Fuel scarcity looms over varying fuel pump price- Mega Filling Station owners
Owners of Mega Filling Station in Nigeria, on Tuesday, threatened to shut operations nationwide over alleged plans by the management of Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC, to impose lower pump price of fuel price on them.
At a briefing in Kaduna by the Mega Filling Station Owners of Nigeria, AMFSON, its National Secretary, Kenneth Nwachukwu, claimed the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who is also Minister of State for Petroleum, had directed that all mega filling stations sell fuel at varying rates of N130.00, N135.00, N140.00 per litre, while their competitors sell at N145 per litre. According to him: “We are kicking against a directive by the Minister of State for Petroleum that we sell fuel for less than N145 per litre. We are all marketers and we get supplies at the same source and at the same price. Why should we be made to sell at N130, N135 and N140 per litre while others sell for N145 per litre? With this pronouncement by the Minister, we foresee a looming fuel scarcity because we may have to shut operations nationwide.
Ayokunle emerges new CAN president
President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) and candidate of the Christian Council of Nigeria, CCN, Rev. Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle, Tuesday emerged the new president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Rev Ayokunle Ayokunle defeated Elder Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (MCCSW) who represented the Organisation of African Instituted Churches, OAIC, with 57 votes to 28.
The outgoing president of the body, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, announced the result of the election at about 2:30 p.m. to a rousing applause of National Executive Council delegates from different parts of the country who had converged at the National Christian Centre in Central Business Centre of Abuja. By the CAN constitution, Prof. Joseph Otubu who emerged runners-up in the elections automatically becomes the Vice President of the Association for the next three years of the soon to be sworn in administration.
Aregbesola threatens to expel students ‘wearing choir robes’ to schools
The Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Tuesday said students who wore unauthorised cloths to any public schools in the State would be expelled henceforth.
Aregbesola stated this at the commissioning of St Micheal’s Government Middle School, Ibokun while reacting to different choir robes and garments wore to Baptist High School in Iwo by some Christian students.
He said it was wrong and criminal for a section or group of people to have directed some innocent students to wear choir robes to schools against court’s judgment.
He urged whoever was not satisfied with the judgment to ventilate the grievance through legitimate means rather than trying to cause crises by resorting to self help. According to him,“Government is not interested in any religion as being speculated. My goal is to improve education standard in the state.’’
How Oronsaye, others diverted N14bn pension fund – Witness
First prosecution witness, Rouqayya Ibrahim, on Tuesday narrated to a Federal High Court in Abuja, how a former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye, and some officials allegedly siphoned N14bn pension fund using about 66 illegal bank accounts.
Ibrahim, an investigator and an operative with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told Justice Gabriel Kolawole that the fraud was discovered in 2010.
Oronsaye was Head of Service of the Federation between June 2009 and November 2010.
Ibrahim said the methods used for perpetrating the fraud included payments to “ghost” pensioners and disbursements of funds for non-existing contracts.
She also said the scam in which about N14bn pension fund was siphoned was perpetrated through payments of non-existing allowances to fake members of staff and to the National Union of Pensioners and Association of Federal Civil Service Retirees.
No light, no lectures: UNEC students damage cars, buildings
Students of the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, went on a rampage on Tuesday, damaging cars, buildings and other properties on campus due to poor power supply at the institution.
Lectures have been suspended in the university since June 6 after the Student Union Government declared that students would no longer attend classes until the school authorities resolve the power supply challenges.
The students, who locked up the lecture halls, held rallies to protest against the situation on Monday but the situation degenerated in the night, giving way to violence.
It was learnt that there is hardly any power supply from the national grid in the hostels, while the generators provided by the school management currently supply power for just two hours each day.
TAhere was extensive damage to buildings in different parts of the campus – particularly the main hall and library.
Glass windows in the buildings were smashed, while some of the doors were forced open. The security office was also vandalised.
The female hostels and staff quarters were also affected with some some street lights and other infrastructure on campus also damaged by the rampaging students.
