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BREAKING: NIGERIA: Oil Blast & Dozens Dead After Explosion at Illegal Refinery

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#AceBreakingNews – At least 100 people were killed in southern Nigeria in an explosion at an illegal oil refinery, the authorities have said according to reports

An overnight explosion at an illegal oil refining depot in Nigeria’s Imo State has killed 100 people, the state’s commissioner for petroleum resources said on Saturday. Illegal refining is a persistent problem in an area of the country wracked by poverty and unemployment.

“The fire outbreak occurred at an illegal bunkering site and it affected over 100 people who were burnt beyond recognition,” State Commissioner for Petroleum Resources Goodluck Opiah announced on Saturday, according to Nigeria’s Daily Post. “At the moment, I can’t really confirm the number of the deceased because many family members have removed the corpses of so many others,” Opiah added.

The commissioner said that the refinery’s owner has since been declared wanted by the government of Imo State, through which the Niger River runs to the country’s southern coast. 

WATCH oil tanker explode off Nigerian coast

WATCH oil tanker explode off Nigerian coast

Imo State together with the neighboring states of Rivers and Bayelsa make up the Niger River delta, where illegal refineries thrive. Oil was first pumped in Bayelsa in 1955 by Shell, and since then a collection of multinational petroleum firms moved in to extract the black gold from the vast and marshy delta.

Oil from the region accounts for between 7% and 10% of the country’s GDP, but the damage wrought on the delta’s ecosystem has been catastrophic, and locals can wait decades for restitution. Shell, for example, was ordered to pay compensation only in 2020 for a massive oil spillage in Rivers State that took place back in 1970.

With unemployment and poverty endemic in the region, locals often tap into the pipelines of the oil firms and refine the product themselves. This process, known as ‘bunkering’, is dangerous, and leaves pipelines leaking afterwards. As of last year, illegal bunkering cost Nigeria 200,000 barrels of oil per day, at a cost of $4.8 billion a year with oil at 2021 prices.

Shell claimed in 2015 that illegal bunkering was responsible for 85% of the oil spilled from its pipes in Nigeria that year.

By Ishaq Khalid
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Site of the abandoned oil refinery
Illegal oil refineries, such as this abandoned one seen in 2017, can be found across Nigeria’s oil-rich region

Dozens of people were thought to have been working at the refining plants when they were caught in the huge fire. 

Many were burnt beyond recognition.

High levels of poverty and unemployment have made illegal oil refining an attractive business for many residents of the oil-rich communities in southern Nigeria.

The death toll could rise, with one local official being quoted by the AFP news agency as saying that emergency workers had recovered “at least 80 badly burnt bodies at the scene”.

“We learnt many bodies are in nearby bushes and forests as some illegal operators and their patrons scampered for safety,” Ifeanyi Nnaji of the National Emergency Management Agency said.

The authorities have been struggling to curb the proliferation of the illegal plants where stolen crude oil is refined. 

It is not yet clear what caused the explosion that happened sometime overnight into Saturday, but accidents have been common in the past at similar dangerous sites where safety measures are not enforced.

There have been concerns over a lack of precautions at such facilities as well as environmental pollution. 

But Nigeria’s official oil refineries do not work to capacity, causing frequent fuel shortages and price increases across the country. 

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BREAKING: Boko Haram Terrorists Attacked Nigerian Army Base on Tuesday Report

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#AceBreakingNews – Boko Haram Terrorists Currently Attacking Nigerian Army Base In Borno said earlier on Tuesday

Insurgents from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, are currently attacking the Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Molai, Borno State.

Molai is located at the outskirt of Maiduguri, about 7km away.


SaharaReporters gathered that the insurgents invaded the town after iftar, the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan, shooting sporadically as residents of the community fled into the forest for safety.

According to sources, the terrorists who came in no fewer than 10 gun trucks are presently engaging the army formation in the community.
Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands and displaced millions in North-Eastern Nigeria.

The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses.
In the past months, soldiers have been targeted by the insurgents, who waylay them.

Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been reportedly killed since January 2022.

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BREAKING: APC Convention: Hoodlums Snatch Police Pistol & Dozens Arrested

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#AceBreakingNews says according to Sahara Reporters: APC NIGERIA: The ensuing stampede left many people with varying degrees of injuries.

A policeman attached to a politician has lost his service pistol to political thugs and hoodlums, who invaded Eagle Square, venue of the All Progressives Congress national convention on Saturday.

The incident happened when the thugs forced their ways into the convention venue.

The hoodlums took advantage of the poor security arrangement and pushed down the barrier, leading to commotion at the venue.

The ensuing stampede left many people with varying degrees of injuries.

Meanwhile, dozens of thugs were arrested by the police with knives, charms and other dangerous weapons at the venue of the convention.

Security operatives including personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and Departments of State Services were overwhelmed by the thugs.

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BREAKING: ISWAP Leader, Sani Shuwaram Killed By Nigerian Military Airstrike

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#AceBreakingNews says according to Sahara Reporters: Replacement Nominated: According to PRNigeria, Super Tucano jets and other aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) executed multiple bombardments in the axis where Shuwaram’s camps are located.

