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The Coalition of Traders and Artisans of Oredo Local Government Area led a peaceful protest to the Edo State House House of Assembly on Wednesday 6th September, 2017.

The spokesman Comrade Keshi Saint Lawrence said that they have come to submit their petition and cry to the House, so that the outrageous levy imposed on them by Oredo Local Government will be reduced. The petition was signed by Mr Collins Ohisu.

He said that some shops that formerly paid N3000 have been increased to N30000. While those that formerly paid N4000 have been increased to N50000.

While addressing them, the speaker, Hon Adjoto Kabiru told the traders that they will look into the petition that they submitted and will set a 3-man committee to investigate the issue. He also said that Comrade Keshi Saint Lawrence will be a part of the 3-man committee.

Later in plenary, while considering the petition submitted by the traders, Hon Adjoto Kabiru referred the petition to House committee on Public Petition and Information to investigate and present its report within two weeks.

Edoleyi Mary reporting from Edo State House of Assembly



Esan south-east has been taken by siege and insecurity. This was presented in a Matter of Urgent Public Importance as presented by
Hon Festus Edughele Igbelekoto, member representing Esan south-east.

It was said that in the last week, there has been reported cases of indiscriminate killings and kidnappings in his constituency.

A patrol team of Nigeria Police was ambushed by unknown gunmen killing a Police inspector while others sustained injuries.

There is also a reported case of a young motorist, whose corpse was discovered covered with leaves while his motorcycle was snatched.

Meanwhile, one Mr Ukaki Igberase who was said to have left his house for his farm, is presently missing and his whereabouts unknown. Despite all search efforts by the community vigilante, there has been no trace of him nor his motorcycle.

Between April and June 2016, there had been similar incidents due to the activities of suspected kidnappers, ritualists, armed robbers and cultists.

There has been a lot of criminal elements which is putting the lives of the people in danger.

The people of these communities are predominantly farmers, and they can no longer go to their farms for fear of attack.

Hon Igbelekoto said that there is need for the various security agencies to put machineries in motion to checkmate the activities of these miscreants and for stall further loss of life.

Igbelekoto resolved that machineries be put in place to locate the whereabouts of Mr Ukaki Igberease with a bid to bringing him to safety.

Edoleyi Mary reporting from Edo State House of Assembly



The Edo State House of Assembly received a petition from Mr Charles Ajiboye against Fidelity Bank on Tuesday 5th September, 2017.

The petition was titled “Petition Against Fidelity Bank PLC For Dispensing Fake Naira Notes Via Fidelity Automated Teller Machine”. The petition was dated 4th September, 2017.

Mr Ajiboye is an account holder with United Bank Of Africa (UBA). He ran out of Naira notes when he went to the market to get foodstuffs. He quickly dashed to the Oba market branch of Fidelity Bank and withdrew the sum of three thousand Naira.

He was however surprised when the money was rejected by the traders, saying its fake.

He ran back to Fidelity Bank and complained to the security men about the fake currency. The reaction of the security men were however not encouraging, so he reported the incident at the Oba market Police station.

In his petition against Fidelity Bank, he asked the House members carry out an investigation to review and sanction the matter.

The speaker, Hon Adjoto Kabiru referred the petition to House committees on Finance, and Budget and Appropriation to investigate the matter and present its report in two weeks.

Edoleyi Mary reporting from Edo State House of Assembly




This is contained in a statement signed by the senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu.

Shehu insisted that the President is very thorough in carrying out his responsibilities and looks through every document thoroughly.

“Over the past few months, some media organizations have published a stream of allegations against some persons around the President attributing them to “persistent rumors and speculations,” with no other objective but to generate hatred and disgust against these hardworking people”, he wrote.

“As the good Nigerian public can imagine, little time would be left for other tasks more beneficial to the entire nation, if the Presidency were to respond to every single fable published by the free Nigerian press.

“However, in the process of advancing their suspicious anti-Buhari agenda, whoever is behind these allegations knowingly or unknowingly has cast some of the most ridiculous aspersions on President Buhari’s competence as a leader of a great country.

