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Two feared dead in Kogi as thugs invade polling unit shoot sporadicaly

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Two feared dead in Kogi as thugs invade polling unit shoot sporadicaly

Two persons have lost their lives at Ajetachi polling unit opposite OLS Anyigba where some political thugs invaded and started shooting sporadically leading to the deaths while a woman on queue was seriously injured.
At Agbeji, thugs invaded the two polling units and tried to force presiding officers to sign completed result sheets which they refused and had to run for their lives disrupting the process.
Kogi East especially Dekina Local Government has been notorious for post and.pre election violence where elections.are.hardly held peacefully.
At Anyigba, also in Dekina Local Government, accreditation and voting commenced early with a good turnout of voters at the polling units until the hoodlums struck in Ajetachi area resulting in pandemonium
At Ochadamu Ward, Unit 004 in Ofu Local Government, that simultaneous accreditation and voting commenced at 8 am with long queue of voters without visible hitches.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections in State however witnessed massive turnout of eligible voters in the midst of some cases of card reader malfunctioning in Kogi Central and East Senatorial District.

The electorate in many of the polling units came out as early as 7 am and before 8 am, the polling units were filled just as many of the electoral officers turned up before 8am.
The Presiding Officer, Kemi Adebayo said the conduct of.election was smooth adding that the card readers were functioning well.

Also at Ochadamu Ward, unit 003, the Presiding Officer, Helen Okorie said the conduct commenced in an orderly manner with voters conducting themselves peacefully at about 8:55 am when our reporter visited.

At Ajedime Ogane-Iyale, Iyale Ward unit 005 in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi, electoral officers did not arrive at the polling unit till about 11. 30 am.

The voters however remained determined to exercise their franchise as they remained on the queue awaiting arrival of materials and officers.

In Idah, accreditation and voting commenced at about 8:45 am in New GRA ward, Unit 001 and there was no report of Card Reader malfunction.
At Ofukolo Ward Unit 006, also in Idah, electoral materials and officials arrrived on time and voting commenced on time.
The police public relations Officer William Aya confirmed.that one person was killed in Anyigba adding that the situation has been brought under control and voting has resumed.

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Bail jumping Maina nabbed in Niger Republic

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Bail jumping Maina nabbed in Niger Republic

The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who jumped bail and fled Nigeria has been nabbed by Security agents.
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Maina was apprehended by operatives of Niger Republic intelligence service in a collaboration with Nigerian anti-corruption agency on Monday evening.
Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Maina for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2billion.
Maina is facing a 12-count money laundering charge levelled against him and a firm by the EFCC.

EFCC alleged that Maina, as Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, used the account of the firm for money laundering to the tune of about N2 billion, part of which he used to acquire landed properties in Abuja.
He, however, has not been attending trial since the September 29, 2020 proceedings, a development that prompted Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court to order the detention of Senator Ali Ndume last Monday.
But the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday granted bail to the Borno South Senator over his suretyship for Maina believed to have jumped bail.

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PDP says killing of 43 farmers is devilish, wicked

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PDP says killing of 43 farmers is devilish, wicked

The gruesome beheading of 43 innocent farmers by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state is extremely wicked, devilish and must not be left unaddressed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

The party indicated that the horrific killing of compatriots comes as yet another of the recurring horrid testament and badge of failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration to secure the nation and guarantee the safety of lives and property in the country.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the PDP is indeed is distressed by the escalated killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians by insurgents, bandits and marauders, who have continued to ravage and pillage communities, while the lazy and lethargic Buhari administration continues with its lip service, rhetoric and false performance claims.

The PDP also said that it is particularly disturbed because of the failure of the Buhari Presidency to take decisive action despite series of concerns raised by the Borno State governor, Prof. Baba Gana Zulum, of security compromises in the state.
It said that the Buhari administration appears helpless while the national security structure under him seems to have collapsed. “Our nation appears to be on auto pilot with no one in charge while the ship of state continues to drift.”
The PDP further said; “All our nation gets from the Buhari Presidency is that ‘Mr. President is shocked’, ‘Mr. President is saddened’, ‘Mr. President regrets’ and such lame responses without any decisive policy direction or directive to definitively tackle the situation at hand, leading to escalation of killings in our country.

“Such attitude by the Buhari administration has continued to embolden insurgents to the extent that they now attack military formations, convoys of state governors and engage in wanton beheading of our compatriots.”
“It is distressing that despite this sorry situation, Mr. President, who promised to lead from the front, has receded into the safety of Aso Presidential villa and refused to act on the consistent demands of Nigerians to rejig the national security architecture and replace the service chiefs with more capable hands to affectively tackle our security challenges”.
The PDP therefore charged President Buhari to stop his unhelpful rhetoric but should sit up and take actions that will safeguard the lives of Nigerians who have been subjected to all manners of mental and physical torture under “this incompetent” administration.
It further said; “Mr. President should immediately move to Zabarmari in Borno state, empathize with the families of the victims and lead from the front in restoring security in the area”.
The PDP commiserated with the government and people of Borno State and urge Nigerians to remain at alert particularly in providing useful information for the security agencies in this fight against insurgency in the land.

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PSC describes Farmers Killing in Borno as horrifying and Barbaric 

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PSC describes Farmers Killing in Borno as horrifying and Barbaric

The unprovoked and mindless killing of innocent and hardworking farmers in Borno State is horrifying and barbaric especially at a time that all efforts are geared towards restoring peace and order in the troubled North East zone of the country the police Service Commission has said.
In a statement issued by the Commission’s head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, he said that it is particularly disturbing that the victims of the callous act were ordinary harmless Nigerians who were in their farms to seek for livelihood only to be slaughtered like rams and chickens.
The Commission said; “There can never be any justifiable reason for this madness and cruelty”.
It therefore called on the security agencies to quickly re-strategize and put an end to the unending circle of killings in the North East, and advised the citizens to be in the forefront as security has become the business of everybody.
The PSC further said; “We wish to commiserate with Mr. President, the leaders of the North East, the Government and people of Borno State and the families of the assassinated farmers on this sad development. We pray that God will see the nation through these difficult times”.
The Commission however maintained that it will however continue to partner with the security agencies in the search for a durable and workable security arrangement for the country.

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