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We will destroy vessels caught stealing crude oil – Nigerian Army warns

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The Nigerian Army has vowed to destroy an arrested vessel, Harbor Spirit, suspected of crude oil theft in line with laid down rules of engagement.

The Army added that all arrested crew members on board the vessel would be evacuated to Abuja for investigation by the Defense Intelligence.

Commander of the Nigerian Army, 63 Brigade, Brig. Gen. Ugochukwu Vitus Unachukwu said this when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Crude Oil theft visited and inspected two arrested vessels, MT Kali and Harbor Spirit allegedly with stolen crude.

Brig. Gen. Unachukwu said the federal government has resolved to stamp out oil theft, saying, “We will pursue it to a logical conclusion.”

He warned oil thieves to desist from the heinous crimes saying the nation needs the revenue coming from the sector.

He warned that anyone caught stealing a gallon of crude oil would be regarded as a “national Saboteur”

Brig. Gen. Unachukwu said the vessel and all crew members on board were arrested by Operatives of TANTITA Security Services in collaboration with the Armed Forces.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives Committee on Crude oil theft urged the arrested crew members on board the Harbor Spirit, to cooperate with the relevant security agencies to prove their innocence.

Chairman of the Committee, Alhassan Ado Doguwa who led others on the visit to inspect the two vessels, said issues of oil theft, vandalisation of pipelines and other crises in the oil producing states poses serious concern to the National Assembly particularly and the House of Representatives Committee on Oil and Gas, particularly.

He said, “We represent all of you but there’s nothing we can do. You have to cooperate with security to prove your innocence.”

In a chat with newsmen, oil-producingDoguwa said members of the House of Representatives Committee on Crude Oil Theft embarked on the visit to the two vessels to have first-hand information of the happenings in the shores of the Oil and Gas industry in the Niger Delta region.

“So, we came to see for ourselves on behalf of the National Assembly, especially the House of Representatives and Relevant Committee Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee, I want to tell you that we are all out to see the increased production of oil and gas in the Country.”

The lawmaker said the Committee on Crude Oil Theft will continue to do its best in terms of partnership and collaboration with TANTITA security and the Nigerian Security Agencies and others to see how they can promote the protection of the nation’s assets around the Country.

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Police probe alleged killing of Inspector by ‘Naval officers’

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The Police Command in Lagos State has begun investigation into the alleged killing of an Inspector by some Naval officers at Okokomaiko area of Ojo.

The Spokesperson for the command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday.

Hundeyin said a report on the incident was received at the Okokomaiko police station about 4.30 p.m. on Saturday from the public.

He said the report indicated that some policemen, who were on routine patrol along Igbo-Elerin, tried to impound a motorcycle riding against traffic at the Beno Filling Station.

The spokesperson said two men on the motorcycle in mufti, who claimed to be Naval officers, resisted arrest and attacked the policemen.

“Other Naval personnel in uniform arrived at the scene and supported their colleagues in the attack.

“It was when one Inspector (name not given) slumped and was unconscious, that the Naval personnel escaped from the scene.

“The inspector was rescued and rushed to a hospital in the area, where he was confirmed dead.

“The body has been deposited at the Idi-Araba Mortuary, Yaba, for autopsy, while investigation is ongoing,” he said.

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Bandits kidnap Catholic priest in Zamfara

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Suspected bandits have kidnapped the parish priest of St. Raymond Catholic Church Damba, Gusau, Zamfara State, Revd. Fr. Mikah Suleiman.

The Acting Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Very. Revd. Fr. Nuhu Iliya, confirmed the development in a statement on Saturday.

“With sadness in our hearts, we write to inform the general public of the kidnap of one of our priests, Revd. Fr. Mikah Suleiman.

“This sad event occurred in the early hours of today, Saturday, 22nd June 2024 in the Father’s rectory. Fr Mikah is the Parish Priest of St. Raymond Catholic Church Damba, Gusau, Zamfara State,” the statement said.

The statement urged Christians and all men and women of goodwill to earnestly pray for the quick and safe release of the protest.

The spokesperson of Zamfara State Police Command, Yazid Abubakar, said in a statement that Father Mikah was kidnapped around 3:00 am on Saturday at his residence in the Damba area of Gusau.

He added that the Command had deployed a Police tactical squad to the trail of the kidnappers, in a bid to rescue the priest.

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Police arrest six armed robbery, one-chance suspects, recover weapons

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No fewer than six “one chance” operators have been arrested by operatives from the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.

In Nigerian parlance, “one chance” is a form of robbery in which criminals disguised as commercial motorists dispossess people who board the vehicles of their belongings and push them out afterward.

According to a statement on Saturday by the FCT Command spokesperson, Josephine Adele, the suspects arrested were Abubakar Adams, Ismail Salisu, Yusuf Bello, Nasiru Saidi, Sani Usman, and Ibrahim Kasa.

The statement partly read, “The operatives of the police command attached to Utako divisional headquarters, on June 16, 2024, acting on credible intelligence, trailed and arrested six armed robbery suspects: Abubakar Adams, Ismail Salisu, Yusuf Bello, Nasiru Saidi, Sani Usman and Ibrahim Kasa.

“They specialise in attacking unsuspecting residents who board their vehicle or tricycle, robbing them of their valuables and pushing them off the moving vehicle or tricycle.”

Adeh added that their arrest was a result of complaints from victims, adding that cutlasses and knives, among others, were recovered from the suspects.

“The suspects were apprehended on the heels of complaints received from multiple victims of these atrocious acts, some of whom reported losing their mobile phones, money, gadgets, and other belongings to these criminal individuals who have since confessed to the crime.

“Light weapons such as cutlasses, knives, and a phone believed to have been stolen from a victim were recovered from them,” she added.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, reaffirmed the command’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all and sundry.

“He also urged the populace to be vigilant and take advantage of the police emergency lines in reporting suspicious activities through,” the statement said.

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