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Nwike Dares FG, Boycotts Presidential Invitation Over Imo Oil Wells



Rivers State Government under the governorship of Nwike has boycotted the invitation by the Federal Government to discuss the allegation of Imo State government that some of the oil wells belonging to the state are being controlled by the government, of Rivers.

Governor Hope Uzodinma had a few months ago, written to the Federal Government, asking for boundaries adjustment between Imo State and its sister state, the Rivers, accusing the government of collecting revenues accrued to Imo government.

The Federal Government in the interest of peace had invited the surveyors of the two sister states and that of the Federation for a meeting which the Rivers invitees reportedly did not honor.

Palpable fear is said to have gripped River State as the state government failed to appear before the National Boundary Commission in Abuja on the scheduled date, Thursday, August 6, following the intensified efforts by the government of Imo State led by Governor Hope Uzodimma towards recovering oil wells lost to the neighboring state.

On its part, the Imo State  Government on Thursday appeared before the Commission and submitted sensitive documents to the Commission, including the Survey Plan of the state.

The documents were submitted to the National Boundary Commission in the presence of the

Surveyor-General of the Federation, Surveyor Samuel Adeniran, and the Director-General of the National Boundary Commission, Surveyor Adaji Adamu.

Imo State and her neighboring Rivers State are in a protracted battle over oil wells belonging to the state but for which Rivers State receives a monthly allocation and other benefits.

Sources disclosed that the Rivers State Government had frustrated previous efforts to resolve the issue, but with the intensified efforts of the Uzodimma led government towards recovering the oil wells, Rivers State is said to be in fear that Imo State is most likely going to get the oil wells back.

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof Placid Njoku, who is also the Chairman of the Imo State Boundary Commission, led a delegation to submit sensitive documents to the National Boundary Commission in Abuja on Thursday on behalf of the state government.

The delegation included the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr C.O.C Akolisa, the Special Adviser and Coordinator Oil and Gas, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opiah, Oil and Gas expert, Dr. Chioma Njoku, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Survey and Physical Planning, Surveyor Uzoma John, and the Surveyor-General of the State, Surveyor C.A.P. Anele.

The Deputy Governor urged the National Boundary Commission to rise to the occasion and give justice to the people of Imo State who have suffered untold hardship over the years as a result of the brazen denial of their God-given wealth which should have been used for their development but had been in the hands of the wrong state instead. 

Lending his voice, the SA and Coordinator Oil and Gas, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opiah, urged the National Boundary Commission to ensure that Rivers State attends the next meeting, stressing that the timetable earlier prepared for the submission of documents by the two states should be reviewed.

In an interview with our correspondent at the end of the meeting, Opiah said that Governor Hope Uzodimma was determined to recover all the lost oil wells lost to neighboring states. He said it amounted to a grave injustice that oil wells belonging to the state were in the hands of another state while the true owners of the wealth wallow in penury.

According to him, the loss of the oil wells to neighboring states was part of the reasons for the low production of oil by the state, expressing optimism that the state was on the right track towards recovering the lost oil wells.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.



The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%



The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina



Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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