TotalEnergies, Dangote Refinery Seal Supply Deal

Mohammed Shosanya

TotalEnergies,has signed its first supply deal with Dangote Refinery in Nigeria, Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said on Friday.

The action took place during a meeting with Aliko Dangote, but without details of what the agreement entails.

“We met this morning, we made the first deal between both of us,” Pouyanne told a panel at the Africa CEO Forum in Kigali, Rwanda. “The two CEOs met with our head of trading and we found the way to convince them to make a deal,” he added.

Dangote has been trying to secure crude supplies for his 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery, the largest in Africa and Europe when it reaches full capacity.
In May, the company put out a tender for two million barrels of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Midland crude every month for a year starting in July, a tender document seen by Reuters showed.

The oil refinery, which started production in January, cost $20 billion to build. Dangote aims to reverse Nigeria’s reliance on imports for fuel and other refined products even though the country is Africa’s biggest oil producer.

Dangote said the refinery had enough gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel to supply the African continent and export to Brazil.

“We started producing jet fuel, we are producing diesel, by next month, we’ll be producing gasoline. What that will do, it will be able to take most African crudes,” Dangote told the panel.

“Our capacity is too big for Nigeria. It will be able to supply West Africa, Central Africa and also Southern Africa,” he added.

Burnt Tank Farm Not Ours, Says NNPC Ltd

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd),has clarified that the fire incident at a tank farm in Marine Beach, Apapa, Lagos, was at a depot belonging to HOGL Energy Ltd (Honeywell Depot), and not an NNPC Retail Ltd.’s facility .

Olufemi Soneye,Chief Corporate Communications Officer,NNPC Ltd, cleared the air in a statement obtained by Premium News on Friday.

The fire,which has since been extinguished, was as a result of petroleum products spillage within the perimeter of the tank farm,the statement added.

Meanwhile, NNPC Ltd and other depots in the area have resumed loading activities.

The company assured that the incident will,in no way, affect petroleum products supply and distribution across the country.

Auxillary: Oyo APC Seeks Probe Of Alleged Cover Up By State Govt

Mohammed Shosanya

The Oyo state chapter of All Progressives Congress,has implored the National Special Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Kayode Egbedokun,to carry out thorough investigation on the various allegations againstthe former boss of the Park Management System (PMS) in the state,Mr. Mukaila Lamidi with a view to unraveling his sponsors and other accomplices.

Lamidi,popularly known as Auxiliary was paraded on Thursday at the Eleyele, Ibadan headquarters of the Oyo State Police Command following his arrest by the officials of the Department of State Security last week.

The State Commissioner of Police, Adebola Hamzat, told press men during the parade that Lamidi would soon be arraigned in court on several charges which included; murder of one Rahmon which happened in Ibadan in 2021, possession of large cache of arms and ammunition among other crimes.

He was later arraigned same day and remanded at Agodi Correctional Centre.

In a statement issued on Friday and made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, the party cautioned against selective justice “as could not have committed the heinous crimes all alone and without the sponsorship or support of the powers-that-be in the state in view of the fact that he was not only a chieftain of the ruling party but also an associate of the PDP governor.

“Arrest and prosecution of Lamidi was long overdue in view of the fact he has always been a thorn in the flesh of the residents of Oyo state and the good people of Ibadanland in particular. It is on this note that we commend the officials of the DSS who eventually got him arrested following a long time of distress calls from his numerous victims.

“Until recently when the bubble burst between him and Gov. Seyi Makinde, the same man (Lamidi) was untouchable as he got the full backing of the Agodi Government House landlords to run a separate government in the state.

“There is no denying the facts that Lamidi and his vicious gang have violated many innocent people’s right since May 29, 2019 when Gov. Makinde came into power. Also, it is an established fact that he had in his possession cache of arms and ammunition which no security agency in the state could boast of.

“He displayed these weapons at will just like he did on several occasions when he went on political functions and campaigns in company of Gov. Makinde. There are even claims from certain quarters that weapons meant for Amotekun Corps in Oyo state ended up in the hands of Lamidi and his gang members.

“Apart from the 2021 incident in which one Rahmon was killed, Lamidi followed the entourage of the governor to Kogi state, Osogbo in Osun state, Ekiti state, Igangan in Oyo state and many other place where he used the stockpiled arms and ammunition brazenly since he was under the state cover. The question on the lips of the people is; “why did Gov. Makinde keep Auxiliary so close to the seat of power for four good years only to part ways with him immediately he got his second term mandate?

“Many members and leaders of our great Party (APC) have fallen victims of Mukaila Lamidi’s reign of terror in the past but this cannot make us support selective justice. Both the NSA and IGP should wade into the matter and ensure that thorough investigation is carried out to unmask those who sponsored or backed Lamidi’s criminal acts in the state.

“With thorough and unbiased investigation, a lot would be revealed and all those responsible for political violence, thuggery and brigandage in the state on the last five years would be made to face justice.” Oyo APC stated.

Why EFCC Chairman Will Win War Against Corruption-Ooni

Mohammed Shosanya

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II),has said that the current chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC,Mr. Ola Olukoyede,will win the war against corruption in Nigeria.

He said attributed the development to Olukoyede’s total belief in community engagement and effective collaboration among relevant stakeholders who play pivotal roles in combating the menace of corruption”, he said.

He spoke in Ile-Ife, Osun State on Wednesday, while receiving the Acting Zonal Director of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE I Hauwa Garba Ringim who paid him a courtesy visit.

He said that the leadership Olukoyede is offering the EFCC would ultimately succeed in bringing corruption to its knees.

The monarch also commended the professionalism displayed by staff of the EFCC when carrying out their official duties and activities, adding that, “the internal repositioning of the EFCC under the present Chairman is evident and has obviously paved way for professionalism needed for the Commission to achieve its mandate.”

He implored Nigerians to stand up and support the EFCC in ridding the country of corruption that has undermined the economic growth of the nation for decades.

The EFCC cannot fight corruption alone,he said,adding the ownership of economic and financial crimes in the country must be taken by Nigerians in a sincere and dynamic ways.

He expressed worry over illegal mining activities in Osun State but assured the EFCC of his support in tackling the menace.

Speaking,Ringim thanked the Royal Father for accommodating her and her entourage despite his busy schedules pointing out that his gesture “reiterates the stance of the Ooni of Ife’s to always support the mandate of the EFCC deliberately, regardless of tribal affiliation”.

She appreciated the traditional ruler for believing in the leadership of the EFCC and assured that the EFCC under the leadership of Olukoyede will not give up the fight against corruption, illegal mining activities and cybercrime in Osun State and Nigeria at large regardless of how corruption fights back”.