Abdulwaheed Usamah

11 petroleum ships, 24 others arriving Lagos port

By NewsDesk,

At least, motorist could sleep with two eyes closed and put on no worry on fuel for next could of weeks with no fewer than thirty-five ships carrying petroleum products, food items and other goods, expected to start arriving at Apapa and Tin Can Island ports in Lagos from Thursday.

The development was came out from Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)publication released on Thursday in Lagos, which hinted that a total of 11 of the expected 35 ships will sail in with petrol.

In same publication, the NPA disclosed that the remaining 24 ships contained bulk wheat, bulk sugar, bulk, frozen fish, base oil, bulk gypsum, steel products, diesel, empty containers, bulk fertiliser, general cargo and containers loaded with goods.

The document indicated that 18 ships had arrived at the ports waiting to berth with bulk fertiliser, ethanol and petrol.

National Assembly intensifies security measure after hoodlum attack, mace snatch

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Following criticism rained on National Assembly after unidentified group of hoodlums attack the senate chamber and snatched away mace from the upper house yesterday, the NASS has doubled security measure both at entrace and within lawmakers chamber, the decisions of which reached to avoid any future occurrence.

Sources at the NASS disclosed that the deployment security personnel at the complex, met with search of vehicles entering the premises.

An additional checkpoint was mounted at the entrance of the Three Arms Zone, near the Federal Secretariat, with heavy presence of policemen monitoring movement around the area.

The doors to Senate Wing lobby, which were hitherto often open were closed and manned by security officers, who ensured that those who walked through the area were properly identified.

An official of Sergeant-At-Arms Unit, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that henceforth, nobody would be allowed to evade security checks even when in the company with a legislator.

The source disclosed that those who invaded the assembly on Wednesday made their way into the Senate chamber because they were in company with a lawmaker and were not properly checked.

He said “going forward, anybody entering the complex must go through proper security check irrespective of whose company they might be or their mission.’’

NAN also observed that officials of Sergeant-At-Arms’ unit insisted that people displayed their identity cards and those without identity were not allowed into the complex.

NNPC advances monitoring on outlets, others across Nigeria

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As part of effort to ensure petroleum crisis witnessed in 2017 do not return, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)’s Retail Limited, has intensified measures that would scrutinise and supervise operations of its mega and affiliate retail outlets across the country.

Through a statement by the corporation’s spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, on thursday in Abuja, itdisclosed that the new measures would optimize operational efficiency in the delivery of petroleum and allied products to customers in Nigeria.

According to the statement, the target was to ensure that lessons garnered from the recent fuel availability challenge are imputed into the fuel supply and distribution matrix for greater efficiency and closer scrutiny of the operations of all retail outlets to enforce stricter compliance with the rules of engagement for the good of consumers.

It indicated that the retail subsidiary was working assiduously to expand its footprints in Abuja and adjoining towns as recently directed by the Group Managing Director, Mr. Maikanti Baru.

“NNPC had amicably ended its lease agreement with the owners of the Super Mega Petrol station along the Abuja Airport Road.

“With the cessation of the agreement which took effect from Sunday 15th April, 2018, NNPC Retail and the owners of the station are concluding the hand over process in line with the terms of the amicable pact.

The corporation assured motorists along the axis that seven other affiliate stations had been sufficiently mobilized to provide for their products consumption needs.

Police arrests criminal gang leader, 20 other members in Zamfara

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The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested leader of notorious criminal gang popularly called “Sara-Suka” and 20 other members of his group who have been terrorizing the state.

However, the command’s spokesman, DSP Muhammad Shehu, said in a statement in Gusau on Thursday that the suspects who had been terrorising Gusau and its environs, were arrested by the operation team of the command on Wednesday at Yan-Mangwarora area of the state capital during a raid of various criminal hideouts.

He said some Indian hemp, three bottles of shooter intoxicant and tramadol tablets were recovered from the suspects.

The suspects were assisting the police with information, added that the command was on the trail of other members of the gang.

He said that the command would not relent in its efforts to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties, urging members of the public to assist it with relevant information about the gang.

Kaduna man wants N68,000 spent on ex-lover back

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A man from Kaduna State, Muntari Idris, has requested a Sharia court at Magajin Gari of the state to help him to recover N68,000 he spent on his ex-fiancee, Ummahani Manji, in 2016, back from the her family.

Idris, who resides at Kawo area of the state, told the court that he got engaged to Manji in 2016 and paid N25,000 to her guardian, Abdullahi Tarazo, as dowry, but was later abandoned by the lady.

