NAFDAC Destroys Unwholesome Items Worth Over N252m In Gombe

The Northern zonal office of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday destroyed unwholesome items worth N252,882,020 million in Gombe, Gombe State.
The items destroyed include: bags of flour, packs of body creams and drugs such as analgin injection, groundnut oils and various juice drinks.

Mrs Yetunde Oni, the Acting Director-General of the agency , said that the items were either voluntarily surrendered to the agency by those who had them in stock or mopped up by NAFDAC officers during enforcement surveillance.

The D-G said faking of regulated products or selling of unwholesome products was the greatest evil of the time, calling it an act of terrorism.

He said products counterfeiters were not just a problem to the country, but were more dangerous than armed robbers.

A representative of the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Mr Obel Yaji, used the occasion to appeal to NAFDAC to regulate the activities of traditional medicine hawkers.
He said NAFDAC had been active in saving lives and that checkmating traditional medicine hawkers would help in deepening the impact of the agency on the public.

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Army Destroys 143 Illegal Refineries In Niger Delta

The Nigerian Army destroyed 143 illegal refineries during its Operation Crocodile Smile in the Niger Delta region, Brigadier-General Hassan Hamisu has said.

Similarly, the Nigerian Navy said that it has arrested four crude oil thieves who specialize in illegally refining crude oil into automotive gas oil, AGO, while 85 large drums of AGOs were destroyed by the operatives of the Navy and Operation Delta Safe.

Speaking in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Brig-General Hassan, who is the Brigade Commander, 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, made the disclosure while fielding questions from newsmen after a Jumat service at the barracks to mark the nation’s 56 independence anniversary.

Commending the gallantry of soldiers during the Crocodile Smile operation which has ended in the region, he said that it was carried out by soldiers of 2 and 4 Brigades. “I conducted the Crocodile Smile operation in some states in the South-South. Success was recorded in the area of destruction of criminal camps and illegal refineries. We have not rested since the operation. We shall continue to partner with other security agencies to ensure a safer environment,” he said.

On his part, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, weekend, commended youths of Ataba Community in Akwa Ibom State for providing timely information on the activities of oil thieves which led to their arrests and destruction of the illegal AGO.

A statement from Naval Headquarters by Commodore Christian Ezekobe, Director of Information, said, “In continuation of the clampdown on crude oil thieves and illegal bunkerers, the Chief of the Naval Staff has expressed the appreciation of the Nigerian Navy to the gallant youths of Ataba Community in Akwa Ibom State for their exemplary conduct.”

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NAF Destroys New Boko Haram Camp, Repel Attack On Troops

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday destroyed a new camp being operated by the Boko Haram sect between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in northern Borno State.

The attack which was conducted overnight followed an intelligence report that survivors of a similar NAF Mi-17 helicopter attack on August 20 had converged at the new location.

According to the Director, NAF Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the post-strike Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) mission also revealed that surviving Boko Haram insurgents converged at the new location.

This was followed up by series of follow-up Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the latest strike.

Famuyiwa said: “The air assault is expected to further degrade the capability of the insurgents while fostering the creation of the necessary enablement for own ground troops to operate.”

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NSCDC Destroys 450 Illegal Refineries, Arrests 3000 Vandals

The commandant general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC),  Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu said the corps has destroyed about 450 illegal refineries,  arrested over 3,000 vandals and confiscated a lot of vehicles which were forfeited by the court and auctioned off since he assumed office in July, 2015.

The NSCDC boss who stated this when he played host to the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru , requested that the corps  be assisted with arms and equipment that will enable them  combat pipeline vandalism in the country.

The CG stated that with adequate capacity, the NSCDC could eradicate the incidence of vandalism of critical infrastructure such as power line, pipeline, telecoms base station and other national assets.

The CG said rather than give them money, the agency would appreciate corporation’s assistance, noting that the agency lacked sophisticated equipment, particularly arms, adding that pipeline vandals who operate as syndicates are well armed.

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Flood Destroys 5,300 Houses In Kano

Kano State Relief and Emergency Agency on Tuesday confirmed that at least 5,300 houses were destroyed by flood in six Local Government Areas of Kano State.

