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4 December, 2018 | Akeem

Ignore Oil Marketers’ threat, there is Sufficient Petrol — NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Monday December 3rd, 2018 has said that, this season, Nigeria will not encounter a scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol regardless of the recent threat and ultimatum by oil marketers.

Oil marketers on Sunday 2nd December, 2018 issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government of the payment of all outstanding subsidy debts including foreign exchange differentials and interest rate component owed to them.

The marketers, under the aegis of Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria and the Independent Petroleum Products Importers, had threatened that failure to meet the deadline would force its members to disengage their workers.

Ughamadu Ndu, the group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC said, “No cause for worries. We have a robust fuel stock and high sufficiency level. Consumers should not panic.”


My Life is Threatened - Akwa Ibom Speaker Seeks Elders' Protection

Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Onofiok Luke, has sought the protection of elders of Essien Udim Local Government Area over alleged threat to his life by Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Mr Onofiok Luke, who revealed this when stakeholders and elders of the People Democratic Party, PDP visited him in Uyo yesterday December 3rd, 2018, said he was planning to go to Essien Udim to report the issue to the elders and the paramount rulers.

While addressing the elders, he said “I said this the other day and I want to say it again today. When the former member representing Essien Udim (Nse Ntuen) came here last Tuesday and confronted one of my aides, he told him that they are going to take me down. And he said he was acting on behalf of the former Senate Minority leader.

“I am still saying it again that should anything happen to me he (Akpabio) should be held responsible. I don’t talk carelessly."


Infrastructure Development : Expert Tasks FG

Mr Olaide Afolabi, a former President of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), on Monday called on Federal Government to formulate policies that would facilitate infrastructure and property development in the country.

According to him, investment in infrastructure will make the manufacturing sector to thrive and attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that will create more jobs as there were huge gaps in the areas of infrastructure, power, housing and construction that needed to be filled.

He however said: “Infrastructure may not be a factor of production, but it is a condition for higher rates of economic growth; infrastructure is the backbone of any economy, as no economy can develop in the absence of reasonable stock of critical infrastructure".

Afolabi noted that the existing policies should be reviewed and reinvigorated to ensure adequate infrastructure development alongside housing delivery and the overall urban development.



EFCC Arraigns 2 Oil Marketers Over Theft

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned two oil marketers, Yusuf Kwande and Osahon Asemota for allegedly stealing 6.4m metrics tonnes of Automated Gas Oil said to worth $8.4m. The duo was arraigned alongside five companies- Trafigura Beheer BV, Trafigura PTE Ltd, Mettle Energy and Gas, Rembrandt Ltd. and Jil Engineering and Oil Services Limited.

They were arraigned on three counts of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen property before Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

 According to the prosecution counsel for the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the stolen AGO worth $8,442,806.094, was a property of Nadabo Energy Limited kept in the legal custody of the now defunct Spring Bank on Victoria Island.

When the charges were read to them, the defendants pleaded not guilty. Justice Dada, who upheld the objection of the prosecution and ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison pending the outcome of the trial. She adjourned the matter till December 10,11,13, 2018 for the continuation of trial.


Anthony Ogbizi Resumes as Delta New CP

The police command in Delta on Monday 3rd December, 2018 received a new commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Anthony Ogbizi. According to the spokesperson of the command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka said Ogbizi had already resumed duty in Asaba. The new commissioner is taking over from CP Muhammad Mustapha who has been redeployed to Ebonyi State for his primary assignment.

He further said, the new CP enlisted into the Force in 1986 as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and held various posts before his latest appointment. “CP Ogbizi was also Deputy Commissioner of Police Administration, Force Headquarters Abuja and Commissioner of Police, former Special Fraud Unit, Abuja.

Mr. Anthony Ogbizi appealed to members of the public to always cooperate with the police and other security agencies at all times.

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