Nigeria Lost Over N1.5 trillion To Attacks By Niger Delta Militants, Oil Vandals In 2016

The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, lost N1.5 trillion due to attacks on its facilities in 2016, an official has said.

Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, stated this on Wednesday.

In a statement ?signed by Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Baru said that the exploration and production subsidiary of the corporation lost the amount due to attacks on its facilities from January till date.

Mr. Baru disclosed this when he declared open the 2016 NNPC Security Awareness week with the theme:? “NNPC Security: A Task for All Stakeholders”.

He ?lamented the rising spate of criminality in the society at large and in the oil and gas industry in particular leading to loss of much needed revenue.

”At industry level, we are all conversant with the seriousness and frequency with which national assets in form of pipelines, flow stations are vandalised and crude oil and white products stolen with impunity.?

”In 2016, January to date for example, NPDC alone recorded 59 security incidents resulting in crude production shut down/deferment and revenue loss of over N1.5 trillion,” he said.

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Recession: 19,000 Public Sector Jobs Lost In 6 Months- NBS

No fewer than 18,919 Nigerians lost their jobs in the  nation’s public sector between October 2015 and March 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said.
Although about 5,867 new public sector jobs were generated between October and December 2015, the bureau said about 10,155 jobs were lost during the period in the public sector of the federal, state and local governments.
This translates to a negative employment generation figure of -4,288.
Also, while about 5,726 jobs were created between January and March 2016 in the public sector, the bureau said about 8,764 jobs were lost during the period, with a negative employment generation figure of -3.038 for the period.
The bureau, which reported a sharp decline of 84.1 per cent in total employment against the figure in the last quarter of 2015, said only about 79,469 jobs were generated in the economy in the first three months of 2016, against about 499,521 jobs created during the corresponding period of 2015.
The agency said in its quarterly job creation survey in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), that the figure was 83.1 per cent lower than the 389,605 jobs created in the corresponding period last year.
“This sharp decline in employment generation in the first quarter of 2016 is strongly correlated to the weakening economic output within the period, where the Nigerian economy recorded a negative growth of -0.36 per cent,” the statistics agency said.
An analysis of the jobs created for the quarter showed that 21,477 came from the formal sector, consisting formal professional services with less than 10 employees.
About 61,026 jobs came from the informal sector in the first quarter, made up of mainly low skill, low paying blue collar jobs in agriculture, light manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade businesses.
The NBS said the drop by 27,246 in formal employment in the last quarter of last year and 21,477 in the first quarter of 2016 across all the economic activities was as a result of the slowing down of economic activities in the wake of the economic recession.
With the economy fully in recession a following recent formal confirmation by the NBS, analysts say the employment situation would likely worsen, except government took steps to spend on strategic capital infrastructure to reflate the economy.
The Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice (CENSOJ), Eze Onyekpere, said declining employment figures in an economy in recession was not surprising, as firms are closing up and reducing their workforce in the face of declining Gross Domestic Products (GDP) and high inflation.

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Why We Lost To Colombia– Siasia

Samson Siasia, the Dream Team VI coach, admitted that some five major changes to his original team line up, failed to stop the Colombians from running away with a 0-2 defeat to his team.

He spoke at a news conference after the Group B match, played at the Corinthians Arena Stadium, Sao Paulo.

Siasia said that the team failed to contain the rampaging South American team.

“The two players that tormented the Dream Team, were Teofile, spotting the 10 jersey and Miguel Borja, number 9,’’ the coach added.

“Mistakes have been made. We shall correct all these before the start of the quarter finals matches, where mistakes could prove costly.

“At that level, any team that wavers will be on their way back home. Our target is still the Olympic Gold. We can do it.

“My team realises that, and we have to work had to attain our collective aspiration,’’ he said.

Captain of the team, John Mikel Obi, pleaded with fans at home and abroad to bear with the team, that the defeat by Colombia was not the end of the road.

“We are professionals. We made our mistakes. We shall take time to effect corrections and ensure that we keep our hopes alive.

“We are here for business and we shall ensure we successfully complete our assignment,’’ he re-assured.

