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OPEC SG, Barkindo Dies At 63


Dr. Mohammed Barkindo, the Secretary-General, Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is dead.

Mr. Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), confirmed the development in a statement posted on his official Twitter page on Wednesday.

“We lost our esteemed Dr. Mohammed S. Barkindo. He died at about 11.00 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community.

“Burial arrangements will be announced shortly,” Kyari said.

Barkindo, who is the outgoing OPEC secretary-general, was in Nigeria where he delivered the Chairman keynote address at the ongoing Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference (NOG) in Abuja on Tuesday.

At his last official outing at the NOG, Barkindo was given a standing ovation by industry stakeholders for his outstanding contributions to the Nigerian and global oil and gas industry.

He had earlier in the day visited President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa where he was hailed by the president for being a “worthy ambassador to Nigeria.”

Born on April 20, 1959 in Yola, Adamawa, Barkindo served as the Secretary General of OPEC since Aug. 1, 2016 and would have bowed out on July 31, 2022, following the completion of his tenure.

He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, in 1981 and Masters of Business Administration degree from Washington University in 1991.

Prior to MBA, in 1988 he earned a PostGraduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics from Oxford University.

Also, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Federal University of Technology Yola.

Barkindo previously served as the acting Secretary-General in 2006 and represented Nigeria on OPEC’s Economic Commission Board from 1993 to 2008.

He also led the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during 2009 to 2010 and headed Nigeria’s technical delegation to UN climate negotiations since 1991.

Barkindo will be replaced by Mr. Haitham Al-Ghais, a veteran of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), as the organisation’s Secretary-General following his demise.

In a tribute to Barkindo on his contributions to the global energy industry, OPEC said he was instrumental in expanding the organisation’s historical efforts to support sustainable oil market stability.

“This was through enhanced dialogue and cooperation with many energy stakeholders, including the landmark Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) since its inception in December 2016.

“These efforts are widely credited with helping to stabilise the global oil market since the unprecedented market downturn related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing a platform for recovery, “OPEC said in the statement posted on its website.

The statement noted that before being appointed the Secretary-General, Barkindo held a number of key roles at OPEC between 1986 and 2010, including as acting Secretary-General in 2006.

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“He is known internationally for helping to produce the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto protocol as the leader of Nigeria’s technical delegation to the UN negotiations in 1991.

“He has remained a key contributor to the UNFCCC process, including most recently at the 26th Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Glasgow in October and November 2021,” it said.

Sallah: Presidency Condemns Attack On President Buhari’s Advance Team in Katsina


The Presidency has described as sad and unwelcome, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of President Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s media aide confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said the attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and Department of State Service personnel accompanying the convoy.

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”Two persons in the convoy are receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered.

”All the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura,” he further stated.

Gunmen Attack Kuje Custodial Centre In Abuja


Gunmen attacked the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre, Abuja, with explosives on Tuesday.

The Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr. Abubakar Umar, confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Umar said that some yet-to-be identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory about 10p.m.

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“However, men of the Armed Squad of the NCoS and other security agencies attached to the Custodial centre have responded.

“Calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control. Details will be made available soon,” he said. (NAN).

BREAKING: All Boko Haram Suspects Locked In Kuje Prison Have Escaped – Defence Minister


The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, has said none of the Boko Haram suspects detained at Kuje prison in Abuja was found after the attack on the facilities on Tuesday night.

Sources had told Daily Trust that high-profile Boko Haram suspects and bandits escaped during the invasion of the prison on Tuesday night.

Addressing journalists after taking an assessment tour of the facility, the minister said, “The attack started around 10:30pm. They came in their numbers gained entrance into the prison and they released some of the inmates and which we are now following to see the kind of inmates that they have released.

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“Very soon, we will give you the correct figure of the inmates that were taken. Aside that, we are trying to see what we can do to ensure that all escapees are returned back.

“The prison is accommodating about 994 inmates and over 600 escaped. Many people have been recaptured and brought back to the prison. Maybe by the close of the day, more will have been captured and returned.

“I think everything is under control. The people who came to do this activity, from the records, we believe they belong to a particular group. Most likely, they are Boko Haram members because we have sizeable number of Boko Haram suspects in detention, and presently we cannot locate any of them.

