March 25, 2019

* Oshiomole reacts as Senators, reps defect from APC (Guardian) * Senate urges security operatives to leave Ekweremadu’s residence (Punch)

* Oshiomole reacts as Senators, reps defect from APC (Guardian)                *  Senate urges security operatives to leave Ekweremadu’s residence (Punch)



Oshiomole reacts as Senators, reps defect from APC (Guardian)

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, said he is not bothered that some Senators and House of Representatives members dumped the ruling party for opposition parties. 15 senators and 32 members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday defected APC for the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) and African Democratic Congress (ADC). Oshiomhole claimed the ruling party is “not disturbed at all” describing the members that left as “mercenaries” and people who constituted themselves as opposition to the party. Read more

Senate urges security operatives to leave Ekweremadu’s residence (Punch)

The Senate has urged security operatives on siege to Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu’s residence, to vacate the place and allow him to enjoy his constitutional right. This followed a motion by Senator Chukwuka Utazi at plenary on Tuesday. He said that the siege was a violation of the right of Ekweremadu, explaining that “this morning I left Enugu for Abuja to attend today’s sitting. “Half way to the airport, I heard a distress call from the aides working with the Deputy Senate President that his residence and the entire street had been cordoned off and nobody can move out of the house. Read more

Atiku deplores persecution of NASS leadership (Nation)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has deplored the siege on the homes of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, early Tuesday morning. Describing the development as troubling and unsettling, Atiku said no democratic nation ought to treat the leadership of its parliament like common criminals in the course of a political disagreement. In a statement issued by his media office, the ex- Vice President recalled that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was the beneficiary of defection by Saraki and others in 2013 when they defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the party. The statement said: “I also remind them that their electoral victory, which they have so badly mismanaged today, would not have been possible without the Senate President. Read more

Offa robbery: Police insist Saraki must honour invitation (Vanguard)

The Nigeria Police Force said it would not hesitate to use all instruments of law to ensure that the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, honoured its invitation. Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on July 23, invited Saraki to report to the Head of Intelligence Response Team ( IRT) on July 24 at 8 a.m. in Guzape, Abuja, over the recent Offa robbery. Armed robbers attacked five commercial banks in Offa on April 5, during which 17 persons, including policemen and a pregnant woman were killed. “The Senate President must honour Police Invitation; otherwise the force will not hesitate to use all the instruments of the Law to ensure compliance with the law,”he said. Read more

Saraki takes senators to Ekweremmadu’s house (Vanguard)

The Nigeria senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki would be leading senators to the residence of his deputy, Dr. Ike Ekweremmadu whose house was laid siege by the Nigeria Police Force since 6: am. Recall that Ekweremmadu had reported that his house was unlawfully invaded by the Nigeria Police who since then denied him his constitutional right for movement. At the plenary held today, Ekweremmadu was absent, thus the reason why Saraki insisted that he along with other senators would visit him. Read more

APC sleeping on a bicycle, Nigerians tell Buhari’s aide (Punch)

Nigerians have responded to a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, telling him that the ruling All Progressives Congress was pretending that all was well when, in fact, it has been “sleeping on a bicycle.” Trouble started when Ahmad claimed in a (badly worded) tweet that APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said that he was now more focused on building a solid party that would not be a vehicle for politicians to acquire political office for personal gain. Read more

Secondus, Atiku, condemn Police invasion of lawmakers’ homes (Vanguard)

National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar yesterday condemned the alleged siege in the Abuja residences of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu by men of the Nigerian Police Force. Secondus who accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using state security as attack dogs of his government, said there was a plot to remove the current leadership of the Senate by force, warning that such move may cripple the nation’s democracy. Warning the Commander-in- Chief on the consequence of endangering the nation’s democracy, Secondus further noted that nothing has been done in the past three years of President Buhari’s administration to deepen the democratic process. Read more

Gbajabiamila saddened over loss of Members to PDP, ADC (ThisDay)

The Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed sadness over the defection of 37 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Tuesday. Addressing reporters shortly after the defection, the leader, alongside other members of the party, said notwithstanding the development, the ruling party was still in the majority. He described those who defected as being “part of the family”, adding that the doors of the party remained open to them whenever they realise they have made an error to have jumped ship. He also praised the remaining “committed” members who chose to remain in the party. Read more

Ambode says community policing solution to insecurity (Punch)

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday said the nation’s quest to tackle insecurity would yield more positive results with the introduction of community policing. This, he said, informed his administration’s decision to set up the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corp Agency. Ambode said this in a lecture titled “Cultural values, natural security and challenges of contemporary governance: Perspectives from Lagos State Experience” which he delivered to the 2018 Executive Intelligence Management Course Participants of the Institute of Security Studies in Abuja. “I strongly believe that the fight against crime and all forms of criminality would be better enhanced if efforts are geared towards embracing community policing to complement the police and other law enforcement agencies,” the governor said. Read more

Air Peace scales IOSA renewal hurdle, pledges to sustain safety standards (SUN)

Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, has again passed the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), pledging to sustain the high standards of its flight operations. The airline made the announcement in a statement signed by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, on Tuesday in Lagos. The Area Manager, South West Africa, International Air Transport Association (IATA), Dr Samson Fatokun, presented the IOSA renewal certificate to the Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, at the carrier’s corporate headquarters in Lagos. Fatokun described the fresh exercise as much tougher than the first audit exercise the airline’s operations were subjected to during the first audit by the global aviation body. Read more

FG to sell Yola Disco, 2 Power Plants in fresh Privatization Exercise (ThisDay)

Nigeria will attempt to re-sell the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (Disco), which was returned to it in 2015 by a core investor after declaring a force majeure on its operation of the network, as well as two gas power generation plants, Thisday has learnt. The paper gathered from a document it sighted on Tuesday in Abuja that the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has got approval from the government through the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) to re-sell the Yola Disco through a competitive bid process to be managed by the BPE. Also up for sale are the 987.2 megawatts (MW) Afam power plant and 240MW Afam Three Fast Power Limited (ATFPL) which the government initiated in 2016. Read more

Cholera claims 186 lives in 6 months – NCDC (Guardian)

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says Cholera has claimed 186 lives across the country in the last six months. The centre also disclosed on Tuesday in Abuja that 16,008 cases of cholera were reported from affected states since the beginning of the year. This is contained in an information sheet signed by the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, and posted on NCDC’s website. Ihekweazu said that the figures were those received as at July 8, from 16 states in the country. He said that NCDC and its partners had begun plans for a national cholera prevention campaign, prioritising states with the highest burden. Read more

Salisu Yusuf denies cash inducement claims (Guardian)

Nigeria’s chief coach Salisu Yusuf has denied any wrongdoing after footage broadcast on Tuesday showed him accepting money from undercover reporters posing as football agents. The BBC showed video of Yusuf taking what it said was $1,000 (850 euros) after a conversation about the selection of two players for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN). He was also told he would receive 15 percent of the fee if the players were included in the Nigeria squad for the tournament, which is open only to home-based African footballers. Read more

£65million star drops Manchester United transfer hint after superb World Cup (Caughtoffside)

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has given Manchester United some hope of a transfer as he admits he has the ambition to play at the very top. The 25-year-old spoke after a superb World Cup with England this summer, in which his strong performances at the back played a major role in helping Gareth Southgate’s side reach the semi-finals. The Daily Mirror have linked Maguire as a target for United for around £65million, though they’d likely have to sell before they can buy in that area. Still, it would do the Red Devils’ chances no harm at all to hear that the Foxes ace is keen to make the step up at some point in his career as he sent a not-so-subtle message to his club that he could be keen to move on if big offers come in. Read more

Zimbabwe ruling party accused of using food aid to buy votes (Irinnews)

Zimbabwe heads to the polls on Monday for landmark elections, the first since Robert Mugabe was ousted in November after 37 years in power. But despite promises of a new corruption-free era, monitors, experts, and the opposition allege that once again the ruling party is trying to buy votes with food aid. Almost two and a half million Zimbabweans are at risk of hunger, but as the country gears up for 30 July presidential, parliamentary, and local elections, government promises that food aid will be distributed according to need rather than party affiliation are ringing hollow. Read more

Israel ‘shoots down’ Syrian fighter near Golan Heights (BBC)

Israel says it has shot down a Syrian warplane which entered its airspace – a rare incident between the two foes. Two surface-to-air missiles were fired at the Sukhoi fighter jet, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted. According to Israeli reports, it happened over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The pilot’s fate is not clear. Syrian news agency Sana said Israel had targeted the jet over Syrian airspace, but did not say whether it was hit. Sana quoted an unnamed military source as saying the plane was conducting raids against “armed terrorist groups” near the southern Yarmouk Valley. Syria routinely describes rebel groups as terrorists.  Read more

‘Same roof’ abuse rule: Woman wins right to claim compensation (BBC)

A woman sexually abused by her stepfather from the age of four has won a landmark case against the “same roof” rule, which denied her the right to compensation. Under the rule, victims who lived in the same home as their attacker before 1979 were not entitled to damages. Court of Appeal decided the rule was incompatible with human rights laws. The woman, known as JT, said she had “finally… achieved something good” out of “an awful situation”. The solicitors representing JT said “40 years of injustice” had been overcome by the Court of Appeal’s ruling. Read more

EU to pay $7,000 for each rescued migrant (Memo)

The European Union (EU) is willing to splash out over $7,000 per migrant taken in by member states, but the proposal is being received with mixed feelings, the Financial Times reported today. The European Commission’s proposal released today seeks to create “controlled centres” for migrants entering member states that are willing to grant permission to stay. The proposal includes paying governments for up to 500 migrants rescued from each boat stranded at sea. The financial incentives come after migrant rescue boats were prevented from docking in Italy. However, Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini said: “If they want to give money to someone else let them do so, Italy doesn’t need charity.” Read more


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