On problems that faced the team, he said: “we have put everything behind us. We are working as a team.

“What is important is that there is no human that does not face challenges and we have had ours, we are professionals and we are forging ahead.’’

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Facebook Helps Find Baby Lost In Nice Attack

An eight-month-old baby boy lost in the chaos after a truck rammed into a crowd in the French Riviera city of Nice killing at least 84 people was tracked down through Facebook on Friday.

Tiava Banner — who said she was not the mother of the baby — sent out an appeal on Facebook looking for any information on the whereabouts of the child who had been lost in his blue stroller when the rampaging truck sent hundreds fleeing in panic as they watched Bastille Day fireworks.

The post was shared thousands of times until it was updated with: “Found! Thank you Facebook and all those who helped us.”

A member of the family contacted by AFP on Friday said: “A young woman found him and took him home with her. She then went online and found the photo of the baby on Facebook.”

The woman then contacted the baby’s parents.

Dozens of other people appealed through social media to find missing loved ones.

“We are worried to death”, “We haven’t heard from him since he went to see the fireworks”, were some of the messages.

Many of the missing were children and teenagers.

Authorities said Friday that two children were among the dead and around 50 children were in hospital.

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Why Jonathan Lost 2015 Election- Sheriff

The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Ali Modu-Sheriff has identified arrogance as one of the factors that contributed to the loss of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, in the 2015 presidential election.
In an interview, Sheriff said things would have been different if he was the one in charge. He said the former ruling party had the opportunity to win but squandered it.
“So many factors contributed to Jonathan’s failure to win the elections… I know that arrogance was one of such issues and I also know that some of our party men and women sold out,” he said.
“I may not be able to tell you everything now, but it is an open secret that even his own men worked against him. By the time we went into that election, so many things had happened which served as warning signals of failure, but they were ignored.
“If I were in charge, things would have been different. You can see even for the few weeks that we took charge; we have begun changing the old order of doing things
“If I were in charge, I would not have allowed our members, especially people who control strategic states with large voting population, to move out of the party massively in the build-up to the elections.”
He said the party would coast to victory in coming elections, saying one of his targets is ensuring that “PDP gets it right”.
Sheriff said those opposed to his emergence could not deny the fact that he enjoys popularity in the party.
“Recent activities in the country have put the PDP in a safe position to rework our strategies and bounce back to power. We are already on the drawing board and I assure you we are going to get it right next time,” he said.
“It is normal for people to express dissenting opinions in such situations. Some people may have spoken against my choice, which I consider to be their right, but I don’t think it is right for you to say I emerged against popular opinion, because those who identified with me were actually more in number, but they did not deem it necessary to join issues with those who feel otherwise.
“If we do not have our own ideas, which we plan to inject and turn things round, we would not have accepted the responsibility to lead at this time.”

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Pastor In Anambra Slumps After Losing Community Election

Tradegy was averted on Tuesday after a popular pastor slumped and became unconscious after he lost an election in his community.

Pastor Pius Chigbo had allegedly spent huge sums of money during the campaign for his community election in Umuchu town, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, southeast Nigeria.

Chigbo, who presides over Covenant Church of Yaweh in Umuchu, suffered the fate after the people voted massively against him, to the extent that he did not get a single vote because of the allegation that he shared money to the people to win the election.

In reaction, the youths in the area mobilized and threatened to cause trouble if Chigbo was elected.

During the election, he discovered that no single person including those who allegedly collected money from him voted for him.

Shocked by the development, he walked out of the hall and on his way back home, slumped and became unconscious.

It took the intervention of some people who rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was revived.

Chigbo had presented himself as one of the contestants for the position of the president general of the community.

Trouble started when the youths threatened to disrupt both election and activities in the community if the people voted for him.

Chigbo contested against two other opponents identified as Raph Njirika and Osita Elemuo.

It was alleged that Chigbo campaigned vigorously and shared money to people to voted for him.

The youths of the community under the leadership of Nzube Ogbuefi protested the alleged huge sums of money he was spending on the election and said he may get the money back by imposing levies on the people if he won the election.

