Nigerians Furious Over Amosun’s Stockpile Of 1,000 Ak-47 Rifles, Two Million Bullets
News Update – Top of The News Headlines on how Ibikunle Amosun smuggled deadly arms and ammunition into Nigeria.
The story that was published on Monday exposed as false Mr Amosun’s claim that he had requisite approvals to bring in the weapons.
Mr Amosun, a serving senator and former governor of Ogun State, had admitted in June that he imported 1,000 AK-47 rifles, two million bullets, 13 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and other hardware for security efforts in his state in 2012.
While reacting how he hurriedly handed over the illegal arms to the police a day before his tenure expired on May 28, Mr Amosun said he had approvals from President Goodluck Jonathan for import waivers and end-user certificate from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
But following extensive investigation of his claim, it was discovered that Mr Amosun only had approval to import 13 APCs to support the police in 2012.
There was no end-user certificate or import waiver issued to Mr Amosun to import 1,000 AK-47 rifles and two million bullets.
News Update – Top of The News Headlines: Oil Worth $42bn Stolen In Nigeria Within Nine Years – NEITI
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has said that Nigeria lost about $42 billion to crude theft as well as domestic and refined petroleum products losses between 2009 and 2018.
This is according to the latest edition NEITI’s Policy Brief titled “Stemming the Increasing Cost of Oil Theft to Nigeria” published Wednesday in Abuja.
In its brief, the NEITI gave a detailed breakdown of what the nation had lost including $38.5 billion on crude theft alone and $1.6 billion on domestic crude and another $1.8 billion on refined petroleum products.
NEITI also stated that Nigeria loses an average of $11 million daily, $349 million in a month and about $4.2 billion annually to crude and product losses arising from stealing, process lapses and pipeline vandalism.
These loses were blamed on the failure of the Nigerian government to adopt the oil fingerprinting technology as well as the lack of qualitative metering instruments at the various facilities across the country.
The report states that oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities have deeply affected the lives of people living within the environments where oil facilities are mounted.
News Update – Top of The News Headlines: Nigeria Customs Suspends Fuel Supply To Filling Stations Near All Borders
The Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hamid Ali, has suspended the supply of fuel (diesel and petrol) to filling stations within 20 kilometres to all Nigerian borders.
He gave this directive to all commands through Chidi A, the Deputy Comptroller General Enforcement, Inspection, and Investigation Customs, on Wednesday in Abuja.The circular, dated November 6, 2019, titled, ‘EII/2019/Circular No. 027 Suspension of Petroleum Products Supply To Filling Stations Within 20 Kilometers To All Borders’, addressed to “all zonal coordinators, operation swift response, sector coordinator 1,2,3 & 4, customs area controllers, coordinators CGC strike force teams, coordinator, headquarters strike force teams and all marine commands, said, “The comptroller general of Customs has directed that henceforth no petroleum products no matter the tank size is permitted to be discharged in any filling station within 20 kilometers to the border.
“Consequently, you are to ensure strict and immediate compliance please.”
PDP Tackles Buhari Over Signing Of Bill In UK
The Peoples Democratic Party has critisised the signing of the amended Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom.
The party described the bill taken to the UK by the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, as “inexcusable and insulting” to Nigerians including the constitution of the country.
The PDP in a statement on Wednesday, said the action of the Presidency is an abuse of privilege, noting that the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, should have been given such a bill to sign into law.
Ayo Fadaka, Zonal Publicity Secretary of the PDP, said this in Akure, the state capital.
Fadaka said the President was only allowed to work outside the country “when he is pursuing diplomatic and bilateral relations on behalf of the nation.”
The statement read in parts, “While we are absolutely uninterested in the unhealthy developments within the Presidency which is fast developing into a schism, we declare that Nigeria and its interests far surpasses the immature and pedestrian scheming of the President and his cabal.
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