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The Senate on Thursday decried spate of violence in the country and urged the Federal Government to deploy security agencies to Kogi to forestall alleged killing of people by suspected herdsmen.
Specifically, the upper chamber said that the security machinery should be sent to Omale and Dekina Local Government Areas in the state.
The resolution followed the adoption of a Point of Order by Sen. Atai Aidoko (Kogi-West) at plenary over alleged killing of 32 persons in the two local government areas on Wednesday.
Raising the order, Adoko said that 20 people were killed in Ogane-Enugu community in Dekina while 12 other lives were lost in Agbejukolo and Agbenema communities in Omale local government area.
He said “in spite of continued condemnation of killings in many parts of the country, perpetrators of this dastardly act have not been arrested.
“I want this Senate to urge President Muhammadu Buhari to direct security agencies to bring the situation under control by arresting the perpetrators and ensure that they are prosecuted.
“This killing is taking another dimension as the killers also amputate people’s hands.’’
In his contribution, Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, said that it was time that the chamber worked closely with the Executive to enhance the effectiveness of security agencies in combating crime the country.
Noting that security agencies in the country were overstretched, Lawan expressed worry that the number of policemen guarding the communities was inadequate.
According to him, in a population of about five million, you have only 300 policemen guarding the society, and in the same situation, over 300 bandits would attack the people.
On his part, Sen. Dino Melaye urged government at all tiers to demonstrate needed capacity to combat insecurity.
“We are still treating the issue of security with kid gloves. If you see the gory pictures of people that are maimed and we cannot show capacity; do we want to continue complaining?
“It is the poor that is dying. Let us for once call on the president and the governors of these respective states who are the chief security officers to ensure the protection of lives and property of citizens.
“The Federal Government must display capacity to sincerely quell the insecurity threatening the country.
“Unfortunately, since the incidents happened in Kogi, the state government has not come up with any official statement or taken an action,’’ Melaye said.
Sen. James Manager blamed the situation on non-arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.
According to him, society has evolved and there is law and order; when somebody who commits a crime is caught, he should be punished to serve as deterrent to others.
“The immediate solution to this problem is to arrest and punish offenders otherwise people will continue to kill.
“We are tired of observing one minute silence for these killings; if punishment for offenders is not done, those who cannot protect the society should resign,’’ Manager said.
Sen. Adamu Aliero called for the implementation of recommendations of the National Security Summit recently organised by the Senate.
He said it would go a long way in addressing the security challenges confronting the country.
According to him, the meeting with security agencies three weeks ago revealed that the police are overstretched and there was need to recruit more hands as well as increase the funding.
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, condemned the killings and said that it was unacceptable.
“The Senate would work towards finding solutions to insecurity in the country.
“Let us be patriotic because this situation is unacceptable,’’ he said.

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Atiku Warns Buhari Over Move To Remove CJN Onnoghen

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The Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress to avoid throwing Nigeria into an avoidable crisis over their desperation to sack the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Atiku in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday through his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, said the principle of separation of powers remains sacrosanct in a democracy irrespective of what President Buhari is being told by his advisers or the buttons they are pressing to forcefully remove the CJN.

Atiku noted that the plot to sack Justice Onnoghen was a preemptive move against the bench in the face of imminent defeat and knowing the role that the judiciary plays in the final outcome of elections.

He said, “We have just been made aware of the plot by President Muhammadu Buhari the All Progressives Congress (APC) to sack Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen using flimsy assets declaration issues as a pretext.

“We are aware that there are plans to arraign Justice Onnoghen before the Justice Danladi Yakubu Umar led-Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday, January 14, 2019.

“The charge against Onnoghen, we understand has already been filed and served on him last Friday at his official residence in Abuja preparatory to his appearance at the Tribunal.

”But we warn that despite the clandestine meetings in the highest echelon of the APC and also involving some top officials of the federal government which include the Code of Conduct Tribunal, neither Buhari nor the APC can re-write the Nigerian Constitution just because of its impending defeat at the February 16, presidential election.

“Heavens did not fall when PDP lost to the APC in 2015. And heavens will not fall now that the APC is sure to lose to the PDP, seeing that the APC’s plan to rig in the forthcoming elections will not pull through.”

