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Edo Assembly Invasion: Police Nab Thugs With Firearms

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…Group Demands Immediate Prosecution

The Edo State Police Command has allegedly arrested seven thugs involved in the siege laid at the Edo Assembly complex on Thursday

The arrest was allegedly made yesterday when the Police responded to an emergency call from 17 elected members of the Edo Assembly who came under attack by thugs.

The thugs identified as Festus Agbonrenren, 25 years, Odion Osayande, 23 years, Ogbeiwe Wilfred,52 years, Morgan Uwaigboe (47 years, Osayomore Salami, 25 years, Ifeoluwa Oladele, 36 years, and Iginobaro Collins, 26 years, were arrested with five double-barrel long guns, two single barrel long guns, and ten live cartridges within the premises of the Assembly complex.

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Sources have confirmed that the arrested thugs have all confessed that they were mobilized by a top serving politician.

When contacted on the said arrest, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwanbuzor said he has not been properly briefed and that he has not been given permission to speak on the incident.

Meanwhile, an activist group in Edo State, Democracy For All, has condemned the actions and demanded an immediate prosecution of the arrested thugs and their sponsors.

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In a statement released on Friday morning, the group denounced the invasion of the Assembly Complex as an ‘egregious crime and affront on the constitution and the rule of law’, insisting that the arrested thugs, who have confessed to the act be made to face the wrath of the law alongside their accomplice no matter how highly-placed.

The statement reads in part, “Our first demand goes to the Police and it is to immediately commence processes for the prosecution of the arrested thugs and their direct sponsors.”

“Their prosecution will signal to the world that Nigeria is neither home to criminality nor a jungle where appointees of government can break the law at will and threaten law and order through the sponsorship of thuggery, violence, and unfortunate contribution to arms proliferation.”

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Tinubu To Unveil Aba Power Plant Monday

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Barring any last-minute change in plan, President Bola Tinubu will on Monday, February 26, inaugurate the Aba-based Geometric Power Plant.

The President is also expected to inaugurate another set of three roads rehabilitated by the administration of Governor Alex Otti.

The roads are: Omoba, Jubilee and Queens Streets all in Aba.

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In a press statement released on Saturday, the state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Okey Kanu said, “Unarguably, this is Mr President’s first commissioning of a road constructed by the current set of Governors in Nigeria. It equally marks the 9th road being commissioned in Aba since Dr Alex Otti took over the reign of power in the state eight months ago.

“This exercise is in addition to the commissioning of the Geometric Power Plant in Aba on Monday, February 26th by Mr. President; a power plant that will provide uninterrupted power supply to Aba and its environs.”

The statement enjoined citizens and Aba residents “to troop out en masse to witness the epoch-making events.”

Tinubu, in October 2023, approved more than 260 road repairs in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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INEC Releases 2023 General Elections Report

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the 2023 general elections report.

Its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The report was released almost a year after the 2023 general elections.

Some Nigerians had expressed disappointment over the delayed uploads of the presidential election results to the INEC result viewing portal.

However, Olumekun said the election report was reviewed and approved for publication at the commission’s weekly meeting held on Thursday.

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He noted that the publication was done in keeping with the commission’s tradition over the last four electoral cycles, and its commitment to transparency.

Olumekun said the “comprehensive 526-page document, structured into 13 chapters and enhanced with 60 tables, 14 boxes, and 10 graphs, offered an in-depth analysis of the election’s key processes, achievements, and challenges, along with valuable lessons learned.”

Giving more insights, the national commissioner stated “The report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress.

“This election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies, and nine in state legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.

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“The report underscores the pivotal role of technological advancements, particularly the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, in enhancing electoral integrity and reducing fraud.

“Furthermore, it addresses public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing portal, explaining the technical issues encountered during the upload of polling unit results for the presidential election.”

He added that other aspects covered in the report include logistics, security arrangements, staff recruitment and training, inclusivity measures, and the electoral framework,” he said.

Olumekun further stated that the commission would welcome feedback to inform future electoral reforms and improvements.

 

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CJN To Swear In New Supreme Court Justices Monday

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The newly-appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in on Monday, according to The PUNCH.

The justices are Jummai Sankey, Chidiebere Uwa, Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Haruna Tsammani, Moore Adumein, Obande Ogbuinya, and Stephen Adah.

Others are Habeeb Abiru, Jamilu Yammama Tukur, Abubakar Sadiq Umar, and Mohammed Baba Idris

The National Assembly had on December 21, 2023, confirmed the elevation of the justices following President Bola Tinubu’s recommendation.

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According to an invite sent to our correspondent on Friday, the Supreme Court’s Director of Information, Festus Akande, disclosed that the oath of office will be administered on the justices by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola.

He said, “The newly appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on Monday at 10.00 a.m. at the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court.”

When the swearing-in of the elevated justices is done, the apex court will have the full complement of 21 justices, as stipulated by the Constitution

 

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