Breaking News :Eze Madumere, Deputy Governor of imo State, has been impeached

Madumere, who is seeking to replace Governor Rochas Okorocha in 2019, was impeached on monday by 19 of the 27 members of the Imo State House of Assembly.

Impeachment proceedings against him kicked off on July 10, when Ugonna Ozuruigbo, the Deputy Speaker, moved a motion accusing him of abandoning his duties and failing to carry out official duties assigned to him by the Governor, among others.

The house then set up a six-man committee headed by Kennedy Ibe, the member representing Obowo Local Government Area, to probe the allegations and report back within seven days.

Madumere’s governorship ambition has pitched him against Okorocha, who is rooting for Uche Nwosu, his son-inlaw and current Chief of Staff.

Okorocha and Madumere belong to two different factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

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Hon Obinna Chidoka :Every legislator or parliamentarian owe it as a duty to the people he represents to ensure the mandate bears the people.

Laws are made for the people and by the people. Every legislator or parliamentarian owe it as a duty to the people he represents to ensure the mandate bears the people’s collective interest.

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Environment and Habitat under the Chairmanship of Hon. Obinna Chidoka (Honourable Member representing Idemili North and South Federal Constituency) made possible the Public Hearing of some bills which include:

1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Environmental Standards and Regulations enforcement Agency NESREA (Establishment) Act, CAP 164, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria to provide for and adopt Clean Air Policies and for Related Matters, 2017 (H.B 992)

2. A Bill for an Act to Regulate the Disposal of Waste by Industries or Companies: Prohibit Environmental Pollution: Prescribe Penalties Against Offenders; And for Other Related Matters, 2016 (H.B 346)

3. A Bill for an Act of the Establishment of Erosion Control and Prevention Commission and vest it with responsibility for Prevention, Control and Management and Redress of Erosion and for Other Related Matters (H.B 1019)

4. A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (Establishment, etc) Act, 2006 and for Related Matters (H.B 964)

5. A Bill for an Act to Establish Desertification, Erosion, Food and Ecological Control Agency and for Other Matters Connected Therewith (H.B 101)

6. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Establishment of the Institute of Environmental Practitioners of Nigeria to be charged with the Responsibility of Regulating and Managing Environmental Practices of Nigeria and for Related Matters (H.B 1022)

Bearing in mind that the South Eastern Zone especially Anambra State is prone to natural disaster like erosion, landslide and other related matters as well as soot which emanates from industrial gas plant and wastes, Hon. Obinna Chidoka is optimistic that these bills awaiting the presidential assent will curb the various environmental challenges facing the masses when implemented.

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Culled from  Nonso Ezeagu Otigba Facebook page

ABS to Launch Station on DSTv, Graduates Pioneer Filmmakers from the Academy- Obika Chidiebele

The Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), today graduated the pioneer set of Filmmakers from its Film Academy.

The event which held at the Academy’s Auditorium, ABS premises, Awka, had the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, ABS Board Members, Ndi Igwe, State Executive Council Members and Anambra youths in attendance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Obiano said that the state had injected about N3b into the ABS Radio/Tv. This feat made ABS the first state owned Broadcasting Agency to attain digital status in Nigeria. “We have set aside N50m for any script that passed through proper scrutiny for film production. Anambra is the birth place of Nollywood, and we must encourage it”, Gov. Obiano said.

He recalled that over 10000 youths had been trained in various skills in the state and empowered with seed money to enable them practice their trade.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the ABS Managing Director and Rector of the Academy, Nze Uche Nworah appreciated the governor for his efforts in repositioning the Agency. He said, “currently, the Station could be viewed on Terrestrial, Startimes and Metrodigital respectively”. The Academy took off offers a three month intensive training on filmmaking, directing, Photography, Cenamatography, Costume making , among others, took off with 35 students, with 27 graduating on schedule.

Nwora further said that the first movie produced by the Academy “Move On” has been ranked seventh in the world. He disclosed that the Academy was currently in talks with the leadership of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and Federal Polytechnic, Oko, on increasing the number of courses offered in the Academy while the Fort Foundation has promised to sponsor the best graduating student of the Academy to USA.

