We’re ready to dialogue with militants in the Niger Delta – Nigerian government; Niger Delta Avengers strike Chevron, again!; Omisore arrested by EFCC; Eid el-Fitri: Muslims, watch out for new moon – Sultan of Sokoto; Rumored coup: Nigerian Military monitors officers’ phone conversations & text messages; Police receive fresh 102 petitions against Gov Fayose . . .
The Nigerian government has expressed its commitment to dialogue with militants in the Niger Delta.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, said on Saturday that the presence of soldiers in the region does not mean the government was opposed to dialogue.
Speaking specifically about the Niger Delta Avengers, whose recent activities have caused a decline in Nigeria’s oil and power output, Mr. Lawal said:
“Government is not averse to discussing with them (militants) but we need to know who is in charge and who we can discuss with meaningfully; that’s the dilemma of the government at the moment.
There are so many groups making it difficult to know who to talk to and the level of control that group will bring to the process.”
- Babachir Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) on Saturday struck again at a Chevron facility in the Niger Delta region. The NDA said it had carried out successful attacks on Chevron’s major oil well seven and eight close to Abiteye flow station in Delta State.
The group also reported through its Twitter handle on Saturday at 11:26p.m that its strike team had blown up two major crude oil trunkline belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) close to Batan flow station in Delta.
Also at about 11:30pm of Saturday, the militants tweeted that it blew up the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Crude Oil Trunk Line to Warri Refinery at 9:15p.m on Friday.
“At 9:15p.m on Friday, the @NDAvengers blow up Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Crude Oil Trunk Line to Warri Refinery.
“At 11:26pm on Saturday @NDAvengers blow up two NPDC major crude trunk lines close to Batan flowstation in Delta.
“At 1:15am on Sunday @NDAvengers blow up two major Chevron Oil Wells. WELL 7 and WELL 8 close to Abiteye flow station in Delta.
“All five operations were carried out by Niger Delta Avenger strike team. Well done soldiers,” the group said on its twitter account.
Former Deputy Governor of Osun State and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore was arrested for his alleged role in the #Dasukigate, the EFCC said. Sen. Omisore was declared wanted about a month ago by the EFCC.
The spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, revealed that Sen. Omisore was arrested as part of investigation into a case of receiving and misappropriating N700 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) between June and November, 2014.
Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), who was the National Security Adviser (NSA) during the period, is currently being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly spearheading the $2.1 billion arms procurement scandal (i.e. arms cash) popularly referred to as #Dasukigate. Sen. Reports indicate that Sen. Omisore was arrested on Sunday in Abuja. The EFCC spokesperson said the commission secured a court warrant for Sen. Omisore’s arrest.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has enjoined all Muslims in Nigeria to look for the moon. The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has asked every Muslim in the country to look for the new moon between Sunday and Monday for the Eid el-Fitri.
The Secretary-General of the council, Is-haq Oloyede in a statement on Sunday, said the council, under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto enjoined all Muslims to look for the moon. Mr. Oloyede said the Sultan has therefore put in place a National Moon Sighting Committee, NMSC, to that effect.
The Shehu of Borno and NSCIA Deputy President-General is among the 34 Muslims across the country as members of the committee. “NMSC has advised the President-General that the crescent of Shawwal should be searched for on Monday, July 4, 2016 equivalent to 29th Ramadan 1437 AH.
Reports emanating from military circles say that to checkmate activities of some of its servicemen in the rumoured plan of a coup in Nigeria, the Military has started monitoring telephone conversations and text messages of officers and soldiers.
Also, security has been beefed up in all military formations and barracks , with a warning to all serving officers and personnel including members of their families to mind the company they keep. Cautioning officers and soldiers under 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lagos, yesterday, during the Interdenominational church Service at Saint Charles Lwanga Catholic Church in Ikeja Cantonment., to mark this year’s Nigerian Army Day celebration, its General Officer Commanding, Major-General Isidore Edet, urged them to guard their utterances.
He said “ The Chief of Army Staff, COAS wants us to remind ourselves that at this critical point in our national life and especially in Lagos and the Military where there are rumours of coup, whether they are perceived or real, that as soldiers we should be very careful of the company we keep. ”What we need to do as soldiers is to be on the guard, to be watchful of the people that go in and out of the barracks, our mammy markets and places where we eat.
The office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has received not less than 102 petitions against the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, the Nigerianeye reported.
The petitions were said to have been written by those alleged to have either been harassed, beaten or detained before, during, and after the last governorship election in the state.
It was gathered that the police is set to invite the governor’s loyalists who were either in the employment of the state or in other positions when they partook in the acts stated in the petitions.
A special police team, led by one CSP Ndah, was said to have led the investigating team that investigated some of the cases.
During the tenure of the last Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, the police was set to arrest some of the governor’s aides, but Fayose was said to have raised the alarm, alleging that the police were coming to raid the state and his personal house.
The majority of the petitions were said to have originated from the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.