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Port Harcourt Refinery Rehabilitation: Niger Delta Youths Protest Reappointment of Former MD

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Some Niger Delta youths Monday stormed the premises of Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited to protest what they described as the provocative extension of the tenure of the company’s former Managing Director, Mr. Ahmed Dikko. Mr Dikko’s tenure expired early this month.

They described the alleged extension of his tenure by two years by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, as grave injustice to the Niger Delta people and a deliberate and brazen move to marginalize the people of the South-South region.

In May this year, NNPC commenced the $1.5billion rehabilitation of the 210, 000 barrels per day refinery. The rehabilitation exercise is scheduled to be done in three phases of 18, 24 and 44 months.

The protesters, who expressed their profound gratitude to President Muhhammadu Buhari for the rehabilitation exercise, called on the President to call the GMD to order by stopping his policy of promoting the interest of the north at the expense of the long suffering people of the Niger Delta. The protesters wondered why the GMD reappointed a Managing Director who has served his tenure, and then went ahead to appoint another northerner, Sheikh Tanimu Mohammed as Executive Director, Operations, E.D.O.

The placard carrying youths want President Buhari to ensure that justice is done to the people of Niger Delta by appointing qualified indigenes of Niger Delta in the NNPC system to head the refinery and other key positions in the company.

Early this month, NNPC, in an exercise it said was aimed at strengthening and repositioning the corporation towards attaining global excellence and profitability embarked on a major restructuring that saw the redeployment of some of its top officials and retirement of others who were due for retirement.

Oil industry watchers contend that extending the tenure of the retired officials amount to bringing such officials back through the back door which defeats the objective of the restructuring exercise.

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LSSTF’s Balogun Tours EPAIL Facility, Commends Management for Contributions to Security

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The Executive Secretary/CEO of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun, has paid a visit to the Equipment and Protective Applications International Limited (EPAIL) mega factory, with the Chairman/CEO of EPAIL expressing delight at the Fund’s visit while conducting his guest on a tour of the facility.

During the visit, the ES witnessed the production of security equipment such as armored hard body for vehicles, ballistic plates, helmets, vests, etc. from scratch using locally sourced materials. A test was also conducted on one of the locally made crowd dispersal water cannon and other crowd control equipment.

Speaking on the visit, Balogun said: “The security challenges in the state continue to increase as a result of the harsh economic situation in the country hence the visitation which was in furtherance of the Fund’s commitment to continue to source for and provide the required equipment and home grown state of the art security gadgets and technological solutions that meet international standards, fit for our terrain and useable by security agencies to combat crime in the State.”

The LSSTF CEO also commended EPAIL Nigeria for its outstanding work and contributions in the area of security, noting that “The importance of a strong and formidable security outfit cannot be overemphasized as it is one of the hallmarks of a thriving society.  As we approach the 2023 general elections, it is critical that we strengthen our security agencies to enable them proactively combat crime and maintain law and order in the State, therefore we call on our donors to do more by way of contributions in cash or kind to the Fund towards improved security in the State in our collective self-interest”.

Subsequently, the Chairman of EPAIL thanked the Executive Secretary of the Fund for his visit and pledged his continuous support to the Fund.

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Many Feared Killed As Explosion Rocks Kano

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Many are feared dead after an explosion on Aba Road in the Sabon Gari area of Kano State.

While details of the blast are still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, visuals from the scene showed that many buildings, one of which is suspected to house a primary school, were affected.

One of the videos that surfaced online also showed injured schoolchildren being moved from the scene of the incident.

Parents were also searching for their children.

One of them was heard shouting “my children”.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko, has clarified that gas and not a bomb exploded in the state on Tuesday morning. He made the clarification during his visit to the scene of the incident.

Dikko, who spoke in Hausa, also confirmed that four persons were dead.

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News of Closure of Ogui, Trans-Ekulu Stations Fake – Enugu Police

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The Enugu State Police Command has said that the news making the rounds in the closure of Ogui and Trans-Ekulu police stations is fake, urging the public the disregard the false publication.

A statement by the Command’s PPRO, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), quoted the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal as describing the story as not just unfounded, and a figment of the publisher’s imagination, but also a misinformation targeted at creating panic among peace loving citizens of Enugu State.

The statement also expressed the CP’s resolve to continue to “deliver the statutory mandates of the Nigeria Police Force in the State, including ensuring that Police Stations remain opened to members of the public and maintain robust crime detection/prevention patrols and visibility policing of their assigned areas of responsibilities.”

CP Lawal therefore, urged the “general public and residents of Enugu State in particular, to disregard such untrue publications and continue to promptly report security situations and criminal activities to Police Stations nearest to them, noting that Police Stations in the State remain open to the general public on a twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week (24/7) basis.”

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