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We swiftly passed anti-grazing law to protect Bayelsans, says lawmaker

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Yenagoa—The member representing Ekeremor constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Tari Porri has revealed that the reason behind the swift passage of the anti-grazing law in Bayelsa State is to secure the lives and properties of Bayelsans.

According to a report by the Sun Newspaper, the lawmaker opined that cattle rearing is a private business and as such, owners of the business must be ready to obey the laws put in place by the government.

He averred that it is unpalatable for cattle rearers to move their herds of cattle indiscriminately around the state.

He said: “When the time came to look at a proper law to address the issue of cattle rearing and grazing matters, we were quick to look at it.

“Being a proactive House of Assembly, we were among the first to pass the ant-grazing law and it was assented to by the governor. Now residents of Yenagoa are enjoying the serene environment of the city.

“Before now even in the afternoon, you would see cows roaming around but now they are confined to a place. If you want to get a cow, you go there and get it.

“The bill was an executive bill initiated by the governor and as a proactive House, we realize it would go a long way in helping our people. You are aware of what is going on in the North between herders and farmers’ clashes.”

Porri, who noted the forceful take-over of ancestral land by Fulani herders, stated that Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation is not a dumping ground.

“You can’t go to the North and say you want to do a business without obeying the laws.

“Cow dealers and rearers want to coerce us all to their whims and caprices, and we said no that things must be done decently.

“The law is working and Bayelsans are happier about it; these days, you don’t hear herders are taking over lands. If you violate the law, there is a penalty for it. People are now conscious,” the lawmaker said.

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Ndiomu seeks recruitment of ex-agitators into police force

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Abuja—The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Major General Barry Tariye Ndiomu (rtd) has solicited the support of the Police High Command in the recruitment of ex-agitators to its rank and file and officers’ Corp.

The Interim Administrator made the request when he paid a courtesy visit to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman at the Police Headquarters in Abuja.

Ndiomu revealed that the PAP has over the years trained a lot of youths from the Niger Delta region who would fit into the manpower needs of the Police.

The amnesty boss also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Police High Command for providing security services at its offices and facilities in Abuja and across the Niger Delta region.

In his response, the IGP was no less disappointed by the low turnout of potential recruits from the region at recruitment exercises conducted in the past years.
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The quota of the South-South region was rarely filled despite efforts to encourage the enlistment of young men from the region.

Alkali Baba Usman assured the IA that the Police is ready to partner with the PAP in the recruitment of officers, especially at the grassroots.

He said the Police have put in place structures for better emoluments and career advancement.

Also, IGP stressed that the Police will assist the PAP in the area of criminal investigation when such cases are brought to its attention.

Infractions in the agency must not be swept under the carpet.

He added that the element of punishment in law enforcement will be brought into force to avoid the recurrence of criminal acts in the organisation.

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Four suspected internet fraudsters die of alleged drug overdose in Bayelsa

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Yenagoa—Four suspected internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo boys were on Friday confirmed dead after purportedly overdosing on illicit drugs in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, NaijaLiveTV reports.

The incident took place in an apartment along Nasco Egei road in Biogbolo community, Yenagoa happened at about 12am on Friday.

It was gathered that they lost their lives after they took the illicit drugs in celebration of a mysterious financial breakthrough by one of them.

The deceased boys are identified as Favour Ekezie, 19yrs, Favour Okorie, 18yrs, Mr.Waripamo Bestman Ejele, 25yrs and Richie Mike Prezi, 21yrs.

One Melvin, who claimed to be a friend to one of the deceased boys, Favour who hails from Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state declared that they’ve been trying to secure the release of his corpse.

“We believe that they were poisoned.”. But he could not explain who and how they were poisoned.

“We are here at Ekeki Police Station in company of Favour’s father to secure the release of the corpse for burial. But it is proving difficult after swearing to an Affidavit.

“We gathered that they eat a food they ordered which was delivered by a logistics motorbike and they died. One of them who was in the toilet however survived because he did not eat from the meal,” he said.
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Another friend of the deceased boys, who pleaded anonymity, claimed that “the deceased were much awake when we forced the security man to open the gate to their residence.

