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IG Submits Interim Report on Daura to Acting President
Fri, 10 Aug 2018

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has submitted to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, an interim report on former Director-General of State Security Service (SSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, who was dismissed on Tuesday over the siege to the National Assembly by hooded operatives from the secret service.

The interim report, a copy of which THISDAY sighted, made its way to the acting president, just as unconfirmed news had it that Daura might have been released but his passport seized as further investigations were still being conducted by the police.

More troubles, however, seem to be in the offing for the former secret service chief, as his predecessor, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, was arrested thursday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to through more light on his stewardship as well as clarify the finances of the service he handed over to Daura.

Daura was dismissed on Tuesday by Osinbajo, who directed a thorough investigation into the incidence the acting president said was an unacceptable assault on the rule of law.

In a memo dated August 8, 2018 with reference number: CR:3000/IGP-SEC/ABJ/VOL 131/782, addressed to the acting president, the police boss apprehended Daura as the mastermind of the siege to the National Assembly, suggesting that he might have acted the script of ‘’some highly placed politicians to achieve selfish political goals, hence his unilateral and unlawful decision to invade the National Assembly.’’

The IG confirmed in his memo that Daura was still undergoing further interrogation at the police facility and was currently placed on house arrest at a private property in Abuja, while awaiting further directive from the acting president.

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Northern Groups Take Protest to Kano Govt House, Insist on Removal of Saraki as Senate President
Fri, 10 Aug 2018

Hundreds of protesters thursday blocked the entrance of the Kano State Government House, demanding the immediate resignation of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

The protesters under the aegis of Northerners Arewa Solidarity Front (NASF), accused Saraki of ridiculing President Muhammad Buhari and Nigeria’s international image with budget padding and non-clearance of some federal government political appointees.

Addressing the crowds, the leader of the group, Bashir Abdullahi, appealed to national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take appropriate democratic steps to substitute the Senate president with “a competent person.”

The chairman also said: “We call on the national leadership of the APC to pursue the immediate removal of the incompetent Senator Saraki, who emerged Senate president through a fraudulent exercise. We urged the national chairman to prevail on our distinguished senators to save the image and restore the glory of the Senate by replacing Saraki, who has so far built bad image of a leader.

“We make bold to say it is unacceptable to allow the incumbent Senate president to continue to ridicule the president and the country’s international image with avoidable controversies over budgets and clearance of federal government political appointees.”

In a similar development in Kaduna, the Arewa Solidarity Group (ASG) thursday staged a peaceful protest in the city, insisting on the removal of Saraki as Senate president.

In a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, which was later delivered at the Kaduna State secretariat of the party for onward delivery to Oshiomhole, the group urged the party to pursue his immediate removal as head of the Senate.

The letter which was signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the group, Haruna Maikano and Bitrus Magaji respectively, appealed to the leadership of the APC to ensure that Saraki who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) does not retain his position.

“We resolved to formally write to you and intimate you on the position of the mass majority of northerners regarding the conduct and performance of Saraki.

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45 Political Parties Pay Solidarity Visit to Saraki
Fri, 10 Aug 2018

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Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, thursday received a morale boosting visit from 45 political parties, who went to his Three Arms Zone, Abuja office to show solidarity to him and his colleagues over Tuesday’s siege to the National Assembly Complex by the operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS).

Speaking on behalf of the 45 parties, the Chairman of National Unity Party, Chief Perry Okpara, who condemned the siege, also claimed that the parties had it on good authority that the accounts of both the Senate and Saraki would be frozen anytime from now.

And apparently unhappy with the goodwill that the siege had brought Saraki and the federal legislature, the All Progressives Congress (APC) lashed out at the Senate president, saying he was unfit to occupy his office and insisted that he must step down.

But Saraki, through his spokesperson, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he would not dignify the party with a response.
The coalition of parties, however, told the Senate president to soldier on, and assured him that they were behind him in his fight to defend democracy in the country.

Okpara said, “We have information that the next line of action is to freeze the bank accounts of the Senate and Senate President.”

He also hinted of plans by the authorities to disrupt legislative activities at the National Assembly through illegal removal of the presiding officers.

According to him, “We wish to state that we the Chairmen and leaders of political parties will not support or stand by to watch any unconstitutional impeachment of the leadership of the National Assembly.”

Okpara described as unfortunate and uncalled for Tuesday’s invasion of the National Assembly premises by security operatives.

