Wednesday, July 18, 2018

 President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the National Assembly to use its Open Week to address issues raised during the signing of the 2018 Appropriation Act. 

 

President Buhari made the request in an address delivered on his behalf by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, at the opening of the National Assembly Open Week in Abuja.

 

The President noted that ‎a stronger and more cordial Executive-Legislative relationship must exist in the interest of the nation.

 

He maintained that the importance of oversight activities of the legislature to ensure efficient, equitable and the judicious use of resources for service delivery by the Executive cannot be overemphasized. ‎

 

(voice of Boss Mustapha)

On his part; the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki who doubles as Chairman of the National Assembly, stressed the need for the three arms of government to strengthen collaboration and adhere to the fundamental principles of separation of powers.

 

 

(voice of Saraki)

Also; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara called on the Executive branch of government to open its activities to Legislative scrutiny.

 

Dogara maintained that the ‎National Assembly has opened its budget to the public within the limits allowed by the appropriation laws.

 

Our correspondent James Igah reports that the National Assembly Open Week is a platform that seeks to create the enabling environment for the legislature and key stakeholders to chart a common course for the development of Nigeria.

 

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PMB JETS OF TO THE NETHERLANDS

Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:03

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed for the Netherlands to participate in activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, ICC, at The Hague.

 

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement says President Buhari is the only world leader invited to deliver a keynote address during the Solemn Hearing to commemorate the anniversary at Courtroom 1 of the ICC’s Headquarters at The Hague.

 

Adesina said in buttressing Nigeria’s commitment as a member of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC, the President, as the current anti-corruption champion for the African Union, will use the global platform to reaffirm Nigeria’s support to the fundamental values of the Rome Statute and to the ideals of the ICC.

 

The President is also expected to highlight his administration’s campaign against corruption in Nigeria.

 

After the event at the Courtroom, the President will have a bilateral meeting with the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda and another with the President of the ICC, Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji, who is a Nigerian as well as the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, to discuss bilateral issues such as migration, peace and security, and economic cooperation.

 

 

President Buhari’s delegation to the Netherlands will include Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State; Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

 

Others are the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh; the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar; the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru; and the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman.

 

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The Abuja Light Rail mass transit has been activated following the completion of the first phase of the project after ten years.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari led other senior government officials to commission the rail facility at the Abuja Metro Control Centre.

 

President Buhari and his entourage were also given the maiden ride from the Abuja Cenral Area to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, which covers a distance of about forty-four thousand kilometres.

 

(voice of Pr. Buhari)

However; some members of the opposition PDP have faulted the claim by President Buhari that the Abuja Light Rail was delivered based on the promises of his APC Administration.

 

Among the critics is Senator Ben Murray-Bruce who took to his twitter handle to describe the claim by the President as factually incorrect, stressing that the Abuja Light Rail should be credited to the previous government under the PDP.

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The Nigerian Senate has summoned the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

 

The Justice Minister is expected to appear before the Senate to explain the constitutional basis for the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order Number Six.

 

The lawmakers are contending that the issuance of Executive Orders are in violation of the principles of separation of powers and a usurpation of legislative functions of the National Assembly.

 

The position of the Senate was reached based on a motion sponsored by Senator DAVID UMORU from Niger State, who argued that the enforcement of the Executive Order Six would result in human rights violations.

 

 

(that's the voice of Senator Umoru)

 

Our correspondent James Igah reports that the Senate was sharply in the debate on the motion by Senator Umoru.

 

‎Among those who spoke were Senator Yahaya Abdullahi of Kebbi North; Senator Shehu Sani of Kaduna Central, and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of Abia South.

 

 

 

However; the Senate went ahead to adopt the motion with additional recommendation for a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate all cases of human rights violations with the view to prosecuting offenders. ‎

 

You will recall that the motion by Senator Umoru was stood down from the Senate’s Order Paper for Tuesday because of the Senator was absent from plenary.

 

In a related development; the House of Representatives has demanded the suspension of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order number 6.

   

The order seeks to restrain owners of assets under investigation from carrying out any further transaction on such assets.

 

During debate on the issue in plenary yesterday, the lawmakers called for an investigation into the constitutional compliance of all subsidiary legislation and executive orders issued by the executive.

 

The motion sponsored by Nicholas Ossai and supported by twenty seven other lawmakers, says the Executive Order appears to hijack and usurp legislative and judicial powers.‎

  

However Mojeed Alabi who represents Osun West federal constituency argued that the Executive Order was issued in good faith and does not infringe on the legitimate right of a citizen.

