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Buhari Orders NNPC To Intensify Oil Exploration Activities In Northern Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to increase the tempo on crude oil exploration activities in the northern part of the country.

Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this, yesterday, when governor of Bauchi State, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, also lamented that Nigeria was currently facing difficult times. 

Baru said the NNPC currently had exploration activities going on in the frontier basin in Chad and also in some areas close to the Kolmani River, located in Bauchi State, where Shell had made some indicative discovery of hydrocarbons. According to him, the President has directed the NNPC to go into that area to improve and further explore the magnitude and prospect of those finds. In response to the directive of the President, 

Baru disclosed that the NNPC was currently taking steps to re-strategise and get into those regions to step up crude oil exploration activities. “We will re-invigorate the Frontier Exploration Services and see how they collaborate with the Northern Nigeria Development Company, NNDC. ‘’NNDC is holding bloc 809 where we have some of the finds and also the Department for Petroleum Resources, DPR, for the other blocs that have not been assigned,” Baru added. 

On the tough economic situation, Baru lamented that the various attacks on oil and gas assets across the country was making it difficult for the corporation to meet its financial obligations to the country. He said: “It is a very difficult time for us with all the leakages that we suffer, especially infractions on our infrastructure, in terms of pipeline vandalism and theft to be able to meet our obligations to the Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC.

Florida Nightclub Mass Shooting: 2 Killed, 17 injured

Two people have been killed in a mass shooting in a Florida nightclub.

According to local media reports up to 17 people have been injured in the shooting.

It happened at Club Blu in Fort Myers in the early hours of this morning according to local police.
The incident is thought to have taken place during a 'teen night' at the club, with some of the people at the event as young as 13.

The latest shooting comes after police in Florida are investigating a shooting that happened early Sunday near a nightclub in downtown Orlando.

Orlando Police say the shooting happened near the Venue 578 nightclub and that three people were injured, one critically. The two other victims had minor injuries. reported that the fighting started inside the club before it moved outside. Employees told the station that they saw a man fire his gun in the air.

Latest: Niger Delta Avengers Blow Up NNPC Pipeline In Akwa Ibom

In its continued onslaught against the Nigerian oil and gas industry, the Niger Delta Avengers yesterday blew up an NNPC gas pipeline in Akwa Ibom State. 

The incident, according to the group's spokesperson Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, took place late on Sunday night.

"11:30pm on Sunday, the NDA blew up Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) gas pipeline at Nsit-Ibom L.G.A, Akwa Ibom state. NNPC should check their pipeline if it's "system Anomaly"

This latest action is coming at a time the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claims there is an ongoing 'preliminary talks' between the armed groups in the delta region of the Niger and the Federal Govenment.

The rampaging Avengers have distanced themselves from any peace talks not involving the international community.

PHOTOS: Fayose Distributes Tubers Of Yams To Ekiti Residents

In continuation of his 'Stomach Infrastructure' program, the Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose yesterday distributed tubers of yam to residents of Irona area of Ado Ekiti the state capital.

FIFA President Arrives Nigeria As Protesters Demand Pinnick's Resignation

The visit of Fifa president Gianni Infantino to Nigeria has been marred by a protest demanding the resignation of Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick over his illegal stay in office and incompetence on Sunday.

The protesters, led by former Nigeria international Emeka Ezeogu, besieged the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, following the arrival of the Fifa boss and  secretary general Fatma Samoura. Fifa executive assistants Mattias Grafstrom and Veron Mosengo-Omba were also part of Infantino's entourage.

The Fifa president and the secretary general landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 4:30pm from Switzerland ahead of his two-day working visit to the country. 

Infantino's visit is his first official appearance in Africa since he was elected as the new Fifa president on February 29, replacing Sepp Blatter. He will also meet with federation heads of several other African countries duing the trip.

Munich Gunman Planned Attack For One Year

The teenage gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday had been planning his attack for a year, German authorities say.

David Ali Sonboly, 18, who had a Glock pistol and more than 300 bullets, killed himself after the attack.

Bavarian officials said the gunman, still not officially named, appeared to have bought the illegal pistol used in the attack on the so called "dark net".

Vigils continue in the city to commemorate the victims.

Seven of the dead were teenagers - two Turks, two Germans, a Hungarian, a Greek and a Kosovan.
A further 35 people were injured, but only four of them have bullet wounds.

The state government officials told a news conference that the victims of the attack had not been specifically targeted and were not classmates of the gunman.

Also they did not include three youths allegedly involved in bullying Sonboly when he was at school.

Robert Heimberger, head of Bavaria's criminal police, said the gunman had been planning the attack since he paid a visit last year to the town of Winnenden - the scene of a previous school shooting in 2009 - and took photographs.

He said it was likely the Glock pistol - which had been reactivated - was bought on the "dark net" market, an area accessible only with the use of special software. It had been a theatre prop.
Sonboly was said to be a keen player of "first-person shooter" video games.

