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One Dead, Vehicles Damaged as Shiites Protest Forces Reps to Adjourn Plenary



The Police Council headed by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday confirmed the appointment of Mr. Mohammed Adamu as Inspector-General of Police.

By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja

At least one person was feared dead yesterday as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly called Shiites protested at the National Assembly Complex yesterday. The violent protest, Daily Asset gathered, resulted in the death of one police officer attached to the National Assembly security team, who died as a result of injuries sustained during attack by the Shiites members.

Besides the killing, they also shattered window glasses of security gate at the main entrance to the complex and smashed windscreens of several vehicles at the National Assembly premises before leaving.
The incident forced the House of Representatives to abruptly adjourned plenary session as Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the House would adjourn due to security concerns.

The Shiites who were protesting the the continued incarceration of their leader, Ibrahim Elzakzaky by the Federal Government, were however resisted by security operatives at the last gate to the main building of the National Assembly who fired sporadically into the air to disperse the protesters.

Consequently, the items slated on the order paper including presentation of  20 bills for for first reading and three motions on : Fuel Tanker Explosion at Ahumbe Community in Gwer-East Local Government Area of Benue State that Claimed Over Fifty (50) Lives, Need to Address Traffic Gridlock in Apapa and Urgent Need to Incorporate June 12 Struggle in History Curriculum of Schools in Nigeria, were put on hold.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives resolved to set a Committee to investigate the Edo State House of Assembly crisis following a motion of urgent public importance moved by Julius Ihonvbere  (APC, Edo), Peter Akpatason (APC, Edo)
and Johnson Oghuma (APC, Edo).

The the lawmakers prayed that, the National Assembly in line with the provisions of Section 11 (4) of the Constitution take over the affairs of Edo State House of Assembly and ensure the proper inauguration of the House, with the Inspector General of Police and the Director General, State Security Services providing the necessary security for the 24 members-elect to be sworn-in as expected and required by Law.

But after several debates, mostly in favour of the motion, the House unanimously amended the prayers of the Edo legislators and resolved to investigate the matter first before taking further legislative action.

While presenting the motion on behalf of his colleagues, Ihonvbere, noted with concern the improper, clandestine and nocturnal inauguration of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly on the 17th of June, 2019, wherein 9 out of 24 members-elect were purportedly sworn-in without the knowledge of the Other 15 members-elect. 

He argued that, “aware that the tenure of the Edo State House of Assembly expired on the 7th of June, 2019; further notes that proclamations are issued pursuant to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), Section 105 Subsection 3, which directs the Governor of a State to issue a proclamation for the first Session of the House of Assembly of a State.

“Worried that on the 17th of June, 2019, ten days after the expiration of the 6th Assembly, 19 out of the 24 members-elect called a press conference to urge the Edo State Governor to issue a Proclamation to facilitate the inauguration of the House of Assembly and commencement of Legislative Business in order to avoid a constitutional crisis.

“Concerned that on the same day ( 17th June, 2019), the Governor and his Deputy after abducting 4 members-elect against their wish, caused the Clerk of the House to secretly swear in 9 members-elect out of the 24 at 9:30pm well outside the normal time recognized by the rules of the House for the conduct of the Edo State House of Assembly the previous night and to demand for a Proper inauguration. 

“However, to their chagrin they were attacked by hired thugs and the State Security outfit code-named “wabaizigan” and backed by men of the Nigeria Police Force led by the Chief Security Officer to the Governor, DSP Chris D. Nwokolo. 

“Aware that consequent upon the threat to their lives and injuries sustained from the attack, majority of the members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly have since fled the State for safety. 

“Further aware and worried that against the background of the illegality and the growing security challenges in Edo State, no normal Legislative Business can take place unless the proper procedure for inaugurating the Legislature is done as envisaged and guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Security provided”.
The House thereafter setup an ad-hoc committee chaired by Razak Namdas to investigate the matter, reconcile the aggrieved factions and report back in two weeks.


Gunmen Kill Three As They Abduct Eight In Sokoto Village




Three persons have been killed while others sustained varying injuries as bandits invaded Soro community, Binji Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

The state police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ahmad Rufai, while confirming the attack, disclosed that some gunmen suspected to be bandits launched an attack on the Soro community but men of the command with the support of military operatives swiftly moved in and successfully repelled the attack.

