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Two killed in Kogi Bye-election as violence, intimidation and vote buying reigned

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Two persons identified as a political thugs lost their lives at two polling units as they attempted to snatch ballot boxes during the lokoja/Kogi bye election.

At the NEPA Polling Unit in Lokoja one of the ulucky thugs was beaten to death after attempting to disrupt the process by snatching the ballot box at the unit during the Lokoja-Kogi bye-election.
An eye witness account indicated that the deceased had successfully snatched the ballot box but youths at the unit who were opposed to the disruption of the process intercepted the hoodlum after which they retrieved the ballot box.
It was further gathered that the mob descended on the deceased and in the process the gun in his pocket triggered off killing him on the spot.
Confirming the death of the hoodlum the police public relations office William Aya said it was true that a person attempting to snatch baklot box was beaten to death.
Howrver he said he was not aware he was carrying a short gun in his pocket. He confirmed that the deceased bosy was retrieved and has been deposited in at the Federal Mediacal Center murtuary.
The police spokes person said they were on the trail of the killers
Another political thug Yahaya Musa Umoru who also attempted to snatch a ballot box was beaten to death at the polling Unit near Maigarin Lokoja palace.
Meanwhile ballot boxes were snatched in 21 polling units in Lokoja Local Government
Also a former senator in the Kogi West senatorial district was allegedy booed when he appeared in one of the polling Unit where he was not registered but deployed to do some persons bidding.
The Lokoja/ Kogi Federal Constituency bye election which was acasioned by the death of former deputy majority leader, Buba Jibril in the House of Representatives in Kogi was overtaken by violence, vote buying and outright intimidation for which the APC led government in the state has been accused by the opposition parties.
There have been acusation and counter acusation on who is really the mastermind of the violence as the Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello had also accussed two former Governors of importing thugs from Bayeslsa and Nassarawa States.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the election Abubakar Bashiru at his polling Unit Ward 001 Gegu South said though the election was going on smoothly at his unit but reports reaching him has given him cause for apprehension.
He said in Lokoja at ward B paparanda polling Unit Government officials led thugs to disrupt the election carting away the ballot box and destroying almost everything in sight.
In Paparanda and Karaworo voting units in lokoja metropolis l, there were reports of heavy intimidation and harassment of voters by government agents and political appointees. A PDP stalwart, Mohammed Balga was said to have been beaten black and blue.
In ward B, some people who dressed in police uniform with red beret were said to have besieged two polling units shooting sporadically and carting away the voting materials.
There were also reported sharp practices at the Osuku primary school voting unit in Kotokarfi Local government area as there were reported sporadic gunshots to scare away opposition party from coming out to vote.
As at 11.30 am when reporters visited the place, there was no single person that was allowed to vote as those who came out were only allowed to do accreditation while the voting would be done in favour of the APC.
The INEC presiding official, Joseph Julius told reporters that they were arm twisted to follow the bidding of the APC and they had to play along to save their lives.
The local government administrator ,Mohammed Tanko is from the ward.

Meanwhile, a one time Secretary to Government of Kogi state, Alh Musa Ahmadu decried the involvement of government officials and security agents in carrying and displaying arms in the ongoing Lokoja Kogi federal constituency bye election.

The former scribe while speaking to journalists, accused government functionaries of openly carrying arms against the tenets of the electoral law.
Alh Musa called on President Mohammadu Buhari to call the security agencies to order, else their action and that of the Governor may make the integrity of the Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency a nullity.
At the Lokoja ward D where one of the constestants, and immediate speaker of the house, Umar Imam voted, he alleged that the Government marred the election with the use of thugs and security personnel beating and arresting the opposition.
Umar alleged that his younger brother, was taken to government house with his agents where they were beaten and tortured.
Responding to reporters’ question, the Zonal commissioner of INEC, Mohammed Haruna said the commission will not hesitate to cancel the result of any area where there are reported violence and malpractices.
In his words, “Anywhere there is disruption if the violence is sufficient enough and there are threats to our officials we will cancel the election.
“We are going round now the REC and Myself to access the situation to know whether to cancel the election or to bring reinforcement to continue with the election.
“INEC does things according to its own rules and now it is accreditation and voting simultaneously so anything that is contrary to that is not acceptable to INEC and I am assuring you that we will comply strictly with our rules so anywhere where there are violations of those rules we would act accordingly.”
On the issue of vote buying, he said, “Vote buying is illegal and anywhere there is vote buying as much as we can, we would prosecute people that we apprehend and anything that violates our procedures for election we would act accordingly which is essentially to cancel the election.”

