INEC Awaits Appeal Court Decision On Melaye’s Recall Process

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has said it would await Court of Appeal’s decision on the latest suit on the recall of Sen. Dino Melaye before taking further steps on it.

The commission disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday night in Abuja by Mr Solomon Soyebi, a National Commissioner, and its Chairman, Information, and Voter Education Committee.

INEC had in its amended timetable and schedule of activities on the recall of Melaye, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District at the Senate, planned to issue the notice for signatures verification on Tuesday.

The amendment of the timetable was made pursuant to the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

In its judgment in a suit filed by Melaye to stop the recall process, the court dismissed the action and ordered INEC to serve him personally with his constituents’ petition for his recall and all accompanying documents.

The court directed that the documents must be served on Melaye at least two weeks to the commencement of the exercise to enable him to prepare adequately for the verification.

Meanwhile, the commission stated that all attempts to serve the senator had been futile as he had made himself unavailable.

It stated that the Bailiff of the High Court accompanied by INEC officials had visited the office of the Senator at the National Assembly and his residence on six occasions but to no avail.

The senator’s office was found locked, and the officials were also not able to gain access to him at his residence.

It added that on the resumption of the Senate after its recess, the senator refused to accept service of the documents.

“The Commission approached the court for substituted service but was directed to make another attempt to serve the senator.

“When this failed again, the commission returned to the court to pursue the request for substituted service but the court declined jurisdiction as the appeal by the senator had been entered at the Court of Appeal.”

The commission added that as a result of Melaye’s refusal to accept service of the petition, it had not been able to proceed with the process as earlier scheduled.

According to it, service of the documents on Melaye has become a condition precedent to continuing the exercise.

“INEC has therefore decided that in line with its usual practice and in deference to the rule of law, it will await the outcome of the decision of the Appeal filed by the Senator,” it said.

The commission reiterated determination to faithfully discharge all its constitutional and statutory duties and responsibilities.

It added that in doing so, it was not only guided by the Constitutional and statutory provisions, but also by the interpretations given by the courts.

“INEC does not have any interest whatsoever in the outcome of the Kogi West petition for recall.

“Its interest is limited to ensuring that all electoral activities are undertaken in line with due process and without fear or favor.

“The commission owes this duty to all Nigerians and is prepared to proceed in earnest once all legal issues are resolved.”

Peter Claver Oparah: Dino Melaye Continues To Fun From His Shadow

For Dino Melaye, that rambunctious and swash buckling senator from Kogi State, the cloud still looks ominous. For someone that relishes hugging the limelight, what he is passing through presently bodes a fatal dent on that raunchy life. Melaye is besieged. He is beleaguered. He is battered. He is storm-tossed. Dino Melaye is distressed. He is like a cornered rat and gradually, he had been watching as all escape routes are plugged by those that want to see his back from the senate. As he makes frantic moves to avoid INEC and its recall papers, Dino cuts a sorry picture of a self-propelled fugitive who allowed his vanity, hubris and ego to dismantle him. With all the desperate moves Melaye made last week to evade INEC’s service of his recall papers, Dino showed that he has exhausted every prank to avoid the evil day. Now, what remains is for him to surrender and subject himself to the legal terms of recall and to defeat it not through such puerile pranks as he is now making but through well marshalled tactics that show he was wrongly set upon for recall, as he is crying all over town.

No doubt, he had been fervently praying that this cup passes him by but the cup has stubbornly stuck to him. He had threatened that no one can recall him from the senate where he plays the backup role to Bukola Saraki, the heavily dented president of the senate. In fact, he and Saraki exchange that role to each other; serving to buoy each other in moments of crisis. They have complimented each other in the many battles that bother on their indiscretion which they had been fighting since Saraki usurped the senate leadership. In this matter of Melaye’s recall, they have both laughed it off as a sick joke that will never see the light of the day. But, from all points, they seem to have boasted just too early and that is why today, Dino Melaye has been alternating several rat holes in a bid to stave off his impending recall. He is no more the loud, noisome, boastful stage actor in the senate. He has lost his swagger as he looked drained out the moment the Federal High Court ordered his recall to continue. In most of the senate sittings in recent times, Melaye has been conspicuously missing in action.

