#OccupyNigeria-Nigerians Commemorate January 2012 Fuel Subsidy Uprising
"J9C", coded to represent January 9 Collective is a platform of youths that emerged after the January 2012 fuel subsidy uprising known as “Occupy Nigeria”.
At the new platform, a collection of youths and expert says it is discussing ways ahead for the Nigerian nation can move forward after it became clear that the government is incapable of making the lot of citizens better.
Nigeria’s minister of Petroleum Resource, Diezani Allison-Madueke
By SaharaReporters, New York
Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister Diezani Allison-Madueke recently spiritedly denied that she offered fuel importation contracts to companies indicted for fraudulent fuel subsidy claims. However, an investigation by Saharareporters has revealed that Ms. Allison-Madueke lied to Nigerians.
You Will Stand Trial, Abuja Court Tells Former House of Reps Committee Chair, Lawan Farouk
By SaharaReporters, New York
Not so fast!
That is what an Abuja court this morning told the disgraced former Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Ad-Hoc Committee on Monitoring of Fuel Subsidy Regime, Lawan Farouk, and its former Secretary, Boniface Emenalo.
The two men, accused of receiving the sum of $620,000 (about N97 million), from oil mogul and billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, in April 2012 as inducement to remove his Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited from the list of companies to be indicted by the Ad-Hoc Committee, had mounted a legal campaign to get the court to dismiss the charges brought against them by the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
EFCC Press Release : Fuel Subsidy Scammers Used Non-Existing Vessel To “Import” N1.5 Billion Gasoline
By Wilson Uwujaren- Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
A prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Alhaji Saminu Rabiu, Jubril Rowaye, Alminnur Resources Limited and Brila Energy Limited who are alleged to be involved in a N1.5billion Subsidy scam, Tolu Olanubi on Monday April 15, 2013 told the court that MT KRITI, the vessel allegedly used by the accused persons in shipping Premium Motor Spirit to Nigeria in 2011 had ceased to exist since 2010.
PHOTONEWS: Fueling Poverty-New Film Exposing Nigeria’s “Fuel Subsidy” Problem Gets U.S. Release Fuelling Poverty, a new documentary by Nigerian filmmaker Ishaya Bako, a young maverick cineaste best known for his award-winning short feature Braids on a Bald Head, gave New York filmgoers a sober look at the events of January 2013 that lead to the largest popular uprising on the African continent.
Bribery Scam: Farouk Lawan, Emenalo Granted Bail-PREMIUM TIMES
By Sani Tukur
An Abuja High Court, Friday, granted bail to the former Chairman of House of Representative Ad Hoc Committee on fuel subsidy payments, Farouk Lawan, and the secretary of the committee, Boniface Emenalo. The two men have been in held in prison for about a week.
JANUARY: Apparently the most controversial month in the life of an average Nigerian following the removal of the stoking Fuel Subsidy. There were debates over whether anything of such ever existed or that GEJ and his team lied to Nigerians or that it was just an enrichment of few “cabals” or that GEJ and his team have displayed high level of incompetence at managing the oil sector.
In the course of the past year, and more precisely since about June 2011 when the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy [MoF/CMoE] presented the Medium – Term Expenditure framework to the National Assembly [NASS] indicating the intention of the then newly elected government of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan [GEJ] to end the policy of fuel subsidy, I had been writing extensively on the fuel price hike-fuel subsidy issue.
Last year, 2011 the National Assembly appropriated N245 billion for fuel subsidy. In violation of the Appropriation ACT 2011 and the Fiscal Responsibility ACT 2007, the Central Bank of Nigeria paid N2.3 trillion for fuel subsidy on the basis of fraudulent, satanic and wicked recommendations of the Ministries of Finance and Petroleum resources.
I ended the first part of this piece last week by asking on whose side President Jonathan was on the fuel subsidy debacle: the Nigerian masses or his oil-marketers friends? I had barely finished sending out the piece when I read the troubling headline, “Unpaid subsidy: Diezani, NNPC report Okonjo-Iweala to Jonathan”. I shall return to the sordid details of what is gradually turning into an albatross around the president’s neck.
Introduction: Following the release of the report of the House of Committee on the Fuel Subsidy, N-Katalyst, a non partisan network of individuals with a deep commitment to the promotion of Nigerian unity and progressive change organized a National Symposium in Abuja on 30 April 2012 to address the issues. We subsequently published a Charter of Demands drawing attention to significant findings on mega corruption in the fuel subsidy regime.
Farouk Lawan, the chairman of the celebrated House of Representative’s Adhoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, has categorically denied that a member of the committee demanded and received a $600,000 bribe from an oil marketer.
He cited as evidence of the integrity of members of the committee the “thorough and in-depth” manner they carried out their investigation and the fact that the committee’s all-encompassing recommendations were approved by the whole House.
By Yemi Ajayi in Lagos, Ike Abonyi, Onwuka Nzeshi and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The full details of the $3 million bribery scandal involving members of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on the Fuel Subsidy probe were revealed yesterday, as one of the major actors in the scandal has opened up on what transpired.
In an exclusive interview with THISDAY, chairman, Zenon Petroleum & Gas Ltd, Mr. Femi Otedola, who hitherto was suspected of being behind the $3 million bribery scandal, blew the lid on what transpired and how chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Hon. Farouk Lawan, and the secretary of the committee, Mr. Boniface Emenalo, had collected $620,000 from him in a sting operation masterminded by the security agencies.