The Bayelsa state command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), has paraded eight suspected oil thieves who were intercepted by officers of the command.
While on patrol, they uncovered the den of oil vandals in the heart of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, in a building which was said to be owned by a former member of the federal House of Representatives.
As the officers searched the compound, they discovered Jerry cans, industrial cellophane bags, cellophane sealing machines; as well as a tricycle for transporting the product.
The commandant explained that occupants of the building all fled on the arrival of the officers of the NSCDC, except for one man who was caught before he could escape.
Militancy had resurged in the Niger Delta in 2015, with series of attacks on pipelines and oil installations, forcing some oil companies to declare force majeure.
A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks that have affected Nigeria’s oil output and power supply, which largely depends on gas from that region.
However, as the fight against pipeline vandalism and oil theft intensifies, there is the urgent need for more reorientation on the ills of engaging in this destructive trade.
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, (NSCDC), Ekiti state command, has paraded four suspected fake soldiers including a serving soldier, who all allegedly engage in terrorizing, molesting and extorting citizens of the state.
While the men were being paraded on Friday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, Commandant of the Ekiti corps, Donatus Ikemefuna explained that “the suspects were apprehended by its intelligence unit after months of being on their trail.
“Bashiru Saheed, Ojo Bankole, Olagunju Sola and Oluyemi Olayemi are the four suspected fake soldiers apprehended by men of the NSCDC Ekiti state command, impersonating the Nigerian military.”
Furthermore, he stated that ”one of the suspects, Oluyemi Olayemi, who is said to be a serving officer from Maiduguri but is currently on a study leave, supplies his cohorts military uniforms to carry out nefarious activities”.
The suspects, however, denied molesting or harassing anyone.
They are expected to be charged to court, including the self-acclaimed solider.
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has advocated that military and paramilitary training should be introduced into the educational curriculum from the secondary school to tertiary education level in Nigeria.
He said this would help prepare Nigerians and give them adequate security training in the face of rising spate of insecurity and terrorist attacks facing the nation.
Governor Okorocha made this call in Owerri, the Imo State capital, while addressing officers and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) at the state headquarters, during the quarterly achievement and assessment programme of the command.
While commending the Corps for ensuring that crime and other related activities like child trafficking and pipeline vandalism is being reduced to its barest minimum in the state, he said that the state government would not relent in supporting all security operatives in the state to wage the war against crime.
In his address, the Imo State Commandant of the NSCDC, Pedro Ideba, disclosed that the Corps in the state has within the past three months recorded tremendous achievements, arresting suspected criminals involved in oil theft and pipeline vandalism, child trafficking syndicates, as well as suspected criminals who are hellbent in ruining the economy and peace enjoyed in the state.
While appealing for further support and collaboration, Mr Ideba stressed that fighting crime is an herculean task that requires adequate financial and material funding from both the state and Federal Government.
Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has given the task of creating a world class city like the Dubai Model City to the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA, Anambra State chapter.
They will, in partnership with the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, ACTDA, develop an effective urban master plan for the Awka Capital Territory, in addition to building high class and modern architectural structures to add to the beauty of the state.
Speaking to members of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Anambra State chapter, who visited him at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka, Governor Obiano charged them to be more innovative in their drawings and designs.
The Governor harped on building an orderly and sanitized environment as well as finding the best way to manage environmental waste.
He tasked the NIA members to find solutions that will ensure orderliness and environmental sanitation that would propel sustainable development.
He also asked that they develop a system that would help control land use and institute compliance with space standards and approved designs.
Responding, the State Chairman of NIA, Peter Okpala, commended the Governor for his outstanding commitment towards transforming the Awka Capital Territory.
He also lauded him for ensuring that while transformation was going on, priority was also given to the safety of the lives and property of the people through the Governor’s handling of the problem of building collapse which erupted in the early days of his administration.
The Superintendent of Corps and Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Anambra State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), has debunked the report that NSCDC officials were responsible for a road accident on Sunday.
The crash occurred at the Immigration Junction, along Enugu-Onitsha Expressway near Amansea.
The NSCDC PRO, Mrs Rajunor Egbe, who spoke on behalf of State Commandant of the Corps, said that the officials were at their duty posts at Finotel Junction when the incident occurred.
According to her, they rushed to the scene of the accident to respond to the emergency situation, an action which is part of the Corps’ training.
Contrary to this, eyewitnesses had alleged that the fatal crash was caused by the officials of the NSCDC who were pursuing the driver of the ill-fated container-carrying trailer lorry.
The incident claimed the lives of a man, his wife and first son and left his three other children injured.
Mrs Egbe further stressed that it has been established from the testimony of the Commissioner of Police and the driver of the trailer truck, who is currently under arrest, that the cause of the accident was break failure.