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ARMED ROBBER INVADE OUR DAILY MANNA OFFICE AGAIN!

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OUR DAILY MANNA (ODM), THE LEADING CHRISTIAN DAILY DEVOTIONAL WHICH IS LIKE A HOUSEHOLD NAME TODAY IN NIGERIA HAD ANOTHER ROBBERY ATTACK AGAIN RECENTLY.

THE POPULAR OFFICE situated at Ogudu area in Lagos was invaded by an armed robber last Friday June 13, 2014. Eye witness disclosed that the robber stormed the church at about 1pm when the place seem to be empty except for the presence of the staff that was around when they came in.
The robber was said to have pretended to be a repairer of bad chairs and that he had come to repair the office chairs in the computer/admin rooms.

“The robbers came in to pretend as a furniture repairer and came to ask if he could help repair some of the malfunctioning chairs and furniture in the church office and the computer room, and we did not have any reason to have doubted him and his pretence,” an eye witness revealed.
Further investigation reliably gathered that as soon as he came in to the office where he pretended to have come to make some repairs, he ordered the ODM
staff to evacuate the office since he was going to spray a very dangerous chemical. The staffers agreed immediately.

A couple of minutes later one of the administrative staff decided to check what was going on in the office where this “chair repairer” was working and he discovered that the man had already removed the office laptop and was planning to remove the second one. He raised alarm and the robber was intercepted. He was searched and a phone and a dangerous instrument was found on him.

After being arrested by the men of the Ogudu Police station, and was asked who sent him and who was his boss, he claimed he came from far away Ogun state but he kept lamenting that he was giving wrong information. In his words, “I never knew it was a church/christian office. I thought its an ordinary office. If I had know it was church, I won’t have agreed to come.” Adding to his words, “ I came all the way from Otta, (Agbado, Ijaiye) I don’t know this place is a church office. THEY DID NOT TELL ME OOOO. I wouldn’t have come here.”
He was immediately charged to Ogudu Magistrate court and the judge presiding over the case, Mrs AWOPE, who was very angry, gave an order for him to be remanded in Ikoyi Maximum prison, till July 14 when the matter will be revisited.

Prior to this ugly incident, we gathered authoritatively that the ODM publisher, Bishop Dr. Chris Kwapovwe had been faced with different challenges and battles from his supposed “enemies.” Remember that there was also a robbery about a year ago and it was the same LAPTOP OFFICE that was targeted. The general view is that it is the handiwork of people who are planning to bring him down by all means following his unusual rise/success story and the wave-making publication, “Our Daily Manna.”
ALSO, irrespective of the many challenge that has been brought to the happily married Bishop Dr Chris and Dr (Mrs.) Ejiro Kwakpovwe , nothing have been able to shudder them and they have moved from strength to strength both in the ministry and in their family life.
Meanwhile the Nigerian Police are not leaving any stone unturned to trace the matter to its foundation.

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Lawyers petition Senate over alleged oil theft in Niger Delta

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The lawyers said about $15 million per month accruable to the federal government could potentially be lost due to the absence of a functional measurement system for exported crude oil volumes at this Ugo Ocha terminal.

A group of lawyers has petitioned the Senate Ad-Hoc committee over alleged oil theft from the Ugo Ocha export terminal at OML 42 in the Niger Delta region.

The OML 42, an oil field located in the swamps of the western Niger Delta, is operated by NECONDE Energy Limited. The terminal has four flow stations with a combined production capacity of around 30,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd).

The lawyers complained that an average of one million barrels of Nigeria’s crude oil is taken away monthly by the company without accurate measurement – due to the absence of meters at this export terminal.

In the petition seen by PREMIUM TIMES and presented at the committee’s investigative hearing on “Oil Lifting, Theft and the Impact on Petroleum Production and Oil Revenues” on 21 September, the lawyers said since the terminal was established in 2017, NECONDE has frustrated efforts by the federal government to install a metering system also known as LACT Unit at the terminal. The company, they said, continues to operate the terminal in full violation of the federal government’s requirement for accurate custody transfer measurement at all export terminals.

