The 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, destroyed 233 illegal refineries during “Operation Still Waters 3’’ in four states in 2023.
The refineries were destroyed in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta and Rivers.
General Officer Commanding (GOC) the division, Maj.-Gen. Jamal Abdussalam, made the declaration on Monday in Port Harcourt on the side-line of the 2023 West African Social Activities celebration of the army.
He said the division also arrested 1,112 suspected oil thieves during the special military exercise in the four states.
“In 2023, we successfully completed scheduled exercises with a lot of positive gains. Worthy of note is the field training exercise tagged “Exercise Still Waters 3.’’
“The exercise has gone a long way in curtailing criminal activities and other heinous crimes in the 6 Division’s area of responsibility.
“Over the duration of the exercise, we were able to make 1,112 arrests; destroyed 233 illegal refineries, and seized 1,111,900 million litres of illegally refined petroleum products.
“Troops also impounded 72 trucks and other vehicles and recovered more than 356 arms and ammunitions during the period,’’ he said.
Abdussalam assured that the army would consolidate on its achievements in 2023 to enable the Federal Government to attain its set target for crude oil production in 2024.
According to him, the army can only meet expectations if troops remain dedicated, focussed, and committed in the discharge of their collective responsibilities.
“We must ensure zero tolerance for oil theft and activities that will affect peace and stability across the Niger Delta and the country as a whole.
“We will continue to contentiously perform our constitutional roles to defend democratic values.
“We will not rest, and we will continue to go after criminals who attack us until we get them and make them to pay a higher price for their crimes,’’ he stressed.
The GOC also gave the assurance that the division would do whatever it took to ensure that crude oil output rose in 2024. (NAN)
Police Nab Suspected Human Trafficker in Kaduna
The Police Command in Kaduna State, said it’s operatives have arrested one Bulus Danladi, a suspected human trafficker.
The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, confirmed the arrest on Sunday in Kaduna.
Hassan said “On March 1, at about 0900hrs a complain was lodged by Mrs Jummai Danjuma and two others in Katari area in Kachia Local Government Area of the state.
“That on Feb.27, the arrested suspect, Bulus Danladi of Ankwa area in Kachia LGA, trafficked five youth from Katari to Eruku in Kwara with intent to work in a factory.
“On reaching there, the suspect carried the youth to a farm in Eruku where he abandoned them and returned to Katari.”
Hassan said out of the five youth trafficked to Kwara three had returned home and reunited with their parents.
He added that efforts to trace the remaining two was going on.
The command spokesman said the suspect would be prosecuted after full investigation. (NAN)
JTF Commander Solicits Support in Combating Oil Theft
Rear Admiral John Okeke, the new Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) deployed to protect oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta, on Thursday sought more support and collaboration from security formations in Bayelsa.
Okeke, deployed to JTF (Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), made the appeal during a familiarisation tour of security formations in the state.
During a courtesy visit to the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Samson Bura, Okeke urged partnership in combating oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminalities.
In his reponse, Bura promised sustained and improved support and collaboration between JTF and the naval command.
Bura said that the synergy would enable the country to have a maritime domain free from illegal activities.
Okeke also visited the Air Officer Commanding Mobility Command, Air Vice Marshall Tajudeen Yusuf, and similarly requested for support.
Tajudeen expressed readiness to continue to support JTF, saying that the military was focused on the same aim and objective of safe environment for Nigerians to carry out lawful activities.
The new JTF commander further visited the Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS) SOROH, where he was received by the Commander, Commodore Nanmar Lakan.
At NNS SOROH, Okeke was briefed on the ship’s efforts in combating threat within its area of responsibility.
He praised JTF troops for efforts toward increased oil production in the region, and urged them not to relent.
He also warned the troops against sabotage and engaging in illegal activities, saying that disciplinary actions would await erring officers men.
Reports says that the JTF commander was accompanied by component commanders and some principal staff officers of OPDS. (NAN)
Security Situation Getting Better, not Worse – FPRO Says
Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, says the security situation in Nigeria is getting better.
“The security situation is getting better; I don’t agree that it is getting worse. It is improving,” Adejobi told newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday.
He was in Ibadan for the presentation of award to the overall winner of boxing and archery competitions in the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Game (BIPOGA 2024).
He said that most of the unfortunate incidents of insecurity being circulated on the social media were old stories.
“They are being recycled to make people believe they are new or current incidents. Actually, they are not.
“You cannot see any conventional media house publishing these stories the way we have them on social media.
“The security situation in Nigeria is not bad. Let us always analyse the situation based on empirical facts and not just on speculation,” he said.
Adejobi said that the Nigeria Police Force collates data and has information on the security situation from all its offices.
“We shall tell Nigerians if the security situation is worrisome.
“We have issued statements to tell Nigerians that most of the kidnapped cases were fake and have given instances and even paraded some suspects for Nigerians to know.
“It is not in all situations that these incidences are real; some people fake and plan kidnappings to get ransom from their families.
“Let us always differentiate between the real and staged kidnap,” he said.
Adejobi said that the force was not denying the fact that there are isolated cases of incidences of insecurity, but pointed out that the force had arrested and neutralised many kidnappers.
He said that the police and other security agencies in Nigeria would continue to collaborate toward securing the country. (NAN)
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