The Senate has administered an oath of allegiance on Mr Frank Ibezim (APC – Imo ) as a member of the 9th Senate.
This follows the Supreme Court decision affirming him as APC authentic candidate for Imo -West by-election.
The oath was administered by Clerk of the Senate, Mr Dauda El- Ladan, shortly after the commencement of Tuesday’s plenary, April 27.
The Senate by-election for the Imo -North Senatorial District followed the death of Sen. Ben Uwajumogu in Dec. 2019.
1st News had reported the Supreme Court judgment, which declared Ibezim as APC’s authentic Senate candidate.
The Court had set aside his disqualification as the authentic candidate of the APC for the Dec. 5, 2020, Imo North Senatorial election.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Government has imposed a 12-hour curfew on six communities in Oyi and Anambra East Local Government Areas.
Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to the State Government, announced this in a statement on Monday, April 26, in Awka.
Chukwulobelu listed the affected communities as Igbariam, Aguleri, Umueri, Nteje, Awkuzu, and Umunya.
He said the curfew which took immediate effect would last between 7 pm and 6 am daily.
The secretary to Anambra government urged residents of the affected communities to adhere strictly to the order as security personnel would ensure strict enforcement.
1st News learned that the police had earlier announced that nine yet-to-be-identified persons were killed by gunmen at the Nteje community.
Sources say the report of the killing has left residents of Nteje and some neigbouring communities in fear.
Local sources also reveal that some residents are already fleeing their homes in search of safety.
Also, Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has beseeched the Federal Government to seek help where necessary to regain peace in the country and chart a way forward without using Nigerians as victims.
Soyinka made this call on Sunday, April 25, in response to the killings across the country by bandits, terrorists, and other gunmen in the country.
Professor Soyinka decried that these gunmen have sacrificed and traumatised the country’s youths beyond their capacity to cope.
“We need to remind ourselves of hideous precedents. We must remember Chibok. And Dapchi. And numerous antecedents and after, unpublicised, or soon relegated to the sump of collective amnesia.
“The wages of impunity never diminish, on the contrary, they distend. One’s greatest fear; with this latest feat of cowardly savagery, is that the nation must brace itself for a Beslan scenario; yet strive to avoid Nigeria become Africa’s Chechnya,” he said.