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Heavy downpour destroy farmlands in Ebonyi State



No fewer than 200 houses located in various communities in Ebonyi State have been destroyed by flood that wrecked havoc across the state on Monday.

The flood also ravaged farmlands and destroyed crops worth millions of naira in eight local government areas of the state.

Areas mostly affected are Abakaliki, where houses were submerged by water; and Akpoha town in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state, where rice farms were destroyed.

Speaking during the visit of the officials of the State Emergency Management Agency, who were on assessment tour of the devastated rice farms, the Coordinator of Amaoha Development Center, David Egwu, described the flooding of farms and houses as a national disaster and appealed to both the state and federal governments to intervene and assist the victims.

He said, “This flooding was caused by the Obubra River located in Cross River State and the Akpoha River located in Ebonyi State.”

The Executive Secretary of Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency, Pastor Ken Nwabueze, enjoined people living in flood-prone areas to relocate to Internally Displaced Persons camps created by the agency for safety.

The SEMA boss regretted that the flood disaster would affect the economic base of farmers, explaining that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency had predicted that eight local government areas of the state would be affected by flood in 2017.

He said, “This is not the end of flooding going by what MIMET predicted; more flooding will come.

“Our people must be very cautious; if you have your cassava farms in the flood-prone areas, go to other areas. If you live in the areas, relocate to IDPs camps.

“We have seen what flood had caused in the rice farms and in the residential areas; we will write our reports to both the federal and state governments. We believe that there will be interventions.”

In a related development, victims of flood disaster that occurred in Abakaliki capital city in June 2017, have received relief materials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA ).

Speaking during the distribution of the relief materials in Abakaliki on Wednesday, the Executive Secretary of the Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency,Nwabueze, commended both the Ebonyi and Federal Government for their continued intervention and assistance .

He said, “Upon our request for assistance to assuage the sufferings of the victims, the Federal Government supplied to Ebonyi State relief materials to the victims,” he said.

In her remarks, the Assistant Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, South-East Zone, Mrs. Benedicta Enyiuche, said the relief materials would get to the affected individuals and attributed the delay in the supply of the materials to the prevailing economic situation in the country.

The items distributed included bags of parboiled rice, beans, bags of granulated sugar, carton of tin tomatoes, pieces of mosquito nets, pieces of blankets, pieces of nylon mats, cartons of bath soap, cartons of detergents, bundles of roofing sheets and packets of roofing nails, among other items.

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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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