Gunmen Kidnap Wife, Children Of Katsina Lawmaker

A file photo of a man carrying a gun.

 

Bandits have reportedly kidnapped the wife and two children of the lawmaker representing Bakori Constituency in the Katsina State House of Assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Kurami.

The bandits, according to a resident, stormed the country house of the lawmaker located at Kurami village in Bakori Local Government of Area of the state at about 9:00 pm on Saturday after the Muslim night prayers.

The resident who pleaded anonymity, explained that on arrival, the hoodlums first shot at a member of the First Aid Group of Islam who they met at the entrance.

The victim who sustained injuries from the gunshots was later rushed to a medical facility for treatment.

At the time of the incident, the lawmaker was away, participating in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Local Government Congress in his council.

Spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah in a telephone conversation with Channels Television on Sunday promised to comment on the incident after getting details from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Bakori council.

Meanwhile, a senior security agent in the state told Channels Television that rescue operations for the abducted victims are ongoing as operatives have been mobilised to the scene of the incident and the council environs.

Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Scrap Mandatory National Youth Service

A file photo of corps members departing an orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

A member of the House of Representatives from Rivers State, Awaji-Inombek Abiante, is proposing a bill to repeal the National Youth Service Corps Act.

He noted that the NYSC was established to encourage and develop common ties among the Nigerian youths, promote national unity, as well as develop the youths and the country into a great and dynamic economy.

The lawmaker, who represents Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency, however, lamented that the programme has failed to address the essence of its establishment after several decades.

He decried that several reform efforts have also not yielded desired results but have continued to be a drain on the nation’s scarce resources and exposed families to several nightmares, and even loss of loved ones after so much investment.

Abiante stressed the need to call for the repeal of the law establishing the programme on nine grounds.

He noted the incessant loss of lives of innocent corps members in some parts of the country to banditry, religious extremism, and ethnic violence, as well as the kidnapping of corps members at their places of primary assignment and in transit.

According to the lawmaker, public and private agencies are no longer recruiting able and qualified Nigerian youths, thus relying heavily on the availability of corps members who are not being well remunerated and get discarded with impunity at the end of their service year without any hope of being gainfully employed.

Other grounds listed by the lawmaker are highlighted below:

Due to insecurity across the country, the National Youth Service Corps Management now give considerations to posting corps members to their geo-political zone, thus defeating one of the objectives of setting up the service corps i.e. developing common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration;

Many corps members are being used by their employers for jobs that have no bearing on the skills acquired at institutions of higher learning, thus making them unemployable after their service year;

The available camp facilities/officials are grossly inadequate to contain the number of Nigerian graduates participating in the scheme, thus creating unpleasant situations to the corps members during the orientation programme;

Call-up is no longer automatic;

Some of the female corps members have been savagely raped and gruesomely murdered without any protected from their employers which are avoidable if not for the scheme.

Graduates are made to queue for several years; some wait until they become ineligible for some employment, especially into the military and paramilitary services with stringent age limit prescriptions.

Lawmaker Asks FG To Arrest Masterminds Of Ebonyi, Anambra Attacks

Reps Deputy Minority Leader , Toby Okechukwu

 

 

The Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu has asked the Federal Government to arrest and prosecute those responsible for the attack in Ebonyi and Anambra States.

His statement comes barely 24 hours after the former Central Bank Governor, Charles Soludo was attacked by gunmen on Wednesday in Anambra.

Professor Soludo, who is aspiring to contest the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra, had attended a stakeholders’ meeting with some politicians and others at the Isuofia Civic Centre in Aguata Local Government Area of the state.

While the meeting was ongoing, a group of gunmen attacked the venue and engaged the security personnel there in a gunfight.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Suspect In Connection With Attack On Soludo

Also in Ebonyi, at least 15 people were killed when on Monday evening when suspected herdsmen attacked four villages in the state.

The lawmaker in a statement on Thursday warned that the country was already neck-deep into a season of anomie, which if not immediately arrested, would spell doom for the country.

While commiserating with the people of Ebonyi State, Okechukwu, however, called on the security agencies to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the executors and masterminds of the Ebonyi killings.

“In the interim, l call on all security agencies to smoke out the perpetrators and bring them to book.

“I commiserate with the Government and people of Ebonyi State as well as the families of the policemen that lost their lives in Anambra, just as I emphasise that all measures should be taken to ensure that this does not happen again”, added.

