Nigerian, nine foreigners held for oil theft

Nigerian Navy said it had nabbed 10 suspected oil thieves on board MT Tecne Vessel in Delta State. The Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu, disclosed while parading the suspects at Focados River, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State yesterday. The suspects are one Nigerian, three Ghanaians, two Pakistanis, two Ukrainians, one Indonesian and one Beninese. Dewu, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the suspects were caught in the early hours of Tuesday while siphoning crude oil into the vessel from…

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Nigerian, other visual artists feature on African Voices

The Globacom-sponsored African Voices which shows on Cable News Network (CNN) will this week feature Nigeria’s writer and photographer, Victor Ehighale Ehikhamenor, and two other visual artists: graffiti and aerosol painter, Bankslave from Nairobi and Gael Froget from Mauritius. The trio will be speaking on their exploits in the world of visual painting and graffiti. Victor Ehikhamenor, who runs a studio in Maryland, United States and in Lagos, Nigeria, is prolific in producing abstract, symbolic and politically motivated works with unmistakable ties to his old Benin Kingdom. Having finished from…

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Battle to change political fortune

Ogun West: On a date with history Ogun West and the battle for Amosun’s seat In the 41 years existence of Ogun State, only two out of the three senatorial districts in the state have produced governors between themselves. In this report, WALE ELEGBEDE writes on the renewed vigour and resilience of Ogun West senatorial district to break the jinx in 2019 “In the interest of justice and fairness, Ogun West Senatorial district should be given the slot to produce the next governor of the state. If Ijebu and Egba…

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Malabu probe: Reps backpedal on Jonathan’s invitation

Barely a week after the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee investigating allegations of corruption, malpractices, and breach of due process in the award of oil prospecting licence (OPL 245) better known as Malabu oil scandal, said it planned to invite former President Goodluck Jonathan, there are indications that the committee will no longer insist on the appearance of the former leader. New Telegraph reliably gathered that the ad hoc committee, led by Hon. Razaq Atunwa (APC, Kwara) may have considered the implications of the invitation of the former president…

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Fuel theft: Senate calls for major shake-up in NNPC

The Senate has advised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to go beyond the sacking and redeployment of a few officials involved in fuel theft and other sharp practices in the industry. The upper legislative chamber gave the advice in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its spokesman and chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi. The Senate tasked the NNPC to initiate a comprehensive restructuring of its operations which currently allowed officials and other firms to appropriate national resources for their personal use, thereby contributing…

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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…

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