The Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa, has expressed shock at the death of Senator Bayo Osinowo, who until his death on Monday afternoon, was the representative of Lagos East at the Senate.
Obasa, in a statement personally signed by him, said he received the news with rude shock that many of his colleagues in the Lagos House of Assembly were yet to recover from.
“We were about to begin the plenary session of the day when the news of his demise filtered in and threw the whole Assembly into disarray and mourning.
Not many could believe that the ebullient and ever smiling Pepperito, like a candle in the wind, had been blown out.
Even with the evidence that death has done its worst, it is still difficult to come to terms that a political pillar and peace maker is gone.
For the 16 years ( 2003- 2019) he was in the Lagos State House of Assembly representing the good people of Kosofe Constituency 1, many loved him for the stabilising role he played at every point in the period.
Throughout his stay in the House, many ran to him for solutions to their socio-political problems because of the sagacity and wisdom he applied to issues.
The Muslim community of the Lagos House of Assembly will forever be grateful to him for his fatherly role and financial commitment to their course particularly in the building of the ultra-modern mosque within the Assembly complex.
As a senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industries, Osinowo gave us reasons to be very proud of him as he carried on as a true ambassador.
The entire Lagos Assembly, its members and staff will remain burdened by his demise, but consistently pray that God should strengthen all those he left behind.
We also pray that the Almighty Allah will grant him Aljanah Firdaus.”
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, says Nigeria records 717 rape incidents between January and May, 2020.
Adamu said this on Monday while briefing State House reporters on the efforts being made by the federal government to tackle sexual and gender-based violence, especially rape across the country in company of the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, and the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.
The IGP, who spoke after a meeting with President Muhammad Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said suspects had been arrested while 631 cases had been successfully investigated and charged to court.
He said 52 cases remained under investigation.
The police chief, who described rape and defilement as “wicked and serious offences”, said the government had taken the matter to another level now because of the recent upsurge in the incidents.
He appealed to members of the public to assist police with necessary information in order to stop the menace, saying various stakeholders have now been collaborating with security agencies.
Adamu said: “We are here to brief you on sexual and gender based violence and the action that the government has been taking, particularly the Nigeria Police.
“It has come to the public knowledge now that because of the COVID-19 restrictions, we have surge in cases of rape and gender-based violence.
“These are cases that are now coming up but we want to let members of the public know that rape and gender based violence has been there.
“The law enforcement agents have been dealing with these cases, in most cases, members of the public are not aware of the actions that the law enforcement agents have been taking.
“The Nigeria police, so far from January-May 2020, we have recorded about 717 rape incidents that were reported across the country, about 799 suspects have been arrested, 631 cases conclusively investigated and charged to court and 52 cases are left and under investigation.
“The police and other security agencies and other non-governmental organisations have been collaborating, to see to it that these cases of rape and gender based violence are dealt with.
“The NGOs and CSOs that have the capacity to deal with this kind of offenses, have been cooperating with law enforcement agencies in capacity building, management of victims of rape and similar offenses and procedures for collecting evidence, towards successful prosecution.
“The government has taken the matter to another level now because of the scourge we have noticed.
“I will call on every Nigerian that has or comes across any victim of sexual offenses or rape or gender based violence, to quickly report to law enforcement agents.
“Because, keeping it without reporting it will give room for the perpetrators to continue to commit the offenses.
“It is a very wicked offense, it is very serious offense, it is very wicked of an individual to engage in rape or defilement.
“And there are a lot of causes, some are doing it for ritual purposes, some are doing it because they are within the family and they see the victims and have the urge to go into it and do it.
“But such people should not be allowed to go free.
“I am just to inform you that government is doing something about it and you can see me with the ministers of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and Women Affairs Development, Pauline Tallen.
“From now, national partnership with every stakeholder is what we are going into now and not only within the country but within the sub-region.
“We have to partner with organizations that are involved in this.
“We know we have been working seriously with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other civil society organizations.
“So, it is just to tell you that government is doing something seriously to curtail this type of offense.”
The debt profile of three of Nigeria’s international electricity customers – Togo, Republic of Benin and Niger – has hit N32.04 billion in just one year.
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), which disclosed this in its latest report sighted on its website on Sunday, declared that debts which was for power supply to the neighbouring countries in 2019 alone, has contributed to financial burden threatening the sustainability of the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
The commission had, proor to this, said that the three countries classified as international customers owe Nigeria N29.97 billion through the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
The Communaute Electrique du Benin, a power firm owned by Togo and Benin, according to the NERC data, did not pay N9.74 billion for the power supplied to it in the first quarter; N7.16 billion in the second quarter; and N2.27 billion in the third quarter.
It, however, did not receive any invoice for the fourth quarter of 2019.
