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Shocker: Lagos Lawmaker walks out on Speaker, Obasa | Full Story

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A Lawmaker representing Lagos Mainland 1 at the Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon. Moshood Oshun has walked out on the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa over allocation of a seat during the plenary session on Tuesday.

The Speaker had directed the Lawmaker to take his allocated seat instead of the one he was sitting on.

Upon this directive, the lawmaker said, he had earlier complained that the seat allocated to him was not convenient.

The Speaker, thereafter, told Oshun, If everyone chooses his or her seat, how would the chamber looked.

Obasa, therefore, stated that Oshun should comply with the rule of the House or should take a leave.

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At this point, Oshun takes a walk out of the chamber.

Recall that the House had in March removed two of its principal officers, the Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru and the Deputy Majority Leader, Olumuyiwa Jimoh.

Two other members of the House, Moshood Oshun (Lagos Mainland Constituency II) and Kazeem Raheem Adewale (Ibeji Lekki Constituency II) were also suspended indefinitely.

Announcing the suspension of the members, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, stated that the House is the hope of the people and the heartbeat of democracy should be well guided.

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“I hereby invoke Section 68 and Section 70 4 (a, b) 2 and 3 of the House Rules in respect of gross misconduct, insubordination and action that can destabilise this House. I hereby move that Moshood Oshun and Raheem Adewale be placed on suspension indefinitely,” the Speaker said.

The two decisions were supported through voice-votes by members present during plenary. Notice and change in the leadership were contained in a letter read on the floor of the House by the Clerk, Azeez Sanni.

Sanni stated that the 26 members that signed the letter urged the House “to change the leadership of the House, including Rotimi Abiru as the Chief Whip and Olumuyiwa Jimoh as Deputy Chief Whip.”

However, the suspension of the four lawmakers had been lifted after the intervention of the party hierarchy.


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Infectious diseases bill: Nigerian Lawmaker collects bribe from COVID-19 vaccine producers – CNPP

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The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has accused the leadership of the Nigerian House of Representatives of collecting bride from foreign producers of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines.

The political group lashed out at the lawmakers, accusing them of working to impose a forced vaccination law on the country.

The CNPP warned that “it’s about time for the National Assembly got a dose of the Nigerian people’s wrath.”

The political organisation, in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, and made available to NobleReporters on Tuesday, also accused the lawmakers of hiding under the lockdown measures to engage in impunity.

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CNPP, an umbrella body of all registered political parties and associations in THE country further accused legislators of taking bribe from vaccine producers.

“We have watched with uttermost dismay the speed with which the lawmakers are working on a bill to use Nigerians as guinea pigs for the forced testing of Coronavirus disease vaccines and endanger the lives of over 200 million citizens.

“If the lawmakers want to truly justify the bribe they have taken from foreign producers of COVID-19 vaccines, they should make a law that will provide for compulsory vaccination of all the legislators in the country as a way of proving their patriotism to the Nigerian federation. Let them volunteer to be the guinea pigs,” CNPP said.

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The CNPP said it was more shocking that the Nigerian lawmakers have not made any move to put in place a law to force electricity distribution companies in the country to compulsorily install prepaid meters in households across the country but can force citizens to be vaccinated.

“We recall that Bill for the unbundling of the NNPC, the cash cow of the nation and Bill to end gas flaring in the country are there laying fallow in the achieves of history, yet, because of insatiable appetite for wealth propelled by uncommon greed for mundane things of life, the lawmakers want to turn Nigerian citizens into testing animals for vaccines producers now and in the future,” the political parities’ group added.

It wondered why the lawmakers are opting to work against the interest of Nigerians who voted them into power and chosen to fulfill the desires of those who cultured and infected the world with Coronavirus disease for economic gains

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The group wondered if the lawmakers do not, according to them, know that COVID-19 virus ravaging the world is not natural

“Why not a Bill for an Act to compel Federal Government of Nigeria to fund research for local production of infectious disease drugs and vaccines? Are we lacking experts in any field as a country?” It queried

CNPP noted that some Nigerian scientists have claimed to have developed vaccines for COVID-19 treatment and other infectious diseases, but the lawmakers have refused to make inputs towards ensuring that every Nigerian with a claim to a cure of any infectious disease gets his or her claims verified by relevant authorities and certified rather than selling the country wholesale to the western nation and their multi-million dollar corporations.