Dino is faced with a problem that had just refused to back off even with the seeming impregnable assurance of Saraki that no one can recall him. Since his Kogi West senatorial constituents threatened to send him home from the senate, both Dino and Saraki have tried all known means to beat off that menacing threat, to no avail. At first, Dino, in his usual masking manner, had laughed off the threat. He had waved it off as another feverish symptom that had hit his traducers. He had boasted that his people, who are as riled as Nigerians, over the nuisance he has willingly elected to constitute in the senate and on the national stage, lack the capacity to recall him from the senate. Sure, he was right to have woven the feeling of impregnability around himself because previous recall efforts have never seen the light of the day. The difficulty in mustering the required number of constituents to effectively carry out a recall gave Dino the confidence that his people will fail in this task.

But today, Dino looks like a cornered rat because his people have shown a clear readiness to cross hitherto impregnable fortresses against recall processes in their vow to see his back from the senate. In the sequel, Dino has lost his allure and is no more seen reveling and masking as he was known for. His notorious diarrhead mouth seems to have been capped. He is no more treating issues to the same casual, dismissive ambience for which he was noted. He has no more time for the kind of annoying petulance with which he treated issues about his persona and the senate. To put it mildly, Dino Melaye is greatly troubled and when one is greatly troubled, he finds no time for masking and reveling. Dino has lost the appetite for jokes and clowning. His worries are exacerbated by the fact that he had tried all tricks to shake off the recall bait but none is working. He had bluffed and huffed but the recall threat, like a stubborn abiku, still tracks him. He had threatened and invoked the powers of the senate, tucked under the armpits of his master and alter ego, Saraki but his traducers seem to care less about that. Those that want him out of the senate have shocked him by mobilizing a number that is over the constitutionally prescribed threshold. In apparent awe and shock, he had claimed that they forged such numbers but then he had been spiritedly running away from the due diligence of proving his claim.

On my last check, Dino Melaye has been touring and window-shopping the courts to stop his recall process. That was a seeming leak-proof strategy he borrowed from Saraki. Yes, the courts have only offered him temporary reprieve by holding up the recall process. But then, that proved to be mere postponement of the inevitable doomsday when the court recently ordered the recall process to continue. INEC, which in deference to the initial court order, stayed the process, having gotten the ruling of the court to restart the process, had been having difficulties serving Melaye a recall notice because Dino Melaye had been on the run. He had practically gone AWOL. He is running frantically away from the recall. He has shed the pretension to invincibility and now lives on devising newer ways of evading INEC. He now shuns his favourite playground, which is Saraki’s senate. From all seeming indices, Melaye is holed up in thin air!

Melaye now harbors a consuming fear of INEC. He doesn’t want to be served the notice of his recall because he knows that nothing will save him from recall if the process were to start. We are not seeing his usual clowning on national stages again because he faces a more urgent threat that will rob him of the klieg lights for his nuanced shows. Dino knows that he will be practically finished if he is recalled from the senate. He doesn’t even believe in the many boasts he had previously issued that no one can recall hm. Worse still, he does not even trust the assurance of his master, Saraki that his recall process would end as a huge joke. He doesn’t feel secured trusting his own tactics. Most importantly, he knows that his claim that enemies cooked up names to meet the constitutional requirement for his recall is mere bunkum otherwise, he would have by now, leveraged on the process to prove his claim and effectively squelch the recall process. Instead, he resorts to playing pranks, running and hiding in ignominious manners as a way of shaking off a well-articulated process.

