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Fuel queues persist in Abuja, black marketers sell for N300/litre

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…NNPC blames low loadouts, increased demand

Fuel queues persisted in the Federal Capital Territory on Monday as filling stations struggled to control desperate drivers waiting to buy the Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, at the official price.

Racketeers had a field day, selling a litre of PMS at N300 in different parts of the FCT.

In Kubwa, a litre of fuel went as high as N320, rising to N400 in Asokoro and other prime parts of Abuja, The PUNCH gathered.

One of the racketeers, who identified himself as Usman, said he stored fuel in several gallons, with the belief that fuel would be scarce at some point in the future.

Another racketeer, Bala, claimed that he was still selling his reserves.

“When there is scarcity, I buy from some filling stations at night. I usually pay extra N200 or more for a 10-litre gallon. I buy at N 2000 and sell N3,500,” he said.

Vehicle drivers told The Punch that they spent between two and four hours at various filling stations before buying PMS.

A commercial vehicle driver, George Akinsanya, said he spent three hours at Oando Filling Station opposite the NNPC depot in Abuja before buying the PMS.

Akinsanya said, “We need to find a solution to this perennial problem of fuel scarcity. It is looking like filling stations are looking for this type of opportunity to make money. Last time there was fuel scarcity, they sold at higher prices at night and limit sales to one or two pumps in the day.”

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A driver, Mr Udoka Uzondu, who said he waited to buy PMS at an NNPC depot in Abuja, urged the government to put an end to the scarcity to reduce the plight of the common man.”

Fuel queues have become a recurring decimal in Nigeria, especially the FCT. In the first quarter of the year, fuel scarcity disrupted economic activities, leading to an increase in inflation to 15.92 per cent, from 15.70 per cent.

The PUNCH reported on Monday that most filling stations in Abuja and neighbouring states of Nasarawa and Niger that dispensed Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, were on Sunday greeted with long queues.

It was observed that many other outlets were shut as they claimed not to have products to dispense, a development that led to the crowding of the filling stations that dispensed the commodity.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has ascribed the sudden appearance of fuel queues in parts of Abuja to low loadouts and increased purchases that characterise post-holiday periods.

In a statement, the spokesman for NNPC, Garba Deen Muhammad, said on Monday that the company had sufficient fuel supplies to satisfy the demands of Abuja residents for over six weeks.

The statement partly read in part, “The NNPC Ltd notes the sudden appearance of fuel queues in parts of Abuja. This is very likely due to low loadouts at depots which usually happen during long public holidays, in this case, the Sallah celebrations.

“Another contributing factor to the sudden appearances of queues is the increased fuel purchases which are also usual with returning residents of the FCT from the public holidays.”

He further said the NNPC and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, in conjunction with our marketing partners, had taken necessary measures to ramp up loadouts from all depots.

He assured all residents of the FCT and Nigerians that NNPC had ample local supplies and national stock in excess of 2.5 billion liters, with the sufficiency of more than 43 days.

“The NNPC Limited hereby advises motorists not to engage in panic buying as supplies are adequate as will become increasingly evident in the  coming days.”

But the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Promotion of Private Enterprise, Dr Muda Yusuf, urged the Federal Government to deregulate the industry to avoid long queue recurrences.

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Crisis rocks Osun as PDP Chieftain accuses Adeleke of demolishing his hotel for exposing his certificate scandal

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There is rumpus in Osun State over the demolition of a recreation facility, Quality Hotels And Resorts in the state capital midnight Sunday as the owner, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Akinloye Adeyi, accused Governor Ademola Adeleke of vendetta.

Adeyi said Adeleke ordered his goons to bulldoze his facility as a retaliation for exposing the alleged irregularities in the Governor’s academic credentials in the build up to the election.

Adeyi, a retired official of the Directorate of State Intelligence, said his life is in danger.

