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Grills 22 suspected oil thieves in Port Harcourt

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Twenty two suspected oil thieves and a vessel:  MT. TIS IV handed over to the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC,  by the Nigeria Navy are being quizzed in connection with alleged illegal dealing in petroleum products. 

The suspects, arrested by the Nigerian Naval Ship, (NNS) Soroh,  Naval Base, Camp Porbeni, Yenagoa, along Akassa Rivers,  Bayelsa state, on December 6, 2021 and handed over to the EFCC on Friday,  January 7,  2022,  included: Levi Jonathan;  Eze Kenneth;  Enemari Peter James;  Sunday Ereku;  Emmanuel Ogbonna; Timi Amos;  Fatai Kareem;  Chuks Egbo, Tony Atawo and  Saviour Martin.

Others are:  Yoosu Alex;  Isac Iboro;  Bassey Okon;  Kingsley Edet; Taye Poto;  Saturday Sobere;  Alfred Atiemie;  Owei Ibolo; Felix Onome;  Odus Osita, Etim Edet and Mudashird Tarheed

Representative of Nigeria Navy, Navy Commander P. E Effah, who handed over the suspects and the vessel MT. TIS IV to the EFCC, said they were arrested for alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering activities. At the time of arrest, the vessel was laden with about 700,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally sourced crude oil.

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“The vessel and the suspects were remanded at Brass for safe keeping and preliminary investigations.

“However, today, we are handing over the vessel and crew members to the EFCC for proper investigation”, he said.

Representative of the EFCC who took over the suspects and the vessel on behalf of the Commission,  Assistant Superintendent of the EFCC, Ase  Anthony Mark, thanked the Navy and promised  diligent investigation and possible prosecution of the suspects.

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Robbers ambush bullion van in Delta, escape with cash

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From Paul Osuyi, Asaba

Undisclosed amount of money was yesterday reportedly carted away by armed robbers who hijacked a bullion van in Otor-Owhe, a community along the Ughelli-Asaba expressway, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Local sources informed our correspondent that the bullion van was successfully robbed by the fierce-looking gunmen who emptied its contents into their getaway vehicle before zooming off. According to the sources, the gunmen, numbering about 10, shot randomly at the bullion van, forcing the driver to screech to a halt.

Some of the pellets broke through the windscreen, shattering it in the process.

“Shards of broken glass still littered the scene of crime,” a source volunteered.

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Our correspondent could not, however, ascertain if there were casualties during the attack.

Delta State Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said his office was yet to be briefed on the incident.

“I don’t have that information yet. So, I can’t really confirm it. But as soon as I get the information, I will definitely communicate what actually happened,” Edafe said.

However, Edafe said there was no money in the bullion van that was attacked by robbers

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Recruitment of 10,000 constables: PSC protests hijack by s

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From Molly kilete, Abuja

Staff of the Police Service Commission (PSC) in Abuja have protested the alleged hijack of the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 constables by the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The workers, who shut down the commission’s headquarters, were also protesting lack of staff promotion and training by the PSC management and declared a three-day warning strike, beginning yesterday.

They accused the chairman of the commission, Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector-General of Police, of handing over the constitutional mandate of the commission to the Police Force Headquarters.

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The workers in their hundreds took the senior officials by surprise as they forced the permanent secretary, William Alo, directors and other senior staffers out of their offices during the protest.

At the time of filing this report, the workers were still at the commission’s headquarters, where the protesters barricaded  the entrances to the office and prevented anyone from gaining access.

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More trouble for Kyari as PSC orders fresh probe into link with Hushpuppi

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has directed the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to expand investigations into the alleged connection between the suspended former head of the  Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, and Internet fraudster, Abbas Ramon, populary known as Hushpuppi.

Daily Sun gathered that the chairman of the PSC, former IGP,  Mr. Musiliu Smith, has given the IGP two weeks to turn in a report that would be reviewed by the PSC’s Committee on Discipline.

It was gathered further that the directive to the IGP was sequel to the advice from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.

DCP Kyari had been suspended in July 2021 for alleged involvement in a $1.1 million Internet fraud allegedly perpetrated by Hushpuppi and four others; AbdulRahman  Juma (Abdul); Vincent Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Agbabiaka (Bolamide).

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Kyari had insisted that he did not do anything wrong and maintained that he was ready to face any panel of investigation. A Special Investigation Panel headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, had earlier probed Kyari.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had alleged that Hushpuppi paid $20,600 to two bank accounts allegedly provided by Kyari on January 20, 2020.

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