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Ijaw Youths Close Seven Petrol Stations For Allegedly Not Adjusting Pump-price

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The Central Zone of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has locked down seven petrol filling stations in Yenagoa for allegedly not adjusting to the N125 pump-price.

The youth visited many filling stations in Yenagoa and locked down the affected stations.

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Those shut down by the youth include Pados, Ebi Egrin & Sons Nig. Ltd, Okpom’s Oil, Emitare Nig. Ltd, Watgo Petroleum, JJ Wak’s Nig. Ltd and the River Nun filling station.

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Mr Kenedy Olorogun, Chairman of IYC, Central Zone, explained that their action was informed by the attitude of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

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Olorogun expressed displeasure over the refusal by petrol dealers to comply with fuel price reduction in Bayelsa, adding that other states in the federation had adhered to the new price.

He noted that  in Bayelsa, most filling stations were still selling at N145 in defiance of the directive to reduce the price.

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He said that the youth would keep monitoring the filling stations that had yet to comply with the fuel price reduction, calling on DPR and other regulators to act.

However, the DPR in Bayelsa described the allegations of inaction on its part as baseless and cheap blackmail by the youth who were merely seeking relevance and recognition.

Mr Omasanjuwa Oshodi, a Public Relations Officer at DPR Office, Bayelsa told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview on Friday that the operations of the IYC in enforcing the new price of petrol was illegal and criminal.

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He insisted  that the youth lacked the recognition of government and expertise to regulate the sector.

He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, DPR in Bayelsa has increased its surveillance activities and is effectively enforcing the new price regime.

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“The operations controller led a team of senior officials of DPR on Thursday on routine surveillance across Yenagoa to enforce compliance and many of the stations visited promptly adjusted their pumps to reflect the new regulated price.

“In spite of the Coronavirus, we are doing our best in the discharge of our statutory responsibility and we remain undeterred by the illegal activities and cheap blackmail by the youth and we cannot join issues with them.

“We will not get distracted as we are currently engaged in our work to ensure that the reduction in the pump price by the Federal Government brings relief to the people of Bayelsa.

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“The DPR cannot tolerate the exploitation of the public by selling above the approved N125 or underdispensing, we are enforcing it.”

(NAN/NATION)

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Our Leaders Told Us Jonathan Isn’t Muslim, He Brought Boko Haram, Northerner Confesses

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The video of a Northerner sharing his view on Nigeria’s 2023 presidency is going viral.

The young man is trending for demanding a power shift from the North to the South next year.

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Dressed in a native attire with a cap to match, he accused Northern leaders of misleading the people.

The citizen is a supporter of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

He recalled they were told that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was not a Muslim.

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He also said the former leader was accused of being the mastermind of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

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Parts of his words: “We were deceived during the time of Goodluck (Jonathan) that he was not a Muslim.

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“We were told he was the one that brought Boko haram. Tribalism always happens when it comes to elections.

“Look at our northern brothers that have been in government for years, what good have they done for us?”, he quipped.

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How Three Ex-bank Workers Planned With Hackers To Steal N20bn – Witness

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The trial of three former workers with the First Bank of Nigeria facing attempted fraud charges before a Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja, continued on Wednesday.

The defendants, Ozioma Ugorji, 35; Ugwu Emeka, 32; and Obike Chukwuka, 38, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission for allegedly attempting to steal N20bn from the bank.

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PUNCH Metro learnt that the defendants conspired to tap into the bank’s server to grant access to a syndicate.

They were, however, apprehended by the EFCC on March 6, 2021, following an intelligence report.

During cross examination by one of the defence counsel, Uchenna Ozoagbo, a prosecution witness, Adamu Dahiru, told the court that the defendants were apprehended after one of them connected a laptop he collected from the syndicate to the bank’s server.

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He said, “They conspired to give access to a fraudster to defraud the bank of over N20bn. The report we gathered was that the money was in the cloud and they needed to bring it out.

“The second defendant (Emeka) had a meeting with the syndicate at a hotel.

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“When the first defendant (Ugorji) was arrested, he made a statement that he was introduced to the syndicate by the third defendant (Chukwuka) and that they had communicated with someone from the headquarters.

“The second defendant made a statement that a laptop was given after several promises that he should connect the laptop to the bank’s system.

“When he was on duty, he connected the laptop to the banking system, but during the connection, the I.P. of the laptop was picked up and the system was destroyed.”

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The judge, S.O. Solebo, adjourned the case till October 5, 2022, for continuation of trial.

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ICPC Clarifies Discovering Billions In Buratai’s Home

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday clarified report that it recovered N170 million cash, $220,965, G-Wagon from the residence of Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Reports had it that the ICPC recovered N1.85 billion from a house and office said to belong to Buratai in Abuja.

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The huge sum said to have been recovered was part of the billions of naira earmarked for the purchase of arms and ammunition by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

But the spokesperson of the commission, Azuka Ogugua, denied that the house belonged to Buratai.

According to Ogugua, facts available indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor.

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“The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to some inaccurate and concocted reports in the media about the seizure of multibillion-naira cash, dollars, Rolex watches stockpiled in an Abuja property.

“The Commission wishes to state that ICPC operatives raided a property in Wuse 2 of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, 16th June, 2022 between 5:00pm and 12:00am on suspicion of money laundering. Facts available for the time being indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor,” Ogugua said.

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The Commission added that it recovered N175,706,500; $220,965; G-Wagon; 2022 editions of BMW and Mercedes Benz cars; customized mobile phones; several designer wrist watches, three Rolexes, and some property documents from the house.

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