Inflated Fuel Price: PPPRA Threatens Shut Down Of Filling Stations

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, has threatened to shut down any filling station in the country selling petrol above 97 Naira per litre.

The agency has also given an assurance that it has not approved any increase in the price of the product, neither are there any plans to do so.

The Executive Secretary of the PPPRA, Farouk Ahmed said: “The petroleum products regulatory agency hereby assures Nigerians that the official pump price of Premium Motor Spirit remains 97 naira per litre, as the agency has not approved any pump price increase.”

He added that there were sufficient quantities of the product in the country to guarantee uninterrupted supply, and that all petroleum marketers should release products in their tanks and depots for sale.

To ensure compliance with its directive, the PPPRA said that it would be working with the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to monitor the situation at all retail outlets.

The agency also assured Nigerians that the official pump price of petrol remains 97 naira per litre.

In a statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Mr Farouk Ahmed, the agency  made clarification following reports that some petroleum marketers are hoarding petroleum products in the vain anticipation of fuel price increase.

The statement further explained that there are sufficient products country to guarantee uninterrupted fuel supply and motorists are therefore advised to shun panic-buying.

Mr Ahmed also added that loading of products has been uninterrupted in all NNPC depots across the country.

The agency directed all petroleum marketers to release for sale products in their tanks and depots and at the officially approved pump price.

The agency promised to work with the Department of Petroleum Resources to ensure compliance at all retail outlets in the country.

Anambra Swears-In New LG Chairmen

Twenty Local Government Chairmen and their deputies have been sworn-in in Awka, the Anambra State Capital by the State Governor, Peter Obi.

This follows a clean sweep of the Anambra State Local Government election over the weekend.

The newly elected chairmen and their deputies were later given their Certificates of Return by the Chairman of the State Electoral Commission.

This is the first local council election in Anambra State since 1998.

Although, there were many calls for the postponement of the elections, it held on Saturday, January 11, and has been described by many as free and fair.


Money Laundering Charges: Change Of Counsel Stalls Lagos Speaker’s Trial

The trial of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, was on Tuesday stalled by a change of counsel.

Ikuforiji is standing trial before the Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly laundering over 339million Naira. The charges were brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC alleged that he and one of his aides, one Oyebode Atoyebi accepted various cash sums on behalf of the State House of Assembly without going through a financial institution.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Wole Olanipekun, told Justice Ibrahim Buba, that he had just been briefed by the Speaker to take over the case from the previous counsel, Tayo Oyetibo.

While no reason was given for the change of counsel, the new counsel however asked the court for time to study the case file in order to adequately prepare for the defence of his client.

Although, Counsel to the EFCC, Godwin Obla, had expressed his readiness to proceed with the trial, he did not oppose the motion for an adjournment.

The counsel merely expressed regret that the Nigerian Constitution did not make any provision for a demand for cost.

After listening to both lawyers, Justice Buba was forced to cancel Wednesday and Friday, January 8 and 10, 2014 which he had earlier fixed for the continuation of the trial. The case was then adjourned till the March 17.

Ogun Police Arrest Notorious South West Armed Robbers

Police vanThe Ogun State Police Command has arrested 3 members of a gang of robbers believed to be members of Godogodo, a notorious armed robber terrorizing the South West states, including Kogi, Kwara and Benin Republic  who was arrested by the Lagos Police Command some months back.

According to the Police Commissioner, the suspects are believed to be members of the notorious gang terrorizing the South West states and beyond.

In the ensued exchange of gun fire, three members of the gang were killed, while items such as 2 AK 47 riffles, 2 cut to size double barrel, 2 live cartridges, charms and two packets of Lexomil tablets were recovered by the police.

Members of the gang, led by 32 year old  Adegoke Kasali  have however confessed to having participated in the killing of 5 policemen in Abeokuta last year, killing of former VIO commander, 4 vigilante members, and snatching of bullion van which led to the death of 3 policemen.

The 3 suspects were arrested at Obele area of Ogun State, a boundary town between Nigeria and Cotonou.

Vote PDP Out, Oshiomhole Urges Nigerians

Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has called on Nigerians to change the PDP Federal Government if they are not satisfied with their performance the past 14 years.

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said this at opening ceremony of the Benin Branch, Nigerian Bar Association, Law week in Benin City.

Governor Oshiomhole also berated the NBA President for calling for proscription of the Nigerian Governors Forum which is a negation of the constitutional provision of freedom of association describing the action as proof of corruption.

“One of the fundamental rights of every person, including Governors, Presidents, is the right of association. If Presidents have the right to African Union, to United Nation, to all the other formal and informal gathering, how can the President of a learned community suggest that the NGF be proscribed on account of difficulties whether sixteen is more than nineteen, although he is unable to provide the answer. If we unlearned people don’t know, the learned people should know.  Then if learned people don’t know that nineteen is more than sixteen, then I suggest that all of you should be proscribed.”

“I want to submit that the environment and the overall circumstances known and unknown that led the NBA President to call for the freezing of the right of Governors to associate borders on corrupt practice”, he added.

He maintained “I thought that given the role of the Bar in our history, if privileged people like the Governors went for an election and they have voted and the loser is being declared as the winner and the winner is being declared as the loser and NBA says scrap it, then there is a problem.

“Anybody who keeps quite in the face of compelling facts is not doing  the nation any good.  In any case, I do not need the Governors Forum to do what I have to do.  All I need is the Edo Forum”, he said.