NLC plans mega protest against Ajimobi
National leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress said they would mobilise members in Oyo State to stage a mega protest against the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Wednesday.
While addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday, Deputy National President of NLC, Muhammed Shuaibu, called on workers in the state to turn out in large numbers for the protest. He said the protest would be held to express displeasure over the proposed return of some public secondary schools to owners, non-payment of salaries in the last six months, and non-promotion in the state civil service in the past five years.
He said, “We will stage a peaceful protest against the concessioning of public schools by Oyo State Government. We will also protest to show that workers in the state are hungry. They are without six months salaries.
“Of course, the pensioners are alive without six months pensions. In the last four to five years, there has not been promotion in the Oyo State Government workforce. We urge workers to come out and protest peacefully and legitimately to show government that we are serious about these issues.”
However, while addressing members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Oyo State chapter, on Tuesday, Governor Ajimobi said the crisis was caused by lack of understanding of the education policy, ignorance of some persons, or the fact that some were playing politics with the issue.
Alleged $40m contract scam: Jonathan’s cousin, wife still at Kuje prison
One week after they were granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja, cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Robert Azibola and his wife, Stella, are yet to regain their freedom from Kuje Prison.
Robert Azibaola and his wife Investigation by Vanguard revealed that the couple, who are answering to a seven-count criminal charge bordering on alleged $40million contract scam, have been unable to fulfill the bail conditions that were handed to them by the trial court.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had in a ruling on June 8 granted the defendants who are facing trial alongside their firm, Oneplus Holding Limited, bail to the tune of N1billion.
They were directed to deposit N500million each, as well as produce two sureties in the like sum. The court maintained that the sureties must be owners of landed properties in either Maitama or Asokoro Ditrsicts of Abuja and must produce evidence that they paid income tax for the past three years. It stressed that the registry of the court must verify and confirm that all the conditions were perfected, before the defendants could be released from Kuje prison.
However, the defendants who secured bail through their lawyer Chief Chris Uche, SAN, had yet to fulfill the conditions which they said are very stringent.
Court sentences DJ to 8 months imprisonment for stealing ipad
A Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced a 25-year-old Disc Jockey (DJ), Emmanuel Nelson, to eight months imprisonment for stealing a N65,000 ipad.
The presiding officer, Alhaji Mohammed Ado, gave Nelson an option of N8, 000 fine, and warned him to desist from committing crimes.
The convict, who resides at Kado Kuchi Village, Abuja, was convicted on the two-count charge of criminal trespass and stealing preferred against him. Nelson, who had pleaded guilty to the charges, urged the court to temper justice with mercy as his action was motivated by the desire to enhance his work.
Prosecutor Judith Obatomi had told the court that Benedith Akuh, also of Kado Kuchi Village, had reported the matter at the Mabushi Police Station, Abuja, on June 5. Obatomi said the complainant reported that sometime in October 2015, Nelson, a neighbour, broke into his room and stole his ipad valued N65, 000. The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 348 and 288 of the Penal Code.
Man beats policeman for allegedly preventing him from killing girlfriend
A 26-year-old trader, Uchenna Okeke, on Tuesday appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly beating up a policeman. Okeke, a resident of Oluwalimu Street, Ikeja, Lagos, is being tried for breach of peace and assault.
The Prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, told the court that the accused committed the offences on June 11 at Ikeja, Lagos.
He said the accused unlawfully assaulted a policeman in uniform attached to MAN Centre Police station for preventing Okeke from killing his lover.
“The accused beat up the complainant and also caused injury to his head,’’ he said.
Nwosu said that the complainant while performing his official duty sighted the accused beating up a woman and dragging her on the ground. “The police corporal saw the accused beating his girlfriend and dragging her on the ground, he rushed to the scene to prevent the accused from committing murder.
“When he wanted to stop the accused from beating his lover, the accused transferred his aggression to him for preventing him from dealing with his fiancée. “He beat him up and hit him with a stone on his head which resulted to bleeding,’’ he said.
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