The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has eulogised the President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan who is marking his 61st birthday.
The Speaker said Lawan, who has been in the National Assembly since 1999 serving first in the House and later in the Senate, is one Nigerian that has actively contributed to the development of the country’s legislature.
In a congratulatory message he personally signed in Abuja on Saturday, the Speaker recalled the valuable contributions of the Senate President while he served as a member of the House and later as a non-presiding officer in the Senate.
He said Lawan has been a worthy ally in the onerous task of “building the Nigeria of our dream,” particularly since his emergence as the President of the 9th Senate.
“President of the Senate Distinguished Senator (Dr) Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan is a man of honour. I have known him for close to two decades now, and in all the years we have been together, he has exhibited a high level of patriotism.
“Senator Lawan has a passion for good governance, and at every opportunity, he has proven himself to be one of the best legislators around. No wonder he was unequivocally chosen by his colleagues to be the President of the 9th Senate.
“I know together, we will provide good leadership for the 9th National Assembly, which will take Nigeria to enviable heights in the near future.
“On this day of his 61st birthday, I wish him Allah’s continuous protection and blessings. I also wish him many more years in good health,” the Speaker said.
Lawan, who became the President of the 9th Senate on June 11, 2019, the same day Gbajabiamila was elected as Speaker, was born on January 12, 1959.
Police parade suspected child traffickers who specialised in trafficking children from Plateau to Rivers state.
The suspects were arrested by men of the Army’s 82 division while transporting eleven children from Barki-Ladi to a motherless babies home in Rumu-Elele, Port Harcourt.
The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Abdurrahman attributed the success to synergy among security agencies in the state.
He alleged that the suspects had trafficked several children, delivered to the same proprietor of a Child care home, whom he said is already being investigated. But the suspects sharply rejected the label of trafficking and insisting they acted with the full consent of the parents.
However, the story takes yet another bizzare twist as the parents at first feign ignorance of why their children were taken from them, but then stated that they had been told of a home in Port Harcourt for less privileged children.
Cases of child labour and trafficking from Plateau state have been on the rise. In many cases, displacement caused by communal fighting and loss of parents have been identified as push factors.
FG, south-west governors agree on Amotekun
The federal government and governors of states in the south-west have reached the agreement to draw up a legal framework for the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named: Amotekun, The Cable reports.
Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of a meeting Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had with the six governors from the region on Thursday.
Akeredolu said the legal framework will help resolve all “burning issues” surrounding the security network.
Asked if the governors failed to draw up the legal framework for the outfit before the launch on January 9, Akeredolu said the inspector-general of police and other “relevant security agencies” were duly consulted.
Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, who had described the outfit as illegal, was part of the meeting.
While the meeting was ongoing, Malami had insisted that the outfit was illegal.
“Well we had a very fruitful discussion. Governors of south-west, as you know, we were all there. The meeting was presided over by the Vice President. The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation was there as well as the Inspector General of Police,” he said.
“So, we have rubbed minds and all of us have agreed on the way forward. The most important one is that we are going to have legal framework to back this Amotekun. And this legal framework is going to be one which we all are going to look at and will be sure to go without any hindrance.”
Responding to a question on if establishment of the outfit had been put on hold until the legal framework is developed, he said: “No. What I believe is our resolution is that Amotekan is there, you know the federal government is starting community policing, in essence really is about community. So, we are going to work together to see the community policing and Amotekan work in a way.
“We felt that with all these noise outside it is better for us to sit down. Remember that immediately the noise started, I said that we are going to explore political solution and all of us are here, my colleague the deputy governor of Oyo who is of the PDP, all of us are here. So we have looked at this solution to it now, both political and legal solutions to it and all of us will do it.”
He said there was no time that the federal government tried to stop Amotekun.
Laolu Akande, spokesman of the vice-president, also issued a statement on the meeting with the south-west governors.
Akande said the meeting was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, met today with South West Governors, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police,” the statement read.
“The meeting was at the instance of the Governors who had asked to see President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy surrounding the Amotekun Initiative. However due to the President’s foreign engagement, he asked the Vice President to host the meeting.
“The meeting was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward. Having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing the security concerns across the country, it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.
“It was also agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the States to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure.”