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Nasarawa speaker laud peaceful NUJ election

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The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has commended journalists in the state for exhibiting and adhering to the high level of democratic norms and values in their just concluded elections.

The polls saw Mr Salihu Alkali as the new Chairman of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Also, NUJ Nasarawa council gets new leadeship.

This is contained in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Jibrin Gwamna, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Keffi on Friday.

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Abdullahi congratulated Alkali and his new executive members for their victories and wished them a united, peaceful and successful tenure.

The statement quoted the speaker as saying that he is highly impressed with the peaceful and transparent nature of the just concluded elections.

The speaker expressed hoped that it would enhance developmental journalism in the state and beyond.

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He called for more unity and understanding among members of the NUJ and the government for peace and progress of the state.

Abdullahi, who observed that elections are over, hence the need for all the parties involved to come together as one body for the progress of the union and the state at large

He reaffirmed the state assembly’s commitment in partnering with the union for the overall development of the state.

NAN recalls that on July 2, members of thd pen profession in the state elected their new officials with Alkali of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria as Chairman and Mr Sunday John of NAN as Secretary, among others.


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Shocker: Lagos Lawmaker walks out on Speaker, Obasa | Full Story

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A Lawmaker representing Lagos Mainland 1 at the Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon. Moshood Oshun has walked out on the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa over allocation of a seat during the plenary session on Tuesday.

The Speaker had directed the Lawmaker to take his allocated seat instead of the one he was sitting on.

Upon this directive, the lawmaker said, he had earlier complained that the seat allocated to him was not convenient.

The Speaker, thereafter, told Oshun, If everyone chooses his or her seat, how would the chamber looked.

Obasa, therefore, stated that Oshun should comply with the rule of the House or should take a leave.

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At this point, Oshun takes a walk out of the chamber.

Recall that the House had in March removed two of its principal officers, the Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru and the Deputy Majority Leader, Olumuyiwa Jimoh.

Two other members of the House, Moshood Oshun (Lagos Mainland Constituency II) and Kazeem Raheem Adewale (Ibeji Lekki Constituency II) were also suspended indefinitely.

Announcing the suspension of the members, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, stated that the House is the hope of the people and the heartbeat of democracy should be well guided.

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“I hereby invoke Section 68 and Section 70 4 (a, b) 2 and 3 of the House Rules in respect of gross misconduct, insubordination and action that can destabilise this House. I hereby move that Moshood Oshun and Raheem Adewale be placed on suspension indefinitely,” the Speaker said.

The two decisions were supported through voice-votes by members present during plenary. Notice and change in the leadership were contained in a letter read on the floor of the House by the Clerk, Azeez Sanni.

Sanni stated that the 26 members that signed the letter urged the House “to change the leadership of the House, including Rotimi Abiru as the Chief Whip and Olumuyiwa Jimoh as Deputy Chief Whip.”

However, the suspension of the four lawmakers had been lifted after the intervention of the party hierarchy.


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EFCC arrest Benue Deputy Speaker, 1 Other

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Thursday said it has arraigned the deputy speaker and clerk of the Benue State House of Assembly for alleged N5 million fraud.

The deputy speaker Christopher Adaji and the clerk Torese Agena were arraigned before Justice S. O. Itodo of the Benue State High Court, Makurdi.


“The duo are standing trial for their complicity in an alleged fraud totalling N5,040,950 (Five Million, Forty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Naira only),” EFCC said in a statement.

“They were arraigned on two-count charges bordering on conspiracy, bribery, criminal breach of trust and abuse of office.”


Adaji and Agena pleaded not guilty.

The two-count charges against them read: “That you, Torese Agena, on 18th day of October 2019 being Clerk, Benue State House of Assembly, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did use your position to confer unfair advantage .to yourself as bribe, to tune of N200,000 (Two Hundred thousand naira only) from N50,000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) payable to High Profile Investment Nigeria Limited by the Benue State Government for the Benue State House of Assembly legislative tour to European countries .and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under the same Act”.

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“That you Christopher Adaji between 8th – 14 of November, 2019 within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court spent the sum of N4,840,950 (Four Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Naira only) the funds allocated to you for European legislative tour on your legal and other services and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(5) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000”.

