REVEALED!!! How House of Rep member slapped Nigerian over American visa petition

The Chairman of ouse of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, Uzoma Nkem-Abonta has been accused of assault by an activist, Kayode Bello.

He also said that he was detained for about four hours by policemen attached to the National Assembly. Bello, who petitioned the National Assembly over alleged extortion and indiscriminate refusal by the United States embassy to grant visas to Nigerians, told our correspondent that since his release on bail, he had been in and out of the hospital.

The 35-year-old claimed that Nkem-Abonta’s grouse with him was that a summons to the US Ambassador to Nigeria over his petition was published by The PUNCH. The lawmaker allegedly said the publication embarrassed the National Assembly. However, when our correspondent contacted Nkem-Abonta, he denied the allegations.

Our correspondent had reported that many Nigerian students, who applied for visas at the US embassy, had their applications turned down, thereby losing the fees paid to their prospective schools. Bello, a Law graduate, had said he was also unjustly denied a visa to the US, where he was to present a paper on climate change at the University of California.

He had petitioned the National Assembly through a member representing the Ede and Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State, Prof. Mojeed Alabi. He claimed that when he petitioned the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Consular General of the United States Embassy in Nigeria, he did not get any response. The researcher had asked the government to investigate the alleged extortion of Nigerians by the embassy through non-refundable visa fees.

Two summonses were reportedly sent to the US embassy by the House committee, as hearing was slated for December 4, 2018. However, Bello said when the embassy’s representatives did not show up, the hearing was shifted to December 18, 2018, as it was announced that the Minister of Foreign Affairs would also be invited.

Due to the strike action embarked upon by the National Assembly workers, the hearing was stalled. An affidavit that Bello swore to at the Federal High Court, Abuja, read in part, “Earlier, Mr Omale Adoyi (clerk of the committee) called me that I should bring a copy of The PUNCH that reported the summons by the National Assembly to the American ambassador.

“On January 10, 2019, I went to the National Assembly for a follow-up on the petition, but on getting there, Mr Adoyi asked me to follow him to the office of the Chairman of the Committee on Public Petitions and I followed him. Upon arrival at the chairman’s office, the man accused me of reporting about the summons to the US ambassador. I told him that the summons was reported by The PUNCH, The Guardian and ThisDay, and that I only gave them the information needed for their reports and that The PUNCH contacted the clerk before publishing the story.

“The chairman said I was a daft person and that I should have known that the House committee could not summon the US Ambassador to Nigeria. He shouted at me and asked me to leave his office and said the committee would not handle my petition anymore. He said he would deal with me if I reported what transpired in his office that day. The chairman then opened the door via a remote control, but as I was making my exit out of his office, he dragged me back and punched me in the face. He said he had all the money to deal with me.”

Bello said when he became dizzy due to the assault, the chairman called security personnel to take him away. He said his health condition, which was unstable before the assault, had worsened. The activist claimed that he was detained at the police post attached to the National Assembly, where he made a statement, adding that his phone was seized.

“I was released on the grounds that the chairman, who asked that I should be arrested, did not make a formal complaint to the police or write any statement, and the witness, Mr Omale Adoyi, could not substantiate any allegation against me. I am presently receiving medical treatment at the General Hospital, Maitama,” he added.

Our correspondent was told that the National Assembly had withdrawn the summons to the US ambassador.

Nkem-Abonta, in a telephone chat with our correspondent, denied the allegations, saying he was not aware of the summons to the ambassador. He also said he was on vacation when Bello barged into his office to demand a written address.

Nkem-Abonta stated, “He walked into my office; I did not invite him; and he said I should give him a written address. I told him that I was on vacation and I asked him to leave my office and invited the sergeant-at-arms to take him away. No story can embarrass me. He embarrassed himself. Is it not common knowledge that no assembly anywhere can summon an ambassador? I did not issue any summons. Was my signature forged or what? I don’t know. I constituted a panel to find out who summoned the ambassador. I am so experienced to know my limits. I don’t know him and nobody attacked him.

