The Nigerian police has confirmed that unidentified gunmen suspected to be Niger Delta militants have kidnapped four British nationals in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria . . .
In response to the October 1 ultimatum (quit notice given to the Igbo) by 16 Coalition of Northern Youth Groups (ie Arewa youths) a coalition of nine Niger Delta militant groups have also asked the northerners to leave their region (south-south geopolitical zone) before October 1, 2017 . . .
AfDB Offers $1bn To Fund Nigeria’s 2016 Budget Shortfall; Senate oppose sale of national assets; Boko Haram militants attacked Kwang & Boftari villages – Nigerian Army; Avengers attack: Shell shuts down Nigeria’s major crude oil export line; EFCC links Patience Jonathan to 9 houses, 2 hotels, one plaza; $15.5m fraud: Jonathan’s ex-aide, Dudafa attacks co-defendants . . .
IG Protect me from Dino Melaye – Remi Tinubu; EFCC grills pilot who flew N1.299b cash for Fayose & Obanikoro; Lawyers & judges are slowing down Nigeria’s anti-corruption war – Buhari; $2.1b arms scandal: ‘I collected N100m approved by Jonathan’ – Okupe; ABA militants vow to declare Niger Delta Republic on August 1st; EX-IGP Arase took away 24 police vehicles – Acting AIG Ibrahim; IG Protect me from Dino Melaye – Remi Tinubu: The petition . . .
IG Protect me from Dino Melaye – Remi Tinubu
Senator Oluremi Tinubu has written a petition against Senator Dino Melaye. In the petition with reference number SOT/Vol.2/135 which was addressed to the acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and dated July 18, 2016, the senator, who is the wife of the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said Melaye threatened her life on the floor of the Senate last week.
She said Melaye had a penchant for violence as he had engaged in fisticuffs with his colleagues when he was in the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2011. The complainant alleged that a particular lawmaker had even died after being beaten up by Melaye. She, therefore, urged the IG to protect her from harm.
IG Protect me from Dino Melaye – Remi Tinubu: The petition
EFCC grills pilot who flew N1.299b cash for Fayose & Obanikoro
A pilot has told the EFCC how he flew a former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, with N1.299 billion cash for Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose. Capt. Ahmed Bashir Borodo said the cash was wrapped with green military tarpaulin bags before it was loaded onto the chartered aircraft registered HS125-800 5N-BMT, owned by Gyro Air Limited.
He said the bags were so heavy that only three people could carry one at a time. Also, the General Manager of Gyro Air Limited, Mr. Jide West, has disclosed that about $25, 200 was paid for the two chartered flights from Lagos to Akure and Akure to Abuja.
EFCC detectives grilled Borodo and West during the weekend The session was part of the ongoing probe of Fayose for allegedly receiving the N1.299billion slush funds from Obanikoro through his associate, Abiodun Agbele.
Lawyers & judges are slowing down Nigeria’s anti-corruption war – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said the judicial arm of government was yet to perform its functions to the satisfaction of Nigerians given the reforms brought about by the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA). The president stated this at the National Judicial Institute (NJI) Abuja, while declaring open a Workshop for Nigerian Judges organized by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in conjunction with the NJI.
The President also said the Judiciary must take steps to ensure that it was not perceived as being partisan. He said Judges must be aware of the sensitivities of the public and take steps towards avoiding even a shred of a doubt regarding their independence.
“In justice, integrity is a necessity. Hence, Judicial Officers and all other members of this sector must always demonstrate manifest integrity,” the president said. He advised the judiciary to be in the forefront of efforts to develop rights-based jurisprudence as an element in the multi-disciplinary approach advocated in the fight against corruption.
He also said as an arm of government, the judiciary had a role to play in the fight against corruption by enforcing the applicable laws.
