PH Briefs: Police crack kidnap gang, free NEMA officials

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PIC.22. CROSS SECTION OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS FROM STATES AT A SEMINAR TO MARK THE 11TH BIENNIAL 2016 POLICE WEEK IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY (30/3/16). 2633/30/3/2016/HF/CH/NAN

The Police command in Rivers State says its men have secured the unconditional release of four abducted staff of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The police command Public Relations Officer Nnamdi Omoni said in a statement that the four NEMA officials were abducted on April 24th on the East-West Road. He said that the operatives of the police Anti-Kidnapping Unit rescued the victims in a operation.

In another development, the PPRO said the operatives of the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State, on Tuesday raided a kidnapping camp in Ozuoba.

He said one Matthew aka Nwinikanma, an alleged notorious armed robber and cultist in the area was killed when he engaged men of the Rivers Police in a gun battle.

However, many other victims remain the various forests in the state especially along East West Road.

NDLEA arrests 49 drug dealers

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Rivers State said it has arrested the total number of 49 persons in the first quarter of the year for drugs related offenses. The State Commander, Recheal Shelleng, gave the figure in a message to wish Nigerians Workers drug-free lives on the occasion of the Workers day celebration.

The statement signed by the command’s public relations officer, Emmanuel Ugungbada, said that the command also convicted one drug offender at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt within the period on the review.

He said some of the seizures made include 49.094 kilogram of hard drugs including Cocaine, Heroine, canabis, tramadol, codeine, raphnol.

Rivers environment ministry moves against sewage dumping

The Rivers State Ministry of Environment says it will continue to give priority to programmes and activities aimed at promoting a healthy environment in the state.

The Permanent Sectary of the Ministry, Emmanuel Urams, stated this during a meeting with the Sewage Dump Operative Truck Owners and their drivers in Port Harcourt. The Permanent Sectary represented by the Director of Environment, Chimezie Georgewill, said the meeting was part of measures to put to an end, indiscriminate dumping of refuse in Port-Harcourt and its environs.

Georgewill warned the operators against turning the state capital to a garbage city.

Lawmaker says Ndoni is ravaged by oil pollution

The lawmaker representing Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni constituency II in the Rivers State House of Assembly has decried the hardship faced by the people of Ndoni district as a result of the activities of multi-national oil companies operating in their area.

Uwaji while presenting a petition written by the council ward 13 in ONELGA, Amaifo-Obi, said the whole environment is polluted due to the operation of the company. The lawmaker urged the House to intervene in a view to ensuring that the company signs a functional memorandum of understanding with the community.

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