In his remarks, the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Chief C-Don Adinuba thanked Gov. Obiano for his all round giant strides in the state saying that Anambra is truly the LIGHT OF THE NATION. “What is happening in Anambra is akin to what obtains in California, USA,” Adinuba said if California were to be a country, it would be the world’s sixth largest economy, with her success anchored on creatively developing solutions to the world’s surging problems and needs. “Anambra is doing same now. Anambra has the best of actors and actresses in Africa and we must develop these potentials to the fullest.” He used the occasion to inform ndi Anambra that by October, 2018, ABS will be launching her DSTv channel.

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In his thank you remarks, the Veteran Nollywood Legend, Chief Pete Edochie who retired as the ABS ‘Managing Director some two decades back, appreciated Gov. Obiano calling him “Aesthetically Original governor” of Anambra state.

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He said with Governor Obiano, all sectors of the economy are working. “As a retiree, i received my gratuity and pensions are regularly paid”, said Pete Edochie.

Highlights of the ocassion included the airing of the Academy’s first Movie “Move On”, stage display of APGA bu nke Anyi song by BFI and presentation of certificates to the graduands.

BREAKING NEWS :Benue Assembly suspends Okloho, Adanyi, six others

The authentic Benue State House of Assembly members have just suspended the Eight  members that had a kangaroo seating aided by the Nigerian police for the period of six Months. They include the following:

Adanyi Benjamin –

Terhemba Chabo

Benjamin Nungwa

Bem Mngutyo

Adams Okloho

James Okefe

Nick Eworo

The suspension motion was moved by the majority leader of the house Rt. Hon. Hon Avine Agbom and seconded by Hon. Ianna Jato.
Recalled that the former speaker of the assembly was impeached last week with the majority of 22 members who append their signatures to that effect.

Note also that a Makurdi High court presided by Hon. Justice Adam Onum, the Benue State Chief Judge issued an injunction restraining the impeached speaker Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange from parading himself as the speaker and to return all government property in his possession to the assembly.
The plenary is adjourned to 21st of August 2018

Police In Delta Arrest Three Naval Officers Selling Off Tompolo’s Seized Properties

Three naval officers have been arrested for engaging in the unauthorized sale of the properties of former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, seized by the Federal Government in 2016.

According to the Delta State Police Command, the properties of Ekpemupolo, better known as Tompolo, located along Chevron Clinic Road, Opposite Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) in Warri, Delta State, were consistently burgled over a period of months by a syndicate of naval officers.

The naval officers were said to be auctioning out the properties to criminal elements and unsuspecting members of the public.

The Police said its men attached to the A Division in Warri apprehended the suspects following a tip-off from the residents of the area who had been noticing the suspicious activities around the premises.

At the point of arrest, the suspects were about to sell off a truckload of electricity transformers stolen from the property.

Overall, the cost of all the equipment they had sold was put at over N3billion.

On February 9, 2016, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, had granted the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seize all properties of Tompolo, who had been declared wanted by the Commission following his refusal to heed court summons to answer to fraud charges.

The properties are:  No. 1, Chief Agbamu Close, DDPA Extension, Effurun, Delta State; Mieka Dive Limited and Mieka Dive Training Institute Limited situated at No. 77, Lioth Street, ODPA Ugborikoko, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State; Muhaabix Global Services Limited; a River Crew Change Boat named MUHA -15; the property known as ‘Tompolo Dockyard’, by the end of Enerhen Road, Effurun; the property known as ‘Tompolo Yard’, at the end of Chevron Clinic Road, next to Next Oil, Edjeba, Warri; the Diving School at Kurutie, at Escravos River; the property known as ‘Tompolo House’ at Oporaza Town , opposite the Palace and any other moveable and immoveable property discovered by the EFCC, belonging to the 1st accused person.

Culled from SaharaReporters

Breaking News “The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of Philip Edward Wilson, presented by S.E. Mons.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Philip Wilson, an Australian archbishop convicted in May of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s, the Vatican said Monday. Earlier this month Wilson, 67, was sentenced to a year in detention after becoming one of the highest-ranking church officials to be convicted on the charge.

“The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Adelaide (Australia), presented by S.E. Mons. Philip Edward Wilson,” the Vatican said in a statement.

His resignation comes less than a fortnight after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the pope to sack Wilson, who was found guilty in an Australian court of failing to report allegations against paedophile priest Jim Fletcher.