Photo L-R: The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed; President Muhammadu Buhari; Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay; Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; President, Commonwealth Judges and Magistrate Association, Justice John Vertes and the Administrator, National Judicial Institute, Justice Rosaline Bozimo, at the International Workshop on Criminal Justice Administration, Development and Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, in Abuja on Monday | NAN
$2.1b arms scandal: ‘I collected N100m approved by Jonathan’ – Okupe
Former Senior Special Assitant, SSA, (Media and Publicity) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has admitted collecting more than N100million from the Office of National Security Adviser(ONSA) under the embattled Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.). Okupe said part of the cash was a N10milion vote to furnish his rented apartment.
The ex-President approved the release of the funds from his security vote, Okupe said. He also faulted the EFCC for making his heart-related challenge, called sinus bradycadia, public. Okupe and his companies are under probe for allegedly receiving N162million illicit payments to him and his companies by Dasuki and Chanchaga Local Government Area in Niger State.
ABA militants vow to declare Niger Delta Republic on August 1st
Adaka Boro Avengers (ABA) said on Sunday that it had concluded arrangements with other militant groups to declare the Niger Delta region an independent republic on August 1. The militant group also gave the Federal Government an ultimatum to withdraw its personnel and establishment from the region before the date of its declaration of independence.
It also ordered all northerners and people of the South West to vacate its territory. ABA, in a statement issued by General Edmos Ayayeibo, its spokesperson, mandated the Federal Government to use the three weeks’ notice to “move out all military personnel and all government agencies out of the Niger Delta,” and warned that “failure will lead to destruction of military barracks and personnel.”
“We, the Adaka Boro Avengers and all the freedom fighters in the Niger Delta region have met and come to a conclusion that we are declaring the Niger Delta Republic three weeks from today July 18, 2016. So we are by this notice calling on the Nigerian government to move out all military personnel and all government agencies out of the Niger Delta. Failure will lead to destruction of military barracks and personnel . . ., the group said.
EX-IGP Arase took away 24 police vehicles – Acting AIG Ibrahim
The immediate-past Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Solomon Arase, on Monday, denied the allegation by his successor, Acting IGP Ibrahim Idris (photo: below), that he (Arase) took away 24 police vehicles while leaving office. Reports say that Idris, yesterday, in an interaction with some reporters in Abuja, alleged that from preliminary investigations, the former IGP Arase alone took 24 vehicles, while some of the retired Deputy Inspector-Generals of Police (DIG) also went away with quite many.
He said the police had already written to Arase and others to return the vehicles they took, as the former IGP was entitled to only four vehicles. However, reacting in a statement from London, where he is billed to attend the graduation ceremony of his son, Arase expressed shock over the allegation. He wondered why Idris, who could have sent him a “text message”, decided to address the media on the issue. He also denied receiving any letter from his successor on the development.
Arase said: “I suspect there must be a disconnect somewhere because every information needed by my successor are provided in my handover notes. “I’m also not aware that any letter was written to me because if there was any dropped in my house, someone would have alerted me.
Paul Le Guen is the new Super Eagles coach
The Technical and Development Committee (TDC) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Monday, named Frenchman, Paul Le Guen as the new Super Eagles head coach, subject to agreement on personal terms. Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Monday, a member of the technical committee, Paul Bassey said Le Guen is to be assisted by Salisu Yusuf and Imama Amapakabo. Alloy Agu is the goalkeeper’s trainer.
Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has reassured of the desire of his federation to see the country qualify for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. Speaking to journalists, Monday, after a meeting with members of the technical committee of the NFF, Pinnick said the decision to get a quality coach was taken after the failure of the national to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
NND | Headline NEWS
A Niger Delta-based group in Nigeria, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) – a militant group that has been blowing up oil facilities including oil pipelines and affecting oil prices with their strategic bombings – says it is ready to dialogue with the Buhari administration – with stringent conditions . . .
I am under investigation for corruption – Ex-President Jonathan
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Jonathan said that he could not make comments about the investigations.
“Of course, obviously, I would be investigated. in fact I am being investigated. Investigations are going on. I would not want to make certain comments because government is working.
It would not be proper for immediate past president to make certain statements. I will allow the government do the work. I wouldn’t want to make serious comments on that.
After all the investigations, the stories will be properly documented. I have just left office and I should allow the president and his team do what they think is best for the economy.”
