Vienna Shooting Leaves One Dead, Another Injured

An ambulance and police officers stand close to the crime scene where a person died and an other has been injured by gunshots in the historic center in Vienna, Austria, on December 21, 2018. 
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Vienna shooting leaves one dead, another has been seriously injured after shots were fired in the historic center of the Austrian capital Vienna, an ambulance service spokesman told AFP.

Police said a man fired several shots in the vicinity of a street called Lugeck in the city’s first district at 1:30 pm (1230 GMT).

It said that early indications pointed to a “targeted crime”.

“Following the shooting in the city center, there are intensive search operations going on throughout the city,” police said in a tweet.

“There is no danger to bystanders at this time!” it added.

A police helicopter hovered over the city center near where the two casualties were found.

Local media reported that several streets had been cordoned off and that police in bulletproof vests and helmets had been deployed.

One witness told the Kurier newspaper that the victims had been shot at in a passageway.

“There were two people lying on the ground, and the third guy was saying: ‘Brother, brother!’ in a Slavic language,” the witness said.

AFP

Former NNPC GMD, Mohammed Barkindo is New OPEC Secretary-General

BarkindoA former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mohammed Barkindo, is the new Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

He replaces Libya’s Abdalla El-Badri, who had completed full terms.

OPEC has been looking for a replacement for El-Badri, who was elected as acting Secretary-General in December until the end of July after serving full terms.

Oil ministers from the 13-member group of powerful oil producing countries met in Vienna, Austria on Thursday, July 2.

The consensus of all members, which in the past had sometimes been elusive, is required for the appointment of a new secretary-general.

Barkindo was the NNPC GMD from 2009 to 2010. He has also been an acting Secretary-Genmeral of OPEC in 2006.

The Federal Government nominated Mr Barkindo for the position citing his qualification and experience.

Kachikwu Replaces Diezani At OPEC Conference In Vienna

nnpcAs the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is set to meet in Vienna on Friday, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum, and head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has been named as the new conference President of the Organisation.

Dr. Kachikwu replaces Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke who was named the first female President of OPEC in November last year.

The minister is calling for a delay in Iran’s intended oversupply of crude oil in order to control pricing that has dropped near 20 percent in 2015.

Ahead of Friday’s meeting, US crude oil price climbed 1.40 percent early today trading at 40 Dollars 23 cents per barrel, Brent was up 48 cents at 42 Dollars 97 cents per barrel.

Ahead of Fridy’s meeting analysts expect OPEC whose 12 member nations from the Middle East, Africa and Latin America pump out about one third of the world’s oil, to leave its daily oil output target at 30 million barrels.

Leaders Make Progress In Talks On Syrian Conflict

Iranian exie campLeaders are said to be making much progress at their talks in Vienna, on the political crisis in Syria.

The meeting, which has Iran attending for the first time, is aimed at closing the gap between the United States (US) and its allies, who support the rebels, and the key foreign allies of the Syrian government, which are Russia and Iran.

Both countries have recently stepped up their military involvement in the four year conflict in Syria, backing the Syria military forces.

But the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab Nations have long insisted that Mr. Assad cannot play a long-term role in Syria’s future.

Iran’s Foreign Minister said that other powers have realised that there was no way of reaching ‘a reasonable solution’ to the Syrian conflict, without involving Tehran.

Syrian Crisis: Major Powers Hold Talks In Vienna

syrian crisisInitial talks to resolve the Syrian crisis is set to open in Vienna. This meeting seeks to bridge the gap between the United States (US) and its allies. 

Foreign powers backing rival sides in Syria’s civil war hope the meeting would also settle scores with those who support the rebels, and the key foreign allies of the Syrian government, Russia and Iran.

Iran is participating in the diplomatic talks for the first time.

United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has urged participants to show “flexibility” and “global leadership”.

The four-year-old war in Syria, which began with an uprising against Mr. Assad, has left 250,000 people dead and forced half the country’s population – or 11 million people – from their homes.

John Kerry Seeks End To Syria War

kerryThe United States (US) is intensifying diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Syria, even as it increases support for moderate rebels.

This is according to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, who is travelling to Vienna for talks with foreign ministers on ending the four-and-a-half year conflict.

