Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Wednesday, swore in two new senators, Lawal Gumau representing Bauchi South and Ahmed Baba-Kaita representing Katsina North.
The Senate president administered the oath of office on the new senators at the Wednesday Senate plenary.
Gumau won the Bauchi South senatorial election held on August 11 under the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress.
Gumau who was also a former member of the House of Representatives, polled a total of 119,489 votes to defeat his close rival Ladan Salihu of the opposition People’s Democratic Party who polled 50,256 votes.
The new senator will replace a late senator, Ali Wakili, who died on March 17, 2018.
While Babba-Kaita emerged winner of the Katsina North senatorial election by polling s 224,607 votes, against his elder brother and a retired customs officer, Kabir Babba-Kaita of the PDP who had 59,724 votes.
He replaces a late senator, Mustapha Bukar, who died on April 4.
Group Seeks Compensation For Building Collapse Victims In Lagos, Oyo
Advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called for investigation into circumstances surrounding buildings collapse incidents in Lagos and Oyo states last week.
SERAP said the two states should take immediate steps to investigate the latest incidents and bring to justice complicit developers and contractors.
SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare, says the group is ready to offer free legal services to affected families.
Building Collapse: Lagos Demolishes 13 Buildings
Five more buildings in Lagos Island have been brought down by the Lagos state government, bringing the number of demolished buildings to thirteen.
Lagos state building control agency embarked on this demolition on Friday to prevent another disaster after Wednesday’s collapsed building incident in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island.
Twenty persons were killed; forty-five others were injured when a four-storey building, housing a school at its top floor, collapsed. Most of the dead were children.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye described the exercise as a holistic response to the challenges posed by derelict structures and unapproved schools.
The government has taken over the site of the collapsed Massey street building.
Government officials say the ministry had identified 149 distressed and defective buildings, of which 40 have been demolished.
10 Killed In Attack On Kaduna Community
Ten persons have been killed in a fresh attack in Nandu community in Kaduna State.
Chairman Sanga local government council, Charles Danladi, says the attack happened in Nandu village in which eleven houses were burnt.
This is happening at a time when the state struggles to contain repeated attacks in Kajuru local government area of the state for two months now.
Dozens of civilians have been killed there in communal violence believed to be between the Adara people and their Fulani neighbours.
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