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Suswam denies begging Suswam

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Elder brother of former Governor of Benue State, Dr.Gabriel Suswam, Chief Terkura Suswam has said that last Friday’s meeting between his brother, and his successor, Samuel Ortom was centred on the growth and development of the state.

Recall that former Governor Suswam and the incumbent Governor, Ortom, in company of Catholic Bishop of Katsina-Ala Diocese, Bishop Peter Adoboh, and chairman Ashitech conglomerate, Chief Terkula Suswam and a few others met behind closed doors for many hours last Friday at the Benue People’s House.

Shortly after the meeting, rumour went viral that the former Governor had gone to beg the incumbent Governor, Ortom to stop the probe already instituted to investigate his administration by the Ortom led government.

But in a swift reaction, Suswam’s elder brother who was at that meeting told newsmen in Makurdi yesterday that there was no basis for Suswam to beg anybody because he had done nothing wrong.

“It would be stupid of anybody to imagine that Gabriel Suswam went to beg Ortom. On what basis? The whole of that meeting was centred on the growth and development of Benue State. What has Suswam done to warrant him begging Ortom?”

Chief Terkura Suswam who noted that the meeting was convened at his instance maintained that the atmosphere was very humane and there was virtually nothing to warrant anybody begging the other at the meeting which he said lasted from 11pm on Thursday till 4:30am on Friday.

“There was no point in the meeting when Ortom begged Suswam to prevail on Tarzoor to step down his tribunal case against him and there was no point when Suswam begged not to be probed.”

While noting that the incumbent Governor, Ortom means well and is doing everything possible to ensure the development of the State, Chief Suswam described the rumour as the figment of the imagination of the pedlars stressing that the meeting was premised on the need to build Benue State.

“I am very ready to support Ortom to succeed because he is a brother and a friend. As an entrepreneur, I would support whoever is Governor of Benue because I believe that leadership comes from God. I will support Ortom so that business can thrive in Benue.”

Speaking on the issue of security in the state, Chief Suswam who commended Governor Ortom for his amnesty programme and arms recovery initiative urged those in possession of arms to quickly surrender them for the common good of the Benue man.

 

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.

The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.

However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.

The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.

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Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra

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Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.

Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.

Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.

The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.

“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.

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National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari

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The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.

Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”

Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”

It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.

The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.

While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.

The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”

Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.

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