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“They won’t because such local inventors cannot afford millions of US dollars with which to grease the filthy palms of most lawmakers.

“The Republic of Madagascar recently dared the World Health Organization (WHO) and their collaborators by developing locally made COVID Organics (CVO) for cure of Coronavirus. Right now, the use is expanding to other countries after Madagascar had only 149 cases of COVID-19 with zero death record,” CNPP said.

“In addition to the COVID Organics (CVO), already being marketed in the form of herbal tea in Madagascar, a new injectable solution of the same product is under clinical trials in the lying off the country southeastern coast of Africa with a population of just 27 million people.

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“It then beats the imagination of any sane person that the Nigerian legislators will be this greedy for material acquisition, even at the expense of the Nigerian people who elected them.

“All Nigerians, the media, and all civil society organisations with good conscience should immediately stand up against this evil legislation in the works because everyone will become their guinea pigs and a tool for testing vaccines for deadly all ailments, now and forever if the bill is passed.

“May be Nigerians have forgotten so soon how a secret trial of a pharmaceutical drug in Northern Nigeria killed several children. The company involved, Pfizer, was sued after 11 children died in the clinical trial when the northern state of Kano was hit by meningitis epidemic in 1996. But Pfizer only paid compensation after 15-year legal battle for illegal clinical trials.

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“The intolerable Bill for an Act by the Nigerian legislators to make such killing of citizens a legal act must be resisted now or we will all die in like manner someday soon”, the CNPP warned.

Recall that the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, had on Monday made a similar claim.


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COVID-19 Bill: Lawmakers desperate to force vaccine on Nigerians – CSOs

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Over forty Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria, on Tuesday, alerted that the House of Representatives was acting too fast in its bid to pass the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill.

The bill to make vaccines compulsory was co-sponsored by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, Reps Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu.

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) already alleged that the Green Chamber of the National Assembly had been offered money to pass the bill despite no input from stakeholders.

The bill passed first and second reading at plenary under controversial circumstances.

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The CSOs, in a joint statement by Centre for Democracy and Development, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Say No Campaign, Amnesty International, Yiaga Africa, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, International Press Centre, among others, said the bill almost passed third reading in April before it was resisted by some vigilant members.

The civil society community opined that the legislative and policy measures currently being implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are inadequate to respond to and manage the challenge of infectious diseases with grave implications on the country.

The coalition lamented the House of Representatives’ attempt to give accelerated passage to such a critical legislation like the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill without consultation and inputs from relevant stakeholders and the public.

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“We understand that the House is resolute to pass the bill and it has fixed Tuesday, May 5, 2020 for presentation of the report of the Committee of the Whole and clause by clause voting on the bill without public hearing or consultation with relevant stakeholders. This runs contrary to the principles of effective and inclusive lawmaking.

“The Bill violates key principles of legislative drafting rules mandating laws to be simple, clear and unambiguous. This leaves room for significant amount of discretion on the part of the implementing authorities and limits the rights of citizens and respective institutions to question decisions taken in the exercise of the powers provided in the Bill.

“There is therefore the need to clearly define terms used, extent of powers granted, and penalties for breach. For instance, the proposed Bill makes an attempt to define ‘surveillance’ in its interpretation section but fails to provide a clear definition on the reach and extent of the power to demand public health surveillance program and regulating framework.

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“Throughout, the Bill is referred to as an “Act” implying that the proposed document is already an enacted legislation (Act). In addition, the Bill does not define who constitutes a health worker, which, as defined in the Bill, as anyone appointed by the Director General. In addition, we have concerns with Clause 74(1) and (2), which deals with the collection of fees, charges and moneys, and some payments to be made to the Consolidated Fund or the agency,” they said.

They demanded that the House of Representatives subject the bill to public scrutiny by embarking on stakeholder consultations and a public hearing to harness public inputs into the legislation.

The coalition asked the the House to utilize the opportunity provided by the reviewed lockdown policy to consult with relevant stakeholders and the people.

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They called for review of all provisions of the bill that foster inter-agency conflicts and abuse of power and undermine constitutionally guaranteed rights and are contrary to the rule of law and Nigeria’s International human rights obligations.

