Properties worth millions of naira were destroyed this morning in a fire incident at Eliozu area of Port Harcourt. An eye witness said the fire started at about 5am after a tanker carrying diesel collided with high tension pole along the Air Force Eliozu area. The fire burnt down the whole buildings in spite of the effort made to put it off. “We have been the Fire Service for more than two hours but they have not come. The truck hit the pole so it fell down and from there it exploded and spread fire. The driver was thinking that the road was straight. So, he uses speed and before he marched break, he hit the pole and fire exploded.”
A security guard who was trapped for 30 minutes said he would have been dead if he did not wake up earlier to go and charge his phone.
The Rivers state commissioner for special duties, Mr Emeka Onowu, said the quick intervention of fire fighters from the fire service prevented the diesel tanker fire from spreading into all the buildings. Onuwu dismissed allegation against the Fire Service and hailed them for their services in emergency. He said the River State Fire Service is prepaid to combat fire incident whenever the incident occured.
He said: “The public should learn to manage issues. The government must not take responsibility for every incident that happened. This incident started about 5:30 this morning, and as of when they called the fire fighters, it took them 20-30 minutes to get to the scene. 20-30 minutes is not too long a time and they were able to arrest the situation. Every time you are blackmailing government trying to attract sympathy, for how long will the masses continue like this?”
…Pregnant teenager kills self in Port Harcourt, but police seeks out parents
A pregnant teenager has allegedly killed herself in the Rumuokoro area of Port Harcourt due to rebuke from all quarters. Now, the Rivers State police command said it is trying to establish a contact with her parents. The state police public relationship officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Amoni, said the parents of the girl have not reported the matter to the command even though they have heard about the incident.
The secondary school girl was suspected to have committed suicide by drinking insecticide because she was reprimanded for getting pregnancy.
Meanwhile, parents have been advised to be friendly with their children and stop being judgmental over them. Mrs Enyengi said this in an interview with radio journalists over the news of the suicide. “When we have children, we should be able to listen to them, communicate with them and know where they are and what happened to them. We should not come up very judgmental because it is a very critical situation they are in.”
…Mother of APC auitor in Rivers kidnapped
Ada Dike, the mother of APC auditor in Rivers State, Hyson Dike, was kidnapped in the hometown of Korokoro in Tai Local Government Area.
The auditor who confirmed this to journalists said his family is still appealing to kidnappers of his mother to release her unconditionally.
Kidnapping has become a daily occurrence in Rivers State. Governor Nyeson Wike has rolled out a solution by establishing the Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch Corps but the initiative has met stiff opposition from the opposition in the state who said the governor would use the security outfit to unleash terror to his opponents during elections.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the pressure group in Ogoni area, Gana Tuba, has called on the state and federal governments to address the security challenges in Ogoni land. Tuba stated this during the 2018 Ogoni assembly. He said politicians and stakeholders in the state should see Ogoni beyond their political interest. He also condemned the crisis in Guru Community.