Court Jails Nine Oil Thieves In Port Harcourt

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Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has convicted and sentenced nine people.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reveal this in a statement on Thursday.

According to it, those convicted were arraigned on Wednesday before the judge who sentenced them to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of N100, 000 each for illegal dealing in petroleum products.

Those convicted are Ndubisi Ebezim, Eze Igwe Charlse, Kingsley Nwosu, Chukwuman Odum, Sunday Josiah, Mohammed Yahaya, Najib Abubaka, Abubaka Idi, and Babagida Jiddah.

They were arraigned on a one-count separate charge bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products contrary to Section 4 (1) of the petroleum Act, CAP P10 laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, and punishable under Section 4(6) the same Act.

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The charge read: “That you Babagida Jiddah, being the driver on board a truck with registration number BER 844 XR, on or about the 4th May, 2019 at Igbo Etete in Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court deal in petroleum product to wit loading and transporting illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), without appropriate licence or authority and thereby committed an offence contrary to  Section 4 (1) of the Petroleum Act, CAP P10 laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, and punishable under Section 4(6) the same Act”.

They all pleaded “guilty” when the charges were read to them.

“In view of their pleas, prosecuting counsels:  S. Chime; F.O. Amama; A. Osu and A.N Dodo, prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

“Defence counsels, O.N.Ofordile; C.O. Okpute, W.A. Ugwu, did not oppose the prayers of the prosecution,” the statement said.

Justice Mohammed, thereafter, convicted and sentenced the defendants to two years imprisonment with an option of fine.

He also ordered that the petroleum products they were caught with be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The convicts’ journey to prison started when they were intercepted by Nigerian Army, 6 Division, Port Harcourt in 2017, 2018 and 2019 at different locations in the Rivers State capital.

They were said to be loading and distributing AGO using different trucks without appropriate licenses.

Navy Destroys Illegal Refineries In Warri, Port Harcourt

 

The Nigerian Navy has destroyed some illegal refineries tucked in the hard to reach areas of the Niger-Delta creeks.

In the latest operations, the navy destroyed some illegal refineries located in Warri and Port Harcourt the commercial nerve centres of Delta and Rivers states.

Some of the areas combed by the navy include the Benette Island and Yeye creeks in Warri as well as Bakana creek in Port Harcourt.

Over 80 drums of 250 litres of products and 13 suspects were arrested during the Portharcourt Operation.

The illegal refiners are said to get their products by either breaking oil pipelines or wellheads, after which they proceed to their refineries where they distill the crude and then dispense to buyers who come from various parts of the cities by boat.

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Commodore Ibrahim Idewu, the Commander NNS Delta, says this breach, in the long run, affects the country’s oil production capacity while the refined products end up damaging the facilities and equipment of users.

Similarly, in his brief, Commodore Sam Bura, the Commander NNS Port Harcourt expressed the resolve of the Navy to keep the waterways safe, protect national assets and keep illegal refiners off operations.

He, however, calls for urgent prosecution of arrested vessels as maintaining the vessels at the naval jetties is draining the purse of the Navy.

 

Five Injured As Explosion Rocks Port Harcourt Shopping Mall

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Five people have been injured following a gas explosion at a shopping mall in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.

He said the explosion, which occurred in the Kitchen area of the mall, left five persons seriously injured.

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The police spokesman added that the victims are currently receiving treatment at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital, and activities have returned to normal.

DSP Omoni also said that investigations are ongoing to unravel the cause of the gas explosion.

Wike Gives Mechanics, Others One Month To Vacate Port Harcourt Roads

Wike Gives Mechanics, Others One Month To Vacate Port Harcourt Roads
A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has issued an ultimatum of one month to roadside mechanics, car dealers, street traders, and private taxi park operators to vacate the streets of Port Harcourt.

He gave the order at a meeting with some artisans and traders on Friday at the Government House in the state capital.

The governor explained that it was important for them to comply with the stipulated period because his administration was committed to restoring Port Harcourt to the garden city status.

“I am giving all groups one month to leave the roads, he said, adding “Within this one month, you should find alternative locations to carry out your businesses.

“By the first week of July, the state government will swing into action. Port Harcourt must be clean, whether you like it or not.”

Governor Wike noted that he convened the meeting to avoid unnecessary conflict and to negotiate the time for all the traders, mechanics and car dealers to leave the roads.

