Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Sunday,  11 March, 2017.

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
With over 30,000 filling stations scattered all over Nigeria, oversight function of these outlets by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), had become grossly inadequate leading to massive smuggling of the product through our borders, Sunday Tribune investigation has revealed.
The DPR issues licences and approvals for siting of retail outlet anywhere in Nigeria including the border towns which had been detected as transit routes for smugglers. Industry experts warned that unless  DPR moved urgently to clamp down on illegal filling stations littered around residential areas in the country, lives and property would continue to be in danger.

This is because more than 200 illegal filling stations are scattered all over the nation, according to Sunday Tribune findings.

However, efforts to speak with the spokesman of DPR, Mr. Paul Osu, proved abortive as calls and messages sent to his line were not answered.

The guidelines for operating a filling station include that operators of filling stations follow well-laid-down rules and regulations designed to be tolerably environmental friendly.

The guidelines, which seem cumbersome include: suitability inspection by DPR official; approval to construct; storage and licence to operate a petrol filling station and take-over of petrol filling station permit, in case of take-over.

However, due to the cumbersome process, it was observed that many owners of these filling stations sited them indiscriminately with little pressure from the DPR to follow due process.

The shocking discovery of 2201 filling stations across border towns was corroborated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that an unprecedented cross-border smuggling of petrol to neighbouring countries had become alarming.

One of the reasons fuel smuggling remained lucrative was because Nigeria was the only country among its West African neighbours that subsidised petrol.

NNPC spent over $5.8 billion to import petrol since December 2017 and it is losing N744 million per day to fuel subsidy.

Part of the reasons to situate filling station was that the functionafirefightingng gadgets must be kept handy and at alert; a station Manager/Supervisor must always beat the station; available alternative source of power to operate products pumps and adequate illumination of the station;ensure that vehicle engines are switched off before fueling and products in tanker trucks to be discharged into storage tanks shall have to  be allowed to settle for at least two hours while in the station before the discharge.

It would be observed that most of these guidelines were not observed before, during and after situating the filling stations. And many people living around the site may be exposed to one danger or the other considering the highly inflammable nature of the products.

Stakeholders had also blamed lack of prosecuting powers for the DPR for its inefficiencies in adequately regulating the oil and gas sector.

Another factor why DPR seems helpless was that it lacked adequate personnel to supervise the entire oil and gas sector from upstream, midstream and downstream.

The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, had revealed recently that a detailed study conducted by NNPC discovered that fuel stations sited at border towns were aiding activities of fuel smugglers.

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Community leaders demanded on Friday that the Air Force be prosecuted for alleged attacks on their villages in the North-East state of Adamawa, which they said killed 78 people.

The human rights campaign group Amnesty International had said at least 35 people were killed in air raids in the region on December 4, 2017.

According to Reuters, the Nigerian Air Force rejected the allegation, saying that it opened fire to dissuade looters and vandals, but did not target people.

The allegations highlight some of Nigeria’s security challenges, which have become politically charged less than a year before an election. President Muhammadu Buhari is touring affected areas, including the state where 110 schoolgirls were abducted last month, though he will not visit Adamawa.

Residents of the Adamawa villages described being fired upon by a fighter jet and military helicopter as they attempted to flee while, at the same time, hundreds of herdsmen were staging a revenge attack on the communities for earlier killings over grazing rights.

“We call for national and international criminal investigation in order to commence prosecution of those responsible for this crime,” the representatives of six of the villages said in a joint statement.

They said more than 78 people had been killed by Nigerian Air Force jets, and 20 by herdsmen.

“We want the Nigerian Human Rights Commission and international community to know that the Nigerian Air Force excessively used force unlawfully in its air raids on our villages,” read the statement, presented at a news conference in Adamawa’s state capital, Yola.

Following Amnesty’s report, the Air Force denied it had bombed any locations in the region or fired at people. It said it was unaware of any human casualties.

“Our position remains as captured in our earlier response to Amnesty International,” Air Force spokesman, Olatokunbo Adesanya said on Friday.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due in Nigeria for a visit expected to focus on security.

Nigeria is in the final stages of buying fighter planes from the United States. The deal was halted by the previous U.S. administration over concerns about the military’s human rights record, but revived by the administration of President Donald Trump.

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, said that the linking of the exposed illegal importation of military equipment to the All Progressive Congress (APC) interests, particularly in Kogi State, is revealing and places a heavy question at the doorsteps of the Presidency and the ruling party.

