Buhari, Alafin Of Oyo Discuss Militancy In Niger Delta, Insurgency

Alafin of Oyo and Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Avenger militancy and Insurgency in north east President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday held talks with the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

Addressing reporters after the meeting, the Alafin said they deliberated on problems facing Nigeria, including the militancy in the Niger Delta and insurgency in the northeast.

According to him, President Buhari has requested that traditional rulers in Nigeria should convey their advice on problems in the nation in writing.

The Alafin said one major diplomatic point the president scored recently was the visit of the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry.

“America does not usually send top officers for such visits if they have not used certain parameters to gauge the country’s performance,” he stated.

President Buhari had told Mr Kerry at a meeting that his administration would institutionalise the anti-corruption war to ensure it would last beyond his current tenure in office.

On the outcome of the Thursday meeting, Oba Adeyemi decried what he called huge resources that were lost to the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers and commended the Federal Government for stopping them from the invasion of the south-west, especially Lagos State.

He expressed joy that the Federal Government responded immediately to wipe out the threat.

The Alafin further told reporters that normalcy had since returned to Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos State and Ogun State where militants’ criminal activities were beginning to surge.

Nigeria’s crude oil output had dropped by 700,000 barrels per day to 1.56 million bpd, as a result of attacks on oil installations largely carried out by the Niger Delta Avengers.

The group has, however, agreed to stop attacks on the facilities, while it will hold negotiations with the Federal Government.

Air Force Strikes Arepo Again

Air Force, Niger Delta, ArepoThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has again on Monday struck at criminal hideouts and camps harbouring pipeline vandals at Arepo and environs.

According to a statement by the Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the latest air strike is in continuation of the aerial bombardment commenced by the NAF on Thursday, July 28 to rid the affected areas of pipeline vandals and other criminal elements.

The statement further said that the ongoing air operations are aimed at providing air support for the joint task force recently set-up by the Defence Headquarters to dislodge pipeline vandals in the south west region of the country in an operation codenamed ‘Operation Awatse’.

Amosun Commends Military Action Against Militants’ Activities At Arepo

Militants' Threats, Ibikunle Amosun, Military Action, ArepoThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has ordered the immediate clearing of about 500 metres of bush around the creeks of Arepo area of the state.

This is to ensure better security around the place which has witnessed activities of militants in recent times.

He gave the order while on an on-the-spot assessment of the area allegedly sacked by suspected militants from the creeks as well as pipeline vandals.

The Governor, while commending the federal government for its prompt response to security threats around some communities within the state, expressed the commitment of his administration towards providing adequate security to bring normalcy to those areas.

According to the residents, suspected militants have made life unbearable for them.

The State Governor admonished the security personnel posted to the place not to drop the ball just as he ordered the immediate clearing of the bushes around the creeks to ensure better security.

The Governor, who visited in company of security chiefs, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his prompt response to the challenges of the suspected militants terrorizing the affected communities.

Some level of calm returned to Arepo community in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State after a special security apparatus was recently deployed to contain the activities of suspected militants in the area.

Arepo Military Bombardment: Residents Express Fear Of Reprisal

Military-Militants-ArepoThe residents of Arepo community in Ogun State have appealed to military authorities to save them from annihilation.

The plea follows the bombardment of the area in southwest Nigeria, as the military promises not to spare militants and vandals damaging the nation’s pipelines.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that dozens of people have been killed over the weekend as missiles were fired by the military, which flew across the creek dropped sporadically.

But the residents are now living in fear over what they call “a likely reprisal attack by the militants”, most of whom are said to be Ijaws.

“The bombardment began on Thursday evening with one missile released but on Friday evening, another missile was fired at the community,” an eyewitness said.

Ogun Police Parade Three Suspected Militants

police parade, Suspected MilitantsThe Ogun State Police Command has paraded three suspected militants alleged to have participated in the series of attacks on riverine communities in Arepo, Ogijo and Warewa.

Several lives were recently lost during series of attacks and property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

While parading the suspects at the State Police Headquarter in Abeokuta, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, told journalists that modalities were being put in place by the Command to commence aerial patrol of vulnerable communities.

