ine persons sustained various degrees of injury when a suspected drunken policeman allegedly stabbed them in a club in Akure, Ondo State.
The policeman, Sergeant Taiwo Orisadare, attached to Area Commander’s office, allegedly stabbed nine young men during a brawl.
It was learnt that a fight broke out between Orisadare and the young men at a popular club at Alagbaka area.
Witnesses said the policeman was drunk when he started harassing the victims who had come to relax at the club.
One of the witnesses said trouble began when the policeman, who was obviously drunk, started pestering one of the boys.
“It was so clear that he (Orisadare) was drunk and was becoming a nuisance. He won’t just listen to those trying to tell him to take things easy. It was at that point that things went awry as he started attacking everyone he could lay his hands on.
“In total, he stabbed nine people before he was overpowered,” the witness said.
Meanwhile, some of the victims were recuperating in various hospitals while some were said to be in critical conditions.
The state Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), Femi Joseph, said both parties were engaged in a brawl.
He said: “They were both fighting. The policeman did not stab anyone to death. Do you even know the condition of the policeman now?”
PDP chieftain congratulates Ihedioha on tribunal victory
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo state, Chief Remigus Nwaokonkwo has congratulated Governor Emeka Ihedioha on his victory at the Elections Petitions Tribunal.
Nwaokonkwo, who is the leader of PDP in Orsu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka yesterday.
He said that the victory was not just that of Ihedioha but for the entire people of the state, saying the tribunal verdict was a further affirmation of the resounding victory of the governor who got overwhelming votes from the electorate.
Nwaokonkwo said the development would reduce distractions to the governor whom he said was on the right track to rebuilding the state.
He enjoined people especially the opposi tion to see the victory as an act of God and rally around Ihedioha to enable him deliver good governance to the state.
Nwaokonkwo said: “With the judgment of the tribunal which dismissed all petitions against Ihedioha, the people have won again just as we already won on March 9.
“It is a happy day for us because, it is a victory for people, I want to on behalf of the PDP in Orsu LGA congratulate our governor on his victory.
“We have to move forward, the governor needs our support to succeed, I call on everyone especially those who went to court to see the state as our common heritage and join hands with the governor for common good.”
P&ID: Nigeria’ll upturn $9.6bn award –Malami
…as delegation departs Nigeria for UK
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has disclosed that the Federal Government was prepared to do everything legally possible to upturn $9.6 billion judgement awarded to Process and Investment Development (P&ID) by a Commercial Court in London, United Kingdom.
Malami stated this just as a Nigerian delegation departed for the United Kingdom ahead of the case coming up soon.
The delegation left Nigeria at the weekend to discuss with the legal team in the United Kingdom on strategies for dealing with the recent developments regarding the P&ID contract judgment.
According to Malami, “all cards are on table but it all depends on the beneficial one that has potency for setting aside the award having regards to the applicable law in the circumstances.”
The Minister was responding to enquiries as to whether the Nigerian delegation leaving for UK was to file a new case based on the new realities about the contract or would build on the previous judgment.
Malami said no possibility would be ruled out including “possibility of filling new case and or using existing proceedings to seek relief of setting aside the award (of the contract) nothing can be ruled out.”
The conviction of P&ID Limited and their Nigerian affiliates by a Federal High Court in Abuja has been interpreted in government circles as an indication that the $9.6 billion award granted to the company will not stand judicial scrutiny.
The conviction followed the arraignment of the two firms on an 11-count charge of fraud and tax evasion.
Malami had last week, hinted that the Federal Government’s delegation would be meeting with its legal consortium in the United Kingdom (UK) in preparation for the case against the Irish firm.
According to him, the judgement against the firms was a prelude to quashing the entire case which has been discovered to have been built on fraud and falsehood.
A Commercial Court in London had on August 16, awarded judgment of $9.6bn against Nigeria over a purported failed contract between P &ID and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources in 2010.
The contract was for the piping of wet gas to a plant for the purpose of generating electricity in the country.
Ohanaeze youths tackle NASS over plans to introduce Water Resources Bill
The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), has described water resources Bill as ‘Fulani expansionist agenda,’ calling for its rejection by southerners.
OYC said it arrived at the decision to call for the rejection of the plan to re-introduce proposed National Water Resources Management Bill by the National Assembly after a careful study of its implications.