– Former President Goodluck Jonathan
The former Nigerian president disagreed with claims that his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari inherited an empty federal treasury.
“It is not true; there is no way that he would have inherited an empty treasury and at the same time give bailout to the states. It’s not possible.
Nigeria is a fairly robust economy but sometimes, we over politicize some issues and make it look so bad. It was not that bad. Some people ask questions like I was the president of Nigeria since independence; I was the president for 5 years.
It is routine in Nigeria from the collapse of the first republic, people blamed corruption. When the second republic collapsed, the military blamed corruption. If there is a major change in government, one political party taking over from another one, there must be issues.”
– Former President Goodluck Jonathan
He said that his government could not tackle the corruption in the oil industry because of certain people – people he did not name in the Bloomberg TV interview.
However, he said about another industry: “In the area of fertilizer subsidy, we cleaned up and the corruption was removed. I wanted to do the same thing in the oil industry but the same people who are accusing us of corruption are the very people that were frustrating it.”
President Buhari jets to London for medical treatment
The president’s Twitter handle, @NGRPresident, tweeted on Sunday, “During the holiday, the President will see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for a persistent ear infection.”
View the president’s twitter handle statement, below:
President Buhari proceeds on 10-day
vacation, from Monday June 6, 2016
NE | Report
Reasons Nigerian Banks Are Sacking Workers
Reasons Nigerian Banks Are Sacking Workers; Raymond Dokpesi Escapes Assassination, Police Detail Shot Dead . . .
Nigerian banks started trimming of staff to suit the economic situation. Last week, two banks, Ecobank and Diamond Bank sacked over 1060 staff citing economic downturn as reason for the cut. Reports say the recent sack has increased the number sacked bank workers in the banking industry in the past one year to about 8,500.
The federal government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, intervened and requested the banks to stop the sacking for now. Whether the banks have stopped sacking according to government’s request is open to conjecture.
Reports indicate that there are 7 major reasons why the banks’ are sacking, below:
1. The fall in global oil prices by nearly 60% from $115per barrel to about $44 per barrel in nearly 2 years, thus resulting in lower government revenues, thereby decreasing bank deposits.
2. The introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) triggered the withdrawal of about N2.9 trillion of government funds from the banks and moved same into the Central Banks of Nigeria (CBN) vaults.
3. Nigerian banks are also faced with significant pressure from the abolition of commissions on turnover (COT), which came into force on January 1, 2016.
4. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has beamed its searchlight on the banks, leading to the arrest of some bank CEOs.
5. The banks are under allegations that they helped the Jonathan administration to launder public funds of over $115m into private pockets. As a result, some banks were forced to return some undisclosed amounts of money to the federal government.
6. The worsening foreign exchange crisis in the CBN, banks and the parallel market.
7. The current galloping inflation in Nigeria.
Raymond Dokpesi Escapes Assassination, Police Detail Shot Dead
Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the Chairman of Daar Communications – owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) escaped death on Saturday in what appeared to be an assassination attempt in Abuja.
According to Signal NG, Sergeant Den Gaius of the FCT Police Command, a police detail attached to Dokpesi was shot dead during the operation by the heavily armed assailants.
The suspected assassins, numbering four were sighted in a Honda Accord car. According to an eyewitness account, they accosted the deceased in front of Child Care and Awareness Clinic at No 7, Fez Street, Off Kumasi Crescent Wuse 2 Abuja at 2.30am on Saturday, June 4, 2016.
The FCT Police Command was yet to officially react at the time of filing this report.
Tompolo is in Libya, we’ll get him dead or alive – Militant group
Tompolo flees to Libya . . .
Tompolo is in Libya, we’ll get him dead or alive – Militant group; Osinbajo to act as President for 10 days; Militant group threaten to bomb Aso Rock . . .
Tompolo, has fled to Libya, the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) alleged on Monday. The group which threatened last week to test six missiles in the Niger Delta states, beginning from tomorrow, said in a statement, below:
“The Military can’t locate Tompolo but we have identified where he is now.” Gen. Akotebe Darikoro, Commander, General Duties; Gen. Torunanaowei Latei, Creeks Network Coordinator; Gen. Agbakakuro Owei-Tauro, Pipelines Bleeding Expert and Gen. Pulokiri Ebiladei, Intelligence Bureau of JNDLF.
