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  •  Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals 2 high profile sea pirates
    Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates
     Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals 2 high profile sea pirates
    Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates
    Defence/Security5 days ago

    Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates

    Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates Vandals By Sumaila Ogbaje Abuja, Aug. 11, 2023 Troops of Operation Delta Safe have in the last two weeks apprehended 10 suspected pipeline vandals and two high profile sea pirates in the Niger Delta.

    The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing of the Defence Headquarters, on Thursday in Abuja.

    Onyeuko gave the names of the arrested sea pirates as Fagha Golden (aka) Fine Boy and Victor Elkanah (aka) Victor Padi. He said Fine Boy was apprehended at Nonwa village in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers, while Padi was captured at Pharzy Spring Diagnostic and Wellness Hospital in One-Eleme Local Government Area of the state.

    According to him, the suspects are notorious for series of armed attacks on oil vessels, kidnapping of expatriates and illegal oil bunkering in Rivers.

    “The large quantity of crude and Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and the number of arrested crude oil thieves shows the unrelenting efforts by the troops.

    “Troops have sustained offensive posture to deny criminals the much needed space for their illegal operation in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.

    “In the process several illegal oil refining sites were discovered and destroyed.

    “These include 37 illegal refineries, 68 dugout pits, 188 storage tanks, 33 wooden boats, 16 pumping machines, one generator, one vehicle, 175 cooking ovens and 23 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

    “Also, recovered was 3.7 million litres of crude oil and 2.01 million litres of AGO,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  2 men to know fate on Sept 13 over N1 8bn oil fraud
    2 men to know fate on Sept.13 over N1.8bn oil fraud
     2 men to know fate on Sept 13 over N1 8bn oil fraud
    2 men to know fate on Sept.13 over N1.8bn oil fraud
    General news2 weeks ago

    2 men to know fate on Sept.13 over N1.8bn oil fraud

    An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday reserved judgment in the case involving  two men: Ogbor Eliot, and Kelvin Chris, charged with attempted N1.8bn oil fraud for Sept.13. Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case following  the adoption of the final written address of the counsel.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendants are standing trial, alongside a company, Danium Energy Services Ltd., on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.

    The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    At Friday’s proceedings, in adopting the final written addresses, counsel to the defendants, unanimously prayed the court to discharge and acquit their respective clients.

    They urged the court to hold that the prosecution had not proven the case against their clients beyond any reasonable doubt.

    The Economic and Financial Crimes  Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, in adopting his final written address, urged the court to dismiss the arguments of the defence counsel, arguing that they lacked  merits and  prayed the court to convict the defendants as charged.

    “The case against the defendants before your lordship is such that it is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf.

    “I urge the court to take into cognisance, the fact that the defendants created an impression that Total Nigeria Plc, issued to the defendants local purchase order, Ref. Nos 330 and 33,  for the supply of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).

    “These two local purchase orders gave the impression that Total Nigeria Plc contracted the third defendant to supply to it, 10,000 metric tonnes per each of those LPOs for a particular sum.

    “And so, the third defendant, armed with these LPOs, contracted Sterling Bank Plc to finance the purported documents emanating from Total Nigeria Pl “The prosecution has shown to my lord, that the LPOs were forged, and the original of the documents which Total said that the referenced documents in contention, were not issued to the third defendant, ” he said.

    EFCC had alleged that the defendants and the company had attempted to fraudulently deceive Sterling Bank Plc into lending them money through a fraudulent scheme.

    This was on the pretext to finance Local Purchase Orders (LPO) for 20,000 metric tonnes of AGO, to be  supplied  to Total Nigeria Plc. The prosecution submitted that the defendants and the company had sometime in February 2016 in Lagos, with intent to defraud, conspired amongst themselves to obtain the sum of N1.8 billion by false pretence from Sterling Bank Plc. EFCC also alleged that the defendants, with intent to defraud, induced Sterling Bank Plc to deliver to Danium Energy Services Ltd., the total sum of N1.8 billion.

    It added that it was under the false pretence that Total Nigeria Plc vide Purchase Orders (PO), with Ref. No. 0216330 and 02331 dated Feb.3 2016, contracted Danium Energy Services Ltd to supply 20,000 metric tonnes of AGO in two tranches of 10,000 metric tonnes, each valued at the aggregate sum of N2.3 billion.

    The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    The prosecution said that the alleged offences contravened Section 1(1) (a) (b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NSCDC apprehends 8 suspects siezes 7 trucks with adulterated AGO in A Ibom
    NSCDC apprehends 8 suspects, siezes 7 trucks with adulterated AGO in A’Ibom 
     NSCDC apprehends 8 suspects siezes 7 trucks with adulterated AGO in A Ibom
    NSCDC apprehends 8 suspects, siezes 7 trucks with adulterated AGO in A’Ibom 
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    NSCDC apprehends 8 suspects, siezes 7 trucks with adulterated AGO in A’Ibom 

    The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps  (NSCDC), says it has apprehended eight suspects and impounded seven trucks containing 315, 000 litres of suspected adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in Akwa ibom.

