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FG investigates crude oil theft

The National Security Council (NSC) has directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the National Security Adviser to set up a panel to investigate all aspects of crude oil theft, identify the thieves, and submit its report for necessary action.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the council’s meeting in Abuja, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said the government was determined to protecting the nation’s economy and the environment of areas being polluted by activities of bunkerers.

He explained that the security council had resolved to ensure free and fair elections next year, and called on political parties to support the government through the exercise of healthy politicking.

Mr Aregbesola said the meeting appraised the general security situation, and noted with satisfaction the declination of insecurity across the country.

He said the meeting had directed that the cement factory at Obajana, Kogi State, recently closed due to a dispute between the industry and the state government, be re-opened, adding that the Security Council had advised parties to the conflict to resolve their disagreement legally.

While commenting on Appeal Court’s discharge of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB), Nnamdi Kanu of terrorism charges, the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi said the government would take appropriate decision on him, since the court did not acquit him.

Also briefing newsmen, the the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, said the detained 101 ex-combatants of Boko Haram and ISWAP had been moved to safe corridors to be de-radicalised, in preparation for their re-integration in their communities.

He explained that some of them had completed their prison terms, saying that other are still awaiting trial, while the rest will soon complete their prison terms.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Muzha Kucha