Ondo PDP Suspends Members Of Sheriff’s Faction

Three days after the governorship election in Ondo State, the Peoples Democratic Party in the state on Tuesday announced the suspension of 22 members of the party.

This was contained in a letter signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Banji Okunomo, a copy of which was made available to out correspondent.

A source informed our correspondent that the affected members were sacked following their roles before and during last Saturday’s governorship election, which was won by the All Progressives Congress; while some of them allegedly belonged to the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party.

The sanctioned PDP chieftains include Mr. Biyi Poroye, Denis Alonge, Ebenezer Alabi, Olabisi Johnson, Olu Ogunye, Omololu Meroyi, Yemi Ajonibode and Musa Megida.

Others are Isaac Alase, Sola Ebiseni, Ademola Genty, Yemisi Akinyemiju, Dare Emiola, Yemisi Akinmade, Ade Adebawore, Bakita Bello and Adegboruwa Taiwo .

The party also suspended Mr. Omowole Oluwagbehinmi, Gbamila Ogunji, Abiye Ademoyegun, Johnson Alabi and Dara Akinbobola.

In the letter, the party said it carried out the punishment on the affected members “In line with Section 57 of the constitution of our party and the inherent powers conferred on the State Working Committee of the party.”

The party directed the affected members to appear before the disciplinary committee on Monday December 5, 2016 at the party secretariat in Akure, the state capital.

Okunomo however said there was no more division in the party, as the Court of Appeal has ruled that the Ahmed Makarfi faction is the authentic state executive.

Many of the affected members declined to react to the development, while some who craved anonymity said they would respond through the organs of the party at the appropriate time.

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Senate Suspends Grazing, Ranches Bills’ Passage

Senate has stepped down the second reading of three bills on cattle rearing in the country.

They are ‘A Bill for An Act to Provide for the Establishment of Grazing Areas Management Agency and For Other Related Matters 2016’ sponsored by Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso (Kano-Central) and ‘A Bill for An Act to Provide for the Establishment of National Ranches Commission for the Regulation, Management, Preservation and Control of Ranches and for Connected Purposes 2016 sponsored by Senator Barnabas Gemade
(Benue North-East).

The third is ‘A Bill for An Act to Control the Keeping and Movement of Cattle in Nigeria and for Other Related Matters Thereto 2016’ sponsored by Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu-North).

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who raised a point of order when the lawmakers began to treat the bills during Wednesday’s plenary, pointed out that the Senate lacked the powers to deal with matters that are on the Concurrent List, except on the Exclusive List.

The Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, also supported Ekweremadu’s point.

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Syria: UN Suspends Aid Delivery After Convoy, Warehouse Attack

The United Nations is suspending its aid operations in Syria after a deadly attack on a convoy and warehouse carrying life-saving supplies in rural Aleppo on Monday night, a UN spokesperson said, leaving tens of thousands of people without desperately needed food and medicine.

“At the moment [the] aid operation remains suspended while we assess and reevaluate the situation on the ground,” the spokesperson said, adding aid convoys planned had come to a halt.
The convoy of 31 trucks was carrying life-saving aid to around 78,000 people when it was attacked near the embattled city of Aleppo, the United Nations and aid organizations said.
Officials from the UN and US said they were “disgusted” and “outraged” by the incident, which according to the UN saw 18 of the trucks in the convoy hit.
Twelve people involved in the aid delivery were killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organization that monitors the conflict in Syria.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks and it is unclear whether the convoy was hit by an airstrike or shelled.
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Twitter Suspends Niger Delta Avengers, Boko Haram Accounts Over Terrorism Acts

Twitter has suspended the accounts of Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), Boko Haram, as well hundreds of thousands others for violating policies related to violent threats and promotion of terrorism, the company said on Thursday.

The online social media has suspended additional 235,000 accounts since February.

Total suspensions related to violence and terror is now around 360,000 since the middle of last year.

Meanwhile, up to 80 per cent are being suspended daily since last year, Twitter said, due largely to proprietary “spam-fighting” tools.

The company said it has made progress in shortening the amount of time that violators are on Twitter; reducing their followers and disrupting the ability of offenders to immediately return to Twitter.

It said it has bolstered its team to review complaints of extremism and buoyed collaborations with law enforcement, other social platforms and international nongovernmental agencies.

