Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, APC, Katsina South has revealed how the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara plotted to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.
He made the revelation while calling on both National Assembly leaders to resign now from the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Ibrahim addressed newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the defection of 14 senators and 37 House of Representative members from the APC, were not only expected but did not come to him as a shock.
The lawmaker said that the only defection he did not anticipate was the Sokoto State senator, Abdullahi Danbaba.
Ibrahim added, “I know that those who take Saraki like god will go. This is because wherever Saraki goes they will go. But the mistake they have made is to realize that politics is local.
“Nobody will say Isa Misau and Suleiman Nazif (two Bauchi State senators) were voted because of Saraki. They were voted because of Buhari.
“They will lose their seats. Saraki will not save them. They can’t even go to their constituencies.”
On the speculation that some APC senators were quartered in a high profile hotel in Abuja on the night preceding Tuesday’s Senate plenary to plot change of leadership in the Senate, the lawmaker said, “I slept in my house. I was here in my office and left by 2pm. I was not quartered anywhere.”
Senator Ibrahim, who was categorical that the alleged plot to impeach President Buhari “would have started on Thursday” (today), said, “The impeachment of the president should have started Thursday. Everybody was planning. We know they were planning.
“They realized and learnt that we know. They knew that if they had remained up till today (Wednesday) a lot of things would have happened. We were planning. This is the National Assembly, the only place political parties meet. We were planning.”
JUST IN: Many Missing As Truck Plunges Into Lagos River
Many people have been declared missing after a truck fell off the Berger bridge into the Epe river in Lagos State on Friday night.
As at the time of filing this report, the number of persons in the truck was unknown.
However, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed the incident on Saturday.
Head, Public Affairs of LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, said search and rescue operations are ongoing.
More to come.
‘Jail Me But Set Him Free’ — Foreign Activist Writes Buhari Over 13-Year-Old Sentenced For Blasphemy In Kano
Piotr Cywinski, director of Auschwitz Memorial in Poland, says he is ready to be imprisoned in Nigeria so that Umar Farouq, a 13-year-old boy sentenced for blasphemy, can regain freedom.
A Sharia court in Kano had convicted Farouq for “using disparaging language on Allah” during a disagreement with his friend.
In a letter dated September 25 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, Cywinski sought pardon for Farouq.
The director of @AuschwitzMuseum wrote the President of Nigeria and asked him to pardon 13-year old Omar Farouq sentenced for 10 years imprisonment.
He declares he is ready to share part of the sentence.
‘I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity.’ pic.twitter.com/EzVBjCzgcY
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) September 25, 2020
He said if Buhari is unable to facilitate the teenager’s release, he and 119 volunteers would serve a month in a Nigerian prison on Farouq’s behalf.
“I permit myself to write to you personally about a young boy named Omar Farouq, who was convicted recently in a Sharia court in Kano State in north-west Nigeria after being accused of blasphemy used during an argument with a friend,” he said.
“I wish to request the pardon of this 13-year-old boy. Regardless of what he said, he cannot be treated as fully aware and responsible, given his age.
“If it turns out that the words of this child absolutely require 120 months of imprisonment, and even you are not able to change that, I suggest that in place of the child, 120 adult volunteers from all over the world, gathered by us myself personally among them should each serve a month in a Nigerian prison.
“In total, the price for the child’s transgression will be the same, and we will all avoid the worst.
“If you agree to grant clemency, or to the above proposal in lieu of punishment, I will make an attempt to provide financial help for the boy’s proper education. This way, instead of a destroyed young man, Nigeria will gain an aware and educated young citizen.
“You will undoubtedly agree with the statement that human rights begin with the rights of the child. I kindly ask you to consider my proposal favorably.”
Cywinski’s request came days after the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed to the Kano state government to reverse the jail sentence.
Auschwitz Memorial preserves the remains of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, where children were imprisoned and murdered.
Adolf Hitler, the late leader of Nazi Germany, reportedly oversaw the killing of 6 million Jews.
Don’t Join Nationwide Strike, FG Warns Civil Servants
Folasade Yemi-Esan, head of the civil service of the federation, has warned workers under the federal government not to join the planned strike by labour unions across the country, scheduled to begin on Monday.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and its affiliate unions had enjoined workers to embark on an indefinite strike, pending when the federal government reverses the price of petrol and electricity tariff.
In a statement on Friday, Yemi-Esan said the federal government is in talks with the labour unions towards ensuring that all agitations by the workers are resolved.
She, however, added that the workers cannot embark on the industrial action because there is a court injunction restraining them from doing so.
“Sequel to the call by the Labour Unions for workers to embark on industrial action from Monday, 28th September 2020, the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) wishes to inform all public servants that the Federal Government team is currently engaging with the Labour Unions with a view to resolving all contentious issues and avert the planned industrial action,” she said.
“Furthermore, it is important to note that there is a court injunction granted by the National Industrial Court (Suit No. NICN/ABJ/253/2020) on 24th September 2020, restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria from embarking on any form of industrial action pending the hearing and determination of a Motion on Notice.
“Accordingly, all officers on Grade Level 12 and above and those on essential services are hereby strongly advised to be at work to perform their official duties.”
In two separate rulings, the National Industrial Court had restrained the labour unions from embarking on the strike.
Meanwhile, other unions such as the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), the Joint Action Front (JAF), Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), aviation unions, among others, have declared their interest to join in the strike.
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