The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Rivers State Command, paraded within the week not less than 20 suspects for various offences ranging from pipeline vandalism, illegal dealings on petroleum products and other crimes.
Spokesman of the NSCDC in the State,Olufemi Ayodele, said the arrest is one of the huge successes of the State Commandant, Basil Igwebueze, who assumed office recently.
He reiterated the State Commandant’s quest to ensuring the effective discharge of the NSCDC statutory mandate and the need for strong collaboration with sister security agencies.
Underscoring the importance of a strong security system, he pointed out the need for intelligence sharing for a virile security operation in the State.
He told newsmen that five suspects were apprehended in Okrika Local Government Area along Alakiri waterways.
Spokesman of the corps who gave the names of the suspects as Aniebiet Pascal, male, 22years old: Nnadi Ogbonna, male, 23years old; Ifeayin Delight, male, 25years old; Sunday Benjamin, 22years old; in Port Harcourt and Okechukwu Finbar, 20years old; male.
He said they were apprehended by 29 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt with 44 metal pipes, four cylinders containing Nitrogen Gas, one wooden boat with 25 horse power engine along Kryo Community near Alakiri waterways in Okrika Local Government Area of the State.
In another raid assisted by the Nigerian Army, five suspects were also caught with three motorcycles, two wheel barrows filled with Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and 1,000 meters large industrial pumping hose.
The suspects were arrested and handed over to NSCDC, Rivers State Command by military intelligence officers at the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt as further investigation and possible prosecution are underway.
At the Trans Amadi area of the city, the Anti-Vandal Unit of the corps impounded some vehicles at the Mother Cat axis of the metropolis, being abandoned by suspects who are currently being trailed by the Corps Intelligence Unit.
A gold colour Toyota Camry car with number plate, Rivers AJ 770 DBU, laden with illegally refined AGO, concealed in cellophane bags, a white and black Futon bus Registered as, Ebonyi XA 637BKL, laden with eight plastic drums of illegally refined AGO”.
While on routine patrol around town, the command’s Anti-Vandal Unit further impounded seven vehicles that include a gold colour Toyota Avalon Camry car with registration number, Abia 573RA; a light Green Toyota Camry, Lagos LND 926 AP, a black Toyota Avalon Camry car, Lagos EKY 487 DA, an ash colour Toyota Corolla with number plate Rivers GGU 240 AA, a Toyota Avalon Camry car, Lagos APP 330 DE, a Navy Blue Toyota Avalon Camry Car with registration number Akwa Ibom KET 62 AV, a Navy blue Toyota Avalon Camry car, Lagos AKD 938 AV; all laden with illegally refined AGO, concealed in cellophane bags.
Also impounded were 15 drums of AGO, concealed in 26 sacks filled with AGO, and 11 kegs (25litres each) of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
With the success recorded so far, the corps spokesman stated that the new commandant is poised to beef up security in protecting Federal Government-owned revenue assets, training, supervision and monitoring of the private security guard companies, disaster management, amongst others.
In ensuring effective discharge of the NSCDC’s statutory mandate, he stressed that strong collaboration with sister security agencies cannot be over-emphasised.
He further sought for a strong security system driven by intelligence, hence, the success of security operations in the State.
The Rivers State NSCDC helmsman disclosed that thorough investigation has commenced and after which the suspects would be charged to court, while the products and means of conveyance would be forfeited and proceeds remitted into the Federal Government coffers.
He warned unrepentant illegal oil bunkerers to desist from such heinous act or face the full wrath of the law.
Excitement In Isiopko As Wigwe University Commences
Plans are now in advanced stages ahead the take of a private university, Wigwe University, in Isiokpo Town, headquarters of Ikwerre Local Government Area.
The Tide Metro gathered that various families whose lands are expected to house the private university are excited over the dividends that will accrue to the community as the school takes off next year.
In a meeting between representatives of Wigwe University, led by its founder, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, and all major families representatives in Isiokpo, plans were announced for the siting of a hospital and power gas turbine for electric provision the ancient town.
Founder of Wigwe University and Chairman of Access Group, Dr. Wigwe, used the opportunity to inform the community that the university will ensure the involvement of all the families in employment for the university.
But before the projects will commence, a memoranda of understanding (MOU) will be signed between the university and the community.
Representative of Nye Nwe Ali Isiokpo, Chief Charles Nsirim and members of Isiokpo Community Development Committee (CDC), the leadership of Ikoro Isiokpo, youths and other stakeholders were excited over the plans.
Academic activities in the university is expected to commence in September next year and is expected to attract some of the best university administrators and lecturers in the world.
