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FG Considers Dialogue With Militants To End Pipeline Vandalism
The Federal Government has indicated its readiness to dialogue with the Niger-Delta militants on the need to put an end to the incessant vandalism of pipelines in the oil rich region.
The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said on Monday.
Addressing an interactive session with a coalition of civil societies in Lagos, presided by Dr. Moses Ilo, founder of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN), the duo emphasized that the despicable activities of militants is currently sabotaging efforts being made by the government to revamp the nation’s economy.
Fresh Fraud Of N2.23trillion Uncovered In Audit Report On NNPC
A fresh audit report by the Nigeria Extractive Industries and Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has indicted the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its sub-units of either losing or refusing to remit a total of N2.23 trillion, consisting $3.8bn and N358.3bn, to the federation account as earnings from various aspects of its operations in 2013.
Speaking on Monday, while presenting the 2013 audit reports of the agency in Abuja, the Minister of Solid Minerals and Chairman of the NEITI Board, Kayode Fayemi, said the audit, which focused on all aspects of the extractive industries, showed that total revenue flows into the Federation Account from the oil and gas sector in 2013 was about $58.07 billion.
Borno Emirs Reclaim Palaces, 2 Years After Fleeing From Boko Haram Invasion
At least 2 out of five traditional rulers in Borno State forced to flee their palaces by the invasion of Boko Haram terrorists, have on Tuesday returned to their domains after 17 months of exile.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Emirs fled to Maiduguri two years ago when the insurgents took control of their domain in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of the state.
About two years ago, terror group, Boko Haram, which established a caliphate in Gwoza, Bama Askira,Uba and Dikwa respectively, murdered the Emir of Gwoza when he was on his way to Gombe for a funeral, forcing residents from the said communities including the Emirs to flee.
Breaking! CAF Bans Giwa, 4 Other Persons For 5 Years
The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has wielded a five-year ban on embattled Chris Giwa and four others, thereby confirming and extending the same five-year ban placed on them by the Amaju Pinnick- led Nigeria Football Federation.
According to Vanguard Newspaper, the four others affected by the continental ban are Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong.
This was conveyed in a letter signed by CAF’s Secretary -General, Hicham El Amrani and dated May 27th 2016 and copied to NFF’s President Amaju Pinnick.
The letter stated that the ban forbids them from all football related activities for 5 years.
Biafra: Appeal Court Dismisses Kanu’s Application For Bail
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has on Wednesday, affirmed the decision of the Federal High Court, by dismissing an application for bail that was lodged before it by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The detained Kanu, alongside two others, Benjamin Madubgwu and James Nwawuisi, are facing a six-count treason charge the federal government preferred against them at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The trio had on May 5 approached the appellate court to challenge what they described as “strange procedure” adopted in their trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Kanu’s lawyer, Chucks Muoma had asked the Appeal Court to determine whether the ruling by Justice John Tsoho of the High Court was not an aberration of Mr. Kanu’s fundamental rights as stipulated in the Constitution.