Stakeholders want Akpabio to conduct the affairs of his office with dignity and integrity

People of the Christians faith and those who are inclined to history and learning are familiar with the Biblical story of how God blessed and promoted Haman and how he deployed his office to denigrate, attack and attempt to annihilate Mordecai. How Haman ended is better read from the Holy Book. While one may situate this story in history, the ensuing disposition of Mr. Akpabio, Senate President of the 10th Assembly, reaffirms “history repeats itself” and those “who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat”. At such a time…

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Protesting youths chase Rivers LG boss from council secretariat

Allwell Ihunda, Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Rivers State chapter, escaped death narrowly as protesting youths chased him along Moscow Road in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Tuesday. Ihunda, who is the outgoing Chairman of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, was on his way to the council secretariat with some aides and security details when the incident occurred. It was gathered that he had alighted from his vehicle and tried to make his way into the council but met a group of youths who…

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Sexual Harassment:Perm Sec denies Foreign Affairs Minister’s Aide allegation, says she wants financial gains

The sexual harassment allegations levelled against the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ibrahim Lamuwa, by a political aide to the Minister has been denied. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, had written to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, to probe the allegation of sexual harassment against the Permanent Secretary. In the letter dated May 27, Tuggar said he felt it necessary to write to her following the “gravity of the matter,” urging Yemi-Esan to handle it accordingly. The Minister…

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Court declares 25 Rivers Assembly seats vacant

The seats of the 25 lawmakers, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been declared vacant by a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, pending the determination of a suit before it. The court, however, ordered the Rt. Hon. Martin Amaewhule, to stop parading as the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and bared the 24 lawmakers, who are all Anti-Siminalayi Fubara, the governor of the state, from posing as lawmakers in the state. Hon. Justice Charles Wali…

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Senate accuses governors of ‘killing’ local govts

State governors have been accused yesterday by the Senate of misappropriating funds allocated to local government councils in Nigeria, saying that arm of government was dead in the country It also said the dream of achieving the objectives of the local government system has encountered harsh realities as successive governments have often eroded local autonomy, limiting their financial resources and control over decision-making. Consequently, the Red Chamber asked the federal government to stop further allocation of funds to caretaker committee-led local government areas, LGAs, and urged President Bola Tinubu to,…

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Politicians share what they steal with the people – Senator Ndume

Ali Ndume, the Chief Whip of the Senate, has explained the difference between corruption by politicians and other people. Ndume said corruption in Nigerian politics is people-driven and should not warrant any serious punishment. The senator admitted that politicians “steal and share with the people”. He stated this on Tuesday when he featured on Channels TV Politics Today while speaking on the death penalty as the deterrent for those caught with drugs. He said when politicians’ corruption is compared to others, it is a “small one’ He stated, “If you…

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Yahaya Bello: Abuja American School refunds $760,000 school fees to EFCC

The sum of $760,000 paid as advanced school fees by a former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, for his children at the American International School, Abuja, has been received by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The spokesperson for the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, confirmed the development in Abuja on Friday. “The school has refunded the entire $ 760, 000 to the EFCC’s recovery account,” he said. Earlier, the American International School of Abuja had asked the EFCC to provide “authentic banking details” for the refund of fees paid for the…

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Aiyedatiwa declared winner of Ondo APC primary

Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Governor of Ondo State, has secured the nomination of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the forthcoming November 16 governorship election, following his declaration as the party’s candidate. Aiyedatiwa clinched the nomination with a resounding victory, amassing a total of 48,569 votes in the primaries. His closest contender, Mayowa Akinfolarin, trailed behind with 15,343 votes, while Chief Olusola Oke secured the third position with 14,865 votes. The announcement was made by the Chairman of the Governorship Primary Election Committee and Governor of Kogi State, Ahmed Ododo. Governor…

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Policemen attached to Yahaya Bello withdrawn

All police officers attached to the embattled former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, have been withdrawn by the Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun. The order for the withdrawal was contained in a police wireless message on Friday. The document with reference number: “CB:4001/DOPS/PMF/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.48/ 34 read in part, “IG has ordered the withdrawal of all policemen attached to His Excellency and former Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello. “Acknowledge compliance and treat with utmost importance. Please, above, for your information and strict compliance.” The Nigerian Immigration Service…

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Court restrains EFCC from arresting, prosecuting Yahaya Bello

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been restrained from infringing on the fundamental human rights of Alhaji Yahaya Bello, former Kogi State Governor by a High Court sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State. In a two hour judgment delivered on Wednesday, at the High Court 4 and presided over by Hon. Justice I.A Jamil, in suit no HCL/68/M/2020, the court restrained the EFCC from arresting, detaining and prosecuting the applicant except as authorised by the Court. This is a definite order following the earlier interim injunction given. The judgment followed…

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