Flood Hits Four LGAs In Kebbi State

Flood in NigeriaAt least four Local Government Areas in Kebbi State have been hit by flood after a heavy rainfall.

Sources close to the state government say the Local Government Areas are Argungun, Augie, Suru and Kamba Local Governments.

There are no reports of casualties and residential areas were largely spared, but large areas of farmlands were washed away by the flood.

Kebbi is one of the states which the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has forecast will experience heavy rains and flooding.

The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA) is yet to comment on the issue, but the state government is said to be planning assistance to the affected farmers.

 

INEC Assures Kogi Residents Of Free, Fair Election

inecThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is poised to conduct free, fair and credible Governorship election in Kogi State.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hussein Halilu Pai disclosed this while briefing journalists on the activities of the commission ahead of the governorship election in the state, adding that the lessons learned from  previous elections will be used in raising the bar during the forth coming Governorship election.

In his briefing to journalists the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, said  about 10 data capturing machines will be distributed  in each of the 21 Local Government Area offices to be manned by two personnel, adding that the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards would soon commence for those that could not  collect before the 2015 elections.

He stressed further that the commission will use the Kogi election to display improved processes and rigor, while noting that those registered will have their cards printed out and voters transfer will also be supported.

Customs Impounds Vehicles, Goods Worth 545Million Naira

customsThe Federal Operations Unit Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service has impounded contraband with total duty paid value of five hundred and forty five (545) Million naira.

These goods ranging from vehicles, second hand clothing, school bags, expired bags of rice and cartons of engine oil.

While conducting journalists round the seizures at the Abia/Imo command in Owerri the Imo state capital, the Area Comptroller of the FOU Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service Mr Victor Dimka says the seizures were made within 7 days of intense operation by officers of the command in 11 states of the South-South and South-East under the zone.

He said the officers were motivated by the marching orders from the leadership of the Nigeria Customs Service to ensure that more revenue is being generated for the federal government, he said the officers of the command will stop at nothing until smuggling is brought to its barest minimal.

The command says it has arrested 10 suspects who are already in custody to be charged to court as investigation has commenced.

 

Kenya’s Westgate Shopping Mall Reopens After Massacre

westgate mallKenya’s Westgate shopping mall reopened on Saturday nearly two years after gunmen from the Somali militant group al Shabaab massacred at least 67 people inside and held out for four days as security forces laid siege to the complex.

Once a totem of Kenya’s growing prosperity, the Westgate building has since become symbolic of growing insecurity in the east African nation and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inability to prevent frequent Islamist attacks on Kenyan soil.

Images beamed across the world during the September 2013 raid dented Kenya’s image abroad and scared off tourists, damaging a vital sector of the economy. Kenya’s embarrassment was compounded by Westgate security footage which showed soldiers looting the mall after the militants were killed.

Nairobi governor Evans Kidero said the reopening of the mall showed the resilience of the Kenyan people. “I know there will be apprehensions but as a country we are safer than ever and we will continue to work to ensure that our country is safe,” he said.

Thousands of people turned up when the doors opened on Saturday morning, and stores and restaurants across the complex were crowded with patrons.

Major Western brands, including Subway, KFC and Converse, have outlets in the new mall along with Kenyan companies such as Nakumatt, a high-end supermarket chain popular with well-heeled locals and expatriate workers.

“When terrorists attack, one of their main aim is to ensure that where they destroy people pull down those buildings and put up memorial parks but in Westgate we refused to do that,” said shopper Eric Muluka.

But, in a reminder of the security threat, armed police guarded the entrance to the complex. Inside private security guards in plain clothes patrolled the building, wearing earpieces for communication.

Israeli firm I.R.G. has been put in charge of running security in the reopened mall. New features include explosive detectors, luggage X-rays, scanners to check underneath cars, bollards to prevent car bombs, and bullet-proof guard towers.

Abia Gov. Plans To Use ICT To Checkmate Crime In State

Okezie IkpeazuThe Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has revealed plans to engage expertise on the use of ICT to checkmate crime in the state.

