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CSO raises concern over N/Delta pipeline security surveillance conflict

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A civil society group on the platform of Conduct and Due Process Group has raised an alarm that the peace and tranquility enjoyed by the residents of areas where oil production facilities are situated may soon come to an abrupt end if the conflict between the two directors of a pipeline security surveillance company are not settled.

The group said its intervention is to attempt to contact the conflicting parties in the interest of the Niger Delta communities where the oil production facilities are located.

In a statement signed Tuesday in Abuja by the chairman, Conduct and Due Process Group Comrade Adediran Raymond, the civil society group has been observing a situation that could quickly result in a conflict that would send the Niger Delta region into the dark age where conflicts and pipeline vandalism was rife.

“Our organization has been closely watching the tug of war between the founders and directors of Ocean Marine Solutions Limited which has spilled over the pages of newspapers. While this might seem like a mere internal conflict, it poses a greater threat to the stability of the oil producing areas, national oil infrastructure and the nation’s oil revenue as a whole.

“What people probably don’t know is that Ocean Marine Solutions Limited formerly known as Ocean Marine Security Limted is a company paid by the Federal Government to provide surveillance and security services for its oil facilities and it is arguably the largest pipeline security surveillance contractor in Nigeria.

“A conflict of this nature could be devastating for the nation’s economy if we do not step in immediately and that is because of the caliber of the parties involved.

“On one hand there is Dr. Tunde Ayeni and on the other there is Captain Idahosa Okunbo. These are two powerful men, so in the event that this conflict gets out of hand and the company is destabilized, the pipelines they were meant to protect would be left vulnerable and prior security arrangements would be nullified.

“The truth of the allegations flying around has not been fully understood; however, in the interest of the stability of the Niger Delta region and the security of state-owned oil infrastructure, we have decided to intervene.

“Conduct and Due Process Group will attempt to contact the conflicting parties in this regard but, failure to reach a resolution from one of the parties involved, we shall presume such party to be acting against national interest and breaching national peace, therefore engaging our capacity to pursue this matter strictly in the interest of national peace and stability.

“As a civil society group the purpose of our intervention in this matter is to ensure that the interest of the people and by extension the interest of the nation comes first at all times, he reiterated,” the statement said.

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Convoke National Dialogue Now, Southern Governors Demand

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The Southern Governors Forum on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to urgently convoke a national dialogue to address the wide spread agitations in the country.

The call was contained in a 12-point communique read by the forum’s Chairman and Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at a meeting held in Asaba, Delta.

“In view of widespread agitations among our various peoples for greater inclusiveness in existing governance arrangements, the Federal Government should convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency,” it stated.

The meeting which lasted for about four hours and had 15 members in attendance also called for restructuring of the country leading to the evolution of state police.

It expressed grave concern on the nation’s current security challenges and urged President Mohammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the challenges and restore the confidence of the people.

The forum affirmed that the peoples of Southern Nigeria remained committed to the unity of Nigeria on the basis of justice, fairness, equity and oneness and peaceful co-existence between and among its peoples.

It said the unity was with a focus to the attainment of shared goals for economic development and prosperity.

The forum observed that the incursion of armed herders, criminals and bandits into the southern part of the country had presented a severe security challenge to it.

It said that as a result, the citizens were no longer able to live their normal lives including pursuing various productive activities.

“This is leading to a threat to food supply and general security. Consequently, the meeting resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned across Southern Nigeria.

“Development and population growth has put pressure on available land and increased the prospects of conflict between migrating herders and local populations in the south.

“Given this scenario, it becomes imperative to enforce the ban on open grazing in the south (including cattle movement to the south by foot),” it stated.

The body of governors recommended that the federal government should support willing states to develop alternative and modern livestock management systems.

It also called for the review of revenue allocation formula in favour of the sub-national governments and creation of other institutions which legitimately advance the country’s commitment to the practice of true federalism.

The forum stressed the need for the review of appointments into federal government agencies, including security agencies, to reflect federal character.

The governors’ forum also expressed concern on the continued gridlock on the Oshodi -Apapa Expressway and the chokehold it had exerted on the nation’s economy, being the sole outlet from Apapa Wharf.

It therefore recommended the activation and establishment of ports in other states of the federation to create new jobs and promote socio-economic activities in the country.

The forum further expressed concern on the economic implications of another COVID-19 lockdown on the country.