Executive Secretary of SREA, Aliyu Bashir, who confirmed the disaster in Kano said, the affected Local Government Areas include, Bebeji, Dawakin Kudu, Kiru Shanono, Bagwai and Garun Mallam.

In Dawakin Kudu, over 2,300 houses were affected while not less than 600 houses in each of the remaining five areas were also destroyed by the flood.

Bashir disclosed that officials of the agency had undertaken an assessment visit to all the affected areas, so as to determine the extent of damage caused by the flood.

Also, he revealed that the State Government will come to their aid of the victims as an interim measure, as soon as the Agency concludes and submits its report.

As at the time of filing this report, our Report in Kano had not gone round the metropolis to ascertain any destruction that may have been caused by Monday’s downpour, which started at about 6pm and lasted to the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Flood Kills 3, Destroys Cash Crops In Kano State

Three persons were killed while foodstuff and cash crops worth millions of Naira were washed away during a heavy down pour in Hayin Gwarmai village in Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State on Sunday.

The Chairman of the Local Government, Alhaji Mudansiru Bebeji, told newsmen in Kano on Monday that the flood also washed away several farms in area.
Bebeji said a number of houses had also been destroyed during the disaster.

He said he had since paid a sympathy visit to the victims of the disaster and called on the Federal state governments to come to the aid of the victims to alleviate their sufferings. “We are calling on the Federal and Kano State governments to assist the victims to reduce their sufferings,” he said.

The Director, Operations, Kano State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SERERA), Alhaji Abdullahi Dambatta, said the agency had not received any official report on the incident from the local government council.

Dambatta, however, said as soon as the agency got the report it would forward same to the state government for necessary assistance to the victims.

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Nigerian Army Destroys Boko Haram’s ‘Spiritual Power Base’, Rescues 63 Hostages

Nigerian Army on Friday said the troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion of 25 Task Force Brigade, 7 Division have destroyed the spiritual power base of Boko Haram located inside Alagarno forest in Borno State.

The Army also announced in a statement the rescue of 63 persons who were in the captivity of the sect during separate operations at Lawin Meleri, Matiri Bulaka and Aljeri villages. Five members of Boko Haram were killed, the Army said.

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Watch How Nigerian Air Force Drone Destroys Boko Haram’s Logistics Base

Premium Times shared this video of how the Nigeria Air Force drone destroys Boko Haram’s logistics base.

The Nigerian Air Force Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has destroyed a logistics base used by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the force said in a statement Wednesday.

The UAV, according to the spokesperson for the Air Force, Ayodele Famuyiwa, was on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission when it came across the gathering of Boko Haram insurgents at Garin Moloma, about one kilometre north of the Sambisa Forest.

NDLEA Destroys 10,239.26 kgs Of Narcotics In 2015– Official

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo State Command, on Thursday said it destroyed 10,239.26 kilogrammes of narcotics in the state between January and December 2015.

The spokesperson of the command, Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that it also seized 9369.8 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa and 34.42 kilogrammes of psychotropic substance respectively.

She also said that the agency destroyed 192.39 acres of farmlands in different parts of the state where weeds suspected to be cannabis were cultivated.

Okuwobi said that the agency arrested 227 suspects comprising 215 males and 12 females and recorded 59 convictions in 2015.

The official said that the command’s Drug Demand Reduction Unit also rehabilitated and counseled 20 drug addicts within the period under review.

She cautioned the public on dangers associated with drug abuse, and urged parents to monitor the movements of their children to prevent them from anti-social behaviors.

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NAFDAC Destroys N15m Fake Drugs In Kebbi

National Agency for Food, Drug Adminis­tration and Control, NAFDAC, has destroyed fake drugs worth over N15 million in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

Director General of NAF­DAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, repre­sented by Federal Capital Territory Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Abdulsal­lami Ozigis, while carrying out the destruction exercise in company of community leaders and other security agencies, said the exercise had become necessary to prevent the offensive prod­ucts from making re-entry into the market and raised public awareness on the dan­gers of counterfeit regulated products.

In a press statement signed the PR-Unit, Ephraim Anjembe said the essence of the destruction was to in­variably prevent the seized products from finding their way back to the market. This will eliminate the dangers associated with consump­tion of the dangerous prod­ucts coming back to the soci­ety for consumption.”

