One Soldier, Two NSCDC Officials Killed By Suspected Militants In Rivers


A Soldier with 29 Battalion of 6 Division Nigerian Army (NA) and two personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have been killed by suspected militants in Rivers State.

The personnel guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Trans National Pipelines at Gio community were attacked by suspected militants on Sunday, in an attempt to vandalize 24″ and 28″ TNP pipelines.

Deputy Director Public Relations, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, confirmed the attack in a statement.

“In the early hours of Sunday the 16th of June 2019 (Yesterday), troops of 29 Battalion of 6 Division Nigerian Army (NA) in conjunction with personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Trans National Pipelines at Gio community in Tai Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State were attacked by suspected militants who were hitherto prevented from vandalizing 24″ and 28” TNP thereby putting them out of the illicit business.

“Unfortunately, during the ensuing fire fight one soldier and 2 personnel of the NSCDC lost their lives and their weapons (one AK 47 and 2 G3 rifles) were carted away by the assailants.”

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The statement added that there was an immediate reinforcement by troops at the location and an intelligence led to the tracking and engagement with the suspects in a gun battle.

“Consequently, at about 9:00am, troops cashing on available information sighted a white Toyota Hilux vehicle without number plate, hastily driven with 4 occupants.

“Sensing danger, the occupants opened fire at the troops in a bid to escape. Troops reacted, and incapacitated the militants’ vehicle. As a result, the bandits abandoned their vehicle and fled to the bush.

“One of the criminals was gunned down and was identified as the wanted notorious cultists and illegal oil bunkering kingpin Korobe Menele – popularly known as MENE. Others with him, believed to escape with gunshot wounds – leaving trails of blood.

Iliyasu added that the troops recovered a vehicle, ammunition and other items which was handed over to the NSCDC Rivers State Command for further action.

“The following items were recovered from the scene and in the vehicle:, 1 x K2 Rifle, 2 x Magazines loaded with 52 Rounds of 5.56mm, some personal effects, one pair of vehicle plate number KRK 95DP RIVERS and some documents.

“The body and other recovered exhibits have been handed over to the NSCDC Rivers State Command for further action, while troops continue to track the remaining fleeing bandits to face justice.”

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Officials

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Civil Defence OfficialsThe Borno Command of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps says 75 personnel of the command were killed while 15 were declared missing in action in the year 2016.

The Commandant of the Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told journalists in a news conference that the officers were killed in separate attacks in Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala in the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We have alerted our sister agencies on the issues while the NSCDC national headquarters have assisted the families of the bereaved.” he said.

Abdullah noted that about 19 area offices belonging to the NSCDC across the state were completely destroyed by Boko Haram.

His words: “We will deploy additional 500 personnel in liberated LGA’s. We have already deployed 100 to Dikwa; we are preparing 30 for Monguno, while 20 of our men were drafted for Nganzai local government area.”

“Some of them are already in Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas.” Abdullahi stated.

Abdullahi said those deployed include the Anti-riot Squad, Bomb Detection and Disposal Unit as well as Intelligence and Detective Unit of the command.

NSCDC Arrests Suspect, Raises Alarm Over Kerosene Adulteration

NSCDC Arrests Suspect, Raises Alarm Over Kerosene AdulterationThe Nasarawa state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested one Muhammed Abdullahi for allegedly adulterating Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in Lafia.

The command’s spokesman, Mr Aso Okereke, disclosed this in a statement made available to Channels Television in Lafia.

He said the suspect was arrested on January 11, 2017 at Bukan-Sidi area of Lafia metropolis while selling Kerosene mixed with large proportion of petrol (PMS) to unsuspecting members of the public.

According to him, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect bought 87 litres of kerosene and adulterated it with 25 litres of petrol to increase the volume in order to make gain in view of the increase in price of kerosene.

He said the offence was punishable under section 17(b) unlawful dealing with petroleum products and adulteration of petroleum product as specified in section 18  of the Miscellaneous Offenses Act.

He cautioned members of the public to always buy kerosene and other petroleum products from approved vendors to avert dangerous consequences.

“The corps is concerned about the disastrous effect of the suspect’s action to the safety of citizen considering the numerous cases of explosion recorded in other parts of the country,” the statement read.

He said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded on the matter.

Southern Kaduna Attacks: Military On Cross Border Patrol

Southern Kaduna Attacks: Military On Cross Border PatrolThe Nigerian military are embarking on a cross-border patrol of Plateau and Kaduna states to prevent any spillover of recent attacks in Southern Kaduna region.