“It is important to note that while we understand the importance of a legislative framework that guarantee effective response to public health crises, we must do so within the rule of law and in conformity with the Constitution and Nigeria’s International human rights obligations. democratic principles”, the CSOs added.


#Newsworthy…

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63 year old Nigerian lawmaker, Rose Oko dies in UK.


Nigerian Senator, Rose Oko has reportedly died in the United Kingdom. She was was aged 63.

Oko represented Cross River North at the Senate. She was a second-term member of the upper chamber and served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade and Investment.


Oko was said to have died last night at United Kingdom (UK) medical facility where she had been receiving treatment in the last one month.

“She passed on last night in the UK where she has been in the last one month,” a close aide said while confirming the story.


“The Amazon Goes Home, Sad! Distinguished Senator Dr Mrs Rose Okoji Oko, You Left Us At The Time Your Services To The Great People Of CRS Is Highly Needed. May Your Soul Rest In Peace. Amen,” another aide posted on his Facebook wall.

One of her close relatives, as reported by The Nation simply said: “Heart broken to hear of the passing of my dear Cousin Senator Dr Rose Okoji Oko after a long fought battle with physical affliction.


“You gave your best to your world now that it has pleased the Almighty God to call you home may your soul find eternal rest in Heaven. Adieu, Distinguished Senator Dr Rose Okoji Oko.”

The lawmaker was born on September 27, 1956. Oko was a member of the House of Representatives representing Yala/Ogoja Federal Constituency during the 7th National Assembly.

She served as Deputy Chairman House Committee on Education while in the House of Representatives.

She was elected into the 8th Senate in June 2015 and re-elected into the 9th Senate in June 2019.


#Newsworthy…

Lagos assembly set committee to resolve crisis over suspended lawmakers.


The Lagos House of Assembly has inaugurated a committee headed by Mr Ibrahim Layode to look into the crisis surrounding the suspension of four lawmakers by the House.

Mr Tunde Braimoh, the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Strategy and Security, made this known on Friday in Lagos.

NobleReporters learnt that the House had on Monday passed a resolution sacking two of its principal officers and suspended two members indefinitely for alleged gross misconduct, insubordination and action that could destabilise the House.

N.Rs heard that the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, said the punitive measures followed the voice votes by the members present during plenary session.

Obasa said the principal officers that were removed included the Chief Whip, Mr Rotimi Abiru and the Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Olumuyiwa Jimoh.

The speaker also said that the suspended members were Mr Moshood Oshun (Lagos Mainland Constituency II) and Mr Kazeem Raheem Adewale (Ibeji Lekki Constituency II).

Braimoh told newsmen that the committee headed by Layode (Badagry Constituency II) was looking at amicable solution to the crisis rocking the House.

He said that conflicts were inherent part of human nature and that when they come, there were mechanism to resolve them.

“Those who are being reprimanded are our colleagues, they are not outcasts and we belong to the same political party.

“We are mindful that the image of the House is at stake and we want to tell you that the people affected are not outcasts, they are our colleagues.

“All issues about offices, access and others would be addressed by the committee,” he said

Braimoh explained that the way the two suspended principal officers were replaced was normal.

He said the only two offices that were constitutionally recognised were those of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, adding that others were done in-house.

Braimoh said there was nothing to worry about as the election of the new principal offers were done according to the laid down procedure.

He explained further that their suspension was done according to Order 10 Rules 68 to 72 of the Business Rules of the House.

He said: “In law, it is believed that the fact of a matter speaks for itself, and that all is well with the Lagos State House of Assembly.

“There is no problem that is beyond solution.

“It is just that when things are working there could be some disagreement here and there but that does not mean that we will go for the jugular,” Braimoh said.

Also, the new Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Noheem Adams, said that his emergence as the Deputy Majority Leader was based on the decision of the House.

The new Chief Whip of the Assembly, Mrs Mojisola Miranda, said “the House is one big family’’.

Miranda said she was not desperate for the office, but a call to service.


#Newsworthy…

Former lawmaker of Ogun, Yinka Mafe dies shortly after his birthday


Yinka Mafe, the immediate majority leader of Ogun State House of Assembly, has died.

According to reports, Mafe died on Tuesday night February 4th shortly after celebrating his 46th birthday.


