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End oil theft before May 29, FG tells security forces



The Federal Government has asked security agencies to end crude oil theft before the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration ends on May 29.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Silva, gave the charge while addressing troops under Operation Delta Safe during his visit to military formations in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister visited Nigeria Air Force 97 Special Operations Group and Nigeria Navy Ship Pathfinder to re-assess the ongoing fight against oil theft.

The minister said that the president was committed to the total eradication of oil theft before leaving office on May 29.

He said, “We were here a few months ago with a charge and mandate from President Buhari to ensure complete eradication of oil theft in the Niger Delta.

“Since then, we have seen a significant improvement, meaning that you (military and other security outfits) took the charge and mandate of the president very seriously.

“Therefore, Mr President sent us here with a message of commendation to you for your gallantry in the fight against oil theft,” he said.

Silva said that Buhari had declared total war against those stealing national assets, thereby depriving the people of the benefits of such assets.

He commended the Armed Forces and other security outfits for the reduction in crude oil theft and illegal bunkering in the country.

The minister said, “I am happy to announce that there is a significant improvement in crude oil production, with both Nigerians and the international community acknowledging the improvement.

“However, we should not rest on our oars but we must ensure that stealing of crude oil is 100 per cent eradicated in the country.

“So, we urge you to redouble your efforts in completing the job of ending oil theft in the Niger Delta.”

Also speaking, Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, attributed the increased oil production and export to the sustained fight by the military and sister security agencies, with support from the government.

He said that before the president gave the military the marching order to tackle crude oil theft, production was very low.

“Currently, crude oil theft is on a steady decline, indicating that we are on the right path.

“The reduction also indicates that there is the need for everyone to put their hands on the plough through collective efforts,” added.

On his part, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, attributed the crude oil theft reduction to the improved synergy between the navy and sister security agencies.

He said that the recent arrest of a foreign merchant ship, MT Heroic Idun, suspected to be involved in crude oil theft showed was an indication that the fight against oil theft was real.

He said, “The arrest of MT Heroic Idun will serve as a deterrent to those who are stealing our crude.

“On January 10, the vessel and its crew will be arraigned at the High Court here in Port Harcourt.”


CJN worships at Abuja Mosque hours after claims of meeting Tinubu in London



CJN worships at Abuja Mosque

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayoode Ariwoola, on Friday attended a Jumaat service at a mosque in Abuja, amid reports of meeting the president-elect, Bola Tinubu abroad.

A video emerged from the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon showing the CJN leaving his office to the Ansar-Ud-Deen Mosque while holding a walking stick.

Further pictures showed him inside the mosque participating in the Jumaat prayer.

There were social media reports on Thursday that the CJN visited Tinubu, who is said to be vacationing in London ahead of the Ummrah in Saudi Arabia, while using a wheelchair.


The declaration of Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the February 25 presidential election had already attracted petitions by at least four political parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Labour Party (LP), the Action Alliance (AA), and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the Supreme Court, Dr Festus Akande, said the reports were false, adding that the CJN travelled last Saturday for medical reasons and had returned to the country for his judicial functions.

“On March 23, the CJN returned from London and was in the office till 8pm. Today (Friday) he went to the mosque and returned to the office,” he said.

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I dedicate my Appeal court victory to God – Gov Adeleke



Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke

GOV. Ademola Adeleke of Osun has dedicated his victory at the appeal court, which affirmed him him as winner of the July 16, 2022 governorship election, to God  and the people of the state.

This is contained in a statement signed by the governor and made available to newsmen on Friday in Osogbo

Adeleke said that the  judgement confirmed  his earlier position that the judgement of the Tribunal  was a miscarriage of Justice.

He said that with the appeal court judgement, the judiciary had  right the wrongs of the  Tribunal.

According to him,  this  has  rekindled his  confidence  in the integrity of the judiciary  as  last hope of the common man.

“I am particularly glad that the Court of Appeal has ruled that Bimodal Voter Authentication System (BVAS) machine and voters register are the primary sources, not the report from the server.

” This has strengthened our democracy and remove a time bomb which the judgement of the Tribunal had planted for our democracy.

” I appreciate Osun people for standing by me and my party through repeated validation of my governorship mandate at the recent general  elections.


” My party won three straight elections from July 16, 2022,  to the March 18, 2023.

” It is  a resounding vote of confidence in my victory as  governor by the people of Osun state,” he said.

The judiciary, Adeleke said, had further confirmed the will of the people that he was duly  elected governor of my state.

“I commend the judiciary for resisting all pressure

“Rule of law is strengthened when judgement affirms the will of the people. On behalf of Osun people and my party, the PDP,, we appreciate the judiciary and the men of conscience on the bar and the bench.

” My appreciation also  goes to the civil servants, artisans, market people, clerics,students, women and youths. Osun people for  defending the mandate from 2022 till date.

“Let me use this opportunity to extend sincere hands of fellowship to former Governor Oyetola and the APC.

” Let’s build the state together. Let’s unite for the good of our people. The State needs leaders across party lines to join hands for robust and accelerated development of the state.

” As brothers and sisters, we are all requested to start the process of healing.

“Forget party politics as election is over. All members of the political class in Osun state should join hands with me to take our state to greater height”, the governor said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Friday, set aside the tribunal verdict that nullified the election of Ademola Adeleke as governor of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of justices led by Justice Mohammed Lawal, held that the appeal lodged by Adeleke to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal was meritorious.

The Osun tribunal had  on Jan. 27 , annulled Adeleke’s victory and affirmed Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress as the authentic winner of the poll after the Independent National Electoral Commission had returned Adeleke as the winner of the poll. (NAN)

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Jigawa govt reduces working hours during Ramadan



The Jigawa State government has reduced the official working hours in the state by two hours during the 2023 Ramadan period.

The gesture is aimed at providing more opportunities for civil servants to prepare for their Ramadan break and also to have more time to observe the spiritual activities of the Holy Month.


According to the statement signed by the State Head of the Civil Service, Hussaini Kila, civil servants in the state would report to the office at 9 am and close by 3 pm between Mondays and Thursdays instead of 5 pm.

“Furthermore, workers would report to work on Fridays by 9 am and close by 1 pm as usual,” he said.

The government expressed hope that civil servants in the state would use the Ramadan period to pray for God’s guidance and blessings for the state.

“It is also hoped that civil servants would use the fasting period to pray for the peace and economic prosperity of the state and Nigeria at large”. the statement added.

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