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Bayelsa Communities Seek Potable Water From Oil Firms

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The coastal communities along the Ogboinbiri River in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa have urged oil firms operating in the area to provide them with potable water, having polluted their source of clean water.

Chief Columbus John-Bull, Chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC), Keme-Ebiama, one of the affected communities, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ogoinbiri on Sunday.

According to John-Bull, an oil leak recently occurred in the area and polluted the Ogboinbiri River, a major source of water to Keme-Ebiama, Apoi, Kokologbene, Gbaruan, Ukubie and Lobia communities. He said that the oil leak from Seibou Deep facility, operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), discharged crude into the river and was yet to be remediated. According to him, the people could no longer source drinking water from the river because of the pollution.

He said that the communities depended on the river for drinking water and domestic use.

John-Bull said the operations of Shell and Agip, another oil firm in the area, frequently polluted the river and made the water unsafe for drinking and domestic use.

“We are host communities to the oil firms that pollute our only source of water and this is regrettable. Whenever a spill occurs, the oil spreads along the rivers, right from the Ogboinbiri axis to our own river and makes the water undrinkable.

“It is so devastating that our people can no longer go to the river and take their bath or fetch drinking water. The river is our main source of drinking water and water for every other domestic use. The cost of sachet water in the community rises from N10 to N30 whenever a spill occurs and this happens very often.

“Most of our people cannot afford the sachet water at that price. We are very much worried of what the situation may lead to. Recently there was an outbreak of cholera in some communities in the local government area because of such pollution,” John-Bull said.

John-Bull also alleged that Agip which operates a flow station in the area often dumped waste into the river.

Mr Filippo Cotalini, the spokesperson of Eni, the parent company of Nigerian Agip Oil Company, said that the oil firm was investigating the allegation but declined comments on the people’s request for potable water.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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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

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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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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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