The lawmaker was said to have complained of chest pain after the celebration and died shortly after. His remains have been deposited at the morgue of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

Earlier on Tuesday, the deceased organised a prayer session at his country home in Emuren as part of activities to celebrate his birthday. He reportedly visited inmates and warders at the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Sagamu before the proper birthday celebration which took place at Tenth Planet & Suites in Sagamu and was attended by party faithful, well-wishers, associates and his MafeLafe political team.

Born February 4th, 1974, Mafe was elected the Councillor of Ward three in Sagamu Local Government Legislative Council in December 1998, a term which ended in 2002. He represented Sagamu Constituency I (Ofin) at the State House of Assembly between 2011 and 2019 on the platform of the all Progressives Congress (APC) formerly Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

May his soul rest in peace, Amen.


#Newsworthy…

I cannot keep mute and watch people accuse me wrongly – Shehu Sani


A former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has spoken for the first time after he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged extortion of $20,000 from owner of ASD Motors, Sani Dauda.

Sani, who has spent 10 days in the custody, said the allegations of extortion levelled against him was baseless and unfounded.


The former lawmaker said he would not be silent and that the allegations were aimed at smearing his name and justifying his persecution.

He disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.


Sani revealed that he has provided all necessary statement and facts regarding the allegation to the EFCC, challenging the anti-graft agency to prove its case against him.

He said, “Alhaji Sani Dauda and his hidden sponsors have not been able to provide any proof of their allegations.


“I’m unjustly incarcerated on the ground of an arranged two-page petition backed with no evidential or documentary proof.

“The bribe story is a heap of blatant lies and outright falsehood concocted and fabricated, using a front and the EFCC to premiere a state drama.


“ASD is a barely educated front for a state mission. Criminalising me or “framing me” will not silence me, bend me or compromise me.”

Sani explained further that he has never met with the Chief Justice of Nigeria or any judge or judges directly or indirectly to offer any form of gratification from Alhaji Sani Dauda.


He added, “They claim extortion and here they are closing my bank accounts, searching my houses and offices and demanding I declare my assets of which I have already done that at the CCB last year when I left the Senate.

“The extortion allegation is nothing but a wholesale falsehood, packaged in a phantom anti-graft facade to taint, stain and mute me. That shall never happen if I am alive.”

Former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani


Earlier the EFCC had obtained an ex-parte order to keep Sani for a further 14 days while also urging Dauda to come forward to prove his allegations against the former lawmaker.

So far, the anti-graft agency is yet to announce if Dauda had come forward to shed more light into the matter or not.


#Newsworthy…

Waziri Tambuwal ‘Thumbs Up’ to N202bn 2020 Sokoto Budget.

…Hails lawmakers for speedy passage


Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has signed the 2020 appropriation budget of N202 billion into law as passed by the State House of Assembly.

The Governor, while appending his signature, applauded the Assembly members for their patriotism and unflinching commitment to the collective good of the people of the state.

According to him: “The Assembly, despite being controlled by the APC which is in the majority, has rallied round the government and supported it in the interest of serving the people of the state.”


He added that the lawmakers members have shown an uncommon patriotism to deliver democratic dividends to the people of Sokoto, and promised that their gesture shall not be misplaced.

Governor Tambuwal further applauded the Assembly for its speedy consideration of the budget in three weeks in line with the World Bank benchmark.


“The ball is now in the court of the executive to ensure proper implementation of the budget. We will work closely with the parliament in doing so,” he said.

Presenting the passed budget bill to the Governor, Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Aminu Muhammad Achida, noted that the Assembly was aware of the achievements of the administration despite financial constraints.


“The implementation of the 2019 budget has recorded a lot in the areas of education, health and rural development as well as many others.

“We will continue to accelerate the passage of any bill that is meant to improve the lots of the people of the state,” explained the Speaker, who said that the Assembly approved the budget during its sitting number 122.

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal


Achida commended the executive for “its record achievement in the modest improvement of internally generated revenue (IGR).

The Speaker affirmed that the budget 2020 of N202 billion presented to the Assembly by the executive earlier in the month has been approved in totality.


#Newsworthy…

Judge withdraws his efforts from sowore’s suit.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday withdrew from the fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by the ‘RevolutionNow’ protests convener, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, seeking an order for his release from custody of the Department of State Service.

