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Ortom Goes To Court As PDP Caucus Knocks Akume

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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said he will sue the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, to prove the allegations he made against his administration.

Addressing newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital, Ortom said the minister had peddled falsehood against him during a media outing in Abuja, hence the need to prove such allegations in a law court.

Akume had a few days ago, at a press conference held in Abuja, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Benue over insecurity.

He also urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the governor’s financial dealing from May 29, 2015 to date, among others.

But Ortom said: “I’m taking Akume to court for him to come and prove all the allegations against me. I have not done anything outside the constitution of our land. He will go and prove all the falsehood, lies he told against me in court.”

The governor added that Akume, who served as Benue governor for eight years and twice as senator, did not only betray their confidence in him but stabbed them at the back.

Similarly, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has said the minister’s call for an emergency rule was counter-productive.

The State Chairman of PDP, Sir John Ngbede, at a press conference in Makurdi said: “The major demand of Senator Akume at the Abuja outing at which he sold his soul to the devil is a declaration of a state of emergency in Benue State.

Also, the PDP Caucus in the House of Representatives has rejected the call for an emergency rule in Benue State by Akume, and asked the minister to retract his statement.

 

Addressing a press conference yesterday, Mark Gbillah (PDP, Benue) alongside five other lawmakers from the state described the call as pathetic.

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Nnamdi Kanu: I lectured Abaribe on how to live in prison – Shehu Sani

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Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central Senator, has recalled lecturing Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe on how to live in prison.

Sani said he used to lecture Abaribe on how to live in prison in case he gets prosecuted over his Biafra agitation.

He disclosed this while sharing a throwback photo of himself having a discussion with Abaribe on the floor of the Upper Chamber.

In a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday, the former lawmaker disclosed that Abaribe also tried to convert him into believing in the Biafra ideology.

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He wrote: “My good friend Senator Abaribe was trying to convert my citizenship to Biafra while I used to give him lectures on how to live in prison when they come for him, using my years of experience in Kiri Kiri, Port Harcourt and Aba Prisons in the 90s.”

Abaribe had stood as one of the sureties for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in 2017.

But Kanu jumped bail and fled Nigeria after regaining his freedom, following a ruling by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court.

Following Kanu’s action, it was believed that the Nigerian government would go after Abaribe as he risked imprisonment.

However, Kanu was rearrested in July and is currently facing trial.

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Plateau lawmakers fight over mace, impeach speaker

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There was a rancorous situation on Thursday at Plateau State House Assembly as the legislators fought over the mace, the symbol of authority, leading to the impeachment of the Speaker, Abok Ayuba Nuhu.

Nuhu was promptly replaced with Sanda Yakubu, who from Pingana constituency of the Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

It was leant that as early as 5.30am on Thursday, members of the assembly had started arriving at the chamber of the house.

The rumours about the impeachment of Abok had started a week ago when press releases and write-ups went viral on social media over his clash with the state governor, Solomon Lalong.

The lawmakers almost exchanged blows when the issue of the impeachment was tabled in the house on Thursday. The Peoples Democratic Party members, who were loyal to the speaker, took the mace to prevent the impeachment.

But the All Progressives Congress members, who were in the majority insisting on the impeachment, dragged the mace and placed it in its position, and went ahead with the process.

It was learnt that before the state lawmakers converged on the house, the road leading to the assembly was blocked by security operatives.

There had been grudges between Governor Simon Lalong and the impeached speaker following the attack in Yelwan Zagam, the community of Jos North, where people were killed.

After the attack, the speaker started criticising the governor openly. He also stopped attending public functions in the state.

 

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Ogun gives land encroachers 1 month grace to process titles

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Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has announced a one-month moratorium for residents and entrepreneurs who have encroached on the state government-acquired land.

He announced this at the launch of an online portal, Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS), at the Tech Hub in Abeokuta.

The governor gave them up till November 30 to apply for ratification of their documents.

In his address, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, said the portal will also offer those who have encroached on the state government land in different parts of the state an opportunity to get title documents via the Property Registration Programme (PRP) for only a defined period.

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