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IGP plotting to frame me for murder –Saraki

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Idris to Senate President: We’ll get to the root of Kwara killings

 

Senators: Police withdrawing our orderlies

 

Youths protest

 

Kwara govt kicks against transfer of suspects to Abuja

 

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, alerted the Senate of alleged plot by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to frame and subject him to criminal prosecution and perhaps destroy him politically. New Telegraph learnt that suspected cultists arrested for murder in Kwara State have been moved to Abuja who would allegedly link Saraki to murder.

 

This was as the Senate constituted a 10-man delegation to meet President Muhammadu Buhari over this alleged attempt to implicate Saraki in a criminal matter as well as other maltreatment given to senators, including withdrawal of their police orderlies by the IGP.

 

The President of the Senate, who drew the attention of the Senate to the matter during plenary session, said that the scheme to incriminate him by the IGP was revealed to him by the Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed. He said that Governor Ahmed told him that a group of suspects who had been in Police cells for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with prosecution about to commence under the state law based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Ministry of Justice were ordered to be transferred to Abuja yesterday morning.

 

Saraki further said that the information available to the governor revealed that the IGP directed the Kwara State Commissioner of Police to immediately transfer the suspects to Force Headquarters, Abuja.

He noted that the governor was made to understand that the plan was to make the suspects under duress, to alter the statements they already made in Ilorin, stating that their new statements would be made to implicate the Kwara State Government and himself.

 

The President of the Senate alleged that the motive of the IGP in the matter was to settle scores over the declaration by the Senate that he was not qualified and competent to hold any public office, within and outside the country, and that he was an enemy of Nigerian democracy based on his usual disrespectful conduct towards lawful authorities.

 

Saraki said: “According to the information available to the governor, the Inspector- General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, directed the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State to immediately transfer the men to the Force Headquarters.

 

“The plan, as the governor was made to understand, is that under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements they already made in Ilorin. They will then be made to implicate the Kwara State Government, and in particular, myself, in their new statement.

 

“This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP Idris to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office, within and outside the country and that he is an enemy of Nigerian democracy based on his usual disrespectful conduct towards lawful authorities.

 

“In my own view, this plot is an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a Police State where top officials cannot be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities.

 

“I want to bring this dangerous development to the attention of all of you my colleagues, the entire country and the international community so that you can be aware of the level of impunity in our country and the danger it constitutes to our democracy.”

 

After making his submission, Saraki, without allowing senators to make contributions on the matter, called on the Leader of the Senate, Lawan, to go ahead and call up other items on the Order Paper for the considerations of the Chamber

 

However, the Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, observed that the issue raised by the President of the Senate was weighty enough not to be swept under the carpet, stressing that it was imperative that senators should make contributions on the matter on how to tackle the problems.

 

Some senators also raised observations that the IGP had withdrawn police orderlies of some members of the apex legislative chamber because of the current disagreement between the chamber and the IGP. At this point, Saraki gave opportunity for members to make comments on the issue he briefed about.

 

The Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala Na’ Allah, while contributing, said that the matter should be treated with the seriousness it deserved, pointing out that since the matter was coming from the Chief Security Officer of Kwara State, it should be taken seriously.

 

Senator Sam Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) lamented that lawmakers had been subjected to serious intimidation under the present administration, and by so doing, hindering them from carrying out their responsibilities effectively.

He said: “We should not trivialise this matter.

 

If it is happening to Saraki, then we are all in trouble.

 

 

Many of us have been earmarked. It is a calculated attempt to ridicule the person and integrity of the Senate President and the National Assembly as an institution.”

 

Anyanwu hinted that police orderlies of some senators, particularly those seen to be vocal, had been withdrawn through the orders of the IGP, stressing that he was not afraid of any level of persecution and would not be deterred from speaking his mind on issues affecting the Nigerian people.

 

Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC-Zamfara) told the Senate that his police orderly was withdrawn from him when he visited his constituency in Zamfara and when he got a replacement, the orderly was arrested and detained till the time he was speaking on the floor of the Senate.

 

The Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba), lamented the increased spate of intimidation of lawmakers, recalling how his police orderlies were suddenly withdrawn when he travelled to Jos on the orders of the IGP. On his ordeal when he applied for security backup on his way to a volatile part of Jos in Plateau State, Bwacha said: “Each and every one of us stand the danger of this development.

 

“I applied for security backup to an area that is known for kidnapping. As we were proceeding on our way, there was an instruction for the police officers to withdraw to a nearby police station.

My security detail was withdrawn in an area that is notorious for kidnapping and I was left alone. I had to drive alone in fear. We are no longer safe.”

Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, who announced the 10-man committee to visit President Buhari for a dialogue on the way forward, said that the parliament is the temple of democracy.

 

The members of the delegation are the Leader of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan; the Chief Whip, Prof. Olusola Adeyeye; Minority Whip, Godswill Akpabio, Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) and Raji Rasaki (APCEkiti). Others are Aliyu Wammakko (APC-Sokoto), Sam Egwu (PDP-Ebonyi), Danjuma Goje (APC-Gombe) and Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa). Saraki is to lead the delegation.

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Jonathan warns Buhari against rigging Ekiti poll

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against succumbing to pressure to subjugate democracy by rigging the Ekiti State governorship election, in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that such action would haunt him at the end of his tenure.

 

Dr. Jonathan also advised him against bowing to any such pressure to use presidential powers negatively, but urged President Buhari to use his powers to strengthen democracy in Nigeria. The former President, who gave this advice during the inauguration of the first over-head bridge in Ado- Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, warned that President Buhari would be haunted by posterity if he does “because what you go with is the name that you leave behind.”

