APC to submit committee recommendations on restructuring to FG – Oyegun; Poster to recall Senate president Bukola Saraki flood Ilorin; Dino’s recall: Court dismisses Dino’s suit, asks INEC to continue recall process; Dino’s recall: Dino reacts to court ruling ordering INEC to continue his recall process; Customs seize 1,100 imported rifles at Lagos Port; Buhari & traditional rulers meet in Aso Rock; Soldiers Storm Nnamdi Kanu’s village House In Abia state; Buratai may force us to take up arms and fight – Nnamdi Kanu; Army Reacts To Attack On Nnamdi Kanu’s village home; Police Reacts To Attack On Nnamdi Kanu’s village home; Southeast governors worried over shooting near Kanu’s home . . .
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has said that the party will forward the recommendations of its nine-man committee on restructuring to the federal government for implementation.
The committee headed by the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai reviewed the demands of Nigerians for restructuring Nigeria and to provide a framework that will guide its implementation.
Oyegun who spoke at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference that took place in Jalingo, Taraba State at the weekend said: “APC has responded to agitations for structural reforms of the country’s political architecture and to structure the debate for the benefit of the sustained unity, peace and progress of the country by constituting a broad-based committee to provide a framework that will guide the process.”
He said the recommendations of the committee will be reviewed by the party organs and a framework for implementation of the report will be presented to the federal government.
Reports are rife of a recall movement looming for the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, as posters calling for his recall littered Ilorin the Kwara State capital. It will be recalled that one of Saraki’s proteges, Sen. Dino Melaye is currently facing recall by his constituents from Kogi West senatorial district of Kogi state in north central Nigeria.
The circulating poster was designed and shared by a group called ‘Kwara Must Change’.
So far, there’s no official statement from the group or any response from the office of the Senate President.
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed the suit by Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, challenging the validity of the process of recalling him by his constituents. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in his judgment, ordered that the Independent National Electoral Commission “shall proceed with the recall process”.
The judgment effectively terminated the earlier ex parte order made by another judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice John Tsoho, on July 6, 2017, directing parties to maintain status quo.
Sen. Dino Melaye representing Kogi West in Kogi state took to his Facebook page to react to the Federal High Court Abuja judgment on Monday dismissing his suit and also ordering INEC to proceed with his recall. the suit the judgment. Dino wrote on his Facebook page, inter alia, below:
“My great people of Kogi West Senatorial district of Kogi state,in the face of obvious persecution and appealable judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, today . . . Lies will never overtake or conquer TRUTH . . .
. . . However,these combined efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello,INEC,top Federal Govt Officials and top Security agents to harangue and stampede me out of the Senate against the will of Kogi West constituents will fail woefully . . . “
The Nigerian Customs announced on Monday that it had seized 1100 rifles at a Lagos seaport. The guns, concealed in a 20-foot container with number GESU2555208, were seized by the Area Controller, Tin-Can Island Customs Command, Mr Bashar Yusuf .
The importer declared the prohibited items as wash hand basin and water closets. But after the suspected container was transferred to the Enforcement Unit of Tin-Can Command and examined, the items inside the container were found to be guns. Speaking with reporters in Lagos on Monday, Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Col. Hameed Ali (retd) said the guns were shipped into the country from Turkey.
Col. Ali told reporters that a senior officer of the service who allegedly authorised the cutting of the seal on the container and one of the clerks working in the terminal where the container was discharged have been arrested. They are undergoing investigation.
A Vessel, MV Bella Shuttle, Col. Ali said, brought the 600 Jojef Magnum Pump Action Rifles, 300 Jojef Magnum Silver Pump Action rifles and 200 Jojef Magnum Plastic Single Barrels Hubting gun pump action rifles into the country.
The seizure, the Comptroller-General said, is the third in eight months.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with traditional rulers from different parts of the country at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting which started at approx. 3:00 p.m. had members of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria led by the Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar III,
One traditional ruler each from the six geo-political zones spoke at the meeting. For the Southwest, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwunsi; Northwest, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; South-south, Jaja of Opobo; Northcentral, Gbom Gwom Jos, Jacob Buba Gyang; Southeast, South East Traditional Council Chairman, Eberechi Dick; Northeast, Lamido Adamawa.