A joint security operative with the special task force, Operation Safe Haven is doing this in collaboration with 1 Division command of the Nigerian Army to also build confidence among the affected communities that peace has returned to.

Commander of the special task force, Major General Rogers Nicholas said that the cross border patrol is to assure citizens of adequate security.

He followed it with an appeal to the people to always report strangers and unusual movement of any group of people to security agents promptly.

“We are from special task force in Plateau state; troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army are already deployed here.

“We crossed over to Kaduna state primarily to support and synergize so that such attacks do not happen again.

“More soldiers are to be deployed into the affected areas and (we have) also discussed with members of the communities so that we can come up with strategies on contacting security personnel when strangers are noticed in their communities.

“There should be proper channel of communication in securing the areas through the cooperation of the people,” he said.

Top military officers including senior officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the State Security Service as well as Police officers visited various communities that were affected by the several attacks.

The team was at the palace of Tum Nikyob of Kaninkon Chiefdom in Bakin Kogi, HRH Mallam Tanko Tete, as well as the palace of the chief of Godogodo where appeals were made for adequate security that will ensure that people that fled their communities can return.

The Tum Nikyob of Bakin Kogi assured the people of support as he asked for military presence so that the people that fled their ancestral homes can return and resume their farming and harvest crops that are ready for harvesting.

In addition to the presence of military personnel on ground, arrangements have also been concluded for day and night patrol by the military to ensure peace within affected communities.

Prison Service Promotes 10,979 Officers And Men

Prison, Nigerian Prisons ServiceThe Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) has approved the promotion of 4,075 qualified officers and men of the Nigerian Prisons Service on Consolidated Paramilitary Salary Structure (CONPASS) 08 to 15.

A statement by the spokesman for Prisons, DCP Francis Enobore, disclosed that the elevation included officers on lateral conversion from inspectorate cadre to officers’ cadre due to acquisition of additional qualifications.

It added that the Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, also approved the promotion of 6,904 other ranks, including those elevated from Prisons Assistant cadre to the inspectorate cadre.

“The categories of affected officers in the promotion exercise include: 609 Senior officers, 352 Principal Inspectors of Prisons (PIP) to Chief Inspectors of Prisons (CIP); 2,435 Inspectors of Prisons (IP) to Senior Inspectors (SIP); 133 Lateral Conversion from inspectorate to officers’ cadre; 546 Up – grading (Inspector to Assistant Superintendent) and 1,039 Assistant Inspector of Prisons ( AIP) to Inspectors of Prisons (IP).

“The promoted ranks include: 120 Prisons Assistant Cadre to Inspectors Cadre (acquisition of additional qualifications); 1,812 Senior Prisons Assistant (SPA) to Chief Prisons Assistant (CPA), 1,548Prisons Assistant 1 (PA1) to Senior Prisons Assistant (SPA); 2,195 Prisons Assistant 11 (PA11) to Prisons Assistant (PA1) and 190 Prisons Assistant 111 (PA111) to Prisons Assistant 11 (PA11),” the statement read.

The Prisons boss, while congratulating the successful officers, enjoined them to justify the confidence reposed in them as not only worthy of the promotion but capable of handling the responsibilities associated with the new ranks.

We Are Set For Electronic Voting – NIMC

We Are Set For Electronic Voting – NIMC The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has declared that the commission is ready for an electronic voting system if it is approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and backed by relevant legislation.

The commission says the current National Identity Card has an inbuilt platform to accommodate electronic voting and make its take-off in the country a huge success.

The State Coordinator of NIMC, Mr Stephen Inokoba, made the declaration while presenting the national identity card of the state Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Desmond Agu, in his office.

He explained that the provision for electronic voting was one of the 13 security features embedded in the new national ID card.

He said that once the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other policymakers opt for electronic voting, the current identity card would be an effective launching pad for a smooth system.

He said: “The card has been fashioned in such a way that it can be used for electronic voting.

“Once Nigeria is set, we have the platform ready for electronic voting to commence.

“We are ready. The platform is on. It is left to INEC and the policymakers. Once they do what they ought to do, our platform is already there, it has been developed.”national-identity-card-id

The NSCDC boss, while appreciating some of the card’s benefits, praised the Federal Government for the initiative and appealed to people of the state to obtain theirs.

He described the card as a testimony of the federal government’s good intentions for the country.

“Initially it sounded like a mirage but you can see that it is true. I have completed the process and obtained my card.

