ExxonMobil Discovers One Billion Barrels Of Oil In Nigeria

Barely a week after it sold its downstream subsidiary in Nigeria, United States’ oil giant, ExxonMobil Corporation, has announced the discovery of up to one billion barrels of oil reserves in the Owowo field, offshore Nigeria.

The development is a boost to Nigeria’s efforts to increase her crude oil reserves from the current 36 billion barrels to 40 billion barrels target, which was set for 2010 but could not be achieved as a result of lack of investment in exploratory activities.
The Owowo field spans portions of the contract areas of Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 223 and Oil Mining License (OML) 139.

In a statement posted yesterday on its website, the Texas-based oil and gas company said the huge discovery has a potential recoverable resource of between 500 million and one billion barrels of oil.

The world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company stated that the Owowo-3 well, which was spud on September 23, 2016, encountered about 460 feet (140 metres) of oil-bearing sandstone reservoir.
According to the statement, the Owowo-3 extends the resource discovered by the Owowo-2 well, which encountered about 515 feet (157 meters) of oil-bearing sandstone reservoir.

Commenting on the discovery, the President of ExxonMobil Exploration Company, Stephen Greenlee, said: “We are encouraged by the results and will work with our partners and the government on future development plans.”
The company further added that the Owowo-3 was safely drilled to 10,410 feet (3,173 metres) in 1,890 feet (576 metres) of water.

The well was drilled by ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria (Deepwater Ventures) Limited and proved additional resource in deeper reservoirs.

ExxonMobil holds 27 per cent interest and is the operator for OPL 223 and OML 139.
Joint venture partners include Chevron Nigeria Deepwater G Limited (27 per cent interest), Total E&P Nigeria Limited (18 per cent interest), Nexen Petroleum Deepwater Nigeria Limited (18 per cent interest), and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Limited, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) (10 per cent interest).

ExxonMobil had recently announced the sale of its 60 per cent stake in Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc to NIPCO Plc, thus exiting from the Nigeria’s downstream oil and gas sub-sector.
Before the sale of its downstream subsidiary, the company had three affiliates operating in Nigeria: Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN); Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd. (EEPNL); and Mobil Oil Nigeria (MON).

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JTF Discovers 23 Human Skulls, Arrests 44 IPOB Members

Operatives of the Joint Task Force, also known as Operation Delta Safe, disclosed on Thursday that it discovered a total of 23 decomposing human skulls and a human skeleton during raids on militant camps belonging to suspected members of the Bakassi Strike Force in Bakassi and Akpabuyo local government areas of Cross River State.

 A statement issued on Thursday by the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Operation Delta Safe, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Dauda, said the camps located at Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam communities in the Bakassi and Akpabuyo councils of the state were destroyed on Wednesday.

 It also said that 44 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra were arrested during the inauguration of the Bayelsa State chapter of the group.

It said the arrested suspects were apprehended at Lakeview Club, along Mabinton Estate, Okaka Road in Bayelsa State while trying to disrupt public peace.

 The statement read, “In fulfillment of Operation Delta Safe’s mandate to rid the Niger Delta region of crude oil theft, sea robbery, all forms of criminality and protection of oil and gas facilities, on October 26, 2016, troops of Sector 4 in Cross River State, acting on a tip-off, carried out raids of Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam communities in the Bakassi and Akpabuyo local government areas.

 “During the cordon-and-search operations, troops discovered four militant shrines with 23 human skulls in various stages of decomposition, a complete human skeleton and several other human body parts. The shrines were destroyed as troops continued the search for the perpetrators of these heinous acts against humanity.”



Fisherman Discovers Giant 14-Pound Lobster, Releases It Back To Sea

Fisherman Tristin Loescher from the Sanctuary Marine in Bermuda was fishing for grey snapper one night after Hurricane Nicole lashed the area, and instead, discovered an enormous, 14-pound lobster.

“Never in my life have I seen anything this big,” Loescher, who has been lobster diving for about 15 years, told InsideEdition.com. “I think never in my life will I see one this big again.”

Kano Discovers 7,629 Ghost Workers On Payroll- HoS

Kano State Government has discovered 7,629 “ghost workers” on its payroll, the state  Head of Service, Alhaji  Muhammad Awwal Naiya has announced.

Speaking at a press conference in his office, yesterday, he said the “ghost workers” were discovered following a Biometric Data Capture exercise which was conducted by a team of consultants hired by the state government.

The HoS, who described the exercise as on-going, said of 86,373 forms submitted to the consultants handling the exercise,  only 71,479 workers were captured while 7,629 purported to be workers had so far not appeared to be captured.

He disclosed that the workers, who did not show up for the exercise, despite being placed on several notices, were presumed to be non-existing until a contrary evidence emerged, adding that their names had, therefore been deleted from the state’s payroll with effect from this month.

