Senate Holds Valedictory Session, Reels Out Achievements

SenateAfter four years of lawmaking and supervising the works of the executive, where 591 bills were introduced out of which 123 bills were passed, the seventh Senate has officially come to an end.

The Nigerian Senate has held a valedictory session to mark the end of the seventh Assembly, to look back at some of the key moments in the Upper Chamber and set an agenda for the incoming Assembly.

The legislators were joined by some prominent former lawmakers inside the Senate chamber, who came to take part in the valedictory session.

For most of the Senators, it was the last time they would be sitting in the chamber.

The Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, set the ball rolling, speaking on some of the achievements of the seventh assembly.

The floor was then thrown open as lawmakers reminisced on their experiences in the last four years and the lessons learnt.

Despite the achievements of the seventh Senate, the upper chamber did not get around to enacting one critical law, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which Nigerians expected they would.

The bill was immersed in controversies and lawmakers could not resolve the grey areas in the bill.

The Senate did not also attend to the reports of some critical investigations such as the report on the probe of the Immigration recruitment tragedy and the report on the investigation into the management of fuel subsidy.

The Upper Chamber also left behind the investigation on the mystery of the dead bodies found in Ezu River in Anambra State, the Malabo Oil Field transaction probe, as well as the investigation of the management of funds in Nigeria’s embassies and foreign missions.

No explanation had been given on why the reports were not considered, despite months of investigations.

All these now belong to the realm of history and it is left to the incoming eight Assembly to resurrect these reports, do justice to them and learn from the mistakes of the seventh Assembly.

However, the House of Representatives, on the same day, considered the report of its Adhoc Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill and passed the bill.

Senate Begins Probe Into Mystery Bodies In Ezu River

The Senate committee on Police and National Security Affairs has commenced investigation into the bizarre incident at Ezu river where twenty two decomposed bodies were found floating.

The six-member delegation led by Senator Paulinus Igwe Nwagu paid a courtesy call on Kenneth Okonkwo, the traditional ruler of Amansea, the community mostly affected by the odd event, from where they proceeded to Ezu River, the scene of the incident.

The intriguing part of the exercise took place at the conference Hall of the Government House, Awka, where the Senate committee with its chairman, Mohammed Mangoro but led by Senator  Nwagu, thoroughly cross examined relevant government functionaries and members of the public to extract information that could lead to the unravelling of the mystery of the decomposed floating corpses spotted at Ezu River on the 19th of January this year.

The Anambra state governor who was represented by the deputy governor expressed his appreciation to the committee and thanked the federal government for deeming it fit to assist the state in getting to the root of the matter.

The leader of the delegation, Senator Nwagu  cleared the air on the purpose of the probe and the grilling began with the state commissioner for Health,  Lawrence Ikeakor But it did not commence until after oath-taking which was made compulsory to show the seriousness of the exercise.

The health commissioner said it would take 48 hours for a body to decompose and autopsy examination can take one day, one year depending on the circumstance.

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police absolved himself and his men of the blames of the burial of the dead men as he also denied the arrest of MASSOB members, even though the Director of communications for MASSOB countered the police commissioner’s statement of not arresting any MASSOB member at any date or time last year and directly accused the SARS Division in Awkuzu for the crime.

Yet another Lawyer stepped forward with more revealing information pertaining to the activities in Awkuzu SARS office where his kinsmen; an elderly man was killed extra-judicially by the police in the SARS office. He specifically mentioned the name of the police officer in charge at the Awkuzu SARS station, Celestine Ani.

His presentation left all dumbfounded and the Senate committee concluded that issues arising be taken really serious with investigation and the legal practitioner’s account of the events at the SARS office must be taken seriously as it is a credible clue to unravelling the mystery of the Ezu River floating bodies.

Senate Orders Probe Into Ezu River Deaths

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has directed its Committee on Police Affairs, Security and Intelligence to undertake an in-depth investigation into the strange incident where dead bodies were found in Ezu River in Anambra State, South East Nigeria.

On Saturday 19th January, 2013, some villagers of Amansea Community in Awka North Local Government area of Anambra State found 30 dead bodies floating on the Ezu River.

No explanation has been proffered regarding the possible origin of the dead bodies till date.

This prompted a lawmaker from that state, Andy Uba, to raise a motion demanding that appropriate authorities be made to unravel the mystery.

The Senate directed its committee on police affairs, security and intelligence to undertake an in-depth investigation into the incident and report back to it in two weeks.

Reps Charge NEMA To Provide Alternative Water Source For Ezu Community

The House of Representatives has urged relevant security agencies to urgently work towards identifying over the 40 dead bodies found floating in Ezu River in Anambra state.

The motion, which was presented by Rep. Chukwuemeka Nwogbo, says the security agencies should also determine the causes of their death, whilst ensuring that there is no reoccurrence of this gruesome situation.

The lawmaker, noted that the Ezu River represent the only source of domestic water for neighboring communities, urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Water Resources to immediately provide alternate water source to the affected communities.

The agencies are also urged to do all that is necessary to ensure that there is no epidemic outbreak in the affected areas.

 

Govt To Conduct Autopsy On 3 Bodies Evacuated From Ezu River

The governments of Enugu and Anambra states will today carry out autopsy on some of the decomposed bodies evacuated from the Ezu River on Saturday.

The Anambra state Police Commissioner, Mr. Bala Nassarawa revealed that all the dead bodies are males, and that only three bodies have been selected for the autopsy because the other 15 bodies had decomposed.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in charge of medicals, the state Commissioner for Health and pathologists from the two states would be involved in carrying out the autopsy.

The 15 dead bodies were found floating on Ezu, a river at the boundary between Anambra and Enugu states over the weekend.

The decomposing bodies without any noticeable body mutilations or injuries could not be identified by the people of Amansea community who live in the area on Anambra state side of the divide.

The Commissioner of Police at a press conference on Monday, admitted that there were no gunshots, mutilations on the corpses or reported boat mishap, hence the autopsy to unravel the misery behind the deaths.