He said, “Our roads are now mechanic workshops, our roads are now markets and motor parks. There is this spirit that makes the traders and mechanics believe that you can only make money on the road; we will end that spirit.

“Your activities litter the roads. There will be consequences for mechanics using the road for their trade after the one month period. The vehicles being repaired will be seized.”

The governor warned that the state government would not allow the operation of illegal motor parks and car shops along the roads.

He said that police and other security agencies have been co-opted to serve on the implementation process.

In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Usman Belel, gave assurance that the command would work with the State government to ensure that the artisans leave the roads.

However, representatives of artisans and traders requested different timeframes to vacate the roads.

Monarch Calls On Fleeing Abonnema Residents To Return Home

 

The Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Disreal Gbobo Owukori (VI), has appealed to fleeing residents of the community to return home.

He made the call in a statement issued on Monday, a day after residents began to flee the community for fear of reprisal, in the wake of an attack on soldiers.

In the attack, one soldier was said to have been shot dead and another was left seriously injured from gunshots.

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But the monarch called on residents to return home, saying “the military is not after Nyemoni” because, the young men that committed the offence, have been shot dead in same regard.

Port Harcourt Building Collapse Death Toll Rises To Seven, 38 Rescued

 

 

Seven persons have been brought out dead from the rubbles of a seven-story building which collapsed on Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Thirty-eight others were also rescued by emergency workers with some of them seriously injured and one of them with an amputated hand.

Although an unconfirmed number of persons may be dead under the rubble as some stench of suspected corpses are beginning to permeate the air and voices reportedly heard as well.

The seven-storey building which is located on Woji road in the Port Harcourt G.R.A. was under construction when it collapsed around 4:30 pm on Friday.

About 60 persons – mainly construction workers – were said to have been working on it when it collapsed.

One of the construction workers told Channels Television that he had just left the building when he heard a loud bang and turned around to discover what had happened.

He explained that there were many workers in the building when the incident occurred because they are usually paid for the week on Fridays.

On Sunday the state governor, Nyesom Wike visited the scene of the collapsed building and vowed to ensure that appropriate sanctions are taken.

Governor Wike who regretted the loss of lives said that he was surprised that approvals were given for the story building with a promise to get to the bottom of it.

 

Port Harcourt Building Collapse: Five Dead, 36 Rescued

 

Five persons have now been brought out dead from the rubbles of a seven-story building which collapsed on Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Thirty-six others were, however, rescued by emergency workers with some of them seriously injured and one of them with an amputated hand.

Rescue workers believe many are still trapped under the rubbles of the building and are working frantically to get them out as concerned residents and relatives of those believed to be trapped wait anxiously to know their fate.

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The seven-storey building which is located on Woji road in the Port Harcourt G.R.A. was under construction when it collapsed around 4:30 pm on Friday.

About 60 persons – mainly construction workers – were said to have been working on it when it collapsed.

One of the construction workers told Channels Television that he had just left the building when he heard a loud bang and turned around to discover what had happened.

He explained that there were many workers in the building when the incident occurred because they are usually paid for the week on Fridays.

As of Saturday morning, one person was confirmed dead and 26 rescued, but as the day progressed hope faded for three others while fate smiled on 10 more persons.

Up to 60 persons are believed to have been in the building when it went down.

Many Trapped As Seven-Storey Building Collapses In Port Harcourt

 

A seven-storey building has collapsed in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, with many persons trapped.

The structure which is located on Woji road in the Port Harcourt G.R.A. was under construction.

When it collapsed around 4:30 pm on Friday, up to 60 persons – mainly construction workers – were said to have been working on it.

That figure has not been confirmed, however.

Around 7:30 pm, three hours after the collapse, emergency workers had rescued a total of 21 persons from the rubbles.

Security operatives, emergency workers, some Rivers State government officials and many concerned citizens are currently trying to rescue more persons trapped under the rubble, with ambulances at the scene to whisk the injured to hospitals.

One of the construction workers told Channels Television that he had just left the building when he heard a loud bang and turned around to discover what had happened.

He explained that there were many workers in the building when the incident occurred because they are usually paid for the week on Fridays.

