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Electoral Bill: Reps Member Slams Malami Over Comments On NASS

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  • Says PIA A Product Of Cordial Legislature/Executive Relationship
  • Challenges Minister To Test Political Popularity In Home State

A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ademorin Kuye, (APC, and Lagos) has berated the Minister for Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for making uncomplimentary remarks about the National Assembly’s legislative accomplishments.

The lawmaker who is deputy chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business is specifically described as in “bad taste” Malami’s assertion that “the National Assembly’s interest in passing laws is solely political.”

The minister’s comments were contained in a letter he purportedly sent to the President, advising him to withhold assent in the wake of the recent passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by the National Assembly.

The lawmaker in a reaction he personally signed and made available to Saturday INDEPENDENT in Abuja said: “In his diatribe, he posited that the lawmakers are only concerned about their political inclination and that their legislative activity, especially with the electoral bill that was passed is insensitive, discriminatory and supports insecurity.”

“While the minister is entitled to his opinion, we must resist the attempt to pitch the executive against the legislature, while denigrating the synergy that has existed between both arms of government.

“If the impact of lawmaking is only political, as Mr. Malami has posited, the landmark Petroleum Industry Bill (PIA) that had eluded many administrations since 2003, would still be in the dustbin of executive-legislative bickering.

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“This singular achievement of the 9th Assembly under the joint leadership of the Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, have opened up the petroleum industry and made the country’s oil and gas sector competitive globally, as the accruing benefits have continued to unravel.

“Other extractive industry initiatives have been backed up with legislations that have pushed to institutionalise transparency, accountability and local ingenuity,” the statement pointed out.

It further stressed that “the laws governing corporate and allied matters got extensive overhauling by this Assembly and it has since revolutionised businesses in the country and impacted the ease of doing business. These laws are apolitical and have affected all Nigerians.

“Apparently, the Minister has also forgotten that it was earlier in the year that a new reformed policing architecture was made possible through the Police Reform Act 2021 that captured the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians for a better, friendlier and more robust policing after the debacle of #EndSARS protest in November 2020 and its attendant social-political upheavals.

“If Malami has forgotten the broad impact of these few legislations and he is tagging the National Assembly’s legislative functions as political he needs to be reminded. Perhaps he has forgotten his rudimentary social studies.

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“Or how would an Attorney General of the Federation surmise that an electoral bill that allows for all members of a party to have a say in selecting who becomes their party flag bearer be described as supporting insecurity and discriminatory for President Muhammed Buhari to sign into law?

“What are the cost implications to parties like APC who recently had a nationwide membership registration exercise? Or how does APC, for example, reconcile the Minister’s cry of expensive direct primaries with this recent membership drive?

“How can direct primaries be expensive when the party already has databases and mechanisms in place where its members can vote online and from the comfort of their homes? Or is the APC admitting through the minister that its recent registration of members is just a waste of resources and an avenue to just buy time for the caretaker committee to remain in office? Hon. Kuye queries.

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Group Calls For Protection Of Journalists In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi States

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The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged for necessary measures to protect journalists and other media workers during this weekend’s off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.

The group sent the request to the federal and state governments, as well as law enforcement and security agencies, stressing that the role of journalists in disseminating information about the electoral process is critical to ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.

In a statement issued ahead of the elections in Lagos and signed by the Communications Officer, Media Rights Agenda, Idowu Adewale, MRA also urged journalists to be cautious and to use its existing hotline (08138755660) to report any threat or attack they may encounter during the process, as well as any obstacle.

Adewale said in the statement: “Given the pattern of heightened attacks on journalists and the media during previous elections, including the recent 2023 general elections, as well as the tense political climate in the three states in the lead-up to the elections, measures must be taken to ensure general security during the elections and provide adequate protection for journalists covering the elections.”

“Access to information allows citizens and other members of the public to have the information they need about political and electoral processes, facilitating effective public participation in elections,” he says.

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“Journalists and the media play an important role in ensuring residents and other members of the public have access to information and may participate in the process.

