We Want To Find A Solution To The Security Situation In FCT – Lawan

National Assembly Is Ready To Work For Nigerians – Lawan
A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Photo: [email protected]

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Monday held an expanded meeting over the security challenges in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Similar meeting held last week at the office of the Senate President to address the security concerns of the FCT.

“The purpose of this particular meeting is to widen the scope of our interaction and the entire idea is to find solution to the security situation in the FCT,” Lawan said.

Unlike the previous meetings, Monday meeting was attended by the Minister of Communications, Isa Ali Ibrahim and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency(NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar along other top officials directly involved in the security of Abuja.

READ ALSO: We Did Not Shut Out The Press From Legislative Business – Lawan

Lawan said the presence of the Communications minister is to show that the way forward will require application of Information technology while the presence of the NIA DG is to attend to the international dimension in addition to the national security challenge facing Abuja.

Lawan is concerned that Abuja, being the seat of power, should have a better security situation than it is now.

“This is the seat of government and I believe that it will be a reflection of what the security situation in Nigeria is. The story is not very good.

“This meeting will therefore look into every possible solution going forward on how to address the security situation,” Lawan said.

Some Senators in attendance include the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Chairman, Senate committee on Interior, Senator Kashim Shettima, Chairman, Senate committee on Police Affairs, Senator Halliru Jika and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

Seizure of Assets: Court Misled Into Granting Temporary Forfeiture Order – Saraki

 

Former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has stated that his attention has been drawn to an order said to have been granted by a Federal High Court in Lagos for a temporary forfeiture of his property on 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, following an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki stated that the Federal High Court in Lagos must have been misled into granting that order as neither him nor his lawyers were aware of any application by the EFCC for any forfeiture order.

He said there is a subsisting court order issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja, in which the same property was a subject matter and where the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Justice were parties. The court in that case gave an order restraining the EFCC from taking any further action until the matter is determined.

READ ALSO: Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of Saraki’s Property

“We are sure the FHC judge in Lagos was not aware of all these facts and has therefore been misled into giving the temporary forfeiture order. The affected property, House Number 17 A and 17B, was specifically listed in the case against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in which the EFCC was part of the prosecution and the case went up to the Supreme Court where the apex court in its July 6, 2018 judgement ruled in his favour.

“The Supreme Court has ruled that the source of funds for the purchase of the property was not illicit as claimed by the prosecution. On pages 12, 13 and 26 of the judgement of the highest court, this particular property on 17A McDonald Street, Ikoyi, was specifically referred to and the court upheld the no case submission of Dr. Saraki and therefore ruled in his favour.

“We know that any action which tends to mislead the court amounts to misrepresentation and it is a good ground for us to get the Court to throw away the order it issued today. We are sure the order will be reversed.

“We therefore call on all the friends, associates and supporters of Dr. Saraki to remain calm because we know this action will not stand when the court gets to hear the side of the former Senate President”, Saraki stated

FG Pledges Full Support For AFRIMA As Nigeria Hosts 2019 Edition

Kajura Attack: FG Sends Security Operatives After Killers Of Nigerian, Briton
File: Mr Lai Mohammed addresses a press conference in Abuja.

The Federal Government has promised its full support for the successful hosting of the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), as the country prepares to host the glamorous event in Lagos 20-23 November 2019, with the theme: ”Feel Africa”.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the promise in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

”When you look at the All Africa Music Awards, it’s one of the biggest awards for the music industry in Africa, and what government has done in the past is to provide the enabling environment for the awards to take place.

READ ALSO: Complete List Of Winners At The Headies 2019

”We provided support services for AFRIMA, we gave them the backing they need and I think it’s on record that the AFRIMA editions that have been held in Nigeria have been among the most successful.

”This year again, we are ready to partner AFRIMA professionally, give them the maximum support such as effective media coverage and also help them in reaching out to other critical stakeholders,” the Minister said.

He said part of the reasons why Nigeria has successfully hosted the music awards is because the country has relaxed its visa regime, with the visa on arrival policy, thus making it easier for people to come in.

