Thursday, 20 November 2014

Bizarre! 7 PDP Ekit Lawmakers Impeach Speaker

Seven PDP members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have purportedly impeached the Speaker, Adewale Omirin.

The lawmakers who sat amid tight security elected Dele Odugbemi as the new Speaker and Aduni Olayinka as deputy.

However, Adewale Omirin told newsmen in Lagos that he remains the Speaker.

He said seven members cannot remove him as Speaker of the Assembly that has twenty six members, adding that seven cannot be greater than nineteen.

Reps Threatens To Impeach President Jonathan; Rejects State Of Emergency Extension

Some members of the House of Representatives were seen today signing a document they called an impeachment notice against President Jonathan.

The aggrieved Lawmakers said it was an impeachment offence for the President to allegedly direct security agencies to lock out the Speaker from the National Assembly.
The House of Representatives has rejected President Jonathan’S request for emergency rule extension in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states.

The House Speaker, Zakari Mohammed said the President has been advised to rely on some sections of the constitution to deploy troops in the states ravaged by Boko Haram activities.

David Mark Shut National Assembly

The Senate President, David Mark, has shut the National Assembly till Tuesday following the pandemonium that followed attempt by security operatives to prevent the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal from gaining access to the House of Representatives complex.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba has also been summoned to explain the action of the police.

David Mark described the invasion of the National Assembly as unfortunate.

Chaos In House Of Representatives As Security Agents Prevent Speaker Aminu Tambuwal From Entering The Premises

There was pandemonium earlier today at the National Assembly as the Police and the State Security Service stopped the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal from accessing the complex.

Armed policemen who were led by the FCT Commissioner of Police took over the premises of the National Assembly to prevent the House from reconvening with Tambuwal presiding.

They attempted to arrest the Speaker but were prevented from doing so by other lawmakers and his aides.

The police resorted to throwing teargas into the lobby of the National Assembly an act described by the aggrieved lawmakers as barbaric.

Some lawmakers decided to scale the fence to gain entry into the National Assembly complex.

The House of Representatives was to reconvene today for a special session to discuss President Jonathan’s request for another extension of the state of emergency in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

INEC Extends Continuous Voter Registration By 2 Days

The Independent National Electoral Commission has extended by two days the Continuous Voter Registration in all states under the third phase of the exercise except Adamawa.

This means that the exercise will now end on Wednesday in Lagos, Kano, Edo, Ogun, Plateau and Imo states.

The Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega said he approved the extension to make up for the initial challenges in the exercise and enable many eligible voters to register.

He advised the people against engaging in multiple registration which is a criminal offence.

Civilian JTF & Hunters Drives Out Boko Haram Militants From Chibok Town

Chibok town in Borno state has been recaptured from Boko Haram militants.

They were driven away in a joint operation between the military, civilian JTF and local vigilantes.

Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, General Olajide Olaleye said mopping up operation is ongoing in the town where over two hundred schoolgirls were abducted in May by the insurgents.

Boko Haram took over the town on Thursday.

 Many residents say the insurgents still have a presence in the surrounding villages and so the area is not safe.

Borno State Government Engages Civilian JTF To Provide Security In Public Schools

The Borno state government has said it would enlist the services of local vigilantes called the Civilian JTF to provide security in public schools.

The public schools are expected to re-open today after being shut in March due to security challenges.

Chairman of the committee on resuscitation of primary school education in the state, Mohammed Dongel said the vigilantes had already been contacted to provide surveillance in all schools.

He also said perimeter fencing had also been provided in public schools to prevent security breach.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Expose And Prosecute Boko Haram Sponsors Now - APC Challenges President Jonathan

The All Progressives Congress, APC has challenged the Federal Government to expose and prosecute sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgents.

National chairman of the party, John Oyegun threw the challenge while responding to a pronouncement by the Akwa Ibom State governor Godswill Akpabio that the PDP would not hand over power to sponsors of Boko Haram.

The APC National Chairman told newsmen that since the PDP claimed that they knew who the sponsors of the sect were; they should be bold enough to tackle them by arraigning them before the law court

He queried why troops were withdrawn from Mubi before the capture and asked the Federal Government to wipe out the insurgents urgently.

IG Orders Arms Mop-Up Ahead Of 2015 General Elections

The Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba has in the meantime ordered all state commands to mop up all illegal arms in circulation and re-strategise to check thuggery and related violence ahead of the twenty fifteen general elections.

The police boss disclosed this when he met with senior police officers in Abuja yesterday.

Suleiman Abba also expressed concern that three months after the attacks on police training camp at Gwoza in Borno State by the insurgents, over twenty police officers declared missing are yet to return.

Speaker Tambuwal Joins APC Presidential Race

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal has picked the notice of intent and nomination forms to run for the office of the President of Nigeria on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

Special Adviser on Media to the Speaker, Imam Imam who confirmed the development said some members of the House of Representatives purchased the form for the Speaker.

Aminu Tambuwal recently defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to the APC a move many believed was to run for the governorship seat of his home state, Sokoto.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Blame Jonathan For The Annexation Of Nigerian Territories By Boko Haram - Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu has blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for the taking over of some parts of the North eastern states of Nigeria by insurgents.

The former governor of Lagos State told APC supporters at a rally organised to mark the sixth anniversary of the inauguration of Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole in Benin City that no leader would allow any part of his territory to be taken over by terrorists.

He said the country’s military is ill-equipped to deal with the problem of insurgency in Nigeria.

