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Senate Denounces Attempt on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah’s Life

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Naija news reports that Sen. Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah was the target of an assassination attempt, which was denounced by the Nigerian Senate today in plenary.

A Matter Of Urgency Was Presented By Senator Uche Ekwunife

The attack on Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah and the horrific murder of his aides are of public importance.

Senator Ifeanyi Ubah was attacked and his staff members were brutally murdered, and the senator who was subject to POINT OF ORDER 41 and 51 sought leave of the Senate to address the case.

The motion was seconded by Senator Albert Bassey (YPP Akwa Ibom State)

In her contribution to the motion, Senator Biodun Olujimi had the following to say “I rise to add my voice to what my earlier colleague who seconded said about this dastardly act. When we heard it, we thought it was a joke because we cannot imagine in broad daylight such a disaster would happen. We need to look deeper into the problem of insecurity. We still must do a lot more because for this to happen in broad daylight to a man who has a convoy with more than six cars, you can imagine what can happen to an individual who drives a single car. We must know those who are perpetrating such ugly incidents in our country. I lend my condolences to Senator Ifeanyi Uba and I pray that this will abate.” –

“Let me join In commending Senator Uche Ekwunife for bringing this motion. Ordinarily, I would have expected the motion to be brought by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah himself but *I would take that back having seen the trauma and pain looking into the eyes of our colleague*. As bad as it is, we must thank God for the life of our brother and our colleague. We thank God for saving him. As alluded to in the motion, this is not the first time we are dealing with the gruesome attacks and killings in Anambra State no arrest is being made and no prosecution has commenced and we are worried. All Nigerians should be interested and we should all contribute our quota in providing security for our people. What is wrong for a state government like Anambra State after the killing of a member of the State House of Assembly to make some investment in the acquisition of security equipment? We should encourage our State Governors that they should not see security as an exclusive preserve of the Nigeria Police and that they should rise to the situation. I extend my condolences to the families of the five people who lost their lives in this attack.” – Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

In his contribution, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha said as follows

“I want to congratulate our Colleague for surviving that terrible attack. I agree with the Deputy Senate President that the level of insecurity we have in this country demands that all hands must be on deck. Those who are supposed to do the needful should rise and do it. Some of the Governors need to do more. Let those who are involved in handling securities of communities and states wake up to their responsibilities. May God help Nigeria in this dangerous situation.” –

“I want to join my colleagues to make condolences. Some people have become conflict entrepreneurs who are utilizing the security situation to unleash mayhem. I join the Deputy Senate President to continue to ask the security agencies to do much more than they are doing.” – Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

According to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

” I know what my friend and brother, Senator Ubah is passing through having survived an attempt on my life in 2008 in which I lost a policeman attached to me. Every hand must be on deck to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act “.

Other Senators like Senator Obinna Ogba( PDP Ebonyi State ) also added their voices in commiserating with the Prince of the Senate, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah

The Senate after the contributions by the members resolved to:

i. Observe a minute of silence in honor of the victims that lost their lives in the unfortunate attack;

ii. Direct the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services, and other relevant security agencies to carry out comprehensive investigations into the incident to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators; and

iii. Mandate the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, and other relevant security agencies to report findings back to the Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence as well as the Senate Committee on Police Affairs within two weeks.

Ikorodu Cocaine Seizure: Buhari Tells Marwa, “You Are Doing Well”

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NaijaNews reports that President Buhari commended Chairman @ndlea Nigeria, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd), on the recent dismantling of an international drug network and recovery of 1,855kg of cocaine during a phone call from New York, where he is attending the #UNGA.

“I appreciate the work that you have put into the eradication of the drug issue,” the President informed the chairman of @ndlea Nigeria. My heart is filled with joy as I keep up with the achievements made possible by your leadership.

“You have demonstrated over and again that choosing you to lead this fight against wicked merchants of death whose sole aim is to endanger and truncate the future of our youth is a very good choice. Please keep up the good work.” — President @MBuhari

At a meeting later with members of his delegation, the President said, “Buba Marwa is doing well. Two tonnes of cocaine, that’s a haul!”

The NDLEA had announced the “highest cocaine seizure” worth over 278 million dollars and the arrest of drug barons including a foreigner in a major operation lasting two days across different locations in Lagos.

ASUU Strike: Flight Operations At Lagos Airport Are Interrupted Due To The NANS Protest

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NaijaNews reports that flight operations at Lagos’ Muritala International Airport have been disrupted by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) protest as demonstrators block roads leading to the airport in protest of the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ ongoing strike.

