Murder: Court Frees 12 Ajayi Crowther Varsity Students

Mohammed Shosanya

The twelve of the twenty-five students from Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, who were facing charges of conspiracy, murder, and negligence, have been freed by Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.

The twelve students,who were discharged on Monday are:Kehinde Martins, Samuel Okorie, Mustapha Khalid, Yusuf Adeniran, Joseph Areoye, Iyanuoluwa Oyelakin, Obaloluwa Olalekan, Emmanuel Adejumobi, John Daudu, Moses Abiola, Hammad Tijani, and David Kolawole.

Chief Magistrate Olabisi Ogunkanmi ruled that there was no evidence linking these students to the alleged offences, as indicated by the legal advice received

The students had initially been arraigned and remanded in a correctional facility pending legal advice.

Besides,one of the defendants, Femi Oladoye, a security guard at the university, was granted bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oladoye had been charged with negligence of duty for failing to prevent the beating that led to the death of a 22-year-old student, Jefry Akro.

The prosecutor, CSP Funke Fawole, stated that the defendants were alleged to have caused Akro’s death on May 24 at about 9 p.m. by beating him with planks and electrical wires.

The court has adjourned the case until July 8 for further mention.

The charges include violations of Sections 516, 515, and 324 of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

Oyo: Local Govt Commissioner Heads Coronation Committee For New Olubadan

Babatunde Solanke

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has set up a committee for the coronation and presentation of staff of office to the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin.

The committee is headed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Ademola Ojo.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information, Prince Dotun Oyelade, who is also a member of the committee.

Other cabinet members in the committee are Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Mrs Toyin Balogun.

The coronation committee also include the son of the incoming Olubadan, Prince Folaseke Owolabi Olakulehin, Chief Dr. Onikepo Akande CON, His Royal Majesty Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi, His Royal Majesty Oba Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe, Chief Hazeem Gbolarumi, Mr Toye Arulogun, Bishop Ademola Moradeyo, CP Sunday Odukoya (Rtd.), Mogaji Abduljeleel Adanla and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Ramota Agberemi-Dabo.

Governor Seyi Makinde,had last week approved the nomination by the Olubadan-In-Council of Oba Olakulehin as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland and subsequently fixed July 12 for the coronation and presentation of the Staff of Office.

N248m Debt:KEDCO Disconnects Dangote Varsity

Babatunde Solanke

The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has cut power supply to Aliko Dangote University, Wudil, over an outstanding debt of N248 million.

The Managing Director of KEDCO, Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf, who disclosed this to newmen on Monday,said the varsity only paid N20 million out of the outstanding N248 million.

He said that the institution only made payment of N20 million out of the outstanding N248 million.

According to him,the power supply would only be restored if the management made huge payments.

He said his company was spending heavily to purchase power from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), hence the need to redouble efforts toward revenue generation.

Also,at a news conference,the Dean, Students Affairs, Professor Abdulkadir Muhammad Dambazau warned that the management is confronted with three unpalatable options to resolved the exigencies.

He said:”We are confronted with three options to amicably resolve the dilemma, and these include either the state government intervene or we shut the University, or we allow the students to bear the burden.

“We built our system around KEDCO supply, as we are compelled by the emerging exigencies to shut our Laboratories section, Computer system, introduced load shedding on academic area, residential areas , and commercial areas of the University community”.

He stated that: “There is no electricity, life is becoming unbearable for the dwellers of the University community, we relied on KEDCO to pump water for 28 thousand l students, including the staff quarters in the campus, and now the temporary arrangement weve adopted may pose threat to the security situation of the campus”.

He disclosed that the electricity bill has suddenly jumped from N18m to N60m monthly, stressing that the enhanced overhead from the state government which stood at N20m is not enough to pay the electricity bill.

The Dean,Students Affairs said that “We have sent Save Our Soul to the governor, and other critical stakeholders, and it is our hope the governor will intervene and offset the bill for the smooth running of the institution”.

