The Nigeria Security and Civil Corps (NSCDC) in Akwa Ibom said it had arrested 10 suspected illegal Liquified Petroleum Gas operators in the state.
The State Commandant of the corps, Mr Adeyinka Ayinla, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen at the end of a routine surveillance in Uyo on Thursday.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the routine surveillance was in conjunction with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in the state.
“We are going to investigate the matter and after thorough investigation, we will take them to court or to pay some penalties to DPR.
“We have been pleading with the people of the state not to engage in illegal business. This kind of business can kill and that is why we are telling them to desist from it,” Ayinla said.
He advised gas operators to stop the illegal business, saying that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.
“This process is not allowed, they are not facilities, people converted residential houses and commercial areas to gas plants, where they turned cylinders to become vessels.
“This process we will continue to say that the mode is not known to any known standard in oil and gas industry not only in Nigeria and to the World,” he said.
He noted that the department would continue to sensitise and create awareness on the dangers of the illegal business.
Kingsley-Sundaye said that the objective was to save lives and property in the state, adding that the department would not wait until the incident happens.
The controller said that the sister agency would continue close monitoring of the LPG refilling points across the state.
He advised the operators to desist from the business as it was dangerous even to the operators’ lives.
“Refilling in the process end with gas refilling plants, you cannot refill any cylinder at this point, what is allowed is gas resellers.
Edited & Vetted By: Joseph Edeh/Ismail Abdulaziz
Edo 2020: Gov. Emmanuel congratulates Obaseki, urges him to deliver more
Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo for his victory in the governorship election held on Saturday Sept. 19.
Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party ((PDP) was declared winner by INEC when he pulled a total vote of 307,955 to defeat the closest rival and the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.
The congratulatory message is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Emmanuel, Mr Ekerete Udoh, and given to newsmen in Uyo on Sunday.
“On behalf of the Government and the people of Akwa Ibom State, I join our brethren in Edo to congratulate our Brother, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, for securing the trust and faith of the good people of Edo State to superintend over the affairs of the State for another four years.
“As I have always said, a good job delivered well means more job to be done.
“I have no doubt that you will step up to the plate and deliver big time for the Edo people.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
NSCDC arrests 19 suspected rapists in Kaduna
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kaduna State Command, says it has arrested 19 suspected rapists in the state between August and September .
The Command Public Relations Officer, ASC Orndiir Terzungwe, made the disclosure in a media briefing at the command’s headquarters on Friday in Kaduna.
The suspects were arrested for alleged defiling and raping minors.
Terzungwe said, “in a bid to control increasing incidences of child defilement and rape, we in the NSCDC, Kaduna state command, have arrested no fewer than 19 suspected rapists from August to date.
“You may wish to note that our command which always seeks for support and collaboration from the public, is overwhelmingly grateful due to the positive responses so far.
“In view of the support received, we are gathered here at this moment to showcase the result of our collaboration with the good and law abiding people of the state and to seek for more.”
He said some of the rape cases were brought to the attention of the corps by the Ministry of Human Services, Civil Society Organisations, Kaduna Vigilance Service and individuals.
“Unfortunately, all of these cases involve minors who became victims of randy suspects,” he said.
According to him, results of some tests carried out on some victims at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) have revealed complications due to the dastardly acts.
He explained that 18 of the cases are in court, with high tendency that the suspects would be eventually convicted.
Terzungwe added that the remaining case was being investigated and the suspect would be charged to court after completion of the investigation.
“It is worrisome that despite legislative measures put in place by the state government to punish perpetrators of this evil act, many people still indulge in it.
“We in the corps are highly displeased with rising incidences of child defilement and rape in the state and will do everything legally possible to control same.
“It is hoped that as we remain resilient in discharging our duties to control this menace and other crimes, we will record high successes, especially with the recent approval of castration and Bilateral Salpingectomy for male and females respectively and death by the state assembly,” he said.
Terzungwe urged people of the state to continue with their support, in order to end all forms of criminality including banditry and kidnapping.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Edo Election: NSCDC deploys 13, 311 personnel for security operations
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says no fewer than 13, 311 of its personnel from across 10 states were deployed to Edo for Saturday governorship election.
Deputy Commandant General (DCG), Madu Kelechi, in charge of operations disclosed this in Benin on Friday while briefing newsmen on the corps preparedness for the Edo election.
Madu said that of the figure, about 7,331 personnel would be fully involved in the election while the others would be posted to protect critical national assets and infrastructure across the state.
He explained that the core mandate of the NSCDC was disaster management and the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure.
He added that the corps could not afford to leave the critical national assets in the state vulnerable to saboteurs because of the election, hence the deployment of some personnel to man the assets.
The DCG further disclosed that the corps would be working in synergy with the police as the lead security agency for the election as well as other sister security agencies.
He maintained that the corps was prepared, adding that after the preparation, some personnel like those from the counter terrorism and the intelligence units were deployed upfront for the election.
He also said that the personnel deployed have been trained at the corps headquarters in Abuja as well as by the NCDC on what to do as the election would be conducted in line with the COVID-19 principles.
He further said that the corps had sensitised the personnel on behavior as well as how to handle situation especially vote buying.
Madu listed the states from which the personnel were drawn from to include Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Anambra, Kogi, Imo, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos and Ekiti.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ismail Abdulaziz
DPR warns IPMAN against exploitation
Daboh said the department would continue to monitor all filling stations in the state to ensure that they dispense accurately.
The controller said any marketer caught under-dispensing product would have their filling stations sealed, and pay N100, 000 as fine on each pump discovered to be under-dispensing product.
He described as disheartening the way some independent marketers engage in sharp practices, adding that the DPR would not relent in its surveillance operations in the state.
Daboh, however, assured them of necessary support to succeed and advised them to always abide by all precautionary regulations.
Also speaking, Mr Femi Ogunmuyiwa, DPR Head’s of Operations, appealed to the marketers to always train their attendants on safety practices.
Ogunmuyiwa noted that some of the attendants lack requisite knowledge on safety procedure involved in the sales of oil and gas.
Mati said support of the DPR was necessary for their business to thrive.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Wale Ojetimi