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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.

Charge Sheet Against Mr. David

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



Residents Scoop Fuel As Tanker Overturns In Lagos




A fuel-laden tanker overturned in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos State on Friday, creating a dangerous atmosphere for residents to bring different sizes of containers to scoop fuel.

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority posted the video of the incident on its X account with a throng of Lagosisans scooping for the liquid.

However, LASTMA disclosed that there was no record of fatality in the accident that occurred in the area.

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Emergencies authorities, however, said no casualties were recorded and efforts are in top gear to clear the area.

A tanker loaded with oil upturned at Dormanlong bridge inward Fadeyi,” LASTMA said.

“LRU has been contacted to its evacuation, officers are on ground managing the situation,” it added.

No report as of this time of filing this report that the vessel has been moved.


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JUST IN: Gunmen Kill Anambra Community Leader




Some yet-to-be-identified hoodlums have killed the President-General of Umuoji Community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Silas Onyima.

Although, the details of the incident are still sketchy, but it was gathered that the hoodlums, numbering about 15, invaded the deceased’s home on Friday evening and shot him dead thereby throwing the community into panic.

A source said, “The deceased was newly elected president general of our community and he also presided over one election in the community. He was killed on Friday evening when some masked men visited his home and shot him dead.”

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Confirming the incident when contacted, the state police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said police operatives have been deployed in the area.

Ikenga said, “The police are aware of the development. We got the information and we have deployed our men to the area. Our men have gone to the scene when the information got to us, they found the man in a pool of blood.

“The body of deceased has been recovered and deposited at the morgue with the help of some of the family members. We are also working with some eyewitnesses and community members to help track the perpetrators and investigation is ongoing.”

More details later…


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Army Recovers One Million Litres Of Crude In Rivers




The Nigerian Army, 6 Division Garrison in Port Harcourt has busted an illegal crude oil refining site in a forest in Odagwe community, Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.

This is coming barely three days after the Nigerian Navy said its operatives busted an illegal oil refining site filled with 750,000 litres of illegally refined Automated Gas Oil also known as diesel in Abonema Wharf in the Port Harcourt area of the state.

The army during an operation against oil theft and illegal oil bunkering led by the Commander, 6 Division Garrison and Sector 3, Operation Delta Safe, Brigadier General Eddie Effiong recovered one million litres of crude oil.

Also uncovered in the community forest were eight crude oil reservoirs and five boilers both containing over one million litres of stolen crude.

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Effiong, who spoke to newsmen shortly after the operation on Friday, said the discovery followed a tip-off, pointing out that each of the reservoirs contained about 100,000 litres of crude.

Brigadier General Effiong said the perpetrators were trying to refine the crude into Automated Gas Oil popularly known as diesel before operatives stormed the site.

He stated, “In continuation of the fight against crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering, we got a tip-off from our contacts that illegal oil refinery has commenced on the opposite side of this road after we destroyed them on the other side.

“The oil thieves have relocated here and then reestablished their illegal refineries and continue their illegal activities.

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“Coming here today, we found out that they have truly relocated to the right side and reestablished their illegal refining sites and they are still trying to establish more sites.

“In this reestablished illegal refining site, we have discovered eight reservoirs and five cooking pots. And from our gathering, the minimum quantity of crude in each reservoir is nothing less than 100,000 litres of stolen crude that is about to be refined into AGO.”

The Garrison Commander assured that the division would not rest on its laurels until the fight against illegal oil bunkering and oil theft in the Niger Delta region is won.

He noted that the division would also deploy the non-kinetic approach such as dialogue in tackling illicit activities by appealing to the consciences of community heads and youth leaders through regular seminars, amongst others.

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Brigadier General Effiong added, “We are also trying our best to discourage them through their village heads and youth leaders, talking to them.

“We all know what crude oil is to the Nigerian economy. Everyone in the country is feeling the impact of the economy presently, and the more they do this, it is also going to negatively impact all of us.”

He advised all those involved in sabotaging the nation within the state and other parts of the Niger Delta region to turn a new leaf and look for decent means of earning a living.

“Yes, things are hard but that shouldn’t push us into criminality, because our country is bleeding and if we keep doing this, we will keep bleeding the more and everybody will feel it,” he added.

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