Shell facility in Imo attacked
The police have confirmed an attack on a facility belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at Awarra, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo. DSP Andrew Enwerem, the Public Relations Officer of police in the state, told newsmen in Owerri that the police received report of the attack in the early hours of Thursday.
Enwerem could not disclose the extent of damage done to the facility or the group that carried out the attack. Mr Precious Okolobo, spokesman for SPDC said “the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), which runs through Awara, Imo State at the Assa-Rumuekpe line, has been shut for repairs since June 8, following a leak at Okolo launch, Bonny in Rivers State.
“We are investigating the reported incident at Awara’’, he said. A source in Awarra community told NAN that the incident occurred at about 5.30a.m. It said the explosion created huge flame at the site and could not confirm if there was loss of life. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Make more sacrifice for your country, Buhari tells Nigerian elites
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja urged Nigerian elites to show patriotism and offer more sacrifice for the good of the country.
The President spoke at the breaking-of-fast dinner with retired and serving Justices of the Supreme Court at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
He regretted that the elites who had benefited from the country had failed to build a better country for posterity, stressing that with the state of the economy, it was incumbent on them to chart a new way forward for Nigeria.
He said: “So, at this age, at the position we are, more demand is made on us to persuade those we know, the elites to please pity this country and make more sacrifices. “At whatever forum, please persuade our fellow elites to be more patriotic because which kind of country are we leaving for our children and our grand children. “Everybody in the world believed Nigeria has been favoured by God Almighty in terms of material and human resources. “But, we have failed, woefully failed so far to explore it and thank God for these gifts. “We are in a very, very difficult position now. We came at a time when suddenly we realized, unfortunately that we have through our personal incompetent as Nigerian elites ended up as a mono-economy in spite of the potentiality of this country, which the rest of the world seemed to know more. “We have observed what happened in the last 15 years. We have enjoyed so much prosperity. “But, eventually, the thing we looked for most, security, first in the North East, threatened us, secondly, in Niger Delta. “But we know we get the strength to survive it and survive it we must. “Let us pray to God Almighty that our colleagues outside there that are having the influence with the rest of people and holding the economy sit and reflect and make sure that this country gets what it deserves from its leadership at various stages. “I hope this will help to digest what we have just eaten.”
NAN embarks on protest
The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Ekiti State chapter, yesterday embarked on a protest against the failure of Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose to pay the salaries owned workers in the State.
The protesters, who carried placards described Fayose as not being sincere and concerned about the plight of the striking workers.
Some of the placards read: “He who works deserved to be paid”, “Workers are dying of hunger”, “NANS say no to taxation of school pupils in Ekiti”, among others.
They were chanting several songs calling on governor Fayose to pay salaries of workers as many of them were experiencing serious hardship.
The protesting students, comprising representatives from different higher institutions in Ekiti State converged at Fajuyi roundabout. They moved through the governor’s office, along Okesa taking over the major road.
Ijaw youths invade Murray-Bruce’s radio station
Armed members of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide on Thursday invaded the Rhythm FM radio station owned by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The angry youths, who stormed the studio in buses and other vehicles, were after two executive members of the IYC and guests of a live radio programme, Talk of the Town, anchored by Lishman Onisodemuya.
The youths, who invaded the station in their large numbers, caused panic as they released volley of gunshots into the air, forcing employees in both the radio and television studios of the Silverbird Group to scamper for safety.
The irate youths, who brandished other dangerous weapons, broke into the radio studio, interrupted the programme and dragged out the National Mobilisation Officer of IYC, Mr. Wisdom Ikuli, and a self-acclaimed spokesman for the council, Mike Edounkimor, who were guests of the programme.
It was learnt that the youths allegedly beat Ikuli and Edounkimor to stupour with bruises all over their faces.
The youths had allegedly attempted to bundle them (Ikuli and Edounkimor) into one of the vehicles but for the intervention of riot policemen who came in at the right time.
It was also learnt that before the arrival of the police, the mob had capitalised on the situation to rob employees of the studios of their money, mobile phones and other valuables.
The radio studio was temporarily shut down after listeners heard people screaming and running for cover.
But the policemen, who arrived the area, were said to have arrested and handcuffed the duo and taken them to the Ekeki Police Station in Yenagoa.
Maiduguri: Shootout in Government House over refugee rice
There was shootout between policemen and soldiers at the Maiduguri Government House Thursday afternoon when soldiers in a truck attempted to forcibly commandeer a share of rice being distributed to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) not living in camps.
Distribution of rice for the IDPs had started about a week ago under the watch of policemen in the Government House, who are to ensure that the food items are given only to people with the required documentation.
It has been alleged that soldiers had been attempting to claim some of the rice since the distribution began, without having the right to do so.
When policemen refused to allow them access to the items, a shootout ensued leaving at least one policeman injured.
As at the time of this report, policemen are holding two soldiers at the Government House.
Zenith Bank's management team pay a visit to allegedly beg Fayose
According to SA to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications & New Media, Lere Olayinka. Read the statement below..
'A management team from Zenith Bank Plc visited Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, over the involvement of the bank in the funding of the June 21, 2014 governorship election of the governor. Their visit to the governor followed a reported denial by the bank that it was not part of the funding of the election.
The team was led by an Executive Director, Sola Oladipo. It also had two zonal directors of the bank and the Ado-Ekiti branch manager. When accosted by newsmen, the ED said they only came to see the governor. Asked whether the bank really dissociated itself from the claim by the governor that it was part of the funding of the election, Shola could only mutter some inaudible words. He eventually said the spokesman for the bank was not on the team and could not say anything.
While commenting on the development, Governor Fayose said the bank officials came to beg him over the issue. "They were begging me and that the matter should not go beyond this level. I asked them why did they go to the EFCC to tell lies. Why did they have to lie that money came from the Office of the National Security Adviser? If the money is for me why did they have to link with me what is not."