Thursday, 16 August 2018

Ubah Felicitates with his Media aide, Amb Adichie Izuchukwu on his birthday

Ubah Felicitates with his Media aide, Amb Adichie Izuchukwu on his birthday

The Anambra South Senatorial aspirant and CEO of Capital Oil and Gas Ltd, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, today, praised his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Izuchukwu Adichie as he celebrates his birthday.

In his birthday message, Ubah extolled the media strategist for his perseverance, doggedness and loyalty in which he carries out his duties.

Read his birthday message below:

“Loyalty and hardwork are two values I hold dear and in you, Adichie i have found a great dose  of those tenets. You have been staunch in your commitment and unwavering in your allegiance.

“A major turning point was when you went on a tour of the cathedral in St. Petersburg to understudy some technical aspects of what we intend to implement in ours; an action which oozed a lotnof dedication to our cause.

“On this special day, I wish to thank you for the time, sincere advices as well as the efforts you have put in till date.

“As you walk gallantly into yet another promising phase of your life, it is my earnest prayers that almighty God continues to imbue you with wisdom, good health and sound mind required to leave a lasting impression in your generation."
Economic Recovery of Ndị-Igbo remains my mission in the Nigeria's Senate – Ifeanyi Ubah

Economic Recovery of Ndị-Igbo remains my mission in the Nigeria's Senate – Ifeanyi Ubah

The Founder and chief Promoter of Afa Igbo Efuna Movement, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has said that effective and people-oriented representation that will carry the people along and solve the problems of Anambra South Senatorial zone will be his priority if elected.

The Anambra South Senator hopeful, Dr. Ubah made these known while addressing the press. According to him, "we have Ihiala Local Lovernment Area in Anambra South with rich mineral resources that must be tapped for development, we have Nnewi South Local Government Area with lots of solid mineral and green vegetation. Ekwusigo and Nnewi North share the commercial hub of auto spare parts in the country and have small medium and large scale industries and the problem is lack of stable power supply.

"No business or commercial venture can succeed without power and as a matter of necessity, I will present the urgent need to have a dry port in Nnewi on the floor of the Senate in order to move the ultra modern Nnewi Main Market to the next level. When you visit Orumba North, Orumba South and Aguata local government areas you will see palm plantations and oil palm produce that can be accessed and assembled for export.

Dr. Ubah, who is also the Chairman of Anambra State FA went further to maintain that the problem in Nigeria is that of monolithic economy hinged on petroleum alone, "It was palm oil that the late Michael Ọkpara used in developing the old Eastern region during the First Republic and today, where are those oil palm plantations? We can form irrigation cutting across the Uranshi River in Ihiala and link other tributaries in Orumba North and South council areas, as well as Aguata.

The President Africa Football Revolution Initiative further said that the problems facing his Senatorial District were catalysed by the fact that previous and present representations did not look inward inside the Senatorial District to understand what the people need, which would have impacted positively on the man in Amaesi, Osumuoghu, Owerezukala, Ihembosi or Okija.

"I will take part in making laws that will benefit our people, sponsor bills and motions for the betterment of the country and Anambra South in particular. It is my vision that after four years of my representation in the Senate, Anambra South will be better off in terms of infrastructural development, youth empowerment, educational foundation and above all, socio-economic growth of my people," Dr. Ubah concluded.

Source: The Sun

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

BREAKING: Victor Moses retires from International football

BREAKING: Victor Moses retires from International football

Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses has officially retired from playing all international football events.

The 27-year-old joined the national team in 2012 after switching allegiance from England to Nigeria.

In a statement released through his official social media handles, the Chelsea star said he took the decision to focus on his club career and family

The skillful midfielder thanked those who have supported him in his career and was grateful to Nigerians for believing in him over the years.

He played 37 matches and scored 12 goals for Nigeria.

The statement reads: “I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football. I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime. Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.

“However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagle stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish. We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time.

“There are so many highlights that stand out for me over the years; from making my debut, to playing in two World Cups and being a part of the team to win the African Nations Cup for first time for our nation since 1994 being just a few of them.

