RIVERS CRISIS: IGP SAYS POLICE BARRICADE OF LOCAL GOVT SECRETARIATS TO CONTINUE

RIVERS CRISIS: IGP SAYS POLICE BARRICADE OF LOCAL GOVT SECRETARIATS TO CONTINUE The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun has directed the continuation of the police barricade on local government secretariats in Rivers State to prevent a breakdown of law and order. IGP Egbetokun gave the directive while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on the sideline of a Conference with Commissioners of Police and other Senior Officers. He said the police will continue to occupy the secretariats until a court of competent jurisdiction delivers judgment on the local government crisis in Rivers State. The IGP who also spoke on the controversy over the recruitment of constables and the allegations by the Police Service Commission (PSC) said the management of the Force will not sit idly and watch questionable and untrainable persons recruited into the police.Egbetokun maintained that the Nigeria Police Force is a specialised institution that is not meant for all Nigerians.

NNPP, APC AT WAR IN KANO OVER KWANKWASO’S STATEMENT ON SECURITY THREATS

NNPP, APC AT WAR IN KANO OVER KWANKWASO’S STATEMENT ON SECURITY THREATS Six months ago, former governor of Kano State and leader of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, predicted that the new administration in the state would surely revisit the Kano Emirate issue: “Honestly, it is one of those things, which nobody has sat with me to discuss so far. But I am sure that we are going to sit and see how to go about it. Is it going to be allowed, demolished, corrected, or whatever? It will be revisited and what is supposed to be done, will be done.” Today, his prediction has come to pass. The five emirs of Kano, Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya, appointed by the immediate past administration of Ganduje, were all sacked while the law establishing their councils was repelled. However, the dethronement of the emirs, especially the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, has not been seamless as was envisaged by the promoters of his deposition. Against the run of play, Bayero who ought to have been committed to a lifetime exile elsewhere, as prescribed by tradition for deposed emirs, is back to the state as an alternate emir. This has raised the bar of the dispute. Bayero is presently resident at the Nassarawa mini-palace, heavily guarded by security agencies to the chagrin of Kwankwaso, the state government and their sympathisers. Further to this development, two Federal Courts have since assumed respective jurisdictions to hear the rights application cases brought against the authorities and have also not vacated their restraining orders, while one of them is set to give a ruling on the validity of the repelled Kano Emirate Law. These unexpected misfortunes on the side of Muhammadu Sanusi’s quest to the throne foreground the recent explosive outburst by Kwankwaso, who until now had remained silent, calculative, operating from the background in the wake of the dispute. Speaking at the flag-off for the construction of 82 kilometres rural road networks at his hometown, Madobi on Monday, Kwankwaso accused the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of “attempting to create a new breed of Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents in Northern Nigeria. The people of Kano will resist any attempt to undermine the constituted authority in the state. “We have mass followership. The people believe in us, we are pro-people. The NNPP administration is determined to serve them anywhere they voted for it. “We will not fold our arms and watch enemies of the state destroy the peaceful co-existence of our dear state. We shall do everything possible to support the governor to succeed. “There are people from Kano, enemies of the state, who also suffer mental illness and are the ones advising the Federal Government on how to take over Kano through a state of emergency. This is madness of the highest order that the good, peace loving and committed people Kano will resist. “In the build-up to 2027, some desperate politicians are already on a mission of disruption. But we will rather prefer the two of us to lose than to allow them crush us unnecessarily. We dare anybody, who thinks he can victimise us politically, to go and be rest assured that we are ready for the fight. “We are not afraid to be out of power because we will remain politicians in or out of government. We cannot run away from our destiny, we are humans. We know what is good for us and we will pursue it vigorously.” Kwankwaso claimed that the Federal Government was listening to some unpatriotic politicians from the state, “who will only contribute to its failure as the people of Kano will resist any attempt to undermine the constitutional responsibility of the governor…

