Saturday, December 10

Makarfi accuses Sheriff of plunging Nigeria into one-party state

Makarfi accuses Sheriff of plunging Nigeria into one-party state

Sheriff, Makarfi

Worried by the comments of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the internal crisis of the party before the court, the caretaker committee Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has accused Sherriff of alleged plans of destroying the integrity of the Judiciary and plunge the nation into a one-party state under the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Makarfi, who reacted to the press conference by the PDP members of Senator Sherriff faction on Friday, accused them of deliberately “raising insinuations that could affect the judgement pending before the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt and also discrediting the judiciary”, saying that such stance taken by Senator Sheriff and his supporters “could ultimately destroy the judiciary and later plunge Nigeria into a one-party State”.

According to Makarfi in a statement in Kaduna Saturday, “It is very unfortunate and It is also irresponsible that as it stands today, Dr. Karo of the Modu Sheriff faction addressed a press conference that is arranged with such reckless statement intended to soil the integrity of the entire judiciary, and of a particular court”.

“I condemned such attitude. But, you see, the leper does not change. You recall that the Sheriff side has made several wide written petitions and allegations against members of the bench in a reckless and ungentlemanly manner, unsubstantiated allegations, all intended to avert the delivery of justice.”

The PDP chairman, Makarfi argued further, “Equally, they have joined even judges as respondents to cases they have filed before the court. Really, this is against ethics and norms that is known to us.

And this ongoing insinuation, all intended to make nonsense of the judiciary, especially in respect of judgements that are yet to be delivered. Insinuating, as if they have already have judgements in their pockets. We truly don’t know watch they intend to achieve by this.”

“We as caretaker committee of the PDP we have absolute faith and confidence in the judiciary and we know that ultimately justice will be done, the judges cannot be fooled by these antics. We equally believe that as democrats in PDP we will continue to depend on the judiciary as the institution that can protect its own integrity and I believe that they are capable of doing that”.

Senator Makarfi said, “I urge them to rise up to the challenge and do that. If we destroy judiciary in this country, we will destroy democracy and we will destroy Nigeria. At the sometime, if we destroy judiciary in Nigeria, we will enthrone dictatorship and nobody will be saved.

God forbid the day that opposition will be killed in the country and we will end up in the state of a dictatorship. We will stand up against that and we will continue to stand up against such”.

“The Sherriff faction press conference is pre-emptive of what the court judgment would be. This is not the first time, several times, through social media, even when issues were at the lower courts, they made Perceived and conjectured outcome of court proceedings and in most cases they never got it right.

It was at one instance of a particular judge that they got it right. The intention is to erode the integrity of the judiciary,” he said.


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Court nullifies A’Ibom inheritance tradition

Court nullifies A’Ibom inheritance tradition

Court

AN Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene Judicial Division, has nullified the practice among Annang people where female children are denied their deceased parents’ inheritance.

The court presided over by Justice Ntong Ntong, said the practice was against good conscience and unconstitutional in the present day realities, declaring it null and void and of no effect.

On the other hand, the judge also declared that for the son to inherit the main building of his father and his personal effects to the exclusion of the female children in Annang tradition was not repugnant to natural justice and good conscience.

The declaration is contained in a judgment delivered Wednesday in a 2014 suit filed by one Mrs. Joyce Obot (formerly known as Joyce Akpan) against her stepbrother, Idorenyin Akpan, as the respondent.

It was gathered that late Udo Akpan who hailed from Ikpe Ikot Akpan, Ikpe Annang in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area died without a valid will some years ago.

He was said to have married two wives who gave birth to six children.

The complainant, Mrs. Joyce Obot, is the eldest and only child from the first wife while her brother – the respondent, is the only male child among his mother’s five children, and the only male child of late Udo Akpan.

It was also gathered that shortly after his demise, the eldest daughter and her stepsister, Useneno Akpan from the second wife had applied for and obtained a letter of administration.

As administrators of their late father’s estate, it was learnt that Obot had caused the Adiasim/Ikpe Annang District Court to partition the assets left behind.

The main building was said to have been given to the only son (respondent) while the boys’ quarter went to the eldest daughter (plaintiff) in the final judgment of the District Court in suit No. 64/98.

