The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has discovered a severe pipeline leakage in a remote area of Abuja in a renewed effort to curb all activities related to pipeline vandalism in the country.
Kilometer 407 NNPC pipeline in Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja has been damaged over 7 days causing severe crude oil spill and water pollution spanning over 6 villages in the area.
Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ade Abolurin said millions of naira has already been lost with an increased risk of bunkering as the leakage is left unattended to and without intervention.
The 7 villages include Alamo, Kache, Pai and Kundu, which all share the nearby Suma River linking up to rivers Niger and Kaduna. The portions of land on the way of the leakage are soaked deep with crude, with six feet deep crude wells spilling its content.
The NSCDC chief however expressed concern that without immediate and adequate intervention, the area might become another case where bunkers take advantage of leakages to cause more damage.
The Federal Capital Administration (FCTA) has approved N29 million to compensate and resettle victims of the Fulani-Gwari crisis which killed two people and displaced hundreds in Gwarko village in Gwagwalada area council.
The Minister of the FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed who gave the approval after he received the report of the implementation committee in Abuja on Wednesday, ordered the police to speedily conclude all investigations to enable early prosecution.
According to him, the problem of grazing lands will soon be a thing of the past as a permanent grazing reserve located at Paikon-Kore has been allocated to resolve grazing land issues in the FCT.
The Minister also directed that payments be completed for compensation of land earlier earmarked for grazing at Paikon-Kore within one month.
Among other recommendations, the chairman of the implementation committee and permanent secretary of the FCT, Mr Anthony Ozodinobi also directed that the displaced persons be resettled before the 25th of January.
The Minister also ordered that all arrested culprits should be thoroughly investigated for early prosecution to serve as deterrent to other erring communities in the FCT.
For over three weeks, the displaced residents of Gwarko community in Gwagwalada area council of the nation’s capital have been sheltered and fed in this camp at the University of Abuja, pending the outcome of investigations into the communal clash which left two people dead.
The police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have arrested 18 suspects in connection with last weekend violent clash between Fulani herdsmen and Gwari communities in Gwako village in Gwagwalada area council.
The Federal Capital Police Chief; Mr Adenrele Shinaaba told Channels Television in Abuja that the suspects have given useful information to the police and investigations are near completion.
On its part, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) stated that although some of the victims have been released from the hospital while a four year old boy died yesterday at the camp as a result of inadequate medical treatment.
At the Internally Displaced Peoples’ (IDPs’) camp within the University of Abuja, workers of the National Emergency Management Agency were seen trying to move the displaced people to a new location provided by the University authority until a counter directive was given by the police to stop the plan for security reasons.
Complaints of disorderliness and open defecation were made by the IDPs around the school premises.
Inspite of this, the head of rescue team; Mr Lugard Slaku says there is no cause for alarm and that the relief materials are adequate.
The vice-chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Rarer association; Mr Abubakar Sulaiman also disclosed that some of those hospitalised have been discharged as he also confirmed the death of the four year old boy.
The police have given assurance that its investigations will help to fish out the perpetrators and prevent further crisis.
The fear of demolition is back in Abuja. The Minister for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed has announced that plans have been intensified to demolish over 10,000 illegal structures in Mpape, a densely populated area in the nation’s capital.
The Minister, who gave the announcement during the monthly FCT operations briefing session in Abuja, described the court’s approval on the impending demolitions in Mpape as gratifying.
He appealed to residents to co-operate with the government as the planned demolitions are in the interest of the people, adding that the sustained health as well as security of the collective populace are of paramount concern.
Senator Mohammed noted that the FCT Administration will strive to uphold the rule of law in consonance with the transformation agenda of the federal government.
He emphasized that the proposed demolitions are not intended to inflict hardship on the residents but aimed at guaranteeing the sustained health and security.
The Minister further revealed that apart from the over 500 shanties destroyed in Gwagwalada Area Council, the FCT Administration has in the last one month destroyed over 300 hundred illegal structures around the nation’s capital.