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#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.

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Lawan Farouk

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).

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Alhaji Saminu Rabiu & Jubril Rowaye

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.

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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.

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Nigeria: 2012 Most Controversial Moments

By Simeon Christian Chukwu

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.

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Fuel Price Hike, Fuel Subsidy Scam, The Cabal And The Rest Of Us; Uncovering The Lies, Myths, Deception, Distortion And Connivance Driving The Looting Spree!

By Jaye Gaskia

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.

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We Will Occupy The National Assembly If They Pass The Supplementary Budget Of N161 Billion For Fuel Subsidy-Dino Melaye

By Anti-Corruption Network

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.

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The Fuel Subsidy Conundrum (Part 2) By Chido Onumah

Columnist: Chido Onumah

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.

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Mega-Corruption and the Farouk Lawan Saga By N-Katalyst

Oil bizman Femi Otedola and Farouk Lawan

By Dr Jibrin Ibrahim, Dr Otive Igbuzor, Ayo Obe

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.

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Rep. Farouk Lawan Denies $600,000 Bribe of Subsidy Committee Member

Nigerian rep Farouk Lawan

By SaharaReporters, New York

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.

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Fuel Subsidy Probe: Oil Biz Magnate, Femi Otedola Confirms Bribe to Lawmakers-THISDAY Newspaper

Femi Otedola and President Goodluck Jonathan

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.

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