The complainant told the court that Manji called off their engagement 16 days to their wedding and he would needing refund of the dowry and all other expenses on his ex-lover throughout their courtship.

“I spent a total of N68,000 on Ummahani; I gave Baba Abdullahi N25,000 dowry, paid for transport to Saminaka where her parents live, showered them with gifts and also sewed clothes for Ummahani.

“I want this honourable court to help me to recover the amounts from Ummahani because she refused to marry me and married someone else,” he prayed.

Responding, Manji, however, refuted Idris’s claim of spending up to N68,000 on her but that she only knew of the N25,000 dowry and a Nokia phone the man gave her.

She submitted that she did not call off the engagement and Manji said that Idris told her that he was no longer interested in the relationship.

“He is the one that called off the engagement shortly after we had a misunderstanding on the postponement of our wedding,” she said.

She prayed the court to give her up until the end of April to refund Idris the N25,000 dowry.

The judge, Malam Musa Saad, adjourned the case to April 24 for evidence by witnesses.

Court sentences teen to 5yrs imprisonment over N365,000 worth TV set theft

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An 18-year-old boy, Uche Ani, arraigned before a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, has been sentenced to five months imprisonment for stealing a television set valued at N365, 000.

Ani, who is resident of Karmo Health Centre area of Abuja, upon pleaded guilty to a three-count charge bothering on shop-breaking and theft, was giving an option of N10, 000 fine by the court Judge, Abubakar Sadiq, that also ordered that the recovered items be returned to the owner.

Sadiq warned the convict to be of good behaviour and to desist from committing crimes after serving out his punishment.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Dalhatu Zannah, had informed the court that on April 14, one Faith Opara, the convict’s neighbour, reported the matter at the Karmo Police Station.

Zannah told the court that the convict and two others now at large, criminally broke into the complainant’s shop at Karmo at about 2:00a.m. and stole a plasma television set valued at N365,000.

The prosecutor said the convict was caught where he was trying to sell the television.

Zannah said that during police investigation and interrogation, the convict made confessional statement.

He said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 79, 356 and 288 of the Penal Code.

The prosecutor prayed the court to try him summarily under Section 347 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Italian priest negotiates against 2yrs jail term over parish’s $620,000 embezzlement

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

An Italian Priest, Father Flavio Gobbo, 48, has negotiated a plea bargain for a suspended two-year jail term for gambled away more than 620,000 dollars of his parish money.

The country media reported on on Thursday that part of the deal, was that the priest would gradually return the money and signed up for therapy against gambling addiction, with the support of his church superiors.

“In this long and streneous journey, Father Flavio has mainly found support in prayers, but also in the will to return soon’’ to active ministry, the Diocese of Treviso said in a statement.

Father Gobbo left his post as parish priest in Spinea, near Venice, in October 2016 and at the time, the local church said he was suffering from exhaustion.

Police returns snatched mace to senate

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Barely 24 hours after a yet to be identified group of hoodlums attacked National Assembly and snatched mace from senate chamber, the Nigerian police has returned the upper house’s symbol of authority that was removed from the floor a day ago.

It was gathered that a patriotic Nigerian had contacted the police after the mace spotted where it was dumped by the hoodlum who snatched it from the senate.

Sources had reported that mace, which was recovered by the police later on Wednesday after it was abandoned by the hoodlums, was return to the upper house chamber by the Duty Inspector General, operations, Police, DIG, Joshak Habila.

As gathered, the police boss handed the staff over to the chief security officer of the National Assembly, who then passed it to the Sergeant-at-Arms.

The mace has been taken into the chambers, said Yusuph Olaniyonu, media adviser to the senate president, Bukola Saraki.

Gunmen open fire against UN’s team in Syria

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

A set of unknown gunmen were reported to have attacked a United Nation team that came under fire in Syria while doing reconnaissance for inspectors to visit sites of a suspected chemical weapons attack, and officials said it was no longer clear when the inspectors would be able to go in.

As gathered, the inspectors from Organisation of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, was said to had arrived Syria to investigate recent incident in which Western countries and rescue workers alleged scores of civilians were gassed to death by government forces.

The Director-General, OPCW , Ahmet Üzümcü, said that the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) had decided to carry out reconnaissance at two sites in the town of Douma before the inspectors would visit them.

“On arrival at site one, a large crowd gathered and the advice provided by the UNDSS was that the reconnaissance team should withdraw,” he told a meeting at the watchdog’s headquarters in remarks it later released.