“As part of efforts to preserve the integrity of the polls, it is also critical that the safety and well-being of these interlocutors be assured and safeguarded.”

Lamenting the increased number of attacks on journalists in the run-up to the off-cycle elections, as well as earlier this year in the run-up to the general elections, he emphasised that “a free and vibrant media is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to carry out their duties without fear, coercion, or violence.” During this vital phase, MRA stands ready to assist them and assure their safety.”

 

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Police Nab Husband, As Mother Of ‘Mummy Be Calming Down’ Boy Takes Own Life

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Men from the Edo State Police Command are said to have detained Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after he allegedly murdered her.

Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the tiny boy whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “Mummy be calming down.”

Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media after a video of him crying in an attempt to confidently appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.

The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to remain calm during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.

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While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.

According to an X user, Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, for unknown reasons.

The X user, who stated that he was present at the site on Monday afternoon, went on to say that she had refused to disclose her difficulties with anyone before committing herself.

“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm Down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he stated in an email.

“She refused to discuss her problems with anyone.” She abandoned three children for her husband, including the well-known Mummy Calm Down boy.”

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Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.

Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.

The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.

Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead. (Adapted from a Vanguard report).

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Anambra: CP Aderemi Adeoye Decorates Promoted Officers With New Ranks

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The Anambra State Police Command Headquarters Conference Hall was a hive of activity Thursday as CP Aderemi Adeoye took turns decorating around 18 promoted officers of the command with their new titles.

The delight of some of the officers whose wives assisted the CP in decorating their husbands with their new ranks knew no bounds, as their husbands duly saluted their wives and the CP for their new positions and responsibilities.

Obi Innocent, one of the officers elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), whose wife joined CP Aderemi Adeoye in adorning him with his new rank, said it was wonderful that the Inspector General of Police thought him worthy.

CSP Obi Innocent, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13, Police Zonal Headquarters Ukpo, stated that his new rank was a call to service and that he would do his best to uphold the charge given to them by CP Aderemi Adeoye to respect and protect the citizenry’s fundamental rights in the discharge of their new assignments.

Charity Akharame, who was honoured with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and was the only female officer among the 18 promoted officers decorated with new ranks, said it was not an easy feat but she was grateful to be among those who were decorated with their new ranks.

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DSP Charity Akharame, the officer in charge of stores in the Anambra State Police Command, recalled how she began as a Police Constable and worked her way up to her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Police.

She stated that as a very disciplined police officer, she would follow the Police Commissioner’s directions regarding respect for all and sundry in the fulfillment of her constitutional obligations.

Jane-Frances Obi, one of the spouses of the officers elevated to the level of CSP, stated that being the wife of a police officer was not an easy assignment. As a result, she recommended any lady who is married to a police officer to be patient and understanding because the job is quite demanding.

Jane-Frances Obi, whose husband is Innocent Obi, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13 Ukpo, believes the promotion is a reward for years of being patient, understanding, and standing in for them when they are not present.

Meanwhile, Emenike Chinenyenwa, who was decorated with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and presented a vote of appreciation, expressed deep gratitude to the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission for considering them worthy of being adorned in their new ranks.

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ACP Emenike, the officer in charge of Medicals, stated that the elevation comes with increased responsibility and that they will work harder in their new tasks.

CP Aderemi Adeoye praised the current promotion winners in his remarks, noting that two aspects make the police career very interesting and eventful. He stated that one is for promotion and the other is for positions.

CP Adeoye, on the other hand, urged the newly honored officers to develop more empathy, compassion, care, and dedication in the performance of their jobs.

The police chief insisted that newly promoted officers must first recognise that they share the same humanity as others, and as a result, they must treat all people with dignity and protect their fundamental human rights at all times.

CP Aderemi Adeoye stressed that without the enormous roles of spouses, they wouldn’t have been successful in their careers. He therefore congratulated all the promoted and prayed that God gives them good health to enjoy the new ranks and the energy to discharge the responsibilities of their new offices.

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  • Source: Independent

 

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