“To begin with, it is absolutely nonsensical and absurd to write that in one week of the President’s return, the Vice President has been sidelined.

“Quite to the contrary, the Vice President remains the confidante and the closest adviser to the President,” Shehu stated.

According to him, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has attended all Buhari’s engagements in the last one week, except two functions including the one held while Osinbajo was away in Taraba State and the Juma’at Muslim prayer because the Vice President is a Christian.

Shehu added: “It is difficult to understand what anyone wants to achieve peddling such falsehood that the President, himself a former military general and Head of State and Commander-In-Chief is subject to undue influence and manipulation. It is both ridiculous and inconceivable.

“As someone who works very closely with President Buhari, I can testify to how my years of experience as a newspaper editor are often put to the test by the sheer thoroughness with which the President edits every single document brought to his desk. Every memo, statement, speech, is subject to his intense scrutiny, right down to the placement of commas and full stops.

“Therefore, alleging that President Buhari signs memos brought to him by government officials or a so-called cabal without reading them, immediately casts doubts on the credibility of the ubiquitous unnamed sources that the reporters of these articles quote,” he added.

Shehu also pointed out that the attacks on the President’s Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, must be laughed off as crazy.

He said: “The COS is like the headman of all the President’s political appointees. He has direct responsibility for multiple levels of staff working for the President.

“Part of his role includes liaising with ministries and parastatals, so that he can have a full awareness of the issues being discussed whenever these groups meet with the President. It goes without saying that anybody who occupies such office has impeccable credentials of total loyalty to the President.

“Clearly, some consider this oversight role as a usurping of the President’s powers, and it is their misunderstanding of the situation that some media organisations have swallowed hook, line and sinker.

“Under this administration, as the ones before it, the office of the Chief of Staff is a branch of the President’s office. There are no power centers here. The only power center is that of the President who is sensitive to grassroots level administration which the Chief of Staff must ensure.

“For Abba kyari, there is no life after work. He is available to the President 24/7.

“President Buhari is working day and night to steer Nigeria through these trying times. There are important issues in the hand of government such as poverty reduction, turning around the economy, creating jobs, fighting corruption and terrorism, railway, agriculture, roads, power and rural and urban development that there simply is not enough time to be spent answering baseless allegations in the media.

“As he builds a new foundation from the mess left behind by previous irresponsible governments, the President cannot do it alone. He needs the absolute loyalty of his COS, he needs the acumen of government officials, he needs the courage and understanding of the Nigerian people, and he needs the support of institutions such as the media.

“Publishing poorly-researched allegations and trying to pass them off as investigative journalism or as news may lead to more newspaper sales or to more clicks on a website; but they will also, in the long run, slow down the growth and development of our country, which right now requires the absolute focus of President Buhari and his carefully-selected team to build the Nigeria of our dreams.

“Unfortunately, this is the path The Punch has chosen and there’s no one to help them but themselves.

“It is appropriate at this point to dispel the false notion that anyone has tried to undermine the Vice President when he acted in the absence of the President. This, I must say with all emphasis, is utter falsehood.

“As Acting President, Vice President Osinbajo enjoyed the support of the Villa Staff and the entire cabinet. Otherwise he would not have succeeded and earn the praises of the President. These are just a few among the false and illogical accusations making the COS larger than life, with the aim of pulling him down.

“No Chief of Staff including this one can create hurdles for a president and survive the next day. The roles and duties don’t warrant the kind of falsehood being spread.

“When the President was away on the medical vacation, the Chief of Staff rallied the Presidency behind Professor Osinbajo because he knew that his boss, President Buhari expected nothing less.

“A careful assessment of some these allegations with a rational mind will show that there is an orchestrated campaign to smear the COS and indirectly the President.

“If I can speculate on the matter, I will say that the problem Malam Abba Kyari has with most people is that he, like the President he serves, will not throw money at people in order to please them.

“As COS, Malam has refused to keep cash imprest and has turned down a monthly grant of N200 million customarily given to the office. This is money freely spent because they were not required to account for what they did with it.” he stated.

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