Bandits Attack Zamfara Speaker’s Village, Kidnap Father

A file photo of a man holding a gun.


Bandits have attacked the village of the Zamfara State House of Assembly Speaker Nasiru Magarya, abducting his father.

According to an eyewitness, the gunmen invaded the Magarya community in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state on Thursday and also kidnapped the lawmaker’s stepmother, and four other persons in the community.

The bandits were said to be on motorcycles and started shooting sporadically to scare people away to allow them to carry out their acts.

The spokesperson of the Zamfara State Police Command Superintendent Shehu Mohammed also confirmed the incident, and noted that the command has deployed additional troops to the affected area to ensure the safe return of the victims.

The abductors are yet to contact the families of the kidnapped persons while the lawmaker has not commented on the incident as of the time of filing this report.

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A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.


Wednesday’s attack is the latest assault on the northwestern state where banditry and kidnapping have become rampant.

Governor Bello Matawalle has attributed the increased spate of crime in the state to unresolved conflicts between herders and farmers.

The Zamfara leader also blamed the rising rate of kidnapping and banditry on the failure of some states in the region to dialogue with bandits.

#EndSARS: Reps Unveil 30-Day Plan To Tackle Police Brutality

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, speaks during a meeting in Abuja on February 5, 2020.


The Speaker House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, has unveiled some of the plans by the House, aimed at tackling police brutality in the country.

In a statement signed personally on Wednesday, Gbajabiamila said over the next 30 days, the House will work with the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), civil society and with Nigerians of good conscience to draft new legislation that establishes a system of independent accountability from the Force.

According to him, the new legislation will hold erring members of the Police Force to account for their conduct in the performance of their duties and impose civil and criminal liability for violations of the Police Code.

It will also compel the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to take responsibility for the failures of training and discipline that leads to such violations.

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In the past couple of days, there have been uproars and protests, calling for a scrapping of a subunit of the police force, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), following series of allegations of harassment by officers.

Initially, the cry was for the unit to be reformed but a fresh incident on Saturday, brought to the fore, calls for proper handling and even scrapping of the rogue, high-handed police officials.

According to Gbajabiamila, in his statement on Wednesday, “their actions betray our trust and wreak unquantifiable damage on the already frayed fabric of our society”.

The Speaker, however, admitted that “at the heart of this fundamental failure lies the unavoidable truth that we do not have an independent framework for ensuring that members of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) are appropriately held to account when they fail to adhere to the policies and laws that govern their operations”.

“We have long expected the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to police itself,” he added, noting that it is now abundantly clear that for the benefit of a functioning system of policing in Nigeria, parliament has to step in to introduce an independent, fair and practical approach to ensure that those to whom we grant the authority to act in the name of the state, are held to the highest standards of professional conduct.

Tight Security At Kaduna Assembly Over Alleged Plot To Impeach Speaker

Some security officials at the Kaduna State House of Assembly on June 11, 2020.



Some policemen and other security operatives have taken over the Kaduna State House of Assembly Complex over an alleged plot to impeach the Speaker, Mr Yusuf Zailani.

This comes barely four months after Zailani was elected as the speaker of the House on February 25.

There have been speculations that some lawmakers who are not happy with the speaker’s style of leadership have perfected plans to impeach him during plenary on Thursday.

In order to forestall any breakdown of law and order, the security agents barricaded all entrances leading in and out of the complex in the Kaduna metropolis.


Only the lawmakers and Assembly workers were allowed into the complex, but journalists and other visitors were turned back.

In his reaction, Zailani told Channels Television that those plotting his removal would not succeed.

“Nobody can remove the lion,” the speaker said in a telephone chat on Thursday.

May 27: We Will Stop At Nothing To Give Children Quality Education, Says Gbajabiamila

File photo of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the House will stop at nothing to ensure the provision of quality education to Nigerian children.

He also stated that all efforts would be made to reduce the number of Out-of-school children in the country.

The Speaker was quoted to have said this in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, ahead of the 2020 Children’s Day Celebration.

“Nigerian children must be given all the necessary care and attention, especially quality education, that they require to attain their goals in life,” the Speaker said.

He also noted that in support of the age-long maxim that children are the leaders of tomorrow, concerted efforts must be done by all well-meaning Nigerians to achieve a better tomorrow for Nigerian children.

While celebrating them, he said he would always champion the cause of the Nigerian child both in Parliament and outside, to ensure that their potentials are carefully harnessed through good education and training.

According to him, the country cannot set aside May 27 every year to celebrate her children without taking decisive action to better their lives.

Consequently, the Speaker said all policies, including legislative framework, must be put in place to give qualitative education to the Nigerian child and ultimately, reduce the number of out-of-school children.

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The Speaker also called on governments at all levels to come up with programmes and policies that would promote the rights of children.

Meanwhile, he called on parents to be responsible and responsive in training and taking good care of their children so that the country would be better for it in future.

New Speaker Emerges In Kaduna Assembly, As Shagali Resigns

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Main Entrance of the Kaduna State House of Assembly.


The member representing Igabi constituency in Kaduna State House of Assembly, Honourable Yusuf Zilani has been elected as the new speaker of the Assembly.

His emergence follows the resignation of the former Speaker, Aminu Shagali, representing Sabon-Gari Constituency.

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The new speaker until his emergence was the deputy speaker in the All Progressives Congress (APC) dominated Assembly.

Photo combination of the new Kaduna Speaker, Honourable Yusuf Zilani (Left) and the former Speaker, Aminu Shagali.


Zilani was elected by his colleagues during plenary on Tuesday.

Although the former Speaker did not give any reason for his resignation, sources at the Assembly told Channels Television that members of the House have started collecting signatures to impeach him before he eventually bowed to pressure and resigned.

