Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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The Ekiti State House of Assembly has adjourned sitting until 8th of October, which is more than two months from now.


The adjournment was announced in a statement released by the Chairman of the House Committee on Information. Samuel Omotoso.


Before the adjournment, the State Assembly considered the conduct of the governorship election last Saturday and resolved that the result declared in favour of the candidate of the APC, Kayode Fayemi, as daylight robbery.


The development in Ekiti State comes after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, revealed that outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, will face criminal charges once his tenure comes to an end on 16th of October.


EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, gave this indication to newsmen in reaction to a message on the twitter handle of the anti-graft agency over the weekend that appeared to gloat over the defeat of the PDP candidate and Governor Fayose’s deputy in the governorship election on Saturday.


The twitter post which was promptly deleted made reference to revisiting a fraudulent scandal involving a poultry investment by the Ekiti State Government during Governor Fayose’s first term in office.


But in statement released by Wilson Uwujaren, he reportedly played down on the controversial twitter post, stressing that only the court could clear Governor Fayose of his criminal trial after leaving office.


Uwujaren maintained that there was a subsisting criminal charge against Governor Fayose before the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, which would be determined at the end of his tenure.


 Men of the Rivers State Police Command have smashed a car snatching syndicate operating around Old Aba Road in Port Harcourt and arrested four suspects.


The armed car snatchers were caught by detectives from the Miniokoro Police Station led by the DPO, Ekaette Archibong, who is a Chief Superintendent of Police.


The Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the development to our correspondent, said members of the gang were responsible for car theft around Elekahia axis, as well as the death of one Patrick Rotimi.


Deputy Superintendent of Police Nnamdi Omoni is the Police Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command.


The National Union of Road Transport Workers has welcomed the directive by the Rivers State Government for commercial transport operators to paint their vehicles in the approved colours.


This comes as the State Government announced a deadline of Tuesday next week to begin impoundment of commercial vehicles that are not painted in the approved colours.


State Chairman of the NURTW, Tuma Kalang, told our correspondent Chinedu Iwunna said the painting of commercial vehicles is also obtainable in other states across the country.


Kalango said the deadline was extended after his recent meeting with the Commissioner for Transportation.




However; some taxi drivers are contending that the deadline for them to pain their vehicles in state-approved colours is not sufficient.



Those who spoke with our correspondent Felix Ojogwu appealed to Governor Nwesom Wike to assist them with grants to meet the target or give enough more time to comply.




The aggrieved commercial drivers noted that Governor Wike might be putting his second term bid at risk if he goes ahead to enforce the impoundment of taxis that are not painted in state colours.

The Rivers State Internal Revenue Service has sealed the head office of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, on Aba Road in Port Harcourt, over alleged tax evasion.




Our correspondent Uchendu Ejiowhor encountered members of the State Internal Revenue Service led by one Markson Ndibo who confirmed the development.




Ndibo alleged that the NDDC failed to remit tax to the state government since 2014, which he said adds up to about one point eight billion naira.




The official said they decided to embark on the operation having obtained a valid court order to seal off NDDC office.




He said the state government approached the court after NDDC officials declined to allow state revenue officials access necessary financial records of the commission.




However; the NDDC’s Deputy Director of Cooperate Affairs, Chijioke Amu-Nnadi faulted the claims by the revenue official, adding that the commission had commence payment of tax to the state government.



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 United States authorities have charged a Russian woman for spying.


Twenty-nine-year-old Maria Butina is accused of infiltrating political groups as a Russian government agent.


Butina is alleged to have developed close ties with the Republican Party and had become an advocate for gun rights and worked at the direction of a high-level Kremlin official.


Her lawyer, Robert Driscoll, denied the charges in a statement, saying his client was not an agent but an international relations student who is seeking to use her degree to pursue a career in business.


It has also been revealed that the charges against Maria Butina are not related to ongoing investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the US elections in 2016.


The State Department has also charged twelve Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup champions have been given a heroes’ welcome in France.


Players and officials of the French national football team were greeted by fans who lined the Champs-Elysées in central Paris, chanting their praise.


French president Emmanuel Macron also reportedly celebrated with the team on their return.


You will recall that France had on Sunday defeated Croatia four-two to lift the World Cup for the second; the first time being twenty years ago.



Spanish football club, FC Barcelona, had reported record revenue of nine hundred and fourteen million Euros in the 2017-2018 season.


Part of the proceeds came from Barcelona’s world record transfer fee of two hundred point six million pounds from French side, Paris Saint Germain for Brazilian Neymar in 2017.


Barcelona has since then broken its transfer record twice with the signings of Ousmane Dembele for ninety-six point eight million pounds and Philippe Coutinho for one hundred and six point four million pounds.


The 2018 La Liga winner has now said it was on track to achieve revenues in excess of one billion Euros by 2021.

A new study has shown that more than a billion people around the world are at risk from lack of air conditioning and refrigeration systems to keep them cool and to preserve food and medicines.


This category of vulnerable people are found mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America, including four hundred and seventy million in rural areas and six hundred and thirty million slum dwellers in cities.


The survey report confirms the growing threat of global warming due to high temperatures, with more electricity demand for fridges, fans and other appliances compounding the man-made climate change problem.


The report by the non-profit Sustainable Energy for All Group recommends a shift from fossil fuels in powering of electricity generators to cleaner energies.



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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has dumped the All Progressives Congress.


The governor made the disclosure at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, while swearing in his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe.


Explaining the reasons behind his action, the governor said he has been sent out of APC and is currently exploring a new option to actualize his future ambition.


The governor has not, however, announced the party he will be joining, saying only that he is consulting with relevant stakeholders and will soon announce his next move.


Speaking on the challenges confronting the state, the governor expressed the belief that it will soon come to an end.

 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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