Police Parade Dismissed Soldiers For Alleged Turbine Theft

kano_suspectsNo fewer than 13 persons including two dismissed soldiers, attached to Operation Doyle, battling the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state, have been paraded for alleged involvement in crimes including the theft of a gas turbine worth about 7.2 billion Naira, owned by the Bayelsa state government.

The Bayelsa state government had purchased these gas turbines to aid in the provision of electricity for the indigenes and residents of Etelebou community of Gbarain in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

This, according to the government, was in order to complement the power output of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED).

The timely arrival of the Police made the arrest possible, while five trucks containing vandalized turbine, were recovered.

Asides those involved in the robbery, nine other suspects who were alleged to be involved in kidnapping were also paraded.

Meanwhile, the newly posted Commissioner of Police, Amba Asuoquo, also disclosed the arrest of a car theft syndicate.

Although the Bayelsa state government has prescribed a death penalty for kidnappers, it is yet to be determined what the fate of the arrested suspects would be as they are yet to be officially declared guilty.

Troops Defuse IED In Bayelsa, Arrest Four

Troops Diffuse IED In Bayelsa, Arrest FourThe joint taskforce code-named “Operation Delta Safe” has discovered a suspected criminal hideout around Biogbolo Secondary School in Yenagoa metropolis, Bayelsa state.

The taskforce revealed that this was while its men were on foot patrol. The area was cordoned and subsequently searched.

Upon searching, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) placed on a riser with the intention of blasting it was discovered. The IED was diffused as troops provided security.

The joint taskforce, in a statement, informed residents of Bayelsa State that the relative peace now enjoyed in the State is due to the unrelenting approach of its officers in the fight against criminality in the Niger Delta.

The statement which was signed by the coordinator joint media campaign centre, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, says the troops of the joint taskforce ‘Operation Delta Safe’ have successfully dislodged a suspected unrepentant militants/sea robbers camp extension at Isunkiri in Bayelsa State.

Items recovered during the raid include; two laptops, Philippino currency note and coins, one plasma TV, one DVD player, two saw blades, four Motorola hand held radios, two R2 GMDS radios, four mobile phones, five Radio chargers, five Motorola Radio batteries and one foreign ATM card.

Others items are; two sim cards, one civil helmet, pair of firefighting uniform, one GMI radio, documents/identity cards belonging to one Mr Roberto Bacariza Jr (Philippino), civil clothes, four pairs of Swire pacific offshore overall uniform, two boxes of drugs, two foreign passports, one ladder, one blue colour speed boat mounted with 115 Horse power with inscription VIP on it and one 75 Horse power engine, light blue coloured fibre.

Also the troops on anti-illegal bunkering operations discovered and destroyed a bunkering camp in Obi creek Epelepele Community of Brass Local Government Area in the State.

The joint taskforce revealed that a tip off led to the arrest of Mr Kelly Ikurusi, Mr Dokubo Erempagamo, Mr Orifie Borto and Mr George Friday AKA Yellow 1.

Yellow 1 is believed to be among the militants who attacked and killed the officers who were ambushed on August 8, 2016 at Nembe.

The four suspects are currently undergoing preliminary investigations.

Government To Boost Domestic Gas And Power Generation Nationwide

vlcsnap-2014-07-17-16h19m41s203Government would enhance the exploration and production of the oil and gas in order to boost the development of domestic gas and power generation nationwide. 

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Maduekwe, said this on Thursday, at the ‘1st Bayelsa State Investment and Economic Forum’, held in Yenagoa the capital of Bayelsa State.

She said that the Forum was a right platform to harness Nigeria’s resources by transforming the economy from being primarily an exporter of goods to one that thrives on industrial development for the growth of the economy.

She linked Bayelsa as having a direct cardinal programme with the Federal Government on the ongoing reform in the petroleum industry and the restructuring of the economy at a competing cost.

Mrs Alison-Maduekwe stated that the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, in April 2010, signed an historical “Nigerian Content Act” into law in order to ensure indigenous participation and integration of oil production into the main-stream industry, therefore creating the capacity of promoting educational, industrial training and employment in the establishment of a special fund for capacity building.

She emphasised the impact of the Act on citizens in the last four years as having produced over 50 thousand jobs at a strategic locations, thus informing its management headquarter being placed in Bayelsa “to contribute value to local economy” there.

“The expansion of the Nigerian Content Management building which is headquartered in Yenegoa and the construction of a new 200,000 million dollar purpose built 17-storey building permanent headquarter is taking place and over 1000 workers will be employed”, she noted.

During the forum, she urged citizens to take responsibility to ensure that the mission is being actualised by expanding the value chain through diversification of the economy.