After their “no guilty” plea, prosecution counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua, asked the court for a date for the commencement of trial and also sought an order of the court to remand the defendants in Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS).


However, the defence counsel prayed the court to grant them bail on liberal terms or on self-recognizance adding that they would always be available in court to stand for their trials.

Justice Itodo admitted them to bail on self-recognizance and thereafter adjourned the case till July 6, 7, and 8, 2020, for the commencement of trial.


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Dele Momodu Speaks On Former Speaker’s Death. [Nigeria]

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Ovation magazine boss, Dele Momodu has stated that former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’ Abba is not dead as publicized.

Na’Abba served as Speaker of the House of Representatives during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

A report had surfaced earlier today saying Na’Abba died at a hospital in London.

This has now been debunked as false by Dele Momodu who stated that Na’Abba is preparing to join him in an Instagram live chat.

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Dele Momodu wrote: “Former speaker, Ghali Umar Na’ Abba is not dead as being currently speculated.

“I have just spoken to him and making arrangements for him to join me soon now INSTAGRAM LIVE.”


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[Nigeria] Former Jigawa Speaker Dies At 66

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A former speaker of Jigawa State House of Assembly, Adamu Sarawa, is dead.

He was 66 years old.

Mansur Ahmad, media aide to a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, said Sarawa died in Kano on Monday, after a brief illness.

The deceased hailed from Gurgun Daho community in Kafin Hausa Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

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He was a speaker from the year 2007 to 2015 under the then Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led administration in the state.

Sarawa was also a one term council chairman, Kafin-Hausa, Local Government

He is a political ally to former governor, Lamido.

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The deceased would be laid to rest at his home town, Gurgun Daho of Kafin Hausa local government, according to Islamic rites.

Late Sarawa death has joined the series of mysterious deaths ravaging Kano State.

He is survived by two wives and many children and grandchildren.

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Kano recorded a high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases because of its densely populated nature, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, said.

Ihekweazu, while speaking at the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19, on Monday, said the number of cases recorded in the state within THAT period is not a surprise.

“I will like to remind everyone that during a pandemic, the risk of spread is in those towns where the population density is highest.

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“We are all aware of the population density in Kano. The high number of cases we are now seeing in Kano is really not a surprise,” he said.

Since reporting its index case about two weeks ago, Kano has been the centre of controversies ranging from the rapid increase in number of confirmed cases, ‘mysterious deaths’ and the sudden halt of its only testing centre.


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Kaduna house speaker reportedly resign


Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, member representing Sabon Gari constituency, has resigned his position as Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

Shagali informed the House of the decision on Tuesday morning in a handwritten letter personally signed by him.

In the letter, he cited personal grounds as reasons for his resignation.


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Operation Amotekun: Actions Have Been Taken For Legality – Ogun Speaker


The Ogun State House of Assembly has considered and taken necessary legal processes on the South-West Security Network codenamed ‘Amotekun’.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, disclosed this to Channels Television at his office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.


Oluomo explained that the actions taken by the lawmakers were expected to make Amotekun a legally acceptable security outfit and deliver on its core mandate.

Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, during an interview with Channels Television in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He also gave an update on the journey so far in the legislative procedure for the actualisation of the security outfit.

The speaker, however, sought the support and understanding of residents of the state to ensure the success of the outfit in securing their lives and properties.


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Insecurities: Femi Gbajabiamila seek China’s support


The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila has asked for the support of the Peoples’ Republic of China to help tackle security challenges in the country.


Speaking when he received the Ambassador of China to Nigeria Mr Zhou Pingjian, in Abuja, Mr. Gbajabiamila said Nigeria needs help at this time to help tackle its security challenges.

He noted that Nigeria and China already have good economic and political relationship and stressed on the need for strong military ties between the two countries to reduce insecurity.


“What I’ll implore you is on the military relationships. Our biggest problem right now is the issue of insecurity, and we’ll be happy to get help now from wherever we can.

So, in terms of military ties, we’ll be happy to get help from you at this time,” Mr. Gbajabiamila said.


