JTF Parades Sea Pirates In Bayelsa

jtfThe Joint Task Force, operation Pulo Shield in Bayelsa State have arrested four suspected sea pirates at Mibirki and Nembe communities in Bayelsa state.

The coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Lieutenant Colonel Isa Ado while briefing journalist in Yenagoa says the suspects before their arrest were responsible for all the attacks and sea robbery activities on the Mbiriki and Nembe1 waterways of the state.

According to him, they take advantage of the difficult terrain and maneuver in the creek to unleash attack on their victims.

The Joint Task Force  says it hopes this arrest will make the waterways safe and conducive for voyage and other economic activities in the region.

They also appealed to Bayelsans to assist the commander’s zero tolerance campaign against illegalities by giving useful information to enable the task force track miscreants in the Niger Delta.

Boko Haram Recaptures Marte, Borno

Boko Haram takes over Marte in BornoBoko Haram militants have once again struck in Borno State, capturing the town of Marte. 

Reports say the terrorists, who fled from their base in Sambisa Forest, as offensive heightened in the area, have regrouped in Marte.

The Deputy Governor of Borno State, Zannah Mustapha, confirmed the recapture of the town by Boko Haram.

He also alleged that 600 women and girls had been dispatched by the terrorists, as suicide bombers, with the aim of causing multiple explosions in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

The Deputy Governor, who had to cut short his official engagements in Abuja to attend to the situation in the State,  said residents must be patient with the security agencies in spite of the attendant hardships caused by the dusk to dawn curfew.

There was an attack on Kayamla village on Wednesday. The attackers launched the offensive through an area called “Cashew Plantation” behind Giwa Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army.

The attack by the insurgents and subsequent bombardment by the military had resulted to an earlier 24 hour curfew declaration, which was later relaxed to 12 noon to 5:00pm.

Counter-terrorism operations have continued in the north-east. The military had pushed out the terrorists from Adamawa and Yobe States, with concentration now on the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, a major stronghold of the terrorists.

Oil Marketers Demand Payment Of Outstanding 200bn Naira

fuel scarcityThere seems to be no end in sight to the fuel scarcity crisis triggered by the demand by oil marketers for the payment of subsidy funds, with the marketers demanding for the payment of 200 billion Naira the government still owes them.

An official of the Oil Marketers’ union in Nigeria told Channels Television on Friday that the union was only ‘demanding that the money marketers are owed should be paid’.

The Executive Secretary of the Major Oil Marketers Association, Mr Obafemi Olawoore, said three jetties controlled by the union in Apapa, Lagos State, were discharging fuel, but stressed that lack of fund had affected the importation of petroleum products.

There are three discharging points. The third is a vessel belonging to the Pipelines And Product Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

We Want The Money

“It is not that we are not bringing in fuel. The problem is that we are not bringing enough and the reason we are not bringing enough is simple. If you pay 154 [billion Naira] out of out of 354 [billion Naira] you are left with 200 [billion Naira]. That is not up to 50 per cent.

“What we are saying is that we should make attempt to pay. Banks should agree to open their of lines of credit so that we can access funds and bring in more products while the government talks to us.

“As we speak, nobody is talking, so we do not know the thinking of anybody. There is no crime in asking for the money. They are owing us some money and we want the money,” Mr Olawoore said.

The effects of the lingering fuel crises has continued to ‎make life difficult for many Nigerians, with few service stations selling fuel above the official pump price of 87 Naira.

In Lagos State, workers are facing traffic jam in different routes leading to the Island. Tanker drivers waiting to get petroleum products have packed on the major roads leading to Apapa.

On the solution to the challenge, Mr Olawoore insisted that the deregulation of the petroleum sector should be fully implemented.

Earlier, the Federal Ministry of Finance said it had paid the sum of 156 billion Naira to oil marketers.

The Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister and Minister of Finance, Paul Nwabuikwu, gave the figures in a statement on Thursday, April 30.

The Ministry explained that the payment was in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to prioritising payment to marketers in spite of revenue constraints.

NEMA Distributes Relief Materials To Plateau Communities

internally-displaced-persons-NEMA (1)Members of the communities affected by militia attacks in some villages in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau state have received relief materials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The materials is expected to cushion the effect of the attack as well as bring succour to the people.

Items presented to the displaced persons by NEMA, include food stuff, clothing, bedding materials as well as roofing materials for those that their houses were destroyed.

A Member of the House of Representatives in Langtan North/South Constituency assured the people of an investigative panel by the legislature, with a view to curb future occurrence and also exploit all avenues of reporting the matter to the human rights commissions for investigation.

A resident of Kadarko, Yakman Useni, who lost his house and farm produce commended the efforts of government in bringing succour to the people affected by the attack.

