Insurgents Attack Borno Town As NASS Members Visit State

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Suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have attack Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State.

The attack took place on Thursday while a joint committee of the National Assembly on the Army visited the state.

The insurgents had stormed the town in the evening and started shooting sporadically, a situation that threw residents into panic.

Sources at the Theatre Command Headquarters told Channels Television that an enforcement team was quickly deployed in the town by Operation Lafiya Dole to combat the terrorists.

According to them, the Air Component of Lafiya Dole was unable to provide air support on account of “bad weather”.

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The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim, also confirmed the attack.

He, however, said troops repelled the attack as the military was fully on the ground engaging the predators.

Brigadier General Ibrahim added that details of the operation were sketchy as the clearance operation was ongoing.

Gubio, located some 84 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno, has been severally targeted by insurgents in recent times.

The latest attack occurred while the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, Brigadier General Ibrahim, as well as other principal officers of the operation received the National Assembly delegation.

The lawmakers led by chairmen of the committees in both Senate and House of Representatives chambers, Senator Ali Ndume and Honorable Abdulrazak Namdas, had received a guided tour of some military locations before a meeting at the headquarters of the Theatre Command.

At the meeting, the Theatre Commander demanded a functional embedded Army Aviation Wing and helicopters.

He was confident that if such was provided, the Boko Haram war would end “in less than three months.”

Major General Adeniyi also told the committee that only a militarised aviation can provide the required firepower for ground troops to launch offensive attacks in the enemy’s territories.

Budget Passage Will Prove Our Accountability To Nigerians, Says Gbajabiamila

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, says the early passage of the 2020 budget will prove that the 9th Assembly is accountable to Nigerians.

Gbajabiamila said this on Tuesday at a joint session of the National Assembly on the presentation of the budget estimates by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Appropriation Bill that Mr President has presented to us today is a statement of intent. The budget when enacted into law, will be proof of our priorities and a reflection of our values we hold.

“What are those values? Integrity, accountability in managing the affairs of the state and absolute commitment to the best interest of the Nigerian people,” he said.

“What are our priorities? Building an economy that provides sufficient opportunities for our people to achieve the dreams they hold dear, equipping our children with an education that prepares them for the challenges, protecting the rights of our citizens and securing them from internal and external aggression”.

Speaking further, Gbajabiamila vowed that the National Assembly will work to ensure “that this commitment is reflected in the 2020 Appropriation Act.”

Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan explained that the lawmakers are working towards passing the budget before the end of 2019.

He explained that the aim is to ensure that Nigeria’s budget cycle is returned to the January-December calendar year.

“The public, as well as the private sector, need a reliable budget cycle that is predictable and reliable for planning and execution of their financial policies and programmes.

“It is, therefore, necessary that the present cycle is changed to a January to December cycle. In this regard, the National Assembly and the Executive must work together to ensure the realisation of this important objective,” he said.

“In this regard, our committees will be expected to conclude their work on budget defence within October this year, the subsequent necessary legislative work will be carried out in November and December, leading to the eventual passage before the end of this year”.

NASS Ready To Pass 2020 Budget, Senate President Lawan Insists

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A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

 

The Senate President Ahmad Lawan has assured Nigerians that the 2020 national budget will be passed before Christmas, this year.

Alhaji Ahmad Lawan made this disclosure in an interview with newsmen shortly after a visit to government house, katsina after he conferred with Governor Aminu Bello Masari, his Deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu and other government officials.

The Senate President explained that the national assembly is expecting the budget next month of September from the Executive Arm, which the ninth assembly hoped to deliberate and passed within two months.

He said that the process would return Nigeria to the annual budget of between January to December.

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Similarly, the Senate President assured that the ninth assembly would passed the Petroleum Industry Bill for the oil and Gas sector to be given the desired reform.

Alhaji Ahmad Lawan expressed the resolve of the two wings of the national assembly to work harmoniously for the rapid required reformations in the education, agriculture and other sub sectors of the economy.

The Senate President was accompanied by the leadership of the Senate as well as senators representing katsina South,Mallam Bello Mandiya and that of katsina North, Senator Ahmad Babba kaita.

The Senate President told journalists too that he and the delegation had earlier paid Sallah homage to Mr President in Daura.

Upon arrival too, the Senate President along with Governor Masari, Deputy Governor and secretary to the government of katsina state,Dr Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa prayed Jumma’at prayer at Modoji Mosque.

The delegation of Senate President has since left for Abuja.

Court Stops NASS From Taking Over Edo Assembly

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the National Assembly to halt its plan to take over the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo gave the order at the resumed hearing in the case filed by the Edo State Government, challenging the decision by the Senate and the House of Representatives to step in if the governor fails to send another proclamation letter for a fresh inauguration of the Edo Assembly.

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Justice Taiwo on Wednesday, however, ordered the parties in the case to maintain status quo pending the determination of the case.

A federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt had earlier given an order restraining the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki from issuing a fresh proclamation letter as directed by the Senate.