The infamous leader of the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, Sani Shuwaram, and other terrorists of the sect may have been killed after airstrikes hit Marte axis.
According to PRNigeria, Super Tucano jets and other aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) executed multiple bombardments in the axis where Shuwaram’s camps are located.


Shuwaram, in particular, was said to have died from gunshot wounds he had sustained when military fighter jets raided ISWAP camp at the Sabon Tumbuns general area of Lake Chad.

The news of the killing of Shuwaram was also corroborated by a highly placed intelligence source involved in the counter-insurgency operation, in the North-East who confided in PRNigeria.
“Shuwaram was among terrorists injured by NAF air interdiction missions conducted at Sabon Tumbuns near Kirta Wulgo in February 2022. Subsequent airstrikes in the following days might have led to his death alongside other ISWAP fighters where they were receiving treatment including Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi,” the source added.

Meanwhile, it was gathered that one Mallam Bako Gorgore has been nominated as the new Wali of ISWAP to replace Shuwaram.
When contacted, NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet who declined to confirm the death of Shuwaram said that NAF aircraft with the support of ground troops had sustained a military offensive at Tumbuns, close to Kirta Wulgo in Marte LGA within the Lake Chad Region.

Gabkwet said: “I cannot confirm the death of any leaders of terrorists. We don’t want to be dragged into making any statement or confirmation based on rumours or hearsay. Nevertheless, our troops at the frontline alongside other agencies have sustained massive strike at the hearts of terrorist leaders and their enclaves until we get this job done”

Members of the ISWAP Shura (Judicial) Council, in November 2021, appointed Shuwaram, 45, as a new Leader (Wali) in Lake Chad.
Shuwaram was sworn by an Alkali (Judge) Bukar Arge, in a brief ceremony in KURNAWA, a remote camp in the Lake Chad Basin fringes, considered as the de-facto headquarters of ISWAP, in the Abadam Local Government Area of Borno state.

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NIGERIA: Extradition Papers To USA for Senior Police Officer Wanted for Fraud

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#AceDailyNews says according to Al Jazeera News Report: The Nigerian government has commenced the extradition request of the United States government for Abba Kyari, a highly decorated and senior police officer. Deputy Commissioner Kyari is wanted in the United States in connection to fraud and identity theft.

Abubakar Malami, the attorney general and justice minister, who filed the extradition application under Nigeria’s extradition act, confirmed to the press on Thursday that he had done so at the request of the US embassy in Abuja.

The minister said he was satisfied that the offence in which Kyari was sought after was neither political nor trivial and that filing the extradition request was in good faith and in the interests of justice.

Last July, Kyari, 46, was suspended by the police service commission following an FBI indictment linking him to an Instagram influencer and alleged money launderer Ramon Abbas, popularly known as “Hushpuppi”.

Abbas, who was arrested by the FBI during a covert operation in the United Arab Emirates, pleaded guilty to a number of cybercrimes and is awaiting sentencing by a US court.

Dubai-based Abbas had paid Kyari N8 million [about $19,500] to arrest Chibuzor Vincent, a co-conspirator who threatened to expose a $1.1m fraud against a Qatari national after feeling shortchanged in the illegal deal.

Back in April 2020, an extradition application for Kyari was filed before the District Court for the Central District of California in the United States.

The police officer, along with five other defendants, faces three charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft, according to court documents. He faces up to 20 years imprisonment if convicted.

Kyari has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing but in February, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), arrested him over cocaine smuggling and belonging to an international drug syndicate.

He had been caught on camera engaging in a drug transaction with undercover agents of the agency. The NDLEA has filed eight charges against Kyari and his accomplices.

“This will really affect the image of the police,” said Remi Aiyede, a professor of political science at the University of Ibadan. The police hierarchy is “really embarrassed with what is happening,” he told Al Jazeera.

Aiyede said Nigeria’s partnership with foreign countries like the United States and other international anti-crime networks would make the extradition possible.

Kyari will be the first high-profile Nigerian police officer to face trial in the United States.

For decades, Nigerian security forces have struggled to build public trust with daily cases of systemic corruption, inefficiencies and human rights violations puncturing their public image. The latest developments have led to renewed calls for structural reforms, beginning with the police.

Before his arrest, Kyari  – a former commander of the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) – was celebrated as a “super cop” for solving high-profile crimes including armed robberies and kidnappings, alongside a tactical squad he led. But reports about extrajudicial killings and extortion under his leadership were largely ignored by authorities.

Civil society groups had called for a probe and overhaul of the unit but his much-celebrated successes in bursting criminal syndicates and parading them in public, saw him receive praises from parliament instead, for exemplary performance.

Kyari’s indictment had led to the police chief, Usman Alkali ordering the disbandment of the police unit. But local media reports show that the unit is still operational across the country.

