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Saraki Attacks Tinubu, Says APC Leader Desperate To Become Nigerian President In 2023

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The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Monday, lambasted the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for attacking him.

In a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Saraki said Tinubu on Sunday released another of his expected quarterly vicious attack on his person.

Saraki, while replying Tinubu’s allegations, and also said he was desperate to be Nigeria’s president in 2023.

It reads: “We have taken it for granted that Tinubu’s attack on Saraki every three months (Quarterly) will come as expected, we would just have ignored his statement but for the fact that it was filled with untruth, fallacies and misrepresentations. The statement was another effort to sell a concocted narrative about the Eighth National Assembly and its leadership.

“First, he alleged that national budgets were delayed, distorted, padded, new projects introduced, funds for projects reduced, “to halt progress of government”. It is unfortunate that a man like Tinubu who had been in the Senate (though for 22 months and under a military regime) should have a better understanding of how the legislature works. The passage of budgets is definitely not the exclusive responsibility of the leadership of the Senate.

“Most of the work is done in the various committees. These committees are headed by Senators representing different parties. It is the level of co-operation between the committees and the MDAs in the timely defence of the budget proposals and the ability of the two chambers of the National Assembly to reconcile their figures that usually determine how soon the budget is passed. To put the blame of budget delay on the Senate President or Speaker can only be mischief, or at best, playing to the gallery.

“It is also a known fact that any so-called delay in the passage of budgets under the Eighth National Assembly is traceable to the refusal of heads of MDAs to defend the budget proposals for their agencies on time. Last year, the President himself had to direct the Secretary to Federal Government to compel heads of MDAs to appear before the National Assembly committees following the report made to him by Dr. Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

“So, if a man like Tinubu is spreading this falsehood about budget passage and delay being deliberately orchestrated by the National Assembly leadership, one wonders whether he tries to even understand what happens in the federal legislature at all or is that the only thing that is of interest to him is “jockeying and maneuvering for influence”, as he puts it.

“To further make the points here clear, we invite Tinubu to look at the records of the time of submission of budgets and their passage since 2010 and he will see that with the exception of the 2013 budget which was passed on December 20, 2012, all the budgets have been passed between March and May of the same fiscal year.

“This should give him a better understanding of the fact that the date the Appropriations Bill is submitted to parliament and the readiness of the MDAs to defend the proposals submitted as well as timely agreement on the figures by both chambers of the National Assembly are the main determining factors in when the budget is eventually passed. So, Tinubu should see that the facts cannot support his spins and fake narrative.

“In all the three budgets already passed by the National Assembly, we challenge Tinubu to make specific reference to where Dr. Saraki and the leadership of the National Assembly “sought to pad with pet projects” as he alleged. Tinubu should be graceful enough to substantiate this allegation. We consider that allegation careless, irresponsible and callous. We therefore demand that he should withdraw it.

“However, there is need to let him know that it is the constitutional responsibility of the National Assembly to review the proposals sent by the executive and where it deems necessary, it is within the power of the legislature to make changes. A good example, is the decision by the National Assembly to include in the 2018 budget the one percent of the total budget, amounting to N33 billion, as allocation for Universal Health Coverage as provided by an extant law, which had been hitherto observed in the breach. Is this what Tinubu considers as budget padding? And this was a decision which was praised across the world as a real benefit to ordinary people across the country.

“Tinubu also claimed that the Senate leadership ‘stymied APC legislative initiatives while attempting to hoist noxious reactionary and self interested legislation on the nation’. We wonder what these ‘legislative initiatives’ are because in the four years of the Buhari administration, it has only forwarded 11 bills to the Senate, apart form the routine annual appropriations and supplementary budget proposals.

“Two of these bills, the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill and the National Minimum Wage Bill, have been passed. One of the bills, the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Act (amendment) Bill was withdrawn by the executive following the disagreement between the Attorney General and the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“Also, another one, the National Water Resources Bill was rejected because it infringed on the rights of states to develop their water resources. The remaining seven which are the National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Establishment Bill, Federal Institute of Industrial Research for the Development of Micro, Small and Large Industries Bills, the Suppression of Piracy Bill, Communications Service Tax Bill, 2015; Federal Institute of Industrial Research Bill, 2017; Raw Materials Research and Development Council (Repeal and Re-enactment Bill 2018; Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (Establishment etc) Bill, 2018- are at various stages of passage.

