NSCDC Parades Eight Suspected Oil Thieves In Bayelsa

NSCDC Parades Eight Suspected Oil Thieves In BayelsaThe Bayelsa state command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), has paraded eight suspected oil thieves who were intercepted by officers of the command.

While on patrol, they uncovered the den of oil vandals in the heart of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, in a building which was said to be owned by a former member of the federal House of Representatives.

As the officers searched the compound, they discovered Jerry cans, industrial cellophane bags, cellophane sealing machines; as well as a tricycle for transporting the product.

The commandant explained that occupants of the building all fled on the arrival of the officers of the NSCDC, except for one man who was caught before he could escape.

Militancy had resurged in the Niger Delta in 2015, with series of attacks on pipelines and oil installations, forcing some oil companies to declare force majeure.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks that have affected Nigeria’s oil output and power supply, which largely depends on gas from that region.

However, as the fight against pipeline vandalism and oil theft intensifies, there is the urgent need for more reorientation on the ills of engaging in this destructive trade.

Army Recovers 192 Cattle From Rustlers In Niger

cattle rustlers-ArmyThe 31 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Minna, Niger State, says it has dislodged cattle rustlers camp in Bagabaga village, located within Alawa forest, Rafi Local Government in the state, recovering 100 cows and 92 sheep.

According to a statement from the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, Captain Njideka Agwu, the operation was led by the Brigade Task Force Commander, Lt Col. Dzarma Zirkushu. Other items recovered include 70 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 19 cartridges of double barrel, one locally made revolver pistol, one empty AK-47 magazine, three handsets and a motorcycle.

Mrs Agwu said that Army authorities had handed over the livestock to the Chairman of the Local Government Council, in the presence of the DSS officer in charge of the council, Mr Barnabas Idzi, the representative of the Nigerian Police, Mr Lawal Yinusa and District Head Alawa, Alhaji Shehu Adamu Gajere.

She added that the aim of the operation was to get rid of banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the area, warning that the Brigade, under the leadership of Brigadier General Baba Ibrahim, would not tolerate criminal acts in the area.

“I want to categorically state that the Brigade will not condone any form of banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, rape or any form of criminality in its area of responsibility,” she said.

The Army spokesperson admonished members of the public to go about their normal business without fear of intimidation and also called on any person with useful information to report to the nearest security agency.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner in Niger State, Abubakar Marafa, has said that since his arrival in the last two months, there had been no single case of cattle rustling in any part of the state, while cases of kidnapping have reduced to the barest minimum.

He also said that he had warned cattle rustlers, kidnappers, armed robbers and other sundry criminals to leave Niger State, vowing that he was prepared to take the battle to their hideouts across the forest areas of the state.

Police Parade Suspected Crime Perpetrators In Lagos

Rivers-policeOver 40 suspects have been paraded by the Lagos State Police Command for their involvement in crimes across the state.

Although some of the suspects alleged that they were picked up indiscriminately in motor parks and stores, others however said they were arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism.

Speaking on the arrest, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, explained that some of the suspects are those terrorising motorists in traffic gridlock across the city.

Mr. Owoseni however warned road users to be vigilant and stop patronising hawkers in traffic, so as to avert robbery attempt.

Robbers Raid Commercial Banks In Ogolonto, Ikorodu

ikoroduAn Armed Robbery attack occurred this morning on Ebute Road, Ogolonto bus-stop in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

An eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television during the News said she saw at least four men who were not wearing masks loading money into a Sienna van on the road as the robbery was going on, where commercial banks are located.

Gunshots were ongoing while she was giving her account to Channels Television, meanwhile police have arrived at the scene.

On Twitter, the Nigeria Police Force said officers have responded to robbery saying:

Alleged Foreign Oil Thieves Seek To Dismiss Charges

oil bunkering thieves14 foreigners alleged to be involved in illegal oil bunkering on Wednesday asked Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, to dismiss the charges against them.

Through their counsel, Babajide Koku SAN, the accused persons filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the charges.

The foreigners contended that they were arrested on international waters which were not within Nigeria’s territorial waters.

They also challenged the charge insisting that it disclosed no offense against them.

