TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, THURSDAY

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TOP 10 NEWS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN NIGERIA TODAY, THURSDAY

 

1. Lawmakers Planning To Impeach Buhari Can Not Achieve It – Femi Adesina

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The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina has described the plan by lawmakers to impeach his principal as a bravado (a move to impress).

Adesina stated this on Wednesday while reacting to the statement of Senators from opposition parties who issued a six-week ultimatum to President Buhari to tackle the security issue in the country.

Some lawmakers during plenary staged a walkout from the Senate.

The lawmakers threatened to impeach President Buhari if he fails to address the security challenges in the country within the given time.

Adesina while reacting to the threat of the lawmakers said their move would not go beyond their action in the Senate.

He described the lawmakers who spoke today as a minority of minorities.

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2. Angry PDP Senators Stage Walkout After Lawan Shut Down Motion On Insecurity

Some senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) walked out at Wednesday’s plenary session.

Over ten legislators left the red chamber during the proceedings after Senate President Ahmad Lawan dismissed a resolution on security.

In a Point of Order, Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda, reminded the Senate of the motion passed following a closed-door meeting that lasted over two hours.

According to Aduda, the Senate was meant to discuss the subject of national security and the measures taken so far to combat the threat.

He also reminded his colleagues that they were meant to give the president an ultimatum to resolve the issues of insecurity and give an impeachment notice if the demands are not met.

However, Lawan interrupted Aduda, saying that he failed to cite the order and also did not discuss the issue with him privately.

Lawan claimed that the Senate has passed the stage of such an issue and has moved on to other business of the day.

This degenerated into a rowdy session in the senate as some aggrieved PDP lawmakers were seen leaving their seats and exiting the chamber.

3. NSCDC Denies Issuing Memo On Terrorists Plotting To Attack Lagos, Katsina, Others

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has denied reports that it issued a memo alerting state commands on terrorists’ plans to attack some states and the Federal Capital Territory.

A leaked memo from the NSCDC headquarters dated July 25 alerted state commands to the planned attacks on Lagos, Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Kogi States and the FCT.

In the memo, the NSCDC claimed it had received credible intelligence that Boko Haram and Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists had amassed dangerous weapons for massive attacks on Katsina, Lagos, FCT, Kaduna, and Zamfara states.

The memo added that the criminals have acquired high-calibre weapons, including Anti-aircraft guns, General Purpose Machine Guns, among others, in preparation for an attack on Katsina State.

Reacting to the development, the spokesperson of the NSCDC, Shola Odumosu, said the leaked memo did not come from the security agency.

“There’s no memo in that regard,” he told Daily Trust.

4. ‘Many APC Senators Conceded To Buhari’s Impeachment’ – Sen Fadahunsi

The lawmaker representing Osun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, has said many All Progressives Congress (APC) members conceded to the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Over ten legislators left the red chamber on Wednesday during the proceedings after Senate President Ahmad Lawan dismissed a resolution on security.

Speaking with journalists in his office, shortly after the plenary, Fadahunsi said many lawmakers have seen reasons to impeach Buhari, compared to when he first raised the issue two years ago.

According to the legislator, almost all the APC senators agreed to serve Buhari an impeachment notice at a closed-door meeting held on Wednesday.

5. We Can’t Do Much About Ending Vote Buying – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said its official duty is to prepare for and conduct polls and not to monitor vote buyers during elections.

The electoral body said there is a limit to what it can do in terms of ending the act of vote buying during elections in Nigeria.

Speaking in defence of the commission, INEC Commissioner for the North Central (Niger, Kogi and Kwara States), Prof. Mohammed Sani Adam said vote buying is a national issue, a sociological problem which is targeted at jeopardizing the process of credible elections in the country.

Adam made the assertions in Minna, Niger State capital during a visit to monitor the ongoing voter registration exercise in the state.

The government official said there are anti-corruption agencies like the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and other security apparatus basically saddled with the responsibility of monitoring criminal activities during elections.

He reiterated that the commission’s main duty is to conduct elections not monitor criminals.

6. Security Agents To Arrest Man Who Threatened To Kill Atiku, Tinubu Supporters

Security agencies have reportedly begun a search for a man suspected to be a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who threatened to kill the supporters of the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The yet-to-be-identified man was seen in a viral 30 seconds video, while displaying a gun (pistol) in the video, warned supporters of the APC and PDP presidential candidates to stay away from polling units.

The suspect, after corking the pistol, stated that he did that to prove it was a real pistol.

A security source told PRNigeria that security operatives would apprehend the suspect soon over the violent threat.

6. APC Appoints Gobir New Senate Leader

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed the lawmaker representing Sokoto East, Senator Abdullahi Gobir, as the new Senate Leader.

This was made known in a letter on Wednesday written by the National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

The letter which was sent to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, was read at the plenary.

Gobir replaced the lawmaker representing Kebbi North, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, who resigned as Senate Leader following his defection from the APC to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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7. President Buhari Summon Service Chiefs For Security Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned the Services Chiefs to an emergency security meeting which is scheduled to hold on Thursday.

This is coming days after the Presidential Brigade Guards came under attack by terrorists in the Bwari area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Tomorrow the President has summoned another security meeting with the heads of the security agencies,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Recall that Senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had walked out of the Senate during plenary following the refusal of Senate President Ahmad Lawan to allow for the passing of a motion on insecurity.

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Phillip Aduda, had threatened to commence impeachment proceedings against the President should he fail to address the insecurity within the period given by the lawmakers.

8. Gbajabiamila Apologizes To Nigerians Over Harvard School Photos Amid ASUU Strike

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila says he regretted his post earlier on social media which showed him attending lectures at Harvard University in the United States of America.

The lawmaker came under fire earlier after he took to the microblogging platform, Twitter and shared photos of himself attending a leadership course at the US prestigious higher institution.

Gbajabiamila was called unprintable names as his post was perceived as an insult to Nigerian students who have been at home for months following strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The lawmaker was also criticised by some activists and stakeholders.

The Speaker, however, has returned to the bird app to apologise to Nigerians, describing his post as insensitive.

Gbajabiamila admitted his action was wrong but noted that as a Speaker of the House of Reps, he had used his position severally to intervene in the lingering ASUU strike.

9. N109b Fraud: EFFC Gives Reason Why Court Must Not Grant Suspended AGF Bail

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday has cited a Supreme Court verdict that equates corruption in public office to genocide whilst urging the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja to refuse granting bail to the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris and others.

Recall, suspended AGF Ahmed Idris and others at the Kuje Correctional Service had pleaded with the court sitting in Abuja to grant them bail pending the determination of their trial.

This comes after the AGF’s lawyer, Chief Chris Uche SAN, on Wednesday sought an order of the court granting bail to the first defendant (Idris) applicant pending his trial.

10. FG Reacts To Threat To Abduct Buhari, El-Rufai

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has reacted to the threat to abduct President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Speaking with State House Correspondents, shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, Mohammed described the kidnap threat as laughable and mere propaganda.

Lai who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajia Sadia Umar Farouk, said measures are being put in place and the presidency would not abandon its responsibility regarding security.

He said: “On the security situation. I want to assure you that the President is aware of all these and as a matter of fact, I think tomorrow there’s going to be another Security Council meeting. So, it’s not a matter the President is taking lightly, and like I’ll always, say some of the measures we’re going to take are not measure that you can discuss openly here, but we’re as concerned as you are, we’re not going to abandon our responsibility.”

“As to those who have issued threats to President, I think it’s more of propaganda than anything. It’s laughable”.

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