AFRIMA, which was first held in 2014, was established in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to reward and celebrate musical talents and creativity in Africa as well as to promote African Cultural Heritage.

First Bank, Air Warriors Win At Zenith Bank Women Basketball League National Final 8

 

Delta Force slumped to their first defeat at the ongoing Zenith Bank Women Basketball League National Final 8 with a 42-67pts loss to First Bank.

Delta Force tried all they could against First Bank but their offensive prowess was put under check from the determined First Bank players who had a total of 25 defensive rebounds.

Okoro Ifunanya with 14 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds and Regina Iornumbe with 14 points provided the platform on which the Elephant Girls built their success.

In the second game of the day which was a local derby between two Abuja based sides- Air Warriors defeated Black Gold Queens 87-58points.

The scoreline did not reflect the stiff competition between the 2 sides due to the wastefulness of Black Gold ladies inside their opponnent’s paint.

Experienced Blessing Kasham was the highest scorer for the Warriors with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists.

As expected, the game between MFM and Dolphins went down to the wire which was decided in the last few seconds of the game.

At the end of the third game of match day two at the ongoing 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League National Final 8, Dolphins won 56-51 points in what seems to be a revenge following their bitter 1point loss at the conference phase in Ibadan.

With the victory, Dolphins have won their 2nd game on the trot as MFM continue the search for their first win of the 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League National Final 8

Gbihi Cynthia once again came through for Dolphins with 17points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists.

Odiowei Susan managed 10points and 1 rebound for MFM which was not enough to secure a win.

It was a blow out for Custom as they recorded 69-34 points victory over Plateau Rocks in the last match of the day at the ongoing Zenith Bank Women Basketball League National Final 8

Joseth Anaswem was the man of the match with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

In group A, Plateau Rocks will come up against First Bank who are yet to lose a game while Customs face Delta Force.

In group B, Black Gold and MFM Queens will clash as both teams search for their first win of the competition while Dolphins will play Air Warriors in a match that will decide the group leader.

Last group games will be decided on Sunday starting by 12noon.

INEC Fixes Dates Of Elections For Sabuwa Constituency And Kogi West District

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the dates for conducting re-run elections for the Sabuwa State Constituency, Katsina State and Kogi West Senatorial District.

According to a communique from INEC, the commission met on Monday to consider the timetable and dates for the elections.

The Commission fixed the 30th of November 2019 for the conduct of a Katsina State bye-election, while the 16th of November has been scheduled for the Kogi-West re-run.

According to INEC,  the Kogi re-run election will take place simultaneously with the Kogi Governorship election which had earlier been fixed for November 16, like that of Bayelsa State.

READ ALSO: Senate Rejects Budget For Niger Delta Ministry

Senate Rejects Budget For Niger Delta Ministry

 

The Senate Committee on Niger Delta has rejected the 2020 capital budget of the ministry over the non completion of major projects in the region.

At the ministry’s budget defense session in the national assembly, committee members expressed dissatisfaction over many abandoned projects across the Niger delta states.

READ ALSO: Ex-Niger Delta Agitators Protest In Abuja

The displeasure over unfinished projects in the region was disclosed by the Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi, when the Minister, Godswill Akpabio appeared before the committee to defend the ministry’s budget of N25, 910,486,285.

Senator Nwaboshi stated that there is no state within the Niger Delta which does not have abandoned projects that should have been completed before now.

Hundreds Of Villagers Flee As Bandits Invade Kaduna Villages

 

Suspected bandits have attacked several villages in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The incident which occurred on Sunday afternoon has displaced many villagers who fled their homes for fear of being killed by the bandits.

The gunmen were alleged to have killed three vigilante members who went into the forest to confront them.

READ ALSO: Troops Kill Bandit, Destroy Two Camps Used For Kidnapping In Kaduna

A resident told our correspondent that many people were displaced at Unguwan Gebi, Unguwan Dangauta, Unguwan Nayawu, Unguwan Makeri, Jagani and Sabon Gida.

Other places affected are, Dallatu, Unguwan Alhaji Ahmadu, Sabon Gari, Kusau, Gidan Sarkin Noma, Unguwan Pati, Unguwan Tofa and Sauran Giwa.

