‘KUWTK’: Kris Jenner Smokes Pot & Gets High With Her Mom

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Kris is a mother-of-six but she opts to get high with her own mom, MJ, 78, on the upcoming, Aug. 10 episode of ‘KUWTK.’ HollywoodLifers, do you feel like she’s setting a bad example?

Kris Jennerisn’t always one to make the best decisions and she proves that with her shenanigans on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Her latest ridiculous behavior is deciding to smoke pot with her 78-year-old mom, MJ. Bruce Jenner looks on in total disbelief and tells Kris that it’s totally inappropriate, especially since, Kendall Jenner, 18, and Kylie Jenner, 16, still live in the house.

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The younger brother of Bayelsa State House of Assembly Speaker, Konbowei Benson, Iniokpoemi Benson was abducted by unknown gunmen around 3am early this morning Monday August 4th at his residence in Korokorosei community in Southern Ijaw local government area.

Benson is the immediate past chairman of the community’s development committee. This is the third high profile kidnap in the space of two weeks in the state.

Wenger blasts Gerrad: ‘No player too good for Arsenal’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at claims by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard that striker Luis Suarez was “too good” to ever move to the north London outfit.

The Gunners tabled a £40,000,001 ($67.5 million, 50.4 million euros) bid for Suarez a year ago in the mistaken belief it would trigger a release clause in his contract at Anfield.

And the Uruguayan went on to score 31 goals as Liverpool narrowly missed out on the Premier League title before joining Barcelona this summer.

Gerrard claimed that he had advised Suarez, currently banned from all football for four months after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup group game, against joining Arsenal last year.

“I said: ‘Don’t go to Arsenal’,” the Liverpool captain told several British newspapers on Thursday.

“With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal.”

But Wenger, who instead signed Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil for a club-record fee, insisted on Friday no player would deem themselves too good for his side.

“You’re never too good for Arsenal and Steven Gerrard knows that,” he said during a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Emirates Cup, in which Arsenal will host Portuguese champions Benfica and Monaco.

“But I can understand completely that he asked him to stay because he wanted him (Suarez) to play with him and have a chance to win the Premier League. But it didn’t happen, and anyway, Suarez left.”

Wenger has been busy in the market this summer with the addition of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, England youth international Calum Chambers from Southampton and Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

However, Wenger hinted that he has not finished his summer spending just yet.

“I’m very happy because I did what I wanted, and I am still open to do more,” he said.

“Let’s not forget that we are at August 1 today, and the transfer window closes on the 31st.

“We are a bit ahead of what we usually do, because the availability on the market was bigger and earlier than before.”

There may yet be players moving away from the Emirates Stadium as Wenger admitted the future of defender Thomas Vermaelen remains unclear, with the club captain unhappy at his lack of first-team action last season.

“At the moment Thomas Vermaelen is here,” added Wenger.

“It (a move) could happen, yes it’s a possibility that he goes. If he goes we have to replace him because he’s an important player in our squad.

“I expect him to stay but he, of course, did not play enough games last year. For me he’s a very important player but I couldn’t guarantee him the games he wanted last year.”

Ugborodo peace treaty under threat

THE peace accord brokered by the Federal Government in May between two warring Ugborodo factions in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, came under threat during the week. Anarchy was let loose when members of the Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic nationalities started beating war drums, notwithstanding the ceasefire efforts of governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.

Their actions further endangered the fragile peace in that part of the state.  Saturday Vanguard spoke to an Ijaw leader and  Benemowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom,Chief Godspower Gbenekama and Itsekiri youth leader/ Ugborodo Interface Committee on the Ogidigben Export Processing Zone, EPZ project, Mr. Alex Eyengho, both of whom  are conversant with the matter,  on the EPZ. They capture the unfolding developments in this special report.

COMMANDER, Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Delta, Navy Captain Musa Gemu, who is heading the security team put in place by the Federal Government to restore peace to the troubled Ugborodo community, Warri South-West Local Government Area, was livid during the week over the anarchy that was let loose by violent youths in the area.Ugborodo

Two warring factions had been at daggers-drawn in the community, killing and maiming themselves before the federal government managed to bring them to a roundtable to sign a peace accord at Abuja in May.

