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Man arrested after 39 dead bodies found in lorry

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Thirty-nine people, including a teenager, have been found dead inside a lorry container at an industrial park in Essex.

Police and ambulance crews were called following the discovery at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays at 1.40am.

All 39 people were pronounced dead at the scene and the lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, reports Sky News.

The vehicle is believed to have come from Bulgaria and entered the UK at Holyhead in Wales on Saturday.

Essex Police Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner said: “This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives. Our enquiries are ongoing to establish what has happened.

“We are in the process of identifying the victims, however I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process.

“We believe the lorry is from Bulgaria and entered the country at Holyhead on Saturday 19 October and we are working closely with our partners to investigate. We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident who remains in police custody as our enquiries continue.”

Police have put a cordon in place and access to and from the industrial park is closed.

Mariner added: “I appreciate this cordon is going to disrupt the activity of local businesses in the area and we will work to ensure that disruption is kept as short as possible.

“We are working with Thurrock Council to mitigate against any impact our investigation scene will have locally.”

The industrial park is a short drive away from the Dartford Crossing, linking Essex with Kent.

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Fayemi chairs The Sun MD’s book launch

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Fayemi chairs The Sun MD’s book launch
  • Arthur Eze is chief presenter
  • Dickson delivers keynote address
  • Event holds next Monday in Abuja

 

 

Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi will chair the formal public presentation of The Powers That Be (Thoughts And Reflections on People, Power & Politics), a book written by Onuoha Ukeh, MD/Editor-in-Chief, The Sun Publishing Ltd, in Abuja.

Business mogul and Chairman of Atlas Oronto Petroleum, Prince Arthur Eze, will serve as chief presenter while Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, will deliver the keynote address.

The book launch holds next Monday, November 25, at Niger/Plateau Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to a statement by the organising committee of the book presentation, Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, is chief host of the event, while those expected in attendance are movers and shakers in the society, including governors, National Assembly members, ministers, government officials, members of the diplomatic community, politicians, captains of industry, boardroom gurus, business persons and others.

Divided into sections and chapters, The Powers That Be offers insightful analysis of developments in the public sphere in Nigeria and across the world.

While reflecting on the people, power and politics that define the country and elsewhere, the author expresses his opinions on critical issues, from the fringe of the Sahara to the Atlantic coastline.

The book has such chapters, such as: Theatre of the Absurd, People who can’t be ignored, Economic Equilibrium, The Obasanjo years, From Yar’Adua to Jonathan, Unforgettable Experiences and The 2015 election.

Others are, APC and the Buhari Government, The 2019 Election, Security Challenges, The Igbo and Biafra and Hitting the Bull’s Eye.

Speaking on the book, the author, Ukeh, said it was his views on socio-political and economic development.

“The book is simply the story of Nigeria and the world written over the years as they happened. It is the view of a critical journalist/columnist who is both disappointed and satisfied with the conducts of people in government and corridors of power,” Ukeh said.

He said readers will find the chapter, “Hitting the Bull’s Eye,” which focused on things that eventually “came to pass precisely,” interesting.

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NDDC’s debt: NASS to probe NLNG, Shell, 15 other IOCs

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joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has concluded arrangements to investigate 17 international oil companies (IOCs) including the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), Shell Petroleum and Conoil for alleged indebtedness to the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Other oil firms, which are to be quizzed by the joint committee, are Shebah Express Petroleum, Atlas Petroleum, Allied Energy, Frontier Oil, Seven Energy Limited, Belma Oil Producing Limited, AITECO Exploration and Production, Dubrin Oil and Continental Oil and Gas.

Also to be investigated is Enageed Resources Limited, New Cross exploration and Production, Pan Ocean Oil Corporation Nigeria Limited, Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and Prime Exploration and Production Company.

