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Court orders arrest of Innosson boss, Innocent Chukwuma

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A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday issued a bench warrant for the arrest and production in court of Chairman of Innoson Nigeria Ltd, Innocent Chukwuma and two others charged with fraud.

The defendants were charged before Justice Ayokunle Faji.

The police authority had charged them with an alleged N2.4 billion shipping fraud, but the Attorney-General of the Federation later took over the case.

Others named in the charge are Charles Chukwuma, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines and Anajekwu Sunny.

The prosecutor, Julius Ajakaiye, had urged the court to order the arrest of Innoson and others, for failing to appear in court to take their plea to the criminal charge.

He had said that the charge was on the defendants by an order for substituted service on February 8, 2016, following the AGF’s take-over of the case.

Mr Ajakaiye said that since then, the third and fourth defendants had been coming to court, while the first, second and fifth defendants had refused, failed and neglected to appear in court till date.

He had argued that the defendants were yet to take their pleas and so, should be compelled to appear.

Mr Ajakaiye had also urged the court to grant his application by ordering their arrest.

The team of defence counsel had on their part, urged the court to dismiss the application as the defendants were not properly arraigned before the court, adding that the court lacked jurisdiction to do same.

After arguments, the court had then adjourned the case for a ruling.

Delivering his ruling on Monday, Justice Faji first highlighted the various arguments and submissions as canvassed by respective parties.

Citing the case of Olisa Metuh, the court held that trial ought to go on in a criminal case.

The court held that it is clear that the first, second and fifth defendants have not appeared in the criminal charge and consequently held that the application by the prosecution has merit.

“I hereby order as follows: Warrant of arrest is hereby issued against Innocent Chukwuma, Charles Chukwuma and Sunny Anajekwe.

The court adjourned the case until June 28 for a report.

In the charge, the prosecution accused the defendants of conspiring to unlawfully falsify shipping clearance documents.

They were accused of “uttering” (presenting) the alleged falsified shipping documents as collateral to Guaranty Trust Bank Plc to allegedly obtain a loan of N2.4billion.

The prosecution claimed that the defendants committed the offence at Apapa wharf on October 10, 2013.

The alleged offence is contrary to sections 1(2) (c) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation 2004.

(NAN)

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Shun all forms of examination malpractice, Oyedepo warns fresh students

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Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church, Dr David Oyedepo who is also the Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota in Ogun, has warned the fresh students of the University to shun all forms of examination malpractice.

 

Oyedepo gave this warning at the 18th Matriculation of the institution held recently at the University chapel in Ota, Ogun state.

 

According to him, Covenant University, Ota in Ogun, has zero tolerance for all forms of examination malpractice, as he urged the students to shun the evil act.

 

About 1,860 students comprising 1,672 undergraduates and 188 postgraduates were matriculated for the 2019/2020 academic session.

 

The Chancellor said that the advice became necessary so that the new students would not derail from the purpose of coming into the institution.

 

 

Oyedepo warned the students that anyone caught in the act of examination malpractice would be rusticated.

 

“Covenant University exists to raise a new generation of leaders through qualitative training system that focusses on values and skills development” he said.

 

The chancellor urged the matriculating students to be diligent and make sacrifices, adding that those who were determined to effect a change do not run a normal schedule.

 

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof.Aaron Atayero,

said that the institution equips students with the spiritual, mental and physical capacity to positively impact their world.

 

Atayero said the institution has a mission of redeeming the battered image of black man through capacity building, sacrifice, integrity and responsibility for moulding these new generation of leaders.

 

The Vice Chancellor said that the university would continue to lead tertiary institution community as demonstrated by its nomination as the most outstanding higher institution of the year.

 

“Presently, Covenant University ranked in the 401-500 bracket in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2020.

 

“This ranking places covenant as the best university in Nigeria and West Africa as well as 10 Universities in Africa,” he said.

 

Atayero said that the institution graduates were job providers rather than jobs seekers which are contributing positive to the development of the country.

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Sinach, Tope Alabi , others to perform at Caleb Schools’ music festival

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Caleb Group of Schools, Lagos is set to play host to leading gospel artists in Nigeria at the maiden edition of its musical festival and award night.