It suggested greater coordination and cooperation between the federal and state governments in evolving strategies for dealing with the pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 13 governors and two deputy governors were in attendance while two were absent.

In attendance were Govs. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Willi Obiano of Anambra, Douye Diri of Beyelsa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and David Umehi of Ebonyi.

Others were Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers.

Hope Uzodimma of Imo and Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom were represented by their deputies, Prof. Placcid Njoku and Mr Moses Ekpo respectively.

Govs. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun and Ben Ayade of Cross River were absent.

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Nigerian football coach stabbed to death in London in son’s presence

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The police in London are investigating the death of a 40-year-old Nigerian football coach after he was stabbed to death on a busy London street.

Michael Olatunde Fadayomi, popularly known simply as Tunde, was stabbed after a fight that broke out on the top floor of a busy bus in North West London on Thursday.

Witnesses said Fadayomi’s teenage son, who was said to be heading to football training, had some problems with someone on the bus and Fadayomi’s intervention escalated the confrontation and spilled out onto the pavement.

The son, whose name had not been ascertained, was said to have desperately tried to intervene as his father was repeatedly stabbed before an ambulance arrived.

Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 5pm, but despite the best efforts of paramedics, including a junior doctor who stepped in to help, Fadayomi died.

Police have arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

Those who knew Fadayomi hailed him as a ‘pillar of the community’ who was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’.

His neighbor named Vancessa said: “I’m still in shock. A bad word never would come out of his mouth

“He was always with that little boy – his son – since he was born.

“He died saving his kid. He’s a football coach. He was a pillar of the community. It really breaks my heart.”

A witness who tried to comfort Fadayomi’s son after the incident and preferred to be anonymous was quoted as saying: “I was coming from across the road. I saw him on the floor in a pile of blood.

“It is the first time I have seen something like that.

“They were trying to save him. There were four or five people trying to save him.”

The witness continued: “It is sad, really sad. I saw him and he said ‘he was my dad’ and I gave him a hug. It was horrible.

“He was on his scooter. He was just running around; he just didn’t know what to do.

“I asked him and he said it was his dad.”

London newspaper, The Sun, quoted a dental nurse, Tracey Dolling, 43, who rushed across the road to help the victim, as saying: “It’s very, very sad, awful, absolutely devastating.

“The boy had some problems on the bus with someone. He called his dad, his dad came down and that’s what happened. Murdered.”

Video footage of the incident – shared widely on social media and seen by My London, shows an argument break out between two men on the top floor of the bus before it spilled out onto the street.

Police are calling on people not to share the footage.

Detectives from Specialist Crime are leading the investigation, led by DCI Claire Hine.

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Insecurity: Umahi seeks reconciliation, negotiations with bandits in Ebonyi

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Governor of Ebonyi State David Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has declared his intention to negotiate with bandits to ascertain their grievances and the way forward.

Umahi made the declaration on Friday in Abakaliki at the presentation of 40 Toyota Sienna vehicles and 20 Hilux vans to security agencies for enhanced operations in the state.

The governor directed local government chairmen and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to identify the bandits and present them for debriefing.

“I want to talk to the bandits and empower them as we cannot continue to kill ourselves and destroy public infrastructure.

“The bandits are our children and I am pained when they or the security agencies are killed.

“I want to ascertain their grievances against the Ebonyi or federal government, collate the facts for discussions to commence,” he said.

He expressed disappointment over the announcement of guidelines for the 2023 elections, noting that the nation was at a crossroads for such engagement.

“Let us forget about the 2023 elections with the leaders taking responsibility for the situation and discussing a way forward.

“No one takes money to the grave and when we hear a gunshot, we will run and abandon the money we amassed.

“This is not a period to discuss political parties but ensure that the resources of this nation are judiciously utilised,” he said.

Umahi debunked the insinuation that members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) or Eastern Security Network (ESN) were after him, insisting that he has discharged his duties to the people.

Dr Kenneth Ugbala, Secretary to the State Government said that the presentation was the first batch of the 100 sienna vehicles and 40 utility vehicles to be procured for security agencies.

“The governor has fully paid for the 40 sienna vehicles and 20 Hilux vans being presented as the recipients are charged to judiciously utilise the vehicles.

“I want to thank the governor for this feat despite the prevailing economic challenges as he had earlier distributed 70 utility vehicles to security agencies in 2019,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the heads of various security agencies, top government officials, youth groups among other stakeholders, witnessed the presentation ceremony. (NAN)

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