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Investigation on Siasia mother’s abduction ongoing — police

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The Police Command in Bayelsa has said that its personnel are working round the clock to ensure that the kidnapped mother of Samson Siasia, Nigeria’s former Super Eagles footballer is rescued from her captors.

SP Asinim Butswat, the spokesperson of the command made this known in a text message with the Nigeria News Agency in Yenagoa on Sunday.

NAN reports that Mrs Beauty Siasia, who was kidnapped on July 15 with two others in Odoni community, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa, have spent 14 days in the kidnappers’ den.

The 79-year-old woman was kidnapped with Mrs Florence Douanana, 65, and her daughter, Selekire Douanana, 17.

According to the police spokesman, the command is on top of the game, stressing that investigation is on-going to enable the victims regain freedom.

“Yes, investigation is on-going to rescue the victims,” he stated.

NAN recalls that the state Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, had visited the scene twice and had deployed marine components of the force to comb the creeks of the area in search of the abducted victims.

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NSCDC arrests 10 suspected illegal LPG operators in Akwa Ibom

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Corps (NSCDC) in Akwa Ibom said it had arrested 10 suspected illegal Liquified Petroleum Gas operators in the state.

The State Commandant of the corps, Mr Adeyinka Ayinla, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen at the end of a routine surveillance in Uyo on Thursday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the routine surveillance was in conjunction with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in the state.

He said that the corps was in collaboration with DPR to fish out illegal LPG refilling points in the state.

“We are going to investigate the matter and after thorough investigation, we will take them to court or to pay some penalties to DPR.

“We have been pleading with the people of the state not to engage in illegal business. This kind of business can kill and that is why we are telling them to desist from it,” Ayinla said.

He advised gas operators to stop the illegal business, saying that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.

Responding, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, Operations Controller of DPR, said that the department was against illegal LPG refilling points in the state.

“We went on joint action with NSCDC to ensure that we dismantle the illegal LPG refilling points in the state.

“This process is not allowed, they are not facilities, people converted residential houses and commercial areas to gas plants, where they turned cylinders to become vessels.

“This process we will continue to say that the mode is not known to any known standard in oil and gas industry not only in Nigeria and to the World,” he said.

He noted that the department would continue to sensitise and create awareness on the dangers of the illegal business.

Kingsley-Sundaye said that the objective was to save lives and property in the state, adding that the department would not wait until the incident happens.

The controller said that the sister agency would continue close monitoring of the LPG refilling points across the state.

He advised the operators to desist from the business as it was dangerous even to the operators’ lives.

“Refilling in the process end with gas refilling plants, you cannot refill any cylinder at this point, what is allowed is gas resellers.

Edited & Vetted By: Joseph Edeh/Ismail Abdulaziz
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NSCDC arrest 2 for selling gas in Calabar carnival village

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River has arrested two suspects for selling gas at the Calabar carnival village.

Commandant of NSCDC in the state, Mr Danjuma Elisha, who paraded the suspects on Thursday in Calabar, said they were arrested on Dec. 4.

Elisha said it was wrong to dispense cooking gas at the carnival village were cooking of all sorts and other activities were taking place.

According to him, fun seekers should be allowed to have their leisure time at the village in peace without running for safety over any emergency disaster.

“You know that when fire disaster starts, it would go round and kill so many people. At this time where people are coming into the state for the festival, we need to be cautious.

“It is wrong to sell gas at the carnival village because that area is a densely populated place where people are selling many things; roasting of fish, cooking of all sorts and some are smoking.

“Gas is highly inflammable and when such disaster occurs, it will affect many people. We want a situation where people will come and enjoy the carnival and go back peacefully.

“I belief in preventive measures; that is why we are taking this action. We are working with the Department of Petroleum Resources to ensure safety in gas dispensing in the state,” he said.

The Commandant said that gas operators have specific places where they have been licensed to operate by the DPR, adding that the carnival village was not safe for such business.

He further said that the Command had issued warning in collaboration with the DPR, urging gas operators to site their businesses far from residential areas.

“We are going to prosecute them to serve as a deterrent to others; else these people will still go back there”, he said.

One of the suspects and a sales representative of Namnomi Nigeria Limited, said she was unaware of the implications of selling gas in the carnival village.

She told Nigeria News Agency that she was deployed by her boss (name withheld) to the carnival village.