The resident disclosed that the displaced persons, numbering about 2,000, are currently taking refuge at Birnin Yero Primary School located along the Kaduna- Zaria road amidst tight security.

We Did Not Shut Out The Press From Legislative Business – Lawan

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said on Monday that it was share misrepresentation of fact to say that journalists were not allowed to cover the budget defence sessions going on at the National Assembly.

Lawan was reacting to report published in some dailies last week that the media were shut out of the coverage of the budget defence at the various Senate committees.

“There is no shut out of the press from what we do,” Lawan told reporters.

“We need the press to tell Nigerians what we are doing. You (journalists) are our friends. That was a misunderstanding (of what happened),” Lawan said.

The Senate President said it should be expected that journalists, at some point, may be excused from such meetings when sensitive issues that bother on national security are being discussed.

“I want to assure Nigerians that whatever we do in this Senate and indeed in this National Assembly is in the best interest of Nigeria. We will not compromise on anything as far as the national interest is concerned,” Lawan said.

France-Born Nigerian Star, Hemery, Indian Lady Bhatia Win Lagos Open Tennis 2019

Representative of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu-Olu, Executive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh (left) presents Men’s singles trophy to Calvin Hemery from France.

 

The 2019 Lagos Open Tennis Championship ended on Monday with France-born Nigerian player, Calvin Hemery and Indian Riya Bhatia winning the men and women’s singles respectively.

The finals, which was shifted 24 hours because of heavy downpour in Lagos metropolis on Sunday, was the climax of the second leg of the ITF World Tennis Tour at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.

Frenchman Hemery won the tournament back to back as he was the winner of the first leg. Interestingly, his opponent in Monday’s final was the same Bosnia Herzegovina opponent Aldin Setkic, who he defeated in the first leg.

The final was an easy one for Hemery as Setkic retired when the game result was 4-2.

READ ALSO: Ronaldo Happy With ‘More Attacking’ Juventus

To Hemery, whose father is from Edo State, winning the ITF World Tour was a thing of joy for him, adding that he felt elated with the support he received from Nigerian fans, which he described as one of the rallying forces that propelled the victory.

The women’s singles final was a tough match for the winner, Indian Riya Bhatia, who was stretched in the three sets thriller by opponent from Slovenia, Nastja Kolar. The crucial match ended 7-5,1-6,6-3.

Bhatia described her opponent as a good player, adding that it took her determined effort to win the match.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwolu-Olu, who could not physically present at the finals was represented by Dr. Kweku Tandoh, the Executive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission and the Director General, Mr. Oluwatoyin Gafar.

Dr Tandoh who represented the Governor gave kudos to the finalists, most especially the winners. He praised, on behalf of the State government, the Local Organising Committee LOC headed by Chief Pius Akinyelure for putting up a good organisation of the competition. He wished all the players safe journey to their respective destinations.

Involvement Of Citizens In Governance Will Deepen Our Democracy – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, speaks during plenary in the Senate Chamber in Abuja on September 27, 2019.

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has called for the active involvement of citizens in the process of governance.

According to Lawan, doing so would substantially deepen Nigeria’s democracy, as well as ensure transparency and accountability on the part of lawmakers elected to deliver on effective representation to the people.

Lawan made the call when a delegation from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, United Kingdom, and local officials of Inter-Parliamentary Union paid an official visit to the Senate President at the National Assembly, Abuja.

The mission was primarily to announce the inauguration of the Young Parliamentary Forum (YPF) which has been scheduled for Tuesday at the National Assembly.

READ ALSO: We Want To Find A Solution To The Security Situation In FCT – Lawan

Members of the forum comprise Legislators at both the National Assembly and the State Assemblies who are 45 years and below.

Lawan recalled that the passage of the Not-too-Young-to-run Act by the 8th National Assembly was a conscious effort to widen the political space for young politicians to be part of governance.

He, therefore, urged the YPF to embrace opportunities to make sure that Nigerians have representation within the age bracket as provided in the Act after elections every four years.

Speaking on attaining inclusion in governance, Lawan said, “while we emphasise on those elected, I think democracy can only be deepened if there is participation from those who are not in office.

