Niger Delta Militants Blow Up Escravos Pipeline
Militants suspected to be members of the Niger Delta Avengers have attacked a section of the Escravos gas pipeline behind Salvation City, near Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West local government area of Delta state.
The pipeline, which links Warri to Lagos, was blown up on Friday morning.
It was gathered that the facility belongs to phase two of the Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline owned by the Nigerian Gas Company Limited.
The group had attacked the pipeline in February, 2016.
Consequently, the destruction will worsen the country’s energy crisis, with power generation below 2,000 megawatts and oil production down to 1.4 million from 2.2 million barrels per day.
Nigerian Senate Withdraws Bill On Anti-Social Media
The Nigerian Senate has on Tuesday withdrawn a controversial anti-social media bill, sponsored by Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi South), which is aimed at restricting freedom of expression on social media.
The decision to withdraw the Frivolous petition bill 2015 (SB. 143), followed the report of the committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the bill.
According to the report, the bill amounted to violation of citizens’ rights, and contradicted extant laws, imposing a duty of investigation on petitioners and serving as a stumbling block to the fight against corruption.
Trial Adjourned As Metuh Vomits In Court
The corruption trial of the Spokesperson of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, was stalled and then adjourned by the Federal High Court in Abuja, following the signs of ill-health exhibited by the embattled Scribe.
Metuh, who is being tried for allegedly receiving N400 million of government arms money, had been scheduled to appear before Justice Okon Abang for the continuation of his trial.
At the resumed trial on Thursday, Metuh was said to have shown symptoms of ill-health as he repeatedly vomited at the premises of the court.
His lawyer, Emeka Etiaba, prayed the court to adjourn the case to enable the PDP spokesperson, who was apparently unwell, return to the hospital.
Court Remands Alleged Wife Killer, Lekan Shonde, In Prison For 30 Days
An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate Court has ordered the remand of alleged wife killer, Lekan Shonde, in prison for a period of 30 days, following the death of his wife, Ronke Shonde, in their Egbeda residence on Thursday, May 5th 2016.
This is just as the suspect pleaded not guilty to the accusation of killing his wife.
The Lagos State Police Command had arraigned him before Chief Magistrate O. A. Adelaja on charges of murder on Friday.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, told the court that the offence contravened Sections 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which on conviction attracts life imprisonment.
Also, an autopsy report released on Wednesday had attributed the cause of her death to “respiratory seizure as a result of water in the head and some injuries also in the head”.
Gunmen Assassinate Governor Ortom’s Aide In Benue State
Unidentified gunmen have assassinated the Senior Special Assistant on Security Matters to Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom, Hon Igbana Denen at the early hours of Friday.
According to information gathered, Denen was killed in his home at about 2:30am on Friday, May 20, 2016.
Details of his assassination still remain sketchy as we await confirmatory statement from the Office of the State Police Command.