Last week, INEC stormed the senate with bags of recall documents for Dino but he sneaked out of the senate on sighting INEC. He deserted his office and disappeared into thin air. What was chasing Melaye, if not the consequences of his life of vanity? Dino Melaye is running away from his shadows. He is being chased by his hubris. After running away from INEC, he was said to have posted some information on his WhatsApp page to the effect that he had filed an appeal against the Federal High Court ruling that his recall should proceed. He said by virtue of that, that INEC should stop his recall. He even claimed that his recall is a breach of the constitution. A day earlier, he was said to have addressed a press conference where he argued so laughably that since the number of days the constitution set for a recall to take place had elapsed, that his recall had failed. So Dino meant that since he got a court order holding up his recall for the better parts of the constitutionally guaranteed timeline for recall, that he was not recallable again. What a baloney! What crass foolery! What grandiose self-deceit! He conveniently forgot that the same court issued a directive that the constitutionally guaranteed time for his recall starts from the day the court discharged his case.

Every recent event surrounding the Melaye recall process suggests that Melaye is almost a goner. He is practically living on borrowed time. No tears for him. He is that proverbial bird that overfed itself and challenged its god to a wrestling contest. He had written the full epistle of his trajectory and his people in Kogi West are merely assisting him to lie on his bed the way he prepared it. That they mustered quite above the constitutional numerical requisite for a recall should have warned Melaye to devour the humble pie and make his peace first with his people and then Nigerians whom he had roundly insulted by his nuisance outings on national issues. The clear fate he is facing now for which he is on the run, is totally self-procured.

In one of his distressed effusions last week, he blamed virtually everybody except himself for what he is facing. He blamed INEC, Kogi State government and the federal government for his woes but Dino Melaye is a character that willingly set on a course of self-destruct when he became a noisome, uncontrollable obstacle to prudence. He should muster sufficient guts to face his travails and stop thinking he can ward off the determined resolve of his people to do away with him by playing hide and seek. Melaye should face his cup squarely and stop playing childish pranks that will not save him at the end of the day.

Peter Claver Oparah
Ikeja, Lagos.
e-mail: [email protected]

Buhari’s Trip To U.S. Is Fake News- Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the ‘news’ of President Buhari’s trip to the United States next year is fake news and has called o Nigerians to disregard the news.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the minister, Mr Segun Adeyemi, The minister said one of the numerous parody Twitter accounts in his name — “@MohammedLai”, was used to announce that President Buhari would leave Nigeria for the U.S. on Monday ”to condole with President Donald Trump over the floods in Houston”.

“This is a 2015 NTA News video that was repackaged to look current, and to give the impression that the President left Daura, where he is celebrating Eid el-Kabir, directly for New York.”

“Numerous parody accounts have been opened in my name on the two platforms, when indeed I have no Twitter or Facebook account.”

Referring to a similar recent incident where a parody account in the minister’s name criticised embattled Senator Dino Melye, Mohammed added that “fake news, disinformation and hate speech are the antics of the naysayers, those who are pathologically opposed to this administration. That is why we are urging Nigerians to be more discerning and to double check any information emanating from Social Media.”

Senator Dino Melaye Spotted At The Hilton Carnival

Senator Dino Melaye has been through a lot in 2017, from the school certificate scandal, to NYSC pictures photoshop allegations, to assassination attempt and so many more.

One thing that we have come to love is the Senator’s ability to move pass whatever and enjoy life. He recently shared pictures of himself at the 2017 Notting Hill Carnival in London looking happy.

The Senator represents the Kogi West district.

With my Aburo @ the Canival

A post shared by Dino Melaye (@dinomelaye) on

The Law And Politics Of Recall, By Festus Okoye

To recall a member of the National Assembly, duly, validly and legally elected is a serious constitutional, legal, political, moral and strategic matter. To recall a member of any of the legislative houses combines the element of constitutionality, legality and politics.

