TOP HIGHLIGHTS IN THE NEWS FOR TODAY JUNE 03 2019

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1) WOMAN ACCUSES OFFICERS ATTACHED TO THE IGP MONITORING TEAM OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HER AND THE EXTRA JUDICIALLY KILLING HER 21 YEAR OLD SON…
Mrs. Ebi Agori, a 47 year old wife of a retired naval officer, has called on the Inspector-General of Police to take immediate action against some officers attached to the IGP Monitoring Unit for sexually assaulting her and extra-judicially killing her 21 year old son, Daniel Agori in her front. Mrs. Ebi Agori claimed that one of the officers during a raid in her home at Aluu on May 11th, 2019, inserted the nozzle of their gun inside her private part. The whole thing according to Mrs. Agori started after her daughter, Blessing Agori, invited her boyfriend who happens to be a Police officer attached to the IGP Monitoring team to their home to arrest her younger brother, Daniel and his girlfriend, over a dispute over Fish. She said her 21year old son Daniel, was a decent man who was a hairstylist and played football… 
“Dem start to dey shoot, dem beat me. Gun wey dem shoot enter my first son, e pass d boy lap comot. For road as we dey go, den put me for center, carry my two sons put for boot. The officer Musa, he hold dis my leg tell him colleagues to hold my leg, carry gun dey shook inside my private part, dis girl dey shout. As we reach the station, their unit oga come out, and they say, dis na kidnappers, den shoot gun with us, kill police. The oga say shoot him and kill him. For my presence dem take clot tie my pikin eye. I dey tell dem say na lie lie o and I dey shout, the boy sef dey shout, then den shoot my pikin die without asking any question whether him be kidnapper or not.”
Meanwhile, Ndubuisi Wuwa, Lawyer to the Agori family said that the matter has been reported to the Federation of International Women Lawyers, FIDA, and the State Commissioner of Police, Usman Belel. He said “We are preparing to file a case of infringement on the rights of our clients against the IGP, the IGP Monitoring Unit Commander in Aluu, DSP Bello Yusuf, and Victor Neh, Blessing Agori’s boyfriend and another member of the IGP Monitoring Unit in Aluu who inserted the nozzle of the gun into Mrs Agori’s private part.”
“A suspect is presumed innocent until a court proves otherwise. The suspect was arrested and there was no gun battle. They did not find any gun with him and yet, they claimed they found a gun with him.”

2) GOVERNOR WIKE CALLS ON THE CHURCH TO DISCIPLINE MEMBERS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN ELECTORAL MALPRACTICE… 
Governor Nyesom Wike, while speaking on Sunday at the 3rd session of the 8th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of the Niger Delta North, at St Thomas Anglican Church, Diobu, Port Harcourt, said Clerics should never be associated with illegal political activities, calling on the Church to discipline some of its clerics who were involved in carrying of ballot boxes and aided electoral malpractices. Governor Wike also reiterated his call for Christian’s to be involved in active politics to guard against the emergence of unqualified leaders in the country. The governor further attributed Nigeria’s dwindling economy to unqualified people who he said occupies public offices at the federal level. 

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Gov. Wike

3) CHAIRMAN, BAYELSA STATE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION, DR BERTOLA PEREKEME RESIGNS OVER THREAT TO LIFE…
Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, has accepted the resignation of the Chairman of the state independent electoral commission, Dr Bertola Perekeme. Dr Bertola informed the governor of his resignation in a letter dated 31st May 2019, in which he cited threat to his life and his immediate family as reasons for his decision. 
Governor Seriake Dickson while responding to the resignation, thanked Bertola for his service to the commission particularly for setting in motion the conduct of the local council elections scheduled to hold August 10th 2019. The governor however said that regardless of the development, the August 10th Local government elections would go on as other members of the commission were in quorum to carry on with the business of conducting an itch free exercise. 

4) RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT WARNS OF STERN DISCIPLINARY MEASURES AGAINST MANAGERS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS OVER IMPOSTION OF ILLEGAL LEVIES…
The Rivers state Deputy governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has warned that the Rivers state government will take stern disciplinary measures against managers of public schools that impose illegal levies on the students and parents. Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo stated this at the weekend during the prize giving day and valedictory thanksgiving service at Emerald College, Igwuruta. Dr Banigo said the governor Wike led administration is determined to filling the gaps and smoothing all the rough edges in the educational system to enable children in the state have access to quality education. The Deputy governor who said governor Wike has continued to improve the quality of public schools through renovations and reconstruction of new ones across the 23 LGAs, noted that there is still more to be done. 

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Gov. Wike

5) PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY, ATIKU ABUBAKAR, EXPRESS WORRY OVER DELAY IN REPLACING JUSTICE ZAINAB BULKACHUWA ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PETITION PANEL…
The legal team of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed worry over the continued delay in replacing the President of the court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on the 5 man panel of the Presidential election petitions tribunal. The petitioners who are worried that the replacement had yet to be provided for her on the panel over 1 week after her withdrawal, said they had written to the President of the court of appeal, Justice Bulkachuwa, expressing their concern over the delay. Justice Bulkachuwa has the exclusive power to appoint a judge of the court to serve on the tribunal’s panel.
Justice Bulkachuwa was heading the panel until May 22nd when she withdrew her membership following an allegation of the likelihood of bias levelled against her by Atiku Abubakar and his party based on her family ties to some top members of the All Progressives Congress.

6) RESIDENTS OF RIVERS STATE KICK AGAINST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO BAN LICENSE GUNS….
The order by the Federal Government to withdraw license guns from private individuals is still attracting criticism. Some residents in Port Harcourt told reporters that the implementation of the order will spell doom as most persons will be left defenseless. They argued that many of the arms used by terrorists and gang members are unlicensed and more sophisticated than what is permitted by the law and that “some the people in authority they know the politicians behind all this guns. So if the guns are licensed the police knows the owners. If there is any crime committed by license guns you know who to go to. What is the essence of being licensed? It’s so that you will know the owner. So I don’t support the idea at all. Guns that are licensed by the police are not more than pump action and double barrel. Now let us ask again, who in this country owns license guns? They are mostly westerners and easterners. Most northerners don’t own license guns. Why is that they want to now withdraw the only means of protection that some of us have?”
And some of the residents also charge the police to come out with workable plans to mop up illegal arms in the hands of unauthorised persons.
“Guns are coming in from all areas as our borders are porous, the sea port is porous. We have proliferation of arms into the country from Niger, from Chad, from Cameron. These are the arms used to commit all sort of atrocities in the country, not license guns. If you were living in the lagos or anywhere in the east in the 80s, in the 90s and early in the year 2000,  you would know that there was need for individuals who could afford to buy this arms to buy gun to able to protect their families. Now you want to take that away from us? We will resist it.

7) ELECTORAL BODY IN ALGERIA POSPTPONES NEXT MONTH’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION…
The body which oversees elections in Algeria said it is not possible to hold Presidential elections as planned in July 4 after the only two candidates for the elections were rejected.
A statement from the constitutional council said it was up to the interim president to name a new date for the vote. Algeria has witnessed months of anti government protests. 
Long time President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April but demonstrators are pushing for greater change in the country’s ruling elite. He was replaced by Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president but many view him as too close to the former leader.

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