Residents of Satellite Town, who before 2014 lived in the serene environment, are today living in fear following the siting of 50 tank farms housing over 2.5 trillion litres of petroleum along the water-front of the community.
Satellite Town stretches from Alakija to Abule-Ado along Badagry Expressway down to the waterside and beyond.
Following the location of the tank farms in the town, life for the residents has taken a turn for the worse each passing year. Not only because of the dangers associated with the tank farms but the complete takeover of all the connecting streets by tankers.
The 50 tank farms are operated by 30 oil marketing companies including A.A. Reno, First Royal, Chipet Nigeria Limited, MAO Petroleum Company, Build Global Energy, Manoj Oil, Star Oil and Gas, First Deep Water, and Ocean Pride Oil, Rain Oil, among others.
The tank farms, Sunday Vanguard, gathered, have the capacity to store between 30 million to 60 million litres of petroleum products. At an estimated 50 million litres of petroleum products per tank farm, the volume of petroleum products of the 50 tank farms will bring the total volume to 2.5 trillion litres.
The Chairman of Satellite Forum, Michael Imitini, in an interview with Sunday Vanguard, said the community is a residential area where no industrial activity should take place.
He said: “Satellite town is a residential area. It is not an industrial area. From 1960 when we got our independence, Satellite Town has been a residential area. And by 1966 and 1967, when some houses were built, they were mainly built for legislators and individual occupants. Approvals were also given by the former Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo, That was what brought up estates like Chevron, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, National Pension Fund, NPF, and individual houses.
“In the first place, we don’t know how they came about the approval for the tank farms. They have turned the area into a chaotic one such that it can take two to three hours to complete a journey from Waterside to Fin-Niger that should normally take five minutes. This is due to the gridlock.
“This gridlock also affects us in the case of emergencies as there are no alternative routes. Students, entrepreneurs and workers alike arrive late at their various destinations due to this problem.
“Our plea is that we don’t need any additional tank farms in Satellite Town. We are asking the federal government to look into the activities of the existing 12 marketing companies that have over 50 tank farms. We are saying that they should get a time limit for them to quit and relocate them out of Satellite Town”, he added.
He further condemned the on-going plans of Promenade Oil and Gas Company to site more tank farms.
“They are in the final stage of the review now.
“They didn’t communicate with the community, the questionnaire they claimed to have administered was not given to the community and nobody ever laid hands on that questionnaire for Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA, that was conducted.
“And most of all their designs and whatever thing they said that they were going to put in place when the tank farm is at 95 percent completion are not up to standard.
Imitini further explained that the lives of over one million residents in the area are at risk.
This is because there had been two near-fatal fire outbreaks that claimed six lives.
These tank farms do not have adequate firefighting equipment thereby worsening the situation.
For instance, Sunday Vanguard learned that during one of such occasions, Julius Berger Construction Company provided its firefighting equipment to salvage the situation.
Apart from the above, the Chairman pointed out that five bonded terminals are soon to become operational thereby, complicating the already disastrous situation.
The Secretary of Satellite Town Forum, STF, Akorede Kamal said some faulted the government for not doing a proper check and evaluation of the environment before issuing licenses to tank farm owners.
He declared that the community is “sitting on a keg of gun powder “that could explode in an instant.’’
Kamal called for adequate measures to nip this impending danger in the bud and also bring some form of relief to the already despicable situation.
Also speaking, a member of the forum and Chairman Media Committee, Ndubisi Okafor, called on the government to wake up to their responsibilities and save the community.
“We want the government to take up its responsibilities and plan things very well because people cannot just come and site industries everywhere. These things have to be regulated. You don’t come to a fully built residential area and start building all these volatile investments which are very dangerous.
“We have had incessant fire outbreaks and loss of lives in the past due to these tank farms. Notwithstanding, there is the impending danger of a massive explosion because of the carelessness of several tank farms. These tank farm owners have no regard for human lives.
“Sometimes, some of their tankers filled with petroleum products leak on the roads. They are talking of consultation with the members of the community and residents yet you still see a lot of problems in the community. What manner of consultation is that?
We want people to hear the voice of the community.
Let me categorically say that we are putting the cart before the horse here, like starting a building with the roof, that is what they are doing and that is the Nigerian factor which is very bad.’’
