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  •  Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday stopped continuation of hearing in a suit filed against Gov Bello Matawalle over his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to the All Progressives Congress APC Justice Ekwo said the move became necessary due to a similar matter pending before the Court of Appeal I take full congnisance that there is an appeal in the similar matter pending in the Appellate Court I will exercise a restraint until that matter is determined he said The development occurred shortly after the judge dismissed an application brought by 14 chairmen of local government councils in Zamfara praying the court to join them in a PDP s suit against Matawalle and others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Matawalle state and federal lawmakers from the state defected from the PDP to the APC But the PDP in a suit marked 6502021 had prayed the court for an order removing Matawalle as governor over his defection to APC The party also asked the court to sack the senators House of Representatives members and state House of Assembly s members who decamped alongside the governor to APC NAN also reports that the 14 local government chairmen in the state had on April 29 prayed the court to be joined as 39th to 52nd defendants and for all the processes to be amended and served on them The chairmen through their lawyer Emeka Okpoko had argued that whatever decision was given by the court would affect their interest and the entire councils The chairmen are Ahmed Anka Aminu Kofoji Kabiru Ladan Bashir Muawiya Mohammed Sadiq Abubakar Takwas Sanusi Sarki Nasiru Yakamata and Ummaru Maradun Others are Salisu Dangulbi Abdulrahman Shinkafi Dahiey Garbadu Aminu Tsafe and Auwal Moriki The applicants in a motion on notice dated and filed on April 6 also said that whatever verdict delivered by the court would affect their federal constituencies senatorial districts and the mandate given to the governor and all the lawmakers 5th to 38th defendants in the state But Emmanuel Ukala SAN counsel to the PDP and Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed the impeached deputy governor opposed to the motion for joinder Ukala informed that a counter affidavit had been filed to the effect on April 13 urging the court to dismiss the application He argued that his clients did not make any claim against the chairmen that would have affected them In his ruling on Thursday Justice Ekwo declared that the applicants were not necessary parties in the suit hence their application constituted an abuse of court process He held that there was no nexus between the applicants who are local government chairmen and the defendants that would have made them relevant in the matter This application is incompetent and I made an order dismissing it he ordered The judge then asked counsel to the parties if they were ready to proceed on the substantive suit Although all the counsel who appeared in court said they were ready to proceed lawyer to the lawmakers 5th to 38th defendants Sylvanus Maliki spoke on the contrary Maliki said he was in court to hold brief for Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN who was unavoidably absent and that what he was told was that the businsee of the day was for ruling Justice Ekwo then said that he was aware of a similar matter pending before the Court of Appeal saying he would exercise a restraint until the apex court case is determined He therefore said that the matter would be adjourned But James Onoja SAN who appeared for the plaintiffs PDP and Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed informed that part of their grievances was that there was an attempt to impeach Mohammed and that while the matter is pending the state assembly went ahead to impeach him And we filed a motion praying that the impeachment should be reversed because as it is now our client stands impeached in the eye of the law he said Onoja expressed worry over the plan by the judge to adjourn the matter But Justice Ekwo assured that though the matter would be adjourned the court s final decision must be binding on parties Ekwo consequently adjourned the matter until Oct 27 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Defection: Judge stops hearing in suit against Matawalle
     Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday stopped continuation of hearing in a suit filed against Gov Bello Matawalle over his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to the All Progressives Congress APC Justice Ekwo said the move became necessary due to a similar matter pending before the Court of Appeal I take full congnisance that there is an appeal in the similar matter pending in the Appellate Court I will exercise a restraint until that matter is determined he said The development occurred shortly after the judge dismissed an application brought by 14 chairmen of local government councils in Zamfara praying the court to join them in a PDP s suit against Matawalle and others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Matawalle state and federal lawmakers from the state defected from the PDP to the APC But the PDP in a suit marked 6502021 had prayed the court for an order removing Matawalle as governor over his defection to APC The party also asked the court to sack the senators House of Representatives members and state House of Assembly s members who decamped alongside the governor to APC NAN also reports that the 14 local government chairmen in the state had on April 29 prayed the court to be joined as 39th to 52nd defendants and for all the processes to be amended and served on them The chairmen through their lawyer Emeka Okpoko had argued that whatever decision was given by the court would affect their interest and the entire councils The chairmen are Ahmed Anka Aminu Kofoji Kabiru Ladan Bashir Muawiya Mohammed Sadiq Abubakar Takwas Sanusi Sarki Nasiru Yakamata and Ummaru Maradun Others are Salisu Dangulbi Abdulrahman Shinkafi Dahiey Garbadu Aminu Tsafe and Auwal Moriki The applicants in a motion on notice dated and filed on April 6 also said that whatever verdict delivered by the court would affect their federal constituencies senatorial districts and the mandate given to the governor and all the lawmakers 5th to 38th defendants in the state But Emmanuel Ukala SAN counsel to the PDP and Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed the impeached deputy governor opposed to the motion for joinder Ukala informed that a counter affidavit had been filed to the effect on April 13 urging the court to dismiss the application He argued that his clients did not make any claim against the chairmen that would have affected them In his ruling on Thursday Justice Ekwo declared that the applicants were not necessary parties in the suit hence their application constituted an abuse of court process He held that there was no nexus between the applicants who are local government chairmen and the defendants that would have made them relevant in the matter This application is incompetent and I made an order dismissing it he ordered The judge then asked counsel to the parties if they were ready to proceed on the substantive suit Although all the counsel who appeared in court said they were ready to proceed lawyer to the lawmakers 5th to 38th defendants Sylvanus Maliki spoke on the contrary Maliki said he was in court to hold brief for Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN who was unavoidably absent and that what he was told was that the businsee of the day was for ruling Justice Ekwo then said that he was aware of a similar matter pending before the Court of Appeal saying he would exercise a restraint until the apex court case is determined He therefore said that the matter would be adjourned But James Onoja SAN who appeared for the plaintiffs PDP and Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed informed that part of their grievances was that there was an attempt to impeach Mohammed and that while the matter is pending the state assembly went ahead to impeach him And we filed a motion praying that the impeachment should be reversed because as it is now our client stands impeached in the eye of the law he said Onoja expressed worry over the plan by the judge to adjourn the matter But Justice Ekwo assured that though the matter would be adjourned the court s final decision must be binding on parties Ekwo consequently adjourned the matter until Oct 27 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Defection: Judge stops hearing in suit against Matawalle
    General news7 months ago