 

The event which is slated for Saturday, 30th November at the Sports Arena, Caleb British International School, Abijo GRA, Lekki, Lagos state will feature gospel artistes such as Tope Alabi, Sinach, Beejay Sax, Bukky Bekes and Ayan Jesu.

 

The event themed ‘Joyful Tidings’ aims at showcasing the exquisite bouquet of skillful display of musical instruments, rendition and performances from the Caleb Orchestra, Voice of Caleb and other invited schools, as well as awarding of prizes to outstanding students, staff members and parents.

 

The event would also appreciate laudable achievements of noble ladies and gentlemen in the society who have lived a life of integrity and used their passion to positively affect humanity, irrespective of race, age, creed or gender.

 

The award is in response to the need to continually identify, access, and project successful leaders across the length and breadth of our Nigeria in particular and Africa at large, to benchmark achievements and galvanize the country towards greater values and advancement in all ramifications.

 

Speaking on the significance of the event, the Director of Caleb Group of Schools, Dr. Ola Adebogun, said the Musical Festival and Award Night underscores Caleb Group of School’s commitment to Christian values, grooming of highly-educated and skilled students, and rewarding of excellent performance and behavior.

 

“The festival is an avenue for us to exhibit the musical talents of our students and other platform for us to celebrate and praise God with friends and members of the growing Caleb family in the company of proven stars and models like Tobe Alabi, Sinach and others”.

 

Chairperson, Planning Committee and Principal of Caleb British International School, Lekki, Mrs Busola Adegbaju assured parents and other invited guests of an exciting event where established stars and emerging ones will take the stage.

 

“Caleb Group of Schools recognizes the deposit of talent in every child and we help to unearth, refine and catapult it to stardom. At the musical festival, new stars will be born”, she added.

 

She said the planning committee comprising of experienced and trained school management team have put in all efforts to ensuring that a seamless and well organized event is ensured stressing that all are all looking forward to the event excitedly.

 

Caleb Group of Schools, foremost a Christian citadel of learning, founded in 1986, has spanned over three decades. Amongst other accolades, the school claimed the first position at the Commonwealth Science Class Competition organized by the British Council in 2017.

 

Most recently, the school also presented one of its teachers, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi who won the”Best Teachers Award” in the 2019 edition of the Federal Ministry of Education, President’s Teachers and School Excellence Award (PTSRA). This award further confirms the ‘Outstanding School Award’presented to the school by the Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education, Lagos State.

 

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Election: Don’t  go for rerun; ex-militants beg Akpabio

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Election: Don’t  go for rerun; ex-militants beg Akpabio

…Says minister most useful in Niger Delta ministry

Ex-militants in the Niger Delta region have appealed to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio not to contest in the  rerun for the Akwa Ibom North West senatorial election, saying he was more useful to the people of the Niger Delta being in the ministry than the Senate.

 

Recalling that the Court of Appeal recently  ordered a rerun in the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District election in which the minister is a candidate,

The ex-agitators said Akpabio is the only one who has the magic wand to turn around the fortunes of the coastal zone for the good of the people.

They also dissociated the minister from the recent controversy in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC), saying that facts available to them indicated that Akpabio did not mastermind the tranfer of the Commission’s administrative powers from the presidency to his ministry.

 

The appeal was contained in a statement issued under the name “Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators”, signed by John Dukku and others and made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday.

 

The ex-militants also withdrew their sack calls on the minister, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to also ignore same from other quarters.

 

According to them, their position was informed by new information from the leader of the beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme, Phase 2 in Akwa Ibom, Imoh Okokoh who engaged them on contemporary issues in the coastal area.

 

They also pledged their support to both President Buhari and Minister Akpabio to enable them succeed in office.

 

 

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Bayelsa/Kogi polls: Illegal arms ‘over stretched’ policemen – PSC

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Emmanuel Onani, Abuja

The just-concluded gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states, were characterised by the proliferation of illegal weapons, complaints of sporadic shooting, as well as snatching of ballot boxes.

The elections also witnessed inadequate logistics.

These developments militated against the capacity of policemen deployed on election duties, to provide adequate security protection during the exercises.

The observation was made by the Police Service Commission (PSC), at the end of a monitoring exercise by two separate teams deployed in the two states.

