Rowdy Session:Assembly Members Engaged In Heavy Fight(Picture)

The struggle by factions of the Anambra State House of Assembly to take possession of the seat of the Speaker is currently causing a fight in the hallowed chambers.

Both factions of the House, led by their separate Speakers had arrived the State Assembly complex at about 10am in the morning, but could not sit for plenary because of the tussle over which of the two Speakers should preside over the meeting.

About 12 out of the 30 members of the House had three weeks ago impeached Speaker Rita Maduagwu, replacing her with Hon. Ikem Uzoezie. But Maduagwu had quickly denied being impeached, while the Uzoezie faction insisted she remained impeached.

This had led to the sealing of the House by police authorities to forestall any breach of peace.

But at about 10:30pm on Wednesday, police unsealed the complex ahead of Thursday sitting, but, both factions iwent nside to administer the House.

Maduagwu had first entered the hallowed chambers and sat on the Speaker’s seat, but later left when she found that only two of her supporters were present.

As about 2:30pm when she returned to preside over the House, Uzoezie had already taken the Speaker’s seat, refusing to give way for Maduagwu, causing a huge uproar in the House.

Two members, Hon Obinna Emenaka, and a pro Maduagwu lawmaker who recently suffered a vehicle accident, however, engaged a pro Uzoezie lawmaker, Romanus Obi, in a fight but members rallied round to stop the fight.

Emenaka who now uses crutches deployed them in the fight, but was quickly dispossessed of them by another Pro Uzoezie lawmaker, Onyebuchi Offor.

DAILY POST gathered that the bone of contention in the Assembly was the refusal of APGA to give tickets to most members of the House.

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Shocking:Evil Bird Found On Akwa Ibom House Of Assembly Speaker’s Seat (Photo)

The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly saga has taken another dramatic dimension.

Staff of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly were this morning greeted by this owl inside the hallowed chambers of the house.

It is unclear how the bird flew in there.

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FIFA rankings: Nigeria now fifth in Africa, retains 44th in the world

Nigeria is now placed fourth in Africa and retains its 44th spot in the world with 1427 points as against October’s 1431 points in the FIFA/Coca Cola Rankings released on Thursday.

 Tunisia that led the continent’s teams in the last rankings dropped to second place behind Senegal, with the North African side dropping four places, now 26th in the world with 1493 points. Senegal now top the CAF teams with 1505 points and placed 23rd in the world, while Morocco rests in third place with Congo DR in fifth after garnering 1440 and 1420 points as 40th and 49th placed respectively. Belgium, France and Brazil remained unchanged as the highest ranked in the world with 1727, 1727 and 1676.

According to FIFA website, “www.fifa.com’’, defeats for the leading duo in the UEFA Nations League resulted in both dropping six ranking points. Brazil, though still 50 points behind France added seven after wins over Uruguay that is seventh ranked and 55th placed Cameroon. Meanwhile, the big climbers included African quintet of Mozambique (117th, up 5), Angola (125th, up 5), Sudan (127th, up 8), Comoros (143rd, up 5) and Gambia (166th, up 7).

The rise of Kosovo (131st, up 6) was also notable as it took them to their highest position ranking to date. The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on Dec. 20.

Breaking News:Four Reps members dump APC To PDP

Four  House of Representatives members, on Thursday, resigned their membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The lawmakers announced their resignations in separate letters to the green chamber, which were read on the floor of the house in Abuja by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara. Three members left the APC while a member dumped the PDP.

Adekunle Akinlade, representing Egbado South/Ipokia Federal Constituency in Ogun and Muhammed Ajanah, representing Adavi/Okehi Federal Constituency in Kogi defected from the APC to Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and PDP respectively. Mr Salish Koko, representing Maiyama/Koko-Besse Federal Constituency in Kebbi, dumped the APC and headed for the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Rabiu Kaugama who represents Mallam Madori/Kaugama Federal Constituency of Jigawa left for the SDP.

In the letters, the lawmakers made references to irreconcilable issues relating to the party primaries as part of the reasons for the resignation and defection. The legislators said after due consultations with their constituents, it was time for them to part ways with the APC and PDP. A gale of defection has continued to hit the lower chamber as aftermath of the party primaries. Many aggrieved members could not get their parties’ tickets for the 2019 elections. (NAN)  

Breaking News:F-SARS Officer Dies Just Hours After Killing LASTMA Official

The Nigerian Police has disclosed that the F-SARS officer, Olukunle Olonade, who allegedly shot an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Rotimi Adeyemi, at Iyana-Ipaja axis has died, Vanguard reports.

According to the police, Olonade, who allegedly shot Adeyemi to death at Iyana-Ipaja, also died hours later while being rushed to the hospital.

It was learned that Olonade, an Inspector of Police, was mistaken for robber and attacked by irate mob at the scene and beaten to stupor.

Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Chike Oti, in a statement made available to Vanguard on Thursday, said that the police officer was rescued from the scene by police officers deployed to Iyana-Ipaja.

Original hinted that the disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, has directed that the late officer be tried posthumously and dismissed if found guilty.

According to the statement: “the driver of a Toyota Highlander SUV, with registration number LSR 277 BJ, later identified as Police Inspector Olukunle Olonade attached to FSARS Ikeja while driving along Iyana-Ipaja road, was contravened for driving against traffic by a LASTMA official, one Rotimi Adeyemi, aged 46 years at Iyana-Ipaja roundabout.

“The two men vehemently disagreed with each other. However, during the altercation, the said Inspector Olukunle Olonade allegedly shot the LASTMA officer to death.

