Abducted expatriate regains freedom in Rivers
• Mud house occupants fret over Rivers flood alert
Chairman of Akuku-Toru Council of Rivers State, Roland Sekibo, yesterday, confirmed that the kidnapped expatriate, who was working on the Trans- Kalabari road, has been released.
He disclosed this after a security meeting with his counterparts from Degema, Emohua and Asari-Toru councils of the state.
Recall that gunmen had abducted some expatriates attached to the construction firm handling the Trans-Kalabari road project by Lubrik Construction Company (LCC) in September, while some security personnel attached to the company were killed.
Sekibo, however, stressed the need for the council chairmen to work together, stressing that their effort had yielded positive results in the release of the expatriate.
He also mentioned issues enhancing insecurity in the local government, which he said, ranged from dilapidation of the road to inadequate security manpower.
MEANWHILE, mud house occupants in Rivers State have expressed fear over the 2021 flood alert in the state.
The affected persons in the Orashi region of the state, noted that their homes would soon be washed away again.
They spoke at a medical outreach organised by the National Association of Seadogs (NAS), Olympus Marino Deck, Port Harcourt Chapter in commemoration of Nigeria’s Independence Day.
A resident of the community, Henry Michael, ascribed the level of hypertensive patients in the area to the annual flooding in the community.
He said: “We have been suffering from persistent flooding and that is the reason behind hypertension among the older people in Joinkarama.
“When the flood comes, it ravages our community and this scares us and makes our minds unstable.
“When we sense that the flood would happen, a lot of us hurriedly harvest our crops and now we are stranded, so why won’t we have hypertension?”
But NAS Capon, Iche Cecil Wordu, in an interview with The Guardian, noted that routine checks carried out in the Osusu community, Joinkarama in Ahoada West Local Government Council of Rivers state, revealed that most elderly people in the area suffer hypertension.
He stressed that the annual flooding that destroys homes and livelihood of the people was the major contributor to the reported health condition.
On his part, the paramount ruler of Osusu Joinkarama, Chief Philip Oke, said since the flood started in 2012, there has not been any support from the government.
He urged the government to come to their aid, stressing that the outreach is the best intervention the community has ever had.