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Senate president, deputy congratulate APC, Kogi, Bayelsa governors-elect

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidates on their victory in the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

Mr Lawan sent his congratulatory wishes Monday through his spokesperson, Ola Awoniyi.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) earlier on Monday declared APC’s Yahaya Bello winner of the Kogi governorship election. He polled 406,222 votes to beat PDP’s Musa Wada who polled 189,704 votes.

The APC also won in Bayelsa State with its candidate, David Lyon, recording 352,552 votes while his PDP opponent garnered 143,172 votes.

Observers reported widespread cases of voters inducement and violence in the two elections.

Mr Lawan praised voters who defied all odds to cast their votes. He said this is an indication that Nigerians have endorsed democracy as their preferred system of government

He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari “for ensuring a level playing field that enabled the people to assert their sovereignty and choose their leaders.”

Mr Lawan enjoined winners of the elections to be magnanimous in victory while also urging INEC to “learn from the challenges experienced in the two states with a view to constantly improving its institutional performance and the electoral process.”

He praised security operatives “for their sacrifices for peace and order in the face of great difficulties” and also implore them to “ensure thorough prosecution of electoral offenders in the two states to serve as a deterrence to others.”

On his part, the deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, through his spokesperson, Yomi Odunuga, commended the state and national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said the victories in Kogi and Bayelsa show that the party’s success at the last general election was not a fluke.

“With this development and the actualisation of the Next Level Agenda of the APC-led administration, it is certain that our party will clinch more states in the South-South geo-political zone in future elections.

“Like I have always said, it is possible for the APC to rule in the South-South beyond Edo State. And I have been proven right with the final results from Bayelsa State.

“This goes to show that with determination and tenacity of purpose, we can overcome what seems insurmountable.”

He, therefore, thanked the people of the states for trusting the party with mandates, assuring that they will not be disappointed.

He tasked winners of the elections to deliver the dividends of democracy to the electorate while also advising “aggrieved contestants to seek redress in court rather than resort to violence.”

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Edwards Adamu Replaces Muiz Banire As AMCON chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Muiz Banire as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, appointing Edward Lametek Adamu as new chairman of the Corporation.

This was contained in a letter read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

The letter, dated December 9, 2019, reads: “In accordance with Section 10(1) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act, 2010, I hereby present Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu for confirmation as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria by the Distinguished Senate.

“While hoping that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the Senate, please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

”Banire was appointed as AMCON Chairman in 2018

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How Wife Of MAERSK Nigeria MD Was Killed By Daredevil Armed Robbers

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The Lugard Road, Lagos home of the Managing Director of MAERSK Nigeria, Mr Gildas Tohouo was invaded by daredevil armed robbers on Sunday 8th December, 2019.

During the invasion, Tohouo was stabbed by the assailants alongside his Hungarian wife, who died from the incident.

The MD is said to be a Cameroonian.

However, Mr Tohouo, who survived the attack, is said to be in a very critical situation at an undisclosed hospital in Victoria Island, not too far from their Ikoyi residence.

It was revealed that the incident occurred at about 8 – 9pm on the fateful day, while an expert in the same building was having a party.

Sources stated that the building maintenance man/ electrician brought in an accomplice under the guise of being a guest at the party.

“Once in and plan finalized, he tripped off the light to the victims’ residence and asked for access to the victims’ apartment to resolve the fault.

“Being a known person, Tohouo gave access and the two culprits proceeded to stab his wife fatally.

“The MD was able to send SOS text before he was accosted and also stabbed severally. MAERSK team received the SOS and mobilized policemen to the location in Ikoyi.

“Some suspects were arrested after a thorough search of the premises and the death of the deceased was confirmed, while Tohouo is responding to treatment,” said a source..

It was gathered that two of the domestic staff present, when the unfortunate incident occurred have been arrested by men of the Lagos Command of the Nigeria Police and are being interrogated.

The suspects, Olamide Goke and Ade Akanbi, who were allegedly found with the knife believed to have been used during the operation, were reportedly helping security operatives get to the root of the matter.

Reports say none of the couple’s three children was attacked by the hoodlums during the invasion.

Confirming the attack, a statement issued by MAERSK Nigeria and signed by one Mr Richard Smith, quoted the Regional Managing Director of Africa for A.P. Moller, MAERSK, Mr David Williams, saying that, “We are very sorry to confirm that a colleague and his family have been attacked in their residence in Lagos, Nigeria.

“Tragically, the wife of our colleague passed away at the scene. Our colleague is in the hospital, where his condition is critical, but stable. The three children are all safe and accounted for.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathy goes to the family. We will do whatever we can to support them in this tragedy.

“The relatives of the family are in the process of being notified. Relevant authorities are investigating the incident. Maersk is supporting the investigation in every possible way.”

Completely sick. It was a robbery organised by some maintenance guys working in his compound at Lugard Road. They’ve been apprehended.”

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Muhammad Nami Takes Over from Fowler as FIRS Chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has named Mr. Muhammad M. Nami as the new chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

He replaces Mr. Tunde Fowler, whose tenure expired on Monday.

He is a tax consultant and graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

“Mr. Muhammad, a well-trained tax, accounting and management professional with highly rated qualifications and professional practice and licenses from relevant professional bodies, has almost three decades of practical work experience in Auditing, Tax Management and Advisory and Management services to clients in the banking, manufacturing, services and public sectors as well as non-profit organisations,” the Presidency said in statement by spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

Buhari also approved the composition of the board of FIRS.

-NAN

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