Atiku said that their plan is to enable acting Chief Justice of Nigeria to sit on his election petition because he has seen the signal that he will lose the February 16 presidential election.

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Atiku is a Facebook Politician, Buhari will defeat him – Babachir Lawal

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Former SGF, Babachir David Lawal has said that the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar is no match for President Muhammadu Buhari in the upcoming 2019 elections.

DailyGist gathered that Lawal, in a recent interview with Sun, described Atiku as a ‘Facebook Politician’, adding that President Buhari trumps him in all aspects including height, looks and integrity.

In his words;

“Atiku is a Facebook politician. He gets all these smart boys and gives them laptop or smart phone and they write. They write anything they like. And then you go back and say ah, I am very, very popular or they organise bogus survey. Look, those who vote don’t have smart phones, they don’t have TV, and they just have in their minds that it is Buhari they want. The voter does not watch television.

He doesn’t have time even if there is electricity in his village or even if there is GSM network in his village. He doesn’t have the money to buy data bundle. So, they are just deceiving people and just deceiving themselves, thinking that PDP has something and I think PDP, their campaign structure has disintegrated.”

He stated further;

“Everywhere all over the country, if it is a matter of choice, you place Atiku side by side with Buhari, it is doubtful if anybody will pick Atiku. Is it experience? Buhari has more experience.

He was head of state, Atiku was only vice president. Is it height? Buhari is taller. Is it looking fine? Buhari looks a fine man. So, whatever it is. Is it integrity? Whatever! There is no comparison at all. That simplifies the issues for us, the fact that it is a straight-forward choice before the voter. It is a straight choice between Atiku and Buhari. So, there is no comparison at all. There is none.”

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Masked Policemen Invade Hospital, Whisk Dino Melaye Away

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The senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye has been reportedly whisked away by masked policemen who stormed the Police Clinic in Garki, Abuja.

DailyGist learned a source close to the family affirmed the incidence, saying that the lawmaker was taken to a DSS medical centre in Abuja.

According to the source, the Senator’s relatives are troubled about his health, especially because the parliamentarian has refused to be admitted at the DSS medical facility.

It remains unclear why Dino Melaye was taken away from the police clinic.

Another source said that Melaye was taken to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, for interrogation over the alleged shooting of Sgt. Danjuma Aliu by suspected political thugs of the lawmaker in Kogi.

It was learned that the whisking away of Melaye was carried out around 2:15 pm in commando style.

The lawmaker had barricaded himself in his house in Maitama, Abuja, for eight days, vowing never to give himself up for arrest after the Police laid siege on his Abuja residence.

Melaye, who has been having a running battle with the Force, was rushed to the clinic for medical attention after he slumped last Friday.

As at the time of filing this report, the Force PPRO, Abuja, Jimoh Moshood, has not responded to the transfer of Melaye to Kogi State.

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Tinubu Hospitalised After Slumping

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The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is currently hospitalised after slumping on the day he was made Chairman of Buhari’s Campaign Council, former Aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode has alleged.

Fani-Kayode said that the former Lagos State governor always experiences terrible things each time he was given a major role in the APC government.The former minister, who made this disclosure in a couple of tweets on Thursday, however, urged Nigerians, especially the Yorubas, to pray for Tinubu while also noting that he loves the APC leader and has no personal beef with him.

See his tweets below:

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Buhari Promises To Take Action On IGP Idris

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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to take action on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, very soon.

The President made the promise during an interview aired on Arise TV which was monitored by Concise News on Monday.

There have been growing demands for the police chief who has reached the retirement age of 60 and service year of 35 to step aside.

However, there have been speculations that the President is considering extending his tenure till after the elections.

When asked his next line of action, Buhari burst into laughter, mocking those who had threatened to take action against him if he refused to sack Idris.

He, however, said he was not afraid of the IG and would take a decision soon.

The President said, “I don’t think I am afraid of him. And I don’t think I have asked him to mount roadblocks in place such that I’ll lose revenue (if he goes). But I’ll take

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