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Ayade Suspends Commissioner, MD For Lateness

Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, yesterday suspended indefinitely, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Ntufam Gabe Odu Ojie and the Managing Director of Water Board Limited, Dr. Oju Igile for reporting to work late.
The governor announced their suspension during his routine but unscheduled tour of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that civil and public servants comply strictly with basic work ethics.
Speaking to newsmen at the premises of the ministry in Calabar, Ayade said it was an act of indiscipline for appointees not to be at their duty posts before 9.00am, maintaining that the suspension would serve as deterrent to other government employees, as well as appointees. “This is about 9 o’clock in the morning and the Commissioner for Water Resources is not at his duty post. The managing director of state Water Board is not in the office. I cannot understand why he is not in the office. I, therefore, with immediate effect, announce his suspension. We will appoint somebody to take over this office with immediate effect. Any commissioner I find in this circumstance will leave.”
After making the pronouncement, Governor Ayade also supervised a roll call of staff members, who signed the time book as of the time of his visit.

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FG Suspends Sack Of Resident Doctors, Negotiations Continue

The federal government wednesday suspended the sack of members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) pending the conclusion of the ongoing negotiations on the matter. This was part of the resolutions reached at the mediatory meeting initiated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, between the federal government delegation and leaders of NARD.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, was quoted to have suspended the sack as part of the decision taken at the mediatory meeting with NARD.

According to Adewole, “We will do everything humanly possible to implement all the decisions arrived at in this meeting including the fact the circular sacking Resident doctors be ignored by all the parties concerned.” At the meeting, it was reported that the “Ministry of Health was to come up with list of those entitle to skipping and the amount and when they will pay  them in one week. Forty two institutions that have not been implementing skipping should be asked to commence implementation immediately. 

“Committee of Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) to meet in one week and implement skipping by June and any CMD that is unable to pay should appear at the next meeting on July 14. The judgment of the Industrial Court must be executed.

“That by first week of July, guidelines on Residency Training will be made available.”

Part of the resolutions also include “entry point for House Officers should be from Commess 9 step 4. Or 1 step 1. It should be implemented immediately by the CMD. They should also start implementing pensions immediately Resident Doctors Association to make available records of all those sacked unfaily to the ministry of Health. Minister of Health should issue circular to CMDs to review the issue of those sacked unfairly without recourse to the earlier circular detailing the template to be followed. Circular to be send out on June 22, 2016, by the minister to all health institutions and Federal Medical Centres (FMCs) running the Residency programme.”

The issue of FMC Owerri, Imo State, was also revisited, as NARD “appealed to minister to take a second look at it since doctors did not declare strike abinitio.”

The government also wednesday appealed to members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to return to work as there was no need to embark on the strike given that negotiations were still ongoing.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, in a statement argued that the decision by JOHESU to strike did not followed all procedural channels before such could be taken.

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Senate Suspends Moves To Amend CCB/CCT Act

The Senate on Wednesday suspended further deliberation on the amendment of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Tribunals Act as well as the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, announced the suspension following a two-hour closed door session.

The close-door session was informed by a Point of Order raised by Sen. Hope Uzodinma (PDP-Imo West) on the need for the senate to discuss some issues affecting the integrity of the upper house.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Bill to amend the Acts, sponsored by Sen. Peter Nwoboshi (PDP-Delta North), passed through the first and second readings on April 12 and April 14.

The senate, while declaring support for the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in view of his trial, also suspended discussions on the petition of inflammatory statements on the Senate against Sen. Kabiru Marafa (APC-Zamfara Central).

“The senate in a closed-door session discussed a number of issues affecting the smooth working of the senate.

“And I am happy to announce to our colleagues and the entire nation that after exhaustive deliberations and being sincere to ourselves, we decided to put behind us all things that have divided us since the inception of the 8 Senate and work as a united senate in the best interest of our country.

“We also agreed in the closed-session to suspend the discussion of the committee on Ethics report on Senator Marafa.

“We agreed to suspend further deliberation on the amendment on the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal’s Act and the Criminal and Administration of Justice Act the amendment thereto.

“We agreed that this senate should stand and we do stand by the senate president in his trial until proven guilty by the court in accordance with our constitution and democratic practices all over the world including South Africa, Brazil and Russia.”

The deputy president of the senate further announced that the upper house had set up committees to reconcile the warring factions in the senate and other pertinent issues.

“We also agreed to set up a committee two from each geo-political zone to address all the remaining issues and as part of the reconciliation those in court should consider withdrawing the cases.

