Fire guts the National Assembly complex

Fire broke out on Thursday at the complex of the National Assembly, Abuja for the second time this year.

Witnesses say the fire, which was immediately extinguished, began at the complex of the National Assembly did not affect the building where the nation’s House of Representatives and Senate meet.

It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries.

A Fire Service Director of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sani Saidu, said the incident was caused by power fluctuation.

A fire broke out at the complex on 14 January. It was blamed on a malfunctioning air conditioner.

Electrical fires are common in Nigeria, as electricity supply from the Power Holding Company (PHCN) surges and wanes, unable to provide light to the country of more than 160 million people. Those who can afford it rely on generators for power.

National Assembly asks court to trash Soyinka’s suit over constitution

The National Assembly has asked the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to strike out a suit filed by Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka and Fred Agbeyegbe  which seeks to declare that the amended 1999 Constitution is illegal because it is not an act of the people.

In the suit, both men want the court to declare that the amended 1999 Constitution is not an act of the people.

In an objection filed by the clerk of the National Assembly on Thursday, the lawmakers want the suit dismissed on the grounds that the court lacks jurisdiction.

Counsel representing the plaintiffs however insisted that the court has the jurisdiction.

The plaintiffs had instituted the suit in 2009 seeking the production of a constitution that is a true reflection of the people’s opinion, one that emanates from a proper referendum.

Of the five respondents in the suit, only the clerk of the National Assembly was represented by a counsel during the court hearing. The other defendants in the suit are the President, the Attorney General of the federation, the Senate president and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Professor Soyinka in the last hearing had sought the permission of the judge to stay away from the court proceedings, citing the target to his life by the dreaded Boko Haram sect which has declared him wanted.

Presiding Justice John Tsoho adjourned further hearing on the issue of jurisdiction till the 6th of June.

He has also deleted the name of the late Biafra warlord, Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu from the list of plaintiffs following his death.

More Facts on the Pension Scheme Fraud

On the Pension scheme fraud update,more facts came to the fore as investigations continue.

The Chairmen of the pension recovery task team;Mr. Meina Abdulrasheed said 44,320 retirees never received pensions for once in their lives while some committed fraud by receiving pensions from up to three different organisations.

Fuel Scarcity:Senate to meet Marketers,Agencies,Financial Houses

To address the controversial fuel scarcity looming around the FCT and its neighbouring states,the Senate has directed the Minister of Finance to arrange a meeting which will include oil marketers,finance houses and agencies in the petroleum sector.

It is coming as a consultative meeting to get the facts responsible for the unnecessary scarcity.

Special Courts Debate with Lagi Innocent

On the issue of the proposed Special Courts on terrorism/corruption cases,most of the legal professionals supported the idea as the Senate quashed it.

Sunrise Daily had Lagi Innocent; a former member of the Nassarawa State Assembly and a lawyer in the studio to shed light on it.