It was gathered that the subsisting decision of the Customary Court was neither challenged nor set aside by any higher court before an attempt by the respondent to deprive his elder sister of her inheritance on grounds that as a woman, she was not entitled to the boys’ quarter due to the long held tradition that she had been married out.

The court noted that the wrong belief about women and girl children did not exist only among the Annang people, but also prevalent among the Oro, Ibibio, the Efik and even among other ethic nationalities, including the Igbo of the South-East.

Justice Ntong held that the tradition had from time immemorial been a thing of worry.

According to him, the 1999 Constitution (as amended) section 42 (1) (a) and (2) has since laid to rest the discriminatory issue in the society, affirming that it is now known and settled that any girl child or a woman and even a widow should not be left to go empty handed in the deceased father or husband’s assets and liabilities.

He insisted that since the constitution frowns on discriminating against citizens of Nigeria on the basis of sex, no court should fold its arms and keep mute when the constitution was contravened.

Relying on a plethora of authorities, including the celebrated 2014 Supreme Court decision in Ukeje vs Ukeje, 234 LRCN, where the apex court declared the Igbo tradition that deprived a female child from inheritance of her father’s property was contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and to the extent of its inconsistency, the said Igbo custom and tradition remained void.

Justice Ntong held, “In this vein, I am inclined to hold that the contention of the respondent that his elder stepsister – the complainant in this case, is not entitled to what was shared to her, to wit; the boys’ quarter of their father’s main building as in exhibit “B” in this case by virtue of the tradition and customs of the Annang people of Ikpe Ikot Akpan is null and void and of no effect and substance whatsoever.”

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Paul Biya of Cameroon honors Cameroonian Female National Football team

Paul Biya of Cameroon honors Cameroonian Female National Football team

The Cameroonian senior women’s national football team were hosted and honored at the Unity Palace located in the Etoudi region of Yaounde, by President Paul Biya and First Lady Chantal Biya, on Thursday.

The Head of State, who is still in awe of the performance of the Indomitable Lionesses congratulated them on behalf of him and the entire country, for finishing second at the just concluded 10th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

“You may not have won the final,” he said. “But you have managed to win our hearts and encourage our admiration.”

 “You obtained with panache, beautiful and important victories. By your talent, your courage, your commitment, and your eagerness to defend the colours of your country, you have wowed the nation as a whole.”

President Biya who further described them as a source of inspiration to other youths in the country, encouraged them to continue hoisting their country’s flag at their respective clubs, stating that “Cameroon is proud of you”.

Afterwards, team captain Christie Manie thanked the President and First Lady Chantal Biya, for their continuous support which would spur them to more glorious days.
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You can’t reject polls, Gambia’s President-elect tells Jammeh

You can’t reject polls, Gambia’s President-elect tells Jammeh

As Gambia stops ECOWAS chair’s plane landing

Gambia’s President Elect Adama Barrow said that the country’s outgoing leader Yahya Jammeh had no constitutional authority to reject the results of December 1. polls and call fresh elections.

“I open up a channel of communication to convince him to facilitate a smooth transfer of executive powers in the supreme interest of this country,” he told reporters on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the African Union on Saturday called a statement by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh rejecting his loss in December 1 polls “null and void” since he had already conceded defeat.

“The Chairperson of the Commission strongly urges President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power,” said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who also called on Gambia’s security forces to remain neutral.

And in a related development, Gambian authorities have refused entry to the chair of regional body ECOWAS, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Senegal’s foreign minister said on Saturday, dampening hopes for a political solution after President Yahya Jammeh rejected the results of elections that he lost on Dec. 1.

Jammeh on Friday called for another election in the tiny West African country after narrowly losing to opposition leader Adama Barrow. He had already conceded defeat publicly last week, reports Reuters.

The announcement on state television threw Gambia’s future into doubt after the unexpected election result ended Jammeh’s 22-year rule and was widely seen as a moment of democratic hope.

The streets of Banjul were calm on Saturday, although some residents said they were staying at home for fear of violence.

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had hoped to put back on track Gambia’s first democratic transition of power in over 50 years, but those plans appeared thwarted on Saturday when her plane was denied landing access at Banjul.

“Johnson Sirleaf was supposed to fly in today, but Jammeh said ‘not at the moment,'” Senegal foreign minister Mankeur Ndiaye told Reuters. It was not clear if the plane had already taken off.