Other residents expressed delight that the National Assembly will launch an investigation to unravel the immediate causes of the attack on these villages. They also expect the findings and recommendations be implemented and those indicted are appropriately punished to serve as deterrent to others.

Romanian Teenager Gets Burnt While Trying To Take ‘Selfie’

romanian teenagerA  Romanian teenager, Anna Ursu, has died from severe burns after touching a live wire while trying to take a “Selfie” at the roof of a train. 

The teenager and her friend went to a train station in the Northeastern part of the country, to take a photograph she intended to post on Facebook.

While trying to take the picture as she laid on top of the train and stuck one of her legs in the air, an electrical field surrounding the overhead cables sent 27,000 volts through her body.

As she burst into flames, a passer-by who saw the horrific accident risked his own life by scrambling on top of the carriage to extinguish the girl’s burning clothes before phoning the emergency services.

The electric charge that hit her body caused her friend who is 17 year old to fly off the roof of the stationary train.

Efforts by the passer-by to save Ursu (18yr old) was aborted as she later died in the hospital where both teenagers had been airlifted to with up to 50% of her body burnt.

The friend of the late Ursu is trying to recover in the hospital. She told investigators that the pair had wanted to get the ‘ultimate selfie’ and hadn’t stopped to think of the danger.

The passer-by who witnessed the accident explained he had been going for a walk when he spotted the girls playing on top of the carriage.

Aware of the dangers of the live wire, the man said that he called out to the teenagers to keep their heads and legs down.

However, seconds later he heard a loud bang and turned to see Miss Ursu burst into flames.

A hospital spokesman said that although the girl hadn’t directly touched the wire, she had come in to contact with its electrical field, which was very deadly.

IPMAN Attribute Hike In Fuel Price To Non-Functional Depots

Fuel-scarcityThe Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN) in Ondo State has attributed the high price of fuel in the state to the non-functioning of the oil depot in the state .

IPMAN also added that the additional cost of lifting refined products from independent depots in Lagos adds to the factors responsible for the fuel price hike in the state.

The Chairman of IPMAN, Ore Depot, Ondo State, Bayo Olowookere and the ‎Public Relations Officer of the Western zone of IPMAN, Lateef Jayeola, stated these in a separate interviews with journalists in Akure, the state capital.

Mr Olowookere revealed that the quantity of fuel being supplied by the depots to Ondo State is not enough to meet the demands of consumers.

He added that the fear of impending industrial action by oil workers also contributed to panic buying by consumers.

Mr Jayeola on his part said the fuel being sold in the state is not directly allocated, as independent marketers in the state buy fuel for as high as N100 per litre from depots in Lagos and cannot afford to sell at the official pump price of N87 per litre‎.

Constitution Amendment: Senate Suspends Plan To Overturn Jonathan’s Veto

Constitution AmendmentThe Senate has suspended its plan to overturn President Goodluck Jonathan’s veto of the amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

The Senate had started the process of overturning President Jonathan’s veto as it scheduled the Constitutional Amendment Bill for first reading on the order paper for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Senate has resolved to challenge the order of the Supreme Court which demanded that the status quo be maintained in the disagreement between the President and the Senate over the Amendment of the 1999 Constitution. The President had approached the Supreme Court seeking an end to the move by the Senate to override his veto of some sections of the 1999 Constitution amended by the lawmakers.

Two of the reasons which President Jonathan gave for vetoing the fresh amendments is that the National Assembly infringed on executive powers and also did not comply with the constitutional provisions in the amendment of the Constitution.

The Senate majority leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, however disagreed and blamed the executive for not voicing its concerns earlier.

The Constitution Amendment Bill may suffer the same fate which befell it in the 5th Assembly where the bill was thrown out in one fell swoop by former President Obasanjo.

Although the Senate intends to challenge the order of the Supreme Court, it is not  clear how far it can go given the fact that it has less than a month to the expiration of the Seventh Assembly.

Police Arrest Four Members Involved In Lekki Robbery

police on Lekki robbery Four suspected members of the gang that robbed a new generation bank in Lekki, Lagos State, in March have been arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos Command.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the gang members were arrested in Lagos, Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Delta State, after series of investigations that led them within and outside the country.

The Armed Robbers had attacked a bank along Admiralty Way, Lekki, killing three policemen and a teenage fish hawker in a deadly shoot-out.

Channels Television gathered that the robbers, in their bid to escape through the link bridge to Ikoyi after robbing the bank, encountered the policemen.

After the robbery, the police said investigations had started, promising to arrest those behind the attack that left four persons dead.

It was also gathered that two Iphones stolen from the scene of robbery were recovered.

Meanwhile, efforts are still on to arrest other members of the gang that killed three police men and a female trader during their operation.