The youths were later persuaded to wait for the outcome of the election and when the result was announced, Chigbo totally lost.

When a PM News correspondent went to his church in Umuchu, some of his members confirmed that Chigbo was not all right and could not be seen.

Man Who Survived 15 Months Drifting At Sea Sued For Eating Colleague

Reports have it that the castaway, Salvador Alvarenga, 36, who survived 15 months at sea by drinking urine and turtle blood has been sued for $1m for ‘eating his colleague’.

The man who is being sued by the family of the colleague claimed that Alvarenga, ate crewmate Ezequiel Cordoba, 22, and want £650,000 from him.

Salvador Alvarenga, 36, paid Ezequiel Cordoba, 22, $50 to accompany him on a two-day fishing trip off the coast of Mexico in November 2012.

After a vicious storm pushed the boat out to sea, the pair survived by catching fish and birds, and drinking turtle blood and urine.

The boat landed on the Marshall Islands where he described how he ate birds and fish he managed to catch by hand.

Mr Cordoba eventually died after making Mr Alvarenga promise not to eat his corpse and to find his mother and tell her what happened. Alvarenga kept the rotting corpse on the boat for six days for company, until he realised he had lost his grip on reality and threw it overboard.


However, Mr Cordoba’s family say they think he was a victim of cannibalism.

According to, Mr Alvarenga, who has just published a book about his ordeal, has insisted he did not eat his shipmate.

His lawyer Ricardo Cucalon, told El Salvador’s El Diario de Hoy newspaper: ‘I believe that this demand is part of the pressure from this family to divide the proceeds of royalties.

‘Many believe the book is making my client a rich man, but what he will earn is much less than people think.’

Katsina State Lost 8 Pilgrims In 2015 Hajj- Official

The Executive Director, Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Ahmad Hassan, said the state had lost eight pilgrims during the 2015 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Hassan disclosed this on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina.

He said that four pilgrims died during the ‘Jamrat’ stampede, and that another one died in the crane collapse incident.

The executive director said that three other pilgrims died due to various ailments during the Hajj.

Hassan further disclosed that the pilgrims that died in the ‘Jamrat’ stampede were from Jibia, Bindawa, Kafur and Katsina local government areas.

According to him, another pilgrim from Bindawa Local Government Area was still missing as a result of the stampede

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Two Soldiers Lost As Troops Intensify Offensive Against Boko Haram

Soldiers engaged in Operation Lafiya Dole on Friday sustained its ground and aerial offensive against the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in parts of the North-east, clearing land mines, destroying their camps and killing many in the process.
Unfortunately, they also lost two gallant soldiers with two others injured through landmines explosives planted by the retreating terrorists that have increasingly adopted guerilla tactics.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman in a statement yesterday confirmed that the troops have also liberated some towns and villages in Borno State.

As part of the continued offensive against the Boko Haram terrorists, Usman said troops of 7 Brigade have as at yesterday entered and cleared Gudumbali town in Guzamala Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State.

“During the operation, quite a number of the terrorists were killed; their weapons and equipment were destroyed. The troops are currently doing clearance operations in the general area,” he said.


Why PDP Lost General Elections- Tukur

Immediate past National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has attributed the defeat his party suffered in the general election to lack of adherence to internal democracy.

But, he was quick to add that the party will stabilise and pull surprises soon. Tukur, spoke to news men in Yola yesterday while reviewing the outcome of the recently concluded elections.

He said due to the imminent repercussions inherent in disrespecting internal democracy, he has been advocating for its entrenchment in the party for a long time regretting that the failure to heed his advice led to the unsavoury defeat the party suffered in the last elections.

‘’We have been preaching election not selection, internal democracy not imposition. Anywhere it was done, it will leave a bitter pill in the mouth,” Tukur noted.

While congratulating the President- elect, governors and the legislators, Tukur asked them to ensure that peace and unity prevailed in the country as they were the prerequisites for an enduring democracy.

‘’We like to congratulate elected leaders and legislators who were successful and for those who participated but could not make it. There is another contest. I salute all of them,” Tukur said, and implored all PDP members to remain steadfast and not allow the defeat to affect their morale.

