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Wike’s allegation against SARS debunked by APC

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The Rivers State chapter of the ,All Progressives Congress, has faulted the allegation by the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police was behind kidnappings and armed robberies in the state.

The state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Chris Finebone, who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said, “Ordinarily, the APC has no business involving in any matter between the governor and any other entity, but in the instant case and even in previous related cases, the governor has either alluded to or expressly stated that the APC benefited from whatever allegations he raised against the police or particularly the SARS.

“From all indications, the governor’s accusation on (Wednesday) that members of SARS abducted some persons and forced them to withdraw N500, 000 is manifestly cooked up to directly smear members of the SARS and their Commander, Akin Fakorede, who is known to have resisted every advances made by the governor to compromise the officer.

 “We recall that Governor Wike has never hidden his disdain for the SARS Commander due to the officer’s principled and professional stance in rejecting the governor’s baits in the past two years. Governor Wike seems to have sworn to have Akin Fakorede compromised or transferred out of Rivers State to pave the way for a replacement that may play ball with him.”

He said the state APC considered Wednesday’s accusation against t SARS, as malevolent, mischievous. He alleged that the intention was to mask the next phase of killings by some persons loyal to the governor.

The APC spokesman in the state also decried Wike’s silence on the issue of the Indigenous People of Biafra, adding that while Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State had declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew, Wike had not done anything.

But the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Samuel Nwanosike, described the APC’s defence of SARS barely 24 hours after the governor’s declaration as an indication that the APC was sponsoring violent crime in the state through SARS.

Explaining that Wike’s claim that SARS was behind the kidnappings and armed robberies in the state was incontrovertible and with evidence, Nwanosike said it was shocking that while the police had yet to respond to the allegations against them by the governor, the APC decided to come to their defence.

Nwanosike said, “From the position of the APC, the PDP has been vindicated that they (the APC members) are part of the crime. Instead of the SARS Commander (Fakorede) to react to their action that led to the killing of a police inspector, it is the APC that is reacting.

“It shows that Akin Fakorede is being sponsored by the APC in the state. We will not allow this matter to be swept under the carpet the way the issue of the printing of election result sheets was swept under the carpet. The inspector that was shot is a policeman. His wife is also a police woman attached to Elekahia Police Division.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

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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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Lai Mohammed Denies Announcing N5m Hate Speech Fine

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Minister Of Information, Lai Mohammed, Denies Announcing N5m Hate Speech Fine

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has denied that he announced the increment of the speech fine from N500,000 to N5 million.

He made this known in a counter-affidavit in response to a suit filed against him at a federal high court in Lagos.

Recall that some months ago, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) announced an amendment to the broadcasting code, where the increment of the new fine was announced.

Recall that weeks after the announcement, NBC fined Nigeria Info FM for alleged hate speech after interviewing Obadiah Mailafia, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who alleged that a northern governor is one of the leaders of Boko Haram.

However, Human Rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong proceeded to the court to challenge the fine.

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However, in the affidavit deposed by Sunday Ojobo, an official of the Information ministry, the minister said he never announced the increase of the hate speech fine.

“Paragraph 19 is denied. The 2nd defendant (Mohammed) did not announce an increment in any fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5,000,000 or any other because there is a governmental body or institution mandated to regulate and enforce the Nigerian Broadcasting Code,” an affidavit deposed to by a Litigation Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Sunday Ojobo, reads.

The minister further stated that the constitution allows for human rights to be suspended for the sake of national interest.

He wrote, “The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for derogation from fundamental rights in the interest of public safety, public order and for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other persons.”

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‘Nothing To Forgive:’ Soyinka Speaks About Relationship With Gowon

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‘Nothing To Forgive:’ Soyinka Speaks About Relationship With Gowon

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has commented on his relationship with former Head of State Yakubu Gowon.

Soyinka was in August 1967 arrested and placed in solitary confinement just as the Civil War started under Gowon’s regime.

Speaking about their relationship, Soyinka explained that there is no bad blood between him and Gowon and he does not think there is anything to forgive him (Gowon) about.

“We communicate whenever possible, he came for my birthday in Abeokuta here. And when he started to apologise – he made a public apology – I said, ‘There is no need for it,’” the playwright who was detained by the Gowon government for two years, in the wake of the Nigerian Civil War, told Channels Television.

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Soyinka also revealed that General Gowon had on various occasions made efforts to meet him so they could talk.

He added; “He even asked the former ambassador to locate me so that anytime he was passing – I was in Europe and America then – so we could meet and talk. And I said, ‘any time’ but there is really nothing much to talk about.”

The playwright further disclosed that they later met at a conference and they talked about the Nigerian Civil War.

He said; “We hit it on very well and we joked. The ice was broken and since then, we have been friends.”

“The war, for me, is over.’ The ones I find difficult to forgive are those who lied against me. I don’t like liars; I just cannot stand liars.”

The former Head of State has been in the news in recent days over allegations that he embezzled half of the money in the Central Bank of Nigeria during his regime.

 

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