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Hate Speech Bill seeks justice for ALUU 4, others – Senator Abdullahi

…Death penalty, other punitive terms very open to amendments

ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja

The Deputy Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has said the Anti-hate Speech Bill presently before the National Assembly seeks to ensure justice for Nigerians who are victims of hate speech contrary to widespread speculations.

In a statement he issued in Abuja on Monday, the lawmaker explained that the bill would ensure justice for Nigerians who were wrongfully accused and killed.

Abdullahi disclosed that the lawmakers were already working in agreement to see that adjustments are made to the death penalty and other punitive terms contained in the bill.

The Senate’s Deputy Whip, who recalled the brutal murder of Tekena, Lloyd, Ugonna and Chidiaka in 2014, said the University of Port-Harcourt students were victims of hate speech.

According to him, the bill if passed into law without a death penalty would ensure justice for the victims and their families by ensuring that the perpetrators face the weight of the law accordingly.

He added that the proposed bill seeks to protect the lives of Nigerians against undue manipulations by mischievous elements in society.

The lawmaker debunked insinuations that the bill was targeted at giving President Muhammadu Buhari Administration a third term in office, describing the insinuation as a smear campaign by political merchants who do not wish Nigeria well.

Abdullahi also bemoaned the increasing rate of suicides and depression among Nigerian youths, attributing the development to societal values which breed intense hate.

He, however, stated that the death penalty for anyone found culpable of using hate speech that leads to the death of another, is an aspect that will be subject to an amendment when the bill is eventually considered and goes through a public hearing.

“The death penalty is not definite like some Nigerians are making it seem. In the National Assembly, bills go through legislative processes. The concerns on the death penalty are genuine and will be amended accordingly.

During these processes, amendments are made to fine-tune the bill in meeting with existing realities.

“Therefore, the hate speech bill will go through these processes to ensure Nigerians get the best out of the proposed bill,” Senator Abdullahi said.

“If passed, the bill will ensure justice for Nigerians who are silent victims of hate speech. As we speak, statistics show that so many Nigerians are depressed and suicidal. This is as a result of the way our society is presently wired.

“We live in a hate-filled society in Nigeria and need an existing law to address this. In Kenya, they found the need to address the associated Ills of hate speech and they are now better for it with the introduction of laws in that direction.

“In 2014, if you recall, four university of Port Harcourt students were unjustly murdered in cold blood as a result of hate speech. So many others have died as a result of wrong accusations. It is time to put a stop to these gruesome killings through hate speech,” Abdullahi said.

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Lagos budget of N1.168 trn scales through second reading

IBRAHIM QUADRI

The 2020 budget of N1.168 trillion presented by the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday scaled through second reading at the State House of Assembly.

The House took the debate following a motion to that effect by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade.

Members spoke glowingly about the budget as they commended the Governor for producing such a laudable document, which when properly and carefully implemented, would better the living standard of Lagosians.

Referring the budget to the House Committee on Economic Planning and Finance to look at it and report to the House in six weeks’ time, the Speaker, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa, urged his colleagues to support the Governor to be able to achieve the aim of the budget.

The State Governor had presented a budget size of N1.168trillion to the State House of Assembly.

The budget, which was christened ‘Awakening to a greater Lagos,’ has deficit of 97.5bn which would be financed through internal and external borrowings.

According to the Governor, the capital would be 773bn while recurrent would stand at 441.8bn representing 62:38 ratio respectively.

The budget brekadown showed that infrastructure got the lion share 115bn followed by education that got 48bn.

He explained further that he would ensure adequate performance of the budget before December 2020, saying “I’m energized through your cillective effort to take decision. It is to imagine a new Lagos and better Lagos.”

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Buhari hails Kogi Gov Bello on re-election

SUNDAY ODE, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on his re-election in the November 16 gubernatorial poll.

In a statement, the President described the election and emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as “a race well run and a victory well won.”

The statement signed by the Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, commended APC supporters for remaining steadfast and resolute even in the face of isolated incidents of violence.

The statement said President Buhari condoled with families and loved ones of those who lost their lives as a result of regrettable acts of violence by thugs doing the bidding of their political sponsors.

According to the President, “All political actors and stakeholders must take deliberate steps to eschew electoral violence as a peaceful and orderly process is vital to our quest for enduring democracy.”

He salutes officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for creditably discharging their responsibilities under difficult conditions, the statement said.

It said Buhari urged Gov. Bello to see his renewed mandate as another opportunity to build on the foundations already laid towards improving the lives of the people of Kogi State.

“He also enjoins the governor to imbibe the spirit of magnanimity in victory by extending a hand of partnership to opposition candidates, while urging those dissatisfied with the outcome of the election to approach the courts,” the statement added.

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Bayelsa decides: Jonathan congratulates Lyon

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has broken silence on the emergence of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief David Lyon as the governor of Bayelsa State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Lyon winner of the 2019 gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa State.

Chief Lyon, won six of the eight local government areas of the state.

The total votes recorded by the APC candidate, Chief David Lyon is 352,552 as against 143,172 recorded by the PDP candidate, Senator Douye Diri.

We reports that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, led APC leaders including governor-elect David Lyon, to visit the former president’s home on Monday.

Speaking during APC governors visit, the former president congratulated Lyon even as he tasked him to put the welfare and interest of the Bayelsa people above every other issue.

“As a former president of Nigeria, I am a father to all Bayelsans, hence my doors are open to all citizens irrespective of their political affiliations.

“I urge you to make the welfare of Bayelsa people a top priority and carry all of them along irrespective of the party they voted for.