    The NSCDC Commandant in Akwa Ibom, Mr Suleman Mafara, said this while addressing newsmen at the command’s exhibits yard in Uyo on Monday.

    Mafara said the suspects were arrested based on intelligence and surveillance by operatives of the Anti Vandals unit  of the NSCDC Akwa Ibom command on July 7 along Calabar-Itu highway, barely 24 hours after his assumption of duty in the state.

    He said that the command would not relent on its mandate of protecting government critical assets and infrastructure from vandalism.

    He said the activities of vandals and criminals were economic sabotage, adding that the command would not give them any breathing space to operate in the state.

    “Today being Monday 18 July,  2022 the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom  Command is parading eight suspects arrested in possession of AGO obtained through illegal means.

    “A total of seven trucks were impounded carrying 315, 000 litres of adulterated petroleum products (AGO) believed to have been possessed illegally through bunkering and falsification of documents and waybills“They were arrested along Calabar- Itu highway moving to various parts of the country.

    We have commenced our investigations and we have almost completed.

    “As soon as we finish our investigation, we are  charging them to Court.

    I want to make it clear to all Nigerians that the NSCDC under the leadership of our Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Audi, will not relent in tackling all forms of criminal activities.

    “I want to use this medium to appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians to support NSCDC for the betterment of the Nigerian society,” Mafara said.

    The commandant assured Akwa Ibom people that the Command would make the state uncomfortable for criminal elements.

    He warned criminals and vandals to have a rethink and relocate out of the state as the place was no longer safe for economic saboteurs.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Edo NSCDC arrests 10 suspects with 55 000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum product
    Edo NSCDC arrests 10 suspects with 55,000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum product
     Edo NSCDC arrests 10 suspects with 55 000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum product
    Edo NSCDC arrests 10 suspects with 55,000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum product
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Edo NSCDC arrests 10 suspects with 55,000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum product

    The Edo Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday announced the arrest of 10 suspects in connection with suspected adulterated petroleum product.

    Mr Samuel Dan, the state Commandant of the corps, announced this in his office in Benin during an interactive session with newsmen.

    Dan said the suspects, who were arrested for allegedly dealing on suspected adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), popularly known as diesel, were caught by the anti vandal unit of the command in synergy with the Nigerian Army.

    He also disclosed that the suspects were arrested near the Ekehuan road in the state capital on Tuesday.

    He further disclosed that the suspects were arrested with seven vehicles comprising two trucks and five others conveying the product.

    He explained that whereas the two trucks had 15,000 litres of suspected adulterated petroleum product, three of the other five had 19 drums, 15 drums, and another 15 drums respectively.

    “The other two vehicles had 40 jerry cans of 25 litres and 90 jerrycans of 25 litres.

    “And when all the quantity of product carried by the seven vehicles are added, it sums up to more than 55,000 litres”, he said.

    The commandant revealed that investigation into the crime had commenced, and if the suspects were found culpable, they would be charged to court according to the law.

    He therefore, warned vandals in the state sabotaging the economy of the country to desist from the act.

    According to him, ”We want to use this opportunity to warn vandals in the state sabotaging the economy of the country to desist from such acts.

    “We want to also appeal to citizens of the state to give useful information to the corps as well as other security agencies as it had to do with criminals in the state.”
    DCO,

    Source: NAN

  •  Smuggling Customs seizes contraband worth N27 6m in Kebbi
    Smuggling: Customs seizes contraband worth N27.6m in Kebbi 
     Smuggling Customs seizes contraband worth N27 6m in Kebbi
    Smuggling: Customs seizes contraband worth N27.6m in Kebbi 
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    Smuggling: Customs seizes contraband worth N27.6m in Kebbi 

    The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has seized contraband worth N27.6 million within two weeks in Kebbi State.

    The Area Controller of the command, Mr Joseph Attah, made this known while briefing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday.

    He said, “In compliance with the Federal Government’s directives aimed at ensuring food security in the country, the Command has strengthened vigilance at the borders to check any attempt to smuggle out food produce.

    “To this end, the Command has intercepted an articulated vehicle fully loaded with bags of grains.

    “The outbound Daf truck was intercepted by officers and men of the Command along Kamba-Bunza Road on Sunday, 15 May, and a physical examination of the truck revealed that it was carrying 800 bags of white sorghum with a Duty Paid Value of N6.2 million.

    Attah also added that one trailer was intercepted by our vigilant officers conveying the same white sorghum along Kamba Road.

    “But upon the driver’s failure to produce export documents, the truck was detained in our Headquarters and was later released on compassionate ground with the owner promising to return the product to their warehouse for domestic consumption.

