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Senate probes police over seal of A/Ibom Assembly

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By Olugbenga Salami

The National Assembly on Wednesday ordered thorough investigation into the alleged seal of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly in Uyo by officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF with a view to ascertain reason for the action of the security agency.

This is even as Senator Albert Akpan, PDP-Akwa Ibom North-East, who moved a motion on the development through Order 43 of the Senate standing rules, alleged that the police action was meant to pave way for the impeachment of Governor Udom Emmanuel from office.

Senator Akpan told journalists in Abuja that five out of 26 lawmakers in the state, who claimed to have sacked the Assembly leadership, are trying to impeach the governor by causing trouble in the state.

According to him, “there were no cases of armed robbery, kidnappings and criminal activities in the state until the defection of my leader, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio from PDP”.

The lawmaker said he had informed the Senate on the alleged orchestrated plan the All Progressives Congress, APC to disrupt peace of the state ahead of next year’s elections.

Earlier while moving motion on the police seal of the Assembly, Senator Akpan, informed his colleagues that over 1, 500 policemen invaded the premises of the House of Assembly yesterday and sealed it, thereby preventing the lawmakers from carrying out their legislative duties.
According to him, reason for the police’s action is still unclear, but warned that security agencies should not involve themselves in partisan politics.

He therefore urged the upper legislative chamber to direct the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris to order his men out of the Assembly complex so that the state lawmakers could have access to their offices and the chamber to discharge their legislative functions.

“Mr. President, I want this Senate to direct the Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the police seal of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly. The senate should first orders the vacation of the Assembly complex by the police.

“According to what I heard and what I’ve seen, over 1, 500 policemen invaded and seal the state House of Assembly this morning and they’re still there as I speak.

“I want my colleagues to know that a threat to democracy in Akwa Ibom is a threat to democracy in Nigeria”, he stressed.

Contributing, Senator Shehu Sani, PRP-Kaduna Central, described the sealing of the Assembly as “a clear ambiguous and aberration which should should not be supported by any Senator because of politics”.

He therefore urged the Senate to take a strong position on the police action so as to send a serious signal to the the security agencies against interference in legislative functions.

In his ruling, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, directed the Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the alleged sealing of the Assembly complex by the police in order to ascertain the reason for their action.

Saraki said: “What is wrong is wrong. It’s wrong for a parliament to be sealed by security agents. We should not be partisan about it, but it’s necessary we allow the Committee on Police Affairs to investigate it because it’s still an allegation by a member which should be investigated”.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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