“Further to the agreement to set up the committees, the geo-political zones have sent names of their representatives.

“For South South, we have Sen. Akpabio and Sen. James Manager; for North West, we have Sen. Sani Yerima and Suleiman Hunkuyi; for the North East, we have Sen. Bukar Abba and Joshua Lidani.

“For the South East, we have Sam Egwu and Hope Uzodinma; for the North Central, we have Gemade and Abdullahi Adamu; and for the South West, we have Monsurat Sumonu and Sen. Gbenga Ashafa.”

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FG Suspends Pension Directorate Over Alleged Fraud

he Federal Ministry of Finance has confirmed the suspension of the Director General of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Nellie Mayshak.

The suspension followed the searchlight on PTAD, which was established in August 2013 in line with the provisions of Section 30 sub-section (2) (a) of the Pension Reform Act (PRA) of 2004 (amended in 2014) which stipulated the establishment of an independent pension department for the Public Service of the Federation.

The agency is responsible for the pension administration of the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS), and was established to address the numerous pensioners’ complaints that border on such issues as the non-payment of monthly pension, short payment of pension and gratuity, removal of name on pension payment voucher, non-payment of harmonised pension arrears, irregular payment of federal pensions and non receipt of pension after retirement, among others.

An online news portal, The Cable, which had first reported her suspension yesterday, said the development followed a damning audit report which uncovered an alleged scam running into billions of naira in PTAD.

Confirming the suspension via a telephone chat, the Special Adviser, Media, Minister of Finance, Mr. Festus Akanbi, said Mayshak’s suspension was in tandem with civil service procedure to pave the way for unfettered investigations to be carried out.

Although he did not give details on why the PTAD chief executive was suspended, it was gathered that Mayshak had already complied with the directive to proceed on suspension.

However, a close confidant of the suspended PTAD boss said yesterday that she was in a meeting, but the nature and venue of the meeting could not be ascertained.

When contacted, another source close to her dismissed the alleged scam with a wave of the hand because of what he referred to as inbuilt mechanism in the pension system to forestall fraud under PTAD as against the recent experience in the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT).

PTAD is made up of the Civil Service Pension Department (CSPD), Police Pension Department (PPD), Customs, Immigration and Prisons Pension Department (CIPPD), Treasury Funded Parastatal Pension Department (PaPD), and the Pension Support Services Department (PSSD)

In accordance with another Act of the National Assembly, the Military Pension Department, and the Security Agencies Pension Department were exempted from the consolidation and management of PTAD.

PTAD had in July last year disclosed that there were no fewer than 132,000 pensioners from the core civil service, parastatal, agencies and the police drawing pensions from the federal government.

At the same period, it reported the uncovering 3,000 ghost police pensioners, and saved over N100 million monthly, which would have been paid to the ghost pensioners.

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UN Suspends Sharapova As Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations has suspended Maria Sharapova as a goodwill ambassador after she failed a drug test at the Australian Open, the latest fall from grace for the Russian tennis star.
Sharapova had been a goodwill ambassador for the UN Development Programme for the past nine years, and had been active in helping recovery efforts after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

“The United Nations Development Programme remains grateful to Maria Sharapova for her support of our work, especially around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster recovery,” said a spokesperson.

“However, in light of Ms. Sharapova’s recent announcement, we last week suspended her role as a Goodwill Ambassador and any planned activities while the investigation continues.”

“We wish Ms. Sharapova the best,” she added.

Former world number one Sharapova announced last week that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January.

Sharapova tested positive for meldonium, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list on January 1.

US sportswear giant Nike, German luxury car maker Porsche and Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer have all halted their relationship with the former world number one.

Sharapova has made visits to Belarus as goodwill ambassador and donated $100,000 to support youth projects in rural areas that suffer from the after-affects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Sharapova’s family fled the city of Gomel in Belarus in 1987 after the Chernobyl disaster, moving to Siberia where the tennis star was born.

The family lived in Nyagan, Siberia for two years and then moved to Sochi on the Black Sea where Sharapova took her first tennis lessons.

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Fayose Suspends 16 Teachers For Child Labour

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has suspended 16 teachers at Elo High School, Ayetoro Ekiti, for allegedly using their pupils as labourers on their farms during school hours.

He has also ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter.

Fayose gave the directive in Ado Ekiti while receiving the report of a team led by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kolapo Olusola, that went to the school for a preliminary investigation.

