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No Matter What Senate Does, Trump Is ‘Impeached Forever’ — Nancy Pelosi

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Speaker of the United States House of Representative, Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump has been “impeached forever” in a dismissal of the commander-in-chief’s likely acquittal should the articles of impeachment be handed to the Senate.

The leading Democrat told The Associated Press that Trump had “violated the Constitution” and witnessed “the power of the gavel” during the full House vote on two articles of impeachment Wednesday.

She also gave credit to her Democratic colleagues in the House, saying all members were “making their own decision” at the vote—which saw three Democrats break with their party on at least one of the articles of impeachment, while a fourth voted “present.”

The articles of impeachment approved by the House charged President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Lawmakers passed the first article with a 230-197-1 vote and the latter charge by 229-198-1.

Both articles concerned the president’s alleged attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government into opening investigations into political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

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President Trump has repeatedly denied charges brought against him and dubbed the impeachment process a “hoax” and “witch hunt” with partisan motivations. He is only the third president in American history to be impeached.

Speaking to AP in an interview on Thursday, Speaker Pelosi said: “He’ll be impeached forever. No matter what the Senate does. He’s impeached forever because he violated our Constitution.”

The California Democrat went on to say President Trump “saw the power of the gavel” when it sealed the votes in favor of both articles of impeachment.

“And it wasn’t me, it was all of our members making their own decision,” Pelosi told AP.

(AP/Newsweek)

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  1. Kelvin Agbogidi

    December 21, 2019 at 6:15 am

    What is this satanic woman saying?

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Abba Kyari vs Monguno: Buratai Withdraws Army Officers Attached To ONSA

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The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of top army officers attached to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Babagana Monguno, after battles with Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was gathered that seven Colonels and three Army Generals serving at the NSA were ordered to leave without being replaced on February 4; the remaining team of 13 Army officers serving at the NSA were notified to report elsewhere on February 10, leaving the fortified ONSA facility without any army protection.

Recall that, the Nigeria’s national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, of undue and dangerous interference on matters bordering on national security.

According to Premium Times who reported that Monguno has fired a warning memo to all service chiefs to desist from taking further directives from Mr. Kyari.

Monguno said Mr Kyari’s directives to service chiefs were sometimes issued without the knowledge much less approval of the president, a practice he said has added to government’s failure to contain insecurity.

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“Chief of staff to the president is not a presiding head of security, neither is he sworn to an oath of defending the country,” Mr Monguno, a retired major-general, said in the December 9, 2019, letter.

As such, unprofessional practices such as presiding over meetings with service chiefs and heads of security organisations as well as ambassadors and high commissioners to the exclusion of the NSA and/or supervising ministers are a violation of the Constitution and directly undermine the authority of Mr President.

“Such acts and continues meddlesomeness by the chief of staff have not only ruptured our security and defence efforts but have slowed down any meaningful gain that Mr President has sought to achieve.”

Meanwhile, it appears that Tukur Buratai, to have taken sides with Abba Kyari in the chief of staff’s raging battle against the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno.

Mr Buratai ordered the immediate withdrawal of top army officers attached to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Twenty-three army officers serving at the NSA were transferred out without being replaced, the largest redeployment from a single outpost.

The officers consist of two majors-general, one brigadier-general, seven colonels, seven lieutenant colonels, five captains and one lieutenant.

Although Mr Monguno was away from the country at the time of the postings, our sources said, but he rejected the entire exercise as a charade upon his return and ordered the personnel to disregard Mr Buratai’s directive and remain in place.

Yet, Mr Buratai himself has not rescinded his decision; over two weeks after the first letters of deployment went out.

Recall that, Buratai approved postings of about 137 army officers serving in over a dozen military departments and formations between February 4 and 10. Twenty-three army officers serving at the NSA were transferred out without being replaced, the largest redeployment from a single outpost.

The officers consist of two majors-general, one brigadier-general, seven colonels, seven lieutenant colonels, five captains and one lieutenant.

Those affected include Adeyinka Famadewa, a major-general and principal staff officer to the NSA.

Ado Ibrahim, a colonel and military assistant to the NSA, was also transferred and given three days to report at his new posting in Jaji, home of the military infantry in Kaduna State.

Other than core intelligence analysts of non-uniform career, the NSA, which coordinates all intelligence and security agencies of the Nigerian government, has always been staffed largely by personnel from security and law enforcement agencies in the country, according to officials familiar with its personnel practice.

The Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Navy, police, State Security Service, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the National Intelligence Agency, the civil defence, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service all have personnel at the NSA.

“Any federal law enforcement agency you could think has personnel at the NSA, but most of the directors there are military officers,” a former official of the agency, Premium Times reports.

The former NSA official, who spoke under anonymity because he is still in service, said all the agencies have the powers to make changes to their respective personnel serving there.

“But it has to be in liaison with the NSA before officers could be changed or withdrawn,” the source said. “This is because it takes a cumbersome process to vet personnel before they are admitted at the NSA and some requirements have to be satisfied before they are posted out.”

National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno

Monguno returned to the country in the middle of the postings between February 4 and 10. The first batch of the redeployment was reported by Daily Nigerian on February 7, but additional details like the second and total withdrawal of army officers and the lingering stand-off that emanated from it are just being uncovered by Premium Times.

All the officers posted out of the NSA were ordered to report at their new posting within three days, failure of which they could face disciplinary action, the transfer memo said.

