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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Kachikwu Speaks On Fire Incident At His Abuja Home




Kachikwu Speaks On Fire Incident At His Abuja Home

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, on Monday confirmed that there was a fire incident at his Abuja residence as circulated on social media, but said it was "nothing serious."

"It was a mere power surge that was contained immediately," Mr. Kachikwu's spokesperson, Idang Alibi, told PREMIUM TIMES at 5:00 p.m. Monday.

The spokesperson said no one was hurt during the incident, which he said occurred between Sunday night and Monday morning and blamed on a faulty electric cable in his principal's bedroom.

Mr. Kachikwu was not at home during the outbreak. It was contained within a few minutes by police guard and others who were at the property located in the highbrow Asokoro neighbourhood.

The development comes amidst raging controversy over the October 3 leakage of a memo which Mr. Kachikwu addressed to President Buhari about alleged infractions at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

"No foul play was suspected in the fire incident," Mr. Alibi said.

Kachikwu Speaks On Fire Incident At His Abuja Home





The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, on Monday confirmed that there was a fire incident at his Abuja residence as circulated on social media, but said it was "nothing serious."

"It was a mere power surge that was contained immediately," Mr. Kachikwu's spokesperson, Idang Alibi, told PREMIUM TIMES at 5:00 p.m. Monday.

The spokesperson said no one was hurt during the incident, which he said occurred between Sunday night and Monday morning and blamed on a faulty electric cable in his principal's bedroom.

Mr. Kachikwu was not at home during the outbreak. It was contained within a few minutes by police guard and others who were at the property located in the highbrow Asokoro neighbourhood.

The development comes amidst raging controversy over the October 3 leakage of a memo which Mr. Kachikwu addressed to President Buhari about alleged infractions at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

"No foul play was suspected in the fire incident," Mr. Alibi said.

‘MILITARY OPERATION HAS IMPROVED, STABILISED SECURITY IN SOUTH EAST REGION’





The Nigerian Army says it has stabilised and improved security in the South-East through the just concluded Operation Python Dance 11. It added that the exercise had checkmated the tension in the zone brought about by the activities of secessionist groups, stressing that the people could freely go about their legitimate duties without hindrance.
In a yesterday in Enugu, Army Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division, Col. Musa Sagir, noted that the one-month exercise was also used to impact on the skills and training of its officials in their various areas as well as promoted peace among its men.
He said: "The one-month Nigerian Army Exercise EGWU EKE II conducted at 82 Division Nigerian Army's area of responsibility which covers the south eastern geo-political zone and parts of Cross River State recorded remarkable achievements in the attainment of training and operational objectives, improvement in peace, security and stability in the region. The exercise has also thwarted criminal intents and activities such as illegal oil bunkering activities, armed robbery, kidnapping, violent
secessionists' agitations, armed banditry and communal clashes.
"It should be noted that despite initial apprehension caused by mischief makers, deliberate misinformation and campaign of calumny by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the exercise has ended on a high because of the attainment of the training and operational objectives of the effort."
He went on: "Recall that efforts were made in the previous press releases to inform the public that the exercise was a training session for the participating troops to sharpen their agility and skills to curtail current and evolving security challenges. It is by now obvious that in all standards, the outlined objectives have been achieved. This was effectively consolidated in the light of the gains and lessons learnt from the earlier exercise, Python Dance I.
-Guardian

MORE TROUBLE FOR ATIKU, NPA TO RE-AWARD INTELS CONTRACT





• Firm alleges sinister motive
The disagreement between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and INTELS Nigeria Limited deepened yesterday as the agency said it would soon begin bidding for the withdrawn pilotage contract.
The Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman yesterday said the company was trying to prove to be above the law of the Federal Government of Nigeria, adding that the authority would not condone that attitude.
Bala-Usman said the government would follow the issue to the letter and open a fresh bidding in a transparent manner for prospective contractors.
She assured the jittery workers of the oil and gas logistics giant that once they possess the required skills, the new contractor would engage their services.
The NPA boss alleged that INTELS had refused to comply with the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy of the Federal Government, as it insisted on deducting its money from source.
"INTELS wanted to continue to do the job and deduct their money from source and then remit the balance to NPA, due to the fear of delay. I have, therefore, assured them that the money would be paid within seven working days and where we exceed these days, we would be ready to pay for the delays. No company is above the law and it is only when all corporate entities obey the laws of the country that everyone benefits. There must be a level playing field for all players in the sector and this is the commitment of the NPA," she said.
INTELS alleged that the management of NPA deliberately frustrated attempts to address the issues raised by the introduction of the TSA in the execution of its pilotage agency agreement.
There were reports that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has placed a seal on INTELS property in Onne, asking the company to pay unremitted taxes. But the company's spokesman, Bolaji Akinola, debunked the report which he said was concocted by some unreliable sources to destabilise INTELS.
A statement by INTELS said the issues arose because the pilotage agency agreement, signed in 2010, did not envisage the TSA, and as such did not factor it into its implementation. The company said it borrowed $1.4 billion (N428.4 billion) from banks to execute the agreement with the understanding that the debt would be offset from monies realised from the pilotage services paid directly to the banks.
Akinola said meetings, letters and proposals on how to resolve the TSA imbroglio were rebuffed by the NPA managing director. "Deliberate stumbling blocks were placed on the path of resolving the issues and this is indicative of a sinister motive," Akinola said yesterday.
According to him, INTELS on May 5, 2017, sent a letter to NPA proposing the opening of a jointly signed account between the company and NPA to which the boat service revenues would have been directed, but that the proposal, like many others, was rebuffed.
He also faulted claims by NPA that the contract was terminated based on the advice of the attorney-general of the federation.
"At what point are revenues eligible to be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund? NPA acting on behalf of the Federal Government entered into a profit sharing agreement with INTELS that 72 per cent of the revenue goes to NPA while 28 per cent is for INTELS.
"The objective interpretation of the constitution should be that the revenue due to the federation should be the 72 per cent due to NPA," he said.
Akinola also said that NPA could not fault INTELS in the execution of the contract, "which we handled most diligently."
The spokesman said the management of NPA was pandering to the antics of the company's detractors at the expense of government revenue, huge investments and several jobs, contrary to the position of fairness and objectivity that it should have adopted.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, yesterday alleged that with the faceoff between NPA and INTELS, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, was being persecuted over his presidential ambition in 2019.
Reacting to the decision by the FIRS to seal INTELS over tax evasion, he warned government agencies to steer clear of politics.