“The clerk was relieved of his duty because of that matter. He is no longer the clerk; are you not aware? I did not sign any summons and I don’t know who did. I only read in the paper and I asked to find out and I reported to the authorities. Does he have the right to barge into my office? Does he have the right to demand a written address on why the petition was not heard? I said no; when he refused to leave my office, I called the sergeant-at-arms to take him away.”

However, a policeman involved in the case said Bello was blameless in the matter, adding that the committee chairman only vented his anger on him.

The cop explained, “He (Bello) went there to get feedback when the honourable chairman picked offence and said he had come to embarrass him in his office. Unknown to him, the clerk was really at fault. He (Nkem-Abonta) picked offence and transferred his aggression to the man. He referred Bello and the clerk to us. After listening to the clerk and Bello, we did not see any reason to detain him, so we decided to release him. We asked him to return the following day so we could thrash out the matter.”

He said Bello’s telephone was seized in order to ensure that he returned the following day since he had no one to take him on bail. The policeman added that the activist had, however, refused to return to the station since he was released.

When our correspondent contacted the clerk, he asked him to come to Abuja.

EXPOSED!! How Northern elders conspired against Jonathan in 2015- “Speak the truth”- Dogara insists

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have accused Northern elders of not speaking out against President Buhari like they did against President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has challenged northern elders to raise their voices against insecurity in the region “just as they did during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan”. Mr Jonathan hails from Bayelsa, South-south Nigeria, while the current president, Muhammadu Buhari is from the north-west. The speaker, who stated this in Lafia, Nasarawa State at the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, noted that the elders’ silence on insecurity in the region could be taken as enabling the poor management of security in the country, especially in the north.

He condemned “sycophants” who elevate some public office holders to the status of “god”, saying such attitude brings destruction upon the country. He called on all Nigerians to rise up and rescue the country from the clutches of insecurity. “Just like my last speech to Nigerians that were gathered in a rally like this in Gombe, I said that the 2019 general elections is not about President Muhammadu Buhari, it’s not about Atiku Abubakar, but I said it is about you who are gathered here and it will be a referendum on insecurity and hunger in this land,” he said. “On the issue of insecurity, all of us know what is happening in Borno and, unfortunately too, between Abuja and Kaduna, as well as in Zamfara, Katsina, Nassarawa, Benue, Plateau and even Sokoto States.

“Now, I cannot even mention all because it is a general problem in the county, but I was highlighting the states where the problem is more endemic as of now. “The issue is this, when this thing was going on under Jonathan, we had Borno elders always speaking. Where are the Borno elders now?” he asked.

“Where are the leaders of Northern Nigeria now that this problem has become endemic? What are they saying now? Are we not guilty of what we allow? Are we not responsible for the killings?” he added. He said it was sad that Nigerians have condoned evil for so long while they elevate certain political office holders higher than the welfare of the nation. The speaker said the forthcoming 2019 election will be a referendum on many issues, including education which he said has not been given the attention it deserves. He said by allowing schools to shut down under the name of strike, “the government has thrown teeming Nigerian youth into idleness and slowed down their progress”.

“It’s been said that if you want to destroy a community, state or nation, don’t even fire shots or bring the crisis that is being perpetrated by Boko Haram, don’t even bring nuclear bomb, all you need to do is to lower the standard of education in that community, state, or nation. Once you succeed in doing that, you’ve killed the nation. “So many of us may not understand what I’m implying, but right now in Nigeria, the university lecturers are on strike. If it was a decent government that is committed to the future of this country, it wouldn’t take one week to resolve this problem, but unfortunately, through ineptitude the strike is allowed to fester.”

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Do or Die Affair!! Man Killed for Supporting Buhari, APC in PDP state

A young man in his prime was killed in Rivers State recently for pasting the poster of a APC candidate in a state that is run by the PDP.

