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1,447 Cases of Pipeline Vandalism Recorded in 5 months

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According to the Nigerian Nation­al Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), 1,447 cases of pipeline vandalism were recorded between January and May 2016.

The Group Managing Direc­tor of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru disclosed this during a visit to the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdulla­hi Muhammadu in Abuja on Wednesday.

Baru also said vandalism led to a loss of 109 million litres of petroleum products and 560,000 barrels of crude oil to refineries.

SEE ALSO: Nigeria’s Oil Production At 30-Year Low – Report

He noted that the 2016 budget financing is already impacted by the activities of the vandals in the Niger Delta.

He said in 2015 alone, there were 3,000 of such incidents translating to over 643 million litres or N51.28 billion.

He further disclosed that be­tween 2010 and 2015 it recorded 18, 000 of such incidences.

SEE ALSO: Militants Bomb Shell Oil Pipeline In Nigeria

He said: “Domestic natural gas supply to power is equally impacted with es­timated drop of about 50 percent resulting to significant power out­age. Petroleum products supply and distribution pipelines have also suf­fered huge products losses with at­tendant cost of repairs.

“For example, over 3,000 van­dalism incidents were recorded ev­ery year from 2010 to 2015. In 2015 alone, pipeline losses of products volume of over 643 million litres amounting to N51.28 billion were incurred.

The 2016 National Budget plan was based on 2.2 mil­lion barrels per day of crude oil pro­duction. However, the budget plan is now grossly impacted due to re­newed militancy with 700,000 bpd of oil production curtailed due to pipeline vandalism,” he said.

Baru sought the support of NSCDC, noting that the corps is much closer to the oil facilities than any other security agen­cy.

SEE ALSO: NSCDC Arrests 3 Oil Pipeline Vandals In Ebonyi

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is set to commence the trial of the leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The trial of the IPOB leader has been scheduled for November 26th and will see five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against Kanu.

Also Read: Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

This was disclosed in a hearing notice served on the prosecution team in the office of the attorney general and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

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Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

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JUST IN: Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

Abdulrasheed Maina’s son

House of Representatives member, Umar Sani Dan Galadima has been asked to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail on or before December 4.

Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences and was granted bail in 2019.

Honorable Galadima who is representing Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State is standing surety for Faisal after signing a N60 million bond.

Also Read: BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Wednesday ordered Dan Galadima, who was present in court, to show cause by December 4 why he should either not forfeit the N60 million he pledged while taking Faisal on bail, or be sent to prison until he is able to produce the defendant.

Recall that on Monday, Justice Abang sentenced Senator Ali Ndume who is a surety for the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team who has also jumped bail.

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Lawyer Dumps Maina, Applies To Quit Case

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Lawyer Dumps Abdulrasheed Maina, Applies To Quit Case

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Adeola Adedipe, a lawyer hired by Abulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), in his ongoing trial for money laundering, has applied to quit the case.

Maina’s lawyer who is also representing the company of the former PRTT Chairman – Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Wednesday, that he has filed a notice, indicating his intention to withdraw from further representing his client.

Also Read: Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Adedipe revealed that his brief has not been perfected due to the failure of his client to pay.

He apologised to the federal court presided over Justice Okon Abang for being absent from proceedings during some of the recent adjournments.

 

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