There have been no fresh charges instituted against Sowore since he was rearrested by the operatives of the DSS on December 6 barely 24 hours of being released from the agency’s detention lasting over months.

Details soon…

#Newsworthy…

United State Legislator, Karen Bass Show Her Concern As DSS Rearrested sowore.

…invade court room

Karen Bass, a member of the United States House of Representative, has expressed shock over the rearrest of journalist, Omoyele Sowore, in court by the Department of State Services.

In a statement on Wednesday, Bass, while calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to respect rule of law and due process, said, “Nigerian citizens have the right to exercise civil liberties without harassment and arbitrary arrest.

“I am alarmed by the rearrest of Mr Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, just hours after their release, especially the violent manner in which this all was conducted.

“There are currently numerous journalists and activists in detention in the country.

“I am increasingly concerned about Nigeria’s attacks on freedom of expression. Nigeria’s own rule of law and due process must be respected.”

Sowore was rearrested on December 6 by the DSS at the Federal High Court, Abuja, barely 24-hours after he was released on bail.

This was after he had spent 125 days in detention for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from the administration of President Buhari.

The Nigerian Government is accusing him of insulting Buhari and planning to bring down his regime.

Despite being rearrested and thrown in unlawful detention for two weeks now, the 48-year-old journalist is yet to be told the reason for his rearrest and continued incarceration after two court orders directing his freedom on bail.

#Newsworthy…

Court demand arrest of local government chairman.

…for slapping lawmaker in ebonyi

The Ebonyi State House of Assembly has ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of Clement Odah, the Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, accused of assaulting one of its members Chinedu Onah at the committee room of the assembly complex in Nkaliki.

The incident reportedly occurred after four nominees Odah selected for management committee members and liaison officers were allegedly disqualified.

Ebonyi State House of Assembly calls for arrest of local government Chairman who slapped a lawmaker

The local government chairman was accused of storming a room where house of assembly members were drilling Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA) in the state on the budget presented by the state governor and slapping one of the committee members.

Recounting how the incident occurred, Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Benjamin Ezekomam said;

“What happened is that Chinedu Onah stepped outside from the committee room because he said he saw his chairman and he went and greeted him so the chairman walked out on him and started going inside the committee room.

“Chinedu Onah as an honourable member, moved in to the committee room and the chairman said ‘you small boy, you are interrupting me by stopping my nominee. I put you there’.

“Chinedu replied, ‘you didn’t put me there, my constituency put me here not you as a person’. He (the Chairman) said ‘is that what you said, is that what you said’ and he slapped him. We all were embarrassed, we didn’t know what to do, so the guy calmed himself down.”

Ebonyi State House of Assembly calls for arrest of local government Chairman who slapped a lawmaker

Mr Onah who represents Ohaukwu south constituency in the assembly corroborated the claim. He said;

“Yes the local government chairman of Ohaukwu barged into the community room this morning where we were taking some MDA’s on their various budgets as was presented to the house and started shouting ‘this small boy, you stepped down my nominees as members of management committee members, I have come here to tell you that you must clear them’.

“But unfortunately I did not step down anybody that is not my constituency. I am not from his constituency, I am not representing Clement Odah beside if I had seen any reason to step anybody down on the course of the screening, I owe him no apology to have done that because that is my job to represent my people. But unfortunately I did not do that.

“The next thing he did was that when they asked him that chairman you should have asked me if I did or not before accusing me, the next thing I heard was a very huge and dirty slap on my face for just doing nothing. But the only thing I did was not retaliating because I am an honorable member and the law should take its course. That was exactly what happened.

“The honourable members simply suspended the committee room and moved over to the plenary, resolved that he should be invited by the committee on LGA and that the psychiatric hospital should ascertain the level of insanity in him.

“That the security agencies should get him arrested and prosecuted and that the committee on LGA should investigate more and ascertain his activities at the local government.

“The plenary was presided by the deputy speaker, the motion was moved by the leader of the house and every other honorable member was allowed to make an input.”

Premium Times reported that Mr Odah denied slapping the House of Assembly member. He said;

“I did not slap anybody. Yes I was at the house of assembly today but I went there to meet one of my friends. While I was waiting for him, I seized the opportunity to exchange pleasantries with some of the honorable members, most of whom are my friends and colleagues.