Presently, Tompolo is in Libya and we’ll get him dead or alive for betraying us in supporting the federal government against us.”
Osinbajo to act as President for 10 days
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he has transmitted a letter to the National Assembly intimating the federal lawmakers of his 10-day vacation starting today.
Buhari disclosed this while speaking to journalists at the Nnamdi Azikwe International, Abuja shortly before leaving for London where he is expected to attend to his ill-health.
With the letter to the National Assembly, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to act as President for the period Buhari will be away.
Militant group threaten to bomb Aso Rock
A militant group in the Niger Delta, The Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, has threatened to attack the presidential villa in Abuja.
In a statement on Monday, the group said it has listed key areas in the country to carry out its attacks and that occupants of the listed areas to “vacate urgently”.
Some of the buildings the group threatened to attack are the police headquarters, defence headquarters, NNPC towers, CBN headquarters, national assembly, military formations across the country, among others.
The group vowed to lay the foundation for the breakup of the country, adding that former President Goodluck Jonathan should not be brought into the rebirth of militancy in the Niger Delta.
The statement reads: “The followings occupants of these buildings should as a matter of urgency vacate in them immediately IN THEIR OWN INTEREST to save their lives because our fight is not for ANY HUMAN BLOOD but to destroy all those infrastructures that were built with our oil and gas monies in this country. We will make federal government and oil companies to suffer as they have made the people of Niger Delta region suffer over the years.
“We shall fire these Missiles’ simultaneously at the night, as this will enable every Nigerians to see the movement of the MISSILES and equally to believe us of our seriousness attached to the final breakup as predicted by the United States of America (USA).
“We equally advise the diplomatic community to be neutral on this issue as wrong comments against us will be seen as saboteurs. Where they are staying presently will not be affected which is not part of our targeted areas of destruction in the country.”
The militants boasted that the deployment of war arsenal in the region cannot stop them from operating, vowing to embarrass the air force.
They also warned oil companies from repairing destroyed pipelines.
“We shall embarrass the self acclaimed Nigerian Air Force with their recent deployment of fighter aircraft, helicopter gunship and surveillance aircraft when at this digital age, countries are talking about missile development, and they still condescend so low of their present obsolete equipment,” they said.
“Note, we are going to destroy the ones they have deployed to Escravos, Forcados in Delta State; Bonga oil field, Agbami offshore and Brass in Bayelsa; Bony in Rivers; Qua Iboe Terminal in Akwa Ibom State, and Opuekeba in Ondo State if they fails to remove them before time. Our crack team has taken inventory of their equipments. Even the present suffering from a rare ear disease known as Meniere’s disease by President Muhammadu Buhari will not win any sympathy to save our action against the federal government. The name Nigeria as a country will come to an end this week.”
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.
BUHARI VANGUARD SOUTH-SOUTH ZONAL COORDINATOR, HON ROMEO BEKEYEI, APPEALS AGAIN TO THE NIGER-DELTA AVENGERS TO CEASE FIRE AS PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI IS FIGHTING THE CORRUPTION THAT EMANATED FROM THE INSINCERITY OF OUR LEADERS THAT ULTIMATELY LED TO THE NEGLECTS AND DEGRADATION OF THE NIGER-DELTA . . .
Buhari Sacks Christian Pilgrims Commission Boss
President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the sack of Mr. John Kennedy Opara as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission. The announcement came barely two hours after Opara attended the third session of the 9th synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), with the theme, ‘The poverty of riches’ in Abuja.
A statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir David Lawal said, the decision was with effect from Thursday, May 19, 2016. Buhari, however, thanked him for his invaluable services to the nation and wishes him well in his future endeavours.