KANO GOVT TO RECONSTRUCT EMIR BAYERO’S PALACE, ORDERS POLICE TO EVICT HIM

KANO GOVT TO RECONSTRUCT EMIR BAYERO’S PALACE, ORDERS POLICE TO EVICT HIM The Kano State Government has ordered the police to remove the 15th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero from the Nassarawa mini palace. Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf had issued a similar directive when Ado Bayero returned to the state two days after his dethronement. Irked by the development, the governor had ordered the police to arrest the dethroned monarch whom he accused of fueling tension. However, more soldiers were deployed in the mini palace to provide security for Ado Bayero. Weighing in on the issue at the time, Mohammed Gunel, Commissioner of Police, had said the police would obey the order which restrained Kano government from reinstating Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi. He had said, “The Police Command is expressly obeying the Court Order with SUIT No. FHC/KN/CS/182/2024 Dated 23rd May, 2024 issued by the Federal High Court sitting in Kano alongside ail Law Enforcement agents in the State.” But addressing journalists at Government House, Kano, on Thursday, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, Barrister Haruna Isah Dederi, said the dethroned monarch should be evicted because all is set for the reconstruction and renovation of the property. He said, “By the ruling of the Court, it has unequivocally. reaffirmed the validity of the law passed by Kano State House of Assembly and assented to by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State on Thursday 23rd May, 2024 by 5:10pm. This part of the judgement is very fundamental to the entire matter. “Further implication of the ruling is that all actions done by the Government before the emergence of the interim order of the honorable Court, are equally validated. This means that, the abolishing of the five emirates created in 2019 is validated and the deposition of the Five emirs is also sustained by the Federal High Court. By implication this means that Muhammadu Sanusi II remains the emir of Kano.“Following this Court’s ruling, Kano State Government has directed the State Commissioner of Police to remove the deposed emir of the eight metropolitan local governments from the Government property where he is trespassing as Government has already concluded arrangements for the general reconstruction and renovation of the property including the demolishing and reconstruction of the dilapidated wall fence with immediate effect.”

SANUSI REMAINS EMIR – KANO GOVT

SANUSI REMAINS EMIR – KANO GOVT The Kano State government has said the ruling delivered by a Federal High Court presided over by Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman, earlier on Thursday, shows Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II is still the Emir of Kano. The State Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, Barrister Haruna Isah Dederi, said this during a press conference held at the Government House Thursday evening. He said, “Today 20th June, 2024, the Federal High Court No. 1, Kano had passed its ruling in respect of the case before it. I have the honour, on behalf of His Excellency Gov. Abba K. Yusuf and the Kano State Government, to address you once again over the lingering litigation arising from the abolishing of the five emirates and deposition of the former emirs. (including the deposed emir of eight metropolitan local governments). ‘The Kano State Government acknowledges the ruling by the Federal High Court regarding the Kano Emirates Council (Repeal) Law, 2024 and views same as upholding the rule of law. “By the ruling of the Court, it has unequivocally. reaffirmed the validity of the law passed by Kano State House of Assembly and assented to by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State on Thursday 23rd May, 2024 by 5:10pm. This part of the judgement is very fundamental to the entire matter. “Further implication of the ruling is that all actions done by the Government before the emergence of the interim order of the honorable court, are equally validated. “This means that, the abolishing of the five emirates created in 2019 is validated and the deposition of the five emirs is also sustained by the Federal High Court. By implication this means that Muhammadu Sanusi II remains the emir of Kano. “The judge also granted our application for the stay of proceedings until the Court of Appeal deals with the appeal before it on jurisdiction.”Happily, the signing of the law and the reinstatement of His Highness, Emir Muhammad Sunusi II were done on 23rd May, 2024 before the emergence of the Interim Order which was served on us on Monday 27th May, 2024.”

BREAKING: COURT NULLIFIES REINSTATEMENT OF SANUSI AS EMIR OF KANO

BREAKING: COURT NULLIFIES REINSTATEMENT OF SANUSI AS EMIR OF KANO A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has nullified the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano. The court, which delivered a verdict on Thursday, also nullified all the actions taken after the controversial reinstatement. The presiding judge, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman said, “I hereby order that every step taking by the Government is hereby nullified and becomes null and invalid and that this does not affect the validity of the repealed Emirates Law but actions taken by the Governor, which includes the assenting to the Law and the reappointment (of Sanusi). “I have listened to the audio of the governor both in Hausa and English after assenting to the Law, and I am convinced that the respondents are aware of the order of maintaining status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motions on notice in the court. “Having been satisfied that the respondents are aware of the court order, the court in exercise of its powers set aside an action because it is in violation of the court’s order, I think it is a very serious matter for anyone to flout the orders of the court and go scot free with it.” He said the catastrophic situation could have been averted if the respondents followed due processes by complying with the court order, which would still have allowed them to carry out their assignments. He noted that the respondents however decided to act according to their whims and caprices, a situation which he said landed them in a serious mess.

APPEAL COURT RESERVES JUDGEMENT IN RIVERS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY TUSSLE

APPEAL COURT RESERVES JUDGEMENT IN RIVERS. HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY TUSSLE The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reserved judgment in the appeal filed by former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martin Amaewhule, and 24 others against Speaker Victor Oko-Jumbo and five others. The appeal is challenging a high court judgment that declared their seats vacant and sought to set aside decisions made by Jumbo while in office. The appellants argued that the trial court lacked jurisdiction and sought an accelerated hearing. The respondents, however, prayed for the appeal to be dismissed, citing incompetence in the records of appeal transmitted. After hearing submissions from both sides, the three-man panel led by Justice Jimi Olukayode-Bada reserved a date for judgment, to be communicated to parties in the suit. The appeal court had earlier ordered all parties to maintain status quo and cease hostilities until the matter is heard and decided.The Rivers State High Court, had on May 10 2024, declared Amaewhule’s seat vacant, barring him from parading himself as the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, leading to the appeal.

