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The Rivers State Government has filed fresh charges against former Leader of the State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd.

 

The state government is accusing Chidi Lloyd of malicious damage of the Mace of the State Assembly and affray, which is the legal term for fighting or public disturbance

 

According to the charges filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Ministry of Justice, Ibikiri Otorobio, Chidi Lloyd is alleged to have violated sections of the State Criminal Code.

 

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The fresh matter is in connection to an incident in the State Assembly chamber on 9th of July, 2013 during which a fight broke out among some members of the legislature.

 

You will recall that Chidi Lloyd was previous accused of attempted murder over the incident of nearly five years ago, which the state government decided to discontinue last December.

 

Our correspondent Victor Ezeama reports that fifteen witnesses have been lined up to testify against Chidi Lloyd, including Michael Chinda, Martins Amaewhule, Victor Ihunwo and Kelechi Nworgu who are members of the State Assembly.

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The Senate and the House of Representatives have adjourned plenary indefinitely after making a twelve point demand from the Executive Arm of government.

 

The closed-door session was the first to be held by the two chambers of the National Assembly since the current democratic dispensation began nineteen years ago.

 

During the meeting; the federal lawmakers observed that Nigeria’s democracy was heading for imminent collapse.

 

They resolved to liaise with the ECOWAS Parliament; the United Nations, the European Union and Civil Society Organisations in a bid to save the country.

 

The National Assembly demanded that the security agencies must be given a marching order to check the spate of killings across the country and protect Nigerians

 

They also called for an end to what they called a systematic harassment, humiliation and persecution of perceived political opponents by the Executive Arm of government.

 

It is also the demand of the Federal lawmakers that the Executive must ensure strict adherence to the rule of law, and that President Muhamadu Buhari must be accountable for the actions of his appointees.

 

The National Assembly charged the Executive to show sincerity in the fight against corruption by not being selective and also prosecute government appointees with corruption cases in court.

 

The lawmakers also demanded that the sanctity of the National Assembly should be protected and preserved, and caution the Executive against interfering in the legislature.

 

They want the appropriate authorities to prosecute those who invaded the Senate and snatched its mace, which is the symbol of authority.

 

The Senators and House of Representatives members advised that democratic elections must be competitive and inclusive by removing the present reign of fear and intimidation, as the nation approaches the 2019 elections.

 

The lawmakers passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly, while maintaining their previous vote-of-no-confidence on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

 

Speaking after the joint session, Senate President Bukola Saraki warned that it will not hesitate to invoke its constitutional powers if nothing was done to address the resolutions passed at the joint closed-door session.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned a meeting with Security Chiefs at the State House in Abuja.

 

In attendance at the meeting include the Minister of Defence, Retired Brig General Mansur Dan Ali, the chief of defence staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, and the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai,

 

Others are the chief of naval staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas, The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

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For the first time since the current democratic dispensation in Nigeria began nineteen years ago, the Senate and the House of Representatives have held a joint closed door session.

 

Our correspondent James Igah reports that the federal lawmakers in the National Assembly entered into the joint closed-door session, after the two chambers arose from separate closed sessions.

 

Details of the meeting remain sketchy, but our correspondent gathered that issues concerning the fate of Nigeria appear to receiving the attention of the Senators and House of Representatives members.

 

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, dropped the hint as well as other recent developments in the polity before going into the Joint Session in his capacity as Chairman of the National Assembly.

 

The leadership of the National Assembly is expected to release a joint statement on the outcome of their deliberations.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has dismissed claims that it was planning to freeze the bank accounts of the Rivers State Government.

  

The South-South Zonal Head of the EFCC, Nnaghe Obono-Itam, gave this indication while briefing newsmen at his office in Port Harcourt in response to comments purportedly made by Governor Nyesom Wike.

 

Nnaghe Obono-Itam, who is an Assistant Commissioner of Police, further disclosed that the EFCC has in the last five months secured thirteen convictions out of twenty-eight corruption cases it took to court.

 

Obono-Itam said the matters in court and the concluded ones form part of one hundred and sixty-six complaints that were received during the period under review.

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