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2019: Senator Ben Bruce Withdraws From Senatorship Race, Gives Reasons [Full Statement]

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Ben Murray Bruce, the Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, on Monday withdrew from the senatorial race.

Ben Bruce revealed in a letter posted on his Facebook page.

Read his full statement:

Letter of withdrawal from the Bayelsa East Senatorial Race

I thank God and the good people of Brass, Bayelsa East Senatorial District who offered me the golden opportunity four years ago to represent them and the state in the Senate, Nigeria’s highest lawmaking chamber.

It is without a doubt that I have tried to discharge my duties as a legislator and representative of my people creditably to the best of my ability so far.

My voice has been very loud on the issues that matter to our people and our country at all time.

My support to our party, my people and state government is unquestionable. I am humbled that the national leadership of my party supported by the State chapter in appreciation of my efforts offered to support my re-election to the Senate to continue my service.

I have also intensified consultations in the last couple of week in the course of which I have come to realize an existing local rotational arrangement of over 20 years beginning with the late Great Chief Melford Okilo, by which arrangement the Senatorial seat rotates per local government area among the three councils for four years in the Senatorial District.

Even with the support of my party at the National and state levels with the full backing of my state government and leadership, as a man of honour interested in the well being of my people, I hereby announce my withdrawal from the Senatorial race.

I do not want whatever reason to appear to have used my privileged position and influence to do anything that other than the well-being and the stability and the good of the people. I am in all of these for the people, not for myself.

Once again, I thank the former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebelo Jonathan, the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, my colleagues in the Senate and Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson for their support and encouragement.

I also thank the leadership of my Senatorial District and state, for being there for me.

I thank specially the people of my constituency for their trust and confidence in me to serve and represent them in the Senate.

By trusting me with this mandate, I have come to know them and our people even better, an experience I will never forget for the rest of my life.

I am indeed grateful to my darling wife, my children, other members of my family for their support and prayers. I appreciate the efforts of my hardworking campaign staff for their support and dedication.

Again, I thank the leadership of the party for their continuing support. I also assured the party of my availability and readiness to serve at any capacity when the opportunity comes. Best Regards Senator Ben Murray Bruce.

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Senate President Condemns Attack On Senator Ike Ekweremadu In Germany

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has unreservedly condemned the shameful assault on former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany.

Senator Ekweremadu was to give a keynote address at the Second Igbo Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organized by Ndi-Igbo Germany in that city when a mob, which identified itself as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), invaded the venue to attack an illustrious son of Ndigbo who in his political career has consistently identified with and defended the cause of his people.

“It is incredibly absurd for anybody to blame the distinguished Senator for the violent criminal activities in his home base, the purported reason cited by the mob for the bewildering attack.

“Senator Ekweremadu, like all his distinguished colleagues in the Ninth Assembly of the Senate, is concerned about the insecurity and other challenges in that area and other parts of Nigeria. Senator Ekweremadu has also been at the forefront of the patriotic efforts to find lasting solutions to the challenges.

“The barbaric attack on Senator Ekweremadu at a forum to which he was invited to contribute to charting a course for the progress and happiness of Ndigbo debase our values as civilized people. It is most reprehensible and should be condemned by all right-thinking Nigerians,” Lawan said.

He urges the German authorities to identify those involved in the despicable act so that the law can take its course against them.

Lawan urges Nigerians to always reflect deeply and broadly before embarking on a course of action and advises the youth to ventilate whatever grievances they have along lines prescribed by the law and recommended by reason and democratic ethos.

The Senate President also urges Senator Ekweremadu not to be deterred by the incident from his path of service to his people and Nigerians in general, but to take it as part of the sacrifice of leadership.

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RRS Nabs Three Traffic Robbers [PHOTOS]

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Three robbers operating in Ogun Long Bridge, Isheri, Ojodu – Berger and Agidingbi, Ikeja were yesterday arrested by the operatives of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and two android phones which they had robbed were retrieved from them.
The suspects, Issa Jidda (15), Alli Jumah (19) and Adamu Mohammed (22) were arrested yesterday around 8:46 p.m. around Olowopopo Way, Ikeja after robbing two ladies in Agidingbi, Ikeja, and Isheri.
According to one of the suspects, Issa Jidda, the gang had been operating in Ogun Long Bridge, Isheri, Unilag Estate, Gateway Estate, Ojodu – Berger, Fela Shrine and Agidingbi since May 2019.
“We have been operating since last month. I was invited into the gang by Adamu. He is the leader of the gang. I have gone out on robberies with them seven times.  Our targets are mobile phones, wallet, and jewelry”, he stated.
“We also rob in traffic, especially Long Bridge. We avoid operating in Kara because we live there. Our colleagues might see us. We sell the phones and share the money.
The motorcycle that we use is owned by Alli. The three of us operate on it using a knife and dagger as our arms”, the primary school dropout added.
The trio were arrested by RRS patrol team after it responded to a distress call that some robbers on a bike were operating in Agidingbi.
The officers trailed the robbers to Olowopopo Way, where a motorist who got a hint that the suspects were being chased hit their Okada to prevent them from escaping into the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway.
The owners of the two android phones snatched in Gateway Estate, Isheri and Agidingbi, identified the suspects.
They have been transferred to SARS today for further investigation
Commenting on the development, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Muazu Zubair urged Lagosians to continue to cooperate with the police in order to address some of the security challenges in the State.
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Why We Attacked Ike Ekweremadu In Germany — IPOB Speaks, Warns Govs Umahi, Ikpeazu, Obiano

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB, has hailed its members in Nuremberg, Germany, for heeding its leader Nnamdi Kanu’s directive to hound all instigators of Operation Python Dance.

The group said that the attack on immediate past Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu on Saturday in Germany should serve as a warning to the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, as well as the Governors of Ebonyi, Abia, and Anambra states, among others, saying that any day they are sighted in any public event abroad, they would be humiliated.

It was learnt that Ekweremadu stirred the anger of some IPOB members when he graced the new yam festival event all the way from Nigeria adorning a cloth designed with Nigeria’s coat of arms instead of the traditional Igbo regalia as an Igbo man.

A statement made available to journalists on Sunday by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said that the group is strategically located in over 100 countries around the world.

The statement partly reads: “Today been the 17th day of August 2019 the Nuremberg IPOB family in Germany in keeping with the long-standing directive from our leader to hound all instigators of Operation Python Dance, is glad to report that Ike Ekweremadu was confronted and duly hounded out of a so-called New Yam Festival event in Germany.

“This should serve as a warning to Nnia Nwodo, Dave Umahi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Willie Obiano and co that any day we find them in a public event abroad, they will be humiliated. IPOB is strategically located in over 100 countries around the world. Anywhere we find them, they will be dealt with.”

The statement announced that Radio Biafra will by 7pm today (Sunday) air the broadcast of IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu regarding the Germany attack on Ekweremadu.

IPOB further announced that it has started its own revolution, adding that things will never be the same again.

The statement adds: “It’s up to other ethnic nationalities to deal with corrupt politicians and merchants of misery within themselves. We have started ours and Nuremberg is only the tip of the iceberg. Let the #Revolution start now.

“With Enugu and Ebonyi State on the verge of capitulation to Fulani criminality, violence and Miyetti Allah domination, conspiratorially complemented by yet another round of military invasion of the East starting tomorrow, our leader shall ventilate these issues and offer guidance on what shall become the fate of corrupt politicians, collaborators and their families whenever they set foot on foreign soil.”

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