“I have already spoken to the manager by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF and all of my teammates for all of their support over the years. Most importantly I would like to say thank you to the Nigerian people for believing in me and supporting me over the years. It’s meant the world to me and my family and I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team. Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future.”
Highlights of the Senate Committee Meeting with the INEC Chairman

Highlights of the Senate Committee Meeting with the INEC Chairman

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on INEC Chaired by Senator Suleiman Nazif held a meeting with the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and other INEC Commissioners.

Senators present were Senators: Atai Aidoko, James Manager, Mohammed Hassan, Sabi Abdullahi, Ovie Omo Agege, Olusola Adeyeye, Abdullahi Gumel, Gilbert Nnaji, Isah Misau and Senator Suleiman Nazif (Chairman Senate Committee on INEC).

“This budget defense will assure Nigerians that this Senate is committed to the Nigerian people.”- Senator Suleiman Nazif.

“This budget defense will put to an end all the political brouhaha... we will ensure that INEC receives all the necessary funding that it needs for the 2019 elections.”- Senator Suleiman Nazif.

“Distinguished Senators only received the budget details from INEC last night/this morning from INEC.”- Senator Suleiman Nazif.

“I thank members of this Committee for suspending your recess to attend to this very important national issue.”- INEC Chairman.

“Mr. Chairman, this is the first time that the budget of the National Assembly is presented in this manner.”- INEC Chairman.

“For the first time, this budget is subjected to scrutiny by the National Assembly and the Nigerian people. I am happy to be a part of this process.”- INEC Chairman.

“As at Saturday, we have registered 12.1 new voters. Adding this to the 70million voter register, we have over 80million registered voters...The general elections are just around the corner.”- INEC Chairman.

“Mr. Chairman, I wish to draw the attention of this Committee to the fact that there is a difference of N69billion in the budgets of 2015 and 2019.”- INEC Chairman.

“In 2015, we had 70million registered voters. As of last week Saturday, we now have over 80million registered voters.”- INEC Chairman.

“All major activities are pegged against the total number of voters. In 2015, we had only 42 political parties. We now have 91 registered political parties eligible to take part in the 2019 general elections.”- INEC Chairman.

“We are hoping that all the political parties will have seamless congresses and primaries. Another issue that we have accounted for, is the processing costs of nominations.”- INEC Chairman.

“The cost of logistics is also different in 2019 as opposed to 2015, because the pump price of petrol in 2015, is different from that of 2019. This will also have an impact.”- INEC Chairman.

“With the increase of voters, we will have to increase the number of voting points. And with the increase of voting points, we will also have an increase in Ad-Hoc Staff.”- INEC Chairman.

“We have provided a line-by-line explanation and account of this budget to the Distinguished Senators.”- INEC Chairman.

“Thank you very much Distinguished Senators, and we will be very happy to interact with the Committee.”- INEC Chairman.

“Thank you Mr. Chairman for your clear explanation about the details of the 2019 General Election budget.”- Senator Suleiman Nazif.

“I will now give an opportunity for all members of the Senate Committee to ask questions.”- Senator Suleiman Nazif.

“Continuous voter registration is of great importance to Nigerians. Without which you cannot excercise your right to vote. Mr. Chairman, in the 2018 budget, we made provision for this process and I believe that this funds are supposed to run till the end of the year.”- Senator Suleiman Nazif.

“Mr. Chairman, in item 39, you have budget N5bn+ for this continuous voter registration. Mr. Chairman, if you were provided with funds in the 2018 budget, why is this provision repeated?”- Senator Suleiman Nazif.

“The electoral act demands that we continue voter registration. Based on the budgetary provision in 2017, we could only do PVC registration at the LGA level.”- INEC Chairman.

“By the end of the Second Quarter of 2017, we had over 1400 registration centers across the country.”- INEC Chairman.

“The funds we had were not adequate. This is why in 2018, we approached the National Assembly for additional funding.”- INEC Chairman.

“The Electoral Act Amendment has been going back and forth between the National Assembly and the President. What would happen to the provisions of the Act that have been budgeted for if it is not signed by the President?”- Senator James Manager.

“Your contingency budget provisions have been cut down. I am surprised that you have decided to cut this down to only 2.5% of the budget. What informed this thinking?”- Senator James Manager.

“If the Electoral Act is not signed into law, we will continue to operate within the ambits of the law as it exists.”- INEC Chairman.

“Even if the Electoral Act is not signed into law, we need to continue to improve our electoral process to promote transparency.”- INEC Chairman.