A young man in his late 20s, identified as Chimezie Dike, was on Saturday stabbed to death during a fight with one Henry Ekeozor over the pasting of campaign posters on the wall of a building. The incident was said to have happened around 8.20pm at 40B Azikiwe Street, Mile 2, Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The deceased, according to sources, was not a member of the All Progressives Congress, but was contracted to paste the campaign posters of Collyns Owondah, a House of Representatives candidate of the party in the area.

It was gathered that Henry and his mother, Ifeoma Ekeozor, a woman leader of the APC in the area, had expressed dissatisfaction over the pasting of campaign posters of the House of Representatives candidate on the wall of their residence. The disapproval by the duo reportedly caused a fierce argument with Dike, a development that degenerated into a fight before the victim was stabbed in the chest. A source said Dike bled to death before he was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was confirmed dead by doctors.

The source, who identified himself as Dengi, said, “The woman (Ifeoma Ekeozor) is a woman leader in the APC, while the man, whose campaign posters were being posted, is also of the same political party, but they belong to different factions of the party. “The young man pasting the campaign poster was Chimezie Dike from the Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State. The boy came to the street to paste the posters of a politician running for an election.

“In the process, the son of the woman leader began to quarrel with him and within a short time, the son of the woman stabbed Chimezie. He (Chimezie) died before he got to the hospital.” Another eyewitness, who preferred not to be mentioned, alleged that a dagger belonging to Henry’s brother, who is a soldier, was used to stab Dike in the chest. The eyewitness stated, “The woman (Ifeoma Ekeozor) even broke a bottle during the argument. Everybody parked out of the house because a group of youths, who were not happy about the killing of the boy, went ahead to ransack people’s houses.

“A journalist staying in the building lost some of her property, including a laptop, after she left the place in a hurry to avoid being injured. The house is a three-storey building and the shop operated by the woman (Ifeoma) is on the ground floor. “The young man pasting the poster, the woman and her son are all APC supporters, but they belong to different factions. He (Chimezie) was rushed to the hospital that night, while the mother of the attacker was arrested the same day by policemen from the Azikiwe Police Station.”

The eyewitness added that a group of policemen was currently at the hospital, where Henry Ekeozor, who was also injured during the fight, was admitted for treatment. When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident. “I am aware of the incident that someone was stabbed to death at the Diobu area. But I have not been fully briefed by the Divisional Police Officer of that area,” Omoni said.

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Delta lawmaker vows to remain in office for life

A lawmaker in Delta State has stated that he will keep hold of his position for the rest of his life.

Leo Ogor, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and member representing Isoko Federal Constituency of Delta State, has vowed to remain a life member of the lower chamber despite still struggling to recover from stroke. He referred to the Isoko South people as being “selfish and greedy” against his Isoko North people, stating that the Isoko Federal Constituency is the sole property of the Isoko North.

Ogor, who is also the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the House of Representatives in the 2019 general election, made the vow on Sunday at his country home in Ozoro, headquarters of Isoko North council area, while playing host to a political group, ‘Team Hilary for Okowa’, comprising PDP members from across the three senatorial districts in the state. Ogor said the people of Isoko South Local Government Area are “selfish and greedy”, and want to cheat his Isoko North people. He insisted that he would “perpetually” remain in the House of Representatives. Minority Leader Leo Ogor Vows To Remain Lawmaker ‘Till Eternity’ Despite Stroke…

Speaking on his decision, Ogor said: “The facts are very very clear. And how are they very clear? Isoko North has two constituencies and Isoko South has two constituencies. If Isoko North has two constituencies and Isoko South has two constituencies, how can Isoko South come and take the Isoko North constituency? That means they are taking three and these people are taking one.

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“Is that possible? Is that possible? I say Is that possible? Isoko North has two constituencies and in the sense of it, Isoko North has 13 wards and Isoko South has 11 wards. How can they come and take three and we will take one? Is that possible? Please and please and please, go and tell them that they have missed the point. We will take this battle to their footstep.” He vowed not to relinquish power to “any Isoko South person till eternity”. Last Friday, during a PDP youth event at the popular Ala square, Ozoro, Ogor made a similar statement that no Isoko South son or daughter contesting for the House of Representatives seat would be allowed to take away the Isoko Federal Constituency seat, which is the exclusive right of the Isoko North people.