According to a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the governor took the action following complaints from parents that their children were being made by some of their teachers to work on their farms during school hours.

The statement read partly, “Some of the affected students, who were brought to the Government House, Ado Ekiti, said under the guise of doing practical agriculture, their teachers took them to their private farms at least twice a week during official hours to work for at least 30 minutes.

“One of them, Oluyeye Femi, a JSS 3 pupil, said though the school has a farm where pupils are expected to work once a week, some teachers capitalise on that to take them to their private farms to weed and make heaps.

“A member of the National Youth Service Corps posted to the school, Miss Giredana Enogha, said when she got to the school last June, the situation was like a farm settlement. She added that the pupils were not encouraged to do any other thing than to go to farm all day.”

The governor, who was angered by the report, ordered at least 80 per cent of the teachers be transferred from the school.

He said, “This is sheer slavery. The teachers mentioned must be suspended immediately. The principal, who just got there two months ago, is exempted.

“But the former principal, who has been posted to somewhere in Ilasa Ekiti, must be investigated as well. Those that have taught in the school since 2012 must be investigated.

“Any teacher who uses pupils as farm workers will have himself to blame. That is slavery and I will tackle it. Pupils are taken to farms under the guise of doing agricultural practical. Those indicted will not go unpunished. This is not nice and it is uncalled for.”

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CBN Uncovers Fraud, Suspends Top Officials

The Central Bank of Nigeria said on Thursday night that it had uncovered what it described as a highly sophisticated plot to defraud the bank by some people.

The bank said in a statement issued at about 10:39pm by the Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okoroafor, that while preliminary investigations have not revealed any accomplices within the bank, some personnel within the apex bank had been placed on suspension.

The nature of the fraud was not specified in the statement.

It, however, said the need to place these officials on suspension was to allow for proper investigations by the relevant authorities.

The statement reads, “A highly sophisticated plot to defraud the CBN by some criminally minded elements has been uncovered and aborted by the bank.

“Although preliminary investigations so far have not revealed any accomplices within the CBN, the management has decided to place all key personnel involved in the transaction on suspension.

“This is to ensure a full and unfettered investigation. This incidence has been reported to the relevant authorities.”

The CBN in the statement assured stakeholders in the banking sector that the security within the apex bank remains intact and had not been breached.

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Minister Suspends IT Agency Boss Over Misconduct

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has suspended the director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Peter Jack, for “misconduct unbecoming of a public officer of his cadre”.

Mr. Jack’s suspension, which takes effect from January 20, 2016, was contained in a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to Mr. Shittu, Victor Oluwadamilare, on Wednesday.

“The indefinite suspension became imperative on the strength of deluge of petitions regarding several alleged wrong-doings in NITDA and subsequent preliminary findings of an investigative committee set up by the Ministry,” the statement said.

According to the statement, some of the infractions identified by the investigative committee made up of three senior officials of the ministry, included illegal recruitment of additional staff totalling 245 within a spate of seven months.

“As at 29th May, 2015, NITDA only had a staff complement of 74.”

“But from May, 2015 to 31st December, 2015, additional 245 staff were employed in questionable circumstances, despite clear instruction from the ministry directing suspension of employment in the agency,” quoting from the committee’s report, the statement said.

The committee also said allegations of financial misdemeanour against Mr. Jack would require a more detailed professional auditing of NITDA’s finances.

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DPC Suspends Kogi Gov Candidate

The National Working Committee (NWC) of Democratic People’s Congress (DPC) has suspended the party’s governorship candidate in Kogi State, Hon. Philip Ezekiel Koleola indefinitely.

His suspension followed a petition from the party’s Kogi State Chapter against the governorship candidate who was accused of gross anti-party activities.

DPC National Chairman, Rev. Olusegun Peters, yesterday said the NWC had ratified his suspension by the Kogi State chapter of the party.
Rev.Peters said a disciplinary committee would be set up to look into his anti-party activities during the governorship election in the state.
He said the committee would also look into his purported decision to go to court in collaboration with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Idris Wada to challenge the INEC directive to All Progressives Congress (APC) to substitute the late Abubakar Audu, its candidate in the  inconclusive election.

“Having reviewed the political quagmire in Kogi State, DPC has resolved not to challenge INEC’s decision in court in the interest of the nation. The party disowns any legal action taken by its suspended governorship candidate, Hon. Philips Ezekiel Koleola.

“As a mass movement, DPC shall at all times promote democratic ideals and ethos that will deepen and strengthen our political process,” he added.