EDO PDP EXPELS EX-DEPUTY GOV, PHILIP SHAIBU, VICE CHAIRMAN, DAN ORBIH, FORMER HOUSE OF REPS MEMBER, OGBEIDE-IHAMA

EDO PDP EXPELS EX-DEPUTY GOV, PHILIP SHAIBU, VICE CHAIRMAN, DAN ORBIH, FORMER HOUSE OF REPS MEMBER, OGBEIDE-IHAMA The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly expelled three prominent members, including Dan Orbih, National Vice Chairman (South South), Phillip Shaibu, former Deputy Governor, and Omorgie Ogbeide-Ihama, former House of Representatives member. The State Publicity Secretary, Ogie Vasco, announced the expulsion, citing anti-party activities. He said the decision to expel the trio was taken on Tuesday at a meeting attended by nine members of the State Working Committee at the party’s secretariat in Benin City. “The SWC has extensively deliberated on the issue and resolved to expel with immediate effect, Chief Dan Orbih, National Vice Chairman South South; Phillip Shaibu and upheld the expulsion of Ogbeide-Ihama from Ward 2, Oredo LGA,” he said. However, Orbih dismissed the expulsion as unconstitutional, stating that the State Working Committee lacks the power to expel a member of the National Working Committee without following the party’s constitutional provisions. He described the move as an amusement by idle individuals trying to please their masters. “They are amusing their pay masters. They have no power to expel a member of the national committee. “When a group of persons who are idle and have nothing to do sits down to make pronouncement that are unconstitutional, it only shows that they are ignorant of the constitution of the party. “They don’t have any power to even suspend or expel anybody without following strictly the provision of the constitution of the party, that is all I have to say about it that and nothing more,” Orbih said The expulsion comes after Shaibu and Ogbeide-Ihama openly supported the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Monday Okpebholo, while Orbih was appointed to a board by President Bola Tinubu.Meanwhile, the PDP in Oredo Ward 2 has dismissed reports that its executives suspended or expelled Ogbeide-Ihama, a former governorship aspirant in the state.

YOU WANT NIGERIANS TO OFFER THEMSELVES AS BURNT OFFERINGS – CUPP TACKLES TINUBU

YOU WANT NIGERIANS TO OFFER THEMSELVES AS BURNT OFFERINGS – CUPP TACKLES TINUBU The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has slammed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, accusing him of doing very little or nothing to solve the hunger issues Nigerians are going through. In a statement by its National Secretary, Chief Peter Ameh, the Coalition said the President had deployed what it described as incompetent government policies which have all failed, wondering why Nigerians would now offer themselves as burnt offerings while government officials lived in luxury. The Coalition further noted that the inability of the government to secure farms and farmers in the country was also a major contributor to the hunger being faced by the people. “The luxurious lifestyle of our leaders is the reason we are in this mess, because those in government have misplaced priorities and have vehemently refused to do right by our people. “Rather they prefer to spend money on white elephant projects that require high expenditure but never deliver returns or serve no useful purpose, like the proposal for a new private jet for the President. “Such money should have been channeled towards the development of projects that will have lasting positive impact on the lives of citizens,” Ameh said in the statement. He added that, “The President and his Vice have spent over N8.64bn on travel expenses within the last three months while he continues to give speeches and false promises about plans to cut public spending; still, the cost associated with the running of government in Nigeria is far higher than most countries in the same economy bracket. “The wasteful spending of those elected to oversee the affairs of running our government is a major contributor to the endemic poverty in Nigeria and the president should be concerned about the situation of the suffering masses and work hard to ensure that this situation improves for those affected (which is everyone by the way). “Nigeria has a poverty rate of 38.9%, and approximately 87 million Nigerians live below poverty line and the reason can easily be attributed to incompetent and clueless leaders who have done nothing to improve the lives of the masses. “Nigeria’s economic growth has been slow, and the country’s GDP per capita has been flat because successive government policies have failed to address the problems due to lack of foresight and corrupt public officials. “Corruption is a pervasive issue in Nigeria, and it discourages foreign investment and hinders economic development. I am referring to corruption in public office by government officials who have been involved in stealing public funds meant to benefit the people.“What has Tinubu done to tackle that since his assumption of office and he is talking about ordinary citizens whose take home pay is not enough to help them meet a good standard of living.”

