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12—Vanguard, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 INDUCTION: From left; Mr Osemenkhian Okoigun; Prof. Adetokunbo Denloye, Honorary Secretary, Nigerian Academy of Engineering; Mr Alfred Okoigun; Mr Ibrahim Inuwa, Technical Secretary, Nigerian Academy of Engineering and Mrs Julie Okoigun, during the induction of Mr Alfred Okoigun, as Honorary Fellow, by the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday. Omo-Agege's supension: Urhobo drag Senate to court By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor THE Urhobo in Delta State have dragged the Senate before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, seeking for an order to stop the legislative body from denying the ethnic group representation by the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo- Agege. The plaintiffs, Chief Alfred Okaka, Mr. Chris Agaga, Mr. Kingsley Okrikpo, Harrison Akpojarho, Manny Edu, Lyndon Ugbome, Moses Adegor and Godspower Emowhomuere, are praying the court to hold “that the rights of the people of Delta Central senatorial district to an u n f e t t e r e d representation in the legislative business of the Senate by Senator O m o - A g e g e constitutionally guaranteed for a tenure of four years cannot be abridged, diminuted, suspended, abrogated and or vitiated, except as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution (as amended.)”. Defendants in the suit are Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, the Senate, Clerk of the Senate, the Department of State Services, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Inspector- General of Police and Senator Omo-Agege. The plaintiffs are also praying the court to restrain Omo-Agege from appearing before any committee of the Senate to defend himself on his claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is the target of the bill to amend the Electoral Act. They also want the court to declare that “under the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the plaintiffs’ elected senator (Omo- Agege), representing Delta Central senatorial district cannot be made to vacate office other than as provided for by sections 68 and 69 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). Why we’re after Patience Jonathan’s Abuja Geographical properties —EFCC By Ikechukwu Nnochiri A BUJA—THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that it was seeking to take possession of two Abuja properties that were linked to former first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, because they are currently subjects of money laundering investigations. It said that the properties were registered in the name of Ariwabai Aruera Reachout Foundation/ Women For Change and Development Initiative, a pet project initiated by the former first lady. In an ex-parte motion that was moved by its lawyer, Mr. Benjamin Manji, EFCC urged the court to grant it the ownership of Plot No. 1960, Cadastral Zone A05 Maitama District and Plot No. 1758, Cadastral Zone A00, Business District in Abuja, From left: Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe, Guest Lecturer; Mr. Joanna Maduka, President, Nigerian Academy of Engineering; Mr Alfred Okoigun; Dr Maikanti Baro, Group Managing Director, NNPC and Prof Fola Lasisi, Vice President, at the induction. Photos: Kehinde Gbadamosi. belonging to Mrs. Jonathan’s foundation. In a supporting affidavit deposed to by one Mr. Kolawole Mukaila, EFCC told the court that it had sometime in 2016, received via intelligence report to the office of its Executive Chairman, an alleged case of conspiracy and money laundering. According to him, “My team swung into action to conduct a discreet investigation by writing letters to Ecobank, Diamond Bank, Corporate Affairs Commission and Prevail on NASS to override Buhari on Electoral Act —Wike RIVERS State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has called on Nigerians to prevail on the National Assembly to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto of the 2010 Electoral Act Amendment Bill to guarantee free, fair and credible electoral system in Information Systems, AGIS. “In the course of investigation, it was revealed from the responses from the CAC and Abuja Geographical Information Systems that the plots of land were allocated to Ariwabai Aruera Reachout Foundation belonging to the former first lady and her allies.” EFCC insisted that it will be legally improper for the court to hear any counterapplication from the former first lady regarding its request for interim the country. Addressing the 2018 Annual Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Section on Legal Practice Conference in Port Harcourt, yesterday, Wike said: “We must all stand up against the devilish efforts by some anti-democratic forces to kill the ongoing process to amend the 2010 Electoral Act on the whimsical excuse that the order of elections proposed in the Amendment Bill contravenes the discretionary powers of INEC, which, in any case, has not complained of any mischief occasioned by the new order. “Let me remind us that a defining feature of the legal profession is the commitment to promote both the substantive rules and the processes of the law, as well as, to defend the democratic values of our society.” Wike said though the forfeiture order on the properties. Meanwhile, in a countermotion, Mrs. Jonathan, through her lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), challenged the powers of EFCC to take possession of assets of her Foundation. She prayed the court to strike out EFCC’s ex-parte application on the ground that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the application which she said was legally defective. Moving the motion, Ozehkome maintained that EFCC has not proved that his client ever engaged in any form of illegality. 