NAN reports that at the time of parading the suspects, the management of the gas company were yet to honour the invitation of NSCDC to give further explanation on the matter.

Edited & Vetted By: Ismail Abdulaziz
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CNS commends NOWA’s empowerment initiative to widows, orphans

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The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, on Thursday commended the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for organising empowerment programmes for widows and orphans.

The CNS who was represented by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji; gave the commendation at the empowerment programme held at the Navy Town, Ojo , for 25 widows and orphans.

He said that such empowerment would help the beneficiaries to become self reliant and live a better life.

The CNS then implored NOWA to reach out to philanthropists to support its skill acquisition and empowerment programme.

“I want to enjoin NOWA to keep up the wonderful work as well as reach out to well-to-do and well-meaning individuals and organisations to support this laudable programme.

“Through that, it will be sustained accordingly.’’

He also felicitated with NOWA for the noble programme.

“I will like to say that the theme of this event is very apt as most of us are aware that a large number of Nigerians are living in extreme poverty.

“Widows as well as orphans make a great percentage of this figure; we know the challenges that widows face in the society as well as orphans in losing their loved ones at any age.

“And this has severe impact on their well being and psychology. This event, I believe will go a long way to reassure the widows and orphans that NOWA cares for them.

“It will also ameliorate the feeling of loneliness, social isolation, exclusion and hardship they are forced into due to the losses of their loved ones.

“ It is, therefore, a most welcomed development,” he said.

Ibas said that NOWA should not relent in the good work of reassuring the widows, orphans and less privileged that they were not alone.

The CNS also acknowledged the past efforts by NOWA which he said had led to building support network with love, empathy around widows, orphans and the less privileged.

He also urged the beneficiaries to judiciously make use of whatever they got from the empowerment programme.

He said that they should use them as a stepping stone toward improving their lots instead of always waiting for handouts every time.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme has as its theme: ‘Navigating the storm, sailing forward’.

NOWA under the arrangement empowered 25 beneficiaries who received: gas cookers, bags of rice, groundnut oil and fabrics.

In her welcome address, the NOWA President, Mrs Theresa Ibas, said that the association would continue to help the widows and orphans who lost their loved ones.

She said that this was part of the efforts by the association to make life easier for widows and orphans.

Edited & Vetted By: Peter Dada
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Banditry: 2,000 repentant youths surrender weapons to Zamfara Govt.

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, No fewer than 2,000 repentant Youths who terrorised Gusau, Zamfara,  handed over 190 locally made rifles and shotguns to Gov. Bello Matawalle at the Government House, Gusau.

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Media, Mr Zailani Bappa, disclosed this in statement on Thursday.

Bappa said the youth were led to the government house by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security, Abubakar Dauran.

He quoted Dauran as saying that he was convinced that the youths had genuinely repented.

According to him, Dauran said  in the recent past, major cities of the state, especially Gusau were highly unsafe as  banditry, youth restiveness and other crimes were the order of the day.

The governor’s aide, however, expressed happiness that the youth were towing the line of the repentant bandits and also repenting from their bad ways.

Leader of the repentant youths popularly known as Sani Shaidan, said that they were encouraged by what the State Government  did, alleging that  the immediate past administration in the state did not care about their welfare.

He said that they were convinced that the present administration in the state genuinely intended to address the ills in the state, hence their resolve to allow peace to reign.

Responding, Matawalle assured the repentant youths of the state government`s earlier commitment to finding lasting solutions to their plights.

The governor urged them to form committees that would monitor those youths who refused to accept the peace initiatives.

He donated five Peugeot cars for the monitoring of youths  within the metropolis.

Edited & Vetted By: Joseph Edeh and Abdullahi Yusuf
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New Ondo NSCDC Commandant urges personnel to be diligent

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Akure, Dec.5,2019 Mr Philip Ayuba, new Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has advised personnel of the command to be diligent in carrying out their duty.

The commandant gave the advice after assuming office on Thursday in Ondo.

He also called on officers and men of the command deployed to various local government areas of the state to be efficient in intelligence gathering, safeguarding critical national assets and Infrastructure.

Ayuba also urged the personnel to ensure effective monitoring of private guard companies, disaster and crisis management in the state.

“I believe that with the existing and future synergy with other security agencies, the state will be rid of all forms of criminal activities before, during and after the Christmas and New Year Seasons,” he said.

