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Police in Abuja thwarted a kidnapping plot and apprehended 16 suspects.



Police in Abuja thwarted a kidnapping plot and apprehended 16 suspects.

Police in Abuja thwarted a kidnapping plot and apprehended 16 suspects.


ABUJA, IBADAN, and MINNA The Special Intervention Squad (SIS), recently launched by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has arrested 16 suspects, including three Bwari-based kidnappers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The squad was created in response to the increasing rate of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the FCT.

The police, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) on Saturday, said that the suspects were arrested at various locations through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Force Intelligence—Intelligence Response Team (DFI-IRT), the FCT Command Anti-Violent Crimes Section, the Anti-Kidnapping Section, and other state commands of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The FPRO explained that the breakthrough was achieved following the recent launch of the Special Intervention Squad (SIS) by the IGP and the fortification of the security landscape in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the statement, among the 16 suspects were three Bwari-based kidnappers: Idris Ishaku, m. 27 years old, Bala Umar, m. 27 years old, and Dahiru Salisu, m. 27 years old, who had been responsible for a series of armed robberies and kidnappings in the Bwari Area Council and other parts of the FCT, Abuja.

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The statement added that simultaneously, the combined team of officers had arrested 13 suspects for various other crimes.

Part of the statement read: “Among the achievements recorded is the foiling of another kidnapping plot through technical intelligence, resulting in the arrest of the above-named Bwas­ri-based kidnappers and the weap­ons recovered from them.

“In a proactive move following a report on the abduction of a victim from his house along with his Hilux Van with Reg. No. RBC 90 DL gray colour by four armed men who disguised in a white Mercedes Benz 230 car, police operatives, in an intelligence-propelled investigation, discovered that the victim was being taken to Kano State but was dispossessed of his ATM cards at Kaduna, while N500,000 was transferred from his account.

“The suspects, however, ran out of luck as they were intercepted by police operatives at a filling station in Kaduna, where three of them escaped, while one by the name of Chinaza Philip Okoye Michael was arrested.

“The victim was rescued unhurt, and the said Hilux Van recovered. It was discovered that Chinaza Philip Okoye Michael and his accomplices had earlier been arrested sometime in November 2023 and charged with similar offenses at the High Court, Kwali, Abuja, but went back to committing even worse crimes while on court bail.”

The statement further noted that the operatives of the DFI-IRT office also intercepted one Everest Magaji, a gunrunner, during negotiation with some notorious bandits, who were currently at large, for the purchase and supply of illicit firearms and ammunition, while 11 pistols and two pump-action guns were recovered from the suspect.

The FPRO disclosed that the achievements recorded through these relentless operations demonstrated the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force under the leadership of IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun to ensure that the nation would be a safe haven for the citizens to inhabit.

Meanwhile, gunmen on Saturday abducted Abdullahi Sabo, a resident of FCT, while he was driving home with his wife.

The abduction took place at Sabon-Lugbe on Airport Road in Abuja.

Sabo was driving his ash-colored Lexus Jeep with registration number ABC 769 TP when the gunmen intercepted his vehicle.

The attackers, travelling in an unmarked golf car, reportedly opened fire and deflated the tires of the victim’s jeep.

The incident occurred less than 48 hours after the abduction in Army Estate, Kurudu, Abuja.

During town hall meetings in Bwari and Gwagwalada Area Councils, FCT Minister Nyesom Wike assured residents of their safety, emphasising the implementation of adequate security measures.

Wike had also announced the arrest of some bandits and their informants.

A neighbour of the victim, Daramola Joseph, confirmed Sabo’s abduction, recounting that the attackers shot the tires, prompting the vehicle to stop. The victim’s wife managed to escape, but the gunmen abducted Abdullahi Sabo.

As of the time of reporting, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Josephine Adeh, had not responded to calls or messages seeking information on the incident.

Also in the early hours of Saturday, gunmen stormed Otu town in Oyo State and kidnapped two people, injuring another person.

Otu is in the Itesiwaju local government area of the Oke Ogun geopolitical zone of the state.

It was gathered that the two people kidnapped included Mr. Dayo Olayanju and the wife of Mr. Kehinde Obasola.

It was gathered that Obasola escaped with gunshots, but his wife was kidnapped by the gunmen.

The whereabouts of the kidnapped victims had not been revealed as of the time of filing this report.

A community leader in the local government area disclosed that the incident occurred on Saturday morning.

The community leader who craved anonymity disclosed that “it is true. It happened around 2 a.m. today. They were kidnapped in different areas. One was kidnapped along Okeho Road.