Cross River Receives Monorail Trains To Link Summit Hills And Tinapa

MonorailThe Cross River State government has taken delivery of two monorail trains which will link the Summit Hills and Tinapa, thus bringing the Business and Leisure Resort closer to Calabar metropolis.

Receiving the passenger coaches of the train, the Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, said that the Monorail line was a project that had been on the books of Cross River State for many years, expressing his excitement  to see that the trains are finally delivered to site.

Governor Imoke, toasting to the newest tourism attraction in the state, explained that the monorail, which will run across two artificial lake, would open up employment opportunities for locals in the state.

He told reporters that an agreement had been signed with technical partners to ensure locals were trained to maintain the equipment when they take over.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ponent, the constructing firm, Mr Hahn Wolfgang, said though some materials were still being expected on site, they had undertaken 80 per cent construction work.

President Jonathan Thanks Nigerians In Farewell Service

 jonathanThe Anglican Communion has held  a special thanksgiving and farewell  service in honour of President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Dame Patience Jonathan. 

The farewell service was attended by their friends and well wishers, held at the Cathedral Church of Advent Life Camp Gwarimpa, Abuja.

In his message to Nigerians after the service, President Goodluck Jonathan says he attained the  political positions he held in Nigeria not because of hard work but because of favour from God and that he is happy to exit fulfilled.

He  said  the decision to concede defeat was not an easy one but that he saw no reason why anyone should shed  blood because of his political ambition

The president prayed for the success of the incoming administration  and pledged  that as long as he lives he will continue to do his best for  peace to reign in the country..

Rescued Woman Says Boko Haram Fed Her With Rice And Oil

rescued womanA rescued Boko Haram captive, Aishatu, has narrated her experience in the hands of insurgents that took her away to Sambisa Forest, saying she was ‘fed with rice and oil’.

She was living her life normally before April 9, 2014, when members of the terrorist group raided her community and took her away with her husband and six children.

Channels Television met her in one of the displaced camps for the rescued 275 women and children in Malcoi, Yola South Local Government Area or Adamawa State in north-east Nigeria.

“Life has not been the same with me,” she said, as she shared her horrible experience.

Fed With White Rice And Oil

“They took me at night around 2.00am on April 9, 2014. Myself, my husband and children were inside the compound.

“They took my husband away and I don’t know where he is, they brought me and my children into the Sambisa forest, we spent two months inside Sambisa forest, then they took us to another village where we spent the wet season.

“We were taken to another village in Gwoza where we spent one month, but we did not see the Chibok girls, it was a week after they took us to the Sambisa forest they took the Chibok girls, we did not see each other.

“We were fed with white rice and oil but nobody touched us or came near us except the boy that usually gives us food and water. We were about 18 in the village.

“They carried away two of my children (boys) till now I have not seen them together with my neighbour’s children,” she said.

Tornado kills One In North Texas

A tornado killed one person in a rural part of north Texas on Saturday and destroyed at least two houses, a local emergency official said, just days after a series of twisters tore through several Great Plains states.

The twister touched down about 5 miles (8 km) south of the town of Cisco, an area of farms and small ranches, where it traveled in a straight line and tore through several houses in its path, said Eastland County Judge Rex Fields, the local emergency management coordinator.

One person was killed by the twister, Fields said. He could not immediately provide more information on the victim.

At least two houses were destroyed in the area about 130 miles (210 km) west of Dallas, and other dwellings might have been damaged, Fields said. Roads were partly flooded because of the storm, he said.

“We can’t exactly tell what all we’ve got just yet,” Fields said. “We don’t even have everybody accounted for.”

tornadoIn eastern Colorado, three tornadoes touched down in rural areas on Saturday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina. There were no reports of injuries or property damage from the weak twisters, he said.

“These touched down on the Eastern Plains where there is a lot of open space,” Kalina said.

Tornadoes also touched down on Saturday in western Kansas and on the border with Oklahoma and Texas, but no injuries were immediately reported, said meteorologist Liz Leitman of the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center.

Residents in parts of Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas had been bracing for severe thunderstorms that could spawn tornadoes, after the weather service issued a warning of an enhanced risk of twisters along with hail, strong winds and flash floods.

But the instability capable of generating strong supercell storms that produce major tornadoes did not materialize on Saturday afternoon, lessening the effects of the severe weather, Leitman said.

Another band of storms was due over the same region on Sunday, but was not expected to be as severe, forecasters said.

On Wednesday, a weather system battered a region from Texas to Nebraska and produced dozens of reported tornadoes, including several that touched down in Oklahoma, causing one death, injuring 12 and flattening buildings.

Tornado season in the Southern Plains states normally lasts from May to early June.