1. The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday adjourned plenary to Wednesday, March 13, 2019 over the death of Hon. Temitope Olatoye, ‘Sugar’ representing Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
The adjournment followed a point of Order by the Senate leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, to suspend plenary as a result of the death of the lawmaker in the lower chamber.
2. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 23 for supplementary election in the six states where March 9 elections were declared inconclusive.
A statement signed by the chairman of the commission’s information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, on Tuesday, said the states are: Benue, Sokoto, Plateau, Adamawa, Kano and Bauchi.
3. Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has named Hadiza Balarabe, deputy governor elect as the head of a 38-member transition committee, he set up ahead of his inauguration for a second term in office.
El-Rufai explained that the duty of the transition committee was to prepare the ground work for the government.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari has set up an audit committee, for the policies, programmes and projects under his administration.
The committee will be headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, while the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, is one of its members.
5. The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its troops successfully foiled a coordinated attack by Boko Haram insurgents at a military location in Borno.
Col. Ado Isa, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, stated that troops of 152 Battalion neutralized a number of the insurgents when they attempted to infiltrate its location on Monday at Bula-Yobe-Banki axis in Borno.
6. The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has announced date for its 2019 recruitment process
NAF disclosed that the recruitment exercise will commence on Saturday 16th – Saturday 30th March 2019 at 15 Centres.
7. The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, has reacted to the victory of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha in the state’s governorship Election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He described it as victory for the people of the State, adding that it was liberation for them from the hand of the ‘oppressor.’
8. Troops of Operation Sharan Daji have killed 55 bandits and rescued 760 persons abducted from villages in Zamfara state.
Acting Force Information Officer, Maj. Clement Abiade in Gusau on Tuesday, said, the troops also recovered weapons, ammunition and rustled cows as they blocked all entry points to the bushes to deny the bandits free movement while building confidence of the locals.
9. The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Plateau State has won 14 out of the 24 seats in the State House of Assembly, while the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won 8 seats.
The APC won in Bokkos, Wase, Shendam, Pankshin North, Pankshin South, Mangu North, Kanke, it also won in Dengi and Kantana constituencies of Kanam LGA and others, while the main opposition PDP won in Riyom, Jos North-West, Jos South, Langtang North-North and Langtang North-Central.
10. The Adara Development Association, ADA, in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has raised the alarm that the state government has remained indifferent over the continued killings and burning of houses in the area.
The community development association in a statement issued by Barrister Luke Waziri, its Assistant National Secretary said, “Kajuru land and by extension the Adara nation has been gripped by a fully-funded and supported group of terrorists that have been wreaking havoc in our lands for long, while those saddled with the responsibility of securing us deliberately looked the other way.”
Bandits attack 3 LGAs in Katsina, murder 34
Vanguard quoted locals as saying that 18 were killed in Yargamji, Batsari LGA, 5 killed in Mara Zamfarawa in Danmusa LGA and 11 killed in Sabon Layi village, Faskari LGA
Scores were said to have sustained degrees of injuries in the deadly attack.
Some were still missing and their livestock stolen by the attackers.
More to come.
Shehu Sani reacts as bandits kille over 30 persons in Katsina
DAILY POST reported that the attack led to death of over 30 persons.
Eighteen were reportedly killed in Yargamji, Batsari LGA, 5 killed in Mara Zamfarawa in Danmusa LGA and 11 killed in Sabon Layi village, Faskari LGA.
The lawmaker also recalled the abduction of ECWA pastor and fifteen other members by bandits on Sunday, noting that this was reality confronting Nigeria.
He tweeted, “On Sunday in Kaduna,Gunmen stormed ECWA Church Dankande and took away the Pastor and 15 other worshippers.
“And now the Bandits raid on Batsari and other two LGs in Katsina. This is the reality confronting.”
Earlier, Shehu Sani had noted that the current security situation and other challenges bedevilling the country cannot be solved by prayers alone.
According to him, “When we work and pray, our problems will be solved [but] when we pray and refused to work, our problems will be waiting for our work.”
Yahaya Bello threatens to sack LG bosses, traditional rulers over killing of 15 Fulani herdsmen in Kogi
Governor Bello, who gave the order during a security stakeholders’ meeting held in Government House Lokoja on Tuesday, lamented that the killings happened in Yagba West, Omala, Dekina and Igalamela Odolu Local Government Areas, adding that his administration will not condone killings of any citizen in the state.
While giving ultimatum to the administrators of the four local governments and their traditional rulers, Governor Bello vowed to apprehend and bring to book the perpetrators of the dastardly act, saying “government will not allow the insecurity situation that occurred in Benue, Nasarawa and Zafara states to happen in Kogi.
“These Fulanis have been staying with us in the state peacefully without any rancour. Any politician or detractor, who are behind this killing will be made to face the full wrath of the law as my administration will not spare anybody no matter how highly placed in the society.”
He commended the security agents for their effort in ensuring that there is absolute peace in the state, urging them to do more in order to keep the state safe.
Meanwhile, the Administrator of Yagba West where the killing of 11 Fulanis took place, Comrade Joseph Olutimi, stated that he received a report that a farmer was allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, noting that he quickly informed the security agents who swung into action.
He pointed out that the Fulanis were killed by yet-to-be-identified gunmen, stressing that the people of the local government have been living peacefully with the resident Fulanis.
In his speech, the Special Adviser to the governor on security, Commodore Jerry Omadara reported that last week a farmer in Yagba West was allegedly murdered in his farm by suspected herdsmen, stressing that, some people took the law into their hands in a reprisal attack and killed Fulanis, who resided in some communities in the local government and dumped their corpses in Omi Dam.
He further disclosed that three corpses of Fulanis were found in Oluja community in Dekina Local Government while several cows were killed by unknown gunmen, adding that Omiyowo, Ogar, Ejigba and Dekina recorded high rate of killing of innocent citizens.
The Secretary Meyetti Allah in charge of Yagba West, Mohammed Mainasara said eleven Fulanis residents in the council were killed without provocation.
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