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FG orders Security forces to end Oil theft before May 29



FG orders Security forces to end Oil theft before May 29

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Silva, has charged security agencies to end crude oil theft before the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration ends on May 29.

Silva gave the charge while addressing troops under Operation Delta Safe during his operational visit to military formations in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

The minister visited Nigeria Air Force 97 Special Operations Group and Nigeria Navy Ship Pathfinder to re-assess the ongoing fight against oil theft.

The minister said that the president was committed to total eradication of oil theft before leaving office on May 29.

He said: “We were here a few months ago with a charge and mandate from President Buhari to ensure complete eradication of oil theft in the Niger Delta.

“Since then, we have seen a significant improvement, meaning that you (military and other security outfits) took the charge and mandate of the president very seriously.

“Therefore, Mr. President sent us here with a message of commendation to you for your gallantry in the fight against oil theft,” he said.

Silva said that Buhari had declared total war against those stealing national assets, thereby depriving the people of the benefits of such assets.

He commended the Armed Forces and other security outfits for the reduction in crude oil theft and illegal bunkering in the country.

“I am happy to announce that there is a significant improvement in crude oil production, with both Nigerians and the international community acknowledging the improvement.

“However, we should not rest on our oars but we must ensure that stealing of crude oil is 100 percent eradicated in the country.

“So, we urge you to redouble your efforts in completing the job of ending oil theft in the Niger Delta,” the minister said.

Also speaking, Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, attributed the increased oil production and export to the sustained fight by the military and sister security agencies, with support from the government.

He said that before the president gave the military the marching order to tackle crude oil theft, production was very low.

“Currently, crude oil theft is on a steady decline, indicating that we are on the right path.

“The reduction also indicates that there is the need for everyone to put their hands on the plough through collective efforts,” added.

On his part, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, attributed the crude oil theft reduction to improved synergy between the navy and sister security agencies.

He said that the recent arrest of a foreign merchant ship, MT Heroic Idun, suspected to be involved in crude oil theft showed was an indication that the fight against oil theft was real.

“The arrest of MT Heroic Idun will serve as deterrent to those who are stealing our crude.

“On Jan. 10, the vessel and its crew will be arraigned at the High Court here in Port Harcourt,” he disclosed.

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Heavy Downpour Leaves Lagos-Badagry Expressway Flooded; Residents Groan 



FOGCILS Gives Assurances of Support to APC, Sanwo-Olu

Hundreds of motorists and passengers going to Mile 2 were on Saturday stranded as flood from morning downpour disrupted free movement on the Trade Fair and Abule -Ado axis of the Lagos- Badagry Expressway.

The resultant flood from the downpour also blocked the trade fair axis, temporarily impeding the movement of vehicles on the expressway.

NAN also reports that the rainfall, which started at 5.00 a.m. and continued for hours, forced many passengers to come down from commercial vehicles and resort to trekking from Abule-Ado to Barracks in Ojo.

Some passengers and motorists urged the Lagos State Government to clear the drainage to avert such flood incidents.

FOGCILS Gives Assurances of Support to APC, Sanwo-Olu

*Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu

Mrs Ibironke Adegboyega, a trader in Ebute-Aro, Lagos Island, said that the flood had prevented her from going to open her shop.

*Another passenger trying to cross from one side of Lagos Badagry expressway to the other during the downpour on Saturday.

“The flood has completely blocked the expressway, some vehicles that tried to access the road had been trapped in the flood.

“The drainage is blocked by plastics and nylon preventing the passage of the water.

“Lagos government should wake up to its responsibility and clear the drainage, they should also warn the traders against indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

“I have to go back home now because it is dangerous to force your way in there due to the flood,” she said.

*Commuters trekking due to flood caused the morning downpour  in Lagos

Mr Toyosi Stephen, a passenger, said the blockage of the expressway was due to the way the contractor handling the project constructed the road.

“One will see that from Abule-Ado down to the Trade fair axis is very sloppy making water to gather under the bridge.

“This also applies to when you are coming from Barracks down to Trade fair, so the water coming from Abule-Ado and Barracks will gather at trade fair and block the movement of vehicles and passengers.

“Government should work on this and also ensure clearing of drainage around this place all the time.

“I have been trapped here, I have to go back to Agbara and sleep,” he said.

*The blockage at the Trade fair axis of Lagos Badagry expressway.

Mr Mutiu Suru, a bus conductor, said the flood would reduce when the rain stopped and that vehicles and passengers would be able to move freely on the expressway.

“The rain is heavy, that’s why the flood blocked the road, but I can tell you that in an hour’s time, vehicles will start going.

“All we need to do is to exercise patience and relax in our vehicles,” he said.

NAN reports that the floods also affected communities in Badagry including Mowo, Ikoga, Ansarudeen, Ajara-Vetho, Aghelaso, and Zogakome areas.

  • NAN
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HEAVY DOWNPOUR: LASG Postpones Planned 2-Sunday Traffic Diversion On 3rd Mainland Bridge



Sanwo-Olu Increases Students’ Bursary by 100%; NANS, NULASS debunk Third Mainland Bridge protest

 …To announce new dates later***

Due to the heavy downpour experienced in all parts of the Metropolis today, the Lagos State Government has announced the postponement of the planned Two Sundays palliative works on the failed sections of the 3rd Mainland Bridge, which was scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday 17th, and Sunday 24th September 2023.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi who confirmed this in a release, explained that the rain has affected the preliminaries of the planned palliative works on the asphalt pavement of the bridge by the Lagos State Public Works Corporation.

Assuring that a later date which will be subject to weather conditions will be duly communicated for the palliative works, the Transport Commissioner urged Motorists to continue to access the bridge with observance of safety measures.

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Live Worm Found In Woman’s Brain In Australia



Australian doctors have found a live parasitic worm in a woman’s brain in a world-first discovery.

In a new study published on Tuesday, researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra Hospital detailed the discovery of the parasitic roundworm.

The eight-cm Ophidascaris robertsi roundworm, which is usually found in pythons, was pulled from the patient, a 64-year-old woman, still alive and wriggling after brain surgery.

Sanjaya Senanayake, a leading infectious disease expert from ANU and the Canberra Hospital, said in a media release that it was a world first.

According to the study, the patient was admitted to a local hospital in south-east New South Wales (NSW) in 2021 after three weeks of abdominal pain and diarrhea.

In 2022, after she started experiencing forgetfulness and depression, a neurosurgeon at Canberra Hospital identified an abnormality in the right frontal lobe of the brain from an MRI scan, prompting the surgery that discovered the roundworm.

The study hypothesizes that the patient was probably infected by touching, or eating, native grasses that a carpet python had shed the parasite into.

She remains under monitoring by infectious disease and brain experts. 

– Xinhua

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