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SDN Empowers Youths To Tackle Niger Delta Issues With Technology

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A non Governmental Organization, Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN) in collaboration with Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation has empowered Youths today in Port Harcourt. Addressing Participants at the end of the three day competition event, Confidence Ogu, the group’s Project officer urged beneficiaries to embrace the Bridging Engagement and Accountability Hackathon.

According to her, the Musa Yar’Adua’s Foundation funded program is aimed at making Citizens of Niger Delta region to leverage on technology that would enable them monitor projects awarded and executed by Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC in their various communities in the region. She added that the program has been very smooth in the past Four months: town hall meetings, consultations and engagements have been ongoing without challenges.

Speaking to FR News, Mr Gino Osahon, the Hub Manager, Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation expressed optimism that the program will bridge the wide gap between NDDC and Niger Delta Communities, as citizens will now be able to track projects meant for their communities and report status of projects to Stakeholders through Technology innovations.

Sidelines of the event, was presentation of Achievement Certificates and Performance Awards to all participants. Also, Cheques of Five hundred thousand naira, Three hundred thousand naira and Two hundred thousand naira were presented to First, Second and Third position winners of the competition respectively.

However, beneficiaries who spoke to FR News, described the competition as amazing, expressed joy and readiness to work with the group to achieve its aims in the shortest possible time.

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Gunmen scatter scheduled COVID-19 meeting in Kogi, steal documents, destroy offices

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Unknown gunmen on Wednesday attacked staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja who were planning a press conference to pressure the Federal Government into establishing a COVID-19 screening centre in the state.

We gathered that the gunmen shot sporadically into the air to scare people away, then went to the records and admin department where they seized laptops and destroyed a few things. They ransacked the Medical Director’s office, too.

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Horror on the loose: kidnapper who kills and deposits bodies of victims in septic tank arrested in Rivers

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Horror on the loose: kidnapper who kills and kills and deposits bodies of victims arrested in Rivers

The Rivers State Police Command said its Anti-kidnapping Unit has arrested a notorious kidnapper and serial killer, Anthony Ndubuisi, during a sting operation. 

Ndubuisi, who hails from Imo State but resides in Umuebulu Etche Local Council Area of Rivers, has carried out several kidnappings and killings of victims including three foreign nationals and a Nigerian.

A statement by the command said, “Operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Unit in a sting operation yesterday 29/6/20202 at about 1330hrs, arrested a notorious kidnapper and serial killer, one Anthony Ndubuisi from Ngo-Okpala in Imo State but who resides at Umuebulu Etche LGA. 

“The suspect, who was arrested through intelligence, upon interrogation confessed to have carried out several kidnappings and killings of his victims including three foreign nationals and a Nigerian. The recent, being the kidnapping and killing of one Ajumiene Offor, who was lured from Aba to his house for a business transaction but kidnapped and killed on 9/6/2020.”

However, during the course of investigation, the suspect led policemen to his house at Umuebulu where he pointed to a septic tank that contained the bodies of his victims. 

“On exhumation, we recovered three human skulls and decomposing body of his recent victim. 

“They have been evacuated and taken to the mortuary for autopsy,” the police statement added.

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