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

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Peter Obi Promises to Change the Country for the Better

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Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi has asked Nigerians to hold him accountable if a new Nigeria fails to emerge with him as president.

Obi threw the challenge in Abakaliki on Friday at his campaign rally.

He pledged to reform Nigeria back from consumption to production.

The LP candidate assured that the country would be restored when most qualified candidates with character, trust and competence were elected.

He maintained that the 2023 general elections must be based on character and not on or and tribe.

“We will offer you a new Nigeria and also secure and unite the country.

“Let no one deceive you with religion or tell you it is their turn. Just vote people that understand governance.

“I am not contesting as an Igbo man, a south-easterner, but as a Nigerian who is most qualified and competent to revive the country,’’ Obi said.

He commended the people of Ebonyi for their solidarity and support for the Labour Party.

He urged the electorate to vote for Mr Edward Nkwegu, the gubernatorial candidate of LP in Ebonyi to build a better nation.

In his remarks, National Chairman of Labour Party, Mr Julius Abure, appreciated the people of Ebonyi for their show of solidarity, support and commitment to the party.

Abure said the LP would produce most intelligent and credible candidates to fight poverty and insecurity in the country. (NAN)

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Alia Polls 219,009 at  APC Governorship Re-run in Benue 

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From David Torough, Makurdi

Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia has again, won the gubernatorial primary rerun election conducted by the Sen. Bashir Lado led rerun committee. 

Alia polled a total number of 219,002 to defeat 12 other aspirants to emerge winner.

Recall, that the court of appeal sitting in Makurdi while delivering judgement in a case filed by one of the gubernatorial aspirants, Prof.

Terhemba Shija directed the party to conduct a primary re-run election in eleven(11) local government areas of the state.

While announcing the result at the APC Secretariat Makurdi, which also served as the collation Centre for the rerun, Sen. Lado, Chairman of Benue State Rerun Election Committee stated that the primary election rerun which was won by Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Alia was not only free, fair and credible but represented the wishes of  APC members in Benue State.

Chairman of the party in the State, Comrade Augustine Agada while commending APC members in the state for a peaceful primary election, thanked them for their show of maturity during the rerun and termed the results of the election as no victor no vanquish, explaining that the winner in the election is not only Fr. Alia but for the entire Benue APC family.

In a good will message, Amb. Prof. Stephen Ugba who spoke on behalf of party Stakeholders, commended Benue APC for a successful exercise and called on all those who participated in the primary election to see themselves as winners. 

The party immediately after the declaration of results went into a Special Congress to ratify the primary elections. 

The Congress unanimously ratified and adopted Rev. Fr. Dr Hyacinth Alia as the candidate of APC  Benue state for the position of governor.

The Special Congress was attended by members of the State Executive Committee of the party, Critical Stakeholders, teeming members of the APC in Benue state and members of the press.

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Man Slumps, Dies At FCMB Bank In Rivers

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Man has allegedly slumped and died in front of a branch of the First City Monument Bank at Ikwerre Road, Mile 1, Rivers Stateon Tuesday.

The man’s death, according, to a Twitter user, Dokubo, Kenneth Promise #EndSARS, who posted it on his Twitter handle @dokubo_kenneth, was due to frustration resulting from hostile treatment meted out on him by the customer service officials of the bank.

According to the report, the man (whose name was withheld) had been trying to withdraw money but could not, as the bank asked him to do an affidavit in order to have access to his money.

Dokubo further said the victim went with his next of kin to the bank as judicial workers had been on strike, jeopardising any process of swearing an affidavit.

Man dies at @MyFCMB in Port Harcourt due to frustration and unfriendly treatment by the customer service attendants of a bank,” Dokubo tweeted.

 

The man was said to have been vomiting and begging having been in the queue for five hours before he collapsed and died.

“An eyewitness at the scene of the incident disclosed that a man who hails from Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, a customer of (First City Monument Bank) FCMB died in front of the bank.

“He was refused access to his own money since Friday even when he came with his next of kin. He was asked to go to the court to get an affidavit knowing the court is not in session.

“Narrating the event, she added, ‘The man was vomiting and at the same time begging for him to have access to his own money yet he was denied. After he was left unattended to for more than 5 hours, he just died now a few minutes ago at FCMB, Education Bus Stop, Ikwerre Road, Mile 1, she said,’” Dokubo reported on Twitter.

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