Monthly Archives: June 2015

AYIRI KICKS AS FG TERMINATES PIPELINE SECURITY CONTRACTS.

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AYIRI KICKS AS FG TERMINATES PIPELINE SECURITY CONTRACTS.
Calls For Same To Amnesty Programme.

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Photo: Chief Ayiri Emami (Akulagba of Warri Kingdom)

• As president Buhari orders contracts’ transfer to navy, police, NSCDC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has terminated the N9.3 billion surveillance contracts offered to some former Niger Delta militants.

Itsekiri Jist gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari had placed an embargo on the renewal of the multimillion dollars pipeline surveillance contracts which expired last week end.

In March, the Federal Government under erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan through the NNPC had handed over the job of protecting the nation’s oil and gas pipelines and waterways to former militants and selfdetermination groups.

The terms of the contracts detailed seven companies to operate in allocated “regions” or operational areas: Egbe Security River One (Bayelsa), Gallery Security (Mosinmi-Ore), Close Body Protection (Edo State), Adex Energy Security (Rivers), Donyx Global Concept (Lagos and Ogun), Oil Facilities Surveillance (Delta) and New Age Global Security (Mosinmi-Ibadan). Checks by New Telegraph revealed that the President decided to wait till the expiration of the three-month contracts.

“He has embargoed the renewal of the contracts to these groups. They are just three-month contracts and it is best to allow them to expire than to terminate them. He was advised not to rock the boat and he followed that advice,” a source at the Presidency told this newspaper. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) confirmed that the contracts have not been renewed.
The corporation told New Telegraph on phone that contrary to speculation that the contracts were terminated, they actually lapsed by mid-night of Sunday. Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs of the NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, who said this added that it was not abnormal for contracts to expire. “The contracts expired and they are yet to be renewed,” he said.

The Presidency source, however, added that President Buhari who has not hidden his disdain for such contracts to be in the hands of civilian groups has ordered the contracts should be handed over to the Army, Navy, as well as the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Speaking with the press, one of the beneficiaries of the contracts and the founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasehun, said the corporation sent a text message to him that it has invalidated the terms of agreement of the contract less than three months after they were awarded to the groups.

Fasehun, whose company, New Age Global Security is in charge of pipelines in Mosinmi- Ibadan, said: “The NNPC sent a message to us over the weekend that they are terminating the contract three months after it was awarded.

But in a swift reaction, Chief Ayiri insists that the loop hole for wastage is still being left opened if the amnesty programme is not terminated. He pointed out that those currently studying under the amnesty programme are not the right people that fought for the Warri crisis neither are they Itsekiri.

TRAGEDY: IYC NATIONAL SECRETARY ESCAPE ASSASSINS BY WHISKERS …AS PERSONAL ASSISTANCE MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD

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Hired assassins with AK 47 numbering about four, on Friday invaded the residence of the National General Secretary of jaw Youths Council Worldwide, Engr. Emmanuel Bristol Alagbariya brutally murdering one of his personal assistance in cold blood and scaring the life out of everyone they met after realizing that the target man was not around.
The IYC scribesman who has been fully engrossed in preparation for an upcoming Rivers Ijaw Summit’ in commemoration of 58 years of the Henry Willinks minority commission and celebration of some revered heroes for their selfless contributions towards the recognition of Niger delta, was said to have convened a meeting of the Rivers Ijaw summit organizing committee at his residence. While committee members were waiting for him to join them in the meeting a bus belonging to the National Secretary drove into the compound and was swiftly followed by the assassins who were all along laying siege outside his compound. They surrendered everyone believing that the national secretary was in the bus, but to their disappointment their target man was nowhere to be found.

In that frustration they proceeded to the room where the committee members were about to meet and ordered everyone to lie flat, it was at this moment that one of the gun crazy assailants for unverifiable reason decided to shoot and kill the personal assistance of Alagbariya.

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Engr. Emmanuel Bristol Alagbariya has been a committed and frontline youth neck deep in crusade to better the lot of Ijaw and Niger Delta youths. The Rivers Ijaw summit expected to honour Late Chief Harold Dappa-Biriye, Major Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro, Dr. I J M Fiberesima, Chief U.O Ekeneokot and Chief P. J Warmate for their contributions to the Niger delta, Rivers State and Nigeria was another initiative put together by Alagbariya to create the needed awareness and drive a process that will address some of the predicament of youths of Rivers state. A whole lot of people have continued to express shock why assassins will want him dead with such assassination attempt on his life even as they say it will continue to be an indiscernible puzzle.