Co-chairman of the joint committee and House of Representatives committee chairman on NDDC, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo (APC, Ondo) who disclosed this yesterday in a chat with the media in Abuja, explained that as part of the investigation, the Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed; the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; the Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris and Auditor General of the Federation, Mr. Anthony Ayine, will also testify before the joint committee.

According to Tunji-Ojo, records have shown that the affected oil companies jointly owing the NDDC N72 billion and $73 million respectively, adding that the Federal Government was also owing the agency a whopping N1.2 trillion.

Giving details of the indebtedness, the co-chairman said: “These companies we are investigating are owing the NDDC huge sums of money, which when remitted to it, would improve the fortunes of the people of the Niger Delta area. By the records we have, a company like Shell Petroleum Development Company is said to owing more than N54.9 billion.

“We also have it on good authority that Pan Ocean is owing as much as $46.6 million, while Allied Energy is indebted to the tune of $43 million, and Shebah Express Petroleum owes as much as $23.8 million and then Atlas Petroleum is owning $22 million”, he stated.

Speaking further, Hon. Tunji-Ojo, revealed that, “the 9th National Assembly cannot afford to sit and watch oil companies deny the NDDC of its statutory revenue from firms operating in the country. The 8th National Assembly did a technical audit of the NDDC and the findings were very revealing and we must recover these monies. And it is even believed that some of these oil companies do not give the actual annual budget.

“Some of them are alleged to be tampering with their annual budgets and in fact, some are said to be paying the actual expenditure or stop gap whereas as the law provides that it should be the annual budget.”

Continuing, the co-chairman noted that “even the one that they were supposed to pay, they never paid. That is why the NDDC consultants have been going after them yet they have refused to pay. We have mandated the Central Bank of Nigeria to send the money wrongly credited to the NPA, to the rightful owners, that is the NDDC”

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Nigeria ranks 11th highest in number of students in United States

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Nigeria has emerged first  among  African  countries  and eleventh, worldwide in terms  leading source of  international students studying in the United States.

Latest report released by Open Doors, shows that the  number of international students in the United States rose to  an all‐time high in the 2018/19 academic year, the fourth consecutive year with more than one million international students.

The total number of international students, 1,095,299, is a 0.05 per cent increase over last year, according to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.

The new report indicates there was a 5.8 per cent increase in the number of students from Nigeria who are currently studying in the U.S. This percentage represents a total of 13,423 Nigerian students studying in the U.S. in the 2018/2019 academic session. This number also represents 33 per cent of the overall African students in the United States.

Nigerians are enrolled in more than 1,000 institutions in 51 states and territories in the United States, out of which 18 per cent are studying in Texas. Nigerian students using EducationUSA services recorded $16million in scholarships and financial aid awarded to newly admitted students for the 2019 academic year.

Open Doors 2019, released  yesterday by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, highlights the continued competitiveness of the U.S. higher education sector as a destination of choice for international students and the growing interest in international educational exchange among U.S. students. The release of the new Open Doors data marks the celebration of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from other countries to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

The Open Doors report is published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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Court hears army’s objection to Falana’s suit on OPI

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Court hears army’s objection to Falana’s suit on OPI

Justice Mohammed Aikawa of a Federal High Court in Lagos will next week Thursday hear the preliminary objection filed by the Nigerian Army against the suit filed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, to challenge the controversial Operation Positive Identification (OPI).

The judge had at the last hearing of the matter on November 5, ordered the army to suspend the operation pending the final determination of the suit.

At yesterday’s proceedings, lawyer representing Army and the Chief of Army Staff (1st and 2nd respondents), Mrs. Olayemi Badewole, drew the court’s attention to a motion dated 14th Nov., 2019, seeking to regularize her clients’ notice of preliminary objection.

In the absence of any opposition from other parties in the matter, she moved the motion and her request was granted by the court.

The Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata (SAN), who represented the Attorney General of the Federation (3rd respondent) had earlier informed the court that necessary processes in respect of the suit has been filed and served on the plaintiff.