Also speaking, Mrs Christiana Abiakam- Omanu, the former Commandant, commended all officers and men of the command their support and contributions during her tenure.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Abiakam-Omanu will now assume office as Commandant in Bayelsa, where Ayuba was before moving to Ondo State Command.

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Journalist, security officials advise youths against cultism in Lagos

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An NGO, the Youthslens Movement of Nigeria, has charged   youths from different parts of the country to rise against cultism by spreading the danger associated with the scourge to  both their friends and family members.

The founder of the NGO,  Juliana France, said this in her speech at  a one-day seminar on Wednesday organised by her NGO in collaboration with the Lagos State Police Command.

She said that  the rate at which the young ones were involving themselves  in cultism was worrisome

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of  the seminar was “The Nigerian Youth and Cultism today”,.

It had participants from Abia State University, LASU, NIJ, IMO State University, Yabatech and  some secondary schools students from Lagos State.

She said that the fight for a safe society against cultism must start with the youth who should be ready to  spread all they had heard against cultism to their friends, family members and the society at large.

Francis, who is the Crime Editor of New Telegraph Newspaper, said the statistics  of young people in cultism gave birth to the idea of the programme.

She stressed that the reasons given  by many  for joining  cultism were not acceptable.

“No reason  is acceptable for anyone to participate  in crime, even when there is no food at home and they don’t have parents. No reason is acceptable for any young persons to join cultism.

“They should know that their choices  will have consequences.

“Any negative action by  them will affect their family members and their future. They should know that life is not a competition.

“Parents and the society  must keep on talking against it now  more  than before,” she said.

Also,   an  Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Sango-Otta area of Ogun Police Command, ACP Monday Agbonika, said that  some communities were  experiencing cultism due to their  locations.

Agbonika said that  factors  such as:  peer  pressure, revenge against  presumed enemies, emotional instability, family problem and political association could force young people to join cultism.

The area commander noted that one of the challenges why cultism thrives  on  campuses is because policemen are not allowed to enter higher  institutions  for operations  except  on  invitation.

He commended Juliana Francis for the seminar, stressing that this was one way to check cultism among youths.

He  appealed to   individuals and cirpirate organisations to keep on talking about the dangers of cultism among youths.

Agbonika said that some of the effects of cultism include:  failure in academics, school dropout, armed robbery, rape, and prostitution.

Also,  the Lagos State  Police Command  spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana,  said that  cultism was a serious problem to the society.

He said that it needed  the attention of all to tackle it adding that the involvement of  many young ones had made it  become very serious.

Elkana urged parents to live an exemplary life for their children to emulate  and become responsible citizens in life.

He said, “The most painful thing to do as Police Public Relations officer is to parade young persons who are  supposed to be leaders of tomorrow as suspected cultists or criminals .

“It is not about taking cultists to court for prosecution, but addressing the root cause of why  young people  were joining cultism. This is where every one is involved. The police arrest cannot solve the scourge.

“Parents and various people in positions of authorities must do the needful,” he said.

A prison reform advocate, Pastor Darlington Ajilemisan, said that the current correctional  centres (prisons) in Nigeria were adding to criminality with  over crowded inmates.

Ajilemisan said that many people turned criminals  because they were detained with hardened criminals  while in prison custody.

He also alleged  that many violent crimes were some times organised by   prison inmates.

He said, “I cannot talk about prison without talking about what took me to prison. I was a criminal and I  was taken to the prison.

“There,  I was introduced  to other crimes. I happened to become  the  chaplain after I met Christ.

“I have been going to the prison at the age of three. I was an assassin, professional killer, I was a small boy in prison.

“In prisons, there are homosexuals , if you think you go to the prison and be better, that is a lie.

“The prison will change your  intelligent quotient (IQ) no matter what your religion may be.

” I have served in prison in four continents. You enter the prison, you will come out either  as  a hardened  criminal, homosexual or be involved in  other crimes you were not involved in  before.”

Ajilemisan wondered why the public was fond of comparing  prisons in Nigeria   with that of the US.  He said that  prisons in Nigeria were over populated.

“Prison is for reformation,  and a correctional centre. But when you have warders or prison officials who are not educated, but  feed on the inmates, how will they  correct such  inmates, “ Ajilemisan said.( NAN)

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Edited & Vetted By: Peter Dada
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