the exercise.
“Some people want to collect your PVC and membership slip with the pretence to give you a loan.
“They are all liars, the loan that they did not give you two years ago, they are lying to give you months to the election.
“They are promising you food now, they are liars. We started our food support programme last year April and we did not stop it.
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“We are not doing this because we want to get votes from you, but it is because of our genuine love for the people.
“Let us be prepared for the primary election of our party and the gubernatorial election,” he said.
In his remarks, the Orangun of Ila, Oba Abdul Oyedotun, said the achievements of the governor in the development of the state were enough testimonies for him to be reelected.
Oyedotun, who noted that the governor would triumph in the election, said the electorate were behind him.
“Your achievements speak for themselves and we are proud of what you have done.
“Your second term ambition will be successful and whoever tries to stand on your way, will not witness your success story.
“ Don’t despair, our ancestors were faced with travails and they emerged triumphant, you shall overcome yours too.
“Your detractors will witness your success and you will triumph over them,” the Oba said. (NAN)
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