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ALLEGATIONS that the leadership of the House of Representatives was manipulating its investigation on petroleum products subsidy for political gains have generated concerns in the House of Representatives.
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ALLEGATIONS that the leadership of the House of Representatives was manipulating its investigation on petroleum products subsidy for political gains have generated concerns in the House of Representatives.

But the House’s spokesman has described the allegations as untrue and purely speculative.

The denial came on the heels of speculations that the leadership had seized the report of its ad-hoc committee, which conducted the investigation with a view to effecting some changes.

Chairman of the committee, Farouk Lawal, had last month explained the delay in submitting the report hinging it on conflicting information from oil firms.

In an interview with The Guardian yesterday, spokesman of the House, Zakari Mohammed, said:

“No! no!! no!!!, the leadership has no hand in that. The entire investigation has been done by the committee and the leadership has deliberately kept away from their operations.

“There is also no truth in the insinuation that the investigation is being manipulated to target any administration. The interest of the House is strictly that of the general public and the revival of the economy. There is no intention to hit at anybody politically or otherwise”

Mohammed also said that media publications on the report were mere speculations.

It however said the ad-hoc committee which conducted the investigation might submit its report before the end of the week.

But explaining why the report was not presented yesterday, he declared that “the House never said the report would be presented today (Tuesday). But what I can say is that possibly before the end of the week, the ad-hoc committee might present its report”

 

Meanwhile, the absence of the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Farouk Lawal, from the National Assembly raised further concerns in the House.

Some lawmakers feared that further delay in presenting the report could send signals that the House might sweep the report under the carpet.

It was gathered that the there might be some eleventh hour changes in the report following outcries generated by series of speculations about its recommendations.

Although, the leadership of the House had consistently denied any interference with the investigation, it had been alleged that the House leadership was in a plot with other politicians to use the investigation to spite some political interests.

A group called the South South Caucus had in a statement raised doubts about the real intentions of the probe.

The Coordinator of the Caucus, David Osaro, said: “The North wants to use the House of Representatives probe to bring down Jonathan’s government.

“It has become very clear that the current House of Representatives probe of the petroleum industry and the deregulation of the downstream sector is nothing but a subtle plot by the North to discredit and ultimately bring down the Jonathan administration.

“It is very evident that in order to achieve their aim, the North quickly cashed in on the fuel subsidy removal issue, and due to its sensitivity, everything was put in place to actualise their plans of truncating this administration. Otherwise, how else do you explain the fact that a probe into the activities of the oil industry should have predated the current administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan?

“Even more curious is the fact that similar probes in the past have not yielded anything that the ordinary Nigerian can be proud of, both in terms of findings and implementation of probe reports. Ordinarily, it would have been taken for  granted that the House of Representatives panel may find nothing actually incriminating against the current government of Mr. President but the manner in which the House is going about it truly leaves much to be desired, in terms of its sincerity.

“If tradition is also anything to go by, it may be pertinent to state that the North is trying to use the House of Representatives to achieve its plan of shifting the power equation back to the North. If this were not the case, how then do you rationalise the failure of the House to actually extend the probe to also include the oil industry from 2009 till date?”

Another group, the Southern Defenders Front (SDF), a coalition of political movements in Nigeria, also alleged that the report of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on the Management of Petrol Subsidy has deliberately been skewed against certain officials of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration so as to discredit him over the 2015 general election.

In a statement in Lagos signed by its president, Dr Josiah Ohiwerei, and the secretary, Chief Kola Soyombo, the group said: “The contents of the report, which have been leaked in the last 24 hours to two leading newspapers to help mobilize support for a secret agenda, were politically motivated.

“The target is obviously President Jonathan, whom a few self serving elements with a sense of entitlement to the national leadership, want to stop by all means possible if he should indicate interest in running for the presidency in the next polls.

“These vested interests are engaged in this most immoral enterprise in the name of fighting for a certain region, ironically the same region they have over the decades impoverished through mind boggling corruption, kleptomania and anti-people policies.

