Shola Oyeyipo

THISDAY - - GAVEL -

some peo­ple evaded the se­cu­rity in my house and got all the way to my room where I was sleep­ing with my wife - there was a strug­gle, there was a fight with heavy com­mo­tion and by the grace of God we even­tu­ally caught one of them while the rest es­caped”.

Ek­w­ere­madu ex­pressed con­cern that sev­eral hours af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt was re­ported to top hi­er­ar­chy of the po­lice, there was no response un­til sene hours af­ter.

Said he : “The an­noy­ing as­pect of it or the one that is wor­ri­some is that at that point I called the In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of po­lice (IGP), his phone was off, I called some of his aides, their phones rang out and no­body replied till now, I called DIG op­er­a­tions, till I left my house no­body showed up.

“I now had my peo­ple in­vite the DPO in charge of Apo po­lice sta­tion. We didn’t see him till about 5:30,am he sent his 2nd-in-com­mand who came and he saw the dan­ger­ous weapons that they left be­hind, he left and said that the DPO was coming un­til I left my house by 9am, the DPO had not come.”

Ek­w­ere­madu em­pha­sized the level of in­se­cu­rity in the coun­try say­ing “no­body is safe in this coun­try, I want to ap­peal to my col­leagues and the gen­eral pub­lic that we all con­tinue to be prayer­ful, be con­scious of our pri­vate se­cu­rity, it ap­pears that the se­cu­rity is not in the hands of gov­ern­ment but the Almighty God”

The Se­nate there­after re­solved to probe the as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt on the Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent and di­rected its Com­mit­tee on Po­lice to prop­erly in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent and re­port back to Se­nate in two weeks.

The Se­nate on the same Tues­day re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion of ap­point­ment re­quests from Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari. The re­quests in­clude con­sti­tu­tion of a six-man gov­ern­ing board headed by Dr Kabiru Nakaura for the Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics, sub­sti­tu­tion of Chief Bode Mustapha with Mrs Ronke Soke­fun as Chair­man of Nige­ria De­posit In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion, NDIC, con­fir­ma­tion of the ap­point­ment of Chidi Izuwah as Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of In­fra­struc­ture Con­ces­sion Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion and Abike Dabiri-Erewa as Chair­man of Na­tional Di­as­pora Com­mis­sion.

The fol­low­ing day, the up­per leg­isla­tive cham­ber through a mo­tion moved by Sen­a­tor Clifford Or­dia (Edo Cen­tral) ex­tolled the virtues of for­mer Min­is­ter of Works and Hous­ing, late Chief Tony Anenih urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to name the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Con­struc­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Man­age­ment, Uromi af­ter the late politi­cian pop­u­larly called Mr Fix It.

The Se­nate also made a u-turn on the fund­ing of the 2019 polls by ap­prov­ing that the Vire­ment should be from 2018 Ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Min­istries, De­part­ments and Agen­cies, MDAs. Cit­ing Or­der 53(6) of the Se­nate Stand­ing Rules, the Se­nate re­scinded and re­con­sid­ered its Oc­to­ber 16 ap­proval of the N242.245bn re­quest for the 2019 polls and em­pha­sized that the fund will now be sourced from 2018 Ap­pro­pri­a­tion of MDAs and Ser­vice Wide Vote (Spe­cial In­ter­ven­tion Pro­gramme, SIP).

The Se­nate did not sit for long on Thurs­day as it im­me­di­ately ad­journed to Tues­day to en­able the Sen­a­tors at­tend the African Par­lia­men­tary Union con­fer­ence at ECOWAS sec­re­tar­iat at Asokoro, Abuja. The Sen­a­tors there­fore could not con­sider the mo­tions and bills al­ready out­lined for con­sid­er­a­tion on the Or­der Pa­per. Among the Bills listed for con­sid­er­a­tion were A Bill for an Act to re­peal the Nu­clear Safety and Ra­di­a­tion Pro­tec­tion Act No 19 of 1995; A Bill for an Act to re­peal the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion Act (No.3) of 1989 and to es­tab­lish the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion and other re­lated mat­ters,

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