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Gbajabiamila, Chinda in hot exchange as crisis over principal positions worsens

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Kingsley Chinda, a member of the house of representatives from Rivers state, on Thursday took his seat as minority leader of the house, against the wish of Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker.

Chinda, who had been endorsed for the position by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), occupied the seat before the start of plenary.

This is despite Gbajabiamila having named Tony Elumelu also of the PDP, as the minority leader on Wednesday.

Chinda’s action led to a hot exchange between him and the speaker who warned him: “Do not try my resolve.”

Contrary to the PDP’s decision, Gbajabiamila announced Elumelu for the position, stating the lawmaker had been nominated by majority of the opposition lawmakers. The decision had caused chaos in the green chamber, leading to the abrupt end of plenary.

When the lawmakers returned on Thursday, Chinda proceeded to take the seat of minority leader before Elumelu made it into the chamber in Gbajabiamila’s entourage.

After adopting the votes and proceedings of Wednesday which in effect officially recognised Elumelu as the house minority leader, Gbajabiamila received chants of commendation from some of the lawmakers.

But Chinda attempted to raise a point of order which was rebuffed by the speaker who told him “without asking you what your point of order is, you are overruled.”

At a second attempt, Gbajabiamila told Chinda “I will not recognise you, you are not in your allotted seat.”

A third attempt, however, did not go down well with the speaker who reprimanded Chinda, saying: “I want to make this point and make it clear, if you are not seated on your seat, I will not recognise you. Do not test the resolve of this, house, if you try, you will regret it … Chinda do not try my resolve.”

Mark Gbilah from Benue state stepped in, citing an order of the house rules and proceedings. “With all due respect, I consider the comment of the speaker a threat,” he said.

Gbajabiamila, however, interjected, saying “look at your dictionary, and see the difference between warning and threat.”

The plenary subsequently continued although with palpable tension among the lawmakers.

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Police Service Commission Confirms Appointment Of Six DIGs, Promotes 14 Commissioners To AIG

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The Nigeria Police Service Commission has confirmed the appointment and promotion of officers within the police force.

This is coming weeks after the row between the police force and police service commission.

The appointment and promotion was vetoed at the sixth Plenary Meeting held in Abuja.

The commission approved the appointment of six Deputy Inspectors General of Police, with two to proceed on pre-retirement leave.

The commission also approved the promotion of 230 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents, 11 Deputy Superintendents of Police to Superintendents and 211 Assistant Superintendents to Deputy Superintendents.

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Court Orders Temporary Forfeiture Of Saraki’s Properties To Nigerian Government

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The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the temporary forfeiture of properties belonging to Bukola Saraki, former Senate President of Nigeria.

The two properties located at the Ikoyi area of the state were forfeited to the Nigerian Government following an ex-parte order by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Counsel to the EFCC, Nnaemeka Omewa, had sought an order for the interim forfeiture of the properties located on 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos.

He had told the court that they were acquired through “proceeds of unlawful activities”.

Part of the reliefs sought by the EFCC included: “An order of the court forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria landed property with appurtenances situate, lying and known as No. 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State found and recovered from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity.”

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Bandits Displace 2,000 Villagers In 17 Kaduna Villages

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Bandits have displaced 17 villages in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

The incident, which was said to have happened on Sunday, led to the displacement of about 2,000, persons, who have since taken refuge at LEA Birnin Yero Primary School.

One of the victims and village head of Unguwan Gibe, Jibrin Abdullahi, said, “Bandits came to our village to attack us at about 1:00pm on Sunday.

“The problem started when vigilante decided to help the community to deal with the bandits in their hideout.

“The bandits don’t allow us to go to farm, the vigilantes wanted to bring an end to this.

“But when they reached the bandits’ hideout, they were overpowered and the bandits said since the community had decided to attack them, we will not have peace.”

He identified the villages that were displaced to include Tura, Unguwan Gebi, Unguwan Dangauta, Unguwan Nayawu, Unguwan Makeri, Jagani and Sabon Gida.

Others are, Dallatu, Unguwan Alhaji Ahmadu, Sabon Gari, Kusau, Gidan Sarkin Noma, Unguwan Pati, Unguwan Tofa and Sauran Giwa.

Chief Imam of Izala Mosque, Ibrahim Usman, said the bandits had been terrorising the community even before Sunday’s attack and called on government to intervene to enable them return home.

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