New Telegraph recalls that the 45 officials (25 to Kogi and 20 to Bayelsa), were saddled with the task of “benchmarking” the conduct of officers against the approved rules of engagement for the elections.

The Commission, in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, however, commended the conduct of the police personnel on election duties, saying an interim report by its officials indicated that they were “professional”.

“The Police Service Commission has expressed satisfaction with the role so far played by the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in the Bayelsa and Kogi states gubernatorial elections. The interim report of the Commission indicates that the Police were very professional despite numerous challenges in the two states,” Ani said.

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Borno: Nigerian troops rescue octogenarian, others from Boko Haram insurgents

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Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed to Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno have subdued Boko Haram terrorists and rescued an octogenarian, three women and four children held captives by the insurgents.

The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Iliyasu said that the rescued victims were evacuated while the children among them were equally administered with Polio Vaccination by a Nigerian Army medical team.

He added that no causalities were recorded by the troops during the commando operations.

According to him, many of the Boko Haram criminal elements fled in disarray towards the summit of Mandara Mountains with gunshot wounds.

“The troops’ resilience and doggedness are unwavering as further exploitation to complete the annihilation of the insurgents is being sustained in the mountainous environment.

“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, wishes to reassure the public of the resolve of the Nigerian Army to continue to execute our constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a better secured Nigeria.

“He also thanks all well-meaning Nigerians for their continued support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army as they sustain the conduct of various operations and routine exercises nationwide,” he said.

Iliyasu said that the army troops had continued to sustain the tempo of the counter-insurgency operations in the North East with a view to decimating and destroying the remnant of Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) criminals.

He said the troops had also continued to extract credible intelligence report on the presence of some of the criminal insurgents in the areas.

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Hong Kong protesters hurl petrol bombs in fresh varsity clashes

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Fresh violence erupted around a besieged Hong Kong university campus on Sunday morning, as protesters braced for a possible final police push to clear them after fiery clashes overnight.

Huge fires had lit up the night sky at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon district hours earlier as protesters hurled petrol bombs, some by catapult, and police fired volleys of tear gas to force them up onto the podium of the red-brick campus.

After a few quiet hours as protesters slept on lawns and in the university library, police fired fresh rounds of teargas shortly after 10am. Activists hurled petrol bombs in return, some igniting trees outside the campus, reports Reuters.

Hours earlier, squads of Chinese soldiers dressed in shorts and T-shirts, some carrying red plastic buckets or brooms, emerged from their barracks in a rare public appearance to help residents clear debris blocking key roads.

Parts of the campus looked more like a fortress on Sunday morning, with barricades and black-clad protesters manning the ramparts with improvised weapons like bricks, crates of fire bombs, and bows and arrows at the ready.

“We don’t want to attack the police, we just want to safeguard our campus….and we want to safeguard Hong Kong,” said Chan, 20, a year-three student at the university who did not want to provide her full name.

The campus is the last of five universities to be occupied, with activists using it as a base to continue to block the city’s central cross-harbor road tunnel.

The presence of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers on the streets, even to help clean up, could stoke further controversy over Hong Kong’s autonomous status at a time many fear Beijing is tightening its grip on the city.

Hong Kong did not request assistance from the PLA and the military initiated the operation as a “voluntary community activity”, a spokesman for the city’s government said.

Pro-democracy lawmakers condemned the PLA’s actions in a joint statement, warning that under the city’s Garrison Law the military must not interfere in local affairs unless it was asked by the government to help with disaster relief or public order, government-funded broadcaster RTHK reported.

The Asian financial hub has been rocked by months of demonstrations, with many people angry at perceived Communist Party meddling in the former British colony, which was guaranteed its freedoms when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Beijing denies interfering and has blamed the unrest on foreign influences.

Clashes between protesters and police have become increasingly violent in the Chinese-ruled city, which is grappling with its biggest political crisis in decades.

The demonstrations pose the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

Xi has said he is confident the Hong Kong government can resolve the crisis. Until Saturday, Chinese troops in the city had remained inside their base during the protests.

Chinese state media repeatedly broadcast comments made on Thursday by President Xi, in which he denounced the unrest and said “stopping violence and controlling chaos while restoring order is currently Hong Kong’s most urgent task”.

Efforts on Saturday to clear blocked roads followed some of the worst violence seen this year after a police operation against protesters at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Tuesday.