“Those of us who have been elected of course represent people, but we can do little really, if there is no participation in the governance process by those who elected us.

“Hardly ever are we understood on what our roles are by those who elected us. They think we are sometimes supposed to behave like the executive arm of government.

“There is need for those who are not elected to also properly on board; those of us elected should be checked just as we check the executive arm of government.

“People should be interested in what we do. Those who elected us should continuously give advice and ask questions; and where there are questions, we should be able to provide explanations. This is very important.

“I will continue to advocate that we bring political education down to the primary school level. We shouldn’t be looking only at those already in office. What will make out democracy work for us is citizen participation.”

Earlier, the representative of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Lucy Armstrong, lauded the National Assembly for its support to ensure that the Youth Parliamentarians Forum succeeds in the delivery of its mandate.

Secretary, Inter-Parliament Relations and Protocol of the YPF, Joseph Oru, said the group, besides working with parliaments across 30 countries around the world to strengthen democracy and political parties, seeks the inclusion of youth, women and persons with disabilities in the process of governance.

Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of Saraki’s Property

BREAKING! Asset Declaration: Supreme Court Discharges Saraki Of All Charges
Bukola Saraki

 

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday 21st of October 2019, ordered the interim forfeiture of two properties located at Ikoyi area of Lagos state belonging to the immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an exparte application filed by the commission’s lawyer Nnaemeka Omewa approached the court seeking an order of interim forfeiture of the properties, alleging that they were acquired through proceeds of unlawful activities.

Delivering ruling on the application, Justice Mohammed Liman who ordered the interim forfeiture of the two properties said the EFCC should publish the order in a national daily within fourteen days and further the matter for report of compliance with the order of court.

The commission had sought for four orders before Justice Liman, in respect of the controversial property.

READ ALSO: #RevolutionNow: Court Varies Sowore’s Bail Condition

Part of the relief sought by the EFCC include “an order of this honourable court forfeiting to the federal government of Nigeria landed property with appurtenances situate, lying and known as no. 17a Mcdonald road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa local government area of Lagos state found and recovered from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity ”

“an interim order of this honourable court forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the landed property with its appurtenances situate, lying and known as no 17 Mcdonald road, Ikoyi in Eti Osa local government area , Lagos state found and recovered from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity ”

Justice Liman relying on the documents attached to the matter resolved all the issues raised in favour of the EFCC.

The commission in an affidavit alleged that the former president of the Nigerian Senate acquired the two properties with proceeds of unlawful activity.

Part of the affidavit reads, “trend of cash lodgments into Saraki’s account became suspicious and in order to further disguise the source and origin of this money, the respondent changed the pattern of payment and started making payments into exhibit EFCC 3 using fictitious names ”

The EFCC further alleged that the former Nigeria number three citizen while serving as the executive Governor of Kwara State withdrew over twelve billion cash from the account of the Kwara government and paid directly into his account domiciled in Access and Zenith banks through one of his personal assistant, Abdul Adama at different intervals.

Troops Kill Bandit, Destroy Two Camps Used For Kidnapping In Kaduna

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

Troops of Operation Whirl Punch comprising of Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Police, Department of State Services and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have destroyed two camps belonging to suspected bandits located in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.

The troops also killed one bandit during the raid of their camps located in Kankomi and Daban Gone mountains all in Chikun local government area.

A statement from the Deputy Director Army Public Relations of One Division, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, says the joint raid of the bandits camps took place between Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20th respectively, following credible information from well meaning Nigerians.

READ ALSO: Abducted ACP Rescued Unhurt, Two Male Suspects Arrested

The statement also discloses that the troops destroyed the 2 camps used by the bandits to perpetrate their nefarious activities, while one AK47 riffle , 3 motorcycles, 2 mobile phones, and the sum of N5000 (Five Thousand Naira) only were recovered were equally recovered from them.

According to Colonel Idimah, the joint operation which involves troops from various security agencies is in continuation of the offensive operation against the bandits and other undesirable elements in Kaduna state, which he says has resulted in the neutralisation of bandits, recovery of arms, and rescue of kidnapped victims