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APC lawmaker suspended in Rivers State



A lawmaker of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) representing Ikwerre State Constituency, Mr. Azubuike Wanjoku has been suspended by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

But the former Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Leyii Kwanee, described Wanjoku’s suspension as a sad day for democracy in the state.

Wanjoku, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, was suspended after being accused of allegedly expressing his position in the November 22, 2017 edition of a national daily against the resolution of the House on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.

It was gathered that Wanjoku, who spoke on behalf of other APC members in the House, had specifically said that they (APC members in the House) would explore legal redress should their names be included in the Assembly’s petition against SARS.

But during plenary on Monday, the Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Martin Amaewhule, decried Wanjoku’s action, adding that the lawmaker (Wanjoku) made such a statement at a time the 8th assembly was working towards moving the state forward.

Amaewhule, who said he was relying on Order 42, Rule 10 of the House Rules, urged the House to suspend Wanjoku.

Earlier, the Speaker, Ikunyi Owaji-Ibani, had maintained that the statement against the resolution of the House, which was credited to the lawmaker, was made in bad taste and aimed at discrediting members of the 8th Assembly.

Explaining that lawmakers were expected to conduct themselves within the ambit of the law and the House Rules, Owaji-Ibani said, “Recently, this Assembly has heard in the print and electronic media, every now and then, comments, made by a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

“Beyond making such comments orally, the member went ahead and printed such comments; and such comments were issued in bad taste just to bring down the value and name built over the decades by this great Assembly. As members, it is improper for us to conduct ourselves in a manner unbefitting of legislators.

“Our attention has been drawn to several of such comments and write-ups by a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Azibuike Wanjoku. The last but not limited to a publication in the Nations Newspaper of November 22, 2017.”

However, 15 lawmakers voted in favour of the suspension while two APC lawmakers voted against the suspension of the lawmaker.

Continuing, the Speaker immediately referred the matter to the Ethics and Privileges Committee.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Akeredolu: There’s A Serious Security Crisis In Ondo



Akeredolu: There’s A Serious Security Crisis In Ondo

Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has expressed that there is a serious security crisis in Ondo State.

He made this remark while lamenting the murder of a monarch in the state, Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, who was killed by suspected kidnappers.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, Akeredolu described the incident as a sad one for the State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The governor described the act as a heinous crime that is too heavy and unbearable.

He said he has directed security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, to fish out the perpetrators of the crime.

Akeredolu also vowed to do all he can to unravel those behind the act and make them face the full wrath of the law.

He advised that caution should be exercised from making public reference in statements or utterances in respect of the “great loss.”


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Nigeria’s Economy May Emerge From Recession In 2021 Q1, Says Emefiele



 Nigeria’s Economy May Emerge From Recession In 2021 Q1, Says Emefiele

CBN Governor – Godwin Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has predicted that the nation’s economy may emerge from recession in the first quarter of 2021.

Recall that some days ago, Nigeria entered into recession for the second time since 2016.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, made the prediction on Friday during the 55th annual Bankers Dinner which held in Lagos.

He expressed that the expected economic growth was two per cent.

Also Read: Nigeria Will Exit Recession By First Quarter Of 2021 – Finance Minister

Emefiele said, “With the sustained implementation of our intervention measures, we do expect that the Nigerian economy could emerge from the recession by the first quarter of 2021.”

“We also expect that growth in 2021 would attain 2.0 per cent. However, downside risks remain, as restoration of full economic activities, particularly in service-related sectors, remains uncertain until a COVID vaccine is produced and made available to millions of people across the world.

“Second, with the significant rise in cases in advanced markets and the imposition of lockdowns in parts of Europe, concerns remain on the impact this could have on growth in advanced economies, commodity prices and the financial markets.”

He also called for measures to “insulate our economy from the impact of these shocks through our diversification efforts, while also working to ensure that we adhere to safety protocols in order to prevent a surge in COVID-19 related cases, as this could further cripple economic activities.

This prediction by the apex bank echoes the projection of the Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who stated that Nigeria would exit recession in the first quarter of 2021.


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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah’s Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday



Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah's Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the call for the scrapping of the popular ‘Black Friday’sales by the Kano State Hisbah Board.

Recall that earlier on Friday, the board asked a radio station, demanding that it stops using the word “Black Friday” to refer to Friday.

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The board explained that since Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam, tagging it “Black Friday” is derogatory and a thus, should not be condoned.

Reacting to the statement, the former lawmaker from Kaduna described the threat by the Hisbah board as ‘nonsensical.”

He wrote:

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