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Restructuring : Reps May Allow States Control Railway , Power , Others

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The Federal Government may lose some of its powers to states of the federation , including its exclusive control of the power sector , railway , among others , with the ongoing review of the Constitution by the National Assembly .
The House of Representatives is considering devolution of power from the central government to the states through some bills seeking to move items from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent List .
Three bills sponsored by Mr Babajimi Benson at the House on Wednesday passed the first reading.
The first bill particularly seeks to amend Second Schedule in Part 11 of the Constitution especially Items 13 and 14 to allow public and private entities be involved in “ generation , transmission and distribution of electricity within the state or from the state to any other state with the consent of the state governments concerned .”
The explanatory memorandum on the proposal reads , “ This bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Act ( No 24 ) 1999 ( as amended ) , to provide that state governments shall have Concurrent Legislative Authority , similar to that of the Federal Government , with respect to power and electricity within their states or from one state to another subject to the consent of the state governments concerned .”
Another bill also seeks to alter the Second Schedule of the Constitution “ to provide that the Federal Government and the state governments shall have Concurrent Legislative Authority with respect to railway and matters related thereto .”
The third bill seeks to alter section 315 ( 5 ) ( d ) of the Constitution “ to remove the Land Use Act from the Acts listed in the section in order to make the amendment of the Act flexible and similar to other Acts of the National Assembly .”
Speaking with our correspondent on Friday , Benson , who is Chairman of the House Committee on Defence , linked the ongoing nationwide protests against the Special Anti – Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force to the fault in the governance structure of the country .
When asked if he was indeed pushing for devolution of powers , Benson said , “ Yes, this is trying to make the states more viable . The # EndSARS protests have shown that we need to think out of the box and create opportunities for our teeming youths.
“ Devolution of powers , unbundling the Exclusive List is the way I feel we can make impact within states. We will reengineer states to be more productive and be able to do things that will add more wealth to our Gross Domestic Products .
“ If we devolve powers and we can have a state create its own power , it is going to have a catalytic effect on the socio -economic value in that state . Same for railway ; if the states can interconnect rail lines , with the concurrence of the Federal Government , it will only make us advanced .
When reminded that the attempt by the 8 th National Assembly to tinker with the Land Use Act failed, the lawmaker it would pass this time .
“ I think so ( that it will pass ) , with better education and lobbying. In the developed countries , every piece of land has a title , even a small stall. So, you can take the asset or title to the bank to borrow money and use it to develop whatever enterprise you have . In Nigeria , maybe 30 per cent of our properties have titles. This has to do with the central bureaucracy that we have .”
The House had on Thursday inaugurated its Special Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution .
The Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the House Committee on Constitution Review , Ahmed Wase , who disclosed that the panel had received over 15 bills, said they border on restructuring of governance structure, decentralisation of the current policing system , autonomy for local governments and the judiciary, among others .

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Fintiri Condoles With Adamawa APC Over Chieftain’s Death

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Press Secretary to the Governor, Humwashi Wonosikou, made this known to press in a statement issued on Monday.Fintiri who described the demise as shocking, also sympathized with the family, Mubi Emirate over the loss, noting that Muhammad would be remembered for his tenacity and contributions to the growth and development of Adamawa state.He urged APC to take solace in Allah, describing the deceased as a great party man who used his experience towards contributing to the progress of the party and the state in general.

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EFCC Confirms Attack On Commission’s Website

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday admitted that its official website was attacked by yet-to-be identified cyber criminals during the weekend.

A group of activists with a motto: ‘We are anonymous’ had last Friday announced on Twitter in a series of tweets that it had gained access into some critical federal government agencies’ websites in solidarity with #EndSARS protests going on in the country.

The agencies, as announced by the activists included websites of EFCC, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) among others.Checks revealed that the commission’s website on Friday showed it was offline due to an internal server error.

The activists also announced that they had gained access to the Twitter account of National Broadcasting Corporation via the victim-agency’s account, where they also posted #EndSARS protest materials on the agency’s Twitter timeline.

Confirming the attack, spokesperson of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, in a tweet said the attack was successfully repelled.