The authorities have since largely stayed away from at least five university campuses that had been barricaded by thousands of students and activists stockpiling makeshift weapons.

Many protesters appeared to have left the campuses by late Saturday but Hong Kong’s Cross-Harbour Tunnel was still blocked by protesters occupying Polytechnic University.

Earlier, hundreds of pro-China demonstrators gathered by the city’s legislature and police headquarters, waving Chinese and Hong Kong flags.

Some held up posters reading “Police we stand with you”, while others chanted “Support the police”. Pro-China protests have so far attracted much smaller numbers than those angry at Beijing.

By late afternoon on Saturday, PLA soldiers had left the streets outside Baptist University beside their barracks in Kowloon Tong.

Chinese troops have appeared on Hong Kong’s streets only once since the 1997 handover, to help clear up after a typhoon in 2018. It was not clear how many were involved in Saturday’s operations.

The PLA garrison in Hong Kong said that when residents began cleaning, some troops “helped clear the road in front of the garrison gate”.

In August, Beijing moved thousands of troops across the border into Hong Kong in what state news agency Xinhua described as a routine rotation.

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Report: INEC declares 30 staff missing in Kogi

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The electoral commission, INEC, has declared 30 of its staff missing.

The ad-hoc staff took part in Saturday’s Kogi State governorship election. They were posted to Olamaboro Local Government Area (LGA) by the commission.

They were declared missing around 1 a.m. on Sunday during the final collation of results in the local government.

The missing INEC staff include Presiding Officers (POs) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs) of polling units in Imane ward 1 and 2 of Olamaboro LGA of Kogi State.

Many of the ad-hoc staff used by INEC are NYSC members.

Just as the whereabouts of the officials are unknown, results from the polling units where they served have also been declared missing, reports online news portal, PREMIUM TIMES.

Announcing the development, the LGA Election Officer, in-charge of collating and announcing the local government’s results, Garba Mahmood, said the INEC ad-hoc staff were reported missing after the observation of some police officers who raised concern that they were last seen shortly after voting ended at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Mahmood said repeated calls to their telephone numbers did not go through.

According to those who witnessed the declaration by Mahmood, the official asked party agents whether or not the missing staff should be waited for. Based on their response, he declared them missing.

Mahmood then released the names of the missing persons.

The online news portal said it tried to contact the spokesperson to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, on the status of the missing staff. But he did not answer calls or reply to a text message sent to him.

The police spokesperson in Kogi, William Aya, could also not be reached on the status of the missing persons.

The Kogi governorship election was characterized by violence, ballot box snatching, intimidation of voters and vote buying in many parts of the state.

Although 24 candidates are contesting the election, it is seen as a context between incumbent governor Yahaya Bello of the APC and Musa Wada of the PDP.

See the list of the missing staff as provided by INEC and the police at the Olamaboro collation centre.

Olamaboro III

Unit 002- (1) Oladipo Victor

(2) Achimi Samson P-08136653704

(3) Umar Faruk Sani-08032745663

(4) Adama Ibrahim

Unit 006- (1) Abayomi Roseline E.

(2) Onuche Abel E

(3) Onojah Emmanuel

(4) Umoru Mariam-

Unit 013- (1) Effiong Akwaowo-Ukpe

(2) Mattew Agada

(3) Samuel Ibrahim

(4) Sado Bello

Imane 1

Unit 006- (1) Nzeofia Kingsley- Presiding Officer (PO)

(2) Hassan Musa- Assistant Presiding Officer 1 (APO 1)

(3) Ekele Michael – Assistant Presiding Officer 2(APO 2)

(4) Ahmed Mattew – Assistant Presiding Officer 3(APO 3 )

Unit 012 -(1) Ovioawho Omonefe B.- Presiding Officer (PO)

(2) Baba Eric -Assistant Presiding Officer 1 (APO 1)

(3) Gabriel Samuel Assistant Presiding Officer 2 (APO 2)

Unit 015-(1) Nwafor Emmanuel- Presiding Officer (PO)

(2) Agada Ochegeugwa- Assistant Presiding Officer 1(APO 1)

(3) Ojih Martina- Assistant Presiding Officer 2(APO 2)

