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Reps back choice of Elumelu as Minority Leader

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By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja

Some members of the House of Representatives have thrown their weight behind the nomination of Ndudi Elumel‎u as the new Minority Leader, saying the nomination was based on the House Standing Rules and the 1999 Constitution.

Reacting to the controversy that followed Elumelu’s nomination on Wednesday, Leke Joseph (ADC, Kogi) said the minority leadership in the House “is not just for PDP alone but for all minority parties.

‎Similarly, Anthony Ibezim (APGA, Anambra) and Uju Kingsley (AA, Imo) said the choice of Elumelu as Minority Leader was in line with the position of the leadership of their various political parties.

“We decided to unanimously elect Elumelu and other minority officials to drive the business of the House in the next four years.

That’s the decision of our parties and we have no regrets whatsoever.”

On the position of the 9th House of Representatives on the matter, Yusuf Gandi (APC, Plateau) a‎nd Bamidele Salam (PDP, who briefed journalists on behalf of the House ad hoc Committee on Media, said the lawmakers had adopted the names of the minority leadership as announced by the Speaker.

“On behalf of the ad hoc Committee on Media, we wish to issue statements over what happened at plenary today.

“Mr. Speaker received communication from members of the minority parties, which contained 99 signatures‎, and relied on Order 7 Rule 8 of the House Standing Rule, to announce the minority leadership thus: Ndudi Elumelu, Majority Leader; Toby Okechukwu, Deputy Majority Leader;‎ Gideon Goni, Chief Whip; and Adesegun Adekola, Deputy Minority Whip,” the committee announced.

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There was rowdy session on Wednesday in the House of Representatives as two groups of opposition lawmakers claimed minority leadership of the 9th House after the announcement of Ndudi Elumelu ( PDP, Delta); Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu); Gideon Goni (PDP, Kaduna); and Adesegun Adekola (PDP, Ogun) as the House Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader; Minority Whip and Deputy Minority Whip respectively.

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Troops arrest 10 Robbers, rescue 3 Victims in Kaduna 

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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. 

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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. 

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Husband of Slain Kenyan Runner Tirop Seeks Plea Bargain

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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.

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HEDA Petitions ICPC over Allegations against Ex-CJN

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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.

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“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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