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Edo Politics: APC Faction Picks Ize-Iyamu As Consensus Candidate

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction believed to be loyal to National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), emerged on Tuesday night in Abuja through consensus arrangement.

He is expected to slug it out with Governor Godwin Obaseki for the direct primary of the party slated for June 22.

He was presented by chairman of the screening committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, the representative of Edo North Senatorial District.

Other members of the screening committee were a former Edo Deputy Governor Lucky Imasuen; Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe; ex-Edo Speaker Thomas Okosun; former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives Samson Osagie; ex-member of the House of Representatives Patrick Obahiagbon and Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason.

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Nigerians Are Disappointed With NASS For Confirming Sacked Service Chiefs As Ambassadors- Wike

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Governor Wike of Rivers State has expressed his disappointment over the confirmation of the immediate past Service Chiefs by the Senate for another National assignment as non Career Ambassadors.

Wike, while reacting to the appointment of the just sacked Service Chiefs through his social media page, said he was disappointed by the actions of the Senate who supported the call to sack them for incompetence still went ahead to confirm same set of persons for another National Job.

“You Senators sat and discuss that they should dismiss the Service Chiefs for not performing, now the same people who were not performing, you have confirmed them as Ambassadors. What kind of Country are we,” he said.

Wike said he was not saying this as an opposition to the party at the center but as a concern individual who felt what happened is unimaginable.

“I wonder why Senators who agreed with Nigerians when they decried the poor performance of the Service Chiefs will still sit to confirm them for another appointment”

There were calls from different quarters for the sack of the immediate past Service Chiefs for their inability to restructure Nigeria security architecture and put an end to the activities of insurgency and banditry ravaging all parts of the Country.

Boko Haram insurgency in the North, unending banditry across the Country, hence the reasons for the Senate move to sack the service Chiefs who were later confirmed for another sensitive National assignment by same Senate.

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Braeking: Senate Confirms Bawa As The Substantive Chairman Of EFCC

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Abdulrasheed Bawa has been confirmed this afternoon by the Senate as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] after a brief screening.

Addressing the members at the opening of the Screening today, The Senate President, Ahmed Lawal, said EFCC has been under the supervision of the Acting Chairman for six years saying with this Screening, a substantive Chairman of the Commission will get a new substantive Chairman that will operate at its full capacity within the confine of Law.

He was confirmed as the Chairman of the Commission after the Senate President moved that the House should consider the request of President Buhari to confirm Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission[EFCC] in line with section 2[3] of the EFCC Act 2003.

While responding to the question from the members of the Red floor, Bawa said he had used sixteen years in the service of the Commission with good achievements.

Bawa, 40 years, possess Masters Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy. He is currently studying for a Law Degree at the University of London.

He had successfully supervised money Laundry cases including the allege fraud case against the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Alison Maduekwe.

He had travelled to several countries for training on financial crimes and related matters.

Before his appointment, He was the Lagos Head of Operations of Commission.

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Okorocha In Police Net Over A Forceful Attempt To Recover Wife’s Estate

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The former Governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, was arrested in Imo on Sunday over an attempt to forcefully recover his wife’s Estate earlier sealed by the state government for demolition.

Mrs Okorocha Royal Palm Apartment Estate was sealed on Friday by the state government for possible demolition as a result of what state officials described building on government acquisition land.

According to the report, the State Commissioner for Lands, Mr Eyinnaya Onuegbu, who led a team of state Tax Force on land matters to seal the estate claimed the State government was carrying out the report of the State Commission of Enquiry on land use which recommended that the estate was built on the government acquisition land and as such, should be recovered and be demolished.

In a forceful attempt by Okorocha that led into exhange of gun shots with numbers of Thugs who were bent on taking over the possession of the estate from the state Officials resulted into his arrest.

Okoracha was arrested alongside his former Aid de camp {ADC} while he was still the governor of the state.

Other people arrested with Okoracha were Uche Nwosu, his inlaw, former Commissioner for Transportation Lasbry Akafor Ayanwu, former Special Adviser to the Governor on Lagos Liaison Office, Steve Asimobi and other dignitary that worked with him while serving as the state Governor.

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