    Defection: Judge stops hearing in suit against Matawalle

    Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, stopped continuation of hearing in a suit filed against Gov. Bello Matawalle over his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Justice Ekwo said the move became necessary due to a similar matter pending before the Court of Appeal. “I take full congnisance that there is an appeal in the similar matter pending in the Appellate Court. “I will exercise a restraint until that matter is determined,” he said. The development occurred shortly after the judge dismissed an application brought by 14 chairmen of local government councils in Zamfara, praying the court to join them in a PDP’s suit against Matawalle and others. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Matawalle, state and federal lawmakers from the state defected from the PDP to the APC. But the PDP, in a suit marked: 6502021 had prayed the court for an order removing Matawalle as governor over his defection to APC. The party also asked the court to sack the senators, House of Representatives members and state House of Assembly’s members who decamped alongside the governor to APC. NAN also reports that the 14 local government chairmen in the state had, on April 29, prayed the court to be joined as 39th to 52nd defendants and for all the processes to be amended and served on them. The chairmen, through their lawyer, Emeka Okpoko, had argued that whatever decision was given by the court would affect their interest and the entire councils. The chairmen are Ahmed Anka, Aminu Kofoji, Kabiru Ladan, Bashir Muawiya,  Mohammed Sadiq, Abubakar Takwas, Sanusi Sarki, Nasiru Yakamata and  Ummaru Maradun. Others are Salisu Dangulbi,  Abdulrahman Shinkafi,  Dahiey Garbadu, Aminu Tsafe and Auwal Moriki The applicants, in a motion on notice dated and filed on April 6, also said that whatever verdict delivered by the court would affect their federal constituencies, senatorial districts and the mandate given to the governor and all the lawmakers (5th to 38th defendants) in the state. But Emmanuel Ukala, SAN, counsel to the PDP and Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed, the impeached deputy governor, opposed to the motion for joinder. Ukala informed that a counter affidavit had been filed to the effect on April 13, urging the court to dismiss the application. He argued that his clients did not make any claim against the chairmen that would have affected them. In his ruling on Thursday, Justice Ekwo declared that the applicants were not necessary parties in the suit, hence, their application constituted an abuse of court process. He held that there was no nexus between the applicants, who are local government chairmen, and the defendants that would have made them relevant in the matter. “This application is incompetent and I made an order dismissing it,” he ordered. The judge then asked counsel to the parties if they were ready to proceed on the substantive suit. Although all the counsel who appeared in court said they were ready to proceed, lawyer to the lawmakers (5th to 38th defendants), Sylvanus Maliki, spoke on the contrary. Maliki said he was in court to hold brief for Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, who was unavoidably absent, and that what he was told was that the businsee of the day was for ruling. Justice Ekwo then said that he was aware of a similar matter pending before the Court of Appeal, saying he would exercise a restraint until the apex court case is determined. He, therefore, said that the matter would be adjourned. But James Onoja, SAN, who appeared for the plaintiffs (PDP and Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed), informed that part of their grievances was that there was an attempt to impeach Mohammed and that while the matter is pending, the state assembly went ahead to impeach him. “And we filed a motion, praying that the impeachment should be reversed because as it is now, our client stands impeached in the eye of the law,” he said Onoja expressed worry over the plan by the judge to adjourn the matter. But Justice Ekwo assured that though the matter would be adjourned, the court’s final decision must be binding on parties. Ekwo consequently adjourned the matter until Oct. 27 for hearing.

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  •  Mahmud Aguil has a comfortable home in Libya s capital Tripoli but chronic power cuts in the war torn country and scorching summer heat now force him to sleep in his air conditioned van This is my room the 48 year old said pointing to the cramped vehicle with the rear seats removed to make room for him and his two young children In the morning I wake up with terrible back pain That s our life these days The people of Libya are enduring power cuts of up to 18 hours a day even though their country sits atop Africa s largest proven oil reserves After a decade of violence rising poverty and government fragmentation many have reached the limits of their tolerance Public anger spilled onto the streets earlier this month as protests drew thousands of people chanting we want the lights to work in the capital and in Benghazi the country s second largest city Protesters set fire to and looted the House of Representatives based in the eastern city of Tobruk along with other official buildings while masked protesters burned tires and blocked roads in Tripoli Even when we have electricity it s very weak just enough to keep the lights on said Aguil who works for a group that cleans up unexploded ordnance The electricity crisis is just the latest trial for Libyans after a decade of insecurity fuel shortages crumbling infrastructure and economic woes since a 2011 NATO backed uprising toppled and killed dictator Moamer Gaddafi Problems with everything One of the walls of Aguil s house is riddled with bullets a witness to the violence that has repeatedly devastated the North African country We have problems with everything the health sector education the roads are terrible he said We have nothing Under Gaddafi Libya boasted a generous welfare state financed by oil revenues But that too has fallen victim to conflict and the country s division with fuel wasted infrastructure damaged or in ruins and devastating blockades of oil installations Many of Libya s seven million people have turned to unreliable gas guzzling and polluting electricity generators The most reliable models cost around 5 000 to those who can afford them Thanks to our government Aguil said bitterly Tripoli based authorities have tried to calm public anger over the power cuts admitting they had underestimated the problem Acting Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah said that three power plants will be inaugurated this month two in the west and one in the east The state is absent Dbeibah leads a western based administration while former interior minister Fathi Bashagha wins the support of Tobruk s eastern based parliament and military strongman Khalifa Haftar Supporters of the eastern camp have restricted production at key oil facilities in recent months to pressure Dbeibah to transfer power to Bashagha The lockdown has also reduced the amount of fuel available for power plants exacerbating electricity shortages Sitting with his severely disabled son in Benghazi the birthplace of Libya s 2011 uprising against Gaddafi s 42 year rule Ahmed Hejjaji said he feels helpless Your four year old son s medical equipment needs electricity and power outages are taking a toll on his treatment The authorities must guarantee us access to electricity said the 42 year old father Hejjaji said that the daily challenges are endless Before the Muslim celebration of Eid al Ahda he said I went to the bank early to withdraw money but I waited in line until 3pm Why Because the state is absent
    Libyans at boiling point amid summer power cuts
     Mahmud Aguil has a comfortable home in Libya s capital Tripoli but chronic power cuts in the war torn country and scorching summer heat now force him to sleep in his air conditioned van This is my room the 48 year old said pointing to the cramped vehicle with the rear seats removed to make room for him and his two young children In the morning I wake up with terrible back pain That s our life these days The people of Libya are enduring power cuts of up to 18 hours a day even though their country sits atop Africa s largest proven oil reserves After a decade of violence rising poverty and government fragmentation many have reached the limits of their tolerance Public anger spilled onto the streets earlier this month as protests drew thousands of people chanting we want the lights to work in the capital and in Benghazi the country s second largest city Protesters set fire to and looted the House of Representatives based in the eastern city of Tobruk along with other official buildings while masked protesters burned tires and blocked roads in Tripoli Even when we have electricity it s very weak just enough to keep the lights on said Aguil who works for a group that cleans up unexploded ordnance The electricity crisis is just the latest trial for Libyans after a decade of insecurity fuel shortages crumbling infrastructure and economic woes since a 2011 NATO backed uprising toppled and killed dictator Moamer Gaddafi Problems with everything One of the walls of Aguil s house is riddled with bullets a witness to the violence that has repeatedly devastated the North African country We have problems with everything the health sector education the roads are terrible he said We have nothing Under Gaddafi Libya boasted a generous welfare state financed by oil revenues But that too has fallen victim to conflict and the country s division with fuel wasted infrastructure damaged or in ruins and devastating blockades of oil installations Many of Libya s seven million people have turned to unreliable gas guzzling and polluting electricity generators The most reliable models cost around 5 000 to those who can afford them Thanks to our government Aguil said bitterly Tripoli based authorities have tried to calm public anger over the power cuts admitting they had underestimated the problem Acting Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah said that three power plants will be inaugurated this month two in the west and one in the east The state is absent Dbeibah leads a western based administration while former interior minister Fathi Bashagha wins the support of Tobruk s eastern based parliament and military strongman Khalifa Haftar Supporters of the eastern camp have restricted production at key oil facilities in recent months to pressure Dbeibah to transfer power to Bashagha The lockdown has also reduced the amount of fuel available for power plants exacerbating electricity shortages Sitting with his severely disabled son in Benghazi the birthplace of Libya s 2011 uprising against Gaddafi s 42 year rule Ahmed Hejjaji said he feels helpless Your four year old son s medical equipment needs electricity and power outages are taking a toll on his treatment The authorities must guarantee us access to electricity said the 42 year old father Hejjaji said that the daily challenges are endless Before the Muslim celebration of Eid al Ahda he said I went to the bank early to withdraw money but I waited in line until 3pm Why Because the state is absent
    Libyans at boiling point amid summer power cuts
    Foreign7 months ago

    Libyans at boiling point amid summer power cuts

    Mahmud Aguil has a comfortable home in Libya's capital Tripoli, but chronic power cuts in the war-torn country and scorching summer heat now force him to sleep in his air-conditioned van.

