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EFCC releases blogger from detention, BRT Drivers’ Protest and other major headlines you missed today!


Dear KFBers, how was your day? Just before you go to bed, here are some major interesting headlines stories you missed today...

After spending over 38 hours in the custody of EFCC over alleged cyber-stalking', popular political blogger Abubakar Usman has been released.



His lawyer, Michael Bello said his client was released on ​an ​administrative bail with conditions that he must make himself available to the EFCC whenever he received an invitation to such effect.

“I can confirm to you that my client has just been released on bail,” Mr. Bello said in a brief telephone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES. “He is very grateful to Nigerians for voicing out against his detention.”

Mr. Usman, a pro-government blogger, was whisked away from his residence by operatives on Monday morning, on allegations that he breached the Cyber Crime Act, 2015.
His family said his arrest was in connection to a story he published on his website which the EFCC ​deemed critical of its chairman, Ibrahim Magu.


BRT Drivers’ Protest: LAMATA promises speedy resolution

The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) on Tuesday said it would leave no stone unturned to resolve the impasse between Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) drivers and their employer.
The drivers on Tuesday downed tools to protest alleged delayed salary payment and unfavourable conditions of service.
The scheme, which provides bus services on a dedicated corridor or lane, is being operated by Primero Transport Services Limited.
Mr Iyiola Adegboye, LAMATA’s Acting Managing Director, who addressed the protesting drivers, said the agency was concerned about the possible impact of the strike on commuters.
“What we have done is to speak to the busmen and we have assured them that the state government is ready to listen to their demands,’’ he said after addressing workers.
“We have invited their representatives for a meeting at which we would discuss the issues, look into their grievances and then see how we will address them.
“But we have asked them to go back to the road and we believe that they will comply with that,” he said.
Adegboye appealed to stranded commuters, especially residents of Ikorodu, asking them to bear with the government.
“What has happened is not something that was not expected.
“We appreciate the fact that they are going through a lot of pressure now but we want to ask that they should please bear with us.
“We are working assiduously to resolve the issues,” he said.

Man stabs wife with screwdriver

A 31-year-old father of one, Sunday Dennis, was on Tuesday brought before a Badagry Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly stabbing his wife, Blessing, with a screwdriver.
The accused who resides at No. 6, Aro St., Ajara area of Badagry, was arraigned on a two-count charge of assault and threat to life.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Innocent Uko told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 25 around 8:00 p.m at the mentioned address.
He said the incident occurred when the accused was arguing with his wife over a certain amount of money.
“They were arguing because his wife borrowed him a certain amount of money and he had yet to return it.
“In the middle of the argument, the accused threatened to kill her with a screwdriver and stabbed her at the back.
“She is presently at a hospital recovering from the injuries she sustained from the assault,” he said.
Uko said the offences contravened Sections 56 and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Counsel to the accused, Mr. Adeleke Ojo, pleaded with the court to admit his client to bail on liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mr. Abioldun Etti, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N200, 000 and two sureties in like sum, who must provide evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned till Sept. 6, for further hearing.

NNPC dismisses reports on increase in fuel prices

Dr. Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Tuesday, dismissed reports that the corporation will soon announce an increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Baru speaking with newsmen shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said, so far the request for forex for the importation of petrol had been met and the NNPC’s supply situation was “robust.”
Oil marketers had on Monday asked Nigerians to prepare for another increase in the pump prices of petrol due to the continued scarcity of foreign exchange to finance the importation of the product.
According to them, the United States dollar hit an all-time high last week, as it exchanged for N400 at the parallel market.
Baru, however, denied any knowledge of the price increase, saying that there was no directive to that effect.
He said that importers of the commodity had no justification to increase the price as their foreign exchange demands had been met and supply of the fuel was robust.
“I have not been directed to increase pump price, even the other price was based on recommendation from the regulatory body.
“I’m not aware that they are planning to do any increase, you know there are several factors that necessitated that ,especially the issue of exchange rate that has moved and we don’t expect any serious changes.
“So far the request for forex for importation of gasoline, popularly called petrol, has been met and our own supply situation is robust, we are meeting demands.’’
The managing director, however, revealed that Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) could review the prices of petroleum products when necessary.
He said that NNPC currently had in stock over 1.4 billion litres of PMS for sale to the public at government-controlled price of N145 per litre.
“We have over 1.4 billion litres on ground.
“So, I don’t see any basis for increase; however, the review could be done by the right body, you should contact PPPRA, that is the regulatory body as far as petrol pricing is concerned,’’ he said.

