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Edo APC Crisis: Fight At Detriment Of The People, Irresponsible, Retrogressive – Speaker

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…Says Seats Declared Vacant Was For Interest Of The State

Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Frank Okiye, Wednesday, January 29, said it is irresponsible and unpardonable sin politicians abandon their statutory responsibilities and engage in polical fight and quarrels.

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Okiye who disclosed this shortly after the House preliminary, asserted that if politicians must engage in politic fight it must not be to the disadvantage of the good people who elected them.

Accroding to the Speaker, all elected public officials are subject to the people who elected them hence the responsibility they(electorates) gave to such officials must not be jettison on the “altar of cheap and bitter politics.

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He said, “As elected public officials, we are not bigger than those who elected us. We are in fact subject to the people who elected us; they are our masters; they are our leaders; they are our paymasters and we cannot under any guise abdicate the responsibilities they freely gave to us on the altar of cheap and bitter politics.

“This cannot be and this must not be again. The people are supreme, they are the ultimate, and my leadership of the House will continue to hold the people of Edo State in a very high esteem as our employer.”

The Speaker continues, “If we as politicians and elected officials must fight, if we must disagree and if we must act in any way, we must never do so to the disadvantage of the good people of our dear state. It is irresponsible, unthoughtful and indeed unpardonable sin to abdicate responsibilities under any guise while also indulging in retrogressive politics at the expense of the people.

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“We are paid to serve the people; they must get adequate rewards for their money. Tomorrow shall indeed judge our today”, he added.

While clearing the air that Godwin Obeseki was never the one inducing or aggravating the crisis, Okiye lamented that some persons are using the controversy to distract the governor from doing his good work, stressing that the interest of the people of the state must be allowed to prevail.

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On the 14 seats of the state Assembly he declared vacant, Okiye said it was done in the best interest of the respective constituencies and the overall interest of the people of the state.

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The Speaker added that the act was not to hurt anyone in particular but to bring sanity and responsibilities to politics and governance in the state and to assert the importance of the legislative arm.

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JUST IN: OPEC Secretary-General, Barkindo, Is Dead

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The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Muhammad Barkindo, is dead.

Barkindo died late Tuesday.

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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, announced Barkindo’s death in a tweeted posted to his verified Twitter handle, @MKKyari, in the early hours of Wednesday.

“We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday 5th July 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly,” Kyari tweeted.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had, on Tuesday, honoured Barkindo, describing him as a worthy ambassador of the country, at the State House, Abuja.

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Reacting to Barkindo’s death, a former lawmaker in the eighth Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, tweeted to his Twitter page, “Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, former GMD NNPC and until recently, @OPECSecretariat scribe, was honoured yesterday. He died 11pm yesternight. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. That is the ephemerality and transience of life.”

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‘Go Spiritual,’ Army Chief Tasks Troops To Complement Kinetic Efforts

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, has asked troops to complement the Nigerian Army’s kinetic engagements with spiritual efforts.

He advised them to seek counselling, guidance, and divine supplications in ongoing military operations across the nation.

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The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Yahaya gave the charge during an interdenominational church service to commemorate the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2022, held at Saint Mark Military Church (Protestant), 34 Brigade Obinze Barracks in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The army chief who was represented by Major General Victor Ezugwu, according to Nwachukwu, noted that the theme of the interdenominational service “Promoting National Unity through Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence” was apt.

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He urged the Christian faithful across the nation to continually promote peace and unity in complementing the efforts of the army to surmount contemporary security challenges bedevilling the nation.

Yahaya also appealed to all to desist from the use of misinformation, deceit, and issues capable of disintegrating the nation, stressing the unity in Nigeria’s unique diversity.

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The interdenominational service was held in all formations and units of the army across the nation.

The church service had in attendance representatives of the President, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), principal staff officers from Defence and Army Headquarters, corps commanders, general officers commanding, commandants of Nigerian Army training institutions, soldiers, and their families.

 

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Man Docked For Alleged Intimidation, Falsehood Against High Court Judge

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A Minna, Niger State-based land speculator, Ibrahim Tukura, has been remanded in correctional custody till July, 7 on the orders of a Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah over alleged intimidation and injurious falsehood against a High court judge, Justice Bilkisu Yusuf Gambo in the state.

Tukura had allegedly filed a case before the Niger State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, and requested that his case over a parcel of land presided by Justice Gambo of High Court No 6 be transferred from her court.

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The defendant claimed that the disputed parcel of land of which, he is claiming ownership with suit No: NSHC/MN/173/2021 was pending in High court No. 6 presided by Justice Gambo.

He alleged that the plaintiff in the disputed land, Malam Isah Nagoji, had given the said land to the presiding judge handling the case, hence his petition to the acting chief judge, demanding that the case be transferred from her court.

Justice Bilkisu Yusuf Gambo in her reaction filed a Direct Criminal Complaint against the defendant to the Chief Magistrate Court No., Hauwa Kulu Isah, requesting a police investigation into the allegations levelled against her by the defendant.

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Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah, forwarded the complaint to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department (SCIID), for discreet investigation and afterwards, arraigned the defendant in court for prosecution.

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The defendant was consequently, booked on a four-count charge of injurious falsehood, use of abusive or insulting language, criminal intimidation as well as inciting disturbance.

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According to the head of the prosecution unit of the SCIID, Abdullahi Mayaki ASP, the charges contravened sections 393, 399, 397 (b), and 114 of the penal code.

However, when the presiding Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah read the charges to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered to be remanded in Correctional custody.

Magistrate Isah then adjourned the case to July, 7 for further mention

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