It, therefore, demanded for an open inquest into the alleged involvement of Governor Yahaya Bello.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, the PDP said Nigerians have been wondering how weapons and other military equipment get into the hands of marauders, who have been ravaging the nation, adding that this discovery could be an unfolding clue for which an open investigation must be conducted.

It also expressed fears that the development could be part of the alleged plot by the APC to compromise the nation’s security system and set the stage for the intimidation of Nigerians during the 2019 general election to push their desperate but ill-fated re-election bid.

The leading opposition party also tasked the Presidency and military high command to immediately come out with explanations to Nigerians on how APC’s Governor  Bello allegedly secured the permission to import military equipment, an action that is exclusively under the purview of the Presidency and the military.

The statement added: “From the reports so far, it appears that we are now having a clue on how weapons and other military equipment being used by marauders and criminals to ravage and murder our citizens are illegally sneaked into the country and by which interest.”

In another development, the PDP called on the Nigerian military not to allow itself to be dragged into partisan politics, “particularly the politics being played with the patriotic call by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government and some of its state governors to desist from endangering the nation’s democracy.”

The party maintained that Ekweremadu’s call remained timely, patriotic and not inimical to the military or the nation.

According to a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Ologbodiyan, in Abuja, the party said it watched the full video of Senator Ekweremadu’s contribution on the floor of the Senate several times and saw nothing that could have warranted the statement issued by the Defence Headquarters on the matter.

The party faulted the Defence Headquarter’s claim that Ekweremadu’s “statement may appear cautionary and sincere in the atmosphere of discourse, it is however, derogatory to the army used in the expression and by extension to the armed forces of Nigeria.”

The party said: “The PDP holds the institution of the Nigerian military in high esteem and we advise that it should not allow itself to be dragged into desperate attempts by the failed APC administration to criminalise every contrary view or attempt to call it to order.

“Every student of Nigeria’s history knows that executive excesses such as sponsored political violence, intimidation of opposition and dissent voices, human rights abuses, disrespect for court orders and disregard for the separation of powers and rule of law, as we have today in Nigeria, have always been the bane of the nation’s democracy.

“Nigerians are aware of the numerous flagrant disobedience to court orders by the APC-led administration as well as the harassment, arrest, detention and media trial of perceived political opponents of the government on the flimsiest trumped up charges, while established cases of corruption by the Presidency cabal are swept under the carpet.

“Nigerians now know that some persons and officials linked with APC interests have been playing roles in compromising the security of our nation by smuggling in military equipment for unknown groups ostensibly to carry out evil activities.”

“We hold that this is a very critical matter and as a pro-people party, committed to the well being of Nigerians, urge the Presidency and the military to quickly offer explanations to Nigerians on who issued the end user certificate for the importation of the said military equipment into our country.”

The PDP therefore demanded an open forensic investigation “so that Nigerians will know the truth.”

The statement further said: “Nigerians need to know where the military gadgets were sourced from and who purchased them? They need to know who issued the end user certification for the importation and, if they are not for the military, then who is the actual end user and where is the intended final destination?

“Furthermore, we want an open inquest into the alleged involvement of Governor Yahaya Bello and his aides in this matter. What is their interest in the illegal cargo? Do Kogi officials run a militia or are they involved in an illegal trafficking for a wider political interest in the APC? How long have they been in this illegal business and what is the volume of deals so far?”

