NSCDC Recover Stolen Food Items, Books Donated To Malnourished Children

 

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Borno State has recovered food items and books donated to malnourished children which were stolen by some persons.

The items were retrieved from the unauthorised persons while trying to transport them from Borno State to the eastern region of the country.

According to the state commandant of the NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi told journalists on Monday that the items were seized at the Borno express bus terminal following a tip-off.

The books were freely donated by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) while the food supplements were donated to victims by the World Food Programme.

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Early outcome of investigations by the NSCDC indicates that the books were stolen from the bookstore for repackaging and resale at wholesale prices.

“They normally carry these books to the eastern part of the country where they will just change the cover and sell at exorbitant prices.

“We were able to recover these cartons at Borno Express Park today. We are going to hand over the books to Yerwa Girls secondary school. Since they are meant for the children of Borno state,” he said.

The culprits behind the theft of the books have since been arrested and are currently in the custody of the NSCDC. While the food supplements were recovered the perpetrators, however, escaped.

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads In BornoFollowing resurgence of attacks by remnants of the ‎Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of Borno State, Governor Kashim Shettima, has held an emergency security meeting with security operatives.

The meeting was attended by heads of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), with proactive measures taken on how to increase surveillance and forestall unanticipated security breach.

Governor Shettima began with a three-hour closed door meeting with the Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor, on Friday at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

‎During the meeting, he was briefed on recent attacks and ongoing military operations while discussions were held with assurances that the remnants of the insurgents were on suicidal mission, given their displacement from their former headquarters at the Sambisa forest.

Spokesman to the governor, Mr Isa Gusau, said in a statement issued on Sunday that after meeting with the Theater Commander who is not a member of the State Security Council, Governor Shettima presided over an emergency meeting of the State Security Council that involved core armed forces.

At the end of meeting, new guard locations were established in some routes across the state to curtail the movement of the Boko Haram fighters.

The number of security personnel deployed to various locations were also increased with more members of the Civilian JTF (youth volunteers) involved.

Governor Shettima also gave approval for the release of additional patrol vehicles to security agencies for increased surveillance in the state.

He also approved logistics to compliment efforts of the Federal Government in strengthening the armed forces, while measures were adopted to strengthen the Civilian JTF and hunters.

The Council also reviewed the synergy between formal armed forces and volunteers, with steps adopted to increase collaboration and clamp down on cattle rustling used by insurgents to raise funds.

The meeting, which lasted for over three hours at the council chambers of the Government House, had in attendance ‎the General Officer Commanding, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu; the Commander, 79 Composite group of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo; the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, and the Garrison Commander, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Jibrin Mohammed.

Others at the meeting are the State Director of the DSS, Suleiman Kankia, Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Shuwa, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Lawan and the Permanent Secretary in charge of Security.

Stolen Power Installations Recovered From Vandals In Kano

Power, Vandals, KanoThe Anti-vandalism Joint Task Force (JTF) recently inaugurated in Kano State has recovered electrical installations worth millions of naira from suspected vandals in the state.

The task force was constituted by the MD/CEO of Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc (KEDCO) Dr Jamil Gwamna, to protect electrical installations in the northwest Nigerian state.

A statement by the spokesperson for KEDCO, Mohammed Kandi, revealed on Wednesday that the JTF raided a warehouse at Ranji quarters in Tudun Murtala, suspected to be hideout for vandals.

Mr Kandi said that the operation followed an information that large items of power installation had been kept in a premises purportedly owned by a scrap vendor.

“One of the suspected vandals (name withheld), who was arrested at the scene, admitted during a preliminary investigation by officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) that he had been in the business for the past three years.

“He also claimed buying the items which comprised 40 bunches of vandalised copper cables and five rolls of vandalised aluminium conductor weighing about 360kg from a trailer-laden with scrap materials,” the statement read.

The spokesman informed that the suspects would be prosecuted and called on residents to assist the firm in watching over the power installations in their area.

He lauded the management’s decision to set up the JTF with a view to clampdown on vandals and reduce the tide of vandalism in KEDCO’s coverage area of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states.

Benue Governor Urges Inter-agency Synergy To Tackle Insecurity

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on insecurityBenue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, has demanded more action and inter-agency cooperation among security agencies to tackle insecurity in Nigeria.

