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Senate summons I-G over killing of seven Policemen

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The Senate has mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to summon the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over killing of seven Police officers at Galadimawa Junction in Abuja.

This followed a motion moved through a Point of Order by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa on proliferation of road blocks along South-Eastern roads by armed police and military officers.

The decision to summon Idris was unanimously taken after a voice vote.

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who condemned the killing of the security officers gunmen, mandated the committee to report back to the Senate in a week time.

Saraki said: “I think as a National Assembly, as much as we pay attention to ordinary citizens that lose their lives either by the action or inaction of the police, we all should be seen to also protect and be there for those that protect our lives.

“I will like us to please find out what happened as regards to these seven police officers that were killed.
“We will also find out the circumstances and how we can also show our commiseration with the families as well as whatever needs to be done.

“This is so that police officers will know that we do care and appreciate what they are doing. Please, let us have a report by next week.”

Gunmen had shot seven Police officers in Abuja on Monday at the Galadimawa Junction, off the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road.

The FCT Police Spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, had confirmed in a statement that ‘men of the underworld’ were responsible for the attack.

Similarly, the Senate mandated its committees on Youth, Health and Police, to investigate the untimely death of a female member of the National Youth Service Corps, Angela Igwetu, who was reportedly shot by a police officer in Abuja on Wednesday.

The resolution was sequel to a motion by Senator Attai Aidoko.
He said:  “Mr. President, I came under Order 42 and 52 of the Rules of the Senate because of the unfortunate incident that happened where a youth corps member was killed by a trigger-happy policeman.

“Mr. President, from the onset, with the assent of the compulsory treatment of Gunshot Victims Bill in December 2017, victims of gunshot and car accidents can now receive immediate treatment in the hospitals without police report.”

He, however, lamented that the deceased corps member was denied medical attention by doctors who insisted that a police report must be presented before treatment.

According to him, it is the denial that made the girl to bleed to death, adding that if she had been treated, she would have passed out from service on July 5.

Aidoko said: “The deceased was to pass out from the National Youth Service Corps programme on July 5 after a compulsory one-year service in Abuja.

“Her place of primary assignment was at one company at Mabuchi, an outskirts of Abuja metropolis.
“She finished work late at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and, joined a few friends for a hangout in excitement of her expected passout scheduled for July 5.

“She left for home around 2 a.m. on Wednesday and was shot near Ceddi plaza around Area 10, by a police officer who was well identified.

“The bullet got Angela on her side inside a vehicle and she began to bleed.
“She was rushed to a hospital but they refused to treat her until they see a police report.

“This is in spite of the fact that they saw the presence of some police officers. While the deliberation was going on, Angela passed out.”

In his remarks, Saraki said: “If they had treated her she may not have died. This is an avoidable death”.
He added: “Until we begin to hold people accountable for this kind of incident, they will not stop.

“After all, what is the purpose of the law? Is it that they were not informed that the law exist?
“Now we have a law that must be obeyed.”

The Upper Chamber observed a minute silence in honour of the deceased corps member.

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Osun Decides 2018: APC, INEC creating illegal polling units to rig election – PDP

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Addressing a press conference on Friday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, however, said the party would dismantle all the plots of APC.

He said, “We have also alerted Nigerians that the APC in connivance with INEC was creating illegal polling units and delineating illegal wards across the federation.

“It will interest you to know that just as we are preparing for the Osun election, we have been able to burst one of those fictitious electoral wards created for APC to rig election.

“Ila Local Government has 11 electoral wards, but ahead of tomorrow’s (today) election, INEC has created an imaginary 12th ward for Ila and allocated over 4,000 votes for that ward, and that ward is called Iperin.

“What they have done is to create two wards in Iperin, instead of one; allocated votes for both wards including the original ward and the fictitious ward.”

The party spokesperson pointed out that PDP would not accept rigging, saying, “as we promised, we will dismantle every rigging‎ plots of APC ahead of the election.”