Responding, a lawyer from Falana’s chambers, E. E. Olawale, while acknowledging the receipt of the processes, sought for an adjournment to enable him respond appropriately.

Justice Aikawa subsequently adjourned the matter to November 28 for the hearing of all preliminary objections to the suit.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Army and the Attorney-General of the Federation were joined as co-respondents in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1939/2019.

In the suit, Falana argued that the planned nationwide operation which was scheduled to run from November 1 to December 23, 2019, by which Nigerian citizens would be required to move about with means of identification was unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.

He insisted that the operation violated his right and that of other Nigerian citizens to liberty, “as encapsulated in Section 35 respectively of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as Amended and Article 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, (Cap A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

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N1bn debt: AMCON takes over former minister’s assets

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The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) yesterday said it had taken over two properties belonging to a former Minister of State for Defence,  Ademola Seriki, in Lagos and Abuja over an outstanding indebtedness of nearly N1billion.

In a press release made available to journalists, the corporation said its action was in accordance with the order of Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

AMCON stated that while it usually does not, in the first instance, resort to the courts except when an obligor defies  all overtures for a peaceful resolution of an obligation, the case between it and Seriki,  who was also a former Supervising Minister for Mines and Steel Development,  has been lingering for a while and eventually ended up in court because all efforts it made to have the issue resolved peacefully did not yield the desired result.

AMCON disclosed  that it yesterday took possession of the properties belonging to the former minister  through Oak Partners, one of the firms which  works for the corporation as one of its asset management partners.

It said  the  affected properties included  those  located at No. 1a & 1b, Jalupon Close, Surulere, Lagos and another at No. 4, Djibouti Crescent, a high-brow area of Wuse 2, Abuja.

Head, Corporate Communications, AMCON, Jude Nwauzor, said:  “The Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) of Ademola Seriki was sold to AMCON by the defunct Oceanic Bank and Skye Bank. When all efforts to amicably resolve the loan was frustrated by the former minister and a prominent member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the corporation was left with no other choice than to defer the matter to court. Having looked at the case over time, the court ordered AMCON to take over the assets of the APC chieftain.”

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ICCDI, Bio-Stark Win SAGE Climate Pitch Competition 

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ICCDI, Bio-Stark Win SAGE Climate Pitch Competition 

The International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI), a youth-led organization on a mission to build climate-smart generation through education, empowerment across Africa has clinched the grand prize of Seven Hundred Thousand Naira in the 2019 SAGE Climate Pitch Competition.

The SAGE Climate Pitch Competition is an initiative of the Social Accelerator for a Green Economy (S.A.G.E) Innovation Centre, a non-profit organization that empowers entrepreneurs to build and scale bold solutions in the fight against climate change. The winners emerged after a fierce pitching competition that held at Oriental Hotel in Lagos.

Emerging runner-up was Bio-Stark Green Solutions, a waste recycling company that recycles organic waste into Bio-Energy emerged first runner up and took home the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Naira.

Congratulating the winners, Nazanin Alakija, founder of SAGE Innovation Center stated that the pitching competition was aimed at seeking entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and solutions to fight climate change. She also revealed that the winners are worthy entrepreneurs whose ideas have demonstrated viable solutions to make the planet safer.

“The SAGE pitching competition was opened to all social entrepreneurs with viable and innovative ideas to help our environment safer, and it is amazing to witness the success of this day as the winners have come up with unmatched ideas to making the world a safer place for all. I congratulate all the winners and the finalists,” she said.

Abikoye Abimbola, Campaign Lead for ICCDI Africa, and winner of the grand prize of the pitching competition expressed her profound gratitude to SAGE Innovation Center for giving climate advocates a platform to showcase their ideas to fighting issues affecting the environment.

“On behalf of ICCDI Africa, I want to express our profound gratitude to SAGE Innovation Centre for providing us this wonderful platform to showcase the solutions we are providing to help our environment become safer and healthier for all. With this funding, we will be able to upscale our activities and solutions in the fight against climate change by engaging in more educational and community empowerment initiatives,” she stated.