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POLICE CONFIRMS DEATH OF POLICEMEN

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:18

 The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing of two policemen by armed robbers along Rumuosi-Ozuoba link road in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area.

 

The Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni told our correspondent that a suspected member of the criminal gang was also shot dead in the encounter last night.

 

Omoni, who is a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the criminals opened fire on the police personnel who were on stop-and-search operations along the road, and carted away their firearms.

 

DSP Omoni said the State Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, has ordered an investigation of the incident.

 

 

(voice of DSP Omoni)

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The United Nations has revealed horrific details of atrocities committed on both sides in the five-year-old civil war in South Sudan.

 

The latest UN report contain details of gang rape, throats being slit and mass shootings in Unity state in particular, with one woman recounting how she lost everything and would have preferred she was killed.

 

The revelation comes as South Sudanese leaders signed a ceasefire deal last month to end the civil war, which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people and forced millions of people to flee into refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

 

South Sudan became an independent country and admitted into the United Nations in 2011, following a breakaway from Sudan through a successful referendum.

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I AM BEING BLACKMAILED – PRESIDENT BUHARI

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:48

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has visited Ekiti State to attend what the All Progressives Congress, APC, calls a mega rally, ahead of the governorship election on Saturday.

 

President Buhari was joined by APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, among several others, for the rally at state capital, Ado-Ekiti.

 

Buhari and the APC leaders attended the event to lend support to the governorship candidate of the APC, Doctor Kayode Fayemi.

 

President Buhari also used the opportunity to once again address the security crisis involving herdsmen in farming communities in parts of the country.

 

The President maintained that he was being blackmailed by those who claim he was not doing enough to stem the tide of violence.

 

(Buhari at the APC rally)

 

In the meantime; the People’s Democratic Party and its supporters have been feasting on a slip by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Doctor Chris Ngige, during the APC rally in Ado-Ekiti.

 

 

Doctor Ngige was caught in a mix-up of the names of APC governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi and incumbent Governor Ayo Fayose of the PDP, when he addressed the crowd of APC supporters at the rally.

 

The PDP has extracted part of the video recording containing the mistake in which Ngige appeared to be praising Fayose, and has circulated same on its official social media handles to drive its campaign ahead of the election on Saturday.

 

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The battle line for the 2019 general elections has been drawn the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and a coalition of about forty other political parties, led by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

 

After months of underground negotiations and sometimes public taunts, the PDP has successfully sealed an alliance with thirty-nine other political parties under the umbrella of Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, in a bid to wrest power from the APC.

 

The CUPP coalition leaders declared at the unveiling of the platform in Abuja after signing a Memorandum of Understanding that their aim is to present a unified presidential candidate for the election next year.

 

PDP Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; Alhaji Buba Galadima of the so-called Reformed APC; Olagunsoye Onyinlola of ADC, and Chief Olu Falae of the SDP made the joint declaration on behalf of other coalition partners.

 

 

 

The CUPP unveiling ceremony in Abuja was witnessed by other notable opposition politicians, including the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and former Senate President, Senator David Mark.

 

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The Presidency says it has evidence that some politicians are involved in the killing of innocent citizens who died as a result of the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the country.

 

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

 

Shehu, however, appealed to Nigerians and members of the international community to refrain from spreading false stories and inflammatory statements concerning the recent herder-farmer clashes.

 

He added that the Nigerian Government is working closely with state governments and the security services, as well as international partners in order to resolve the issue.

 

The President’s spokesman noted that the clashes between herders and farmers were historical while the causes of the confrontations witnessed were complex and varied.

 

He noted that climate change, specifically the drying up of the Chad Basin has led to more pressure on the population in the northern part of the country, stressing that this further compounded the problem.

 

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The trial of former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, continues despite being granted bail by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

 

Dasuki is also facing charges before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory over alleged misappropriation of security funds, which is separate from the case for which he was granted bail by Justice Ojukwu.

 

However; the trial at the Abuja High Court has been put off due to the inability of the Federal Government to file the list of exhibits it expects to tender against Dasuki as required by law.

 

 

Following the development; the defence counsel, Adeola Adedipe raised an objection against the continued trial of his client on the ground that the prosecution team led by Rotimi Jacobs has not complied with some provisions of the law.

 

Adedipe informed Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf that without the list of exhibits, he has not been able to prepare his defence in compliance with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

 

In his ruling; Justice Baba-Yusuf upheld the objection by the Defence counsel and directed that the process of law must be complied with in the interest of justice and fair play.

 

The court, therefore, adjourned the trial to 27th and 28th September as well as 8th and 9th October, for the continuation of trial.

 

In the interim; the court ordered that all necessary processes must be filed and served on parties before the returned dates.

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