Verbatim Report Of What Transpired Today In Senate Plenary

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF Tuesday, 9th May, 2023 Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria! Senate President Ahmad Lawan led the Principal Officers into the Chamber, took the official prayers and began the day’s proceedings at 11:09am VOTES AND PROCEEDINGSVotes and Proceedings of Wednesday, 3rd May was approved as recommended. EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONSenate President Ahmad read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the request for the confirmation of Executive Members of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). PRESENTATION OF BILLS FOR FIRST READING Haliru Dantoro University of Fisheries and Aquaculture New Bussa, Niger State Bill, 2023 (HB. 1762) was read the First Time. Traditional Complementary Alternative Medicine Council (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB. 2172) was read the First Time. Institute of Cooperative Professionals of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB. 1265) African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for Africa’s Development Bill, 2023 (HB. 2180) was read the First Time. African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (Domestication and Enforcement) Bill, 2023 …

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10th Assembly Speakership: Reps Move To Impeach Gbajabiamila

By Chris Udochukwu Outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, may be impeached from office ahead of the inauguration of the 10th Assembly for doctoring the House standing rules to favour his stooges as Speaker and Deputy. Already, over 100 aggrieved members of the House have signed a notice of impeachment to be served on the Speaker at the resumption of plenary Tuesday Morning. Tuesday’s session promises to be hot as members have vowed to raise the issue on the floor of the House for immediate retraction of the rigged and doctored document. The doctored standing rules, refered to as the 10th edition cited by our correspondent, has a new , strange and obnoxious provision for electing the Speaker and Deputy through an open ballot instead of the existing rule of secret ballot that has been in use since 1999. Section 2 (f) (iii) of the controversial clause captioned “election of presiding officers” stated that, ” every member voting shall name clearly and in the open the candidate of his choice.” Speaking to our correspondent, a principal …

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7 Ibadan men docked for beating Inspector Okoro to death

Seven men who who allegedly beat a police Inspector Augustine Okoro to death at a checkpoint in Iseyin Road, Moniya area of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State were arraigned in court on Tuesday. The suspects are Sarafa Lateef (30), Saminu Ibrahim (28), Oloso Sikiru (36), Fatai Yusuf (45), Moruf Olanrewaju (42), Isiaka Rafiu (40), and Anuoluwa Akinola (32). They were arraigned for conspiracy and murder. The prosecutor, ASP Amos Adewale, told court that the defendants conspired on April 25 somewhere on Iseyin Road, Moniya, Ibadan, and caused the death of one Insp Augustine Okoro (43). He added that the accused beat and stoned Insp Okoro to death while the deceased was conducting stop-and-search routine duty in the area. The offence, he said, contravened the Criminal Code of Oyo State 2000. Chief Magistrate E. A. Idowu of Iyaganku Chief Magistrate’s Court who did not take the plea of the accused for want of jurisdiction, ordered their remand at the Agodi correctional facility. Idowu referred the case file to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for advice and adjourned the matter to …

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What Adeleke said after his victory at Supreme Court

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has reacted to the Supreme Court judgement, which affirmed his victory as the winner of the July 16 gubernatorial election in the state. Adeleke said he will commit to more expanded delivery of good governance. The governor stated this following his victory at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Recalled that the apex court had dismissed the appeal by the immediate past governor of the state, Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, challenging Adeleke’s victory. In a judgment delivered on Tuesday by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the apex court ruled that Oyetola predicated all his allegations against the election on baseless and unfounded hearsay. Adeleke said he seeks the support and cooperation of all Osun residents and citizens irrespective of party affiliation. He said: “My Lord Justices, your affirmation of the truth and people’s will consolidates and strengthens our democracy. On behalf of [the] Osun people, we appreciate you and we adore your love for justice and equity. “To us, stakeholders in the Osun project, be assured that the revalidation of our mandate …

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US Therapist Bags Jail Term In Okagbare’s Olympic Doping Case

A Texas therapist faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to supplying performance-enhancing drugs to Olympic athletes including banned Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare, US authorities said. Eric Lira, a “naturopathic” therapist based in the city of El Paso, is the first individual to be convicted under a new US law introduced in the wake of Russia’s state-backed Olympic doping scandals, the Department of Justice said in a statement The 2020 law, named after Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, enables US authorities to prosecute individuals involved in international doping fraud conspiracies, www.rfi.fr/en reports. Lira was found to have supplied drugs to Okagbare in the build-up to the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Okagbare, who was subsequently banned from the sport for 10 years, was expelled from the Tokyo Olympics just before the women’s 100m semi-finals after it emerged she had tested positive for human growth hormone in an out-of-competition test in Slovakia before the games. US Attorney Damian Williams said Monday after Lira pleaded guilty in a federal court in Manhattan that the case was a “watershed moment for …

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Davido reacts as Supreme Court affirms his Uncle, Ademola Adeleke, as governor of Osun state