Read Full Statement Below:

 

EBONYI MASSACRE: THINGS ARE FALLING APART, REPS DEPUTY MINORITY LEADER WARNS

…Condemns the attack on Soludo

… Calls for arrest, prosecution of culprits

Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, says the recent killings in Ebonyi State, the attack on former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, and the prevailing killings across the country are ominous indications that things are falling apart.

Okechukwu warned that the country was already neck-deep into a season of anomie, which if not immediately arrested, would spell doom for the country.

The lawmaker, who represents Aninri/Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency in Enugu State, bared his mind in a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday.

While condemning the recent massacre in Ebonyi State communities and the attack at an event in Anambra, which left three policemen attached to Soludo dead, he stressed that time was overdue to breath life into the reports of the 2014 National Conference and the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on True Federalism, both of which he said favoured state police the answer to the rising insecurity in the country.

He said: “This continuous carnage as evident from the attack in Ebonyi is a clear indication that things are really falling apart. This massacre of hapless citizens is another sad reminder that we are in a season of anomie where innocent people are unexpectedly mowed down in cold blood without consequences.

“The advertent or inadvertent encouragement of ethic militias to levy war on all parts of the country is a clear manifestation of a nation-state that has abdicated its leviathan responsibility to protect the lives and properties of her citizens.

“It is unbelievable that non-state actors brandishing K-47 and other lethal weapons can hold a nation-state of over 200 million people to ransom, undetected, unchallenged and without any consequences.

“It is very apparent from all indications that the Federal Government has lost the initiative to preempt, curtail, mitigate or solve these devilish attacks and bloodletting. It is also very apparent from our security policy and its present architecture that citizens cannot be protected or assured of protection. Clearly, the APC government has lost its commission and mandate for which it was hired in 2019”.

He urged President Mohammadu Buhari, the security agencies, and leaders of the nation at every level to rise up to the challenge or risk being the undertakers of the Nigerian federation.

“We are not willing by any act of omission or commission to be the undertakers of this Federal Republic. Therefore, this APC administration led by President Mohammadu Buhari must urgently give vent to the El-Rufai Committee report as well as the 2014 confab report both of which are in support of state police”, he said.

While commiserating with the people of Ebonyi State, Okechukwu, however, called on the security agencies to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the executors and masterminds of the Ebonyi killings.

“In the interim, l call on all security agencies to smoke out the perpetrators and bring them to book.

“I commiserate with the Government and people of Ebonyi State as well as the families of the policemen that lost their lives in Anambra, just as I emphasise that all measures should be taken to ensure that this does not happen again”, added.

RT. HON. TOBY OKECHUKWU
Deputy Minority Leader, House of Representatives

Ekiti House Of Assembly Member, Juwa Adegbuyi Is Dead

 

A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly Juwa Adegbuyi, has died.

The lawmaker was said to have died on Saturday evening after suffering an undisclosed ailment.

Adegbuyi who chaired the House Committee on Public Service Matter, Employment and Human Capital Development, represented Ekiti East Constituency one in the state legislature.

Public Schools Don’t Have Capacity To Observe COVID-19 Protocols – Lawmaker

A member of the House Committee On Basic Education, Hon Awaji-Inombek Abiante has said that public schools don’t have the capacity to observe the COVID-19 protocols laid down by the Presidential Task Force to avoid the spread of the disease.

The lawmaker made his views known on Monday during Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily Programme.

“Our concerns have been that nobody sustainably has done anything relative to providing the very basic means of adhering to the protocols as laid down by the government, especially with the public schools,” he said.

His statement comes following the reopening of schools across the federation for the 2020/2021 academic session.

The Federal Government had on January 14, insisted that the January 18 resumption date for schools in the country remains intact despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

READ ALSO: School Resumption Remains January 18 – FG 

Although the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education directed that all schools and parents must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others.

A Members of the House Committee On Basic Education, Hon Awaji-Inombek Abiante

 

The ministry said that these measures which are to ensure the safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review, thereby urging teachers, school administrators, and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.

The lawmaker, however, expressed concerns over the adherence level in public schools.

“There are schools in this country where the pupils sleep under trees, the challenge of accommodation is very huge in these schools.

“What has the government done between the first wave of the COVID-19 and the second wave?” He asked.

