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Minister, Ribadu pledge to clean up oil sector rot

Task force inaugurated
WE seek new ethics by promoting values that support a new dawn of business conduct in the sector. Those who play by the rules will enjoy the best support and unscrupulous players should know now that the game is over.”
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WE seek new ethics by promoting values that support a new dawn of business conduct in the sector. Those who play by the rules will enjoy the best support and unscrupulous players should know now that the game is over.”

With these words, former Chairman, Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday appeared to have served a notice on the readiness of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force to rid the oil industry of corrupt practices.

Ribadu spoke in Abuja where the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, inaugurated the panel.

Admitting that transparency and accountability have been the exception rather than the norm in the nation’s extractive industry, Ribadu stated: “The truth however is that in an effort to reinvent our country, we must re-elevate the moral standard of public conduct that brings values to our people.”

The former EFCC chief added:  “Nigeria is at a crossroads and we understand the work of this task force to be a part of the efforts to connect the pubic and the administration on a newer level of accountability.

“While we applaud this step, part of the challenge of moving forward and breaking new paths is to understand the imperatives of constantly renewing faith in our fellow citizens by empowering them with the value of public accountability and responsibility. We must strengthen the decision-making processes in a bid to make governance more transparent and accountable.

“We want to appeal to Nigerians who may have information and materials to make them available so that the work of the task force will be successful. The minister said the time frame is two months but we could make it a bit longer because we want Nigerians to participate and own the processes.”

Mindful of the cynicism that has greeted the birth of the committee, Alison-Madueke, pledged that the panel’s findings would not be swept under the carpet as usual.

She said: “Our journey to transformation is irreversible. Our mission is to transform the petroleum industry and in doing so change the commercial and technical viability of the sector, inculcating full transparency and accountability, thereby ensuring value for money for the people of Nigeria.

“We are very mindful that over the years several panels and committees have been set to reform the petroleum industry and over the years many of these efforts have been stalled. The time to break these entrenched interests is now.”

According to the minister, the 21-member task force would work with consultants and experts to determine and verify all petroleum upstream and downstream revenues (taxes, royalties, etc.) due and payable to the Federal Government.

It would also take necessary steps to collect all debts due and owing; to obtain agreements and enforce payment terms by all oil industry operators and design a cross debt matrix between all Agencies and Parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, among others.

Mr. Steve Oronosaye was named Vice Chairman of the panel. Members included Mallam Abba Kyari, Mrs. Benedicta Molokwu, Mr. Tony Idigbe (SAN), Mr. Supo Sasore, Mr. Anthony George-Ikoli, Dr. Omolara Akanji, Mr. Ifuah Ighodalo, Mr. B.O.N Otti, Mallam Samaila Zubairu, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, Mr. Ignatus Adegunle, Mr. Olusegun Okunnu and Mr. Gerald Ilukwe.

The ex-officio members are: representative of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, representative of Federal Ministry of Finance, representative of Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, representative of Office of Accountant General of the Federation, representative of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and that of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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Minister, Ribadu pledge to clean up oil sector rot

Task force inaugurated
WE seek new ethics by promoting values that support a new dawn of business conduct in the sector. Those who play by the rules will enjoy the best support and unscrupulous players should know now that the game is over.”
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nuhuTask force inaugurated

WE seek new ethics by promoting values that support a new dawn of business conduct in the sector. Those who play by the rules will enjoy the best support and unscrupulous players should know now that the game is over.”

With these words, former Chairman, Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday appeared to have served a notice on the readiness of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force to rid the oil industry of corrupt practices.

Ribadu spoke in Abuja where the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, inaugurated the panel.

Admitting that transparency and accountability have been the exception rather than the norm in the nation’s extractive industry, Ribadu stated: “The truth however is that in an effort to reinvent our country, we must re-elevate the moral standard of public conduct that brings values to our people.”

The former EFCC chief added:  “Nigeria is at a crossroads and we understand the work of this task force to be a part of the efforts to connect the pubic and the administration on a newer level of accountability.

“While we applaud this step, part of the challenge of moving forward and breaking new paths is to understand the imperatives of constantly renewing faith in our fellow citizens by empowering them with the value of public accountability and responsibility. We must strengthen the decision-making processes in a bid to make governance more transparent and accountable.

“We want to appeal to Nigerians who may have information and materials to make them available so that the work of the task force will be successful. The minister said the time frame is two months but we could make it a bit longer because we want Nigerians to participate and own the processes.”

Mindful of the cynicism that has greeted the birth of the committee, Alison-Madueke, pledged that the panel’s findings would not be swept under the carpet as usual.

She said: “Our journey to transformation is irreversible. Our mission is to transform the petroleum industry and in doing so change the commercial and technical viability of the sector, inculcating full transparency and accountability, thereby ensuring value for money for the people of Nigeria.

“We are very mindful that over the years several panels and committees have been set to reform the petroleum industry and over the years many of these efforts have been stalled. The time to break these entrenched interests is now.”

