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FG Planning to Frame-up, Arrest Us, Say Saraki, Ekweremadu
Sat, 11 Aug 2018


The leadership of the Senate yesterday raised the alarm over alleged plans by the federal government to arrest the principal officers of the Senate and their families by next week.

It also accused the federal government of planning to twist facts regarding Tuesday’s invasion of the National Assembly premises in Abuja by DSS operatives to indict the duo of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

On the same day, the National Chairman of the ruling All Prigressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomohle declared that his party would follow due process to impeach the Senate President.

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In his reaction, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed simply said the Buhari government operates with respect for the Rule of law and that only the guilty are afraid of the government.

Saraki and Ekweremadu in a joint statement signed by their media aides, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Uche Anichukwu stated that after receiving the interim report submitted by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, the Presidency yesterday constituted a closet panel to review the report and submit a final recommendation.

They duo alleged that the federal government had therefore commenced the execution of a plot to implicate them and other People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Senators in last Tuesday’s invasion of the National Assembly.

The mandate of this closet panel, the two legislators stated, is to turn facts on the head and blame the invasion of the National Assembly on the two leaders of the red chamber of the National Assembly, who will now be presented as having worked in tandem with the sacked Director General of the DSS, Mallam Lawal Daura, to stage the parliamentary security breach.

“We have been reliably informed that instead of the Presidency to set up a public inquiry or judicial commission to probe last Tuesday’s early morning invasion of the National Assembly as being demanded by the general public, they have commenced a process of manipulation and fabrication.

According to the duo, “The Presidency has set up a closet panel, which would work to a predetermined conclusion in which they will now claim that the Senate President and the Deputy Senate President worked in collusion with ex-DG of DSS, Lawal Daura to stage the invasion.

“They want to shield the fact that the previous night before the invasion and up till the early hours of Tuesday, there was a meeting of the APC senators and that the plan was for them to be moved in a Coaster bus into the National Assembly complex later that morning for them to purportedly remove us and select a new Senate President and Deputy Senate President.

“Their plot only failed because the media, particularly social media, Nigerians and international community responded very swiftly as some legislators, who came into the complex were refused entry by gun-wielding, hooded security operatives.

“Now, they want to turn the facts on its head and blame us for their botched plot against democracy. We are hereby alerting all Nigerians and members of the international community that the present Nigerian government will stop at nothing to destroy, suppress and incapacitate the opposition. This is their new tactic and plot as we approach the period of the 2019 polls.

“We hereby reiterate our earlier position that the coup against democracy as represented by last week’s invasion must be probed through an independent judicial commission of inquiry, which will produce a comprehensive report. We reject any manipulated and fabricated investigation”, Saraki and Ekweremadu stated.

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Stop Meddling in Politics, NBA Tells Security Agencies, Military
Sat, 11 Aug 2018

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), yesterday warned the military and other security agencies against meddling into Nigerian politics, particularly in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

President of the NBA, Abubakar Mahmoud SAN, who gave the warning at the launch of the NBA endowment fund in support of Access to Justice Interventions in the North East Region, said involvement of security agencies in the democratic process would be against the overall interest of Nigerians.

Mahmoud said: “I will like to caution that it is unpatriotic to seek to enlist military or security agencies in the ongoing political skirmishes.

“I also want to appeal to our security agencies and our Armed Forces to maintain their professionalism and abide by their constitutional duties and responsibilities”.

He expressed concern that Nigeria is facing major challenges of law and order and communal conflicts, noting that only few states are spared from the spiraling violence of insurgency.

The NBA President remarked that as the country approaches the election cycle, the challenges are likely to increase as recent events have clearly demonstrated.

Mahmoud reiterated that the Nigerian Bar Association is a professional non-partisan organisation, and therefore “will remain neutral between political actors”.

He added: “We remain firm on the side of the constitution and the rule of law. We will continue to demand that constitutional boundaries must be respected and maintained by all governments and all persons in authority.”

He assured that NBA is determined to continue to play its modest role in the various challenges facing the country.

The fund among other objectives will be utilized by the NBA to provide long term access to justice assistance in the north east region of Nigeria specifically granting financial assistance (scholarships and petty trade loans) to the surviving relatives of verified legal practitioners who have been affected by the insurgency in the Northeast.

Mahmoud posited that a spin off to interventions in the conflict areas was the realisation that promoting reconciliation and reestablishing the justice system in those communities will require a policy and legal framework for transitional justice in Nigeria.

The NBA according to Mahmoud is currently working with other civil society groups and other stakeholders in this area drawing from experiences of other countries in Africa.

In support of the fund, the chief launcher, Barrister Wale Babalakin SAN, donated N10 million, while chairman of the occasion, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state gave N10 million.

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Armed Men Attack Butchers, Kill Police Escort, Others in Edo
Sat, 11 Aug 2018

Less than 24 hours after dare-devil robbers raided two banks in Igarra, the headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, armed men yesterday attacked the Owan West chapter of Practicing Butchers Association of the state.

