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Wike vs Fubara: Scores injured as police repel attacks on Rivers Speaker

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On Tuesday, a situation unfolded as the police thwarted an assault by Ijaw youths at the residence of Martins Amaewhule, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. The incident resulted in injuries to most of the youths who had entered Amaewhule’s residence.

Amaewhule, along with 24 members of the House of Assembly, opposed the state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and initiated proceedings for his impeachment.

Initially, the youths were observed gathering at the entrance of the building, but they later attempted to forcefully breach the gate and enter the compound.

In a video that went viral, Amb Ihunwo Chijioke, the Chairman of the Nigeria Youth Council, Rivers State chapter, could be seen leading the protest and referring to Amaewhule as a former speaker. Chijioke issued a threat that the youths would set the house on fire if the Speaker did not vacate the residence within two hours.

He stated: “Dear Rivers youths, we are here because the former Speaker, Martins Amaewhule, has been impeached. We are here as Rivers youths to demand that he vacate his official residence because he has been impeached. If he refuses, we will destroy this building because it was constructed using funds from Rivers State. He has been suspended and should return to his own house. We have a new speaker, Edison Ehie. I urge everyone to stay calm because they must leave.”

Confirming the incident, Bedford Benjamin, the spokesman for the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, asserted that the youths did not have intentions of attacking Amaewhule’s residence.

Bedford condemned the sporadic shooting of peaceful protesters at the location of the factional speaker in Rivers State. He reported that one person was feared dead as a result of the shooting, and many others sustained gunshot wounds and various degrees of injuries.

He demanded the unconditional release of the chairman of the Rivers State Youth Council and numerous Ijaw youths who were being unlawfully arrested and detained. Bedford emphasized that peaceful protests are protected by the law, and individuals attempting to subvert the will of the people would face resistance from the people.

He urged those responsible for maintaining peace and stability in the state not to engage in political games in the performance of their duties, as it could lead to further perilous outcomes.

Bedford called on the federal government to intervene immediately before the situation disrupts the state’s economy and, by extension, the nation. He stressed that such levels of civil criminality are unacceptable in a democratic system.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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