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Protesters Picket PH Refinery, Eleme Petrochemical Over Non-implementation Of UNEP Report

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The Port Harcourt Refinery Company and the Eleme Petrochemical Company, were yesterday picketed by hundreds of Ogoni people who vowed to keep them shut until the Federal Government implements the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Report on oil devastated Ogoniland.

The protesters, jointly led by the Ogoni Solidarity Forum, OSF, and Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, laid siege that disrupted access and exit to both firms and worsened traffic congested in the Eleme axis of Port Harcourt.

President of MOSOP, Mr. Legborsi Pyagbara, said they chose December 10, set aside as Human Rights Day, to embark on the protest.

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“We are here today, in commemoration of the Human Rights Day, and Ogoni people are using this day to express their disapproval of Federal Government’s inaction in the implementation of the UNEP report. So, we are doing the activity as part of global a process,” Pyagbara said.

Project Officer, Movement for the Survival of Ogoni people, MOSOP, Fyneface Dumnamene also said: “The youths will sleep at the gates of both companies tonight. We are not afraid of anybody. The lives of Ogoni people are more valuable than the money Federal Government is making from the refineries.

“By tomorrow, there will be no access for anybody because the protest will be extended to other companies in Ogoniland, including the fertiliser company. So, they should get ready.”

Also speaking, Celestine Akporbari of OSF said: “We gave the Federal Government 90 days to implement the UNEP report but nothing has happened. What they are seeing today is just a little of what is to come.

“We are heading for total shutdown until the Federal Government considers the UNEP report as not only important, but the right of Ogoni people,” Akporbari said.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

Also Read: Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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