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Navy destroys over 15,000 litres of illegal diesel in Ondo

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Navy destroys over 15,000 litres of illegal diesel in Ondo

Navy destroys over 15,000 litres of illegal diesel in Ondo

Men of the Anti-Crude Oil Theft Patrol Team of the Nigeria Navy Forward Operating Base Igbokoda, Ondo State, said they had arrested and destroyed 15,775 litres of illegally refined automotive gas oil, also known as diesel, in Igbokoda, the headquarters of Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Sunday.

The military also said the destroyed product seized from oil thieves was worth millions of naira.

The Executive Officer of the Base, Commander Humphrey Nnaji, on behalf of the Commanding Officer, Captain Wasuku Alushi, disclosed this on Sunday.

According to him, the illegal products were destroyed in accordance with the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe mandate on COT.

He said, “On credible Intel, the task force moved to sustain the fight against illegal bunkering and in the process, tracked and intercepted a wooden boat, popularly referred to as Cotonou boat laden with crude oil.

“The wooden boat was intercepted about 12NM  off the coast of adjoining Ojumole and Obe community in Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo State. On sighting of the Naval personnel, the crew abandoned the boat and fled.”

The commanding officer also reiterated the commitment of the base to stamp out the menace of COT and other crimes in Igbokoda and its environs. He added that the base would intensify its intelligence gathering, surveillance, robust and aggressive maritime, vehicular as well as static deployment of personnel at strategic locations, especially choke points within the Base area of operation.

“So far, within six weeks of the CO’s assumption of command, the base has made great strides in the arrest and destruction of illegally refined products, all in accordance with OPDS directive/mandate.

“On 13 October 23, 2023, a wooden boat laden with about 2000 litres of suspected illegally refined crude products was intercepted and destroyed at Awoye. In another operation on same day, based on credible intelligence, the base discovered an illegal storage site with approximately 5000 litres of illegal products at Ugbo-Nla, which was destroyed in accordance with OPDS directives.

“In furtherance of the Base operations against COT, on 27 Oct 23, the Base stormed an IRS at Obe- Akinboye in Obenla community, which was observed to be under reactivation for illegal refining of illegally refined AGO which was also destroyed in accordance with the mandate. On 30 October the Base also discovered a storage facility for illegal refined products at old market road Igbokoda with 11 by 25 litres containers of illegally refined products totalling 275 litres”, he stated.

Navy destroys over 15,000 litres of illegal diesel in Ondo

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Police arrest suspected vehicle, motorcycle snatcher in Kaduna

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The Police Command in Kaduna State, said its operatives have arrested a suspect with 30 different fabricated master keys of vehicles and motorcycles in Kaduna.

The command’s spokesperson, ASP Mansir Hassan, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna.

Hassan said, “The suspect specialises in vehicle and motorcycle theft .

“In July 20, at about 0230hrs our personnel received a distress call that a shop was burgled.

“Upon receiving the information, our operatives immediately drafted to the area.”

He said on arriving at the scene, that the suspect, Zahradeenee Suleiman was arrested in the shop .

According to him, the suspect is a resident of Galma road, Tsugugi area of Sabon Gari Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State and 35 years old.

“Upon search, about 30 different sizes of keys of vehicle and motorcycles were recovered including two locally fabricated master keys in his possession,” Hassan said.

He added that the suspect was said to have specialised in the theft of vehicles and motorcycles.
Hassan said that the suspect would be charged to Court for prosecution after the completion of investigation.

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Biden condemns Russia’s 16-year sentence for U.S. reporter

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U.S. President Joe Biden has sharply criticised the 16-year sentence for U.S reporter Evan Gershkovich, imposed on Friday by a Russian court.

According to the president, Gershkovich was targeted by Russia “because he is a journalist and an American.”

Biden, in a statement released by the White House, said the reporter had “committed no crime.”

He added that the U.S. government will continue to fight for the Wall Street Journal reporter’s release as well as for all U.S. citizens unlawfully detained abroad.

“Journalism is not a crime,” Biden said, adding that both he and the United Nations have said that Russia is wrongfully detaining the reporter.

“We will continue to stand strong for press freedom in Russia and worldwide, and stand against all those who seek to attack the press or target journalists,” the U.S. president added.

(dpa/NAN)

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APC, Police disagree over attack on Okpebholo, Shaibu in Edo

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo Staten has accused the state police command of complicity in the attack on its Governorship Candidate, Sen. Monday Okpebholo and the reinstated deputy governor, Philip Shaibu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that gunmen attacked the two on Thursday while exiting Benin Airport shortly after they arrived from Abuja aboard a chartered flight.

The party, during a press conference on Friday in Benin, called for the sack of the Commissioner of Police, Funso Adegboye.

Kassim Afegbua, Director of Media, APC Campaign Council for the Sept. 21 election, said the ruthless shooting and killing of a policeman was witnessed by the police chief.

Afegbua said the party had petitioned the Inspector-General of Police to look into the case and check how the police commissioner undermined the role of the police.

According to him, some members of the party, who saw the commissioner at the airport shared the intelligence of what was about to happen, but unfortunately, he allegedly ignored it.

The director of media described the attack on the candidate as an assassination attempt as well as a disdain for peace that the state and its people were known for.

Reacting, Adegboye exonerated himself of any wrongdoing during the mayhem.

He refuted a claim that intelligence was shared with him ahead of the attack, saying there was no crisis throughout his stay at the airport.

The commissioner noted, however, that an investigation was ongoing and those whose names had been mentioned in the incident would be arrested soon.

(NAN)

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