26 In JTF Net As …Shell Threatens Shut-down of Afam VI
The Joint Military Task Force (JTF), says it has arrested 20
Ghanaians and six Nigerians and destroyed seven barges with tug boats carrying
stolen petroleum products in Abonnema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area of
JTF Commander, Brigadier-General Tuku Brutai said the 26
suspects were arrested during operations by his men.
The 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army spokesman disclosed that the
seven barges loaded with crude oil with the 20 Ghanaians and six Nigerians
arrested were on board were impounded last month.
He added that the arrested persons had been handed over to
the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps for prosecution, saying that,
“there were some arrests and they have all been handed over to the civil
defence corps for prosecution, and as you are aware, these barges are based in
“They take advantage of these creeks, the difficult terrain
to sneak into the area and steal the crude oil but luck ran out of them and we
were able to intercept them.”
The 2 Brigade commanding officer also said that sea piracy
has continued in the creeks of the Niger Delta despite the efforts of the JTF
to stop the menace.
“We also have the challenge of difficult terrain where some
of our gun boats can not have access to the creeks because of the shallow
nature of the waters there but by and large, we have taken full control of the
situation in the riverine areas,” he said.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC)
has said that the shut in of 150,000 barrels of oil per day may adversely
affect the Federal Government’s revenue targets and fiscal allocations for
projects and programmes in the 2012 budget, saying the Federal Government has
lost 1.2million barrels of projected crude oil sales in just eight days from
The company has therefore, warned of grave consequences, if
government agencies charged with the responsibility of managing the nation’s
marine systems and territorial waters fail to remove the illegal crude oil
vessel which caught fire eight days ago, atop its 28-inch high pressure Trans
Niger Pipeline (TNP).
Shell has threatened to shut down the 240million cubic feet
per day Okoloma Gas Plant, which supplies feedstock to the Nigeria Liquefied
Natural Gas (NLNG) facility in Bonny Island and at Okololunch new Bonny the
gas-powered Afam VI Power Station, lying adjacent to the gas plant, in Oyigbo
Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Afam VI supplies 650megawatts to the national grid, managed
by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), thus, contributing
significantly to the government’s desire to achieve uninterrupted power supply
as part of its Transformation Agenda.
The Tide gathered that shut down of Afam VI Power Station
would cut off 650MW from the overall national power supply equation, which
stands at between 4,200MW and 4,500MW, thereby worsening the nation’s power
The Bomu-Bonny 28-inch TNP and 26-inch high pressure gas
pipeline run in parallel, and pump crude oil and gas from the entire Land East
production infrastructure, particularly the Okoloma Gas Plant to facilities at
The Tide gathered that Shell’s concerns revolve around the
fact that the vessel now in flames seats atop both high pressure pipelines, and
therefore, exposes the billion-dollar facilities to serious threat.
The Land East operations cover all Shell production
facilities in Rivers, Imo, Abia and Akwa Ibom states.
Shell’s Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment
(HSE), Communications and Corporate Affairs, Tony Attah, who gave the warning
last Friday, said the shut in of 150,000bpd production, and shut down of both
Okoloma Gas Plant and Afam VI Power Station, though regrettable, were a
compelling last resort.
He stated that as soon as the incident was reported Sunday,
the Emergency Response Team (ERT) was mobilised and dispatched on overfly of
the area to ascertain the veracity of the fire, adding that three six-inch
crude theft point fittings have so far been identified on the TNP.
He urged the Federal Government to address the crude theft
problem swiftly by tightening security on the nation’s waterways while
arresting and prosecuting criminals involved in the illegal business to save
the region and the nation’s economy.
The Tide had exclusively reported last Monday that the
explosion and fire which gutted the vessel had claimed the lives of four
expatriates and 18 others while another 21 persons around the crude oil theft
circumference sustained serious injuries, including first degree burns.
Fubara Dedicates Victory To Rivers Unity …As INEC Declares Guber Election Results …PDP Wins 31 State Assembly Seats
Rivers State governor-elect, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, has dedicated his victory at the March 18 governorship polls to the unity of Rivers people.
Fubara noted that the determination of the people to sustain development gave him the victory as he described the giant strides of Governor Nyesom Wike as a big shoe that he would learn to wear.
The governor-elect who reacted to his declaration as the winner of the governorship election in the state on Monday, assured Rivers people of sustaining the tempo for the betterment of the state, adding that he is prepared to work with Rivers people who believe in the new Rivers vision and with innovative ideas.
He thanked Wike for his encouragement and for finding him worthy to carry on from where he will stop, describing it as a great privilege.
He glorified God as the foundation of his accomplishments in life and further assured the party leaders and Rivers people that he would not let them down but work in same spirit that has been passed on to him by Wike.
Fubara had scored 302,614 votes to beat his closet rival, Tonye Cole of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Magnus Abe of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who trailed behind with 95,274 and 46,981, respectively.
In same vein, the Peoples Democratic Party swept all the State House of Assembly seats except for Ahoada West that is pending a rerun in some wards.
The State Returning Officer, Prof Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, who announced the result late Monday night at the end of the two-day collation at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Head Office in Port Harcourt, had declared Fubara as the winner of the governorship election.
