The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has said its operatives arrested 40 suspected oil thieves from different parts of Rivers State.
The Commandant General of the corps, Ahmed Audi, disclosed this while parading the suspects before newsmen in Port Harcourt, the state capital, as part of activities during his working visit to the Rivers State Command of the agency.
Audi also disclosed that 10 tankers, nine boats, 100 petroleum pipes, 69 jerrycans and sacks filled with adulterated petroleum products were confiscated by operatives from the suspects.
He charged NSCDC operatives to intensify efforts at putting an end to illegal oil bunkering in the Niger-Delta region and the nation at large.
He said, “In a bid to checkmate the excesses of oil thieves and oil bunkerers, as well as ensuring that critical national assets in the state are safe from economic saboteurs, the NSCDC, Rivers State Command, in collaboration with other sister security agencies, such as the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Army, arrested over 40 suspected oil thieves.
“Other items recovered from the suspects included seven pumping machines, seven 40 HP Yamaha boat engines, one 90 HP Yamaha boat engine, and several buses used for the act of vandalism.
“The suspects are currently undergoing thorough investigations and will be charged to court.”
NAFDAC bans alcohol production in sachet, PET bottles
Deborah Tolu-Kolawole, Abuja
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has stopped the registration of alcohol in sachet, small volume PET and glass bottles below 200 millilitres.
The Director-General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this in a statement issued by the agency on Monday.
Adeyeye said the registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume PET and glass bottles above 30 per cent alcohol by volume had been banned by NAFDAC, following the recommendation of a high powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and Industry in December 2018.
Other members of the committee are the Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria.
According to the NAFDAC boss, the agency will ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.
She explained that manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before the decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to the stipulated standards free of charge.
She said, “Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria was also given a matching order to embark on intensive nationwide sensitisation campaigns against underage consumption of alcohol by adolescents below the age of 18 years in the bid to stem the tide of alcohol abuse in the country.
“Producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31st, 2022 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.
“The agency is committed to the strict implementation of the regulations and regulatory measures towards safeguarding the health of Nigerians particularly the vulnerable youths against the dangers of reckless consumption of alcohol.”
Ibrahim Abubakar bags 3-year imprisonment
A Bauchi State High Court presided over by Justice M.M. Abubarkar has convicted and sentenced one Ibrahim Abubakar (aka Alhaji Sadiq Babati) to three years imprisonment.
Abubakar was arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and cheating to the tune of N2, 250,000 (Two Million Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).
The charges were brought against him by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The defendant who was arraigned on September 27, 2021, alongside one Hassan Lemaji (now a convict) had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In the course of the trial, he changed his plea to ‘guilty’, on which basis the trial judge, after the review of facts of the case, found him guilty and sentenced him accordingly.
He was however given an option of a fine of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50, 000), while the Court ordered that the sum of N2,250,000 recovered by EFCC be paid to the victim.
Abubakar’s ordeal started sometime between March and April 2019 when he obtained the said sum by falsely representing to the petitioner that the money was meant to facilitate employment for him at Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETFUND), Abuja.
An investigation by the Commission revealed this claim as false.
It was also discovered that, as soon as the defendant received the money, he started avoiding calls from the petitioner who waited for eleven months for the non-existent employment letter.