“We unequivocally condemn the use of agencies of state: Nigeria Police, DSS, EFCC to clamp down on the opposition and stifle democracy as demonstrated in the siege to the residences of the principal officers of the National Assembly, the siege on the National Assembly and the siege to the Benue State House of Assembly,” he said
Responding, Saraki reiterated the resolve and commitment of the 8th Senate and the National Assembly to continue to protect and defend the nation’s fledgling democracy.

He told the party leaders that as direct representatives of the people, lawmakers would continue to play their role to ensure that the rule of law was followed and human rights were respected in the country.

Saraki said, “Thank you for the solidarity message and we truly appreciate it as it encourages us to further do what we are doing to defend democracy in our great country.

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Okowa Commiserates with Bayelsa Governor over Mother’s Death
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has commiserated with his Bayelsa State counterpart, Seriake Dickson, over the death of his mother, Mrs. GoldCoast Dickson. In a condolence message to Dickson, Okowa described Mrs. Dickson’s death as ‘a great loss not only to Bayelsa State but Nigeria in general, given her invaluable []The post Okowa Commiserates with Bayelsa Governor over Mother’s Death appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ras Kimono’s Burial: Family Hopeful of Delta, Lagos Govt Participation
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba The family of the late Nigerian Reggae artiste, Ras Kimono, has expressed optimism that the governments of Delta and Lagos State would participate fully in his final burial rites. Kimono, who passed away in June this year, will be buried on August 25, 2018, at his home town, Onicha-Olona in Aniocha []The post Ras Kimono’s Burial: Family Hopeful of Delta, Lagos Govt Participation appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FMBN Begins Implementation of Revised Conditions for Accessing Housing Loans
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja In continuation of a renewed management drive to break down longstanding financial barriers to home ownership by Nigerian workers, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has commenced the implementation of the newly-approved conditions for accessing loans from the National Housing Fund (NHF). This includes zero equity contribution for the provision []The post FMBN Begins Implementation of Revised Conditions for Accessing Housing Loans appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Binji Appointed CCNN MD
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
The Board of Directors of Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), one of Nigeria’s largest cement producers, has announced the appointment of Engr. Yusuf Binji as its new Managing Director. The appointment is expected to take effect from September 1, 2018. A statement Thursday disclosed that prior to the appointment, Binji was the Managing Director []The post Binji Appointed CCNN MD appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Lawmakers Pledge Speedy Passage of NDIC Amendment Bill
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Nume Ekeghe The House of Representatives has pledged to pass the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Amendment (repeal and re-enactment bill) of the 2006 Act which is aimed at strengthening the operations of the corporation. The amendment law which is also expected to protect depositors is at the final stage, the lawmakers revealed. The Chairman, []The post Lawmakers Pledge Speedy Passage of NDIC Amendment Bill appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Collaborate More for Benefits of Investors, SEC Boss Urged Securities Exchanges
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Goddy Egene and Nosa Alekhuogie The Acting Director- General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms. Mary Uduk has urged securities exchanges in Nigeria to collaborate more so as to provide efficient and cost-effective services for the benefits of investors. Uduk, made the call at the official launch of the Association of Securities Exchange of Nigeria (ASEN) []The post Collaborate More for Benefits of Investors, SEC Boss Urged Securities Exchanges appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FG’s Revenue Dwindles as Customs Abandon N20bn Worth of Cars
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Eromosele Abiodun As against the earlier promise by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col Hameed Ali on assumption of duty as head of the service to increase federal governments revenue by auctioning seized and abandoned cars, vehicles worth over N20 billion are currently rotting away at various ports and warehouses of []The post FG’s Revenue Dwindles as Customs Abandon N20bn Worth of Cars appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Why FG May Not Be Willing to Complete New Airport Terminals
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
Chinedu Eze The federal government may not be willing to provide about N30 billion needed to complete the new airports terminals in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano airports, THISDAY has learnt. While most of the projects are over 80 per cent completed, the terminals at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and that []The post Why FG May Not Be Willing to Complete New Airport Terminals appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Hiccups in Aviation Fuel Supply
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
One of the many concerns in Nigerian airlines is the disruption and unreliable supply of aviation fuel, which most often hamper airline operations. Many of the flight cancelations on domestic operations are due to delay in fuel supply. Besides the high cost of the product, which increases at the airports located up north, the supply []The post Hiccups in Aviation Fuel Supply appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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