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Navy arrests 35 suspected oil thieves in Akwa Ibom, seize 408 drums of illegal AGO

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The Nigerian Navy has apprehended 35 suspected oil thieves and seized from them 408 drums of suspected illegal refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in Akwa Ibom State.

The Naval Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area of the state, Navy Capt. Mohammed Abu who paraded the suspects to newsmen on Wednesday said they were apprehended on November 26, 2021 while on routine patrol.

The suspects he said will be handed over to operatives of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ibaka Mbo Local Government Area after their parade.

He said, “I will be handing over the suspects and exhibits of wooden boats that were intercepted by the NNS Thunder on the Nov. 26, at high sea having infracted economic policy of the country.

“The Chief of the Naval Staff has given a clear directive to Nigerian Navy to free the waterways of illegalities and other maritime crimes.

“So, having said this, we have three wooden boats which were conveying 408 drums of AGO and 40 drums of PMS mixed with oil, 906 empty drums and 35 male suspects are here before you.

“I am handing them over to you, as the Prosecuting Agency to carry out further investigation and prosecute them accordingly and revert to the Nigerian Navy on the outcome,” Abu said.

The commanding officer said the arrest of the suspected vandals has sent messages to criminals that the Nigerian Navy would not relent in ensuring all economic sabotage in the Nigerian maritime space is punished.

“This arrest is to send a message to those vandals of our crude oil pipelines that the CNS has zero-tolerance for crude oil theft and our ships are out there looking for them and we will arrest them until they are out of our maritime domain,” he said.

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He appealed to smugglers and vandals of petroleum products to stay out of the business, as the base would not relent in its continuous patrol to sustain the directive of the CNS and rid criminal elements out of Nigeria waterways.

“I deployed our boats and identified the creeks where they are operating within Mbo waterways. As I speak to you, I have three of our boats that have choked them up in creeks within the waterways at Unyenge, Okposo and Ikang.”

Meanwhile, the Head of Anti Vandals, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Akwa Ibom Command, Assistant Commandant of Corps, Adamu Jafaaru, received the suspects and the exhibits on behalf of the NSCDC.

Jafaaru said the agency would carry out thorough investigations on the suspects and all those culpable would be arraigned in court soon.

He warned vandals to desist from sabotaging the economy of the nation, stressing that the NSCDC would not relent in their mandate of protecting government critical infrastructure.

“I want to assure you all that as the Nigerian Navy handed over the suspects and exhibits to us as the Prosecuting Agency. We will conduct a thorough investigation and ensure diligent prosecution of those involved in this economic sabotage of the nation.” He said.

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2023: Gov. Bello has been anointed by Holy Spirit to succeed Buhari – Clerics

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Ahead of the 2023 presidential elections, both Christian and Muslim clerics on Friday claimed the Holy Spirit has anointed the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

The clerics made this known in Abuja at the intercession prayer and declaration of support by 1,000 Inter-denominational and Inter-religious clergymen for Bello to emerge as Nigeria’s next President

They added that they owe Bello a duty to see that he actualises his ambition because it would be for the betterment of Nigeria.

Although, the organisers claimed the clerics at the intercession prayer were 1,000, however, the clerics in attendance were not up to 100.

In his remarks, Bishop Prince Madaki said it has been prophesied and by the grace of God, through prayerful intercessions, that the Kogi Governor is the anointed son who will lead Nigeria from May 2023 to great battles.

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He noted that the clerics vouched for Bello as a man of peace and one who will take the country to greater heights.

He said, “And in the eyes of men and as revealed by the Holy Spirit, we have heard a voice from the wilderness, chanting loudly and calling on the underrated David, the son of Jesse in the person of His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Adoza Bello to take over the throne of his forebears as Nigeria’s next President in 2023”

Madaki added: “And in accordance with the directive of the Holy Spirit, we have the rare privilege and honour to re-baptise him as we are gathered now.

