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House of Reps lacks constitutional powers to shut down Edo Assembly – Edo Govt

The Edo State Government has said that the House of Representatives lacks the Constitutional powers to shut down the Edo State House of Assembly.The state government’s statement is a response to the purported orders made on July 17, by the House of Representatives to the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to seal off Edo House of Assembly until a proper inauguration is done, amongst others.In a statement issued in Benin City, Secretary to Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., maintained that “there is nowhere in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where the House of Representatives or even the National Assembly for that matter, is granted the right or power to shut down a State House of Assembly,” adding that “in point of fact such power is expressly excluded by the Constitution.”Ogie said: “It has come to the attention of the Government of Edo State that the House of Representatives at its sitting on 17th July, 2019 purported to issue certain orders regarding the status and activities of the Edo State House of Assembly.“Amongst others, it: Directed His Excellency, The Governor of Edo State to ‘issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the House of Assembly’ and ordered the Inspector General of Police to shut down the premises of the Edo State House of Assembly and purported to make further orders in this regard.”According to the SSG, “The Government and people of Edo State are appalled and disappointed at the gross illegality and abuse of process by the House of Representatives.”He explained: “It must first of all be pointed out that the emergency supervisory powers over the activities of State Houses of Assembly which are contained in Section 11 of the Constitution of our Republic are expressly donated to “The National Assembly” and not one individual arm of it.He added that “These powers certainly do not extend to issuing directives to a duly elected State Governor to unlawfully repeat an act which has already been fully carried out in line with the Constitution.“It has further not been alleged or concluded by anyone that the Edo State House of Assembly is unable to sit. In fact, whenever the ‘self-exiled’ members-elect so choose, they can join their colleagues in plenary in Benin City.“It is also instructive to note that while the members of the House of Representatives were busy in Abuja issuing their unlawful and unconstitutional orders, the fact-finding delegation of the Distinguished Senate (the upper arm of the National Assembly) was in Benin meeting with Stakeholders with a view to fashioning a road map to peace in our land.”Ogie noted that “Students of history will recall that the crises in the Western Region Parliament in the 1960s which triggered a conflagration that eventually engulfed the entire nation, was precipitated by a similar attempt to use ‘Federal might’ to muscle, intimidate and overwhelm the functionaries of a Federating unit outside the due process of law.“Since the situation in the Edo State House of Assembly is a matter currently pending before two (2) Courts of competent jurisdiction, the Government of Edo State would not follow the contemptuous example of those who are currently commenting, adjudicating upon and giving directives on matters currently being litigated upon.”He emphasised “Suffice it to say however that there is nowhere in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where the House of Representatives or even the National Assembly for that matter, is granted the right or power to shut down a State House of Assembly, in point of fact such power is expressly excluded by the Constitution.”The state government advised “those interested parties who sit in positions of authority in Abuja and are using their offices to influence the House of Representatives to take note that we all ultimately owe a debt of accountability to the good people of Edo State for our actions.“We are certain that the Inspector General of Police, being a law-abiding Government Functionary will not act in disobedience to the Order of a Federal High Court in Benin, validly issue and served upon him restraining him from doing exactly what the House of Representatives now purport to direct him to do, which is to shut down the Edo State House of Assembly.“Both sides of this dispute are currently before the Court and we are shocked that the House of Representatives could allow itself to be made to act in breach of its own Rules which forbid it from entertaining or making pronouncements on matters before Courts.”Edo government acknowledged its respect for the National Assembly, but noted that “we live in a nation governed by laws, where no single individual or group is permitted to utilise its privileged position to oppress and intimidate the people of an entire State.“The Government does not intend to comment on the details of this House of Assembly dispute as same are clearly sub judice, but will ask all concerned to tread with caution so as not to precipitate crises simply in pursuit of selfish agenda.”Ogie added: “We must state that the final verdict in this matter will ultimately be rendered by the good people of Edo State, for whose benefit Government exists. We are certain therefore that this illegality will not stand.”Vanguard

Insecurity: Jonathan raise hopes of Nigerians, says talks ongoing to end challenge ▷ Nigeria...

- Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, wants Nigerians to be hopeful that the country would soon overcome its security challenges- Jonathan says leaders, politicians and traditional rulers in the country are already speaking out concerning the problem- On his part, Nicholas Okoh, primate of the Anglican communion, wants clergymen to speak truth to power at all timesGoodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former president, told the citizens on Thursday, July 18, that the country would get above its insecurity issues in no distant time.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jonathan gave the assurance at the public presentation of a book and the launch of the ‘Nicholas Okoh Foundation’ in Abuja.The former president noted that insecurity, which has been with the people for a while now, can be collectively resolved.READ ALSO: upgrades to a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo OlupohundaJonathan added that every challenge the country was facing would be subdued because “talks are ongoing, leaders are talking, both political and traditional leaders are talking.”He pleaded with leaders in the country’s government to show what he called reasonable level of discipline and humanity at all times.He also described Nicholas Okoh as a man of truth, humble and disciplined and enjoined all Christians to emulate him.On his part, Okoh urged Nigerians to embrace security initiatives because anything contrary would destroy the country.“We must speak the truth at all times, because the truth will heal, build and define because any other thing will not help us.PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app“We will continue to call on the government to do what they (officials) need to do.“As a true man of God, you must speak only what God asks you to speak; you must speak and stand for the truth at all times,” he earlier reported that the governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari, said on Thursday, July 18, that he and his colleagues in the north west zone are working towards amnesty for bandits in the sub-region.Masari noted that the zone is one of the worst hit by killings and insecurity perpetrated by armed bandits and that the area needs peace ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.Fasoranti: Groups stage protest in Abuja, say Nigeria is at war | Legit TV

Reactions as church members bow down to touch Pastor Obinim’s 6-year-old daughter ▷ Nigeria...

Currently trending on social media is a video from a church service in the International Godsway Ministries which shows church members struggling to touch the feet of their head pastor, Daniel Obinim's daughter.When it comes to Ghanaian man of God, Daniel Obinim, it appears there are no limits to how controversial he can get. Just recently, a video surfaced on the internet which has left many people in shock.In the video, Obinim is seen standing with his 6-year-old daughter while church members rush towards them in groups to touch the bow down and perhaps touch the feet of the little girl.READ ALSO: Photos of beautiful curvy lady helping her mother sell cassava go viralWatch video below:READ ALSO: Personal letter from the Editor-in-Chief of (former the reason for the strange behaviour is yet to be uncovered, it comes as no surprise considering how controversial and daring the self-proclaimed gifted and spiritual leader is.See some reactions to the video:ayo4president: If I get my parents ever doing this, not sorry to say I will disown themgoodluckgram: I just wasted my data watching this rubbishiamvickyderby: May they not take her glory in the processiamoluwasalty: This is so stupidovrawahhenry: The cell membrane in most Ghanaians is actually dead...cmpression: How did we get here as a continent?? ‍♀️‍♀PAY ATTENTION: Get the Latest Nigerian News on News AppThe pastor sure knows how to set tongues wagging. If he's not showing off his expensive automobiles or his 'visit' to heaven, he is bragging about his high record of angelic miracle performances.In a video that went viral on social media, Obinim was seen preaching to his congregants about his miracle performing prowess. According to the controversial man of God, he has performed more miracles than Jesus Christ.HELLO! ( upgrades to We keep evolving to serve our readers better.Who is The Most Influential Nigerian Pastor? | Legit TV

Just in: Criminals cloning government websites

…Says criminals’ve cloned NSITF, NYSC websitesBy Anthony OgbonnaThe Department of State Services, DSS, has raised the alarm over the activities of those it described as criminals whom it said have cloned the websites of some government agencies, including those of the National Youths Services Corps,NYSC, and the Nigeria Social Investment Trust Fund, NSITF.The DSS, in a statement, Thursday, by its Spokesperson, Peter Afunanya said the “unscrupulous elements” have deployed the “official identities/paraphernalia of certain Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to shortchange vulnerable persons.”The DSS spokesperson, however, said that the secret agency is working with the affected agencies to identify the criminals and apprehend them.“Notably, the Nigeria Social Investment Trust Fund (NSITF) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have so far suffered the tricks of these fraudsters who use decoys to manipulate their victims.“This, in the case of NSITF, has resulted in loss of varying sums of money by those promised huge returns on Federal Government’s investments and other poverty alleviation initiatives which ended up as fraudulent Ponzi schemes or money doubling ventures.“On the other hand, some persons have also engaged in the illegal sale of NYSC kits and accoutrements to prospective Corps members. They also advertise the issuance of medical clearance certificates as well as redeployment of corps members to preferred States for primary assignment on medical, security, marital grounds or other reasons”.Vanguard

