…As DPR Says 70% of gas facilities in Ado-Odo/Ota LG, Ogun is illegal***
Police in Niger say gunmen have kidnapped two expatriate and a Nigerian staff of Triacta Construction Company in Galadima Kogo village of Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Adamu Usman, who disclosed this in Minna on Tuesday, said the gunmen who wore military uniform came to the village on over 20 motorcycles and attacked workers of the construction firm.
Usman said the incident occurred on Monday at about 12:45 hours along Shiroro-Galadima road.
“The victims were seized by the gunmen who came through Kaduna State on motorcycles, ambushed them along the road they were constructing and took them to the bush.
“They overpowered the policemen on duty and abducted the victims on motorcycles to the bush,” he said.
He said the Police Command had already launched a manhunt to track down the attackers in order to rescue the hostages.
“We have since deployed IGP Intelligence Response Team and and Special Technical Squad as well as Armed Anti-Kidnapping Squad to identified areas with a view to rescuing the victims unhurt.
” We have also reached out to the Commissioner of Police of Kaduna State.
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” We are doing everything humanly possible to rescue the victims unhurt,” the commissioner said.
He appealed to rural communities to report to the nearest security agencies any person or group of people with questionable character for prompt security response.
In the meantime, Alhaja Muinat Bello-Zagi, Operations Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Abeokuta Field Office, on Tuesday said that 70 per cent of gas facilities in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun were illegal.
Bello-Zagi made this known while speaking at the 2nd Annual General Meeting of the DPR, Abeokuta Field Office, held in Abeokuta.
The theme of the programme was “Safety of Domestic Gas Utilization’’.
She noted that certain roads in the state had an average of 10 gas facilities at a stretch of 5kms – 10kms, saying that the DPR was currently mapping gas facilities in its area of operations.
Bello-Zagi said that the aim of the exercise was to map the geographical spread, facilities concentration, conduct proximity analysis, ensure safety and also guide future approval based on the listed elements.
“The mapping of gas facilities has demonstrated the capacity of technology to monitor and evaluate DPR procedures, enhance surveillance and enforcement.
“The mapping will also serve as useful advocacy tool for the department to engage stakeholders and other relevant agencies in terms of provision of facilities, business opportunities and tax collection,” she said.
She noted that the DPR had directed gas pipeline facility owners to clear their Pipelines Right-of-Way, saying that the department had sanctioned some facilities for encroaching on Gas Pipelines Right-of-Way.
Bello-Zagi said that the department’s engagement with stakeholders during the current year had been participatory, saying that DPR had been able to create awareness and educate stakeholders on the agency’s requirements.
“The strategy was developed in order to reach a larger segment of the different oil and gas associations in the state.
“Such engagements include awareness campaign on safety of petroleum tanker drivers and others.
“The engagement process this year was able to reach an estimated number of 5,000 stakeholders and routine surveillance to all nooks and crannies of the state was stepped up, ’’ she said.
She noted that as much as DPR would continue to encourage gas utilization in line with Federal Government’s policy, it would not compromise safety and adherence to stipulated regulations.