Presently security has been tightened around him and the Rivers Ijaw Summit is expected to hold as planned on Friday 26th June 2015 at the prestigious Hotel Presidential Atlantic hall.

Music: Post Office – Da Blink

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Da Blinks after releasing perhaps one of the biggest hit out of south south ‘Sample ur Tin’ is back with another banging song that will keep you on ur feet all day long. its title ‘Post Office’ and produced by baddest producer O2beatz. enjoy this one from Da Blinks as we rock and roll into 2015..

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Rivers State Assembly approves N10 billion loan for Wike

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All 28 Lawmakers of the Rivers State House of Assembly on Thursday approved the request made by Governor Nyesom Wike to secure a loan of N10 billion from Zenith Bank.

Wike had earlier sent in a request letter for a loan of N10 billion which was transmitted to the House of Assembly for approval in order to execute projects such as rehabilitation of roads within the Port Harcourt metropolis, renovation of the Assembly and High Court complexes, construction of Abonnema Bridge and completion of Agip road among others.

The Rivers State Government stated his desire to complete all the projects within his first 100 days in office.

The letter which was read before the House by the Speaker, Hon. Ikuinyi Ibani received a welcome appraisal as the 28 lawmakers unanimously approved the Governor’s request.

Honourable Martins Amewhule, the Leader of the House and others who spoke before the issue was voted on commended the Governor for attaching details of the proposed projects to his letter.

Honourable Evans Bipi, member representing Ogu/Bolo constituency, lending support to the proposed sum said the N10 billion loan was an indication that Wike intended to be astute and diligent as far as spending the funds was concerned.

The money is small but it shows that our Governor will be diligent with public funds.”

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress APC, in Rivers State has kicked against the approval, condemning the State House of Assembly for assenting to such a loan for Wike.

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This video clip shows Limbuzee in the studio as he work towards the release of his EP that has been schedule to drop soon.

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VIDEO: “LIMBUZEE”chilling with Fans with some Acapella Freestyle

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UPDATE: House defies odds, passes PIB, 9 other bills

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The Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, was passed by the House of Representatives in its final session, after over three weeks of scrutiny following the consideration of the various clauses and harmonious agreement from the house members.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedioha, who presided over the passage described the bill as important to the Nation’s Petroleum industry, hence the delay as the House had to review it thoroughly.

The Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, was passed by the House of Representatives in its final session, after over three weeks of scrutiny following the consideration of the various clauses and harmonious agreement from the house members.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedioha, who presided over the passage described the bill as important to the Nation’s Petroleum industry, hence the delay as the House had to review it thoroughly.

After its passage, it was transmitted ‎to the Senate for its own action.

However, at the time the PIB was passed, the Senate of the 7th Assembly had already held its valedictory session.

Earlier, President of the Senate, David Mark, at the close of the 7th Senate expressed sadness that the PIB was one of its failed targets. This was prior to the passage of the bill, by the House.

The incoming Senate would likely not take action on the bill anytime soon, due to the leadership and power tussles trailing the incoming Assembly and will linger for a while even after the Principle Officers are elected.

This is because the next challenge will surround the allocation of committee chairmen and members.

The 368 page document that comprises of 312 sections and 438 clauses ‎brought about so much deliberations and amendments that delayed the passing of the bill by the House.

The consideration of report of the PIB, resumed after the ad hoc committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill, Chaired by the Majority Whip of the House Ishaka Bawa resolved issues that brought about major controversies.

It will be recalled that issues such as ‎revenue sharing formula as contained in clause 209 and reduction of levy on oil companies as contained in clause 116 to 119 generated some much controversy in the House and amongst its members.

In what appeared to be ‎a hurried consideration of the PIB, Ihedioha, said, “my dear colleagues I want to congratulate you so far for a job well done.”

He further said that the action taken by the House on the PIB issue was because they are “one Nigeria.”

According to him, the bulk of the work is now left for the Senate to take action on just as he added that the bill is not a political but very vital to the economy of the country.

Meanwhile, ‎the outgoing leader of the House, Mulikat Akande Adeola moved that some of the House Rules be suspended to enable them read and pass outstanding bills.

Nine other bills were passed by

BOKO HARAM COULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ONITSHA PETROL TANKER DISASTER

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on a Sunday afternoon disaster involving a tanker carrying petroleum product which ran into a motor park in Onitsha after brake failure, resulting in the death of close to 80 persons. It was at about 3pm when the news of a tanker carrying fuel rammed into Asaba bound vehicles loading at the ever-busy Upper Iweka Motor park, causing a loud explosion that instantly engulfed about 10 buses, roasting several tens of humans to death. The tanker which was transiting through Onitsha to an unknown destination and headed for Asaba was at first mistaken to be driven by a suicide bomber.