“I think they are about 64 in the prison and none of them now is available they have all escaped.” (Daily Trust)

Femi Otedola Visit Tinubu, Wishes Him Victory In 2023 Presidential Election


Nigerian billionaire oil mogul, Chief Femi Otedola has prayed that God will grant Bola Tinubu his heart desire to be Nigeria’s President in the 2023 election.

Tinubu is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Otedola made this known after he visited Tinubu in Paris, France.

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Sharing a picture on his Twitter page, Otedola said it is always exciting to spend time with Tinubu, his great friend.

“I am always excited visiting my Great Friend Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu,” Otedola tweeted on Tuesday.

“May God grant him his heart’s desire in becoming the President of this great Nation. F.Ote,” he wrote.

Source: netnaija

PDP Sets Up Panel To Visit Wike


Punch reported that on Sunday July 3, the opposition party raised another panel headed by Atiku, to pacify the aggrieved Governor and prevail on him not to leave the party.

Media aide to the National Chairman of the PDP, Simon Imobo-Tswam, said Atiku was responsible for the choice of Okowa as his running mate, adding that the national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu and the candidate are deeply involved in the peace moves at different levels.

Tswam said;

“This question actually ought to be directed at the PDP presidential candidate, His Excellency, Alhaji. Atiku Abubakar. Okowa is not the running mate to Dr Iyorchia Ayu, and neither is it the PDP National Chairman or the NWC that chose him as the running mate to Atiku.

“Of course, the party was involved in the processes leading to the emergence of a running mate, but whatever the party did was only advisory; the choice of who became the candidate’s running mate was ultimately, after all said and done, the decision of the candidate.”

The committee, headed by Atiku, comprises of Okowa, Ayu and his National Working Committee,  Jibril; BoT members; PDP governors; former governors; ex-PDP minister and some party elders from zones and states.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Statement by PDP BOT Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin on the current situation of PDP.’

It read;

“This was in view of great concern and great sense of feeling on the various recent comments coming from some of our PDP members and some prominent Nigerians on the choice of Chief Okowa, the Governor of Delta State as the vice-presidential candidate by the Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of our party, PDP, the biggest party not only in Nigeria but the whole of Africa.

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“All the comments and various submissions are very normal in any political set-up in Nigeria today with PDP being the strongest and most

prominent party that has all potential to form government in 2023.

“We must come back to our senses by all our members and all most responsible and respectful Nigerians by giving total support to the party to enable it to form government by holding all political positions in Nigeria in 2023.

“It is, therefore, very necessary that when our Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and our National Chairman, Senator Iyochia Ayu return to Nigeria very soon from abroad, the following must be done immediately:

“A very important visit must be undertaken to Governor Wike comprising of the following group: The above committee should be headed by the Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“It is very important to note that Governor Wike is a very responsible and very obedient member of PDP, who assisted tremendously toward building the party to what it is today. We must, therefore, encourage him to never leave the party.”

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Police Recovers Fresh Human Parts From 42 Suspects In Oyo


The Nigeria Police, Oyo State Command, on Tuesday paraded 42 suspects for offences ranging from murder, armed robbery, cultism, diversion of goods and recovered fresh human parts.

The new Commissioner of Police, Adebowale Williams, made this known while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other exhibits recovered from the suspects included arms and ammunition, vehicles, motorcycles, tricycles, 23 mobile phones, five cutlasses, Hemp, N120,000 cash, clothes, embalmed human flesh, two small knives, among others.

Williams said that the Department of State Services, Ibadan, on May 31 transferred to the command, a case of conspiracy and murder after arresting a 31-year-old suspect linked with the crime.

He said that the suspect allegedly engaged in ritual killing and selling of human parts, which were unlawfully found in his possession.

The police chief said that the principal suspect, upon interrogation, confessed to have murdered a 26-year-old man, Wale Adefabi, who visited him along with his girlfriend, one Layelawa Simbiat.

“The principal suspect further mentioned his two other accomplices in the murder of the deceased and sequel upon this information, detectives from Homicide Section swung into action and apprehended them.

“The other accomplices have also confessed to have murdered the deceased together with the principal suspect and that the deceased body parts wi shared among themselves for ritual,” he said.

Williams said that the flesh of the deceased was recovered from the principal suspect and was taken to the University College Hospital (UCH) for Forensic Analysis.

