News Alert: SSG Held Hostage by Delta Community Members

Osissa community in the Ndokwa-East Local Government Area of Delta State are currently protesting and holding the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Festus Ovie Agas, and his convoy hostage over the alleged killing of three members of the community by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The protesters numbering over one thousand intercepted the convoy of the SSG who was traveling to Asaba after spending the weekend with his family in Ughelli at about 6:55am along the Ughelli-Asaba express on Monday.

Sources revealed that other travelers including those going to Onitsha market in Anambra State were also trapped in the protest.

It can be recalled that suspected herdsmen over the weekend repeatedly invaded the agrarian community injuring at least one person.

Two members of the rampaging herdsmen who invaded the community with their cattle were nabbed by officers from the Ashaka Police Station.

It was also gathered on Monday morning that the situation took another turn Sunday evening when the herdsmen allegedly attacked again killing at least three persons in the community.

The protesters who thronged the road blocking both lanes demanded that Fulani herdsmen vacate their land and the killers prosecuted.

At about 8:30am on Monday, the protesters had not been dispersed despite heavy presence of security men including the military.

A traveler, Akpodhoma Mikoko, who is also trapped in the situation, told our correspondent that about 800 vehicles were being held in the gridlock.

Rivers Community Holds 3-day Fasting, Prayers Over Cult Activities

The people of Mgbuitanwo community in Emohua, Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State, last week, held a three- day fast and prayer programme for God to intervene in the unrelenting cult activities in the area.

Mgbuitanwo is the home town of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senatorial candidate in Rivers East Senatorial district, Chief Andrew Uchendu, where killings and cult activities have been on the increase in recent times.

The prayer session, according to a community source, was held “for the Holy Spirit to intervene and arrest the minds of youths and sponsors of the cultists, who are terrorizing communities in he local government area and state.”

Paramount ruler of the community, Chief Ikechi Uchendu-Osi, proclaimed a suspension on all commercial activities in the area during the prayer hours for the three days. Speaking to NDV, a leader in the community, Mr. Solomon Erim, expressed hope that the prayers made within the period would help to restore peace and save souls in the community.

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We Still Await Committee On Chibok Girls’ Abduction- Community

Indigenes of Chibok community under the aegis of  Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari  to fulfil his promise of  setting up a committee that will investigate the abduction of the Chibok school girls on April 14, 2014.

While briefing the press, the chairman of the association, Tsambido Hosea-Abana stated that during the community’s visit to the president, on July 8, 2015, he had promised to set up a committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls adding that the committee was yet to be set up for over a year after.

Hosea-Abana added that the investigative committee will help to avoid a repeat of such ugly occurrences in the community or anywhere else in the country and to resolve once and for all the unanswered questions surrounding the abduction.

“On January 14, 2016, the Chibok Community along with the parents, Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group and others paid visit to Mr. President to re-engage with him after the first meeting of July 8, 2015.

“We were elated by promises he made to us.  One of these is that an investigation committee was to be set up to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls.

“We the affected community felt and believed that this will finally create the opportunity to unravel the mystery surrounding the abduction for two main reasons;  to avoid a repeat of such ugly occurrences in the community or elsewhere; and to resolve once and for all the unanswered questions surrounding the abduction.

“We are still awaiting the constitution of the committee and we assure the Presidency that we shall render all assistance and cooperation the committee needs from us towards achieving its objectives,” it said.

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3,000 Displaced As Busi Communities Clash In Cross River

OVER three thousand persons in Busi 4, one of the communities at the base of the famous Obudu Ranch Resort in Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State, have been displaced following a communal conflict, weekend. Sources in the area confirmed that five of the Busi communities, Busi 1, Busi 2, Busi 3, Busi 5 and Busi 6, allegedly joined forces to attack Busi 4, following a dispute over a parcel of farmland.

A visit by Vanguard to the conflict area, located over four hundred kilometres away from Calabar, showed that several houses in Busi 4 were set ablaze, farmlands and water sources destroyed, while the villagers have escaped to the divisional police headquarters and the council headquarters at Sankwala, for refuge. A community leader in Busi 4, Mr. Emmanuel Okobere, said: “Neighbouring communities of Busi 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 invaded us in a protracted dispute over a parcel of land, which has spanned several years. “We got court judgement in our favour five times, which they refused to accept.”

A youth leader in the community, Mr. Francis Obi, said the invaders attacked their community on Friday evening, taking them unawares. He said: “We were preparing to go to bed when all of a sudden, we started hearing gunshots, which caused panic in the community as our people started running and those who could not run fast enough were killed and our houses set ablaze.” Mr. John Inaku, Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, attributed the crisis to lack of patience and understanding among communities and condemned the act as barbaric and unnecessary. “These villages are always in a hurry to engage in the use of violence to settle land disputes, even when government is taking measures to settle the situation amicably,” he added

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Community Banishes, Burns Down Home Of Man Accused Of Witchcraft

The youth of Enwagba Enyigba community in Abakaliki local government area of Ebonyi state on Saturday razed the house of a 35-year old man in the area, Paul Nwafor, accusing him of using witchcraft to suppress their progress.

The youth, allegedly led by one Uche Oroke and Livinus Akpuru invaded Mr. Nwafor’s house and set it ablaze.

Also burnt were the man’s yam barns, tricycle, popularly known as KEKE, which was given to him by his friend, domestic animals and other valuables.

They equally banished him from the community.

Community members said the man’s home was invaded while he was away for the burial of one Chukwuma Mbam.

