NNPC denies chartering jet for Alison-Madueke’s use, Jonathan’s 75 per cent voting rule splits confab & other important news you should know today

by Oge Okonkwo

Nigeria's Minister of Petroleum Diezani Allison-Madueke speaks at a media briefing on a new gas price regime in the capital of Abuja

NNPC denies chartering of jet for exclusive use of Petroleum Minister

Recent reports which said that a chartered aircraft for the personal use of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke was gotten by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been denied by the management.

The Corporation denied the  reports in a statement by its Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Omar Farouk Ibrahim, said it has not chartered any aircraft for the exclusive use of the Minister of Petroleum Resources or any particular official of the Corporation. Read more.

Jonathan’s 75% voting rule splits confab
The clause stipulating that all decisions to be reached must be done through consensus or a vote of 75 per cent majority was said to have caused a split between the delegates, making it the first major deadlock set in at the National Conference, yesterday.

Tension began to rise when the chairman, Idris Kutigi, attempted to overrule a delegate, Mike Ozekhome, who had called for the amendment of the provision to make it possible for any decision to be arrived at through two thirds majority, which he said was the same position with the constitution and global best practices. Read more….

Two killed, 50 houses burnt in Plateau communal clash

Two persons were on Tuesday confirmed dead and several wounded in a communal clash at a border community between Pankshin and Kanke Local Government Areas of Plateau.

The Chairman of Pankshin Local Government, Samuel Goar, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Pankshin. Read more….

FG explains drop in power supply, assures of improvement

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, said on Tuesday in Abuja that the worsening power situation in the country was as a result of gas pipeline vandalism.

He said this at a media briefing on the current challenges of power supply in the country. Read more….

Motorcyclist drops bomb on busy Kaduna road

The police in Kaduna on Monday detonated a high calibre Improvised Explosive Device, IED, wrapped in a polythene bag and dropped by a man on a motorbike at the busy Sultan Road/Sir Kashim Road junction in Kaduna North Local Government Area.

The Kaduna Police Public Relation Officer, Aminu Lawan, confirmed the incident.

“We got a distress call that a polythene bag containing a questionable object was dropped by a passing Okada man so we quickly ordered our anti-bomb squad team to the area. The area was immediately condoned off when it was discovered that the polythene bag contained high caliber IEDs. Our anti-bomb squad was able to successfully detonate the IEDs and the area was immediately brought under control. Read more….

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