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Border closure has N’Assembly’s Backing - Senator Omo-Agege

The closure of the nation’s borders by the federal government has the backing of the National Assembly, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said.

Omo-Agege, who made this disclosure in his keynote address at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung conference Friday, stressed that the current restrictions in the movement of goods across Nigeria’s borders are in national interest and enjoys the backing of federal lawmakers.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Legislative and Plenary, Senator Omo-Agege, emphasized that there was no rationale for breaching ECOWAS’ protocol, attacking Nigerians or allowing unjustified risks against Nigeria’s security and economic well-being.


    According to Thisdaylive, He stressed the need for government to be pro-active to ensure citizens’ safety, adding that it focuses on integration of the 15-member states’ citizens through measures that include policy harmonization, peace and security, infrastructure development, and good governance in member states. 

His views on the need to curb threats posed by influx of small arms, illegal activities of veterans of various armed conflicts and flagrant breach of ECOWAS Protocols prohibiting the trans-shipment of imported goods through other ECOWAS countries’ borders was supported by Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora, NGO and Civil Societies, Senator Ajibola Bashiru.

While  the Resident Representative of Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, Dr. Vladimir Kreck, noted that both the advanced EU and relatively young ECOWAS have lessons to learn from one another, Chairman of the House of House of Representatives’ Committee on Treaty, Hon Ossai N. Ossai, lamented that more than 400 treaties signed by the Executive had not been domesticated or reviewed by the National Assembly.


Senator duped N1.6m by fake police commissioner

The Zamfara State Police Command on Wednesday said it has arrested a suspect parading himself as Mr Usman Nagogo, the State Commissioner of Police.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu, said that the suspect was arrested after duping Sen. Lawali Dan’iya of Zamfara West Senatorial District of N1.6 million.

Shehu said the command received a report on the matter by the Senator on Sept. 1 that he received an SMS from unknown person claiming to be Nagogo.

“After series of text messages with the suspect, the Senator decided to call the number only for the person to reintroduce himself as CP Nagogo and demanded for Sallah gift from him.

“The Senator directed his Personal Assistant to call the person, collect his account details and credit the sum of 200,000 to his account as Sallah gift.

“Thereafter, the same person called the Senator again and told him that he had been given nine slots for cadet Police ASPs and seven slots of Cadet Inspectors and demanded the Senator to pay the sum of N2 million for the slots,“ he said.

According to the PPRO, the Senator then directed his Personal Assistant to transfer the sum of N1.6 million to the “Commissioner of Police.“

The PPRO said the command has already commenced investigation on the matter.

Shehu appealed to residents of the state to support police with relevant information from their respective communities. (NAN)


N117m constituency project items recovered by ICPC from senator

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission said items worth more than N117m, which were meant for constituency projects, were uncovered at a property allegedly belonging to the senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District of Enugu State.

A statement by the commission’s spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the items comprised of 168 motorcycles and 51 tricycles.

She added that they were stashed away in the premises located at Mkpologu town of the Uzo-Nwani Local Government Area, suspected to be the senator’s property.

ICPC said the contract for the project was awarded on January 23, 2018 under the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the senator’s constituency projects.

The statement said, “In its continuing effort at ensuring the satisfactory execution and completion of all constituency projects across the country through the Constituency Projects Tracking Group initiative, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission has again recovered items worth N117,123,375.44m from the senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District of Enugu State.

“The items covered by this amount and recovered from the legislator are 168 and 51 numbers of motorcycles and tricycles respectively. They were discovered to be stashed away in a compound in Mkpologu town of the Uzo-Nwani Local Government Area, believed to be owned by the senator. ICPC findings indicated clearly that the contract for the procurement of the items was awarded on January 23, 2018, under the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the senator’s constituency projects.

“Investigations have also shown that the companies awarded the contracts for the project are Al-Amir Int. Ltd, Du-Lumac Ltd, Com Technologies System Ltd and Chumax Agency Ltd.”

The anti-graft agency noted that apart from the items highlighted, another set of items meant for another project were also recovered from the same property. The commission said the senator promised to distribute them on Tuesday under the supervision of the ICPC.

ICPC added, “Additionally, ICPC recovered 203 grinding machines, 60 motorcycles and five transformers in the compound which had been procured under another constituency project.  Thereupon the commission impounded all the items and sealed the senator’s compound.

“The tricycles, motorcycles and grinding machines were meant to be distributed to the lawmaker’s constituents to empower them as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty.  The senator has pledged to ICPC that the items would be distributed to beneficiaries on Tuesday August 6, 2019.”



Suspected assassins confess, name senator as sponsor

Four suspected killers of Yusuf Onivehu, a masquerade custodian from Governor Yahaya Bello’s clan, in Okene, Kogi State, have fingered the immediate past senator who represented Kogi Central Senatorial District, Ahmed Ogembe, as their sponsor.

Onivehu, was assassinated on November 16, 2018 in what some people linked to part of politically motivated killings in the state.

The four suspects were on Sunday evening paraded in Okene, headquarters of Kogi Central senatorial axis by Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Busari, and further interrogated at the parade by the state governor, Yahaya Bello.
The four suspects – Yusuf Abdulmumin, Aliyu Abona, 26; Yusuf Abdulkarim, 29, and Yusuf Tijani, 25 – claimed Ogembe contracted them to kill the deceased.
The four suspects were led by 32-year-old Yusuf Abdulmumin, who claimed to have anchored the entire operation, including surveillance and the killing with the support of the other suspects.

