Ex-militants under the aegis of Forum of Spokesmen of Ex-Niger Delta Militant Group, have vowed to resist any attempt to militarise Bayelsa State during the rescheduled supplementary election in Southern Ijaw Local government and few other polling units across the State.
The Coordinator of the group, Woyengi-momoemi Donald in a statement yesterday said: “After taking a critical look at the outcome of the last Saturday’s conduct of the governorship election in Bayelsa State, giving due assessment to the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the various security agencies, we are bound to inform Nigerians, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari that we will vehemently resist, any attempt to further Militarise Bayelsa State, under the guise of providing security during the rescheduled election in Southern Ijaw Local government and few other polling units across the State.
“Our group, Forum of Spokesmen of Ex-Niger Delta Militant Group seriously frowns at the events of last Saturday, where the Military was not only available as a willing tool in the hands of politicians, but also went the extra miles in harassing our innocent people mostly our mothers in the riverine areas of Bayelsa State.
“May we remind President Buhari and his party, that save for the maturity and free will of our son, President Goodluck Jonathan, the same Military would have been used to truncate his party’s chances of being in government at the centre, as they are today.
“We are sad, to witness, how youths and unarmed people of Bayelsa State, particularly in the Southern Ijaw Local Government, were harassed, abused and assaulted as they went to exercise their fundamental right to vote, as provided for by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Voters were hounded and embarrassed at the polling and within the communities. So sad it was to see how security was completely handed over to the Military even at the point of distribution of sensitive electoral materials. Their actions forced most people, to remain indoor throughout the processes of the election.
“We strongly belief that President Buhari, must be seen to be acting contrary to court decisions on the use of Military during elections as clearly stated in the rulings of Justice Aikawa of the Federal High Court, who in his judgment, restrained the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and INEC from engaging the service of the Nigerian armed forces in the security supervision of elections in any manner whatsoever in any part of Nigeria, without the Act of the National Assembly.
“It is on record that the National Assembly has no Act empowering the military in an election and hence, it is a violation of the law. Justice Abdul Aboki, in his own lead judgment in the Ekiti State governorship election appeal also held that ‘even the President of Nigeria has no powers to call on the Nigerian armed forces and to unleash them on peaceful citizens, who are exercising their franchise to elect their leaders’”.
The statement further read: “By action of the Military on Saturday, it is considered that a crime has been committed against the people of Bayelsa state and therefore we are prepared to resist further attempt at repeating this, particularly during the re-run election for Southern Ijaw Local government.
“We have therefore resolved to put our teeming members on the notice to mobilize in readiness for the defense of the right of our people and against the invasion of Ijaw land by whosoever under the desperation of hijacking power in Bayelsa State.
“The election as conducted has given a direction on the wishes of Bayelsan and the Federal government must be ready to respect the decision of the people. Bayelsa is not a personal estate to that can be used to compensate anyone for political patronage.
“Once again, we wish to restate our readiness to resist the invasion of Bayelsa with the Military under any guise as we remained committed to the peace which currently reigns in the Niger Delta region as a result of our acceptance of the Government’s amnesty and cooperation so far”.
Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff
Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.
The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.
This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.
TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities
The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.
The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.
Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.
The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%
TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.
The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.
BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying
A member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela has been sentenced to one-month imprisonment by a Magistrate Court in Wuse, Zone 6.
The lawmaker who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency was, however, given an option of fine.
Recall that on November 10 that a magistrate court found the lawmaker guilty of lying under oath while filling the CD001 INEC form prior to the 2019 elections.
The magistrate had, however, set a different date for sentencing of the lawmaker after his lawyer pleaded for leniency.
Mr Mela swore to an affidavit thrice, denying citizenship of another country whereas he has a British passport.
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