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Grills 22 suspected oil thieves in Port Harcourt

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Twenty two suspected oil thieves and a vessel:  MT. TIS IV handed over to the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC,  by the Nigeria Navy are being quizzed in connection with alleged illegal dealing in petroleum products. 

The suspects, arrested by the Nigerian Naval Ship, (NNS) Soroh,  Naval Base, Camp Porbeni, Yenagoa, along Akassa Rivers,  Bayelsa state, on December 6, 2021 and handed over to the EFCC on Friday,  January 7,  2022,  included: Levi Jonathan;  Eze Kenneth;  Enemari Peter James;  Sunday Ereku;  Emmanuel Ogbonna; Timi Amos;  Fatai Kareem;  Chuks Egbo, Tony Atawo and  Saviour Martin.

Others are:  Yoosu Alex;  Isac Iboro;  Bassey Okon;  Kingsley Edet; Taye Poto;  Saturday Sobere;  Alfred Atiemie;  Owei Ibolo; Felix Onome;  Odus Osita, Etim Edet and Mudashird Tarheed

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Representative of Nigeria Navy, Navy Commander P. E Effah, who handed over the suspects and the vessel MT. TIS IV to the EFCC, said they were arrested for alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering activities. At the time of arrest, the vessel was laden with about 700,000 litres of products suspected to be illegally sourced crude oil.

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“The vessel and the suspects were remanded at Brass for safe keeping and preliminary investigations.

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“However, today, we are handing over the vessel and crew members to the EFCC for proper investigation”, he said.

Representative of the EFCC who took over the suspects and the vessel on behalf of the Commission,  Assistant Superintendent of the EFCC, Ase  Anthony Mark, thanked the Navy and promised  diligent investigation and possible prosecution of the suspects.

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Google appeals $2.8bn shopping fine at EU court

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Google on Thursday appealed an EU court decision to uphold the bloc’s 2.4-billion-euro ($2.8-billion) fine for abusing its search engine dominance.

The tech giant said it would go to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, after the General Court confirmed in November a decision by the European Commission in 2017.

At the time, the fine was the European Union’s biggest ever. But it was later exceeded by a 4.3-billion-euro fine against Google over its Android smartphone operating system.

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“After careful consideration, we have decided to appeal the General Court’s decision because we feel there are areas that require legal clarification from the European Court of Justice,” a short statement by the company said.

The case centres on Google’s shopping service and is one of three against the search engine giant currently moving through the EU’s drawn-out appeals system.

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The new appeal could take up to two years to reach an outcome, stretching the case out to well more than a decade after the commission launched its investigation in 2010.

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The court confirmation on Google Shopping was a win for the EU’s anti-trust supremo Margrethe Vestager, who burst onto the scene in Brussels by scrapping her predecessor’s more conciliatory approach to the US internet giant.

Vestager had lost in the same court in a different major case, against Apple and Ireland, in which her teams had ordered the iPhone maker to repay 13 billion euros plus interest to the Irish taxpayer. The EU has appealed that ruling.

The fine for Google came after seven years of investigation launched by complaints from other price-comparison services that saw traffic plummet against Google Shopping.

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NSCDC busts recharge card specialist fraudsters in Osun

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By Olajide Idowu

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Two suspects, Adeyemo Mufutau, 26, and Oladiji Hezekiah, 27, have been arrested in Osogbo, Osun State for engaging in use of recharge cards to dupe people while pretending to be herbalists.

The suspects were arrested by operatives of Osun Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

While parading the suspect, Osun NSCDC Commandant, Mr Emmanuel Ocheja, explained how the herbalists initiated their fraudulent activities by calling members of the public on their phones, and pretending as old men/herbalists to defraud them.

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“They will send fake recharge cards to people, and then call the receiver that the person should help return the cards, and afterwards introduce one ‘baba’ ( an old man)/ or a herbalist as the person intending to send the recharge cards to his son.

“They will say the ‘baba’ wants to specially thank anybody who sends the recharge cards back to them.

“During the process, the suspects would introduce themselves as old men/herbalists who wanted to reciprocate the kind gesture of those that had sent back the recharge cards to them.

”The suspects would say they wanted to help solve the problems of their unsuspecting members of the public ,” he said.

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The commandant added that the suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court.

Similarly, Ocheja said that two other suspects were arrested on Monday at a mining site within Ita Obi Community of Ilesa, for mining illegally while three others were also arrested on Wednesdsy for dealing illegally in petroleum products.

He said one Zainab Afeez was also arrested for allegedly assaulting and pouring hot water on her 11-year old biological daughter, while one Abdulrahman Ibrahim was arrested in connection with a stolen Toyota Camry, 1999 model, in Osogbo but recovered in Kano.

Ocheja said that all the suspects would be charged to court after the completion of investigations into their matters. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

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