Court dismisses Tarfa’s bid to stall trial
At the commencement of proceedings on Friday, a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere on Friday refused to stay proceedings in a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ricky Tarfa. Justice A. A. Akintoye rejected Tarfa’s application filed through his counsel, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), seeking to restrain the court from hearing a 27-count charge against him, until the Court of Appeal decides an appeal on the matter.
The EFCC arraigned Tarfa on March 10 for allegedly offering a N5.3million gratification to a judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, in order to compromise the judge. The commission alleged that Tarfa transferred the money in several tranches to the judge and that the offence was contrary to Section 64 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.11, 2011. The charge also included allegations of wilful obstruction of authorised EFCC officials, refusal to declare assets and making false information.
EFCC Moves Fani-Kayode to Lagos
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has moved the former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode to Lagos.
Speaking to newsmen, Fani-Kayode’s special assistant on media, Jude Ndukwe said that no reason was given by the anti-graft agency for the former minister’s transfer.
“They just want to stress him, take him away from his family in order to break him. We do not know why he was moved, we just want to believe it is one of the antics of the EFCC to just harass him and keep him away from as many of his relatives and associates as possible, ” Ndukwe reports.
Apologize to Nigerians on Chibok girls, group tells Jonathan & Fayose
A Civil Society Organization, Africa Arise for Change Network, has asked ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to apologize to Nigerians for not believing that over 200 girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.
Jonathan and Fayose, both of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had said the girls’ abduction was a hoax designed by the then opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to destabilize the government.
The group blamed the long captivity of the girls on the failure of Jonathan’s government to take immediate action after the girls were abducted from their school.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Friday, the National Coordinator of the group, Nkechi Odoma, commended the present administration and the military for the sustained onslaught on the insurgents and the rescue of two Chibok girls.
She expressed confidence that the military would rescue more Chibok girls from their Boko Haram captors in the days ahead.
Buhari Gives Navy Marching Orders to Stop Vandals in Niger Delta
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Chief of Naval Staff to reorganise and strengthen the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta to deal effectively with the resurgence of militancy and the sabotage of oil installations.
A statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said Buhari gave the assurance at a meeting with the Global Director (Upstream) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Mr. Andrew Brown.
The president assured oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the Federal Government was taking all necessary actions to protect strategic assets in the region from vandals and criminals.
The president told Brown that the operations of the JTF were also being enhanced with increased support and cooperation from the United States and Europe in the areas of training, intelligence, equipment and logistics.
“We have to be very serious with the situation in the Niger Delta because it threatens the national economy. I assure you that everything possible will be done to protect personnel and oil assets in the region,” Buhari said.
Militants blow up Escravos pipeline in Delta
Niger Delta militants have blown a section of the Escravos gas trunkline behind salvation city, near Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West local government area of Delta state.
A source disclosed that the incident happened in the early hours of Friday.
The source described the attack as a “big blow” to gas production in the country, revealing that the facility belongs to phase two of the Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline owned by the Nigerian Gas Company Limited (NGC).
Efforts made to confirm the development from Isa Ado, spokesman of operation Pulio Shield, the joint task force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, did not yield any result, as he refused to answer calls on his mobile telephone.
Escravos Lagos pipeline recorded an attack in February, resulting in the shortage of 3,132 megawatts (Mw) of electricity, and difficulties for operators of power generation plants.
It also affected the gas supply through the gas pipeline from Olero Creek.
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a new militant group, has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks in the region.
Lagos Court jails ex-NIMASA boss, Omatseye for five years
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration Safety Agency, Mr. Raymond Omatseye, to five years in prison for a N1.5bn contract scam.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned for engaging in contract splitting and bid rigging estimated at over N1.5bn while he was the DG of NIMASA.
The offence, according to the EFCC, contravened Section 58(4) (d) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.
Omatseye was also charged with money laundering contrary to Sections 14(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004.
BUHARI VANGUARD SOUTH-SOUTH APPEALS TO NIGER-DELTA AVENGERS (NDA) TO EMBRACE DIALOGUE IN THE INTEREST OF PEACE & DEVELOPMENT FOR OUR REGION. THE EFFORTS OF FORMER PRESIDENTS HE Yar’Adua . . .