Narrating his ordeal, the victim said a group of boys stormed his home on the fateful night and accused him of money ritual and other fetish acts and threatened to deal with him.

He disclosed that he was ostracized from the village and banished from visiting or transacting any business with anyone or group in the local market.

He alleged that the villagers threatened to kill him if they sight him around the community and that his farmlands had been shared among members of the community.

Mr. Nwafor called on the state government and human right groups to come to his aid.

The traditional ruler of the community, Michael Mbam, who confirmed the incident said Mr. Nwafor and some members of the community had little misunderstanding.

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I6 Persons Abducted From Chibok Again, Community Releases Names

The Chibok community has identified and released the names of the 16 persons abducted from the community on Sunday and called on the federal government and the security operatives to go into action and rescue them before their case becomes like that of the Chibok girls.

Speaking at the #BringBackOurGirls group sit-out yesterday, the chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, Tsambido Hosea Abana said that their people back home confirmed the attack on the community and identified some men and woman, who were taken.

Part of the message sent noted that on September 20, at about 5am, some people, believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect attacked Kuburyivu village in Chibok LGA of Borno State, killing three persons and took away, in captive, 16 young men and women.

The statement added that those killed include Yaga Allaji, Ayuba Nkeki and Fali Mingla; while those abducted included Ngwaladu Muta, Bindu Mallum, Grace Watsai, Noami Yohanna, Ali Muta, Mohammed Sadiq.

Others are Lawan Sadiq, Lugwa Lalai, Mary Yohanna, Nkeki Ishaya, Glory Maigali, Patuma Dibal, Kwatuwa Dibal and Saraya Dibal.

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Army Issues 7-Day Ultimatum To Community To Produce Killers Of Soldier, Policeman

Military authorities in Rivers State have given a one-week ultimatum to eight communities in Emohua Local Government Area of the state to fish out and surrender the gunmen, who allegedly ambushed and shot dead a soldier and police officer, while they were on duty along the Emohua-Kalabari Road in the area.

Niger Delta Voice gathered that the incident occurred last week, and both the army and police in the state were furious. A trustworthy source hinted that the new Brigade Commander in charge of Rumuokoro Army Barracks in Port Harcourt stormed Emohua with three vehicles, fully loaded with fierce-looking military men and drove straight to the palace of the paramount ruler of Emohua Kingdom, HRM, Eze V.C. Okor.

The source said:

 “During the visit, the brigade commander gave the eight communities of Emohua one-week ultimatum to produce the killers of the officers, otherwise the communities will face the wrath of the command.”

At the time of this report, a number of residents had fled the kingdom. The trepidation is what will happen to them if they remain in the area after the one-week ultimatum expired and the communities were unable to surrender anybody to the security agencies as the killers, having declined knowledge of the gunmen. The Emohua monarch distan-ced the communities from the killers, but condemned the act.

What Brigade Commander told me—Monarch

The royal father said that the brigade commander in charge of Rumuokoro Army Barracks in Port Harcourt visited his palace on Monday and told him that the army discovered corpses of two security personnel, along Emohua-Kalabari Road.The monarch called on the government to promptly intervene in the matter and ensure that justice was no breakdown of law and order.
The monarch told Niger Delta Voice:

 “When the commander left, I called for a meeting. The visit was shocking to me. So I passed on the message that the commander brought. “In the meeting, we appointed three people to go to the Rumuokoro Barracks to see and pacify the commander not to wage war against us in their investigation.“We have not had problems with any security operative and we do not groom gunmen here. So there is no way the community should be robed into such crime.”

First son of the monarch, who is the Nyewe Eli Emohua, Prince Chigozie Okor, confirmed that the people were alarmed at the approach of the military to the matter, saying it was wrong for the army to have concluded that the killers of the security personnel were from Emohua simply because the unpleasant incident happened in the area.
He said:

 “We do not understand the reason why the soldiers will walked straight into our community to demand that we provide the gunmen who killed two of their men.

“The road where the officers were killed is a major route to three other local government areas in the state, namely Degema, Asari-Toru and Akuku-Toru, why should they point finger at Emohua? “They should carry out investigation on the killing and bring the perpetrators to justice; they should not involve civilians, who do not have what it takes to carry out such task.”

Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Rumuji Police Divisional Headquarters, who spoke to Niger Delta Voice on phone, said:

 “The issue was not officially reported to us. “I have visited Emohua community. We discussed and they have appointed people to see the commander. We are in touch with the two parties to ensure peace.”


World Bank Disburses $140m For Community Development In Nigeria

The World Bank yesterday said it was ready to commence disbursement of an additional sum of $140 million (about N30 billion) to 26 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to boost community projects in Nigeria. Already, the sum of $200 million had been disbursed in the first phase of the project.

The project had disbursed US$ 200 million from 2009 to 2014 in the first phase of the Bank’s Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) between 2009 and 2014.

States benefiting the additional financing would need to focus on the most vulnerable households in poor communities in their region.

Other states including Anambra, Kaduna and Sokoto were said to have finalised their resolve to participate in the new financing.

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Kanye West May Be A College Dropout, But He’s Going Back—To Teach!

As part of his mandated community service from his 2013 paparazzi mishap, the former Chicago State University student is teaching at Los Angeles Trade Technical College for 250 hours.

The community service stems from a paparazzi attack back in July of 2013, after a scuffle at LAX. The rapper pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of battery against the photog.

Los Angeles Trade and Technical College is attended for its classes in fashion design and technology which raises the question of what Professor West is actually teaching.

West certainly knows a thing or two about fashion as he has his own line at A.P.C. A pair of Kanye Jeans will run you $280