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Conduct Tribunal Suspends Saraki’s Trial As Ordered By Supreme Court

The trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, has been suspended, following an order of the Supreme Court suspending trial pending the determination of his appeal.

Mr. Saraki was billed to appear at the tribunal today for the continuation of hearing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Public Relations Officer of the tribunal, Ibraheem Alhassan, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday.

Mr. Alhassan said the decision to suspend hearing was to show due respect to the apex court’s directive for stay of proceedings.

“The case was slated for hearing on Nov. 23, but as a mark of respect for the apex court, the tribunal decided to tarry a while pending the determination of Saraki’s appeal challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to try him,” he said.

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FIFA Suspends Blatter

Members of Fifa’s ethics committee met this week after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against Blatter, 79, last month.

He was accused of signing a contract “unfavourable” to football’s governing body and making a “disloyal pay­ment” to Uefa president Michel Platini, 60.

Swiss Blatter, who had run Fifa since 1998, and Platini, who wanted to succeed him, denied any wrongdoing.

A final decision is likely to be made today by Hans Joachim Eckhert, the head of Fifa’s ethics adjudicatory chamber.

Blatter’s adviser Klauss Stohlker told BBC Sport: “The news was communicated to the president this afternoon. He is calm. Remember he is the father of the ethics com­mittee.

“This is provisional for 90 days but he is not actually suspended. The committee has not yet made a decision and their meetings continue.”

On Wednesday, Blatter told a German magazine that he was being “condemned without there being any evidence for wrongdoing”.

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Oshiomhole Suspends Four Local Government Chairmen

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has suspended four local government chairmen for non-payment of staff salaries, diversion of funds among others.

The four chairmen are Emmanuel Momoh, Etsako Central Local Government Area; Victor Enobakhare, Egor Local Government Area; Osaro Obazee, Oredo Local Government Area and Roland Ibierutomwen, Orhionmwon Local Government Area.

A letter to the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, said that their suspension, which is for two months, is to pave the way for unhindered investigation into several allegations against the chairmen.

The allegations include non-payment of staff salaries without satisfactory explanations, inability to account for Internally Generated Revenue, diversion of funds, failure to follow due process in the award of contracts as well as illegal employment of senior officers without going through Local Government Service Commission, which is a violation of laid-down provisions.

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APC Expels 2, Suspends 7 Others

The Bayelsa State chapter of All Progressives Congress on Monday expelled two senior members of the party for alleged anti-party activities. It also suspended seven others.

Those expelled are Sunday Oputu and Perekeme Kpodo, one time chairman of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party in the state. The suspended members are Harrow Zuokumo, Enoch Koripamo, Christopher Abariowei, Godwin Sidi, Fred Akamu, Rosemary Okeazi and Livinus Opratapu.

The Secretary of APC, Marlin Daniel announced the decision of the party at a press conference in Yenagoa, the state capital. He said Messrs Oputu and Kpodo had since joined the opposition.

Mr. Daniel explained that Mr. Kpodo was expelled for saying the APC was dead on arrival while Mr. Oputu had not been part of the meeting. “We want to make it clear that they are not members of the party. They have since been expelled. Kpodo was expelled when he allegedly said the APC was dead on arrival in the state,” he said.

“Oputu himself has not been part of the party. But we are surprised of recent that they have been calling party meetings, in what capacity, we do not know.

“We want to alert the members of the general public to know that they are not part of the APC in Bayelsa State and that nobody should deal with them in that respect. We are aware that the re-emergence of these people was sponsored by the PDP government of Seriake Dickson.”

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PDP Suspends Two Members For Diverting Jonathan’s Campaign Fund

The chairman and the secretary of People Democratic Party (PDP) in Shiroro local government area of Niger State, Alhaji Iro Kurebe and Ibrahim Isah respectively, have been suspended by the ward chairmen for allegedly diverting campaign funds for former President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid.

The 14 PDP ward chairmen of the area accused the two officials of the party of diverting N3 million meant for the presidential campaign in the area for the last general election.

This was contained in a two-page resolution copied to the zonal and state chapters of the party and made available to journalists on Sunday.

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Constitution: Senate Suspends Action To Override Jonathan’s Veto

The Senate has withdrawn its earlier threat to proceed with the constitutional amendment notwithstanding a Supreme Court ruling against the move.