 

It is constitutional because the qualification, disqualification, election and tenure of the members of the National Assembly are constitutionally provided and guaranteed. The recall of a member of the National Assembly is in the realm of legality because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducts the election in which members are elected based on the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

The recall of a member of the National Assembly is political because representation is part of the core functions of a member of the National Assembly. It is also political because the constituents or “political interests” in the constituency or the state must lose confidence in the ability of their member before initiating a recall process.

It is also political because the member is part of a constituent affinity in the State or National Assembly and also a member of a political party and sponsored by that party and the political party must have an interest in the recall or otherwise of their members since a new election must be conducted to fill the vacancy in the case of a successful recall.

To recall a member duly and legally elected is even more serious because on election, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, envisages that a member of the Senate and House of Representatives will remain in office and vacate office when the National Assembly stands dissolved at the expiration of a period of four years commencing from the date of the first sitting of the House. The member so elected, who has made expenses, possibly resigned from a paid employment, or abandoned some other businesses expects to remain in office for the four-year constitutional period.

To ask such a member to “pack and go home” is a serious matter.

Being a member of the National Assembly is a serious constitutional and political issue. There are people that want to contest election to the National Assembly but are constitutionally and legally barred from so doing. This is because section 65 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999(as amended) provides for the qualification of members of the National Assembly.

It states clearly that one will be qualified to contest election to the Senate if the person is a citizen of Nigeria and has attained the age of 35 years while someone can contest election to represent a federal constituency in the House of Representatives if the person is a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and has attained the age of 30 years.

In addition, such a person must have been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent; and he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that party. It is also a serious constitutional matter because no one can be a member of a political party if the person suffers any of the disqualifying provisions in section 66 of the Constitution.

The four-year permanence of the members of the National Assembly is punctuated by section 69(a) of the Constitution. It provides that a member of the National Assembly can be recalled if a petition is presented to INEC chairman and signed by more than half of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency al- leging their loss of confidence in that member, and which signatory are duly verified by INEC.

Section 69(2) of the Constitution also provides that on verification and authentication of the signatory, the petition is thereafter in a referendum conducted by INEC within 90 days of the date of the receipt of the petition, approved by a simple majority of the votes of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency. It seems to me that the members of the constituency of the member sought to be recalled can only lose confidence in the work the member was sent to the National Assembly to do.

Conversely, it is possible that the loss of confidence may be on issues unrelated to the legislative functions of the member of the National Assembly. Now, section 4(2) of the Constitution provides that the National Assembly shall have power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation or any part thereof with respect to any matter included in the Exclusive Legislative List.

The National Assembly is also vested with the power of appropriation or power and control over public funds.

The National Assembly conducts investigation into any matter or thing with respect to which it has power to make laws; and the conduct of affairs of any person, authority, ministry or government department charged, or intended to be charged, with the duty or responsibility of executing or administering monies appropriated or to be appropriated by the National Assembly, disbursing or administering monies appropriated or to be appropriated by the National Assembly.

Furthermore, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria confirms certain category of presidential appointments in accordance with section 171 of the Constitution and other laws made by the National Assembly.

More importantly, the Senate and the House of Representatives are the tribunes of the people and represent the interests and aspirations of the people of their senatorial districts and federal constituencies.

It stands to reason that if a senator or a member of the House of Representatives becomes a bench warmer and does not understand the powers and functions of the National Assembly, does not contribute to debates, does not sponsors bills or motions the constituents will be right to recall such a member.

Unfortunately, a large number of our people do not really understand and or appreciate the work of the National Assembly.

Some of our people understand democracy and development from the prism of roads, culverts, drainages, boreholes, schools built, motorbikes bought and distributed and other visible or tangible “dividends” of democracy.

It is redundant and academic to talk to the ordinary people about bills and motions when they cannot see their tangible and visible impact in their lives.

So, it is more probable that a recall can be initiated based on the inability of the member of the National Assembly to provide for something unrelated to his or her core mandate.