TotalEnergies Urges indigenous Oil Firms To Embrace R&D

Mohammed Shosanya

The TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited,has advised indigenous oil and gas companies to embrace research and development to enable them cope with the emerging trends in the global business.

Deputy General Manager, Nigeria Content, Cyprian Ojum disclosed this on Monday at the ongoing
Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference (NOG) in Abuja

He said: “Now if Nigerian indigenous companies don’t wake up, they will also be left in the midst of things because they will lack knowledge of where the oil and gas industry is going to which is deep offshore. So, we are catching up with offshore and when it goes to deep offshore we are behind the time.

“We can’t do much without knowledge. So Nigerians indigenous companies that are here today, you need to get knowledge about offshore business because it’s not the same the same story with land and swamp. When you are in deep offshore, the technology is different from land exploration. You are talking about seismic data gathering and processing, you are talking about FPSO. And field development is different. You are talking about drilling rig on water which is quite a lot.

“Then the development, we are talking about subsea systems, you will be talking about riders; you will be talking about flow lines and all the pipelines that run underwater. We need to scale up our game in this regards and we can’t do it without proper research and development”.

“Accelerated R&D today is the way to go for us to go in order to ensure the future of the Nigerian oil and gas industry in terms of Nigerian content. If you don’t go that way then you will go back to 2010.”

He noted that it awards it jogs based on knowledge and competence saying that at various points several of its projects in the country have been handled Nigerian.

Speaking,Amesh Amarmani, Director, Pacegate Energy $ Resource Limited (PEARL), TotalEnergies by what he has done is giving local companies the opportunity to step up and be active players in the industry.

Nigerian indigenous companies,he said,need to take advantage of the opportunities that is provided by the IOC to improve capacity.

He emphasized the need for regulatory bodies to step up their supervision roles so that Nigerian indigenous oil and gas companies can be competitive.

No Explosion In Zungeru Power Plant- FG,Mainstream Energy

Mohammed Shosanya

The Federal Government has gaulted reports that there was an explosion occurred at Zungeru power plant on Monday.

Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu,who reacted to the rumour on Monday, stating that the Zungeru power plant is on the grid and the plant is running at optimum capacity.

A statement by Bolaji Tunji, Special Adviser, Strategic Communication and Media Relations, quoted the him as saying that the report of an explosion is a figment of the imagination of the purveyors of such information.

“ I have spoken with the Managing Director of Mainstream Energy and I can assure you that nothing of such took place in Zungeru. The plant is working and it continues to supply to the grid. We have video evidence from Zungeru that nothing like that occurred today and whoever is interested should go there to find out. It is rather unfortunate that people will sit down somewhere and cook up this sort of story. It is unpatriotic, such people should desist from creating unnecessary panic”.

He assured Nigerians of adequate supply of energy.

He added: “We have seen the worst in the sector, we can only get better. We promised incremental supply of power and that is what is happening now and that’s why we have the present improvement and it will continue”, the Minister assured.

Besides,Siraj Abdullahi, Executive Director, in Mainstream Energy Solutions Ltd, operators of Zungeru Power Plant, said the reports is fake and should be ognored

He implored the public to disregard the trending news, saying:’We are fine in Zungeru nothing happened and we are on the grid.There is a fake news on several media houses about an explosion in Zungeru. This is a wicked lie. We are fine in Zungeru nothing happened and we are on the grid.

“Please disregard this hate news. We are doing a video rebuttal soon.The time is 3:05 Monday 1st July, 2024”.

Ondo Gets Transition Committee On Power Regulation

Babatunde Solanke

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State,has constituted a transition committee to handle the transition of electricity regulation to the state.

Addressing newsmen in Akure,on Monday, the Special Adviser(Energy) to the state governor, Engr. Johnson Alabi, who is the Deputy chairman of the committee, disclosed that the committee will prepare the transition of the regulation for the state.

