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Gunmen Attack Police Divisional Hqrs in Akwa Ibom

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The Police Command in Akwa Ibom on Saturday confirmed the attack by suspected gunmen of a Divisional Police Headquarters in Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, disclosed this while carrying out an on-the-spot assessment of the attacked police station.

Macdon said: “Yes, there was an attack of the Divisional Police Headquarters, Odoro Ikpe.

“Six persons, including five officers and a wife of an officer, were killed.”

He said items destroyed included vehicles and other valuables.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that police stations and other security posts in Akwa Ibom have experienced cases of early morning attacks.

The attacks had led to the death of officers and destruction of facilities, including utility vehicles and infrastructure.

An eyewitness said that the hoodlums came in two buses and a Sienna car filled with armed men, numbering about 40.

He said that the gunmen arrived the place with sophisticated weapons and broke into the police facility at about 2:45 a.m, killing five policemen on duty, injuring many others and setting vehicles alight.

The Chairman of Ini LGA, Mr Isreal Idaisin, also confirmed the attack on the police station.

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He commended the youths of the area whom, he said, were proactive in raising alarm which helped to reduce the number of casualties.

“I urge the good people of Ini LGA to stay calm as we are working with relevant security agencies and the state government to ensure that the situation is contained and necessary modalities put in place to forestall a reoccurrence.

“There is no cause for fear as the culprits will be brought to book in no distant time,” he said. (NAN)

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Armed Robbers kill Polytechnic Ibadan Final Year Student

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A final year student of Ibadan Polytechnic, Ebenezer Ayeni, who was preparing for his wedding on June 19, was allegedly killed on Thursday night by armed robbers, who invaded the Ojoo area of Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered on Friday that the deceased was a second year Higher National Diploma student of Music, as well as the President of the Christian Fellowship in the school.

A source told NAN that the deceased, who lived in the Bodija area of Ibadan, was shot by the armed robbers while he was on a visit to see his mother at Ojoo.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the incident to NAN on Friday, saying that the police responded to a distress call from residents of Oguntula area of Ojoo at about 0100hrs on Thursday 10/06/2021, that suspected armed robbers had invaded the area and were creating havoc.

“At the point of reaching the crime scene, one Ebenezer Ayeni had already been shot and rushed to Oyemesi Hospital, along with Olayemi Josiah, who had sustained cuts on the head and neck, Osifeso said.

The PPRO said investigations were ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators. (NAN)

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Imo Police Arrest Notorious Native Doctor Preparing Charms for IPOB, ESN

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The police in Imo have arrested a 40-year-old man, Uzoamaka Ugoanyanwu, said to be a notorious native doctor who allegedly prepares charms for members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

The Commissioner of Police in Imo Mr Abutu Yaro, confirmed the arrest in statement signed by the command’s spokesman SP Bala Alkana.

The CP said the police also arrested nine suspects who took part in the attack on the country home of Gov. Hope Uzodimma.Yaro said the breakthrough followed a painstaking investigation carried out by the command’s tactical units and urged criminal elements who are still in possession of Police arms to willingly return them.

The police with the support of the military, foiled a deadly attack on Police headquarters on Sunday and killed five members of the ESN.They also invaded ESN camp on Monday in Ikeduru council area, dislodged the camp and rescued a female police officer held captive.

“In consonance with  the mandate given to the operatives of the command by IGP Alkali Usman to fish out all criminal elements in the state and restore normalcy to the state, we have declared war on criminal elements.

“On June 8, at about 1630 hrs,  tactical teams of the command through diligent and painstaking investigations, stormed Ukwuorji, Mbaitoli Local Government area, along Onitsha road and arrested one Ezeugo Ordu, a native of Ubachima, Omuma, Oru West LGA.

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“He confessed to being a  member  of IPOB/ESN and made useful  statements to  the Police as regards to the recent attacks on Police  stations as well as the residence of Gov. Uzodinma.

“He further led operatives of the command to the IPOB/ESN camp, a bush close to Njaba River, 9 persons were arrested at the criminal  hideout while planning another attack, assorted charms were recovered from them.

