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Nigerian Newspapers Review (Tuesday, 31 July, 2018 Edition)

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!

1. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu alleges that there are attempts to remove him and the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, from office. Ekweremadu stated this when he received the Archbishop of Enugu Province of the Anglican Communion, The Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, who led a delegation of clerics from the Enugu Diocese of the Church on a solidarity visit at Ekweremadu’s residence in Enugu. “When people say they are not sure there is God, I say, ‘Come, let me tell you my story; when I finish my story, you will know whether there is God or not.’ My story is one of those that establish actually that there is God. So, what you are seeing now will also pass because there is no battle that God cannot fight for me. “There have been several attempts to remove me as the Deputy President of the Senate, but, I am not worried because it is God that gives power and it is only Him that can take it,” he said.

2. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, while speaking at a public hearing in Abuja on the need to interface with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and other stakeholders to critically examine and re-assess all inputs and assumptions in Multi-Year Tariff-Order, said that the frequent hike in electricity tariff was injustice to Nigerians. He added that the hike was in spite of the N123billion bailout the Federal Government gave the power sector.

3. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accused Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State of fraud to the tune of N22billion. The anti-graft alleged that 21 members of the State House of Assembly are currently under investigation for allegedly diverting N375million for the procurement of vehicles. The EFCC said that Ortom between June 30, 2015 and March 2018, ordered the withdrawal of N21.3billion from four government accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank, First Bank and UBA. N19billion out of the amount was meant for the payment of security agencies deployed to the state to tackle the killings. The EFCC however noted that less than N3billion was used only and over N16billion could not be accounted for.

4. Senate President Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, on Monday vehemently condemned the plot to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State. 8 APC lawmakers in the state led by a former speaker, Terkibir Ikyange, who was impeached and suspended for 6 months, moved to impeach Ortom with the apparent aide of security operatives. The lawmakers accused the governor of alleged fraudulent activities and nonpayment of workers salaries. The 8 lawmakers suspended 22 of their colleagues who are loyal to the governor and then moved to impeach Ortom. “We have monitored closely the development in Benue State in which the impeached Speaker, Terkimbir Ikyange, led seven other members to serve impeachment notice on Governor Samuel Ortom, while the 22 other members who constitute more than two-thirds majority have been prevented from having access to the chamber. We believe this is illegality and does not conform to parliamentary procedure on impeachment. “We also note with surprise the role of the police in this undemocratic event in which the minority is seeking to impeach a governor against the position of the majority. We believe it is the sacred institution of the legislature that is being desecrated and rubbished in all these negative developments,” the National Assembly leaders said.

5. President Muhammadu Buhari in a recent statement said that the massive defection by members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not bother him because most Nigerians appreciates his administration’s performance. “I am not bothered about the defections. Ordinary Nigerians have developed confidence in us and are defending us. I assure you, the majority of Nigerians back home are appreciative of our efforts. I assure you that we are making progress in security as some displaced farmers are returning to their farms. We will continue to work very hard for our dear country,” Buhari reportedly said according to his aide, Garba Shehu.

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