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Court Jails Three Oil Thieves In PH

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Justices S. D. Pam and A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, convicted and sentenced three oil thieves to three months Community Service for illegal dealing in petroleum products.
The convicts: Illiyasu Ibrahim, Mallam Shehu Idris and Mohammed Bello were jailed on Monday, October 18, 2021 after pleading “guilty” to one-count separate charge bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products, upon their arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The lone- count charge read: “That you Illiyasu Ibrahim on or about the 10th day of September, 2021, at Port Harcourt Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court dealt in petroleum product to wit: Automotive Gas Oil which is not of the quality for Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (18) (a)(ii) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) Act, 2007 and punishable under the same Section”
They pleaded “guilty” to the charge preferred against them by the prosecution.
In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, N. A. Dodo, prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.
Defence counsel: M. M. Suleiman prayed the court to temper justice with mercy “for they are first -time offenders and have no previous criminal records”
Justice Pam convicted and sentenced Illiyasu Ibrahim to three (3) months Community Service with an option of fine of N50, 000).
In the same vein, Justice Mohammed convicted and sentenced Idris and Bello to the same three months Community Service with an option of fine of N50,000 each.
Both Judges ordered that the illegally- refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) stored in 23 jerry cans be sold by the court in conjunction with EFCC officials and the proceeds paid into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federal Government.
Additionally, the court required the convicts to depose to affidavits of good behaviour henceforth.
The Head Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said the convicts were arrested by operatives of the EFCC, acting on some verified intelligence, on September 6, 2021 at Ahoada Local Government Area of Rivers State, at the scene where several bunkered petroleum products were assembled and sold, along the road to trucks and vehicles within the location.

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Monarch Recommits To Peace, Security Of Ekpeye Land

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 Eze Ekpeye Logbo III, His Imperial Majesty, Eze Kelvin Ngozi Anugwo, has reiterated his commitment to peace, security and development of Ekpeye land.
Eze Anugwo stated this last Saturday, during the 2nd anniversary of his coronation, in his palace at Ula – Upata Community, in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.
 Anugwo who recalled  the painful incident that led to the detention of all the first class traditional rulers in Ekpeye land, appealed to Police authorities not to arrest any other traditional ruler.
Eze Ekpeye Logbo III called for a minute silence in honor the  slain Divisional Police Officer, SP Bako Angbashim and prayed  that the ghost of Bako should continue to haunt those responsible for his death.
He also hinted how he scaled through the keenly contested election of Eze Ekpeye Logbo held in 2022, at Ahoada, the administrative headquarters of Ekpeye Kingdom and thanked his guests for honouring him.
In their separate solidarity speeches, Ada Ekpeye Logbo, Dr. Patricia Wudhiga Ogbonnaya; the President- General of Uzugbani Ekpeye, Dr. Michael Ukechukwu Nyemenim; His Royal Highness, Eze Macauley Esonwo among other speakers extolled the virtues of the celebrant.
While pledging their unalloyed support to the administration of Eze Ekpeye Logbo III, they equally charged him to be stronger.
High points of the occasion include visitation of the ancestral home of Ekpeye people Ula-Ubie Community in Ahoada West Local Government Area, where the King was crowned;  thanksgiving service at the First African Church Ula-Upata and presentation of assorted drinks by the people of Igbu Orlukowor clan.
Recall that Anugwo, a business mogul, who beat three other contenders to emerge as the Eze Ekpeye Logbo III, in an election conducted on April 9, 2022 and was crowned on May 4, 2022  following the demise of His Imperial Majesty, Eze (Flt. Leut.) Robinson O. Robinson (rtd.).
The Tide learnt that Eze Anugwo, until his emergence as the Eze Ekpeye Logbo III, was occupying other traditional offices such as the Nye-Udu (King) Ede I, Agida Ekpeye II, and a member of corporate and professional bodies.
Present at the colourful occasion include the  Rivers State Commissioner for Housing, Dr. Gift Worlu, who represented Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara; His Majesty, Eze (Hon.) Cassidy O.W Ikebhidhi, Eze Igbu Akoh II; His Majesty, Eze Chinemerem Idoke, regent of Igbu Ehuda;  High Chief (Prof.) Kingsley Beke Kalagbor; High Chief Peter Wobeareri Wagbara, (Nye Weli Elele); ACP Cecy Brown, Ahoada Area Commander; among other dignitaries.
 Agimo, Emenike Benson
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Delta Attorney-General Laments Hike In Human Trafficking

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Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ekemejero Ohwovoriole (SAN) has lamented the increasing rate of human trafficking, especially the girl child in the state.
Ohwovoriole decried the increase in his office in Asaba when the zonal commander of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mr Nduka Nwawenne paid him a courtesy visit.
The Attorney-General stated that it was against the dignity of the state and disheartening to see that Delta State now ranked first in human trafficking, overtaking Edo State.
He stressed the need for stakeholders to tackle the menace, adding that if it was one single victim that was rescued, they would be rewarded for their efforts.
Ohwovoriole stated that young girls were the most vulnerable ones in the issue of human trafficking, stressing that children from poor family backgrounds also fall victim to human trafficking.
While saying that their request for an office space in the state would be looked into, to see how the government could be of assistance to them, he assured them of his ministry’s partnership in the fight against human trafficking.
He said that the Task Force on human trafficking and irregular migration, which he chairs, should be having regular meetings.
Earlier, the Zonal Commander of Naptip, Mr. Nwawenne informed the commissioner that Delta state had overtaken Edo state as the foremost state in human trafficking in nigeria.
He told the Attorney-General that their Zonal Command was the first to be established in Nigeria because of the prevailing issues of human trafficking in the area, noting that ika south was the highest in cases of human trafficking as a result of its proximity with edo state.
Nwawenne appealed to the Commissioner and the State Government to provide office accommodation for their officials to operate in Asaba.

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Army Arrests 50 Foreigners, Others For Job Racketeering

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The Nigerian Army said it has arrested 50 suspects, including foreigners, for alleged international job racketeering in Lagos.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who addressed journalists in Abuja, on Wednesday, said the suspects were arrested during an operation jointly conducted by the Army and the Nigeria Immigration Service.
He also disclosed that no fewer than 13 criminals were killed and 88 arrested during various operations across 20 states of the federation.
Among those arrested include 50 suspects comprising foreigners who were nabbed for alleged International job racketeering.
Onyema said, “In the South-West region, on November 2, 2023, troops of 9 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with personnel of Nigerian Immigration Service, Lagos State Command, conducted a raid operation on a suspected criminal hideout at Ifako Ijaye.
“During the operation, 50 suspects, including foreigners who specialise in international job racketeering, were arrested. In a similar development same day, the same troops arrested two suspects at a hotel in Ogba in the Ikeja LGA.
“The arrest was in connection with the murder of one Mallam Idris Ardo, the Ardo of Panya Village in Plateau State. Preliminary investigation revealed that one of the arrested suspects masterminded the killing of Ardo and fled the community since the incident occurred.”

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