Nigeria, Morocco To Build Gas Pipeline Link

Nigeria and Morocco on Saturday resolved to jointly promote a gas pipeline that will connect the two countries and some other African countries.

This was one of the agreement reached during the three-day visit of Moroccan King President Mohammed VI.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Geoffrey Onyema, disclosed this to reporters on Saturday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Onyema said the gas pipeline project would also accelerate energy and electrification projects across the affected member countries.

He said, “It is a great honour and privilege to read for you a communique which outlines the strategic visions that you both have for our two countries.

“On the occasion of the visit of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to Nigeria, and following the discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari in Marrackeck, on the sidelines of the Conference of the Parties (COP-22), and also in Abuja , the Kingdom of Morocco and the Federal Republic of Nigeria decided to study and take concrete steps toward the promotion of a regional gas pipeline project that will connect Nigeria’s gas resources, those of several West African countries and Morocco.”

The minister said the pipeline project would be designed with the participation of all stakeholders.

This, he explained, is meant to create a competitive regional electricity market with the potential to be connected to the European energy markets.

He said  Nigeria and Kingdom of Morocco also agreed to develop integrated industrial clusters in the sub-region in sectors such as manufacturing, Agro-business and fertilizers to attract foreign capital and improve export competitiveness.

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Bauchi Govt Denies Link To Azare’s Arrest

Bauchi State government has denied any culpability in the alleged arrest by the police of a social media critic, Musa Babale Azare, in Abuja.

Special Assistant to the Bauchi State governor on Media and Communication, Shamsudeen Lukman Abubakar while reacting to the issue said that the state governor never facilitate the arrest of the critic by the police as being insinuated by some people.

Abubakar in a Facebook post on Sunday said that as a trained lawyer, governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar respects the law and will never go against it for political gains.

He said that the governor is preoccupied with the task of attending to the needs of people of the state who voted for the APC-led administration and as such will not engage in unnecessary victimisation of its citizens.

He therefore called on people of the state to disregard the misinformation being peddled by rumour mongers over the incident.

The governor’s aide noted that the series of rumours being peddled on social media are attempts to discredit the state governor and the APC administration in the state.

He however informed that the governor will always remain focused on ways to develop the state and fulfil electoral promises made to the people despite the financial challenges being faced.

It could be recalled that Musa Azare was reported by the media to have been arrested by the police in Abuja last Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the social media critic has been released by the police on bail yesterday.

Azare who informed about his release on his Facebook page yesterday posted: “This is to inform you that I have been released on bail based on self recognition. We give glory to God Almighty, Master of the Day of Judgement.

“Words cannot express my appreciation to friends, family and thousands of supporters and admirers who took the campaign for my release to a level I never expected. I’m now safely reunited ?with my family.”

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Jonathan, Wife, Under Probe Over Alleged Link To Niger Delta Bombings

The Nigerian presidency has ordered a discreet investigation of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, and his wife, Patience, over the spate of bombings of oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta.

A top government source, quoting intelligence reports, said that it had now been established that some of the oil installations bombed in the Niger Delta had actually been mined while President Jonathan was in power, just before the 2015 election, by some of the militants and operatives known to be very close to him.

“The mining was meant to be a “Plan B should they be removed from Aso Rock,” said the official, who requested not to be named because of the sensitive nature of the matter.

“The plan then was to cause confusion if the 2015 presidential election did not go as expected, in favour of the then incumbent.”

“However, when the former president surprisingly conceded the election to President Mohammadu Buhari, according to the source, there was both disappointment and confusion in the camp of those who had designed the plan, causing a suspension of the whole agenda.

“But by February this year, it was learnt, the plan was reopened as several of the backers were getting investigated on different corruption cases.

“Mr. Jonathan himself was concerned that himself and his wife could be prosecuted, including on money-laundering charges where investigators said evidence against the wife has already been amassed.

“It was at that point that the bombing activities under the banner of the Niger Delta Avengers started.

 “Even the former President himself had been reported while on a foreign trip as saying he knew he was under probe. This was after the plan to start the bombing had become fully operational according to intelligence reports.”

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