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Polls Shift: Jega May Appear Before Senate Next Week

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Attahiru JegaThe Nigerian Senate is set to summon the chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, when it resumes plenary session on Tuesday following the sudden postponement of the 2015 general elections.

Ibrahim Gaya, representing Kano North Senatorial District, said in Kano that the legislators were caught off guard by the INEC chairman’s action.

He wondered why INEC would act without prior notice to the Senate, adding that in an ideal democratic setting the notion of checks and balances must be respected.

“The Senate is resuming on Tuesday and we are going to summon Jega to appear before us”, he said. “We want to know the rationale behind the postponement and we are going to take action”.

The senator pointed out that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party had contradicted INEC, saying the reasons behind the postponement was logistics and not security as Mr. Jega claimed.

Sen. Gaya, however, said no amount of postponing would stop his party, the All Progressives Congress, from winning the March 28 presidential election.

“Even if the election is going to be postponed one thousand times, nothing would stop the victory of the APC”, he said. “We are ready to call the bluff of anyone behind the gimmick. We are going to win the elections from top to bottom because the electorate are fed up with a lame-duck presidency”.

He also noted that the postponement had diminished INEC’s credibility towards organising the elections.

Gaya said since INEC had lost its grip as an impartial arbiter, Mr. Jega would be summoned by the Senate to explain the commission’s role in effecting the decision to shift the elections.

According to him, it was not the responsibility of the military to interfere in the nation’s electoral process as the military is saddled with the task of defending the territorial integrity of the country.

Gaya, therefore, called on the people of his senatorial district to remain calm, saying victory was on the side of the APC.

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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