The attack was said to have occurred while members of the association were returning from Sabongida-Ora, where they went to inaugurate a new executive of the area.

A police officer, identified as Sgt. Jubril and the Vice Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Butchers Union were killed, while some persons abducted by the hoodlums are yet to be rescued.

The dastardly act was said to have been carried out at Okhou-iguehianmwen near Obadan community in Uhunmwode Local Government Area the state.

It was gathered that the convoy of the state chairman of the association, Comrade Paul Akhere Odijie and his entourage unknowingly ran into some bandits in camouflage who were carrying out operations on the highway.

The source who narrated the ordeal, explained that the suspected criminals were over 20 in number and were armed with sophisticated weapons.

On noticing their advancement, the police escort who is now deceased had proactively shot into the air to scare the criminals but was overpowered.The police escort, attached to the Government House Benin, took to his heels alongside the vice chairman of the state butchers executives, Nath Iyamu into a nearby bush for cover.

It was further gathered that the assailants combed the forest where they reportedly hid themselves, discovered and killed them.

The criminal operations lasted for over an hour causing heavy gridlock as passengers were seen scampering for safety.

Some passengers were also robbed of valuables while some were taken to unknown destination, according to an eye witness account.

However, with swift response and concerted efforts of the Nigeria Police, Uhunmwode Division, some of the fleeing passengers were rescued by the team.

A 13-man committee that will oversee the affairs of the state butchers union was inaugurated on Wednesday by Governor Godwin Obaseki to put an end to a protracted crisis that had rocked the union.

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World Bank, Kaduna State, Rockefeller Foundation Train 900 on IT
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja ‘ The World Bank, Kaduna State Government in partnership with Rockefeller Foundation have trained 900 participants in e-lance strategies, platforms and Information Technology skills to bridge the gap of unemployment among the Nigerian youth. The three-day e-lance workshop tagged: Click on Kaduna in Partnership with Digital Naija was targeted at []The post World Bank, Kaduna State, Rockefeller Foundation Train 900 on IT appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Spate of Boat Mishap, Maritime Deaths Worry FG, Says NIMASA Chairman
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja ‘ The Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Maj-Gen India Garba (rtd), has expressed concern over the current spate of boat mishaps with attendant loss of lives and property across the country. Garba said in a statement yesterday that the ugly incidence tended []The post Spate of Boat Mishap, Maritime Deaths Worry FG, Says NIMASA Chairman appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Kaduna Deputy Speaker, Another Lawmaker Dump APC
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
By John Shiklam in Kaduna ‘ The Deputy Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, John Audu Kwaturu, representing Kachia and Junaidu Yakubu representing Kudan, have defected from All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Yakubu announced his defection in a letter dated August 7, 2018 and addressed to the APC []The post Kaduna Deputy Speaker, Another Lawmaker Dump APC appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Close Ranks Ahead of Osun Guber Election, S’West APC Urges Members
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
By Ademola Babalola in Ibadan The South-west Zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has advised its members to close ranks, give room for internal reconciliation mechanisms and work jointly for the success of its gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming Osun State gubernatorial election. A well-attended zonal caucus meeting, chaired by the National Vice Chairman []The post Close Ranks Ahead of Osun Guber Election, SWest APC Urges Members appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Violators of Executive Order 5 to be Prosecuted
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The federal government has warned Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), that the violators of the Presidential Executive Order No.5 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in February 2018, would be prosecuted by the anti-graft agencies in accordance with extant laws. It also said that a presidential monitoring and evaluation council would []The post Violators of Executive Order 5 to be Prosecuted appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Inlaks Reiterates Commitment to CBN’s Financial Inclusion
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
Inlaks, the leading system integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa, has reiterated the company’s commitment to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s financial inclusion vision 2020 strategy. The reason for Inlaks’ commitment to the vision according to Mr. Femi Adeoti, Inlaks’ Managing Director is because of the belief in the impact that the project will make on the []The post Inlaks Reiterates Commitment to CBN’s Financial Inclusion appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Lessons from Walking with Gov Abubakarfor One Year
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
SATURDAY POLITY By Ali M Ali Time flies fast. It is incredible how it flutters. It has been a year since I started walking with Governor M.A Abubakar of Bauchi State. August 1st precisely marked a year since I left my comfort zone in the newsroom where I was lord of the manor. Where I []The post Lessons from Walking with Gov Abubakarfor One Year appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Bodo-Bonny Road: Jumbo Major House Kicks Against Shut-Out
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
By Benneth Oghifo There is anxiety over execution of the Bodo-Bonny project as Jumbo Major House of Bonny are protesting alleged shut-out by Messrs Julius Berger Construction Company, the contractor handling the project and the Bonny Chiefs Council. The Jumbo Major House accused Julius Berger and Bonny Chiefs Council of shutting the House out in []The post Bodo-Bonny Road: Jumbo Major House Kicks Against Shut-Out appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ray Ekpu and the Leadership Question
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
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