“As a leader of the Eighth National Assembly, Dr. Saraki is proud that under his watch, the Senate has surpassed the records of all previous Senate in the number of bills passed, the significance of these bills to the revival of the economy, the fight against insecurity and corruption, improvement in the provision of health service and the education sector, as well as better social service delivery to the generality of the people.

“The bills passed, motions moved, intervention made and frequent engagement with the people were all directed towards addressing the day to day issues that affect the lives of the ordinary Nigerians. This Senate has passed 282 bills (the highest any Senate had passed is 129 bills recorded by the 5th Senate), among which is the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, Public Procurement Act (amendment) Bill, Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, Electoral Act (amendment) Bill, Police Reform Bill, Police Trust Fund Bill, Nigeria Railways Authority Bill, Company and Allied Matters Act (amendment) Bill, Secured Credit Transactions Act, Whistleblowers Protection Bill, constitution amendment bills, Discrimination Against Persons With Disability Bill, Electronic Transaction Bill, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, North East Development Commission (NEDC) Act, Witness Protection Programme Bill, Credit Bureau Reporting Bill, Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institution Bill and Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill, National Financial Intelligence Agency Act, Federal Audit Services Commission Bill, among others. It will be good to know which of these Bills Tinubu believes is “self interested” and not in the interest of Nigerians.

“We will like to point the attention of Mr. Tinubu to the fact that most of the bills listed above got international and national endorsement from stakeholders who lauded the Senate for the move. For example, the Financial Intelligence Database Agency (Ultrascan) commended the Senate for passing the NFIU Act which enabled the country to be re-admitted into the Egmont Group.

“Also, the Nigeria Police leadership have praised the Senate for passing the Police Reforms Bill and the Police Trust Fund Bill. Again, when the National Assembly in the 2018 budget gave effect to the law allowing one percent of the budget to be devoted to Primary Health Care Delivery, it got kudos from Bill Gates, Bono, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of WHO, and various national groups who believe the move would bring health care delivery to the poor people across the country. The passage of the UBEC Act (amendment) Bill was praised by Pakistani child education campaigner and youngest Nobel Laureate, Yousafzai Malala.

“When the PIGB was passed, APC led by Tinubu, National Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), among others, hailed the Senate for a good job. Even, the World Bank commended the National Assembly for the passage of the Company and Allied Matters Act and Secured Transactions in Movable Assets and Credit Bureau Reporting Act. Of course, all these initiatives will be ignored by a man who is still sulking because his vow in 2015 that Saraki and Dogara will never lead the National Assembly did not materialize.

“Tinubu and his mob have been sponsoring the narratives in the media that the emergence of the present leadership of the National Assembly was a mistake. We hereby submit that Dr. Saraki and other leaders of the National Assembly were democratically elected by their colleagues. And it is because they are the choice of their colleagues that they have remained in office for the past 46 months, despite all the plots hatched by anti-democratic, reactionary and fascist elements pretending to be ‘progressives’. In fact, Tinubu should know that if there was any mistake made on June 9, 2015, It was the miscalculation by himself and his small cabal in the APC who felt they could decide for the Senators-elect and House of Representatives Members-elect.

“When they failed after their grand-standing that they could always got whatever they desired, they resorted to undermining the institution of the legislature and waging a campaign of calumny against the law making body. It is now clear that those who took Senators away from the chambers contrary to the directive contained in the proclamation signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 9, 2015 are ‘mistake personified’. It is obvious that If they repeat that arrogance during the inauguration of the Ninth National Assembly, they will fail again because Nigeria is greater than them. The institution of the legislature is bigger than the over-bloated egos of these power mongers and dirty schemers.

“Let us repeat again that we know that a Machiavellian politician like Tinubu will forever agonize over his erroneous belief that Dr. Saraki frustrated his ambition from becoming running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari through a Muslim-Muslim ticket in 2015. In his usual cavalier manner, he will stop at nothing to punish Saraki for that. We know that this attack is not about the interest of the nation or that of President Muhammadu Buhari. It is about his 2023 ambition and it is obvious in the statement as he struggled to explain this away.