On Coronavirus, Speaker Gbajabiamila commended the Chinese Government for measures taken so far to contain the virus and avoid spread to other parts of the world.

He said Nigeria would continue to support China as it battles the virus, adding that there was a need for proper enlightenment to avoid panic among the people.


“Our country will continue to ensure that the relationship is good.

You have the issue of coronavirus, and we commend you for what you’ve done so far. You’ve been proactive so far. You built a 1000-bed hospital in about a week and another 1600-bed hospital.


We know that all these things are temporary but necessary measures. You did address the issue of misinformation and all of that. But we must always recognize the fact that there will always be fear of the unknown.

We met with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) ‎here. The DG gave us the same assurances that you gave us. With the measures taken, I know in no time it will go. But whatever that caused it in the first place should be addressed.


We’re here to support you even if it’s morally so that you’ll continue to fight this disease,” the Speaker maintained.

The Chinese Ambassador, Mr Pingjian, had earlier told the Speaker that his country considers Nigeria a very important trade partner, especially with the recent trade volume between the two countries rising to around nineteen billion US Dollars.


While calling for the continuous peaceful relationship between the two countries, Mr Pingjian said China would continue to support Nigeria to achieve her set goals.

On the Coronavirus epidemic, the ambassador said the Chinese Government is doing a lot to contain the disease.

“We’ll protect the lives and properties of Nigerians in China, We have the competence, capacity and will to contain the epidemic and China would emerge stronger from the epidemic.” The ambassador added.

So far, he said, no Nigerian living in China was infected with the disease, noting that his country would do everything to protect foreign nationals’ resident in China.


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Operation Amotekun: Former Lagos Speaker In Support


A former speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Abayomi Kiyomi has thrown his weight behind the creation of a regional security outfit tagged, ‘Operation Amotekun’ by the governors in the South West states.

Speaking in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, octogenarian Pa Kiyomi recalled that in an interview with a national daily (the Punch) in 1994, he advocated the creation of regional police and the Army to forestall coups and counter coups.


He said, “the constitution recognizes the governor as the Chief Security Officer of his state. Therefore, the south west governors are in order to float Amotekun to curtail security threat in the region.”

Arguing that the governors have not flouted any law, Pa. Kiyomi said to be effective as chief security officers of their states, the governors could create a body to oversee security of their states at grassroots levels and operation.

“Amotekun is one of such organs that could guarantee security in the states,” he said.

He stressed that in the United States of America, there are five security outfits in each state, including local, county and state police apart from the central security organs of the armed forces and police.


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Mr. Joseph, Rivers Deputy Speaker calls for more concentration on Agriculture


Mr Joseph Bassey, Deputy Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly has called on government at all levels to explore the agricultural sector with a view to improve on the nation’s economic.

Bassey made the call on Sunday in an interview. NobleReporters culled


He said that the Nigerian economy would thrive and create jobs for the unemployed if governments invest massively in the production of food for export and local consumption.

“Agriculture is the main factor that can help to revamp the economy of this country for good.


“President Muhammadu Buhari speaks much of agriculture, it is a money making venture; I will encourage him to tap the potentials in the sector.

“Nigeria has massive and fertile lands for agricultural produce; what is needed is the government factor by way of grants and improved varieties including fertiliser for farmers to boost their productivity.


“If we go into agriculture proper and harness the sector, there will be abundant food for the country,” he said.

He said that if there was enough food to eat and export, it will improve on the health of the citizenry and generate more revenue for the country.


He, however, commended Buhari for closing the borders temporarily, saying that the directive had promoted the production of local rice and curbed some illegal activities within the borders.

“The President’s directive on border closure has improved our local rice production and today our rice farmers are making money and feeding their families as well.

“Food is health and wealth. If we have a good agricultural system in Nigeria, it will carry everybody along because almost all fields of human endeavours can work in the sector and be productive,” he said.

The Deputy Speaker said that Nigeria had the man power to adequately go into the cultivation of rice for local sale, consumption and export.He added that if properly tapped, the sector would build Nigeria’s capacity and raise the economy profile.


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Border closure to improve economy – Former Speaker.