Our correspondent reliably learnt that there was mild drama at the residence of the federal lawmaker when he played host to the group and other PDP members, and a former councillor from Umeh community in Isoko South challenged Ogor on his speech of not relinquishing power to anyone from Isoko South. It was gathered that at this juncture, some youth suspected to be political thugs working with the minority leader almost lynched the former councillor for challenging their boss in his own house.

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Meanwhile, a cross-section of leaders and elders of Isoko nation, especially from the Isoko South Local Government Area, have revolted against Ogor over his statement of “disunity and acrimony”. The leaders and elders have called on the Isoko people to refuse to be bought over by Ogor and urged the electorate to give their votes to Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.

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BREAKING: Abayomi Ayeola, Member House Of Representatives Is Dead

The news has just gone out that a member of the House of Representatives who is representing the Ibeju Lekki Federal Constituency of Lagos State, Mr Abayomi Ayeola, is dead.

In its reaction, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State has described the death of Mr. Abayomi Ayeola, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ibeju Lekki Federal Constituency of the state as a “great loss” to the party and the state at a period like this.

Ayeola, who had won the primary election for the third term under the platform of APC, to contest in the 2019 general elections, reportedly died at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos, Sunday, afternoon after a brief illness.

Ayeola reportedly died at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos on Sunday after a brief illness.

The two-term lawmaker had clinched the ticket of the All Progressives Congress to contest for a third term in the 2019 general elections before his demise on Sunday.

Until his death, he was the leader of the Lagos State caucus in the House.

Indeed what a death. Just a few hours into the new election year. He sure would be missed by his close associates.

 

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ASUU STRIKE: NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER!! Lecturers vows to fight Buhari till the end

Nigeria student would do well to get something to keep them busy after it was revealed that President Buhari and ASUU are not ready to reach an agreement anytime soon.

President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has announced that the union would not suspend the ongoing strike due to alleged insincerity on the part of the government to address the contentious issues. At a press briefing held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), where members, zonal and chapter heads congregated yesterday, Ogunyemi, who disparaged the Federal Government for its alleged negligence on the contentious issues, described the rumour that the ASUU’s struggle is politically motivated to disrupt the 2019 election as laughable and unfounded.

According to him, the only thing that will make ASUU to shift ground is demonstration of serious commitment on the part of government to the implementation of the spirit and letters of the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement, as well as the resulting 2013 MoU and 2017 MoA.

This will pave the way for the rapid transformation of the nation’s public universities for improved efficiency, infrastructural development and global competitiveness.“Since the commencement of our industrial action on November 4, 2018, we have had six meetings with agents of the Federal Government, with no clear commitment from them to resolve all the issues. Government appears to have adopted the ‘keep-them-talking’ strategy, while deceiving the pubic that progress was being made, and that partial agreement had been reached with the union.

“Through its press interactions, the government through its representatives had falsely raised the hope of the Nigerian public on the state of discussion with out union. Our expectation from a very responsive and sincere government is that by now, all outstanding issues would have been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. Unfortunately, government is yet to show sincerity in addressing the problem,” the ASUU president said. “Nigerians should please note that, as at today, there are no concrete commitments on the part of government to warrant considering the suspension of this strike, which we did all that was possible to avoid. We appreciate the understanding of our students, their parents, among whom are many ASUU members, and all people of goodwill since the resumption of this preventable strike. ASUU does not take your sacrifice for granted. With your continued support, we can make the Nigerian ruling class come to accept the centrality of university education in improving the human condition.”

