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Isese: Court Grants Iya Osun Abebi Bail

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Madam Efunsetan Abebi Aniwura aka Iya Osun, has been reportedly released from a correctional facility in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Publisher of SaharaReporters and politician, Omoyele Sowore, made this known via a statement on his Facebook page, Tuesday.

The statement read, “#Freetaniolohun. Iya Osun granted bail in Ilorin, Kwara State. Two sureties with N200,000 affidavit of means. Keep them on their toes for the sake of justice.”

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Madam Abebi was arrested on July 31, following a complaint lodged by Alfa Abdulsalam Baba Tonile Okuta-Agidi and some other Muslim clerics in Kwara state.

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ECOWAS Leaders Meet In Abuja

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The Economic Community Of West African States, ECOWAS, leaders are currently meeting in Abuja to discuss political and economic issues concerning the sub-region.

The leaders would examine ways to address the withdrawal of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic from the bloc.

The three countries announced their dissociation from the sub-regional group following the latter’s condemnation of the unconstitutional takeover of power in those countries.

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Nigeria’s former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on Thursday called for a quick resolution of the various issues threatening the unity of the community.

Gowon said that differences should not be allowed to disrupt the noble intentions of the founding fathers of ECOWAS.

The three military juntas in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger announced their intention to exit ECOWAS on January 28 over allegations that the sub-regional body was becoming a threat.

The trio said that the sub-regional body failed to support them in their fight against terrorism and insecurity, while imposing sanctions on them.

ECOWAS had been working towards a return to democratic rule in the three countries and frowned at any lengthy democratic transitions.

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The Mediation and Security Council of ECOWAS has urged the aggrieved nations to prioritise dialogue and reconciliation in resolving their differences with the community.

ECOWAS leaders would also address the political situation in Senegal at the Abuja meeting.

Senegal’s President Macky Sall recently declared that he would no longer run for an unconstitutional third term in office at the 2024 general elections.

His decision ended bouts of unrest in Senegal since 2021 in which dozens had been killed.

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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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