…Alarape, Minority Leader, Oyo Assembly

Former Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly and currently the Minority Leader of the same House of Assembly, Asimiyu Alarape believes that the closure of Nigerian borders will have long ter positive effects on the economy.

The lawmaker who represents Atiba state constituency in the parliament after defecting to the APC with former senate leader, Teslim Fiolarin spoke on various issues in this interview.

President Mohammadu Buhari recently ordered the closure of all borders in the country and this has led to increase in the prices of foodstuff, especially rice. What is your take on this?

Honestly speaking, the president does not mean bad for the people of this country by closing Nigerian borders against the importation of some goods because he believes we can produce them locally within our country.

President Buhari to me, is only doing this to encourage local production which will in turn boost our economy. Our economy had gone so bad under the past administration to the extent that it only requires a disciplined leader like President Mohammadu Buhari to revive it. Reviving of economy in our country requires the sacrifice of all of us and part of that sacrifice is the closure of borders. I want to believe that with time, all the prices of foodstuffs that have gone up will come down by the time we have enough of local production in our country.

In fact, to be honest with you, in any good administrative set up, encouragement of local production and materials for enough consumption within the country and exportation of the remaining excess to other countries is one of the best ways to boost any country’s economy and that is exactly what president Buhari is trying to do. We should be a producing nation rather than being a consuming nation. Any nation that is a consumer of foreign products alone and not a producer can never grow economically.

They are usually referred to as a poor nation. So, we should encourage exportation rather than importation if we want to develop economically in Nigeria because there is no consuming nation that can ever rise economically in the world.

How would you assess the APC -led government in the last five years that your party has been in office?

The government of President Muhammadu Buhari is a success in all ramifications. One major area where President Buhari deserves kudos is in the area of corruption eradication. You see, before the advent of this administration, corruption, embezzlement and diversion of public funds into private pockets were the order of the day. By then, corruption became a canker worm that was eating deep into the fabric of our society.

In the area of security, despite the prevalent security problem we are having in the country, President Buhari has tried a lot more than the immediate past government in putting an end to security crisis that Nigeria is facing. For example, look at the effort the President made at ensuring that the abducted Chibok school girls were released which later led to the freedom of almost 200 of them from Boko Haram captives.

In the area of job creation, to me, Buhari stands out among all the leaders we’ve been having in this country since we gained independence in 1960.

Let’s for instance, look at a lot of youths he has employed into both the military and para-military forces and the Federal Government’s establishments is not also left behind as thousands of young graduates have been gainfully employed into all the ministries and parastatals. Also, in his efforts to co-opt youths into the governance of this nation and create jobs for them in the political circle, he signed into law the “Not too young to rule” bill which has now started yielding results because many of our youths have now been elected or appointed into various political positions in Nigeria. He introduced N-power programme in which many unemployed youths and adults have benefited greatly.

In the area of education, the president introduced free feeding for pupils of primary and secondary schools across the country so as to encourage them to go to school and learn well while several dilapidated school structures have been rebuilt. He made education compulsory for all the children from primary level to secondary school level while school fees in all schools are reduced drastically.

Also, the president has traveled to several countries of the world to woo foreign investors into Nigeria while economic ties were also cemented with several leaders of many foreign nations of the world. Buhari has also tried in the area of infrastructural provision for the good citizens of this nation; immediately on his assumption of office five years ago, he did not waste time at ensuring that all the bad roads that have become death traps were tarred while drainages were constructed for the free flow of water so as not to damage the roads.

He encouraged agricultural activities by giving money and farm implements to farmers, in order to boost food production. Presently, he has ensured the upward review of workers salary from #18,000 to #30,000 in which any moment from now, he will start to implement it.

As a leading opposition member in the state, how do you cope with the system?

I am not disturbed and I don’t disturb any individual whether at the House of Assembly or outside the House. I engage in my political activities without any intimidation from any quarter. I enjoy a good working relationship with all the members of the House of Assembly.

As a member from the minority party in your state, are you in any way being deprived of your rights and privileges?

