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NNPC Staff Kick Against Planned Sale Of Refineries

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PROTESTING NNPC STAFF (CREDITS: FRIDAY OLOKOR)

PROTESTING NNPC STAFF (CREDITS: FRIDAY OLOKOR)

The plan to sell four of the nation’s refineries by first quarter of 2014 has prompted the reaction of no fewer than 200 staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, who staged a peaceful protest in Abuja on Thursday against the planned sale of the refineries.

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, had in an interview with Bloomberg TV Africa in London, disclosed that plans were underway to sell the refineries to private investors.

The development was also confirmed by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) which said that the privatization process would be completed before the first quarter of 2014.

But the workers, who protested under the aegis of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), as early as 8.30am, gathered within the premises of the NNPC headquarters singing solidarity songs just as they vowed to resist the decision to sell the refineries.

Dressed in red shirts and red cap to match, the protesting staff were led by the NNPC PENGASSAN Group Chairman, Sanusi Abdulkareem, and NUPENG Group chairman, Richard Otuvwere.

Some of the Placards read, ‘We say no to illegal sale of our refineries, we cannot be fooled anymore’. ‘Hide not under privatisation to hijack our refineries’, among others.

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.

This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.

The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).

Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.

There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.

The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.

He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.

“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”

It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.

It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.

She died at the age of 81.

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