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Saraki Assembles Sans To Battle Police Over Invitation

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The Senator representing Kwara South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Rafiu Ibrahim , has said a team of senior legal experts will handle the allegation of complicity in the Offa robbery saga levelled against the President of the Senate , Bukola Saraki, by the police .

The police have insisted that Saraki is needed to make certain clarifications on the statement of the suspects arrested in connection with the robbery despite the legal advice from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , which absolved the Senate President of any complicity in the act .

But Ibrahim , who is among the 14 senators , who defected from the All Progressives Congress on Tuesday, told our correspondent in a telephone interview that Saraki’ s lawyers , who are mainly Senior Advocates of Nigeria , were already brainstorming on the case .

The Senator ’ s clarification appears to be an indication that the Senate President may not honour the police invitation and would rather ask his lawyers to handle the matter.

His declaration came on the heels of the insistence of the Force PRO, Moshood Jimoh , that Saraki still had a case to answer notwithstanding the fact that a team of investigators grilled the Senate President last week in his office .

Ibrahim said , “ The Senate President has a very strong legal team of many senior advocates of Nigeria who are already working on the issue. He has a legal issue with the police and he will take the case up legally . ”

He explained that the executive arm of government bungled a fresh strategy that was being coordinated by Saraki aimed at reconciling aggrieved federal lawmakers with the APC leadership when the police reportedly barricaded the Senate principal officers’ homes in Abuja .

He said , “As we were strategising on how to convince our members to let us reconsider our stand and shelve our plans to defect , the police brought a letter by 8 pm on Monday , asking the Senate President to appear before them by 8 am on Tuesday.

“ The following day, very early in the morning, the EFCC went to the house of the Deputy Senate President , Ike Ekweremadu , blocked his house and successfully ensured that he did not go out.

“Simultaneously , some policemen were also at the home of the Senate President with a specific instruction to prevent him from leaving his house . Those who could carry out such actions could as well kill the principal officers or bomb their houses.

“ My concern at the moment is to ensure that the Senate President is alive . The agents of government are getting desperate just to actualise their plans. ”

Ibrahim added , “ Their plan was to ensure that the two of them were not available for plenary on Tuesday so that some senators could remove Saraki and Ekweremadu as Senate President and Deputy Senate President, respectively .

“ However , God , in his infinite mercies and powers , used some people to disorganise their plans by helping Saraki to preside over plenary on Tuesday. It was God , nothing else .

“ We adjourned abruptly on Tuesday because the federal authorities deployed armed policemen who laid siege to the residences of our presiding officers.

“ If they can put the SP and the DSP under house arrest , what stopped them from arresting senators on the streets of Abuja and institute frivolous litigation against them ?”

The senator added that members ’ defection on the floor of the National Assembly chambers would be in phases . ”

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You Cannot Benefit From Country You Curse – Shettima Warns Nigerians

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Kashim Shettima has warned Nigerians against hauling curses on the country as a result of the hardship, stating that it would be impossible for abusers to benefit from a system they have abused.

He stated that there are a lot of opportunities in Nigeria and therefore urged Nigerians to count their blessings instead of putting the country down through words.

In his words, “Let us count our blessings. Let us not put our country down.

He emphasized that, “It cannot be tales of woes all the time. As bad as things are today and with all the inflation, there are sectors that are doing incredibly well. The health sector is doing very well.

The petroleum sector is doing well. The Agric sector is doing well, for those who are planting cassava.

“People buy it there on the farm. I am not saying that things are easy. The government has come with very tough reforms.

“However, you have to position yourself in the reform. If you go out and say Nigeria is a shitty country, forgive my French, you are going to get shitty results.

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President Bola Tinubu steps aside as ECOWAS Chairman as his tenure comes to an end today (Sunday).

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The 65th Ordinary Session of the Authority is holding at the Presidential Villa in Abuja where he is expected to pass on the torch to another leader.

The Military leaders of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso rule out returning to ECOWAS even as President Bola Tinubu leads Heads of State of the 15-member bloc in a Summit in Abuja to persuade them to return.

“Westerners consider that we belong to them and our wealth also belongs to them. They think that they are the ones who must continue to tell us what is good for our states. This era is gone forever; our resources will remain for us and our populations,”
says Burkina Faso’s leader, Capt. Ibrahim Traoré.

“”Our people have irrevocably turned their back on ECOWAS,” Niger’s General Abdourahamane Tiani says.

“The attack on one of us will be an attack on all the other members,” insists Mali’s leader, Col. Assimi Goïta.

The trio signed a confederation treaty on Saturday, underscoring their determination to chart a joint course and exit the bloc which is urging them to return to democratic rule.

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SAD! Ex Nasarrawa Deputy Governor, Silas Agara Loses Wife

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Mrs Jummai Agara, the wife of former Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Silas Ali Agara, is dead.

According to a family source, she died in Abuja after protracted illness.

The deceased who had months ago completed her PhD programme with the Federal University of Lafia(FULafia) is survived by her husband, children and many family relations.

May God comfort the family and grant her soul eternal rest. Amen

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