Arik Air informed its passengers—especially those departing Lagos—that the NANS protest that took place at the airport on Monday would create flight interruptions in a message acquired by Brand Spur Nigeria on Monday.

“Please be informed that you may experience disruption to your flights, especially out of Lagos, due to the protest by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS),” the airline in a statement said.

Assuring its passengers that it was doing everything within its capacity to mitigate the effect of the protest on its customers, the airline further gave passengers options to reschedule their flights.

In order to avoid becoming caught in traffic, commuters were urged to avoid highways leading to the airport because of the student union’s blockade, which resulted in heavy traffic.

However, as the only route to their destinations, some airport users were unable to meet up with their flight schedule, which compelled the airline to stutter their operations module.

Nigerians File Suit Against INEC Due to Incomplete Registration

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NaijaNews reports that in a complaint against the Independent National Electoral Commission, 24 Nigerians claim that the INEC “failed to offer them and other seven million Nigerians adequate time and opportunity to complete their voter registration after they have carried out their registration online.”

According to a statement by the Deputy Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Kolade Oludare, Sunday, the plaintiffs, who are suing for themselves and on behalf of seven million other Nigerians want to “complete the registration process so that they can obtain their Permanent Voter Cards, and exercise their right to vote.”

INEC recently disclosed that out of 10,487,972 Nigerians, who carried out their pre-registration online, only 3,444,378 completed the process at a physical center. This represents just 32.8 percent of completed online registration.

But in the suit number, FHC/ABJ/CS/1662/2022 filed last Friday at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the plaintiffs are seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel INEC to re-activate its continuous voters’ registration exercise to allow the plaintiffs to complete their registration and collect their PVCs.”…

Peter Obi Rally In Suleja (Pictures)

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Photos Of The Peter Obi Rally In Suleja

Peter Obi supporters organized a sizable rally in Suleja, Niger State, in conjunction with other political organizations, including the INITIATIVE FOR RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE AND STABILITY

“One Million Man March” by Peter Obi’s Supporters Ringed Umuahia, Abia Capital

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The supporters of Labour party presidential candidate Mr. Peter Obi and his VP Dr. Ahmed Datti shut down all commercial and business operations in Umuahia, the capital of Abia state, on Saturday, September 17, 2022. NaijaNews reports.

Participants in the independently funded one million-man march included men, women, and primarily young people from all walks of life.

Part of the supporters started the march from Umuahia South LGA area and others started from ShopRite Umuahia and saw different participants driving and walking through major streets of Umuahia bearing placards with different inscriptions on them and singing solidarity songs in support of Mr Peter Obi and his vice Dr Ahmed Datti.

Some of the placards had inscriptions such as ,” what other structure do you need, Nigerians are Obi’s structure, Nigeria must be fine again, we no dey give shishi ,we will no longer vote for looters of our commonwealth, education must be restored in Nigeria, we want Peter Obi and Ahmed as Nigeria president and vice come,2023.

The supporters converged at Umuahia tower, singing and dancing as well as commending the security agents for protecting them all through the activities.

 

As per Peter Obi on CNN, Nigeria’s issues cannot be resolved overnight (Video)

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Nigeria’s issues cannot be resolved overnight, according to Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP).

However, he asserted that the problems the nation is currently facing may be resolved and emphasized the necessity for a professional and dedicated leader to do so.

During his interview on the Cable News Network, Obi revealed the information (CNN).

In the course of the interview, the anchor of Zain Exchange, Zain Asher, who described him as the most popular candidate among the young people asked, ”Nigerians are used to being disappointed by their leaders, can all the problems of Nigeria which are corruption, oil theft, insecurity, physical.. be solved by one person?

Reacting to the question, Obi said, “If we have a competent leader, have the capacity, and commitment to deal with it, no one will solve it overnight. But there will be clear, visible, measurable attempts to deal with it. And they are solvable things. There are things they can be dealt with decisively.”

When he was quizzed on what his plan is to get Nigeria out of its current economic woes, Obi said that security is the first thing that needs to be put in place in the country.

He explained that with security in place in the country, farmers will be able to go back to the farm.

Peter Obi pays a visit to Goodluck Jonathan (Photos)

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Peter Obi pays a visit to Goodluck Jonathan (Photos)

Roger Federer Retires From Professional Tennis

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Roger Federer declares his retirement from competitive tennis.

To my tennis family and beyond,

Of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors, and most of all the fans who give the sport its life. Today, I want to share some news with all of you.

As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.

The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour.

This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible.

