Man Bags 3 Years Jail Term For Vandalising BEDC Equipment
A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to 3years imprisonment by Benin Magistrate Court for vandalising equipment belonging to the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) PLC.
The judgment was delivered by Mrs. E.A Aghedo at Egor Magistrate court last Wednesday, January 7, 2020, after the accused pleaded guilty to the charges.
The accused, David James, was charged on a two-count charge of stealing armoured cable wires and three transformer bushes spindles both valued at about N500,000.
James reportedly committed the offence on December 22nd, 2019, along Upper Ekewan road, Benin City in Egor Magisterial
District, a crime punishable under section 390 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 48 volume ii Laws of Edo State.
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The accused who confessed to have committed the crime, said he wanted to sell the vandalised items before he was arrested by men of the Nigerian Police.
In a confessional statement given to the police, James who said he was not a first time offender, disclosed that the vandalised items were usually sold to dealers in scrap items, adding that he has been to prison on account of vandalism.
James, a driver cum house builder, further confessed to have served a jail term of one year and six months at a Benin Correctional services over cable vandalism in 2005.
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Management of the DISCO in its reaction noted that electricity distribution network vandalism and other forms of electrical thefts are serious threats to power sector sustainability and economic growth.
While lamenting that vandalism has been major acts negatively affecting service delivery to customers, BEDC noted that revenue that could be used for critical development projects are being used to restore damaged and stolen installation
EFCC Arrests NCAA Director, Other Officials Over Alleged N2bn Duty Allowance Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested four top officials of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.
They were taken into custody over alleged N2billion ‘Duty Tour Allowance’ (DTA) fraud, according to PRNigeria.
The suspects are Bilkisu Adamu Sani, Director of Finance and Accounts; Hart Benson Fimienye, Deputy General Manager, Treasury.
Others include Obene Jenbarimiema Turniel, Deputy General Manager (Management Accounts), and Nathaniel Terna Kaainjo, General Manager (Accounts and Stores).
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Nathaniel was arrested on Thursday, March 16, while other officials were picked on Monday, March 20.
A team of EFCC investigators are questioning them at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
NCAA, the regulatory body for aviation in Nigeria, ensures safety of the sector and carries out oversight of airports, airspace, and meteorological services.
Gunmen Kidnap INEC Electoral Officer In Zamfara With Election Results
The electoral officer in charge of Maradun Local Government Area in Zamfara State, Bashir Shagari, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
Shagari, according to a source, was coming to INEC collation center in Gusau to deliver the results of the governorship election for Maradun Local Government when he was kidnapped along the road on Monday.
The source further revealed that the electoral officer was together with other INEC staff when they were stopped on a bridge near Maradun town and whisked away to an unknown destination.
Confirming the incident to The PUNCH, the Public Relations Officer of INEC in the state, Muktari Janyau, said the matter had been reported to the police headquarters.
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Janyau said, “The resident electoral commissioner in charge of Zamfara State, Professor Sa’idu Babura Ahmed, has reported the issue to the police commissioner for appropriate action.”
The spokesperson of the state police command, SP Mohammed Shehu, could not be reached for comment as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, results from nine out of 14 local government areas have been announced and the opposition PDP is leading in seven local governments so far declared.
Soldiers Shoot Two Policemen Dead, Injured Two In Taraba
Two police officers attached to the Taraba State Command were killed by soldiers in Jalingo, the State capital, on Monday morning.
Two others were wounded and receiving treatment from gunshot wounds following a scuffle between men of the sister security agencies.
This was disclosed by the Police Public Relations Officer for the State Command, Abdullahi Usman.
Usman said that the crisis broke out when a female police officer, who was reporting for duty at the INEC State headquarters in Jalingo, was stopped by a military man at a checkpoint close to the headquarters and asked for proper identification.
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He said the misunderstanding that ensued was settled, and the female police officer proceeded to the Collation Centre, only for the soldier to go after her and drag her out forcefully, leading to pandemonium.
The PPRO said, “A very ugly incident happened this morning around 8:30am between a female police officer and a soldier. After the initial misunderstanding, the lady was allowed to proceed to her duty post, but later the soldier went back to drag her out. The thing is that he called for reinforcement from his office, and when it arrived, he had nothing to report and decided to create a situation.
“While we were trying to settle things and I was personally taken to one of the senior soldiers there, the soldiers suddenly started shooting. We were caught in the crossfire and had to run for our dear lives. The soldiers proceeded to the Command Headquarters here and shot two police officers, and went away with their riffles.
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“One police officer who was going off duty was shot and killed instantly while another who was just reporting for duty and did not even know what was happening was also shot the moment they identified him as a policeman.
“As we speak, we have gotten reports that our men who are escorting election results or on various duties are being stopped at military checkpoints and harassed. They strip them naked and harass them even though they know nothing about what happened.
“For now, the Commissioner of Police,Yusuf A. Suleiman, and the Commander of 6 Brigade Jalingo have met and discussed and have agreed that a commission of enquiry will be set up to look into the real cause of this incident.”
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