“However, Tinubu should leave Dr. Saraki out of his schemes and manipulations towards 2023. It is obvious his arbitrary and tactless interference in the process for the emergence of the leadership of the Ninth Assembly is already falling through. The frustration from this experience might have been responsible for this needless and baseless outbursts. Our only advice for him is that if he is interested in the stability of the National Assembly, he should allow the members to elect their leadership in consultations with the party leadership. He should stop treating the legislators like hapless pupils receiving orders from a cane-wielding headmaster.

“A situation where he, Tinubu, is dictating to elected legislators and ordering them to either comply with his directives or get out of the party will not augur well for the legislature in the next dispensation. History should have thought him that only a leadership that truly enjoys the support of members can help the President and his administration to achieve their objectives. It is a good development that the candidates for the various positions are already reaching out to their colleagues and forging alliances. We can see that after he realized that he has misfired, he is trying to retrace his step and in his usual devious manner, he is looking for scapegoats. We advise him to leave Dr. Saraki out of his manipulations and ‘jockeying and maneuvering for influence and power’, as he termed it.

“The Eighth Senate has done very well and will leave a good legacy. Despite all the underhand tactics to undermine the legislature by outsiders and the public posturing, members have always worked as a team on critical issues that have benefits for our people and our nation. That is why hitherto unachievable legislations like the PIGB, Police Reforms Act and other bills or amendments to existing laws were passed with ease because the members and the leadership know that they are elected as Senators of the Federal Republic not as party representives.

“Tinubu should know that while we await his attack for the next quarter, we can only advise him to stay on facts.”

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Policemen In Alagbon FCID Assaulted Me, Collected N90,000 From Me As Bail —– Businesswoman

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An industrialist, Damilola Babalola, who sued two Police officers, Inspector Lateef Adekunle and Sergeant Shedrack Nwadike, has explained that she took the action to free herself from constant harassment.

The 33-year-old businesswoman had sued the officers at the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja for allegedly assaulting and extorting money from her.

Other respondents are the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, one Pastor Olukayode Johnson, and Mr. Sunday Enyiukwu.

According to PUNCH Metro, the Ogun State indigene had a business transaction with Enyiukwu that went south, which led to the latter reporting her at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Annex, Alagbon, Lagos.

It was gathered that Enyiukwu sold a 150 KVA generator to Babalola for N3.2m, while the latter made an initial payment of N1.3m.

According to Babalola, the generator was delivered to her factory but it did not work, while all efforts to make Enyiukwu replace it or return her money proved abortive.

Our Correspondent gathered that Enyiukwu, instead, filed a petition against Babalola at the FCID, Alagbon.

Babalola, who noted that she went to the FCID to respond to the petition, said her ordeal in the hands of the officers was unsavoury.

She said, “In November 2018, I got an invitation from the FCID, Alagbon, to respond to a petition and I felt that I should go there to explain my own side of the story, but when I got there on November 7, 2018, I was shocked by what I saw.

“I was accused of stealing a generator and threatening the seller, and I asked them where all that came from and they said Enyiukwu said that I leased the generator for N50,000 per day and that the money I paid him expired within 26 days and I didn’t want to release his generator.

“They asked for my receipt and I told them that he did not give me one because whenever I asked him, he was always giving one excuse or the other, and the officers said that meant that the generator was leased out and I said if that was the case, he should provide the lease agreement; but instead, I was harassed; the Police recorded a video of me and locked me up.

“I was asked if I was going to pay the balance and when I realised that if I did not agree to pay the balance, they would not let me go, I had to agree to a payment plan and pledged that whatever I was able to come up with in December, I would bring it; but before I was released, N70,000 was collected from me as bail from the N200,000 they asked for.

“I was unable to raise any money in December and I called Inspector Adekunle to tell him that I was unable to come up with any money, but he harassed me and threatened that I was going to spend Christmas in detention if I didn’t transfer money to him, so I had to look for N20,000 and send to him.

“On January 22, 2019, I was able to come up with N200,000 and I took it to their office and when I got there, the money was counted in my and Enyiukwu’s presence and I was given a piece of paper to write down how I was going to pay the balance and my phone was collected from me and they said since I would be paying in tranches, they had decided that the generator should be collected from me.”