Declare War On Boko Haram - Senate Urge President Jonathan

The Senate has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to deploy Nigeria war resources to combat Boko Haram in the North East of the country.

The President of the Senate, David Mark led other senators to condemn the recent killing of innocent school children in Yobe State.

David Mark said the call for full war on members of Boko Haram become necessary in view of their inhuman acts on daily basis. 

Female Bomber Blew Up Self In A Failed Suicide Attack On Federal College Of Education, Kontagora In Niger State.

A suspected female suicide bomber has killed herself in a failed attempt on students of Federal College of Education, Kontagora in Niger State.

A student of the college told the News Agency of Nigeria that the female suicide bomber was instantly killed while another student sustained injury.

But another report said two suicide bombers and two students were blown up by the bomb explosions.

Spokesman of the state Police Command, Ibrahim Gambari, confirmed the incident but said they were yet to get full details of the incident. 

Thursday, 6 November 2014

APC Want To Get Power Through The Back Door - Presidency

The Presidency has accused the APC of trying to get power through the back door.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doctor Doyin Okupe made the allegation while reacting to the call by some APC leaders on President Jonathan to resign.

He described the call as an assault on the sensitivity of Nigerians, adding that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to contain the Boko Haram insurgency.

Resign Now! Tinubu & Tambuwal Tells President Jonathan

APC leader, Bola Tinubu and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to resign for insecurity in the country and alleged misgovernance.

They asked the electorate to vote him out of office in twenty fifteen if he refuses to step down.

The Speaker who spoke in Ilorin at the declaration of Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for a second term, said Nigerians are currently going through untold hardship.

Bola Tinubu told the mammoth crowd that the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces should take the blame for the loss of some territories to Boko Haram.

Boko Haram Now Controls Five Local Government Area In Adamawa - Governor

The Governor of Adamawa state, Bala Ngilari says Boko Haram has captured another local government today in the state.

He said the insurgents now control over five local governments.

Governor Nbilari who spoke with newsmen on the sidelines of a power sector event in Abuja said the activities of Boko Haram are overwhelming the state government.

He called for the deployment of more troops to secure the state.

You Can't Hold APC To Ransom-Lai Muhammed Tells Olusegun Osoba & Others Who Defected To SDP

The All Progressives Congress has expressed shock over the defection of former Ogun State Governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba and others in Ogun state to the Social Democratic Party.

The party however said the defection would not affect the overall chances of the APC in the state.

The party’s spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement expressed the hope that the defecting members will reconsider their decision and beat a quick retreat.

According to him, every party member is important to its overall success, but none is more important than the party, adding that no member can hold the APC to ransom.

Alhaji admitted that the defection would create some challenges for the APC, but they would go back to the drawing board to restrategise to retain Ogun state in twenty fifteen.

INEC Postpones Collection Of Permanent Voters Cards In 9 Local Government Areas In Lagos.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed the collection of Permanent Voters Cards in nine Local Government Areas of Lagos state till November thirty.

The affected councils include Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Eti-Osa, Oshodi-Ishola, Somolu, Surulele and Epe.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos, Adekunle Ogunmola who announced this in Yaba said the exercise will still go ahead tomorrow in the other eleven local governments.

He blamed the postponement in the affected council areas on non-availability of the cards but assured that all registered voters in the state will collect their cards at the end of the exercise.

In his reaction, the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Henry Ajomale demanded the postponement of the entire exercise in the state.

But the state chairman of the Labour Party, Abdulhakeem Olaope disagreed with the APC and called for adequate security during the exercise.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Nigerian Police Arrest Suspected Fugitive From Britain.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba has commended Police Intelligence Operatives for the arrest of a wanted murder suspect in the United Kingdom, Jeffery Okafor

Twenty three year-old Jeffery Okafor fled to Nigeria after the alleged murder of Carl Beatson Asiedu on  August one, two thousand and nine in London.

A Statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu said the suspect was arrested on September twenty three in Asaba, Delta State, after a diligent search.

The IGP in the statement lauded the Professionalism displayed by the Police operatives as well as the effective deployment of the Forces’ high tech-equipment in tracking the suspect. 

The IGP stated that all necessary procedures required to handover the fugitive to the UK Authorities have already been concluded and assured the International community that the Nigeria Police Force will always apprehend all fugitives that show up in Nigeria upon request.

Boko Haram Now Control 8 Local Governments In Borno State - Governor Shettima

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima says Boko Haram has taken over eight out of the twenty seven local government areas of the state. 

The governor who stated this while receiving members of the Victim Support Fund in Maiduguri said the continued attacks on communities had created hardship for the people.

He listed the local governments under the control of the insurgents to include Gamboru-Ngala, Kala-Balge, Marte, Dikwa, Gwoza, Bama, Akira-Uba and part of Konduga.

The Governor however expressed optimism that the insurgency would soon come to an end.

PDP Senators Threatens To Defect To APC Over Party's Congresses

Aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, Senators have vowed to cripple the activities of the National Assembly over disputes arising from ward Congresses of the party held last weekend.

Some of them threatened to defect to the APC.

The Senators vowed not to sit until the party addresses all the issues raised.

They accused the state governors of denying them tickets to return to the Senate. 

Fear Of Boko Haram: Gombe State Governments Orders Closure Of Schools

The Gombe State Government has ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state, a day after attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on two towns in the state.

Reports say parents who took their children to school today were told to take them back as the schools had been closed on the orders of the government.

Some parents commended the state government for the action, saying it was a necessary action to safeguard the students.