“Why is our contingency low? If it had been 10%, it would have been considered too high. Now it is 2.5%, it is too low. However, there are some contingencies that we need to expect.”- INEC Chairman.

“There is a conflict of request here: from the letter presented by Mr. President and the budget presented by INEC. You are asking for N189billion, meanwhile Mr. President is asking for N140billion.”- Senator Mohammed Hassan.

“The President is saying that the additional N45billion will be requested for in the 2019 budget. You are asking for N189billion. Which of these requests should we focus on?”- Senator Mohammed Hassan.

“There is no conflict in the letters. If you add up the requests by the President and INEC, they add up. The sequence of disbursement is up for the legislature and the executive to decide.”- INEC Chairman.

Signed:
New Media Department,
Office of the President of the Senate,
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Anambra Speaker hails Governor Obiano at 63rd birthday

Anambra Speaker hails Governor Obiano at 63rd birthday

The Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu has joined thousands of others in praising the Governor of the State, Chief Willie Obiano as he celebrates his 63rd birthday.

In a statement released through his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Mmadu, the Speaker hailed the Governor for his doggedness and perseverance towards ensuring that Anambra State remains number one in the country.

The statement reads: "May I use this opportunity on behalf of the state House of Assembly to heartily congratulate His Excellency, Chief Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano (Akpokuodike Global) on his 63rd birthday.

"The People's governor has remained resolute  and committed to the overall development of the State as well as wellbeing of the people. He has repositioned the State to the extent that Ndi Anambra take first position in their various endeavours. Under Governor Obiano, the entire peace and pride of the State has been restored through his purposeful administration.

"Governor Obiano's accomplishments in the State cut across all sectors of the state's economy. Civil servants in the State are the prime beneficiaries of the good governance of Governor Obiano as they consistently and promptly receive their monthly salaries in addition to other democracy dividends in the State. His N20 million community chose your project is talk of the nation. Above all, he's a purposeful administrator.

"So, as the alert Governor, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano marks his 63rd birthday, once more, on behalf of the state legislature, I wish him long life and more eventful years."

Friday, 10 August 2018

Anambra Assembly Speaker, Barrister Maduagwu Extols Legislative Institutions in the Country.

Anambra Assembly Speaker, Barrister Maduagwu Extols Legislative Institutions in the Country.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Barrister Rita Maduagwu says Nigeria’s Legislative institutions have remained resolute in shaping the country’s democracy and promoting good governance across the country.

Speaking to newsmen in Lagos shortly after the 2018 Quarter Conference of state legislatures in Nigeria, Barrister Maduagwu noted that the legislature has through the process of law making facilitated enormous development in various parts of the country and enhanced the collective wellbeing of the masses.

The speaker whose position as the South-East Chairman of the conference of speakers in Nigeria was reconfirmed during the conference, expressed satisfaction that the Houses of Assembly in the South-East Zone have continued to work harmoniously in advocating the needs of the zone especially on rehabilitation of federal roads and other infrastructural projects in the area, federal appointments to Ndigbo and internal security of the zone.

She said that the conference among other resolutions called on the federal government to direct relevant government agencies to ensure prompt implementation of the new constitutional provision granting financial autonomy to state legislatures.
Shooting in Ukpor: Anambra Speaker calls on Commissioner of Police to fish out the perpetrators

Shooting in Ukpor: Anambra Speaker calls on Commissioner of Police to fish out the perpetrators

Following an alleged shooting of a welder, Mr. Okechukwu Ifechigha, a native of Ukpor, in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State by a police officer, the honourable Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. (Mrs.) Rita Madaugwu, has beckoned on the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar to wade into what she described as police brutality in her home community.

In a statement signed by her Chief Press Secretary, Emma Mmadu and made available to cfrmagazine.com, the speaker said that her kinsman, Mr. Okechukwu Ifechigha, was shot in both feet in his shop at Ukpor around 8: 30pm by a police officer while arguing with him on why he should be at his workplace by 8:30pm, emphasizing that there was no curfew in Ukpor or anywhere in Anambra State.

Barr. Madaugwu said that the youths of the community had taken to the streets to protest what she described as man's inhumanity to man, saying that the welder was in his shop working and had no criminal tendency.

