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Illegal oil dealings: NSCDC collaborates with Nigerian Navy in Rivers



Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Rivers State Command, said the fight against criminalities and illegal oil dealings in the State has taken a new shape.

Speaking at the Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder during a strategic meeting with the Navy Service Commander in Rivers State, the NSCDC State Commandant, Michael Besong Ogar said the meeting was premised on the need to cement the long term existing relationship with the Nigerian Navy who remains a critical partner in the fight against illegal dealings in petroleum products across the Coastal Region.

Commandant Ogar noted that from the series of arrests made by the Command and cases handed over for prosecution by the NNS Pathfinder, the NSCDC Rivers State Command through her Legal Department has gotten forfeitures of 39 Boats and proceeds remitted to the Federal Government coffers.

He also affirmed that 11 Suspects have been convicted for illegal oil bunkering activities, vandalism of oil pipelines, conspiracy, economic sabotage while 30 suspects are currently being arraigned in Court.

While extolling the outstanding role of the Nigerian Navy and the level of relationship with the NSCDC, Commandant Michael Ogar solicited for a more robust Synergy most especially in the areas of training and re-training of Personnel, sharing of intelligence before, during and after tactical operations to enhance the war against criminal minded persons sabotaging the Nation’s economy through illegal oil bunkering activities in Rivers State.

In his response the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder Port Harcourt, Commodore SD Ibrahim called for a concerted effort by the Security Agencies and all critical stakeholders in the fight against illegal oil bunkering in Rivers State, which he said had overtime erupted into environmental degradation, health hazards and pollution of the marine life.

He maintained that the war against vandals would not be limited to arrests of suspects on the waterways alone but also extended to their sponsors and would- be- buyers of the products, noting that with thorough investigation the prosecuting agencies must dig deep into such cases to unravel the numerous actors behind the crime.

The Commander NNS PATHFINDER affirmed that his Command would give maximum support to the NSCDC Rivers State Command in capacity building for effective service delivery, Intelligence gathering, Joint operations and unrelenting war against pipeline vandalism in order to rid the Nation’s economy of saboteurs.


UNN lecturer caught pants down inside office with student



A lecturer of University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, has been caught pants down inside his office with a female student.

The man whose name is yet to be ascertained by newsmen is said to be a lecturer in the School of General Studies of the institution.

The victim is alleged to be someone’s wife.

A voice in the viral video said: “We have been following this case from day one. As you can see we have all the chats, voice notes, videos and everything.”

Commenting under the video, a student identified the man in the video, claiming he taught him Peace and Conflict, a course under General Studies, during his time in UNN.

He said: “That is my lecturer in UNN, he taught us Peace and Conflict under GS in my time. We called him or rather, he called himself “The Short Man.” He was very strict with us in class. It’s unfortunate that he was involved in this.”

Another source said: “When he wants to sleep with someone’s wife? Well, it was planned by her husband, UNN security with some students. Even when the lady offered him money he refused. Well, with this, if he still remains, he will never try that again”.

When contacted to speak on the matter, the Public Relations Officer of the institution said he was yet to see the video.

He said he would investigate to find out if it’s true.

Meanwhile, a lecturer, who sought to remain anonymous identified the location of where the incident happened as a GS building. He, however, said he couldn’t disclose the name of the man in the video.

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Justice served: Two defendants await sentence for motorcycle theft



In a recent case brought before the Magistrates’ Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, the wheels of justice turned decisively as two individuals, John Simon and Yusuf Nikie, found themselves facing the weight of the law for their involvement in the theft of a motorcycle. Their guilty pleas echoed through the courtroom, leading Magistrate Michael Bawa to order their remand in a correctional facility pending further proceedings, with the final judgment slated for May 2.

Simon and Nikie stood accused by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, charged on two counts: conspiracy and theft. The narrative unfolded as Prosecutor Marcus Audu presented the facts to the court. According to Audu, the saga began when Tanko Umaru, the aggrieved party, filed a report at the corps’ office in Kafanchan on April 13, detailing the disturbing incident.

The prosecution outlined the sequence of events, alleging that the defendants brazenly entered Umaru’s residence in Bakin Kogi and absconded with his prized possession—an emblem of mobility and livelihood—a Bajaj motorcycle. Yet, their scheme was thwarted as the long arm of the law swiftly intervened. The diligent efforts of law enforcement culminated in the apprehension of Simon and Nikie during the investigative process, with the stolen motorcycle discovered in their possession, serving as damning evidence against them.

The gravity of their actions was underscored by the legal framework within which they operated. Audu emphasized that Simon and Nikie had transgressed against the provisions outlined in Sections 58 and 270 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, reflecting the severity of their offenses under the jurisdiction of the court.

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Lagos trader jailed 5 years for receiving N2.19m stolen property



An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced a 22-year-old trader, Mohammed Abdulhamid, to five years imprisonment for receiving stolen property worth N2.19 million.

The convict who resides in Ayobo area, Lagos, had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. O. Fagbohun, sentenced the convict to Kirikiri Correctional Centre without an option of fine.

Fagbohun noted that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Felicia Okwori, told the court that the offences were committed between June  2023 at 56, Captain Davies Road, Ayobo, Lagos.

Okwori said the convict received stolen property from one Mohammed Awalu, security guard to the complainant, Mrs Omolola Idowu.

She disclosed that Awalu is currently serving his jail term on the same offences.

She added that the convict and others still at large stole the complainant’s property when she travelled.

The prosecutor listed the stolen property to include two gates valued at N540,000, window protectors worth N870,000 and a power generator worth N300,000.

She listed other stolen items as ceiling fan worth N25,000, gas cooker N375,000, and a pumping machine valued at N85,000, all totalling N2.19 million.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 328 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015

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