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Anambra police raid insurgents’ hideouts, recover ammunition

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By Francesca Hangeior

The Anambra State Police Command said its Joint Security Force had intensified the manhunt for insurgents who attacked two police stations in the state recently.

Some yet-to-be-identified assailants had last Thursday set ablaze the Police Divisional Headquarters in Nneni, Anaocha Local Government Area of state.

It was gathered that the hoodlums invaded the facility in the early hours and threw explosive devices that burnt parts of the building.

One of the residents of the area told journalists that the hoodlums were attempting to free some inmates at the facility but were unsuccessful as policemen on duty repelled the attack.

But in a statement on Wednesday, the command’s spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, said that based on the attack on the police formations, the joint security force, on the orders of the state Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, raided the hideouts of the gunmen.

Ikenga said the hunt for the gunmen had been extended to Obofia Forest, Aguluezuchukwu, and Ogboji areas.

He said, “On April 2, 2024, the police-led Forward Operating Base that is highly mobile struck the insurgents camps in the aforementioned areas.

“Insurgents who had deployed in various locations in ambush were engaged in fierce firefight and were routed from their enclaves which were subsequently destroyed.

“High calibre ammunition, cartridges, a locally fabricated rocket launcher, police uniforms, and one Ford pick-up truck without number plate were recovered.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, who ordered the operation, has vowed that it would be sustained until the insurgents are completely routed from Anambra State.

“He has charged troops and personnel involved in the operations to sustain the tempo until the state is made completely safe from cowardly guerrilla attacks by the insurgents.”

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Nigerian govt to sell crude oil in Naira to Dangote, other local refineries

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The Nigerian government has decided to sell crude oil to Dangote and local refineries to strengthen the Naira.

Gbenga Komolafe, the CEO of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, revealed this information on Monday during a briefing in Abuja.

According to him, Nigeria’s condensate and crude oil reserves rose to 37.5 billion barrels on January 1, 2024, with a 68.01-year life index.

“The commission, in conjunction with relevant stakeholders from NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services, representatives of Crude Oil/Condensate Producers, Crude Oil Refinery-Owners Association of Nigeria, and Dangote Petroleum Refinery came up with the template for the buy-in of all.

“This is in a bid to foster a seamless implementation of the DCSO and ensure consistent supply of crude oil to domestic refineries.

“The Petroleum Industry Act, PIA intends to make the implementation (of crude oil obligation) easy for producers and refineries.

“So, the answer simply is that the transaction currency would be in Naira or dollar. That is the simple answer.

“But we all know that if the transaction is carried out in Naira, that will free the pressure on the exchange rate.

“That will help the exchange rate. So that is the intent, and besides, the overall intent of the Petroleum Industry Act is to develop our midstream, which is a very laudable provision of the PIA,” he said.

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BREAKING: Wike, Atiku Meet At PDP Caucus Meeting Ahead Of NEC

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, are currently attending the National Caucus meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja.

The duo, who sought the presidential ticket of the party for the 2023 election, are among stakeholders at the meeting holding at Bauchi Governors’ lodge behind ECOWAS secretariat in Asokoro.

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BREAKING: Court Grants EFCC Warrant to Arrest Ex-Kogi Gov Yahaya Bello

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The Federal High Court Sitting in Abuja has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, warrant to arrest the former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello.

Justice Emeka Nwite granted the warrant on Wednesday, April 17, at the instance of the EFCC.

According to the Judge, Bello’s arrest is preparatory to his arraignment on Thursday, April 18.

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