Leaders of the factions were asked to return home and facilitate the return of indigenes that fled the community on both divides, as well as surrender their weapons.

Captain Gemu’s attempt to recover the weapons was frustrated as the warring factions refused to surrender the arms and weapons in their possession.

Undeterred, Gemu continued preaching peace and forged ahead with the resettlement process, but last Saturday violence, spearheaded by Ugborodo youths, the third in the last few months, left him wondering if the community genuinely desired peace.

He told Saturday Vanguard: “I met with leaders of the two sides the other day. They assured on being on ground to lead all displaced persons back home in their respective strongholds. On the agreed Saturday, only Isaac Botosan and Ayiri Emami of the Thomas Ereyitomi bloc were on hand to lead the displaced persons to Ogidigben and Ajudaibo, where they are in control.”

”The other faction, which gave its word never showed up to talk to the boys at Aruton to resettle displaced persons there. These same youths at Madangho and Aruton, who refused to allow displaced persons return home also scared people from leaving to Ogidigben and Ajudaibo,” he said.
The navy commander said: “It is not like the Aruton youths can stop the navy. Applying force now is not the spirit of the peace process. So I asked my men to pull back. I went in with just two men and interacted with the community elders and youths. They gave conditions for reintegrating the displaced persons. This is not healthy and if it persists, the military would have to take appropriate action.”

For five successive months before federal government interface, Ugborodo community was on fire. However, the federal mediation provided the atmosphere for the state government’s inauguration of the UgborodoInterface Committee for the $16b EPZ project.

Youths resist Navy

Peace, nevertheless, snapped, last weekend, when youths at Ode-Ugborodo (Aruton) and Madanghon, repelled the Nigerian Navy’s move to resettle residents chased from home since January’s fight. The resettlement of displaced persons was a critical term in the final resolutions signed by warring factions at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja.


Two days after the Saturday/Sunday incident, hostilities spilled to Warri and environs, as factional youths moved against opposition leaders, resulting in the demolition of the home and vehicle of  an Aruton youth leader resident at Egbokodo, a Warri South community, Ofe Pender,  in what is believed to be a backlash of Sunday’s violence at Aruton.

Vice Chairman of the Thomas Ereyitomi-led Community Trust and member of the 21- man EPZ Committee, Isaac Botosan, was among immediate victims, as youths went wild following the failed resettlement of exiled residents.

Botosan told Saturday Vanguard after the destruction, “On Saturday, I was among leaders, who accompanied the Navy to return displaced persons home, and the youths had their way, resisting the Navy.  I never had problems with anyone, I am at loss as to what happened on Saturday would provoke the destruction of the house I built for my mother in Aruton.

“These violent elements partially destroyed that house back in January. As they completed the destruction Sunday, they proceeded to wreck my grandfather’s house too and that belonging to national chair of Ugborodo Youths, Julius Atete.

Botosan whose mother and grandfather’s house were destroyed has already petitioned the Inspector General of Police, calling for the arrest and prosecution of perceived masterminds of the alleged arson.

“I also have complained to the Navy. But the way to achieve lasting peace is for Federal Government to stand firm at this point and stop this impunity of violence once and for all. If they do not come in now, they are encouraging the other side to take to self- help, which is not what we want as it will definitely escalate the tension,” he asserted.

Aruton, Madangho give conditions for peace

An executive member of the David Tonwe- led UgborodoCommunity Trust faction, Femi Uwawah, told Saturday Vanguard that the government’s move through the Navy to resettle displaced persons was an impossible wishful thinking if executed in isolation of perceived grievances in the affected communities.

Uwawah said, “Those who offended Ode-Ugborodo cannot hide behind the Navy to come back to the homes where they committed atrocities. They must atone for their actions before being allowed back. Then,  all cases in court must be withdrawn while mercenaries being harboured to attack perceived enemies at Ajudaibo and Ogidigben must be evicted before lasting peace could prevail.”