Sirleaf’s camp was not immediately available for comment. A spokesman for Jammeh’s government could not be reached.

As Gambians brace for a tense standoff, international criticism of Jammeh’s claim came in fast. Following the United States and Senegal, the African Union on Saturday weighed in, calling Jammeh’s statement “null and void”.

“The Chairperson of the Commission strongly urges President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power,” said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who also called on Gambia’s security forces to remain neutral.
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I was in the church when it collapsed – Governor Emmanuel

I was in the church when it collapsed – Governor Emmanuel

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said that he was present at the Reigners Bible Church International when it collapsed saying, he “personally supervised rescue operations and evacuation of the injured to the hospital”.

In a press statement signed by Personal Assistant to Governor for Information, Mr. Ekerette Udoh, said the government will constitute a high-powered panel of enquiry to , “ascertain the immediate and remote factors leading to the collapse of the church building.“

The governor also commiserated with the families of the victims, saying the government will undertake the treatment of the injured.

The statement read, “The Government of Akwa Ibom State has commiserated with the families of the victims of the collapsed building at Reigners Bible Church International along Uyo Village road.

“His Excellency, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel was present at the church service during the incident and thereafter personally supervised rescue operations and evacuation of the injured to the hospital. The State Government will undertake the medical treatment of the victims.

“A high- Powered panel of enquiry is being constituted to ascertain the immediate and remote factors leading to the collapse of the church building with a view to forestall the re-occurrence of such incident and bring to book persons found to have compromised professional standards in the construction of the building.”
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No regrets for supporting Jonathan, Buhari not fair to Igbo – Ohanaeze

No regrets for supporting Jonathan, Buhari not fair to Igbo – Ohanaeze

Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, on Friday said the body has no regrets over its decision to back former President Goodluck Jonathan, in the 2015 presidential election.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political organisation of the Igbo, endorsed Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, in the election, which was eventually won by Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress.

Majority of the Igbo also voted for Jonathan and the PDP in the polls, which saw Buhari and the APC recording fewer votes in the South-East.

Political analysts believe that the bloc votes for Jonathan was a grave miscalculation on the part of the Igbo, as it cost the South-East a place in national mainstream politics.

Also, there are insinuations that the decision not to vote for Buhari was among the reasons for the alleged marginalisation of the South-East in key appointments made by the President, who reportedly said he will not treat those who did not vote for him the same way he will do those who voted him into power.

“Constituencies that gave me 97 per cent cannot in all honesty be treated, on some issues, (same way) with constituencies that gave me five per cent,” Buhari reportedly said during a visit to the United States in July.

But Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said it has no regrets for refusing to support Buhari.

Ohanaeze scribe, Nwaorgu, who spoke to journalists in Enugu ahead of the expiration of the tenure of the current National Executive Committee of the body, which would vacate office in January 2017, said the travails of the Igbo under Buhari’s administration had vindicated Ohanaeze’s outright rejection of the President.

Speaking to journalists in company of some other Ohanaeze chieftains, Nwaorgu said, “The Igbo have been having problems with the Federal Government since the end of the civil war, problems of neglect by successive administrations, but the problems have exacerbated under Buhari.

“He (Buhari) has been unfair to us – in his first 32 appointments, he gave 24 to northerners, seven to southerners, and out of these seven to southerners, there was none to the South-East.

“Nothing has changed, the ministerial appointments he has given us are our constitutional entitlements but who he places where is clear. The super ministers are there.

“It has been very bad for the Igbo since 1970 but the situation has exacerbated under Buhari and his attitude and utterances are not helping matters. In fact, Buhari is even acting to provoke us into taking a wrong step, to give him a reason to clamp down on us.”

The Ohanaeze Secretary General explained why the body rejected Buhari.

He said Buhari has always been unfair to the Igbos.

“We know him very well, during his first outing from 1983 to 1985, what did he do? Shagari, number one person (in the previous civilian administration was placed under) house arrest, Ekwueme, the number two, who has no constitutional functions (was sent to) prison. Igbo took note.

He came out again as Executive Director, Petroleum Trust Fund, what did he do? Have you checked the allocations of PTF? Sixty-six per cent of all our petroleum money went to the North-West, his zone. He gave us (South-East) 6.2 per cent.

