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Senate probes alleged Police involvement in Kwara bye election

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By Olugbenga Salami

Irked by the alleged involvement of Police in the recently conducted bye election in Kwara State, the Senate on Wednesday directed its Committee on Police Affairs chaired by Senator Tijjani Kaura, APC-Zamfara North to thoroughly investigate the allegations.

The Senate resolution followed a motion of personal explanation sponsored via Order 43 by Senators Rafiu Ibrahim, PDP-Kwara South during plenary.

Senator Ibrahim, while presenting the motion, alleged that the last Saturday bye election conducted in Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero/Ekiti Federal Constituency was militarised and skewed in favour of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Raheem Olawuyi by both the Police and men of the Department of State Services, DSS.

According to him, two days to the election precisely on Thursday, November 15, a Police Helicopter landed in Omu-Aran, headquarters of Irepodun local government area where hefty bags suspected to contain monies and electoral materials were seen being offloaded into the personal vehicle of the APC candidate, who was later declared as winner of the election.

The lawmaker, who tendered photographs of the alleged Police connivance in the election rigging, further alleged that even on the election day, many of the PDP leaders and agents were arrested in their localities before the election as a way of intimidating others from participating in the election.

ROYAL NEWS reports that Senator Ibrahim explained that the intimidation made just 41,000 out of the 168,000 registered voters in the federal constituency to exercise their franchise.

“What took place in that part of Kwara State last Saturday was purely Police siege, harassment, intimidation and not election which must be investigated by this senate to prevent reoccurrence of such in any part of the country in the 2019 general elections.

“Imagine an election which took place in just four local government areas attracting four directors from the DSS headquarters in Abuja, hundreds of senior police officers including an Aide de Camp, ADC to a serving governor and of course, thousands of men of the Police Force and DSS.

“This motion is not to contest the predetermined result but to put what happened in the public domain in preventing future occurrence”, he stressed.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki directed the Committee on Police Affairs to urgently looked into the allegation and report back in two weeks.

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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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