Shell Confirms Attack On Facility In Nigeria’s Niger Delta

Shell Niger Delta facility attackThe Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, operator of the SPDC JV, has confirmed an attack on its export pipeline in the Niger Delta region.

The company says it noticed a leak from the 48inch Forcados export pipeline at a location between shoreline and the Forcados terminal in the western Niger Delta.

Shell’s confirmation is coming on the heels of a reported attack on the pipeline in the early hours of Friday.

Shell says it is yet to fully evaluate the potential impact and damage to the pipeline resulting from this latest incident.

“We have, however, mobilised appropriate oil spill response measures and will be conducting a joint investigation visit to the leak site with relevant stakeholders.

“We are currently focused on securing the pipeline to protect the environment.

“Given this latest incident and the wider security situation in the Niger Delta, we are unable to determine probable timing of resumption of exports from the Forcados terminal,” a statement by Shell said.

SPDC is the operator of the export line on behalf of the joint venture partners comprising NNPC which has 55 stake, SPDC 30%, Total E&P Nigeria Ltd 10% and Nigerian Agip Oil Company 5%.

A militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, had earlier on Friday claimed it attacked oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.

The group said through its Twitter account that it had blown up a pipeline in Bayelsa State owned by Italy’s ENI, hours after attacks on another ENI pipeline as well as one belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC).

The group said it had blown up the Brass to Tebidaba crude oil line in Bayelsa.

It said it had “warned the SPDC not to go ahead with repair works but they refuse”.

Militancy has resurged in Nigeria’s Niger Delta in the last few weeks, with the Niger Delta Avengers attacking oil facilities in the region.

They had said they would bring oil exploration in the region to a zero level.

They are demanding for the region’s independence.

But President Muhammadu Buhari had asked security agencies to protect oil facilities in the the region and end attacks by the militant group.


False Assets Declaration: First Witness Testifies In Orubebe’s Trial

OrubebeThe first prosecution witness in the trial of former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godsday Orubebe, on Thursday testified.

The witness, Mr Samuel Madojemu, said the former minister failed to declare Plot 2057 Cadastral Zone, Asokoro, a property he owns in Abuja.

Speaking under cross examination, he added that a document obtained by him from the FCT Land Registry as the investigator for the tribunal, indicates that there were three plots of land allocated to Orubebe out of which he declared only two.

He said the plot in question, which was allocated to the former minister on April 10, 2011, was not declared as at the time he was leaving office as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and at the end of tenure declaration document signed by him on April 27, 2011.

The witness said there was no place in the asset declaration form where Mr Orubebe indicated that the said plot was given to him by the federal government free of charge.

He testified under re-examination by prosecutor, Mohammed Diri, that he invited the defendant via telephone to come and clarify issues regarding the said plot, an invitation he failed to honour and reason for which, the prosecution says he should be held accountable .

But the defense counsel, Larry Selekowei, who ascertained during cross-examination of the witness that he did not confirm in his investigation that the documents were delivered to the former minister before his declaration of assets, insists there is no credible evidence against his client.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, has adjourned the case till Tuesday, May 24 for cross examination of the second prosecution witness.

Mr Orubebe is being charged by the Code of Conduct Bureau for alleged failure to declare landed property in Kyamu and Asokoro District, both in Abuja, on assumption of office as minister on September 26, 2007.

In the other counts, Mr Orubebe is also facing charges of allegedly accepting bribes totalling 70 million naira from one Pastor Jonathan Alota for the award of contracts in favour of his company.


Orubebe Accuses Jega Of Being Tribalistic, Selective And Partial

Godsday Orubebe

Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe on Tuesday accused the Chairman of the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega of being ” tribalistic, selective and partial” in dealing with issues of irregularities raised during the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Mr Orubebe was speaking during the resumed announcement of the elections result in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He alleged that Prof Jega swiftly set up a committee to look into issues raised about the results in Rivers state by the All Progressives Congress, APC and slowly responded to PDP raised issues.

“We have raised issues about results in Kano, in Kaduna, Jigawa and Katsina and yet you have done nothing about it. You are biased. You are partial. You are tribalistic.

“Jega you have been compromised, we are no longer confident in you,” Orubebe said while causing a scene at the centre.

The ex-Minister also accused Jega of handing out results to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to publish on its site.

He also noted that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s will reject the results being announced INEC.

However, in a swift reaction, the professor of Political Science responded to the allegations raised by the former minister.