The committee has up till October 22, 2024 to submit its recommendations to the governor.

He said: “Based on this, it is expected that the electricity service providers in our state, BEDC, would have discussion with us.

“Our responsibility is to prepare the way forward as to how to manage the new development in the electricity sector.The timeline is between now and October ending.”

The Chairman of the Electricity Regulatory Transition from NERC to State government, Engr. Tunji Ariyomo explained that the committee would provide a platform that ensure smooth transition to the state with all stakeholders put into consideration.

He said: “Even before the committee was constituted, the state Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa and the Special Adviser on Energy, Engr. Johnson Alabi have taken decisive step to arrest the issue of estimated billing through the O’Datiwa Metering programme.

“As a committee, we will put in place technical administrative structure as a form of recommendation that can assist the state, TCN, BEDC and all key stakeholders to have smooth transition.”

Other members of the committee are Mrs. Iyabo Adefemi, Engr. Ajumobi olumayowa, Engr. Stephen Bolawole(Secretary) and Engr. Gbenga Akeju(TCN member).

On the notice that there would be power disruption for nine hours per day for two months, the Special Adviser said: “We actually got notice to that effect and we wrote to TCN immediately that 9 hours daily would crumble our businesses and other activities in the state.

“TCN replied us and assured us that they would do something about that that even if there’s going to be repair, it would be as lengthy as that.

“But fortunately this morning we a story debunking the repair notice did not arise because the repair notice did not receive the approval of the TCN headquarters.We are here to ensure that people carry out their businesses without any encumbrances.”

Integral Communications Woos Customers,Eyes Aggressive Growth

Tamilore Shosanya

Integral Communications Nigeria Limited, one of Nigerian’s leading ICT Companies has proven its resilience by adapting and staying committed to long-term growth in a bid to effectively satisfy its growing clientele base.

In a press statement assessing the Company’s half year performance, the General Manager of the company, Mr. Ifeanyi Nihe said from its humble beginnings to its current stature as one of the country’s prominent ICT Companies, Integral Communication’s corporate history is a captivating narrative of triumphs in the areas of product leadership, customer intimacy and service excellence.

According to him,Integral Communications Nigeria Limited has developed a comprehensive range of products tailored to support Nigerians in their journey towards wealth creation and preservation especially in the midst of the prevailing economic hardship.

These exclusive offerings encompass every stage of the wealth-building process, from buying a product and getting free gifts to getting amazing discounts, he said.

He said,the target and premium offer plans cater specifically to upwardly mobile professionals and entrepreneurs and individuals laying a solid groundwork for the acquisition of the company’s ICT products.

As the company continues to build its corporate story — one marked by resilience, evolution, and growth—it remains steadfast in its commitment to excellence, innovation, and driving positive change in the country.

To further prove its commitment to excellence and innovation to its customers, the Company recently made a strong foray into social media marketing which it considered an effective way to communicate with its investors, shareholders, stakeholders and customers, keeping them informed about significant company announcements, financial results, or strategic initiatives.

In order to reach out to the untapped market, the Company has gone into strategic partnerships and alliances as a mutually beneficial marketing tactic with some International Oil Companies (IOCs) like, Shell, NLNG and other corporate institutions.

The company has partnered global OEMs like HP, DELL, MICROSFOFT, APC, CISCO, MCAFEE, etc.
Integral Communications Nigeria Limited specializes on the Sales and installation of mobile phones, Computers (Laptops and Desktgops), printers and copiers , special gadgets, CCTV systems, intercom systems 9PABX), Network switches, procurement, etc.

Rivers:Customs Intercepts 9 Containers Of Arms,Drugs Worth N14bn

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted nine containers ladened with 844 assorted guns, 112,500 live bullets or ammunition, illicit drugs and used clothes worth over N13.9 billion smuggled into the country through Onne ports in Rivers State.

Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi,said the consignments originated from Turkey.