Mr Heimberger added that the parents of the gunman remained in shock and were not able to be interviewed.

He also said police had not found the manifesto of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik when they searched the gunman's room at his parents' flat.

A day earlier, officials had raised the possibility of a link to Breivik, whose own attack was carried out five years earlier to the day.

As to Sonboly's state of mind, a spokesman for the Munich prosecutors' office told the news conference that the gunman had spent two months as an inpatient at a mental care facility in 2015 and was afterwards treated as an outpatient.

"The suspect had fears of contact with others" and also depression, Thomas Steinkraus-Koch said.
However, there was no evidence of any political motivation.

Senior German politicians have called for tighter controls on the sale of guns in the wake of the shooting at the Olympia shopping centre.

Munich's police chief has urged the media to respect the privacy of those affected by the attack on Monday, when schools reopen.

Nadia Nakai's Booty Gives Nicki Minaj Serious Competition

Nadia Nakai has never been shy to show off her curves. But the female rapper has all but broken the internet with one picture of her booty.

Posting the snap to her Instagram page, Nadia showed off her bum in all its glory.

She captioned the picture: "I came to slay."

Watch Tigers Attack Two Women At Beijing Wildlife Park

Tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing have killed one woman and injured another after the pair left their vehicle, Chinese media have reported.

CCTV published footage of the incident showing one woman getting out and standing beside the car before quickly being attacked and dragged away.

The second woman was killed when she jumped out to try to help and was herself mauled by another tiger.Some reports said an argument had led to the first woman leaving the car.A man, who was in the car with the women and also attempted to help, was unhurt.

Visitors to Beijing Badaling Wildlife World are allowed to drive their own vehicles around the park but are warned not to get out in areas open to wild animals. Video of the incident suggested park rangers in a vehicle were on the scene within seconds, but they were unable to save one of the women. The Yanqing district government said the woman who survived was receiving medical treatment, without giving further details.

Park officials have declined to comment saying only that the facility is closed because of forecasts for heavy rain.

Pirate Attacks: Nigeria Deploys 10 War Ships

Nigerian Navy has deployed 10 war ships in a massive operation which aimed to stop pirate attacks on local and international merchant ships on the nation's waterways.

The operation would contain the high spate of attacks by oil thieves on critical oil and gas installations and other criminality prevalent on the nation's territorial waters, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, Nigeria's Chief of Naval Staff, said on Saturday at the launch of the operation.

He said the operation was a continuation of an earlier operation it launched in the first quarter to tackle incessant attacks on merchant ships.

The navy chief told his audience that pirates and oil thieves carried out 30 attacks on Nigerian waterways. Sixteen of these attacks were successful between January and April.

He added that there have been less than seven attacks on the sea with only one pirate attack being successful, since the first phase of this operation was launched to protect ships.

Ibas said the operation aimed to inject new tactics and robust operational initiative to tackle the merging security challenges in the Niger Delta.

He added that the operation would enable merchant ships move their cargoes freely, which according to him, will improve economic activities and revenue for the country.

The navy, he said, would soon take delivery of many gun boats to complement 30 newly built gunboats it recently deployed to waterways and creeks in the Niger Delta

Why I Chained My 9-Year-Old Son – Father

Francis Taiwo, a cleric who chained his 9-year-old son for several weeks, has given reasons for his action.

Mr. Taiwo, pastor of the Key of Joy Celestial Church, was arrested on Sunday after initially evading law enforcement authorities. His son, Korede, was rescued on Friday from the church premises where he was chained and appeared malnourished.

Narrating his case to the police, Mr. Taiwo reportedly said he took the action because he believed his son was possessed with a ‘stealing spirit’ known in Yoruba language as ’emi ole’

‘I chained my son because I felt he is possessed and I’m not comfortable with his stealing habit,” a police source present during his interrogation quoted the suspect as saying.

He also told officials that he married Korede’s mother who bore four children for him before their divorce in 2007.

He said the victim’s mother, Marine Taiwo, was from Delta State and that Korede’s siblings were not living with him.

The 40-year-old suspect, who hails from Benin Republic, said he was born in Ota Town of Ogun State. He said he rose to be a pastor in the Celestial Church, CCC, and was ordained in 2012.

The Church has already distanced itself from the controversial pastor.“All we can say is that the man is not a registered – or recognized – pastor in the CCC,” a church official sent from the Lagos headquarters told journalists on Saturday.

The police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi said he would be prosecuted once investigation is completed.

MEND Confirms Talks With Nigerian Government

Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on Sunday confirmed that it has been in preliminary talks with the government through oil companies and law-enforcement agencies.

Jomo Gbomo, the group's spokesperson, said in a statement that these preliminary talks are the precursor to a wider dialogue between the government and the MEND Aaron Team 2 peace initiative which will seek to find solutions to the short, medium and long-term future of the Niger Delta region.

On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, that dialogue is held with key Niger Delta militants through oil companies and law enforcement agencies to find a lasting solution to insecurity in the region.