“I have confirmed it. The two people kidnapped are Dayo Olayanju and the wife of Kehinde Obasola. Kehinde Obasola was assaulted with gunshots, but his wife was kidnapped.”

All efforts to get police reaction proved abortive, as calls put through to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Oyo Command, Adewale Osifeso, were not successful.

Efforts to get the state commissioner of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), known as Amotekun, Olayinka Olayanju, were futile.

Worried by the recent surge in crimes, including kidnapping, the Commissioner of Police, Niger State, Shawulu Danmam­man, had urged religious bodies in the state to evolve strategies to secure members in places of worship as criminals are becoming more brutal in their evil acts against law-abiding citizenry.

The police commissioner gave the charge when he played host to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairperson, Niger State Chapter, Most Rev. Dr. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, who led his executive members on a courtesy visit at the commission’s headquarters at Dutsen Kura-Gwari Area, Minna, over the weekend.

Shawulu, who said that Niger State had enjoyed relative peace due to renewed efforts being made by the state government as well as the determination of security agencies to make the state uninhabitable for criminals, urged churches to strengthen their internal security apparatus for maximum results.

The commissioner said: “While we are assuring you of police support at all times, I must encourage all churches to remain vigilant and very sensitive because of the challenges, even though we are enjoying relative peace in Niger State.

“We all know that places of worship are targets for criminals; let us not be carried away by the seeming peace we are currently enjoying.

“There is a need to be proactive, and that is why I encourage all religious bodies to go back to the use of gadgets like metal detectors and scanners, to an extent.”

The state CAN Chairman, Most Rev. Dr. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, the Bishop of Kontagora Catholic Diocese, assured the public commissioner of unalloyed support and collaboration for the security of lives and properties of Nigerlites.

According to him, “the churches and CAN will do their best to strengthen cooperation with the security agencies, police in particular, for a secure Niger State. We will also continue to pray for the police so that we can continue to enjoy relative peace in the state.”

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#CHIVIDO24: See Loved Up Photos From Davido and Chioma’s Pre-wedding Photoshoot




Naijanewsngr reports that Davido and Chioma have released their pre-wedding snapshots and videos, asserting that their wedding, which is scheduled for the 25th of June, 2024, is OFFICIAL.  Fans have tagged the wedding to be the final bus stop for a love that stood the test of time. They have asserted that the four year wait after the release of Davido's song 1 Milli where he featured his now Fiance, has been worth it.  See pictures and Videos from the Pre-wedding photoshoot;


Naijanewsngr reports that Davido and Chioma have released their pre-wedding snapshots and videos, asserting that their wedding, which is scheduled for the 25th of June, 2024, is OFFICIAL.


Fans have tagged the wedding to be the final bus stop for a love that stood the test of time. They have asserted that the four year wait after the release of Davido’s song 1 Milli where he featured his now Fiance, has been worth it.


See pictures and Videos from the Pre-wedding photoshoot;

#CHIVIDO24: See Loved Up Photos From Davido and Chioma's Pre-wedding Photoshoot

#CHIVIDO24: See Loved Up Photos From Davido and Chioma's Pre-wedding Photoshoot

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Dangote Refinery to set up terminal in the Caribbean for export of petroleum products




Dangote Refinery to set up terminal in the Caribbean for export of petroleum products

Dangote Refinery to set up terminal in the Caribbean for export of petroleum products

Dangote Refinery is planning to set up a terminal in the Caribbean to export petroleum products to countries in the North American region.

Aliko Dangote, the president and CEO of the refinery, made this disclosure on Wednesday at Afreximbank’s Trade and Investment Forum in The Bahamas.

The business mogul said the company can easily supply petroleum products to the region within 18 to 20 days.

According to Africa’s richest man, the company will sign a bilateral agreement with the region to construct the terminal for the exportation of its petroleum products.

“I know the price in the Caribbean in terms of petroleum products is very high. We produce it cheaply. We can always bring it here. We can set up a terminal and we’ll be able to fix their needs.

“We will have a bilateral agreement with them and also bringing in stuff from there is not more than 18 to 20 days maximum. And then we need to set up a terminal.

“Once we set up a terminal, they will have a very cheap oil. They will have cheap energy. And by having cheap energy, their own economy will grow faster,” Dangote said.

Dangote to also export Cement to the Region
In addition, the CEO of the $20 billion refinery mentioned that the conglomerate is not only seeking to invest in petroleum products in the region but also in cement.

Dangote stated that the company’s cement production capacity is nearly 52 million tons and will increase to about 62 million tons by the end of next year.

He added that the firm can meet the demand of the Caribbean market, creating a win-win situation for both parties.

