The Senate has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation now in view tension generated by the over 10 days of protests across the country by youths demanding good governance and an end to police brutality.
The advice came as soldiers stormed Kubwa area of Abuja in three trucks and reportedly fired several gunshots in the air to disperse protesters who were regrouping for the day’s street protest.
Apart from Abuja, the protests have led to violence in Lagos and Edo States among others as hoodlums are said to have hijacked the peaceful agitation to raze many police stations, attack innocent people and cause commotion in the affected cities.
Policemen and soldiers have been deployed around the Aso Rock gate of the presidential villa as armed thugs had earlier converged on the Eagle Square located at the Three-Arm Zone of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Already, governors of Lagos, Edo, Ondo, Oyo and Ekiti states have declared 24-hour curfew in their states to avert a total breakdown of law and order. But the stay-at-home order has not completely deterred the #EndSARS protesters from their street demonstration.
Apart from Buhari addressing Nigerians to douse tension, the Senate also asked the police to offer protection for the #EndSARS protesters wherever they might be engaged in peaceful demonstration.
Senator Biodun Olujimi’s point of order, titled, ‘#EndSARS: The need for a comprehensive reform’ prompted the Senate’s resolution for Buhari to personally speak up on the issue immediately.
The senators, however pleaded with the protesters to stop their street protests and allow the Federal Government to address their demands.
They also asked the President to urgently set up a judicial panel of enquiry comprising eminent Nigerians to identify those notorious SARS operatives for immediate arrest and prosecution.
Meanwhile, there was tension in the Sokale and FO1 areas of Kubwa, Abuja on Tuesday morning following as soldiers fired gunshots in the air to disperse some #EndSARS protesters who had gathered to begin the day’s protest.
The protesters had barricaded the Sokale roundabout area and Winners road in readiness for the protest when the soldiers arrived at the place in three trucks.
Hoodlums also took over some parts of the Apo Mechanic village and reportedly attacked motorists and attempted to loot some shops in the area.
FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office
The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).
This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.
The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.
“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”
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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Semiu Adeniran as the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics.
The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”
“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”
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