Governors of the south east have rejected the police report which claimed that the Tuesday assassination attempt on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu was a burglary case.
Senate disagrees with police report on alleged assassination attempt on Ekweremadu.
The governors have rather asked the police to do a thorough investigation and bring the culprits to book.
According to the governors who spoke in a press conference through the Director General of the South East Governors Forum, Prof. Simon Ortuanya; the police were hasty in their preliminary report, “otherwise, the so called burglars would not have insisted on the Deputy Senate President’s son taking them to his father’s bedroom.”
In condemning the failed assassination attempt, the governors noted that the incident had cast shadows on the state of security of lives and property in Nigeria.
They stated that their interjection on the matter was because “apart from Ekweremadu being a worthy son of Igbo land, the deputy senate president has distinguished himself as a true Nigerian and a global citizen, having held the position of Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament for more than four years.”
During the plenary yesterday, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, vowed to release video footage of how his house was invaded by alleged assassins on Tuesday if the Police failed to withdraw their claim that what happened in his house was a mere case of burglary.
While speaking, Ekweremadu said that the Commissioner of Police for the FCT and Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations visited his house on Tuesday afternoon to sympathize with him.
“I took them round and they were very sympathetic of what happened,” he said.“I was so shocked when I woke up this morning to hear the Police saying that what happened in my house was a mere case of burglary. I am at a loss because as we speak, they have not taken any statement from my son who was hospitalized, they have not gone to the hospital to find out what exactly happened to my son. They have not invited security personnel attached to me who reported yesterday; some are still reporting this morning.
“They looked at the CCTV tapes operated by the DSS and a staff of my house; apparently, they were not able to figure it out, so it was easy for them to quickly dismiss what really happened.”
Expressing surprise about the incident, Ekweremadu said he is in possession of the full video clip and some pictures.
Also yesterday, the Senate asked the Police under the leadership of the Inspector- General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to as a matter of urgency, carry out a thorough investigation into the alleged assassination attempt on the Deputy Senate President’s life.
This was sequel to a motion by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South who faulted the preliminary report of the police on the incident.
In a related development, the House of Representatives at Wednesday plenary resolved to set up an Adhoc Committee to investigate the attack on the Deputy President of the Senate and members of his family on Tuesday.
The House also said it would unravel the circumstance regarding the late response by the Nigerian Police to the attack.
The resolution followed a motion titled “Armed Attack on the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and members of his family”, moved by Representative Toby Okechukwu from Enugu State.Read More
Governors of South East region have disagreed with statement by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu is safe for use.
The Governors rather insisted “that the airport is not safe as there are no runway lights, the tarmac is bumpy with potholes, while one of the buildings destroyed by storm for over two years has become an eyesore. The cargo section of Akanu Ibiam International Airport is not functional.”
The Governors had recently raised the alarm that the Enugu international Airport was no longer safe for landing, but FAAN in opposition to the Governors claim said the airport was safe.
However, addressing newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday, the Director General of South East Governors Forum, Prof Simon Ortuanya said “It is, indeed, a shame that a whole region as economically robust, South East does not have an airport that can land all categories of aircraft. The Federal government should please come to our aid by making the airport more functional.”
The Governors further observed that the Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has taken the challenge of helping to fix the airport “but we know also that the burden is too heavy for a state government.”
On the much politicized second Niger bridge, the governors noted that the project has indeed become a political chess board in the hands of politicians seeking Igbo votes, but appealed to the federal government to assist the region by ensuring that it is completed.
“We have become aware that it was only in July 2018, that the contract for the second Niger bridge project was signed. In-spite of the fact that the first foundation laying ceremony was undertaken in 2013. We pray that this will not be another lip service to realization of the second Niger bridge,” the Governors stated.Read More
Hosting One-on-One Nigeria, a group from South East, President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is trying its best to re-organize Nigeria after mind-boggling mismanagement of past administrations.
Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said Buhari stated this when he received a group from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria under the aegis of One-on-One Nigeria, Tuesday night.
Adesina, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, quoted the president as saying: “We are trying to organize the country. The extent of mismanagement we met when we came was mind-boggling.
“Many times, I have spoken about the tremendous resources available to us between 1999 and 2014, and how it was frittered.
“If only they had used just 25 per cent of it on infrastructure; road, rail, power, Nigerians would mind their own businesses, and not bother about whoever was in power.
“The casualty figure on our roads daily is simply scandalous. No wonder they are in opposition now, despite all the power they thought they had.”
The group, led by Chief Chido Obidiegwu, said it had keenly observed the strides of the Buhari administration nationwide, particularly in the South-east, “and it is now pay back time”.
He said: “We have seen the work being done on the long-abandoned Second Niger Bridge, roads are being constructed in many parts of the region, and we believe there is every reason to support you for a second term.’’
While describing Buhari as the “grandfather of war against indiscipline and corruption, nightmare of insurgents, Mr Food Security, consolation to pensioners and Mr Frugality,” the group said it was going to mobilize South-easterners to massively vote for him.
The group also believed that one good turn would then deserve another in 2023.