My duties are to make laws and in this regard, I cannot be deprived of the roles that the constitution spells out for me as a lawmaker in Oyo

State. I have a duty to make laws and regardless of my political affiliation, no individual can deprive me of the right to carry out my constitutional responsibilities.

What have you been able to achieve since you assumed office as a lawmaker in the state?

Although, my major assignment is to make good laws for the benefit of our constituency and the entire people of Oyo State in general, but notwithstanding, within my few months in office so far, I have been able to do a lot for my people in many areas.

I assisted many of my constituents especially the unemployed youths to secure jobs, moving of reasonable motions on the floor of the house, sponsoring of bills that will have direct bearing on the good people of my constituency and the whole of the state, making several efforts to bring the state government’s presence down to my constituency.

Also in terms of physical projects, I pay constant visit to my constituency to brief my people on our activities in the House of Assembly and to also know their needs. I have assisted market men and women, farmers, artisans, and students financially. I am making efforts to introduce entrepreneurship skill programme where youths can learn one or two things and later establish businesses for themselves so as to further reduce unemployment rate among them.

Are your colleagues in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not making efforts to draw you to the party?

I am a committed member of the APC and I am a leader of the party in the state. I remain a loyal party man to the core and I will not compromise my stand for any reason. I am not someone who can bend to pressure and people know me for my stand and position wherever I belong.

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Ekiti PDP Members, Speaker Behind Poll Killings.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members in Ekiti State have alleged that the state’s Speaker of the House, Rt Hon. Funminiyi Afuye led a team of suspected party thugs who allegedly shot four members of the PDP, leading to the alleged killing of one, Kosadake Dotun.

A special adviser to Professor Olusola Eleka, the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Seun Olusola, who alleged that four members of the PDP were shot during an alleged attempt by the APC to rig the polls, said: “What happened was that while the poll was on going, in the process Speaker of the House, Hon Funminiyi Afuye, came with some thugs who brought out some already thumb-printed ballot papers and wanted to stuff them into the ballot boxes, but the people there asked questions and wanted to resist them. One suspected thug (name withheld by us) that came in company with the speaker shot sporadically and the bullets hit four members of our party, the PDP. One person died in the process and as I am speaking with you, three of our members who sustained gunshot wounds have been brought to the state teaching hospital in Ado-Ekiti. The incident happened at the AUD, Araromi in Ikere-Ekiti.

“Our member who was shot dead is Kosadake Dotun. Others who sustained gunshot wounds were Ayeni Gbenga and Abiodun Bukola.”

When the reporter called Rt. Hon. Afuye to react to the allegation at about 5pm on Saturday, the following conversation was exchanged over the telephone:

Sun: Please sir, could you react to the allegation by a member of the PDP that you led some thugs to a polling centre where some members of the opposition were allegedly shot?

Afuye: I will soon send you my own reaction to the development.

Sun: Okay, but are you denying or confirming the allegation sir?

Afuye: I will soon send you my reaction, you.”

As at the time of filling this report, Hon Afuye was yet to send in any reaction.

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Trump replies Nancy’s order for his Impeachment

…says Impeachment will be used against future presidents
The US president in a series of tweets, blasted the Democratic party for using the ‘improvement’ tool against him after she announced on Thursday that the House of Reps will proceed with impeachment articles against the president.

Trump claimed that because of the actions of the Democrats, impeachment will be used against future presidents.

Another tweet below.

Donald Trump reacts to Nancy Pelosi

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US Speaker, Nancy Pelosi Ask The House To Move Forward To Impeach President Donald Trump

….after the US President insulted her

US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has just announced that the House will move forward with impeaching the president of the United States for alleged bribery, obstruction of justice and abuse of power.

The California congresswoman told reporters in Thursday morning’s news conference: “The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power for his own political benefit at the expense of our national security, by withholding military aid and a crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement for an investigation into his political rival.”

She added: “Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment.”

When a reporter asked Pelosi if she hated the president, she replied;

“I don’t hate anybody,”

‘I still pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that”

The Democrat controlled House will vote on impeaching Trump before the end of the year, and if it is successful, he will have to undergo a trial in the Republican controlled senate.

Trump is under investigation by the House of Reps for allegedly withdrawing aid to Ukraine so that the European nation could investigation his political rival, Joe Biden.