Immigration Officer, 14 Others Arrested For Passport Racketeering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office, has arrested a Nigeria Immigration Service officer, Mr Adebimpe Kehinde, for his alleged involvement in passport racketeering.EFCC acting spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade in a statement in Abuja on Thursday said that Kehinde works as an Immigration Assistant.According to Orilade, Kehinde was arrested alongside 14 other suspects following intelligence reports received by the Commission.The suspects were Nnadika Timothy, Oyeyiga Samuel, Sunday Adekunle, Lola Kadoso, Adebayo Damilola, Adeola Oluwafikayomi Ajiboshin, Abubakri Adebayo.Others were Uka Ifeanyi, Raph Emeka Ibuaku, Henry Onyebuchi, Christy Odey, Aba-Peter Blessing,Ogunmefun Oluwanishola and Busayo Balogun.Orilade said that the suspects allegedly conspired to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public applying for international passports.He said that items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest were five laptops, mobile telephones and several official documents.“They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” he stated.See more posts about

Wanted Nigerian Fraudster Nabbed After He Went To Thailand Immigration Office To Extend His...

A Nigerian alleged email scammer wanted for fraud and taking part in international crime, was arrested on Monday by Immigration police at Chaeng Wattana, Bangkok.According to local media, Pol Maj-Gen Phaiboon Noihun and his team were waiting for Bertrand Ifeanyichukwu Akile following a tip-off from a member of the public seeking a reward that he would be at Immigration Complex to extend his visa.Once he arrived Akile was apprehended under a warrant issued for fraud and deception. “It was as easy as pie. He just came to us” Pol Maj-Gen Noihun told journalists.It is alleged that Akile was part of a 100 million baht scam headed by another Nigerian national, Onyekachukwu Elvis Smart Ebube, who is already in custody.See more posts about

