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APC concedes defeat; congratulates Obaseki for winning Edo governorship election

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has conceded defeat and congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki for winning last Saturday, September 19 governorship election in Edo state.

 

On Sunday September 20, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC declared Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the election after polling 307, 955 votes to defeat his main contender Pastor Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress APC, who polled 223, 619 votes.

 

Reacting to the outcome of the election, the chairman of the APC national caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, said in a statement that the peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represents a victory for Nigeria’s democracy.

 

He said the party and the president remain committed to free and fair elections to strengthen the foundation of the country’s political and moral authority.

 

He commended INEC, security agencies, and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election.

 

Read the full text of the statement below

”The September 19, 2020 Edo State Governorship election is over, the winner has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the person of the Mr. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP). We hereby congratulate the winner of the election, the people of Edo State and all Nigerians. The peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represent victory for Nigeria’s democracy

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As a party, we join our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to affirm our ‘commitment to free and fair elections’ in order to strengthen ‘the foundation for our political and moral authority’. We commend INEC, our security agencies and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election. As a governing party, we will take every step necessary to support the Federal Government to consolidate all the gains achieved.

We, in particular want to salute our candidate in the election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamuh for his tenacity and leadership. We similarly commend our Edo State leaders, especially our immediate past National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and all our members in Edo State for demonstrating unwavering support for our party and our candidate in the election. In the face of all the challenges, we collectively remained faithful and worked tirelessly during the campaigns. We appeal to all our members to be strengthened by the outcome of the election and unite in order to correct all the problems that worked against our party and our candidate in the just concluded election.

Finally, we specially hereby celebrate our Edo State 2020 Governorship Campaign Council led by His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Governor of Kano State. We acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of all members of the Campaign Council. As progressives and democrats, we are confident that all leaders and members of the party will celebrate the outcome of the election as free and fair as acknowledge by our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Let us unite to move our democracy for forward. We must put an end to the era when electoral contest become warfare. We urge our candidate and all our members to join us in congratulating Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the PDP, being the declared winner of the election. Our attention must now shift to Ondo State and ensure that we win the October 10, 2020 election. September 19, 2020 Edo election should present a new watershed. We will work hard to win the Ondo election. Having reaffirmed our commitment to free and fair elections, it is our expectation that all opposition parties in the country will also commit themselves to free and fair contests. We will therefore accordingly expect congratulatory message from all parties just as we similarly guarantee that once we are defeated in a fair contest, we will congratulate the winner.

May God continue to bless our democracy, our nation and our people!

His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni

Chairman, APC Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee”

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Distressing images of refugees who were ‘tortured, beaten and forced to strip naked by Croatian police

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Refugees fleeing war were allegedly tortured by police on the Croatian border.

 

Men were forced to strip, lie on top of each other naked and were beaten by men in black uniforms, according to reports received by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), a nonprofit humanitarian organisation.

 

The victims believed their attackers were Croatian police officers, according to Mirror Online.

 

The DRC has also recorded two reports of “severe sexual abuse” after a police operation to push refugees back into neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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The violent pushbacks targeted around 75 people in Velika Kladusa, where a forest camp houses at least 700 refugees. The organisation recorded “horrifying” testimony from victims of the police operation between October 12 and 16.

 

One shocking picture shows an Afghan man’s battered back, arm and buttocks

 

Distressing images of refugees who were

 

Another shows someone from Bangladesh with a deep gash to his nose while a Moroccan man has a cut to his forehead.

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Distressing images of refugees who were

Distressing images of refugees who were

 

Charlotte Slente, secretary general of the DRC, said: “The testimonies that the Danish Refugee Council has collected from victims of pushbacks are horrifying.

 

“Multiple reports, from different groups of people, of different nationalities – more than 75 persons in one week – who have all independently reported inhumane treatment, savage beatings and even sexual abuse.

 

“We need to see action to put a stop to the systematic use of violence.

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“Treating human beings like this, inflicting severe pain and causing unnecessary suffering, irrespective of their migratory status, cannot and should not be accepted by any European country, or by any EU institution.”

 

Ms Slente called for independent border monitoring systems to be implemented to prevent abuses, along with proper investigations to take place.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu approves full reopening of markets in Lagos

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the full reopening of markets in Lagos state.

The announcement was made in a statement released by Lagos Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed on Tuesday October 27.

Ahmed said the Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast.

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The statement read;

“The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the full resumption of operations of both food markets and non-food markets.

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“They are now to open daily.

“Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast.

“Mr Governor also advised the continued observance of all safety protocols.

“Traders and their customers must adhere strictly to the covid 19 protocols for their safety and the citizenry at large.”

Before now, food and non-food markets were allowed to operate three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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Brazilian prisoner nicknamed Lucifer is accused of murdering 48 other inmates during his 25 years behind bars

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A Brazilian prisoner nicknamed ‘Lucifer’ has been accused of murdering 48 other inmates during his 25 years behind bars.

Marcos Paulo da Silva, a thief-turned-serial killer was first jailed for petty theft at the age of 18 in 1995, before he became a vicious killer. He is known to cut off the heads of his fellow inmates before disembowelling their dead bodies.

In one case, he is said to have murdered five inmates in one go in Serra Azul Jail in Sao Paulo in 2011 in one of his bloodiest attacks to date.

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He faces spending the rest of his life after racking up multiple convictions and sentences totalling 217 years. Although he has yet to be tried for many of his alleged crimes, according to local reports.

Da Silva is said to have told a judge recently:

“I have no regrets about killing all these people.

They were rapists and thieves who took advantage of other inmates and robbed them.”

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Da Silva has been described as the leader of a gang of assassins created with the mission of murdering members of the PCC, one of Brazil’s leading gangs formed by inmates as a self-protection group in the prison system.

Prison guards told online firm UOL that it was only a “question of time” before the notorious prisoner kills again once he is transferred to a new prison.

The report said Da Silva used a fire extinguisher to knock his Serra Azul Prison victims unconscious before beheading them with a home-made knife in his most infamous jail massacre to date.

He is said to have yelled:

“I love this, there’s so few, I want to kill more prisoners” as he snubbed out their lives.

Psychologists say he is not mentally ill but does suffer from a personality disorder that needs to be urgently treated.

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