The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has advocated a national central database for Nigerians within and outside the country.
Speaking at a meeting for the establishment of a data bank for missing persons in Nigeria, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Bem Angwe, said providing a data bank for missing persons affected by insurgency and other criminal acts has become necessary.
He said a centralized National Data Bank will help in tracking and documenting the number of Nigerians who are missing or displaced.
From different quarters, there have been conflicting reports as to the exact figures of missing persons including those displaced internally and Nigerian Refugees in neighboring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
A strategic team member of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group however called for a broader data bank that will capture non Nigerians resident in the country.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp and the National Identity Management Commission have also pledged their support for a centralized national data bank.
With about one point eight million Nigerians said to be displaced as a result of the activities of insurgents, officials at the meeting believe that many Nigerians may actually be missing due to the absence of a centralized national database.
The Kogi State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) has nabbed four suspected petroleum pipeline vandals in Lokoja the state capital.
The State Commandant, Ochogwu Micheal, while parading the four suspects before pressmen at the command headquarters in Lokoja, said that they were arrested with crude oil by his anti vandal team while on patrol.
The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Micheal stated that the suspects were arrested while transporting the crude oil to their illegal refinery.
The suspects, who were mainly youths, were arrested with over 20,000 liters of crude oil which was stolen from an NNPC pipeline that was being used for illicit operations.
Items recovered from the suspects include one speed boat, two boat engines, one pumping machine and three pieces of hose.
The State Commandant has warned parents to watch over their children to know the activities they engage in and what they do for a living.
The Zonal Operations Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR), Aliyu Halidu, has read the riot act to marketers, saying any marketer caught hoarding fuel would be sanctioned.
Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, Mr. Halidu said that the department has sanctioned 55 marketers for diverting kerosene and illegal increase in the pump price of kerosene and would not hesitate to do the same to any marketer caught diverting fuel.
He also stated that “it is impossible to go to all the filling station if the supply is high, but the lower the number, that is the time when we suspect the marketers divert these products to sell at a higher cost in other locations in the filling station, but the fewer the trucks the easier to monitor at precised filling station”.
He further stated “The more the product the less the tendency to divert the product and the more the product will be in the market for sale.”
Mr. Halidu said that his focus was on the pump delivery to ensure that the consumers get the right quantity for the right price. He has therefore sent a team to inspect sales at the filling stations that are selling fuel to ensure they sell at the right price.
He warned black marketers and persons operating illegal outlets for the sale of gas to desist from such illegal acts as the department was collaborating with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp to raid such illegal outlets.