    “This is my room,” the 48-year-old said, pointing to the cramped vehicle, with the rear seats removed to make room for him and his two young children. “In the morning I wake up with terrible back pain.

    "That's our life these days."

    The people of Libya are enduring power cuts of up to 18 hours a day, even though their country sits atop Africa's largest proven oil reserves.

    After a decade of violence, rising poverty and government fragmentation, many have reached the limits of their tolerance.

    Public anger spilled onto the streets earlier this month, as protests drew thousands of people chanting "we want the lights to work" in the capital and in Benghazi, the country's second-largest city.

    Protesters set fire to and looted the House of Representatives, based in the eastern city of Tobruk, along with other official buildings, while masked protesters burned tires and blocked roads in Tripoli.

    "Even when we have electricity, it's very weak, just enough to keep the lights on," said Aguil, who works for a group that cleans up unexploded ordnance.

    The electricity crisis is just the latest trial for Libyans after a decade of insecurity, fuel shortages, crumbling infrastructure and economic woes since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed dictator Moamer Gaddafi.

    'Problems with everything' One of the walls of Aguil's house is riddled with bullets, a witness to the violence that has repeatedly devastated the North African country.

    "We have problems with everything: the health sector, education, the roads are terrible," he said. "We have nothing."

    Under Gaddafi, Libya boasted a generous welfare state financed by oil revenues.

    But that too has fallen victim to conflict and the country's division, with fuel wasted, infrastructure damaged or in ruins, and devastating blockades of oil installations.

    Many of Libya's seven million people have turned to unreliable, gas-guzzling and polluting electricity generators.

    The most reliable models cost around $5,000 to those who can afford them.

    “Thanks to our government,” Aguil said bitterly.

    Tripoli-based authorities have tried to calm public anger over the power cuts, admitting they had underestimated the problem.

    Acting Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah said that three power plants will be inaugurated this month, two in the west and one in the east.

    'The state is absent' Dbeibah leads a western-based administration, while former interior minister Fathi Bashagha wins the support of Tobruk's eastern-based parliament and military strongman Khalifa Haftar.

    Supporters of the eastern camp have restricted production at key oil facilities in recent months to pressure Dbeibah to transfer power to Bashagha.

    The lockdown has also reduced the amount of fuel available for power plants, exacerbating electricity shortages.

    Sitting with his severely disabled son in Benghazi, the birthplace of Libya's 2011 uprising against Gaddafi's 42-year rule, Ahmed Hejjaji said he feels helpless.

    Your four-year-old son's medical equipment needs electricity, and power outages are taking a toll on his treatment.

    The authorities "must guarantee us access to electricity," said the 42-year-old father.

    Hejjaji said that the daily challenges are endless.

    Before the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Ahda, he said: “I went to the bank early to withdraw money, but I waited in line until 3pm.

    "Why? Because the state is absent."

  •  The Presidential Candidate of Labour Party Mr Peter Obi has urged the electorate in Osun to vote for Alhaji Lasun Yusuf during Saturday s governorship election in the state Obi who made the call during the party s mega rally on Wednesday in Osogbo said that it was only Labour party that could rescue the people from suffering and poverty He said that if the party emerged victorious in the governorship election on Saturday there would be prompt payment of workers salaries and pension Vote for Labour party so that your children can have jobs Vote for people that will work for you We want to change Nigeria and the only way we can change Nigeria is to remove all these people who have put Nigeria where it is for the past 23 years This is time for them to go They are owing salaries pensions and those that are working hard are not been paid but this will stop once you vote Labour party on Saturday Vote for Labour party vote for the future of your children Vote for the candidate that will be committed to better Osun state We are going to introduce you to a governor who will be committed to better Osun state and that is what we want he said Also speaking the National Chairman of the party Julius Abure said that Labour party was the only party that had a solution to the problem facing the state Abure appealed to the electorate to come out en masse on Saturday and vote for the party I want to beg you no matter the temptation of the money they might want to give you do not sell your future The reason we had been in trouble over the years is because when they give us part of the money they stole from us we will still vote for them If you can resist the temptation of not collecting the money do not take it but if you cannot resist the temptation take the money and vote against them he said In his remarks Yusuf who was the former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives said if elected he would restore the state s economy through agricultural revolution The governorship aspirant also said that he would embark on empowerment of woman and infrastructural development Yusuf appealed to the electorate to vote for him and Labour party By July 16 I know Osun State will vote for me and it will shock them he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun election: Peter Obi rallies support for Labour party candidate 
     The Presidential Candidate of Labour Party Mr Peter Obi has urged the electorate in Osun to vote for Alhaji Lasun Yusuf during Saturday s governorship election in the state Obi who made the call during the party s mega rally on Wednesday in Osogbo said that it was only Labour party that could rescue the people from suffering and poverty He said that if the party emerged victorious in the governorship election on Saturday there would be prompt payment of workers salaries and pension Vote for Labour party so that your children can have jobs Vote for people that will work for you We want to change Nigeria and the only way we can change Nigeria is to remove all these people who have put Nigeria where it is for the past 23 years This is time for them to go They are owing salaries pensions and those that are working hard are not been paid but this will stop once you vote Labour party on Saturday Vote for Labour party vote for the future of your children Vote for the candidate that will be committed to better Osun state We are going to introduce you to a governor who will be committed to better Osun state and that is what we want he said Also speaking the National Chairman of the party Julius Abure said that Labour party was the only party that had a solution to the problem facing the state Abure appealed to the electorate to come out en masse on Saturday and vote for the party I want to beg you no matter the temptation of the money they might want to give you do not sell your future The reason we had been in trouble over the years is because when they give us part of the money they stole from us we will still vote for them If you can resist the temptation of not collecting the money do not take it but if you cannot resist the temptation take the money and vote against them he said In his remarks Yusuf who was the former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives said if elected he would restore the state s economy through agricultural revolution The governorship aspirant also said that he would embark on empowerment of woman and infrastructural development Yusuf appealed to the electorate to vote for him and Labour party By July 16 I know Osun State will vote for me and it will shock them he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun election: Peter Obi rallies support for Labour party candidate 
    General news7 months ago

    Osun election: Peter Obi rallies support for Labour party candidate 

    The Presidential Candidate of Labour Party , Mr Peter Obi, has urged the electorate in Osun to vote for Alhaji Lasun Yusuf, during Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

    Obi, who made the call during the party’s mega rally on Wednesday in Osogbo, said that it was only Labour party that could rescue the people from suffering and poverty.

    He said that if the party emerged victorious in the governorship election on Saturday, there would be prompt payment of workers’ salaries and pension.

    “Vote for Labour party so that your children can have jobs. Vote for people that will work for you.

    “We want to change Nigeria and the only way we can change Nigeria is to remove all these people who have put Nigeria where it is for the past 23 years. This is time for them to go.

    “They are owing salaries, pensions; and those that are working hard are not been paid, but this will stop once you vote Labour party on Saturday.

    “Vote for Labour party, vote for the future of your children. Vote for the candidate that will be committed to better Osun state.

    “We are going to introduce you to a governor who will be committed to better Osun state, and that is what we want,’’ he said.

    Also speaking, the National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure, said that Labour party was the only party that had a solution to the problem facing the state.

    Abure appealed to the electorate to come out en masse on Saturday and vote for the party.

    “I want to beg you, no matter the temptation of the money they might want to give you, do not sell your future.

    “The reason we had been in trouble over the years is because when they give us part of the money they stole from us, we will still vote for them.

    “If you can resist the temptation of not collecting the money, do not take it, but if you cannot resist the temptation, take the money and vote against them”, he said.