Niger’s power firm, Societe Nigerienne electricity, failed to pay a total invoice of N3.01 billion it received in the first quarter of 2019; N3.69 billion in the second quarter, N4.1 billion in the third quarter and N2.07 in the fourth quarter.
The special and international class of customers made no payment to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc and the Market Operator, NERC said in the quarterly report.
The report issued quarterly by the power industry regulator analyses the state of the Nigerian electricity industry (covering both the operational and commercial performance), regulatory functions, consumer affairs as well as the commission’s finances and staff development.
“The Federal Government has continued to engage the governments of neighbouring countries benefitting from the export supply to ensure timely payments for the electricity purchased from Nigeria,” it said.
Like its last report, the commission laments that the financial viability of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry is still a major challenge threatening its sustainability.
“As highlighted in the preceding quarterly reports, the liquidity challenge is partly due to the non-implementation of cost-reflective tariffs, high technical and commercial losses exacerbated by energy theft and consumers’ apathy to payments under the widely prevailing practice of estimated billing.
“The severity of the liquidity challenge in NESI was reflected in the settlement rates of the energy invoices issued by NBET to each of the DisCos as highlighted above, as well as the non-payment by the special and international customers”.
Following the death of one of APC’s prominent law maker, Senator Bayo Oshinowo, popularly known as Pepperito, the leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual, Primate Elijah Ayodele, who earlier predicted three days ago that he sees prominent people dying of Covid-19, has made another strong warning again.
The man of God, in his new warnings made it known that Covid-19 is still out there to wreck more havoc in the country and that the poor will also be affected, though they won’t be recognized.
He expressed sadness over the death of the APC law maker, describing it as a big loss to the country but stated that more death is still on its way if the needful isn’t done
While talking about the needful, he explained that the only solution to weaken the strength of the virus is dedicated and continuous prayers for three days. He noted that God has chosen a Thursday, Friday and Saturday for this prayer and there must be total lockdown for the three days.
‘’ I send my condolence greetings to the family of the dead , I am not happy, it came as a rude shock to me especially for the fact that I earlier spoke about this but I still want to warn those in power, Covid-19 is still out there to kill targeted number of people.
Not all politicians will see 2023, covid-19 will still kill so many of them until the needful is done.
Its unfortunate that it has killed another prominent Nigerian, the solution is that there should be lockdown for three days, in these three days, there will be tensed prayers for the sake of cleansing. The government needs to meet with some pastors, imams in order to avert this evil, we haven’t seen anything yet until prayers are done.’’
Recall that he had earlier said the virus will hit strategic places in the world which includes state houses, presidential villa, to mention a few, while releasing this warning, he still maintained that Covid-19 isn’t done in the villa yet because it’s still very much around there. He had also predicted the death of the former chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari as a result of the deadly virus.
Furthermore, he made reference to the recent fracas that took place in the presidential villa, which involved the president’s PA and the First lady’s Aide-de-camp. According to information, the President’s PA was ordered by the ADC to embark on a compulsory 14-days isolation because he had just returned from Lagos, this was a rule made to curb the spread of the virus. This caused several issue that led to some of the parties being detained and the security personnels of the first lady being withdrawn.
The man of God made it known that Aisha Buhari is fighting for a good course and he backs her up because he sees Covid-19 death hovering around the villa and is due to strike soon
’’The virus is still in the villa, its in several state house,. Governors needs to pray, it’s in the business world, it has a number of people to kill, the only thing to do is prayer, people grumbled the other time we said it. it’s in the villa, another thing will happen there soon, this isn’t a doom prophecy but that is what I see.
The virus is in the villa, I support Aisha Buhari, she is fighting for a good course, people are not just seeing her angle, she should be supported. We don’t need more death in the villa but Covid-19 death is threating the villa. African presidents are not safe, some governors are still going to be infected, with the nose mask too, we are not safe, only God can save us from it. The government can’t see, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Governments don’t understand, it will hit Donald Trump, it will hit sitting presidents. It is in the midst of the ministers, it is in the national executive council already, Prayer needs to be done to overcome this.
We need dedicated and continuous prayers for three days, even white house isn’t safe, the Britain house too, most of the African country are positive already.
Similarly, he stated that the peak of Covid-19 will be between July and August ending, he described what he sees as Alarming. He also said it will re-occur in China because it is not over yet
‘’It will be terrible between now till August ending, the medical world can’t do anything, the solution is in the hands of God, Covid-19 has not started in Nigeria, the peak is July, August where it will be alarming
Covid-19 will still reoccur in china, it’s not yet over, it will kill eminent people in the world. The vaccine will come out but it will take time’
Nigerians have taken to Twitter to angily demand the shut down and sell off of one of the three refineries in Africa’s biggest crude exporting country, Kaduna Refinery, which generated zero naira but incurred N64 billion in 2018.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) owner of the refinery had on Sunday broken a 43 year-old jinx as it published the first ever audited report since its establishment in 1977 where it showed the gross ineptitude of the refinery located in Kaduna.