Speaking through its National President, Comrade Igboayaka Igboayaka, the group urged the National Assembly members of Igbo extraction to roundly and unanimously reject the Bill as it sought to promote the Fulani expansionist agenda of grabbing the lands and depriving indigenous fishermen and farmers of their water.
Igboayaka, who noted that the controversial ‘Executive Bill’ similar to the widely rejected Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) by Nigerians was first sent to the legislature in May 2017, debated by the lower chamber in July 2017 before it was roundly rejected by the Bukola Saraki-led 8th Senate, wondering why the Federal Government was hell-bent on imposing the Bill on the country despite its rejection by citizens.
The youth said: “That at a time the country, particularly the Southern region is demanding restructuring and elaborate devolution of power concentrated at the centre, the Federal Government is busy seeking ways to arrogate more power to itself to annex and control state resources, expressing worry that the Bill will further deplete the resources to the states and local governments.
It is simply a strategy for dispossession which is not what the country needed at this point in time.
“If the controversial Bill is not a careful plot for internal colonialism and to deprive states of the little benefits they derive from oil and other natural resources, in disguise, we want to ask the President why he is so much interested in all the rivers and their banks. If the Federal Government controls all rivers and their undefined banks, what happens to oil wells in the creeks that are onshore and other economic activities in other states at the banks? They still have a lot of explanation to offer to the masses and wait for their verdict.”
Gani Adams to Lagos CP: We’re partners in progress
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has assured the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, of his support to the state police authority in strengthening the security architectures of the state.
Speaking at the weekend during a courtesy call to the CP’s office in Ikeja, Lagos, Adams said efforts are on to work out effective modalities to fight insecurity in the state. He admitted that the partnership between the police and the Oodua Peoples Congress(OPC) is beginning to yield positive results with other relevant groups coming on board as partners in progress.
The Yoruba Generalisimo informed the commissioner of the various efforts he had put in place since the Inspector- General of Police, Muhammadu Adamu and the southwest governors had said they were ready to work with the OPC under his leadership in combating insecurity across the southwest.
Part of the efforts put in place, he said, was the convocation of the Southwest Security Stakeholders’ Group (SSSG), a meeting comprising all relevant security groups across the southwest and the unveiling of a roadmap towards achieving the set objectives.
“So far, we have made significant progress since the IGP had expressed the readiness of the police to work with the OPC under my leadership. It is on this note that I said the OPC and the Nigerian Police are partners in progress”.
” We have started work in earnest and everybody can attest to the fact that our efforts are beginning to yield positive results, especially, now that it is obvious that the rate of insecurity in the southwest has reduced tremendously in the past few weeks.We have set the pace and the signs are there for everybody to see that we are ready to secure the southwest and make the region safe for Nigerians. “
Xenophobia, MTEF, PIGB, Electoral Act top debate as Senate resumes
- Upper chamber returns from annual break tomorrow
s the Senate resumes plenary tomorrow from its annual recess, there are indications that the issue of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa would be placed on the front burner in the apex legislative chamber.
The recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians by the citizens of the former apartheid country had attracted outrage and protests among Nigerians within and outside the country.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege; Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu and Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, had separately reacted to the ugly development, condemning the action.
Also, the Senate Committees on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs had met with the management teams of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a view to finding lasting solutions to the problem.
The Senate may come up with a motion on how to tackle the problem of xenophobia not only against Nigerians, but other African nationals in South Africa, with a view to bringing it to an end.
The Senate will also give priority attention to consideration of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), which the Executive has already forwarded to it for consideration and approval, preparatory for processing the 2020 budget, when presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Lawan had disclosed to journalists in Abuja on Friday that the Executive had forwarded the (MTEF) to the Senate for consideration when it resumes tomorrow.
“We hope to take on the MTEF within the first legislative week. Our Committee on Finance will be saddled with its first major responsibility that it works expeditiously on the Fiscal Strategy Paper/Medium Term Expenditure Framework’s request of the executive arm of government and thereafter the budget will come”, Lawan said.
Moreover, the Upper Chamber will prioritize consideration of Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), which has been in the National Assembly since the Sixth Assembly.
Conflicting geo-ethnic politics has been the major reason the bill has not been passed to law.
President Buhari withheld assent to some part of the bill which was passed in the last assembly.
There are also indications that the Senate may revisit the controversial Electoral Act which was passed during the 8th Assembly, but was denied assent by President Buhari on the excuse that it came too close to the 2019 General Elections.