Jeremiah Hinmikaye, founder of Bio-Stark Green Solutions and first runner up at the competition revealed that SAGE Innovation Center has set the pace for other climate advocacy groups by supporting entrepreneurs who have sustainable solutions to fighting climate change. He further calls on other companies to emulate SAGE Innovation Centre to come up with such platforms to help more social entrepreneurs scale up their practices in the fight against climate change.

The SAGE Pitching Competition had a total of 17 viable entries, out of which the top five pitched at the competition and two winners emerged, going home with a total of One Million Naira. All top five contestants were also given certificates of participation by the Social Accelerator for a Green Economy.


CAPTION (R-L) Nazanin Alakija, Founder, SAGE Innovation Centre; Abikoye Abimbola, Lead Campaigner, ICCDI (International Climate Change Development Initiative), winner of the grand prize of Seven Hundred Thousand Naira and Lolade Awogbade, Sustainability Specialistat the SAGE Pitch competition which held at Oriental Hotel in Lagos recently.

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Anxiety in Ekiti varsity over planned sack of 500 workers

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There appeared tension in Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti over alleged plans by the institution to lay off no fewer than 500 workers. Investigation had revealed that 500 workers on sack list were those employed by the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof Samuel Oye Bandele. Sources also disclosed that some professors, who were promoted during that time may be demoted over allegation that due process was not strictly adhered to in their elevations.

One of the affected persons, who pleaded anonymity, said the new management , headed by Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof. Bamitale Omole, had consistently been complaining that high rate of workforce in the university and hell-bent on urgent step to curtail the alleged complicity.

The Academics Staff Union of Universities, EKSU chapter had in September threatened to embark on strike owing to inability to pay their salaries and other benefits. ASUU chairman, Dr. Kayode Arogundade, disclosed that the monthly wage bill of the university had increased from N380 million to over N502 million while the monthly subvention from government stood at N260 million, leaving the university to grapple hard to make up for the N262million shortfall internally. The source, who was employed as an academic staff said “yes, it was true, the management will soon be issued out sack letters to over 500 staff because of complains that the university was overstaffed.

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Bello dedicates victory to mother, Kogi people

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Kogi State Governor, Mr. Yahaya Bello has dedicated his victory in the last Saturday governorship election to hIS mother, Hajia Hawawu Bello and the people of Kogi State.

He said the people of Kogi State are the winners of the election for breaking ethnic jinx, class stratification and age difference in the state by re-electing him during the poll.

Governor Bello while giving his acceptance speech during a press conference at the Government House in Lokoja shortly after he was declared winner, assured the people of the state that they will all benefit from the resources of the state.

His words: “I appreciate my mother, Hajia Hawawu Bello. As a matter of fact, I dedicated this victory to her. I sincerely appreciate the good people of Kogi State from all the length and breadth of Kogi State; starting from Kogi East to Kogi West and Kogi Central. You are the winners of this particular election.

“We are making this feat and we have decided to break the jinx; the jinx of ethnicity, class differences and age differences. In diversity lies our strength.

“With the renewal of our mandate to serve for another four years, I reiterate the promise of our first term, which is to make all the citizens of Kogi State benefit from the entirety of our resources. May the Almighty God protect, guide and direct us toward the path of righteousness, good governance and development.”

Bello who condemned the violence and killings in different parts of the state during the poll, sympathised with those who lost their loved ones, calling on the Nigerian Police and other law enforcement agencies to bring those behind the violence and killings to book.

“During this particular election, there were reports of pockets of violence in some areas. We condemned the perpetrators of these particular crimes. Any form of crime is a crime; whether you call it political or whatever. I urge the Nigeria Police Force and all other law enforcement agencies to go after those who caused this particular violence.”

