Earlier in the week, here was disquiet among the drivers attached to the convoy of the Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), following the convoy’s involvement in an accident at the weekend. The convoy, which was returning from a thanksgiving service at Mosogar, Ethiope West, in honour of the mother of the Political Adviser to the Governor, Chief Ighoyota Amori, was involved in a crash at Agbor, Ika South Local Government. It was reported that six persons were injured and are on admission in a private hospital in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
It is not sure that most oppressive Nigerian leaders, whose major pastime is chasing hapless Nigerians off the road with their primitive siren-blasting convoys, do know they are unwittingly reliving the nativity of the howling device adapted for use in emergency situations in civilised worlds, they ape in the negative.
Does lack of banking expertise result in fraud? Does weak and inadequate supervision lead to committing of fraud? Or, does the get-rich-quick attitude of Nigerians spur them to commit fraud in the banks? These are some of the questions being asked by depositors and other Nigerians over the disturbing rate of fraud in the sector.
Ears quivered penultimate Saturday when the news of the gruesome massacre of over 20 Agatu farmers in Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen, emerged. The herdsmen who were said to be over 200 stormed seven communities in the area, including Ikpele and Okokolo and started shooting indiscriminately resulting in the death of the people while others sustained various degrees of injuries.
Initiated by the Obasanjo administration, re-visited with purposeful intent by the Yar’Adua government, and honestly rehashed and now being concernedly envisioned as the ultimate transformational tool in the Nigerian economically cobwebbed oil industry, the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, remains one of the biggest legislative challenges before both the green and red chambers of Nigeria’s National Assembly.
Penultimate Tuesday, the news of the alleged incarceration of Mrs. Clara Chime, the First Lady of Enugu State, sent shockwaves throughout the length and breadth of the country. In a widely circulated letter in the media, which was purportedly written by Mrs. Chime, she said her husband, Governor Sullivan Chime, has placed under house arrest, and therefore, was crying out for assistance to human rights bodies for rescue.
The ponderous and caustic allegation of Lagos State becoming personal estate of Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the state’s former governor and strong man of South-West politics, by his political opponents seems to have assumed the dimension of reality with the installation of his daughter, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, as the Iyaloja General of Nigeria last week. Unarguably to the consternation of most opponents of the former governor, the installation of Mrs.
With less than one month to the conduct of the governorship election in Anambra State, the heat is already on most political parties and their campaign organisations. While some of the parties are consolidating their positions for the election, others are grappling with internal wranglings. However, others have chosen the path of the underdog waiting to capitalise on the clash of the titans to clinch political mileage. Most of the candidates are employing propaganda as a weapon to cast aspersions on opponents.
The issue of persistent crude oil theft in Nigeria appears to be a phenomenon that has resisted all solutions. This criminal activity, which gained prominence during the military era of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, has been on the increase.
The report is mind-boggling. The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, last month in Abuja gave a disturbing report that Nigeria has lost over $11 billion to crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism between 2009 and 2011. The NEITI chairman, Ledum Mitee, disclosed this at the public presentation of NEITI audit reports for the oil and gas sector for 2009 to 2011 and the Solid Minerals Sector Audit for 2007-2010.