Insecurity: CDS, Defence Chiefs meet Gbajabiamila today
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has invited Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and the Chief of the Air Staff (CAF), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar for a special briefing regarding the state of security in the country.
The speaker turned back representatives of the service chiefs at a meeting he convened to discuss the security situation in the country Friday, last week.
A visibly angry Gbajabiamila, who described their failure to honour his invitation as an insult to the Parliament, promised to report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari and directed that they appear before him today.
The Speaker had, however, apologised to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mallam Mohammed Abubakar Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mallam Yusuf Bichi and the Comptroller General (CG) of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Alhaji Muhammad Babandede, who were present at the meeting.
He said it was a sad development since all arms of government were supposed to work in unison for the development of the country and the benefit of Nigerians.
Gbajabiamila said: “Let me first of all commend Mr President for the commitment he has shown in trying to stem the spate of insecurity in the country. Mr President has to have people he would delegate those powers to as the Commander-in-Chief as dictated by our constitution.
“Mr President has delegated those powers to the Service Chiefs, so we decided to call this meeting, as representatives of the people. Let me commend the Inspector General of Police for being here personally. Let me also commend the DG DSS and the CG Nigerian immigration for being here.
“Let me say, as a House, as an institution, I cannot understate my disappointment or our disappointment that the rest of the Service Chiefs are not here.
“Again, like I said, we called this meeting because it was inevitable. It was important. You can see members from Borno State here. There is a crisis in Borno State right now.
“We wanted to hear from the Service Chiefs to know what was going on, how the House can help and what the problems are as well as what are the challenges; to talk about strategy, to talk about what we need to do.
“I’m sure you really didn’t expect the House to fold its arms while people in Maiduguri and other parts are being killed. There’s a migration now from local governments in Borno State to Maiduguri.
“Here we are, we call the Armed Forces coordinated by the CDS, who’s not here, with Service Chiefs being represented. I’m actually at a loss.
“For me, I believe my colleagues are in tandem with this. In the absence of the Service Chiefs, the CDS, the COAS, the CNS and the CAS are not represented as far as we’re concerned.
“I’m sorry, when I said not represented, as far as I’m concerned, the heads are not here, the Service Chiefs are not here. I know one or two of these Service Chiefs were somewhere yesterday night. I am aware of that.
2023: APC aspirants to meet Buhari, Oshiomhole over party crisis
Aspirants Forum of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), yesterday resolved to discuss obstacles stacked against the party in its preparation for the Bayelsa, Kogi States and the 2023 general election with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Forum disclosed this yesterday in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Hon. Saidu Abdullahi at a press briefing in Abuja.
“We resolved to meet and discuss these challenges with Mr. President and other party leaders”, the group stated.
The Forum although bemoaned the crisis in the party, it applauded the president’s effort concerning economy, security and the fight against graft in the country.
“We also, acknowledge the efforts and progress made by Mr. President in the areas of security, the economy and fight against corruption”, the group submitted.
The association also praised the president for “forming his cabinet and giving all the ministers targets and constituting the Economic Advisory Council” of eminent and sound economists.
FG suspends Nigeria’s auto policy plan
… to unveil new automotive policy
The Federal Government has finally announced the suspension of the controversial National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) in the country.
This is following mounting pressures from the members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) and auto stakeholders for review the six-year-old auto policy for industrial purposes.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari may have dropped the auto policy bill passed by the 8th National Assembly by refusing to assent to the bill following negative feedbacks received from auto stakeholders and private sector operators. They had argued on its severe implication to the country’s economic growth and development if signed into law.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, made these known in Lagos on Friday. He said that government was already planning to send a fresh auto policy bill to the National Assembly that would contain the inputs and views of auto stakeholders, private sector operators and interests of Nigerians in a bid to achieve inclusive industrialization growth in vehicles manufacturing in Nigeria.
The minister explained that the six-year-old auto policy promulgated under the previous’ administration of former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has failed to achieve the desired outcome for the country’s industrialisation bid in vehicle manufacturing and impact positively on businesses of auto manufacturers.
Rather, he said that it continues to generate uproar among the auto operators in the sector.
Adebayo said that there is going to be a new auto policy soon, designed for the sector that would capture all stakeholders’ views and inputs and that of government which would revolutionise the sector and make it productive and strategic for the country’s economy.