The foreigners made up of eight Filipinos: Cadavis Gerardo, Baduria Benjamin, Regidor Hilarion, Naranjo Allan Antero, Patero Christian, Alkyde Joel, Caratiquit Micheal Bryan, Ciudad Prudencio, Cabanal Anecito, Cabuquin Andres and Podutan Eduardo, with a Georgian – Agbarian Sergoand, three Russians: Pakhladzhian Artur, Kretov Andrey and Shkundich Vasily and three Ukrainians: Laguta Oleksiy, Chepikov Oleksandr and Bilous Vitalli, also claim that they were not involved in any illegal activity, challenging the powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute them without first seeking and obtaining the consent of the Attorney General of the Federation.

However, the EFCC has opposed the application, insisting that it is premature and wants the court to proceed to trial and make a ruling on the application when judgment is delivered on the case.

The commission through its lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, also insisted that having charged the foreigners under the Miscellanous Offences Act for illegal dealing in petroleum products for which they had no license, they did not need the consent of the Attorney General of the Federation to institute the criminal action against the accused persons.

Justice Ibrahim Buba adjourned till Thursday, June 18 to rule on whether to proceed with the trial of the case.

Police Arrest Suspected PVC Thieves In Kano

The policePolice have arrested five persons in Kano, north-west Nigeria, suspected to have stolen over 1,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) out of which 300 have been recovered.

Addressing reporters on Wednesday, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, paraded 23 thugs suspected to have orchestrated the political clash in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of Kano State.

Mr Idris also said a female was among the 23 suspects arrested after the political clash, which left one person dead.

He warned politicians who sponsor thuggery to realise that if caught, sanctions would be meted out on both the thugs and their sponsors.

He added that the newly established Inter-agency Security Consultative Forum, has agreed that, henceforth, sponsorship of political thuggery would not be tolerated and would be dealt with in the court of law.

Yobe Police Command Arrest Over 40 Criminal Suspects

PoliceThe Police in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria, say it has, in collaboration with various security agencies in the state, been mapping out professional strategies aimed at reducing crimes to the bearers’ minimum in the state and beyond.

The statement is coming amidst  waves of the severe security challenges in the state and other parts of the north-east sub region.

Giving account of the current security situation in the state within the last two months, the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Markus Danladi, says the measures taken within the period led to the arrest of over 40 suspects for various criminal offences.

Some of the criminal offences, according to him, include armed robbery, man hunting, theft among others, stressing that while some of the suspects have been prosecuted, some are still being investigated.

“The command has also re-engineered stop and search strategy in a more professional approach that is result oriented. These measures have yielded positive results leading to the arrest of more than 40 suspects in various offences with successful prosecutions in some of the cases. However, some of the cases are still under investigation,” the CP said.

Citing instances of the armed robbery cases, the CP said some armed robbery suspects stole 218 cows with the killing of the security guard and after trailing the bandits; two suspects were arrested with the recovery of 1 AK 47 rifle and 53 rounds of ammunition, one locally made Pistol, 118 cows, 38 sheep.

He noted that the suspects would be charge to court after detailed investigation.

He also said following information in Damaturu the state capital, the police recently raided criminal hideouts and arrested 18 suspects who could not give satisfactory account of themselves, as they will be charge to court for prosecution.

Mr Markus Danladi said sustained raids of criminal hideouts across the state was being intensified while stop and search strategy would be re-engineered with the aim of curtailing the operation of criminals and bandits in the state.

While commending the cordial working relationship between the police among other security agencies in the state, he appreciated the harmonious cooperation of the law abiding people of the state for their efforts towards the restoration of peace in the state and called for its sustenance.

The CP also thanked the state government for its encouragement and assistance to the command, which has boosted its morale in curbing crime in the state and beyond.

Since 2009, Yobe, like Borno and Adamawa States, have been under severe security challenges motivated by the dreaded Boko Haram rebels a situation that has led to free flow of arms in the hands of criminals which has claimed several lives and property within the three states.

It is also under a state of emergency that has lasted or over a year.

Imo Police Uncover Underground 8 Bedroom Kidnappers Hideout

NigerianPoliceThe Imo State Police Command, assisted by some vigilante locals, have discovered a kidnapper’s underground 8 bedroom den in a deserted building.

