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Senate sets up panel to probe Senator Elisha Abbo over assault

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The Senate on Wednesday, set up a bi-partisan ad hoc committee headed by a former governor of Ebonyi State, Sam Egwu, to probe the alleged assault on a nursing mother by Senator Elisha Abbo.

The embattled senator is a Peoples Democratic Party member representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, who allegedly slapped the saleswoman at a sex toy shop sometimes in May this year.

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, constituted the panel following a point of order raised by the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Uba Sani.

The Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya; Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; and Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, supported Sani by condemning the alleged action of the Senator.

The President of the Senate confirmed that he had been inundated with calls from concerns Nigerians within and outside the country asking the Senate to explain what happened.

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Lawan said it would be unfair on either the Senator or the assaulted lady if the Senate should pass a judgment immediately based on the viral video clip on social media.

He, therefore, asked the ad-hoc committee to probe the issue critically by inviting both parties and submit its report within two weeks.

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Other members of the panel are, Senators Oluremi Tinubu, Mathew Urhoghide, Stella Oduah, Dauda Aliu Jika, Sani Musa, and Danladi Sankara.

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JUST IN: Wike compensates victims, deceased families of 2019 elections

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has compensated the victims and the deceased families of the 2019 general elections in the Abonema area of the state.

Speaking at a town hall meeting on Monday in Abonema with the victims, deceased families, and the council of chiefs, Wike said a sum of N450m released to the affected Ijaw communities.

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The governor added that the state government will commence the payment of the compensation from Wednesday, which will be sent to their account numbers.

It was gathered that 37 families who were affected will get N9m compensation each.

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JUST IN: Chris Ngige speaks on running for President in 2023

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said he reserves the right to contest for any elective posts in 2023.

Mr Ngige said this while debunking reports that he was interested in contesting for the Anambra governorship election scheduled for 2021.

The former Anambra state Governor spoke in his hometown of Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.

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He, however, noted that he is not interested in becoming governor since he is on a national assignment as Minister.

Ngige said:

“Yes, there have been speculations that I am eyeing the governorship of Anambra State. They have written about it in a lot of media. I am a politician. They have the right to speculate on my next move. My next move is very vast.

“Elections will come in 2023, I have a right to vie for any position. I can vie for Senate.

“I can vie for president if I so wish. Election will be coming in Anambra State, latest November 2021 to elect a successor to Obiano. I am not disqualified. I have a right to say I can run.

“I don’t have interest for now in Anambra governorship because I am on a national assignment.”

 

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Ndigbo removes Joe Igbokwe as Lagos leader

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Joe Igbokwe, the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been removed as the leader of the Ndigbo in Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC).

Eze Ndigbo of Lagos State and Chairman of Ndigbo Council of Ndieze in Lagos, Christian Nwachukwu, made this known at a news conference on Sunday.

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He said Igbokwe had not advanced the cause of the ethnic group in Lagos since he became the leader of the group.

Nwachukwu, however, said the group had found a better leader in Jude Idimogu, the lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo State Constituency 2 in the House of Assembly.

 

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