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.
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.
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.
Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja urged Nigerian elites to show
patriotism and offer more sacrifice for the good of the country.
President spoke at the breaking-of-fast dinner with retired and serving
Justices of the Supreme Court at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
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
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.”
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
protesters, who carried placards described Fayose as not being sincere
and concerned about the plight of the striking workers.
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”,
were chanting several songs calling on governor Fayose to pay salaries
of workers as many of them were experiencing serious hardship.
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.
members of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide on Thursday invaded the
Rhythm FM radio station owned by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce in Yenagoa,
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.
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
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
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.
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 policemen, who arrived the area, were said to have arrested and
handcuffed the duo and taken them to the Ekeki Police Station in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”