The hideout, located in Umuchima Village, Okwu Autonomous Community in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, is used by suspected kidnappers to harbour their victims.

The State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, while parading the suspects, disclosed that the underground hideout, with 8 bedroom, was discovered through intelligence network and collaboration of the vigilante men.

He also noted that “it took the police over 3 hours from Owerri, the state capital, through the thick bush and untarred road to get to the kidnappers’ den.

The villagers, who spoke to newsmen, said they were neither aware of the underground den nor the nefarious activities that were carried out in the compound until a kidnapped victim who escaped from the dungeon in the middle of the night narrated his ordeal.

They said the statue in front of the building was that of the owner of the building, one Mr Simeon Mpieri, who died 24 years ago.

The police boss further hinted that the buildings will immediately be confiscated and demolished. He vowed that the command will stop at nothing until Imo state is free of kidnapers.

A month ago, the state government had given directives that all abandoned property or uncompleted would be taken over by the government, so that such places are not turned into an operational base for criminals.

Pregnant Woman Dies In Fake Doctor’s Hospital

The Lagos state police command has arrested a fake doctor whose activities in Cares Hospital located in Iba area of Lagos, has led to the death of several pregnant women.

While parading the doctor alongside staff, it was disclosed that the hospital has been in operation for three years, and has no proof of registration.

“They are fake doctors, they have never gone to any medical schools or any nursing school but they operate a hospital around Iba, the hospital is known as Cares Hospital, they also have a pharmacy there,” the State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide revealed.

It was also revealed that the unqualified medical personnel go as far as performing surgeries on patients and take delivery of babies as well which has led to the demise of many pregnant women who patronise the establishment.

“They carry out operations, surgeries; deliver women of their kids as a matter of taking as much as 200 deliveries, meanwhile they are not doctors, they are not even qualified nurses, no knowledge of that they didn’t go to any school and from investigation, we have equally discovered that a lot of women have died there, because they are not real doctors”

One of the suspects also narrated the case of a victim who was  “labouring due to an overdose of Oxytocin induction, she was bleeding, and she bled then and they were not able to arrest the case, as they were leading the woman down from the delivery couch, the woman fell from the bed and died”.

Officer Braide advised patients seeking medical attention to be very careful and mindful of which medical institution they go to for medical services as making a wrong choice may mean risking their lives.

SSS does not recycle suspects – Former Director

A Former Director of the State Secret Service (SSS), Mike Ejiofor has reacted to speculations that the security body recycle suspects at different times and for different crimes.

Mr Ejiofor, who was discussing the security situation in Nigeria as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, reacted to the speculations in two ways.

“My first reaction (when I heard the speculation) was that I got excited. I got excited that Nigerians are now becoming very conscious of their environment. This is good for our democracy and development,” he said.

The second reaction Mr Ejiofor gave was an explanation of what happened when the suspected killers of Olaitan Oyerinde, the Principal Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State were paraded in Abuja by the SSS.

Following the parade of the six suspects, there were complains in different quarters that the shirts worn by three of the suspected killers of late Oyerinde were the same worn by suspected members of Boko Haram paraded by the SSS three months ago.

Watch the video below for Mr Ejiofor’s reaction to the speculation.

SSS arrests Customs Comptroller over arms deal

A Comptroller of Customs, Jack Bot, was on Tuesday arrested by men of the State Security Service (SSS)  for allegedly buying ammunitions over time from Niger State Police command.

Mr Bot was arrested at the customs head office Wuse, Abuja, alongside two police officers for alleged involvement in supplying arms and ammunition to armed robbers.

The customs officer and the two policemen were alleged to have a connection with the disappearance of some ammunition from the police armoury in Minna.

According to the Comptroller General of Customs Service, Abdullahi Inde Dikko “it was suspected that someone among my officers was aiding armed robbers with weapons…eventually a junior officer, one Shehu, who is an orderly to a comptroller, Jack, from Plateau State was arrested.”

Upon Shehu’s arrest,  SSS discovered that  Jack was Shehu’s boss and that they had been in the shady deal since 2002.  SSS also found that they even supplied weapons to Jos during crises.

The spokesman of the Nigerian Customs Service Wale Adeniyi confirmed Bot’s arrest istating that investigation is still going on.