    In his remarks, Yusuf, who was the former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, said if elected, he would restore the state’s economy through agricultural revolution.

    The governorship aspirant also said that he would embark on empowerment of woman and infrastructural development.

    Yusuf appealed to the electorate to vote for him and Labour party.

    “By July 16, I know Osun State will vote for me and it will shock them”, he said.



    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The newly appointed Minister of Works and Housing Mr Umar El Yakub has promised to key into the mandate of the present administration for sustainability and consolidation of all programmes of government El Yakub was speaking on the sideline of the formal handing over from the former Minister of State for Works and Housing Mr Mu azu Sambo and the incoming Minister of State in Abuja on Monday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that El Yakub who had served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters House of Representatives was appointed the new minister of state in the ministry The former minister Sambo is now the substantive Minister of Transportation to fill the position Rotimi Amaechi left after his resignation El Yakub who pledged to contribute his quota for the success of the ministry and the nation at large promised to tow the line of his predecessor as well as key into the leadership and guidance of the Minister Babatunde Fashola According to him there is a mandate that has been handed over to us as ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari and it is our duty to key into the mandate for the good of the country Of course we share in his vision and mission for the country to ensure there is befitting infrastructure for the people as a legacy from him to the Nigerian people This is why we have unprecedented road networks within the country and those that have not been completed before are being completed and others initiated by this administration have been completed God willing some will be completed before the end of this administration and of course there is massive development in the housing sector he said He also pledged to ensure the implementation of the programmes and policies of the administration to provide livelihood to Nigerians in the area of adequate infrastructure Infrastructure is important to the livelihood of Nigerians as it brings people out of poverty opens space for businesses and transportation network is spread over because of its multiplier effect So I believe the pace has been set and it is for me to tow along the line by following the leadership of the minister of works and housing Babatunde Fashola he added He therefore called for support and guidance of the permanent secretary and the entire directors to deliver the mandate for the good and generality of the people and the nation In his handover speech Sambo expressed gratitude to Buhari for the opportunity given him to serve in the capacity of a minister of state and now as a minister of transportation While speaking on the challenges of housing deficiency Sambo said there had not been any previous administration that tackled the problems of housing and roads like the present administration Recounting the achievements of the present administration he said there had been an introduction of robust housing programmes that had initiated about 6 000 units under the National Housing Programme There will always be deficit in housing all over the world We have not stopped having babies and Nigeria s population is growing at the rate of two and a half per cent per annum The housing sector is a sector that is critical The constitution of Nigeria as amended provides for fundamental rights of every citizen to own a decent shelter The Federal Government has since this administration introduced a robust programme across the 36 states and the FCT As we speak we have commissioned houses in at least not less than 25 states and we have done them in three phases in some states but the only state we have done such is Lagos state because we haven t been able to get land yet he said Sambo however prayed for the incoming minister of state for the wisdom to carry out the task ahead of him effectively In the same vein the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Mr Bashir Alkali pledged to work with the new minister of state to actualise the mandate reposed on him to achieve success in his new assignment NewsSourceCredit NAN
    New state minister of works assumes duty, promises sustainability 
     The newly appointed Minister of Works and Housing Mr Umar El Yakub has promised to key into the mandate of the present administration for sustainability and consolidation of all programmes of government El Yakub was speaking on the sideline of the formal handing over from the former Minister of State for Works and Housing Mr Mu azu Sambo and the incoming Minister of State in Abuja on Monday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that El Yakub who had served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters House of Representatives was appointed the new minister of state in the ministry The former minister Sambo is now the substantive Minister of Transportation to fill the position Rotimi Amaechi left after his resignation El Yakub who pledged to contribute his quota for the success of the ministry and the nation at large promised to tow the line of his predecessor as well as key into the leadership and guidance of the Minister Babatunde Fashola According to him there is a mandate that has been handed over to us as ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari and it is our duty to key into the mandate for the good of the country Of course we share in his vision and mission for the country to ensure there is befitting infrastructure for the people as a legacy from him to the Nigerian people This is why we have unprecedented road networks within the country and those that have not been completed before are being completed and others initiated by this administration have been completed God willing some will be completed before the end of this administration and of course there is massive development in the housing sector he said He also pledged to ensure the implementation of the programmes and policies of the administration to provide livelihood to Nigerians in the area of adequate infrastructure Infrastructure is important to the livelihood of Nigerians as it brings people out of poverty opens space for businesses and transportation network is spread over because of its multiplier effect So I believe the pace has been set and it is for me to tow along the line by following the leadership of the minister of works and housing Babatunde Fashola he added He therefore called for support and guidance of the permanent secretary and the entire directors to deliver the mandate for the good and generality of the people and the nation In his handover speech Sambo expressed gratitude to Buhari for the opportunity given him to serve in the capacity of a minister of state and now as a minister of transportation While speaking on the challenges of housing deficiency Sambo said there had not been any previous administration that tackled the problems of housing and roads like the present administration Recounting the achievements of the present administration he said there had been an introduction of robust housing programmes that had initiated about 6 000 units under the National Housing Programme There will always be deficit in housing all over the world We have not stopped having babies and Nigeria s population is growing at the rate of two and a half per cent per annum The housing sector is a sector that is critical The constitution of Nigeria as amended provides for fundamental rights of every citizen to own a decent shelter The Federal Government has since this administration introduced a robust programme across the 36 states and the FCT As we speak we have commissioned houses in at least not less than 25 states and we have done them in three phases in some states but the only state we have done such is Lagos state because we haven t been able to get land yet he said Sambo however prayed for the incoming minister of state for the wisdom to carry out the task ahead of him effectively In the same vein the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Mr Bashir Alkali pledged to work with the new minister of state to actualise the mandate reposed on him to achieve success in his new assignment NewsSourceCredit NAN
    New state minister of works assumes duty, promises sustainability 
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    New state minister of works assumes duty, promises sustainability 

    The newly appointed Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Umar El-Yakub, has promised to key into the mandate of the present administration for sustainability and consolidation of all programmes of government. El-Yakub was speaking on the sideline of the formal handing over from the former Minister of State for Works and Housing, Mr  Mu’azu Sambo and the incoming Minister of State in Abuja on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that El-Yakub who had served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, House of Representatives, was appointed the new minister of state in the ministry. The former minister, Sambo is now the substantive Minister of Transportation to fill the position Rotimi Amaechi left after his resignation. El-Yakub, who pledged to contribute his quota for the success of the ministry and the nation at large, promised to tow the line of his predecessor as well as key into the leadership and guidance of the Minister, Babatunde Fashola. According to him, “there is a mandate that has been handed over to us as ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari and it is our duty to key into the mandate for the good of the country. ” Of course, we share in his vision and mission for the country to ensure there is befitting infrastructure for the people as a legacy from him to the Nigerian people. ” This is why we have unprecedented road networks within the country and those that have not been completed before are being completed and others initiated by this administration have been completed.” ” God willing, some will be completed before the end of this administration and of course there is massive development in the housing sector,” he said. He also pledged to ensure the implementation of the programmes and policies of the administration to provide livelihood to Nigerians in the area of adequate infrastructure. ” Infrastructure is important to the livelihood of Nigerians as it brings people out of poverty, opens space for businesses and transportation network is spread over because of its multiplier effect. ” So, I believe the pace has been set and it is for me to tow along the line by following the leadership of the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola,” he added. He, therefore, called for support and guidance of the permanent secretary and the entire directors to deliver the mandate for the good and generality of the people and the nation. In his handover speech, Sambo expressed gratitude to Buhari for the opportunity given him to serve in the capacity of a minister of state and now as a minister of transportation. While speaking on the challenges of housing deficiency, Sambo said there had not been any previous administration that tackled the problems of housing and roads like the present administration. Recounting the achievements of the present administration, he said there had been an introduction of robust housing programmes that had initiated about 6,000 units under the National Housing Programme. ” There will always be deficit in housing all over the world. We have not stopped having babies and Nigeria’s population is growing at the rate of two and a half per cent per annum. ” The housing sector is a sector that is critical. The constitution of Nigeria as amended provides for fundamental rights of every citizen to own a decent shelter. ” The Federal Government has since this administration introduced a robust programme across the 36 states and the FCT. ” As we speak, we have commissioned houses in at least not less than 25 states and we have done them in three phases in some states but the only state we have done such is Lagos state because we haven’t been able to get land yet,” he said. Sambo, however, prayed for the incoming minister of state for the wisdom to carry out the task ahead of him effectively. In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Bashir Alkali, pledged to work with the new minister of state to actualise the mandate reposed on him to achieve success in his new assignment.

