Nigerians Wont Let Treasury Looters Return To Power In 2019 – Buhari; NJC Sacks Justices Ademola, Tokedo For Corruption; Fuel Scarcity: PENGASSAN Threatens Strike Monday; Kachikwu Rolls Out Emergency Plan to End Fuel Scarcity; FG to sell NIPOST; Boko Haram plot to bomb Abuja and 6 states is real – Police; Court Dismisses Suit challenging PDP Campaign Funding . . .
President Muhammad Buhari has said that those who stole Nigeria’s money will not be allowed to contest election in 2019. Buhari challenged those who want to contest against him in 2019 to an integrity test.
Speaking at an interactive session with community leaders and stakeholders at the Coronation Hall of the Kano Government House to round off his two-day visit to the state, he said Nigerians would not let treasury looters return to power, the president said inter alia:
“Those who ruled Nigeria without vision and looted the nation’s treasury are the same people boasting that they will displace the APC government and return to office. We will wait and see, if they think Nigerians are ignorant. They have the guts of declaring their intention to reclaim office . . .”
Barley 48 hours after the federal government promised to end the fuel scarcity being experienced in parts of the country, the situation is likely to get worse as the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has said it will on go on strike on Monday and shut down all oil and gas installations.
The oil workers’ union said if the government did not respond to its earlier seven-day ultimatum which would elapse on Monday, it would cripple the oil sector.
The union, in a statement signed by its general secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa, said it was carrying out its action as a result of the unfair labour practices and seemingly untameable posture of some indigenous oil and gas companies, marginal field operators, and relevant agencies of government.
Following the directive by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to end the fuel shortages by the weekend, the minister yesterday rolled out short-term measures, which he said would end the fuel scarcity.
Kachikwu, who briefed journalists in Abuja on the measures, explained that the fuel shortages were occasioned by a gap in the volume of products available in the country. He said within the short-term, the NNPC would increase the distribution of petrol from its strategic reserves to cushion the gap, while the DPR and Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) would increase their monitoring of the market to penalize instances of hoarding by marketers.
He also stated that within the coming weeks, the Kaduna and Port Harcourt refineries would respectively deliver up to 750,000 and 2.1 million litres per day to support efforts to bridge the shortfall in supply.
The Federal Government has finally decided to sell the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).
The Minister of Communication Adebayo Shittu disclosed this while inaugurating the committee saddled with commercialization of NIPOST in Abuja on Thursday.
The police have said the plot by Boko Haram to bomb the Federal Capital Territory and six other states is real. The FCT Commissioner of Police (CP), Sadiq Bello, said the police would work with other security agencies to make sure that the threat was not actualized. Speaking during a stakeholders’ forum on Thursday in Abuja, the CP said:
“The threat to attack the city is real; however, we want to assure members of the public that we are working in collaboration with other sister security agencies to ensure that we all enjoy a peaceful Yuletide.
We are doing a lot but we don’t want to mention the strategy so that the men of the underworld don’t take advantage of it . . . We have already mapped out strategies . . . It may involve massive raids, massive visibility policing, vigorous stop and search and we would also embark on intelligence gathering . . .”
A high court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has dismissed a suit seeking to challenge the campaign funding of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the 2015 presidential election. Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of the court threw out the suit filed by one Chief Akinmoju Jero.
Jero, who is the plaintiff in the matter, joined a businessman, Benedict Peters, and Northern Belt Oil and Gas Company of Nigeria Ltd as defendants. The plaintiff had told the court that Mr. Peters, who is the 1st defendant in the matter, paid a bribe of $115million to electoral officers to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.
According to a sworn affidavit deposed to by the plaintiff, it was also alleged that the electoral officers who received the bribe have made confessional statements and have also had their entire bank accounts blocked.