An on the spot assessment by Sunday Vanguard showed that some of the tank farms are mostly built on natural flood channels and drainages.
Whenever it rains most areas in the community are flooded as a result of the blockage of the flood channels.
Sunday Vanguard was told that the tank farm owners are not bothered.
The only access road, Marwa Road, leading to where the petrol depots are located, is the only major link road in the community and it is in a state of disrepair.
Also, Sunday Vanguard learned that the presence of the tank farms has led to health challenges in the now densely populated area.
There is an increase in the rate of waterborne diseases especially among children.
The fumes emitting from the tank farms constitute health hazards to members of the community.
Abandoned their houses
Further investigations in the area showed that most landlords have either abandoned their houses or sold them for fear of the dangers brought about by the tank farms. Many residents are also moving out of the area as a result of the situation.
Businesses in the once serene community are being shut down due to the deplorable state of the environment.
Speaking on some of the findings made by Sunday Vanguard, Okafor observed that: ‘’The activities of tankers and the deplorable nature of major roads constitute a major part of the problems caused by these tank farms. The fact that there are no alternative routes to escape the gridlock caused by the tankers worsened the situation.’’
Other residents who spoke to Sunday Vanguard on the condition of anonymity, lamented that the Oriade Local Council Development Authority, LCDA, which is located on the failed link road, does nothing to ameliorate the suffering of the residents.
In fact, from the deplorable state of Satellite Town, it is obvious that the LCDA looks the other way while the tanker drivers and truck drivers constitute danger to residents.
Oriade LCDA, unconcerned
The LCDA was accused of not performing even the least of its functions, which was identified as clearing of drainage systems and grading of failed feeder roads.
“Even when the LCDA clears the blocked drainage systems, the specks of dirt are left on the roads beside the cleared drainage systems. They are making money from the tanker drivers, that is why they don’t care about the dangers posed by the tank farms. If the situation continues, in two years Satellite will be a ghost city. I believe when that happens, those, who sold lands to the tank farm owners would realise how foolish they were.’’
Peace Mass Transit Chairman returned over N2.2bn wrongly credited to his account. Dr Onyishi who explained how he discovered the huge sum in his First Bank account said that he had requested for $3m from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN through Unity Bank PLC only to be paid $10m instead, which is about N3,219,500,000 representing an excess of N2,219,500,000.
According to him, “The amount they paid in was N3,219,500,000 but my own money there is N1,000,000,000 so the balance is not my money. I said that I cannot invest this money and be gaining from another person’s money and I can’t also keep it. I can’t keep $7m Dollars that doesn’t belong to me.
He called on the management of CBN, Unity Bank and First Bank to look into the origin of the money and such leakages could come with dire consequences for any commercial institution.
Award-winning afrobeat singer Ayodeji Balogun, better known as Wizkid, has said he is yet to accomplish anything, as he still wants more.
Wizkid made this known during an interview with Vanguard, where he described success as the number of lives one has touched in their career.
He said: “Success is making sure that every African child out there has an opportunity to actually get ahead in life. Success, for me, is touching people’s lives.”
“There are a whole lot of things happening around the world. There’s poverty around the world. I will definitely like to do more. I don’t think I am successful yet, to be frank.”
Asked about the first big money he made as an artiste, he said: “ the first money I ever collected was N250,000; I was so excited, I told my partner at that time; ‘Bro, we started this music hustle with nothing, now we are able to make N250,000.”
“If we are able to really make this kind of money, I think we can touch a million US Dollars.”
Speaking on his assessment of the music industry, he said “ I never really thought we would make the hits we are making right now. Things have changed immensely in the last couple of years.”
ALL Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has congratulated renowned chartered accountant, foremost entrepreneur and seasoned administrator, Chief Akintola Williams, as he turned 100 on August 9.
He praised Akintola for his years of service to the accounting profession, to Nigeria, the African continent and humankind.
In a statement by his Media Office by Tunde Rahman, Tinubu said Williams excelled throughout his life, distinguishing himself in all walks of life.
He said: “As first a chartered accountant and then a financial expert in Africa, he set the highest standard of professionalism and integrity.