“Elections are over now, so I want you to see yourself as the governor of all and not only to the sections that voted for you. This is the way to move Bayelsa forward,” he stated.

Jonathan also condemned the violence in some parts of the state during the elections, describing it as unfortunate and regrettable, NAN reports.

He said the nation’s democracy would never mature if the violence and irregularities during elections continued.

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Bayelsa/Kogi Decides: No democracy in Nigeria – Moghalu

Former presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Kingsley Moghalu has lamented the conduct of November 16 elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.

The former presidential candidate declared that what transpired during Kogi and Bayelsa States respectively shows that Nigeria has no democracy.

The election in both states were marred by violence, ballot box snatching and others.

We reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared thirty of its ad hoc staff who participated in yesterday’s governorship election in Olamaboro Local Government Area (LGA), Kogi state, missing.

The electoral body disclosed this early Sunday morning through the Local Government Area’s Electoral Officer in charge of collating and announcing results, Garba Mahmood.

Mahmood said that the INEC ad-hoc workers were reported missing after some police officers raised concern that they were last seen shortly after voting ended at 2 p.m.

Also, Senator Dino Melaye announced the death of his nephew, Olorunjuwon, who was shot by unknown gunmen at his polling unit during the Saturday’s election.

Reacting, Moghalu in a post on his Twitter account, advocated for a solution to electoral problems.

He listed electronic voting and an overhaul of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) as a solution to the current electoral problems.

Moghalu wrote: “With the conduct of “elections” in Kogi and Bayelsa states last weekend it’s clear we don’t have a democracy really.

“We should stop deceiving ourselves. We need fundamental electoral reform in Nigeria; digital/electronic voting,overhaul of INEC. Until that happens.”

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Chideraa Nwabasili weds Kenechukwu Anyanwutaku in Lagos


Mr. Kenechukwu Anyanwutaku and his wife Chideraa (middle) pose with the Officiating Priest at our Saviors’ Church TBS Lagos.


L-r… Chairman of the Occasion Mr & Mrs Udu Kalu uzoechi and with Former President Aka Ikenga, Chief Godwin Uwazurike.


L-r… Dr Valentine Ozigboh, former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, Chairman Chelsea Hotel & Suite Abuja Chief Patrick Chidolue ,Chairman Orange Drugs Group, Chief (Sir) Tony Ezenna, Chief Dr. Ignatus Odunukwe and Mr Samuel Eyisi.


L-r… Group Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief, Champion Newspapers Limited, Dr. (Mrs.) Nwadiuto Iheakanwa , Group Executive Director of Dozzy Group Lady Ada Chukwudozie Chief Iju Tony Nwabudike and Hon Chi Ezenwoke.


From 2nd left Chief Dr. Chigozie Nwolisa (Eselu Awka Etiti) Chief Innocent Obelle,Chief Jude Onyebuchi Agbodike (Aguata) and others.


Left CEO Colonades Hotels and Resorts Limited Chief Charles Odunukwe his wife Ogechukwu Margaret Odunukwe, pose with the parents of the bride Engr (sir) Clement & Lady Ester Chinyere Nwabasili (right).


L-r…Sir Okarai Ifeanyi ,Ezinne Lilian Okudo , Engr (sir) Clement Nwabasili and Dr. Sonny Kuku.


L-r… Chief Mrs Josephine Okeke Onwudiwe (Abeni), Mrs Florence Nweze and Chief Mrs. Tata TOE-Ekechi.


L-…r Mrs. Victoria Anaekwe, her mother Mrs Ijeoma Ezeuko pose with the parents of the bride Engr (sir) Clement & Lady Ester Chinyere Nwabasili.


Mr Kenechukwu Samuel Anyanwutaku and his wife Former Miss Chideraa Adaobi Ezinne Nwabasili cutting their wedding cake at the reception Habour point Event centre Lagos on 16/11/2019… PHOTOS: CHINYERE IKEANYI.

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Bayelsa Gov.-elect, Lyon speaks on his victory, unveil plans for opposition

The Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon, has urged his rivals to team up with him to form an all-inclusive government upon assumption of office.

Lyon, who gave the call in reaction to his victory at the Saturday’s election, lauded peoples of the state for their overwhelming support during the just concluded poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Lyon of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the Saturday election in Bayelsa State.

However, Lyon, in a statement described his victory as a divine orchestration aimed at salvaging the people of the state from the shackles of guided oppression and internal colonialism.

He said: “Bayelsa is one family, and no individual or group of persons irrespective of their political affiliations or standards can separate us from our collective destiny,” he said.

“There is no victor no vanquished in politics. We will not segregate ourselves from each other because of political differences. We must unite and move forward together, that is the next level agenda.

“We must integrate our state into the mainstream politics to attract rapid development into our state.”

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Akpoti says Bello ordered her assassination

The Social Democratic Party, SDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has alleged that Yahaya Bello has ordered her assassination.

She made this statement on Monday via her official twitter page. Akpoti wrote: “Gov Yahaya Bello has ordered for my assassination.”

Recall that Akpoti on Sunday called for the cancellation of the ongoing gubernatorial election in Kogi Central and part of Lokoja, the state capital.

Akpoti said that “what happened in Kogi Central and other parts of the state was a far cry from a credible election,” hence the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should cancel the elections and conduct a rerun.

She made the call in a statement she personally signed and issued on Sunday.

According to Akpoti: “Ballot boxes were destroyed and burnt in Okene, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori Magongo and Okehi Local government areas and other parts of the state.”

She added that her party’s official agents were tied and intimidated.

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