“It is curious that the House ad hoc committee should be keenly interested in how the payments for the subsidy were made from only 2009, whereas the national swindle called petrol subsidy has gone on for well over three years.”

The front observed that the report should cover even the pre-Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA)era because it was the glaring inefficiency and graft inherent in the importation regime that led the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo government to set the PPPRA, saying that it is regrettable that the agency soon became part of the problem.

The SDF noted that the Jonathan government should be praised for daring to end the subsidy regime which its predecessors, far from having the courage to stop, sustained because it enabled them to enrich friends, family members, political allies and a few other people to the detriment of several millions of honest Nigerians.

It said that aspects of the House report leaked to the press “have gone a long way to confirm the widely held view that leading members of the House ad hoc committee have long been after certain public office holders.

“Even while the committee was still conducting public hearings on the management of the subsidy, some members went to disclose to the press secretly that the ad hoc committee had already recommended the removal of predetermined officials.”

The SDF said that, contrary to the impression that “the faceless committee members want to create about the possible expenditure of 240billion naira in 2011 on fuel imports of 2009, the Jonathan government deserves commendation for recognizing that government everywhere in the world is a continuum.”

It added: “Only a myopic government can refuse to fulfill contractual obligations entered into by its predecessor and executed before the extant government came into being.

“Therefore, it is a remarkable departure from the way things are done in Nigeria that the Jonathan administration paid last year for contracts executed under the Musa Yar’Adua leadership three years ago.

“After all, it is morally indefensible to owe businesses for as long as three years after a job has satisfactorily been done.

“The 2011 payment for 2009 imports under a contract executed by a different government is a lesson in statesmanship.”

However, the ad-hoc committee had hinted that it would make recommendations that could reverse the negative trends in the Petroleum sector.

Lawan had said that some of the recommendations would require amendments of some existing laws while others would require some actions by the executive arm of government.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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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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Alleged doctoring of subsidy probe report stirs controversy

Farouk Lawan’s absence raises concerns
ALLEGATIONS that the leadership of the House of Representatives was manipulating its investigation on petroleum products subsidy for political gains have generated concerns in the House of Representatives.
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faruk_lawanFarouk Lawan’s absence raises concerns

ALLEGATIONS that the leadership of the House of Representatives was manipulating its investigation on petroleum products subsidy for political gains have generated concerns in the House of Representatives.

But the House’s spokesman has described the allegations as untrue and purely speculative.

The denial came on the heels of speculations that the leadership had seized the report of its ad-hoc committee, which conducted the investigation with a view to effecting some changes.

Chairman of the committee, Farouk Lawal, had last month explained the delay in submitting the report hinging it on conflicting information from oil firms.

In an interview with The Guardian yesterday, spokesman of the House, Zakari Mohammed, said:

“No! no!! no!!!, the leadership has no hand in that. The entire investigation has been done by the committee and the leadership has deliberately kept away from their operations.

“There is also no truth in the insinuation that the investigation is being manipulated to target any administration. The interest of the House is strictly that of the general public and the revival of the economy. There is no intention to hit at anybody politically or otherwise”

Mohammed also said that media publications on the report were mere speculations.

It however said the ad-hoc committee which conducted the investigation might submit its report before the end of the week.

But explaining why the report was not presented yesterday, he declared that “the House never said the report would be presented today (Tuesday). But what I can say is that possibly before the end of the week, the ad-hoc committee might present its report”

 

Meanwhile, the absence of the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Farouk Lawal, from the National Assembly raised further concerns in the House.

Some lawmakers feared that further delay in presenting the report could send signals that the House might sweep the report under the carpet.

It was gathered that the there might be some eleventh hour changes in the report following outcries generated by series of speculations about its recommendations.

Although, the leadership of the House had consistently denied any interference with the investigation, it had been alleged that the House leadership was in a plot with other politicians to use the investigation to spite some political interests.

A group called the South South Caucus had in a statement raised doubts about the real intentions of the probe.

