The Late 5: FG to close 3rd mainland bridge soon, House of Reps. endorses 180 days suspension of Omo-Agege and other stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation:

The Federal Ministry of Works has on Tuesday said it will be closing the Third Mainland Bridge soon.

Controller of Works in Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, who disclosed this to the media, noted that a meeting with stakeholders will be held on Wednesday to discuss how to manage traffic, as consultations begin for the closure of the bridge for repairs.

Kuti, however, did not specify the exact date the bridge would be closed to traffic or how long the repairs would last.

“At the moment we may begin with tests on the bridge, so, we may shut it by 12 midnight on Thursday and carry out tests and some repairs and open it to traffic by midnight on Sunday,’’ he added.

The House of Representatives has endorsed the recommendations of a joint adhoc committee of the National Assembly, which recommended the immediate suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for 180 legislative days.

The joint adhoc committee was constituted to investigate the invasion of the Senate chamber on April 18 and subsequent theft of the mace.

In adopting the committee’s 10-point recommendation at Tuesday’s plenary session, the lawmakers also called for the immediate prosecution of the Senator and six other suspects on charges of treasonable felony, assault occasioning harm, conspiracy to steal and actual theft of the mace.

A protest by members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), in front of its national headquarters in Jabi was on Tuesday disrupted by riot policemen after they fired canisters of tear gas to disperse the crowd which included Peace Corps members, Civil Society Coalition and Journalists.  
The incidence reportedly occurred shortly after the Corps National Commandant, Dickson Akoh berated the police for disobeying the court orders asking it to vacate the sealed office, during the peaceful demonstration organised as part of its 20th year anniversary.
Some members of the corps were said to have sustained injuries in the process.

The Senate has passed for second reading a ‘Bill to Repeal and Re-enact the Police Act of 1943.’

At the plenary session presided over by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the Senate noted that “the current Police Act of 1943, which has been in existence for over 70 years — without any amendments, is being repealed and re-enacted to meet the current security challenges of a changing nation.”

According to information on the verified Twitter account of The Nigerian Senate, @NGRSenate, the development is in line with “last week’s resolution by the Senate to direct its constitutional review committee to put in place the machinery to amend the Constitution to allow for the creation of State Police and the mandate that the Police Reform Bill be passed within the next two weeks.”

And from around the world:

Rescuers freed the last four of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from deep inside a flooded cave on Tuesday, a successful end to a perilous mission that gripped the world for more than two weeks.

“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” the Navy SEAL unit, which led the rescue, said on its Facebook page, adding all were safe. (Reuters)

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