NEW ZEALAND PM TAKES COMMERCIAL FLIGHT TO JAPAN AFTER HIS PLANE BROKE DOWN

NEW ZEALAND PM TAKES COMMERCIAL FLIGHT TO JAPAN AFTER HIS PLANE BROKE DOWN New Zealand’s prime minister was forced to take a commercial flight to Japan after his air force plane broke down while refuelling in Papua New Guinea, his office said Monday. Christopher Luxon switched late Sunday to a scheduled flight from Port Moresby to Tokyo via Hong Kong because of a technical issue with the New Zealand Defence Force Boeing 757 aircraft he had been flying on. A problem with a command module for a small flap on the wing meant the aircraft could not fly as high or as fast as normal, affecting its range, a defence spokesperson said. It was detected while the plane was on the ground in Papua New Guinea. A delegation of business leaders and journalists accompanying Luxon had to wait until Monday to fly on the air force 757 to Brisbane and then catch a commercial flight to Tokyo, the spokesperson said. Luxon is expected to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his four-day visit.In March, the New Zealand leader had to fly commercial to Australia for meetings with Southeast Asian leaders after a problem with the landing gear grounded his defence force plane while still on the tarmac in Wellington.

BATTLE FOR SOUL OF RIVERS STATE: FUBARA, WIKE GROUPS TEST MIGHT

BATTLE FOR SOUL OF RIVERS STATE: FUBARA, WIKE GROUPS TEST MIGHT As the rest of the country returned to work today after the Sallah holidays, Armageddon days are here again and all hell may let loose in the escalating supremacy battle for the soul of the oil-rich Rivers State. At play is a test of federal might versus state grassroots politics. The debilitating crisis between ‘godfather’ Nyesom Wike, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, and ‘godson’ Siminalayi Fubara, the governor of Rivers, that had defied all odds, including a presidential intervention, yesterday, brought the state to its knees in a testy show of strength as forces on both sides matched up to each other with a further threat to stick to their guns. The battleground is the 23 local council secretariats, especially in the strongholds of the FCT Minister, where some council chairmen have vowed to return to the Secretariat and resume work today despite an executive order by the governor terminating their stay in office after the expiration of their tenures. In yesterday’s show of force, two security operatives lost their lives in the line of duty. Spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said two deaths were recorded – a policeman and a vigilante operative. When pressed for further details, she said investigations had commenced and more details would be released soon. In the bid to retain firm control of the state, Governor Fubara immediately convened a security council meeting with heads of security agencies over recent political developments in the state. The meeting was held behind closed doors at the Government House in Port Harcourt. After the meeting, Fubara told the press that discussions with the security heads centred on strategies to contain the invasion of local government secretariats. While most of the out-gone council bosses have decided to back down on their hard-stance posturing, three of the affected former chairmen are insisting on remaining in office. Aside from the Opobo-Nkoro and Bonny Local Council former heads, who vacated their offices voluntarily before June 17, marking the end of the three-year term, other out-gone chairmen in Asari-Toru, Akuku-Toru, Degema, Obio-Akpor, Port Harcourt City, Etche, Omuma, Ogu-bolo, Khana, Tai, Gokhana, Eleme, Oyigbo, among others were yesterday forced out of office by protesting youths who occupied the secretariats as early as 4 00 a.m. on Tuesday. However, two strong allies of Wike, the Ikwerre Council ex-chairman, Samuel Wanosike, and his counterpart in Emohua, Chidi Lloyd, who earlier boasted that they would not vacate office until they finished the six-month tenure elongation allocated to them by Martins Amaewhule-led Assembly, have vowed to resume work today. While youths poured out in numbers and invaded the council secretariats across the state, all roads leading to Ikwerre Local Government Area (LGA) headquarters were blocked; no one was allowed access to the council office, including journalists. The out-gone chairman, Wanosike, was seen in a viral photo seated in front of the secretariat waiting for the protesting youths, while Lloyd also stubbornly insisted that he remains the legitimate chairman of Emohua LGA, vowing not to relinquish his position. The police and other security agencies were seen armed to the teeth in various council secretariats with armoured vehicles monitoring the situation and ensuring the maintenance of law and order. They shot teargas to scare away more youths trooping from joining the crowd. There was also resistance from supporters of the embattled LGA bosses but they were overpowered. Various youth groups have also vowed to occupy all the LGA secretariats in the next two weeks. They, however, assured that they would allow access to council workers to carry out their official duties. Some of the workers expressed mixed feelings about resuming work today to avoid being caught in…