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Two major fire incidents hit Rivers in less than 24 hours

In less than 24 hours, two major fire incidents have hit Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, leaving properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

The first incident took place on Saturday night at the building behind the popular fruit garden market in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The fire started and around 8 pm and lasted for several hours before men for the federal fire service were able to put it out.

The fire destroyed several buildings around the area including a new generation church.

It is believed to have been caused by “combustive materials”, according to the Rivers State Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Dr. Peter Medee who visited the fire scene on Sunday for an on-the-spot assessment.

The commissioner said, “I have seen that this company is not in operation, and because it is not in operation, the premises has been converted to use for unwholesome practices which may not also be far from the storage of petroleum products by people doing things that are illegal”.

Also speaking, the Rivers State Commander of the Federal Fire Service, Abdullahi Audu, who was also at the scene promised that an investigation into the cause of the fire will soon commence.

In less than 24 hours another building around the Rumuagholu area of Obio Akpor local government of Rivers state was gutted by fire.

The fire quickly spread to other structures around the area.

Initial attempts by men of the Federal Fire Service to put out the fire proved abortive as it continued to spread to other structures including the fence of a new generation bank in the area.

A reinforcement team of the fire service however arrived at the scene and were able to put out the fire after several hours.

An eyewitness linked the fire to activities of “oil bunkerers” in the building. Dailypost


In Rivers: Police, rights group kick as cop kills man

The Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountablilty Campaign (CBRAC) and the Rivers State Police Command, have condemned the killings of one Mr. Jimoh Abiodun, by a policeman.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, Joseph Mukan, said the suspect, whose name was not disclosed, had been subjected to psychological evaluation.

It was gathered that the policeman killed Abiodun on Saturday around Elelenwo Community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state for an unknown reason.

The father of three children was reportedly killed in front of a police station in the area.

The Coordinator of the rights group, Prince Wiro, called on the commissioner of Police in the state to intervene in the matter.

Wiro said: “We are calling for a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the shooting to death of Mr Jimoh Abiodun, father of three children by a Police Officer attached to Elelewon Police Divisional Police headquarters in the wee hours of Saturday December 19th, 2020 at the front of Elelewon Police Division.

“We urge the Commissioner of Police in the state CP Joseph Mukan to ensure perpetrators are brought to book. We condemn the trend of killing of innocent citizens by Police officers in Rivers State and call for an end to the senseless killings.”

The State Police Command in statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, SP. Nnamdi Omoni, condemned the killing saying the police had commenced investigations into the incident.

Omoni said following the directives of the police commissioner, the suspect had been debriefed, detained and would soon be prosecuted.

Omoni said: “The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan has condemned in the strongest terms, the killing of a civilian by a Police Sergeant serving at Elelenwo Police Station.

“The sad incident happened at the Station, where the Sergeant without justification shot the Victim, Abiodun Jimoh who was immediately rushed to the Hospital but later died. His remains have been deposited in the Mortuary.

“The incident is being investigated and the outcome will be communicated to the public. Meanwhile the Police Sergeant who carried out the dastardly act is in custody for debriefing and psychological evaluation. His Orderly Room Trial will commence in ernest, for possible arraignment.” Thenationonlineng


In Rivers: Gunmen Attack SARS Office, Kill Policeman, Set Vehicles Ablaze

A policeman was killed when some gunmen attacked a Special Anti-Robbery Squad office in Oyigbo Local Government area of Rivers State.

It was gathered that the gunmen invaded the place, which is along old Aba Road on Thursday, shooting sporadically before setting police vehicles ablaze.

Spokesperson for the police in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident.

Omoni said 22 people had been arrested while order had been restored in the community.

He said, “Our SARS office in Oyigbo was attacked. We lost one of our personnel and our patrol vehicle was burnt. We have arrested 22 suspects in connection with the incident and investigation is ongoing.

“We have also stabilised the area and security beefed up.” Saharareporters

In Rivers: Strange woman disappears with two kids

There was panic among residents of Amadi Street in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Sunday after a strange woman disappeared with two kids at a playground located in the area.

The kids were identified as three-year-old Goodnews Friday and one-year-old Prosper Solomon.

Speaking on how his daughter was taken away, Goodnews’ father, Nelson Friday, said the incident happened after the family returned from church around 2.00 p.m.