Maintaining its call on the removal of Dr. Wale Babalakin as the chairman of the Renegotiation Committee of the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement, the ASUU boss said, “We have strong reasons to believe that the continuation of Babalakin as the head of the renegotiation with ASUU will not yield good fruits. He is ideologically fixated on tuition fees and does not agree that education is a public good.” On the accusation that the strike has political undertone, Ogunyemi said: “In 2013 when we had a six-month strike, the then Goodluck Jonathan’s government said opposition was sponsoring us, today that opposition is in power, who is sponsoring us? We are not perturbed because we see all these as distractions. To us, it is not an issue. For those accusing us of planning to abort the election, it is unfounded and there is no basis for it. Our strike has nothing to do with election. We do not want to create problem for this country, but let government not create problem for itself.”

On whether ASUU will release its members, since most of them function as returning officers during election, Ogunyemi said, “INEC chairman has called us for a meeting, precisely on January 4th, 2019, when we listen to them, we will know what next to do.”

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I will still continue to investigate you, Obono-Obla reacts to lawmakers call for his dismissal

The Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla has dismissed calls by the House of Representatives for his dismissal stating that it is a ploy to derail investigations into corrupt practices.

Obla revealed that the recent attacks against him over an allegedly forged WAEC certificate since he commenced investigations into the activities and finances of some senators and members of the House of Representatives, were premeditated.

He said: “The call by the House of Representatives on Mr. President to sack me for alleged certificate forgery is hogwash, balderdash and absolute rubbish!

 

 

“It is a hatchet job by agents and merchants of corruption and graft that have looted the country for the past 19 years to intimidate, hound and harass me.

“They are agents of looters that I have investigated. Is the House of Representatives the Police?” he queried in a statement in Lagos.

On the allegation of certificate forgery, Obla stated that he graduated from the university over 30 years ago.

“I left university 30 years ago. I graduated and went to Law School. I left Law School in 1990 and was called to Bar in June 1991.

 

 

 

“The university screened me and awarded me a degree after deeming me worthy and after fulfilling the entry requirements.

“I wrote JAMB and scored excellent grades in all the subjects I wrote.

“It is a blackmail contrived by looters and their agents, using the House of Representatives,” he said.

Meanwhile, Obla has also filed a lawsuit against the House of Representatives over the matter.

He is challenging the power of the House of Representatives to conduct such an investigation, adding that the report is a hatchet job with a premeditated mission, illegal and unconstitutional.

 

 

According to him, the call for his sack was a reaction to the information released by his panel forwarding the names of those under its investigation to the Nigeria Immigration Service.

He said the information required the Service to implement the travel ban stipulated by the Executive Order No 6 of 2018 for those under trial and investigation for corruption and abuse of office.

“I must be a genius to pass through university and Law School, practice law for more than two decades without a school certificate.

“The whole issue is really laughable, but it is sad the extent to which corruption can fight back,” he said.

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MARCHING ORDERS!!! Sack Okoi Obono-Obla NOW!!! Federal House of Representatives Order Buhari

On Thursday, the House of Representatives demanded the immediate sack of Special Presidential Investigation Panel, SPIP, Okoi Obono-Obla for certificate forgery and corruption from the President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House also urged the president to dissolve the panel headed by Obla, requesting that the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, be effectively utilized to perform the function meant for it in the anti-corruption fight.

Okoi Obono-Obla Members of the House reached the decisions following the recommendations of an adhoc committee set up to investigate the legality and modus oparandi of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel.

It will be recalled that the adhoc committee conducted an extended public investigation on the activities of SPIP in July this year.

The exercise was essentially based on the allegations of corruption contained in the audit report of the Auditor-General of the Federation on the financial transaction of the panel.

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Besides, there were also sundry cases of arbitrary use of powers and office of the chairman by Obla and certificate forgery against Obla.

Considering the recommendations contained in the report of the Adhoc committee chaired by Hon. Aliyu Patigi in the Committee of the Whole presided by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Lasun on Thursday, the House also called the Independent Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to prosecute him.

Hon. Kingsley Chinda from Rivers State moved the motion on behalf of Patigi who was not present on the floor for the consideration of the recommendations.

