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Buhari orders all terminals for crude oil export to be under NUPRC’s supervision



All terminals for crude oil export in Nigeria are to come under the direct supervision of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), to ensure that the leakages which have become noticeable in the operation in the industry are fully sealed.

The presidency, which gave the dirctive has also waded into the much-talked-about overlap of functions between the NUPRC and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA).

THISDAY, quotes a letter written to the agencies and copied International Oil Companies (IOCs) by President Muhammadu Buhari, who also doubles as the Minister of Petroleum Resources, as specifically directing the NMDPRA to hands off any activity that has to do with regulatory work at crude oil export terminals in Nigeria.

Worried by the many challenges confronting the Nigerian oil and gas industry resulting from the overlap, including oil theft, many international operators had recently called for an alignment in regulatory activities between both oil industry regulators.

The stakeholders comprising the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and Nigerian independent oil and gas producers, spoke in unison during a CEO Roundtable on energy at the recently concluded sixth Nigerian International Energy Summit (NIES) which held in Abuja.

They had argued that the misalignment between the two key agencies of the oil industry had created overlap that had caused them operational risks and discouraged investment in the industry.

Some panelists at the event included: The Deputy Managing Director, Deepwater, TotalEnergies E&P Nigeria, Mr. Victor Bandele; Chairman of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS), Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Rick Kennedy; and Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor.

Others were the Managing Director, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), Dr. Philip Mshelbila; Executive Director, ExxonMobil Nigeria, Mr. Oladotun Isiaka; Chief Operating Officer, Oando Energy Resources Limited, Dr. Alex Irune, and Executive Chairman of AA Holdings, Mr. Austin Avuru.

Also, during a fireside chat session at the event, NUPRC Chief Executive, Gbenga Komolafe, confirmed the position of the operators, saying there had been issues of regulatory overlaps between NUPRC and NMDPRA which had been a matter of concern for the industry.

“Yes, we recognise the fact that there have been issues of regulatory overlap between the two regulators and that have been a matter of concern for the industry. Of course, it (PIA) is a new law and as pioneers, we will continue to implement the law and continue to take notes of the challenges in the course of the Implementation,” he stated.

But in the official communication to the Minister of State, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Commission Chief Executive and the Authority boss, the president instructed the NMDPRA to immediately comply with an earlier Senate Resolution on the matter exit the terminals.

“The above mentioned subject matter and, the relevant correspondence (Ref: NUPRC/1195/Vol. 1/36) refers: I write to inform you that Mr. president has directed immediate compliance with the resolution NASS/9S/R/03/934 of the Senate that NUPRC is the sole and only regulatory entity to regulate and monitor the activities of all existing crude oil export terminals in Nigeria, subsists in compliance with section 7ee of the PIA(2021),” part of the letter read.

It added: “(He has also) directed that the exercise of any regulatory role by the NMDPRA on any existing crude oil export terminals established prior to the effective date of the PIA should cease immediately.”

The president also sought feedback on the implementation of the instructions, asking the minister of state to report back to him in two weeks.

“And (he has) directed the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources to ensure immediate compliance and report back within 14 days that the resolution as stipulated in (a) above is being adhered to by the NUPRC, NMDPRA, NNPCL, FMITI, industry players and relevant MDAs,” the letter stated.



Police after ‘drunken hunter’ who shot 14-year-old girl in Lagos  



Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command, are after a local hunter they claimed was responsible for the fatal shot that killed a 14-year-old girl yet to be identified in the Ayinla Akera area of Orile Agege, Lagos on Tuesday.

The PUNCH METRO, reports that they had already arrested three yet-to-be-identified suspects linked to the incident, quoting on James Joel, a resident of the area as saying that the incident happened on Tuesday night.

The unfortunate girl, whose corpse was seen in a viral video lying on the ground with fresh blood oozing out from a wound in her head, was said to be running an errand for the parents, when she was shot dead by the hunter who said to be riding on motorcycle.

While residents at the scene wailed in anguish, some voices in the background alleged that the act was carried out by the policemen from the Elere Police Station in the area.