“At site two, the team came under small arms fire and an explosive was detonated. The reconnaissance team returned to Damascus.”

The United States, Britain and France fired missiles at Syrian targets on Saturday in retaliation for the suspected chemical use. They say the arrival of the inspectors is being held up by Syrian authorities who now control the area, and that evidence of the chemical attack may be being destroyed.

Damascus and its ally Moscow deny that any gas attack took place, that they are holding up the inspections or that they have tampered with evidence at the site. Britain’s ambassador to the OPCW Peter Wilson said it was now unclear when the inspectors would be able to reach it.

The rebel group based in Douma announced its surrender hours after the suspected chemical attack, and the last rebels left a week later, hours after the Western retaliation strikes.

The U.S.-led intervention has threatened to escalate confrontation between the West and Assad’s backer Russia, although it has had no impact on the fighting on the ground, in which pro-government forces have pressed on with a campaign to crush the rebellion.

Assad is now in his strongest position since the early months of a seven-year-old civil war that has killed more than 500,000 people and driven more than half of Syrians from their homes.

The OPCW team will seek evidence from soil samples, interviews with witnesses, blood, urine or tissue samples from victims and weapon parts. But, more than a week after the suspected attack, hard evidence might be hard to trace.

An official close to the Syrian government said the U.N. security team had been met by protesters demonstrating against the U.S.-led strikes.

“It was a message from the people,” said the official. The mission “will continue its work”, the official said.

Douma was the last town to hold out in the besieged eastern Ghouta enclave, the last big rebel bastion near the capital Damascus. Eastern Ghouta was captured by a government advance over the past two months.

Syria’s U.N. ambassador said on Tuesday the fact-finding mission would begin its work in Douma on Wednesday if the U.N. security team deemed the situation there safe.

The Syrian “White Helmets” rescue organisation, which operates in rebel-held areas, has pinpointed for the OPCW team the places where victims of the suspected attack are buried, its head Raed Saleh said on Wednesday.

Douma hospital workers who stayed in the town after the army recaptured it have said that none of the people injured on the night of the attack were exposed to chemical weapons.

Medical charities operating in opposition-held parts of Syria have dismissed those statements as propaganda, given under duress now that government forces control the town.

High Court frees tourism firm against CPC’s wrongdoing suite

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has saved a tourism firm, VIP Express Tourism Ltd, accused of wrongdoing, after a protracted battle with the Consumer Protection Council, (CPC) on alleged misconduct and wrongful dealings by the company.

Delivering its Judgement in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/55/2017, VIP Express Tourism Limited v. Consumer Protection Council & Anor, the court held that the tourism firm has not been involved in any wrongdoing or unscrupulous activity in its relationship with customers as alleged by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC).

The Federal High Court ruled that the CPC had no power to determine the rights, legality, propriety or otherwise of any contract between VIP Express Tourism Ltd and its clients.

The Court also held that CPC does not hold the power to alter or invalidate the terms of a validly executed and subsisting contract entered into between two parties.

It further ruled that the demands, decisions, and recommendations made by the CPC were illegal and ultra vires.

In his response, The General Manager of VIP Express Tourism Ltd, Mr. Samuel Owoseni, said the ruling was a case of “no victor no vanquished”, as the company holds the CPC in high regard for protecting consumer rights, and had, therefore diligently honoured all invitations and requests made by the commission.

Owoseni said that the essence of contesting the decision of CPC was just to strengthen the rule of law and to put its business records right.

He said: “For us at VIP Express, the reason for contesting the decision of CPC in Court was to strengthen the rule of law and also put the records straight about our business and activities.

” It is not a case of victor or vanquished. With all respect to the CPC’s attempt to rightfully protect the consumers of Nigeria, VIP Express Tourism ltd is not guilty of the allegations made by the regulatory agency. VIP Express Tourism ltd is a Nigerian company and has excellently served in the travel and tourism industry for a decade.

”Our mission has always been to bring families closer and that is why we promote quality family time so enthusiastically. We always have our clients’ best interests at heart. As we reach our 10th year of service excellence in June 2018, we recommit ourselves to the families of Nigeria. We will focus our celebration on thanking past and present members for their support and patronage by hosting a series of competitions and giving away prizes.”

Recall that in September 2015, CPC, began investigation into the operations of VIP Express Tourism following complaints, alleging gross abuse of consumer’s rights.

By December 2016, whilst there was a pending suit in court, CPC released an Order for VIP Express Tourism to refund N25 million to some aggrieved clients who could no longer meet their contractual obligations towards the tourism firm.