Luck ran out of two persons who have been parading as majors in the Nigerian Army when they were nabbed by troops of 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt Barracks in Rivers State.
According to the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Officer, Captain Eli Lazarus, the two men have been leveraging on the fake rank of Major in the Nigerian Army to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
He said that one of them was accosted while trying to beat an Army check point in Mbiama, Ahoada West Local Government Area during a recent protest in the state.
While the man who claimed to be a Major recuperates at the hospital from the gunshot injury he sustained, the Army also paraded another suspect – a 38-year-old man, in the premises of 2 Brigade Garrison in the Rivers State capital who they said has also been carrying on as a Major.
Some persons who claimed to be miracle workers, led by a 27-year-old self acclaimed prophet are also in the Army’s net.
The security agencies have called on the public to be wary of the identities of those they do business with, especially during the yuletide.
Angry protesters have stormed Ahoda street in Rivers State to protest the outcome of the just concluded PDP senatorial primaries, claiming it was fraudulent and manipulated by the party against the popular wishes of the people.
The protesters, who marched to the Party Secretariat in Ahoada to bare their minds, insisted that the party is set to lose in the elections if these issues are not resolved.
However, in a swift reaction, a leader of the PDP in the state debunked the claims, insisting that the party ran a transparent primary calling on the protesters to sheathe their swords.
With protests greeting the emergence of many candidates across the country, it remains to be seen how this will affect the eventual outcome of the 2015 elections.
The Rivers State government has given a mass burial for most of Thursday’s oil tanker explosion victims, a Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) official said. The State sector commander for the commission, Kayode Olagunju told reporters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital that 89 of the 95 persons who died in the petrol tanker explosion were given a mass burial at Okobe village in the Ahoada West Local Government Area of the State.
Mr Olagunju said six of the victims who died were identified and released to their respective families.
He said in all, 95 persons died in the incident with 18 others injured.
Police sources had earlier said that more than 100 persons were feared to be burnt to death, while many were injured while scooping fuel from a fallen tanker in the early hours of Thursday.
Stealing fuel from oil pipeline or taking oil from broken-down oil tanker truck is very common in Nigeria.
The past few years have witnessed a string of pipeline explosions, with each killing at least dozens of people.
Nearly 300 people were burnt to death in Lagos on 26 December 2006, as they scooped fuel from a vandalized pipeline.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, a subsidiary of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) on Thursday warned the public against doing business or erecting structures close to High Tension Power Transmission Tower at various locations around the country.
The company gave the warning at a Town Hall meeting organised by the executive officers of the company during a scheduled visit to Nekede autonomous Community in Imo State where their Owerri- Ahoada 132KV Line Power Transmission Tower is close to collapsing due to the illegal mining activities around the base station.
The company officials noted that the 132KV power transmission tower which serves, Imo state and other neighbouring states including Bayelsa, Abia and Rivers is at the moment in a critical state and if peradventure it collapses, there will be total power blackout in these states for about six months apart from the electrocution danger it will cause for people living in the vicinity.
The Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs of the company, Dave Ifabiyi noted that it has come to the notice of the Company that people in the area dig for laterites and kaolin close to the base station. He said apart from the hazard of the blackout, people should be aware of the health implication of such activity
On a visit to the 132KV transmission power site, the General Manager, Transmission Company Port-Harcourt Zone, Adeeko Adekunle expressed displeasure at the sorry sight of the area, he advised people involved in mining around the transmission station to desist from such acts to avoid any further damage.
Leaders of the community who spoke at the town hall, promised to cooperate with the Company and put all measures in place to ensure there is an end to the heinous act.
In the meantime, the Transmission Company of Nigeria has started local publicity to sensitize the indigenes of the area of the danger involved in doing business and building structures close to the high tension power transmission tower.
The company said it has also employed the services of security agencies in the state to prosecute any offender caught doing business around tension cables.