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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.

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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.

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“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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Gunmen Abduct Chinese National, Kill one Security Personnel in Kwara




From Alfred Babs, Ilorin

Unknown gunmen believed to be bandits last Thursday invaded a quarry in Shao, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara state, abducted an expatriate and shot dead a Police officer during the operation.

The gunmen who struck at the quarry site in the area also killed a Police inspector, while another policeman sustained gunshot injury during the operation before abducting the Chinese citizen, it was  gathered.

It was further gathered that the gunmen burnt the car allegedly used in the operation and disappeared into thin air.

The injured police operative in the attack was reportedly said to be receiving medical attention at an undisclosed location in the state.

Sources said that unkown gunmen struck  at a quarry site in Shao town, killing one mobile police officer and abducting a Chinese expatriate in the process.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Kwara state police command, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, said ” the command is working round the clock to get the victim rescued and perpetrators apprehended.

“One police inspector was killed while a Chinese was abducted in Shao three days ago(Sunday) ,” Okasanmi stated.

“Meanwhile, the command is in a mourning mood over the killing of one of our operatives,” he added.

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According to the spokesman, the Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo, has set up a special investigation team to investigate the matter.

He said “the people of Kwara State would be briefed accordingly of our progress please.”

Meanwhile, Kwara state House of Assembly has urged the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to direct all the 16 local government area in the state to Reinvigorate and empower the local Vigilante Group to provide security surveillance within their council areas.

The Assembly in a resolution reached at the plenary on Tuesday also urged the governor to give necessary support to the state Commissioner of Police to deploy the recently recruited Constabulary Police for Surveillance, intelligence and other policing services in line with the original objectives of the scheme.

It also urged Traditional Rulers in the state to assist the Government checkmate the incursion of strangers into their domain through sensitisation of the local population on the need for prompt report of strange movements and persons.

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Bandits Attack Buhari’s Advance Team Convoy in Daura



President Muhammadu Buhari

By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

The Presidency has described as sad and unwelcome, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah. 

The attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.


Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu in a statement, said two persons in the convoy were receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered.

Shehu said “all the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura”.

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Naval Staff Kidnapped at Residence in Kogi




From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

A staff of Naval Headquarters, Abuja, Mr Musa Lawal has been kidnapped in Lokoja.

He was abducted in Lokoja at his residence, behind Post Flood Housing Estate, Lokoja at about 8 pm on Monday after they destroyed his doors and windows.

The Naval staff was to depart for his station, Abuja  on Tuesday morning before the unfortunate incident.

An hour after the Abduction, the kidnappers had called, demanding for three million naira ransom.

The wife of the kidnapped naval staff Mrs Juliana Musa who narrated her ordeal, told Our Correspondent that one of the hands was cut and taken away with bleeding.

Kogi Police Command Spokesman, SP William Aya told DAILY ASSET that he was not aware about the incident with an assurance that the command will investigate the incident.

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