“We have no data suggesting and submitting that majority of the schools have the capacity and the willingness to ensure that the COVID-19 protocols are kept”.

Hon. Abiante called on the Federal Government to provide information that shows its readiness for schools to reopen.

Gunmen Kidnap Former Lawmaker In Bauchi

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

 

A former lawmaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly Abdulmumuni Hassan Ningi has been kidnapped.

The former lawmaker was kidnapped on Thursday around 8 pm at his residence in Bauchi metropolis located behind BSADP along Isa Yuguda Guest House.

A family member narrated to Channels Television that the incident occurred when the lawmaker returned home from work and his son opened the gate for him at which he was immediately pointed a gun at by gunmen and whisked away while his son watched.

The kidnappers were also said to have left with the key to his car and the family believed that they did that to prevent being followed.

The Bauchi State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmed Wakili confirmed the incident and said the abductors are believed to be four in number and came in a red golf car.

The Police command PRO suspected that the lawmaker was being trailed right from his shop to his house.

He urged members of the public to vigilant and security conscious.

As of 4 pm Friday, the kidnappers are yet to make contact with the family.

Police Arrest Suspected Kidnapper Of Oyo Lawmaker’s Sister

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a suspected kidnapper of a lawmaker’s sister, Jumoke Babalola.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Fadeyi Olugbenga, 35-year-old Babalola was abducted by armed men while returning from her shop.

Following the abduction, the police spokesman said the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command swung into action.

READ ALSO: Troops Kill Two Bandits In Benue, Recover Arms

“One Jumoke Babalola Oludele ‘f’ age 35 yrs that was kidnapped while returning from her shop by an unknown armed man, one suspect arrested after the anti-kidnapping squad of the Oyo Police Command swung into action,” the statement partly read.

“The suspect is currently being quizzed to obtain useful information. The effort intensified to rescue the hostage and also to arrest the culprits. Further development shall unfold soonest, please.”

Benue Lawmaker Remanded In Prison Over Criminal Conspiracy, Kidnapping

The lawmaker representing Katsina Ala East state constituency in the Benue State House of Assembly, Honourable Jonathan Agbidye being taken to prison custody for alleged criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping on August 21, 2020.

 

A Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court presided over by Mr Isaac Ajim on Friday remanded the lawmaker representing Katsina-Ala East state constituency in the Benue State House of Assembly, Honourable Jonathan Agbidye in prison custody for alleged criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping.

Agbidye of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was remanded with one Denen Zuamo of Katsina-Ala town for the alleged offence.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, Fidelis Ogbobe told the court that on May 22, 2018, a Toyota Hilux van with registration number SWA-215-FM and other valuables belonging to Apin Public Health Initiatives was snatched at gunpoint along Katsina-Ala -Tordonga road in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state to an unknown destination.

He said that during police investigation, the duo was arrested with the said vehicle was re-registered as MKD-992-AD in Makurdi.

The prosecutor said a further investigation by the police revealed that Hon. Agbidye, Zuamo and others now at large conspired and belonged to a gang of armed robbers and terrorists headed by the notorious and wanted kingpin, Terwase Akwaza alias ‘Ghana’ who snatched, robbed and abducted the staff of Apin Public Health Initiatives.

He said the accused persons committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) A and B and section 6(b) of the Robbery and Fire Arms (Special Provisions) Act, 2004, and Hostage, Kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities Law of Benue State, 2017.

No plea was taken for want of jurisdiction.

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The prosecuting counsel told the court that investigation into the matter was still on and asked the court for another date to enable the police to complete their investigation.

Counsel to the accused persons, Barrister Terhemen Oscar Aorabe did not oppose the application for another date.

He, however, informed the court that he will formally file and apply for the bail of his client on another date.

The trial Magistrate adjourned the case to October 12, 2020, for further mention.

As at the time of this report, Hon. Agbidye and Mr Zuamo were being conveyed to the Federal Correctional Facility in Makurdi.

‘I’m Ready To Give Out My Life’ For Peace In North East – Lawmaker

 

The lawmaker representing Chibok, Damboa and Gwoza, Ahmahdu Usman Jaha, has said that he is ready to give out his life if that would guarantee peace in the northeast.

Jaha said this on Wednesday at the floor of the House of Representatives while lamenting over the killing of 30 persons by Boko Haram insurgents in Auno.

“I’ve said without fear of any contradiction that I am ready to give out my life if those in the northeast can live in peace.

