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Family of late Akporido Sini demands justice



The family of the murdered boy in Warri are demanding justice over the killing of their son ,Akporido Sini.

Mrs Mary Odibo led members of the aggrieved family to the Secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Warri Correspondent Chapel, to intimate newsmen of the sad development.

The late Akporido was alleged to have been apprehended by operatives of the Nigeria Police “B Division”, Warri, alongside two others, Efe Otikpo and Urhuemu over a robbery incident on March 15, 2017.

Akporido, Otikpo and Urhuemu, who were alleged to have stolen a Toyota Camry car, were apprehended at Ometa axis in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Odibo explained that the late Akporido, 36, who was a hair stylist, was returning from the service of songs of one of their in-laws at Ometa when he was arrested along with Otikpo and Urhuemu in the car.

“I know that my brother cannot rise again; we are only asking for justice; innocent souls are dying.

“The press should help us so that innocent people will not keep dying in the name of curbing criminality,” she said.

Another member of the family, Mrs Bethel Esini, said they were not allowed to see the suspects when the trio were conveyed to ‘B’ Division.

“They asked us to come the following day by 10am, we came and waited till 2pm. but could not gain entry; but my sister waited till 7pm at the police gate.

“It was later on that Thursday evening that youths in our community showed us photographs that my brother was dead.

“Up till now, the Police have not told us that our brother is dead.

“The Toyota Camry car belongs to my landlord’s son and he bought it last year in Warri with the original documents,” she said.

Meanwhile, a Warri-based human rights activist, Mr Oghenejabor Ikimi, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to commence independent investigation into the matter.

Ikimi, the Executive Director of the Centre for the Vulnerable and Underprivileged, made the call in a statement made available to newsmen in Warri on Monday.

According to him, in the Nigerian Constitution, every person is innocent until proven guilty in a law court.

“It is in the light of the forgoing that we write this petition for you to commence an independent and unbiased investigation into the murder of an innocent and unarmed citizen.

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” he said.

In his response to the matter, the Police Public Relations Officer in Delta, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, said the Police was saddled with the responsibility to protect citizens and not to kill them.

“Police does not kill; our duty is to protect the citizens; that is it and we have issued a statement to that effect in Asaba,” Aniamaka said.


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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah’s Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday



Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah's Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the call for the scrapping of the popular ‘Black Friday’sales by the Kano State Hisbah Board.

Recall that earlier on Friday, the board asked a radio station, demanding that it stops using the word “Black Friday” to refer to Friday.

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The board explained that since Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam, tagging it “Black Friday” is derogatory and a thus, should not be condoned.

Reacting to the statement, the former lawmaker from Kaduna described the threat by the Hisbah board as ‘nonsensical.”

He wrote:

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison



Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Senator Ali Ndume who was detained in prison on Monday following the failure to produce Abdulrasheed Maina in court.

This was made known by the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Friday, November 27.

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He stated that he chose to grant the senator bail based on his record of good behaviour before the court, notwithstanding that the other grounds of his bail application failed.

Justice Abang granted bail to Senator Ndume pending the hearing and determination of the Borno South Senator’s appeal filed at the Court of Appeal to challenge Monday’s order.

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD



We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

NNPC boss, Mele Kyari

The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has expressed that the corporation deliberately shut down the nation’s refineries because they became unsustainable.

The GMD disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Upstream in Abuja.

He pointed out that the NNPC was unable to supply crude oil to the refineries, adding that the Excravos pipeline is the only one the NNPC managed to sustain through the contracting process.

He went on to express that it is practically impossible to run pipelines at their optimum capacity.

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“For instance, to run Kaduna and Warri refinery, you need to deliver 170,000 barrel of oil per day so that both will operate at 70 percent capacity,” he said.

Kyari said that at the moment, it only had over 5,000 kilometers of pipelines with 13 fuel depots, which according to him must be protected to forestall the activities of vandals.

“And I can tell you today that except the Atlas cove to Ibadan line and also the Portharcourt to Aba line, none of these pipelines is serviced.

“We cannot flow product into these lines, the cheap one is to say they are aged but the real reason is that the level of activities of vandals on these lines is gross, monumental, and profound.

“At every point within a month we fix 80 vandal points, the option is to shut them down and the result of having one depot is what we have seen in Lagos,” he said.

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