Police Unit Fighting Illegal Bunkering Gets New CP

A photo of the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPIB), ACP Lot Lantoh Garba.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered tactical and intelligence Commanders of the Force to deploy assets towards tackling perpetrators of illegal bunkering and other economic crimes.

According to the IGP in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the actions of the perpetrators are responsible for sabotaging and weakening the revenue-generating apparatus of the country.

He also stressed that it has become worrisome due to the huge losses being recorded, hence, all efforts must be deployed to curb their activities.

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The IGP issued the directive on Thursday while charging the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (IGP-STFPIB), ACP Lot Lantoh Garba, to improve on the fight against economic crimes.

ACP Lot, a gallant and courageous officer, has served in various operational command positions including as Commanding Officer, Special Protection Unit (SPU) Bases 5 – Benin, 7 – Abuja, and 2 – Lagos.

He was equally a one-time Commander, Police Mobile Force (PMF) 23 Obalende, Lagos.

Upon assumption of office, ACP Lot set the ball rolling with some significant successes such as the breakthrough in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, where operatives on surveillance patrol intercepted a 40-feet Container Truck conveying a large quantity of crude products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) stuffed in sacks.

A photo collage the newly appointed ACP LL Garba and the intercepted truck.

 

The truck with Registration Number JRV 322 XV was driven by one Chukwudi Okafor aged 54 year-old, who has been arrested in connection with the offence.
Preliminary investigations showed that the driver is a member of a high-powered syndicate responsible for illegal bunkering in the area and beyond, and the arrest of the driver has definitely provided a lead to the arrest of other members of the syndicate.

The recovered truck with the accompanying product is currently in police custody at the Refinery Life Camp Division, Eleme, pending the conclusion of investigations.

The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, warned police operatives attached to the Task Force to be focused, committed, and patriotic. He charged them to discharge their duties devoid of corruption, favouritism, and compromise.

The IGP further warned all economic saboteurs to cease their unwholesome activities henceforth else they would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The Force has also noted that it is deepening synergy with other agencies in internal security, to curtail the trend of these crimes and other forms of crimes and social vices in the country.

Nigerian Customs Impounds Truck Carrying Imported Frozen Foods

customs, owerri, The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone C, Owerri, on Thursday impounded and destroyed imported frozen poultry products, with duty paid value of 109 million Naira.

The new Zonal Comptroller, FOU Zone C, Mohammed Garba, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the zonal headquarters in Owerri the Imo state capital, South East Nigeria.

He confirmed that the men and officers of the command, made the seizure when they intercepted a DAF truck with registration number LND 641 XM, loaded with 11,315 cartons of imported frozen poultry products, along the Benin Republic axis.

This, according to him, took place barely two days after he assumed office as the new Area Comptroller of the Federal Operations Unit Zone C, Owerri.

Shedding more light on the seizure, the zonal comptroller said that the smugglers devised a new method of smuggling named ‘false bottom’, which according to the officers, was fashioned by die-hard smugglers to beat the men of the Nigerian Customs.

According to Mr Garba, the operation was “spectacular” because of its method of concealment.

Explaining how the ‘false bottom’ strategy is carried out, he said “the smuggled goods are stockpiled in the inner chamber of the partition, which is aimed at deceiving Customs officials.

He revealed that two suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizure, and were helping them in preliminary investigations.

Mr Garba, however, warned all smugglers or intending smugglers to desist from the illegal business and economic sabotage as measures have been put in place to fight any vices, especially during the coming festive season.

“This should serve as a signal to smugglers and intending smugglers to desist from this illicit business because the present leadership of the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs, Col. Hammed Ali Rtd and his management team, is now better equipped, empowered and restructured to combat smuggling to its barest minimal,” the Zonal Comptroller said.

The Customs Boss also used the opportunity to advise all Nigerians to be more mindful of what they consume as well as the purchase of poultry products that have been banned by the Nigerian Customs service.

Imo NSCDC Warns Pipeline Vandals, Oil Thieves   

NSCDC, Pipeline Vandals, Oil Thieves The newly posted Imo State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Mr Stephen Lar, has warned oil pipeline vandals, illegal miners, oil thieves and perpetrators of all other related crimes to stay off the state.

In his maiden briefing with newsmen in Owerri the Imo State capital, he said that the command has renewed drive to fight economic saboteurs in the country.

Mr Lar revealed that the command has commenced training and retraining of its staff to meet up with the present day challenges of oil pipe vandalism, kidnapping, oil theft and illegal mining.

He added that several officers of the command have been deployed to most of the oil producing areas of the state to mount active surveillance on oil installations to prevent any act of economic sabotage.

Mr Lar said that the command will not hesitate to punish anyone found guilty of any economic sabotage, which is a mandate given to them by the federal government.

While assuring Imo citizens of dedication and commitment to tackling crime in the state, Mr Lar called on officers and men of the command to cooperate with the new leadership in order to achieve their desired goals.

Imo NSCDC Arrests Suspected Oil Thieves And Armoured Cable Vandals

NSCDCThe Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Imo State Command has arrested seven suspects alleged to be involved in illegal sales and adulteration of stolen crude oil, as well as three suspects who are into vandalism and selling of armoured Nitel cables.

Parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the State Commandant, Pedro Ideba, said the suspects had been in the business for over a long period of time.

They had beaten different security checkpoints by deceiving security operatives, with lorries meant for transporting sands and chippings to smuggle stolen crude oil into the state.

The suspected thieves were said to have covered the adulterated product with sand under the guise of transporting sand and chippings to their construction sites.

He also said a tip-off by some vigilant members of the public, with efforts by his men, traced the suspects to the point of arrest in Owerri where they were caught when trying to sell these adulterated products.

While sounding a note of warning to economic saboteurs who indulge in the line of business, Mr Ideba said it would not be business as usual as the NSCDC Imo Command remained committed to protecting government infrastructures and bring economic sabotage to its barest minimal.

In a similar development, the command also paraded a group led by one Joel Samuel, suspected to have been responsible for excavating and selling armoured Nitel cables and high tension wires.

However, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, who was present while the suspects were being paraded, commended the command for their recent breakthrough while also warning that the state government would not spare anyone who sabotages the economy of the State and Nation.

He added that the Okorocha-led administration would stop at nothing to ensure that residents of the State were protected from economic sabotage and other crimes.

The command has promised to charge the suspects to court for prosecuted and face the necessary punishment as stipulated by the law.

Items recovered from them are, drums of adulterated crude oil, generators, pumping machine, jerrycans, as well as two lorries used in conveying the products.

Vandals Bust Another Pipeline In Lagos

Suspected pipeline vandals have breached a petroleum product pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Epe.
This was disclosed to Channels Television in a telephone interview with the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Shem Obasheye.

Vandalized pipeline

“My boys told me that they were going to Epe, and actually when they got to Epe, the pipeline at Epe has been busted. The vandals ran away,” he said.

Officials of the Civil Defence Corps according to Mr Obasheye recovered eleven 50 litres containing of PMS at the scene of the busted pipeline. He however said none of the vandals were apprehended.

No fewer than three suspected oil thieves were last Saturday killed after an NNPC pipeline was gutted by fire at Arepo, Ogun state south west Nigeria. The fire is suspected to have been caused by activities from vandals in the area.


The fire occured at the same spot where vandals operated last August and three NNPC engineers were killed by suspected vandals in the process of fixing the pipeline and putting out the fire.