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Oil theft: Rivers NSCDC arrests 14 suspects, impounds trucks, boats

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The  Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Rivers State Command, has arrested 14 suspects for unlawful dealings in petroleum products.

The arrests premised on the renewed vigour and strategic efforts put in place by the Command to combat the menace of oil theft, illegal refineries, oil bunkering and illegal dealings in petroleum product in Rivers State.

Among the suspects were: Chinonso Anowo (m) 35 years; Babagana Umaru (m) 40 years; Victor Emeama (m) 49 years; Ifeanyi Chinaka (m) 42 years; Ndubisi Nwoji (m), 41 years and Echefulachi Okoro (m) 33 years.

Parading the suspects, yesterday, the Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Rivers State Command, DSC Olufemi Ayodele, said the arrests were made possible following a marching order given by the State Commandant, Abu Tambuwal, who had reiterated, on his assumption of duty, that the war against illegal bunkering in Rivers State was non-negotiable.

Ayodele noted that the command is currently under a new Sheriff in town with zero tolerance for all anti-government activities, most especially the act of sabotaging the economy of the nation through vandalism of oil pipelines and illegal dealings in petroleum products.

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The command’s spokesman said the suspects were involved in illegal dealings in petroleum products and transportation of petroleum products without haulage licences, offences punishable under the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Law of the Federation 2004.

The Command spokesman said that three suspects: Oluchukwu Nwachukwu, (m) 33 years; Uche Nwankwo, (m) 29 years, and Chinwendu Onwenyisi, (m) 31 years, were also arrested with four cars conveying about four drums of suspected illegally refined AGO concealed in cellophane bags, equivalent to 800 litres.

Also, a light grey coloured Toyota Camry with registration number Imo State  AG 342 KGE, blue Toyota Camry with registration number Delta LEH 64 EX, a White Toyota Camry with registration number Lagos LSD 58 BJ and a deep grey Toyota Camry Car with registration number Rivers AM 25 BNY were impounded at Airport Roundabout in Ikwerre Local Government Area.

Similarly, Isaac Helliday, (m) 39 years; Joseph Tambufo, 50 years; Wisdom Batubo, (m) 35 years, and Felix Friday, 32 years, were arrested with two wooden boats loaded with suspected illegally refined AGO on waterways, along Bakana River and Abonnema Wharf, respectively.

While reaffirming the Command’s continuous synergy with other relevant agencies, Ayodele hinted that the suspects would definitely be charged to court at the expiration of thorough investigation.

He called on Rivers people to collaborate with the NSCDC State Command by giving credible intelligence, noting that safeguarding critical national assets and infrastructure in the state is a collective responsibility.

The issued a stern warning to economic saboteurs in the state, that they either engage themselves in legal ventures or risk facing the wrath of the law.

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Soludo terminates Anambra road contract, says contractor may make refund

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A contractor handling a road project in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State may be asked to refund part of the money paid for the job after the road contract has been terminated.

Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, who terminated the road contract during an unscheduled visit to the project site, gave the indication.

He accused the contractor of doing a poor job; taking too long to complete the project and ordered the firm to remove its equipment from the site immediately.

Soludo said, “I just called the Commissioner for Works and I have told him that this contract has been terminated.

“See what you are doing. I have terminated the contract, and you are supposed to return the money you were paid.

“We gave you this contract on the basis that you are an indigenous company, but see what you are doing. This is what we see. You blocked the entire highway and nobody can pass. Now that I am going to my hometown, how do I go?

“For months, you blocked the road, even for people to pass through.

“This job was supposed to have been finished in October, and that was the contract you were given.

“Other companies that were given contracts like you have all delivered.”

Despite explanations by the contractor that the road had peculiarities, the governor told him that there are other roads with more difficult terrain and the contractors had delivered.

He added, “I have terminated the contract and there is nothing you can tell me about it. Remove all your equipment from this place and move out because another contractor is coming to take over the job.

“If you continue, it is at your own risk because we are not paying you a dime. Instead, we are asking for a refund.”

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24-year-old man gets death sentence for cultism, rape

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A 24-year-old man, Segun Iwaetan, has been sentenced to death by hanging for engaging in cultism.

He also bagged life imprisonment for raping a 20-year-old neighbour and student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti.

He was tried on seven counts bordering on rape, unlawful possession of firearms, and membership of a secret cult.

The charges read in part, “Segun Iwaetan and Atila Iwaetan (now at large) on January 16, 2021, on Federal Polytechnic Road, Ado Ekiti, did conspire to commit burglary and stealing by breaking into the shop of Olayemi Oyerinde, and receiving stolen property such as 50 jean trousers, 15 polo shirts, 30 pairs of leather slippers, among others, worth over N1.8m.

“Also, on February 5, 2021, the defendant raped a 20-year-old Federal Polytechnic student on Odo Ado Street, Ado Ekiti, while unlawfully in possession of two guns. He was on February 10, 2021, found to be a member of the Eiye Confraternity cult.”

In her testimony, the victim said, “The defendant was my neighbour. On that day, he gained access to my room around 3am; he pointed a gun at me and ordered me not to shout or else he would shoot me. He ordered me to undress and forcibly had sex with me. As of the time he raped me, I was still a virgin. Thereafter, he begged me to forgive him and I should not tell anybody.

Justice Adeniyi Familoni in his judgement on Monday convicted the defendant on four of the charges.

Familoni said, “The defendant is sentenced as follows: conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms, 12 years’ imprisonment each without any option of fine; sentences are to run concurrently from the date of the arrest and detention of the defendant.”

On rape, the court sentenced the convict to life imprisonment.

For membership of the Eiye Confraternity, the judge said, “The sentence of this court upon you is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead and may the Lord have mercy on your soul.”

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Gunmen: We were asked to kidnap APC senator

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Senator Sani Musa
The gunmen, who were arrested at the Minna, Niger State Residence of Mohammed Sani Musa, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, have told the police that they were sent to kidnap the lawmaker.
The Niger State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said this in a statement on Monday.
Abiodun, who earlier told reporters that the motive of the suspects was unknown and that investigation was ongoing, said in their fresh confessional statement, the suspects said they were hinted that senator was traveling to Niger State for the coronation and presentation of staff of Office to the Emir of Kagara by one Sherrif now at large.
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” Additional facts emerged in the course of investigation, as one of the suspects confessed further that the hoodlums led by the said Sherrif, presently at large targeted the Senator to his home in Minna.
“The hoodlums suspected that he could be at home, having attended a coronation ceremony at Kagara on the same date and to possibly kidnap him,” he said.
Abiodun said the invaders ransacked the residence under the pretext of the purported search execution, noting that effort was on to apprehend other members of the gang.
Daily Trust had reported how gunmen suspected to be assassins invaded the Minna residence of the Senator on Saturday night.
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