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26 Sep 2018

Tension as military replaces police for Osun election rerun

There is palpable tension in Osun ahead of the rerun election slated for Thursday, as hundreds of military personnel replace police to provide security during the exercise.

A reporter on Wednesday morning observed heavy deployment of military men in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, and Ifon, in Orolu local government, while several other military vehicles were moving towards Ile-Ife.

A reliable security source told our reporter that the decision to change the security architecture of the state against the Thursday’s rerun election was mandated from the “top” to give some level of leverage to the ruling party.

It was reported that the rerun which was necessitated by the inconclusive gubernatorial election of Saturday was billed to take place in seven polling units at Osogbo, Orolu, Ife South, and Ife North local governments.

Meanwhile, there have been accusations and counter-accusations between the two leading parties in the contest, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

While the APC accused PDP of embarking on voters’ inducement by buying PVCs, the latter alleged that the ruling party was not only buying PVCs but criminally cloning it to manipulate electoral process to its advantage.

PDP also accused the APC government of victimising and threatening lives of some of its leaders, including a former ally of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who recently defected to PDP, Alhaji Fatai Diekola.

However, it was gathered that both APC and PDP are in desperate scramble to lure over three thousand voters in the seven polling units with money, ranging from N50,000 to N100,000.

N6.6m Worth Of Cannabis Concealed Inside Palm Kernel, Intercepted In Kano

Men of the Nigeria police in Kano have successfully intercepted 189 parcels of Indian hemp worth N6.6 million concealed inside palm kernel.

According the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Magaji Majiya, the parcels were intercepted on September 22, after a tip-off and raid conducted at Tudun Wazirchi and Badawa Quarters Kano.

He added that the Indian hemp was concealed inside palm kernel shells to hide its odour.

Borno Governor Orders Immediate Dissolution Of His Cabinet

Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Tuesday ordered the immediate dissolution of the State Executive Council.

A statement issued in Maiduguri by the Secretary to the Borno Government, Alhaji Usman Jidda-Shuwa, directed all commissioners to handover to permanent secretaries in their respective ministries before Sept. 28.

The SSG said the governor appreciated the commissioners for their services and contributions to the unprecedented developmental progress recorded by the administration and wished them well in their future endeavours.

He also conveyed the governor’s appreciation to all those who supported the commissioners in the discharge of their duties.

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US Intelligence Firm Reveals How Buhari Could Lose 2019 Presidential Election

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari could lose power in February’s election if the opposition manages to unite, according to New York, United States of America-based analysis firm, Teneo Intelligence.

A close governorship election over the weekend in the southwestern state of Osun, currently held by Buhari’s All Progressives Congress, bodes badly for the ruling party and signals its waning popularity, Teneo said in a note to clients.

While Nigeria’s electoral commission (Independent National Electoral Commission) said there would be a rerun at seven polling stations on September 27, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party is leading by a thin margin, based on results so far.

“There is already a clear message sent from Osun State: provided the PDP remains united, and the vote is reasonably free and fair, Buhari and his APC are likely to lose the general elections,” said Malte Liewerscheidt, an analyst at Teneo.

The southwest was key to Buhari’s victory in 2015, which marked the first democratic transition of power from one party to another in Africa’s biggest oil producer.

The 75-year-old former General’s opponents accuse him of not doing enough to revive an economy still struggling after the 2014 crash in crude prices and to stop the spread of deadly communal clashes.

The PDP is to choose a presidential candidate during its national convention on October 5 and 6.

Several prominent politicians, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Bukola Saraki, the head of the Senate, are campaigning for the role.

The APC’s primaries were rescheduled to September 28 from September 27, the party said on Monday in an emailed statement.

Buhari is currently its only presidential candidate.

Buratai blows hot again, reveals what’ll happen to soldiers supporting political parties

The Chief of the Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, has once again warned soldiers against being partisan during the 2019 general elections.

The army chief said that a special court martial has been established to try any soldier found to be supporting political parties or politicians.

Buratai made this known to soldiers on Tuesday in Abuja at the 2nd and 3rd Quarters’ Chief of Army Staff Conference.

He said that the military division and field commanders must warn officers and soldiers under them.

Buratai advised any soldier who was willing to participate in politics to “voluntarily retire from the army to pursue his or her political passion”, adding that army personnel must shun politicians who were likely to approach them during the elections.

He said, “As political activities unfold towards the 2019 general elections, the General Officer Commanding and the Field Commanders are enjoined to continue to remind officers and soldiers under their commands to remain non-partisan and be guided by the stipulated code of conduct in the discharge of their duties.

“As professional soldiers, none of us should be sympathetic to any political, religious or ethnic cause. Any personnel of the army who is interested in politics should voluntarily retire to pursue his or her political passion.

“Furthermore, there is the prohibition of army personnel from any form of worship outside the established barracks worship areas, except those permitted for some peculiar social functions. I want to reiterate that the special court-martial to try defaulters is already in place. I enjoin you to refrain from any occult, ethnic, political or religious extremism as these would distract us from our constitutional responsibility.