“With that pedigree, what will encourage people to say please come on? If we had said come on it would have put us in a poor shape that we can’t analyze well. We analyzed well, and we have been vindicated,” the Ohanaeze Ndigbo chieftain said.

Nwaorgu went ahead to state the reasons behind Ohanaeze’s decision to support Jonathan in the presidential election.

According to him, the decision was informed by a need to mend relations with the South-South, which together with the South-East was part of the old Eastern Region.
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How God saved me from Abacha’s hit men – Pastor Adeboye

How God saved me from Abacha’s hit men – Pastor Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adeboye

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said that God delivered him from the claws of former military Head of State, late General Sani Abacha without any human intervention.

Speaking in the early hours of Saturday during the annual Holy Ghost Congress 2016 of the church tagged ‘Complete Restoration’, Adeboye, who chose not to directly mentioned the name of the former military ruler, narrated how the late Head of State made plans to arrest him in the wake of his (Abacha’s), planned translation from military ruler to a civilian leader in 1997.

Addressing the congregation, which include the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Governors Akinwunmi Ambode and Olusegun Mimiko of Lagos and Ondo states respectively, the clergyman said the encounter is an example of victory without a physical fight.

He said: “When you read 2 Chronicles 20:1-25, you will see the example of victory without a fight in the life of Jehoshaphat.

“You will remember those of you, who know the details; Nigeria was living under a siege at a particular time. There was a reign of terror by a military president who wanted to transform to a civilian president.

“In the process of trying to realize his ambition, his herbalist told him that this plan cannot come to pass because of a certain man who is praying at a place called Camp and that unless you remove that many your plan won’t work.

“And so information came to me that they are coming for me and in those days when they come for you that is the end of the story.”

Narrating further, he said: “As an ordinary human being when I heard that I was troubled. I didn’t tell my wife but I stepped out for my prayer walk but it wasn’t an ordinary prayer walk that day.”
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Governor Udom escapes death as Reigners Bible church collapses in Uyo [PHOTOS]

Governor Udom escapes death as Reigners Bible church collapses in Uyo [PHOTOS]

The state governor, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel

Reports reaching DAILY POST have it that Reigners Bible Church International, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital have collapsed.

No fewer that three persons have been confirmed dead in the incident which happened at about 12 noon on Saturday.

A source privy to the incident reliably told DAILY POST that the founder of the church, Apostle Akan Weeks was supposed to be ordained Bishop today.

Governor Udom escapes death as Reigners Bible church collapses in Uyo [PHOTOS]


Our source said high profile citizens of the state were present at the event when the church, located at Km1 Uyo Village Rd, Off Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo, collapsed.

The state governor, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, was present.

From all indications, the governor, alongside others were trapped in the building.

Governor Udom escapes death as Reigners Bible church collapses in Uyo [PHOTOS]


DAILY POST further learnt that he is in good condition as at the time of filing this report as he was rushed to the government house immediately.

Governor Udom escapes death as Reigners Bible church collapses in Uyo [PHOTOS]


The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Irene Ugbo, is yet to respond to a message sent to her mobile number.

More to follow…
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Rivers rerun: Soldiers, policemen hijacked election materials – Wike

Rivers rerun: Soldiers, policemen hijacked election materials – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has accused the Nigerian Army and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of hijacking electoral materials and working to deliver a particular candidate in Rivers South-East Senatorial District.

The governor added that no matter the use of the Nigerian Army and SARS personnel by the APC Government, Rivers State would never be conquered.

He further alleged that there were mass shootings by the Nigerian Army and the Police in Khana, Gokana, Akuku-Toru and Etche Local Government Areas.

Governor Wike said that the security agencies were deployed to the State to manipulate the result of the polls.

The Governor, at a media briefing in Government House, Port Harcourt, alleged that at Khana Local Government Area , election materials were hijacked by the Nigerian Army and the SARS personnel.

He added that in Gokana Local Government Area soldiers hijacked election materials for Wards 2 and 3 in Bodo City, where he alleged that the military also killed two persons in the process of fleeing with the materials.

Governor Wike said that out of the 19 wards of Etche Local Government Area, soldiers and SARS personnel hijacked election materials for 4 wards.