What then can or will amount to “loss of confidence” leading to the recall of a member? It seems to me that loss of confidence is whatever members of the constituency regard as and adjudge as “loss of confidence”.

It seems to me that “loss of confidence” enjoys the same interpretation as the definition of gross misconduct in the removal of a President from office.

Section 143(10) of the Constitution relating to the impeachment of a President states that “gross misconduct” “means a grave violation or breach of the provisions of this Constitution or a misconduct of such nature as amounts in the opinion of the National Assembly to gross misconduct.”

Therefore, any act or misconduct relating to the performance of the legislative duties of the member or any act or conduct which in the opinion of the constituents is embarrassing or unbecoming and brings the constituency to disrepute can lead to a loss of confidence.

It will be good for our constitutional evolution to have at least one “genuine” “constituency” initiated recall process.

It will send a powerful signal that “no condition is permanent” and will reengineer the conduct of some members of the various Assemblies.

However, a contrived and malicious recall process will on the other hand lead to wastage of public funds and cow the members of the National Assembly.

 

INEC Suspends Melaye’s Recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would comply with the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja that temporarily suspended the recall process of Sen. Dino Melaye from the Senate.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Melaye represents the Kogi West Senatorial District at the Upper Chamber.

The Commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Prince Adedeji Soyebi, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee on Thursday in Abuja.

Soyebi said the commission reached the decision after considering the court order dated July 6, 2017, at its regular weekly meeting held on Thursday.

The court order had directed all parties listed in the suit filed by Melaye to maintain the status quo till the determination of the motion on notice.

Melaye was seeking order of injunction against the commission to stop it from acting on the petition by registered voters of Kogi west senatorial district.

“As a responsible, law-abiding institution, INEC will comply with the order.

“However, the commission has also decided to take immediate steps to vacate the court order for the matter to be heard and determined expeditiously.

“Whereas the court had adjourned hearing of the Motion on Notice till Sept. 29, the commission by law has 90 days to complete the process,’’ he said.

Soyebi further said: “section 69 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) sets a limit of 90 days from the date of the presentation of the petition (21st June, 2017) for the exercise to be completed.’’

The national commissioner however, said the commission did draw the attention of the Chief Justice of Nigeria to the order.

Soyebi said this was in view of the negative effect the order had on the performance of the commission’s constitutional duty.

In another development, Soyebi said the commission had approved a policy of comprehensive audit after all elections.

“This is in line with its commitment of ensuring transparency and overall improvement of the electoral process,’’ he said.

BREAKING: Dino Melaye’s Recall Process Suspended By INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will halt the process of recalling Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.

Adedeji Soyebi, national commissioner of the commission, disclosed this on Thursday, saying the decision is in line with a court ruling.

Last week, the federal high court, Abuja asked INEC and Melaye to maintain “status quo” pending the determination of a suit filed by Melaye to challenge the process.

Soyebi said INEC would appeal the ruling.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held its regular weekly today and considered the order given by the federal high court, Abuja dated 6th July 2017 directing the ‘parties to maintain status quo till the determination of the plaintiff’s motion on notice’ in respect of the suit filed by senator Dino Melaye seeking orders of injunction against the commission, to stop it from acting on the petition by the registered voters of Kogi west senatorial district,” he said in a statement.

“As a responsible, law-abiding institution, INEC will comply with the order. However, the commission has also decided to take immediate steps to vacate the court order and for the matter to be heard expeditiously.

“Whereas, the court adjourned hearing of the motion on notice on 29th September 2017, it should be noted that section 69 of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria (as amended) sets a limit of 90 days from the date of the presentation of the petition (21st June, 2017) for the exercise to be completed.

“The commission also at its meeting today, approved a policy of comprehensive audit after all elections. This is in line with its commitment of ensuring transparency and overall improvement of the electoral process.”

Only Senate Can Determine Melaye’s Fate —Saraki

THE Senate, on Tuesday, insisted that the Kogi State government is behind the ongoing recall process being carried out by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye.