This was alleged because of the way he drove into the ever busy park, but it has long been found to be caused by brake failure, even though it was still difficult to fathom why the driver did not think it wise to run into the other side of the road which is vacant rather than the busy motor park. Reports had put the number of death at 65, but the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Red Cross in Anambra State, Dr Peter Katchy in a later press interview, two days after the incidents stated that the death toll had risen to 85. This was following the inability of some of those who were badly injured in the accident to survive.

Katchy said that scores of others, who were involved in the accident are still in the hospital receiving treatment, just as the governor o f the state, Chief Willy Obiano who promptly rushed to the scene of the accident and was moved to tears by the sight of the people who were burnt in the accident and also visited Toronto Hospital to see those who were being treated of varying degrees of burn ordered speedy and special attention to the victims, promising that the state government will pick the bills. The accident and its devastating effect has already come and gone, and the victims and their relatives have continued to nurse their pain, but a way should be sought to put a stop to the menace of tanker explosions and other heavy vehicles like trailers conveying containers, which always cause carnage on the roads.

While on a visit to the scene, Chief Mrs Uche Ekwunife, the senator elect for Anambra Central, condoled with the victims and their relatives. The Senator elect whose zone falls within part of the scenes of the incident promised to effect proper legislation that would put an end to unnecessary loss of lives and property on the highways by lorry and heavy duty vehicles.

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“It is unfortunate that we continue to lose our loved ones in such careless and difficult situations. I want to express my deepest condolence to the families that lost their loved ones in the ugly incident and pray for the repose of souls of the deceased. I promise to make legislation alongside my fellow senators that would put an end to such horrible incident son Nigerian roads.”

Though she did not state what form the legislation will take, many have said that restriction of the movement of heavy vehicles at day will help to curb the continued loss of lives as a result of movement of heavy vehicles. A sympathizer, Mr Damian Ogudo who spoke at the scene of the accident that in civilized climes, movement of such sensitive things are petroleum products are done at night, just as trains are used to convey wares, without necessarily using rickety trucks at day.

In this area, the newly inaugurated administration of President Muhammadu Buhari must do well to strengthen the transport sector, especially in the light rail project commenced by his predecessor. Buhari must also ensure that a the federal Road Safety Corps is more strengthened to do its job and to ensure that vehicles that ply main roads in the country must be put in perfect condition as it is believed that if the owners of the tanker were savvy enough to check it before embarking on the journey, it would have detected a problem in the brake system.

Meanwhile, the Buhari administration must also be commended for promptly responding by dispatching the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo to Onitsha to see for himself the level of destruction. As at the time of filling this report, the vice president was being received by Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano.

By DAVID-CHYDDY ELEKE

Popular Ex- governor Surrenders To EFCC

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Former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, yesterday voluntarily surrendered to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

He is being interrogated for allegedly laundering over N300 billion during his tenure.

Vanguard reports that the former governor headed to the commission’s head office at about 6pm for the interrogation.

Apart from the N300 billion he allegedly took from the coffers of the state, an EFCC source hinted that Sheriff would also be questioned over N13 billion supposedly withdrawn from the local government joint account.

Sheriff is said to have clarified that the money in question was spent on some infrastructural projects in preparation for the inauguration of his successor in 2011.

In contrast, EFCC said the projects were neither executed nor the money accounted for “I can confirm to you that the former governor of Borno State is with us and we cannot say for how long our operatives will keep him. We really want to know the truth from him before deciding on whether there is enough evidence to charge him to court or not,” the official said.

The anti-graft commission planed to declare Sheriff wanted last week after several invitations extended to him were ignored.

However, Sheriff, like former Adamawa governor, Murtala Nyako who also surrendered on Monday for laundering N15billion, handed himself over

Meanwhile, mixed reactions have trailed the arrest of the two former governors. Some political analysts see the move as an attempt to witch-hunt the former governors while others see as necessary for public office holders to be held accountable for their deeds while in office.

Speaking with Zeepy iNspired blog John Osagie, an analyst said EFFC under the last administration appeared to be a toothless bulldog.

However, he feels there is a need for the agency to wake up to its responsibility in the new dispensation for politicians to be held accountable to their deeds ” Most politicians and public office holders in Nigeria feel they are above the law. I think this will serve as deterrent to politicians and other public office holders. Corruption, lawlessness and impunity are so prevalent among our leaders that they don’t seem to do the right thing. Governors or others in authority ought to be role models but the crop of leaders will have now are so self-centered they enrich themselves to the detriment of the tax payers ,’’ he lamented.