60 parties indict security agencies, politicians over violence

…absolve INEC, demand electronic transmission of results …say APC, PDP procured thugs for elections   The Forum of Chairmen of Nigerian Political Parties has indicted security agencies and politicians over the widespread violence and other electoral fraud witnessed during the November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states. The indictment followed a review of the conduct of the elections in the two states by the leaders of over 60 political parties, which participated in the said elections. The forum lamented that whereas the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made…

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Hong Kong readies for more chaos as violence spreads citywide

Hong Kong prepared for more clashes on Wednesday as anti-government protesters paralyzed parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day, with some transport links, schools and many businesses closing after an escalation of violence. Protesters and police battled through the night at university campuses and other locations only hours after a senior police officer said the Chinese-ruled city had been pushed to the “brink of a total breakdown”. Police fired tear gas at protesters overnight in multiple locations as activists blocked roads, torched several vehicles, hurled petrol bombs…

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Kogi guber: You don’t have monopoly of violence, Wada tells Bello

Onyekachi Eze, Abuja Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State, Musa Wada has warned the state governor, Yahaya Bello that he has no monopoly of violence. Wada, who spoke to newsmen Sunday in Abuja, however, said PDP does not encourage violence, “but that is not to say that we will sit and fold our hands when we are being tormented by forces that are undemocratic.” The candidate, who received his certificate of return on Friday at the party’s National Secretariat, told…

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Kogi guber: You don’t have monopoly of violence, Wada tells Bello

Onyekachi Eze, Abuja Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State, Musa Wada has warned the state governor, Yahaya Bello that he has no monopoly of violence. Wada, who spoke to newsmen Sunday in Abuja, however, said PDP does not encourage violence, “but that is not to say that we will sit and fold our hands when we are being tormented by forces that are undemocratic.” The candidate, who received his certificate of return on Friday at the party’s National Secretariat, told…

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Preventing violence against women

  In an effort to address violence against women in some communities at Bauchi State, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Workingroupng4peace (WYPS-WAS NG) has mapped out plans aimed at addressing the root and structural causes of violence against women and girls. The peace group has also mapped out plans, which include, sexual gender -based violence rather than working to stop it, given the devastating effect violence has on these categories of people. Speaking, during a Press Conference heralding the official launch of the Organisation’s campaign in Bauchi, State Coordinator of the…

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Violence, threat to Nigeria’s democracy – Dogara

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, in this interview speaks on achievements of the House under his leadership in the last three years and how he has been able to stabilize the lower legislative chamber, among other issues. Philip Nyam reports   Some Nigerians believed that most of their leaders are not doing enough to make laws that will affect people positively. What are the giants strides of the House of Representatives recorded under your leadership in the last three years? I know that democracy is all…

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New Electoral Act’ll curb malpractices, violence, says Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has expressed optimism that the recent amendments to the electoral law would strengthen the nation’s electoral process and make it conform with the international best practices. Saraki stated that when assented to, the amendments would eliminate rigging, violence and other malpractices associated with voting process. The President of the Senate, according to a statement by his Special Assistant in Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, made this known while receiving a delegation of Safran IS, an international biometric and identity management company, that visited…

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