2010 Electoral Act was enacted to promote credible elections, the All Progressives Congress, APC, working with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the Police manipulated the Act to rig the rerun elections in Rivers State. He said: “We all saw how result sheets were duplicated with identical serial numbers and handed over to the police to enter fake results and returns in favour of the candidates of the APC in the said elections. “Despite this law, we all saw how both the tribunal and the Court of Appeal anchored their verdicts on results that were generated and certified from the custody of the Nigerian Police, while the results from INEC, which conducted the elections, were branded irrelevant and accordingly rejected."
Vanguard, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018—13 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Address injustice in Ogoni, MOSOP urges FG By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HAR- C O U R T — MOVEMENT for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, has asked the Federal Government to address the injustice against the Ogoni people, adding that the Federal Government was not committed to the development of the area. Ijaw celebrate Tompolo, demand fiscal federalism By Jimitota Onoyume & Cletus Opukeme WARRI: AMID tight security, Ijaw nation yesterday, celebrated the 47th birthday anniversary of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, re-affirming their demand for true federalism. Dressed in white t-shirts with inscriptions Happy Birthday GOC, Happy birthday Hero of Niger Delta, hundreds of Ijaw youths who thronged the place chanted Ijaw solidarity songs. Chief Mike Lolibo and Rosemary Bramaidah who gave the lectures on Niger Delta and the Burden of Resource Control, called on the Ijaw nation to continue its agitation for fairness and justice to the region, describing Tompolo as the liberator of modern day Niger Delta. Lolibo said the nation and the region will only know peace when the issues of underdevelopment of the Niger Delta region were redressed, calling on the Federal Government to enthrone true and fiscal MOSOP also regretted that people of the area are still living in pain and poverty, despite the fact that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had raised the hope of the people. In a statement, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, the spokesman of MOSOP, Mr. Fegalo Nsuke, said: “At the inception of this administration, we had anticipated some relief for federalism. “Niger Delta will not know peace until you address the problem of true federalism. Resource ownership and resource control were agreements reached by our founding fathers, that is why the nation will not rest until the problems are redressed. “The Nigerian constitution is defective and the federalism is defective. Tompolo’s Bayelsa community seeks govt intervention over oil spill By Emem Idio Y ENAGOA— NEMBE Creek community in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has appealed to the federal and state governments to intervene in the delay of AITEO Production and Exploration Company to clean-up an oil spill that has been destroying farmlands in the area since 2016. In a statement by the Amanyanabo of Nembe Creek Community, Chief Kemmer Igbeta, and Vice Chairman of United Nembe the Ogoni people not only because the new president had during his campaign pledged to implement the clean-up of Ogoniland but had expected that the clean-up will open discussions on crucial issues affecting Ogoni. “The lessons from Ogoni clearly show how much injustice is pervasive in our country. The shame is that rather than address these injustices, our country and struggle gave us presidency. We will not rest until the injustice is redressed. “All the cases against Tompolo are political. They must drop all the political charges against him,” he said, lauding Tompolo for promoting peace in the region. Rosemary, on her part, said: “We are marginalised. We shall not accept this. Tompolo is leader of the Creek Fishermen Association in Yenagoa, yesterday, the people lamented that oil spill had occurred three times from 2016 till date and accused the company of negligence. According to them, since the company took over the exploration of oil from Shell in Nembe Creek Oilfields, the community has continued to suffer and experience oil spills without the company making any effort to clean them up. All efforts to speak with AITEO officials were unsuccessful as repeated calls to their phone lines our government have attempted to deceive the world about the true situation in Ogoniland. “Today in Ogoniland, some villages bury as many as 13 