But Mr Monguno allegedly insisted the officers would not leave the NSA, dismissing their transfer as a vindictive measure taken by Mr Buratai to stand in solidarity with Mr Kyari, who is allegedly helping to keep the service chiefs in office despite public outcry and a resolution by both chambers of the National Assembly.

Army spokesperson Sagir Musa declined requests seeking comments over the crisis. The NSA does not have a spokesperson.

A rudderless team

Mr Buratai’s determination to cut army support to the ONSA and Mr Monguno’s decision to spurn it has resulted in a stand-off that could threaten the country’s stability, as military officers are caught between obeying their most-senior commander and another authority that supervises the entire military architecture, security experts said.

The confrontation marks one of the most damaging fallout of a ceaseless animosity between the NSA and Mr Kyari, a former journalist and banker now widely considered the most powerful associate of the president.

It came a few weeks after Mr Monguno, a retired army general who led the military intelligence for several years, wrote a series of memos to President Muhammadu Buhari and other members of national security framework, informing them of how Mr Kyari’s undue and dangerous “meddlesomeness” was frustrating efforts to address Nigeria’s acute insecurity.

Two of the NSA’s series of confidential circulars have now been obtained and published earlier this week, sparking nationwide uproar and fresh calls for Mr Buhari to take charge of his government and abandon his arcane delegation of powers to close aides.

The published memos, both dated December 9 2019, contained Mr Monguno’s frustration with how Mr Kyari has been overriding key security decisions taken by the president. In some cases, the NSA said, Mr Kyari would summon security chiefs for meetings, a power he has no constitutional backing to wield.

Security sources told newsmen Mr Kyari has been the top State House official pushing for continued stay of service chiefs despite relentless calls for the president to remove them as security has worsened under their watch.

The service chiefs, who comprise the chief of army staff, chief of naval staff, chief of air staff and the chief of defence staff, were appointed shortly after Mr Buhari assumed office in 2015. They were all senior military officers nearing retirement at the time they were appointed in July 2015.

But when they were due for retirement after two years in July 2017, the president asked them to remain in office for another six months, a decision that caused many in the military to grumble about their uncertain career progression.

When the six months tenure elongation elapsed in December 2017, Mr Buhari again extended the tenure of the service chiefs, commending them for a great service and citing the need to maintain existing approach to tackling insecurity, especially the ongoing war against Boko Haram.

The president has continued to renew the tenure of the service chiefs, mostly biannually and sometimes without an official statement.

“The service chiefs now seem to believe they have been retained in office at the benevolence of the president’s chief of staff and not the president himself,” said security and political analyst Sola Olubanjo. “There is a serious danger in such a mindset.”

Mr Olubanjo said the hostility between the NSA and the chief of staff has already started throwing up issues whose implications may be too costly for the country.

“If it is true that we already have a situation in which military officers are unable to obey the chief of army staff because the NSA asked them not to, then we might not be able to comprehend where the country is headed,” the analyst added.

Ken Eluma Asogwa, a legal practitioner who chaired a political action committee that backed Mr Buhari at the last election, said it was bad enough that Mr Buratai ordered withdrawal of security chiefs from the ONSA.

“I am not privy to the information, but I know this media outfit is credible enough and I will say that I am disappointed that we have this kind of situation,” Mr Eluma Asogwa said. ” It is bad enough that the chief of army staff ordered withdrawal of personnel from ONSA and even more unspeakable that they were unable to obey his directive.”

The analyst said Mr Buhari cannot afford to keep tolerating disastrous developments in his national security framework without mitigating them, especially at this time of national emergency on security.

“The NSA is the one who would be advising the president on security matters, intelligence, training or exercise, and not the chief of staff,” he said. “The president should take charge now.”

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4 NSCDC Officers Kidnapped In Kogi

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Four officers of the Kogi State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) were reportedly kidnapped on Thursday around Ajegwu, Ofu LG, by unknown gunmen.

The officers were said to be on their way to Benue State, to attend a promotion examination.

A source close to one of the victims said that the officers were traveling in an official vehicle when they were cornered and kidnapped around the Ajegwu Junction, along the Itobe-Anyigba.

The source who pleaded anonymity added that a fifth person escaped while they were being marched into the bush.

He added that the kidnappers have already established contact with the families of the victims, and are demanding N30 million ransom for their release.

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It would be recalled that 10 persons were abducted along the same axis, on Sunda, while six persons including a student of the Nigeria Law School, were similarly kidnapped along the Obajana-Kabba road.

When contacted, the Corps Commandant of the state command, Mr. Peter Samuel Maigeri said he could not confirm the development. He said that he will get back to our correspondent as soon as clearer information on the incident is made available to him.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Williams Ayah, however, confirmed the development.

Ayah, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said that more than four persons including the NSCDC fell victims to the abductors, just as he promised to update our correspondent on the development.

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BREAKING: UNILAG Lecturer Bags 21 Years For Rape

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An Ikeja High Court on Thursday sentenced a part-time lecturer at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Afeez Baruwa, to 21- year imprisonment for raping an 18-year-old girl admission seeker.

Justice Josephine Oyefeso convicted Baruwa of a one count charge of rape brought against him.

Justice Oyefeso said: “the prosecution has proven his case beyond a reasonable doubt. I found him guilty of the charge.”

Delivering her judgement ,the judge said: “I cannot begin to imagine the emotional trauma of the girl. The convict offended his family, the victim, the society and God.

“Baruwa I hereby sentenced you to 21 years imprisonment Maximum, this is my judgment”

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