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Offa robbery: Police operatives grill Saraki
Fri, 27 Jul 2018

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Investigators from the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), yesterday in Abuja, grilled the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, over his alleged role in the Offa robbery attack.

The interrogation came 48 hours after Saraki declined to show up at the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) office of the Nigeria Police, Guzape, Abuja.

Special Assistant on New Media to Saraki, Olu Onemola, making the revelation on his Twitter handle, said the police interrogators arrived the National Assembly office of the Senate President at about 1:40pm.

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He wrote: “Further to the invitation to the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, by the police on July 23, 2018, and his written response to them on July 24, 2018, on why he could not see them that day, today (yesterday) at about 1:40pm, the Senate President met with a team of investigators on the Offa robbery case in his office.

“Saraki used the opportunity to reiterate the fact that he has nothing to do with either the robbery incident on April 5, 2018, or any other criminal activity.”

Meanwhile, Saraki raised the alarm over his safety, following the blockade of his convoy by policemen last Tuesday, in Maitama District of Abuja.
Saraki, in a letter addressed to the IGP on July 24, where he explained why he could not honour police invitation, said he was no longer sure of his safety.
He said: “For the record, I should mention that I received your letter at 8:30pm on Monday 23rd July, inviting me for the next day at 8am. The two lawyers whose advice I needed were in Calabar and Lagos and had to travel to Abuja today (last/Monday).

“As you are aware, the Deputy President of the Senate was unable to leave his residence this morning (last Tuesday) to preside over the Senate, having been prevented from doing so by security agents.

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“If he had been able to preside over the Senate, I would have honoured your invitation. The absence of both presiding officers would have voided the sitting of the Senate. This would have been damaging to national interest, particularly in the light of very important legislative matters that needed to be addressed in view of the imminent recess of the National Assembly.

“These included consideration of the Electoral Bill, which was incidentally passed today (last Tuesday).

“You will recall that I had earlier directed as a courtesy to this office, that in the event of any request for further information from me, you should either send your personnel to my office or obtain a written response from me.

“I need to place on record as well, that following the incident of being harassed and threatened at my residence by the police early this morning (last Tuesday), I am deeply concerned over my physical security.

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APC won’t negotiate with political machinery ‘ Oshiomhole
Fri, 27 Jul 2018

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that it will not negotiate with political machinery masquerading as members of the party, who defected to other political parties in the National Assembly.

The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, handed the warning during a meeting with members of the House of Representatives at the party’s national secretariat, in Abuja, yesterday.
“I assure you that we will sustain the fight; we will not be distracted. We’ll talk to those who have genuine grievances, but, we will not negotiate with political machinery.

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“That position remains unchanged, we will sustain it and, seeing you here, I am further encouraged to sustain the fight and build a Nigeria of our dream, so that our children will inherit a better country,” he promised.
Speaking further on the gale of defections that hit the National Assembly, the former Edo State governor said: “I understand now, after we have carried out some investigations, that certain persons played on the fears of people who were completely innocent.

“They tried to portray their own frustration, which is personal to them, as if it is a shared frustration by all those who have issues.

“My findings arising from interactions is that it is true there are a number of legislators who have some issues with their local forces in their respective states, and not arising from the federal executives.

“Those issues are local, and because every politics is local, every solution to political problem should, necessarily, be local. The important thing is to identify the source of those problems, the parties involved, bring to the table and remind them of what binds the house together.

“So, if there are issues between any one of our members and leaders, with local forces across the 36 states, we have a duty to intervene and ensure the spark is properly extinguished.
“The good news is that no single persons that I have spoken to and shared our core value of progressive politics has said no, let the fire burn.

“As a matter of fact, just with a phone call, a number of issues have been addressed, and people are at peace, and we will do more of that. What we are saying now is that we need to do the right thing to ensure that wherever there is a problem, we address it before it blossoms.

“I continue to say we will not pursue a policy which will produce winners and losers. I believe we have intervened and have a situation that will produce winners all.

“In other to send clear signals out, so that no one person or group can hold the system to ransom, we have tried to revisit our constitution and activate all the clauses that will help us to maintain unity and harmony within the house.

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I may dump APC, Kwara gov tells supporters
Fri, 27 Jul 2018

Kwara State Governor Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has hinted that he may defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ahmed made this position known yesterday at State Banquet Hall, Ilorin, while reacting to the requests of various stakeholders in Kwara Central Senatorial District, prevailing on him and the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to immediately dump the APC.

The governor, who lamented that the party had fallen short of peoples’ aspirations insisted that it had also not met the expectations of the people of Kwara State.
He recalled how key stakeholders in the ruling APC in the state built the party in 2014 alongside other notable Nigerians with high expectations but were disappointed about the failure of the government at national level to address insecurity, economy and unemployment challenges confronting the nation.

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“We formed APC together in 2014 with the hope to meet the needs and aspirations of the people in critical areas of our national life”.he stated.

The governor alleged that the leadership of the APC had failed to intervene on critical issues affecting the party and its members, pointing out that injustice within the party is unbearable.

While thanking the people for their support, he assured the stakeholders that he would consider their pleas and make public the new platform that would meet the aspirations of the people of the state.
He also promised that the administration would continue to run an all inclusive process that would take care of all interests.

Various stakeholders who spoke at the Town Hall meeting called on the governor to take the state to another political party where their welfare would be guaranteed and expectations would be met.
In his remarks, President of Kwara State Artisans Group, Alhaji Saad Alawaye who commended the governor for his numerous empowerment programmes to the informal sector promised continuous support in moving the state forward.

Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr. Joshua Adekanye, who also spoke on behalf of the 16 local government chairmen, their vice chairmen and 193 councillors, expressed readiness to dump the All Progressives Congress in the interest of the people.

On their parts, the Youth leader, Alhaji Mohammad Ali Baba and the women leader, Hajia Rahmat Oganija thanked the governor for his support to the youth and women-folk.

They however said they were no longer comfortable to remain in the APC, citing injustices against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and called for immediate defection to a better and safer political party.

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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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APC crisis: Reps demand automatic return tickets ‘ You must merit it ‘ NWC
Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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FG begins reconstruction of Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in 2 weeks ‘ Osinbajo
Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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2019: Be prepared to retire old politicians, Moghalu urges Nigerians
Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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OUK Foundation launches loan scheme in Aba
Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Ex-gov Obi appears before Anambra tax officer
Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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Fri, 27 Jul 2018
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