The petition, dated 21 September, was submitted through O. F. Emmanuel & Co. It comes on the heels of oil theft and vandalism in the Nigerian oil sector.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) disclosed that it loses 470,000 bpd of crude oil amounting to $700 million monthly due to oil theft.

This paper also reported how Nigeria, amid dwindling revenue, lost $10 billion to crude oil theft in seven months.

The lawyers, in the petition signed by the Principal Partner, Oluwatosin F. Emmanuel, alleged that as of the time of the petition, there are no meters at the Ugo Ocha export terminal to accurately determine the volumes of Nigeria’s crude oil sold to foreign buyers.

They said enormous amounts of revenue – to the tune of $15 million per month – accruable to the Federal Government of Nigeria could potentially be lost due to the absence of a functional measurement system for exported crude oil volumes at this terminal.

They also claimed that NECONDE continues to operate the terminal in flagrant violation of the federal government’s mandate for accurate custody transfer measurement at all export terminals.

“Been aware of this monumental revenue loss, the government of Nigeria, through NUPRC, recently placed a ban on all exports of crude oil from NECONDE’s OML 42 UGO Ocha terminal until a functional LACT Unit is installed on the terminal,” part of the petition read. “In spite of the subsisting government ban, NECONDE continues to export Nigeria’s crude oil illegitimately from the Ugo Ocha terminal while frustrating every effort to install a LACT Unit on the terminal.”

They asked the Senate panel to ensure that the ban on exports from the Ugo Ocha terminal is enforced and that the company is compelled to install a 1.25 million barrels per day LACT Unit (metering system).

The lawyers further prayed the committee to direct the Nigerian Navy to “arrest and detain the vessel “MT COPPER SPIRIT” which is currently lifting oil at the Ugo Ocha terminal, direct the NMDPRA and NUPRC to cancel all barging permits granted to NECONDE and NPDC until a LACT Unit is installed and commissioned at the Ugo Ocha terminal – as directed by NUPRC and direct the Nigeria Ports Authority to prohibit the movement of crude oil barges and tankers to and from the Ugo Ocha terminal.”

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Just In: Again, national grid collapses to zero megawatts

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Nigeria’s national grid crashed to zero megawatts (MW) at 10:51am on Monday, causing power outage nationwide outage.

The collapse occurred days after electricity consumers said they had enjoyed improved supply.

The national electricity grid as of 10am on Monday had 3,712MW generated from 21 Generation Companies (GenCos) before it dropped to 0MW one hour after.

According to the information from the System Operations, a section of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), only Afam IV was on the grid but with zero supply as of 12noon.

As of Sunday, the highest generation was 4,100MW while the lowest was 3,652MW with the frequency hovering between 49.04 Hertz (Hz) and 50.34Hz.

Since July 1 this year, consumers said power supply had increased in their various areas.

For instance, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) recently confirmed increment in its daily allocation to over 500MW from the actual 300MW it had distributed before then.

Though the national grid had not cross 5,000MW, Daily Trust observed that level of load rejection especially around the DisCos’ networks had dropped significantly with some customers entitled to five-hour supply, recording over 12 hours daily.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had attributed the improvement in power supply nationwide to the partial activation of contracts that seeks to hold sector operators liable for deliberate incompetence.

The national grid collapsed twice, in July and in August but was quickly restored and power supply improvement was sustained before the latest system collapse on Monday.

According to records, this is the seventh system collapse this year, much more than the three recorded last year.

Although TCN, the national grid manager was yet to establish the cause of the crash, some insider said it could be as a result of a maintenance of the 330 kilovolts Jos – Bauchi transmission line maintenance slated for Monday.

Some DisCos including Kaduna Electric, Enugu, and Kano, had already communicated the nationwide outage to their customers noting that efforts were ongoing to restore supply.

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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