“There are ongoing operations to curtail the activities of Boko Haram terrorists, farmers and herdsmen’s clashes and others. The security situation in the North-West and North-Central states of Kaduna, Zamfara, Benue, Plateau and Taraba has necessitated the deployment of troops by the army and there is progress,” the army chief added.

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Nigerians Cry Out For Help As Ghana Closes 400 Of Their Businesses

More than 400 businesses owned by Nigerians have been closed by authorities in Ghana, sparking a protest by owners who have issued a week ultimatum within which to resolve the surrounding the maltreatment of Nigerian business community in Ghana.

The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) have written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the issue.

The association gave a one-week ultimatum to the commission to intervene in the matter, warning that the association would occupy the ECOWAS premises if the situation in Ghana was not addressed.

In their protest march to the ECOWAS Secretariat on Monday in Abuja, the traders urged the Commission to intervene to stop the alleged victimisation of Nigerian business men and women in Ghana.

According to some local media reports on Tuesday, the President of NANT, Mr. Ken Ukaoha, stated that the development has reached a point where the Ghanaian Parliament has passed a legislation to make the business environment hostile to foreign investors.

He said that the ECOWAS President, Jean-Claude Brou, had been petitioned over the development.

“This is a save our soul call and the urgency of this protest is to inform you of the state of fear, uncertainty and insecurity that Nigerian traders are currently subjected to in the hands of the government and people of Ghana in different cities under the coordination of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre and Ministry of Trade and Industry,” Ukaoha said.

According to him, the members of the association have been shut out of their business premises in pursuance of the eviction order dated July 27, 2018, demanding that “we must have $1m as minimum foreign investment capital to do business in Ghana”.

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No Survivors Left As 18 Passengers Are Crushed To Death In Ekiti Road Crash

No fewer than 18 people died in an early morning road crash in Awo community in Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA of Ekiti State, according to a report by Nigerian Tribune.

The sad incident happened after a Toyota Hiace bus, said to have been conveying the passengers from Lagos to Abuja was involved in a head-on collision with a trailer on Awo – Igede road on Wednesday morning.

The bodies of the passengers were squeezed in the crushed bus, with witnesses claiming that there were no survivors in the accident.





Beauty Queen Dramatically Stripped Of Her Crown Just Days After Winning

Veronkia Didusenko, the new Miss Ukraine has watched her shiny crown being taken off her after she failed to disclose this important information.

According to Daily Star, Veronkia Didusenko took the crown at the beauty pageant in Ukraine’s capital Kiev last Thursday.

But her victory was short-lived, as she was disqualified when organisers found out she lied about her personal life.

According to the competition rules, mothers or women who have been married are not allowed to enter the pageant.

However, the 23-year-old left out the fact that she has a four-year-old son with her ex-husband on the application form.

In a statement released yesterday, spokeswoman Victoria Kiose said: “Only a woman who has never been married and has never had children can take part in the pageant, according to the rules.”

Miss Ukraine officials explained Veronkia had broken the rules and was no longer eligible for the role.


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It means she will be replaced by another contestant at the Miss Universe 2018 competition in China this year.

Miss Great Britain had similar rules banning mothers and married women, but was abolished in 2013.

Veronkia – who has 11,500 Instagram followers – posted a message on the site thanking fans for their support at such a “difficult time”.

She wrote: “Friends, I have never been a blogger, but we already have more than 10,000.

“Thank you for your sincere support at such a difficult time for me. You are fantastic.”

However, the beauty faced harsh criticism from some followers who accused her of being “dumb” as she failed to understand the rules.

One wrote: “What a silly thing to do.”

Another added: “There are so many pageants, she could confuse a Miss contest with a Mrs one.”

Two Held For Flying Drone Over Osoba's Abeokuta Home

Two suspects were said to have been arrested on Tuesday for flying a drone over the house of a former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, located within the Ibara, GRA, Abeokuta .

This was contained in a statement signed by one of the aides of the ex-governor, Adekunle Adeyemi, a copy of which was made available to a Punch correspondent .

The statement added that two suspects, a lady and a young man, whose identities were yet to be unravelled, were allegedly caught by the private security operatives attached to his house, using the drone to monitor activities in Osoba’ s compound .

Adeyemi said the drone was later shot down by the security operatives, and the suspects could not give a coherent explanation for their action when apprehended .

He described the incident as another in a series of the security breach to Osoba’ s residence. Adeyemi said the ex-governor just returned from a trip to the United Kingdom on Tuesday and was in his Abeokuta home, in preparation for a meeting to discuss a hitch- free conduct of the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress scheduled for Friday .

The statement reads: “This will be another series of a breach of the security of Chief Osoba’ s home. A few years ago, unknown persons invaded part of the compound and took a reasonable time to dig out buried armored cable. This was done in a most professional manner .

“It would also be recalled that sometimes ago, two bungalows within the premises were vandalised by unknown hoodlums.

“Another breach was when insulting graffiti was written on the fence of Chief Osoba’ s house, not too long ago.

“Those involved in the latest action have been handed over to an arm of the government for investigations.”

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he was not aware of such arrest being made .

He said, "I am not aware of such arrest."
 
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