Oil in the North: Uncertainty trail FG’s one billion barrels claim

…Experts insist discovery political, elusive…Stakeholders raise alarm over renewal of two OPLs A year after the discovery of crude oil in the North, the Federal Government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited are yet to come clean on the true state of activities in the nation’s inland basins. Unanswered questions top the list of doubts and concerns, as stakeholders in the energy sector expressed divided opinions over the discovery of one billion barrels of crude oil in the North-East region. While some stakeholders expressed satisfaction over the development,…

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2023 Presidency: “We opened campaign office, not Osinbajo” – Group

A support group loyal to the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on the aegis of Progressive Consolidation Group, (PCG), has explained why it opened a campaign office to mobilise more support for the vice-president, saying Osinbajo is the one the nation needs to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari. According to an issued statement yesterday, signed by its publicity secretary, Barr. Emmanuel Pippa, the PCG, while reacting to a request by newsmen regarding the campaign office, explained that Prof. Osinbajo is yet to be acquainted with its activities. The group said, “We wish to…

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‘Gov. el-Rufa’i pushing thousands of people into poverty daily’ – PDP chieftain, Mr. La

A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Usman, hasaccused the State governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, of pushing thousands of people into poverty daily with his inhuman policies. Usman, popularly called ‘Mr. LA’, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Zaria yesterday. The PDP chieftain said the urban renewal policy by el-Rufa’i’s administration has rendered many homeless, adding that the people of Kaduna are waiting for 2023 to remove the All Progressives Congress, (APC), from power. According to him, “The Gov. Nasir el-Rufa’i’s administration has…

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“Don’t write el-Rufai’s competency test”, NUT directs Kaduna teachers

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT), has directed its members in Kaduna State not to participate in the competency test being organised by the State government for public primary school teachers next month. The NUT’s Deputy National President, Kelvin Nwankwo, gave the directive in Kaduna during a meeting with teachers in the State on Wednesday, said the issuance of the directive followed the State government’s plan. Recall that the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) had in July announced plans to conduct competency…

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CBN threatens borrowers diverting agric funds with jail time

The Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), has threatened that borrowers who divert the funds provided under the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme, (ACGSF), may earn a five-year jail term. The CBN said this in a report titled: ‘Guidelines for the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme’, released on Thursday. The apex bank emphasised that it’s an offense to obtain a loan and not apply it to the purpose for which it was obtained. “Banks should remind prospective borrowers under the scheme that it is an offence for which one may be imprisoned for…

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Rivers: Panic as new Niger Delta militants group blow up Agip facility

A new militant group in the Niger Delta region, code-named: ‘Bayan-Men‘, has blown up an oil facility operated by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, (NAOC), in Ogba-Egbema-Andoni local government area of Rivers State. The angry militants, who destroyed the oil well OB5 (Obiavu-5) in the area, accused the oil firm of failing to deal directly with the host communities insisting that they were fighting for justice for their people. The self-styled commander of the Bayan-Men said the company refused to allow the people to benefit from their operations in the…

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Kidnappers kill ex-Zamfara governorship aspirant along Abuja-Kaduna expressway

A former gubernatorial aspirant in the 2019 election in Zamfara State, Sagir Hamidu, has been killed by bandits along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway. The Late politician had vied for governorship on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC). He was reportedly shot dead by the attackers when they opened fire on travelers near Rijana along the busy expressway around 4 p.m yesterday, forcing many drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Security sources, who preferred not to be named, confirmed the aspirant’s death to newsmen, saying “he was among…

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N6tr NDDC Funds: SERAP sues Buhari over failure to publish suspected looters’ names

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari “over his failure to publish the names of those indicted in the alleged misappropriation of over N6 trillion in the running of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), between 2000 and 2019, as documented in the recent Forensic Audit Report on NDDC”. In the suit, filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare and Opeyemi Owolabi, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, SERAP is seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel…

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