They‘ve murdered sleep 

A peeved Uwawah said, “The offenders have stepped on toes, people have been remanded in prison without just cause, some charged to court. There is no short cut to peace. Those arrested must be released, cases in court should be withdrawn and the offenders of the community disciplined in line with the custom of the land. Then, we can talk peace. We do not need Navy to enforce peace if only those offenders would respect the tradition.

Ojogor carpets factional leaders

But, Special assistant to the Eghare-Aja of Ugborodo community, Anderson Ojogor, blamed the drift towards another armed conflict on failure of some factional leaders to respect the peace accord and understanding with men of the NNS Delta to lead resettlement of displaced indigenes in community in their stronghold.

“The deliberate act of that faction’s leader switching off his mobile phone and not making himself available to the Navy at the appointed time aggravated the anger of the youths resulting in burning of cars and houses in Ugborodo and Warri”, Ojogor alleged.

Aggrieved victims call for EPZ c’ttee dissolution

Already some victims of the crisis, particularly displaced persons, have called for the dissolution of the EPZ Interface Committee, saying the essence of the committee, which was to unite the warring factions and usher peace has been defeated.

Oboroegbeyi dismisses allegation

Chair, Ogidigben EPZ Interface Committee, Barr Austin Oboroegbeyi, who decried the renewed violence and destruction of property in Ugborodo communities, which   extended to Warri town, debunked the claim that the committee was responsible for the crisis.

“It is sad enough that there are inadequate houses in the area, one then wonders why the few ones people struggled to build are destroyed”, Oborogbeyi quipped.

The Ogidigben EPZ committee leader asserted that that whatever  resentment over the patriotic attempt of the Commander, NNS, Delta, Navy Capt Musa Gemu on Saturday 26th July, 2014, to return displaced persons to their communities in Ugborodo, was not an excuse for the wanton destruction that took place few days after.

His words, “Ugborodo major challenge today is to be united to face external problems. I, therefore, plead that all parties should, without further delay, provide the genuine platform to put the crisis behind. It is better to jaw-jaw than to war-war.”

He pointed out that the factional crisis in Ugborodo started some years back, and not with, or because of the Ogidigben EPZ Interface Committee, made of representatives from both factions, adding that since its inauguration, the committee had been reaching out to ensure peace in Ugborodo.

Groundbreaking still chancy

From available indications, the road to the groundbreaking for the $16 b Gas Revolution Industrial City, which was postponed by President Goodluck Jonathan, some months ago, is still a long walk.

EXCLUSIVE: How Alison-Madueke’s management style is killing Nigeria’s oil industry, threatening revenue flow

Deziani Alison-Madueke is one of President Jonathan's favourite ministers.

Deziani Alison-Madueke is one of President Jonathan’s favourite ministers.

Delays in taking vital decisions in the oil and gas industry are fuelling concerns about Nigeria’s prospect of meeting her targets of increased daily oil production capacity and enhanced national reserve by 2020.

Industry operators blame the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, for an increasingly lethargic style that has slowed major decisions and processes – from board meetings to licence renewals – failings that now threaten the government’s  projected expansion of production frontiers and more revenues.

One operator particularly accused Mrs. Alison-Madueke of “micro-managing the entire industry as her personal estate using her personal aides to carry out key policies, rather than designated officials.”

The Federal Government wants to raise daily oil production from the current average of 2.15 million barrels per day, BPD, to four million barrels, and reserves from about 35 billion barrels to 40 billion.

In July, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN], Godwin Emefiele, said at the end of the Monetary Policy Committee that oil industry performance improved marginally from -9.36 per cent in the 4th quarter of 2013 to -6.60 per cent in the first quarter of 2014.

Overall, the CBN Economic Report for April 2014 showed slow growth, with oil production increasing from 1.86 million barrels per day or 52.08 million barrels per month in February, to 1.90 million barrels per day, or 57 million barrels in April.

But, the marginal growth has failed to suppress mounting concerns among key operators about the consistent failure of the industry to meet its growth projections in virtually all areas of operation.