 

His words: “I don’t believe anybody can defeat the PDP in Ekiti if election is going to be held. I want to advise President Buhari not to deploy power to truncate Ekiti election. Though as a President, you have the power, but don’t do that because of posterity. History will record whatever you do and the power of a leader is determined after leaving office and not when he is in the office.

 

“The will of the people must be allowed to stand at all times, because power belongs to them and we must respect their verdict through the ballots. I am using this opportunity to call on Mr. President. I was there, and

 

I know (that) when you are there, there is so much pressure from everybody to use all the powers you have to subjugate democracy,” he said. He, therefore, called on Buhari not to bow to pressure by attempting to subjugate democracy in Nigeria, as doing that would amount to undermining the country’s path to greatness.

 

Jonathan said that advanced countries of the world today achieved greatness from the selfless sacrifices made by both leaders and followers. Part of the sacrifices, he said, made by their leaders includes not interfering with the democratic process that brings in successive leaders into office.

 

“All the great democracies you are seeing in the world, those great countries were built by people who made sacrifices to make their countries great.” Jonathan also used the opportunity to commend Nigerian youths whom he described as great and hardworking people. Although he admitted that the youths were confronted with challenges, especially not being encouraged with creativity, he called on governments at all levels to encourage them to be hard-working. He further stated: “We have challenges – no power for creativity. With the limits we have, we know the great things you are doing.”

 

The former President expressed optimism that with the level of support by the people, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is a party to beat in the forthcoming election. Jonathan further called on Ekiti people to vote for the PDP in the July 14 governorship polls even as he thanked them for their support to Governor Ayodele Fayose. He commended PDP for choosing youthful governorship candidate and his running mate, adding: “Nigerian youths are not lazy. I don’t believe that, because I have worked with them closely.

They are great people with great potential who should be celebrated by any leader.” In a veiled reference to Buhari’s recent statement abroad, he said “As leaders we must make sure we present a country that will make us proud and not to use our country as a negative example in Africa to the outside world.

 

The idea of portraying Nigerians’ negative manners had occurred on two occasions under this present government. These are mistakes we should not make.” He thanked the people for their support for the PDP since 2015 and urged them to do more in the coming governorship election.

 

“Fayose will never compromise the interest of Ekiti people for anything. He is a leader who speaks truth to power. In fact, Fayose is a leader and he has done well for his people. Any leader who wants to encourage his people must encourage the education of the youth. If you don’t encourage the youths, they will be exploited. “As youths, you have to be aware that we are operating a knowledge-based economy. So you must be proficient in the use of computer. You can’t compromise this if you want to fit into the 21st  century economy,” he said.

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Nigeria more transparent under Buhari –Lai Mohammed

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Solicits TI’s support on anti-graft war

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said Nigeria is more transparent under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The Minister said this to a delegation of Transparent International (TI) led by its Chair, Delia Ferreira Rubio, who visited him in Abuja, saying President Buhari’s  administration is committed to eradicating corruption in the country. “Nigeria has never had a more transparent and more accountable government than the Buhari’s administration,” the Minister said.

 

He regretted that TI and the local civil society organisations affiliated to it have not offered the necessary support to the Federal Government in its anti-corruption war. The Minister, therefore, called on TI to support Buhari’s ant-corruption war, especially in the area of advocacy and capacity building. He noted that when the government disclosed that 55 people stole N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013, a section of the civil society alleged that the publication was one-sided, instead of supporting the govern  ment’s action.

 

He tasked TI and its affiliates to show more understanding for the sociological complexities of fighting corruption in Nigeria since the nation operates a federal system of government. The Minister said Nigeria is succeeding in its anti-corruption fight because the fight is led by a President, whose integrity is beyond reproach, noting that his worst critics won’t say he indulges in or encourages corruption.

 

Earlier, Ms Ferreira Rubio had told the minister that her visit to Nigeria, which incidentally was her first in Africa, because the country can set the tone for the continent in the fight against corruption.

 

She added that TI’s mandate is to offer support through civil society organisations and the private sector to foster the fight against corruption. Ms Rubio advised that while the government is doing a lot to fight corruption, it should ensure more transparency and more efficiency in service delivery.

 

“We are not an opposition anywhere in the world. We are just an NGO working in over 100 countries of the world. We are not enemies. We are here to help,” she said.

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Woman appeals to IG over missing husband

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She should check SARS –PPRO

 

Mrs. Adeshina, wife of a Lagos State politician, Mr. Okokuku Adeshina, has called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris (IGP), to warn and caution his officers as not only her husband’s life is in danger but all. Tina, who spoke with journalists over the weekend, said Idris should compel his officers and men to stop being instruments in the hands of politicians who use them to harass their opponents.

 

The distraught woman disclosed how some policemen stormed their house at Ikorodu area of the state on Tuesday evening, and without any search warrant, and whisked her husband away to an unknown destination.

 

According to her, she said her husband called her with an unknown number two days after he was whisked away by the policemen, who wore antirobbery jackets over the mufti clothes, and told her to run far away with the children.

 

She said, her husband told her that it was a political big wig in the state that was behind his present travails in order to win him over to his camp. “My husband called me with an unknown number and said I should take the children to a safe place that the policemen that came to arrest him on the pretence over land dispute are actually working for an opposition politician who wants him to join his party,” she lamented.

 

“Yesterday, an unknown number called me again and I quickly answered thinking it was my husband but the person on the line told me that my husband had escaped.

 

I haven’t been able to get through to him on his phone since the day he was taken away and the man that called claimed to be a policeman that helped him escape, while on their way to the hospital. I believe that my life and those of my children are now also in danger and I don’t want to die,” Mrs. Adeshina cried. However, when contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti said, he was not aware of the arrest.

 

Oti, however, said Mrs. Adeshina should go to SARS office to check if her husband is there. It is only when she has done this that he would then know what to do.

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