APC grants waivers to new members

…Returning executives to contest Congresses The All Progressives Congress, (APC), has released the approved schedule of activities and guidelines for the conduct of its nationwide ward congresses scheduled for July 31. The approved schedule was contained in a statement issued by the National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, (CECPC), Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, yesterday in Abuja. He said the party had, however, granted waivers to new members and returning executives to contest congresses. According to Akpanudoedehe, the purchase of nomination forms for Ward, Local Government and Area Councils…

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Bandits attack Police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara

Thirteen policemen and three others have been killed by bandits in an attack on Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State. It was gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday, when the assailants invaded a police formation and gunned down officers on duty. A resident, who identified himself as Kabir Dansada, told newsmen that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50 kilometres south of Gusau, the state capital, but were repelled by soldiers. According to him, “They withdrew after they…

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Insecurity: Bullets alone can’t stop bandits, Jonathan tells FG

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said bullets and other forces of arms alone cannot stop armed robbery, banditry and other forms of criminality in the country. He said this on Sunday in Abuja, at the 50th birthday reception of a former Corps-Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC) and Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka. The event followed a Thanksgiving and Communion service. According to him, tackling crimes and criminology requires top-quality programmes of the government, technology and other tactics. Jonathan, however, noted that the day Osita was born…

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FCT issues guidelines for Eid-el-Kabir celebrations

Worried by the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country and the FCT and the possibility of a third wave, the Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has issued guidelines for the upcoming Eid-El-Kabir celebrations in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT). The guidelines was issued after a meeting of the FCT Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) on Covid-19, chaired by the Minister on Friday, to review the current situation of the pandemic in the FCT especially as it relates to the upcoming Sallah celebrations. From its deliberations,…

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Elumelu advocates stiffer sanction for electoral offence

The minority leader of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu has advocated for a stiffer sanction against any politician or party involved in electoral fraud. Elumelu made the call in a lecture at the 5th Biennial Convention of Class of 84 of St. Pius Grammar School, Onitcha-Ugbo, which held on Saturday in Umunede, Delta State. In the lecture, titled,’ The Role of Enhanced Electoral Awareness in Improving the Quality of Leadership in Nigeria’, Elumelu noted that drastic measures are needed to sanitize the electoral system. The Reps minority…

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One killed, women abducted in fresh Kaduna attack

One person has been killed while seven others have been abducted by bandits in Unguwar-Gajere village, in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna State. According to reports, the bandits arrived on motorcycles around 1:pm and started shooting sporadically into the air. It was learned that the bandits kidnapped three women and rustled 50 cows from the village on Saturday. According to a resident, Mohammed Birnin Gwari, “Three women, four men and several cows were rustled by the bandits after killing one person”. As of the time of filing this report,…

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FCT: 54 people have been killed in cholera outbreak – Minister

Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ramatu Aliyu, has revealed that the six area councils in Abuja have recorded 604 suspected cases of cholera with 54 deaths. This revelation was made by the FCT minister when she launched the community sensitisation on cholera and other disease outbreaks at the palace of Mohammed Bello Umar, Agora of Zuba, yesterday. Aliyu expressed concern over the rising cases of cholera and said the FCT recorded the suspected cases and deaths along with nine positive cases for cholera on rapid diagnostic…

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Jigawa residents lament 3 months total blackout

Residents of Ringim and Taura Local Governments Areas have lamented the total blackout they have been experiencing for more than three months now. It was gathered that the problem started due to the fall of electrical poles caused by heavy downpours and strong windstorms in the area. According to a resident, who owns a business center in Ringim, the blackout is seriously affecting their businesses, which he said has forced him to use a generator as an alternative to run his business. He said the situation left him with no…

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Electoral Act Bill: PDP heads to court, insists on electronic transmission of results

…Says APC has murdered democracy…”We have capacity for electronic transmission in remote areas” – INEC The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has vowed not allow the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) led National Assembly to “murder democracy” in Nigeria, vowing to head to court to challenge the decision of the senate to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from transmitting election results directly from polling units. Lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly had been at loggerheads over electronic transmission of results earlier in the week. The House was…

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SERAP urges Buhari to withdraw NBC’s directives

…As media chiefs dare Commission, Says: ‘You can’t tell us how to report attacks” The Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), recent directives issued to broadcast stations on revealing too much details on the activities of bandits and kidnappers. Recall that, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in a letter dated July 7, 2021, issued to television and radio stations, stressing that they shouldn’t glamourise the nefarious activities of insurgents during their daily newspaper reviews. SERAP, in a statement…

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