Sluggish management

Most industry operators, particularly major oil companies, who spoke with our reporter on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization, blamed the industry’s woes and its poor turnover on Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s increasingly sluggish style.

The operators criticized the minister’s management style, and one operator particularly blamed her for “micro-managing the entire industry as her personal estate using her personal aides to carry out key policies, rather than designated officials.”

At the NNPC, where she is the Chairman of its Board, a top official, who would not want his name mentioned to avoid being victimized, accused the Minister of side-lining the management in most important decisions, preferring to use her “powerful aides”.

According to the official, until recently, one Eric Ufo, one of the Minister’s many Personal Assistants/Special Advisers, was charged with the responsibility of interfacing with key industry players.

 After Mr. Ufo, the Minister appointed Kevin Alonzo and Kelvin Okyere as replacements, with wider powers.

“These assistants are so powerful that whenever they invoke the name of the Minister, industry players cower in fear,” a senior member of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, NAPE, told our reporter. “They have become the middlemen between the Minister and the industry on all issues, including crude oil lifting.”

Consequently, the muddling of the chain of command and the abuse of approval processes through the use of personal aides over key officials has left the industry replete with scores of delayed approvals awaiting the Minister’s attention.

“While the Minister wants to see every memo, she is always never there to see it,” said the NNPC official, who also lamented the inability of the Board of the Company to meet regularly.

The NNPC Act 1977 demands that the Board meets not less than four times each year. But that schedule is hardly met as meetings are often deferred.

How such delays extend to other policy timelines played out in the government’s plan to open up new oil production areas, called acreages.

The minister had in November 2013 announced plans by the Federal Government to hold the second marginal field licensing round to allocate existing marginal oil acreages to new operators.
 After several postponements, the exercise was rescheduled for March 2014.

While the minister announced that the DPR would publish bid guidelines, no such action has taken place till date.

“To date, prospective investors who looked forward to the bid round have been left in limbo,” a distraught official in one of the indigenous oil companies lamented. “Not even the marginal oil blocks to be included in the bid basket for sale have been identified. Nobody can say with certainty what to expect about the exercise,” the source said.

The pall of uncertainty appears to be pervading the operations of the six oil majors. Apart from ExxonMobil, which had its operational lease renewed in 2012 after a protracted disagreement, all the other multinational oil companies, including Shell, Chevron, Total, Agip and PanOcean, all operating Joint ventures with the NNPC, are doing so with expired leases.

Growing frustration

The Shell Country Chair and Managing Director, Shell Companies in Nigeria, SCiN, Mutiu Sunmonu, recently voiced his frustration with the Nigerian Government for the delay in renewing his company’s 20-year lease more than six years since the document expired. At the presentation of Shell’s 2013 Briefing Notes, Mr. Sunmonu lamented how the delay was making it impossible to finalise some of the company’s operational plans, particularly the divestment from some of its onshore concessions.

“The delay (in renewing the lease) is affecting divestment,” Mr. Sunmonu said. “You all know you cannot sell what you don’t have.”

A senior official with Chevron, who spoke with our reporter on Saturday in confidence, confirmed the American oil firm had been pressuring the Federal Government for the past two years to renew its expired oil lease.

The Oando Group, which entered into agreement with ConocoPhillips in December 2012, for the acquisition of Medal Oil Company Limited, had to wait for the Minister’s signature for more than one and a half years before the $1.65 billion deal was approved. The company announced the completion of the deal on July 17, 2014.

Some oil and gas projects have equally suffered, as their final investment decisions [FIDs] either had to be postponed indefinitely or cancelled after long delays from the Minister’s office.

Some projects affected were said to include the data repository system, petroleum products trucking policy and pipelines surveillance and monitoring system to check oil pipeline vandalism. The projects have either been delayed or abandoned.

Among the world’s leading oil producing countries, Nigeria ranks among those with the longest contract approval cycle of between three to five years. There is also the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, more than five years since the process began, costing the industry more than $125 billion loss since 2009, reliable sources in the Department of Petroleum Resources told this newspaper.