The Senate also declared that the chamber would have the final say on the ongoing recall process against the Kogi senator.

The Senate arrived at the conclusion following a point of order raised by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, at the Tuesday’s plenary.

Ekweremadu had called the attention of the Senate to some advertorials published by the Attorney General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice in Kogi State, Ibrahim Sani Mohammed, on Monday.

The attorney-general had, in the advertorial, disagreed with the submissions made by the Deputy Senate President, last week during Senate’s deliberation on the recall process, and insisted that the Senate had no role in the recall process.

According to him “A situation where the Deputy Senate President would, on the floor of the Senate, describe a lawful exercise of recall initiated by the good people of Kogi West Senatorial District as an exercise in futility or posits that the constituents are wasting precious time is highly regrettable and condemnable.

“I must also put on record that contrary to the legal opinion of Senator Ekweremadu on the role of the Senate in the recall process, the Senate has no role whatsoever in the exercise than to receive the certificate under the hand of the chairman of INEC, stating the provisions of Section 69 of the constitution have been complied with in line with sections 68(h) and 69 of the 1999 Constitution.

“Indeed, by the provisions of INEC regulations for the recall of a legislator, a legislator stands recalled upon INEC’s confirmation of a majority vote in favour of the recall.”

But Ekweremadu, who raised Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule 2015, as amended, said that submissions by the attorney-general were faulty.

Ekweremadu said: “This morning, my attention was drawn to a three-page advertorial by AG of Kogi State in some national dailies. I would have ignored him but because of his statement in the final paragraph stating that ‘I must put on record that contrary to the legal opinion of Senator Ekweremadu on the role of the Senate in recall process, the Senate has no role whatsoever in the recall exercise than to receive the certificate from the Chairman of INEC stating that the provision of Section 69 of the Constitution has been complied with.’

“He is saying that the Senate has no role. I stand by what I said the other day and I would like to take him to Section 68(1H) and (2) to show him the role of the Senate, which he says has no role.

“I don’t know how he came to conclusion that we don’t have a role. I stand by my position. So, I pity the people of Kogi State that hired this type of AG. It is unfortunate that we are paying a public servant and he is unable to do a simple work of looking at the constitution.

“Let me emphasise that this 68(2) is not part of the amendment we made to the constitution. This has been the original provision of the constitution, so we did not effect it. It has nothing to do with Dino Melaye or whosoever. We inherited this provision since 1999. It has been there.”

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, agreed with the Deputy Senate President.

He declared that the advertorial showed that the recall exercise against Senator Melaye was engineered by the state government.

Saraki Said: “The Deputy President of the Senate came under Order 43 and according to our rules, it cannot be further debated, but honestly I am concerned with the calibre of people holding very senior positions in the land. Even, those of us who only have association with the legal profession by being married to one have learnt over the years to know that this is straightforward.

“What is even more disturbing and irresponsible is how the state government spent about N10 million on adverts. I have been a governor, when you file money for advert, it is a difficult issue.

“This shows that it is government that is truly behind the entire process. This is a very simple matter in the constitution.”

INEC Goes Ahead To Post Notice Of Melaye Recall

Based on precedents and judicial pronouncements, The Independent National Electoral Commission has chosen to go ahead with the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye.

The commission yesterday pasted a notice at its state office in Lokoja on the verification of the recall process of the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the upper house of the National Assembly.

The National Commissioner of INEC in charge of North-Central, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, said the Court of Appeal had since 2001 decided that a court cannot stop the recall of a lawmaker.

Although, “pasting the verification notice is just the first leg of the process which cannot hurt Melaye in any way. Even the process does not amount to removing the senator,” a source within the commission who spoke on condition of anonymity has stated.

Meanwhile, INEC said on Monday that it had been served with an order of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which asked the commission and Melaye to maintain status quo in the suit the lawmaker filed to challenge his recall process.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, who spoke on phone stated that the commission received the order on Monday.

