The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Rivers State has impounded five trucks and arrested a suspect for alleged oil theft.
The state commandant of the corps, Michael Ogar, said this in a statement issued by the corps spokesperson, Olufemi Ayodele, on Friday in Port Harcourt.
He said that the trucks were impounded for conveying petroleum products without haulage licences and other required documents.
The commandant said that the suspect, Abubakar Suleiman, 20 years, was arrested for conveying illegally refined products in a truck in Port Harcourt.
“Based on sustained intelligence, our anti-vandal team arrested one suspect who loaded petroleum products in hidden tanks on the truck and used animal feeds to cover them, so as to divert the attention of security men on the way, but with the eagle eyes of our men, the products were discovered and the truck was impounded and the suspect arrested.
“Following a tip-off, we also impounded a long truck with registration number: OGUN DED 643 XB. The suspects upon sighting our men took to their heels,” he said.
Ogar added that the truck was conveying illegally refined automotive gas oil with packs of noodles.
“While on routine patrol at Mbiama in Ahoada West Local Government area, the Rivers Joint Task Force, made up of the Nigerian Army, the Navy, the Air force, the Police and the NSCDC impounded tree trucks for transporting illegally refined petroleum products.
“We impounded a white truck with registration number AFM 604 XA conveying an estimated value of 54,000 litres of premium motor spirit, popularly called petrol.
“A white IVECO truck with registration number DKA 374 XE was also impounded while transporting PMS with estimated value of 52,000 litres,” Ogar said.
He further stated that another truck loaded with 36,000 litres of PMS was impounded, adding that the last three trucks had been taken to the command’s exhibit yard at Ogbogoro jetty.
“Let me use this opportunity to affirm that we will not relent in the fight against oil theft and illegal dealings in petroleum products in Rivers.
“Consequently, the NSCDC Rivers Command will continue to collaborate with relevant security agencies to rid the state of illegal oil bunkering.
“I can assure you that after a thorough investigation, the suspect would be charged to court while the tankers and the content would be forfeited to the Federal Government.
“I also want to warn those who have refused to repent from engaging in such heinous crime that they would face the full wrath of the law,” he added.
Court Orders INEC To Resume Voter Registration
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately resume Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) until 90 days before the 2023 general elections.
Delivering Judgement, Justice Ekwo also directed INEC to ensure that eligible Nigerians are not deprived the opportunity to have the voters’ cards for the forthcoming poll.
He held that it was the constitutional responsibility of the electoral umpire to make adequate provision for the exercise in accordance with the Nigerian laws.
One Anajat Salmat and three others had sued INEC arguing that the electoral body cannot stop the voter registration contrary to the stipulated provisions of the constitution.
They urged the court to order the electoral umpire to resume the exercise in accordance with the law of the country.
INEC had in July suspended the CVR after a one-month extension following the Federal High Court’s dismissal of a suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) which sought an extension of the exercise beyond June 30, 2022.
Nine Drown As Bus Plunges Into Dam In Kano
Nine persons lost their lives on Saturday when a Golf Wagon bus plunged into a dam along Dayi road in the Gwarzo Local Government Area of Kano State.
It was gathered that the victims alongside four others in the vehicle were heading from Kano to Katsina State when the driver of the vehicle lost control and plunged into the dam.
The Public Relations Officer, Kano State Fire Service, Saminu Abdullahi, who confirmed the incident, said an eyewitness, Ali Faci, notified the agency to the incident around 6.45pm.
He added that out of the 12 victims brought out of the dam, nine were confirmed dead by doctors at the Gwarzo General Hospital.
Abdullahi said, “On Saturday, November 19, 2022, Faci reported an incident at Fada dam, Gwarzo Local Government Area, Dayi road, firemen mobilised from Gwarzo Fire Station and arrived at the scene around 7.10pm.
“They discovered that an unregistered Golf Wagon car from Kano, heading to Katsina, plunged into Fada dam. 12 unidentified persons were rescued on the spot.
“The victims involved in the accident comprised two girls of about six-month-old, four women of about 30, 28, 27 and 25 years old, as well as six men of about 48, 45, 42, 40, 35 and 28 years old.
“With the assistance of local fishermen, the firemen successfully rescued three persons alive, while nine other victims, who were unconscious, were conveyed to the Gwarzo General Hospital for medical attention but doctors confirmed them dead.”
Abdullahi, who said an eyewitness, confirmed that one of the victims was still in the dam, promised that the search for the missing victim would continue.
Police Foil Attack Attempt On Ekiti Assembly Complex
Attempt by some hoodlums to attack and burn Ekiti State House of Assembly complex, was on Friday repelled by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad(RRS) of the Ekiti State Police Command.
Our correspondent gathered that the hoodlums allegedly scaled the fence and made spirited efforts to spray a section of the complex with petrol and set it ablaze.
The Assembly had been in crisis since on Tuesday, after the election of the lawmaker representing Ikole constituency 1, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, as the new Speaker, to replace the late Funminiyi Afuye, who died on October 19,2022.
In the poll conducted during a plenary of the assembly, Aribisogan got a total of 15 votes to defeat the lawmaker representing Emure constituency, Hon Olubunmi Adelugba, who scored 10 in the election.
Some of the lawmakers and powerful leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state were said to be favourably disposed to Adelugba as the Speaker.
The Police Commissioner, Mr. Moronkeji Adesina, had deployed his men to shut down the assembly to maintain law and order as well as ensuring safety and security of lives and property.
The staff of the assembly were also chased out in the process to prevent being caught in the web of looming factional crisis.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police who confirmed the attempted attack revealed that the hoodlums, numbering 10, carrying two 25 litre kegs of petroleum allegedly invaded the assembly around 4am and made efforts to set it ablaze.
Abutu said officers of RRS , who were on ground and strategically positioned in the location, repelled and gave the hoodlums a hot chase into the nearby bush.
According to him, “I can confirm to you that these hoodlums carrying two kegs filled with petrol and also armed with cutlasses and other weapons came to burn down the assembly in the wee hours of today (Friday).