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Reactions as hunters, locals kill chimpanzee and use meat to make pepper soup in Bayelsa community

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Environmentalists, tourists and residents have reacted over the killing of chimpanzees in the Edumanom Forest Reserve, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Photos of hunters boasting of killing and selling chimpanzees to interested locals who eventually used them for pepper soup surfaced on facebook.

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One Ebiowei recently shared photos of ”Chimpanzee meat pepper soup” which he washed down with yoghurt.

“gunned down by a Hunter in the Forest today at Nembe, Bayelsa state. A good meal.” he captioned the post.

Reacting to the development, environmentalists raised the alarm and expressed worries that if the federal and state government fail to do more to protect these endangered species, they may be hunted and eaten into extinction.

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Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, the Project Officer of Environmental Right Actions (ERA) Niger Delta Resource Centre in the state, Morris Alagoa, described the hunting of Chimpanzees in the Edumanom Forest Reserve as unfortunate, adding that it appears there is lack of seriousness and follow through actions on the part of the authorities, both at the state and federal level.

“I am Aware that there are laws prohibiting the killing of such endangered species of animals in our environment. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lack of seriousness and follow through actions on the Part of the authorities; State and federal.
Besides, it is unimaginable that such is happening in a government recognised and reserved Forest which is gazetted too,” he said.

“the civil society has not given much attention to this area. Sadly, the government in our clime did not support civil society. Must we continue depending on foreigners even for our own welfare?

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There is a need for the government to meet with traditional rulers in the state to work towards effectively protecting and preserving these animals for posterity.

“Forest guards should be properly engaged and given adequate training on how to protect government reserved forests,” he added.

When contacted for comment, a renowned tourist and ssa to the governor on tourism, mr. Priye kiyaramo, said: “it is regrettable that the future of chimpanzees in edonamon national park in bayelsa state still remains in peril. There are cases where infant chimpanzees are frequently taken alive and sold in cities as pets.”

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Writer and campaigner ofor Good Governance, Social Justice and Equality, wrote;

“did you know that nembe LGA has a Forest reserve? This Forest reserve is called the “edumanom Forest reserve” the reserve is along the nembe/Ogbia road in bayelsa state,”

“this Forest is home to the world’s biggest chimpanzee, sclater’s guenon amongst other important primate species. This reserve was the last known site for chimpanzees in the Niger Delta region. It also shelters the endemic sclater’s guenon, the red list species Olive colobus and the Niger Delta red colobus and the sclater’s monkey.

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“this area was proposed as a Forest reserve by the then old rivers state govt but is now essentially being used and managed as community Forest land.

“this Forest is where hunters from nembe annually kill chimpanzee and other primate species. Most of these chimpanzees have been captured and butchered by local hunters in nembe and they are at risk of going into extinction.

“but one good thing we failed to realize is that there is a lot to gain from “ecotourism” if only our government can engage in conservation of these species for more research like Jane goodall did with the mountain gorillas of zaire.

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“Kenya, as of today, is raking in millions of dollars through tourism by preserving their Forest reserve. The country is ranked 7th largest economy in africa and the 1st in east africa because of ecotourism. Kenya has the largest ecotourism in africa. Millions of people travelled to Kenya all over the world for tourism.

“Forest products are also capable of raking in cash to the economy of our state if we can stop illegal deforestation activities and create a huge economy through preservation of our Forest. Look at our state, we can not even boast of a zoo that can attract visitors to our state. Why is it so difficult to conserve our rare wildlife and the ecosystem.

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NBC Slams TVC, Arise TV N2m Fine For Broadcast Violation

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission NBC, has sanctioned Television Continental (TVC) and Arise television stations for breaching sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

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According to a letter by the Director General of the Commission, Barabe Shehu Ilelah, the television houses are to pay a fine of N2m each.

The letter reads in part: “The penalty shall be paid within two weeks of the receipt of this letter or sanction shall be graduated.

“The broadcaster shall ensure that its presenters handle programme with professionalism and sound judgement, to ensure that it does not lose focus or lead to unfair treatment of any person or institution.

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“Broadcasting shall promote human dignity; therefore, hate speech is prohibited. The Broadcaster shall not transmit any programme, programme promotion, community service announcement or station identity, which is likely, in any circumstance, to provoke or perpetuate in a reasonable person, intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or groups of people because of age, colour, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability race, religion or political leaning”.

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SAD! Customer Dies Inside Bank In Delta

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A customer slumped and died after standing in a queue for long hours at a commercial bank in Agbor, Delta State.

According to the Tribune on Friday, the yet-to-be-identified man died after waiting for hours on end to collect his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card at the bank’s branch in Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State.

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Confirming his death, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said, “He was not trying to withdraw cash as claimed; however, he came to the said bank to collect his ATM card.”

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Angry Customers Attack Wema Bank in Ibadan For Inability To Withdraw Money+VIDEO

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A group of angry protesters have attacked Wema Bank Plc at the Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

Naijablitznews.com reports that this is amid the Protest of scarcity of the new naira notes and fuel in Ibadan

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Naijablitznews.co recalled that residents of Ibadan had taken to the streets in protest against the hardship triggered by the naira notes swap and the hike in fuel price.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) late last year introduced newly-designed N200, N500, and N1,000 notes and gave a January 31st deadline to phase out the old notes. The deadline was later extended by ten days following the outcry by Nigerians over the policy.

Despite the extension, the new notes are scarce and Nigerians are finding it difficult to get the old ones.

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Also, in several parts of the country, the pump price of fuel has increased with people buying the product for as high as N500 per litre. Long queues have also resurfaced in many places.

People are Fed Up with the situation forcing some residents to take to the streets, demanding that the authorities urgently address the situation.

The roads leading to the Iwo area of Ibadan were deserted as the protesters barricaded them. They were also burnfires on the road and reports suggest that a commercial bank was attacked in the process.

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