“It’s not only about the oil. We now have a capacity of almost 52 million cement capacity. By the end of next year, we will be at 62 million of cement capacity. We are not only saying that we can bring in from Nigeria or from Africa.

“If they have limestones, we can also produce what can satisfy them. We’ve done that before in Africa and we should be able to free them up from the shackles of other people.

“If we the ingredients like the limestones etc, it’s a 28 months maximum. They can all be self-sufficient. It will be a win-win between us and them,” Dangote said.

What you should know
The Dangote refinery with a 650,000 barrel refining capacity has been described as the “game changer” of the oil and gas sector.
The refinery will be the largest in Africa and Europe once it begins full operation later next year.
According to reports, the $20 billion petroleum facility is expected to disrupt the $17 billion Africa-European market and reduce the continent’s dependence on imported petroleum products from Europe.
In addition, Dangote stated that the company is also eyeing the Brazilian market and other North American countries to supply refined products from the refinery.
“Our capacity is too big for Nigeria. It will be able to supply West Africa, Central Africa and also Southern Africa,” Dangote said in a panel discussion in Rwanda a few weeks ago.

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Dangote Refinery Mulls Lagos, London Stock Exchange Listings




Dangote Refinery to set up terminal in the Caribbean for export of petroleum products

Dangote Refinery Mulls Lagos, London Stock Exchange Listings

The Dangote refinery is aiming for a dual listing on the London and Lagos bourses, a senior executive at the firm, Devakumar Edwin, has told Reuters.

Africa’s richest man and Chairman of the group, Aliko Dangote was earlier on Tuesday, quoted as saying he could try to list the company in Nigeria by the end of the year.

It is coming about six months after Dangote, also told the Financial Times of his intentions to publicly list the subsidiary of the Group, Dangote Petroleum Refinery on the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

At the time, Dangote stated that the company had resolved challenges about crude oil supply and was prepared for the listing.

The billionaire businessman already has some companies listed on the NGX, including Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar Refinery and Nascon Allied Industries.

The refinery managers said there was need to approach the London Exchange because the Nigerian bourse may not have the capacity to handle it exclusively.

Asked to comment on Dangote’s statement to local media, Edwin told Reuters: “We have listed all our businesses. The NSE (Nigerian Stock Exchange) will not have adequate depth to handle exclusively the petroleum refinery. We would have to take it to LSE (London Stock Exchange) but also list in NSE.”

The refinery, Africa’s largest, built on a peninsula on the outskirts of the commercial capital Lagos at a cost of $20 billion, was completed after several years of delay.

It can refine up to 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) and will be the largest in Africa and Europe when it reaches full capacity this year or next.

Dangote has been trying to secure crude supplies for his refinery. He has interests in Dangote Cement, Dangote Flour Mills and Dangote Sugar, all listed on the Nigerian bourse.

In May, the company reached its first supply deal with TotalEnergies, after it put out a tender for 2 million barrels of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Midland crude every month for a year starting in July, according to tender documents.

The company since earlier in the year, has been refining diesel, jet fuel and other petroleum products and is expected to begin the production of petrol in June.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) has said it recorded 310 cases of crude oil theft in the past week.

In its weekly update on the activities of the national oil company, the NNPC said that the cases were discovered between May 18 and May 24.

“Between May 18 and 24, 310 cases were recorded across the Niger Delta region by several incidence sources,” the NNPC stated.

In Grey Creek, Akwa Ibom state, it said a fuel station selling illegally refined fuels into cans and drums was uncovered in the past week, revealing that 122 illegal refineries were also uncovered in Bayelsa and Rivers states

According to the company, they were spotted in Tombia II, III, IV, and Umuajuloke, in Rivers state; Iduwini, Biogbolo, and Ajatiton, in Bayelsa state, while 65 illegal connections were discovered across several locations in Akuwa Odoka, Umuajuloke, and Watson Point, also in Rivers state as well as along Soku Sand Barth pipeline in the state.

It added that vandalised wellheads were discovered in Tombia IIII in Rivers state and Egbema in Imo state, where a pit filled with crude oil from a vandalised wellhead was discovered.

In Ndoni, Rivers state, NNPC said it uncovered a vandalised pipeline channelled to a nearby oil pit, while five illegal storage sites were spotted in sacks, pits, cans, and in a fuel station.

The NNPC stated that 20 vehicle arrests were made in Delta and Imo states while 48 infractions were reported at sea. Also, 39 wooden boats conveying stolen crude or illegally refined products were seized and confiscated across several creeks in Bayelsa and Delta states, it said.

NNPC said 48 of the incidents occurred in the deep blue water, 40 in the western region, 134 in the central region, and 88 in the eastern region.

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