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NDLEA Fortifies Borders, Seaports Against Trafficking

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The National Drug Law
Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has fortified security checks at the borders and seaports to make it difficult for drug traffickers to penetrate or leave the country.
The Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmed Giade, made the assertion in an interview with our correspondent on Tuesday in Lagos.
Giade told our correspondent on telephone that the agency’s commanders at the points of entry and exit were collaborating with the Nigeria Customs Service to monitor the movement of goods and services.
He said the NDLEA also conducted search on vehicles and containers suspected to contain drugs and investigate suspicious shipments at all entry and exit points, including airports.
According to him, the agency is conducting enlightenment campaigns in workplaces, schools, motor parks, markets and other places.
The chairman added that the steps were taken to create drug awareness through the enlightenment programme in the society at all levels.
“The agency has a zero tolerance for drug trafficking and smuggling business across the country; we have deployed our officers to all the boarders and areas prone to trafficking.
“Besides investigation, arrests and prosecution of drug offenders, the NDLEA is saddled with conducting enlightenment about drugs in workplaces, schools, motor parks, markets and other places,’’ Giade said.
The chairman appealed to youths to turn away from illicit drug trafficking business as it would not only destroy their health but would dent the country’s image.
“Efforts shall be intensified towards public enlightenment on the dangers of drug production, trafficking and abuse through the social agents such as guardians, churches and mosques,” he said.
He promised that the agency would work round the clock in addressing the problems of drug trafficking and ensure that Nigeria was regarded as a drug-free nation.

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Oil Spills From Aiteo’s Well For Two Weeks

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Oil has been spilling from a well owned by Nigeria’s Aiteo Eastern E&P and state-run NNPC for two weeks in southern Nigeria, local residents and politicians said on Friday, saying it threatened the environment and local economy.
Aiteo said on Nov. 9 an “extremely high order” oil spill had started on Nov. 5 and that the pressure on the wellhead meant it was impossible to halt it immediately. It had no immediate comment on Friday but said a new statement was being prepared.
NNPC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Local residents shared videos with Reuters from Nov. 13 and Nov. 14 showing oil spewing from the wellhead in the Nembe area of the Delta, one of the most polluted places on earth after decades of spills that have hurt farming and fishing.
They said the oil was still gushing out on Friday, two weeks after the initial spill.
“Governor Douye Diri is gravely concerned that if the high volume of crude being spill continuously is not stopped immediately, it will spread to many more communities and undermine the economic life of residents,” his spokesman said.
The spokesman also said in a statement that Aiteo had not yet taken “any concrete step” towards stemming the leak.
The well, which is not in production, was purchased from Royal Dutch Shell in 2015.
Aiteo previously said it had not determined the cause of the leak but did not rule out sabotage or an attempt to steal crude, both common in the restive, economically deprived area.
Community leader Nimibofa Degi told Reuters that Aiteo had ignored the community’s initial reports of the leak and said locals had said they could see corrosion in the wellhead casing.
“Rather than look inwards at their safety procedures for such high pressure wells they are pointing accusing fingers at innocent people,” he said.

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Police Vow To Reduce Crimes In Eastern Ports

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The Eastern Ports Police Command has promised to curtail the spate of crimes and criminality in all the four ports in the region.
The Command also said the peace and security of the ports remained its top priorities.
Commissioner of Police, Eastern Ports Command, Tami Evelyn Peterside, stated this during a courtesy visit by members of Energy and Maritime Reporters (EMR) in Port Harcourt.
She noted that the Command under her watch would ensure that crimes and all forms of criminality in the ports were brought to its barest minimum, as to allow business to thrive in the ports
The commissioner noted that the maritime economy is one of the ways the nation generates revenue to run the economy, assuring that her proactive styles of policing the ports would reduce the menace.
“We are working towards achieving some goals in the country; as police, we police everything to curtail crimes and make things work. We make sure there is peace and security in the ports, the ports generate revenue and make the business environment workable for both the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), operators and investors.
“I do not like crimes and criminality. I will try and bring it to its barest minimum in the Eastern ports.
“We will continue to do our work and ensure that these vandals, criminals do not kill the businesses here in the ports”, Peter side declared
On the two suspects arrested for stealing key Aprons from the BUA terminal in Rivers Port Complex, Peterside said the suspects had been charged to court including those caught stealing wheats from the port.
Earlier, the chairman of the Energy and Maritime Reporters Corp, (EMR), Martins Giadom, said the essence of the interactive session was to create friendship that would be of mutual benefits to the group and the command.
He said that EMR would be an information asset to the Nigerian Ports Authority, International Oil Companies (IOCs) and other stakeholders in their reportage.
He commended the Police Commissioner and her team over the arrest of key Apron vandals and wheat thieves in the Eastern Ports Command.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Navy Warns Ship Owners Against Illegal Marine Activities

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The Nigerian Navy Service (NNS) has warned ship owners and companies operating in the Niger Delta communities to shun illegal marine activities or risk seizure of their vessels.
The Service also appealed to ship owners and other stakeholders to seek and obtain all necessary approvals before embarking on any maritime activity in the region.
NSS made this known in a statement by its Executive Officer, NNS, Delta, Navy Capt.Levi Deyin, while handing over a vessel, MT Madam Esther, that was allegedly impounded to its owner, Snow White Energy Limited.
The Service explained that the vessel, MT Madam Esther, was impounded in respect of alleged illegal activities at Escravos in Delta State.
Deyin said the vessel which was released to the representatives of the company at the Warri Naval Base, was seized in January 2020 in Escravos by the Naval personnel following its alleged involvement in illegal activities.
He said that the vessel was released to its owner following the conclusion of the case and approval from the Naval headquarters.
“MT Madam Esther was arrested by the Base in January 2020 for its involvement in illegal activities.
“Following the conclusion of the case and the approval from the Naval headquarters, I, Capt. Levi Deyin, on behalf of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), hereby handover the MT Madam Esther to you.
“You are hereby warned to desist from all forms of illegalities in the future and to always obtain the necessary approval for your activities’’, Deyin said.
The statement added that the manager of the company, Mr Okpoi Iteimo-owei, accompanied by some staff were present to receive the vessel on behalf of the firm.

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