He added, “It is strange that an electoral body will connive and collude with a political party with the intention of generating votes that will make them win an election.

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Uduaghan: NOC investiture, a big inspiration

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Former Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has described as a big inspiration his inclusion on the list of prominent personalities to be honoured by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC). Uduaghan was on Wednesday listed as one of the NOC patrons to be honoured for their contributions to the Olympic movement.

Uduaghan, whose tenure as governor in Delta State witnessed massive results in the sports sector, was listed alongside former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Oba S. A Elegushi, Gbong Gwon Jos, Da Jacob Buba Gyang, Sir Mark Wabara, Dr. Zainab Bagudu, Major-General Adamu Dyeri (rtd), M. A. Abubakar and Alhaji Bashari Mohammed Gumel by the NOC for its investiture ceremony for patrons on October 23 in Lagos.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Uduaghan, who is aspiring for Delta South Senatorial ticket under the APC in the 2019 elections, said his inclusion on the list was an indication that the NOC took proper records, and also appreciated the work he did for sports while he was governor of Delta State.

“There is always a reward for anything you do in life, good or bad. While I was Governor of Delta State, some people accused me of paying so much attention to the sports sector. But I refused to back down because sports is one of the avenues to prepare the youths for future challenges. I was an athlete in my youthful days, and I enjoyed every bit of the sector as governor because Team Delta actually got the results we wanted. I will continue to play my role by giving Nigerian youths the motivation they need to excel in national and international competitions,” Uduaghan stated.

As patrons of the Olympic Movement, the honourees will become iconic international sports personalities, carrying the emblem of Nigeria globally.

One bold step Uduaghan took shortly after he assumed office as governor of Delta State in 2007 was the creation of Delta Sports Commission, which gave sports activities a professional and institutional leverage.

Team Delta was able to continue its dominance in the National Sports Festival, winning at KADA 2009, second at Garden City 2011 and champions at Eko 2012.

Uduaghan’s administration also saw Delta winning the National Channel’s Kids Cup in Lagos in 2013, while Warri Wolves qualified for the finals of the 2014 Federation Cup, the first time in thirty years by any male club from the state. His passion for sports led to the revival of secondary school football competition by staging the biggest Governor’s Cup competition ever among public schools in 2013 and 2014.

His cash motivation for athletes gave the likes of Blessing Okagbare, Ese Brume and Divine Oduduru the backing they needed to excel at various competitions.

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Coalition thumbs up FMBN over workers -friendly policy

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A group, The Coalition of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Good Governance in Nigeria (COCMEGG), has commended the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) for its policy aimed at assisting Nigerians to own houses.
The commendation was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its President, Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Inuwa Sule.

According to the group, the commendation was “in recognition of the transformational development and giant strides of the FMBN, in its appraisal of the bank’s efforts in carrying out its regulatory roles and functions as enshrined in the Act establishing the bank and in making homeownership affordable, available and less cumbersome to the nation’s workers thereby driving the growth of the economy and its allied sectors.”

It added that the bank, under the leadership of Arc Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, had raised the hope of Nigerians who desired to own houses.

“The World Bank estimated that Nigeria has a housing deficit of about 17 million units and the FMBN has designed the NHF to mobilise funds to provide the citizens with affordable residential houses through accredited PMBs with the lowest rate possible.

The introduction of the zero equity on loans to workers is a novel initiative commenced by the bank for the implementation of a new approved condition for accessing loans from the National Housing Fund (NHF).

“We commend the paradigm shift from the old to the new and applaud the gigantic development strides in the welfare of staff, development of critical infrastructure as well as maintenance culture of infrastructure adopted by the Dangiwa-led management in keeping abreast of the mortgage industry globally,” the statement read in part.
Continuing, it read: “COCMEGG passes a vote of confidence on the hierarchy of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), under Arc Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, for its forthrightness, vision and strategies in ensuring that the average workers, middle income earners and the common man in the streets have a home to lay their heads.”

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