VIDEO: Speaker Gbajabiamila Teaches Secondary School Students In Katsina

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday, taught students of Government Pilot Senior Secondary School, Kofa Sauri, Katsina State.

The Speaker taught the pupils on the dangers of drug abuse.

This is part of his voluntary teaching exercise, which earlier commenced in his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency of Lagos State in 2017 when he was House Leader.

Gbajabiamila had earlier on Monday visited Katsina State to access the level of insecurity with a view to finding lasting solutions.

He also met with the State Governor, Aminu Masari, and visited some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at their camps.

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Lawan, Gbajabiamila Meet With Buhari


President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting held at the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital.

At the end of the meeting, Senator Lawan said the subsequent budget will not suffer delay as a result of the delay in the submission of the ministerial list.

He believes the budget cycle of January to December is possible should the Executive forward the proposal to the National Assembly early enough.

“I think there is nothing to worry as deeply; the budget itself is normally prepared by civil servants. The permanent secretaries superintend and the directors do the work most of the time,” the lawmaker told State House correspondents.

He added, “I believe that we are still on course and I believe that both the Executive and the Legislature are on the same page on this.

“We all desire and are prepared and determined to ensure that we pass the budget by the first or second week of December, by the grace of God, provided it is presented to us in September, end of September.”

Confusion In Bauchi Assembly As Two Speakers Emerge

Bauchi State House of Assembly is currently in disarray as members have elected two Speakers in separate elections.

Eleven out of the 31 elected members of the Assembly sat as early as 7:00 am and elected Abubakar Suleiman as the Speaker of the House.

Suleiman is a member representing Ningi Central Constituency and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Danlami Kawule a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Zungur/Galambi was also elected as the Deputy Speaker by the same group of lawmakers.

Members of the ninth Bauchi Assembly holding a parallel election outside the complex. Kawuwa Damina emerged Speaker in the parallel election.


The situation took a twist as 18 members of House held a parallel election in front of the Assembly complex around 11:00 am.

The members could not gain access into the chamber as it was locked so they decided to hold a parallel election outside the complex.

The members stood in front of the statue of the Mace symbol and elected Kawuwa Damina as the Speaker of the House.

Damina is a former Speaker in the 8th house of Assembly and a member of the APC. He was returned in the parallel election through a voice vote.

The ninth Assembly inauguration was earlier scheduled to hold 10:00 am but the 11 members came early as 6:00 am to elect a Speaker and went ahead with the inauguration.

PHOTOS: House Speaker Gbajabiamila Visits Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left), with Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila during the Speakers visit to the governor at the Governors Lodge, Abuja on Monday, June 17, 2019.


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday visited Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Gbajabiamila who represents Surulere Federal Constituency of Lagos State in the lower chambers met with Sanwo-Olu at the Governors Lodge in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Both men were seen exchanging pleasantries, beaming with smiles.

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Their coming together comes barely seven days after Gbajabiamila emerged Speaker of the Ninth Assembly.

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Frank Okiye Emerges Speaker Of Edo Assembly Amidst Alleged Imposition

The member representing Esan North East 1 in the Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, has emerged the Speaker of the House.

Okiye emerged the Speaker of the House during the inauguration of the seventh Assembly held on Monday night.

Nine out of 24 legislators were in attendance.

After ushering the lawmakers into the chambers, the Clerk of the House, Audu Omogbai, read the proclamation letter transmitted to the House by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

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Okiye’s emergence comes amidst alleged imposition of the leadership of the House by the state government.

19 aggrieved lawmakers had earlier addressed a press conference where they claimed that the governor was trying to impose the leadership of the house on members.

The Edo State Commissioner for Information, Paul Ohonbamu, however, refuted the claims, insisting that Governor Obaseki has not broken any law.

Youths Protest In Plateau, Other States, Demand Speakership For North-Central


Some youths in Plateau, Niger, and Nasarawa states have demanded that the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives be zoned to the north-central region of the country.

The youths made the demand in separate protests held on Monday in their respective states.

In Plateau, the demonstrators under the auspices of North-Central Concerned Youths held a peaceful protest in Jos, calling for the zoning of the speakership to the region for equity and justice.

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They gathered at the office of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jos, carrying placards with various inscriptions.

The protesters stressed the role of the north-central region in the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and the performance of the party in the 2019 general elections.

They, therefore, called on the leadership of the APC to intervene and ensure that the region was not marginalised, regarding the leadership of the National Assembly.

A similar protest held in Minna, the Niger State capital where the youths accused the leadership of the party of a plot to marginalise the north-central.

The youths who carried placards with different inscriptions urged the President to intervene in the matter and ensure that the principle of Federal Character was observed.

They added that any attempt to deny the region from producing the Speaker for the ninth Assembly would not do good to the unity of the country.

Some youths in Nasarawa State also took to the streets of Lafia to demand that the north-central region be given the opportunity to lead the House of Representatives.

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Benue Assembly Replaces Impeached Speaker With Titus Uba


The Benue State House of Assembly has elected Honorable Titus Uba, the lawmaker representing Kyan state constituency as its new Speaker.

Uba, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was elected shortly after the former speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, was impeached on Tuesday.

The impeachment came after a motion of no confidence was moved by Honourable Richard Ujege, the lawmaker representing Konshisha state constituency.

The move which was backed by 21 members out of the 30-man Assembly, took place in the absence of the (impeached) speaker, but the clerk of the House was present at the plenary.

Subsequently, Uba was elected.

Also, a new Deputy Speaker, Egli Johnson Ahubi, who represents Otukpo/Akpa state constituency was elected.