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  •  The House committee investigating the 2021 assault on the US Capitol will examine connections between associates of former President Donald Trump and far right groups at its seventh hearing on Tuesday We are going to connect the dots during these hearings between these groups and those who were trying in government circles to nullify the election said Rep Zoe Lofgren a Democrat The California lawmaker told CNN the session will focus on the ties between members of Trump s inner circle and the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers Members of the two militia groups stormed the Capitol on January 6 2021 along with thousands of Trump supporters in an attempt to prevent the certification of Democrat Joe Biden s electoral victory Jason Van Tatenhove a former member of the Oath Keepers is expected to testify at Tuesday s televised hearing which begins at 1 00 pm 17 00 GMT and is expected to last at least two hours Five members of the Proud Boys were indicted on seditious conspiracy charges in June in connection with the Capitol assault Eleven Oath Keepers members have also been charged with seditious conspiracy and three of them have pleaded guilty More than 850 people have been arrested in connection with the takeover of Congress by Trump supporters but only those 16 face charges of seditious conspiracy which carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison The committee is trying to determine whether Trump or his associates played a role in planning or abetting the violent attack on Congress and has subpoenaed numerous advisers and aides to the former president Excerpts from an eight hour interview the committee conducted on Friday with former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone can be played Tuesday The assault on Capitol Hill left at least five dead and 140 police officers wounded and followed a fiery speech by Trump to thousands of his supporters near the White House Trump was impeached for the second time in history by the House of Representatives after the Capitol riots he was accused of inciting an insurrection but was acquitted by the Senate Tuesday s hearing will be the first since successful testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson an aide to Trump s chief of staff Mark Meadows Hutchinson testified that he was told that Trump angrily lunged at the Secret Service driver and grabbed the steering wheel of his limousine in an attempt to join the crowd marching toward Congress A select committee aide said Tuesday s hearing will focus on a tweet Trump sent on Dec 19 telling supporters to come to Washington on Jan 6 and promising he would be wild They immediately started answering his call with a focus on that date the aide said We ll talk about how that was a pivotal moment that spurred a chain of events The tweet was sent just over an hour after Trump met at the White House with his attorney Rudy Giuliani former General Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell another attorney the aide said The hearing will also discuss attempts by some Republican members of Congress to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to block certification of the election results Meanwhile a US District Court judge has refused to delay the trial of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon who was charged with contempt of Congress for refusing a subpoena to testify before the congressional committee I see no reason to extend this case any longer Judge Carl Nichols said ordering the trial to begin as scheduled on July 18 Bannon 68 recently changed course and offered to testify but Justice Department prosecutors dismissed the move as a last attempt to avoid accountability
    US House committee to ‘connect the dots’ at Capitol riot hearing
     The House committee investigating the 2021 assault on the US Capitol will examine connections between associates of former President Donald Trump and far right groups at its seventh hearing on Tuesday We are going to connect the dots during these hearings between these groups and those who were trying in government circles to nullify the election said Rep Zoe Lofgren a Democrat The California lawmaker told CNN the session will focus on the ties between members of Trump s inner circle and the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers Members of the two militia groups stormed the Capitol on January 6 2021 along with thousands of Trump supporters in an attempt to prevent the certification of Democrat Joe Biden s electoral victory Jason Van Tatenhove a former member of the Oath Keepers is expected to testify at Tuesday s televised hearing which begins at 1 00 pm 17 00 GMT and is expected to last at least two hours Five members of the Proud Boys were indicted on seditious conspiracy charges in June in connection with the Capitol assault Eleven Oath Keepers members have also been charged with seditious conspiracy and three of them have pleaded guilty More than 850 people have been arrested in connection with the takeover of Congress by Trump supporters but only those 16 face charges of seditious conspiracy which carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison The committee is trying to determine whether Trump or his associates played a role in planning or abetting the violent attack on Congress and has subpoenaed numerous advisers and aides to the former president Excerpts from an eight hour interview the committee conducted on Friday with former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone can be played Tuesday The assault on Capitol Hill left at least five dead and 140 police officers wounded and followed a fiery speech by Trump to thousands of his supporters near the White House Trump was impeached for the second time in history by the House of Representatives after the Capitol riots he was accused of inciting an insurrection but was acquitted by the Senate Tuesday s hearing will be the first since successful testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson an aide to Trump s chief of staff Mark Meadows Hutchinson testified that he was told that Trump angrily lunged at the Secret Service driver and grabbed the steering wheel of his limousine in an attempt to join the crowd marching toward Congress A select committee aide said Tuesday s hearing will focus on a tweet Trump sent on Dec 19 telling supporters to come to Washington on Jan 6 and promising he would be wild They immediately started answering his call with a focus on that date the aide said We ll talk about how that was a pivotal moment that spurred a chain of events The tweet was sent just over an hour after Trump met at the White House with his attorney Rudy Giuliani former General Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell another attorney the aide said The hearing will also discuss attempts by some Republican members of Congress to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to block certification of the election results Meanwhile a US District Court judge has refused to delay the trial of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon who was charged with contempt of Congress for refusing a subpoena to testify before the congressional committee I see no reason to extend this case any longer Judge Carl Nichols said ordering the trial to begin as scheduled on July 18 Bannon 68 recently changed course and offered to testify but Justice Department prosecutors dismissed the move as a last attempt to avoid accountability
    US House committee to ‘connect the dots’ at Capitol riot hearing
    Foreign7 months ago

    US House committee to ‘connect the dots’ at Capitol riot hearing

    The House committee investigating the 2021 assault on the US Capitol will examine connections between associates of former President Donald Trump and far-right groups at its seventh hearing on Tuesday.

    “We are going to connect the dots during these hearings between these groups and those who were trying, in government circles, to nullify the election,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat.

    The California lawmaker told CNN the session will focus on the ties between members of Trump's inner circle and the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.

    Members of the two militia groups stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, along with thousands of Trump supporters in an attempt to prevent the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's electoral victory.

    Jason Van Tatenhove, a former member of the Oath Keepers, is expected to testify at Tuesday's televised hearing, which begins at 1:00 pm (17:00 GMT) and is expected to last at least two hours.

    Five members of the Proud Boys were indicted on seditious conspiracy charges in June in connection with the Capitol assault. Eleven Oath Keepers members have also been charged with seditious conspiracy and three of them have pleaded guilty.

    More than 850 people have been arrested in connection with the takeover of Congress by Trump supporters, but only those 16 face charges of seditious conspiracy, which carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

    The committee is trying to determine whether Trump or his associates played a role in planning or abetting the violent attack on Congress, and has subpoenaed numerous advisers and aides to the former president.

    Excerpts from an eight-hour interview the committee conducted on Friday with former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone can be played Tuesday.

    The assault on Capitol Hill left at least five dead and 140 police officers wounded and followed a fiery speech by Trump to thousands of his supporters near the White House.