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Govt wields the firepower as Security agents attack #EndSARS protesters in Lekki

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Govt wields the firepower as Security agents attack #EndSARS protesters in Lekki

The Nigerian Governmemt may have done the unimaginable as it has succumbed to the unpopular use of firepower hoping to stop #ENDSARS protests.

The Lekki tollgate protest ground was first plunged into darkness after sporadic gunshots were fired at peaceful unarmed protesters by security agents.

The gunshots were heard about two hours before the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government begins at 9 pm.
The curfew was scheduled to start at 4 pm but was shifted after  governor Sanwo-Olu was criticised for the short notice given.
Many people are feared dead already and many more with various degrees of injuries.
The protesters were alleged to have been sitting down Peacefully waving the Nigerian flag as they chorused the Nigerian National Anthem.
Videos shared on Twitter several minutes before the shooting began showed the protesters sitting on the floor at the Lekki toll plaza, singing the Nigerian national anthem and waving the country’s flag.

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Abuja residents in panic mode as #ENDSARS protesters face counter force

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There is apprehension among residents of FCT over fears of reprisals from those whose properties were destroyed on Monday allegelly by the pro-SARS  protesters that came to counter the #ENDSARS group that have been very peaceful.
Many have been calling their loved ones to stay indoor tomorrow as the fear of the unknown envelopes the city.
The NationalUpdate gathered that Monday’s protest turned violent at the Apo District of the Abuja car spare parts market hub as thugs opposed to the endless protests unleashed mayhem setting ablaze dozens of cars for sale.
The video of the scene of burning cars went viral as many residents expressed fear that Tuesday may not be a day of peace.
At press time, the authorities are yet to make any official statement on the matter as angry traders chased around the alleged hoodlums with axes and cudgels.
Though the protests have been taking its toll on the economy as the youths have been holding everybody to ransome but it had been mostly been peaceful until the Apo incidence.

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Journalist’s Detention: NUJ berates IGP, Minister of State Power

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Journalist’s Detention: NUJ berates IGP, Minister of State Power

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has described as abuse of power the arrest and detention of Mr. Tom Oga Uhia, publisher of Power Steering magazine by the police.

Uhia was arrested Wednesday night in a Gestapo manner by the men of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, (FCID) Abuja on the instructions of the Minister of State, Power, Mr. Godwin Jeddy Agba.

In a statement on Friday by Chairman and Secretary of the NUJ FCT Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu, respectively, the union noted that if the minister believes he has been either defamed or suffered libel, he should seek judicial remedy through the courts rather than resorting to abuse of power and privilege using the police.

“It is obvious that recent events are not enough lessons to officials in power that there is always a day of reckoning. If the Minister of State, Power, Mr. Godwin Jeddy Agba feels strongly that he has suffered libel or defamation, what he ought to do is to seek legal remedy through the courts rather than using the police to arrest and detain Uhia, for over 72 hours without being charged to court,” the statement said.

“The NUJ FCT is not unaware of serious security challenges facing the country and urges the Inspector General of Police to channel valuable time and energy in confronting these issues including the growing nationwide protests against police harassment, brutality and impunity rather than arresting and detaining a journalist without being charged to court after 72 hours.

“We call on the IGP to unconditionally release Mr. Uhia and advice Mr. Jeddy Agba to follow the due process of the law if he is persuaded he has any case.

“The NUJ will resist any attempt to stifle press freedom and gag journalists in the performance of their constitutional role of holding government and its officials accountable to the people,” the statement added.

According to the statement, the union will continue to forensically x-ray the activities of government officials and in particular those who believe they can use their positions to intimidate, harass, arrest and detain journalists for reporting on them.

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