I’ve met all my bail conditions to EFCC, charge me to court – Fani-Kayode; Niger Delta Avengers blow up three more oil facilities; Nigerian Anglican bishops meet Buhari over vandalism & herdsmen’s attacks; PMB Meets GEJ & OBJ Over Niger Delta Avengers . . .
I’ve met all my bail conditions to EFCC, charge me to court – Fani-Kayode
Ex-Spokesman to former President Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode said yesterday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC should release him since he has met all his bail conditions or charge him to court.
A statement signed yesterday by his Media Assistant, Jude Ndukwe and made available to Journalists in Abuja yesterday read, “This is to refute the false information being peddled by a section of the media that former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who has remained illegally detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since May 9, 2016, has not met his bail conditions as set by EFCC.
“Chief Fani-Kayode has since fulfilled the conditions for his bail but rather than take the honourable path of releasing him pending any charge brought against him, the anti-graft agency moved him from Abuja to Lagos where they obtained a questionable warrant to further detain him illegally for another three weeks.
Niger Delta Avengers blow up three more oil facilities
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) launched three more devastating attacks on Nigeria’s’s oil facilities in the Niger Delta region in the early hours of Friday, threatening to bring oil production to zero level soon. The militants blew up ENI’s Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba and Clough Creek-Tebidaba pipelines both in Bayelsa State and Shell’s 48 inch export line at the Forcados Terminal, Burutu Local Government area of Delta State.
The militant group claimed on its Twitter account it had blown up the Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba pipeline hours after attacks on the Clough Creek-Tebidaba pipeline. “At about 3:30am our (@NDAvengers) strike team blew up the Brass to Tebidaba Crude oil line in Bayelsa,” the group said.
In a second tweet, it said:”At 3:00 am today @NDAvengers blew up the SPDC Forcados 48″ Exportline. “We warned SPDC not to go ahead with repair works but they refused. This is an example to all other multinationals.” The NDA boasted that their violent acts have brought Nigeria’s oil production to just 800,000 barrels per day (bpd), from 2 million bpd, “without killing a soul.”
Nigerian Anglican bishops meet Buhari over vandalism & herdsmen’s attacks
Anglican Bishops on Friday visited the Nigerian State House in Abuja – on a mission. They sought to know from President Muhammadu Buhari what his administration is doing to tackle the spate of insecurity, especially pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta and herdsmen’s attacks in some parts of the country. The bishops tabled their request before the President during a meeting they had with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Photo: President Muhammadu Buhari (middle) with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Primate of Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicolas Okoh (4th left) and others praying after a meeting with the President at the State House in Abuja on Friday. Pic: State House
The Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh, who led the bishops to the meeting, disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents. Okoh said, “We told him (the President) many things, but part of it is that we are all looking for solutions to issues of the herdsmen; the issue of vandalism; on security in one way or the other because the people are asking us and we want to have explanation for the people whom we lead.”
Okoh said, “(His response was) very favourable. He gave us detailed explanations of what he is doing to ensure that these things are solved. So, we have hope; we have a message for our people.”
PMB Meets GEJ & OBJ Over Niger Delta Avengers
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday night met behind closed doors with former President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential villa, Abuja. President Buhari equally met with former president Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday in presidential villa. Reports indicate that Buhari met his two former predecessors In view of growing concerns over the spate of attacks on oil pipelines in the Niger Delta by the Niger Delta Avengers.
The meeting between Buhari and Jonathan was held inside the president’s residence at about 9:00pm. Although details of the separate meetings were not officially made known, it was gathered from sources that the meeting between Buhari and Jonathan was not unconnected with the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region, which is threatening to cripple Nigeria’s economy.
It would be recalled that, while he was away from the country for several weeks, there was a media report that Jonathan had gone on self -exile to Cote D’ivoire, ostensibly to avoid an EFCC arrest – an allegation Jonathan described as wicked and malicious.
Buhari also met privately with former President Obasanjo who paid him a visit in Aso Rock on Friday. The former president arrived the Presidential Villa, in the company of Otunba Johnson Fasawe, at about 12.35 pm. After meeting President Buhari behind closed doors, Obasanjo left the Presidential Villa without speaking to journalists.