She stated that she took the policemen to her colleague’s factory on Acme Road, Ogba, Lagos, for her to serve as a witness.

She added, “I led them to Alausa because I felt that I would see someone that I could explain my predicament to, but when they realised that I was leading them to Alausa, they said we should turn back.

“Sergeant Nwadike, who was in my colleague’s car, opened the door and came down; but before I knew what was going on, he had started beating me and tried to drag me into the Police vehicle, but I kept shouting and the officers called for back-up from Alausa and I was taken back to Alagbon and they locked me up.

“The following day, my sister and mum came to bail me and the officers said they were not going to release me until payment was made again and my sister had to drop a cheque for N300,000 and post-dated it for the end of January, because her account was not funded at that time.”

When our Correspondent contacted Enyiukwu, he refused to comment on the matter, insisting that it was in court.

Babalola had filed a motion on notice numbered ID/8016MFHR/19 before Justice Yetunde Pinheiro that the officers made her pay for bail before she could regain her freedom.

She is praying the court to declare her arrest on November 8, 2018 and January 22, 2019, as illegal, unlawful and violation of her personal liberty as guaranteed and preserved by sections 33, 34 and 35 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The matter has been adjourned till October 4.

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Ukrainian Lady Stabs Nigerian Doctor Lover To Death But Released From Detention Because ‘She Has Two Kids To Cater For’

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The lady in this picture above had stabbed her Nigerian medical doctor lover to death in Ukraine. But ironically and sadly, she had been released from detention because ‘she has two kids to cater for’.

It was gathered from Daily Focus’ report that the couple had an argument at the woman’s residence and it degenerated into the woman stabbing the doctor twice in the abdomen.

As if the stabbing was not enough, the lady’s father hit the Nigerian victim on the head with a hammer after realizing that he had not died from the stabbing incident.

According to the report, Dr Gbolade Ibukun Ejemai was in a relationship with Ukrainian mother of two, Victoria Popravko but they had a disagreement and the woman called for a discussion at her residence to settle the matter.

It was not the first time Ejemai was visiting Victoria at her residence hence nobody raised suspected anything sinister at the invitation.

Narrating how Gbolade was stabbed to death, Dr. Ajayi, a friend of the deceased, said: “Victoria Popravko invited Gbolade Ejemai over to her house on Friday, August 8, 2019, to talk things over in the morning.

“They’ve had some prior discussions which nobody really knew for sure as they were in a relationship. He went over to hers, it wasn’t his first time visiting her but turned out to be his last.

“They got into some arguments and one thing led to another, she stabbed him in his abdomen, twice, puncturing a couple of organs and landing him in a coma. He lost about 40% of his blood volume and that led him to a very critical condition.

“He was taken in for the first surgery on the same day and we waited almost 24 hours for him to get conscious. On Sunday, he opened his eyes and was able to recognize people.

“Then he told his side of the story about how Victoria’s father realized that he wasn’t dead after the stab wound and went ahead to hit him with a hammer on his head.

“We didn’t know about the hammer and its impact until Gbolade himself woke up and spoke up. We were hoping for a miracle and praying he got better until Monday when he developed a complication and had to be operated on the second time.

“He was taken in for the second surgery and it went well. He didn’t come conscious though. By Tuesday afternoon, he gave up the ghost.”

Victoria was arrested at the scene of the incident but has now been released on bail less than 24 hours later because “she had two kids to cater for” and they couldn’t keep her until the investigation was done and over with.

Lamenting the injustice, Dr. Ajayi said: “This is unfair judgement because she was caught at a murder scene.

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JUST IN: FIFA Bans Samson Siasia For Life Over Bribe, Manipulations; Gets $50,000 Fine

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World football governing body, FIFA has banned former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, for life.

Siasia was banned from all football-related activities by FIFA after being found guilty over bribery and attempt to manipulate matches at the international level.

A statement from FIFA reads: “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr. Samson Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federation, guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

“The formal ethics proceedings against Mr. Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr. Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.

“This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.

“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr. Siasia had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.

“In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on Mr. Siasia. The decision was notified to Mr. Siasia today, the date on which the ban comes into force.”

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