“Yesterday the nominees for management committee members and liaison appeared in the house for screening. About four of them were not screened on the basis that there was petitions against them. On getting to the house of assembly, I sighted one of our honorable members. I felt it was a ground to get some clarification so I inquired from him, Chinedu Onah to be precise.

“That was all. Then I moved in to interact with other honorable members where they were waiting for other members at the conference hall. It was not a sitting, not at all. I believed they were waiting for the principal officers.

“After about three minutes, he came in and advanced towards me shouting that he was not happy the way I talked to him. I said there is nothing wrong with the way I talked to you. I just proffered my little advice as my younger brother and your council chairman.

“When the argument was heated, other honorable members advised that we should call it off and then they advised me to leave the conference hall. I entered my vehicle and left the assembly complex. The other version of slap is alien to me.”

#Newsworthy…

Lawmaker, Ben died from unhealed protracted illness.

Lawmaker, Ben Uwajumogu, has died after a protracted illness.

Uwajumogu, who died on Wednesday morning in Abuja, was 51 years old at the time of his passing.

Confirming the incident, Senator Elisha Abbo told Premium Times that, “I can confirm that my colleague and brother, Ben Uwajumogu, has left us to be with the Lord.”

Uwajumogu was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the upper legislative arm – Senate.

He was initially treated in the United Arab Emirates for his protracted illness but recently returned to Abuja after showing signs of recovery, according to a source familiar with his situation.

The Senate has yet to formally announce the development.

#Newsworthy…

Oyo Assembly speaker react as punch calls Buhari ‘Major General’

… commends the news media

Oyo State’s House of Assembly Speaker, Debo Ogundoyin has reacted to Punch Newspaper’s notice in which it notified the public that it will henceforth address President Buhari with his rank as a military dictator and also refer to his administration as regime.

Recall N.Rs reported earlier that the national daily backed its claim of the lawlessness witnessed in Buhari’s administration by recounting Sowore’s travails, how the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim el-Zakzakky and his wife spent over three years in detention in violation of court orders granting them bail and ordering their release, and former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki being held in detention since 2015 in defiance of several court orders, including one by the ECOWAS appellate court.

N.Rs also reported that Punch media accused the Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed of forgetting how as an opposition spokesman in 2014, he was harassed by the SSS and accused of “loitering”. It also alleged that the Minister has been vigorously pressing for anti-hate speech laws to restrict the social media.

Reacting to the notice, Oyo State’s House of Assembly Speaker Debo Ogundoyin commended the newspaper for being courageous.

Debo tweeted;

Today’s @MobilePunch editorial, its resolution to henceforth prefix @MBuhari with Major General & refer to his adminstration as regime in protest against autocracy is another huge feat renewing our hope in the media as a strong voice ready to hold govt. accountable & responsible

#Newsworthy…

Just in – Ondo state lawmaker frowns at the murder of Catholic knight.

Hon. Edamisan Ademola, a member of Ondo State House of Assembly, has condemned the murder of Sir Christopher Karigidi, a Knight of John Westley and Lay President of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Igbobini Diocese in Irele Local Government area.

NobleReporters culled that some unknown gunmen, in the early hours of Dec. 2, shot the retired principal through the window of his residence in Ode-Irele, but not did not take anything with them.

Ademola, representing Irele Constituency, while on a condolence visit to the family of late Karigidi on Friday, said that Ondo lawmakers would work in partnership with security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the “heinous” crime were fished out and brought to justice.

He advised all residents to be security conscious and be vigilant as well as report any strange movement and person to the police.

“Members of the House of Assembly, under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyeloogun, condemn the gruesome murder of Sir Karigidi in it’s entirety; it is very sad and pathetic to kill someone in this heartless manner.

“As a representative of the people, we will ensure this kind of heinous crime never re-occur and partner with security agencies to bring perpetrators to book.

“I urge the families to take solace in God and urge residents to always be vigilant and security conscious and to report any strange occurrence to the police for further actions,” Ademola said.

Rt. Rev. Bishop Solomon Abayomi, the Bishop of Owo Diocese who also visited the Karigidi family, said that he was shocked by the news of the murder of the deceased

He described Karigidi as a “gentleman to the core” who served meritoriously in the vineyard of God as the Lay President of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Igbobini Diocese

“He was a man of integrity and served well in God’s vineyard, his death came as a shock to all the Christian body, but God knows everything and will repose his soul,” he said.