“His important contributions to our nation’s civil service, where he served as an assessment officer with the Inland Revenue, are well known and he is rightly celebrated for his achievements, many of which remain relevant to this day. Upon leaving the civil service in March 1952, he continued his story of unprecedented success establishing the first indigenous accounting firm in Africa, a company that, along with the other members of the big 4 firms, continues to dominate the accounting industry today.
“Chief Williams served the country in other capacities notably as Chairman of the Federal Income Tax Appeal Commission; Member, Coker Commission of inquiry into the Statutory Corporations of the former Western Region of Nigeria; Chairman, Lagos State Government Revenue Collection Panel, and Chairman, Public Service Review Panel set up to correct the anomalies of the Udoji Salary Review Commission (1975) among others.
“His love for humanity and the arts radiated in the associations he belonged to such as the Metropolitan Club, Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON), African Cancer Centre (ACC) and Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCE) to mention just a few”.
Tinubu described the centenarian as a true Lagosian who was born, had his elementary education and founded his accounting firm in Lagos from where it spread to other parts of the world.
The APC leader prayed for continued good health and God’s grace for Chief Williams and his entire extended family.
Joana Vicente andCameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced that three-time AcademyAward–nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix will be honoured with one of two TIFFTribute Actor Awards at this year’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards event. Takingplace on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York, during the 44th TorontoInternational Film Festival, the Gala is an annual fundraiser to support TIFF’syear-round programmes and core mission to transform the way people see theworld through film, and to celebrate the film industry’s outstandingcontributors.
With a wide-rangingcareer spanning over 35 years, Phoenix has starred in such films as The Master,Inherent Vice, Walk the Line, Gladiator, To Die For, and Her. He has beennominated for three Academy Awards for his roles as Commodus in Gladiator,Freddie Quell in The Master and Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, for which he wona Golden Globe. This fall, Phoenix portrays the title character in ToddPhillips’ Joker, a standalone origin story that will have its North AmericanPremiere at TIFF.
“Displaying both rawinstinct and consummate technical skill, Joaquin Phoenix is the complete actor,and one of the finest in contemporary cinema,” said Bailey. “Over threedecades, he has brought a piercing truth to each groundbreaking role. TIFF isthrilled to be celebrating an artist of his calibre with this inaugural award.We can’t wait for Festival audiences to experience his electric turn in Joker.”
“We’re thrilled that theextraordinarily talented Joaquin Phoenix will be honoured at the TIFF TributeGala this September,” said Vicente. “His outstanding contribution to cinemaacts as a testament to TIFF’s core mission to transform the way people see theworld through film.”
Director Todd Phillips’Joker centres on the iconic arch-nemesis and is an original, fictional storynot seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, whois indelibly portrayed by Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way inGotham’s fractured society.
TIFF previouslyannounced that Meryl Streep will receive the other TIFF Tribute Actor Award,sponsored by RBC. Taika Waititi will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award, andParticipant Media will receive the TIFF Impact Award, accepted by Founder andChairman Jeff Skoll and CEO David Linde. In addition, there will be a specialtribute to multi-hyphenate musician David Foster. The Mary Pickford Award,presented by MGM and honouring a female emerging talent in the industry incelebration of United Artists’ 100th anniversary, will be given to a recipientto be announced shortly.
The 44th TorontoInternational Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.
For six Yahoo Boys in Abuja, Friday, 10 August, 2019 will ever linger in their memory. That was the day they were convicted for their atrocious acts and will spend some harsh time in prison.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had secured their conviction for getting involved in cyber crimes.
The convict were: Omonigho Efe Obed; Ifeanyi Godwin, a.k.a Jeff Williams; Igwe Ajoku Clinton, a.k.a Dave Hyatt; Egbekonye Emeka goes by two aliases (a.k.a) Wilson Weber and Robert Kemp; Martins Chika, a.k.a Daniella Alfred and Sunday Ani.
Omonigho, Godwin, Igwe, Egbekonye and Martins Chika were arraigned before Justice Nkeonye Evelyn Maha of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for crimes bordering on fraudulent inducement, impersonation and obtaining under false pretence while Sunday Ani, doing business with name Beauty Rise Concept, was arraigned for criminal breach of trust before the same judge.
In the amended charges read to Igwe, Omonigho and Godwin, the trio pleaded “guilty”, prompting the prosecution counsel, Maryam Aminu Ahmed, to pray the court to sentence the defendants accordingly.