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NDDC’s debt: NASS to probe NLNG, Shell, 15 other IOCs

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Ajoint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has concluded arrangements to investigate 17 international oil companies (IOCs) including the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), Shell Petroleum and Conoil for alleged indebtedness to the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Other oil firms, which are to be quizzed by the joint committee, are Shebah Express Petroleum, Atlas Petroleum, Allied Energy, Frontier Oil, Seven Energy Limited, Belma Oil Producing Limited, AITECO Exploration and Production, Dubrin Oil and Continental Oil and Gas.

Also to be investigated is Enageed Resources Limited, New Cross exploration and Production, Pan Ocean Oil Corporation Nigeria Limited, Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and Prime Exploration and Production Company.

Co-chairman of the joint committee and House of Representatives committee chairman on NDDC, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo (APC, Ondo) who disclosed this yesterday in a chat with the media in Abuja, explained that as part of the investigation, the Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed; the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; the Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris and Auditor General of the Federation, Mr. Anthony Ayine, will also testify before the joint committee.

According to Tunji-Ojo, records have shown that the affected oil companies jointly owing the NDDC N72 billion and $73 million respectively, adding that the Federal Government was also owing the agency a whopping N1.2 trillion.

Giving details of the indebtedness, the co-chairman said: “These companies we are investigating are owing the NDDC huge sums of money, which when remitted to it, would improve the fortunes of the people of the Niger Delta area. By the records we have, a company like Shell Petroleum Development Company is said to owing more than N54.9 billion.

“We also have it on good authority that Pan Ocean is owing as much as $46.6 million, while Allied Energy is indebted to the tune of $43 million, and Shebah Express Petroleum owes as much as $23.8 million and then Atlas Petroleum is owning $22 million”, he stated.

Speaking further, Hon. Tunji-Ojo, revealed that, “the 9th National Assembly cannot afford to sit and watch oil companies deny the NDDC of its statutory revenue from firms operating in the country. The 8th National Assembly did a technical audit of the NDDC and the findings were very revealing and we must recover these monies. And it is even believed that some of these oil companies do not give the actual annual budget.

“Some of them are alleged to be tampering with their annual budgets and in fact, some are said to be paying the actual expenditure or stop gap whereas as the law provides that it should be the annual budget.”

Continuing, the co-chairman noted that “even the one that they were supposed to pay, they never paid. That is why the NDDC consultants have been going after them yet they have refused to pay. We have mandated the Central Bank of Nigeria to send the money wrongly credited to the NPA, to the rightful owners, that is the NDDC”

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Ikpeazu presents N136bn Budget

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Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, yesterday presented N136, 617, 847, 316 2020 budget estimate to the State House of Assembly for consideration.

The budget estimate is made up of a total sum of N66, 802, 247, 316 only as recurrent expenditure and capital expenditure of N69, 815, 600, 000 only.

The recurrent expenditure, however, would represent 48.90 per cent of the total Budget while the capital expenditure also represented 51.10 per cent of the Budget.

Presenting the Abia State 2020-2022 Medium Term Draft Estimates, christened “Budget of Economic Repositioning” to the legislators, Ikpeazu stated that the budget outlay was slightly less than N140, 944, 885, 770 for 2019.

He said the slight moderate decrease was occasioned by his administration’s resolve to formulate a realistic budget, while working hard to improve revenue generation and expenditure management approach.

This, the governor said that in spite of economic challenges, the state government was determined to reposition the state on a new foundation for growth as it had already keyed into the State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability as well as the other partnership initiatives with the aim of enhancing efficiency in its financial processes with a view to continuing to sharpen the process of participatory budgeting with the  involvement of communities, civil society groups, private sector agencies and other stakeholders.

In his remarks, Speaker Chinedum Orji commended the governor for the timely presentation of the budget estimate to the House of Assembly and promised that the house would ensure speedy passage of the bill.

He pledged that the legislators would support the governor through their oversight functions not meant to witch-hunt anyone but to realize the Governor’s projects.

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