Mr Ayodele Karigidi, a son of the late Knight who who responded on behalf of the family, thanked everyone who commiserated with the family on the incident.

He urged the security agencies to ensure that the killers of his father would not go unpunished, adding that the vacuum created was be too big for anyone to fill.

Media reports that the late Karigidi, aged 62, was a retired Principal of Comprehensive High School, Irele, who left behind his wife, Folayemi and five children.

Earlier, Femi Joseph, the Ondo State Police Spokesman, said the command had launched investigations to unravel the matter, promising to arrest the culprits.

#Newsworthy…

Pay attention to poverty in the nation and not hate speech or social media – CAN slam Nation Assembly.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has waded into the controversy ignited by the social media and hate speech bills sponsored by some lawmakers in the national assembly.

In a statement released by Samuel Kwamkur the national director of legal and public affairs of the Christian association, CAN President Samson Ayokunle stated that the bill which has generated fear in different parts of the country will be of no good to Nigerians.

Ayokunle who insisted that the existing laws are strong enough to deal with cases of hate speech added that the bills appear to separately seek to gag Nigeria’s citizens from speaking out freely.

“These two bills have generated so much misgivings and criticisms that they have led to uncommon tension and fears among Nigeria’s Citizens. This is doing no good to the fears and apprehension of the citizens already on ground as a result of insecurity, deplorable infrastructural amenities and the general welfare of the people,” he said.

“Having looked at all sides to the debate, CAN is calling on the National Assembly, particularly the President of the Senate and all distinguished Senators to discountenance the two bills and put off completely any contemplation to pass them into Acts of the National Assembly as sincere lovers of the nation.

“The bills, in the general view of majority of Nigerians, and in ours too, appear to separately seek to gag Nigeria’s citizens from speaking out freely, but responsibly on matters that affect their lives in all spheres. This, to us, is an ill wind that will blow nobody any good

“The Penal Code, Criminal Code, Cyber Crime Act and other legal provisions on crimes that deal with hate speeches, defamation, libel and similar offences are clear and strong enough,” Ayokunle added.

“In this wise, we desire that governments at all levels and indeed members of the National Assembly pay greater attention to the issues of insecurity, economic hardship, poverty, bad roads, poor education and the dearth of infrastructure.

“We, therefore, call on our governments to respect the sanctity of the Nigerian Constitution and other extant laws and provide for all Nigerians a better nation to live in.”

#Newsworthy…

T.I’s Actions Prompts The New York Lawmakers Ban Virginity Check Up.

Two lawmakers in New York have introduced new bill that would stop doctors from “performing or supervising virginity examinations” after rapper T.I’s controversial interview, where he revealed that he takes his 18-year-old daughter to the gynecologist to check her hymen and confirm she’s still a virgin.

State Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages (D-Nassau), recently introduced new legislation.

Their new bill argues such checkups are abusive and could have detrimental effects. “These examinations are not only a violation of women’s and girls’ human rights, but in cases of rape, can cause additional pain and mimic the original act of sexual violence, leading to re-experience, re-traumatization and re-victimization,” the bill reads.

“It’s misogynistic, it’s appalling,” Solages recently told the New York Post. “I was horrified to see this was happening. If a celebrity can impose his power to ensure his 18-year-old daughter gets checked, imagine what can be done in households across New York state?”

This comes weeks after rapper T.I revealed on Ladies Like Us podcast that he takes his daughter to the gynecologist to check her hymen.

The rapper said: “Not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen.”

“Yes, Yes I go with her. I go with her. So it’s this one time we go, I think this might have been after her 16th birthday. This is what we do… Usually, like the day after the [birthday] party, she’s enjoying her gifts. I put a sticky note on the door: ‘Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.’ ”

He has since addressed the comments on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk.

“Firstly, I came to clear up any misconceptions that have been surrounding how we interact and parent and what is appropriate and inappropriate,” T.I. began. “I think all of this surrounds a conversation that I was having in a very joking manner when asked how do I deal with parenting in this day and age. And so I just began to—you know, from a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate. And I think that a lot of people kind of like, took it extremely literal. Because if you put any of my reputations by like who I am as a father and who I’ve been, I honestly thought people knew me better than that.”

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