Fueling stations in Port Harcourt, Rivers state and its environs which were shut down following a strike action called by members of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), have resumed operations.
The reopening last night was due to the suspension of NUPENG/ Independent Petroleum Markets Association of Nigeria, (IPMAN)), action yesterday evening, after several hours of meetings and negotiations at the office of the Department of State securities (DSS), between the two Unions, the Rivers state government and the Economic and financial crime commission on the cause of the strike.
In a statement released by the state government, through the office of the Commissioner for Energy and Natural resources, Dr. Peter Medee about 7:30 pm, NUPENG/IPMAN unanimously agreed to shealth their swords and suspend the action while talk on the release of the drivers continued.
The statement read, “communique reached at the end of the meeting held on February 20, 2020, at the DSS state headquarters between the Rivers state Government, IPMAN, NUPENG, in suspending the strike action of February, 17, 2020, in Rivers state.
“Term of agreement:, parties agreed that a joint committee comprising of NUPENG, IPMAN, DPR, EFCCand Rivers state ministry of energy and natural resources, Rivers state government taskforce and relevant security agencies, to be headed by the commissioner of Energy and natural resources, be constituted.
“That this standing committee shall be the first to attend to all cases and related arrest in the oil and gas sector in the state.
“That this committee shall meet frequently to review emerging trends as they unfold.
“That a platform be created for effective communication and that the committee shall shall immediately commence the process of releasing the certified trucks and their products as agreed by EFCC.
“That parties condemn the activities of illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism artisanal refining of petroleum products and oil theft, While commending the relevant security agencies for their efforts in combating these criminal activities.
“That the Unions hereby agreed to suspend the on-going strike action in Rivers state.
The document sighted by the Nation in Port Harcourt last night was signed by the state commissioner for Energy, Dr. Medee, NUPENG Deputu president, Solomon Kulakwo, IPMAN spokesman, High Chief Ukadike, Head safety/ conflict resolution, state ministry of energy and natural resources, Mrs. Juliet Owhwonda, Zonal chairman IPMAN Eastern zone, Dumbari Dimkpa, among others.
The unions embarked on an indefinite strike action Wednesday over the “unlawful” arrest of two petroleum tanker drivers and their conductors by men of Rivers state special taskforce against illegal parks and markets in the capital city, last week, and the siezure of more than 12 petroleum trucks.
Efforts by the Union to secure the freedom of the men and release of the trucks by the state government failed, forcing them protest the development by locking up all petrol stations in the state, Wednesday morning.
A development which causes untolled hardship on the residents of the state both motorists and passengers.
The situation continues with the populice already grounding amidst outrageous high cost of petrol and cab fare, and many stranded.
However, hope returned last night as the news of the suspension of the strike broke and all the locked up stations reopened for business.
Uncle Kills 7-Year-Old Male Twins For Rituals In Delta
An uncle is on the run after killing 7-year-old twins for rituals in Delta state.
The 7-year-old male twins went missing only for their disemembered bodies to be found in a bush after their uncle, Onuwa Oliseh, lured them into the bush within the neighbourhood and killed them on Friday, March 6.
According to reports, the incident happened after they returned from school. He was said to have removed some of their body parts for money rituals and dumped the remains.
Investigation by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team in the state led to the arrest of Onuwa’s accomplice, Kelvin Uzor, who is also a relation of the twins.
“Police got information that on March 6, the twins were missing from their parents’ house. Their bodies were later found in the bush on March 8 with some parts of their bodies mutilated. Their eyes, hands and private parts were missing. Police began investigation and generated enough intelligence that led to the arrest of Uzor. He confessed that they were a three-man gang and wanted to do money ritual with the body parts,” a senior officer said.
18-year-old Uzor, in his statement, admitted the twins were killed for rituals but denied partaking in their murder. Uzor revealed further that the initial plan was to use an elderly woman in the community for the money ritual but he prevailed on the gang to spare the woman because she was generous.
The remains of the twins had been deposited at the General Hospital, Igbuzor while IRT detectives led by DCP Abba Kyari had launched a manhunt for their uncle.
Man Stabbed To Death By His Wife In Rivers State
A Nigerian man has been confirmed dead after being stabbed by his wife during a heated argument at their residence in Rivers State.
Facebook user, Anthony Biko Shadrach insinuated that his cousin was stabbed to death by his wife because he was seeing other women.
the world is indeed evil my cousin stabbed to death by his wife
In an exchange with a follower, Anthony added;
Just a little argument even if he is seeing other Women don’t warrant his life
Lagos Govt Provides Food Items To State Residents [PHOTOS]
The Lagos state government has offered to provide food items at the doorsteps of residents who are currently indoor due to the coronavirus outbreak.
This was made known by Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Twitter, as he made it known that the idea is to alleviate the sufferings of the people as it plans to give the food items to about 200,000 households containing six members in the first instance.
Among the food items to be distributed to residents are bags of rice, gari, beans, bread, pepper, drinking water, vitamins, among others, adding that the gesture is a continuous process.
“I am happy to announce an economic stimulus package to help our residents cushion the effects of our #StayAtHome directive to stop the spread of #COVID19.
“This first stage is targeting 200,000 households at an estimation of six people per household. We hope to ramp it up quickly.
“The stimulus package will contain bags of rice, beans, gari, bread, dry pepper, drinking water and vitamins. We want each ration to last for 14 days as we continue to evaluate the impact of #COVID19.
“Please stay home with your loved ones. We want the best for you.”
This first stage is targeting 200,000 households at an estimation of 6 people per household. We hope to ramp it up quickly. pic.twitter.com/QiqeaM9eSJ
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) March 27, 2020