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FG Secures $1bn From SPDC To Develop Niger Delta – Osinbajo

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The Federal Government has secured funding of over $1 billion from Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to develop the Niger Delta region, acting President Yemi Osinbajo has announced.

Mr. Osinbajo made the announcement on Monday in Port Harcourt at a town hall meeting with governors, former governors, community leaders, women and various youth groups in the Niger Delta region.

He said the vicious cycle of abandonment amidst plenty, and neglect of the region must stop, adding that this underscored the priority given to the clean up of Ogoniland by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Osinbajo said the inauguration of governing council and board of trustees on August 4, 2016 and January 12, 2017, were some measures taken by the administration to ensure the clean up of Ogoniland.

“A funding of 1 billion dollars at 200 million dollars per annum over five years has been provided by Shell to provide drinking water, conduct health impact assessment and demonstrate remediation technologies.

“A groundbreaking for the construction of Centre of Excellence will be launched in a few days.

“Training of 2,000 women from four local government areas in greenhouse, shrimp, poultry farming for empowerment will commence soon.

“Environmental remediation is important throughout the entire region,’’ Mr. Osinbajo said.

He said that fears being expressed that these projects would be abandoned should not be entertained as they were not being handled alone by the federal government.

He said there was no reason why infrastructure built in the region could not be compared to infrastructure built in oil-producing communities anywhere in the world.

He promised that coal-powered refineries and issues surrounding petro-chemical plants would be looked into by the government.

He said the Federal Government was interested in the continuation of the amnesty programme.

“We must re-commit to making the Niger Delta region a vibrant economic zone,’’ Mr. Osinbajo said, adding that the government intended to use small, medium businesses to drive, create employment and stimulate growth in the area.

“I have made notes, I have listened carefully; this will be a beginning that will change the narrative of the Niger Delta,’’ Mr. Osinbajo promised said.

Source: NAN

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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.

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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.

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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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