Unit 016 (1) Ezugwu Stanley- Presiding Officer (PO)

(2) Mohammed Abdullahi- Assistant Presiding Officer 1(APO 1)

(3) Mohammed Ibrahim- Assistant Presiding Officer 2(APO 2)

(4) Adejoh Joy- Assistant Presiding Officer 3(APO 3)

Unit 022 (1) Adebisi Comfort – Presiding Officer (PO)

(2) Yusuf Sofiat- Assistant Presiding Officer 1(APO 1)

(3) Onoja Alice- Assistant Presiding Officer 2(APO 2)

(4) Onuche Vincent- Assistant Presiding Officer 3(APO 3)

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Trump visits hospital for unscheduled two-hour medical checkup

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Donald Trump spent more than two hours at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday for what the White House said were medical tests as part of his annual physical.

The appointment wasn’t on Trump’s weekend public schedule, and his last physical was in February. His Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said the 73-year-old president was “anticipating a very busy 2020” and wanted to take advantage of “a free weekend” in Washington to begin portions of his routine checkup.

She did not specify which tests he’d received or explain why the visit had not been disclosed in advance. Trump’s 2018 and 2019 physicals were both announced ahead of time and appeared on his public schedule, reports the Associated Press.

Grisham said the president had “a quick exam and labs” and remains in good health.

“The president remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week,” she said.

Trump also spent time at the hospital meeting with the family of a special forces soldier injured in Afghanistan. And he visited with medical staff “to share his thanks for all the outstanding care they provide to our wounded warriors, and wish them an early happy Thanksgiving,” Grisham said.

It was the president’s ninth visit to the hospital since taking office.

Trump’s last checkup, in February 2019, showed he had gained weight in office. At 110kg (243lb) and 190cm (6 feet 3 inches), he passed the official threshold for being considered obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.4.

That checkup, which was supervised by Trump’s physician, Dr Sean Conley, took more than four hours and involved a panel of 11 specialists.

Saturday’s test came as House investigators on Capitol Hill were interviewing a White House budget official as part of the impeachment inquiry. Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong.

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APC holds NEC meeting

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…as suspended Okorocha, Amosun, Akeredolu, others, know fate

 

 

Barring any last minute hitch, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will hold its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Friday.

 

 

The party’s last NEC meeting was held in August last year, where it decided on the mode its primaries. A few months after the meeting, the current leadership of the party came into being.

 

 

The APC Constitution stipulates the NEC meeting of the party should be held quarterly. However, the leadership of the party has not adhered to this provision and is causing ripples in some quarters.

 

 

It would be recalled that the Director General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Salihu Moh’ Lukuman, last week, issued a statement demanding that the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, should convene a NEC meeting or resign. According to Lukuman, the APC NWC was running the party illegally without the other decision making organs of the party’s contributions.

 

 

The DG emphasized that the work of the NWC was administrative, in the sense that it implements the decisions of NEC, Caucus and National Convention of the party and also makes recommendations to these organs.

 

 

He maintained that the usurpation of the functions of the other organs of the party had led to the unre solved crisis in the party.

 

 

However, the views and statement of the PGF DG had not gone down well with some members of the party, especially the Forum of APC state chairmen.

 

 

The Forum, on Thursday, issued a letter condemning the statement issued by the Progressive Governors’ Forum DG against Oshiomhole.

 

 

The Forum went further, calling for his sack by the Governors’ Forum.

 

 

But speaking yesterday, a party chieftain said that the letter of the DG was timely even though some persons said that the NWC had fixed a NEC meeting before the demand of the PGF DG.

 

 

The party chieftain who spoke in confidence to  Sunday Telegraph said without people like Lukuman, it would have been difficult for the party to hold the NEC meeting. According to him, the recent statement of the DG would be the second demanding for NEC.

Also, another party chieftain who spoke in confidence said the NEC meeting would have many items on its agenda.

 

 

According to him, the suspension of the former governors of Imo and Ogun states, Senator Rochas Okorocha and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, respectively, would be discussed.

 

 

Also suspended by the NWC members are: Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu; the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu; the APC Deputy National Chairman, North, Senator Lawal Shuiabu; the APC National Vice Chairman, North West, Inuwa Abdulkadir, and recently, the state party chairman of Edo State, Hon. Anslem Ojezua.