Speaking further, Ozigis said eliminating the unde­sired regulated products from circulation will assist medical practitioners.

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SON Destroys N10bn Worth Of Fake Goods

The Director General of Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Joseph Odumodu, on Monday said the organisation destroyed substandard goods worth N10 billion in the last four years.

Mr. Odumodu disclosed this during his official visit to the headquarters of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders in Lagos, saying the items were destroyed from 2011 to date.

He urged the freight forwarders to collaborate with the organisation to halt importation of substandard products.

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Bride Gets Dumped Week To Her Wedding, Destroys Wedding Gown In Heart Touching Way

Kilee Manulak was only a week away from her wedding when her husband-to-be dropped a bomb on her.

Well, not so much of a bomb as a text message saying he didn’t want to marry her.

“I just kind of went numb,” the Florida woman told WFLA. “My maid of honor, my mom and all my friends just helped me… I was just so devastated.”

She did allow herself a few days to grieve, but afterward she decided to “get even” with her ex in her own way — by signing up with her bridesmaids for the Color Fun Fest in Tampa, Florida. The goal: to ruin their dresses.

Manulak loved her dress and wanted to keep it after her wedding, but since it didn’t happen — and it signified sadness — she wanted to get rid of it.

“I wanted to maybe alter it, or do something new to it,” she said of her post-wedding plans for the gorgeous gown. “But I definitely didn’t want to destroy it.”

Manulak feels the same way about her broken wedding.

“I definitely want to tell him thank you for sparing me heartaches down the road, and thank you for letting me go so I can find true happiness,” Manulak said of what she wants her ex-fiancé to know now.

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Nigerian Army Uncovers, Destroys Boko Haram’s Rocket, IED Factory In Bama

The Nigerian Army on Monday said it has uncovered a factory in Bama, Borno state, where the extremist Boko Haram sect manufactures rockets and Improvised Explosives Devices.

The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, who make the disclosure in a statement, also said “troops of the Seventh Division Garrison of the Nigerian Army engaged in Operation Lafiya Dole on Sunday made remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram terrorist kingpin, John Trankil, at Kasuwar Shanu in Maiduguri metropolis”.

Mr. Usman, a colonel, also said by arresting Mr. Trankil, the troops averted what would have been multiple bombings in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The statement said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect said that nine of them were sneaked into the Maiduguri armed with AK 47 assault rifle each and a Hilux vehicle laden with 20 Improvised Explosive Devices meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city.

“The Theatre Commander operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Yusha’u Mahmood Abubakar, commended the efforts of the troops and renewed calls for troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious particularly at all check points, markets, worship centres, motor parks and schools.

“In a related development, troops of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, while on offensive operations on Boko Haram terrorists location, with the support from the Nigerian Airforce discovered and destroyed the terrorists’ Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Rocket making factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi within the outskirts of Bama town, Borno State.

“The items recovered includes gas cylinders, welding machine, pipes and poles. Others include locally made rocket shells, large quantity of assorted chemicals, unprimed IEDs and various technical and laboratory equipment suspected to be stolen from schools’ laboratories around Bama before they were dislodged from the area.”

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Nigerian Navy Destroys 50 Illegal Refining Camps

The Central Naval Command, CNC, in Yenagoa, on Sunday destroyed 50 illegal oil refining camps and 150 drums of locally refined diesel at Asiagbene in Delta.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CNC conducted the operation in collaboration with Nigeria Navy Ship, NNS, in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta.

Real Admiral Apochi Suleiman, the Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, accompanied by Commodore Sule Aliyu, NNS chief in Delta, said that the largest illegal refinery in the region was discovered during the raid.

He said that the camps, numbering about 50, as well as a boat used to convey the stolen crude for refining, were destroyed during the raid on the oil thieves.

Mr. Suleiman said that no arrest was made as the oil thieves fled on sighting the ship.

He said that the oil thieves capitalized on the difficult terrain, adding that the journey to the creek took about three hours.

“There is no room for criminals in the waterways anymore; we are flushing them out,” he said.

He advised youths in the area to engage in legitimate business as the Navy was poised to deal with all forms of illegal activities in the region.

