Okowa, deputy take oath of office in Delta

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and his deputy, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, took their oath of allegiance to serve the state for another four-year term on Wednesday in Asaba.

Okowa and Otuaro won their ticket on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Their oath was administered by the Chief Judge of Delta, Justice Marshall Umukoro, at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

Okowa signed the oath at about 10.43 a.m., while his deputy signed earlier at about 10.28 a.m.

They pledged to abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to deliver equitable development to the people of Delta.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the colourful ceremony was witnessed by many prominent citizens of the state, including James Ibori, a former governor of the state.

Suleiman is a member representing Ningi Central Constituency and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Danlami Kawule a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Zungur/Galambi was also elected as the deputy speaker by the same group of lawmakers.

However, in a turn of events, another set of lawmakers, 18 of them, conducted a parallel election in front of the assembly complex about 11 am since they were not allowed into the legislative chamber.

The members could not gain access into the chamber as it was locked so they decided to hold a parallel election outside the complex.

The members stood in front of the statue of the mace symbol and elected Kawuwa Damina as the speaker of the state house of assembly.

Damina is a former speaker in the state’s eighth assembly and a member of the APC. He was returned in the parallel election through a voice vote.

The ninth assembly inauguration was earlier scheduled to hold 10 am but the 11 members came early as 6 am to elect a speaker and went ahead with the inauguration.

Army kills two terrorists attempting to move into Sambisa

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The Army said on Tuesday that it killed two terrorists, who attempted to cross into the Sambisa forest from Gwoza-Dure Road in Borno State.

Col. Sagir Musa, the Acting Director Army Public Relations confirmed this in a statement.

Musa said that the incident occurred on Sunday as troops embarked on a fighting patrol under the newly inaugurated “Operation Hallaka Dodo’’ by the 7 Division, Maiduguri.

He said that the terrorists were attempting to move into the forest with supplies for their fellow insurgents when the troops engaged them.

He said that assorted drugs and medicines were recovered from them.

Musa added that although the situation within the general area of the Division was calm, Operation Hallaka Dodo was being conducted by all Brigades and Battalions in their areas of responsibility.

(NAN)

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