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“WE WILL INVOKE CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS ON BUHARI IF…”- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

**The National Assembly has threatened to invoke its constitutional power of checking President Buhari if he fails to accede to their demands.

The Chairman of the National Assembly, Bukola Saraki, read the resolutions of the lawmakers after a joint closed-door session which lasted about three hours on Tuesday.

The resolutions were on insecurity around the country, ongoing prosecution of lawmakers, disregard of National Assembly authority by the IG of Police among others.

The lawmakers said they won’t hesitate to invoke their constitutional right if Mr Buhari fails to act.

TRENDING

*. Yaya Toure has accused Pep Guardiola of having “problems with Africans” following his exit from Manchester City. Toure and Guardiola’s relationship has been shaky since their time together at Barcelona. The Ivorian struggled for regular starts under the Spaniard over the last two years and has now been released by the club.
He played just 17 times in the 2017/18 English Premier League season and admits he wondered if it was due to his “colour”.

*. Tunisia’s national goalkeeper, Mouez Hassen has been accused of faking injuries during the World Cup warm-up matches so his teammates could break their Ramadan fast. According to the Sun UK, Hassen faked injuries against Portugal and Turkeycoinciding with sunset, which is when Ramadan fasting ends. In the 49th minute of Tunisia’s World Cup warm-up game against Turkey, Hassen stayed down following a fairly innocuous collision from a corner.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked outrage after he kissed an overseas Filipina worker on the lips during a live event in Seoul.  Mr Duterte was speaking to a crowd of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Seoul, South Korea, when he called two Filipina women on stage to receive a free copy of a book, then convinced one of them to kiss him. In a video of the incident, the woman is seen giggling uncomfortably and hesitating, but he kept insisting and pointing to his lips for her to kiss him. After much cajoling, the woman, supposedly out of respect, leaned in and kissed

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki has submitted his resignation to King Abdullah today following widespread anger over economic policies that have sparked the largest protests in several years and dozens of arrests. Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of the capital Amman and main provincial towns again on Sunday, extending days of protests that have shaken Jordan to its brink. Police chief Major General Fadel al-Hamoud said security forces had detained 60 people for breaking the law during the protests

3. PRESIDENCY:
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday evening broke the Ramadan fast with state governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his official residence at Aso Rock, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the “Iftar” with the governors, unlike the previous ones, held with leadership of the National Assembly, Judiciary and others, was not open for full media coverage. However, the official photographer to the President and cameraman from Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) were allowed to the venue of the event.

4. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Department of State Services, DSS, on Tuesday partially returned some of its operatives who were withdrawn from the security team of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Nine of the 15 operatives were withdrawn on Sunday, but four have now been asked to return to work. This followed a series of interventions by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who expressed concern over the growing tension in the polity. However, we understand that the operatives withdrawn from the speaker of the house of representatives, Yakubu Dogara, are yet to return to their position.

5. JUDICIARY:
The Federal High Court in Abuja ruled on Tuesday that information about the amount of taxpayer fund suspected to have been expended on President Buhari’s treatment in London last year, could not be released under the Freedom of Information Act without the President’s consent.
Delivering judgment in the suit filed by a civil society group, Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative, Justice John Tsoho held that the information sought related to personal information of an elected person like Buhari and which was exempted by Section 14(1)(b) of the FoI Act, 2011.

6. RELIGION:
Ishaq Oloyede, secretary-general, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), says the organisation has reached out to Boko Haram over the continued captivity of Leah Sharibu. Sharibu was among the 112 kidnapped from Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state, on February 19. Although most of the other girls later regained freedom, Sharibu was held back for reportedly refusing to denounce Christianity. Speaking on Monday at The Point Newspaper’s annual Ramadan lecture, Oloyede said the council had opened a channel of communication with the insurgents on the issue

7. POLITICS:
President Buhari has asked state governors belonging to the governing APC to support the re-election of Mai Mala Buni as National Secretary of the party. Mr Buhari made the request Monday when he hosted some of the governors to a breaking of fast in his Aso Rock residence Abuja. The APC has zoned the position of national secretary to the North-east of Nigeria. A top administration official familiar with what happened at the Iftar said Mr Buni “appears all set to retain his position, following the endorsement

8. POLITICS:
Following the conclusion of ward, local and state congresses of the APC in Imo, Osita Okechukwu, DG, Voice of Nigeria (VON) and a chieftain of the party has advised Gov. Rochas Okorocha to leave the party if he so desires. Okechukwu spoke on the heels of Gov. Okorocha’s disagreement with the outcome of the congresses held in Imo last month.  He told newsmen at the APC national secretariat in Abuja on Monday that the APC would win the 2019 elections without Okorocha.
According to him, the actions and inactions of Okorocha have caused the APC more setbacks

9. TELECOM:
Data made available by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) show that Globacom and 9mobile lost 471,782 internet subscribers between March and April.
According to the monthly subscribers’ operator data posted on its website on Monday, the number of active mobile telephone lines increased by 11 million to stand 160 million. Internet users increased to 101.2 million in April from the 100.6 million recorded in March. The figures showed that the total number of mobile telephone lines in April stood at 160,081,051, compared to 148,854,338 in March.

10. HEALTH:
The Minister of Health has asked the Nigeria Police Force to henceforth arrest defaulters of the ban on tobacco products including Shisha. The Health Minister gave the directive at a press conference in Abuja to mark the 2018 World No-Tobacco Day today June 4th. “Let me stress that the ban on tobacco products with characterising flavours is still in place and the ban includes shisha because it has flavour. I, therefore, urge the Consumer Protection Council and the law enforcement agencies to intensify arrest of defaulters.” he said
According to the British Heart Foundation, Shisha smoking is a way of smoking tobacco.

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