Wigwe appealed to the members of the community especially the youths to shun social vices and embrace several benefits that will accrue from the university.
He assured them that Isiokpo Kingdom and the entire Ikwerre Local Government and indeed Rivers State will never be the same again once the university starts operations next year.
The Nye Nwe Ali Isiokpo and the community development committee members, youths and other stakeholders all pledged their total support and cooperation for the growth and development of the university.
They assured the founder of the university that they would give maximum support to see the institution come to stream.
By: King Onunwor
Rivers NSCDC, NDLEA Seek Collaboration To Check Drug Abuse
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Rivers Command, have pledged to work in collaboration to tackle illicit drug use in the state.
State Commandant of NSCDC, Basil Igwebueze, while playing host to the Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Rivers State, made the plans public at the state headquarters of the civil defence corps in Port Harcourt.
Commandant Basil noted that research has shown that most heinous crimes are committed after inducement of drugs and substance abuse; and that one way to rid the nation of crime is to forge a common front against drugs.
The NSCDC Commandant said some young people are exposed early to drugs from the environment they live.
He opined that the fight against the use of prohibited drugs should be a collective responsibility to achieve a crime free society.
Said he, It’s highly disturbing that drug abuse has now eaten deep into the fabrics of our society. It has destroyed our youths especially and for us to protect the tomorrow which our youth are going to be leaders we need to be in unity towards fighting the course”
“The campaign against drugs and substance abuse should not be done only in schools and neighborhood, the fighters of this crime which includes all Security personnel are also not excluded; officers and men on duty must see the need to firmly abhor the intake of drugs and inducers while on duty as well” he stated
Earlier, the Rivers NDLEA Commander, who led a team of senior officers on the visit hinted that a lot of campaigns are ongoing in various communities across the state.
The State NDLEA commander affirmed that in curtailing sales and consumption of illicit drugs, the NDLEA has been organising reorientation and awareness programmes across communities, churches, mosques and schools and this informed the need for NDLEA, NSCDC and other security agencies to partner and strengthen ties in order to fight to stand still the spate of drug abuse across board.
“My visit today is premised on the need to collaborate with your agency so that we can join hands together to rid Rivers State from the hand of criminal minded persons and one of the ways to do this is to vehemently combat the circulation and intakes of illicit drugs in our environment,” he declared.
Promising full support to the sister agency, he stressed need for training of officers to be fully equipped with necessary skills on how to identify prohibited drugs, effects of intake, arrests and rehabilitation methods for victims.
The highpoint of the courtesy visit were presentation of materials and souvenir graced with group photographs.
World Peace Day: Rotary, Peace Corps Walk for Peace In PH
Members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and Rotary International conducted a peace walk campaign round the city of Port Harcourt yesterday to commemorate the World Peace Day.
About 17 Rotary Clubs in Port Harcourt joined the campaign together with the Relief International Africa with the call for a collective action by all stakeholders and citizens to foster peace, especially in Rivers State.
The Peace Walk Campaign which took off from Garrison Junction in Port Harcourt terminated near the Port Harcourt Mall, with stops at the Police Headquarters, State House of Assembly and Government House, to call on the authorities to take steps to build peace and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Commandant of the Peace Corps Nigeria, Rivers State Command,Dr. Michael Obiora, said the PCN will continue to carry out its core mandate of facilitating peace through volunteerism community services and nation-building.
He said, “Government must be intentional in building sustainable peace through human capacity development”.
Coordinating leader of the seventeen Rotary Clubs and President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Rebisi Kingdom, Kris Ugo, said “the Rotary clubs in Rivers State will raise its peace drive and campaign across its catchment areas to maintain existing peace and foster more development in the state”.
On her part, Initiator of the Peace Walk Project and Assistant Peace Coordinator, Rotary Nigeria National Peace building and Conflict Prevention Committee, Rivers State Chapter, Precious Ahiakwo-Ovie, said the committee will “influence the optimal function of state institutions and create an environment that nurtures communities and supports enterprise by activating positive Peace in Nigeria”. Rivers State Coordinator of the Universal Federation of Peace, Arinze Akupue and State Coordinator of Relief International Africa, Isaac Green, also spoke on the theme of the 2023 World Peace Day “Action For Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals.”
The Rotary Clubs partners include, Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Rebisi Kingdom, South, City Valley, Seaport, GRA, Cosmopolitan, Metropolitan, Creek View, Spring Gardens, Orbit, Gateway, Rumuigbo, Port Harcourt, Atlantic City, New City, Esara City and Rotary Club of Onne.
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