He wrote, “Though there were attempts, over the weekend, to compromise the website by some cyber criminals the attacks were successfully repelled. The EFCC website is up and running.”

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Money Laundering: Court Gives Senator Ndume 21 Days To Produce Maina

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The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, gave Senator Ali Ndume who is representing Borno South, 21 days, to produce the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has repeatedly failed to appear for continuation of his trial on money laundering charges.
The former pension boss is facing a 12-count criminal charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and a firm, Common Input Properties & Investment Limited.
Maina spent over seven months on remand at the Kuje Correctional Center before the court released on bail after Senator Ndume agreed to stand surety for him.
EFCC alleged that he used account of the firm and laundered funds to the tune of about N2billion, part of which he used to acquire landed properties in Abuja.
EFCC has already opened its case and called witnesses that included bankers and Maina’s relatives, who testified and tendered exhibits in evidence before the court.
However, the Defendant had since September 29, failed to appear in court for his trial, even as the prosecution alleged that he has jumped bail.
*Senator Ndume had on October 2 when the matter came up for trial, informed the court that he does not know the whereabouts of the Defendant.
Likewise, at the resumed proceedings on Monday, the lawmaker, lamented before the court that all his efforts to locate the 1st Defendant, proved abortive.
Ndume begged the court to issue an arrest warrant to enable security operatives to track down and apprehend Maina.
Ndume said he was willing to forfeit his own freedom to ensure that Maina is arrested and produced before the court.
Addressing the court after he was queried about Maina’s whereabouts on Monday, Ndume said: “My lord, I understand that the defendant is in Abuja and I did all I can to locate him without any definite result.
“My lord, I am constraint because I cannot take the law into my hand.
“I had reported to the DG SSS, the AIG of Police Investigation; I even wrote to police commissioner and I also reported the case to DPO of Jabi where the defendant resides.
“But my lord, even if I see Maina today, I can’t force him to come to court. I am appealing to u to issue a warrant on him.”
Trial Justice Okon Abang then reminded Ndume that the legal implication of such arrest warrant is that he would also be remanded in custody pending when Maina is apprehended.
“I don’t mind my lord. My concern is to have him in court so that I can continue my life”, Ndume responded.
He told the court he had only met Maina once in his life before he decided to stand as his surety, being the lawmaker that represents his constituency.
Besides, Ndume told the court that he was pressurized to stand surety for the Defendant by three former governors.
“As a senator serving him (Maina), his family, wife, mother and uncle appealed to me to stand as a surety.
“I went to prison to confirm for myself whether he was actually sick and the prison officers told me that he was actually sick and appealed to me to be his surety so that he could have access to medical attention.
“Orji Kalu when he was in prison then, Joshua Dariye, former Governor of Taraba, Rev. Jolly Nyame, all appealed to me in the prison to assist him.
“It took me eight months my lord to take that decision. In fact, I have to be given an indemnity by his uncle; signed by me, him and a lawyer that Maina would always be in court.
“He guaranteed but since that day, I went to Maitama Hospital to check their record, I went to Abuja Clinic, I went to the house he is purported to be living in Jabi, Abuja.
“This is one of the professional hazards we face as lawmakers, representing the good, the bad and the ugly.
“If I was not a serving senator, I wouldn’t have cause to stand as surety,” Ndume added.
He decried that Maina who claimed to be ill, had recently released a video clip which went viral on social media about his state of health, but refused to make himself available.
“I am helpless before you my lord. I appeal that such innocent citizens like me holding a public office for over one million people should not be subjected to this,” Ndume pleaded.
Earlier, EFCC’s lawyer, Farouk Abdullah, applied for leave of the court to try Maina in absentia.
He also urged the court to not only revoke Maina’s bail, but to also direct his surety, Ndume, to pay the sum of N500million, being the total bail bond.
Maina’s lawyer, Francis Oronsaye, opposed the application to revoke his client’s bail, though he also admitted not knowing his whereabouts.
“My lord, the information we have is that the Defendant is admitted in hospital after a surgery. He said he was undergoing treatment after the surgery and the location was not disclosed.

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