-Guardian


10-YEAR-OLD GIRL CRAVES AUDIENCE WITH BUHARI, GETS INVITATION





It started as a tall dream for 10-year-old Ayesha Aliyu Gebi from Bauchi State when she wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, craving audience with him.
Credit must be given to the power of social media, as little Aisha's dream came to pass Monday when she met with the president.
In the nine seconds video shown on Twitter, Ayesha, who was dressed in Ankara material, clutched her now-framed letter, which she presented to the president.
Although she has always been a fan of the president, she gave voice to her desire by her penning him a letter stating her wish to meet him personally.
Her letter read: "Dear President Muhammadu Buhari, my name is Ayesha Aliyu Gebi. I am from Bauchi State. I am your biggest fan.
"How are you feeling? I heard you are sick. Hope you (are) feeling better? Let me go straight to the point. I wanted to ask you if I can come and see you.
"I have always wanted to see a president face to face. Sorry, I forgot to tell you my age. So I am 10 years old."
Her letter was made public by her uncle, one Hussein Gebi, who tweeting from @dgebis wrote: "My niece wants to see the president @MBuhari face to face please make her dream come true. Retweet please."
After his tweet on August 29, it soon went viral as many people adhered to his plea and it garnered 535 retweets and 231 likes.
Although sceptical about the viability of her request, some Nigerians like Angale Kahleed who pleaded that if her request was granted, she should remind the president how badly his beloved sons and daughters were suffering in Bauchi.
Despite the retweets, it was seen as a nearly impossible feat by most until a reply by Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant to the President, New Media, made her wish come true.
Tweeting from @BashirAhmad he wrote: "President Muhammadu Buhari has read your niece's letter. And he says: Invite Ayesha to come and see me. Are we down for tomorrow?"
To which her uncle replied: "Kudos to our listening president. Its (sic) surely gonna be a dream come true for Ayesha tomorrow. A girl's dream will come true tomorrow. Kudos to Mr President @MBuhari long live Baba."
Her father, Ibrahim Aliyu, who said they were counting down until the meeting wrote: "Today my daughter Ayesha's dream of meeting @MBuhari comes true. May the dreams of every child in this country come true, Amen."
Also joining the celebration, another of her uncles tweeting from @Segalinks wrote: "Congratulations to my beautiful and cerebral niece, who scribbled her way intelligently into the heart of the Greats. Enjoy each passing day."
Immediately the invitation was extended by the presidency to Ayesha, trust Nigerians to inundate her with requests to present to the president on their behalf.
However, one Badru Rafiu expressed his displeasure at his perceived discrimination against the elderly.
Inferring that the little girl was granted audience because she is a child, he said: "@BashirAhmad I made similar requests to @akandeoj but up to now no response. I think older people are stigmatised and discriminated against at the villa."
With the invitation to Ayesha, are we going to see more kids writing letters to the presidency or their governors requesting for audience?
Certainly yes, as Nigerians are known to jump quickly on the bandwagon. But will they get the same result? Only time will tell.
Many like Abdulkadir Wanka shared the same thinking when he wrote: "Only God knows how many letters will come after this. I trust my Nigerians."
-Thisday

TV CRIME PRESENTER SUES IGP ON RESTRICTION





Television crime presenter, Aisha Tosan, has asked a Lagos High Court to nullify an order directing police formations in Nigeria to ostracise her.
In the suit, filed yesterday on her behalf by activist lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, the broadcaster, wants the court to restrain the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, from taking any step that could jeopardise her right to disseminate information.
The presenter of Crime Fighters, Police and You, contended that a recent interview she granted to a national newspaper on controversy dogging the police force does not amount to a crime and should not result in a denial of access to its facilities, since the latter is a public institution.
She therefore wants the court to determine whether the IGP is empowered by law to exclude a citizen from associating with the police for merely expressing an opinion.
The suit, which is yet to be assigned to any judge for hearing, seeks "an order nullifying, voiding, cancelling and/or invalidating the directive from the first respondent to all police formations in Nigeria from relating, associating with or partaking in any of the activities and programmes of the applicants, on account of the exercise of their freedom of expression as guaranteed by law."
-Guardian

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Terry Crews recounts Hollywood Sexual Harassment Experience



Terry Crews recounts Hollywood Sexual Harassment Experience - BellaNaija
Terry Crews (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Actor Terry Crews has recounted on Twitter how he was sexually harassed at a Hollywood function by a Hollywood executive.
He and his wife were at the event when the executive approached him and groped his privates, he said.
He said he was telling his story now in light of the recent sexual harassment allegations made against producer Harvey Weinstein.
He didn’t take the case further because he did not want to be ostracized, he said.
See his tweets below:
Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

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