The court also restrained the clerk of the National Assembly, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, their servants, agents, officers or privies from interfering or taking over the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly.

The orders followed requests sought by the Deputy Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Honourable Yekini Idiaye; and the member representing Ikpoba-Okha constituency in the Edo Assembly, Honourable Henry Okhuarobo.

APC Backs NASS On Edo, Bauchi Assembly Crises, Blames Governors

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is in support of the decision taken by the National Assembly to resolve the crisis in Edo and Bauchi State Houses of Assembly.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated this while addressing a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.

According to him, the real issue at stake is the alleged deliberate violation of the rule of law by the governors of the affected states.

Issa-Onilu said, ”There was supposed to be a proper proclamation of the House of Assembly in Bauchi and Edo and in both cases, what happened has fallen short of the expectation.”

“So, do the right thing. You can deal with whoever you think is your problem; that is a different issue.

“Our only concern here is wherever – Edo, Bauchi, anywhere else, rule of law must guide whatever we do. Enough of impunity in the country, and we will not take it,” he added.


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APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, addressing a press conference in Abuja on July 21, 2019.

 

 

The APC spokesman said the party has demanded that the governors of Edo and Bauchi states obey the rule of law by ensuring that their State Houses of Assembly were properly inaugurated.

He insisted that the National Assembly was constitutionally empowered to take over the functions of any State House of Assembly found not capable of performing its functions.

Issa-Onilu explained that the APC aligned itself with the position of the federal lawmakers, stressing that their intervention in the crisis was in line with the Constitution.

He said, “What should happen is the National Assembly is clearly empowered in a situation where it is clear that a particular House of Assembly is incapable of conducting its business.

“The law is clear on what should be done and we are glad to know that the respective chambers are already doing what they need to do.”

NASS Delegation Visits Fasoranti Over Olakunrin’s Killing

NASS Delegation Visits Fasoranti Over Olakunrin’s Killing

 

A delegation from the National Assembly has paid a condolence visit to Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, over his daughter’s death.

Mrs Funke Olakunrin, Fasoranti’s daughter, was shot by armed men on July 12 travelling along the Benin-Ore Expressway in south-western Nigeria.

The leader of the delegation and Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Robert Boroffice, addressed reporters on Sunday during the visit.

He said the National Assembly would synergise with the Executive towards putting an end to insecurity in the country.

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Senator Boroffice informed the nonagenarian that the issue was raised on the floor of the Senate, adding that there was no need for panic as a result of the recent comments from various parts of the country.

On his part, leader of the delegation from the House of Representatives, Segun Odebunmi, said Olakunrin’s death was a challenge on the government to rise up to its responsibilities of securing the citizens.

He stressed the need for anyone caught in any criminal act to be made to face the wrath of the law.

The leadership of Afenifere led by the General Secretary, Sehinde Arogbofa, received the National Assembly members.

Former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, as well as former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, were among the lawmakers who visited Fasoranti.

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Don’t Be Distracted By ‘Partisan Leaders’, APC Tells Buhari, NASS

Don’t Be Distracted By 'Partisan Leaders', APC Tells Buhari, NASS

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly not to be distracted by those it described as partisan leaders in the country.

It made the call on Wednesday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in reaction to the outrage sparked by the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti.

The party, however, condoled with the nonagenarian over the loss of his daughter who was killed by gunmen last week in Ondo State.

According to the statement, it said losing a loved one is never easy to come to terms with, particularly in such unfortunate circumstance.

“We join the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and all peace-loving Nigerians in extending condolences to the family of the late Funke Olakunrin on the sad and painful loss,” the APC said.

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Olakunrin’s murder has been widely condemned by prominent Nigerians, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo who wrote an open letter to the President, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which called for a state of emergency on security.

In its reaction, the APC said it “is disturbed by recent reckless and provocative statements ascribed to some leaders and interests in the country.”

“Inciting actions and rhetorics are counterproductive and dangerous particularly in a multi-ethnic country such as ours.

“Terrorism, kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, and other crimes must be condemned by all. There is nothing like an Isoko, Gwari or Awori robber because criminality has no tribe in the eyes of the law.

“We must remind ourselves that many of the recorded genocides all over the world started through unchecked prejudices and systematic profiling of racial, political and cultural groups. God forbid our dear country descends into such savagery,” the ruling party said.

According to the statement, the party condemns the notion of a Nigeria where any ethnic group is unwelcome in any part of the country.

It insisted that every Nigerian must be free to live and work in safety anywhere in the country, while the leaders have an important duty to be temperate in their language and actions.

The APC asked Nigerians to be wary of partisan individuals, saying many of them formerly occupied elective positions but failed to tackle many of the criminalities in the country.

“We must be wary of these leaders who now play to the gallery to incite, spread hate and intolerance in the country. Their interventions are not patriotic but in pursuance of their political and selfish interests.