However, contrary to his claims, NPO Reports was told Sunday evening that the government would no respond to Adeyi to avert being drawn into to the controversy.

Olawale Rasheed, Spokesman to the Governor, told the NPO Reports late Sunday that the PDP chieftain has issues with the real owner of the land on which Adeyi’s Quality Hotels and Resorts was built.

“We have been advised not to even speak on this matter again because it will look like the government has any issue with him. It is a matter between him and the man said to be the owner of the land and that is Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa,” Rasheed told the NPO Reports

Olaoluwa himself is former Chairman of the PDP in the state and once a senatorial candidate of the party for Osun Central.

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While speaking with the NPO Reports, Adeyi made available a copy of the Save-my-soul petition he had written to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone XI over alleged threat to life by loyalists of Governor Ademola Adeleke.

The PDP chieftain, in the petition which was copied to the DSS, said that the current challenges he’s facing was as a result of the petition he wrote during the build up to the party’s governorship primary in Osun State.

He said in the petition he was able to point out some discrepancies in the documents of the then aspirant now Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State over his name and others

He added that, the screening panel headed by Prof Jerry Gana agreed with his submission on the said document of governor Ademola Adeleke

He wrote, “I am compelled to write for the second time in this year to seek for the protection of the Osun State police command and the DSS over several sponsored assaults and threat to my life by some privileged people in the state.

“It is a fact that I exercised my right as a member of the People’s Democratic Party early 2021 when I approached the PDP Governorship Aspirants Screening Appeal Committee with a petition against the academic qualifications and records of Senator Ademola Adeleke.

“The panel agreed that the credentials contained lots of damaging errors and fraudulent claims.The panel thanked and appreciated me and thereafter directed that the Osun PDP and the aspirant’s handlers work on the documents before its final submission to INEC.

“Arising from this, my life has been frequently threatened such that I had to formally complain to the police authority and the DSS also the Osun and Nigeria public.

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“Since then, the threats and attacks have continue unabated. But, I decided to keep my cool, till this moment, the credentials of the Governor still remain a subject of litigation but I have since said what needed to be said and moved on. At this juncture, however, it is apparent that silence is no longer golden.

Adeyi added: “My business place was demolished with bulldozer on Saturday. Before it’s illegal and criminal demolition by Governor Ademola Adeleke’s agents, my business resort spread over four plots of land and its worth was in the several million of Naira.

“To the best of my knowledge, freedom of expression is a constitutional right, and expressing my view about the controversial academic record of Senator Ademola which remains clouded till now is never a crime to warrant the state-backed demolition of my business place overnight.

“The place was demolished and leveled without prior notice were the facilities therein where carted away while some others were left in the open. I have in the last 16 hours examined the situation and can confirm that those who are behind the dastardly act are not done. I believe that the development is just preamble to what is yet to come.

“My life is their target and I hereby appeal that the police and DSS look into the matter and save my life and those of my family members.”

Speaking with the NPO Reports, Adeyi said some of his friends had actually informed him ahead but he never took it serious.

“Some people actually informed me about what they (Adelekes) are planning to do but I couldn’t believe it not until when this happened,” he said

Asked whether he would take the matter up legally, Adeyi said that decision is left to those around him.

“I’m not the only one in this and some people already coming in to see what they can do. Whatever we agree on would determine whether I will take it up legally or not.”

Gani Ola-Oluwa Replies Adeyi

REJOINDER:

ALHAJI GANI OLAOLUWA ASEJERE REACTION TO THE UNGODLY, FACELESS, INHUMAN AND FRIVOLOUS PETITION OF ONE MR AKINLOYE ADEYI DATED THE 3RD DAY OF DECEMBER, 2022.

Re: Threat To My Life- Save my soul*

We act as Solicitors to Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa Asejere.