Aiyede added that it would take a long time to cleanse the system which would involve “systemic and sustained reforms over a long period of time”.

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(AUSTRALIA) ACT Magistrates Court Report: A 23-year-old Gordon man is facing a drug importation charge following the interception of a mail package containing cocaine #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: Initial testing of the package indicated it contained approximately one kilogram of cocaine concealed with the packaging and the matter was referred to ACT Policing.

#AceDailyNews ACT Court Report: Earlier this month, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers based in Sydney intercepted a package sent from Nigeria.

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The cocaine was removed and replaced with an inert substance, and the package was forwarded to an address in Gordon.

Yesterday (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) detectives from the Drugs and Organised Crime Team and Task Force Nemesis executed a search warrant at the Gordon address and arrested a 23–year-old resident.

He was charged with attempting to possess a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug. He is scheduled to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today.

Anyone with information about the manufacture, sale or distribution of illicit drugs is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

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(NIGERIA) #BringBackMyGirls Report: On the 7th Anniversary of the kidnapping of 276-girls there are 112 still missing as parents call for their return to enable closure #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr,29: The same morning, 15 April seven years ago, he woke to hear his daughter had been abducted from her school dormitory at night. He’s not seen her since, has no idea if she is alive or dead. But amidst his anguish he pleads “Our people are being killed on weekly basis”.

Chibok Girls Report: ‘Bring back our 112 other girls – now and alive!’ Demands for closure and disclosure 7 years on’

This came on the 7th anniversary of the kidnap of 276 girls, even as global news headlined an attack on a humanitarian hub in the same state from which the schoolgirls disappeared into the Sambisa Forest on the night of April 14th 2014. 112 of them remain un-accounted for’

Pictures of 82 girls freed in 2017; 112 are still un-accounted for
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Pictures of 82 girls freed in 2017; 112 are still un-accounted for

‘I’m Chibok girl Dad. Bring Back Our Girls Now’ read the white letters on the man’s red T-shirt.

The dad pleaded ‘Even if our girls remain in the Forest, how has the government abandoned us? Why can’t it secure their parents and brothers? I appeal to [Borno] Governor Zulum…to bring peace to our land”. (There have been three attacks this week in the Borno town of Damasak, 200 miles north of Chibok, on the border with neighbouring Niger – this time by the Islamic State, West Africa Province (ISWAP), which has splintered away from Boko Haram.

Other figures from Chibok echoed his plea “If Nigeria does not rescue our Chibok girls, there’ll be no peace in Nigeria. Boko Haram is increasing in many ways. No amount of intimidation will stop us demanding your [the girls’] rights” said one into the camera. Asked what she would say to her daughter Sarah in case she might be watching, Mrs Samuel said ‘Keep hope alive; we wait for you’.

Sarah will soon turn 25, so was kidnapped at the age of 17. Mrs Samuel also apparently shocked her audience by saying she had not heard anything from the government since the release of 82 of the girls in May 2017.

During the Zoom event, the founder of Citizens’ Hub, Aisha Muhammad Yesufu also boldly challenged the Nigerian government:

“What is the crime of a Chibok girl? Is it that she’s a girl? Is it that she’s Nigerian? Is it that she’s poor?”

Event speakers all said they struggle to understand why recent mass school kidnaps (there have been at least three this year alone) have seen those children freed almost the very next day.

They point to initial denials and incredulity by the state and federal authorities; indeed the President at the time of the 2014 mass abduction, Goodluck Jonathan, eventually ordered an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the mass kidnap because his government denied the incident had even happened for the first two weeks. The inquiry, led by retired Army-Gen. Ibrahim Sabo submitted its report on 20 June, 2014 but it has never been published and nothing has been heard of it since, according to one of the speakers.

Hence the slogan for this week’s event: “Bring Back our Girls- now and alive! Disclosure and closure” – disclosure of the Sabo report and closure for the abducted girls, their parents and communities.

Attendees heard that twenty parents have now died before seeing their daughters – again, most of them from high blood pressure or other stress-related medical conditions.

Seven years ago, a report showed how the Chibok girls’ kidnap appeared to be part of the Islamist group’s strategic approach to destroy the Christian community in N. Nigeria, where in some states, Christians still form a significant minority.

Keynote speaker, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, who retired a year ago from his role as Catholic Archbishop of the capital Abuja, said that the failure of President Buhari to fulfil his promise to defeat Boko Haram ‘by December 2015’ showed ‘graduating incompetence’. He pointed out that the Nigerian army has claimed to have killed the group’s leader Shekau at least four times. He also said that Chibok had led to kidnapping becoming an industry in Nigeria. He also compared the fact that 42 people – teachers and boys – kidnapped in Niger state had been found and freed after ten days, on 27 Feb this year, while one lone Christian girl Leah Sharibu remains in captivity more than three years after abduction, together with UNICEF nurse Alice Loksha, who was kidnapped in October 2018.

Aid groups estimate that more than eight million people in the north-east are in urgent of humanitarian assistance as a result of the 10-year Islamist insurgency.

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