According to the minister, the 21-member task force would work with consultants and experts to determine and verify all petroleum upstream and downstream revenues (taxes, royalties, etc.) due and payable to the Federal Government.

It would also take necessary steps to collect all debts due and owing; to obtain agreements and enforce payment terms by all oil industry operators and design a cross debt matrix between all Agencies and Parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, among others.

Mr. Steve Oronosaye was named Vice Chairman of the panel. Members included Mallam Abba Kyari, Mrs. Benedicta Molokwu, Mr. Tony Idigbe (SAN), Mr. Supo Sasore, Mr. Anthony George-Ikoli, Dr. Omolara Akanji, Mr. Ifuah Ighodalo, Mr. B.O.N Otti, Mallam Samaila Zubairu, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, Mr. Ignatus Adegunle, Mr. Olusegun Okunnu and Mr. Gerald Ilukwe.

The ex-officio members are: representative of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, representative of Federal Ministry of Finance, representative of Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, representative of Office of Accountant General of the Federation, representative of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and that of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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Minister, Ribadu pledge to clean up oil sector rot

Task force inaugurated
WE seek new ethics by promoting values that support a new dawn of business conduct in the sector. Those who play by the rules will enjoy the best support and unscrupulous players should know now that the game is over.”
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nuhuTask force inaugurated

WE seek new ethics by promoting values that support a new dawn of business conduct in the sector. Those who play by the rules will enjoy the best support and unscrupulous players should know now that the game is over.”

With these words, former Chairman, Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday appeared to have served a notice on the readiness of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force to rid the oil industry of corrupt practices.

Ribadu spoke in Abuja where the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, inaugurated the panel.

Admitting that transparency and accountability have been the exception rather than the norm in the nation’s extractive industry, Ribadu stated: “The truth however is that in an effort to reinvent our country, we must re-elevate the moral standard of public conduct that brings values to our people.”

The former EFCC chief added:  “Nigeria is at a crossroads and we understand the work of this task force to be a part of the efforts to connect the pubic and the administration on a newer level of accountability.

“While we applaud this step, part of the challenge of moving forward and breaking new paths is to understand the imperatives of constantly renewing faith in our fellow citizens by empowering them with the value of public accountability and responsibility. We must strengthen the decision-making processes in a bid to make governance more transparent and accountable.

“We want to appeal to Nigerians who may have information and materials to make them available so that the work of the task force will be successful. The minister said the time frame is two months but we could make it a bit longer because we want Nigerians to participate and own the processes.”

Mindful of the cynicism that has greeted the birth of the committee, Alison-Madueke, pledged that the panel’s findings would not be swept under the carpet as usual.

She said: “Our journey to transformation is irreversible. Our mission is to transform the petroleum industry and in doing so change the commercial and technical viability of the sector, inculcating full transparency and accountability, thereby ensuring value for money for the people of Nigeria.

“We are very mindful that over the years several panels and committees have been set to reform the petroleum industry and over the years many of these efforts have been stalled. The time to break these entrenched interests is now.”

According to the minister, the 21-member task force would work with consultants and experts to determine and verify all petroleum upstream and downstream revenues (taxes, royalties, etc.) due and payable to the Federal Government.

It would also take necessary steps to collect all debts due and owing; to obtain agreements and enforce payment terms by all oil industry operators and design a cross debt matrix between all Agencies and Parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, among others.

Mr. Steve Oronosaye was named Vice Chairman of the panel. Members included Mallam Abba Kyari, Mrs. Benedicta Molokwu, Mr. Tony Idigbe (SAN), Mr. Supo Sasore, Mr. Anthony George-Ikoli, Dr. Omolara Akanji, Mr. Ifuah Ighodalo, Mr. B.O.N Otti, Mallam Samaila Zubairu, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, Mr. Ignatus Adegunle, Mr. Olusegun Okunnu and Mr. Gerald Ilukwe.

The ex-officio members are: representative of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, representative of Federal Ministry of Finance, representative of Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, representative of Office of Accountant General of the Federation, representative of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and that of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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Minister, Ribadu pledge to clean up oil sector rot

Task force inaugurated
WE seek new ethics by promoting values that support a new dawn of business conduct in the sector. Those who play by the rules will enjoy the best support and unscrupulous players should know now that the game is over.”
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nuhuTask force inaugurated

WE seek new ethics by promoting values that support a new dawn of business conduct in the sector. Those who play by the rules will enjoy the best support and unscrupulous players should know now that the game is over.”

With these words, former Chairman, Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday appeared to have served a notice on the readiness of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force to rid the oil industry of corrupt practices.

Ribadu spoke in Abuja where the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, inaugurated the panel.

Admitting that transparency and accountability have been the exception rather than the norm in the nation’s extractive industry, Ribadu stated: “The truth however is that in an effort to reinvent our country, we must re-elevate the moral standard of public conduct that brings values to our people.”

The former EFCC chief added:  “Nigeria is at a crossroads and we understand the work of this task force to be a part of the efforts to connect the pubic and the administration on a newer level of accountability.