She urged the people of Ukpor to remain calm and law abiding, noting that the police command in the state was expected to hasten action in addressing the ugly incident.

According to the speaker, an indigene of Ukpor, Miss Igwetu Linda Nkechi, a Corps member who was serving at Abuja was shot dead by a police officer at the eve of her passing out.

"My people have been suffering in the hands of police officers ranging from humiliations to capital punishment. How can a police officer shoot someone like that? If it was in one leg, people would have said, maybe it was a mistake, but, this one, he shot him in both feet. If not that the guy jumped up the officer would have kill him instantly. He is there in the hospital lying critically ill. He can't even move his legs.


 'Let me use this opportunity to call on the state commissioner of Police, Garba Umar  to take necessary action. The officer involved should be punished severely for his reckless act to serve as deterrent to other police officers. As far as I'm concerned, it was a clear reckless action by the officer and he must be punished accordingly by the state police command,' the statement read.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed, said the case was under investigation, assuring that the command was working round the clock to ascertain the actual cause of the incident.

 He noted that the Inspector in involved had been arrested and detained, saying command would unravel the mystery behind the incident, even as he appealed to Ukpor youths not to take laws into their hands.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Former DSS DG, Ita Ekpeyong

BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Former DSS DG, Ita Ekpeyong

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Ita Ekpeyong, the former Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Ekpeyong was arrested at his Asokoro, Abuja home, on Thursday afternoon, after a thorugh search of his house by the EFCC operatives.

In November 2017, EFCC secured a court order to arrest Ekpeyong, but its officials were prevented from effecting the arrest by the DSS under the leadership of Lawal Daura.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo ordered Ekpeyong’s arrest following his sacking of Lawal, and after his meeting with Ibrahim Magu, Acting EFCC Chairman, and Matthew Seyifa, the new DSS DG.

~Premium Times
OPINION: When a Powerful Leader Becomes a Demon an Remained Alive in The Grave

OPINION: When a Powerful Leader Becomes a Demon an Remained Alive in The Grave

By Anayo M. Nwosu

The Catholic community in my town is still grateful to Rev. Fr Kettle, one of the catholic missionaries to Nnewi in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

My people can never forget how he walked the streets of Nnewi with Blessed Sacrament hosted in a Monstrance to scare away evil spirits, the very way police would do a "show of force" to tell the criminals that "there is a new sheriff in town".

But the spiritual warfare of the revered Irish priest was not enough to banish the ghost of Chief Ojenamuo (the real names withheld) or to stop him from tormenting his victims in and around Umuanuka Otolo Nnewi.

Ojenamuo was a great warrior in his prime, who enamored himself with all manner of charms he used to deal with his war and peace time enemies.

People that challenged him in meetings or in the market places never got home and remained normal. He was that bad.

People who loved their lives would forsake their lands once Ojenamuo indicated interest in the lands. It was the wise thing to do otherwise, the owner would die mysteriously.

Ojenamuo was not a native doctor but native doctors feared and would rather avoid him.

He was referred to as "ndi muo na aga ije" or a walking dead characterizing the name I have just given him.

It was a great relief when news filtered around that Ojenamuo had died. He was aged over 90 years.

"Finally!", his people exclaimed.

But their joy was cut short few days after Ojenamuo's burial.

The supposedly dead Ojenamuo would beat up men and women passing particularly along Anuka-Awka Etiti road to the Eke Ogwugwu or Afor Nnobi markets and spoil their wares.

To some, he merely slapped while he afflicted others with some deadly diseases like "otolu  okala" i.e. Paralysis, "ono n'ana ahu egbe" i.e. Stroke/Parkinson's or complete blindness.

All those he attacked saw him and could recognize Ojenamuo as their tormentor.

He even announced to his victims who his next target would be.

Many native doctors engaged by the fear stricken community to chain the spirit of the troublesome Ojenamuo would initially agree to come but would fail to appear on the D-day.

Upon enquiry, the community would learn that either that the dibia died over night, was warned by Ojenamuo not turn up or that the dibia was forced to go back home halfway.

Ojenamuo could be a ghost but his relations' desire to live energized them to keep searching for the best dibia or native doctor that could help.

Until when the solution was found, members of the community had to  fortify themselves with "egbo" or insulator they wore on their waists and those they placed on the major entrances into their compounds.