A bulldozer clears rubble from the site of the collapse as part of the rescue efforts

 

More to follow…

Four Die In Port Harcourt Road Crash

Four Die In Port Harcourt Road Crash

 

Four persons have been killed in a road accident caused by a runaway driver in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Friday.

He explained that at about 8:00am, a driver of a saloon car was said to have knocked down one person at Polo Club axis in the state capital.

In a bid to escape from the scene, Omoni said the driver sped off and ran down two others just a few metres away.

According to him, this occurred at Tombia extension in the Government Reservation Area (GRA), where the driver finally crashed the car, killing the two persons and himself in the process.

When Channels Television visited the scene, it had been cordoned off, with one of the bodies seen.

The command spokesman revealed that the bodies have been taken to the mortuary while the police have commenced an investigation into the incident.

See other photos from the scene of the accident below;

One Feared killed In Port Harcourt Protest

RIWAMA

 

One person is said to have been killed in a protest around Nkpolu junction along the East-West road in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, while several others sustained various injuries.

The incident happened on Monday when some residents of the community were said to have taken to the streets to protest over the bad condition of a portion of the expressway, barricading it and causing a gridlock.

In a bid to control the commotion, some security agents reportedly clashed with the protesting youths, resulting in the killing.

The spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command who confirmed the incident, however, said no one was killed.

Meanwhile, a truck, cars and a building were also affected.

Photos: Port Harcourt International Airport’s New Terminal

President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated a new international terminal for the Port Harcourt International Airport on Thursday, five years after the project was initiated by the Federal Government.

The new terminal has been lauded by many with the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, hailing its capacity and promising that a new domestic terminal will be ready soon.

See photos of the new terminal below:

 

Wike Accuses Police Of Sabotaging Rivers Bye-Election

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File photo of Governor Nyesom Wike

 

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Police of sabotaging the bye-election that took place in the state on Saturday.

In a broadcast on Sunday, the governor described the exercise which he claimed was disrupted by the police and some thugs sent by the All Progressives Congress (APC), as a declaration of war on the people.

He said, “The consistent sabotage of the electoral process by the Police amounts to a declaration of war against the people of Rivers State and their solemn rights to freely and fairly choose their leaders and representatives”.

 

Governor Wike said despite assurances from the Rivers State Commissioner of Police during the last State Security Council meeting that the police will remain neutral and act professionally, “the police on Saturday August 18, 2018, joined forces with APC thugs to disrupt elections”.

“As we had feared, the Police failed us completely once again and negated all that they promised.

“Instead of providing security for voters and INEC officials the Police brazenly colluded with political thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to subvert the democratic process and denied the people of Port Harcourt Constituency (iii) their rights to free, fair and credible elections.

“Confirmed reports from the field indicated that INEC promptly and rightly distributed elections materials to all the polling units within a recorded time.

“However, while voting was underway, armed thugs from the APC led by the State’s factional Chairman, Mr Flag Ojukaye Amachree moved freely from one polling unit to the other, violently assaulted voters and INEC officials and carted away election materials, including smart card readers and ballot boxes,” he said.

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The governor also alleged that the disruption of the Port Harcourt State Constituency (iii) Bye-Election was not the first time the Police would be indicted for unconstitutional anti-democratic action during an election in the state.

He also questioned the ability of the police to guarantee security during the 2019 elections.

“This situation is worrisome. If the Nigerian Police cannot secure and guarantee the peaceful and successful conduct of election in a single State Constituency of 8 wards, then what will happen in 2019 when they would be contending with 319 electoral wards and 4442 polling units across 23 Local Government Areas of the State?”

Wike, however, thanked the people of Port Harcourt State Constituency (iii) for their peaceful conduct despite the electoral misconduct.

According to him, their actions have exposed the true enemies of the state.

He, therefore, asked them not to be intimidated and choose a leadership that has their best interests at heart.

He said, “Clearly there are dangerous times ahead, but we must not give in to intimidation lest we lose our liberties and become slaves in our own land.

“Against the backdrop it is up to the people of Rivers State to choose the option that will serve their interest.”

“I cannot end this broadcast without extending my gratitude to the people of Constituency III who, in the face of brazen provocation by the police and the APC thugs, remained calm and law abiding.

“Your patience has thoroughly exposed the true enemies of Rivers State and by the grace of God, we will defeat them in 2019 for as long as we remain resolute in our determination to defend our rights to be free,” he added.