    Trump was impeached for the second time in history by the House of Representatives after the Capitol riots — he was accused of inciting an insurrection — but was acquitted by the Senate.

    Tuesday's hearing will be the first since successful testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

    Hutchinson testified that he was told that Trump angrily lunged at the Secret Service driver and grabbed the steering wheel of his limousine in an attempt to join the crowd marching toward Congress.

    A select committee aide said Tuesday's hearing will focus on a tweet Trump sent on Dec. 19 telling supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6 and promising he would be "wild."

    “They immediately started answering his call with a focus on that date,” the aide said. "We'll talk about how that was a pivotal moment that spurred a chain of events."

    The tweet was sent just over an hour after Trump met at the White House with his attorney Rudy Giuliani, former General Mike Flynn and Sidney Powell, another attorney, the aide said.

    The hearing will also discuss attempts by some Republican members of Congress to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to block certification of the election results.

    Meanwhile, a US District Court judge has refused to delay the trial of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who was charged with contempt of Congress for refusing a subpoena to testify before the congressional committee.

    "I see no reason to extend this case any longer," Judge Carl Nichols said, ordering the trial to begin as scheduled on July 18.

    Bannon, 68, recently changed course and offered to testify, but Justice Department prosecutors dismissed the move as a "last attempt to avoid accountability."

  •  The Osun State Government has called on the police to thoroughly investigate the alleged attack by gunmen on the residence of Mr Lasun Yusuf the Labour Party s candidate for the July 16 governorship election in the state Addressing a news conference in Monday in Osogbo Mr Ismail Omipidan the Chief Press Secretary to Gov Gboyega Oyetola said it was necessary for the attack to be investigated to unmask those by behind it Omipidan said that it was funny for Yusuf to have alleged that his residence was attacked by the supporters of the governor On behalf of the government we are calling on the security operatives to please kindly investigate the allegation by Yusuf I am tempted to believe that he is the one planning to unleash violence on the innocent people of Irepodun Local Government on the day of election If indeed we are to be violent if indeed we were to be what Lasun Yusuf is painting us to be I am sure we will probably would have been after PDP If we are not after PDP why on earth should we be after Hon Lasun Yusuf He urged the candidate to stop painting false pictures We know how he boasted before the primaries that he was going to win the primaries and we saw the score and he was already boasting that he will win this election Maybe he is already preparing excuses why he will lose the forthcoming election because I am very sure by the grace of God our candidat will win The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LP candidate a former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker had earlier told newsmen that gunmen attacked his residence at about 1a m He said the attack lasted for 20 minutes and that his security details were able to repel the assailants without recording any casualty At about 1 a m my house was attacked the evidence is very prominent my building is riddled with bullets The Police in Osun also confirmed that gunmen attacked the residence of the Labour Party s LP candidate SP Yemisi Opalola police spokesperson in Osun said unspecified number of gunmen attacked the residence in the early hours of Monday She said the assailants shot at Lasun s building but could not gain access before security operatives attached to the candidate chased them away She added that the attack was reported at the Ilobu Police Station and the Divisional Police Officer was at the scene of the attack to assess the situation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun Govt. urges police to investigate attack on LP governorship candidate’s residence
     The Osun State Government has called on the police to thoroughly investigate the alleged attack by gunmen on the residence of Mr Lasun Yusuf the Labour Party s candidate for the July 16 governorship election in the state Addressing a news conference in Monday in Osogbo Mr Ismail Omipidan the Chief Press Secretary to Gov Gboyega Oyetola said it was necessary for the attack to be investigated to unmask those by behind it Omipidan said that it was funny for Yusuf to have alleged that his residence was attacked by the supporters of the governor On behalf of the government we are calling on the security operatives to please kindly investigate the allegation by Yusuf I am tempted to believe that he is the one planning to unleash violence on the innocent people of Irepodun Local Government on the day of election If indeed we are to be violent if indeed we were to be what Lasun Yusuf is painting us to be I am sure we will probably would have been after PDP If we are not after PDP why on earth should we be after Hon Lasun Yusuf He urged the candidate to stop painting false pictures We know how he boasted before the primaries that he was going to win the primaries and we saw the score and he was already boasting that he will win this election Maybe he is already preparing excuses why he will lose the forthcoming election because I am very sure by the grace of God our candidat will win The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LP candidate a former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker had earlier told newsmen that gunmen attacked his residence at about 1a m He said the attack lasted for 20 minutes and that his security details were able to repel the assailants without recording any casualty At about 1 a m my house was attacked the evidence is very prominent my building is riddled with bullets The Police in Osun also confirmed that gunmen attacked the residence of the Labour Party s LP candidate SP Yemisi Opalola police spokesperson in Osun said unspecified number of gunmen attacked the residence in the early hours of Monday She said the assailants shot at Lasun s building but could not gain access before security operatives attached to the candidate chased them away She added that the attack was reported at the Ilobu Police Station and the Divisional Police Officer was at the scene of the attack to assess the situation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun Govt. urges police to investigate attack on LP governorship candidate’s residence
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    Osun Govt. urges police to investigate attack on LP governorship candidate’s residence

    The Osun State Government has called on the police to thoroughly investigate the alleged attack by gunmen on the residence of Mr Lasun Yusuf, the Labour Party’s candidate  for the July 16 governorship election in the state Addressing a news conference in Monday in Osogbo, Mr Ismail Omipidan, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Gboyega Oyetola, said it was necessary for the attack to be investigated to unmask those by behind it. Omipidan said that it was funny for Yusuf to have alleged that his residence was attacked by the supporters of the governor. “On behalf of the government, we are calling on the security operatives to please kindly investigate the allegation by Yusuf. “I am tempted to believe that he is the one planning to unleash violence on the innocent people of Irepodun Local Government on the day of election. “If indeed we are to be violent, if indeed we were to be what  Lasun Yusuf is painting us to be, I am sure we will probably would have been after PDP. ” If we are not after PDP, why on earth should we be after Hon. Lasun Yusuf? He urged the candidate to stop painting false pictures. “We know how he boasted before the primaries that he was going to win the primaries, and we saw the score, and he was already boasting that he will win this election,.  “Maybe he is already preparing excuses why he will lose the forthcoming election, because I am very sure by the grace of God, our candidat will win.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LP candidate, a former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker, had earlier told newsmen that gunmen attacked his residence at about 1a.m.

    He said the attack lasted for 20 minutes and that his security details were able to repel the assailants without recording any casualty.

    “At about 1 a.m., my house was attacked; the evidence is very prominent, my building is riddled with bullets

    The Police in Osun also  confirmed  that gunmen attacked the residence of the Labour Party’s (LP) candidate.

    SP Yemisi Opalola, police spokesperson in Osun, said unspecified number of gunmen attacked the residence in the early hours of Monday.

    She said the assailants shot at Lasun’s building, but could not gain access before security operatives attached to the candidate chased them away.

    She added that the attack was reported at the Ilobu Police Station and the Divisional Police Officer was at the scene of the attack to assess the situation.