Singer, Davido has reacted to the ruling by the Supreme Court affirming his Uncle, Ademola Adeleke, as governor of Osun state. Recall that Davido campaigned vigorously for his Uncle ahead of the July 16, 2022 governorship election.  In a post shared on his Instastsory, Davido congratulated Osun state indigenes and stated that the ruling marks ‘’Freedom time” for them. See his post below…

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Kalu withdraws from race, to become Speaker after APC’s decision

The lawmaker representing Bende federal constituency in Abia State, Benjamin Kalu, has withdrawn from the race to be the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This comes a day after the official announcement of the zoning formula by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 10th National Assembly. Kalu, however, has declared his intention to run for the Office of Deputy Speaker. In a statement by his media aide, he said: “I believed this position was ideal for the Southeast region, as it has not produced a Speaker in the last 40 years. ”However, as a firm believer in Party supremacy, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for the Speakership Position and fully accept the nomination for the position of Deputy Speaker of the 10th Assembly in line with the directives of our Party the All Progressives Congress (APC).” APC has endorsed Godswill Akpabio as Senate President and Jibrin Barau as the Deputy. Abbas Tajudeen has been endorsed as House of Representatives Speaker and Ben Kalu as his Deputy.

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Again, Supreme Court Upholds Adeleke’s Victory As Duly Elected Governor Of Osun State

The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside the appeal by Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the election of Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Osun State Governor. The apex court, in its judgment read by Justice Emmanuel Agim, also upheld the Appeal Court’s judgment which upheld the election of Adeleke as the state governor. The apex court held that the appellant failed to adduce enough evidence to prove his allegation of over voting in the July 16, 2022 governorship poll. The judgment was affirmed and adopted by the entire five members of the panel. According to all the members of the panel, the appeal lacked merit. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Adeleke the winner of the poll, saying he scored 403,371 votes to sack Oyetola who was the then incumbent with 375,027. However, Oyetola and his party had alleged irregularities in the polls and challenged Adeleke’s victory at the Tribunal. Respite came for the former governor on January 27, 2023 as Justice Tertse Kume who gave the majority judgement upturned …

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Security Assistance: US Announces $1.2b In New Military Aid For Ukraine

The United States on Tuesday announced a new $1.2 billion security assistance package for Ukraine to boost the country’s air defenses and provide it with additional artillery ammunition. The package underscores the continued US commitment to Ukraine “by committing critical near-term capabilities, such as air defense systems and munitions, while also building the capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces to defend its territory and deter Russian aggression over the long term,” the Defense Department said in a statement. The assistance comes in the form of Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funds, which pay for the procurement of equipment from the defense industry or partners rather than providing equipment from existing US stocks. This avoids depleting US inventories but means the assistance will take longer to reach the battlefield. Ukrainian servicemen of a Reconnaissance team fly a drone at a front line near the town of Bakhmut, Donetsk region on May 8, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Sergey SHESTAK / AFP) The package features unspecified air defense systems and munitions as well as equipment to integrate Western systems with …

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Sambo Deserves To Continue As Minister – Taraba APC to Tinubu

The Sentali Ward Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) I’m Jalingo local government area of Taraba State on Tuesday called on President elect Senator Bola Tinubu, President to reappoint Alhaji Mu’azu Sambo, the present Minister of Transportation into his cabinet. Welfare Director of the party Aliyu Mijinyawa, who spoke on behalf of the ward made the call on Tuesday in Jalingo said that the call became necessary after due consultation by the Executive Council with critical stakeholders. He said that the minister’s charismatic leadership that led the party to gener the required percentage of votes in the state during both presidential and Governorship elections. He recalled that Sambo, who doubles as the Tinubu-Shettima Campaign Coordinator in the state had affected the party positively towards funding and moral support for the party. “We commend and appreciate our son, a patriotic member of our great party and a staunch supporter of our president elect, Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Mu’azu Sambo, Hon. Minister of Transportation. The minister, who has financially supportive strong by character and has always shown strength whenever and wherever it …

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Presidential Election Tribunal Begins Hearing Petitions

By Chris Udochukwu The hearing has just resumed in a petition filed against President Elect of the just concluded Feb.25 Presidential elections, Amb.Umar Iliya, Acting National Chairman represents the PDP in the case. The 3rd respondent ,The APC is represented by Chris Maigida, the APC Deputy Director Legal. Representing the INEC is Mrs May Nwabuchi, INEC National Commissioner/Chair legal services. A section of the NWC members , a hierarchy of the PDP during the hearing today On the ground for national importance, the counsel to the 3rd respondent requested the permission of the Lordships for national televising of the court proceedings as long as the business of the court permits. In the spirit of cooperation, the counsel to PDP, Àtiku Abubakar had just made a humble request to be served the filed motions by other respondents. The counsel had just confirmed in the open court that they have been served the 2 motions by the 2nd respondent.

