This is a roundup of some of the breaking news in Nigeria for today Monday, April 15, 2019
9th National Assembly: Ekweremadu, Buhari’s Aide Disagree Over NASS Rule Book
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disagreed with the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over the rule book to be adopted while electing new presiding officers for the 9th National Assembly.
Enang said the management of NASS had no right to amend the Senate rule book, arguing that the management could not use “the 2015 rule book which it produced to contest the election on the day of inauguration,” stressing that the “2011 rule book, remains the most authentic legal document for now.”
James Faleke Speaks On Contesting Kogi Governorship Election
Former Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Kogi State and lawmaker representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, James Faleke, says he will not contest the governorship election in the north-central state.
Naija News recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s electoral umpire, fixed November 2 for the governorship in Kogi state.
“The Commission at its meeting held today approved the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the Governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States which will hold in both States on Saturday 2nd November 2019,” INEC had said in a statement issued April 9 by Festus Okoye, the chairman of INEC’s information and voters education committee.
Rivers Election: Wike Begs Political Rivals For Forgiveness
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, south-south, has asked political rivals he offended during the just-concluded elections in the state to forgive him.
Naija News reports that the governor made this request while during a family Thanksgiving at the Salvation Ministry Headquarters in Port Harcourt on Palm Sunday. Governor Wike also said despite the long drawn battle against him during the same period, he has forgiven those who offended him as well.
Explain ‘$60bn Oil Revenue Loss’, Falana Writes Kachikwu
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has written a letter to Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, demanding information on the “loss of $60 billion oil revenue under the freedom of information (FOI) act.”
Naija News reports that the human rights lawyer made the request in a letter dated April 10, 2019. In the letter, Falana requested Kachikwu to provide details on how Nigeria lost $60 billion oil revenue from non-implementation of production sharing contract (PSC) terms between the federal government and international oil companies (IOCs).
9th National Assembly: PDP Plotting Devastating Move – Secondus
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has said his party is not bothered about moves by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to sideline its members in the election of the presiding officers of the Ninth National Assembly.
Speaking to Punch on Sunday, Secondus said the PDP was monitoring what is ongoing in the camp of the ruling party and would act when the time comes. According to the PDP National Chairman, there was no way the votes of about 46 senators would not count in the election of the leadership of the Senate.
He said the PDP also have what he called “unshaken confidence” in its lawmakers-elect, adding that “they are all capable to take decisions that are in the best interest of Nigeria, Nigerians and are all good party men and women.”
Gov. Yari Reacts To Buhari Govt’s Ban On Mining
The government of Zamfara state led by Governor Abdulaziz Yari, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government for banning mining activities in the state to help in tackling insecurity facing the northern state.
Naija News reports that the State Governor gave the commendation after a meeting with security chiefs in Talata-Mafara on Sunday. The governor said the Zamfara state government welcomed the policy by the Federal Government, describing it as good for the people of Zamfara. “Zamfara as host of these miners have not been benefiting from them and mining activities must be suspected because most of them are doing activities close to bandits’ camps and nothing is affecting them.
“Therefore miners must be suspected because of these reasons. So we welcome this decision and we are going to support it,’’ he said.
Police Arrest Abductors Of Channels TV Reporter
The Nigeria Police Force has apprehended three persons who are allegedly in connection with the abduction of Channels Television reporter, Friday Okeregbe.
The Police gave the names of the suspects as; Hanniel Patrick, 29, from Akwa Ibom, Abdulwahab Isah, 28 and Salisu Mohammed, 32 both from Kogi. The Force spokesman, Frank Mba, on Sunday said the suspects were arrested on April 9 by operatives attached to ‘Operation Puff Adder’.
Okeregbe was kidnapped on March 22 and released on March 28,
Mba spokesman gave the items recovered from the suspects as; a locally made revolver gun, three live AK47 ammunition, a battle axe, handset phones and masks with which they blindfold their victims.