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NSCDC Seizes 42 Oil Tankers, Destroys 10 Illegal Refineries

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Thursday, said that it had seized 42 oil tankers used in diverting petroleum products to black marketers and destroyed 10 illegal refineries in the last two months

Its Commandant-General, Alhaji Abdulahi Gana, disclosed this to journalists in his country home, in Minna.

According to him, “on Friday last week we seized 42 oil tankers used in diverting petroleum products to the black market across the country.

Gana said that within the months under review the NSCDC destroyed three illegal refineries in Rivers State; within the week we destroyed five in Bayelsa and another two in Abia.

He explained that what the country was losing to oil thieves was more than the revenue accruing to the Federal Government from the oil sector.

The NSCDC boss said that the corps would continue to protect critical infrastructures and national assets as core mandate, towards development of the country.

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JTF Arrests 18 Suspects Of Oil Theft, Destroys 31 Illegal Refineries

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, ‘Operation Pulo Shield’, arrested 18 suspected oil thieves and destroyed 31 illegal oil refineries in multiple raids in July.

This is contained in a statement issued by Lt.-Col. Isa Ado, media coordinator of the JTF, in Yenagoa yesterday.

It stated that troops of JTF deployed at Iguododo community and Chanomi Escravos in Orhionmwon and Warri South West Local Government Areas of Edo and Delta discovered and destroyed 15 illegal refining camps.

The statement noted that the suspects operated with four Cotonou boats, seven plastic reservoirs, 34 drums and 21 surface tanks filled with illegally refined Automated Gas Oil (diesel). It stated that other items discovered and destroyed were 21 cooking ovens and eight pumping machines.

The statement stated that the suspects fled on sighting the troops. “The squad also arrested 16 suspects for other criminal offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, sea piracy, cultism and pipeline vandalism.

“Items recovered from them include locally made gun with live rounds of ammunition and axe. The suspects are in custody of the JTF for preliminary investigation before handing them over to prosecuting agency,” it stated.

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JTF Destroys 32 Illegal Refineries In Delta

The Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shied, on Wednesday said it had destroyed 32 illegal refineries in Delta.

Isa Ado, the Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre, disclosed this to media personnel at the headquarters of the 3 Infantry Battalion, Effurun in Delta.

Ado, who spoke on behalf of the Commander of JTF, Operation Pulo Shield, Maj-Gen Emmanuel, said the operations were carried out in seven days by the Sub-sector 1 of the JTF in Effurun.

He said the actions were carried out in Odimodi, Yokri, Forcados, Oteghele, Opumani and Beneath Island communities in Burutu and Warri South-West Local Government areas of the state.

Ado also said the operation saw the destruction of 86 drums and 25 surface tanks filled with stolen crude oil, adding that 27 dugout pits were discovered in the raid.

Over 10 tents belonging to the criminals were reportedly also set ablaze.

“Other illegal oil bunkering equipment discovered during the operation includes 29 cooking oven and 10 pumping machines.

“The sites and the products were destroyed in line with the JTF operation in Niger Delta.

“The operation is a continuous one based on intelligent information aimed at eradicating illegal oil bunkering in the region,” he said.

Ado said JTF would not relent in its efforts at stemming illegal bunkering in the creeks and territorial waterways.

“We have been highly motivated with the procurement of 30 fighting gun boats and 30 operational patrol vans to combat crime in the region.

“I assure you of the command’s determination in the war against oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities affecting the socio-economic development in the region,” he said.

Ado, however, called on the people of Delta and indeed the entire Niger Delta region to assist the task force with useful information to enable it track miscreants in the region.

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Again, Boko Haram Storms Maiduguri With RPGs, Destroys Houses

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists last night stormed Maiduguri with sophisticated weapons with a view to take over the town.

Thunderous sound of Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) fired by the terrorists forced the already traumatized residents to suspend their sleep.

Sources said the terrorists wanted to attack the town through Dala suburb, the same direction through which they attacked the town last Saturday.

“No life was lost but some houses have been detroyed, with two of them which the RPG bombs hit directly  at Ajilari Dalori completely  destroyed while  the occupants, including women and children sustained various degrees of injuries,” said Ajid Mohamed, a resident of the affected area.

The attack was launched between 12.20am and 1.40 am.