“While we applaud this step, part of the challenge of moving forward and breaking new paths is to understand the imperatives of constantly renewing faith in our fellow citizens by empowering them with the value of public accountability and responsibility. We must strengthen the decision-making processes in a bid to make governance more transparent and accountable.

“We want to appeal to Nigerians who may have information and materials to make them available so that the work of the task force will be successful. The minister said the time frame is two months but we could make it a bit longer because we want Nigerians to participate and own the processes.”

Mindful of the cynicism that has greeted the birth of the committee, Alison-Madueke, pledged that the panel’s findings would not be swept under the carpet as usual.

She said: “Our journey to transformation is irreversible. Our mission is to transform the petroleum industry and in doing so change the commercial and technical viability of the sector, inculcating full transparency and accountability, thereby ensuring value for money for the people of Nigeria.

“We are very mindful that over the years several panels and committees have been set to reform the petroleum industry and over the years many of these efforts have been stalled. The time to break these entrenched interests is now.”

According to the minister, the 21-member task force would work with consultants and experts to determine and verify all petroleum upstream and downstream revenues (taxes, royalties, etc.) due and payable to the Federal Government.

It would also take necessary steps to collect all debts due and owing; to obtain agreements and enforce payment terms by all oil industry operators and design a cross debt matrix between all Agencies and Parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, among others.

Mr. Steve Oronosaye was named Vice Chairman of the panel. Members included Mallam Abba Kyari, Mrs. Benedicta Molokwu, Mr. Tony Idigbe (SAN), Mr. Supo Sasore, Mr. Anthony George-Ikoli, Dr. Omolara Akanji, Mr. Ifuah Ighodalo, Mr. B.O.N Otti, Mallam Samaila Zubairu, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, Mr. Ignatus Adegunle, Mr. Olusegun Okunnu and Mr. Gerald Ilukwe.

The ex-officio members are: representative of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, representative of Federal Ministry of Finance, representative of Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, representative of Office of Accountant General of the Federation, representative of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and that of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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Minister, Ribadu pledge to clean up oil sector rot

Task force inaugurated
WE seek new ethics by promoting values that support a new dawn of business conduct in the sector. Those who play by the rules will enjoy the best support and unscrupulous players should know now that the game is over.”
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WE seek new ethics by promoting values that support a new dawn of business conduct in the sector. Those who play by the rules will enjoy the best support and unscrupulous players should know now that the game is over.”

With these words, former Chairman, Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday appeared to have served a notice on the readiness of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force to rid the oil industry of corrupt practices.

Ribadu spoke in Abuja where the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, inaugurated the panel.

Admitting that transparency and accountability have been the exception rather than the norm in the nation’s extractive industry, Ribadu stated: “The truth however is that in an effort to reinvent our country, we must re-elevate the moral standard of public conduct that brings values to our people.”

The former EFCC chief added:  “Nigeria is at a crossroads and we understand the work of this task force to be a part of the efforts to connect the pubic and the administration on a newer level of accountability.

“While we applaud this step, part of the challenge of moving forward and breaking new paths is to understand the imperatives of constantly renewing faith in our fellow citizens by empowering them with the value of public accountability and responsibility. We must strengthen the decision-making processes in a bid to make governance more transparent and accountable.

“We want to appeal to Nigerians who may have information and materials to make them available so that the work of the task force will be successful. The minister said the time frame is two months but we could make it a bit longer because we want Nigerians to participate and own the processes.”

Mindful of the cynicism that has greeted the birth of the committee, Alison-Madueke, pledged that the panel’s findings would not be swept under the carpet as usual.

She said: “Our journey to transformation is irreversible. Our mission is to transform the petroleum industry and in doing so change the commercial and technical viability of the sector, inculcating full transparency and accountability, thereby ensuring value for money for the people of Nigeria.

“We are very mindful that over the years several panels and committees have been set to reform the petroleum industry and over the years many of these efforts have been stalled. The time to break these entrenched interests is now.”

According to the minister, the 21-member task force would work with consultants and experts to determine and verify all petroleum upstream and downstream revenues (taxes, royalties, etc.) due and payable to the Federal Government.

It would also take necessary steps to collect all debts due and owing; to obtain agreements and enforce payment terms by all oil industry operators and design a cross debt matrix between all Agencies and Parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, among others.

Mr. Steve Oronosaye was named Vice Chairman of the panel. Members included Mallam Abba Kyari, Mrs. Benedicta Molokwu, Mr. Tony Idigbe (SAN), Mr. Supo Sasore, Mr. Anthony George-Ikoli, Dr. Omolara Akanji, Mr. Ifuah Ighodalo, Mr. B.O.N Otti, Mallam Samaila Zubairu, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, Mr. Ignatus Adegunle, Mr. Olusegun Okunnu and Mr. Gerald Ilukwe.

The ex-officio members are: representative of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, representative of Federal Ministry of Finance, representative of Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, representative of Office of Accountant General of the Federation, representative of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and that of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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