“With what I have seen, the Federal Government has good plans for all the citizens. So, let us all take advantage of this initiative to better our lives.

“There are many privileges attached to the cards. These are the things obtainable in advanced countries where you can use similar cards to enjoy subsidies in services offered by the government,” he said.

Highlighting the major benefits of the cards, Inokoba said: “When you have the card, there are 13 benefits that you will get. The first one is you have an opportunity of getting a card to yourself alone through the Match-On-Card (MOC).

“It means that the card will not be given to somebody that it doesn’t belong to. You name will be matched with your fingerprints. So, there is no card by proxy”.

Bayelsa CP Admonishes Officers On Good Conduct

Bayelsa cp, officers, good conductsThe Police Commissioner in the Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, has asked officers and men to maintain good conduct in discharging their constitutional duties.

The CP said made the demand while addressing officers as he begun a tour of most of the communities in his immediate domain, after over four months of being at the helm of affairs.

On arriving the divisional headquarters of the Nigerian Police at Azikoro in Yenagoa Local Government Area, he expressed his desire to “encourage officers and men and to also sensitise them to the feelings of the public concerning our successes and failures”.

He stressed that his visit was in order to “rub minds with officials to see how the force could improve on their service delivery.

“We are considering how we can do more on what we are not doing well and how we can also strategise towards a crime free festive period as we approach December,” he told reporters.

He further said: “All of us are working together with the community and we do not also believe we are the only ones who can eradicate crime.

“We are working together with Civil Defence, we are working with the Military. We are working with Doo Akpo (a security outfit in the state). We are working with the Navy. All of us are working together to ensure that there is drastic reduction in crime”.

Addressing the issue of corruption in the force, Mr Ogunjemilusi highlighted that “the force takes the issue of corruption very very seriously. I did mention to you that we have a very strong team that goes after anybody found committing any acts of misconduct or found in any way that is unbecoming of a police officer.

“We don’t tolerate it and that has also helped us,” he added.

“You are aware also that before I came to this state, fueling of patrol vehicles was a big challenge, but now we are working together with the banks and the local government chairmen to support us, so the men have no excuse.

“They cannot use fueling of police vehicle as a ground for extortion and corrupt practice anymore,” the police commissioner stressed.

Ogunjemilusi also paid a courtesy visit to the chairman of the Yenagoa Local Government Area, as well as the king of the Epie/ Atissa kingdom.

At the palace, he informed the king that his visit was to acquaint himself with the monarch and foster ways in which they could form a synergy to bring lasting peace to the kingdom.

King Godwin Igodo while appreciating the thoughtfulness of Mr Ogunjemilusi mentioned that the police’s job was a difficult one.

“It is a job that you are always on the receiving side,” he said.

the King believes nobody talks good of the police and explaining his point, he said: “it is because you are stopping people from crime and doing what they have been doing illegally to earn their living. So, they are not happy about that, but there’s nothing we can do”.

He, however, advised the force to continue to do its best in combating crime.

DPR Vows To Curb Production Of Fake Lubricants

engine oil, fake lubricant, DPRThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has vowed to curb the activities of fake producers of fake lubricants in Kwara state and urged stakeholders for more collaborations in this regard.

The Operations Controller of DPR in the state, Salvation Phillips, made the resolution at a stakeholders’ meeting on how to find a lasting solution to the production of fake lubricants in Ilorin the Kwara state capital.

He said that there was the need to alert the public on the nefarious activities and dangers posed in the usage of the fake engine oil which he noted are injurious to national economy, legitimate business, public safety and security.

Recently, the Department of the Petroleum Resources in collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) raided an illegal factory in Ogbondoroko, Asa Local Government Area of Kwara state where engine oil and lubricants were being blended.

The sealing of the illegal factory also led to the main depot where the alleged fake lubricants were being sold and further adulteration taking place at Offa garage area in Ilorin.

The State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Pedro John, at the meeting, stressed the readiness of his command to partner with relevant agencies to ensure that sharp practices in the oil and gas sector is reduced to the barest minimum.

He tasked the management of NNPC to ensure that loading of petroleum products resumes at Ilorin depot to ease the challenges being faced by marketers.

One of the producers of the lubricants present at the meeting, Taiye Williams, however, challenged DPR and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to have synergy on how to license producers of the engine oil.

He called for more training of the staff of the two agencies on how to discover the fake from original lubricants.