persons in a week. When you relate this to some parts of our country, where you do not hear of deaths in one year except for very old people, you will appreciate the reality of the danger faced by the Ogoni people." MEETING: Delta State deputy governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro (middle); Mr. Igho Weli, General Manager, External Relations, who represented SPDC MD, (5th left); Mr. Boro Opudu (right); Mr. Alaye Dokubo, SPDC (2nd right); Mr. Evans Krukrubo, SPDC (3rd right); Dr. Alice Ajeh, SPDC (4th right); Mr. Tunji Sapara, SPDC (5th right); Mrs. Dorcas Owhorukowho, SPDC (left); Bosin Ebikeme (2nd left); Mr. Jerry Udjo, SPDC (3rd left); Kelly Penawou (4th left) and David Tonwe (6th left), during Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Vandalism of Oil and Gas Facilities meeting with SPDC delegates at Government House Annex, Warri, Delta State, yesterday. struggle of the Niger Delta, today, he is the GOC. Ijaw nation has never been conquered, restructuring is possible in our time.” Earlier, Chairman of the event, Chief Wellington Okrika, in his remark pledged to do more for the Ijaw nation, saying he had not met expectations of Ijaw youths as a leader. He lauded Tompolo for his contribution to the Ijaw struggle. were not answered. The people said: “The reckless activities of the company have endangered the health of our people, while the sources of drinking water are all damaged. We wish to notify the public, as a demonstration of our commitment to peace, of our frustrations and disappointment at AITEO Production and Exploration’s indifference and nonchalant attitude to the plight of the people of Nembe Creek communities, precipitated by AITOE’s exploration and production operations at Nembe creek oil fields." 2019: Unite to remove APC, Edo-Osagie urges PDP, others By Gabriel Enogholase B ENIN—AHEAD of the 2019 general election in the country, former Edo State deputy chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Clement Edo-Osagie, has charged the party, other political parties and groups in the country to wake up from their slumber and unite to remove the All Progressives Congress, APC, from office. Edo-Osagie, who spoke with newsmen in Benin City, yesterday, while reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari's recent declaration for a second tenure, said that it was not, “sufficient for them to remain indifferent hoping that the people’s will shall be done without working hard for victory. “I admonish them to step up their political campaigns and set up contacts, political enlightenment and Okeze installed as Oboli of Ibusa THE people of Umuezeagwu Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State have described the newly installed Oboli of Ibusa, Chief Jonathan Okeze, as an illustrious son of the community whose title conferment was to appreciate him for the numerous contributions he has made to the socioeconomic development of the community. The Senior Diopka and head of Umuezeagwu Ibusa, Ojiso Oweleke, made the remark at the conferment ceremony of Youth leaders disown community president THE youth presidents of Iduwini communities in Ekeremor and Burutu LGAs of Bayelsa and Delta states respectively have denied media report of March 15, 2018, claiming that Mr. Andrew Gbigbi is the newly elected President of Iduwini National body. The youth presidents from Aghoro 1 community, Mr. Tomone Isreal, Ofougbene community, Mr. strategic committees to properly annex their strength and educate the electorate on how to win the 2019 presidential election. “The presidential election is not going to be a tea party, but a political war as the expectations of Nigerians are very high and the PDP and other political parties cannot afford to fail them this time around. “ If President Buhari and the APC have failed Nigerians and they are now faced with more sufferings, pains and hunger, we should thank God that the 2019 election is an opportunity to vote them out of power. “The people of this country have suffered enough in the hands of autocratic government of the APC who have no direction in correcting the massive economic injustice, security lapses in the nation. So, all positive political parties must rally round to change the forces of political darkness. “We must unite now, strategise and have wide range of contacts as this is the only panacea to winning the elections.” Oboli chieftaincy title on Chief Okeze. He called on others to emulate the gesture while another community leader and Iyase (Prime Minister) of Ibusa) Chief Okonichia, described the Oboli title as that given only to a son of the soil that has proved himself a worthy citizen. In his acceptance speech, Chief Okeze expressed appreciation to the Diokpa Oweleke and entire community for the honour and promised to continue to identify and contribute to the development of the community. Ibamugha Epidei, Aghoro ll community, Mr Kingsley Egbemi, Forcados community, Mr. Ezekiel Doloebioei, Amatu ll community, Mr. Firstboy Jobe and others, in a statement, said no election had been held in any of the Iduwini communities. They maintained that election for the next executive of the apex body will be conducted this year. They warned Gbigbi to stop parading himself as president of the community.