“Therefore on this divine mission and today, Gov. Bello will be known and called Yahaya Adoza “David” Bello henceforth. It has been prophesied and by the grace of God, through these prayerful intercessions, Yahaya Adoza David Bello is the anointed son who will lead Nigeria from May 2023 to great battles and God will give him victory over all adversaries. ”

On his part, Sheik Mahmoud Abubakar said the presidential hopeful has all the requirements as enlisted in the Holy Book, hence, the reason why they were united in one voice in prayers for him.

He pointed out that it was that time of the year when all sorts of promises are made by politicians in the quest to gain favours from the electorate.

”This is the time politicians would come with empty promises to deceive the people and once they get what they want, they leave the people in misery, he said.

“As a people united in faith, we are gathered here to pray for that good man from Kogi State who has indicated interest to rule Nigeria in 2023. That good man from Kogi State who has the fear of Allah in him. That man who Allah SWT blessed us with in times of need.

“I can tell you all that our convergence here is not for the cameras, but an avenue to render prayers for one of the most patriotic Nigerians in the person of Governor Yahaya Bello, who has signified interest to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.”

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Fuel subsidy: FG only postponed the evil day, resist fuel price increase in future – Activists

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Some activists and labour leaders have warned that any attempt to increase the price of petrol in the country will compound the suffering of Nigerians.

The Activists gave the warning on Thursday during a protest against the planned increase of petrol price in Ibadan, the Oyo State.

The federal government had recently announced it will not be increasing the price of petrol or removing fuel subsidy until the next 18 months.

But, the labour leaders and activists who spoke during a protest said the federal government only postponed the evil day.

Secretary of the joint Action Front (JAF) in Oyo State, Abiodun Bamigboye, urged Nigerians to rise against any attempt to increase the price of fuel.

He maintained that any attempt to increase the price of fuel would further compound the sufferings of Nigerians.

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“We are here to call on the leadership of the NLC, Trade Union Congress and the entire Nigerians that despite the fact that the federal government has postponed the increment of price of petroleum, they should rise up and kick against the increment of price of petroleum.

“Nigerians should not go to sleep because of ...ponement. The federal government is not saying that it will not increase the price. It said that it will not increase it now but will do it later.

“But, we feel that whether now or later, such a decision to increase the price of petroleum will compound the suffering of Nigerians.

“Any attempt to hike the price of petroleum now will further compound the suffering of Nigerians. The cost of living at this material time will be higher.

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“Unemployment rate is going to be doubled. Mass poverty will increase”.

Convener of All Workers Convergence (AWC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze, advised Nigerians to resist any move to increase the price of petrol.

“We want Nigerians to resist any attempt to increase the price of petrol”

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Gov Obiano eats lunch, goes on shopping tour at Stanel FastChow, Mart in Awka

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Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano on Tuesday took a lunch and shopping tour to Stanel World in Awka, Anambra State capital.

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Obiano was warmly received by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Stanel Group, Dr. Stanley Uzochukwu in a colourful welcome mood as cheerfully displayed to the governor by his team.

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The Governor was first led to the well equipped Stanel Mart where he picked some items and made payment at the Stanel Mart Cash Point.

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Gov Obiano was thereafter led to the FASTCHOW restaurant where he had the taste of the first class meal of the brand.

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Recall that FASTCHOW is a new brand of Stanel eateries launched in July 2021 at the Awka one-stop luxury facility of the company.

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Expressing satisfaction in the FASTCHOW restaurant, Chief Obiano said, “I am very impressed with the quality of services at the Stanel facility here in Awka.

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“I met Stanley in 2014 at the Villa.

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“There, he introduced himself to me that he was from Anambra and told me he was a businessman with gas plant in Plateau and other states.

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“I encouraged him to also come and invest in Anambra and he came.

“Since 2017 that this ultra-modern facility was commissioned, there has never been a case of any criminality around the area and it will never be under my watch.”

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