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Election fallout: Madueke runs to General Abdulsalami for protection.




The Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs Deziani Alison Madueke was seen leaving the residence of General Abdulsalami Abubakar along with her aides looking worried not knowing her fate after May 28. Eye witness account says her eyes were swollen like someone who has not had  sleep for sometime. They say she is worried that she is likely to be the target of any probe by the next  government and had gone to the General who as chairman of the National peace Committee has related closely with President Jonathan and President-elect Buhari.

It is believed that she has come to the General for protection against future probes of her activities as petroleum minister. They say she is also looking to ensure that she remains the president of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.  She is the first female to head the organisation that became relevant to world economy after the Arab-Israeli war of 1973.

It is understood that she is perceived as arrogant by the staff of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and some whistle blowers may see her exit as the opportunity to take their pound of flesh. They say there is a good chance that the President- elects Buhari may probe the Petroleum Ministry because that is the cash cow of the nation. He has said he will not tolerate looting of the treasury.

The president-elect is unlikely to probe the president, not after the good gesture of calling to congratulate the president-elect before the final result is announced.  There is no precedent of directly probing a living president. It is however not clear if such gesture will be extended to ministers and heads of departments and agencies.

There are issues still in contention relating to the activities of the ministry. Prominent among them is the issue of petroleum subsidy and kerosene subsidy scams.

The other issue is the allegation of the former governor of central bank and the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi. In September 2013, he had alleged that the NNPC failed to remit $49.8b in oil revenue to the federation account. Although it was finally agreed that the missing money was about $10b, it is speculated that Emir may come up with more fact to support his earlier argument that money is missing. The Former CBN governor Charles Soludo who is rumoured to be the next Minister of Finance during made some allegations which may be pursued. Some say she is unlikely to be probed as the wife of the former colleague of the president-elect and she is said to be an in law to the president.

There is also the issue of strategic alliance agreement which the NNPC entered into with Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd to produce oil. Also is the arrangement between the NPDC a subsidiary of NNPC transferring 55% stakes in some of its oil blocks to Septa Energy and Atlantic Energy in what the NNPC describe as strategic partnership agreement which is said to have been grossly undervalued to the disadvantage of the NNPC and Nigeria.

It remains to be seen if General Abdulsalami Abubakar will intervene if president-elect Buhari decides to ask the minister to account after May 29, 2015.



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Many trapped as building collapses in Ikoyi



Many artisans were Friday evening feared killed after a building under construction collapsed in Lagos.

The incident occurred at 4:10pm around Glover Court Ikoyi.

It was gathered that the two-storey building caved in the course of decking the second floor.

Although the cause of the collapse was yet to be ascertained, sources said it could be as a result of substandard materials.

Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu said the number of persons trapped was yet to be ascertained.

“LASEMA has already activated the Lagos Emergency Response Plan for all first responders to move to the site of the collapsed building. Lagosians within the vicinity of the incident have been enjoined to stay calm and allow emergency responders to do their job.

“We are yet to know the number of persons trapped but I can tell you it was an uncompleted building and workers were on-site,” he said.

Oke-Osayintolu also said that LASEMA and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) have evacuated and disposed of the rotten edible items found in five containers at Sifax, off Dock Nigeria Limited in Apapa.

He said the evacuation followed inspection of the containers after residents raised an alarm of a stench and release of toxic gas into the environment.

The LASEMA boss said: “A joint action team comprising the DG/CEO LASEMA and GM LASEPA has conducted an on the site inspection of the containers. The joint team discovered edibles including fish which had become rotten due to faulty refrigerators.

“The absence of emergency action preparedness plan and appropriate safety measures in place to curtail such incidence and guard against reoccurrence was observed.

“A total of 25 containers were located. Five containers laden with edibles have faulty refrigerators. The edibles have therefore defrosted and have become rotten causing severe health hazards to the environment.

“Thirteen houses are located on the street where the containers are located, leaving a huge impact on house numbers 2, 4, 6 and 8 Trinity Close Apapa. LASEMA and LASEPA have evacuated and disposed of the rotten items.”

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Jilted 25-year-old man drinks sniper, dies



A 25-year-old man, Kehinde Muse, has committed suicide after his girlfriend, Rasheedat Animashaun, broke up with him.

The PUNCH learned that the deceased had sent a text message to 21-year-old Animashaun, informing her of his decision to kill himself.

The girlfriend was said to have informed his family members, as they all rushed to his house on Modele Street, Surulere.

However, by the time they arrived at the house, Muse had been unconscious.

He was rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

The police spokesman, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident.

He said, “On Wednesday, around 6.30pm, Surulere Police Station received information that one Kehinde Muse locked himself in his room and drank poisonous substance known as sniper. He was rushed to the hospital, but died on arrival. ”

Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased had earlier sent a text message to his ex-girlfriend, Rasheedat Animashaun, informing her that he will take his life since she decided to quit the relationship.

“The ex-girlfriend promptly informed his family about the text message he sent to her and they rushed to his house, broke down the door and found him unconscious.

“He was rushed to the hospital, but was unable to make it. His corpse has been deposited in the mortuary for autopsy.”

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Troops frustrate terrorists attack on Gubio and Magumeri markets



The attention of the Nigerian Army in the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole has been drawn to reports on various media platforms indicating an attack on Gubio and Magumeri communities in Borno State at about 1735hrs of Wednesday the 21st of August, 2019.

To avoid further misinformation that could create unnecessary tension, the Theatre Command wishes to state that the attack was targeted at Nigerian Army troops deployed in the areas to enable the terrorists to gain access shops in the market in the towns to loot food items and other logistics. The attack was however repelled by the troops.

Consequently, due to the fierce exchange of fire, the terrorists were forced to withdraw in disarray from the town resulting in damages on buildings and property along their route of withdrawal.

There were no casualty on the security force (troops) and no loss or damage to own equipment as wrongly insinuated on social media. However, a vigilante sadly lost his life in a crossfire. Also, some civilians in the area reportedly sustained various degrees of injuries.

Peace has so far been restored in the communities with residents going about their lawful businesses.

The Nigerian Army once again call on all well-meaning members of the public to collaborate with the military and other security agencies in the area of sharing of information and suspicious movement of criminals in their communities to proactively deal with criminal activities.

Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 7 Division
22 Aug 2019

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