Marginal growth

Detailed industry activities data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, showed a trend towards near stagnation or slow progress that would make realizing set targets difficult or impossible.

Since 2012, total rig count, number of exploratory oil wells and those actually drilled by the six multi-national joint venture operators depicted a general decline in production activities.

Total rig count, which usually shows the intensity of industry activities, grew slightly from 17 in 2012 to only 21 in 2013;  while total oil rigs in operation grew to 33 in 2013, slightly higher than 29 in 2012.

Similarly, while exploratory wells declined from 10 in 2012 to only 7 in 2013, the number of development wells recorded a marginal increase from 63 in 2012 to 64 in 2013, while oil wells actually drilled (138) in 2012 dropped to 102 in 2013.

A company-by-company statistics showed that Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of Nigeria’s total oil production capacity, deployed only 20 development wells, with eight rig counts, and actually drilled only 35 wells in 2013.

ExxonMobil, which had the highest number of development wells deployed (24), had only four rig counts and drilled 30 oil wells. Chevron, which had only one rig count during the year, deployed as many development wells but actually drilled two, while Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, which actually drilled 18 oil wells during the year, deployed only eight development wells with only five rig counts.

Total, with only one rig count, deployed only 10 development wells, and actually drilled 13, while Pan Ocean Oil, which did not deploy any development well, had two rig counts, and actually drilled four.

But experts say Nigeria will need to do more to increase production, and achieve its set goals by 2020.

For a start, the 1,300 exploration wells the oil industry has so far drilled must be surpassed, the Director, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, George Osahon, said during the 2014 Nigeria Oil and Gas, NOG conference in February.

The NNPC has put the level of new oil production required by the industry to meet the 2020 targets at an average of about 300,000 and 350,000 barrels per day.

Mum is the word

Efforts to get Mrs. Alison-Madueke to respond to the issues raised by the industry operators were unsuccessful. Several telephone calls to her known local and international telephone numbers were neither answered nor returned.

When our reporter got in touch with one of the minister’s powerful aides, Mr. Alonso, he asked for a few days to enable him to fix interview appointment with the minister.

On Friday, July 25, the reporter contacted Mr. Alonzo again. This time he said he was busy at a meeting. He did not answer or return our reporter’s calls for days afterwards.

On Wednesday, July 30, the reporter called Mr. Alonzo again. He did not answer the calls but he responded with a text message: “I haven’t seen the minister, as she has been out of town. I’m out of the office, at a meeting.”

A similar call on Thursday morning only received a response from another aide who said Mr. Alonzo said that he would get in touch with the reporter once he was through with his meeting. He is yet to do so as at the time of publishing this report.

The reporter also got in touch with the General Manager, Group Public Affairs Department of the NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, to assist in passing our questions to the Minister and getting her to respond. Mr. Alegbe later said on Thursday that he was unable to reach Mrs. Alison-Madueke as she had traveled outside the country.

PREMIUM TIMES had also written directly to the minister seeking an interview to enable her to clarify some important issues. The letter was never acknowledged.

A reminder sent more than two months ago was equally ignored.

BREAKING: Jonathan sacks NNPC boss, appoints replacement


President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has fired the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andrew Yakubu.

Read the press statement announcing the sack and the appointment of a replacement below.

Details later…



President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the following appointments and changes in the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC):

1.         Dr Joseph Thlama Dawha – Group Managing Director, NNPC

2.        Mr Anthony Ugonna Muoneke – Managing Director, NPDC

3.        Ms Aisha Mata Abdurrahman – Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment, NNPC

4.        Dr Attahir B. Yusuf – Group Executive Director, Business Development, NNPC

The new Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Dawha hails from Borno state. He has served previously as the Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production, NNPC and Managing Director of Integrated Data Services Ltd (IDSL), a subsidiary of the NNPC.

Mr Anthony Muoneke, the new Managing Director of the NPDC, hails from Anambra state. Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985, he has over 29 years’ experience at both local and international levels in the oil and gas as well as the energy and power sectors, including serving as Executive Director, Finance & Admin, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd. (NDPHC).

All the appointments are with immediate effect.

Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

August 1, 2014