The 2018 audited financials of the corporation showed that N64 billion incurred summed the total losses suffered by the three refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna in the year to N154 billion.
A twitter user, @Ambrosia_Ijebu wrote that the refineries should be shutdown instead of spending huge funds with no return of investments.
“Banter aside, it is a very good thing that we are getting to see NNPC’s financial statements.
“I hope Nigerians will read it and see why the place needs to be shut down. No sentiments. Shut it down.”
Corroborating his view, @ObiVegas asked “Hmmmmm How can NNPC spends such amount of money without any revenue at all?”
A recent report by the NNPC had indicated that none of the country’s refineries, with a combined capacity of 445,000 barrels per day, produced any refined crude between 2019 and 2020.
This development has further renewed the call for the privatization of the refineries.
Stating that it published its audited financial statements online in a bid to improve transparency around its operations, the Corporation also published online the audited accounts of its 20 subsidiaries and business divisions for first time.
The National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) is the group’s most profitable division, according to the statements, signed by Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari. It reported revenue of 5.04 trillion naira ($13 billion) in 2018 and profit of 1.01 trillion naira. That compares with a loss of 1.65 trillion naira in 2017.
The report shows total assets managed by NAPIMS at 18.6 trillion naira, with the oil and gas components valued at 14.2 trillion naira.
Its oil production subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, reported a post-tax profit of 179 billion naira in 2018.
The corporation’s three refineries turned out to be the black sheeps as they reported a combined loss of 154 billion naira with the Kaduna refinery recording zero revenue for that year.
NNPC didn’t publish consolidated audited accounts for the group,
Reacting to the publication of first audited financial statement, Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Waziri Adio, maintained that the disclosure “is good for transparency and accountability.”
“I urge them to make this a regular practice and in open data format,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari Monday approved the sacking of the Managing Director, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading, PLC (NBET), Dr Marilyn Amobi.
In January this year, Buhari had overruled the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, by reversing the suspension of Amobi, who at the time was accused of several official misdemeanor.
The agency was also moved from the Ministry of Power, where it hitherto resided, and taken to the Ministry of Finance.
Furthermore, Amobi has had a running battle with some members of the National Assembly who insisted on probing her, with the latest allegation being that as MD of NBET she was allegedly still running a private firm outside the country in breach of Nigerian laws.
The erstwhile NBET boss has, however, denied all the allegations levelled against her at various times.
Announcing the decision to terminate Amobi’s appointment, the Minister of Power, Mamman, through his Special Adviser, Media and Communications, Aaron Artimas, stated that she will be replaced by Dr. Nnaemeka Eweluka, the company’s General Counsel and Secretary.
“In furtherance of the reorganisation/ realignments in the power sector, the honourable Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, announces the appointment of a new Managing Director for the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading, PLC.
“He is Dr. Nnaemeka Eweluka, the company’s General Counsel and Secretary.
“He is to succeed Dr. Marilyn Amobi, as substantive Managing Director/CEO, while the former MD is to hand over and proceed on terminal leave with immediate effect.
“President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier approved the recommendation to this effect,” the statement said.
It added that Eweluka, a lawyer, comes to the position with over 20 years experience, spanning private practice, academics and the power sector.
“He is a specialist on privatisation and legal energy reforms as well as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration,” it stated.
The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is currently meeting with the Chief of Staff (CoS) to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
Oshiohmole leads four members of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to meet Gambari.
The concerned NWC members are the National Vice Chairman (North West), Barr. Inuwa Abdulkadir; National Treasurer, Adamu Panda and two others.
Oshiomhole was escorted to the meeting holding in the CoS’ office by a police orderly who who had a pile of office files with him.
The meeting was scheduled to discuss the fallout of the disqualification of incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State from participating in the state governorship primary election.
The management of Dangote Group on Monday denied the claim by the BUA Group to the mining sites in Obu, Okpella, Edo State, refuting the ownership claim, as the latter said it relied on a judgement by a Federal High Court in Benin.
Dangote advised regulatory agencies to disregard completely the claim and publication by BUA Group, saying it was riddled with misrepresentations and deliberate distortions of facts
Dangote Group, in a statement signed by the Group Executive Director, Devakumar Edwin, on Monday explained that its lawyers had vigorously defended the suit filed by BUA seeking a perpetual Injunctive order against further interferences with their purported fundamental rights to property and privacy. He said the Group has appealed the High Court judgment and until the Appellate Court rules, BUA cannot lay claim or even operate on the mining site.
