Documents show Prince’s painkiller habit

  Numerous opioid painkillers were found at US singer Prince’s home shortly after his death last year, unsealed court documents show. Some of the pills discovered at Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard. But the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed the singer on 21 April 2016. Medical examiners have concluded that he died from an accidental overdose. No-one has been charged over the death of the 57-year-old singer. The court documents were…

Read More

US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

Read More

Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

Read More

Sustained development for Etche

As at May 29, 2015 when the good people of Rivers State rightly expelled the All Progressives Congress ( APC) from government, the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality were one of the most neglected communities. They were denied developmental projects, appointments and respect from their own state government. Due to no fault of theirs, they were degraded to second class citizens in a state where they served as food basket and also have some of the critical oil producing communities. Their situation was worsened by the fact that Etche APC…

Read More

Is Arik slipping into oblivion?

Government is at a crossroads on what to do with Arik Air, having injected N1.5 billion since it took over the carrier. It’s time to take far reaching decision on the airline’s future, writes WOLE SHADARE   Arik on life support For those who don’t know, Arik Air is currently dying a slow death and here are some of the signs. The airline has just five aircraft from the over 29 it acquired when it made a debut 10 years ago. It purportedly came with a difference with state-of-the-art aircraft,…

Read More

Umahi promises more dividend of democracy for Edda people

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has promised the people of Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the stateof more dividends of democracy even as he said that the people will not be left behind in his developmental strides. The governor while speaking on Easter Sunday at the country home of his friend and chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Julius Amah Orji at Nguzu Edda, said the people were dear to his heart. He said it was the special love he has for his friend in…

Read More

FG shifts Forcados, Bonga’s re-opening date to June, July

The Federal Government has announced new dates for re-opening of two major oil and gas installations in Nigeria-Bonga Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) and Forcados line. Minister of State for Petroleum resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who said this in a report, stated that Forcados would reopen in June and Bonga in July. Shell, operator of Bonga, had earlier said that the facility would re-open by April. The shutdown of these facilities have impacted the crude production in Nigeria as over 225, 000 barrels of oil is shut-in on Bonga…

Read More

Angst in APC over ‘marginalisation’

The bottled-up anger in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually being let out with series of protests by members who feel marginalised, writes ONYEKACHI EZE   There is no doubt that all is not well in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Events in the last few weeks confirmed this. First, is the news making the rounds that the party’s planned April 29 midterm national convention might not hold due to lack of funds. In fact, many people had expected this to happen because the APC leadership has cried…

Read More