Governor Ortom said the synergy would help bring all perpetrators of crime to justice, following the implementation of the stick approach of his amnesty deal.

He made the demand on Monday when he received the Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in charge of Zone H, Joseph Oragande, at his office in Makurdi, the capital of the north-central Nigeria state.


The Governor noted that no economic activity would thrive in the face of security challenges.

The NSCDC Commandant briefed reporters on the outcome of his visit to the State Government House.

Mr Oragande said a joint security and strategy meeting would be convened with the specific aim of addressing inter-state crisis, as well as dialogue between farmers and herdsmen.

The Zone H of the NSCDC comprises of Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa and Kogi states.

NSCDC Arrests Two At Illegal Mine Site In Kwara

Mines-illegal-sand-minesThe Kwara State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday arrested two people suspected to be involved in illegal mining of granite at a site in the state.

The State Commandant of the Corps, Awili Pedro, who led the operation, condemned the illegal activities which he said had been affecting Nigeria’s economy.

Illegal mining has been on the increase in Kwara State of late, a development that the NSCDC said it would have to bring under control.

Their first port of call and inspection was the Basin area in Ilorin where the Corps swooped on the people extracting sands from a river.

At the sight of the security operatives, the illegal miners ran into a nearby bush but left behind their working tools which were carried away by the Civil Defence Corps.

Economic Sabotage

From Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, the team moved to Oyun Local Government Area and Aperun village in particular, where the convoy drove for nearly one hour in the forest before getting to the illegal granite site.

Again the workers on sighting the NSCDC operatives flee but they were pursued to a nearby bush where two of them were apprehended.

The nearby surrounding showed the cooking utensils being used by the illegal miners and the food sellers who were unobvious of the happenings, as the two men arrested were brought out from the bush.

Briefing reporters on the illegal activities of the miners, the NSCDC Commandant described the event as economic sabotage.

He wondered how people could use dynamite to illegally blow the granite without paying to relevant authorities.

Mr Pedro said the two persons arrested would be investigated and charged if found culpable.

One of the two suspects, who spoke in Hausa, said they were hired by one woman (Alhaja) from a nearby village and being paid 5,000 Naira daily.

NSCDC Arrests Five Suspected Vandals In Ogun State

VandalsFive suspected vandals have been arrested by officers of the Ogun State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The arrest was made during an overnight patrol around Ibafo/Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.

They were all arrested on Wednesday at pipeline area around Ibafo area of the state.

The suspects are: Banwo Olaide, Kabiru Rahimi, Tunde Rahimi, Disu Toheeb and Jamiu Koleosho.

Commenting on the arrest, the Ogun State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Aboluwoye Akinkinwade, said that it would not be business as usual.

Mr Akinkinwade noted that effective strategies had been put in place by the Command to check the menace of vandalism in the state.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects include: two Ford buses with registration number, Lagos – GGE 943XL and another with registration number Lagos – APP 123XH, 87 50 litres kegs containing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), five handsets and a sum of 50,000 Naira cash.

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.

President Buhari Appoints New Commandant-General For NSCDC

Buhari on NSCDCPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu, as the new Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu succeeded Dr Ade Abolurin, who has retired from service.

Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, who was an Assistant Commandant-General of the NSCDC before his new appointment, hails from Muye in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State.

He holds a B.Sc in Sociology from the University of Sokoto, and a Masters in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

President Buhari wishes Dr Abolurin a happy retirement.

Civil Defence Arrests Fake Recruiter With Over 900m In 50 Accounts

NSCDCThe Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps- NSCDC, said it has arrested an impersonator of the agency who had defrauded applicants for over 100 million Naira.

According to the spokesperson of the Commission, Mr Emmanuel Ekeh, the fraudster, Mr Micheal Ogun, allegedly operates 50 bank accounts and has over 900 million naira, which he has allegedly defrauded from the public.

Ekeh said the alleged fraudster has been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for further investigation and

He also noted that the agency will not protect any staff or individuals who do illegal businesses in the name of the agency from facing the law.

Police Uncovers Illegal Refinery In Imo State

Officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have uncovered an illegal mini refinery located at Ahiajoku Estate along Onitsha expressway in Owerri the Imo State capital in south eastern Nigeria.