In a separate rulings, the trial Judge, Justice Maha, sentenced Omonigho to six months in prison with option to pay a sum of N300,000 as fine to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Judge also ordered forfeiture of his Infinix phone and Hp laptop to the federal government.
The Judge also ruled that the convict should pay a sum of $300 to his victim, Ruth Hendrickson, as restitution through the American Embassy and in the case that the victim could not be reached after a period of 6 months, the money should then be forfeited to the Federal government.
In same vein, Justice Evelyn Maha sentenced Ifeanyi Godwin a.k.a Jeff William to six months imprisonment with an option of fine to the tune of N50,000, his Iphone 6plus X be sold and the proceed paid into the treasury single account (TSA) of the federal government and evidence of payment be sent to court. He also ordered the convict to file an affidavit of good behaviour before the court.
Also, the judge sentenced Igwe Ajoku Clinton, a.k.a Dave Hyatt to a six-months non-custodial sentence under the supervision of the prosecution counsel, Maryam Aminu Ahmed. He also ruled that a sum of N50,000 be paid as fine, another sum of 500 Euros and $50 be paid to the victim, Dave Hyatt and Razo by the EFCC through the American embassy, as well as his Gionee F100 be forfeited to the federal government.
On account that the defendant refused to comply with the prosecution observing the non-custodial sentence, he should be taken back before the court.
In the case involving Egbekonye Emeka, a.k.a Wilson Weber and Robert Kemp, who was charged for impersonation and fraudulently inducing an American, Charllotte to part with a sum of $850, prosecution counsel, Fadila Yusuf, asked the court to convict and sentence the defendant after he pleaded guilty to the two-count charge that was read to him.
The trial judge also convicted and sentenced Emeka to one year imprisonment on counts 1 and 2, which are to run concurrently, with option of fine of N400,000 on each count.
In a related development, Justice Evelyn Maha sentenced Martins Chika to prison for impersonating an American, Daniella Alfred in a bid to fraudulently obtain properties from his unsuspecting victim.
Chika, however, pleaded guilty to the one count amended charge preferred against him by the EFCC which prompted the prosecution counsel, Bamidele Akanmode, to pray that the court convict the defendant and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Maha thereafter sentenced Chika to six months imprisonment with an option of N200,000.00 fine.
However the story of Sunday Ani, who operates with a business name, Beauty Rise Concept, was different as he was arraigned for criminal breach of trust.
While operating under the business name, he took possession of sum the of N5,000, 000 from his victim, Oseghale Blessing Nkiruka, for purpose of supplying cosmetic products but converted the money to personal use.
The one count charge reads: “That you Sunday Ani, doing business with the name and style of Beauty Rise Concept on or about the 6th day of July, 2018 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court being entrusted with the sum of N5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) by Mrs. Oseghale Blessing Nkiruka for the purpose of supplying cosmetic products to your customers within Abuja and you dishonestly converted the money to your own use in violation of the discharge of the Saif trust and thereby committed criminal breach of trust contrary to section 311 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 312 of the same Code.”
He pleaded “guilty” to the charge. Bamidele Akanmode, the prosecution counsel prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendant.
Justice Maha who ruled that the defendant is guilty as charged, sentenced him to two months imprisonment with an option of fine to the tune of N100,000.
Apple, American multinational tech company, is offering the sum of $1 million to anyone who can hack into their iPhones and tell the company how they did it.
The iOS bug bounty was announced by Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, at the annual Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas on Thursday.
The new bounty, which was first reported by Forbes, promises to pay the said amount for a single attack technique that a researcher discovers and shares discreetly with Apple.
The bug bounty, reported to be the highest ever offered by any tech company, would be open to all researchers in the fall as against Apple’s previous practice of restricting it to an invite-only list of firms.
While the full $1 million will be given to those who hack the kernel, the core of iOS, with zero clicks required by the owner of the device, another $500,000 will go to those who find a “network attack requiring no user interaction.”
Additionally, the tech giant also staked a 50 percent bonus for hackers who find vulnerabilities in its software before release.
This also extends to all of Apple’s platforms including iOS, Cloud, tvOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS and Apple TV operating systems with smaller rewards available for similar tasks
Apple’s upping the ante for its bug bounty program comes in the wake of a growing private market where hackers sell information on glitches in these devices to governments for vast sums.