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Cross River rerun: INEC confirms kidnap, release of presiding officer

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo, on Monday, ordered INEC to allow the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Nsima Ekere, to inspect all election materials used during the March 9 Governorship Election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed the abduction of the Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO) in riverine Afafanyi/Igonigoni Ward of Cross River and hijack of election materials by unknown gone.

The violent incident, according to INEC hampered the conduct of the rerun poll in 8 units of the ward with 5,616 voters, resulting in the cancellation of the election in the ward.

A statement issued by INEC at about 9 pm says the kidnapped SPO has however been released but not with electoral materials that included sensitive and nonsensitive materials. The lost items listed include 9 smart card readers, 5616 ballot papers, result sheets, etc.

INEC is conducting the scheduled court-ordered rerun poll in Yankkur/Abi Federal Constituency and Abi State constituency of Cross River State held across 25 out of 33 Units where the rerun election is slated.

The statement said no life was lost in the incident, except that a policeman sustained the injury during the attack.

The Supervisory National Commissioner in charge of Cross Rivers, Rivers and Delta States, Mohammad Lecky, according to had also reported the incident to the State commissioner of police, Nkereuwem A. Akpan, who also monitored the exercise in Abi.

The commission disclosed that all its staff that were deployed in the area have returned safely to their basis.

Preliminary report suggests that poor network in the riverine communities hampered effective use of the Smart card reader as well as difficulties in controlling the large turnout of voters.

Reports from Essien Udim, LGA of Akwa Ibom State was not entirely different as the commission regretted cases of abduction of INEC ad-hoc staff by desperate politicians to private homes.

The report by the commission read: “When the Commission had thought that lessons would have been learnt from what led to the nullification of the 2019 Elections, the same acts of brigandage were on full display, as the abduction of poll officials were reported.

“These reports were corroborated by video clips on social media showing corps members and other officials who were abducted to private premises outside their PUs.

“They were further confirmed by the INEC Monitoring and Compliance Team of the rank of Directors of the Commission, who were assigned to various wards.

“Disruptions were reported in Ukana West (Ward 11), Units 5, 8, and 9 as well as Ikpe Annang (Ward 5), Unit 12. Some of the abducted poll officials have been rescued by the police while efforts are being made to ensure the safe release of others.

“Nigerians will recall that these rerun elections were ordered by the Appeal Court on account of what it described as “acts of unparalleled thuggery, intimidation, ballot-box snatching, abduction … and other acts of hooliganism that pervaded the entire Essien Udim LGA,” during the 2019 Elections.

“Again, these acts have been repeated in today’s re-run exercise. As at the time of this report, collation is ongoing in most wards that were not affected by violence and disruptions that were witnessed in these reported wards. Collation process is ongoing and the rerun elections would be concluded”.

The commission has vowed not to reward impunity and violence.

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Imo guber ruling: We will push President Buhari, National Assembly to amend electoral law – APC

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has disclosed that the party will push President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to insert in the electoral law that any Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official who deliberately declared a loser as the winner of an election should be charge to Court when the Court established that a fraud had been commuted.

Oshiomhole disclosed this on Saturday in Auchi, Edo state during a unification rally to receive decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while reacting to the victory of his party at the Supreme Court in the 2019 Governorship election in Imo state.

“Everybody knows that you need one quarter of the votes in at least two third local governments in a state to be declared a winner or governor, but INEC recruit a professor of crook who declared Emeka Ihedeoha of the PDP who scored one third in 12 local governments out of 27, so if the professor go free with his loot another person will try it again.

“That was the mischief that the Supreme Court corrected that they are hiring people to come and make noise. We don’t steal votes, we win votes. So I congratulate the Supreme Court for upholding the constitution of the country,” he said.

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Bauchi re-run record large turnout of voters

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The supplementary/re-run elections in two Local Government Areas of Bauchi state recorded a large turnout of voters.

Whereas the supplementary election is being conducted in Zaki Local Government Area, INEC is also conducting a re-run election in Gamawa Local Government Area.

