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Bayelsa Victims: We Lost 710,000 Houses

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The victims, under the aegis of Bayelsa State Flood Victims Forum, also said over 10,000 farmlands and 15,000 fish ponds were destroyed by the floods that overran the state.

The group, in a statement by its Chairman, Mr. Oyoyo Bipeledei; and Secretary, Mr. Lucky Wusa, claimed that the floods swept away 10 children and caused diseases that killed 15 other children.

The group said 200,000 mud houses and 10,000 block buildings collapsed during the disaster.

It added that another 500,000 block houses were at the verge of collapsing.

“Hundreds of thousands of property including bales of clothes, furniture, refrigerators, generators, cars, utensils and other valuables running into billions of naira were destroyed by the floods,” the group said.

The group, in the statement, said it compiled the records after its inspection tour of communities affected by the floods.

Among others, it said the communities in Sagbama, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa local government areas were the worst hit by the disaster.

It called on President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson to resettle the flood victims in the state.

Meanwhile, Bayelsa State on Sunday described as “preposterous and most reprehensible,” the request by flood victims that the government should settle each of them with N300,000.

Governor Seriake Dickson also debunked reports that the government maltreated the victims by evicting them from their relief camps.

Dickson in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the government was concerned about proper resettlement of the flood victims instead of doling out cash to them.

“Our concern as a Government is about how most of the flood victims will be able to start life allover again, especially for those who have lost farmlands, properties, livestock and other sources of livelihood. Those who have lost farmlands will be assisted with seedlings and other farming inputs to enable them start allover,” he said.

He said the decision to close the camps was taken after it was established that the flood water had receded and that it was safe for the victims to go home.

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  1. Jude Gadimoh

    November 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The population of Bayelsa officially about 1.7mill and estimated 2mill on the government website. The implication of this is that; if there are still at least half of that number of houses were not affected by the flood, it will amount to at least 350,000. This implies a total of at least 1,000,000 houses in Bayelsa. Hence, by Nigerian record will have 1.7 Bayelsan in a house and by the statistics on the State’s website, 2 Bayelsans live in a house. Even if we assume that all the houses in Bayelsa were affected by flood i.e. 710,000 as this report shows, 2.4 to 2.8 Bayelsans live in a house. I think the claim is over blown. Hence, the claimant should check his records very well before making any claim of this nature to avoid Government having a thought of sabotage through ghost houses in Bayelsa.

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

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An explosion has reportedly rocked a church belonging to the father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The Rivers State Police Command has however announced the arrest of three suspects who allegedly detonated explosives at a Pentecostal church, Christain Universal Church International, located at Mile 3, Diobu area of Port Harcourt.

Also Read: Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike

The act was reportedly carried out on Saturday night and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.

According to reports, a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.

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Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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 Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.

 

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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities

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The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%
cashback.

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
absolutely enjoy.

The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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