President Buhari told traditional rulers at a meeting in Abuja that he was “living with the problems of this country day-by-day, and mostly those of the ordinary people”.
Officers of the Nigerian Army on Monday afternoon invaded the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Abia state. IPOB members threw stones and bottles at the army armoured tank and truck.
Reports say one IPOB members was shot at. This invasion comes barely 24 hours after the Nigerian army said it would begin its second phase of Operation Python Dance II in the South Eastern states.
The Leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has reacted to yesterday’s inversion of his home by some uniformed men.
He said, he was having a siesta when the military men came to his home and began shooting. He said the military personnel initially left and then, later came back and tried to gain entrance into his father’s palace but were prevented by some IPOB supporters.
He said the shot three of his supporters but that they are currently receiving treatments in some secure locations. Mazi Kanu also said that Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai wants them to take arms but that they remain, as always, a peaceful people.
The Nigerian Army has reacted to claims by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that soldiers invaded and attacked residents at his compound.
The Army wrote, inter alia:
“The attention of 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, has been drawn to fictitious news going round especially on the social media that troops have invaded the home of Nnamdi Kanu and killed 3 persons.
. . . it was a group of suspected IPOB militants that blocked the road against troops of 145 Battalion while on show of force along FMC-Word Bank Road in Umuahia town, Abia State, today . . . They insisted that the military vehicles would not pass and started pelting the soldiers with stones and broken bottles to the point of injuring an innocent female passerby and a soldier, Corporal Kolawole Mathew. The troops fired warning shots in the air and the hoodlooms dispersed. No life was lost.
Therefore the public are kindly enjoined to disregard the rumours going round and the fictitious photographs of purported victims of attack . . . “
The Nigerian Police has react to news of Soldiers ‘storming Nnamdi Kanu’s house’. The police said military personnel were only carrying out a procession to test a new armoured carrier. “There was no attack on the home of Nnamdi Kanu,” Abia police commissioner, Leye Oyebade, told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Sunday evening.
“What happened was that the military was parading a new armoured carrier and passed through Nnamdi Kanu’s residence. It was while they were passing that some people threw stones and other things at them,” Mr. Oyebade explained.
The police chief said normalcy has been restored and no life was lost during the minor skirmish and Mazi Kanu was neither targeted nor arrested.
Governors of the Southeast states on Monday expressed worry over Sunday’s shooting near the residence of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Umuahia. Director of Information of the Southeast Governors’ Forum Secretariat, Mike Udah, said inter alia:
“The Southeast governors are worried that the relationship between the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the government is degenerating into this kind of ugly situation. They did not want this kind of situation to occur and that was why they invited the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, with Prof. Ben Nwabueze to their meeting in Enugu. So, they are working to ensure that such situation does not reoccur . . . “
“The Southeast governors do not want a situation where the South East would be seen as working against the Federal Government. They don’t want a situation where there would be a breakdown of law and order. They don’t want a situation where it will appear that there is a strained relationship between the people of Southeast and the Federal Government . . . “
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the alleged violent altercation near the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s village home in Abia state. In a statement by Publicity Secretary Uche Achi-Okpaga, the group said, inter alia:
“It is a pity that the tenets of democracy are being bruised and battered with reckless impunity in Nigeria.” The group also condemned the “operation Python Dance II” announced by the army describing it as a deliberate ploy to gag the Southeast like a conquered territory
According to the statement, the recent actions of the Federal Government have cleared all doubts about the disposition and countenance of the APC-led federal Government towards the Igbo.
“The recent NNPC appointments strongly testify to our vindications and these consequential events dramatise them beyond doubt.
“Today,Boko Haram is still killing and herdsmen are pulverising villages but it is in the Southeast that is even peaceful that soldiers are deployed at close and strategic points.
“I think we have overflogged these issues because this is a government that, among other, has been treating ear problem and is not disposed to hear your complaints. We just have a choreographic democracy. May God hear and fight our cause”, he added.