He had long denied the charges and initially resisted calls to resign pending an appeal against his conviction. Wilson’s legal team made four attempts to have the case thrown out, arguing that he suffered from Alzheimer’s and so should avoid trial. But a magistrate in Australia found Wilson guilty of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person, concluding that his primary motive was to protect the church.

He said when sentencing him that Wilson showed “no remorse or contrition”. The court has adjourned the matter until August 14 to assess whether Wilson can serve his sentence under home detention.

BREAKING NEWS : APC Lawmakers Server Impeachment Letter To Benue gov, Ortom

Some lawmakers of the Benue State House of Assembly on Monday served an impeachment notice on Governor Samuel Ortom.

Channels TV reports that the lawmakers who served the impeachment notice on the state governor are the eight All Progressives Congress members of the House.

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The spokesman person for the eight lawmakers told journalists that the House has commenced impeachment proceedings against Governor Ortom on the allegations of diversion of state funds and abuse of office.

Stay tuned for more details…..

 

Association devises easy way to collect, dispose of maize husks, other vegetables waste

Jakande Fruit Market Maize Sellers Association, Ketu, Lagos, says it has made the disposal of maize husks and other vegetable wastes from the market easy with immediate evacuation. The association’s Vice Chairman, Mr Lawal Nurudeen, who made the assertion in an interview on Monday, said the collection and disposal of the maize husk from the market was organised in a way that it was evacuated immediately the corn is sifted.

“The waste truck that takes the maize husks and other perishable vegetable waste are stationed daily at the road corner near the market.

“The truck is different from the ones arranged by the market association that collect mixed waste from the market. “Wheelbarrow pushers, over 20 of them, who carry the vegetable waste mainly maize husks from the market to offload them into the truck are at hand, he disclosed.

“The boys are paid by the maize sellers and they in turn have their own payment agreements with the truck driver. “The husks are taken to the factory that turns them into fertiliser that are sold back to farmers to use on their farms.’’

Nurudeen said that the truck collecting the maize husks and other valuable vegetable wastes did not accept any other type of wastes. He said that with this way, the sellers on their own started sorting out the waste to make it easy for the companies that needed them.

The vice-chairman said that some other groups in the market could also sort their waste for easy collection and disposal if companies indicated interest in using them as raw materials.

He said that farmers sent the maize sold in the market straight from their farms with each bag of maize properly identified as belonging to a particular farmer.

Nurudeen said the maize were sold to customers by the sellers on behalf of the farmers. He said that the association only collected ground rent from the sellers and the buyers, while the money from the sales were taken to the farmers.

Nurudeen added that the association also supervised the sale of the maize brought by farmers to ensure that their money was taken to them. He said the market had been functioning like that and that there had never been problems or complaints by farmers. (NAN)

Breaking News:Breaking: Kano Assembly impeaches Speaker Abdullahi Ata.

They  just impeached  speaker of Kano state House of Assembly, Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi Ata was sacked over allegation of corruption, http://www.morningstarnaija.com reporter confirmed it

Other allegation leveled against the former speaker was late coming.

He is also accused of not carrying other principal officers in running the affairs of the house.

The House has also sworn-in a new Speaker, Alhassan Rurum.

Stay tuned for more details………

News Update :bloody weekend in Akwa Ibom as armed militants ambushed soldiers at a checkpoint at Iwukem And 7 Souls Feared Death

It was a bloody weekend in Akwa Ibom as armed militants ambushed soldiers at a checkpoint at Iwukem in the volatile Etim Ekpo council, killing one soldier and five civilians, while two persons sustained injuries.

Apparently piqued by the development, a detachment of soldiers from the military base in the state, yesterday, went on rampage, setting shops and houses ablaze in Iwukem. http://www.morningstarnaija.com confirmed  that the militants, numbering about 70, stormed the sleepy community at about 10p.m. on Saturday night, and attacked the soldiers stationed in the community to maintain the peace.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Yes, they (the militants) captured two boys and ordered them to take them through the bush path that linked Ikot Esop and Iwuekm. “The boys took them along the track that led to the junction through Hospital Road. When they came out from the road, they came face to face with the soldiers at the roundabout.

