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Boat conveying INEC staff and election materials to remote areas in Ondo state capsizes (video)

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A boat conveying INEC staff and election materials to Ilaje communities in Ilaje local government area in Ondo state capsized this morning.

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The INEC ad-hoc staff were on their way to the polling unit for the state governorship election taking place today on Saturday October 10, when the boat capsized. The election materials were all destroyed in the incident.

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Thankfully, the victims have been rescued alive.

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Watch the video from the scene below

 

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Governor Wike imposes 24-hour curfew in some parts of Rivers state

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Governor Nyesom Wike has imposed a 24-hour curfew in some parts of Rivers state.

 

The entire Oyigbo local government area, Mile 1, Mile 2, Emenike, Ikowu and Iloaubuchi areas of Port Harcourt local government, as well as Oil Mill area of Obio-Akpor local government are the areas affected by the curfew.

 

In a statement issued by Governor Wike’s media aide Kelvin Ebiri, it was gathered that the curfew will be effective from 6:30 p.m on Wednesday, October 21.

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Wike who directed security agencies to enforce the curfew, said the government will not allow troublemakers take laws into their hands and use the current situation to create a state of panic and insecurity.

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The statement read;

 

“A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Mile 1, Mile 2, Emenike, Ikokwu and Iloaubuchi areas of Port Harcourt from 6.30 p.m. today 21st October 2020.

“A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on the entire Oyigbo Local Government Area from 6.30 p.m. today, 21st October 2020; a 24-hour curfew has also been imposed on Oil mill area in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area” while directing security agencies to enforce the curfew accordingly.

“We urge all citizens to remain vigilant and report all suspicious characters to the security agencies for immediate action. Let me appeal to our youths not to allow themselves to be used to roll-back the peace we are enjoying in the State under any pretext”

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Senate Minority Caucus rejects Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as INEC Commissioner

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The Senate Minority Caucus has rejected the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as National Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

In a statement released by the lawmakers, President Buhari was accused of “willfully going against the constitution” as his Special Assistant on social media is allegedly a card-carrying party member.

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Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe urged Buhari to withdraw Onochie’s nomination as it is against the constitution he swore to uphold.

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The statement read;

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“President Buhari by nominating Loretta Onochie has willfully gone against the constitution that he swore to uphold.

“Item F, paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) forbids a card carrying member of a political party to be a member of INEC.

“The Minority Caucus of the Senate is against this nomination and calls on Mr President to withdraw it.”

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34-year-old Nigerian in race to become Governor of US state of Michigan

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A 34-year-old Nigerian, Austin Chenge has joined the race for the governorship seat of US state of Michigan.

 

Chenge, a native of Benue State in Nigeria will challenge USA Representative Lamar Smith for the ticket under the Republican Party.

 

Abdul-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations unit of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) said the Benue indigene announced his intention to run for governor of Michigan in March 2020, making him the first Republican to do so.

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The politician is said to be popular locally for designing the tricycle known as “Wazobia tricycle” in 2016, created to improve the lives of peasant farmers all over Africa.

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The statement added;

 

“Chenge is a Law graduate from the University of Birmingham, England. Since the year 2018, he has been serving with the US military as a specialist.

“He is decorated with the Achievement Medal as a Distinguished Honour Graduate with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 99.8% and for exceptional performance while on active duty.

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