Newsmen monitoring the exercise reports witnessing large turnout of voters in units the exercise is being conducted in Sakwa, Murmur North and Minako in Zaki.

Mohammed Hassan, Presiding Officer (PO) in-charge of the Daladagum unit in Dugunmi town, told newsmen that voting commenced at 8.20 a.m.

Alhaji Awal Jatau of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tata Umar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 19 other candidates are contesting in the supplementary polls to occupy the seat of Federal House of Representatives for Zaki Constituency.

In a similar development, voting commenced early in most of the 287 voting units visited in Gamawa.

Madaki Gololo of the PDP and 20 other candidates are contesting for the Gamawa House of Representatives seat, while Mohammed Garba of the APC had earlier been excluded from the race by an election tribunal.

Newsmen recall that the Court of Appeal, Jos Division, on November 14, 2019, had sacked All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, Rep. Umar Tata, representing Zaki Federal Constituency.

The same court had nullified the election of Garba Gololo of APC representing Gamawa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State and disqualified him for presenting forged certificates to contest in the election.

The court also, in a consensus judgment, ordered INEC to conduct a re-run election in the area within 90 days, excluding APC or its candidate from participating.

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New Music Video: Praise Him By Tosin Oyelakin [ Twitter: @tosinoyelakin | Instagram: @tosinoyelakinofficial]

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Tosin’s first release of the year 2020 comes in the form of the official music video of her widely acclaimed rock praise song, “Praise Him.”

The video was directed by Dr Seth and it depicts the joy and freedom that we have when we praise God regardless of our situation. People from every tribe, every tongue and every race, regardless of their gender, age and social status, should always Praise Him!

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Police: Gunman kills six in Germany attack

Initial information suggests the suspect and one or more of the victims knew each other, police have said. Reuters

Six people were killed and two seriously wounded in a shooting in southwestern Germany, police said on Friday.

The shooter, believed to have a personal motive, launched an assault in the town of Rot am See.

Police in nearby Aalen told AFP a man with a personal connection to the victims had been arrested and there was no indication that other gunmen were involved.

The police told local TV that the suspect was a German.

After the shooting at around 12:45 (1145 GMT), police arrived on the scene to find the dead and wounded in and around a local hotel.

The Bild newspaper reported that the people killed were family members of the shooter, adding that the perpetrator was a man born in 1983.

Police were unable to confirm details of the relationships or the identity of the shooter.

The shooting took place near the train station at Rot am See, a town of 5,200 residents near Heidelberg.

Aalen police urged people to “refrain from speculation” about the shootings in a message on Twitter.

Police and prosecutors said they would provide more details about the attack in a press conference in Rot am See later on Friday.

While owning firearms is not illegal in Germany, most guns can be acquired only with a licence and they are closely monitored, making mass shootings comparatively rare.

In October last year, a far-right attacker shot two people dead in eastern city Halle and wounded several more after failing to break into a packed synagogue armed with home-made weapons.

In July 2016, a teenager used a pistol bought illegally online to kill nine people in a Munich shopping centre before turning the weapon on himself.

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Undergraduate jailed for 13 years in Ondo

A Federal High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State capital, on Friday, sentenced a final year student of Achievers University, Owo, Fisayo Adetoro, to 13 years imprisonment and a fine of N1m over impersonation, forgery and money laundering.

Adetoro, a first-class student with the Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA), of 4.5 was dragged to court on a six-count charge by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

According to the charge sheet, the accused was said to be parading himself as Bawa Mohammed Sanni and defrauding his victims thousands of dollars.

He was also accused to have registered for a Nigerian Driver’s Licence with the fake name, with his photograph, as well as laundering some amount running to millions of naira.

The EFCC prosecutor, represented by Dr Ben Ubi and Sanusi Galadanchi, called five witnesses, including two of the victims, while the accused called three witnesses.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Folashade Olubanjo, after evaluating the arguments of the two counsels, found Adetoro guilty in four of the six charges.

Adetoro was sentenced to two years imprisonment for falsification of documents, three years for uttering of official document and was sentenced him to five years imprisonment with a fine of N1m while the jail terms are to run concurrently.