 Facts*

  1. That sometimes in October 2021, our client got to know about the fraudulent attempt of MR. AKINLOYE ADEYI to sell off his piece or parcel of land at Olorunda Local Government Scheme Land, Along Deeper Life Area, Ring Road Area, Osogbo.
  2. That on the 7th day of October, 2021, our client forwarded a Petition against Mr. Akinloye Adeyi dated the 7th day of October, 2021wherein our client alleged Threat to his life, Conduct likely and Forgery. See Exhibit 1.
  3. That the gallant Police officer of the State CID, invited Mr. Akin Adeyi for questioning.
  4. That on the appointed day at the State CID, Osogbo, he, Adeyi appeared with his counsel, Mr. Oluseyi Gbile and upon the request of the Police for the land documents from the Petitioner, our client provided his own original payment receipt, allocation papers etc.
  5. That Mr. Akinloye Adeyi  failed to make available any land documents even if it is a PHCN bill.
  6. That in order to save his client’s face, Adeyi’s counsel (Oluseyi Gbile) made it clear to the Police that he has the documents in his custody and promised to make them available as soon as possible.
  7. That Adeyi was released on bail after he had made statement to the Police with his counsel standing in as his surety.

8.It is note worthy to state that series of investigation followed with our client going to the Police Station in company of Olorunda Local Government Land officers but the ‘almighty’ Mr. Akin Adeyi had disappeared into the tin air.

  1. That the Police put several calls across to him to bring the land documents as he has promised because they were only investigating the allegation of Forgery against him but Mr. Akin and his counsel were no where to be found only for him to re-appear in early January, 2022, with an Application for the Enforcement of his Fundamental Right in Re: Suit No. HOS/M.4/2022., wherein he sued the Commissioner of Police and our client as Respondents. See Exhibit 2.
  2. That miraculously, our client stumbled upon a case instituted by Adeyi as far back as the 27th day of November, 2020 where himself (Akin Adeyi) and the same counsel sued ‘UKNOWN PERSONS’ in Re Suit No: HOS/M.127/2020…ÀKINLOYE ADEYI VS. UNKNOWN PERSONS.
  3. That our client mobilized his legal team to stop the ‘Hearing’ of the case on the 3rd day of February, 2022.
  4. That our client applied for the Certified True Copy of Mr. Adeyi’s case only to discover that he was trying to fraudulently obtain the judgment of the High Court of Justice, Osogbo to perfect his evil plan to disposes our client of his land. See Exhibit 3.
  5. That Exhibit 3 contains forged land sale Agreement between Mr. Adeyi and our client.
  6. That Adeyi sworn on oath before the court that he own the land  by a way of purchase from our client wherein he also attached fake Land Sale Agreement which was not signed by our client.
  7. That  the same counsel that purportedly prepared the Land Sale Agreement  between Mr. Adeyi and our client did not sign same. It is also funny to note that the same counsel even instituted HOS/M.127/2020 for Mr. Adeyi and attached the unsigned Land Sale Agreements thereto.
  8. That our client immediately filed his Counter Affidavit against Adeyi’s Application for the Enforcement of his Fundamental Right on the 10th day of October, 2022 and attached the CTC of Hos/M.127/2020 as Exhibit and further informed the court that Adeyi’s Application was a fraud of the century…
  9. On the 11the day of October, when Adeyi’s Application came up for hearing, his counsel quickly withdrew Adeyi’s Fraudulent Application and same was accordingly ”DISMISSED”.
  10. That our client quickly reacted to Hos/M.127/2020 by filling a Joinder and same was granted on the 26th day of May, 2022 by the honorable court
  11. That our client filed his Counter Affidavit against Adeyi’s case in Hos/M.127/2020 on the 6th day of June, 2022. See Exhibit 4.
  12. That upon the receipt of our client’s Counter Affidavit, Mr. Adeyi (as the Applicant) and his counsel abandoned their case in court and resulted to sending in different frivolous excuses.
  13. That on the 1st day of December, 2022, the court delivered his judgment upon the Application of the Respondents counsel. See Exhibits 5.

