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Crude Oil Theft: FG Discovers Illegal Pipeline Connections In Abia

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An unauthorised oil connection was found on Saturday by a delegation sent by President Bola Tinubu to assess the oil theft situation in the Niger Delta.

According to the statement released by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), the country loses an average of $7.2 million monthly from the illegal connection discovered in Owaza, Abia State.

NNPCL added that clandestine refineries and the environmental devastation the team saw translated into severe economic losses for the nation.

The delegation, led by the Minister of Defence, Malam Muhammed Badaru, has service chiefs and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, as members.

Other members are Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Mr Ekperipe Ekpo, National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu, and Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer, NNPC Ltd.

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Also on the team are the Commander of “Operation Delta Safe,” Rear Admiral Olusegun Ferreira, operatives of security agencies, and chief executive officers of regulatory agencies in the oil and gas sector.

The team visited the Trans-Niger Pipeline’s right of way in Owaza, Abia, where an array of dismantled illegal connections were observed.

We are ready to do whatever it takes for a peaceful Niger Delta,” Badaru stated, urging the perpetrators to “cease and desist from crude oil theft and economic sabotage.”

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Mob Burns Two Suspected Motorcycles Snatchers To Death In Benue

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Two men who allegedly snatched a motorcycle and were attempting to rob their victims were burnt to death by a mob in Makurdi, Benue State capital.

DAILY POST gathered that the incident took place at about 12 to 1 am on Friday, in the Nyon area, a suburb of Makurdi.

A witness account said the suspects were apprehended and lynched after a commercial motorcyclist popularly called Okada man raised alarm while the two suspects were struggling to rob him of the Okada.

A witness who identified himself simply as Terna narrated that according to the Okada man, he picked both passengers from Katsina Ala street in the High-Level area of Makurdi town heading to Nyon.

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He said “They told me to bring them to Nyon, a suburb in Makurdi. On getting there, they directed me into a street which I followed.

“But because it was too late when he got to a point, the okada man told his passengers to pay him so he could get back but they insisted they don’t have money on them and that they will get the money when they get to his house.

“While he made to leave, they grabbed him and requested that he give them his motorcycle key. When he refused to hand them the keys, they started struggling with him and luck ran out on them when he( okada man) raised an alarm.”

Terna, however, lamented that the incidence of motorcycle snatching has been on the increase in the Makurdi metropolis.

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He said community members and especially the youth have also vowed that culprits would not go free when caught in the act.

He further explained that the youth who came out in their numbers gave the suspected bike robbers a good chase and caught them before they could escape.

It was learnt that the youth had beaten the dead suspects to a pulp, before setting them ablaze.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Benue State Command, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed that she received a report on the incident, saying some officers had been detailed to the community to find out what actually happened.

She, however, reiterated the call on the Benue public to desist from taking laws into their hands and advised them to report such issues and persons to law enforcement agencies for necessary action.

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Lagos Seals Church Complex For Environmental Pollution

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Following a public complaint received from concerned residents, the Lagos State Wastewater Management Office has sealed off the administrative and kitchen complex of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Jesus Sanctuary, Masha, Surulere, Lagos for indiscriminate discharge of wastewater into the environment.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, revealed this through his X handle on Saturday.

The statement read, “Following a public complaint received from concerned residents, the Lagos State Wastewater Management Office #lswmomedia in enforcing the provisions of the Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017, sealed off the administrative and kitchen complex of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Jesus Sanctuary, Masha, Surulere, Lagos for indiscriminate discharge of wastewater into the environment.

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“Illegal discharge of wastewater into the environment endangers the lives of citizens as it leads to soil pollution and groundwater contamination; causing waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and diarrhoea.

“The Lagos State Wastewater Management Office encourages all Lagosians to desist from such acts and report all illegal activities leading to the pollution of the environment.”

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Five-year-old boy Dies After Falling From Fence In Lagos

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A five-year-old boy identified simply as David has been confirmed dead after falling from a fence in the Igando area of Lagos State.

The PUNCH learnt that the incident happened on Friday.

It was gathered that the deceased was playing with other children in the community when he climbed the fence and sat on it.

While playing with his colleagues, the late David lost his balance and fell to the ground.

His friends who discovered that he was unconscious, immediately alerted a neighbour who rushed to the scene.

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He was, thereafter, taken to the hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said, “A man reported at Igando Division that at about 5 pm, his son, David aged 5, fell from the fence while playing with other children. He was rushed to General Hospital Igando by a neighbour, where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

“The scene of the incident was visited by officers of the division while the corpse has been moved to Mainland General Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, for autopsy. An investigation is in progress.”

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