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Measures in place to avoid recurrence of national grid collapse, Minister asserts

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Minister of power, Abubakar Aliyu, says mitigation measures to avoid recurrence of national grid collapse are being implemented.

The national power grid had collapsed twice this week.

The system collapse occurred when the country was battling scarcity and a hike in fuel prices.

In a statement on Saturday, Aliyu disclosed that the recent system collapse was a direct consequence of a snap on a 330kV transmission line.

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“While the recent spate of system collapse is regrettable, it was a direct consequence of a snap on a 330kV transmission line,” the statement reads.

“The mitigation measures for avoiding such incidence of blackouts are being implemented through several interventions, including the Presidential Power Initiative.

“We wish to reassure all electricity consumers that all relevant agencies involved in the restoration of normality in power supply have been charged to act in the context of the emergency state of the industry.

“The Federal Ministry of Power shall continue to periodically update the nation on the progress.

According to the minister, the national grid lost about 1,100MW generation capacity as a consequence of simultaneous disruptions in gas supply to the Okpai, Calabar and the Afam VI power plants.

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“The available generation capacity was exacerbated by the ongoing water management regime at the Kainii, Jebba and Shiroro power plants,” he added.

The minister noted power generation would return to normalcy soon.

According to him, the Okpai power plant has resumed power generation with 300 megawatts capacity.

“The gas pipeline affected by acts of vandalism has been restored and the Okpai power plant has resumed power generation and currently contributing an average of 300MW,” he said.

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“The Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc has been directed to enter into fast-track negotiation with NAOC on an interim energy sales agreement with a view of bringing the new Okpai Il power plant on the grid thereby contributing additional 400MW of generation capacity.

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“The “pigging” of the gas pipeline supplying gas to the Odukpani power plant is scheduled for completion on March 21st 2022, thus ramping up generation by about 400MW.

“In order to optimise the capacity utilisation of the power plants owned by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd (NDPHC), the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved a special gas pricing for emergency contracting OF gas from the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company Ltd. We expect an on-grid improvement of about 800MW generation capacity from the NDPHC plants.

“In the medium-term, we have agreed with NGPIC (a subsidiary of NNPC) on the framework for the overhaul of the Okoloma gas processing plant, thereby restoring the full capacity of the 650MW Afam VI combined cycle power plant.”

On Thursday, Tony Elumelu, chairman of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, had listed erratic electricity supply, hikes in diesel prices, and frightening food inflation as issues bedevilling the country.

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Crime

Again, court rejects Abba Kyari’s fresh bail request

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Again, court rejects Abba Kyari’s fresh bail request

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, dismissed a fresh bail application the detained Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, filed to be released on bail, pending the conclusion of his trial.

Kyari is facing an eight-count charge bordering on drug trafficking brought against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

Also read: Appeal Court dismisses suspended DCP Abba Kyari’s bail application

The NDLEA alleged that Kyari and his men, sometime between January 19 and 25, 2022, at the office of Inspector-General of Police, IRT, Abuja, in connivance with one ASP John Umoru (now at large), ACP Sunday J. Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu, unlawfully tampered with 21.25kilograms worth of cocaine that they seized from the two convicted drug traffickers- Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane- even as it also accused them of dealing in cocaine worth 17.55kg.

The charge stated that this is contrary to section 14(b) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, the defendants

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The court had, in two previous rulings, denied the defendant’s bail and ordered their remand at Kuje prison.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja also refused Kyari’s request for bail.

At today’s sitting, Justice Nwite, in a ruling, held that Kyari’s application lacked merit.

He stated that Kyari failed to establish any exceptional circumstance that would warrant the exercise of judicial discretion in his favour.

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The trial judge said that the court had earlier dismissed a similar bail application that was brought before it and ordered an accelerated hearing of the case.

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He said no evidence was shown to convince the court why it should depart from its earlier ruling.

Justice Nwite rejected Kyari’s application and approved that the NLDEA, proceed with the prosecution of both Kyari and his co-defendants in the matter.

Recall that the court last month granted Kyari temporary bail from prison custody to enable him to participate in his mother’s final burial rites.

The court granted him N50m bail for two weeks and two sureties in like sum.

Previously, Kyari had filed an application to challenge the charge brought against him which the court on March 22, 2023, dismissed.

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Kyari, through his team of lawyers led by Mr Nureni Jimoh (SAN), argued that the charge was legally defective and premature.

He added that the NDLEA ought to have allowed police to exhaust its internal machinery before filing the applications in court.

He claimed that the Police had already commenced an investigation into allegations against him and issued an interim report.

The defendant argued that he could only be charged to court upon the conclusion of the internal investigation by the police.

