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Man, Two Others In Police Net Over Fraud

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Three suspected notorious 419 fraudsters also known as “one chance drivers” are now in  police custody for defrauding a woman of N49,100.

The suspects, who specialise in duping unsuspecting passengers and travellers who boarded their vehicles to the state, also have a teenager girl as facilitator of their acts.

The suspect, who operate with a Mazda 323 vehicle with plate number Rivers DD 568 PHC were on Friday paraded by the police at the Operation Famuo Tangbei camp, a special police squad aimed at combating robbery and other heinous crimes in the state.

Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Musa Aliyu, who said the suspects had confessed to the crime, told journalist that they carried their woman victim with her loads, including mattress and empty jerry cans, from Igbogene Junction.

They asked her to hold the mattress and the cans, making it possible for them to distract her before collecting her money from her bag.

The victim, Mrs. Mercy Yuopele, a school teacher in Kaiama, Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area of the state, was later pushed out of the car before they drove off.

Her cry of agony attracted passersby and motorcyclists, who later chased the suspects, caught them and handed them over to the police on searching them, the police recovered one locally made pistol.

The commissioner commended men of the command for their quick intervention and effort at working tirelessly to ensure that all manners of crimes were curbed.

“The problem of increasing wave of 419 and car snatching is giving the command a sleepless night, he said, saying that given the combatant readiness of his officers and men, those in the act would be caught and made to face the law.

The police boss appealed to residents of the city to always report suspected criminals to the police for possible arrest and prosecution.

He warned that any of his men who collaborates with criminals will face dismissal, saying that those who also indulge in corrupt practices, especially extortion of money from the public, will also face similar fate when caught.

Narrating her ordeal, Mrs. Yuopele said, the fraudsters carried her from Igbogene junction and disposed her of her N49,100 before driving away.

The school teacher confirmed that the alerted members of the public who later chased and apprehended them before they could make away with her money and property.

Ndubuisi Emmanuel said to be the leader of the suspects.

While speaking to journalist, the leader of the suspects, Ndubuisi Emmanuel did not deny the allegation against him, but claimed that he took to crimes because of hardship to bring up five children.

He, however, denied ownership of the gun found inside the vehicle, just as he appealed to the police to have mercy on him as first offender, and for the fact that his wife had just put to bed two days earlier.

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Troops Immobilise 39 Illegal Refineries, Recover 950,000 Litres Of Stolen Crude Oil In N’Delta

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Troops of Operation Delta Safe have discovered and immobilised a total of 39 illegal refining sites, 91 cooking ovens, 24 reservoirs, 17 large dugout pits and 96 storage tanks in the Niger Delta region in the last two weeks.
Also, a total of 637,500 liters of illegally refined automotive gas oil; and 950,000 liters of stolen crude oil were recovered in the course of the operations.
Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko made this known at a briefing yesterday. He said, ten (10) criminals associated with pipeline vandalism, piracy, illegal oil bunkering and armed robbery were arrested.
Onyeuko said recovered items in the worse of the operations which included; 3 assorted arms, 48 rounds of different calibres of ammunitions, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines as well as 17 pieces of galvanised pipes and 23 wooden boats among other items used for illegal oil bunkering activities along with all the arrested criminals, have been handed over to relevant security agencies for further action.
According to him, troops’ of Delta Safe conducted these operations at different locations in villages, creeks and towns in Emohua, Ikwere, Port Harcourt and Ahoada LGAs of Rivers State.
Other locations were villages, towns and creeks in; Warri South, Warri South-West and Warri North LGAs of Delta State as well as in Ekeremor, Brass and Southern Ijaw LGAs of Bayelsa State.

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Four Kidnapped UNIPORT Students Regain Freedom

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The four students of the University of Port Harcourt who were abducted by gunmen have regained their freedom.
The students were returning from the Ahoada area of Rivers State when the kidnappers struck and whisked them away.
Report Say the victims escaped on Wednesday when a team of security operatives invaded the kidnappers’ den and engaged them in a shootout.
The Public, Relations Officer of the University, Sam Kpenu, while confirming the development, said the students had been reunited with their families.
He said, “Four students of the University of Port Harcourt who were kidnapped last weekend have been released and reunited with their families.
“Gbaa Nenubari, Asumbo Elizabeth, Eze Chimezie and Onosigho Augustine were abducted on their way from the Orashi River where they had gone for a vegetation sampling for their final year project and postgraduate research work.”
Kpenu said the Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Owunari Georgewill, who received the four students in his office, commended the Nigeria Police Force, the Chief Security Officer of the university and the entire security agencies in Rivers and Bayelsa states for their prompt intervention which led to the release of the victims.

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Police, Civil Defence Clash Over ‘Illegal Oil Bunkering Site’ In Rivers

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The police in Rivers State, have narrated how their operatives clashed with the personnel of a sister security agency – the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) over an alleged illegal oil bunkering site in the state.
The police spokesperson in the state, Grace Iringe-Koko, in a statement in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said police operatives who visited the illegal refining site at Ogbogoro Community for an operation, were resisted by armed officials of the NSCDC.
Iringe-Koko, a deputy superintendent of police, said the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, George Ariolu, visited the site with a detachment of police operatives led by Akika Solomon, an assistant commissioner of police.
She said armed civil defence officials, about 20 of them, prevented the chairman’s team from having access to the site.
“They were eventually disarmed and arrested by the police before Ariolu had access into the depot,” she said.
“We are fully committed to fighting the war against illegal oil bunkering to a logical conclusion,” she said.
In his reaction, Bature Aliyu, the NSCDC Commandant in Rivers State, dismissed claims that the site was used for illegal oil activities.
“The marine exhibit yard in Ogbogoro jetty is not an illegal bunkering site.
“It is a holding bay used by NSCDC to detain boats, vessels, barges and drums used for illegal oil bunkering,” he said.
Mr Aliyu, who spoke through an Assistant Commandant of Corps, Michael Oguntuase, said that NSCDC’s Commandant-General, Ahmed Audi, visited and endorsed the site in 2021.
“So, the yard is NSCDC’s marine exhibits yard and not an illegal dump.
“Most of the exhibits there were arrested by the Nigerian Navy and handed over to us, while some of the arrests were made by us.
“The Ogbogoro jetty is a no-go area for anybody because destroying the yard means destroying the exhibits,” he said.
Mr Aliyu urged members of the public to report any NSCDC personnel found culpable of oil theft, illegal bunkering and vandalism in the state.
The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared war on operators of illegal refineries in the state.
The governor recently accused the police and the civil defence of aiding and abetting the operation of illegal refineries in the state.

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