The Senate appears to have now succumbed to that Supreme Court ruling as it suspended action on its plan to override president Goodluck Jonathan’s veto on the amendment bill after a closed-door session on Wednesday.

The senate rose from about two-hour executive session which was presided over by the Senate President, David Mark and announced the suspension of its planned process to override president Jonathan’s veto on the Fourth Alteration Act 2015 which seeks to further amend the 1999 Constitution.

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Rivers Assembly Suspends 3 LGC Chairmen, Summons 9 Commissioners

The Rivers State House of Assembly has summoned 9 commissioners and four heads of government parastatals for questioning tomorrow, May 12, 2015 over the state of the economy of Rivers, just as it suspended 3 LG Caretaker committee Chairmen in the state.

Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Leyii Kwane who presided over the Assembly ordered for their summon. The deputy leader of the Assembly, Nname Ehwor raised the motion on the state of the Economy of Rivers State before the House and supported by the Assembly members.

The motion listed the 9 commissioners as those of Finance, Agriculture, Power, Health, Tourism , Information and commissioner for budget. Others include Commissioners for Works , Transport, Accountant General of Rivers State, Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue , Chairman Rivers State Assembly Service Commission and the Chairman Secondary Schools Management Board.

In another development, the Rivers State House of Assembly also suspended three local Government Caretaker Committee chairmen including those of Khana local Government, Asari Toru local government and Ahoada East local Government for alleged insecurity and financial recklessness.

The state Assembly, in line with the motion on Insecurity and Financial Mismanagement by the Chairmen of Asari-Toru, Ahoada-East and Khana Local Governments presented by the Deputy leader of the House, Nname Ehwor suspended the three LG CTC chairmen and ordered them to hand over to the Head of Local Government of their councils.

Deputy Speaker of the Assembly who spoke with newsmen after the sitting said the Assembly’s action was part of their oversight function, hence everyone in the state is feeling the pains of the economy of the state. He said it is not meant to witch-hunt anyone in the state.


Fintiri Suspends Lawmakers That “Impeached” Him

The Adamawa state House of Assembly under the leadership of Speaker, Umaru Fintiri, has suspended five of the nine lawmakers that contrived his impeachment ?at? a parallel sitting last Tuesday.

Members affected by the suspension were Abuzarri Ribadu (Yola South constituency), Jerry Kumdisi (Gombi constituency), Wale Fwa (Demsa constituency), Simon Issa (Song Constituency) and Salihu Kabillo (Verre constituency).

Sequel to the suspension, Mr. Fintiri, last week, constituted a committee to investigate his purported impeachment by the nine lawmakers at the Government House, Yola.

Following the submission of the report by the chairman of the committee and member representing Guyuk constituency, Wilbina Jackson, the house adopted the suspension of five lawmakers that participated in the impeachment.

The members have been suspended till June 8 when the tenure of the 7th assembly will elapse.

Mr. Fintiri also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a by-election in Nassarawo Binyeri, Toungo and Jada Mbulo constituencies as a result of a resolution of the house to declare their seats vacant following their cross carpeting to other political parties.

The speaker also constituted a five man investigation committee, chaired by the member representing Uba Gaya constituency, to investigate a N2billion agric loan collected by the state government on behalf of Adamawa farmers.

The loan was allegedly diverted to other uses.

Mr. Fintiri adjourned the sitting till May 18 with a call on the security personnel to protect the house and all properties of the assembly while they are on recess


Jonathan Suspends Permanent Secretary Over South Africa Envoy Recall

President Goodluck Jonathan has rebuked the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danjuma Sheni, for allegedly prompting the recall of Nigeria’s envoys to South Africa without due authorisation, triggering a diplomatic spat between the two countries. The president queried Mr. Sheni Monday, and placed him on suspension to allow investigation into the matter, officials told PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday.

Nigeria announced the recall of its acting High Commissioner in Pretoria, Martin Cobham, and the deputy High Commissioner in Johannesburg, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, on Saturday, in protest of xenophobic attacks against African immigrants in South Africa. A statement from the foreign affairs ministry, attributed to the minister, Aminu Wali, said the diplomats were “summoned for consultations” over the attacks. South Africa slammed the decision, describing it as “unfortunate and regrettable”, and portraying Nigeria as opportunistic.

South Africa’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Clayson Monyela, said in a statement that his country was shocked that the Nigerian government would resort “to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or behaviour of another government”.

“We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting,” Mr. Monyela said. “If this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda.”

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