Rivers Gov’s Ally, Ugochinyere to Face Probe for Staging Committee Oversight as Solidarity Visit

ABUJA – The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate Rep. Ikenga Ugochinyere and other lawmakers over a recent solidarity visit to the Governor of Rivers State, Siminalayi Fubara. Recall that Ugochinyere had led about 50 lawmakers on a solidarity visit to Governor Siminalayi Fubara, to attend the first anniversary of the governor in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. The decision of the House was sequel to a point of privilege raised by Rep. Yusuf Gagdi, lawmaker representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency of Plateau State on Thursday at plenary. Citing Order Six Rule One, Rep. Gagdi said his privilege as a member of the House was breached as the lawmaker misinterpreted the visit of some lawmakers to Mr Fubara. He stated that Rep. Ugochinyere had issued a statement to the press on the visit, giving the impression that the lawmakers represented the House. He further claimed that the lawmakers were members of the Local Content Committee who were in Rivers state on an overnight assignment but used the opportunity to pay a courtesy visit to the governor, which according to …

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Rising cases of human rights violations worrisome— NHRC

ABUJA- The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed over the rising cases of human rights violations across the country. The Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr Anthony Ojukwu, SAN expressed this concern on Friday when a report from the NHRC’s dashboard was presented. According to Ojukwu the dashboard stands as a testament to the Commission ‘s commitment to transparency, accountability, and the protection of human rights in Nigeria. ” Over the past months, our teams in Abuja and across the 36 states have worked tirelessly to compile and analyse data from complaints received at the Commission and unreported human rights violations monitored across the country. ” These analyses not only shed light on the state of human rights in our nation, but also serves as a record of our progress and a guide for future action. ” This month’s edition features 55,218 complaints received by the Commission with violations against state actors topping the chart ” he said. He noted that the violations recorded in the month of May impacted on an estimated 157,368 persons across the country based …

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Has Renewed Hope brought lifeline to Niger Delta region?

By Jacinta Nwachukwu Niger Delta region of Nigeria comprises nine states – Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers with about 31 million people. Over the years, militancy has been synonymous with the region known for its vast oil and gas reserves with several militant groups and ethnic nationals agitating for the restoration of the environment degraded by exploration and seeking more developments in the region. President Bola Tinubu, on assumption of office, has shown significant commitment to the region by pledging unwavering support and assistance to ensure successful execution of projects that would bring sustainable growth and improvement in Niger Delta. While acknowledging the critical role Niger Delta plays in the nation’s economy, the president during a crucial meeting with the Minister of Niger Delta Development, Abubakar Momoh, reassured the people of his administration’s commitment to a holistic plan for the overall development of the region. This underscored the reason for the recent meeting of the National Council of Niger Delta (NCND), held in Asaba, to deliberate and proffer solutions to the social, economic, …

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NAF to establish base in Abia

ABIA- The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has expressed the readiness of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to build a base in Abia. Abubakar made this known on Friday when he paid courtesy visit to Gov. Alex Otti of Abia State in Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area. He said that the decision to institute the presence of NAF in Abia was informed by the need to boost security in the state and South-East Geopolitical Zone. Abubakar said that he was in Abia to engage in meaningful dialogue with the state government, exploring opportunities for partnership between NAF and Abia State. He appealed to the state government for a parcel of land to facilitate the placement of necessary NAF’s facilities. According to him, this will enable the Force’s presence to provide effective and decisive kinetic response to threats, enhance national security, as well as contributing to security in Abia and environs. “I want to appreciate your foresight in requesting for the presence of the Nigerian Air Force in Abia. “This will not only boost security …

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World War II bomb found at Frankfurt Airport

FRANKFURT- A bomb dating back to World War II has been found on the grounds of Frankfurt Airport on Friday. Police said that it is a phosphorus bomb that was discovered during construction work. According to the police, incendiary bombs containing white phosphorus were used on a large scale during World War II. The bomb was to be detonated in a controlled manner in the late afternoon or evening. Meanwhile, a radius of around 1,000 metres around the site was cordoned off in advance. Neither air traffic nor the roads around the airport have been affected so far, a spokesman said. There have been no evacuations. (dpa/NAN)

