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Senator Ibikunle Amosun
Ten persons were shot Thursday as suspected political thugs attacked guests at a function organised by a senator of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Wasimi, Ogun State.
It was the second time in about one week that party members in the state would resort to violence to settle their differences.
Violence erupted when the thugs linked to the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, stormed Wasimi while a multi-purpose hall, built by Senator Gbenga Obadara, was about to be inaugurated and unleashed terror on the guests.
The governor, in a swift reaction, disowned the attack, saying neither him nor his administration had anything to do with the attack.
Among those shot were Mr. Lasisi Bayo, Dapo Shoyinka, Femi Babalola and Sergeant Sunday Akinbode, police orderly to Obadara. They have been moved to Mercy Hospital, Abeokuta for medical treatment.
National Assembly members who escaped being shot were Obadara, Senator Akin Odunsi, and two members of the House of Representatives, Hon. Kunle Adeyemi and Hon. Olumide Osoba. Add a comment
2015: Northern Elders Condemn FG Relocation of Heavy Weapons to South
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Northern Traditional Rulers Council (NTRC) rose from a meeting in Kaduna Wednesday alleging that ahead of next year's elections, the federal government has masterminded the mass redeployment of heavy weapons from the Northern part of the country to the south for the purpose of rigging the election.
Other issues which the regional elders outlined, which they said the federal government is planning to use to twist the polls, include the projection of ethnic politics and manipulation of religion for political gains.
The meeting, chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III, also dismissed the planned national conference as unnecessary, pointing out that if it must hold then President Goodluck Jonathan must relinquish his position in order for the entire process to be independent and truly reflect the aspirations of Nigerians.
These, according to Solomon Dalung, one of the elders of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), were some of the matters discussed at the Kaduna gathering of the northern elders, which also attracted traditional rulers, some governors and a representative of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd). The governors and the NSA, it was learnt, gate crashed into the meeting.
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Tukur Takes A Bow New PDP Chairman To Be Announced Monday
President Goodluck Jonathan has announced that Bamanga Tukur has resigned his position as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The president handed over Mr. Tukur’s resignation letter to the National Secretary of the party, Wale Oladipo, at the ongoing National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting in Abuja.
“He (Mr. Tukur) is not guilty of any offence and I am going to give him an assignment that is tougher than PDP chairman,” the president said.
Mr. Jonathan also said the PDP will hold another NEC meeting next week Monday to announce a new chairman.
Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River moved the motion to accept Mr. Tukur’s resignation. The motion was seconded by the Deputy Senate Leader, Abdul Ningi, and was accepted by the NEC.Add a comment
Fake Boko Haram Leaders Arraigned For Duping Amnesty Panel of N70m
Three men who claimed to be Boko Haram leaders, but who were later found out to have no ties to the proscribed group were arraigned before a maiduguri high court today (Wednesday) for extorting N70m from a member of the Presidential Amnesty Panel, Mrs. Aisha Akil.
Punch reports; The trio, who were alleged to be members of a ring with other members now at large, were alleged to have defrauded a member of the defunct Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North East, Wakil, after claiming to be leaders of the outlawed terrorist group.
The trio -Kalama Abba, Babagana Mallam Saje and Abba Sadiq alias Sheik Abbas- who were later discovered to have no relationship with the sect or being its leader, were alleged to have swindled Wakil to the tune of N70m in the name of convincing their members to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue. Add a comment
A FAMILIAR ROAD (Pt. 2) - Pat Utomi
The paradox of the state and the crushed citizen is told well by a true encounter experienced by a former Chief executive of a discount house who happens to be a pastor. On the road to Asaba, from Lagos, with his wife, policemen stopped them to check for ‘particulars’. The couple stayed cool in the back as the driver shuffled documents to and from the policeman who is expecting the ‘oga at the back’ to act. Exasperated, the law officer calls to the oga, who says very assuredly, that all documents on the car are available and in the car.
The policeman’s retort came fast, “there is no such car that we cannot find one thing out of place”. He quickly latched on something and the oga to burnish his credentials for not giving a bribe throws in the fact that he is a pastor. To that the policeman quickly responds “If you are a pastor, then you must know about Matthew 5: 25. Segun Olusanya, the oga at the back, quickly pulled up his nearby Bible and saw the injunction to quickly settle with the adversary lest you be bundled into the jailer’s hand. Add a comment