“Because the soldiers were not expecting any eventuality, they were caught off guard; the bullets killed one of them. The Hilux van was set ablaze, while others fled in a hail of bullets. Five other civilians were killed in the crossfire.”

The source said two of the dead civilians came from the neighbouring villages of Ika and Ukanafun, while the other three hailed from Iwukem, where the incident occurred. The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Madcon Ogbechie, who confirmed the incident said: “Investigation is already ongoing and we will get to the bottom of it.” At press time, the military hierarchy at 2 Battalion, Nigeria Army, Uyo, did not respond to inquiries on the issue. On his part, Divisional Police Officer, Etim Ekpo, Chairman Dore, said efforts were on “to ascertain whether the dead civilians were innocent local residents or some of the hoodlums caught in the crossfire.”

He blamed consistent militants’ activities in the area on cultism, lamenting the inability of the local residents to volunteer information on criminal elements in their neighbourhoods for easy detection and confrontation by security forces.

News Update :Barely 200 DAYS To Elections: Number Of Presidential Aspirants Hits 46​

With barely 200 days to next year’s general elections, the political chessboard is replete with twists and turns, even as the number of aspirants jostling for various elective positions is increasing by the day. Checks by Daily Trust on Sunday reveal that no fewer than 46 politicians have indicated their intentions to throw their hats in the presidential ring on different political platforms to slug it out with incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the timetable and schedule of activities released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) earlier this year, the Presidential and National Assembly elections are expected to hold on February 16, 2019.

The PDP lost political power after ruling the country for 16 years, having produced three presidents over the period, namely:  Olusegun Obasanjo, the late Umaru Musah Yar Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

Already, President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who upstaged the PDP-led government in 2015 has indicated his intention to seek a second term. Buhari had made his declaration after a prolonged silence on April 9 during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC.

The President reportedly said that having made wide consultations and conscious of the need to consolidate on his achievements in office, he had decided to stand for re-election, adding that he had been under tremendous pressure to make the declaration and felt it was courteous to first inform the NEC before going to town with it.

Earlier on March 1, the APC passed a vote of confidence in President Buhari, denying that it was not the same as endorsing the President for a second term.

The national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, was recently reported to have endorsed the second term bid of President Buhari, saying as incumbent he had the right of first refusal of the party’s presidential ticket, but checks by Daily Trust on Sunday indicate that two others have also indicated interest in the APC’s presidential ticket in 2019.

Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, a United States-based Nigerian is one of them. On April 30, 2018 was reported to have been hosted by the Nigerian Union Diaspora, NUD, during which he declared his intention to vie for the Presidency of Nigeria on the platform of the APC.

Also, 35-year-old Adamu Garba, the Chief Executive Officer of IPI Solutions Nigeria Limited, a cloud computing company headquartered in Lagos had in April reportedly announced his interest to contest the presidential ticket of the APC.

It is believed that the Presidential ticket of the APC would be picked by the Buhari.

Among the presidential aspirants are eight from the main opposition PDP while the rest are drawn from other registered political parties. Nigeria currently has 68 registered political parties but with more applications by political associations pending before INEC, the number is likely to increase, an indication that more presidential aspirants may emerge ahead of the 2019 elections.

Prominent among those seeking presidential tickets on the platform of the PDP are a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who formally declared his intention recently in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

At a rally in Yola, Adamawa State, Atiku vowed to unseat the APC government not only in Adamawa State but also at the federal level and reclaim them for the PDP.

According to him, Nigerians were disappointed with the APC-led government as the insecurity situation has worsened. He reportedly said: “In 1998, I took this state to the PDP. Today, I have returned to take what rightly belongs to the PDP.”

However, to slug it out with Buhari, Atiku would be jostling for the PDP presidential ticket with other PDP presidential aspirants like: former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, former Governor Ahmed Makarfi of Kaduna State, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, former Governor Donald Duke of Cross River State, former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State and the outgoing of of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose.

Also seeking the PDP presidential ticket for 2019 is Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, a former minister of Special Duties during president Goodluck Jonathan as well as Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, a female Professor of Language and Communication Arts at the Rivers State University of Education. Adesanya-Davies officially joined politics as an ardent member of the ACCORD Party in Kwara State where she remained for years, until she moved to the PDP.