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Tinubu commissions N21bn VP’s residence after 14 years’ award

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu on Friday commissioned the official residence of the Vice-President built at the cost of N21 billion, after 14 years of initial award. Tinubu, represented by the Vice-President Kashim Shettima, reaffirmed the unwavering dedication of his administration to the principles of accountability, transparency and efficient utilisation of resources for the betterment of the country. He stated that a provision of suitable residence for the Vice-President was not merely a matter of convenience but a symbol of respect for the office and the individuals who occupies it. Tinubu added that the completion of the project was a testimony to the respect and affection that the President has for the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ” President Bola Tinubu deserves special commendations. We have seen how Vice President were treated in the past. ” With the present dispensation, it is a different ball game,” he said The President said that the decision to complete the project after going through the required due process was highly commendable. According to him, “it is not secret that the project …

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Katsina Govt. recruited over 10,000 workers in 1year– Radda

KATSINA- Gov. Dikko Radda of Katsina State, on Friday, said that his administration had recruited at least 10,000 workers in the state since his assumption of office. Radda disclosed this during an interactive session with some journalists in Katsina, saying that the number comprised 7,300 teachers. According to him, his administration is giving the education sector more attention than other sectors due to its importance, hence the need to recruit more teachers. He further disclosed that his administration was doing everything possible to make youths in the state self-reliant, instead of relying on government jobs. “We are embarking on the training of youths to engage them in modern farming and we are targeting those with either secondary school certificate, diploma, NCE or graduates. “Anyone promising to give jobs to all graduates is lying because there’s no job. “From our inception, we recruited no fewer than 10,000 people. “And recently, the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University has graduated at least 10,000 with first degree. “Therefore, we have to provide an enabling environment for them. “That’s why we inaugurated the disbursement of about …

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Alleged Desecration of Traditional Institutions: Group Seeks Governor Kefas’ Intervention

By Chris Udochukwu JALINGO – A group known as Elders Initiatives in Sardauna Local Government of Taraba State has appealed to the Governor of the state, Dr. Agbu Kefas to quickly intervene on the ongoing desecration and abuse of traditional institution by some public figures. In an open letter to Governor Kefas titled: PETITION AGAINST HON. ABEL PETER DIAH AND BARR. TIMOTHY G. KATAPS ON TRADITIONAL ISSUES IN SARDAUNA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND A PLEA TOVINDICATE THE ACTING THIRD CLASS CHIEF (MBONDUA) OF MBAMNGACHIEFDOM, HRH ALH. SALEH ABUBAKAR, the elders noted that the duo have penchant for using traditional rulers as ‘toys’. In a petition letter signed by Hama’Adama Salihu Girvuah (Chairman) and Sadou Ahmadou (Secretary), the group said “it is a great brawny petition devoid of frivolity but with hefty and substantial proof against the duo as captioned above.” The group said Hon. Abel Peter Diah a member representing Mbamnga StateConstituency since 2003 to date and Barr. Timothy G. Kataps who has served in various capacity as Secretary to the State Government and North East PDP National Vice Chairman were …

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Insecurity: Senate urges Tinubu to Direct Review, Evaluation of Strategies by Security Agencies

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The Nigerian Senate has sought for a review and evaluation of strategies employed by security agencies in the northwest and north central states. Indeed, the upper legislative chamber mulled the deployment of additional security personnel and special task force to hotspots to ensure the protection of lives and properties. Similarly, the Senate also urged relevant security agencies to collaborate with the respective state governments, local communities, traditional leaders and stakeholders to gather intelligence and enhance security operations in the northwest and north Central. This is sequel to a motion on Thursday, titled: urgent need to review security approach in addressing banditry attacks in Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna and Kebbi states in the northwest of Nigeria, sponsored by Senator Nasiru Sani Zango Daura (APC, Katsina North) and twenty other senators. Worried by the activities of bandits which has remained unabated, the lawmakers further urged President Bola Tinubu to direct the establishment of a task force to evaluate the effectiveness and implications of negotiating with bandits, and conduct analysis of short-term gains versus the long term consequences …

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