The "egbo" or insulator worked like a thunder protector that earthed a spiritual dart or simply attenuated or reduced the impact of spiritual attacks.

Egbo was made of two long poles cut from long stems of  "ogiri" or "ofor" trees.

The poles are joined at the top with long and weaved palm fronds or "igu nkwu".

At the midpoint of the final structure resembling a football goal post-like , a live "abuke" (i.e. a variant of a cock) was tied with a rope of about 12inches long.

The live cock without blemish, tied to the egbo, is left dangling until it died and became  food to the grateful vultures.

To complete the insulation, the residents lined whole length and breadth of their compounds with the "mmanu akwu ojukwu" i.e. oil from "ojukwu" species of palm tree.

It was widely believed in Igbo land that no evil spirit could pass beyond an egbo or across a line drawn with akwu ojukwu.

The demonic spirit of Ojenamuo also knew about these precautionary measures by his people and was not perturbed.

He would studiously wait for that time his targets mistakenly stepped out of the protected zones or forgot to wear their insulators. Then he would strike.

Before a delegation of elders from Umuanuka arrived, Nwokonkwo, a great native doctor that lived on the fringes of the evil forest of the Uzukpe deity, had been told  by the source of his power the reason why his august visitors came.

Nwokonkwo was instructed to accede to the request of his visitors and that he had been empowered to bind the troublesome ghost of Ojenamuo.

The great dibia also was told that chaining Ojenamuo would be his last function as a native doctor and the "ije ahu ga-ata isi ya" meaning that "that mission he would undertake, would claim his head".

Great Nnewi native doctors or dibias had always had the grace or privilege to know when they would die but the powerful ones would be further informed of the circumstances that would lead to their deaths.

Nwokonkwo was one of those powerful dibias.

There has never been a principled and ethical native doctor or dibia in Nnewi  "onwu dala n'mbelede" or who died unprepared.

Having carefully downloaded clear instructions from his eternal power base, Nwokonkwo prescribed to his visitors, what needed to be provided for the rites.

He also demanded and collected his charges in advance, which he handed over to his first son, because he knew that he wouldn't be alive to collect his fees after the rites.

Nwokonkwo arrived Umuanuka as early as appointed.

It was an Eke day.

He proceeded straight to the grave housing the supposed remains of Ojenamuo.

He stabbed his "oji" or sharp-edged staff on the ground, halfway on the grave.

He  then formed a fence around the grave with fresh palm fronds or "omu" hoisted on four sticks pinned into the ground at the four corners of the 6-foot deep grave.

By so doing, the wicked ghost of the great Ojenamuo had been pinned down in the grave.

Nwokonkwo ordered four strong young men (he had initially fortified with "nzu" or chalk and sprinkled on their heads, the blood of a cock he killed by hitting it on their chests) to commence excavating the grave.

The body of Ojenamuo buried several months ago had to be exhumed.

Nwokonkwo instructed his assistants to kill any animal that tried to escape from any openings or holes from the grave.

The strong-hearted crowd, with eye on history, was amazed as they watched a possible rare occurrence in their lifetime.

The first to emerge from the grave was a lizard, then ewi or rodent, followed by a fiery cobra. They were all killed instantly.

And the digging continued as the snipper hunter aimed and felled an owl that emerged from nowhere and perched on the nearby "ngwu" tree.

"Wait", commanded Nwokonkwo as he poured a reddish concoction onto the grave being  excavated.

The exhumed body of Chief Ojenamuo was as if it had just been buried. It didn't and had not decomposed.

Very obvious was the gaping eyes of a supposedly dead man; so wide as that of an owl.

Also striking was an "omu" or a strip of florescent palm frond found in his mouth.

That the exhumed Ojenamuo could not talk didn't detract from him, the life he had shown in tormenting the living.

The demonic corpse of Ojenamuo was set on fire and the residue was mixed with "mmanu akwu ojukwu" or palm oil and was later re-interred in a new grave.

Despite his after life misbehaviour, the ashes of Ojenamuo was re-buried with respect.

He was in his lifetime, the head of his Umunna or a clan head and a great warrior.

His spirit was finally transported to his ancestors with seven gun shots.

And his village has known peace since then.

But the courageous native doctor Nwokonkwo still had to keep a date with fate.