    “But upon the release of the truck, they went and trans-loaded the content into another truck which we intercepted as they tried to evade our officers’ checks. The owner’s repeated attempt to smuggle this food produce has failed with this interception,” he said.

    According to him, the ongoing crisis between countries known for grain production has created an uncertainty in the global market.

    He noted that it is imperative to secure the locally-produced grains to avoid plunging Nigeria into food crisis.

    “In addition to putting our officers and men on high alert, we have undertaken stakeholders’ engagements across all our borders, enlightening border communities on the implication of exporting farm produce, especially grains,” he said.

    Attah also revealed that the command had, from 1 May to 15 May, seized 209 jerricans of Premium Motor Spirits (PMS), 18 jerricans of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), and a Daf Truck used as means of conveyance.

    “This is in addition to 39 bags of foreign parboiled rice, five cartons of medicament and 10 bales of second-hand clothing, among others.

    “The Duty Paid Value of all the items in the period under review is N27.6 million, and amount generated as fees from the auction sales of the PMS and AGO have been remitted to the Federal Government,” he said.

    The controller expressed the command’s readiness to facilitate trade for stakeholders who chose to transact their business through the command following the reopening of Kamba border and the reactivation of the Command’s ICT. .

    (NAN)

  •  Troops deactivate more illegal refineries recover stolen products in N Delta
    Troops deactivate more illegal refineries, recover stolen products in N/Delta
     Troops deactivate more illegal refineries recover stolen products in N Delta
    Troops deactivate more illegal refineries, recover stolen products in N/Delta
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    Troops deactivate more illegal refineries, recover stolen products in N/Delta

    The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Delta Safe have deactivated more illegal refining sites, recovered large quantity of stolen products in Niger Delta within three weeks.

    The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, said this while briefing newsmen on the operations of the armed forces in the lasr  three weeks on Thursday in Abuja.

    Onyeuko said the troops had continued to clamp down on the activities of oil thieves and other criminal elements in different parts of Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers respectively.

    He said the troops discovered several illegal refining sites with 133 ovens, 194 metal tanks storage,  127 dugout pits, five wooden boats, 12 receivers, two engines, two pumping machines and five trucks among other things.

    He said a total of 7.7 million litres of crude oil and 10.8 million litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) were recovered within the period under review, adding that the recovered items had been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.

    the defence spokesperson further said that troops of Operation Dakatar Da Barawo, also discovered and destroyed several illegal refinery sites with 145 ovens, 201 storage metal tanks, nine pumping machines.

    Other items according to him, are one Yamaha 40HP outboard engines, 55 dugout pits, 58 drums of AGO, two wooden boats, 100 polythene bags illegally refined AGO and one tanker loaded with illegal refined AGO.

    “Cumulatively, within the weeks under review,  a total of 1.7 million litres of AGO, 3.8illion litres of crude oil, 350,000 litres of sludge, 20,000 litres of PMS and 100,000 litres of DPK were recovered.

    “All arrested criminals and recovered items were handed over to the appropriate authorities for further actions,” he said.

    (NAN)

  •  EFCC arraigns businesswoman for issuing N57 6m dud cheque in Lagos
    EFCC arraigns businesswoman for issuing N57.6m dud cheque in Lagos
     EFCC arraigns businesswoman for issuing N57 6m dud cheque in Lagos
    EFCC arraigns businesswoman for issuing N57.6m dud cheque in Lagos
    Headlines7 months ago

    EFCC arraigns businesswoman for issuing N57.6m dud cheque in Lagos

    The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, prosecuted Oluremi Philips before Judge SO Solebo of the Special Crimes Court based in Ikeja, Lagos.

    In a statement Thursday, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said Ms Philips, along with her company, Omritas Energy Limited, faces a five-count charge bordering on theft and writing bad checks for a sum of N57, 690,000.00.

    One of the charges reads: “Oluremi Ebun Philips and Omritas Energy Limited, sometime in 2016 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, fraudulently converted and stole the sum of N57,690,000.00, owned by AYM Shafa Limited intended for the supply of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), which you did not supply”.

    Another charge reads: “Oluremi Ebun Philips and Omritas Energy Limited, on or about April 10, 2017 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, knowingly issued a Diamond Bank check in the amount of N14, 298,075.00 payable to AYM Shafa Limited, which when presented for payment was not honored due to insufficient funds to credit the account.”

    She pleaded "not guilty" to the charges.

    In view of his guilty plea, the prosecutor, TJ Banjo, asked the Court to set a date for the defendant's trial and preventive detention.

    However, the defense attorney, Akin Olatunji, informed the court of the defendant's bail request, which he said had also been filed and notified to the prosecution.

    In response, Banjo confirmed the receipt and noted that "we intend to react to the same and file a counter affidavit."

    Thereafter, Judge Solebo postponed until February 14 and 15, 2022 for "trial and ruling on the request for bail."

    The defendant was also ordered to remain in pretrial detention at the Correctional Center until the next adjournment date.