The Late 5: Shiite members storm National Assembly, shoot policeman, NSCDC officer; APC releases timetable for Kogi, Bayelsa guber poll | Other stories

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APC releases timetable for Kogi, Bayelsa governorship poll

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the 2019 governorship primaries to select its flag bearers for Nov.16 Kogi and Bayelsa governorship poll. The ruling party said this in a statement signed by its National Organising Secretary, Emma Ibediro in Abuja on Tuesday.

Ruga is colonialism – Darius Ishaku

Darius Ishaku, governor of Taraba, has described the Ruga initiative as a form of colonialism, saying it should not only be suspended but cancelled.The federal government had proposed the idea as a means of addressing the incessant clashes between cattle-rearers and farmers but it was suspended following public outcry against it. Speaking with journalists at the government house in Jalingo, on Tuesday, Ishaku said the policy would not have worked in Taraba because the state already has a law prohibiting open grazing.

Shiite members storm National Assembly, shoot policeman, NSCDC officer

Hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as Shiites, on Tuesday, stormed the National Assembly and shot a police officer and a civil defence officer.

The gates to the National Assembly have been shut. Our correspondent learnt that the dreaded Shiite members overpowered the policemen at the gate, collected one of their guns and shot the two security operatives.

We will automate NNPC systems – Kyari

The new Group Managing Director, GMD of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Mallam Kyari who assumed office on Monday after a formal handing over ceremony by the immediate past GMD, Dr. Maikanti Baru at the Corporation’s headquarters, promised to automate all the NNPC systems to stamp out corruption in the sector.

Reps wade into Edo Assembly crisis

The House of Representatives has set up a 13-member ad-hoc committee to investigate the crisis in the Edo State House of Assembly. The state assembly has been embroiled in controversies over the ‘inauguration’ and the ‘election’ of a new speaker. This development has also lent credence to the reports of a rift between the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and the state governor, Godwin Obaseki.

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