“The APC urges the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the National Assembly, our religious, traditional, political leaders and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians not to be distracted by these unpatriotic antics,” it said.

The party added, “We may not agree on some issues in our national life, but we must continue to explore all peaceful and legitimate avenues to tackle our challenges and find amicable common ground to our disputation.

“Finally, we also call on relevant security agencies to intensify ongoing effort to rid the country of crime, particularly the violent type.”

Sex Toy Shop Assault: Protesters Storm NASS, Demand Prosecution Of Senator Abbo

Protesters at premises of the National Assembly complex on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Protesters on Wednesday stormed the National Assembly complex in Abuja demanding the prosecution of Senator Elisha Abbo for assaulting a lady at a sex toy shop.

The protesters including popular activist Aisha Yesufu said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker, who is representing Adamawa North Senatorial District must be prosecuted alongside his police orderlies.

The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions, condemning the act assault and demanding justice.

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Senator Abbo is in the eye of a storm for attacking and beating up a woman who tried to prevent him and others with him from assaulting another woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja.

The viral video of the assault sparked outrage with many Nigerians calling for his prosecution.

Abbo has since confirmed to Channels Television that he is indeed the man in the video and that he will release a statement soon in that regard.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the case. Six men and two women were chosen as members of the committee which will be headed by Senator Sam Egwu.

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NASS Leadership: Buhari Describes Lawan, Gbajabiamila’s Victories As ‘New Dawn’

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the newly elected presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly.

He described the emergence of the new leaders as a “new dawn”, different from that of the immediate past.

The President also saluted all the national legislators and their political parties for what he described as their display of patriotism and non-partisanship before and during the election.

He commended the “transparent and fair nature” of the voting process, adjudging it as a plus for the democracy in the country.


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His comments came shortly after Ahmed Lawan was elected as the new Senate President, while Senator Ovie-Omo Agege emerged as the Deputy Senate President.

In the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila was elected as the Speaker, while Honourable Ahmed Wase emerged as Deputy Speaker.

President Buhari urged the winners to use their exalted positions for the higher interest of the country, her people, and for the growth of democracy.

According to him, the Executive does not desire a rubber stamp Legislature and while separation of powers is essential, collaboration among all arms of government should be the name of the game.

“The opposition need not be virulent,” he said.

Speaking further, the President noted that stepping into the Next Level, the legislature has a big role to play to achieve the goals of the administration.

He also urged contestants who lost in the elections to be gallant in defeat and join hands with the victors to work towards achieving a greater nation.

APC Governors, Oshiomole, Others Attend NASS Inauguration

PIC 1: APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole PIC 2: APC governors led by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi. PHOTO: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday attended the National Assembly complex to witness the ninth National Assembly inauguration.

The governors were led by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi.

He was accompanied by his predecessor and the immediate past governor of Zamfara State, Abdul Aziz Yari.

Also present were the governors of Lagos State, Katsina State, Kano State, Plateau State, Kebbi State, Osun State, Nasarawa State, and other APC governors.

Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole was also present at the National Assembly complex observe the inauguration.

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Buhari Meets APC Lawmakers-Elect, Governors Ahead Of 9th NASS Inauguration

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night met with members-elect of the National Assembly ahead of the inauguration of the 9th NASS on Tuesday.

The President met the lawmakers-elect in company with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, and members of the partys National Working Committee as well as APC governors at the Sheraton in the nations capital Abuja.

At the end of the meeting which was held behind closed doors, none of the lawmakers-elect or party officials were willing to speak to journalists about the meeting and the discussions with the President and party leaders.

The meeting is, however, believed to be aimed at putting final touches to the APCs plans for the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.

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The party has endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the position of Senate President and Deputy President, respectively, while Femi Gbajabiamila and Idris Wase were chosen for the role of Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.

Although many lawmakers-elect including governors elected under the party have backed the choice of Lawan and Gbajabiamila, there has been opposition to the choice with Senator Ali Ndume gunning for the Senate Presidency, while Muhammad Umaru Bago wants to Speaker.

The APC NWC had met with governors and members of the National Assembly elected on the platform of the party earlier in the day to endorse Lawan and Gbajabiamila as its choice for the position Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively.

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Ninth Assembly: APC Governors Meet Ahead Of Inauguration

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National Assembly Complex (file)

 

Ahead of the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly billed for Tuesday the 11th of June, Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC as-well-as the party’s National Working Committee NWC are currently meeting in Abuja with the APC caucus of the incoming National Assembly.

The meeting holding behind closed doors is also being attended by a stalwart of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah who is a Senator-elect.

This is the second meeting held by the APC governors forum this week, ahead of the inauguration of the ninth national assembly billed for Tuesday the 11th of June.

The progressive governors’ forum met yesterday in Abuja where they endorsed the choice of Senator Ahmed Lawan for the position of Senate president.

The chairman of the forum, governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state explained that their decision was aimed at ensuring that the partys decision is not jettisoned by lawmakers elected under the APC platform.