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Nigeria’s daily oil production falls to 1.32 million barrels
Crude oil production in Nigeria extended its decline to 1.32 million barrels per day in November on the back of the cut deal by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies.
The latest data obtained from OPEC on Wednesday showed that Nigeria’s oil output dropped from 1.34 million bpd in October, based on direct communication.
According to secondary sources, total OPEC crude oil production averaged 25.11 million bpd in November, up by 0.71 million bpd in October.
All abducted students alive in Zamfara forest, says Masari
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State said on Wednesday that the kidnapped students of Government Secondary School, Kankara were alive and currently in a forest in Zamfara State.
Masari, who made this remark in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service, said, “They (kidnapped schoolboys) are in Zamfara forests, we have got the information.”
Also speaking during an interview with Channels Television, the governor said efforts were on to ensure that the students returned home safely, adding that discussions were on with the suspected abductors through Miyetti Allah, to ensure the students’ release. He denied the claim by Boko Haram that it was behind the abduction, insisting local bandits roaming Katsina and Zamfara forests were responsible for it (the abduction).
Appeal Court berates judge, orders Metuh’s retrial, voids Dasuki’s indictment
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday set aside the conviction of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, on the grounds of bias allegedly exhibited by the trial judge who sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment for money laundering charges in February 2020.
The three-man panel led by Justice Stephen Adah ordered a retrial of the case. Justice Adah who read the lead judgment ordered that the case file be sent back to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and be reassigned to another judge for retrial.
He directed that the matter could be retried by any judge of the Federal High Court but not the former judge, Justice Okon Abang, whom the Court of Appeal adjudged to have, by his utterances in his handling of the case, exhibited “manifest bias” against Metuh and his team of lawyers.
We expect COVID-19 vaccine by January – Minister
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Wednesday said Nigeria should take delivery of COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021.
He said a committee set up for that purpose was already working with a view to deciding the kind of vaccine that would be suitable for Nigeria.
Ehanire disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. He said Nigeria had signed up with the World Health Organisation and the GAVI Alliance for access to vaccines immediately they are available.
FG comes under fire as 164 million phones risk disconnection
Over 164 million phone lines may be disconnected by December 31, if their owners fail to integrate their National Identity Numbers to Subscriber Identification Modules registration records.
Punch correspondents gathered from the National Identity Management Commission on Wednesday that the number of Nigerians with NINs was about 43 million. In a response to an enquiry on how many Nigerians currently had NINs, the spokesperson, NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, replied, “43 million.”
With the total number of mobile network connections reaching 207.58 million as of October 2020, this means that by the end of the two weeks’ ultimatum given by the Minister of Communications and Digital, Dr Isa Pantami, 164 million phone lines might be disconnected.
Reps blame NIN demand for SIM registration on #EndSARS
The House of Representatives on Wednesday said it was forced to summon the National Communications Commission when strange persons were calling and messaging public office holders during the recent #EndSARS protests.
The House stated that the identities of the owners of the telephone lines could not be ascertained as the Subscriber Identification Module cards used were not registered.
The NCC had threatened that SIM cards not linked to NIN issued by the National Identity Management Commission would be blocked. However, the House called for an extension of the deadline issued to subscribers from two weeks to 10 weeks.
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