 

The governors were suspended for alleged anti – party activities during the general elections campaign, last year.

 

Other issues that would be tabled for discussion would be the financial records of the general elections. The NWC members had at one of their meetings with the President; Muhammadu Buhari briefed him on the expenses of the campaign.

 

 

Speaking, the party chieftain said his fear is whether the President would be in attendance or not. According to him, if the President would not be in attendance, party members may not have the right to speak and those that would speak might not speak freely and decisions reached may not be binding as they might be changed by the President.

 

 

He said, “The NEC meeting will make or break APC.

 

 

“There would be a lot of horse trading and the ability of NEC to discuss freely and take far reaching decisions not minding whose ox is gored would assist the party to stand stronger.

 

 

“I expect that all the governors will be in attendance at the meeting.”

 

 

The meeting would also take decision on when and how the vacant positions of NWC would be filled.

 

 

The vacant positions in the NWC to filled are: Deputy National Chairman South, National Secretary, National Auditor. The Deputy National Chairman North, Senator Lawal Shuiabu and National Vice Chairman North West, Inuwa Abdulkadir, are on suspension.

 

 

Among those that would be attending the NEC are the leadership of the 9th National Assembly who are members of APC.

 

 

This would be the first time they would be attending the APC NEC as the party had not held a NEC meeting since they were inaugurated in June.

 

 

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Dickson calls for cancellation of election in Nembe, Southern Ijaw, others

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•Says rogue elements in army uniform conniving with APC militia to rig election

 

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to cancel the election in some parts of the state, where the exercise was characterised by brigandage, hijacking of electoral materials and personnel. Governor Dickson made the call while speaking with newsmen shortly after casting his vote at Oruerewari, Polling Unit 005, Toru Orua in Sagbama Local Government Area on Saturday.

 

He particularly, called for outright cancellation of the elections in Nembe Local Government Area where over 20 PDP faithful were massacred by armed APC militia during an aborted campaign rally of the PDP. The Governor said the bloodthirsty thugs were sponsored by pipeline surveillance contractors in the state and one Kodjo Sam.

 

“I call on the Chairman of INEC to issue an order canceling the process in all the wards, in all the local government areas affected, in all the wards and units, where materials have been stolen or hijacked, where officials have been kidnapped and held hostage to enable the APC cook up non existing figures.”

 

Governor Dickson reiterated that the APC is an un- popular party, describing what is happening in the state as a well orchestrated plan by the APC-led Federal Government to foist a one party system on the country.

 

According to the governor, rogue elements in the Nigeria Army connived with the APC thugs to perpetrate electoral fraud and insecurity in some parts of Southern Ijaw, Ekeremor and Ogbia and even the state capital, Yenagoa. Governor Dickson, who highlighted the gruesome killings during the PDP campaign in Nembe, noted that what is going on in Bayelsa is a charade and not a democracy.

 

He said some of the PDP supporters who were attacked during the campaign in Nembe are still gasping for breath on their hospital beds and called on the APCled Federal Government to live up to its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property of Nigerians.

 

“Materials meant for Eniwari community, Opuama ward, most locations in Southern Ijaw as we earlier predicted were hijacked. “As everyone knows, the APC has no foothold in Bayelsa to win an election but they have an armed militia, surveillance contractors who kill and maim for the APC. They also have the Nigerian Army and rogue elements of the Police Force working in concert with them to deny the citizens of these communities their right to vote.

 

“So as we are speaking, in our country, in this time and age, gun wielding militia men with the aid of security forces have overrun the election officials and most of the electoral officials in Southern Ijaw.

 

“These officials as we speak, have been kidnapped and held hostage. This has been the lot, this has been what we’ve been managing since 2015, with APC at the center, not caring about the lives and dignity of our people. The APC at the center are too hungry and determined to make Nigeria a one party state.

 

 

“The president has to wake up and do something. What is going on in Bayelsa in the name of election is not a democracy.

 

I call on the President to call on the security agents particularly the Army to stop desecrating Democratic governance and subjecting the image of the country to ridicule. “I call on the Inspector General of Police to be true to his professional calling and direct the DIG and all the security operatives to protect the people of Bayelsa. “I do not want to be pushed to call on them to defend and protect themselves,” he said.

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