He said that the modalities would especially affect riverine communities where activities of vandals and militants are being currently felt.

The CP also lamented that the rate of cultism, especially among the youths in the Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo and Ijebu Ode areas of the state was worrisome.

The Police also paraded other suspects for various offences ranging from cultism, murder, kidnapping and impersonation.

Some of the suspects confessed to the crimes they were being paraded for.

Police Deploy Special Unit To Arepo-Ibafo To Flush Out Criminals

Police, Public Peace, PDPThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, June 30, 2016 deployed a Tactical Operation Unit to flush out vandals and other criminal elements operating in Arepo and Ibafo areas of Ogun State.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, the team comprises the Police Mobile Force, the Counter-Terrorism Unit with the back-up of an Air Surveillance Team.

IGP Ibrahim Idris said that the deployment of the Unit to Arepo/Ibafo is to ensure that normalcy returns to the areas in record time.

“The IGP also said that the Nigeria Police Force will not watch any criminal group or groups take the law into their hands, he therefore authorized the Unit to deal decisively with anyone who constitutes himself an enemy of the State, while asking law-abiding citizens of the area to return home and go about their normal businesses,” the PPRO said.

Arepo and Ibafo in Ogun State have been in the news due to anti-social behaviours of miscreants.

In another development, the Nigeria Police Force has arrested one Aloysius Ebiniko, said to be the kingpin of the armed gang that abducted and murdered Col. Samaila Inusa on March 27, 2016 in Kaduna, Kaduna State.

The arrest of Aloysius Ebiniko was made possible as a result of a credible technical intelligence employed by the Police after a confessional statement of a member of the gang earlier arrested.

Aloysius Ebiniko will soon be arraigned in court as those earlier arrested in connection with the crime had been arraigned and are remanded in Prison custody.

Amnesty: More Militants Ready To Surrender

Niger Delta militants amnestyMore militants from the Niger delta region of Nigeria and Arepo in the south-west have indicated interest to surrender their arms and embrace the amnesty programme.

The National Coordinator and Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty, Mr Paul Boro, told reporters about the militant’s decision on Wednesday.

According to him, the amnesty programme has contributed to the relative peace that is now enjoyed in the Niger delta region, as over 30,000 youths from the region had been captured by the program since 2009.

He attributed the willingness of the militants to surrender their arms to the successes that the programme had recorded in the last six years.

“It is a programme that had to do with a case-load of 30,000 persons that were captured in 2009, but as we speak, we are happy that it is succeeding and exit strategy is in place,” he stressed.

On the exit strategy Mr Boro said that over 3,000 ex-militants had been trained as entrepreneurs through the program.

“By that strategy, beneficiaries of this programmes have received business set-up and starter-packs.

“Since I took over, I have come up with pragmatic steps towards ensuring stability in Niger delta region.

“It is more so that you hear of some persons wanting to disarm.

“I am making a letter now to Arepo in Lagos to the higher appropriate authority to allow for disarmament at Arepo. There are also some elements that want to do same in Delta State, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom State,” the National Coordinator and Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty explained.

According to him, some of those persons willing to disarm are displaced from Bakassi.

“Some are armed and willing to disarm as well.”

Mr boro pointed out that it was a good thing for Nigeria generally that militants want to disarm, insisting that Nigeria should not be a country with arms all over.

Shocking Discoveries As Kachikwu Inspects Oil Pipelines In Lagos

pipelinesThe Minister of State for Petroleum Resources on Monday, visited the pipeline network in Robert village around the Atlas cove in Lagos State.

Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s visit to Nigeria’s commercial capital was part of his tour of the country, to assess the pipeline network across the states, especially the notorious ones.

His next port of call would be the Arepo area in Ogun State which has remained a haven for pipeline vandals.

The most vandalised line is the ‘Systems 2B Network’, which starts all the way from the Atlas cove through Arepo to Mosimi and then to Ibadan in Oyo State.

Shocking Discoveries

At Roberts Island, a village off Lagos waters near Atlas Cove, the wanton act of oil-pipeline-vandalism-sabotage-2sabotage was clearly evident as the village has practically set up a distribution hub for petrol by perforating the pipelines.