“Consequently, irate mob, who thought that the shooter was an armed hoodlum because he was in mufti, decended on him and beat him to stupor.

“Although he was later rescued by teams of policemen drafted to the scene, he later gave up the ghost while being rushed to hospital for treatment.

“The serial number of the pistol recovered at the scene was checked in the system and it revealed the bearer as Inspector Olukunle Olonade attached to FSARS Ikeja.

“Corpses of the deceased have been evacuated to the morgue for autopsy.

“The CP Lagos has directed that the late Inspector Olakunle Olonade be tried posthumously in Orderly room and be recommended for dismissal from the Force.”

Group Approached Court Over Atiku’s ‘Unpaid’ Personal Income Taxes

The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CCPM) has approached a court to demand the 2015 and 2016 tax receipts of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP).

The group had made a request to the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Abuja on November 16, citing Section 1(1) and (2) and Section 4(A) of the Freedom of Information Act.

However, according to CCPM, the demand had not been met, even after it issued a seven working days ultimatum to the FIRS to respond to the request.

Therefore, on Thursday, the group approached the Federal High Court in Abuja “for an Order of Mandamus compelling FIRS to make available either directly to the Applicants or through the Courts, copies of the 2015 and 2016 Tax Receipts of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar”.

This was disclosed in a statement by Nelson Ekujumi, CCPM National Coordinator, and Solomon Sobade, CCPM Trustee, made available to SaharaReporters on Thursday.

The statement read: “Sequel to the request of the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) dated Friday, November 16, 2018 and addressed to the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Abuja made under Section 1(1) and (2) and Section 4(A) of the Freedom of Information Act with regards to the 2015 and 2016 Tax Receipts of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) today Thursday, November 29, 2018, consequent upon the failure of FIRS to accede to our demands instituted within the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act within seven working days from the date of receipt of our request, approached the Federal High Court Abuja for an Order of Mandamus compelling FIRS to make available either directly to the Applicants or through the Courts, copies of the 2015 and 2016 Tax Receipts of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“From our private investigation, it has come to our knowledge that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar may not have been paying his personal income taxes AS AT WHEN DUE. We wonder how he intends to get Nigeria working again if he has been a tax dodger.

“We have instituted this court action for the purpose of enlightening Nigerians about the electoral process as well as campaigning for the accountability of public office holders and aspirants.”

Mikel Obi Speaks On Retiring From Football

Mikel Obi, Super Eagles captain, has played down the rumour of him retiring from international football.

The Tianjin Teda and former Chelsea midfielder declared that he was not planning to retire from the Super Eagles without making an official statement to inform the public.

He made the disclosure while newsmen at the launched of his foundation in Lagos.

Obi said, “A lot has been said about my absence in the national team; I think if you have been on something for a very long time you would at some point need a little break and that’s all I’m doing, just taking a little break.

“I haven’t’ retired yet, I know people have said, that I think the day I will retire, I will let everyone knows, I haven’t and I’m also happy the team is doing really well without me which is very good so that I know that when I retire, I leave the team in good situation.

“We have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations Cup and we will see what happens with my fitness and my motivation to go and play and win the Nations Cup again.

“I want the motivation to be 100 per cent, to go. If it’s 60, I don’t want to go. Hopefully, it will come back soon.”

Breaking News:Police unseals Anambra Assembly Complex

The Anambra State police command has announced the unsealing of the State house of Assembly complex in Awka.

The complex was sealed fortnight ago over controversy arising from the impeachment of the former speaker of the house.

Police had earlier said its option of sealing the complex was to forestall breakdown of peace in the state by any faction of the assembly.

Last week, the factional speaker of the assembly, Hon Ikem Uzoezie and members loyal to his faction were stopped from accessing the complex.

But announcing the unsealing of the complex at about 11pm on Wednesday, SP Haruna Mohammed, PPRO Anambra State Police Command, speaking for the Commissioner, said it unsealed the assembly on the request of the leadership of the house.

He, however, did not state which faction had made the call.

The Police statement reads: “The Anambra State Police Command wishes to inform the Public that today 28/11/2018 the Command has received a letter from the leadership of the Anambra State House of Assembly requesting the Command to unseal the Assembly Complex for legislative duties.

“It would be recalled that on the 15/11/2018 same leadership of the House requested the Command to seal the Assembly Complex in order to prevent break down of law and order.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Baba Umar has ordered for the Assembly Complex to be unsealed with immediate effect.

“Meanwhile, adequate security is being provided around the complex to provide safety and security in the area,please.

40-Year-Old Man Defiles 16-Year-Old Deaf Girl After Promising To Buy Her Noodles

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 40-year-old Mukaila Aliu, who defiled a 16-year-old deaf girl on the pretext of buying the girl noodles.

According to a police statement released by Chike Oti, on Thursday, Aliu committed the offence on November 10, 2017.

The statement read: “The said Mukaila Aliu had on the aforementioned date, at Oshodi, allegedly lured the survivor by pretending he was going to buy Indomie noodles for her, hence she unsuspectingly followed him to an abandoned shop along Oshodi road where he defiled her.

“Although he was caught in the act, he managed to escape and remained in hiding until on 19/11/2018 when he came out of hiding to challenge a property developer at a site in Oshodi demanding some fees with menaces from the property owner, claiming to be an ‘Omoonile’.

“He was, however, identified by one of the workers at the site as a suspect on the wanted list of the police. The worker sneaked out and alerted the Divisional Police Officer, Makinde Police Station, who promptly arrested him and handed him over to the Gender Section of the Command for further investigation.”