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Lagos PDP Calls Off Congress As Thugs Invade Venue

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The Lagos State congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been cancelled.

This followed the violence that broke out at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), venue of the congress.

It was reported that voting was about to commence, when some thugs allegedly invaded the venue and disrupted the exercise.

Consequently, the electoral committee chairman, Johnson Abounu, announced the cancellation of the congress.

But the party in a statement by its outgoing publicity secretary, Taofik Gani, blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for the botched congress

Gani said the PDP was having a unity congress with all interests converged at TBS, when the disruption occurred.

“The chairman of the committee had started giving out ballot papers to the delegates to go start voting when suddenly Gun shots were heard at different angles,” he said.

“The delegates were orderly until after the gunshots which scared a lot to leave the venue. We do not believe these gun shots came from PDP members. The shooters can only be our Political opponents. We charge the Police to fish out these persons.”

He added: The chairman of the Election Committee has gone ahead to declare the Congress as aborted and a new date to be announced.”

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Sylvester Oromoni: Four more Dowen College students interrogated by police

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The Lagos State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Bureau (SCIIB) Panti, Yaba, has invited four more students of Dowen College, Lekki Lagos, for questioning over their involvement in the death of Sylvester Oromoni, their 12-year-old colleague allegedly beaten to death by some of his mates.

The four students were invited on Tuesday to the SCIIB, Panti for questioning over their purported involvement in Sylvester’s death.

POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that three students of the college were interrogated on Monday by the Police over Sylvester’s death taking the total number to seven.

It was learnt that the Police obtained a court order to detain the arrested suspects pending when investigations into the matter is concluded.

Oromoni, Jnr died of complications last week as a result of injuries sustained from an attack by a group of five senior colleagues for allegedly refusing to join a cult group in the school.

The Chief Coroner has fixed December 15 for a meeting on the inquest into the death of the deceased.

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Two Brothers Arraigned For Alleged N5m Land Scam In Uyo

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The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned two brothers, Mfon Paul Ekpeowo and Augustine Paul Ekpeowo before Justice A. A. Okeke of the Federal High Court Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on a three-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence.

The brothers allegedly obtained the said sum from one Daniel Nelson James as payment for a piece of land which had been sold to another buyer by the defendants. James said he only came to the realisation that he had been duped by the duo, when he tried to commence the development of the plot, but was confronted by the previous buyer who showed up with a Power of Attorney.

One of the charges against the defendants reads: “That you Mfon Paul Ekpeowo and Augustine Paul Ekpeowo between February and September, 2020 in Uyo, conspired among yourselves to obtain money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

Another charge reads: “That you Mfon Paul Ekpeowo with the intent to defraud, obtained the sum of Four Million and Fifty Thousand Naira (N4,050,000:00) from one Daniel Nelson James with the pretence that the money was payment for a piece of landm while you Augustine Paul Ekpeowo on or about the 12th day of September, 2020 in Uyo with the intent to defraud, obtained the sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000:00) from one Daniel Nelson James under the pretence that the money was payment for a piece of land, the pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

They pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge. In view of their plea, the prosecuting counsel, A. S. Abuh, prayed the court to fix a date for trial and remand the defendants in the Correctional facility.

But the defence counsel, N. C. Ikono, made an oral application for the bail of his clients but the Court insisted on a formal application.

The matter was adjourned till February 14, 2022, for hearing while the defendants were remanded in the Correctional Centre.

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MESL implores policy review, signs partnership with Power China

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Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited or MESL Chairman, Col. Sani Bello, on behalf of the electricity generating company or GenCo, requested the Federal Government to review the policy of foreign exchange in Abuja.

This is due to the company being continuously required to pay concession fees in dollars, despite garnering revenues majorly in naira, which led to the “huge losses on the exchange rate”.

“Regrettably, most of the equipment required for the rehabilitation, installation and continued maintenance of our turbines are still being produced outside of Nigeria,” said Bello.

At the same time, MESL recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Power Huadong Engineering Cooperation Limited (“Power China”) for the rehabilitation of unit 1G9 and installation of new units 1G3 and 1G4 at Kainji Hydropower Plant.

Meanwhile, the recovery of the rest of the Units is set to be completed by 2026.

According to the Managing director and CEO of MESL, Engr. Lamu Audu, the partnership is an effort to follow the company’s commitment to the FG in recovering the combined electricity capacity of 1338.4MW to power the country.

Apart from the rehabilitation and installation, Audu explained MESL plans to invest over $108 million, adding to the total of combined investments estimated to $240 million for the Capacity Recovery &Expansion Programme.

Moving forward, Audu added that MESL will continue with resilience to achieve its vision: To be the recognised performance leader in the country.

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