Hundreds of jerry cans and work tools used in perforating pipelines and siphoning products were discovered buried under the sand.

It appeared all dwellers in the community had a role in the vandalism and a worried Dr Kachikwu could not hide his disappointment.

“I must say that I was very disillusion to find this discovery but much as I was happy that it was found, it just took a lot of wind off my sail in the sense of what next and who knows how many more have not been discovered.

Jerry cans and work tools used in perforating pipelines and siphoning products

“At the end of the day, the responsibility for protecting the assets of Nigerians must lie in the hands of Nigerians.

“There is no magic that I have that I am going to be able to deliver zero incident environment, given the number of attacks we are getting everywhere but at the end of the day, communities like these ones must begin to rise up and say this is just not right.”

Refineries To Resume Production

It was barely two weeks that militants forced the shutdown of two of the nation’s refineries and a power cut of about 1,000 megawatts by blowing up a pipeline, but the cheering news is that a truce has been reached with the community and repair work would resume.

The Minister said that there had also been some guarantees from the communities for protection and that in the next one month, the refineries would resume production.

He also said that the issues of vandalism and falling prices in the oil sector could be a blessing in disguise for Nigeria if the country engages effective management systems across board.

Ogun Govt. Begins Asphalt Laying On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Lagos-IbadanThe Ogun State Government has commenced asphalt laying on the failed portion of the Lagos-Ibadan express being repaired by the state government.

This is to demonstrate its seriousness in ending the daily stress being experienced by road users and residents along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

A visit to the place revealed that an appreciable length has been covered in the ongoing palliative measure initiated by the state government

Supervising the exercise, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Lekan Adegbite, said that the project would be completed on record time.

He, however, debunked insinuations that the palliative measure is being carried out by a popular church along the expressway.

Nigerian Refineries Producing At 30 Per Cent, Says NNPC Boss

Emmanuel-Ibe-Kachikwu-nnpcThe Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said that NNPC would have sold all the refineries, but for the intervention of the President.

He told journalists in Lagos that the refineries are mostly producing at 30 per cent capacity, whereas he would have wished they were producing at a minimum capacity of 60 per cent.

The NNPC boss lamented the fact that the refineries had obsolete equipment as a result of their age, but added that his vision of making the corporation run like a company is refocusing the refineries.

Mr. Kachikwu also told journalists on Friday that as from Saturday, the Nigerian Army would begin to monitor the nation’s pipelines, beginning with the one in Arepo, Ogun State.

He further warned Nigerians against vandalising pipelines, saying it is the collective wealth of the nation.

Arepo Oil Vandals’ Attack Leaves Pregnant Woman Dead

ArepoA battle between some pipeline vandals and members of the Odua Peoples’ Congress has left a lady dead and four others hit by stray bullets from the fight which occurred at Arepo in Ogun State, South-West Nigeria.

Wednesday, April 28 was a sad day for the residents of Beachland Estate in Arepo as one of the residents and six months pregnant lady, Damilola, was said to have been hit on her way from the hospital where she had gone to visit her husband.

Although, it was not clear whose stray bullet killed Damilola, mourning residents of the estate, who shared their experience with with Channels Television, appealed to the government for improved security aid in their environment.

Days before the incident, the Nigerian Police had been withdrawn from protecting the pipelines and replaced by the OPC guards.

The building which used to be the security post for the protection of pipelines in the Arepo creeks had become dilapidated after the fight between the two combatants.

The Nigerian Police, however, said that it would wade into the crisis.

An amateur clip was obtained from an eyewitness which shows the pipeline vandals heading into the creek through Beachland Estate.

The video shows that the residential area, which is meters away from the Arepo creek, remains vulnerable to vandals’ attacks.

Pipeline Vandalization Will Soon Be History — Haruna

 The Managing Director of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, Mr Haruna Momoh has given assurance that the agency is set to bring to an end the incessant vandalism of NNPC pipeline at Arepo, Ogun state.

Speaking today on our breakfast programme, Sunrise, Mr Momoh disclosed that currently security agents are on ground manning the facility, and a lasting solution to the problem of vandalism will be found in three months’ time.

Watch interview for more details.