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Govt rakes in N174bn as other awardees make full, part payments A total of 128 awardees that emerged as successful bidders in the 2020 Marginal Field Bid Round have made complete and part payments for signature bonuses in the oil fields, the Federal Government said on Thursday. It also disclosed that 33 awardees did not make payments during the 45 days window given to successful bidders to pay the required signature bonuses for the oil fields and as such had lost their awards to suitably qualified reserve bidders. The government further disclosed that it had so far garnered about N174bn from the marginal oil field bid round programme. It disclosed this in Abuja at a meeting with the marginal field awardees and leaseholders where the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission outlined the policy position of government on the 2020 MFBR. In his keynote address at the meeting, the Chief Executive, NUPRC, Gbenga Komolafe, said efforts were being made to close the bid round and that the commission would support successful awardees who had paid the required signature bonuses. He said, “Fifty-seven fields were identified for the 2020 bid round exercise and a total of 665 entities expressed interest. After extensive evaluation processes as laid down in the guidelines, 161 entities emerged as potential awardees. “Signature bonuses for 119 awards were fully paid, nine awards were partly paid for and 33 awards were not paid for. This has resulted in various challenges inhibiting the close-out of the exercise.” Komolafe added, “The marginal field guidelines provided for 45 days for the payment of signature bonus which has since elapsed, and we have issued a public notice to that effect as well as notified the relevant potential awardees. “It is pertinent to inform you that concerted efforts are being made to ensure that the 2020 MFBR exercise is completed within the shortest possible time.” On May 31, 2021, the defunct Department of Petroleum Resources issued letters of award to investors for the production of crude oil from 57 marginal fields. The government had stated at the time that some firms emerged successful for the awards and had called up some of them to receive their award letters. Some of the firms include A.A Rano Nigeria Limited, Duchess Energy and Emadeb Energy Services Limited. Others include Matrix Energy Limited, Shafa Exploration and Production Company Limited, Kasiva Limited, DuPaul Mainstream Company Limited and Vhelbherg Exploration and Production Development Company Limited, among others. The exercise was carried out in two phases, which were expression of interest/pre-qualification phase, and technical and financial phase. Meanwhile, the NUPRC in a presentation it made on Thursday explained that the concept of marginal field was conceived to entrench the indigenisation policy of the government in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. It said the objective was to promote indigenous participation, increase oil and gas reserves as well as ensure enhanced production in Nigeria. Others were to encourage capital inflow, generate employment and build local capacity in the country’s oil and gas industry. The commission stated that relevant leaseholders were also invited to the forum on Thursday so that they could understand their roles and responsibilities as it affected the farm out of these fields, which include facilitating the achievement of first oil in a collaborative manner. By Okechukwu Nnodim Source;
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The family of the murdered MBA student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Timothy Adegoke, has kicked against the Nigeria Police’s move to prosecute the suspects in Abuja. Adegoke had lodged in Hilton Hotels and Resorts at Ile-Ife upon his arrival from Abuja on November 5 to enable him to arrive early for his examination at the OAU Distance Learning Centre, Moro, Osun State, on November 6 and November 7. He was, however, found dead in the hotel room where he lodged, which the owner is Dr Rahman Adedoyin After Adegoke was declared missing, the police were invited and seven suspects were arrested after which investigation commenced. Later, the Intelligence Response Team, Abuja, took over the investigation and the case was transferred to the Federal Capital Territory. Upon the conclusion of investigation, the police charged the accused persons to an high court in Abuja. The police are charging owner of the hotel with illegally disposing of his body, altering and cancelling his payment receipt, and removal of the hotel’s CCTV cameras with intent to destroy evidence. Others charged alongside Adedoyin are Adedeji Adesola, 23; Magdalene Chiefuna, 24; Adeniyi Aderogba, 37; Oluwale Lawrence, 37, Oyetunde Kazeem, 38; Adebayo Kunle, 35, and others who have taken to their heels. The deceased's family is, however, opposing the location where the police have decided to try Adedoyin and others. The family through its counsel, Naim Adekilekun, is insisting that the prosecution should be done in Osun State since that was the state where the crime was committed. In the petition cited by Premium Times on Thursday, the counsel is appealing to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to ensure that the case was heard at the High Court of Justice in Osun State. “As we are preparing for the prosecution of the suspects arrested in connection to this murder, we wish to state that it has filtered to us that the police in Abuja is ready to proffer a charge against the suspects in respect of this case at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. “It must be stated here that the family never doubted the competence of the police to prosecute this case to a logical conclusion. But as the solicitors to the family, we have our reservation to the prosecution of this case at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. “To start with, in criminal prosecution, the court in the territorial jurisdiction of the area of the alleged crime will be seized of the case and nothing more, although this may not be the case of some Federal offences triable at the Federal High Court of any judicial division and the reason for, is not far-fetched this can be traced to the fact that the law recognises Federal High Court of Nigeria to be one and single court irrespective of the division. “This explains the reason why a case instituted in Federal High Court A may be transferred to Federal High Court B if there is a need for that. This is not the case in respect of high court of different state. A high court of Osun State for example cannot transfer a case to the High Court of Oyo State for adjudication. A high court of a dctate will be one in division (sic) with respect to other high court in the same state and not a high court of the other state.” The lawyer noted that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act guides the prosecution of crimes at the Federal High Court in Nigeria and other offences punishable in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and it also provides the framework for criminal litigation in those courts where it is applicable. “93 (1) An offence shall ordinarily be inquired into and tried by a court within the local limits of whose jurisdiction: The offence was wholly or in part committed, or some act forming part of the offence was done; “The consequence of the offence has ensured; An offence was committed by reference to which the offence is denied; or a person against whom, or property in respect of which, the offence was committed is found, having been transported there by the suspect or by a person knowing of the offence, a criminal charge shall be filed and tried in the division where the alleged offence was committed unless it can be shown that it is convenient to do otherwise for security reasons. “However, the sub-section 2 which seems to provide a proviso to the Section 93 (1) does not operate in the circumstance of Timothy’ Case, because there is no security reasons for not charging these suspects at the High Court of Justice Osun State, it is not necessary that they should be charged at Ile-Ife, Osun State where the alleged murder was committed, they can be charged in the Osogbo, the state capital," he said. By SaharaReporters, New York Source;