“However, two  out of the 9 arrested in the hideout, Chinedu Nwakaire and Uzoamaka Ugoanyawu the native doctor, were identified to be part of the hoodlums that  attacked the private residence of the governor recently,” he said.

Furthermore, the CP reiterated the call on members of the IPOB/ESN,  or any other criminal syndicate  operating in the state, especially  those who stole police arms and ammunitions to voluntarily surrender themselves to enable them get a ”soft landing”. (NAN)

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Suspected Herdsmen Kill Three in Ogun

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From Kunle Idowu, Abeokuta

Amule Kanji village in Imeko Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State was on Sunday night thrown into grief when suspected gunmen believed to be herdsmen killed no fewer than three persons in the community.

The victims – Tunde Taiwo, John Taiwo and Femi Bara, sources said, were reportedly attacked at about 11pm, while returning to Ologede village on a motor cycle.

Confirming the incident, the Balogun of Imeko Isale, Chief Ganiu Akinyele said the killer herdsmen were part of those who attacked Igangan which is just a few kilometres away from Amule Kanji village, the scene of the gory incident.

The assailants were reported to have left an AK-47 rifle at the scene of the incident and went away with the victims’ motorcycle.

Akinleye further said that the remains of the three victims had been evacuated by the Police, saying that the killer herdsmen have relocated to Sagada village in Imeko.

“You know there was a crisis in Igangan yesterday, those herdsmen who escaped to Imeko through our forest reserves killed three men on Sunday night,” he said.

“The three victims ran into these fleeing herdsmen, who killed them. They even took the victims’ new motorcycle away, leaving their old one, behind”.

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“We saw empty AK-47 cartridges at the scene on the incident. A formal report has been made at the police station in Imeko and the police have gone there to take the corpses”.

“This is getting too much. We can no longer sleep in our houses. The herdsmen are everywhere. Government should come to our rescue. The Amotekun operatives in Imeko are too few. We need help”.

He explained that the herdsmen who escaped after killing people in Igangan are now in Ogun State, adding, “They camp in a village called Sagada, under Oke Agbede in Ward 2”.

Though, sources said the victims were evacuated from the scene, but the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the Command had no knowledge of the incident but promised to get back, as at Press time.

Digital Technology Key to Reducing Crude Oil Production Cost – FG

The Federal Government says deployment of digital technology is key to reducing the Unit Operating Cost (UOC) of producing crude oil in Nigeria to 10 dollars per barrel by December 2021.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr Bitrus Nabasu, made the assertion yesterday, at the ongoing 2021 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the summit has at its theme: “From Crisis to Opportunities: New Approach to the Future of Hydrocarbons”.

Nabasu said: “As the demand for energy increases at an astronomical rate, the quest for deployment of innovation and technology to keep pace with the demand increases.

“The oil and gas industry utilises these innovations and trends to increase the efficiency of operations and reduce costs.

“Most oil and gas companies overrun in cost and time. The use of digital technology can help companies manage over-spending and operations, meeting deadlines and ultimately increasing overall productivity.”

According to him, with the uncertainty triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the current objective of the oil and gas industry is maintaining sustainable profitability.

He said some of the digital technologies and innovations that had helped in this regard include Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Analytics, Robotics and Automation, 3D Modelling, Cloud Computing, Blockchain technology, amongst others.

“These technologies do not come cheap. No doubt, there are huge costs involved in the deployment of innovation, but those companies that make it a priority reap the benefits.

“According to a research by McKinsey, effective use of digital technologies in the oil and gas sector could lead to reducing capital expenditures by up to 20 per cent and operating costs in the upstream by three to five per cent.

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“Therefore, digital technology should be placed at the core of the business strategy in the industry,” Nabasu added.

Also, Mrs Betty Ugona, Chief Innovation Officer, Research, Technology and Innovation Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said digitalisation was one of the NNPC strategies to curb high cost of operations.

Ugona said the division was set up to provide research support to the NNPC following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on crude oil production and how best to overcome the challenges.

On his part, Mr Michael Zhaung, Managing Director, Hauwei Nigeria, said Hauwei was committed to digitalisation of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

He said Hauwei would continue to partner with oil and gas companies in Nigeria to provide real time monitoring of oil and gas infrastructure in order to reduce vandalism and oil theft. (NAN)

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