Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress
Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), has accused the federal government of a tactical move to make Nigerians accept an increase in fuel price with the fuel scarcity experienced in parts of the country.
The group said “government is apparently satisfied with the extortion by fuel markers at filling stations, with some selling Premium Motor Spirit aka petrol for as high as N500 per litre to desperate motorists and Nigerians whose lives and businesses depend on petrol – either for their vehicles or for generating sets to power their businesses.”
HURIWA said it is unfortunate that for about two months now, the “fuel crisis caused by the criminal importation and distribution of dirty petrol has not abated despite the monopoly of the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Company.”
The group, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, recalled that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government in January 2022, after overwhelming public outcry, said it had suspended the planned petrol subsidy removal expected to kick off by June this year.
“Just days after, adulterated petrol hit the distribution channels in the country, making petrol to consequently be in short supply. For about two months, long, snake-like queues have dotted filling stations all over the country with attendant spike in transport fares and inflation on goods and services, making life unbearably hard for Nigerians,” HURIWA said.
The group continued, “It is very unfortunate that despite the months-long queues and scarcity, the same NNPC officials under whose watch the scandal happened are the same persons grandstanding and purporting to be solving the gigantic problem they created. One report said NNPC requires N201 billion to clean up its mess.
“The President who doubles as the Minister of Petroleum Resources should have sacked all executives at NNPC by now for blatant failure. Buhari himself should shamefully resign his strategic portfolio and appoint a competent fellow. The present moribund refineries seven years into Buhari’s tenure is also shameful and the cause of the current hardship.
“It is curious that days after announcing that it had suspended the planned petrol subsidy removal, adulterated fuel hit the country and petrol scarcity followed. HURIWA strongly believe that the whole charade is a tactical way of blackmailing Nigerians to accept fuel price adjustment by government. The fuel queues have been perennial and dangerous scenarios have been seen with young boys everywhere wielding jerry cans of fuel that poses heavy risks to the lives of Nigerians.
“The corruption in the administration of fuel subsidy since Muhammadu Buhari came is one of the major reasons for the humongous amount spent as subsidy without accountability. Nigerians must take steps to compel the government to end the fuel scarcity by staging civil disobedience acts such as blocking federal and state government houses with their cars instead of waiting endlessly in filling stations for fuel. The failure of Nigerians to opt for civil disobedience and protests is the cause of the deterioration of the economic crises in Nigeria including widening spectre of corruption by government officials.
“Nigerians must take their destinies into their hands and wrestle it from the fist of corrupt and selfish politicians. With high costs of living, ballooning poverty, unemployment of youths that has led to irregular migration, it is high time Nigerians take their fate into their hands and use legitimate and constitutional means to force the hands of government to change the negative policies inflicting pains on Nigerians.”
VeekiRoyce Set To Splash Thousands On Fans To Celebrate Her New Single “Oba”
Veekiroyce, Nigeria gospel artiste currently trending with her hit single “On God” has finally revealed her intentions to help few fans in what she tagged #Obagiveawaychallenge.
Veekiroyce who suddenly got into lime light in December last year with “On God” has taken to her Instagram handle to reveal her plans on celebrating her new single “OBA” .
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Police destroy over 4000 wraps of illicit drugs worth N10m in Lagos
Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday May 17, destroyed over 4000 wraps of illicit drugs worth N10 million at Ewu-Elepe Dump Site, Ikorodu.
The drugs were intercepted by RRS officials on patrol of Mile 2 around 4:00 am on 3rd of April, 2022.
Present at the site of the destruction were the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, DCP Ahmed Kontangora, Commander RRS, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, and representatives of the NDLEA, NAFDAC, KAI, LSNC, etc.
Homeless ex-convict arrested for shooting father of five to death in park
A homeless ex-convict has been arrested for shooting a 62-year-old father of five to death in a Bronx park, New York five months ago.
Ricardo Ferguson, 36, is charged with murder, manslaughter and gun possession for the December 5 shooting of Robert Brown, 62 (pictured above)
Ferguson and another man got into an argument with the victim inside Aqueduct Walk Park, and then allegedly shot him in the head, police said on Tuesday, May 5.
Before he was shot Brown was sitting on a park bench just steps from home.
After he was shot First emergency responders found him face down on the ground, he was rushed to hospital but it was too late as he couldn’t be saved
Brown’s family said they couldn’t understand why anyone would kill the father of five who was well liked by everyone in the community.
“My brother was loving and giving,” said his sister, Tina Brown, 48. “He would help anyone. He was just catching some air in the park. This is unbelievable.”
Police revealed that Ferguson had about eight previous arrests and he was released from prison in Sept. 2020 after serving time for gun possession.