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Need To Protect Water Bodies Emphasised

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The need for all to protect and preserve the integrity of rivers, creeks and water bodies in general has been described as the responsibility of all and sundry.

The Executive Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey, who made this assertion at the official inauguration of River Ethiope Basin Institute at the Delta State University, Abraka, said to make the above happen, all those interacting with and utilizing the water bodies must do so with respect and place the wellbeing of the rivers and dependent communities before profit.

According to him, failure to protect and preserve the rivers and water bodies would result to a situations where fishers go fishing all day and return with nothing or resulting to coastal communities depending on imported frozen fish for nutrition.

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While decrying the massive levels of pollution in the Gulf of Guinea, as well as rampant sea piracy in the region, Bassey said, “those who pollute the rivers and water bodies should be held accountable to ensure that our rivers do not continue to be treated as dump sites.

“A drop of oil can contaminate 25 litres of water. Imagine the extent of pollution in our rivers and ocean by the millions of barrels of oil that has been dumped into them over 63 years of reckless oil activities,” he noted.

The Director, further tasked that those in academics to listen more to community elders and help pass the knowledge learned to the younger generation.

Bassey applauded the management of Delta State University and the leadership of River Ethiope Trust Foundation on the their partnership to establish the River Ethiope Basin Institute.

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He described the river as one of the cleanest in the region, adding that “its stands out as an example of what our water bodies were like before the arrival of the oil industry and their polluting activities.”

On his part, the Executive Director, River Ethiope Trust Foundation, Urikefe Dafe, stated that the River Ethiope Basin Institute will be a platform for research into the river and also be a launchpad for the sharing of knowledge and the fight for the recognition of the rights of the river.

READ ALSO: Aquatic Ecosystem Protection, End To Sea Piracy Emphasised

In his goodwill message, Chief Charles Majeroh a foremost Nigerian architect and community member noted that, “the only way to preserve the River Ethiope is to ensure that human waste are not deposited into the rivers and also ensure that there is minimal dredging of the river to enable it breath freely.”

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He also urged all business owners around the River Ethiope area to be more intentional in the protection of the water front.

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Drama As Ortom Busts Illegal Revenue Checkpoint In Benue, Arrests Operators [PHOTOS]

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Luck ran out on a gang of illegal checkpoint operators at Abinsi, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Sunday, October 24, 2021, when Governor Samuel Ortom busted their operations.

Governor Ortom’s attention was drawn to the activities of the illegal revenue operators when he noticed the harassment of heavy-duty vehicles that were detained at the checkpoint on his way from Kwande Local Government.

He then ordered his convoy to stop to find out why many vehicles were parked at the checkpoint.

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As soon as he alighted from his car, some of the youths at the checkpoint took to their heels.

He discovered, during an interaction with drivers of the vehicles, that the checkpoint operators were collecting money from motorists without issuing them receipts, a development that prompted the Governor to order the arrest of four of the operators who could not run.

The Governor directed that those who fled should also be apprehended and thoroughly investigated alongside the four suspects to unravel benefactors of the proceeds from their illegal collections.

He explained that within a very short time, the checkpoint operators collected more than N20,000 from the commuters without issuing them receipts.

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Governor Ortom lamented that despite the collections, nothing goes to the government as such monies are diverted into private pockets for individual use.

READ ALSO: Ortom Vows To Drag Akume To Court Over Allegations

DAILY POST reports that he vowed to sanction the management of the Board of Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, for failure to supervise and ensure the right thing was done.

Governor Ortom said he will henceforth, personally carry out surprise checks on the activities of checkpoint operators in the state.

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The four suspects were then handed over to the Police for further investigation.

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EFCC Grills Ex-Senate President

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A former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, is currently being grilled by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a case of corruption and diversion of public funds.

Anyim who arrived the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Jabi, Abuja at about 3pm, is currently being grilled by a team of operatives.

Though details of the specific allegations against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, were sketchy as of press time, a source familiar with the case informed that, it is tied to the corruption and money laundering case involving former Aviation Minister and serving senator, Senator Stella Oduah.

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Part of the rehabilitation funds to the tune of N780 million were allegedly traced to a company in which Senator Anyim has interest.

READ ALSO: Varsity Graduate Awaiting NYSC Mobilization, Allegedly Raped To Death

When contacted, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said he has not been briefed.

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Mr. Macaroni Confronts Policemen Over Alleged 30k Extortion Of A Young Man

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A video making the rounds shows actor, comedian and content creator, Mr. Macaroni (Debo Adedayo), confronting policemen over their dealings with a young man.

In the video, a young man carrying dreadlocks and backpack can be seen explaining to Mr. Macaroni that he was made to transfer N30,000 to an account by the officers.

Some of the officers then started pleading with the comedian-turned activist.

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However, one of the policemen could be seen recording the person making the video in spite of his colleagues’ attempt to stop him.

Some youths that recognised Debo, stopped to ask what was happening.

One of the officers was heard telling them “kosi kan kan” (‘nothing is wrong/happening’).

On the body of a police Hilux truck packed at the scene was written “The Nigeria Police Ogudu Division”.

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A source said the event was streamed live on Instagram by Mr. Macaroni.

The star was a key figure of the #EndSARS movement that climaxed with the Lekki Tollgate shootings.

READ ALSO: State Of The Nation: Clergy Berates FG For Hoarding Truth from Nigerians

Also, last Wednesday, which was the first anniversary of the infamous October 20, 2020 incident, saw Mr. Macaroni and other stars at Lekki Tollgate for a memorial.

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