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Liberia Electoral Commission official announce start of debate for presidential run-off election

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The National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia has declared political campaigns open for the November 7 run-off presidential election.

In a statement on its website, NEC confirmed that the run-off would be between football icon, George Weah, and the country’s incumbent Vice President, Joseph Boakai.

“The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the Unity Party (UP) will contest the Nov. 7 presidential run-off election because the two parties obtained the highest number of votes cast on Oct.10,” it said.

Final results of the first round showed that Weah of CDC finished with 596,037 votes, representing 38.4 per cent of the total valid votes cast.

Boakai, who is the standard bearer of the ruling UP, obtained a total of 446,716 votes or 28.8 per cent.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 20 presidential and 986 House of Representatives candidates contested in the October 10 general elections.

There are 73 seats in the Liberian House of Representatives and 30 in the Senate, whose elections hold in 2019.

The electoral body said opposition leader, Charles Brumskine, of the Liberty Party finished third with 149,495 votes constituting 9.6 per cent.

He is followed by Prince Johnson, former warlord and candidate of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), who got 127,666 votes or 8.2 per cent.

Prominent businessman, Alexander Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) finished fifth with 112,067 votes representing 7.2 per cent.

Meanwhile, the final results posted by NEC show that a total of 1,641,922 votes were cast on October 10, representing 75.1 per cent voter turnout.

NAN reports that 2,183,629 voters were registered for the 2017 general elections in Liberia.

According to the commission, 1,553,348 votes or 71.1 per cent were valid, while invalid votes stood at 88,574 representing 5.4 per cent.

Source: (NAN)

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El-Rufai Imposes 24-hour Curfew On Seven Communities In Kaduna

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El Rufai Imposes 24-hour Curfew On Seven Communities In Kaduna Metropolis

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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has declared a 24-hour curfew in some communities in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan announced this is a statement on Saturday.

Although the reason for the restriction was not stated, it follows the looting of warehouses – where COVID-19 palliatives were reportedly stored by the government – by residents.

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Residents were said to have trooped to Gwari Avenue where they discovered a warehouse and immediately forced it open and carted away food items.

Reacting to the development, the government directed security agencies involved to arrest and prosecute anyone found violating the curfew, and those responsible for the breakdown of law and order as well as looting and destroying properties.

The affected communities include Barnawa, Kakuri, and Television in Kaduna South LGA, and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi, and Ungwan Romi of Chikun LGA.

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#ENDSARS: IGP Talks Tough, Says Enough Is Enough

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#ENDSARS: Police IG Talks Tough, Says Enough Is Enough

IGP Mohammed Adamu

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of operational assets and resources to bring an end to the nationwide unrest.

Following the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, there has been serious unrest in the country which has led to the destruction and looting of properties.

The IGP gave the order in a statement issued by Police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba on Saturday

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The Police Chief asked all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs), Heads of Police Operational Units, Squadron and Base Commanders in charge of Zonal/State/FCT Commands, the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, and the Special Protection Unit, to immediately restore order.

He ordered the police head to personally lead and coordinate the operation and use all legitimate means, to halt a further slide into lawlessness and brigandage.

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Nobel Laureate, Soyinka Denies Video Claim On Igbo, Yoruba

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Nobel Laureate, Soyinka Denies Video Claim On Igbo, Yoruba

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has called on Igbo indigenes to ignore threats asking them to leave Yorubaland.

In a video circulating on social media, Grandson Adeyinka, a UK-based Nigerian, called on Igbo indigenes to leave south-west states.

In the video, Adeyinka issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Igbo, warning that those who refuse to leave will be dealt with.

However, Soyinka, reacting to the video, condemned the message, saying the threat “is the work of sick, cowardly minds.”

Soyinka called on social media platforms to stop giving publicity to people who peddle fake news, especially ones targeted at creating ethnic tension.

Soyinka’s remark was contained in a statement he titled ‘Identity Thieves on the Rampage.’

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“Undoubtedly in order to promote the video clip of an ethnic revanchist calling on Igbo to leave Yoruba land, this same lunatic fringe has exhumed, and embarked on circulating an ancient fabrication – several years mouldering in the grave – once attributed to me and vigorously denounced,” Mr Soyinka said.

“That statement impudently expounds, as my utterance, what the Hausa want, what the Yoruba want, and what the Igbo want. Such an attribution – let me once again reiterate – is the work of sick, cowardly minds that are ashamed, or lack the courage, as the saying goes, ‘to answer their fathers’ names. At least the current ethnic rabble-rouser has the courage of his convictions, not so the sick brigade of identity thieves.

“Normally, one should totally ignore the social dregs. However, in the present atmosphere where fake news is so easily swallowed and acted upon without reflection, I feel once again obliged to denounce this recurrent obscenity.

“As for our brother and sister Igbo, I hope they have learnt to ignore the toxic bilge under which some Nigerian imbeciles seek to drown the nation.”

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