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MTT4: Navy hands over impounded vessel, 20 suspects to EFCC

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MTT4: Navy hands over impounded vessel, 20 suspects to EFCC

The Nigerian Navy on Saturday handed over an impounded vessel, the MTT4 and 20 suspected crude oil thieves to the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Bayelsa.

Commodore Patrick Effah, the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Soroh (NNS), handed over the vessel to the EFCC in Brass, Bayelsa.

Effah said that the vessel was loaded with 700,000 litres of illegally sourced crude oil.

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He also said the vessel was intercepted on Dec. 6, 2021 in Akassa River, while the crew was arrested for indulgence in crude oil theft, adding that the handing over to the Commission was in compliance with the naval headquarters’ directives, especially as the vessel and her crew were complicit in the crime that borders on economic sabotage.

“The Nigerian Navy has been given the mandate to apprehend any ship suspected to be carrying out illegalities in the Nigerian maritime domain, however, by law, we are not allowed to carry out prosecution of offenders.

“We are directed to hand over seized vessels to the EFCC for further investigations and possible prosecution,’’ he said.

Mr Anthony Mark, an official of the EFCC team, Port Harcourt Zonal Office, who received the vessel, reiterated the readiness of the commission to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter.

“We will carry out a thorough investigation with a view to determining the level of involvement, the content of the vessel and prosecution of those involved,” he said.

The officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) collected samples of the content of the vessel for further laboratory analysis.

 

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Francis Ogu, 65-year-old Cleric Docked For Allegedly Defiling 10-year-old Girl

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Francis Ogu, 65-year-old Cleric Docked For Allegedly Defiling 10-year-old Girl

 A 65-year-old cleric, Francis Ogu, was on Wednesday docked in the Children, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Offences Court in Awka, for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old domestic worker.

The police charged Ogu, who resides at Umuike village in Awka, with defilement.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Chinyere Okechukwu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 27 at his residence.

The police alleged that the accused sexually exploited the minor.

The offence, she said, contravened the provisions of Section 35(2) of the Child Rights Laws of Anambra State, 2004.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Genevieve Osakwe admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum.

Osakwe adjourned the case until Aug. 21 for a hearing.

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Man, 27, Docked For Allegedly Stealing Pot Of Soup In Ibadan

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Man, 27, Docked For Allegedly Stealing Pot Of Soup In Ibadan

…As 3 arraigned over alleged stealing, housebreaking

The growing hunger in the country may have attained a new dimension as One Adewale Ogundeji, 27, was on Wednesday, dragged before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, charged with stealing a pot of soup and other valuables.

Ogundeji, whose address was not provided, was charged with housebreaking and stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, ASP Anthony Igori told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 6, at about 1.30 p.m., at Balogun Road, Oke Ibadan, near Oje market.

Igori said that the defendant allegedly broke into the house of one Mrs Tobiyat Yusuf and stole her pot of soup, N20,000 cash, MP3 player and memory card, among other items.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 411 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The Magistrate, Mr Olaolu Olanipekun granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 and one surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case until July 25 for a hearing. 

In another development, the police on Wednesday arraigned three suspects: Sadare Idowu, 46, David Terdoo, 24 and Chinedu Emmanuel, 42, before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan over an alleged stealing and housebreaking.

The defendants, whose house addresses were not provided, are facing charges bordering on alleged stealing and housebreaking.

The prosecutor, Insp. Akeem Akinloye told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Nov. 27, 2023, in Apata area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Akinloye said the defendants allegedly broke into the house of one Mr Ademola Adebowale and stole his valuables worth N3.22 million.

The valuables, he said included: clothes, jewellery, a generator, a television, Closed-Circuit Television gadgets and a phone, among others.

He said the offences contravened Sections 411 and 390(9) of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N750,000 with two reliable sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case until Oct. 28, for hearing. 

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Chinese Customs Catches Man With Over 100 Live Snakes In His Trousers

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Chinese Customs Catch Man With Over 100 Live Snakes In His Trousers

…The snakes include 5 different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes

Chinese Customs have detained a man trying to smuggle more than 100 live snakes into mainland China in his trouser pockets.

The man was recently caught by officials at Futian Harbour on the border between the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, authorities said.

During an inspection, customs officials found six taped-up cloth bags containing numerous colourful snakes hidden in the traveller’s lower clothing.

According to a statement by the customs, it was revealed that the man was carrying 104 snakes of five different species, including corn snakes and triangle snakes.

Neither of which are found in China, but in North and Central America.

A video released by the customs office showed the man trying to pass through the undeclared goods corridor.

It also showed customs officers examining six large plastic bags into which the squirming reptiles appeared to have been later placed.

China’s laws prohibit the import of non-native animals.

Anyone who violates this will be held accountable, the customs report continued, without specifying what penalties the man would face. 

– dpa

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