- House of Representatives member, Ndudi Elumelu was held hostage for hours over deplorable roads in his area
- Elumelu who is the minority leader of the House of Representatives reportedly bailed himself with N300,000
- The youths had alleged that since Elumelu was voted into power, there had not been meaningful development in the area
Aniocha - A report by The Guardian newspaper indicates that youths around Onicha-Uku community in Aniocha council of Delta state recently held the House of Representatives member, Ndudi Elumelu, hostage for hours over deplorable roads in the area.
According to the report, Elumelu was on his way to his village last weekend, when the youths blocked him and his entourage.
It was learnt that Elumelu allegedly parted with about N300,000 after prolonged negotiation with the youth, who initially demanded for N1 million.
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Journalist defends on Elumelu after youths blocked lawmaker's convoy
On her part, a journalist, Rity Ike, has defended the federal lawmaker, saying he has done well for his people.
Writing on Twitter, Ike stated:
“Give it to Hon. Ndudi Elumelu when it comes projects. The youths on the road that day thought his convoy was there to stop their exhortations, they didn't even know it was him until his PA approached them. Hon. Elumelu is working. People should shun politics of bitterness.
“The said road has been commissioned and will commence after raining season. Even if he kills himself, he hasn't done well for mischief makers.”
House of Reps member calls for the scrapping of Nigerian Senate
Meanwhile, the member representing Ovia federal constituency in Edo state, Hon Denis Idahosa on Sunday, October 2 called for the scrapping of the Senate and the introduction of a unicameral legislature to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria.
The federal lawmaker made the comment in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
He said the Senate, one of the two chambers of the National Assembly, should give way if the country is serious about cutting the cost of governance.
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Candidates of political parties have been procuring customised vehicles that offer special protection in the run-up to the campaigns and elections.
Apart from ordering armoured vehicles, it was also learnt that politicians were applying for special police protection and procuring other security wares.