The Governor who was responding to a keynote address delivered by Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN) challenged the bar to speak up against the alleged 600 barrels per day stolen crude.

Governor Oshiomhole also called for the review of the revenue allocation formula in favour of the state since it is closer to the people.

Responding to the challenge of development in Nigeria after fourteen years of democratic governance Oshiomhole advised that Nigerians to change the government.

Earlier Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN) who gave the keynote address titled “Democracy and Socio Economic Imbalance in Nigeria; Role of the Law”, lamented the growing corruption and the dearth of the education sector in Nigeria.

He further said Democracy has been rated as the best system of Government adding that it is a system that allows citizens to participate directly in governance.

Deliberations will continue for the remainder of the week on issues bothering on democratic governance and the law and the challenges of women in politics among others.

FG To Monitor Constituency Projects

In a bid to ensure that contracts are executed according to specifications, the Federal Government has announced plans to monitor constituency projects initiated by members of the National Assembly.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Govermental Affairs, Kabiru Turaki says the Federal Government is committing N100 billion into constituency projects of legislators, adding that the need to monitor the execution of such projects has become imperative.

He added that the government is determined to ensure that the country is evenly developed through functional projects that are capable of impacting positively on the lives of Nigerians.

Police arrests robber/kidnap gang in Imo

The state commissioner of police Abubakar Jingiri said the suspects were apprehended when a team of mobile police attached to the Ogwuta division.
The Imo state police command has arrested a gang suspected to be kidnappers and armed robbers who allegedly have been carrying out series of kidnaps and armed robberies in parts of the state within the past three months.

Parading the suspects at the police headquarters in Owerri, the state commissioner of police Abubakar Jingiri said the suspects were apprehended when a team of mobile police attached to the Ogwuta division, in Ogwuta local government area of the state got information from members of the public that the suspects were at their native’s doctor’s residence where they have come to collect charms.

“I am happy to inform the members of the public that with good information from good Samaritans, we have succeeded in getting some suspects in the police net,” Mr Jingiri said.

He said that the suspects have been on the run for the period of three months and have been terrorising several communities in Ogwuta including the police force.

“Consequent on their activities, I lost three police men,” the commissioner said.

Mr Jingiri said police officers were able to recover “three Ak-47, grenade launchers, 9 missles (rocket head), and ten magazines.” He said the robbers were arrested while riding on a black Toyota jeep

The leader of the gang Chibueze Okoronta from Isiala Mbano was arrested along with other members of the gang including a native doctor.

Judge summons Senator Igbeke over forgery

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday ordered Alphonsus Ubanesse Igbeke, the Senator representing Anambra North senatorial district to appear before it to answer charges of forgery.

The Attorney General of the Federation in a suit “the Federal Republic of Nigeria vs.Senator Alphonsus Igbeke,” filed a two-count of criminal forgery and perjury against Mr Igbeke.

The suit, with charge number FHC/ABJCF/44/11 reveals that Mr Igbeke allegedly forged the senatorial primary result sheet for the People Democratic Party (PDP) of Anambra North senatorial district.

According to the fake result sheet, the embattled Senator was adjudged winner, having polled One thousand one hundred and seventy three (1,173) votes, while John Emeka (Jnr) came a distant third with One hundred and fifty six (156) votes.

The two count charge against Mr Igbeke reads:

COUNT ONE: That you, Alphonsus Uba Igbeke (M) on or about the 21st day of January, 2011 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria, did make a forged document described as the Senatorial Primary Result Sheet for People Democratic Party(PDP) of Anambra North Zone Knowing it to be false to wit: you falsely represented the votes scored by the aspirants as follows:

John Emeka (Jnr) – 1562

Chief A Igbeke – 1173

Chief Dennis Odife – 154

Hon Uzoka Okwudili – 345

Hon Celestine Ughnaze – 297

Chief Tony Nnacheta – 25

COUNT TWO: That you, Alphonsus Uba Igbeke (M) on or about the 21st day of January, 2011 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria, did make a forged document described as the Senatorial Primary Result Sheet for People Democratic Party (PDP) of Anambra North Zone Knowing it to be false to wit: you falsely represented the votes scored by the aspirants as follows:

John Emeka (Jnr) – 156

Chief A Igbeke – 1,173

Chief Dennis Odife – 154

Hon Uzoka Okwudili – 345

Hon Celestine Ughnaze – 297

Chief Tony Nnacheta – 25

With intent that it may be used by yourself to buttress your prayer to the Federal High Court in Suit No.FHC/ABJ/CS/189/2011/ to be declared winner of the Senatorial Party Primary to the prejudice of John Emeka the real winner and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2)(c) of the miscellaneous Offences Act 2004 and punishable under Section 1(2)of the said act.

Justice Adamu Bello, who ruled on the application, countered the application of opposing counsel on whether the defendant’s motion to quash charges against him can be considered without arraignment and taking of plea.

The Judge, after considering the arguments by counsel – ordered that until the accused person is arraigned in court he cannot seek the indulgence of the court to hear his motion to quash charges against him.

Justice Bello further ruled that the accused must first appear in court to take his plea, and any objection on jurisdiction cannot be raised before arraignment.

On the application of the prosecution for a bench warrant to compel the accused person to appear in court, he urged that the first step is to issue a court summons to the accused. Failure to respond to the summons will then lead to a bench warrant being issued.

The trial judge then adjourned the case to 22nd of May 2012.