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Reverend E.M.F. Oshoffa demotes London shepherd over insubordination

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In a move to uphold pastoral authority, Reverend Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa, the Pastor and Spiritual Head of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide, has demoted VSE Bayo King, the Shepherd in Charge of the Celestial Church of Christ, Harton Street, London.

Also read: Reverend E.M.F. Oshoffa begins one week pastoral visit to UK Diocese

Citing repeated acts of disobedience and insubordination, Reverend Oshoffa announced the demotion in a memo titled “PASTORAL ORDER: DEMOTION IN SPIRITUAL RANK” with reference number CCC/EMF/PO/AD-DSR-001/04-24.

The memo highlighted VSE Bayo King’s refusal to vacate the Harton Street Parish as directed by previous Pastoral Orders dated 25th September 2023 and 12th February 2024.

It accused him of instigating parish members against the directives of the Pastor and destabilising the parish. As a result, VSE Bayo King has been demoted to the rank of Assistant Superior Evangelist with immediate effect.

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The Pastoral Order stipulates that during the period of demotion, the embattled London shepherd must not use or be addressed by any spiritual rank higher than Assistant Superior Evangelist.

Additionally, he is prohibited from wearing the church garment corresponding to any rank above Assistant Superior Evangelist.

The memo emphasizes that his conduct will be closely monitored by the Office of the Pastor, C.C.C. Worldwide.

Reverend Oshoffa expressed hope that VSE Bayo King would demonstrate the expected remorse, obey orders, and show improvement in his conduct, potentially leading to a reconsideration of the decision. Failure to do so could result in further disciplinary action.

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In a related statement, Reverend Oshoffa addressed concerns regarding the formation of a parallel Diocese in the UK under VSE Bola Olaleye.

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He clarified that he had not authorised any such formation and reaffirmed that the Celestial Church of Christ, United Kingdom Diocese, remains unified under the leadership of Most Superior Evangelist Amos Olabode Fatusin.

        Most Sup Evang Amos Fatusin, HoD UK Diocese

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Couple, accomplice arrested for alleged human trafficking in Anambra

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Couple, accomplice arrested for alleged human trafficking in Anambra

Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare has handed a couple and an accomplice to the police over alleged human trafficking in Ifitedunu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of the state.

This was made known in a statement by the media aide to the Women Affairs Commissioner, Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, on Facebook on Tuesday.

 

Also read: NURTW member, two others jailed for drug trafficking

 

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According to the statement, the arrest was made possible after the community chairman, Mr Arinzechukwu Azodo, notified the Women Affairs Commissioner, Ify Obinabo, about a suspected trafficking incident in the community.

According to Mr Azodo, he was alerted by his team commander over a report of suspected trafficking taking place in the community and quickly informed the commissioner, who instructed him to arrest the suspects.

Upon arrest, it was discovered that the suspects were about to seal a deal worth one million naira.

One of the suspects, Ebere, confessed that she was approached by another suspect, Temple Nwankwo, who offered to sell her twin baby.

Ebere claimed she agreed to partner with Temple and link her up with a prospective buyer. However, Temple denied any involvement in the alleged transaction.

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The statement said, “Ebere said she accepted to partner with her and went further to link her up to a prospective buyer who needed a male child urgently. Ebere in her confession said that after their negotiation, they agreed to meet at Oye Agu to further seal the transaction but instead, Temple requested an instant payment of one million naira in her account which the buyer objected to because he hadn’t seen the baby in question which brought disagreement among them before Temple changed her mind and left them.

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“On the alleged seller’s part, Temple Nwankwo from Enugu State but resident at Ifitedunu, she denied ever having to be in any type of business with Ebere but explained that she only reconnected with her when she was four months pregnant. Temple in her defence said it was Ebere who actually asked for her help in getting a male child because she’s not been able to have a child of her own.

“Temple in her confession said, after Ebere made the request, she warned her to never involve her in such and that since that day, Ebere has been coming to her house in her absence meeting her daughter even after her several warnings to her.

The investigation revealed that Temple had been accused of human trafficking by some community members, who claimed that she and her husband, Ndubuisi Nwankwo, were involved in the business. When questioned about the whereabouts of her two children, Temple claimed they were dead, but her story raised suspicions.

The statement added, “It will interest you to know that, some members of the community alleged that Temple is into the trafficking business with her husband Ndubuisi Nwankwo as an accomplice because they have not seen some of her children for a very long time.

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“When the couple were asked the whereabouts of the two kids, they claimed that they were dead but when asked about the people present when they were buried, they stated no one has ever been around to witness the burial of the two children.

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“It was at this point that the Honourable Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare Anambra, Obinabo, who was visibly sad over the incident, handed them over to the police for investigation and prosecution.”

The Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Obinabo, handed the suspects over to the police for investigation and prosecution, reiterating the state government’s commitment to ending human trafficking.

She urged the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the ministry.

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