At the end of the deliberations, the Department of Petroleum Resources, Standard Organizations of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) agreed to work together with other stakeholders to eradicate the production of fake lubricants in the state.

DPR Dispenses Free Petrol In Kaduna

DPROfficials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have distributed free fuel to motorists in Kaduna, as sanction against marketers who are hoarding petroleum products or selling above official pump price.

Five service stations along the Nnamdi Azikiwe Bye-Pass in the state capital, were caught in the act and the agency dispensed petrol to motorists free of charge.

The monitoring team led by the DPR Kaduna Zonal Controller, stormed some of the petrol stations within the metropolis where they discovered that the owners were hoarding the product and have refused to sell to the public during day time, but operate only at night when they sell above the official pump price.

The agency said that its action is part of efforts to reduce the lingering fuel scarcity that has affected economic activities in the past two months and to also ensure that marketers adhere to the N86.50k official pump price.

Speaking to reporters, the DPR Kaduna Zonal Controller, Mr Sayyadi Sulaiman, said that the exercise was in compliance with the ministerial directive to dispense free fuel belonging to erring petrol stations found to be hoarding or selling above official pump price.

Motorists who benefited from the free fuel from the stations, confirmed the allegations against the fuel stations as they complained that they usually sold above pump price at night.

They commended the DPR for the action taking against unscrupulous marketers which they say would go a long way in addressing the situation.

FG To Deploy 3,000 Civil Defence Officers To Curb Illegal Mining

Illegal MiningThe Federal Government has concluded arrangement to deploy 3, 000 personnel of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) across the mining sites in the country to curb illegal mining operations.

The Kwara State Commandant of the NSCDC, Augustine Obiekwe, while inaugurating the 100 Personnel Unit of the state, gave the assurance that efforts would be made to safeguard the mining sites in the state.

He also urged the newly inaugurated Solid Minerals Defenders Unit to put in their best in the national assignment.

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi in a recent outing in Ilorin, announced that his ministry would collaborate with the Ministry of Interior to provide security around the mining sites in the country.

The action, he said is necessary to safeguard the solid minerals across the states from illegal miners.

While inaugurating the Special Unit, Mr Obiekwe said the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two ministries – Solid Minerals and Interior – informed the establishment of the unit. He charged the men to be dedicated in guiding the solid mineral sites in the state.

He also noted that the fight against unauthorized and unlicensed mining activities should be the responsibility of all.

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Solid Minerals, Shehu Abdulrahman, explained that efforts are ongoing to register miners in the state to weed out illegal miners.

NSCDC Reads Riot Act To Job Scammers

nigeria-security-and-civil-defence-corpsThe Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has warned the general public to be wary of job racketeers swindling unsuspecting job seekers into the security agency.

The newly posted Commandant of the NSCDC, Imo State Command, Mr Dayo Adesuyi, made the call while parading a suspected job racketeer alongside her victims at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Mr Adesuyi debunked rumours that the security agency is presently recruiting as peddled by job scammers whose Intention is to swindle members of the public of their money.

He said that anyone caught in the criminal act would face the wrath of the law as the NSCDC would not allow anyone to drag its reputation into the mud by causing havoc in the lives of people.

The Commandant added that if the agency is recruiting, there are official advertisement through reputable medium rather than the fake websites used to swindle members of the public.

He urged the public to report anybody found in this criminal act for immediate prosecution.

Some of the victims who spoke to reporters said that they were swindled about to 750,000 Naira with fake promises of getting them employed into the NSCDC.

In her confession, the suspect job racketeer, Mirian Anyaso, said that it was not her Intention to swindle the victims if not for her friend who lured her into it unknowingly.

Customs Seizes Contraband Goods In Oyo State 

customsThe Oyo/Osun Area Comptroller of Customs, Temitope Ogunkua, said the command is ready to assist all legitimate importers of goods and genuine products into the country.

This assurance was given to traders during a meeting with journalists at the area command headquarters in Ibadan, the state capital.

The Customs boss also added that the command has blocked more than 200 illegal entry and exit points through which smugglers operate in the Oke Ogun area of the state.

He vowed to clamp down on recalcitrant smugglers in the state, saying more personnel are being deployed for better effectiveness.

While handing over some seized petroleum products to representative of Civil Defence in the state, the Customs boss lauded the inter agency collaboration among security agents across the state, saying it has improved efficiency tremendously.

Items recovered include; imported rice, groundnut oil and gallons of liquid suspected to be petrol.

One suspect was also apprehended and handed over to authorities of Civil Defence for further investigations.