The above is just the tip of the ice berg as to the series of attacks Mr. Adeyi and his hoodlums have carried out on our client allies and even on one of client’s counsel, Mr. Lekan Alabi, who has Petitioned Adeyi to the appropriate authorities. See Exhibit 6.

The bitter truth about the whole issue is that Mr. Akinloye Adeyi has been caught in his own webs and he should just submit himself to the course of Justice for necessary action.

In conclusion, Mr. Akin Adeyi has not presented any title document on the land that our client only used to safe his family’s face when he, Adeyi and his wife were abruptly ejected by their landlord some years back.

Signed

Lekan Alabi Esq.

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Serving Senator escapes assassination in Abuja residence + Video

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Senator Sani Musa
The representative of Niger East, Senatorial District, Sani Musa, has escaped an assassination attempt on him by armed men.
The attempt on the life of the All Progressives Congress Senator was made on Saturday, it was learnt.
This was said to have occurred Musa’s residence in Abuja.

A chieftain of the APC, Femi Fani-Kayode, confirmed the development on his Twitter handle on Sunday.

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Fani-Kayode, one of the spokesmen of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, said some of the attackers have been arrested.
He tweeted: “The horrendous attempt to kill Sen. Sani Musa, a dear friend & brother of mine, a leading member of the APC and one of the Directors in the Tinubu/Shettima PCC in his home this evening by 9 well-armed, blood-thirsty and violent assassins is despicable.
“I wholeheartedly condemn it.”
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Vandals Destroy 6 Transmission Towers, Kill Vigilante in Rivers

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The unrelenting attacks on power infrastructure by economic saboteurs leading to inability of Nigerians to access adequate electricity for economic growth and prosperity has continued unabated. In recent times, several projects being embarked upon by Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited have been attacked and contractors either killed or maimed by attackers.

On September 3, 2022, some miscreants attacked and vandalized the 330kV DC Afam – Onne Transmission Line in Gbake community of Ogoniland, River State. The vandals cut down four Transmission Towers (T19, T20, T21 and T22), dismantled and carted them away.
Again, on October 10, 2022, the vandals attacked and vandalized two additional towers on the same 330kV DC Afam – Onne Transmission Line. During a third attempt luck, however, ran out on them as efforts of vigilante members, buoyed by security operatives paid off, resulting in the arrest of nine of the miscreants. They have since been charged to court to face the full wrath of the law.

During routine patrol in the night of November 25, 2022, vigilantes again encountered vandals along the same Afam-Onne 330kV DC Transmission Line. The vigilantes called for military reinforcement but before help came, one of the guards was shot and later died.
Incidentally, this line connecting Afam to Onne in Port Harcourt is the first 330kV Double Circuit Transmission supply line to the capital of Rivers State.

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The persistent attacks on the line have caused substantial damage to the transmission line project and it will take huge sums of money to effect needed reconstruction and repairs in addition to resultant delays on delivery time.

Executive Director, Corporate Services at NDPHC, Nkechi Mba has however, commiserated with the deceased immediate and extended families, promising that the company will support them in this their moment of grief.
“The company is grateful for his gallantry in the line of duty and we hereby pledge support for his family in this moment of great sorrow”, she stated while declaring “We will be relentless in hunting these vandals down, particularly those who assassinated the young man.”

According to her, “the necessity of reinforcing the message of communal ownership of critical infrastructure cannot be over emphasized. The infrastructure that governments develop is done with taxpayers’ money and is therefore owned by the people.”
She appealed to members of the public to regard “public infrastructure as our commonwealth and strive to jointly always protect it.”

Mba expressed gratitude to law enforcement agents for their continuous support in trying to engage and deter economic criminals who vandalise NDPHC assets, saying the company “will ensure that anyone caught vandalizing our assets will be made to face severe legal sanctions.”

Adesanya Adejokun
Media Adviser

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