The Imo State Commandant of the NSCDC, Adamu Soja, told reporters on Saturday in Owerri, that he led some officials to the premises and realized that the place was a mini illegal refinery.

He said that bunker and adulterated oil products were refined in a local way and sold out to unsuspected public as fuel, diesel and kerosene.

“We got an intelligence report about the activities of some group who carry out these nefarious activities along Onitsha road within the Owerri municipal in a well fenced uncompleted building,” he explained.

The officials have sealed off the compound and have begun investigations into the crime.

Six people have been arrested in connection to the crime.

Mr Soja reiterated the commitment of the command to ensuring that economic saboteurs and vandals were not given any room to operate in the state.

One of the prime suspects, Mrs. Chinyere Nwadike, who is the owner of the business and main dealer, denied all allegations levelled against her.

“I deal in the sales of Kerosene and Diesel and I buy straight from NNPC,” she claimed.

Some of the items recovered are 10 drums of adulterated crude oil, pumping machine, over 20 pieces of gallons.

 

 

NSCDC, DPR Arrest 11 Illegal Petrol Marketers In Abuja

Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Tuesday arrested 11 illegal markets of petroleum products near Danziyal Plaza, along Olusegun Obasanjo way, Central Area, Abuja.

The operatives also seized more than 100 diesel-filled barrels from the scene of the arrest.

A tanker, filled with diesel was recovered while the driver was arrested as well.

Also, hundreds of jerry cans filled with Premium Motor Spirit and kerosene were recovered.

One of the suspects who said he is the Vice Chairman of the marketers in central area, Umar Musa Kuta said they have been in the business for over 10 years without any disturbance from the government.

“I sell diesel there in Danziyal Plaza. We go to the depot direct to buy diesel. We use to gather our money…four or five people will gather money and buy a truck. We have storage and we take the diesel small small, supplying hotels, houses and some Ministries.”

When asked if he had a license to operate, he said: “No, but I am registered with the CAC.”

He said he knew he should have registered with the DPR but said he was not prepared to get the licence yet. “We are working gradually. I am not up to that stage yet but will get to that stage gradually.”

The Federal Capital Territory Commandant of NSCDC, Aminu Kofarsoro said the suspects would be charged to court when investigation is concluded.

“The suspects are illegal dealers in petroleum products and they don’t have licence to operate or sell petroleum products by DPR. In collaboration with DPR, we raided and arrested these people.

“The wrath of the law will follow after due investigation of the involvement in the crime.”

While reacting to the protest by some of the suspects that they were not illegal marketers, the Commandant said “a dealer, as long as I’m concerned is those who have their licence and are certified by DPR to operate. Anybody who is selling, dealing in petroleum products without license is termed as somebody who is sabotaging the federal government’s efforts in the area of distribution of petrol products.”

“They are going to be charged to court in accordance with the laws of the federation.”

“The suspects are illegal dealers in petroleum products and they don’t have the approved licence.”

The DPR Head of Downstream in Abuja, Yerima Kolomi said they were determined to clear people who were into petrol products adulteration, storage and sales without license.

“It has been a menace in the FCT and Abuja in particular. You can see the volume of just one of their depots.”

He said they have been handicapped in carrying out a raid of that nature because of lack of capacity.

“As long as DPR is concerned, these people don’t have the license to operate because they are not registered with us.”

He said apart from selling in an open market, the business was not standardised, adding that their source of supply was not known.

Boxing Day Tragedy: Fuel Tanker Explosion Kills One In Edo

One person has been confirmed dead in the fire incident that occurred on Murtala Muhammed way in Benin City, the Edo state capital when a petrol tanker fell into a ditch and spilled its content.

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud noise before the tanker exploded and the resulting inferno razed 13 vehicles and three motor-cycles.

The raging fire burned through the road along the path where the fuel flowed, causing residents to flee their homes and others attempted to clear their property to prevent them from being burnt.

It was in the process of moving his bus from the fire that Mr Kingsley Ohangbon met his death as he was consumed by the inferno.

Officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were at the scene of the explosion to maintain free flow of traffic while fire fighters from the state’s Fire Service averted greater loss by promptly putting out the fire.