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Gunmen abduct couple in Osun

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a couple along the Ode-Omu-Gbongan road in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State.  Eyewitnesses revealed that the couple were kidnapped on Monday, May 8, 2023 around 5 am at Oogi Ojudo town. The couple were travelling from Lagos to Osogbo, where they went to purchase some goods when the kidnappers swooped on them and whisked them into the bush. The husband reportedly escaped from the kidnappers’ den, while the wife remains in captivity.  Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, who confirmed the incident said that the police were on the trail of the kidnappers. “I assure you that search and rescue operations have commenced and the police personnel are on the trail of the kidnappers,” the PPRO added.

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Otedola speaks on relationship with Tony Elumelu, Transcorp

Femi Otedola, a famous Nigerian businessman, said his interest in Transnational Corporation of Nigeria, Transcorp, was spurred on the ground to unlock the company’s revenue potential. Otetodola disclosed this in his latest statement amid the recent scramble for the ownership of Transcorp with Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of United Bank of Africa. He stated that his N250 billion bid to buy Transcorp was rejected. Recall that Otedola had recently divested his stake in Transcorp The development made Elumelu the majority stakeholder in the company, with HH Capital Limited, a special-purpose vehicle, increasing its shares to 25.58 per cent. “I offered to buy Transcorp Plc for N250 billion, but unfortunately, my offer was rejected. I aimed to maximize the company’s potential as a Nigerian conglomerate with a market cap of at least N2 trillion instead of the current N40 billion. Still, it seems some shareholders have a different vision”, the statement partly reads.

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“She’s Back to The Trenches” Ivy Ifeoma and Paul Okoye Sparks Breakup Rumors

Ivy Ifeoma, girlfriend to Paul Okoye, has posted a content on social media that has caused a buzz among netizens. The content creator shared a video of herself and her sibling dancing to a song on Snapchat. The song’s lyrics suggest that women should refrain from trusting men. The viral video captured the Ivy and her siblings singing and vibing to the popular sound. As the video spread, many viewers began to speculate that the clip hinted at a possible breakup between Ivy Ifeoma and her older lover Paul Okoye. One Yhundray wrote: “Never date TikTok babes or snap babes he get why….. thou am not saying Chioma is perfect ooo but try date someone like davido’s wife (Chioma) abeg” One Iykemond wrote: “We already know there is fire on the mountain between ify and Paul , for sometimes now they haven’t been seen together and all that.” Oone Ijaycasuals wrote: “She Don dey spend more quality time with friends and fam. no offence” One Saintjames wrote: “She’s back to the trenches”

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APC suspends 14 members over alleged anti-party activities in Kaduna

The Afaka branch of the All Progressives Party (APC) in the Igabi local government of Kaduna State has suspended 14 members for alleged offences bordering on anti-party activities. A statement jointly signed by the Afaka ward chairman, Mr Auwal Adamu, and the secretary, Ismail Yahaya, and made available to journalists in Kaduna stated that the committee has deterred them from participating in all party activities in the party in the Afaka ward and also suspended them for being members of the party in Afaka. The statement further explains, “By virtue of their actions against article 21 .3 (I $ ii) of the 2014 APC constitutions amended, an invitation letter with reference no. APC/AFK/W/IG/S/12 dated 30th may 2023 was sent to them which required their appearance before the disciplinary committee and respond to the panel, which they failed to do so,’” Those affected, according to the statement, are Jamilu Abdullahi, Shafi’u Hassan, Ahmed M. Sani Bebeji, Mustapha Abdurrashid, Abubakar Ahmed Tijjani, others are Lawal Abubakar, Mustapa Sambo, Sama’ila Aliyu, Suleiman A. Alhassan, Abdullahi Dan’uwani, Muh’d Jameel Mustapha, Sani Rabiu, Balarabe Bako …

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Oba Elegushi Release an Official Statement on Alleged Report of His Wife, Olori Sekinat Battling for Her Life Following BBL Surgery

His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, has spoken out on alleged reports of one of his wives, Olori Sekinat battling for her life. It was reported by an instagram blogger, Cutie Julls, who had alleged that the famous wife of the monarch was battling for her dear life overseas. According to the blog, she underwent BBL surgery, but unfortunately for her, things didn’t go as she planned as she is allegedly battling for her life. “One of our very famous Kabiyesi’s Olori is battling her dear life in one of Hausa people’s Obodoyinbo. Them say as Kabiyesi likes big Yansh so our beautiful Olori decided to go add a little more. Sources inside the palace revealed at this point, the palace needs everybody’s prayers more than anything else. We pray for God’s intervention for the famous royal family”. Though the blog didn’t mention name, many decoded that she was referring to Olori Sekinat. Addressing the rumors in a press release by the palace on Monday, the royal family described the rumors as the wicked imagination of the authors. According to …

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