The governor noted that the unfortunate onslaught by the military and the SARS personnel started in the night of Friday, when the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi backed by a battalion of soldiers and over 20 SARS personnel attempted to hijack materials from the Isiokpo INEC headquarters but was resisted by the youths.

He said: “I anticipated it. I tried to let the world to know that these are the plans of the security agencies.

“In all my political career, I have never experienced this kind of invasion by security agencies. What causes violence is when you give certain persons undue advantage.

“Be assured that we are resisting it, it may take our lives, but we will resist to the last. That is what is expected when you are fighting for freedom. You must make sacrifices.

“It is unfortunate that we are congratulating the opposition for winning in Ghana, but here the military are directly involved in rigging and hijacking materials.

“They say that they want to give Rivers State Governor problems, but you are not giving Rivers State Governor problems, you are giving Nigeria problems”.



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Wike: We’ll resist this invasion even it means losing our lives

Wike: We’ll resist this invasion even it means losing our lives

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, on Saturday said in his entire political career, he has not witnessed the kind of military invasion that occurred during the legislative rerun election.

Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Wike vowed that he and his supporters would “resist to the last”.

He accused security operatives of conniving with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to intimidate voters.

“In all my political career, I have never experienced this kind of invasion by security agencies,” he said.

“What causes violence is when you give certain persons undue advantage, but be assured that we are resisting it, even though it may take our lives, we will resist to the last.

“That is what is expected when you are fighting for freedom. You must make sacrifices. It is unfortunate that we are congratulating the opposition for winning in Ghana, but here the military are directly involved in rigging and hijacking materials.

“They say that they want to give Rivers state governor problems, but you are not giving Rivers governor problems, you are giving Nigeria problem.

“I anticipated it. I tried to let the world to know that these were the plans of the security agencies.”

Violence and late arrival of electoral materials marred the exercise in different parts of the state.

One person was killed in Bodo community in Gokana local government, while the exercise did not hold in most parts of Khana local government.



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Nigerian army acquires more sophisticated military equipment to fight Boko Haram (photos

Nigerian army acquires more sophisticated military equipment to fight Boko Haram (photos

The Nigerian army takes the delivery of Slovak-made mine sweeper.

The Nigerian army has stepped up its game in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists in the north-east.

The first photos of the newly-acquired unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) BOZENA-5 have emerged online.

The Slovak-made UGV is designed for clearance of all conventional anti-personnel and anti-tank land mines and for improvised explosive devices' removal assistance.

Apparently, the mine-clearing machine is already in use on the Borno state roads.

Nigerian army acquires more sophisticated military equipment to fight Boko Haram (photos


The army also receives weaponised and armoured Toyota jeeps

The latest photos available online show a new Toyota 4x4 weaponised jeep which was also procured and accepted by the Nigerian army.

It would be noted that despite heavy criticisms and the ongoing 'Dasukigate' the Buhari administration intensified procurement of military equipment in 2016.

In the beginning of December the Nigerian Air Force took the delivery of the first four out of 10 MFI-17 Super Mushshak primary trainer aircraft ordered from the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).

Nigeria also awaits the delivery of four new Russian-made Mi-35N attack helicopters and three JF-17 Thunder multi-role jet fighters from Pakistan.

Unfortunately, the delivery of three A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft from Brazil suffered an unexpected setback. The USA blocked the deal in November 2016.




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Former Governor of Abia state Orji Kalu Reveals why Igbos MUST join APC

Former Governor of Abia state Orji Kalu Reveals why Igbos MUST join APC

Former Governor Orji Kalu

South-East will benefit if all Igbos join APC - Former Governor Orji Kalu

- The former governor of Abia state Orji Kalu has said it is important that all Igbo politicians to join and support the All Progressives Congress (APC)

- Kalu said if Igbo join APC the South-East region will benefit from national politics in Nigeria

- He also said he did not make mistake in taking Igbos into national politics

Orji Kalu said if all Igbos join APC, the South-East will benefit more
The former governor of Abia state Orji Kalu has urged all Igbo people to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) party.

Kalu said joining the ruling party would ensure the people of South-East benefit from the national politics in Nigeria.

Speaking with journalists in Igbere, Bende local government area of Abia state, Kalu said the victories recorded in Edo and Ondo governorship elections is an indication that Nigerians have accepted APC.