“Nelson (one of the deceased) was sitting on the chair but his head was on the ground with his vomit. Richie (another deceased) has his computer in his hand and showed he was struggling. It clearly showed that they were poisoned.”

They also dismissed claims that they died from inhaling generator fume.

Contacted on the development, the State Commissioner of Police, Benjamin Okolo, who confirmed the death of the four youths attributed it to drug overdose,

“They died of a drug overdose. It is quite unfortunate that they administered the drug themselves. They were five and the one that survived told us that they took two pills each and that he took one. This was why they died, ”Okolo revealed.

The Police boss, however, assured newsmen that if the friends and family of the deceased insisted that the four boys were poisoned,” the police will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.”

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Oil-producing states get N625bn in two years, says Garba Shehu

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Abuja—The Presidency on Friday revealed that nine oil-producing states received N625.43bn 13 percent oil derivation, subsidy, and SURE-P refunds from the Federation Account in two years, Punch reports.

“The states that received the refunds dating from 1999 to 2021 are Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers,” a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, read on Friday.

The statement is titled ‘Oil derivation, subsidy and Sure-P refunds: Nine oil producing states receive N625.43 billion in two years; N1.1trn still outstanding.’

The Presidency also noted that the Buhari-led regime will continue to render equal service to all the states regardless of affiliation, and “an acknowledgment of this by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the others is not out of place.”

Citing data obtained from the Federation Account Department, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, it said a total of N477.2bn was released to the nine states as the refund of the 13 percent derivation fund on withdrawal from Excess Crude Account without deducting derivation from 2004 to 2019, leaving an outstanding balance of N287.04bn.

The States also got N64.8bn as a refund of the 13 per cent derivation fund on deductions made by NNPC without payment of derivation to Oil Producing States from 1999 to December.

According to Shehu, the benefitting States still have an outstanding balance of N860.59bn windfall from the refunds, which was approved by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
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From the figures, under the 13 per cent derivation fund on withdrawal from ECA without deducting derivation from 2004 to 2019, Abia State received N4.8bn with outstanding sum of N2.8bn, Akwa-Ibom received N128bn with outstanding sum of N77bn, Bayelsa with N92.2bn, leaving an outstanding of N55bn.

Cross River got a refund of N1.3bn with a balance N792m, Delta State received N110bn, leaving a balance of N66.2bn, Edo State received N11.3bn with a balance of N6.8bn, Imo State, N5.5bn, with an outstanding sum of N3.3bn, Ondo State, N19.4bn with an outstanding sum of N11.7bn while Rivers State was paid 103.6bn, with an outstanding balance of N62.3bn.

The states were paid eight installments between October 2, 2021, and January 11, 2022, while the ninth to 12th installments are still outstanding.

On the 13 per cent derivation fund on deductions made by NNPC without payment of derivation, the nine oil-producing states were paid in three instalments this year, with the remaining 17 instalments outstanding.

Under this category, Abia State received N1.1bn, Akwa-Ibom, N15bn, Bayelsa, N11.6bn, Cross River, N432m, Delta State, N14.8bn, Edo State, N2.2bn, Imo State, N2.9bn, Ondo State, N3.7bn, and Rivers State, N12.8bn.

Meanwhile, the benefitting States shared N9.2bn in three installments in April, August, and November 2022 as refunds on the 13 per cent derivation exchange rate differential on withdrawal from the ECA.

The three largest benefitting States were Akwa Ibom (N1.6bn), Delta State (N1.4bn), and Rivers State (N1.32bn).

Similarly, all nine states received N4.7bn each, totaling N42.34bn as refunds on withdrawals for subsidy and SURE-P from 2009 to 2015. The refund for all the states and local government councils was paid on November 10, 2022.

The Federation Account also paid N3.52bn each as a refund to local government councils on withdrawals for subsidy and SURE-P from 2009 to 2015 on the same date in November.

“President Buhari considers it a matter of honour and decency that debts owed to states or anyone for that matter be repaid, and in time without regard to their partisan political affiliations.

“The President will continue to render equal service to all the states of the federation and an acknowledgment of this by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the others is not out of place,” Shehu said.

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