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  •  Police in Osun confirmed on Monday in Osogbo that gunmen attacked the residence of Mr Lasun Yusuf Labour Party s LP candidate for the July 16 governorship election in the state SP Yemisi Opalola police s spokesperson in Osun said unspecified number of gunmen attacked the residence in the early hours of Monday She said the assailants shot at Lasun s building but could not gain access before security operatives attached to the candidate chased them away She added that the attack was reported at the Ilobu Police Station and the Divisional Police Officer was at the scene of the attack to assess the situation The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LP candidate a former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker had earlier told newsmen that gunmen attacked his residence at about 1a m He said the attack lasted for 20 minutes and that his security details were able to repel the assailants without recording any casualty At about 1 a m my house was attacked the evidence is very prominent my building is riddled with bullets In the last three governorship debates we have had I have never attacked anybody on how to govern Osun Unfortunately this attack to my surprise lasted for about 20 minutes We have evidence of those that actually carried out the attack The police have been to my house to assess the situation and the evidence gathered had been handed over to the police he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police confirm gunmen attack on Osun LP governorship candidate’s residence
     Police in Osun confirmed on Monday in Osogbo that gunmen attacked the residence of Mr Lasun Yusuf Labour Party s LP candidate for the July 16 governorship election in the state SP Yemisi Opalola police s spokesperson in Osun said unspecified number of gunmen attacked the residence in the early hours of Monday She said the assailants shot at Lasun s building but could not gain access before security operatives attached to the candidate chased them away She added that the attack was reported at the Ilobu Police Station and the Divisional Police Officer was at the scene of the attack to assess the situation The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LP candidate a former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker had earlier told newsmen that gunmen attacked his residence at about 1a m He said the attack lasted for 20 minutes and that his security details were able to repel the assailants without recording any casualty At about 1 a m my house was attacked the evidence is very prominent my building is riddled with bullets In the last three governorship debates we have had I have never attacked anybody on how to govern Osun Unfortunately this attack to my surprise lasted for about 20 minutes We have evidence of those that actually carried out the attack The police have been to my house to assess the situation and the evidence gathered had been handed over to the police he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police confirm gunmen attack on Osun LP governorship candidate’s residence
    Defence/Security7 months ago

    Police confirm gunmen attack on Osun LP governorship candidate’s residence

    Police in Osun confirmed on Monday in Osogbo that gunmen attacked the residence of Mr Lasun Yusuf, Labour Party’s (LP) candidate for the July 16 governorship election in the state.

    SP Yemisi Opalola police’s spokesperson in Osun said unspecified number of gunmen attacked the residence in the early hours of Monday.

    She said the assailants shot at Lasun’s building, but could not gain access before security operatives attached to the candidate chased them away.

    She added that the attack was reported at the Ilobu Police Station and the Divisional Police Officer was at the scene of the attack to assess the situation.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LP candidate, a former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker, had earlier told newsmen that gunmen attacked his residence at about 1a.m.

    He said the attack lasted for 20 minutes and that his security details were able to repel the assailants without recording any casualty.

    “At about 1 a.m., my house was attacked; the evidence is very prominent, my building is riddled with bullets.

    “In the last three governorship debates we have had, I have never attacked anybody on how to govern Osun.

    “Unfortunately, this attack, to my surprise lasted for about 20 minutes. We have evidence of those that actually carried out the attack.

    “The police have been to my house to assess the situation and the evidence gathered had been handed over to the police,’’ he said.

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  •   The All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA in Ebonyi has fixed Tuesday July 12 for the conduct of another round of primary elections to replace candidates who left the party ahead of the 2023 general polls Ebonyi Chairman of APGA Mr Ricky Okorouka told newsmen on Sunday in Abakaliki that candidates would be vying for seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives among other positions The elections will hold at the various secretariats of the party in the state We have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to monitor the exercise he said Okorouka urged members to be steadfast and to uphold party principles ideology We intend to replicate the Anambra experience in Ebonyi having chosen a formidable candidate for the 2023 governorship race he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Ebonyi APGA holds another primary elections to replace candidates
      The All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA in Ebonyi has fixed Tuesday July 12 for the conduct of another round of primary elections to replace candidates who left the party ahead of the 2023 general polls Ebonyi Chairman of APGA Mr Ricky Okorouka told newsmen on Sunday in Abakaliki that candidates would be vying for seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives among other positions The elections will hold at the various secretariats of the party in the state We have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to monitor the exercise he said Okorouka urged members to be steadfast and to uphold party principles ideology We intend to replicate the Anambra experience in Ebonyi having chosen a formidable candidate for the 2023 governorship race he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Ebonyi APGA holds another primary elections to replace candidates
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    2023: Ebonyi APGA holds another primary elections to replace candidates

     The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Ebonyi has fixed Tuesday, July 12 for the conduct of another round of primary elections to replace candidates who left the party ahead of the 2023 general polls.

    Ebonyi Chairman of APGA, Mr Ricky Okorouka, told newsmen on Sunday in Abakaliki that candidates would be vying for seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives, among other positions.

    “The elections will hold at the various secretariats of the party in the state.

    “ We have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to monitor the exercise,“ he said.

    Okorouka urged members to be steadfast and to uphold party principles ideology.

    “We intend to replicate the Anambra experience in Ebonyi having chosen a formidable candidate for the 2023 governorship race,” he said.

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  •  As Muslims worldwide celebrate this year s Eid el Kabir Rep Yusuf Gagdi APC Plateau has called on Nigerians to show love and kindness to others Gagdi representing Federal Constituency of the state gave the advice in a Sallah message on Saturday in Jos He also advised Nigerians to be united at all fronts to move the nation forward insisting that ethnic political and religious sentiments were rather taking the nation backward He noted that the celebration is significant adding that it is a signpost for the message of love and sacrifices that Mohammed the Holy Prophet had preached I wish to join other world leaders in felicitating my fellow Muslim Ummah on this year s Eid el Kabir I call on all of us to pray that the unity of Plateau and Nigeria be the uppermost in the minds of Nigerians No nation can develop and make any significant progress if it is inhibited by divisive tendencies that are promoted by our country men and women as such we must all contribute to the solutions that will solve the problems These challenges can only be tackled so long as Nigerians are united as well as having a leadership that is committed to fighting to regenerate the country by doing away with interests that have been our bane he said The lawmaker also advised Nigerians to pray support and cooperate with leaders at all levels adding such would stimulate better governance and value addition Gagdi who is seeking reelection to the House of Representatives promised to continue to deliver on the dividends of democracy to his constituents I am poise to continue to add value to the lives of the people of my constituency we had a pact and I will never renege until I see total reformation in my people he promised NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Eidvel-Kabir: Rep Gagdi tasks Nigerians on love, unity
     As Muslims worldwide celebrate this year s Eid el Kabir Rep Yusuf Gagdi APC Plateau has called on Nigerians to show love and kindness to others Gagdi representing Federal Constituency of the state gave the advice in a Sallah message on Saturday in Jos He also advised Nigerians to be united at all fronts to move the nation forward insisting that ethnic political and religious sentiments were rather taking the nation backward He noted that the celebration is significant adding that it is a signpost for the message of love and sacrifices that Mohammed the Holy Prophet had preached I wish to join other world leaders in felicitating my fellow Muslim Ummah on this year s Eid el Kabir I call on all of us to pray that the unity of Plateau and Nigeria be the uppermost in the minds of Nigerians No nation can develop and make any significant progress if it is inhibited by divisive tendencies that are promoted by our country men and women as such we must all contribute to the solutions that will solve the problems These challenges can only be tackled so long as Nigerians are united as well as having a leadership that is committed to fighting to regenerate the country by doing away with interests that have been our bane he said The lawmaker also advised Nigerians to pray support and cooperate with leaders at all levels adding such would stimulate better governance and value addition Gagdi who is seeking reelection to the House of Representatives promised to continue to deliver on the dividends of democracy to his constituents I am poise to continue to add value to the lives of the people of my constituency we had a pact and I will never renege until I see total reformation in my people he promised NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Eidvel-Kabir: Rep Gagdi tasks Nigerians on love, unity
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    Eidvel-Kabir: Rep Gagdi tasks Nigerians on love, unity