He was found dead, lying beside a bush path by passers-by near his Okpuno Umuenem village.

Even his own departing spirit wouldn't have protested his end which was long foretold.

It takes a great sacrifice to perform a great feat.

Interestingly, parishioners of St. Peter Clever Church, located at the confluence of three communities of Umuanuka, Umuenem and Eziogwugwu, who were seeking for spiritual validation for their new christian religion believed that their prayers solved the problem.

They attributed the quietening of the menacing spirit of Chief Ojenamuo to the cleansing actions of Rev. Fr Kettle.

The other members of the community and the strangers alike were free to believe whichever side of the story that strengthened their religious inclinations.

But the reality is that the citizens of Umuanuka Otolo Nnewi now walk around their streets without harassment by "ajo muo" or the "evil spirit" of Chief Ojenamuo.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Press Statement: Stop Punishing Nigerians, Unfreeze Benue, Akwa-Ibom Accounts Now – PDP To Buhari

Press Statement: Stop Punishing Nigerians, Unfreeze Benue, Akwa-Ibom Accounts Now – PDP To Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the unfreezing of the official accounts of Akwa-Ibom and Benue states illegally blocked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as such is a direct attack on innocent Nigerians in those states.

The PDP condemns the freezing as illegal, unconstitutional, overtly wicked and cannot be justified under any guise within the clear dictates and contemplation of our laws and practice as a nation.

The PDP rejects the action of the Federal Government and counsels the Buhari Presidency not to hide under the EFCC to unleash punishment and hardship on the people in states perceived to be averse to his 2019 re-election bid.

In illegally blocking the flow of funds to these states, the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government has ostensibly commenced a reprehensible design of using economic deprivation as a political tool to arm-twist governors and states to support President Buhari’s re-election in 2019.

The APC has been seeking ways to subjugate Nigerians, for which it has now resorted to subjecting millions of compatriots already impoverished by the misrule of the Buhari administration, to face more hardship by seizing funds legally belonging to them.

Nigerians are all aware that no section of our constitution or any law in Nigeria for that matter  confers any agency of the Federal Government with powers to interfere or put any restrictions on funds belonging or accruable to states as federating units of our nation.

Apart from its State Assembly, no other government body or institution has the powers of appropriation or restrictions on any funds belonging to the state.

The PDP therefore urges all Nigerians to stand up and resist this dangerous trend introduced by the desperate APC to subjugate Nigerians, for which Akwa-Ibom and Benue states are now being used to test the will of the people in this direction.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
Six Kano lawmakers dump APC, join PDP

Six Kano lawmakers dump APC, join PDP

Six members of the Kano State House of Assembly have defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The legislators, who are loyal to former Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso, announced their defection in a letter they sent to the House.

Mr Kwankwaso recently defected to the PDP from the APC. He intends to seek the PDP presidential ticket.

In the letter read by the Speaker, Kabiru Rurum, the six lawmakers said they defected to PDP “based on the premise that the party (APC) has failed to meet the aspirations and yearnings of the people we represent.”

The defectors include: Yusuf Babangida Sulaiman (Gwale), Rabiu Saleh (Gwarzo) , Zubairu Mahmud (Madobi), Yusuf Abdullahi Falgore (Rogo), Hamza Sule (Bichi) and Isiaku Ali Danja (Gezawa).

Their defection came barely 24 hours after the state Deputy Governor, Hafiz Abubakar resigned from his position and defected to PDP along with 10 other aides of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The state House of Assembly has 40 members.
Court restrains Police, IGP, AGF from harassing Saraki

Court restrains Police, IGP, AGF from harassing Saraki

An Abuja High Court sitting in Jabi and presided over by Justice M. A. Nasir of Vacation Court 2, a  few minutes ago issued an order restraining the Artorney General of the Federation; Inspector General of Police; and the Nigeria Police force from interrogating, harassing, inviting, arresting and detaining the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

This is pending the hearing of the substantive matter filled by 10 human rights lawyers in suit number CV/2454/18

The court Issued the order while delivering ruling in the motion number M/8280/2018 brought by 10 lawyers, led by Barrister Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere for the enforcement of the fundamental human rights of the Senate President as guaranteed by sections 34,35,36, and 41 of the Nigerian Constitution and articles 2,4,5,6,10 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and peoples right.

Credit: Daily Trust.