Giving details of the case, Edwin recalled that in 2014, the Dangote Group and AICO entered into an agreement for the transfer of 2541ML from AICO to Dangote Group. “AICO thereafter applied to the Ministry of Mines for the approval of the Transfer vide a Mining Lease Transfer Form dated 11 July 2014. In 2016, the Ministry of Mines wrote to the Dangote Group to convey the approval of the Ministry for the Transfer/Assignment of 2541ML from AICO to Dangote Group with effect from 03 February 2016. Following the approval of the Ministry, the Dangote Group became the legal holder and owner of the Mining Lease No. 2541ML. The 2541ML Certificate was thereafter endorsed to reflect the transfer from AICO to the Dangote Group”, he added.
The statement warned the general public and those working with BUA Group not to take any steps to enter, mine or interfere with the disputed mining leases pending the determination of the Appeal and/or the 2 Suits pending before Umar J. as any such steps will be considered a contempt of court. He noted that the Supreme Court in the case of Governor of Lagos State v. Chief Ojukwu (1986) 1 NWLR (pt. 18) 621), has held that: “Once a party is aware of a pending court process, even when the court has not made a specific injunctive order, parties are bound to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the court process”.
Insisting that BUA Group does not have any right to the mining sites, Edwin recalled that though the BUA Group claimed to have title pursuant to Mining Leases 18912 and 18913. “However, as recently as 09 October 2019 while its wholly incompetent Fundamental Right Suit was still pending, the BUA Group through its subsidiary (Edo Cement Company Ltd) applied to the Director-General of Mining Cadastre Office & Centre, Abuja for the renewal of the said Mining Leases Nos. 18912 and 18913. In response to the BUA Group’s renewal Applications, the Mining Cadastre Office, in Abuja in its letters dated 18 October 2019 wrote back to BUA Group to inform them in very categorical terms that the Mining Leases Nos 18912 and 18913 were nonexistent and were not valid Mineral titles”, the GED noted.
Edwin further explained that “Interestingly and to show the character of the BUA Group, these supremely critical facts were never brought to the attention of the Federal High Court in the Fundamental Rights Suit even though the Mining Cadastre Office letters were written about 8 (eight) months before the Judgment of the court was delivered.
“In effect and significantly so, when that Court was handing down its decision and issuing injunctive orders to protect BUA, BUA knew and was well aware, by virtue of the above-referenced letters, that its purported rights to the mining lease were non-existent!
“These facts were however mischievously and in a brazen display of mala fide concealed by the BUA Group from the court! Even these facts constitute sufficient proof that the BUA Group’s claim to Mining Leases Nos. 18912 and 18913 rest entirely on quicksand and is therefore invalid baseless and totally non-existent. The general public is advised to be guided accordingly,” Edwin added.
The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force on Monday, announced that it has relaxed the curfew imposed on the state following the advent of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.
The Task Force, which made the decision public after a two-and-a-half-hour meeting presided by its chairman, Governor Seyi Makinde, added that the curfew would now run from 10pm to 4am.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, also confirmed the resumption of classes for Primary Six, JSS3 and SS3 students from Monday, June 29; resumption of work by all category of workers at the state secretariat from June 22; opening up of mosques and churches, which are to operate at 25 per cent capacity; and the decision to limit public gathering to not more than 25 persons.
The statement indicated that the state secretariat, which was earlier shut on March 27 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and later reopened to staff on grade level 13 and above from Monday April 27, would now be open to all other staffers from Monday, June 22.
According to the statement, students in critical classes are to resume at the end of June to ensure they are well-prepared for the public examinations ahead of them.
The statement read: “The schools are to observe the COVID-19 protocols as released by the Task Force, ensure that stations for washing of hands are provided in all schools, while all students are to compulsorily wear face masks.
“Schools are to provide hand wash points with the support of their Parents/Teachers Associations (PTA).
“The resumption of critical classes at the end of June 2020, would be two clear weeks ahead of the state’s drop-dead date of July 15. By that date, it would be decided whether other categories of students will return to the classes.”
The statement further read: “Mosques and Churches are to reopen and operate at not more than 25 per cent capacity. The situation will be reviewed within the first two weeks. All worshippers are to compulsorily wear face masks.
“Night clubs are to remain shut even though the existing curfew, which used to run from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. is being aligned with that of the Federal Government, which runs from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
“The Task Force will not mind shutting down everywhere if evidence emerges that the COVID-19 safety protocols are being violated, or should there be an explosion in the number of cases; however, the state government will intensify enlightenment campaigns to ensure the safety of our people.”
The statement also added that the resumption order will not affect the tertiary institutions for now, as the Task Force would review their situation and determine their state of readiness.