By Jimitota ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT: TO enhance the operations of the Police and the Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta region, the Ndoni community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State has donated two patrol vehicles to the security agencies.
Chief Opene Anoblili, who spoke on behalf of the community, said the vehicles were to assist the operations of the Police and JTF in the area.
Anoblili, who is the Ugwueze of Ndoni, recalled that the Onwa of Ndoni, Chief Victor Odili, who bought the vehicles and donated them in the name of the community had earlier promised to support security operations in the area with the vehicles.
“Chief Odili had promised on behalf of the community to assist security operatives in the area with operational vehicles. May I therefore, on behalf of the Onwa and Ndoni community formally present these patrol vehicles to you for your operational use to enable you keep security in Ndoni and ONELGA as a whole,” he said.
Adding, the President General, Ndoni community, Elder Raphael Odili, enjoined the security operatives to help curb rising crimes in the area, noting that pirates had been going round the community to steal their boats that were anchored at the waterside. He added these pirates would shoot sporadically to wade of any resistance.
The Divisional Police Officer, Omoku Police Headquarters, Mr Aminu Umar, who received the vehicles for the JTF and the Police, expressed gratitude to the people for their support.
He gave the assurance that they would be put to proper use just as he called for information from residents in the area to enable the security bodies completely wipe out crime and brigandage from the area.
Navy arrests 4
In a related development, four persons have been arrested by the Nigerian Navy for illegally conveying 80,000 litres of a substance suspected to be Automated Gas Oil, AGO or diesel.
While handing over the suspects to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Pathfinder, Commodore Oyetunji Vinci Fadeyi, said they were arrested in the Okrika channel.
A barge and tug boat were among items seized from the crew that were handed over to the anti- graft agency.
Fadeyi said that at the point of arrest the crew alleged that the product belonged to the JTF Commander, but during interrogation they admitted that it belonged to them and not the JTF Commander.
Continuing, the Navy boss said the security outfit would fight illegal bunkering activities on the high sea to a standstill, adding that any one arrested would be handed over to the appropriate authority for security.
He also appealed for information from the public that would aide operations of the security outfit to tackle crime and illegal bunkering on the waterways.