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
FOLLOWING persistent attacks on some villages in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State by some gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, the death toll in the attacks, which started on Wednesday, has risen to [...]The post Herdsmen continue attacks on Plateau, hits Bassa appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
This Easter, Ibadan, West Africa's largest city, will play host to international food and drinks festival. The festival, conceived to be a gathering of fun lovers, especially families with a special interest in food and [...]The post International Food and Drinks festival opens in Ibadan appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
THERE was a glimpse of the reawakening of rich culture and tradition of Ibadanland on Saturday as the 2018 Ibadan Cultural Festival grand finale was held at the historical Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke-Ado, Ibadan. The [...]The post Glamour as Ibadan cultural festival ends in style appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Twenty-one days after the abduction of 110 school girls at Dapchi, Yobe State, their parents and other stakeholders are still worried over their safety. BODUNRIN KAYODE spoke with a few parents who shared their agonies, [...]The post 21 days after: Abducted Dapchi girls' parents still cry for their children appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
As the March 15 deadline issued by state commissioners of police to owners of illegal firearms draws near, the Police (IGP) on Saturday, vowed to investigate and prosecute anybody found with prohibited firearms after the [...]The post Illegal firearms: Police set to clamp down on owners appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
MR Uche Secondus, National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors to emulate their PDP counterparts, who were busy developing their states through grassroots-oriented projects. Secondus gave the advice [...]The post Secondus urges APC to emulate PDP in project executions appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
THE Federal Government is making progress on the establishment of modular refineries with the arrival of one set of package shipment already in the country and undergoing Customs clearance. The Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee, chaired [...]The post FG set to establish 2 modular refineries in Niger Delta appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
THE Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has pledged the commitment of the Federal Government to ease the process of doing business in Nigeria. Fashola said this on Saturday in [...]The post FG pledges commitment to ease process of doing business 'Fashola appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
TEN persons were confirmed killed by gunmen that invaded rural settlements in Daffo District of Bokkos Local Government, Plateau State, on Friday. Mr Danjuma Wabas, Councillor representing Daffo District in the Bokkos Local Government Council, [...]The post 10 killed, scores injured in attack on Plateau rural communities appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
SPEAKER of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Suraju Adekunbi, is currently the longest-serving Speaker in the history of the state. The mechanical engineer from Yewa area of Ogun West Senatorial district and [...]The post I'm determined, but not desperate to succeed Amosun ' Ogun Speaker appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
IN Enugu State, there is an aggressive enlightenment campaign on the need to collect the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC). The Enugu State government and religion leaders have also joined in the drive for the enlightenment [...]The post Issues as PVC collection, voter registration continue in states appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Barely a year to the conduct of the 2009 general election, the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been at the receiving end of strident criticisms over its handling of some of [...]The post 2019: Hurdles before INEC appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
IN order for the coming generation to appreciate our culture, there is the need to encourage them to visit a museum. In this technological age, young people, especially students, derive a larger percentage of their [...]The post Towards making museum visits compulsory for pupils appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
As some parts of the world celebrate Mothering Sunday, which is otherwise known as Mothers' Day, Makeover beams the spotlight on women who have set the pace in style, while holding down the forte in [...]The post Mothers' Day: Style lessons from renowned moms appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
The journalist cum politician, Bolaji Abdullahi, was grilled by a seasoned anchor and enlightened guests on his book, On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria, at a reading organised by the [...]The post Real reasons I wrote On a Platter of Gold 'Bolaji Abdullahi appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
32. Allocation of Revenue SINCE 1949, discussions on allocation of revenue in Nigeria have been excessively confused by sectional sentiments and unhealthy partisan political considerations. Various non-objective and non-quantifiable principles have been paraded and propounded [...]The post THE STRATEGY AND TACTICS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
American-born Nigerian singer, Emma Nyra, has remained consistent with her load of work that has earned her recognition from within and outside the country. After breaking into the music industry some years back, she has [...]The post Being underrated doesnt bother me ' Emma Nyra appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
PRICES of essential medicines for patients with chronic diseases like hypertension have hit the roof-top, a survey by Sunday Tribune has revealed. Checks at major retail outlets some indicated that the prices had risen by [...]The post Prices of critical medicines skyrocket appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
In this report, BAYO ALADE and TADE MAKINDE write that deaths arising from the use of an earpiece especially by young people is on the increase, noting that even when tragedies do not result from [...]The post Earpiece of death appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Many people often wonder why there are so many women riding okada in Nnewi town in Anambra State. MICHAEL OVAT in this report explores on all sides of the argument. IT is a typical Nigerian [...]The post Nnewi: Where women rival men riding okada appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
Fuji music icon, Wasiu Ayinde, popularly known as K1, has lamented the neglect of true culture and tradition of Yoruba language. K1, made the statement during the 2018 edition of the Round Table Talk with [...]The post K1, Shina Peters, others charge young artistes to promote indigenous language in music appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
GENERAL Overseer and presiding minister of Greater Promise Land Covenant Ministry, Prophet Elijah David Igweze, has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC), under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, to fulfil the change agenda. [...]The post Prophet Igweze charges FG on education appeared first on Tribune. 

Sun, 11 Mar 2018
PARTIAL results released Saturday in the race for Sierra Leones new president show no one has a strong enough majority so far to win Wednesdays polls as election observers criticized the countrys police for intimidating [...]The post No clear winner in Sierra Leone vote with quarter of ballots counted appeared first on Tribune. 
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