Plateau: Lalong, House Member condemn fresh killing of 13 persons, vows to punished perpetrators

Musa Pam, Jos Plateau State Governor Barr. Simon Bako Lalong and the member representing Plateau South Hon. Bala Fwangje have condemned in strong terms the fresh killing of 13 innocent persons following an attack by gunmen at Kulben village in Kombun district of Mangu LGA on Wednesday night, January 8. Lalong, in a press statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham and issues to journalists in Jos on Thursday described the attack as another attempt to puncture the peace that has gradually returned…

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2020: Issues seeking Senate’s attention

  CHUKWU DAVID chronicles activities that characterised the Ninth Senate in the outgone year and projects on issues that will likely shape debate in the apex legislative Assembly in 2020     T he Ninth Senate was inaugurated on June 11, 2019, during which two presiding officers were elected to direct the course of the nation’s highest law-making institution for the next four years spanning 2019-2023.     The presiding officers Senators Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North), who was elected President of the Senate and Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central),…

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Amotekun not alternative to Nigeria police – S’West govs

Ooni: Monarchs’ll support initiative     Akintoye: Outfit won’t break-up Nigeria     Sola Adeyemo Ibadan     G overnors of the six states of the South-West have declared that yesterday’s launch of Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) was not to rival the Nigeria Police Force or to have an alternative security agency.   The governors – Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Babatunde Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), who made the declaration at the launch of the security outfit in Ibadan, Oyo…

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Amotekun: Threat to national security – Northern youths

Baba Negedu KADUNA     T he Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has described Amotekun as a threat to the security of the country.     The group, which likened the security outfit to the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), called on the Inspector-General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the military to rise against it.     President of NYCN, Isah Abubakar, in a statement in Kaduna, noted that Amotekun is an offshoot of OPC, said: “Amotekun group in the South-West is OPC’s military…

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Plateau: Lalong, House Member condemn fresh killing of 13 persons, vows to punished perpetrators

From Musa Pam, Jos Plateau State Governor Barr. Simon Bako Lalong and the member representing Plateau South Hon. Bala Fwangje have condemned in strong terms the fresh killing of 13 innocent persons following an attack by gunmen at Kulben village in Kombun district of Mangu LGA on Wednesday night, January 8. Lalong, in a press statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham and issues to journalists in Jos on Thursday described the attack as another attempt to puncture the peace that has gradually…

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Reps: 2019 in retrospect and 2020 expectations

PHILIP NYAM reviews activities of the House of Representatives in 2019 and projects what may likely shape deliberations in the Green Chamber this year   T he year 2019 began with the February general elections, which saw 151 members of the Eight House of Representatives failing to return to the chambers. Due to electioneering activities, not much was recorded as the then outgoing leadership was trying to round off hence active legislative functions commenced after the inauguration of the Ninth House and election of presiding officers on June 11, 2019.…

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Senate: Lawmakers move to save Nigerian businesses in Ghana

CHUKWU DAVID reports on steps been taken by the Senate to resolve the lingering crisis between Ghanaian authorities and Nigerians doing businesses in the West African country   T he Senate on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, intervened in the recent closure of over 600 shops and businesses belonging to Nigerians by the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA). GUTA reportedly clamped down on Nigerians and their businesses in retaliation to the harsh effects of the closure of Nigerian land borders on Ghana’s economy. The borders were shut on the orders…

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Legislative aides’ protests and futility of mob mentality

    Kevin Oji     T he image of some misguided aides protesting in the National Assembly to the untutored eyes conveyed in the visual dimension, the image of an oppressive and shrewd National Assembly management determined to deny payment of salaries/emoluments of some deserving workers and aides of the National Assembly. This well-choreographed deception had all the trappings of a contrived faux pas manufactured and incubated in the fecund imagination of manipulators courting public sympathy in the bid to rail road management to succumb to their inordinate demands…

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Lagos APC: Ex-commissioner, Oladejo, succeeds Igbokwe as Publicity Secretary

  * As party elects new Secretary, Asst. Legal Adviser   Temitope Ogunbanke Following the appointment of three members of the executive of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as commissioner and special advisers in Lagos State Executive Council by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the party on Wednesday elected ex-Commissioner of Special Duties, Hon. Oluseye Oladejo and former member of Lagos House of Assembly from Ojo II Constituency, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi as Publicity Secretary and State Secretary respectively. A legal practitioner, Barr (Mrs) Abimbola Ladigbolu was also elected…

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269 Reps yet to sponsor any bill in six months

91 federal lawmakers sponsor 499 bill  APC leads with 48 bills PDP = 36 APGA, ADC, APM = One AA, LP, PRP, SDP = Nil   Philip Nyam With six months into the first year of their four-year tenure, 269 out of the 360 members of the House of Representatives are yet to sponsor a single bill. However, 91 federal lawmakers have already sponsored a total of 499 bills as of December 20, 2019. Since the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly on June 11, 2019, both chambers have jointly…

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