Why details of Abacha’s loot are being delayed- World Bank
 The World Bank has again asked for more time to release details on the spending of recovered loot by late General Sani Abacha.
This followed the bank’s decision to refer “portion of appeal by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to the Bank Archives Unit for processing for public access.”
In a letter dated 8 August, 2016 and sent to SERAP, the World Bank said, “In response to your request under AI4288, we would like to inform you that we are working on your request as referred to the Archives by the Access to Information Committee in its decision on the appeal and need additional time to provide a more comprehensive response. We regret any inconvenience for this delay.”
This development was disclosed on Tuesday in a statement by SERAP’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni.
The World Bank’s request for more time followed the appeal SERAP lodged with the Bank on 5 February, 2016 on the ground that the Bank’s decision on its initial request did not reveal “important portions of the information requested on how Abacha loot was spent.”
This is the second time the World Bank is asking for additional time to provide SERAP with details of spending of Abacha loot. It would be recalled that the bank in a letter dated 15 October, 2015 and signed by Ann May of the Access to Information Team said that “In response to your request under AI3982, we would like to inform you that we are still considering your request and need additional time to provide you with a more comprehensive response.”
According to Mumuni, the Bank Access to Information Committee (AIC) in its decision on appeal issued in Case number AI3982-A dated 29 April, 2016 held that although the appeal by the organisation was not filed within 60 days of the bank’s decision as required by its Access to Information Policy, SERAP appeal nonetheless “contains a request for additional information, not previously submitted by the requester, and which the Bank has neither considered nor denied. Accordingly, the AIC refers back to the Archives Unit this portion of the appeal for processing for public access.”
SERAP said: “The portion of the appeal which the Bank has now referred to its Archives Unit for public access include information on: evidence and list of the 23 projects allegedly completed with recovered Abacha loot, and whether the 23 projects where actually completed; and what became of the 2 abandoned projects; evidence and location of the 8 health centers built with recovered Abacha loot reviewed by the World Bank; and evidence and location of the 18 power projects confirmed by the World Bank.”
“Other aspects of the spending of Abacha loot the Bank referred to its Archives Unit for processing for public access are: information on: how the $50mn Abacha loot received before 2005 kept in the special account was spent; evidence and location of schools which benefited from the Universal Basic Education (UBE) program in the amount of NGN24.25bn; and evidence and location of the 13 road projects completed with the recovered Abacha loot, including the names of the 3 of the largest road and bridge projects in each geo-political zone.”
The World Bank AIC appeal decision reads in part: “Summary of Decision: The Access to Information Committee (“AIC’) found that the appeal is not properly before the AIC for consideration. The appeal in this case was filed 75 calendar days after the Bank’s initial decision. Under the Bank Policy on Access to Information, appeals to the AIC must be filed within 60 calendar days of the Bank’s decision.”
“Notwithstanding the above, the AIC found that the appeal contains a request for additional information, not previously submitted by the requester, and which the Bank has neither considered nor denied. Accordingly, the AIC refers back to the Archives Unit this portion of the appeal for processing for public access.”
“The Decision Facts: On September 21, 2015, the requester submitted a request (“Request”) for “documents relating to spending of recovered assets stolen by Late General Sani Abacha and the Bank’s role in the implementation of any projects funded by the recovered assets and any other on-going repatriation initiatives on Nigeria with which the Bank is engaged.” On November 25, 2015, the World Bank (“Bank”) responded to the Request by providing the requester with 11documents.
“On February 8, 2016, the secretariat to the Access to Information Committee received an application (“Application”) appealing the Bank’s decision. The Application challenges the Bank’s decision on both a “violation of policy” and “public interest” basis. The Application states, in relevant part, the following: [Intentionally omitted] is sending this Appeal to the AI Appeals Board against the World Bank decision dated 25 November 2015 to provide patently insufficient information on the spending of recovered stolen funds by the late General Sani Abacha.”
“We consider this a serious violation of the AI Policy, as it amounts to improper or unreasonable restriction of access to information.[…]Following receipt of several documents from the World Bank totalling over 700 pages on the Abacha loot, [intentionally omitted] commenced independent investigations and verification of some of the information supplied with appropriate agencies and institutions of government.”
“Findings and Related Decision: In reviewing the Application in accordance with the AI Policy, the AIC considered: (a) the Request; (b) the Application; (b) the date of the Bank’s initial decision; and (c) the date when the Application was filed before the AIC. In this case, the Bank’s response was issued on November 25, 2015. The Application was filed with the AIC on February 8, 2016, i.e., 75 calendar days after the Bank’s initial decision.”
“Under the Bank Policy: Access to Information, July 1, 2015, Catalogue No. EXC4.01-POL.01 (“AI Policy”), appeals to the AIC ‘must be filed (…) within 60 calendar days of the Bank’s decision to deny access to the requested information’ (see AI Policy, at Section III.C.8 (b) i). In view of this requirement, the Application is not properly before the AIC for consideration.”
“Notwithstanding the above, the AIC found that the Application contains a request for additional information, not previously submitted by the requester, and which the Bank has neither considered nor denied. Accordingly, the AIC refers back to the Archives Unit this portion of the Application for processing as a new request for public access.”

5 comments:

  1. I dont know why you all keep calling this guy a popular blogger, i have never heard of him

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