He disclosed this while briefing journalists on Monday at the Customs Port Harcourt Area two Command in Onne, on the recent achievements of the service.

He emphasised that the rifles and ammunition were concealed in containers with various items such as doors, furniture, plumbing fittings, and leather bags.

He noted that three suspects were arrested in the operation in connection with the intercepted containers, noted that the feat was possible as a result of synergy, collaboration, and intelligence sharing with sister security agencies.

He said:”It was the case with this 1 by 40 foot container MAEU165396, which originated from Turkey, and based on a number of risk factors, became a subject of interest. We had followed its sail across the continents, as we benefited immensely from credible information produced through our collaboration with the intelligence communities, both at the local, national and international levels.

“Working within our local structures, we followed diligently as the importer attempted to circumvent our procedure through the outlet of a Private Bonded Terminal.

“Consequently, on Friday, 21 June 2024, the suspicious container was subjected to thorough physical examination. The examination result revealed the following alarming contents: Eight Hundred and Forty-Four (844) units of rifles,one Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Five Hundred (112,500) pieces of live ammunition.”

Giving details of the weapons, he said the container had, “764 units of Tomahawk Jojef Magnum Black Pump Action Rifles, 10 units of VC Verney Caron Gunmakers Jojef Magnum Silver Pump Action Rifles, 50 units of VC Verney Caron Gunmaker Double Barrel Rifles, 20 units of VC Verney Caron Gunmaker Single Barrel Rifles, Exclusive Series, Sterling High-Quality Live Ammunition 34g – 25 Plastic Shotgun Shells (70MM).

“The duty-paid value of the container is Four Billion, One Hundred and Seventy-One Million, Seven Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira (₦4,171,710,000.00).

“In connection with this, we have three suspects in our custody after securing a detention warrant from a competent court of justice. Furthermore, a thorough investigation is ongoing to ensure all those involved face the full wrath of the law.”

Speaking further, he said, “Last Saturday, our officers intercepted another eight 40 foot containers with numbers as; TCKU6879285, CMAU5985012, CMAU7515384, CMAU4297020, SEKU5488437, BMOU4363156, MRKU4616024, and MRSU3068928, on transit to a bonded warehouse from Onne Port.”

He said six of the containers were ladened with; one million bottles of CSC Cough Syrup with Codeine (100ml), 3,500,000 tablets of Tramadol Benzhexol Tablets (5mg) with duty-paid value of ₦9,600,000,000, while the other two containers had 720 bales of used clothes with duty-paid value of ₦144,000,000.

“The total duty-paid value of the nine displayed containers is Thirteen Billion, Nine Hundred and Fifteen Million, Seven Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira (₦13,915,710,000.00).”

He clarified that the seized items would be handed over to the Coordinator of the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, under the office of the National Security Adviser for diligent investigation and prosecution.

The Customs Comptroller General warned that any Customs Officers found complicit in the perpetration of nefarious acts would be heavily sanctioned, adding that his leadership will not tolerate any action that compromises the economy and security of the country.

Adeniyi, assured that officers who kept faith with their Oath of allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and refused to be bribed into releasing seized containers will be adequately rewarded in a manner provided by the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023.

The CGC,however, commended the professional commitment of the Customs Area Comptroller of Onne Port, Mohammed Babandede and his Officers and Men, for the meticulous approach deployed in the operation.

On his part, the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, represented by Major General A. G. Lala, commended the Nigeria Customs for the achievements, describing it as a great feat, stressing that it underscores the Federal Government’s efforts in ridding the country of illicit weapons exacerbating insecurity in many parts of the nation.

Ribadu said: “Research and experience has shown that there is a nexus between drug trafficking, smuggling of small arms, money laundering and human trafficking. These has necessitated the need for synergy between security agencies to combat these menaces.

“The successful interception of this weapons and drugs is a further proof of the agency’s determination to frustrate the activities of arms smugglers and drugs traffickers.