“The most painful thing on earth is for you to stay in your comfort zone while your constituents are dying like animals,” the lawmaker said.

According to him, the incident happened as a result of negligence on the part of the Nigerian Army.

He also accused the army of failing to take action despite receiving fillers about the attack, hours prior.


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“Failure or inability on the part of the Nigerian Army to have a constructive listening of intelligence gathering from the DSS and other relevant informants in the community led to this attack”.

He, therefore, urged the Speaker of the House to treat the matter as a national issue and with a sense of urgency.

“Mr Speaker, as far as I’m concerned, this is a national issue. It happened today in Borno but only God knows where next it will happen in the 36 states of the federation because of negligence or complacency on the part of our security operatives”.

Auno Killing: Army’s Failure Led To Death Of 30 Travellers, Says Lawmaker

 

The lawmaker representing Chibok, Damboa and Gwoza, Ahmahdu Usman Jaha, has accused the Nigerian Army of negligence and complacency in securing the country.

According to Jaha, it was the failure on their path to carry out their duties that led to the killing of 30 persons in Auno, Borno State.

“Failure or inability on the part of the Nigerian Army to have a constructive listening of intelligence gathering from the DSS and other relevant informants in the community led to this attack,” he said on Wednesday at the floor of the House.

He further stated that despite receiving fillers that there was a potential attack and some of the insurgents had been sighted hours before the attack, “nobody cared to do anything”.

Jaha said the situation was a national issue and if he could give his life for peace to be restored in the northeast, he would do so, as he cannot bear to watch the continued tragedy.


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“I’ve said without fear of any contradiction that I am ready to give out my life if those in the northeast can live in peace,” he said.

“The most painful thing on earth is for you to stay in your comfort zone while your constituents are dying like animals.

“So, Mr Speaker, as far as I’m concerned, this is a national issue. It happened today in Borno but only God knows where next it will happen in the 36 states of the federation because of negligence or complacency on the part of our security operatives”.

Rep Members Reject Renovation Of National Assembly With N37bn

 

Reactions have continued to trail the proposed N37 billion meant for the renovation of the National Assembly.

This time, some members of the House of Representatives, through a series of tweets rejected the amount earmarked to embark on the project.

In their tweets, three lawmakers – Bamidele Salam, Akin Alabi, and Legor Idagbo – shared the opinion that the National Assembly does not need to spend as much as N37 billion for renovation.

According to them, only an upgrade in the audio and recording system of the chambers is needed and not the entire structure.

The lawmakers, however, proposed that instead of spending such an amount on the project, the money should be channeled into the upgrade of schools and hospitals across the country.

Read the tweets below:



Lawmaker Arrested In Japan Over Alleged Bribes

A file photo taken on Dec. 9, 2019 shows Japan Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto attending the Lower House plenary session in Tokyo. AFP

 

A Japanese lawmaker was arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes worth tens of thousands of dollars from a company that wanted to build a casino, Tokyo prosecutors said Wednesday.

Tsukasa Akimoto, a former member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party, received three million yen in cash in 2017 ($27,400 at the current rate), prosecutors said in a statement without identifying the company.

The arrest could put pressure on the Abe administration, which legalised casinos in 2018 despite bitter opposition.

Akimoto, who denied the allegations in a tweet, was the senior vice minister in charge of overseeing the government’s casino policy.

Prosecutors alleged he received the money “knowing the company provided it for the purpose of asking for favourable arrangements” for casino projects.

Prosecutors also arrested three employees of Chinese betting company 500.com, which allegedly bribed Akimoto, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Akimoto resigned from Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party after his arrest.

Prosecutors also alleged he was “invited on a trip to Hokkaido… and received the financial benefits worth around 700,000 yen including airfare and accommodation”.

Japan’s government has long pushed for the construction of mega-resorts that integrate casinos, entertainment venues, restaurants, hotels and conference facilities, similar to Las Vegas.

The policy’s supporters argue that casinos will boost the stagnant economy by bringing in tourists and business, similar to regional gambling hubs like Macau.

Japan is often viewed as the holy grail of gambling in Asia because of its wealthy population, proximity to the huge Chinese market, and an appetite for other forms of legal gambling such as horse racing and pachinko, a slot machine-style game.

But many activists are concerned about Japan’s well-documented gambling addiction issues.

AFP