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The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege

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APC Registration: Give PDP Members Opportunity To Join Us – Omo-Agege

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, has said that access should be given to all, including members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), willing to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the party’s membership registration exercise.

Addressing party faithful who thronged his country home, Orogun in Ughelli North LGA, Delta State, for the flag off of the APC registration exercise in the state, he said the essence of the exercise is to rejuvenate the party.

“Our overall leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, wants all party faithful to grow the APC from the bottom up. To my leaders, this exercise is going to be different. Everybody and anybody desirous to be registered should not be denied, including PDP members, especially the aggrieved ones. Let’s reach out to them.

Attacks On Fulani In S/West: Act Now Before We Lose Nigeria, Tofa Tells Buhari

An elder statesman, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the extrajudicial killing of Fulani in South West to save Nigeria from disintegration.

Tofa spoke on Tuesday, hours after a fresh attack on a Fulani community in Ogun State that led to the killing of a herdsman and the burning of a settlement and a market. There was similar incident in Oyo State few days ago where Fulani settlements were destroyed and the herders sacked at the instance of a self-acclaimed Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho.

Tofa, who was the presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), said it would be a futile attempt to stop lawlessness when youths from the North take arms against people from other regions. The elder statesman also took a swipe at some South West leaders, who he said looked the other way while some purported “freedom fighters” kept beating the drum of war, issuing eviction orders, attacking and maiming the Fulani.

IGP: You’re Trampling On The Law, Lawyers Tell Buhari

Lawyers on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s dilly-dallying in appointing a new Inspector-General of Police and allowing incumbent Mohammed Adamu to remain in office constituted a breach of the constitution and the rule of law.

Adamu, who was due for retirement on Monday on attaining the statutory retirement age of 35 years in service, is staying tight in the absence of a clear directive from the Presidency.

An impeccable source at the Force Headquarters told our correspondent on phone that Adamu came to office earlier in the day. “I saw the IG and his men at Force headquarters but he didn’t hold any function. Of course, I’d know if he had held any function. He only came for final touches,” the source said.

Residents Flee Zaria Neighbourhoods Over Kidnappers’ Rampage

When gunmen invaded Kuregu-Wusasa in Zaria on January 25, killed a soldier, a civilian, and abducted six others near the railway tracks, a seven-year-old boy heard of the incident.

The gunmen had engaged security agents in a shoot-out, which led to the killing of the soldier. They then set ablaze a military vehicle. The boy is the son of Malam Musa Shehu, a resident of Tsallaken Dogo in Zaria, who said his son has been traumatized since the event.

Shehu, who still resides in the community after some residents fled due to insecurity, said he fears for his family’s safety but he has nowhere to go to. “My son has consistently asked me: ‘Daddy when are we relocating?’ but I told him to be patient because this is our home and I was born here. We have no other home to go to, we have now resorted to special prayers for God’s intervention,” he said.

Ethno-Religious Sentiments Affecting Governance In Nigeria – Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says political, ethnic and religious sentiments make governance tough in Nigeria.

Lawan stated this in Abuja on Tuesday while delivering a lecture at the National Defence College Course 29 Programme.

“Unfortunately, almost every issue you bring in Nigeria would rather have or would be given either political, ethnic, geo-political or religious coloration. The national interest must override any other interest because it’s the interest of the majority of the people of the country. If we do that, chances are that we’ll always get it right.

No Going Back On Planned Strike – Varsity Workers

The Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), on Tuesday, maintained that it has not shelved its plan to embark on an indefinite strike, starting from Friday, February 5.

President of SSANU, Mohammed Haruna Ibrahim and the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja after a 4-hour closed-door meeting with the representatives of the federal government led by Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

Addressing newsmen, Adeyemi said they, as union leaders lacked powers to direct their members to suspend the action, which is meant to press home their demands, bordering on alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance and non-payment minimum wage arrears.

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