3 Reps Sex scandal: US envoy to present video evidence; Senate gives AGF opportunity to appear before it, again!; Attorney-Gen Malami held ‘secret’ meeting with Saraki; Hadiza Bala-Usman appointed head of Nigerian Ports Authority; Senate threatens Buhari with impeachment; Buhari’s children graduate from University of Surrey, UK; Senate threatens to arrest Attorney General . . .
3 Reps Sex Scandal: US Envoy To Present Video Evidence
U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, is billed to present video evidence against the three members of the House of Representatives on Thursday when the Committee assigned to probe the alleged sex misconduct involving the trio begins open public hearing. The three accused members include Mohammed Garba Gololo (APC, Bauchi); Samuel Ikon (PDP, Akwa Ibom) and Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue).
Ambassador Entwistle had in a petition to Speaker Dogara, alleged that the actions of the three lawmakers at the International Visitor Leadership Program in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, from April 7 to 13, 2016, brought disrepute to the Nigerian National Assembly. The Ambassador had alleged that the Reps solicited for sex from prostitutes and grabbing hotel housekeeper in a bid to rape her.
Senate gives AGF opportunity to appear before it, again!
The Senate on Tuesday gave the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) the last opportunity to appear before it over alleged forgery of the Senate 2015 Standing Orders. The AGF, Mr Abubakar Malami, is expected to appear before members of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.
The Red Chamber, on June 21 invited Malami to come and give reason for reopening alleged forgery case against its principal officers after it was struck out by the court. Presenting the motion, the Chairman of the committee, Sen. David Umaru, said that the Justice Minister failed to appear before the committee on two occasions in spite of being sent formal letters.
On June 21, the chamber resolved on a matter of urgent public importance which has imminent threat to Nigeria following a motion sponsored by Sen. Dino Melaye.
Sen. Umaru implored the senate to give the minister another opportunity, saying that he had pleaded for another opportunity to appear before the committee. He said that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, had communicated to him over the AGF’s regret for failing to respond to the invitation. The motion was unanimously adopted by the legislators.
In his remarks, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said that the senate would give the AGF a final opportunity to answer to his alleged role in the forgery case. Saraki added that failure to honour the invitation would force the senate to invoke constitutional provisions on such issues. “We have all heard him. It appears that he is requesting for more time and I think that we should do that otherwise we will follow the Constitution strictly.’’
Attorney-Gen Malami held ‘secret’ meeting with Saraki
The Nigerian Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami SAN (AGF), has met with Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki at the national assembly complex in Abuja. Malami had instituted criminal charges of forgery against Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and two top administrators of the national assembly.
On June 30 Malami failed to appear before the senate committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters. That was the second time he failed to honour the invitation of the senate over the charge of forgery he filed against Saraki and Ekweremadu at an Abuja high court.
Expressing his displeasure over the action of Malami, David Umaru, chairman of the committee, had said: “The purpose of this hearing was to defend Nigeria’s democracy but the attorney-general has faulted the invitation of the senate again.” Reports indicate that the meeting between Malami and Saraki was a secret meeting. Saraki and Ekweremadu are facing charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery instituted against them by the AGF at an Abuja high court.
Hadiza Bala-Usman appointed head of Nigerian Ports Authority
The Federal Government on Tuesday appointed Hadiza Bala-Usman as Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
Ms. Bala-Usman takes Habib Abdullahi who was reappointed to the position in August 2015 after he was earlier removed from the post in April of the same year.
The information is contained in a statement signed by the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Yetunde Sonaike, in Abuja.
Ms. Sonaike stated that others appointed were Mohammed Bello-Koko as Executive Director, Finance; Prof. Idris Abubakar, Executive Director Engineering; Dr Sekonte Davies as Executive Director, Marine Operations.
Senate threatens Buhari with impeachment
The alleged forgery case of the 2015 Senate Standing Order has taken a different dimension as the Senate was reported to have threatened to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reports say that the Senate Executive Session on Tuesday went rowdy as it almost became a free for all between the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Dino Melaye of APC, Kogi West and the Chairman, Women Affairs, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, also of APC, Lagos Central.
On Tuesday, the Senate went into a closed door session to discuss how to move the red chamber forward, devoid of crisis and to bury the hatchet among members. There were proposals for cases against the leadership of the Senate to be withdrawn for peace to return to the upper chamber.
Will the cases against the Senate leadership be withdrawn?
Melaye threatened to beat up Tinubu
On Tuesday, the Senate leadership met to consider its summons of the AGF Abubakar Malami SAN and his refusal to appear before it, amongst other matters. The red chamber had gone into a closed door session to discuss how to move the red chamber forward. Recognized to speak, Senator Remi Tinubu (APC) Lagos Central said the Senate should not be reduced to a kindergarten where Senators could just issue childish threats, and called on Senators to close ranks and seek reconciliation among its members.
Reports say that at this juncture, Sen. Dino Melaye flew into rage, calling Mrs. Tinubu unprintable names. “I will beat you up on this floor and nothing will happen,” Melaya threatened.
The statement caused a commotion on the floor as Senators in Tinubu’s support gathered to protect her. Senate President Saraki made no attempt to intervene but nodded as Melaye called Mrs. Tinubu unprintable names according to Senators who intervened to save her from the rampaging Melaye.
Buhari’s children graduate from University of Surrey, UK
President Muhammadu Buhari’s children, Zahrah and Yusuf, have graduated from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom.
The photos of the President’s children in their graduation attires went viral on social media, on Tuesday.
Senate threatens to arrest Attorney General
The Senate Tuesday threatened to invoke necessary legislative powers including arrest warrant to drag the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Ababukar Malami, to appear before it.
The resolution followed explanation by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator David Umaru, on the circumstances surrounding the failure of Malami to honour the invitation of his committee.
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said that the Senate would be guided by Constitutional provisions to deal with the AGF if he failed once again to honour the invitation of the upper chamber.
Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution attached to the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, had earlier told the committee that it lacked the power to summon Malami since the AGF was not an appointee of the Senate.