Iran is for the first time taking part in such talks, which will also include Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Russia and Iran both support Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad but the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other gulf Arab nations insist he cannot play any long term role in the country’s future.

Foreign ministers from the UK, France, Germany, Egypt, Lebanon and the EU have also confirmed they would attend the meeting and other middle eastern power are also expected.

Omokore Visits EFCC

OmokoreThe Chairman of Atlantic Energy, Mr Olajide Omokore, has been explaining his encounter with the EFCC.

He told Channels Television that he visited the EFCC office in Abuja on his own volition and that he was not arrested or picked up by the commission’s agents.

He explained that during his long conversation, he was not told of any charges related to corruption or money laundering.

Reuters News Agency had reported that Mr Omokore was arrested for charges related to corruption and money laundering.

UK Court Seizes Diezani’s Money

DiezaniBritain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has obtained permission from the Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Marylebone Road, London to temporarily seize 27,000 pounds that is about $41,000 from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.

An Administrative Officer at Westminster Magistrates’ Court said that the NCA had applied to the court for an order to seize various sums of money in relation to Alison-Madueke and two other women for up to six months.

No details were given on the link between the three women.

Earlier reports on Monday suggested that the former minister had appeared in court, but this turned out to be incorrect.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke also failed to appear at the Charing Cross Police Station where she was expected to report on Monday according to reports from Friday night when she was granted bail.

Conflicting Reports Trail Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Court Appearance

Alison-MaduekeThere are conflicting reports about the appearance of Nigeria’s former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, at the Westminster Magistrate Court in London on Monday.

At the Charing Cross Police Station, in London on Monday, our correspondent, Doris Okenwa, did not see any sign of Mrs Alison-Madueke early in the morning.

She waited for several hours before also visiting the magistrate court without any trace of the former minister.

This afternoon, however, BBC correspondent, Sam Eiranty, tweeted that he sighted the former minister and her mother at the magistrate court early in the morning.

No detail was given as to whether she has been charged and when she is due to return to court.

Mrs Allison-Madueke was arrested on Friday morning but was granted bail and asked to return to court on Monday.

She was arrested by the National Crime Agency along with four other people and is being investigated for alleged bribery, corruption and money laundering.

She denied any wrong doing when accused by the then Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who is now the Emir of Kano, of alleged misappropriation of $20 billion oil money.

Mrs Alison-Madueke was Petroleum Minister between 2010 and 2015.

 

Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke Granted Bail

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Nigeria’s former Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was arrested in London on Friday, has been granted bail.

She was granted bail by a Magistrate Court in London after she had been detained for several hours.

Reports say that the former minister’s international passport has been seized.

The UK National Crime Agency on its official website says that its recently formed International Corruption Unit has arrested five people across London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences.

Mrs Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday along with four other persons in relation to corruption allegations being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency.

Meanwhile, the Presidency in Nigeria has declined to comment on the arrest of the former Petroleum Minister.

Presidency Silent On Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Arrest

Alison-Madueke The Presidency in Nigeria has declined to comment on the arrest of former Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.

When asked to confirm if the arrest was based on the request of the Nigerian Government, the response from the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, was “I will get back to you”.

Mrs Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday along with four other persons in relation to corruption allegations being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency.

Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke Arrested In UK

Diezani The immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been arrested in London.

Mrs Alison-Madueke was arrested along with four other persons in relation to corruption allegations being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency.

Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke has been in London for some time, reportedly on health grounds.

Under her watch the then CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, alleged missing funds in the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC), amounting to 20 billion dollars.

Few days ago at the UN General Assembly, President Muhammadu Buhari had made it clear that those who misappropriated billions of naira belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation would soon be prosecuted.

It is not yet known if Mrs Allison-Madueke’s arrest was based on a request from the Nigerian Government.

It was alleged earlier in the year that the former Petroleum Minister, who was one of the closest to the administration of former President Jonathan, would flee the country, to avoid being prosecuted over allegations of fraud, especially in the NNPC.

This was following the defeat of the former President at the Presidential election in April.

She, at the time, denied seeking asylum in any part of the world, stating that the Jonathan administration had done a lot in the Oil and Gas industry that cannot be rubbished by malicious claims.