By Jude Opara, Abuja
The Senate, on Wednesday 24th July, 2019 showed signs that the ongoing ministerial screening will end by Monday next week after it successfully screened 18 people as at press time on the second day of the exercise.
This is also as the upper legislative chamber has continued with the bow and go method which it has been adopting for former members of the National Assembly.
The Senate had said it amended its Standing Orders, to expand and extend the privilege to accommodate former members of State Houses of Assembly.
However, before he took his bow, Senator Tayo Alasoadura who was also the first to be screened on the second day in his opening remarks tasked the Senate to try and pass the contentious Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) before the end of the legislative year.
He further argued that the bill is very important for the development of the economy despite the fact that the 8th Senate passed it while President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent.
He equally hampered on the need for the passage of the Nigeria Nuclear Energy Regulatory Bill, arguing that the world is going nuclear and scientific.
Before proposing for him to take a bow, Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP Abia South) explained that the 8th Senate actually passed the PIG bill but the President refused to sign it into law.
“It is not our fault that the PIG bill was not signed. Do everything to convince your colleagues in the Executive, the need to sign the bill because we don’t mean any harm.”
In his remarks, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan assured that given the importance of the bill to the development of the country, the Senate will have to work together with the Executive so that it will be accepted by the Executive.
It was the same case with the nominee from Yobe Abubakar Aliu who was equally asked to bow and go because he is from the state of the Senate President.
But the Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe who proposed for his taking a bow called for a specific duty schedule of ministers of state to avoid rancour witnessed in Transportation, Peteoleum, Education and Agriculture ministries between the ministers and ministers of state.
However, Danjuma Goje (APC Gombe) said there has always been clear cut schedules of duty for ministers of state.
He said that the conflicts always arose but not as a result of lack of schedule of duties but due to personal ego between the two ministers.
Also screened was Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Bashir Salihi Magashi who answered questions largely on security issues.
While responding to a question on the seeming lack of cohesion among the Service Chiefs, the nominee said the Nigerian military is one of the best in world adding that they have entered into a number of defence pacts with other countries.
However, he accepted that the relationship between the Service Chiefs has not been cordial because each of them usually dwell in trying to please the nation.
Others screened include; Mustapha Baba Shehuri from Bornu State, Amb. Zubairu Dada of Niger state, Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa state, Ramatu Aliu of Kogi state, Adeniyi Adebayo of Ekiti state, Mohammed Abdulahi of Nasarawa state, Chris Ngige of Anambra state, Sunday Dare of Oyo state and Bello Mohammed of Adamawa state and Sa’adiyu Umar Farouk of Zamfara state.
Of the 13 nominees who appeared before the Senate, eight were asked to bow and go for various reasons adduced while only five were asked questions.
Those who answered questions are; Sa’adiyu Umar Farouk, Sunday Dare, Gen. Bashir Magashi, Mohammed Abdulahi and Mustapha Shehuri.
Troops arrest 10 Robbers, rescue 3 Victims in Kaduna
By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The military high command, yesterday said its troops deployed on internal operations in Kaduna state has arrested ten armed robbery suspects at Kafanchan town in Jema’a local government area of the state.
A statement issued by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko stated the names of the arrested suspects as: Messrs Manga Ismail, a 22 – year-old, Idris Haruna (Ban Sambo), 20- year-old, Sani Bali, 19- year-old.
Others are Shamsudeen Ladan, 25 – year-old, Abdulmajid Yau (Sele), 22 – year – old , Abubakar Hassan, 23 – year-old, Abbas Aliyu, 15 – year-old, Mohammed Umar (Jazuli), 17 – year – old, Jonathan Vincent (Bamai), 19 – year-old and Stephen Joseph, 25 – year-old.
According to him, items recovered from the criminals include: TV, DVD, gas cookers, Mattresses, woofer, phones, scissors, among others.
Gen. Onyeuko also said on the same day, troops acting on intelligence reports, conducted a cordon search operation at Fanock Village, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State and found a Toyota Corolla car with registration number ABUJA KUJ 452 AZ with no occupant.
Onyeuko explained that Troops conducted search operations in the surrounding bush and rescued 3 kidnaped civilians comprising two females and a male.
Speaking further, he said :”Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in a sustained effort to eliminate criminals elements in their Area of operation on 28 June 2022 based credible intelligence conducted clearance operation in conjunction with vigilantes at Kan Duniya Village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, neutralized notorious bandit and kidnapper.
“Similarly, on the same day, troops on fighting patrol sighted 2 x suspected kidnappers around Sara High Ground Mangu Local Government Area Plateau State on a motor cycle, suspects abandoned their motor cycle on sighting troops and fled.
” Troop exploited area and recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 101 rounds of 7.62mm special, 5 magazines, 1 motor cycle, 1 iron digger and 2 black jackets amongst others”, he said.
Husband of Slain Kenyan Runner Tirop Seeks Plea Bargain
The husband of slain Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop is seeking a plea bargain after initially denying a charge of murder, his lawyer said yesterday.
Tirop, a rising star in the world of athletics, was killed last October in her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub in western Kenya for top runners.
Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich was arrested after a dramatic late-night chase the day after Tirop’s body was found with stab wounds, and has been in custody ever since.
The 41-year-old denied a charge of murder at a November court appearance.
But in the latest twist in the legal saga, his lawyer Ngigi Mbugua told the Eldoret High Court that Rotich was willing to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of attracting a more lenient sentence.
The prosecution said it was not against the idea of a plea bargain but wanted Tirop’s family to be involved in the process.
A hearing on Rotich’s request will take place on 22 September.
HEDA Petitions ICPC over Allegations against Ex-CJN
The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the allegations against the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman, HEDA, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, yesterday in Lagos.
Suraju, in a letter to the Chairman of ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, urged the commission to stand tall over the allegations of corruption, maladministration and incompetence leveled against Muhammad.
“As a leading anti-corruption organisation in Nigeria and non-partisan human rights and development league, we call on the ICPC to commence investigation into the budgetary allocation, utilisation and development process of the judiciary with a view to sanitisation of that critical arm of government,” he said.
Suraju said it was widely reported that the immediate past CJN responded to the allegations brought against him by 14 Justices on the aforementioned allegations.
“It is unarguable that the judiciary is the last hope of the helpless and its judges are only meant to be heard and not seen.
“However, these allegations made by fellow Justices of the apex court against the CJN cannot be overlooked as it is weighty and must be diligently investigated by the commission in order to protect that vital institution.
“If the Supreme Court of Nigeria is infested with corrupt persons, then our democracy is doomed, ICPC and others relevant bodies should rise and act fast to redeem the temple of justice from possible collapse,” HEDA said. (NAN)
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