He said that elections were like football competitions in which one team could emerge winner today but become the loser tomorrow.


Why Nuhu Ribadu Lost Adamawa Governorship Election, By Zayyad Muhammad

All the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party who lost in the just-concluded 2015 general elections, especially in the northern part of the country, lost because of same factors regardless of their states. These factors include President Goodluck Jonathan’s extreme unpopularity in the north, Muhammadu Buhari’s cult-like followers in the region, and the fact that most Nigerians were angry with the PDP because of certain reasons, especially its failure to combat insurgency that has devastated the North-eastern part of the country with the attendant socio-economic effects being felt throughout the North. In fact, in some parts of Nigeria, including Adamawa State, the PDP was overwhelmingly rejected that anybody the All Progressives Congress presented was voted for.

Apart from the above generic factors that affected Nuhu Ribadu’s fortunes in the Adamawa governorship race, there are other factors which were peculiar to his ambition. Ethnicity, religion and money politics are deeply rooted in Adamawa politics and often shape the voting pattern in the state.

The Adamawa 2015 governorship election was characterised by deep religious sentiment. For instance, the Social Democratic Party governorship candidate, Markus Gundiri ran his campaign largely on the platform of faith – banking on only Christian votes. Mr. Gundiri’s envisaged that since there were three Muslim-Hausa-Fulani candidates running on the platforms of the APC, PDP and PDM, he would carry the day. Mr. Gundiri’s adventure affected Ribadu’s chances: most of the PDP strongholds gave their votes to him. In fact, Mr. Gundiri’s candidacy was a product of anger with the PDP for failing to allow the candidacy of a Christian. There were speculations that Governor Bala Ngilari supported the SDP instead of his party, the PDP.

The second issue that affected Mr. Ribadu’s chances was the SDP campaign style which forced the Muslim Hausa-Fulani to follow the path and direction of their cousins in the northwest- the famous APC SAK. Thirdly, Mr. Buhari has a special relationship with Adamawa people- his wife is from Adamawa state. In fact, Mr. Buhari’s voice was aired on some radio stations in most states in the north asking people not to disgrace him and his party, the APC. That singular statement was very instrumental in denying Mr. Ribadu huge number of votes especially from the Hausa-Fulani dominated areas.

The internal crisis within the PDP was also a disaster to the former EFCC chairman’s ambition. The crisis in the PDP was not settled up to the time of elections, the aggrieved were not fully integrated into the party.

The Atiku Abubakar factor in Adamawa politics was also an another albatross for Mr. Ribadu. At the tail end of the governorship campaign, Atiku became very determined to deliver his state to the APC. That affected Mr. Ribadu in the southern part of Adamawa, especially in the Chamba chiefdom.

The Adamawa governorship election results have some far reaching political implications on the state’s polity. There are losers and winners. Former governor Murtala Nyako is a winner- most of his political associates won elective posts, while all of his political foes suffered defeat. Atiku Abubakar is another winner- he has rekindled his hitherto strong political structure and kingmaker position in Adamawa. The Governor-elect, Mohammed Jibril Bindawa is also a winner – he has assumed a post of prime political relevance, though his political future will be determined by the way he approaches the much needed development in the state and his ability to free himself from the shackles of Nyako’s men who were associated with Adamawa’s underdevelopment. The APC as a political party is a winner; it has completely displaced the PDP. There are also quite a number of losers- the PDP, Governor Bala Ngilari, Marcus Gundiri and Ahmed Modibbo. In fact, Mr. Gundiri will have a long and difficult political journey if he is to re-establish himself into all-inclusive and ‘secular’ politicking.

Mr. Ribadu was the best governor Adamawa couldn’t have. He fought a good battle, but PDP’s extreme unpopularity already made his platform very weak. President Jonathan extreme disapproval in the north made it hard for people to approve anything associated with him, while the Buhari tsunami swept away anything and everything PDP — good, bad, or ugly.

Mr. Ribadu was a good candidate but at the wrong time.

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