Other presidential aspirants outside the two major political parties include Professor Remi Sonaiya, a 2015 presidential candidate of the KOWA Party, who hopes to take another shot at the presidential election on the platform of the same party and Fela Durotoye, a consulting expert, leadership coach and public speaker and Tunde Fasua of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP).

Some of the aspirants are yet to indicate the party on which platform they want to contest. List of presidential aspirants boxed.

2019 Presidential Hopefuls

Compiled By Haruna Ibrahim

1. Kingsley Moghalu

2. Sule Lamido- Pdp

3. Donald Duke-Pdp

4. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki-Pdp

5. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi-Pdp

6. Ibrahim Dankwambo-Pdp

7. Muhammadu Buhari-Apc

8.  Fela Durotoye-

9.    Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies- Pdp

10. Remi Sonaiya- Kowa

11. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese- From Ncp To Ann (Alliance For New Nigeria)

12.   Omoyele Sowore- Publisher, Sahara Reporters

13.   Enyinnaya Nnaemeka Nwosu

14.   Ahmed Buhari

15.   Peter Ayodele Fayose-Pdp

16.   Adesanya Fegbenro-Bryon

17.   Charles Udeogaranya

18.   Mathias Tsado

19.   Eniola Ojajuni

20.   Olu James Omosule

21.   Tope Fasua- Anrp

22.   Elishama Rosemary Ideh

23.   Kanu Nwankwo

24.   Usman Ibrahim Alhaji

25.   Datti Baba Ahmed

26.   Adamu Garba

27.   Chris Emejuru

28.   Yul Edochie

29.   Oluwaseyitan Lawrence Aletile

30.   Omike Chikeluba Lewis

31.   Olu James Omosule

32.   Ibrahim Ladaja

33.   Omololu Omotosho

34.   Fidelis Akhalomen Lawrence Ekoh

35.   Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

36.   Ibrahim Shekarau

37.   Professor Iyorwuese Hagher

38.   Chike Ukaegbu-35

39.   Attahiru Bafarawa- Pdp

40.   Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso- Pdp

41.   Alhaji Ibrahim Eyitayo Dan Musa

42.   Gbenga Olawepo

43.   Prof. Jerry Gana

44.   Mr Festus Obeghe

45.   Dr Yunusa Tanko

46.   Mrs Eunice Atuejide

Galadima: Buhari Didn’t Want Alliance With Tinubu… I Brought Them Together

Buba Galadima, Chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), says the cosy relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is an afterthought.

In a tell-all account in the current edition of The Interview magazine, Galadima said he was principally responsible for the alliance between the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), against Buhari’s wishes.

Buhari and Tinubu were the leaders of CPC and ACN, two of the five legacy parties that formed the APC in 2014.

“Buhari was the one against the alliance with Tinubu and I don’t want to say anything,” Galadima said. “Let Buhari deny what I have said. I was for it and I organised it and wrote a memo that even produced a candidate for the vice presidency, this same Osinbajo.”

Galadima gave a hint that Buhari may have, in fact, pencilled in another running mate candidate in the INEC form that was to have been submitted.

In a statement, the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Azu Ishiekwene, described the Galadima interview as “the stuff of a broken love affair, with no closet details are spared”.

Using a slogan, ‘Anybody But Buhari (ABB)’, Galadima said he was planning to write an open letter to Buhari very soon, adding that the President is a “floored candidate” who will lose his deposit if he contests re-election.

“If he was raising cattle in Daura, I wouldn’t bother about him,” he said. “I’m criticising him because he’s the President of Nigeria and he’s not doing very well.”

He did not spare the Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, whom he described as a latter-day Buharist bent on hijacking the ship.

In the same edition, the Executive President of Women in Africa, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, said she suspects the autopsy conducted on her father, MKO Abiola, was inconclusive, because “not all poisons can be traced”, lending credence to suspicions that the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election may have been poisoned in detention.

Abiola-Costello shared the last conversation she had with her mother, Kudirat, before she was murdered, the impact of her parents’ death on the family, and family’s business, among others.

Also in the edition, the wife of the Kaduna State governor, Hajiya Hadiza El-Rufai, talked about her passion and role as wife, mother and first lady, saying, “my husband is too honest”