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Jonathan To Saraki: I Commend Your Leadership, National Assembly Would Have Been In Chaos Without You

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Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday commended the President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for the firm and progressive leadership he has provided for the National Assembly.

Jonathan spoke when Saraki paid him a courtesy visit at his Maitama Office in Abuja.

He said the tremendous support being enjoyed by Saraki from lawmakers in both the Senate and the House of Representatives testifies to his leadership ability.

He thanked Saraki and members of his entourage for the visit, noting that most of the leaders that came to his house with the President of the Senate had at one time or the other played key roles in his political history and development.

Jonathan said: “Senate President, let me use this opportunity to commend your leadership abilities.

“Looking at what is happening in the country, if not for your strong leadership, probably the National Assembly would have been in chaos and if the National Assembly is in tatters, then of course, democracy is gone.

“I am quite pleased with the kind of relationship you have with the House of Representatives members and how you have been able to hold the National Assembly together because on the day that the parliament was invaded, though the target was the Senate, the House of Representatives members were as active as, if not more active than, the Senators and that cannot happen by chance.

“What we know is that if there is an assault on the Senate.

“Then it is also seen as an assault on the House of Representatives.

“If they (House of Representatives members) don’t believe in you, I don’t think some of them would have taken that kind of risk.

“That commitment shows that they believe in your leadership.”

Earlier, Saraki said his visit was to pay his respect to the ex-president and also to inform him of his formal return to the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He said that the present realities in the country show that all those that love the country must work together to return the country to the path of growth, fairness, equity and justice.

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BREAKING: Court Adjourns El-Zakzaky’s Trial Indefinitely

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The Kaduna State High Court has adjourned the trial of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, indefinitely.

El-Zakzaky’s trial was due to continue on Monday.

However, the court explained that the adjournment followed the appointment of the trial judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, as a member of the Election Petition Tribunal in Yobe State.

The IMN leader is currently facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace, among other charges.

He had been denied bail by the presiding judge, Justice Kurada, during the last sitting on January 22, 2018.

In the application for bail filed by El-Zakzaky’s lawyer, Femi Falana, on his behalf at the last sitting, the legal practitioner prayed the court to give a mandatory order for his client and his wife to be flown abroad.

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Pastor In Police Net For Aborting Teenager’s Pregnancy [PHOTO]

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A 38 years old pastor with one of the Pentecostal churches in Benin, Pastor Ekene Samuel, has been arrested by the police in Edo state for allegedly getting Miracle Nwabueze, (17) to the hospital for abortion after getting her pregnant.

The pastor was among the 102 suspected criminals paraded by the Edo state police commissioner, DanMallam Muhammed, for their alleged involvement in various crimes in the state.

The Pastor was assisted by one of his church member, Mrs. Happy Johnson, who was paraded alongside the Pastor.

The commissioner said the command received a complaint from one Henry Aikhuamen that one Miracle Nwabueze, 17 years old was missing.

“Operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad through a Hi-Tech intelligence located Miss Miracle Nwabueze on a sick bed at Graceville Medical Centre, Ewa Road, Benin.

“On enquiry, the doctor informed the police that one Deaconess Happy Johnson brought her for treatment. She was arrested and confessed that one Pastor Ekene Samuel asked her to assist him bring Miracle Nwabueze to the hospital for abortion.

“The victim confessed that she was impregnated by Pastor Ekene Samuel, who charmed and had sex with her five times in December, 2018. Pastor Ekene Samuel was arrested and charms were recovered from him in his house,” he said.

Speaking with journalists, the Pastor said he had extra marital affair with a lady, but quit the relationship August last year due to her behaviour.

“But January this year, she said she was pregnant and I sent one of my member to take her to the hospital when she complained of pains not knowing that she was already talking drugs to terminate the pregnancy”.

He said, “When they got to the hospital, they discovered that she had ruptured appendicitis but the doctor referred us to another hospital where the operation was done successfully and they charged N380,000 and I am still paying the bill now”.

According to him, few days after the operation, his wife went to give her some items and she was arrested by the police because someone had complained about the matter

“When she was arrested, I went to the station and I was arrested because she knows nothing about it. After my arrest, the police went to my church and packed items given to me by those I prayed for as the charm I am using in church.

“I don’t go to Babalawos or native doctors; these items were returned by the people I prayed for and they got deliverance through prayers. Nobody is above mistake and temptation can come at anytime,” he added.

On her part, Mrs Happy Johnson, told journalists that she was not aware that the lady was pregnant and that she was carrying out abortion.

She said she was preparing for church when the pastor called her to take the girl to the hospital saying she was not well.

“When we got to the hospital, they said they should carry out an ultrasound; when I asked her what the problem was, she said it is appendicitis. They then referred us to another hospital for the operation.

She added, “I signed for her when they want to do the operation but I did not know it was about abortion”.

She explained, “I was arrested with the pastor’s wife when she came to give clothes to the lady at the hospital. I was arrested for signing the paper and carrying her to the hospital. I only got to know at the police station that it was an abortion.”

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Alleged Serial Killer, Tiny, 4 Others Arrested In Lagos

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Policemen of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested an alleged serial killer, Ibrahim Abdullahi a.k.a Tiny and four others shortly after midnight at his Ijegun-Egba area hideout.

The Lagos Police PRO, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement said the suspect whose name sends shivers down the spine of residents of Satellite-Town, Lagos, was arrested during an operation led by the Divisional Police Officer of Satellite-Town Division, CSP Chike Oti, to rid the community of the violent activities of criminals.

It would be recalled that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, had earlier in the week changed Area Commanders, DPOs and Tactical Unit Commanders in the state, to clamp down on members of unlawful societies and raid identified criminal enclaves.

”Based on this directive and credible intelligence received about Ibrahim Abdullahi aka Tiny, who had been on the run since he was linked to the murder of three residents of the community, Satelite division, swung into action.

”They said Tiny was arrested alongside one of his accomplices, Obinna Kelvin Okey, 23.

”During a preliminary interrogation, they confessed to belonging to a cult group called the Aro-Bagger aka Vickings.

”Other cultists arrested during the operation include: Ismaila Adebayo; 21, Bode Akodo; 21 and Abdulwahab; 25, all of Eiye Confraternity.

”CP Zubairu Muazu directed the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, to take over the case involving the said Ibrahim Abdullahi which has to do with an ongoing investigation on the three murder incidents linked to him.

”The other suspects were transferred to the Command’s Anti Cultism Squad for further investigation,” he said.

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