The One-on-One Nigeria also promised to mobilize youth groups, women, artisans, traders and religious groups to massively vote for Buhari, adding that it has all it takes – “courage, drive, verve and vitality”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that seven men and two women represented the group during the visit. (NAN)Read More
The kind of drama fueling the 2019 elections is enough to draw the attention of Nollywood.
One hundred House of Representatives and House of Assembly aspirants under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, dragged the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court, over the outcome of the primaries in Ondo State.
The grouse of the aspirants, led by former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Kenneth Olawale, was that the normal almost cultural primaries was scraped off in the state.
Through the counsel, Mr. Wale Omotoso, Eni Omosule, Mukaila Ayorinde Ajakaye, Coker Malachi, Ayodeji Arowele, Dele Ologun, Olaposi Joe Babatunde and Agunloye Taiwo, among others, asked the court to declare that the ruling APC did not have candidates for the National and State Assembly elections in the state.
Pointedly, the aspirants said the ruling party violated the 2010 Electoral Act and the constitution of the country by presenting candidates for the forthcoming election without the conduct of party primaries which is one of the prerequisites for the emergence of candidates.
Aside Oshiomole, the suit has as defendants of APC; the National Legal Adviser, Mr. Babatunde Ogala, the state chairman of the party in Ondo State, Mr. Ade Adetimehin and INEC.
The aggrieved aspirants asked for:
“A declaration that the subversion of the Electoral Guidelines of the APC as stipulated in its constitution by the party machinery in Ondo State in respect of the House of Representatives and House of Representatives primaries purportedly conducted on the 5th of October, 2018 in their failure to give the claimants opportunity of being voted for by the members of the party as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, is illegal, invalid, unconstitutional, null and void.
“A declaration that the hand picking of preferred candidates without conducting any primary election in any of the ward and constituency in Ondo State with non-presence of any officials of INEC and members of the National Electoral Committee of the party amounting to pre-arranged choice of candidates is illegal, contrary to the Electoral Guideline of the APC and the express provisions of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended in 2015.
“A declaration that the harassment, molestation and intimidation of the claimants in their various units leading to their being forcibly chased away and embarrassed from all venues designed for the purpose of the primary elections with machetes and Dane guns by hired thugs and hoodlums of the preferred candidates, thereby ensuring that no primary election was held, amount to gross flagrant breach of Electoral Guideline of the party and the express provisions of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended in 2015.”
Apart from saying that the attempt by the Electoral Committee to send names to INEC amount to breach of the constitution and the Electoral Act, the aspirants prayed for an order voiding the act of hand picking of preferred candidates without due process of the law. When the case came up for hearing yesterday, the Presiding Judge, Justice F. A. Olubanjo ordered that all the defendants must be served and fixed the hearing of the case for November 12.Read More
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, and son escaped an assassination attempt at about 4am on Tuesday.
The armed men discreetly evaded the security at Ekweremadu’s Apo Quarters residence, to gain entry into his house.
The attackers, who could not immediately shoot in order not to attract the attention of the security personnel on duty, took hold of his son, and commanded him to lead them to the Senator’s bedroom.
It was at the Senator’s bedroom that a struggle ensued, leading to the arrest of one of the assailants with dangerous weapons and housebreaking devices, while the rest managed to escape.
The arrested member of the gang has, however, refused to divulge any information on the operation and has been handed over to the police.
Ekweremadu, his wife, and one of his sons were in the house at the time of the attack.
It could be recalled that the lawmaker narrowly escaped an attempt on his life in Abuja on November 17, 2015.
Although the 2015 incident was reported to the security agencies, nothing has been heard about the matter till date.
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After so many recorded and possibly unknown tragic deaths with little or no attention given to it by the government, NYSC decides in its own convenient time to speak about safety of corps members.
According to the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, has said that in order to ensure the general safety of corps members, they (the corps members) would not perform ad-hoc duties in volatile regions.
Kazaure made this 'assurance' during a working visit to the NYSC 2018 Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 Orientation Camp in Sagamu, Ogun on Tuesday.
According to him, it has become imperative to protect the lives of corps members . It seems like he is only just noticing the tragic incidents that has been happening during the one year youth service. It has suddenly become a major priority to protect this youth corpers from danger.
He further stated corps members have become easy targets to insurgents and disgruntled persons.
We should all note that these dreadful incidents on corps members has been going on long enough. Let's spare him as he only just awoke from a deep sleep.
The NYSC boss said the scheme was already working in tandem with various security agencies to ensure peaceful proceedings at the election exercise across the nation.
He further advised corps members to curtail illegal movements outside their areas of primary assignments, saying accidents accounted for most cases of deaths involving corps members.
They are all just waking up and walking into the crisis that has haunted corps members and the rest of Nigeria for years.
He went ahead to tell us that the scheme has always been evolving strategies to ensure adequate security for its members and urged corps members to also be cooperative to ensure efficiency of interventions.
“I have told them that they must always be security conscious and mindful of happenings in their environments.
“Your safety starts firstly by respecting the traditions of your host communities and being at peace with the people for which you’ve been called to serve.