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Former Kwara Assembly Speaker In Fire Over N5Bn Scandal.

The immediate past Speaker of the Kwara House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, has absolved the state’s 8th Assembly of an alleged N5 billion fraud levelled against the lawmakers before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The ex-Speaker made the clarification in a statement made available to newsmen Tuesday evening in Ilorin.

“The 8th Kwara State of House of Assembly or myself did not conspire with anyone to swindle N5 billion or any other amount belonging to the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service,” he stated.

“Chairman, House committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mashud Bakare, legally collected money from the revenue service,” adding that, “without prejudice to his culpability, he has since negotiated to the satisfaction of the commission to refund the amount involved, not because a crime was committed but because he wanted back his peace.

“Throughout the lifetime of the 8th Assembly, all committees had full independence regarding their operations and funds management in accordance with the Standing Rules of the House.

“Let me also place on record that as former public officials, my colleagues and I are ready anytime, anywhere and before any lawful person or authority to make ourselves available for scrutiny,” the statement said.

The former Speaker urged the Kwara State Government to discreetly conduct a forensic audit of the past administration in the state.

When contacted, EFCC Zonal Manager in Ilorin, Isiaku Sharu, said the Commission was not ready to join issues with any politician.

The Kwara State Government on Wednesday, in a swift reaction to former Speaker Ahmad over his comment that the government unfairly accused him and his colleagues of helping themselves to the till, issued the following statement:

“Our attention is drawn to a statement this evening by former Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad, in which he, among other things, accused the state government of hunting the opposition or accusing members of the 8th Assembly of siphoning money,” Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesman for the Governor, said in the statement.

“A careful reading of our statement showed that we neither accused him nor the former House members of embezzlement. The EFCC did. And we are aware that the anti-graft agency, true to its position, has started recovering stolen public funds from PDP council members and House of Assembly members.

“Also, the Kwara public has been around long enough to distinguish between political witch-hunt, harassment of dissents, and a fair attempt to make officials fully accountable for their deeds through lawful means.

“Finally, we hereby accept the challenge Ahmad has thrown at this administration. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the activities of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) and make public our findings about what truly went down in the period under discourse.”

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Kwara Assembly Announce Death Of Member, Rufai

…As Governor Abdulrasaq, Speaker Mourn.

The death has been announced, of the member representing Patigi constituency at the 9th Kwara state House of Assembly, Ahmed Saidu Rufai.

According to a statement made available to newsmen by the Special Assistant, media to the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly, Ibrahim Sheriff said “it is with heavy heart and total submission to the will of Almighty Allah that we announce the death of our colleague, Hon. Ahmed Saidu Rufai representing Patigi constituency”.

“This is an unexpected situation that caught us in a rude shock, but unfortunately, the Almighty deprived us of the power to reverse such sad occurrence”, Danladi said.

“As we struggle to live with this tragic development and the vacuum that comes with it, we pray that Allah in His infinite mercy forgive his shortcomings and give his family, the 9th Assembly, Patigi Emirate, friends and associate and Kwara state at large, the fortitude to bear this great loss.”

Ahmed Saidu Rufai died at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital at the early hour of yesterday and the Jannazah of the late legislator would be done later Tuesday, at his country home, Patigi.

Meanwhile, the state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commiserated with the Emir and people of Patigi Emirate and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the death of Assembly member Ahmed Saidu Rufai.

“The death of Rufai is shocking and devastating. We pray Almighty Allah to forgive and repose his soul in Al-jannah.

The departed gentleman was a peace loving Kwaran and a strong advocate for the development of his community,” Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We commiserate with the Emir of Pategi, the entire people of Patigi Constituency, the Speaker and all the members of the 9th Assembly, and indeed the immediate family of the lawmaker on this sad event.”

All Progressive Congress APC in its message described the death of the member representing Patigi constituency at the Kwara State House of Assembly as shocking and devastating.

In a release by his media office, the State Chairman of the APC in Kwara state, Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa commiserated with the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assemby, Salihu Yakubu Danladi, members of the Kwara State House of Assembly, the Emir and people of Patigi constituency over the unfortunate incident.