He said his administration was studying the instruments of the amnesty program inherited from the previous administration with a view to carrying out commitments that were undelivered.

Two weeks ago, the MEND said it has set up a peace broker committee to mediate between them and the government, and gave the government a two-week ultimatum to commence dialogues.

ISIS Militants Disguised As Women Captured In Syria

Islamic State fighters dressed as women were reportedly caught by opposition forces while attempting to flee Manbij, Syria.

The men, dressed in full black veils, attempted to blend in with civilians fleeing the northern city, after coalition forces issued an order to leave Manbij within two days.

Footage of the three men was published online by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Thursday, which consists of predominantly Kurdish fighter. The video shows the men sitting in front of the opposition fighters, with their faces still covered.

They are then shown walking with their face veils removed, and eventually stripping down to their underwear. One of the captured fighters said he was a sniper, according to Storyful news verification service, as cited by Middle East Eye.

The attempted escape came after the Manbij Military Council (MMC) – part of the SDF - gave IS fighters 48 hours to leave the strategic town with their “individual weapons” on Thursday, saying that was their last chance to leave alive

Why Ogun Church Chained 9-Year-Old Boy For Weeks – Police, NSCDC

A nine-year-old boy who was chained in Ogun State for weeks before his rescue on Friday, was given the horrifying punishment for allegedly stealing, police and the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps have said.

In a statement on Saturday, The NSCDC said that its personnel rescued Taiwo Korede from the Celestial Church of Christ (Key of Joy Parish, Ajiwo) at Ajibawo in Ado Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State.

The statement said Korede was rescued while in chains, and that the case had been transferred to the appropriate authority for further investigation.

Police confirmed that Korede was chained by the neck to a heavy log of wood in a room for “more than a month”.

The spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the boy was chained by his own father, a pastor in the church, who is currently on the run.

Mr. Adejobi said the rescue operation was carried out following a tip off from a neighbour in the community.

“The police operatives of the Command attached to Onipanu Division, Otta, on Friday, 23rd July, rescued one Korede Taiwo, M, 9, from where he had been chained on his neck to a heavy log of wood in a room by his biological father Pastor Taiwo Francis, m, of THE KEY OF JOY CELESTIAL CHURCH, Ajibawo area, via Atan Otta, in Ado Odo Otta Local Government Area of Ogun State for more than a month,” he said.

He said the child’s step-mother, Kehinde Taiwo, who has been arrested by the police, accused the boy of stealing.

A statement by the NSCDC’s Ogun State PRO, Kareem Olanrewaju, said Korede was chained for repeatedly stealing soup prepared by his step mother.

“She reported to the Father who took step by chaining his hand and legs. This situation was on like that until a Good Samaritan informed NSCDC officials on surveillance patrol of critical infrastructure in the area, they immediately swung into action and ensure the boy was immediately rescued,” the corps said.

He said church members, led by the step-mother, Kehinde, had attempted to stop NSCDC officials from rescuing the boy.

“According to the information from officer in charge of Ado-Odo NSCDC Division who led the rescue operation, the boy had been chained for two weeks at the very Celestial Church of Christ (Key of Joy Parish) the boy was tired and pale, he was not able to talk when he was initially rescued. On getting to the church there was serious resistance by members led by the pastor’s wife Kehinde, but Civil defence Corps men insisted, and they were able to force their way into the church premises. The boy was actually under lock and key. They quickly took him to the office for necessary entries and documentation and proceeded to the General Hospital, Ota.

“The boy was bath and one Dr. Akintunde asked NSCDC officials who took him there to give him lucosade boost, they then called on welder to cut the chains so as to enable them administer treatment. Before NSCDC left the hospital, he has been responding to treatment as he has started talking. However, the Hospital Medical Director one Dr. Osinbajo who came later assures the Corps that the boy will get necessary medical attention needed.''

RMD, Joselyn Dumas to Host Nigerian Entertainment Awards

The 11th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEAs), Africa’s premier entertainment awards, is set for September 4 2016, at the prestigious Tribeca Performing Art Centre, 199 Chamber street, New York, NY 10007.

Anchoring the 11th edition of the awards this year is actor Richard Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD, a veteran Nollywood actor who is also nominated this year. Co-hosting with him will be Ghanaian actress, Joselyn Dumas.

The Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) is an annual award ceremony with primary objective of recognising contributions of Nigerian and African entertainers. The award ceremony is not only focused on recognising Nigerian entertainers but also highlight Nigerians who continue to make impact on immediate communities in Nigeria or extended communities in diaspora.

VIDEO: Watch Thief Smash Car Window And Make Away With Stolen Goods Within 30 Seconds

A South African CCTV camera captures a thief breaking into a car parked on a busy road in broad daylight. After making a hole in the window on the passenger's side, he pulls the whole window out and puts half of his body into the car to help himself to the contents of the vehicle in less than 30 seconds.
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