He further said that investigation was still ongoing to apprehend other culprits who were mentioned in the murder of the deceased.

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Speaking with journalists, one of the suspects, who claimed to be an Alfa, said that they poisoned the tea served the deceased which killed him.

The suspect further said that they used knife to cut the deceased’s body parts and shared his parts for ritual purposes.

The commissioner of police said that all the paraded suspects would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation.

He warned the criminal elements and perpetrators of evil vices to desist from their unwholesome and nefarious activities, saying that their criminal enterprise would not be allowed to flourish anywhere in the state.

Williams said the command would not hesitate to identify, isolate and bring to justice any person or group that attempts to threaten the sacred democratic order and peace in the state.(NAN)

BBNaija Season 7: To Begin July 23, N100m Winning Price


The seventh edition of popular television reality show, Big Brother Naija, BBNaija, is set to begin on July 23.

This was disclosed by Busola Tejumola, Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels, Multichoice, at a news conference on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to Tejumola, the show is a much anticipated one as the winner will go home with a grand prize of N100 million.

She explained that the winner would have N50 million cash prize and N50 million worth of other prizes from the sponsors of the show.

She disclosed that the headline sponsor of the show was Pocket by Piggyvest while the associate sponsor remained Flutterwave.

“Yes, the Big Brother Naija season 7 is here, with a double launch from Saturday July 23 to Sunday 24 on Africa Magic Urban, Showcase and Family.

“This can be viewed on DSTV channel 198 and Gotv channel 29 from 7pm.

“This is expected to run for 72 days, which is 10 weeks; there will be live eviction shows every Sunday as the show runs.

“The theme for the show is “Only Way is Up”,” she said.

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Tejumola said that in view of the fact that Nigeria had started recording minimal cases of COVID-19 pandemic, the show would witness some level of individual engagement.

She said that the live shows would engage the audience unlike what was obtainable in the last two editions of the show.

She said this year’s season of the show would witness a return of a few pre-COVID-19 elements including the fan-favourite ‘Ninjas’ and a live studio audience.

“Fans can also expect a line-up of more engaging tasks, unpredictable twists and Big Brother’s wit.

“The show will also retain its voting style from last year; voting will only be on the Big Brother Naija website, mobile site, and the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps for active customers,” she said.

Tejumola said that the show would be an exceptional and unpredictable one as all speculations before the commencement of the show were wrong.

True, I lost my WAEC Certificate but… -Okowa


Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday debunked reports that he had no West Africa School Certificate, WASC, certificate, saying he made the second best result in his set in the country in 1976.

He said that the issue around the certificate was a deliberate wrong perception and unnecessary politics, and explained that virtually all universities in the country offered him admission based on his outstanding performance in WASC and Higher School Certificate, HSC, examination.

Okowa made this known while speaking to journalists after inspecting ongoing projects at the Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro in Isoko North local government area.

He said: “On the issue of my certificate, I think it is a misconception. People try to play politics with everything.

“Yes, I lost my WAEC certificate, but I have the print out from Edo College, Benin City, which clearly stated that I have distinction in all subjects.

“The Higher School Certificate was attached and it has been acknowledged by Edo College and the school put it out there that I made an ‘A’ `B’ `B’.

“I do not pride myself but it was very difficult to make such grade in higher school at that time.

“My high school result was the second best nationally in 1976, when I finished. So, many universities admitted me through Telegram as at that time, and I had to start making choices of which to accept.
“Of course, it’s very clear that I finished medical school at the University of Ibadan. I was 21 years and some months; I was less than 22 years of age.’’

On the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the governor called on the federal government to expedite action in resolving the issues, adding that every government should be sincere enough to keep to promises and agreements at all times.

“We continue to sympathise with our students who have been at home for several months now rather than being in school.

“I use this opportunity to call on the federal government to do something urgently to end the strike.

“It’s not a good thing for the children, parents and even education in general. It is unfortunate that the federal government has not been able to attend to issues, as requested by ASUU.

“For every government, if promises are made, we must ensure that we keep to our promises and if there are things that cannot be done, you let people know,’’ he said.

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Okowa remarked that lecturers were not on strike in the four universities owned by the state.

“For us in Delta State, we are fulfilling all the requirements and that’s why you can see that this university and our three other universities are all active and in session because we do not have any issues with our lecturers.

