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SERAP Urges Court To Compel NNPCL To Account For Missing Oil Revenues

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged a Federal High Court in Abuja to order the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to account for the alleged missing $2.04 billion and N164 billion oil revenues.

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/549/2024, which is yet to be assigned to a judge, SERAP is seeking an order of mandamus to direct and compel the NNPCL to account for and explain the whereabouts of the missing oil revenues, as documented in a report by the Auditor-General.

The civil society organisation is also asking the court for an order of mandamus to compel the defendant to hand over suspected perpetrators to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation and prosecution.

The plaintiff is seeking an order of mandamus to compel the NNPC to ensure the full recovery and remittance of the missing revenue into the Federation Account.

In an affidavit attached to the suit, SERAP averred that there is a legitimate public interest in providing the details sought because the NNPCL has a legal responsibility to account for, and explain the whereabouts of the disappeared money.

The plaintiff argued that Section 15(5) of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended) requires public institutions to abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power.

It also submitted that Section 16(2) of the Constitution further provides that ‘the material resources of the nation are harnessed and distributed as best as possible to serve the common good.

SERAP also insisted that Section 13 of the 1999 Constitution imposes a clear responsibility on the NNPCL to conform to, observe and apply the provisions of Chapter 2 of the constitution.

It further argued that paragraph 3112(ii) of the Financial Regulations 2009 provides that, ‘Where a public officer fails to account for government revenue, such officer shall be surcharged for the total amount involved and such officer shall be handed over to either the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The plaintiff further stated that Nigeria has made legally binding commitments under the UN Convention against Corruption to ensure accountability in the management of public resources saying Articles 5 and 9 of the UN Convention also imposes legal obligations on the NNPCL to ensure proper management of public affairs and public funds.

The organisation, therefore, called on the court to compel the defendant to uphold and respect these commitments.

SERAP also maintained that the missing oil revenues have further damaged the already precarious economy in the country and contributed to high levels of deficit spending by the government.

The plaintiff also argued that without the full recovery and remittance of the missing USD$2.04 billion and N164 billion oil revenues, the dire economic situation may worsen, and Nigerians will continue to be denied access to basic public goods and services.

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Vigilante Beats Man To Death Over Missing Phone Later Found With Owner’s Child

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A 29-year-old man identified as Joe Philip a.k.a Aboy, was beaten to death by members of Anioma Security Watch Network in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State over a missing Nokia touch light phone.

The incident happened on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2024, following the death of a young man whom they said was accused of stealing a Nokia touch light phone.

According to an eyewitness who spoke to an Ika news portal, the deceased returned from the church and turned on his generator to relax when an elderly woman living in the same compound with him came to charge her phone in his room to come pick it up later.

While the young man was having a nap, it was said that the woman’s son came to pick up his mother’s phone from the young man’s room without his knowledge.

It was gathered that when the woman returned to pick up her phone and couldn’t find it, the deceased expressed dismay at the disappearance of the phone, however, promised to replace it for her, but the woman insisted that she needed her exact phone or else she would ‘’teach him a lesson of his life.

The young man’s plea to provide her a similar phone didn’t go down well with the woman hence she invited members of a local security outfit, Anioma Security Watch Network for intervention.

The vigilante members arrived at the scene in the compound and descended on the young man, requesting him to provide the missing phone. The witness said several people pleaded with them but they insisted that he must provide the phone before they leave him.

The persistent beating continued until they realised that the situation had gone out of their control, so they stopped. Narrating further, he said after a while they noticed that the motionless body of the deceased became cold and stiff, they immediately carried him to the office of the security group, Anioma Security Watch Network, at 17 Gbenoba Str, Agbor, where the

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Lagos Police Rescue Abducted Fouani Brothers And Crew

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The Lagos State Police Command has successfully rescued the abducted Fouani brothers along with two others.

Police spokesperson Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the rescue in a text message on Tuesday.

Abbas Fouani, Youssef Fouani, and Amtal Fouani, who were kidnapped on June 14 around 6 p.m., were freed in a late-night operation in the Orugbo Iddo area by the Marine Police.

One of the rescued brothers is the Managing Director of Fouani Nigeria Limited, a key distributor of LG, Hisense, and Maxi products in Nigeria.

The brothers were reportedly returning from their factory by boat when they were abducted.

There is no confirmation if the kidnappers, who had demanded a $1.5 million ransom, received any payment before the rescue.

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“She was a virgin before she left for service but I can’t vouch for her again” – Nigerian man says as he launches search for a husband for his sister-in-law.

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_Unusual Search for a Husband_

– _Unique Requirements_: A Nigerian man has taken to social media to search for a husband for his sister-in-law, with a specific condition: the suitor must be willing to accept her changed status.

– _Changed Circumstances_: The man revealed that his sister-in-law was a virgin before she left for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program but implied that her status may have changed during her service.

– _Honesty and Acceptance_: The man is seeking a husband who will accept her despite the possibility that she may no longer be a virgin.

– _Social Media Reaction_: The post has sparked a mix of reactions, with some praising the man’s honesty and others questioning his approach to finding a husband for his sister-in-law.

– _Cultural and Social Norms_: The search highlights the complexities of cultural and social expectations surrounding virginity and relationships in Nigeria.

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