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

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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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Three Dead  in Kubwa Violent Clash

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

Three persons, including two women and a young boy, have reportedly been killed in a clash between local scavengers, otherwise referred to as Baban Bola, and residents of the Byazhin community, in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of the FCT.

An eyewitness, who identified herself as Jessica Adam, said a Baban Bola element attempted to steal a woman’s pot of soup, but was overpowered and beaten up after the woman alerted neighbours and passers-by.

The embittered baban bola then went away and mobilised hoodlums who returned at about 8:00 pm wielding weapons including machetes, clubs, and stones and began attacking residents at random, eventually killing the woman whose pot of soup was earlier stolen.

In the continuing attack, two others, a woman and a young boy, reported to be passers-by who unfortunately ran into the middle of the crisis, were also killed, they however, have yet yet to be identified.

“They killed two people yesterday. The Community has been in chaos since yesterday. The crisis continued till this morning when they killed somebody again. So far, three persons have been killed and many injured. The Police intervened and restored normalcy, but no arrest was made. The Police have intensified their patrol in the Byazhin area of Kubwa to prevent them from regrouping”, Ms Adams narrated.

A resident in the community, who spoke with Daily Asset, on the condition of anonymity, also confirmed the death of the three persons but said he had no clue as to what may have started the clash.

“Yes, the riot started yesterday. And by this morning, we learnt that three persons have been killed. It happened in Byazhin around that Millionaire’s Quarters, behind that Living Faith Church. That place is usually dangerous, because it is quite lonely, and you cannot pass through there alone, especially in the evening”, he said.

As of the time of filing this report, PUNCH Metro gathered that schools and shops in the area have been closed down, as parents scampered to pick up kids from their classrooms, and shops refused to open as of Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer of the FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh, proved abortive, as her number was repeatedly unreachable.

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Okuama Crisis: Reps Assures Justice as Committee Commences Probe

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From Mike Tayese, Yenagoa

The House of Representatives has said it will ensure the crisis in Okuama Community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State is brought to a logical conclusion.

Chairman, House Committee on Defence, Rep. Babajimi Benson, gave the assurance while addressing newsmen on Thursday, at the Governor’s Office Annexe in Warri.

Benson led other members of the committee to a public hearing on the carnage that occurred in Okuama Community in Delta resulting to the death of 17 soldiers and consequent destruction of properties.

The committee convened on Thursday at the Governor’s Office Annexe in Warri without the presence of the locals in attendance.

It would be recalled that the investigative hearing was in line with the 10th Assembly House of Representatives’ resolution of March 19, 2024.

The resolution was prompted by the March 14 massacre of 17 soldiers in the Okuama Community.

The lawmaker said that the committee had so far received about 23 memorandum from stakeholders.

“We came to see members of the community in camera and by way of memorandum. We have received a lot of memorandum from them but they have not turn up physically.

“We have gotten enough memorandum and we intend to work with the memorandum. Though, the window is opened till Friday next week, so we are still expecting more from them.

“We have assured everyone including the Delta State that the House of Representatives will ensure the matter is looked into from both sides and come to a logical conclusion.

“That is why we are asking them to send memoranda and they are complying. We gave them a week and the period will elapse on Friday.

“If you do not want to show up, please send us your documents so that we will be able to act on them, and get to a logical conclusion,” Benson appealed.

The legislator said that the committee was fully ready to ensure that justice was done on the matter.

On why the committee could not visit the troubled Okuama Community, the lawmaker said that the activities of the committee regarding the crisis had not ended.

According to him, the committee will visit the locals and also invite the military to give account of what happened at the community.

“We are definitely going to meet the locals but we are going to arm ourselves with information,” he said.

Among the 10-man committee was Rep. Francis Waive, member representing Ughelli North/Ughelli South and Udu Federal Constituency.

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Gunmen Attack Ortom’s Ex-Chief-of-Staff, Abduct Wife

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Suspected armed Fulani herdsmen on Friday, attacked former Chief of Staff to Benue State Governor, Honorable Terwase Orbunde, and abducted his wife and house help.

Orbunde, a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) in Benue state served under the administration of the immediate past Governor of the state, Dr Samuel Ortom.

The attack, it was learnt took place close to the “Genocide Cemetery” along Mobile Barracks-Welfare Quarters Road in Makurdi, the state capital at about 6.

00 PM.

The former Chief of Staff escaped with a gunshot on his right arm, while the attackers whisked away his wife, Mrs Abigail Kashimana Orbunde and her house help, Patience Ogute.

Eyewitnesses told DAILY ASSET that Orbunde, his wife and the house help, had gone to inspect the their farm when the incident happened.

The eyewitnesses said after the inspection of the work and payment of the workers five gunmen suddenly attacked their victims as they walked back to their car.

The attackers were said to have opened fire and Orbunde received a bullet on the right arm, while they ordered him and the women to follow them to an unknown destination.

The shooting was said to have caused villagers and passersby to scamper for safety in different directions.

As they marched along, the former Chief of Staff was said to be bleeding profusely, witnesses further said.

The witnesses who watched from a distance said the leader of the group ordered him to walk away while the gunmen took the women to an unknown destination.

An unidentified ‘good Samaritan’ was said to have conveyed the former Chief of Staff to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.

The State Police Commnad could not be reached for comments at the time of this report.

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