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Following the killings of soldiers fighting insurgency and banditry in some parts of northern nigeria, the senate today asked the service chiefs to step aside.
The motion was brought to the floor of the senate through a point of order, moved by the chairman of its committee on army, senator ali ndume .
Those who contributed to the motion lamented the implication of the disturbing development stressing that it was capable of frustrating the war against insurgency and banditry.
They noted that many members of the armed forces who are scared of losing their lives have started resigning from the military.
The vice-chairman of the senate committee on customs, senator ayo fadahunsi, proposed an additional request that demanded the stepping aside of the service chiefs and his request was seconded by senator betty apiafi.
The senate president, ahmad lawan, ruled on the request and it was overwhelmingly supported by all the senators in attendance.
The senate, therefore, asked the service chiefs to step aside and demands president muhammadu buhari to appoint new ones with fresh ideas.
A high court in ado ekiti today sentenced a 65-year-old man, imole akintewe to 5 years imprisonment for defiling his two daughters.
Delivering judgment, justice john adeyeye, held that having sexual intercourse with one’s daughter is something the society detest and condemns.
However, considering the age of the defendant and the fact that he has shown remorse the judge sentenced the convict to 5-years-imprisonment, without an option of fine.
The prosecution counsel, mr. Felix awoniyi said the convict committed the offense on may 28, 2019, at ado ekiti.
Awoniyi said after the death of his wife the convict started having sex with his nine and 13-year-old daughters.
To prove his case, he called seven witnesses including a medical doctor and the investigative police officers.
A truck allegedly belonging to dangote cement company has been set ablaze in lokoja, the kogi state capital following the killing of a father and injuring one of his sons while the other escaped being crushed.
An eyewitness account told news men that the empty truck was approaching the bend leading to zone 8 roundabout when it lost control and crushed a pedestrian who was standing by the roadside with his two sons.
While the middle-aged man was crushed alongside one of his sons who was badly injured, the other one escaped unhurt.
It was gathered that onlookers who witnessed the incident constituted themselves into a mob to attack the truck and set it ablaze.
The state police command while confirming the incident said the truck lost control at the zone 8 roundabout and crushed a pedestrian and injured one other person who is currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
The police public relations officer, william aya who spoke to news men on phone said that the incident made the people of the area to take the law into their hands and set the truck ablaze.
Menwhile, the video of an oath-taking session administered on supporters of former governor of ekiti state, ayodele fayose has continued to unsettle the peoples democratic party (pdp) in ekiti state barely 24 hours after it went viral.
Some pdp members in ijero local government were seen in the video placing curses on themselves during the oath-taking that sudden death be visited on them should they betray fayose.
Senator olujimi spokesman, sanya atofarati, said fayose’s action of coercing party members into a secret oath to sustain their loyalty was not only shameful but also dented the image of the party.
while reacting to thestatement credited to atofarati, the former governor spokesman, lere olayinka, denied that party members were coerced, insisting that they only affirmed their loyalty to fayose voluntarily.
Atofarati who wondered why a political leader would compel his followers into an oath accused fayose of harbouring a plot to enslave everybody in ekiti pdp adding that there are shackles on the legs of fayose’s supporters in the party.
President muhammadu buhari has nominated mr. Chukwuemeka chukwuka as the independent national electoral commission (inec) commissioner representing abia state.
In an executive communication which was red by the senate president, dr ahmad ibrahim lawan today at the plenary, buhari cited relevant laws to support the choice of the abia nominee.
This is in consonance with section 14(3) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
Senate president however referred the letter to the senate committee on inec to revert in two weeks time.
Brazil will begin advanced clinical testing of a chinese-made vaccine against the new coronavirus tuesday, issuing the first doses to around 900 volunteers , officials said .
The coronavirus vaccine, developed by private chinese pharmaceutical firm sinovac, is the third in the world to enter phase 3 trials or large-scale testing on humans — the last step before regulatory approval.
It will be administered to doctors and other health workers who volunteer for the program across six states in brazil, one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic
The state governor joao doria, told a news conference that one of the vaccines that have advanced furthest in testing in the world , will begin at the clinical hospital of sao paulo adding that initial results were expected within 90 days.
Sinovac is partnering with a brazilian public health research centre, the butantan institute, on the trials.
If the vaccine proves safe and effective, the institute will have the right to produce 120 million doses under the deal, according to officials.
Brazil is the second -hardest -hit country in the coronavirus pandemic, after the united states as death toll surpassed 80 ,000 on monday and registered 2. 1 million infections.
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