“Then you must always look out for one another and try to always move in groups. Unnecessary travelling should also be curtailed as this is not ideal of the NYSC scheme.
“At the elections, they must refrain from being partisan. As ad-hoc INEC staff, they must be neutral always and shun material or financial inducements from politicians for their own good and safety.
“I want to also state it here that no corps member will be used as ad-hoc staff in the volatile regions during the elections as their safety is of paramount concern to the scheme,” the director-general said.
Kazaure, who had earlier given cash rewards to the various performing groups of corps members who welcomed him, said he was most impressed by the attitude of the corps members. Cash rewards!
“This is one camp I like visiting based on their template for excellence in all activities. For one, they have the best band in the nation and I’m always highly impressed, ‘’ Kazaure said.
The highlights of the director-general’s visit was inspection of camp facilities, during which the director-general expressed delight at the level of medical intervention for corps members and the level of sanitation at the orientation camp.Read More
What began as a joyous celebration of love ended in tears and sorrow as the newly wedded Texan Couples died in a crash.
Reports says that the chopper carrying newlyweds Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman went down early on Sunday in Uvalde, Texas, about 25 kilometres from the Byler family’s ranch.
Gerald Green Lawrence, the pilot of the Bell 206B helicopter, also died in the crash.
A Facebook post by the Houstonian, the student newspaper at Sam Houston State University, identified the couple as students at the school.
“It is with deepest sadness that we announce the tragic passing of two Bearkats; Will Byler (Agriculture Engineering) and Bailee Ackerman Byler (Agricultural Communication) in a helicopter accident departing their wedding".
“We ask that you keep the Byler and Ackerman families in your thoughts and prayers,” the post reads.
A Nov. 3 wedding date was listed on a website for the Ackerman and Byler nuptials. The site featured stunning engagement photos of the twosome in the great outdoors.
A wedding guest captured the happy couple — Ackerman in a white gown and veil and Byler in a tuxedo and cowboy hat, heading toward the doomed chopper through a row of lit sparklers.
Guests cheered as the helicopter took off.
Ackerman’s best friend Katie Ellis said the family-oriented couple were members of the school’s rodeo team.
“Bailee was full of life, beautiful, and could light up a room with her smile.
“When Bailee met Will she completely fell in love. Will was so adventurous and lived life to the fullest every single day and Bailee always went with the flow,” Ellis told MySanAntonio.com in an email.
Ellis said Ackerman was set to graduate in December and Will in May.
“I love them both so dearly and they will always be so special to me.
“They will be greatly missed by many. One day we will all see their smiles and dimples again,” she said.
The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The Federal Aviation Administration, which is assisting, said the aircraft “crashed under unknown circumstances in a remote area.”
The Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office said police received a call about a possible downed aircraft at around midnight in the area of northwest Uvalde County.
The mangled helicopter was found upon daybreak.
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has apprehended one Isa Idrisa, a Nigerien, who was alleged to have stabbed a man to death in Hadejia, Jigawa.
The Comptroller of NIS in the state, Alhaji Garba Abdul, said this when he paraded the suspect before newsmen in Dutse on Tuesday.
Garba said the suspect stabbed one Suleiman Adamu of Kofar Gidan Talba in the Hadejia metropolis to death in 2008 and escaped to his country, Niger.
He said that luck ran out for the suspect when officers and men of the NIS who were on patrol apprehended the suspect at the border.
According to him, the suspect was arrested between Maigatari and Gumel, a border area between Nigeria and Niger Republic.
The comptroller said that the Immigration Service had completed its work, pointing out that NIS had now handed over the case to the Police for further investigation.
Garba said charms and different concoctions were found on the suspect.
However, the suspect said; “I had a misunderstanding with the deceased and we fought at a political rally in 2008 during former Gov. Ibrahim Turaki’s regime.
“I committed the offence out of anger, I am therefore appealing for leniency because I am not mentally alright,” the suspect said.
From tomorrow, there will be a 2km traffic diversion from Magboro to Ibafo on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway, according to the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE).
The TRACE Corps Public Relations Officer, Cdr. Babatunde Akinbiyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the diversion was to hasten the rebuilding of the road.
”Due to the on-going Road Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan bound carriageway from Magboro km 14 to Ibafo km 17 will be closed for reconstruction.
”Work and traffic inward Ibadan shall be diverted to the completed section of the carriageway.
“According to Julius Berger Construction Company, preparatory work for the traffic diversion will commence on Tuesday, Nov. 6, while full diversion of traffic and closure of Ibadan bound carriageway is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19.
”In view of the traffic challenge this exercise may cause, TRACE, FRSC, POLICE and the NSCDC will be strategically positioned at the road reconstruction and rehabilitation sites where there are road diversions.
”This is to regulate, control and ensure free flow of traffic throughout the duration of the activity.
”In addition, an alternative route will be prepared and made ready for public traffic use (Sagamu bound from Magboro and Buildwell Company RHS) when there is a complete obstruction of the diverted section by a broken down vehicle or road crash.
”Nevertheless, we thank the public, particularly the motoring public for their understanding, patience, cooperation and spirit of comradeship in this regard,” he said.