 

Dino Melaye Seeks State of Emergency In Kogi

Following the alleged assassination attempt on his life in Lokoja on Monday, Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) has called for the declaration of a state of emergency in the state due to what he described as a breakdown of public order and safety.

This is as the Senate condemned the assassination attempt and urged security agencies to unravel the identities of the persons behind the attack which is the second attempt on Melaye’s life in recent times.

Melaye, who raised a point of order at plenary yesterday again alleged that the attack was orchestrated by the Kogi State Governor, Mr. Yahya Bello.
He cited section 305 (3c) of the 1999 Constitution which allows the president to proclaim a state of emergency “when there is break down of public order and public safety in the federation or in any party thereof of such extent as to require extra-ordinary measure to restore peace and security.

“I will seek the leave of this Senate to bring a proper motion to ask for the declaration of a state of emergency in Kogi State. As I speak to you Kogi State is no longer passable since Yahaya Bello became the governor. Kidnapping is going on a daily basis. Insecurity is on the rise than ever. There has been four jail breaks in Kotorn Karfe prison since he became governor,” Melaye said.

The senator also called for an audit of the arms and ammunition in the government house armoury.
“We cannot continue like that, there is already a state of anarchy,” he said. “This is the second attack of an assassination attempt on my life orchestrated by the Kogi State government, I also put on record, that those attacking me, we have video evidence,” he added.

Presiding, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu condemned the attack and expressed optimism in the ability of the security agencies to investigate the matter adequately.
Ekweremadu added that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure the safety of lives of citizens.

Source: This Day

Emergency Rule In Kogi State – Dino Melaye

The Senate representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, on Tuesday called for a declaration of emergency rule in Kogi State.

He urged the Senate to ask the Federal Government to make such pronouncement because of the breakdown of law and order in Kogi.

According to Melaye, there is a total breakdown of law and order in the state following the alleged mayhem unleashed on him and his supporters on Monday.

He claimed that three people were killed in the fracas.

The senator said, “On Monday l left my village and arrived at Lokoja in the company of Directorate of Security Service (DSS) and the police. When I arrived at Lokoja, I phoned the state Director of DSS that I have an intelligence that the governor brought in assassins to kill me and the DSS Director provided a truck of DSS men to accompany me.

“I also called the commissioner of police and we were half way to talk and the line went off and I put a call to the deputy commissioner of police in charge of criminal department and I told him that I am in town and I have few places to go to and I want to also go to the federal medical centre to pay the bills of indigent civil servants who, because the governor has not paid their salaries for 15 months are unable to pay their bills and some of them need surgical operation. So I was going there to offset the bills of as many of them as I can. The police commissioner in Lokoja provided me with additional trucks of policemen.

“The combined detachment of police and DSS accompanied me to Kogi State Polytechnic where I addressed the crowd.

“I just finished addressing the crowd, I got off the rostrum and opened my car to go in and I saw some young men from the other side firing sporadically. I ran into my bulletproof jeep and I saw one particular killer who is notorious and was reported in Kogi State as a murderer. In fact, he beheaded somebody in Okene for that reason he was brought to Abuja and spent months in the police custody in Abuja and was just released a few weeks ago. This particular criminal was the one that faced my car and opened fire on my car and fortunately he was hitting a bulletproof vehicle and l was inside.

“Mr. President this is a second attempted assassination attack on my person.

“Mr. President, I seek your indulgence to read section 307 of the constitution as amended.

“The President shall have the power to issue a proclamation of a state of emergency in Kogi State. There is an actual breakdown of law and order and public safety in the state.

“My President I am going to seek the leave of the Senate to bring in a proper motion to ask for the declaration of a state of emergency in Kogi State. As I speak to you, Kogi State is no longer passable since Governor Bello became governor of the state. Kidnappings are going on a daily basis and insecurity is also on the increase.”