He noted that that President Muhammadu Buhari refused to assent to the recently passed auto policy bill by the 8th National Assembly following pressure from the OPS and auto stakeholders on the implication for the country’s economy, especially since the old auto policy already adversely impacted on the cost of doing business, welfare of the people, government’s revenue and the capacity of the economy to create jobs, including causing massive trade diversion to neighboring countries.
According to him, since he resumed as the country’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, he has been inundated with public outcry, stiff opposition from the OPS for a review of the country’s auto policy since the one decreed by the Jonathan administration in 2013 was long overdue without any meaningful impact on the development of vehicles manufacturing in the country.
He stated that government is committed to having a new auto policy that will not only ensure abundant vehicles manufacturing, but also allow Nigerians to buy vehicles at cheaper and affordable prices.
“When this new administration came in this year, and I was appointed as the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, the automotive policy is one of the things my ministry looked at. Unfortunately, a bill has been prepared by former administration and it has been brought to the attention of Mr. President to sign it by the previous National Assembly, having passed the bill. Then when Mr. President received it, he passed it out to the stakeholders and from the responses he received from them, he felt that it was not well received and accepted by them. That is why he refused to assent to it.”
He continued, “What we have decided to do in my ministry is to engage all the stakeholders and we are going to start a fresh auto policy and get it right. The last one that was done was not gotten right and we want to get it right this time around.
“So, we are going to engage all the stakeholders. Within the next couple of weeks, I want to visit all assembly plants in the country and call a meeting of all the owners of such plants for us to deliberate on a new auto policy for the country.”
Adebayo added: “This government is desirous in seeing to it that cars can be gotten by citizens at affordable and cheaper prices. So, we need to sit down with you (owners), we need to engage you and what can be done so we can produce cheap vehicles that Nigerians can buy and use.
“So, that is where we are as a government and I can assure you we are going to engage you and you will advise us on the direction to go. You are the people who are going to prepare whatever policy we want to come up for the auto sector. So, we need you and we need to benefit from your experience.”
Boko Haram: Group tasks EFCC, ICPC on NGOs undermining fight against terror
The Public Accountability Network (PAN) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate the activities of certain Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) covertly undermining the country’s fight against terror.
The group appealed to the anti-graft agencies to forthwith probe the funding sources of NGOs in the North-East in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Mark Daniel Atawodi yesterday in Abuja.
This plea came on the heels of the odious exposure of the Action Against Hunger, a supposed global humanitarian organization, secretly aiding and abetting terrorists, supplying them food and drugs.
After several cautions from the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (TC – OPLD), the Nigerian Army declared persona non grata for aiding Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa.
Consequently, the Public Accountability Network reckoned that there would be more secret terrorist sympathisers disguising as NGOs, hence the Army should conduct an audit to ascertain their authenticity.
The group, therefore, urged the Army to work with the EFFC, ICPC and Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to trace the sources of finances of these NGOs.
According to PAN, these so-called humanitarian groups’ mission was to sabotage the military’s remarkable progress for their own selfish interest
Alleged terrorism: DSS may arraign Sowore tomorrow
…accuses activist of treasonable felony, cyber crime
arring any change in plan, the Federal Government may arraign the convener of #RevolutionNow, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, before the Federal High Court in Abuja tomorrow, on a seven-count charge bordering on alleged treasonable felony and money laundering.
Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) had, on August 3, arrested Sowore, the publisher of an online newspaper, Sahara Reporters in Lagos.
His arrest was predicated on allegations that he was planning to overthrow the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government through a revolution.
He was further alleged to be working with foreign backers to destabilise the nation.
The DSS had, five days after arresting and transferring him to Abuja, approached the Federal High Court in Abuja with an ex-parte application for leave to detain Sowore for 90 days.
Ruling on the ex-parte application, however, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, had granted the secret service leave to hold the activist for 45 days, urging the applicant to return for renewal of the order, upon reasonable cause.
Security sources told New Telegraph that the filing of the 7-count charge a day before the detention order was to expire (September 21), was an indication that the State was not ready to seek further holding of the accused person.
“It is in public domain that the Federal Government has filed charges against him (Sowore) at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja”, the source said.
Asked what the next move will be, the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, further said: “It is likely that he will be brought before the court on Monday (today), to take his plea.
“It is also a signal that the State is prepared to proceed with prosecution, and so may have jettisoned returning to pray the court to further detain him”.
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