He also said the south-East region will benefit more if their quit the opposition and joined the ruling party.

“Ndigbo should join APC to enable them to sit where other Nigerians are seated to decide on how to move the nation forward,” Kalu said.

“The APC electoral victories in Edo and Ondo clearly showed the popularity of the party.

“So, I did not make mistake in taking the Igbos into national politics, where other Nigerians are seated; that is where I want the Igbos to sit.

“So, there is nothing wrong in our joining APC for us to be able to sit where other Nigerians are seated. That is more important to me,” he said.

The former governor also said it is important for Igbo leaders to increase the number of the South-East members of APC.

He further commended President Muhammadu Buhari for fulfilling his promise to resume work on federal roads in the South-East.

“During my visit to the president, he made a promise to me and other leaders three months ago that all the contractors would be back to the federal roads before the end of November.

“Today, if you go to every federal road in Eastern Nigeria, you will see that all the contractors are back fully and this is why I joined APC.

“I didn’t join the party on selfish basis; I joined because the president made a promise and I have seen that the contractors are back to site.

“And if they are back, why can’t I believe him? He will do more,” Mr. Kalu said.

“All nations of the world are going through recession; Nigeria is not an exception.

“I am an international businessman; I am crying in all the countries I am doing business.

“From one country to the other, the story is the same; so we are crying there as we are crying in Nigeria.” the former governor said.


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Rivers Re-run: Our officials attacked, materials snatched – INEC

Rivers Re-run: Our officials attacked, materials snatched – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, has released its interim report of the ongoing Rivers Rerun legislative election.

INEC in the report said the rerun elections were generally peaceful in some local government areas, while it was marred by violence Akuku-Toru, Khana, Andon and Tai constituency.

The report in full read: “Following the release of the timetable for the conclusion of the National and State Assembly re-run elections in Rivers state on 3rd November 2016, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) proceeded to conduct the elections in the state as scheduled today, Saturday, 10th December 2016.

“The elections were generally peaceful and the turn-out was impressive except in Akuku-Toru, Gokana, Khana, Andoni and Tai Local Government Areas. There were alleged reports of dynamite explosions in Akuku-Toru; INEC officials were attacked in Khana; electoral materials were snatched in Andoni; and our staff were prevented from conducting the elections in Tai State Constituency.

“In a few other areas where hoodlums threatened the conduct of the exercise, the security agencies intervened and ensured that the elections were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.

“In the meantime, actual voting has ended in most Polling Units (PUs). We urge the good people of Rivers state to continue to cooperate with the Commission so that ultimately, we would have results that are acceptable to the Stakeholders.
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Respect the ballot verdict, ECOWAS, UN tell Gambian president

Respect the ballot verdict, ECOWAS, UN tell Gambian president

Yahya Jammeh

The ECOWAS Commission, the African Union Commission and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, have called on the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh to respect the verdict of the ballot and hand over to the President-elect, Adama Barrow.

The President of the ECOWAS Commission, the Chairperson of the AU Commission and the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to West Africa and the Sahel, said they are deeply concerned by Jammeh’s rejection of the election outcome.

They called on the government of The Gambia to ensure the safety of the president-elect and abide by its constitutional responsibilities and international obligations.

“It is fundamental that the verdict of the ballots should be respected, and that the security of the president -elect Adama Barrow, and that of all Gambian citizen be fully ensured,”they said in a statement on Saturday.

ECOWAS, the AU and the UN said they strongly support the stand of the Senegalese Government on the issue with regards to calling an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

They urged relevant Gambian stakeholders to contribute to a peaceful transition and orderly handing over of power from the outgoing administration to the President-elect within constitutional deadlines, in accordance with the Gambian electoral laws.

They also called on all Gambian stakeholders including the elected leadership, the armed forces, political parties and Civil Society Organisations to reject violence and peacefully uphold the will of the people as clearly expressed through the ballot box.

They admonished the Gambian Defence and Security forces to live up to their republican duties.
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Just In: Ultimate Cycler Ponzi Scheme is Back After Crashing

Just In: Ultimate Cycler Ponzi Scheme is Back After Crashing

Finally, Ultimate Cycler site which crashed since last week ago is up and back as people have started transacting business there again.