According to Abdulmumin, another suspect, Abdullahi Momohjimoh, now at large, who he served a jail term in Okene Maximum Prison with but later escaped from prison, was the main person contracted for the operation.

He said: “On that fateful day after tracing the deceased’s movement and we were certain of his whereabouts, we waylaid and kidnapped him with the intent to kill.”
The suspect claimed that after they shot at the deceased and the bullet did not penetrate, they then resorted to a grenade to blow off his head.

According to him, “Momohjimoh informed us that the contract was a big one and was being financed by Senator Ogembe and warned us to keep the information within our circle not to be revealed to any other soul.”
He also alleged that Momohjimoh’s gang was responsible for the prison break that led to his escape, and that after escape, his ‘benefactor’ retained his services at gunpoint, and forced him into committing several other heinous crimes, including the murder of Onivehu.

Another suspect, Aliyu Jafaru Abona, claimed he was a commercial motorcycle operator in Auchi, but was contacted by the gang to ferry the explosives, guns and other weapons for the operation, but denied knowledge of the content of the bag handed to him at the time.

The other two brothers in the crime, Yusuf Abdulkarim and Yusuf Tijani confessed they acted as surveillance agents in the operation, but denied knowledge of why they were asked to monitor the deceased.
Ogembe dismisses allegation, says Gov Bello after him
But reacting, Ogembe dismissed the allegation linking him to the assassination, alleging that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was after him, insisting that it was an orchestrated plot to rope him in.

He said: “I urged the people of Kogi Central and Kogi State to keep hope alive in the face of laughable exhibition of ignorance and uncivilised ways of doing things by Governor Bello. I am aware of the absurdity being pulled together by the governor to cause confusion and misinform the public. When an opportunist is at the helm of affairs, he thinks every other person is a fool. An Ebira adage says ‘When a fool talks he thinks people listening are also fools’.

“My word of advice to Yahaya Bello is to devote more time to governance by uplifting the welfare of the people and prompt payment of salaries/pension than engaging in cheap blackmail and frivolous propaganda.”
Meanwhile, Governor Bello has assured the people of the state of his commitment to ensuring security of lives and property by smoking out criminals wherever they may hide. Vanguard

Senator seen in video beating lady in Abuja sex toy shop opens up

Senator Elisha Abbo who is in the eye of a storm for attacking and beating up a woman who tried to prevent him and others with him from assaulting another woman has reacted to the scandal, confirming that he is indeed the man in the video.

The assault, which was first reported by Premium Times, has sparked outrage with many Nigerians calling for his prosecution and urging the Senate to also discipline him.
When contacted, the Senator told Channels Television that he would release an official statement in reaction to the assault video.

“We will be releasing statement maybe tomorrow afternoon,” he said, adding that the incident happened before he became a Senator.

Beyond that, the Senator claimed that the roughly 10-minute video was incomplete, claiming he was at the shop because his sister had been assaulted there and that part was left out.
He said, “We will soon release an official statement to the viral video which happened before I became a senator where my younger sister was beaten to a pulp in a shop and I was called upon there; where I had to call an ambulance and a police to come to the scene and it got out of hand I was also assaulted.

“It is an old video, but we will soon release a statement to that effect.
“It was my sister that was at the store and she was assaulted; in fact, she fainted in the shop but they compressed the video and cut that part out of it.
“They took her out to resuscitate her, the one standing with a cap is a doctor, the doctor had to come to give her life. My sister is not in the video, it was completely cropped out of it.”
Senator Abbo said he would be demanding the release of the full recording.
“This is a political season and now I am now a politician, before I was not a politician but now the reality of the fact is that I am now a politician and politicians are not people who are liked, they exhume things of 20 years and they hang it on their neck now,” he said.
“As I said before we will release a robust response to everything, and we will also ask for the entire video to be released since they have the video. We will seat and discuss about the video. Just to be clear that video was taken long before now and it was released just as this point.”
Brutal Assault.

In the CCTV video, the Senator had, however, not mentioned anything about his sister being assaulted. The video showed him seated in the shop for a while as activities went on. He then got on the phone, walked out of the office for a bit, came back in and sat down.

Four minutes into the video, he received another call. Shortly after, a policeman came in and he informed the policeman, that the shop attendant is his friend but that she insulted him.

“She is not my enemy; she is my friend. We are not enemies; she is my friend and I have known her for over five years. But she insulted me. She said I am drunk, I am stupid and I am mad,” he said before asking the policeman to take her away.
As he was speaking to the policeman, the lady made a call of her own to inform her father about what was going on, but the move angered Abbo, who ordered her to stop the call.
As she tried to round up the call, another man with Abbo tried to slap the phone away, prompting another woman in the shop to intervene.

After the woman asked the man to “take it easy”, Abbo flew into the raged and attacked her.
The assault has attracted widespread condemnation, emerging as a top trend on social media with more than 100,000 tweets dedicated to it, many of them declaring the action as unacceptable, shameful, and criminal and demanding that the authorities, particularly the police and the Senate, should act. (Channels TV)
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