Though troops of the Nigerian army immediately responded by firing artillery guns in the direction of the approaching insurgents, the exchange of fire continued unabated for over one hour, forcing residents who were living around the red zone to flee their homes in the dead of the night.

Another resident of the area, Jafar Mukhtar Kolima complained that Nigerian troops are always on the defensive instead of taking the war to the insurgents.

“I strongly feel the terrorists are getting the audacity to attack because they believe nobody will pursue them to their hideouts. How can you always wait for your enemy to strike before you respond,”? he asked.

“We thank God that the whole of Maiduguri is surrounded by a trench otherwise these terrorists would have taken over Maiduguri long ago,” he added.

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Boko Haram Destroys Public Facilities In Yobe

Terrorists suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect have burnt down several government buildings at Fika Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The terrorists were also alleged to have looted several shops and went away with food items. Yusuf Ibrahim, a resident in the area, said the terrorists attacked the towns of Fika and Ngalda both in Yobe State and looted belongs of the residents.

According to residents, the terrorists first launched an attack on Ngalda, a border town between Yobe and Gombe States.

They proceeded from Ngalda to Fika town, the headquarters of the Fika Local Government Area of Yobe State, where they reportedly burnt down the Local Government Secretariat and the Magistrates’ court of the area.

It is alleged they also torched the Divisional Police Station.

According to the Chairman of the Fika Local Government Area, Alhaji Baba Abare, the terrorists shot sporadically on arriving at the two towns. “Their major targets were shops from where they looted several food items as well as beverages,” Abare said.

Yobe State Police Commissioner, Markus Danladi, declined to comment on the attack. He insisted that the Military Joint Task Force, whose officials could not be reached for comment, was the only body that was authorized to speak on such matters.

Fika is 150 kilometres west of Damaturu, the Yobe state capital and shares a border with Gombe state to the south. Both communities have suffered several cases of Boko Haram assault since the commencement of the insurgency some years ago.

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How Shell’s Oil Spill Destroys Our Livelihood- Nigerian Farmers

Some farmers affected by the April 15 oil leak from Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC’s Kolo Creek oil fields in Otuasega, Bayelsa, have complained over alleged neglect by the company.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria in Otuasega on Sunday that the team on a Joint Investigation Visit, JIV, to the oil spill sites did not visit their farms affected by the oil spill.According to the farmers, they made efforts to draw the attention of the team to their farms but to no avail. Florence Ako, whose plantain farm is near the Kolo Creek manifold, said that the crude oil from the manifold spread into her farm and damaged the crops,. “The damage caused by the oil on our farmlands, is visible for all to see and this is happening so close to the harvest time,” she said.

“It is on this farm that I and my husband depend, to feed and train our children in school; my husband’s farm on the other side was equally affected.

“Unfortunately the JIV team did not come to this side and we came around to show them our farms but they did not listen to us.

“They have abandoned the oil residues and there was no oil recovery and clean-up done here.”

Corroborating his wife’s statement, Olei Ako said his banana and plantain plantations were affected. He said that they had reported their plight to the Bayelsa Government and appealed that it prevailed on the oil company to clean up their farms.A fish farmer, Badigigha Igbodo, said the spill, which contaminated his fish pond and others belonging to his colleagues, wiped out all the fish.

According to Mr. Igbodo, the spill had destroyed the means of livelihood of over 50 farmers in the area. Reacting to the complaints, Iniruo Wills, the Bayelsa Commissioner for Environment, said that the state government would verify the reported exclusion of some impacted sites. “We have to verify the information and if it is true that the impacted area was larger than what was originally captured, we shall find a way of addressing these concerns.

“Nobody can hide under the cover of technicalities to say that an area that is really affected, will not be captured,” Mr. Wills said.

However, Precious Okolobo, Head of Media Relations in SPDC, said that the oil firm stood by the report of the JIV team, which stated that the spill was as a result of sabotage. Mr. Okolobo maintained that when a spill was caused by sabotage, the oil company was not liable to compensate for the loss. “Under Nigerian oil and gas regulations, the JIV determines the cause and impact of spill incidents.

“The investigation team which visited the site of the Kolo Creek spill on April 16, concluded that it was caused by sabotage,” he said.

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