Participants in the Ultimate Cycler ponzi scheme can now breath a sigh of relief as the site which crashed last week is finally back.

It would be recalled that the site crashed last week leaving many of the participants in panic mood as they wailed and complained over the sudden news. A verification by Tori correspondent confirmed that the site ( ultimatecycler.com ) is now back and people are logging in to the platform to transact business as usual.

This will come as great news to many Nigerians who had invested money into the scheme. According to the owners of the site, the website crashed as a result of high traffic.
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BREAKING News: #RiversRerun: 25-year-old Man Shot Dead in Gokana...See Details

BREAKING News: #RiversRerun: 25-year-old Man Shot Dead in Gokana...See Details

Security operatives in Rivers state for the rerun election

An innocent man has been shot dead by men believed to be operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

A 25-year-old man Identified as Meebara Kormaga has been shot dead by men suspected to be operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

According to Punch, the man was  killed in Bodo, Gokana LGA, Rivers State. It was gathered that the security operatives stormed the Saint Pius College at about 11.45am, order‎ed everybody to lie down, and began to shoot sporadically before carting away some election materials.

The 25-year-old was killed as he came out to vote, it was reported.

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Church Building Collapses In Akwa Ibom During Service, Many Feared Injured. (Photos)

Church Building Collapses In Akwa Ibom During Service, Many Feared Injured. (Photos)

According to reports filtering in from Akwa Ibom, the foundation building of a popular church in Uyo, Reigners Bible Church located at Uyo Village road, off Barrack road collapsed today while a church event was ongoing there.

The incident reportedly left many congregants injured.

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Church Building Collapses In Akwa Ibom During Service, Many Feared Injured. (Photos)

Church Building Collapses In Akwa Ibom During Service, Many Feared Injured. (Photos)

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Parents Bury Their Child's Legs In The Ground In Benue State. See Why. (Photos)

Parents Bury Their Child's Legs In The Ground In Benue State. See Why. (Photos)

A child's legs were buried in the ground in Markudi, Benue state -over his inability to walk as at when due.



While the witness who shared these photos and some online users are perplexed over what they call "barbaric and brutal", others have argued that this is an effective method to make the children take the first step..

Parents Bury Their Child's Legs In The Ground In Benue State. See Why. (Photos)

Parents Bury Their Child's Legs In The Ground In Benue State. See Why. (Photos)

Parents Bury Their Child's Legs In The Ground In Benue State. See Why. (Photos)

Parents Bury Their Child's Legs In The Ground In Benue State. See Why. (Photos)

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Doctor With Fake UNILAG Certificate Arrested In Ogun State

Doctor With Fake UNILAG Certificate Arrested In Ogun State

A suspected fake medical doctor (name withheld) was Friday arrested in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, for allegedly being in possession of a fake certificate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

He was nabbed when he presented the university certificate as well as National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate for registration/revalidation exercise at the state Ministry of Health’s headquarters in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

It was learnt that the arrest was consequent upon the suspect’s attempt to revalidate his facility (God Heals Medical Centre) at Sango-Ota area of the state, which had earlier been sealed off by the state monitoring team.

It was alleged that he had carried out all kinds of surgeries without the necessary expertise, with many people becoming victims of his ineptitude.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, immediately handed over the suspect to the police.

Ipaye said the state government remained committed to ridding the state off quackery, particularly in the health sector.

While noting that the activities of quacks endanger human lives, the commissioner disclosed that several suspects have been arrested in the past.


Source; New Telegraph

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Man Pretending to be Mad Arrested in a Lawyer's Outfit in Ogun State (Photos)

Man Pretending to be Mad Arrested in a Lawyer's Outfit in Ogun State (Photos)

A perceived mad man has caused quite a stir in Ogun state after he was caught dressed up in almost full-judicial regalia...

Man Pretending to be Mad Arrested in a Lawyer's Outfit in Ogun State (Photos)


According to a Facebook user, this man was caught at Maltina Area in Sango Ota, Ogun state pretending to be mad.

His act has got people who hithertho thougght he was a mentally ill, wondering if he wasn't just pretending with a sinister motive in mind.

Among items seen with him in his bag were car keys, an international passport, gown for lawyers and police cap.

He was later taken away by policemen.
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