Gov. Ikpeazu made this known to the members of the Sixth Abia House of Assembly during their first courtesy call and meeting at the Executive Chambers of the Government House Umuahia.

While the speaker for the Sixth Abia State House of Assembly, Hon Martins Azubuike said their visit was to formally present the House to the Governor after their inauguration and elucidated on issues and challenges that need urgent attentions.

According to Governor Ikpeazu , the legislature is very vital in carrying out what the government intends to build for a better state that can boost of infrastructural development and economy empowerment.

The governor charged the legislators to diminish self and place the interest of the state first through a stable and supportive House.

He assured them that the government will find resourceful ways of dealing with issues of insecurity especially kidnapping and other criminal vices. Hinting that he will liaise with the House in the establishment of a Security Trust Fund and promised to do everything to ensure that the legislators excel in their constituencies.

Reps Summon INEC Over Permanent Voters’ Card Distribution 

attahiru jegaThe House of Representatives in Nigeria has summoned the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, to furnish it with progress report on the ongoing distribution and modalities for the distribution of Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) across states before the 2015 elections.

A lawmaker, Yakub Balogun, had raised a motion of urgent national importance on what he termed a haphazard distribution of Permanent Voters’ Card by the electoral commission, raising fears of imminent disenfranchisement of eligible voters in some states.

Mr Balogun alleged that “despite INEC’s directive that all eligible voters must compulsorily replace their temporary voters’ cards with the new permanent voters’ cards the electoral body has not been able to effectively replace all the temporary cards in some states where the distribution is ongoing”.

He pointed out that eligible voters who had approached INEC for the replacement of their temporary cards were turned back on the account that their individual PVCs were not read, expressing fears that the situation might amount to disenfranchisement of such voters.

The INEC boss is expected to appear before the house committee on electoral matters within the next 48 hours.

The electoral commission had said that voters without the PVC would not be allowed to vote in the 2015 election.

It has tested the use of the card for voting in the Ekiti governorship election held in June and is looking to also use the card for the Osun governorship election.

Considering the importance of the general election in 2015, political analysts have stressed the need for the INEC to ensure that issues around the PVC were resolved before the election.

Kogi Impeachment is an aberration of the law – Dino Melaye

Still on the Kogi impeachment saga, former member of the House of Representatives; Dino Melaye who decided to organise a protest instead of taking a legal path on the matter reacted via telephone interview on Sunrise Daily today.

The Corruption Network head said the legal solution is already in the pipeline as Femi Falana (SAN) has been asked to proceed to court and before that a protest was taken to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation.

Listen to the rest of the interview for more details.

Kogi Impeachment: Reps. were biased in their judgement -Hon. Garba Dauda

Discussing Kogi state impeachment on Sunrise Daily, one of the lawmakers of the Kogi state house of assembly; Honourable Garba Daudu was on the breakfast programme via telephone to comment on the recent order of closure of the state house of assembly by the House of Representatives if the kogi House of Assembly cannot resolve the issues within themselves .

It would be recalled that the Speaker of the Kogi state house of assembly Abdullahi Bello was impeached along with and ten other principal officers.

The Kogi state House of Assembly has been in disarray in the last few months over plan by some aggrieved members to remove the Speaker and other principal officers of the House.

The Speaker has been having a running battle with some lawmakers who had been plotting to remove him from office.

It is not clear how many lawmakers were at the impeachment sitting as the House was not set to sit when it did.

The Minority Leader of the assembly, Yori Afolabi, had previously warned against the desperate attempt to remove the leadership of the House, noting that the executive arm of government is dangling N15 million to any lawmaker who consents to the plot.

The House of assembly then elected Lawal Jimoh to replace Mr Bellow as Speaker.

Honourable Garuba gave an update that the House of Representatives accused the Kogi state House of Assembly of lacking the understanding of the constitution of the while they paid the Kogi lawmakers a visit, thereby passing judgement before hearing form the Kogi lawmakers as the House Representatives wrote the Inspector general of Police to seal the Kogi House of Assembly before they proceed for the fact-finding mission.
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