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Vandals steal 33,250 litres of petrol from NNPC pipelines

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 About 1,330 jerrycans (about 33,250 litres) of fuel which was allegedly stolen has been recovered by the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft in Apapa, Lagos State, the petrol was stolenfrom the pipelines of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

According to the navy, the security of the pipelines was contracted to a firm, Top Line Security Limited.

The villages are Ilado-Odo, Idi Mangoro, Ilashe Corner Loss and Sarkin Juju Point.

Apart from the fuel seized during the naval raid, our correspondent, who visited the communities on Saturday, saw hundreds of empty jerrycans in deserted wooden huts.

Our correspondent also saw two vehicles reportedly used by the vandals to transport fuels for onward delivery to Benin Republic and Togo.

PUNCH Metro was also shown one of the pipelines along Ilado-Odo Phase II waterways reportedly broken by the assailants.

The pipeline was a few metres away from a security watchtower allegedly used by guards working for the private security outfit.

It was learnt that the suspected vandals attached valves on the broken parts of the pipelines, which they regulated to steal fuel as it was pumped by the corporation.

A resident of the areas, who claimed to have been living in Ilado-Odo since 2014, said she was not aware of the activities of the vandals.

The woman, Nana Feyisetan, said, “I was born in Ghana. I relocated to this village in 2014. I don’t know that some people have been vandalising pipelines here. I am aware that the OPC (Oodua Peoples Congress) members come for guard duty every night.”

The Commander, NNS Beecroft, Rear Admiral Maurice Eno, said his men went to the areas on surveillance after an intelligence report.

He said, “The base monitored the activities around the areas for about three weeks and on December 14, 2017, at 8.10am, a detachment of personnel from the NNS Beecroft raided the locations and discovered a storage facility with 1,500 jerrycans, out of which 1,330 contained product suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit believed to have been siphoned from the NNPC pipelines on the Island.”

Eno explained that no arrest was made during the raid. He noted that the product had been evacuated to the base for onward handover to the NNPC.

Efforts by our correspondent to get the reaction of Top Line Security Limited were unsuccessful as calls put across to its Administrative Officer, John Udeme, went unanswered. He had also yet to reply to an enquiry sent to him on the allegation.

Meanwhile, the Oodua Peoples Congress refuted the claim that its members were involved in the pipeline security on the Island.

The OPC Director of Publicity, Mr. Yinka Oguntimehin, in a statement on Sunday, said the group had not been involved in any pipeline security since June 15, 2015, adding that it had no link with Top Line Security Limited.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

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Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

Mahmood Yakubu

The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will screen Mahmood Yakubu today following his re-appointment as Chairman of the Commission for a second and final term.

The Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Gaya, disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday after the panel submitted the report of the 2021 budget estimates of the commission to the Senate Committee on Appropriation.

The Senate received President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter seeking Yakubu’s confirmation on Tuesday.

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He had on October 27 announced his decision to reappoint the former INEC boss.

The president’s letter was forwarded to the committee on INEC for screening which Senator Gaya said will be carried out expeditiously.

“Precisely the re-nominated Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu is to face our committee by 2:00 pm for the required drilling, the outcome of which will determine the report to be submitted to the Senate on Tuesday,” he said.

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No Plan To Review 2021 Spending Estimates: Minister

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No Plan To Review 2021 Spending Estimates, Says Ahmed

Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has expressed that there is no plan to review the spending estimates of the 2021 budget.

She has also allayed the fears of federal civil servants that the country’s entering into recession might stall the salary payments of workers.

She made this known while speaking with journalists after the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the State House.

Also Read: Nigeria Will Exit Recession By First Quarter Of 2021 – Finance Minister

Ahmed said even the consequential adjustment in the 2020 budget wholly addressed salary matters.

Recall that the proposed 2021 budget is currently being reviewed by members of the National Assembly.

“On the 2021 budget, we are not planning to retrieve the budget or to reverse the budget beyond the work of appropriation that the National Assembly is currently doing in consultation with us,” she said.

 

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#EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

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#EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

Geoffrey Onyeama

The federal government of Nigeria has stated that it has reached out to the United Kingdom to explain its side of the story over the #EndSARS crisis.

This follows a petition being considered by the United Kingdom to sanction officials of the Nigerian government over alleged human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protests in the country.

However, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, explained to State House Correspondents on Wednesday that Nigeria has reached out to the UK govt.

He explained that FG has presented its own side of the story to the UK govt to aid its deliberations on the matter.

This he stated after the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that a balanced view is important in such matters.

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He said: “Yes, we have reached out to the UK government. The meeting that took place were Parliamentarians and they do not speak for the UK government which acts for the United Kingdom and they have also heard the side of the (Nigerian) government regarding everything that has happened.

“So, we have been in touch with them and engaging with them. Of course, as in any democracy, the members of parliament are able to also able to air their views.

“But what is important, is that a balanced picture is made available to them before they take any decision.”

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