With the removal of a total of 7,629 names from the state’s payroll, Naiya said the state government would be saving an estimated figure of N284 million on a monthly basis, adding that the saved money will be reallocated to other needs of the government.

Naiya also announced the discovery of 17 staff who were identified as collecting salaries from both the state Hospital Management Board and the Primary HealthCare Management Board respectively, resulting in an estimated monthly saving of N1,010,053.15.

He said the salaries of the affected staff had been removed from the payroll,  adding that they were following due process to ensure that the staff returned the excess payments that they had collected, after which they would be prosecuted.

He said that the state government was committed to reinvigorate the State Public Service to bring it in tandem with global best practices adding that the Data Capturing exercise initiated was one of the efforts undertaken to realize this goal.

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Nasarawa Discovers 1,600 Ghost Workers On Payroll

The Nasarawa State Government has discovered over 1,600 ghost workers on its payroll following the recent biometric data capture in the state.

Mr Idris Yakubu, the Executive Director (North), Skye Bank Plc, the consultancy company for the exercise, disclosed this on Wednesday in Lafia while presenting the report to Gov. Umaru Al-Makura.

Yakubu explained that the company was engaged to carry out the exercise in 2014 but security situation delayed the delivery on the job.

He said the purpose of the exercise was to verify the existence of all persons on the state government payroll, capture the basic and biometric details of all civil servants and eliminate the existence of ghost workers.’’

He added that the exercise was also aimed at producing a clean data base for payroll administration in the state.

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2016 “Stolen” Budget: Saraki Reveals Interesting Twist, Accuses Presidency

There is a new twist to the saga over the  2016 budget in the Senate.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has revealed that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Senate, Senator Ita Enag, reproduced a budget document different from what President Buhari originally submitted to the National Assembly.

The Senate President made this revelation during Thursday’s legislative proceedings. Senator Saraki said that the Committee on Ethics and Privileges made this finding in the course of investigating the matter.

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NASA Discovers Evidence Of Water On Mars

Curious lines running down slopes on the Martian surface may be streaks of super-salty brine, said the latest findings on Monday in the scientific quest for extra-terrestrial liquid water, a prerequisite for life.

A team from the United States and France said it found evidence in the lines of ‘hydrated’ salt minerals, which require water for their creation.

These results ‘strongly support the hypothesis’ of liquid water on Mars on Monday, concluded a research paper published in the journal, Nature Geoscience.

Astrophysicists have long hypothesized that the seasonal streaks, dubbed ‘recurring slope lineae’ (RSL), may be formed by brine flows on the Red Planet.

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Bauchi Probe C’ttee Discovers Aircraft Hidden In Morocco

A committee set up by the Bauchi State Government, headed by Air Commodore Ahmed Tijjani-Baba (rtd), has discovered an aircraft belonging to the state, hidden in Morocco. Governor Mohammed Abubakar made this known, Saturday night in Bauchi, in a broadcast marking his 100 days in office.

He disclosed that the recovered aircraft would be received by the state government in few days at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.

According to him, “The committee will now beam its satellite on the Ministry for Local Government Affairs and the State Basic Education Board, to see how billions of naira allocated to them was spent.

“Such examples are the N2billion micro loans and others that were allocated to them but carelessly spent, leaving our pupils to study under the trees.”

Abubakar assured that the state government would soon embark on the construction and reconstruction of some rural feeder roads to ease transportation problems.

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BUSTED: NDLEA Uncovers Global Hard Drugs Syndicate

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a popular businessman (names withheld), alleged to be leader of an international drug trafficking organisation, who recruits and sponsors couriers to China, Malaysia, Turkey and Italy.

The arrest of the 37-year-old suspect reportedly followed the agency’s discovery of three laboratories used for the illegal production of methamphetamine in his home town in Anambra State.

Addressing journalists yesterday on the arrest described as the latest outstanding operational success recorded by the anti-narcotic agency, the Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, disclosed that surveillance indicated that the suspect shuttled between his country home and Isolo, Lagos State, residence.

He said: “He hides under the cover of motorcycle parts business in running a drug cell that has international affiliation.

“He specialises in recruiting and sponsoring drug couriers to China, Malaysia and Turkey. He also pays his couriers an average of $5,000 per trip.

“The suspect has two Nigeria international passports and one Ghanaian passport, all bearing his photographs with different names. Two other passports belonging to suspected drug couriers were also seized.

“He hired one Raphael, who is a professional methanphetamine cook to work for him. He pays him N500,000 for his service and N700,000 for the purchase of precursor chemicals per production circle.

“The production capacity per cycle is 14kg. As a result of the indicting surveillance report, he was arrested in his home country.”

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