Tuesday, October 4, 2022

JUST IN:  SENATE ORDERS FRESH PROBE OF TANKO

The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, on Tuesday, received a fresh order to probe the erstwhile Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammed over the allegations of corruption raised against him by some justices of the Supreme Court.

14 Justices of the Supreme Court had recently leveled allegations of corruption against Tanko Mohammed, which the ex-CJN denied.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has then mandated the Committee led by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele to probe the allegations leveled against the ex-CJN and the crisis presently rocking the judiciary.

Lawan said, “ The chamber mandates the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to go ahead with its assignment in the quest to find a lasting solution to the matter by interacting with relevant stakeholders to address the complaints raised in the petition by the Justices of the Supreme Court.

The Senate “Mandate the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to interface with the relevant stakeholders in the three Arms of Government as well as at the Bar and on the Bench to collate aggregate views and positions on the short term,

IN BUSINESS

Federal Government may have raked at least N2tn from the 2020/2021 marginal oil field bid rounds, according to findings by our correspondent.

In the Nigerian context, marginal fields include fields with reported reserves and production potential, which are however deemed marginal for a variety of reasons. Notably, marginal fields exist under current Oil Mining Leases.

After 18 years of the last bid rounds, Nigeria through the defunct Department of Petroleum Resources, put up 57 onshore, swamp, and shallow offshore terrains fields for bidding, and had set May 1, 2022 for the issuance of licences to winners.

However, the licences were not issued due to delays in payments of the fees and bonuses by the winners of the oil fields, unconfirmed sources close to the situation said.

Findings showed that each of the awardees paid a total of N48bn (fees and bonuses) to gain access the licence, resulting in combined revenue of over N2tr for the Federal Government.

A breakdown of the N48bn include: N500, 000 registration fee, N2m application per field, N3m bid processing fee, data prying fee of $15, 000 per field, data leasing fee of $25, 000 per field, competent persons report fee of $50, 000 per field, and $25, 000 per field for field specific report.

This brings the total payment to approximately N48bn per awardees.

IN SPORT

GO AND WIN WAFCON-PINNICK CHARGES FALCONS

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has tasked the Super Falcons to win their 10th African title when they participate in the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco next month.

The Falcons are three-time defending champions, having most recently won the competition consecutively in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Pinnick who disclosed this before the team’s departure to Morocco said,” There is not much for me to tell you about the need to go all out there and conquer; it is something you are used to because you have the spirit, the energy and the aura of champions. You have won this trophy nine times out of 11 and you have to go for the 10th with equal passion and desire.

“Surely, there will be teams that would believe they can topple you from your throne; from your position as champions. I have no doubt that you have the capacity to deal with every opposition and emerge champions once more.”

The Falcons arrived in Rabat on Monday where the team will camp for seven days before their crunch opening match of Group C against South Africa in the same city at the Stade Prince Moulay EL Hassan in Rabat on July 4.

The Falcons will also play Botswana three days later before taking on Burundi on July 10 in the group phase.

The top two sides will automatically qualify for the quarter-finals, while the two best third-placed teams will also join the last-eight stage.

With that we have come to the end of the news at this hour I remain Christian Chukwu, remember to like, share and subscribe to our channel this bulletin was produced by Odu Black join us again

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