The PDP candidate polled 302,614 votes to defeat his closet rival Tonye Cole of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 95,274 votes while the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Senator Magnus Abe, and Labour Party (LP), Beatrice Itubo came a distant third and fourth with 46,981 and 22,224 votes, respectively.
Rim-Rukeh, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Delta State, said a total of 496,852 were accredited for the March 18 governorship election out of the 3,537,190 registered voters in the state.
He explained that of the 494,604 total votes cast, 483,934 were valid while 10, 670 were rejected votes.
Fubara was anointed by the incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike who is in the last weeks of his two-term of eight years.
Fubara’s Victory Reaffirms Rivers As PDP’s Stronghold -Wike …We’ll Sustain NEW Rivers Vision -Fubara
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, says the State has once again reasserted itself as one of the premier strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the country following the victory of Sir Siminialayi Fubara as the governor-elect.
The governor noted that despite evil machination of the opposition, the PDP has consistently won all the governorship elections in the State since 2015.
Governor Wike stated these shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Fubara as the winner of the 2023 governorship election on Monday night.
Fubara, who was the PDP candidate polled 302,614 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr. Tonye Cole of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had 95,274 votes and the Social Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Magnus Abe who came a distant third with 46,981.
Wike, who was visibly excited by Fubara’s resounding victory, told PDP leaders at the Government House, Port Harcourt that the State would continue to remain pivotal to the successes of the PDP.
“Whom God has blessed, no one can curse. There is nothing anyone can do about it. God at this time has said Siminalayi Fubara will be the next governor, and we give God the glory today that, that has happened.
“We won 23 local governments, 23 over 23. It has never happened. Out of the 32 State constituencies, we have won 31, it is remaining one that they said we will go for bye-election. We are ready and we will take that one.
“So, we have said to anybody who cares, Rivers State is PDP. When you annoy us, we do another thing. When we wanted to vote for the unity of the country, we showed it. We didn’t do anti-party, but we voted for unity of the country and that is what we did for one Nigeria.”
Governor Wike, who dedicated the electoral victories of the PDP in the just concluded general elections to God and the people of Rivers State, commended party stalwarts for remaining steadfast in defence of the State since he assumed office in 2015.
“Let me thank all of you for the support you have given us, how you stood firm to make sure that we defend what is Rivers State. In 2015, we did it, in 2019, we did it and in 2023, we have done it again. So, it is not surprising, God has always been with us.”
Governor Wike said he would remain eternally grateful to God because when he first contested for the office of the governor in 2015, his predecessor, Chibuike Amaechi, was the incumbent, and was antagonistic to his political aspiration.
The governor while mocking his predecessor for restoring to divisive and disgusting politicking during the electioneering period, said the resounding victory of the PDP has further diminished his political relevance in Rivers State.
“When we came out in 2015, we were not in government. There was a governor (Amaechi) then in 2015. He was the Director General (DG) of (Muhammadu) Buhari campaign. In 2019, he was a super Minister and was also DG of Buhari campaign. He never gave him (Buhari) 25 percent. 2015, he never gave him 25 percent.”
“This is 2023, and they cannot get 25 percent vote in the State, we have also defeated him. You were a super governor, we defeated you. You were a super minister, we defeated you, now, you are a super nobody, we defeated you.”
Governor Wike, has however, cautioned PDP members not to be complacent because the opposition which he likened to “enemies” are still prowling around.
In his acceptance speech, the governor-elect, Fubara, who was accompanied by his deputy, Prof. Ngozi Odu, thanked God for his electoral victory and assured that his administration would consolidate on Wike’s New Rivers Vision.
“We are going to work with everybody who believes in the New Rivers Vision to continue to build better lives, good services, protection of the dignity of every Rivers man and woman, protection of the integrity of this state in all phases and to make sure that we continue to defend our party in this state.
“Our vision is simple, it is anchored on the New Rivers Vision. We are to continue, to improve and to develop more on it. I want to thank the leadership of the party and the good people of Rivers State who believed in the New Rivers vision and ensured that the vision is the right vision. On the 18th of March, 2023, they supported us, they came out in their large numbers and voted for the unity and progress of this State”.
The governor-elect assured the people of Rivers State and the leadership of the PDP that his administration would not disappoint them.
“We give God all the glory and our foundation has always been God, and we believe He is going to give us the wisdom to carry this crown, its a big one. My principal will be leaving a very big shoe, I will need a lot of stockings so my leg can fit in properly.
“So, I need to start working on it. I need all of you to continue to support us, for us to achieve and maintain the standard that the governor has already laid and established for us”, he said.
Wike Congratulates Makinde, Mohammed, Sanwo-Olu
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has congratulated Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Senator Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) on their re-election.
Wike said the re-election of Makinde, Mohammed and Sanwo-Olu through free, fair and credible elections in their respective States, is indeed a triumph for Nigeria’s democracy.
“I am excited by the cheering news of the resounding re-election of governors Makinde, Mohammed and Sanwo-Olu. I am pleased to express to Your Excellencies the most sincere fraternal congratulations.
“I look forward to us consolidating the bonds of brotherhood and friendship between our States and peoples”, he said.
Wike urged the governors to use the election for their second tenure in office to continue to create a better life, and prosperity for all their peoples.
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