The Board of Seplat Energy has announced the termination of the contract of appointment of Mr. Austin Avuru as a Non-Executive Director on 22nd December 2021, due to breaches of the Company’s corporate governance policies and his fiduciary duties. The Board has called for his resignation as a Director of Seplat Energy.
In line with Seplat Energy’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, Platform Petroleum Limited has been asked to nominate a candidate for his replacement on the Board, and a further announcement will be made in due course.
Seplat Energy Plc Plc is a leading indigenous Nigerian energy company with a strategic focus on Nigeria, listed on the Premium Board of the Nigerian Exchange Limited,NGX and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, LSE. Seplat is pursuing a Nigeria focused growth strategy and is well-positioned to participate in future divestment programmes by the international oil companies, farm-in opportunities and future licensing rounds.
The United Nations, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet has critcized in strong terms the excessive and disproportionate use of force by Nigerian armed forces against peaceful protesters in Lagos, Tuesday, and has therefore called that
Amnesty International reports puts the number of those killed at 12 with several other demonstrators seriously injured.
Michele Bachelet said she was concerned about reports that closed-circuit TV cameras and lighting were deliberately disabled prior to the shooting, maintained that the act of shooting of unarmed people amounted to extrajudicial executions insisting that perpetrators of these crimes be brought to justice.
If confirmed, she said, this deplorable attack on peaceful protesters was premeditated, planned and coordinated.
Her spokesman, Rupert Colville, told VOA that details about what happened Tuesday need to be clarified. He said questions about who ordered, who arranged and who knew about what appears to have been a planned assault, remain unanswered.
“The bottom line here is – this endemic problem with security forces in Nigeria that need to be sorted out. Because what were these protests about? They were about a police force that was killing people, raping women, extorting money for years.… Now you have the army taking this heavy hand. So, now you have got a problem all across the security sector in Nigeria,” he said.
Colville said there is great lack of trust in the security forces among the population, and until this is addressed, the country will remain under siege.
Nigeria’s military initially denied its troops had fired on unarmed civilians. In a recent media interview, Nigerian Police Minister Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi said soldiers were not instructed to shoot at protesters. Nigeria’s army has dismissed reports that its soldiers were behind the killings as “fake news.”
Bachelet is calling for immediate, independent and transparent investigations into the killings. Spokesman Colville said it is important that the population sees investigations as independent and impartial.
“Clearly, just a run-of-the-mill, normal investigation, inquiry that does not lead to any arrests, any kind of accountability is not going to be acceptable to people anymore. They are making that really clear in the streets of Lagos. Not just Lagos but many other cities in Nigeria. So, that is what this is all about. It is about accountability,” Colville said.
Bachelet noted that Nigerian security forces suspected of serious crimes and gross violations of human rights have gone unpunished for years, and that this has to stop. She said Nigerian authorities must take concrete steps now to tackle impunity if they wish to regain the trust of their people.
There was pandemonium on Ibadan and Abeokuta streets in the Ilasamaja area of Lagos State on Friday after the police discovered about 10 houses which dug wells linked to oil pipelines through which diesel was siphoned.
Our correspondent learnt that residents and police operatives, including the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, stormed the houses and saw jerrycans filled with diesel extracted from the wells.
When our correspondent got to the area, occupants of the houses were asked to evacuate to prevent fire disaster.
Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and policemen from the Ilasamaja division were observed trying to cordon off the houses.
A policeman told our correspondent that operatives discovered the illegal oil wells after going undercover to buy diesel.
He said, “The Divisional Police Officer and her men were patrolling the area about 4am and saw some residents coming out with jerrycans of diesel from those houses. The policemen pretended they also wanted to buy diesel and that was how the suspects were arrested.
“So far, four landlords have been arrested. Others are on the run but the tenants in those houses are being quizzed to show their level of complicity.”
Some of the suspects arrested are identified as Moji Adesina, 45, Chinyere Nnaji, 27, and Tayo Agboola, 40.
Nnaji said she had not been fetching from the well since diesel was diverted there, adding that she was just a tenant.