“Policemen from Elere; they have killed somebody. If this turns to war, they will run. She was sent on an errand and she was killed,” the voices were overheard saying differently, as they implicated the police operatives.

But the Divisional Police Officer of Elere Station, Amodu Jimoh, when contacted on Wednesday, reportedly dismissed the report linking policemen to the incident, even though he confirmed the incident, saying the corpse was taken to a nearby hospital, and that the woman who ran the shop where the man went to drink, had been traced.

He said: “On Tuesday night, our men were patrolling. The policemen saw some people crowded on the street there. They tried to find out what was happening. They were told somebody shot at a small girl.

“They saw the corpse on the ground. It was a 14-year-old girl. They asked for the person that shot her. They were told it was a hunter carrying a Dane gun. He was drunk. There is a woman selling alcoholic drink beside the place. Maybe he was about to remove something and the gun fired. He came with a bike and it was likely an accidental discharge.”

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BREAKING: Kegame, eyes fresh tenure, set to rule Rwanda till 2034



Paul Kagame, Rwandan President, who assumed power in 2000, would be seeking another term in office which would see to his being in power for 34 years if he wins over the next 10 years that would see him stretching till 2029 in the first instance and another five.

A 2015 resolution via a referendum which changed the country’s constitution, apart from allowing him contest for a seven year tenure, which he won, also allowed him the eligibility to contest for two extra terms of five years maximum at the end of it, which would start by next year.

This would be the fourth time he would be seeking election for the nation’s top job, after serving as Vice President and Minister of Defence for six years in the government of Pasteur Bizimugu from 1994 to 2000.

The 65-year-old President, while speaking on the election due to be held next year, was quoted to have told Jeune Afrique, a French-language news magazine, in an interview published online on Tuesday: “Yes, I am indeed a candidate. I am pleased with the confidence that Rwandans have placed in me. I will always serve them, as long as I can.”

In March, the country’s government decided to synchronise the dates for its parliamentary and presidential elections, due to be held in August next year, meaning that Kagame, the hero who ended the government that saw the killing of over 800,000 citizens during the infamous Rwandan genocide and had been at the corridors of power ever since, would be contesting alongside the parliamentarians.

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We didn’t write tribunal judgement – Tinubu lawyers *Explains watermarks on PEPC document



For lawyers to President Bola Tinubu, known as Tinubu Presidential Legal Team (TPLT), the insinuation that the watermarks on the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), was a confirmation that the team wrote the judgement for the five-man panel, is nothing but mischievous.

Babatunde Ogala (SAN), who dismissed the claim, offered explanations on how the inscriptions appeared on the document, saying it was deliberately made on the copies given to the team by the PEPT secretariat to differentiate it from the others, adding that those given to other parties in the dispute did not bear the same marks.

Ogala while explaining the situation, said: “Following some mischievous insinuations being made in certain quarters regarding the innocuous water-mark of copies of the consolidated judgment of the Court of Appeal with the inscription -“Tinubu Presidential Legal Team ‘TPLT’”, it is has become necessary to offer this clarification.

“After the delivery of judgment in the 3 (Three) election petitions by the Court of Appeal on September 6, 2023, the Court directed its registry to make physical copies of same available on September 7, 2023. Accordingly, the Tinubu Presidential Legal Team applied for a certified true copy of the said judgment and paid the prescribed fee. Lawyers for PDP were present at the registry at the same time to collect the same judgment.

“In fact, the representative of the PDP collected the first copy that was made available by the registry. On collecting our own copy, we immediately scanned and water-marked with the inscription – “Tinubu Presidential Legal Team ‘TPLT’” before circulating the scanned soft copies to the lawyers in our team.

“The certified true copies issued to us and other parties in the petitions by the registry do not contain the said inscription and any insinuation to the contrary is untrue. Counsel to the petitioners will also appreciate the fact that the insinuations being circulated in some quarters are untrue, unkind, unfair, and unfortunate, as they have the same certified copies of the judgment as we have.”

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