Zakzaky Is Being Poisoned In Detention

As the Kaduna State High Court on Thursday adjourned hearing in the application for permission to travel to India for medical attention filed by the Shi’ites leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zinat, to July 29, 2019, his followers have alleged that their leader is being poisoned in detention.The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and his wife had applied to the court seeking to travel and seek medical attention in view of their failing health condition while in detention.However, the Free Zakzaky Committee of the IMN in a statement it issued after the court sitting accused the court of failing to stand for truth and justice against tyranny and impunity.This was also as they alleged that, their leader was obviously being poisoned in detention, claiming that, “Zakzaky has more than twenty times the toxic levels of lead poison in his body”.The State Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Dari Bayero, who briefed newsmen, shortly after the hearing, said the adjournment was sequel to an application by the team of Counsel prosecuting the IMN leader.He said that the team requested for time to examine the medical reports that accompanied IMN leader’s application and authenticate its geniuses before putting up their argument before the court.Justice Darius Khobo granted the request and adjourned till July 29, to give time to the state counsel who is prosecuting the substantive suit against the IMN leader and his wife Zinat.It would be recalled however that the IMN leader brought the application before the court seeking permission to travel to Medanta Hospital, New Delhi, India for medical attention following his failing health condition.El-Zakzaky in the application said if granted the permission to travel, he and his wife would return to Nigeria as soon as they are discharged upon satisfied medical report.The IMN leader has been in detention since 2015 is standing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace among other charges in another court.Justice Gideon Kurada, who was handling the case, on April 25, adjourned the trial of the IMN leader indefinitely.The indefinite adjournment was to enable the judge serve on the panel of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe.Before the indefinite adjournment, the court had on Jan. 22, ordered the Kaduna State Government to avail the IMN leader and his wife Zinat, access to medical attention.Femi Falana (SAN), the lead counsel to the IMN leader also told newsmen after yesterday’s adjournment that his clients, El-Zakzaky and wife Zinat, were in dire need of medical attention.Falana said that his clients had not been given adequate medical care since their detention on Dec. 14, 2015.He expressed concern over the continued deterioration of his clients’ health, while expressing optimism that at the resumed hearing of the application on July 29, the Court would grant them the permission to travel for urgent medical attention.In the same vein, the Free Zakzaky Committee in the statement signed by its Chairman Abdurrahman Abubakar Yola said, it was unfortunate the, “the court once again shirked in its duties to be on the side of victims of extreme persecution by the government. When it mattered most, the court ducked and failed to stand for truth and justice against tyranny and impunity.”It lamented that, “the applicants are known to be very ill in detention, consequent on the brutal wounds unjustifiably inflicted on them by the state agents in the name of Nigerian army, the resultant prolonged dehumanizing detention in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) and the obvious poisoning of the Sheikh.As a result of all these physical and psychological stresses, the Sheikh suffered series of mild strokes and is at the risk of further recurrences.“Meanwhile, he lost one eye following the military attack and is at a severe risk of losing sight completely in the other. He is now found to have more than twenty times the toxic levels of lead poison in his body! Similarly, the wife has been under excruciating pains with shrapnel deeply lodged in her body for all these years of inhuman conditions in detention. She now is able to ambulate only with the use of a wheelchair. Even today both were unable to walk to the court room and had to wait outside while the case went on.“In spite of all these, the court once again has allowed the government to kill these innocent people by instalments via unnecessary delays.“We continue to give praises to the Almighty for further evidence that the Nigerian government is both unable and unwilling to serve justice, not even through the courts. This further proves to the world that the Movement and its leader have been and continue to be only victims of impunity and mischievous plots by the Buhari-led government.“We wish to use this opportunity to say a big thank you to all people of conscience, human rights activists and organizations, journalists and all those that continue to be on our side in the dogged campaign for justice for the victims of Zaria genocide. We will continue with our unrelenting campaigns to see that the needful is done,” It said.Source: TheNation.See more posts about

Army Commander And 20 Soldiers Are Killed In Boko Haram Ambush

An army commander and at least 20 soldiers have been killed in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents in Yobe.The troops were ambushed on their way from Borogozo where the headquarters of the army’s 29 task force brigade is to Benisheikh where they have a forward operating base (FOB).A military source in sector 2 headquarters of operation Lafiya Dole told TheCable that the incident happened around 6pm on Wednesday.“They were on their way to Benisheikh when they ran into the enemy. The commander of that brigade, a colonel, and about 20 soldiers were killed,” he said.A reinforcement was reportedly sent to the town and it was confirmed that the brigade commander had been killed.Musa Sagir, army spokesman, was yet to respond to a text message sent by TheCable as of the time this report was filed.See more posts about