    As Muslims worldwide celebrate this year’s Eid el-Kabir, Rep. Yusuf Gagdi (APC-Plateau), has called on Nigerians to show love and kindness to others. Gagdi, representing Federal Constituency of the state, gave the advice in a Sallah message on Saturday in Jos. He also advised Nigerians to be united at all fronts to move the nation forward, insisting that ethnic, political and religious sentiments were rather taking the nation backward. He noted that the celebration is significant, adding that it is a signpost for the message of love and sacrifices that Mohammed,  the Holy Prophet had preached. ”I wish to join other world leaders in felicitating my fellow Muslim Ummah on this year’s Eid el-Kabir. ”I call on all of us to pray that the unity of  Plateau and Nigeria  be the uppermost in the minds of Nigerians. ”No nation can develop and make any significant progress if it is inhibited by divisive tendencies that are promoted by our country men and women, as such we must all contribute  to the solutions that will solve the problems. ”These challenges can only be tackled so long as Nigerians are united as well as having a leadership that is committed to fighting to regenerate the country, by doing away with interests that have been our bane,” he said. The lawmaker also advised Nigerians to pray, support and cooperate with leaders at all levels, adding such would stimulate better governance and value addition. Gagdi, who is seeking reelection to the House of Representatives, promised to continue to deliver on the dividends of democracy to his constituents. ”I am poise to continue to add value to the lives of the people of my constituency; we had a pact and I will never renege until I see total reformation in my people,” he promised.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Libyans angry at rising prices chronic power cuts and political gridlock planned more demonstrations on Monday after a night of angry protests in the capital Masked youths set car tires on fire and blocked roads including a major coastal road between central Tripoli and the western suburbs but security forces did not intervene Videos published by local media also showed demonstrations in Beni Walid and the port city of Misrata A youth movement calling itself Beltress said more protests were planned in Tripoli s Martyrs Square at 4 00 pm local time 1400 GMT The movement calls for elections and the dissolution of both the country s rival governments and its two houses of parliament Public anger has been fueled by power cuts that often last 18 hours amid high summer temperatures despite the fact that Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa The vast country has been mired in political unrest and armed violence since a NATO backed uprising in 2011 toppled and killed dictator Moamer Gadhafi On Friday night protesters stormed the House of Representatives in the eastern city of Tobruk looting its offices and setting part of the building on fire In both Tripoli and the main eastern city of Benghazi the birthplace of the 2011 uprising thousands of people took to the streets shouting We want the lights to work Some waved the green flags of the former Gaddafi regime Kleptocracy and corruption United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for calm but UN brokered talks in Geneva last week to break the deadlock between rival Libyan institutions failed to resolve key differences Presidential and parliamentary elections originally set for last December were meant to culminate a UN led peace process following the end of the last major round of violence in 2020 But the vote never took place due to several contentious bids and deep disagreements over the legal basis for the ballot box between rival power centers in the East and West The crisis deepened this year when the parliament elected in 2014 and backed by eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar appointed a new government to replace caretaker leader Abdelhamid Dbeibah He has refused to cede power except to an elected administration In addition to the political stalemate Libyans standard of living has been hit hard by rising food import prices due to the war in Ukraine Meanwhile supporters of former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha s rival administration have shut down several oil facilities since April as leverage in their power struggle with Dbeibah Libya expert Jalel Harchaoui told AFP that kleptocracy and systematic corruption were rife in both eastern and western Libya For normal Libyans however the year has been extremely painful because the country imports almost all of its food and the war in Ukraine has affected consumer prices Harchaoui said
    Libya protests planned over power cuts, political deadlock
     Libyans angry at rising prices chronic power cuts and political gridlock planned more demonstrations on Monday after a night of angry protests in the capital Masked youths set car tires on fire and blocked roads including a major coastal road between central Tripoli and the western suburbs but security forces did not intervene Videos published by local media also showed demonstrations in Beni Walid and the port city of Misrata A youth movement calling itself Beltress said more protests were planned in Tripoli s Martyrs Square at 4 00 pm local time 1400 GMT The movement calls for elections and the dissolution of both the country s rival governments and its two houses of parliament Public anger has been fueled by power cuts that often last 18 hours amid high summer temperatures despite the fact that Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa The vast country has been mired in political unrest and armed violence since a NATO backed uprising in 2011 toppled and killed dictator Moamer Gadhafi On Friday night protesters stormed the House of Representatives in the eastern city of Tobruk looting its offices and setting part of the building on fire In both Tripoli and the main eastern city of Benghazi the birthplace of the 2011 uprising thousands of people took to the streets shouting We want the lights to work Some waved the green flags of the former Gaddafi regime Kleptocracy and corruption United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for calm but UN brokered talks in Geneva last week to break the deadlock between rival Libyan institutions failed to resolve key differences Presidential and parliamentary elections originally set for last December were meant to culminate a UN led peace process following the end of the last major round of violence in 2020 But the vote never took place due to several contentious bids and deep disagreements over the legal basis for the ballot box between rival power centers in the East and West The crisis deepened this year when the parliament elected in 2014 and backed by eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar appointed a new government to replace caretaker leader Abdelhamid Dbeibah He has refused to cede power except to an elected administration In addition to the political stalemate Libyans standard of living has been hit hard by rising food import prices due to the war in Ukraine Meanwhile supporters of former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha s rival administration have shut down several oil facilities since April as leverage in their power struggle with Dbeibah Libya expert Jalel Harchaoui told AFP that kleptocracy and systematic corruption were rife in both eastern and western Libya For normal Libyans however the year has been extremely painful because the country imports almost all of its food and the war in Ukraine has affected consumer prices Harchaoui said
    Libya protests planned over power cuts, political deadlock
    Foreign7 months ago

    Libya protests planned over power cuts, political deadlock

    Libyans angry at rising prices, chronic power cuts and political gridlock planned more demonstrations on Monday after a night of angry protests in the capital.

    Masked youths set car tires on fire and blocked roads, including a major coastal road between central Tripoli and the western suburbs, but security forces did not intervene.

    Videos published by local media also showed demonstrations in Beni Walid and the port city of Misrata.

    A youth movement calling itself "Beltress" said more protests were planned in Tripoli's Martyrs' Square at 4:00 pm local time (1400 GMT).

    The movement calls for elections and the dissolution of both the country's rival governments and its two houses of parliament.

    Public anger has been fueled by power cuts that often last 18 hours amid high summer temperatures, despite the fact that Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa.

    The vast country has been mired in political unrest and armed violence since a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled and killed dictator Moamer Gadhafi.

    On Friday night, protesters stormed the House of Representatives in the eastern city of Tobruk, looting its offices and setting part of the building on fire.

    In both Tripoli and the main eastern city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising, thousands of people took to the streets shouting “We want the lights to work”.

    Some waved the green flags of the former Gaddafi regime.

    Kleptocracy and corruption United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for calm, but UN-brokered talks in Geneva last week to break the deadlock between rival Libyan institutions failed to resolve key differences.

    Presidential and parliamentary elections, originally set for last December, were meant to culminate a UN-led peace process following the end of the last major round of violence in 2020.

    But the vote never took place due to several contentious bids and deep disagreements over the legal basis for the ballot box between rival power centers in the East and West.

    The crisis deepened this year when the parliament, elected in 2014 and backed by eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar, appointed a new government to replace caretaker leader Abdelhamid Dbeibah.

    He has refused to cede power except to an elected administration.

    In addition to the political stalemate, Libyans' standard of living has been hit hard by rising food import prices due to the war in Ukraine.

    Meanwhile, supporters of former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha's rival administration have shut down several oil facilities since April as leverage in their power struggle with Dbeibah.

    Libya expert Jalel Harchaoui told AFP that "kleptocracy and systematic corruption" were rife in both eastern and western Libya.

    For normal Libyans, however, the year "has been extremely painful" because the country "imports almost all of its food and the war in Ukraine has affected consumer prices," Harchaoui said.

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