I would like to especially thank my amazing wife Mirka, who has lived through every minute with me. She has warmed me up before finals, watched countless matches even while over 8-months pregnant, and has endured my goofy side on the road with my team for over 20 years. I also want to thank my four wonderful children for supporting me, always eager to explore new places and creating wonderful memories along the way. Seeing my family cheering me on from the stands is a feeling I will cherish forever.

I would also like to thank and recognize my loving parents and my dear sister, without whom nothing would be possible. A big thank you to all my former coaches who always guided me in the right direction…you have been wonderful! And to Swiss Tennis, who believed in me as a young player and gave me an ideal start.

I really want to thank and acknowledge my amazing team, Ivan, Dani, Roland, and particularly Seve and Pierre, who have given me the best advice and have always been there for me. Also Tony, for creatively managing my business for over 17 years. You are all incredible and I have loved every minute with you.

I want to thank my loyal sponsors, who are really like partners to me; and the hard-working teams and tournaments on the ATP Tour, who consistently welcomed all of us with kindness and hospitality.

I would also like to thank my competitors on the court. I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget. We battled fairly, with passion and intensity, and I always tried my best to respect the history of the game. I feel extremely grateful. We pushed each other, and together we took tennis to new levels.

Above all I must offer a special thank you to my unbelievable fans. You will never know how much strength and belief you have given me. The inspiring feeling of walking into full stadiums and arenas has been one of the huge thrills in my life. Without you, those successes would have felt lonely, rather than filled with joy and energy.

The last 24 years on tour have been an incredible adventure. While it sometimes feels like it went by in 24 hours, it has also been so deep and magical that it seems as if I’ve already lived a full lifetime. I have had the immense fortune to play in front of you in over 40 different countries. I have laughed and cried, felt joy and pain, and most of all I have felt incredibly alive. Through my travels, I have met many wonderful people who will remain friends for life, who consistently took time out of their busy schedules to come watch me play and cheer me on around the globe. Thank you.

When my love of tennis started, I was a ball kid in my hometown of Basel. I used to watch the players with a sense of wonder. They were like giants to me and I began to dream. My dreams led me to work harder and I started to believe in myself. Some success brought me confidence and I was on my way to the most amazing journey that has led to this day.

So, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to everyone around the world who has helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball kid come true.

Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.

Roger Federer

GTB is in new trouble as ANLCA demands N200 billion in demurrage and storage losses from the bank.

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The association, in a meeting with the officials of the bank on Wednesday, stated that its members will not bear the cost of demurrage incurred while pressing it in that they are not ready to let go of the losses.

GTB is in fresh trouble as ANLCA is seeking bank payment of N200 billion demurrage and storage losses over FG suspension.

NaijaNews reports that the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has requested the payment of over N200 billion in demurrage charges incurred by customs brokers and freight forwarders as a result of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) suspension owing to alleged non-remittance of import duty collected on behalf of the federal government.

The association, in a meeting with the officials of the bank on Wednesday, stated that its members will not bear the cost of demurrage incurred while pressing it in that they are not ready to let go of the losses.

Speaking on behalf of the association, its National Secretary; Mr. Babatunde Mukaila expressed dissatisfaction with the way the management of GTB handled its suspension by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), noting that ANLCA is aware that NCS gave GT Bank two weeks’ notice to resolve their challenges, yet they neither resolved the issue nor made alternative arrangement in the interest of their customers.

He argued that in the past, some banks have had similar problems but quickly appointed a receiver bank pending the resolution of the matter.

The ANLCA scribe stressed that the approach of the bank amounts to negligence on their part, adding that where there is negligence, someone or group suffers the detriment and as such in every detriment there must be compensation.

He reiterated that the aims and objectives of the association are to protect its members while asking the bank officials how they intend to mitigate the losses.

Other members of the association in attendance also condemned the bank’s attitude and concluded that there will be no stand down on demand for adequate compensation.

Responding, the representative of GT Bank; Mr. Lanre Kola-Banjo apologized to the customs brokers while explaining that the problem was a result of a technical fault from the server.

He however debunked the notion that the bank was given two weeks’ notice. He said to the contrary, that they woke up one morning only to discover that the bank had been disconnected.

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He further explained that it was after they had been suspended from accessing the NCS portal that they were given two weeks to fix the technical problem or face serious sanctions. He said that the problem has since been resolved.

He promised to take the association’s demands to the top management of the bank for further action.

This is even as he added that it is not about apologizing to the importers, but the issue is that it is the Customs Brokers that are at the receiving end because they are in contract with importers and not concerned with demurrage and storage charges.