These are the stories that drove the conversation today:
The Sokoto House of Assembly on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Manir Muhammad Dan-Iya as the new deputy governor of the state, following the unanimous adoption of a motion by the Deputy Majority Leader, Ibrahim Sarki by a voice vote during plenary.
Dan-Iya until last week was the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) but was substituted for Governor Aminu Tambuwal who had earlier ran in the party’s presidential primaries in October, but lost to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
The immediate past Deputy Governor, Ahmed Aliyu, had resigned on November 13 after securing the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket for the 2019 poll in the state.
The Senate on Thursday adjourned plenary earlier than expected in honour of the 44 soldiers, who lost their lives while fighting Boko Haram insurgents.
Part of the resolutions mandated the Committees on Defence and Army to investigate the cause of the killings of the 44 soldiers and to ensure that adequate measures are being taken to curb such killings in the military.
The Senate also directed the Committee on Police to investigate the circumstances surrounding the sealing of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly by security operatives on Wednesday.
In a related development, a bill for an Act to amend the Public Holidays Act to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria has passed the second reading at the House of Representatives.
The bill if passed into law means that subsequent June 12 will become public holidays to commemorate Democracy Day, while May 29 would be celebrated every fourth year when there is an inauguration of a new president.
The bill jointly sponsored by Hon. Edward Pwajok and Hon. Kayode Oladele, seeks to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has closed down some properties allegedly owned by the immediate past Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose in Ado-Ekiti, including three houses and a building housing Peoples Voice 104.1 FM.
The closure of the properties is believed to be in relation to a running battle between the former governor and the EFCC over the claim that he benefited from a sum of N2.99 billion from the arms fund allotted to the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col Bello Dasuki (rtd).
Reacting to the development, Fayose in a statement signed by his media aide, accused the EFCC of sealing houses belonging to innocent people in the state, under the guise that the houses are linked to him, stressing that the actions of the anti-graft agency was “another wild goose chase and the usual media campaign against his person.”