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Aftermath Of Speakers Impeachment:

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Ohaji Egbema Lawmaker  Cools  Off In Detention,  Araraume’s Camp  Denies Meeting With Chiji

Report had it that the Honourable member representing Ohaji/Egbema state Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly is still in detention as at the time of filling this report.

 It was reported that after the impeachment of the former Speaker Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins and subsequent emergence of the new Speaker Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem, the APC legislators moved down to Imo State Government House for the presentation of the new speaker to the governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

It was alleged that Hon. Heclus Okoro who is said to be against the impeachment of the former speaker Chiji had a misunderstanding with the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Amara Iwuanyanwu.

which resulted to a physical combat.

A reliable source revealed to this newspaper that when the trouble heated up, security agents attached to the government released not less than four bullets to scare people away.

Meanwhile, the Ohaji/Egbema born legislator is still under Police net and will be arraigned in court today, Monday 16th November 2020

Meanwhile, Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has disassociated himself from the news circulating through the social media that he had secret meetings with the former Speaker Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins which culminated into removing him from the office.

This was contained in a release by the Media team of the former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who represented Imo North Senatorial district between 1999 and 2007 and made available to the media.

Senator Araraume through the release stated that he had no business with the former speaker Chiji Collins even the new Speaker, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem. The statement as it reads in parts: “

“Our attention has been drawn to a reckless and crass claim that the impeachment of the former speaker of Imo House of Assembly (IMHA), Rt. Hon Chiji Collins was a consequence of a meeting between him and Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Araraume”.

“We considered it worthwhile to give attention to this for record purposes which must be put straight so the public won’t run with falsehood. To that effect we wish to state categorically that there was no such meeting anywhere between Rt. Hon Chiji Collins and Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Araraume”.

“Ever since the lockdown came into effect as a measure to curb the spread of COVID19, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume never stepped out of Abuja for the East except on the 2nd of September 2020 when he came into the state for the APC Imo North Senatorial bye-election primary which took place the following day, 3rd September. He left back for Abuja early morning on the 4th being the day after the primary without seeing any visitor in his house”.

“It could be recalled that on his arrival from Abuja for the said primary, he immediately joined the meeting of the aspirants with the governor which lasted till about 3am the following day. Hence, there was no time for any meeting with any other personality”.

The public should therefore disregard this rumour as baseless and unfounded. It is the handiwork of mischief makers who think that the best way to ascend to power is by sparking off rumours and to create disaffections against personalities like Araraume.

“Araraume has no business with the former speaker, Rt Hon. Chiji Collins. He also has no business whatsoever with the new speaker, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem either”

He therefore called on the general public to disregard the rumors from the pit of hell as he described it as baseless and unfounded.

According to him, “It is the handiwork of mischief makers who think that the best way to ascend to power is by sparking off rumours and to create disaffections against personalities like Araraume”.

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Benue Releases 210 Impounded Cattle To Owners

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Benue State government has released to the owners a total of 210 cattle earlier impounded by the state Livestock Guards Task Force for violating its laws against open grazing in two Local Government Areas.

Commander of the Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki, said that 140 of the cattle were arrested at Mballgh council ward in Makurdi LGA while the remaining 70 bringing the total to 210 were impounded from Ggbajimgba in Guma LGA.

Zaki who handed the seized animals to their owners in Makurdi, encouraged them to respect the state’s law which banned open grazing since 2017, adding that they had fulfilled the requirements for violating the law.

“We can’t stop implementing the law so they (herders) should do the right thing by obeying the law,” the Livestock commander said.

Reacting, the State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Risku Mohammed, who led some members of his executives to include his secretary, Ibrahim Galma and the owners of the cattle to receive the animals appreciated the Benue government for keeping the cattle safe.

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Mohammed admitted that the herders had trespassed the anti-open grazing law of the state as he stressed that some of them were yet to fully understand the law and that was why there were still pockets of violation in different areas of the state.

He appealed for time to enable the association effectively educate and orientate their members about the law, stressing the need for government to provide a pilot ranching for them to learn the rudiments.

On his part, the owner of the 140 animals, Abdullahi Haruna, said he had followed the due process for the release of his cattle and therefore came with vans to evacuate them.

While the owner of the 70 cows, Haro Audu, said his children had herded the cattle into Benue state but appreciated the peaceful release of the animals back to him.

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45-year-old man sentenced to death, 10-year imprisonment for murder in Ekiti

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The Ekiti State High Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man, Mohammed Isiaka, to death by hanging for killing one Yakubu Jimoh.

The court, nonetheless, discharged and acquitted two others – Ismaila Okoro, 20, and Awolusi Bidemi, 23.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, said, “The first accused is sentenced to death by hanging for murder on count one; and on count two, he is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with N20,000 option of fine for unlawful possession of firearms.”

The judge also sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of the Nigerian Army uniform with an option of fine of N2,000.

He, however, acquitted the second and third defendants, saying, “In the case, there was no bit of evidence before me from which it could be inferred that the accused persons conspired to commit the offence of murder.

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“The only option open to me in the circumstance is to hold that the prosecution had not proved the offence of conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt against the accused persons. In the circumstance, the 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted.”

According to the charge, the first accused committed the offence on or about March 27, 2017, at Igirigiri village in Ado Ekiti, when he murdered one Yakubu Jimoh contrary to Section 316 and punishable under sections 319 and 428 (d) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.

The prosecutor, Mr Gbemiga Adaramola, called six witnesses, while exhibits tendered included a gun, an army belt, a portrait picture, a mask, a human skull and bones, charms, among others.

The second and third defendants, who spoke through their counsel, Sunday Ochayi and Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, called one witness each.

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New dates, centres for post-UTME – OAU

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New dates, centres for post-UTME - OAU

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, in Osun State, has fixed new dates for its post-UTME screening exercise.

Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University read this in a press statement titled, ‘OAU fixes new post-UTME dates’ on Thursday.

The statement read in part, “All candidates are hereby informed that new dates, which starts from Saturday, 27th February 2021, will be conducted in two centers: Ile-Ife and Abuja.

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“The Post UTME Screening Exercise, which will be conducted in Ile-Ife centre, between Saturday, 27th February and Wednesday, 3rd March 2021 will be on OAU campus and its Centre for Distance Learning, in Moro, while the Abuja Centre will hold on Saturday, 6th March 2021 at the JAMB CBT Centre, Bwari, Abuja.

“In view of this, candidates are advised to log in to the https://www.admissions.oauife.edu.ng to print out their Screening Slips which contain actual dates and venues for each of them, beginning from Sunday, 14th February 2021.

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