“It is pertinent to state that the reoccurring proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country continues to fuel various activities of criminal elements as currently being witnessed in many parts of the country with the resultant negative implications on national security and national developments. We’ll not be able to reap dividends of democracy if there is no security.

He added, “In view of the forgoing, I wish to use this opportunity to urge other security agencies to improve on efforts at checkmating the activities of criminals undermining the federal government of Nigeria’s effort at improving security across the country.

“Therefore, I assure all Nigerians that we will not relent in our commitment to improve the security situation in the country without which no meaningful development can take place.”

FG Transfers Regulatory Oversight Of Imo Electricity Market To State Govt

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC),Monday announced the transfer of Regulatory Oversight of the Electricity Market in Imo State to the state electricity regulatory commission, otherwise known as (ISERC).

In a statement,NERC said that the move is in compliance with the amended Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFRN) and the Electricity Act 2023 (Amended), reiterating that all transfers envisaged by this order shall be completed by 31 December 2024.

According to the Commission,the transfer Order’s provisions include: “Direct Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to incorporate a subsidiary (EEDC SubCo) to assume responsibilities for intrastate supply and distribution of electricity in Imo State from EEDC, and that EEDC shall complete the incorporation of EEDC SubCo within 60 days from 27th June 2024. The subcompany shall apply for and obtain licence for the intrastate supply and distribution of electricity from ISERC, among other directives”.

With the EA 2023, the Commission retains the role as the central regulator with regulatory oversight on the inter-state/international generation, transmission, supply, trading and system operations.

It also mandates any state that intends to establish and regulate intrastate electricity markets to deliver a formal notification of its processes and requests NERC to transfer regulatory authority over electricity operations in the state to the State Regulator.

The government of Imo State complied with the conditions precedent in the laws, duly notified NERC and requested for the transfer of regulatory oversight of the intrastate electricity market in Imo State.

FG Unveils AFRIPERF To Boost Utilization Of Africa’s Oil,Gas Reserves

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Monday launched the establishment of the African Petroleum Regulatory Forum (AFRIPERF) to unlock the potentials the continent’s oil and gas reserves.

The NUPRC Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Gbenga Komolafe,performed the launch at the sidelines of the ongoing Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference (NOG) in Abuja.

He explained that,AFRIPERF became necessary to enhance collaboration,knowledge sharing, and aligning regulatory frameworks to address the evolving global energy landscape and ensure a secure energy future for Africa.

“Today marks a significant milestone in our collective journey towards fostering a more collaborative, innovative, and sustainable petroleum industry in Africa.

“The establishment of the AFRIPERF signifies our commitment to working together to overcome common challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead to achieve our national aspirations in developing and utilisation of our hydrocarbon resources”, he said.

According to him,Africa’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP),which currently stands at $3 trillion is very low compared to that of Europe at $22 trillion and the USA at $26.9 trillion, with potentials derived from its human, natural and material resources which must be mobilised to propel the continent on a path of economic growth and development.

He stated the import of the new body to include opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and establishing strategic partnerships by bringing together regulators from across the continent.

He added:”During the African Energy Leadership Forum and Awards at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, USA, In May 2023, we recognised the need for a unified platform that would bring together the regulators of the African Petroleum Industry. AFRIPERF was born out of this vision, with the primary goal of promoting collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the adoption of best practices across our continent for a secure energy future.

“As we are all aware, we are faced with a rapidly evolving global energy landscape, it is therefore imperative that we leverage our collective strengths to secure the appropriate energy source for the development of our nations and the benefit of our people.

“The recent surge in hydrocarbon discoveries across Africa, coupled with the pressing need for a sustainable energy transition, demands a concerted effort from all of us. AFRIPERF will enable us to address these challenges head-on, ensuring that our regulatory frameworks are robust, our policies forward-thinking, and our actions aligned with global best practices”, he added.