“All our four universities are in session because we pay special attention to education in Delta State, and our presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has also assured that education occupies a prime position in our `Rescue Nigeria’ mission.’’

He expressed satisfaction with the management of the university in Ozorro for successfully admitting 1,850 students in the first year, disclosing that no fewer than 3,000 applicants chose the university as first choice in the new session, starting in October.

“That over 3,000 applicants have chosen the University of Science and Technology, Ozoro, as first choice is very heart-warming and it goes to show that our decision to upgrade the Polytechnic to a University of Science and Technology is a very good decision.’’

He also lauded the university for using the engineering students to execute some projects in the school.
“We walked through some concrete paved roads executed by the university with engineering students and it is very encouraging that they are putting their students to practice and their lecturers also have the opportunity to practicalise what they teach.

“You will recall in the same manner when the school was a polytechnic that they used their students and their engineering staff to build the stadium in the campus.

“This is very encouraging because it is important that we actually ensure that our students are not only groomed up in theory but also put to practice what they learn and that’s exactly what we look forward to,” the governor said.

Lagos Govt Fired Judge Who Dissolved Marriage, Snatched Complainant’s Wife


The Lagos State Government says it has fired a customary court judge, Mr. Ishola Razaki Adeyemi, who allegedly dissolved a marriage and snatched the wife of a complainant, Mr. Olayemi Ayeni.

In a viral video, Ayeni was seen narrating how Adeyemi, who allegedly had interest in his wife, dissolved their union and denied him access to his children.

According to Ayeni, when he protested the development, Adeyemi got him arrested by the police and he was subsequently transferred to Kirikiri Prison in Lagos State.

He said trouble started in his home when his wife started disrespecting him after he invested N5 million in her business.

According to the complainant, the wife packed out of the house and rented an apartment close to him.

He said she had filed for divorce, which the magistrate granted and subsequently impregnated his wife.

“I had an issue with my wife, she moved out of the house, she rented an apartment very close to my house. I put five million naira into her business to establish a school, Greatest Kiddies Foundation. So the success of the business caused a problem in the family, I could not control her again.”

“So after ten months, I took her to court, thinking that I’ll be able to resolve this matter through Alternative Dispute Resolution. The judge, Dr. Ishola Azakiq Adeyeni, hurriedly dissolved my marriage and got that woman impregnated three months after dissolution of the marriage.

“The woman she’s now carrying nine months pregnancy for that man. What really pained me is that in the ruling, this man denied me access to my children. That I can only see the children at the school premises once in a week. The same children now are under his custody, he took over the business I established for that woman, he denied me access from having access to my children, he impregnated the woman now and he still wants to send me to jail.

“I don’t want my children to be under the custody of the man, instead allow my children to go and play at Sambisa Forest. I don’t want my children to live in a chaotic environment that is why I’m saying, I want my children back.
If I don’t care, the Lagos State Social Development can take over the responsibility of the children. I’m financially okay, I can take care of my children. I can put them in boarding house, I want my children back. Fellow Nigerians, please assist me!” the man had said in a video, which generated anger on social media.

But reacting in a statement issued on Monday, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Titilola Vivour Adeniyi, said the case was investigated by the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission.

Adeniyi said though the matter occurred between 2014 and 2015, the video was posted by Ayeni’s friends in 2016.

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“The attention of the State Government has been drawn to a viral video circulating the social media space wherein one Mr. Olayemi Ayeni (the Complainant) alleged that a former Customary Court Member, Mr. Ishola Razaki Adeyemi, abused his office by exhibiting unprofessional conduct in a customary court case involving the Complainant and his wife and proceeded to snatch his wife and children from him.”

“The matter which occurred between 2014/2015 was investigated by the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission. The findings of the investigation subsequently led to the termination of the appointment of the Member of the Customary Court.

“It was discovered that the viral video was posted by “Ogbongefriends” sometime in 2016. Members of the public are informed that the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has attempted to reach out to Ogbongefriends on their various social media accounts, but unfortunately their accounts have not been active since 2018. All efforts to reach out to the complainant have been to no avail.

“We therefore use this medium to encourage anyone with useful information about the complainant to please reach out via our social media handles- @dsvrt on twitter or @dsva on instagram or on 0813-796-0048.”

It is unclear why the video started circulating again. (Daily Trust)

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