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Why Niger Delta Youths Must Support Buhari’s Effort To Reposition Oil Industry – Bayelsa Lawmaker

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A member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly representing Brass Constituency 1 on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Israel Sunny- Goli, has cautioned youths in the Niger Delta region against sabotaging oil facilities.

Sunny-Goli said rather than sabotage oil facilities, youth in the region should support the efforts of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition the oil industry.

He said the current administration was waging war against corruption that had afflicted the oil industry over the years.

He, therefore, pledged to mobilize the people of his constituency and the Niger Delta to support Buhari’s efforts to sanitize the oil industry.

He also promised that his team would assist the relevant authorities with useful information that would expose economic saboteurs in the coastal communities of the region.

Sunny-Goli, who is the Minority leader and House Committee Chairman on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), spoke in Yenagoa, the state capital at the weekend.

According to the lawmaker, Mr. Kachikwu had demonstrated commitment in reforming the oil sector since his appointment as the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Minister of State for Petroleum.

He insisted that the people of the region would be the greatest beneficiaries of a reformed oil sector in terms of development and empowerment.

He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari has provided another opportunity to re-position the oil industry through Dr Ibe Kachikwu and we the people of the Niger Delta especially in Bayelsa must support the efforts of the current administration.

“The recent decision to build mega filling station in each senatorial district is a welcome development. Aside the fact that it would ensure efficient distribution and country-wide penetration of petroleum products, for us in coastal communities of Bayelsa state it is a welcome development as we would now have access to petroleum products.

“Also the decision to discuss and negotiate with international oil companies and banks to raise capital for new drilling which would raise Nigeria’s output to 2.5 million barrels per day is a laudable idea which the people of the region must support.

“The discussions with oil majors on how to revamp oil assets like refineries and decisions to advertise for concessions for pipelines and depots are progressive ideas which the people of the Niger Delta have yearned for over the years.

“More importantly the discussions with the National Assembly on the need to speed up the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which oil communities would benefit from is what every Niger Deltan should support”.

On pipeline vandalism and attack on oil facilities, Sunny-Goli commended the recent moves by the Federal Government to mobilize the military to prevent sabotage, just as he called on other security agencies to collaborate with the military to rid the Niger Delta region of economic saboteurs.

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

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Oba Adegoke Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon under Ose Local Government Area Ondo State, has been murdered by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits.

Oba Adeusi was reportedly killed on Thursday evening at a spot around the Elegbeka axis of the town.

According to reports, the monarch was initially kidnapped before he was eventually killed.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Raises Alarm As Bandits Allegedly Kidnap Scores On Kaduna-Abuja Road

The monarch reportedly died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, as a result of gunshots he sustained during the attack.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Describing the event as an unfortunate one, the Police spokesman in the state also revealed that two people in the monarch’s convoy were kidnapped.

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No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

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No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed that there is no pardon for people indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence.

The governor made this remark on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.

The Committee was set up to give recommendations on how the fight against sexual and gender-based violence can be won.

Speaking at the occasion, Sanwo-Olu, restated his commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated.

Also Read: Don’t Allow Conspiracy Theorists Undermine Lagos Security, Sanwo-Olu Tells Residents

The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our society. Through your efforts, vulnerable people are building the courage to speak out on offences of sexual violence and heal their wounds.

“We will bring people, who have been perpetrating these crimes, knowingly or unknowingly, to book. We will ensure they never walk freely without the full wrath of the law brought upon them. It is part of our responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable members of our society have a voice and have access to where they can get justice when their rights are violated.”

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Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila

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Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila

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Josephine Okereke, wife of the Abuja-based vendor killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has rejected the family’s demand of N500 million compensation.

Okereke while speaking to newsmen on Thursday stated that what she wants is justice for her late husband, and not the compensation being sought by his family.

Recall that some days ago, Ifeanyi, her husband, was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker.

Also Read: Family Of Slain Vendor Demands N500m Compensation From Gbajabiamila, Threatens Legal Action

Days after the Speaker promised to ensure justice, the family of the slain vendor wrote the speaker, demanding a N500 million compensation.

Okereke, however, told journalists in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.

“I was in my house when within 10 minutes my father-in-law came from Abia, he went out along with his other son and the next day I heard that my husband’s people are demanding N500 million as compensation,” she said.

“I was shocked and asked how will they be doing that and how will the speaker help the children again with such demand. All I want now is that the person that killed my husband to face justice.”

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