1. New Development: NNPC Crashes Diesel Price Nationwide By 42%.
Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday said it had crushed the price of diesel by 42 per cent.
In a statement in Abuja, Ughamadu said diesel also known as Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), had a huge downslide over the last six months, following key strategic interventions by NNPC.
”In the first quarter of 2017, retail prices of AGO, which is one of the deregulated products, shot to an all-time high of N300 per litre in major demand centres across the country.
”Such unpleasant situation placed a huge burden on truck drivers, who need the product for transporting their vehicles; and the nation’s manufacturing sector, which requires it to run its operations.
”It also affected the masses, who need it for household power generation. ”However, following strategic intervention efforts by the NNPC toward sustained improvement in the supply of diesel, the product’s retail prices as at the end of May ranged from N175 to N200 across the country (a significant price drop of about 42%).
”Ex-depot prices also dropped to between N135 and N155,” Ughamadu said. He explained that some of the corporation’s strategic interventions include improving the supply of AGO and remodeling of the product distribution to address sufficiency issues across the country. ”Since January this year, we have worked very hard with relevant stakeholders to improve distribution from refinery depots, by implementing a robust loading programme.
”The Corporation was able to resuscitate its critical pipelines and depots in places such as Atlas Cove-Mosimi, Port-Harcourt Refinery-Aba and Kaduna Refinery – Kano. ”Efforts are also ongoing to revamp and commission other critical pipelines across the country,” he said. The spokesman noted that another key intervention that enhanced supply and distribution of diesel was the corporation’s ”robust engagement” with critical downstream stakeholders where salient issues were raised and duly addressed.
”These stakeholders include: Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) as well as Independent Petroleum Marketers.
”Furthermore, as a result of consistent positive engagement with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), NNPC equally extended the expansion of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Foreign Exchange Intervention Scheme to accommodate Diesel and Aviation Fuel.
”The general public is hereby assured that the corporation wil continue to ensure seamless supply and distribution of diesel and other petroleum products across the country,” Ughamadu said.
2. Update: Kidnapped Epe School Children To Return Soon – Police
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2 comprising of Lagos and Ogun States Police Commands, Mr. Adamu Ibrahim, on Monday assured the public especially parents of the kidnapped students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla-Epe, that all hands are on the deck to ensure the safe return of their wards.
Speaking to Government House correspondents after a meeting with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at Lagos House in Ikeja, Ibrahim said security agencies were working tirelessly to ensure the return of the students and reunite them with their families.
He said: “In fact very soon, you will hear good news on the issue. We are working seriously on it. At this stage, I will not want to disclose too much because these are security issues but all I want to say is that people should give us a chance and very soon, they will hear good news.”
He vowed that the police in Lagos and Ogun Commands were battle ready and have been alerted to make the zone too hot for criminal elements to carry out their nefarious activities, adding that the police would build on the success of the arrest of the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike otherwise known as Evans, and hunt down other criminal elements.
According to him, “Security measures are not discussed publicly but what I will tell you is that we are taking all necessary measures to ensure that Lagos is free of crime and criminals. We will rid all these criminals out of this zone.
“So, I will like to send a word to criminals to leave Zone 2 otherwise we will not relent until the zone is completely rid of all these criminals.
“You are aware Evans has already been arrested and he is the most wanted criminal who is into kidnapping. Others too, if they don’t leave this Zone, they will also be arrested,” Ibrahim vowed.
The police boss also commended Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode for efforts at improving the security architecture in the State.
He said: “People are in fact aware of what the Lagos State Government is doing on security and no other State is doing it. So, all efforts are on to ensure that there is total peace in the State. Lagos is doing perfectly well in assisting security agencies to do their work in the State and we must commend their efforts.”
3. Bizarre Story: Muslim Cleric Beheads Woman Seeking Spiritual Counsel.
An Islamic cleric, Taofeek Adams, on Monday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly severing the head of a worshiper.
The accused, 61, a resident of Masinowe Compound, Ikoga in Badagry, was charged with conspiracy and murder.
The court could not take his plea, as Magistrate A.S. Okubule said that she needed advice from the state director of public prosecutions.
Okubule therefore ordered the remand of the accused at the Ikoyi Prisons custody pending the advice.
The prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, had told the court that Adams (a.k.a. Kiekie) severed the head of one Oluwakemi Afolabi, 38, who worshiped in a mosque he presided over.
Uwadione said that the cleric committed the offences on March 19 at 4.00p.m. at Waterside, Ikoga-Zebbe in Badagry.
He said that the deceased had come to seek spiritual help from the cleric.
“The accused beheaded the deceased before chopping off her other parts for ritual purposes.
“He was apprehended when members of the community saw him carrying a sack soaked with blood,” Uwadione said.
He noted that the offences contravened sections 222 and 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The court adjourned the case until July 14 for mention.