He described the late legislator as humane and easy going, saying….” My little interaction with him portrays him as a very gentle personality. I have no doubt that he will be sorely missed by his family, friends, colleagues and people of his constituency. I pray that Almighty Allah will comfort all those he left behind and grant him Aljannah Firdous”.

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Jalingo: NASS elect new speaker for taraba.

The Taraba State House of Assembly on Monday elected Mr Joseph Albasu Kunini and Alh Hamman Adama Abdulahi as the new Speaker and deputy Speaker of the House respectively, following Sunday night resignation of Mr Abel Peter Diah and Mr Charles Maijankai from the said positions respectively.

The House which convened on early Monday morning elected the previously impeached deputy speaker Alh Muhammad Gwampo as Speaker pro tempo who chaired the House for the election of the Speaker.

Kunini was nominated by Mr Bonzana Kizito who represents Zing constituency, and seconded by Mr Ammed Jedua of Gyembu constituency. His election was unanimous with all the sixteen present out of the twenty-four members that constitute the House.

After taking oath of office, the speaker open the floor for the nomination of deputy speaker and Alh Bashir Muhammad made the nomination of Abdulahi who represents Bali two state constituency, and he was also elected unanimously since there was no contrary nomination.

In his opening and acceptance speech, Kunini said he was honored to have been found worthy in the house and pledged to be just and equitable.

“This is a house of justice and equity. Taraba should be greater that any individual and we must work hard to take the state to greater height. I will work to champion this.

” Even though there exists the principle of separation of power, this can not be water tight. As such we must work as a team and partners in the project of making Taraba a greater place. I will run an open door Parliament where even the minority will have a say.

“Thank you for this trust. I assure you that it will be used as a medium to serve God and humanity. Thank you for this privilege”.

The Speaker also promised to work hard to make sure that the House is truly united to function to maximum capacity.

Albasu Kunini who represents the Lau constituency is a third term member of the House

The House also nominated Mr Douglas Nda Isaiah as the Majority leader of the House.

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Taraba Speaker, Mr. Abel Peter Diah Resigned.

The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Mr Abel Peter Diah, on Sunday evening resigned amidst alleged plots by the state governor, Darius Ishaku to impeach him and other principal officers of the House.

In a phone call on Sunday evening, Diah said that he had decided to “resign as the speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly for personal reasons.”

Diah appreciated the members for giving him the chance to serve them in the capacity and urged to continue to work for the interest of Taraba State rather than personal reasons.

Tension had continued to mount over the weekend with alleged plans by Governor Darius Ishaku to mobilise and impeach the speaker following alleged moves by the House to impeach the governor a few weeks ago.

However, in a statement issued in Jalingo on Saturday morning and signed by Mr Bala Dan Abu, the SSA Media to the governor, Ishaku said that the alleged plot was fake and a ploy by detractors to soil the cordial relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government in the state.

“The social media was on Friday November 29, 2019, inundated with reactions to a certain unsigned fake news story containing essentially rumours of a purported impeachment plot against principal officers of the Taraba State House of Assembly including the Speaker, Abel Peter Diah.

“The article made spurious claims to the effect that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku was the sponsor of that so-called impeachment plot and that he had committed N200 million public funds to it.

“Nothing can be more untrue. It is yet another wicked and malicious attempt to cause confusion and conflict in the relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government in Taraba State on the one hand and Governor Ishaku and Peter Diah.

“Gov Ishaku will never sponsor and did not sponsor the so-called impeachment move, if indeed there was any such move by the honourable members, let alone fund it with such a staggering amount of money from the public purse.

“The allegations are ridiculous, absolutely false and malicious. It is certainly for these reasons that the author of the article failed to sign it. Governor Ishaku wants the public to ignore this article and the lies contained in it. Governor Ishaku is an apostle of peace and will not do anything that will rock the existing level of trust and understanding between him and members of the state House of Assembly,” the statement read.

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the Speaker had decided to throw in the towel after the camp loyal to the state governor finally got a commanding majority of the members on Sunday evening, preparatory for Monday’s impeachment.

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