The Coordinator of the Caucus, David Osaro, said: “The North wants to use the House of Representatives probe to bring down Jonathan’s government.

“It has become very clear that the current House of Representatives probe of the petroleum industry and the deregulation of the downstream sector is nothing but a subtle plot by the North to discredit and ultimately bring down the Jonathan administration.

“It is very evident that in order to achieve their aim, the North quickly cashed in on the fuel subsidy removal issue, and due to its sensitivity, everything was put in place to actualise their plans of truncating this administration. Otherwise, how else do you explain the fact that a probe into the activities of the oil industry should have predated the current administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan?

“Even more curious is the fact that similar probes in the past have not yielded anything that the ordinary Nigerian can be proud of, both in terms of findings and implementation of probe reports. Ordinarily, it would have been taken for  granted that the House of Representatives panel may find nothing actually incriminating against the current government of Mr. President but the manner in which the House is going about it truly leaves much to be desired, in terms of its sincerity.

“If tradition is also anything to go by, it may be pertinent to state that the North is trying to use the House of Representatives to achieve its plan of shifting the power equation back to the North. If this were not the case, how then do you rationalise the failure of the House to actually extend the probe to also include the oil industry from 2009 till date?”

Another group, the Southern Defenders Front (SDF), a coalition of political movements in Nigeria, also alleged that the report of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on the Management of Petrol Subsidy has deliberately been skewed against certain officials of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration so as to discredit him over the 2015 general election.

In a statement in Lagos signed by its president, Dr Josiah Ohiwerei, and the secretary, Chief Kola Soyombo, the group said: “The contents of the report, which have been leaked in the last 24 hours to two leading newspapers to help mobilize support for a secret agenda, were politically motivated.

“The target is obviously President Jonathan, whom a few self serving elements with a sense of entitlement to the national leadership, want to stop by all means possible if he should indicate interest in running for the presidency in the next polls.

“These vested interests are engaged in this most immoral enterprise in the name of fighting for a certain region, ironically the same region they have over the decades impoverished through mind boggling corruption, kleptomania and anti-people policies.

“It is curious that the House ad hoc committee should be keenly interested in how the payments for the subsidy were made from only 2009, whereas the national swindle called petrol subsidy has gone on for well over three years.”

The front observed that the report should cover even the pre-Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA)era because it was the glaring inefficiency and graft inherent in the importation regime that led the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo government to set the PPPRA, saying that it is regrettable that the agency soon became part of the problem.

The SDF noted that the Jonathan government should be praised for daring to end the subsidy regime which its predecessors, far from having the courage to stop, sustained because it enabled them to enrich friends, family members, political allies and a few other people to the detriment of several millions of honest Nigerians.

It said that aspects of the House report leaked to the press “have gone a long way to confirm the widely held view that leading members of the House ad hoc committee have long been after certain public office holders.

“Even while the committee was still conducting public hearings on the management of the subsidy, some members went to disclose to the press secretly that the ad hoc committee had already recommended the removal of predetermined officials.”

The SDF said that, contrary to the impression that “the faceless committee members want to create about the possible expenditure of 240billion naira in 2011 on fuel imports of 2009, the Jonathan government deserves commendation for recognizing that government everywhere in the world is a continuum.”

It added: “Only a myopic government can refuse to fulfill contractual obligations entered into by its predecessor and executed before the extant government came into being.

“Therefore, it is a remarkable departure from the way things are done in Nigeria that the Jonathan administration paid last year for contracts executed under the Musa Yar’Adua leadership three years ago.

“After all, it is morally indefensible to owe businesses for as long as three years after a job has satisfactorily been done.

“The 2011 payment for 2009 imports under a contract executed by a different government is a lesson in statesmanship.”

However, the ad-hoc committee had hinted that it would make recommendations that could reverse the negative trends in the Petroleum sector.

Lawan had said that some of the recommendations would require amendments of some existing laws while others would require some actions by the executive arm of government.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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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.

Read the release report below;

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