Justice Olubanjo, however, considered the convict for a suspended sentence of six months community service, premising the terms on the health of the accused, academic standing and the fact that he had refunded all the money he fraudulently collected.

The suspended sentence, according to the court, would only stand if he observes the days without breaking while the Judge warned the accused from missing the term for six months or else the original sentence will be fully effected.

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IPOB: Facebook shutdown Nnamdi Kanu’s account

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that Facebook has shutdown their leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s Facebook page.

According to the publicity secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful who disclosed this in a press statement he made available to Daily Sun, said that the reason for the shutdown was as a result of its widely used by those he said were determined to expose the ills of the present administration.

“We can confirm that Facebook Nigeria has shut down the page of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. This is not unconnected with the fact that our leader’s page has become a rich resource for those determined to expose the evil regime in Nigeria and enthrone a better life for the masses.

He further claimed that Facebook is corrupt, pointing out that Biafra suffered because of media space, notwithstanding IPOB has vowed not to allow same happen again.

“We mince no words when we say that Facebook Nigeria is more corrupt that the corrupt government they are seeking to protect. Biafra suffered immeasurably as a result of denial of media space in the late 60s a situation we are not prepared to allow in this 21st century”. IPOB vowed.

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Inter Milan confirm Victor Moses shirt number

Inter have confirmed that they've completed the signing of Victor Moses from Chelsea after his loan spell with Fenerbahce was brought to an abrupt end.

New Inter Milan signing Victor Moses will wear the No.11 shirt for his new club, I Nerazzurri have revealed.

The wing-back, who joined the Italians on loan from Chelsea, is expected to play a major role in their Serie A and Europa League efforts in 2019-20.

It was soon announced that Moses would take up the notable shirt number at San Siro, following in the footsteps of compatriot Nwankwo Kanu, Lukas Podolski, Sulley Muntari and Andrea Pirlo.

The 29-year-old who becomes Antonio Conte’s signing after Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young played 78 times in over two seasons the Italian presided over.

After Conte’s sacking by the Londoners in 2018, Moses struggled to break into the first team under Maurizio Sarri before exiting to join Fenerbahce on an 18-month loan deal in January 2019.

“I’m happy to be here. I’ll give my all and want to help the team. There’s a lot of quality here, I want to make my contribution out on the pitch and enjoy myself. That’s the most important thing,” the Nigerian told Inter TV upon the completion of the move.

He could make his debut when Inter host Cagliari in Sunday’s Italian topflight outing.

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Nigeria now fourth most corrupt country in West Africa

Nigeria has slipped on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2019, scoring 26 per cent.

Nigeria has slipped on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2019, scoring 26 per cent.

Nigeria scored 27 out of 100 in TI’s 2018 report but dropped by a point in 2019, making Africa’s most populous country take the 146th position.

The country has also become the fourth most corrupt nation in West Africa, ahead of only Cameroon, Chad, Libya and Equatorial Guinea

This is despite the anti-corruption war being championed by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

TI’s latest report states that Africa’s most populous country like most other countries in Sub-Saharan nations has continued to witness a high rate of corruption which has now worsened due to vote-buying.

The report shows that despite the corruption war being championed by Buhari in the last four and a half years, Nigeria has failed to score higher than 28 per cent.

Nigeria scored 28 out of 100 in 2016 and 2017 but fell in 2018 to 27 and fell further to 26 in 2019.

In the latest report, Nigeria scored the same as Iran, Honduras, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Mozambique and Angola.

Out of 180 countries surveyed, Nigeria scored better than only 28.

They include – Comoros, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Chad, Iraq, Burundi, Congo, Turkmenistan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Guinea-Bissau, North Korea, Venezuela, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, South Sudan and Somalia.

The TI survey measures public sector corruption in 180 countries.

The countries with the highest score were New Zealand and Denmark which both scored 87 out of 100.

Others that were highly placed include – Finland (86), Switzerland (85), Singapore (85), Sweden (85), Norway (84), Netherlands (82), Luxembourg (80) and Germany (80).

The United Kingdom, Canada and the United States all failed to make the top 20.

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