Buhari Suspends Inauguration of NNPC Limited Board Indefinitely
President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the inauguration of the newly constituted Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC).
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, announced this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The suspension of the inauguration of the board comes two months after the NNPC Limited was incorporated in line with the directive of the President.
NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, was directed to take necessary steps to ensure that the incorporation of the NNPC Limited was consistent with the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act. #
Buhari Promises to Take Action on Cooking Gas Price Hike
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, says President Muhammadu Buhari was aware and concerned about the hike in the price of gas and has promised to ameliorate the situation.
Sylva stated this while addressing journalists after a meeting with the President in his office where he presented Chief Executive Officers of two new agencies: the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission (NURC) and the Nigerian Downstream and Midstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) on Tuesday in Abuja.
The minister explained that the government has no control of the prices and rather, the international market primarily determines the price of the commodity.
He, however, assured Nigerians that some elements of the pricing will be adjusted internally to enable a reduction, particularly in view of the Yuletide season. #
Police Rescue Five Students, 19 Others Abducted by Bandits in Zamfara
Police authorities in Zamfara say they have rescued 24 people abducted by bandits in Shinkafi and Tsafe Local Government Areas of the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayuba Elkana, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday at the command headquarters in Gusau, the state capital.
He said that those rescued by the security operatives were five students, including a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda.
Elkana identified the four other students as pupils of the Government Day Secondary School, Birnin Yero in Shinkafi LGA, who were abducted on their way back from writing the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
According to him, police tactical operatives rescued the abducted victims from different locations in the state, adding that operatives deployed to the Gusau Tsafe – Funtua Road rescued 11 passengers who were abducted by bandits while travelling at night in two vehicles.
The Commissioner for Information in Zamfara, Ibrahim Dosara, received the abducted victims from the police on behalf of the state government. #
I Was Never Arrested by the EFCC – Fani-Kayode
The member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, says he was not arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a post on his verified Facebook page on Wednesday, maintaining that he was only invited by the anti-graft agency.
The former People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain’s post came hours after the EFCC confirmed that he was being questioned by the commission.
According to the agency, Fani-Kayode was questioned on allegations relating to the forgery of a medical report which he reportedly got to evade his trial before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
He arrived at the Lagos office of the EFCC in the company of his lawyer around 1 pm on Tuesday, but the commission said updates about his interrogation would be provided later.
Fani-Kayode is standing trial on an alleged N4.6 billion fraud before Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court in Lagos. #
Ronaldo Fires Manchester United into Champions League Last 16
Cristiano Ronaldo’s excellent goal helped Manchester United begin life after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 2-0 victory over Villarreal on Tuesday and seal their place in the Champions League last 16.
Ronaldo’s splendid lob was then capped by Jadon Sancho’s first United goal at the Ceramica, where caretaker manager Michael Carrick dropped Bruno Fernandes to the bench.
After a turbulent few days that saw Solskjaer sacked following Saturday’s humiliating 4-1 defeat by Watford, United was able to calm the storm with a win that leaves them three points clear at the top of Group F.
Carrick has only been placed in temporary charge after the club outlined their plan on Sunday to install an interim coach before making a permanent appointment next summer. #
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