Juls – Cake ft Mr. Eazi: audio, lyrics, reactions ▷ Nigeria news

Do you want to listen to something fresh and danceable? Juls and Mr Eazi team up for a new song and the result pleases by its quality. If you love great music, then we are sure that Juls - Cake will end up in your playlist. Listen to this addictive song and a potential replay banger and find why people go crazy about it on the web.This collaboration is amazing and will not be able to resist it!Juls - Cake descriptionReleased: July 17th, 2019July 17th, 2019 Format: mp3mp3 Genre: Hip-hop, rapHip-hop, rap Length: 2:29 min2:29 min Label: Julian Nicco-Annan, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations LimitedJulian Nicco-Annan, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited Producer(s): JulsBritish-Ghanaian DJ, singer and record producer, shared another banger before releasing of his full album "Colour." So now you can enjoy the musical collaboration and their hot tune. Increase the volume and get ready to listen to something really hot.Juls - Cake reviews and commentsThis track is relatively new, so there are few comments about it. Nevertheless, a lot of fans are glad and satisfied to listen to the new jam by the singer. Check out some of the listeners' comments on the musician's Instagram. With an excellent jam such as this, it is not surprising that people liked it.READ ALSO: Nasty C - Strings and Bling: video, lyrics, reactionssonziguitarist: My brother thank youtiggsdaauthor: Straight firelaces_walker: Mr Juls again ahveronicawi: SOOO GOODi_amfez: I love this oneImages:, @julsbaby_ (modified by author)Source: InstagramJuls - Cake lyricsStop humming, keep the lyrics to sing along this wonderful song.[Chorus]Trap trap trap in a bundleToo much cake for your back oSomebody ring alarm oSomebody call police o, eeiiTrap trap trap in a bundleToo much cake for your back oSomebody ring alarm oSomebody call police o, eeii[Verse 1]You dey give me that feelingThis your baka e go kill meYeah yeah yeahSo girl you got me falling, fallingLike I hear your body calling, callingYou know am a trying to bag itYour body be the baddestYeah yeah yeah yeah[Chorus]Trap trap trap in a bundleToo much cake for your back oSomebody ring alarm oSomebody call police o, eeiiTrap trap trap in a bundleToo much cake for your back oSomebody ring alarm oSomebody call police o, eeii[Verse 2]S*x on the roof does it cherry on topDrink up the love to the very last dropAnything you likeGive me a sugar rush tonightGirl I want you naked below talking diamond chainsCoz you're such a f*ckin' ladyI like it, I like itSo girl you got me falling, fallingLike I hear your body calling, callingYou know am trying to bag itYour body be the baddestYeah yeah yeah yeah[Chorus]Trap trap trap in a bundleToo much cake for your back oSomebody ring alarm oSomebody call police o, eeiiTrap trap trap in a bundleToo much cake for your back oSomebody ring alarm oSomebody call police o, eeii[Outro]Too much cake for your back oSomebody call police oToo much cake for your back oSomebody call policeAnything you likeJuls - Cake downloadChoose one of the following sources to download this song and enjoy it anytime:We are sure that once you listen to this song, you will not be able to prevent yourself from playing it on repeat. Juls - Cake ft Mr. Eazi is a perfect tune that you can play at a party with your friends. Download the mp3 version and enjoy this song again and again.READ ALSO: Prin$ Boateng - Bella Vita ft. Ty Elliot: video, lyrics, reactions

Instagram is starting to cut off its most addictive feature, and it could have...

Instagram has started testing a much-rumored feature in several countries that will hide from your followers the number of likes you get on your posts.Instagram announced Thursday it was "running a test" on some users, a couple months after rumors first emerged that the photo-sharing platform was testing such a feature. Hiding the number of likes is designed to put "focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get," Instagram wrote on Twitter.The experiment with hiding likes affects "some people" in seven countries — Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. The "like" feature won't be hidden completely; users can see the number of likes on their own posts, but not on others' pictures and videos.Instagram confirmed in May that it was testing hiding likes on users' newsfeeds. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, told Buzzfeed News that the purpose of the test was to create "a less pressurized environment where people feel comfortable expressing themselves."Read more: Instagram experiments with hiding like counts from your newsfeed to create a 'less pressurized environment'But Instagram isn't the only platform to weigh the effect of like-count on users' mental health. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said if he had to go back and re-design the platform, he "wouldn't even have a like count in the first place." Dorsey has floated the idea before of getting rid of the "like" button to ensure the platform is "incentivizing healthy conversation", but Twitter has denied that will happen anytime soon.There are several studies and numerous psychologists that have found a link between the amount of time teens spend on social media and depression. Celebrities such as Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have publicly spoken out about needing to take breaks from their social media accounts in order to care for their mental health. Gomez has said social media has been "dangerous" for both herself and for teens.Any number of people who have spent time on social media can attest to its addictive qualities, which is even apparent in this viral video of a chimpanzee mindlessly scrolling through an Instagram newsfeed.Some young users in Canada who have already had a chance to test out an Instagram with hidden likes told the Huffington Post that their experiences have been positive."Personally, I love not seeing the like count," 22-year-old Sarah Roberts told HuffPost. "It feels a bit weird to say, but I've stopped comparing myself to bigger accounts. I've also been more personal with the things I actually like versus what everyone else is liking.