He said “That the House do consider the report of the Adhoc committee on the Need to Investigate the Legality and Modus Oparandi of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel and approve the recommendations (Laid July 27, 2018).

The recommendations included: “That the president should be urged to dissolve the panel in view of the arbitrary use of powers and abuse of office of the chairman “That the Code of Conduct Bureau should be utilized for function the panel seeks to perform in the current anti-corruption drive.

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“That the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC should investigate the allegations of corruption contained in the audit report of the Auditor-General of the Federation on the financial transaction of the panel and prosecute the culprits.

“That the Law Degree of chief Okio Obono Obla, having been obtained fraudulently should be withdrawn by the University of Jos. “That the Body of Benchers should withdraw the call to bar certificate awarded to Ofem Okoi Ofem (now known as Chief Okoi Obono Obla) as it was based on the Degree which they obtained from the University of Jos through fraud.

“That the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should discharge Chief Okoi Obono Obla of his responsibility as Special Adviser and Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel, SPIP.

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“That Chief Okoi Obono Obla should be investigated by the Inspector-General of Police and charged to court for forgery and misrepresentation.

“That the President of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, the Director-General of Nigerian Law School, the Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN should ensure Chief Okoi Obono Obla is prosecuted”.

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JUST IN!!! Dogara Saves Buhari From The Hands Of Rampaging Lawmakers Today

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has pleaded with the lawmakers in the green chambers to keep their cool and not embarrass the President Muhammadu Buhari by staging a protest during the budget presentation.

TheCable learnt that aggrieved lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who did not get tickets to contest the 2019 polls were planning to protest against the president.

Some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers also plotted to partake in the protest, a legislative source said.

But the source said during a closed-door session on Thursday, Dogara pleaded with the aggrieved lawmakers in the  which lasted about 12 minutes not to protest against Buhari as he is presenting the 2019 budget proposal.

Another source said after the plea, some of the aggrieved lawmakers submitted their placards to Kawu Sumaila, senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matters (house of representatives).

“They have started submitting their placards to Kawu,” the source said.

“They are aggrieved, you know most of them did not get their tickets and that is why they want to protest. That is the reason for the delay, the joint session was supposed to start at 12am.”

Last week, some lawmakers in the lower legislative chamber threatened to boycott the budget presentation.

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REVEALED!!! Lawmakers planning to embarass Buhari during budget presentation

Some members of the House of Representatives are planning to hold  protest during the 2019 budget presentation by President Muhammadu Buhari today.

Some lawmakers have been seen with placards, possibly to protest during the budget presentation.

The house has however gone into an executive session to iron out the issue.

Sources said the executive session is to prevail on those aggrieved lawmakers to shelve the planned protest.

The lawmakers are in an executive session and only members are allowed into the chamber.

Even the president’s aide on National Assembly, Ita Enang, who came with the copies of the budget in a green and white package was turned back from the door.

It also appears all is not well inside the chamber as one of the president’s loyalists, Gudaji Kazaure, came out and is heard speaking in Hausa saying “we will not allow anyone to embarrass the president”. He even rained curses.

He was pacified by another presidential aide, Kawu Sumaila, and he has returned into the chamber.

 

Some lawmakers are now chanting protest songs: “freedom cometh by struggle, freedom come, by struggle by struggle, freedom come.”

A Rep member who was part of the executive session has told Premium Times that “Speaker Dogara was almost on his knees begging House members not to embarrass the President when he arrives.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has already arrived the assembly complex, in readiness for the arrival of President Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to present the 2019 budget before a joint session of the national assembly.

Some members loyal to the president are forcefully collecting placards from fellow members which has led to a fight among some of the members.

Fighting erupts as Kano APC lawmaker, Bashir Baballe, shreds placard collected from Diri Douye (Bayelsa, PDP).

The situation was brought under control by colleagues who intervened.

Senators have now taken the stage as Godswill Akpabio and Sam Anyawu abuse each other.

Buhari arrived the chamber amidst cheers and protests by lawmakers.