However, the police spokesman said the bandits out of frustration, set some houses on fire as a result of which three of the residents lost their lives while a few others sustained various degrees of injuries. The PUNCH learnt from sources in the affected village that the marauders regrettably successfully abducted several other persons.“ Eight people, who are mostly women were abducted and carried away on motorcycle by the bandits,” a local hunter disclosed .Some community members who spoke about the incident informed The PUNCH that some vigilante groups who carried out a reprisal attack on a Fulani community led to a situation that forced the police commissioner, Ali Kaigama, to intervene and initiate a dialogue among the residents of the affected areas.

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Freed Journalist Narrates Ordeal in Kidnapper’s Den




By David Torough, Abuja

A journalist with The Pavilion Newspaper, Moses Ogaga , who was recently abducted described his experience in the hands of his abductors as  horrible.

Ogaga was kidnapped along with 13 others on September 17, in Benue.

He, said, although an undisclosed amount of money was paid by family members before they were released, no man should take the glory except God as he said, only God’s grace and mercy kept them alive.

Narrating his ordeal to DAILY ASSET, Ogaga stated that their vehicle ran into the kidnappers numbering about 6, carrying sophisticated weapons, who shot sporadically in the air with their faces masked.

He said that the criminals broke some portions of the vehicle’s windscreens, held passengers on-board captive and guarded them into the  forest, where they were severely tortured.

“The abductors who were suspected to be nomadic Fulanis communicated among themselves in Fulani language but speak the common broken-English to their captives; and have cattle mooing around in the nearby bushes and the cattle were always moved to a closer range to wherever we were moved to.”

 “When we were asked to declare our tribal identity, we were so discretional; it was later gathered from our captors that if any was found to be a Tiv, Agatu or Igede person from Obi LG specifically, it would have been deadly.”

He stated that while in the forest, their abductors ensured that any communication to their family members or friends was not in any other dialect but the common broken-English and was restricted and targeted at payment of ransom only.

“ We were stripped of everything in  our pockets and given no food or water for the first two nights and days and we were severally moved from one spot to another through the nights and days; ordering us to lie face down, drenched in the mud, beaten by pests and the heavy rains in spite the corporal punishment and we became so weak and tired and felt hell while on earth,’ he lamented.

He disclosed that ransom for the victims was not the same but dependent on the amount accepted by the kidnappers, using based on their judgment to rate victims differently and the power of bargain from the respective rescuers.

Ogaga further hinted that his case was bad because he was found with an NUJ identity card and was believed to be government functionary and instrumental to castigating their operations,  adding that two of his SIM cards and a 3-sim Tecno touch-light phone were not returned to him by the kidnappers.

He faulted the security architecture in the country and lamented that the security officers on highway check-points have turned their priority on financial gains from commercial vehicle drivers instead of protection of lives and property.

“And except proactive and tactical security measures are deployed to nip this ugly trend to the bud, we are vulnerable and left at the mercy of the perpetrators of this heinous act,” he reinstated.

He maintained that while in captivity, there was no security intervention of any sort, “no police, no soldier or the villagers attempted in any way to rescue us.”

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New Kwara Police Commissioner Vows to Deal With Cultism, Kidnapping




From Alfred Babs Ilorin 

The newly posted Commissioner of Police to Kwara State,  Victor Olaiya has vowed to deal with monstrous issues of cultism and kidnapping in the state.

Olaiya, who assumed office as the Police Commissioner in Ilorin, the state capital on Monday, September 25, 2023 told the officers in the Command to brace up and work to reduce the incident of criminality in the state.

While addressing the command’s strategic managers, Olaiya said that he strongly has determination to deal ruthlessly with all manner of criminals in the state, regardless of their nomenclature.


In a statement signed by SP Okasanmi Ajayi, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) on Monday, Olaiya declared his total abhorrence to laziness, negligence, and armchair  style of leadership.


The Commissioner, an adherent of the rule of law said that he would use the community policing strategy in line with global best practices to flush out the criminals from the state.

Olaiya,  who hails from Lagos State,  had in his 31 years in the Police service  served in various states of the Federation including Imo, Plateau, Oyo, Bauchi, Abuja and Benue states.

” Victor Olaiya, a strong believer in serving God through humanity and an unrepentant defender of the fundamental rights of the citizens,” the statement said.

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