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He said on Tuesday that the children were at the playground when an unidentified woman came and lured Prosper away, while his daughter followed them.

Nelson explained that a young lady, who saw the strange woman with the two children, did not raise the alarm because she thought that the woman was related to one of the kids.

The father of four appealed to security agencies to help rescue his child from the strange woman, adding that he was still in shock as to how a person would take two kids away from the street without anybody noticing it.

His wife, Happiness, corroborated what her husband said and pleaded with Nigerians to have mercy on her and raise the alarm should they locate the two kids.

A resident of the area, who identified herself simply as Esther, told our correspondent that she saw the woman going with the three-year-old girl, while Prosper followed them unknowingly.

Another resident of the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that since the incident happened, children in the area always held hands while moving on the road in order to avoid being kidnapped.

The resident added that parents in the area had begun to insist that their children stay indoors so as to avoid a repeat of the incident.

However, efforts made to reach Prosper’s parents, Mr and Mrs Life Solomon, were not successful as some residents of the area informed our correspondent that they were on their way to Akwa Ibom.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, told Southern City News that he was out of the state and was not aware of the incident. Punch

In Rivers: Notorious armed robber, Italian declared wanted

A suspected notorious gang leader, Justice Amadi, a.k.a Italian and his gang have been declared wanted by the Rivers State Police Command for alleged murder of two policemen who were on their way to respond to a distress call.

According to the profile by the Police, Italian hails from Omueke Isiokpo in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State.

The official Police statement described him as dark in complexion, 5.6ft tall, in his mid-20s, speaks Ikwerre and English Languages fluently.

Among the alleged criminal activities carried out by Justice Amadi and his gang members are includes: the murder of two policemen on 1 June, 2019, at about 5.45pm who were ambushed at the Elele/Omerelu Road, while responding to a distress call.

The leader of the Police team, DSP. Yusuf Abdullahi of the Anti-Cultism Unit was shot and sustained life threatening gunshot wounds, while a Police Sergeant was killed and his rifle stolen

The criminal gang led by the wanted Italian, is alleged to have kidnapped Mrs. Chioma Ewor on June 1, 2019, at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, in lgwuruta, in Ikwerre local government area and was taken along with her Lexus SUV Rx330.

The victim was later rescued the following day at a forest in Ipo Community, Ikwerre Local Government Area and her car recovered.

They were also accused of attacking Police Mobile Personnel on 6 June, 2019, along Elele/Omerelu Road, when they were ambushed, one was shot dead and two others sustained gunshot wounds.

In the light of the above, the Command appealed to the general public or any person with useful information that can lead to the arrest of Italian, to report to the nearest Police Station or call the following; Security Numbers
08032003514; 2.08028915462 and 08098880134.

The Police pledged that a handsome reward awaits any person that can give information that will lead to his arrest of those of his gang members. PMnews

Final year student killed by Cultist in Rivers

Gunmen suspected to be cult members shot and killed a final-year student of the Rivers State University, identified as Prince Barisua.

Barisua, an undergraduate of the Faculty of Agriculture, was said to have been shot in the head by the cultists around 2pm on Monday on the university campus after he finished sitting his exams.

The student was said to have been rushed to a nearby hospital where he died.

A source in the university, who identified himself simply as David, said the Ogoni, Rivers State indigene had gone to see a friend after sitting one of his final papers when he was accosted by the cultists.

David explained that the gunmen shot Barisua in the head and fled before the security guards on campus came to his rescue.

He said, “Barisua was shot in the head on the university campus. Such a thing has not happened in this university for a long time. The student had just finished sitting an exam when he was accosted by the gunmen.

“Some said he was shot near the NDDC hostel inside the school. He was rushed to hospital, but he died a few minutes afterwards. I learnt that he was the only child of his parents.”

A student of the institution, who did not want his name in print, said there was tension on the campus on Tuesday after some unidentified men moved from lecture theatre to theatre threatening to deal with some other students.

He added that some of the men also snatched mobile phones from unsuspecting students before the police arrived to restore normalcy.

When contacted, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation had begun.

 “Yes, I can confirm it. The incident happened on Monday and investigation has since been launched to ascertain those behind the killing of the final-year student,” Omoni said.


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