PDP Condemns Alleged Mass Arrest Of Members In Niger Delta

Updated March 6, 2019

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it described as on-going mass arrest and detention of its leaders and members in Rivers, Delta and Akwa-Ibom states, ahead of the governorship and state Assembly elections on Saturday March 9, 2019.

In a statement on Wednesday, the party accused the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of “turning the South South zone into a war zone”.

It alleged that in Rivers State, leaders of the PDP were being hounded and forcefully picked up in a well-coordinated operation by military operatives.

The PDP called on Nigerians and the international community to note the development in the South South, adding that, “The tension in the Niger Delta has been dangerously stretched and there is a limit to what the people can stomach in the face of such aggressions”.

Speaking further, the party stressed that the Niger Delta region remained a stronghold for it and no amount of intimidation and assault by the APC would change that.

“Our party, therefore, demands the immediate release of every PDP member arrested by the military as well as instant stoppage of military aggression in the region ahead of the elections.”

The party warned that if the trend was not checked, it would destroy the relative peace in the region and destabilize the nation.

US Congratulates Nigeria On ‘Successful’ Election, Condemns Violence

US Congratulates Nigeria On ‘Successful’ Election, Condemns Violence

Updated March 1, 2019
Michael R. Pompeo

The United States has congratulated Nigeria on what it described as a successful presidential election.

In a statement issued on Friday, the US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, commended citizens who participated peacefully in the election.

He, however, condemned “those whose acts of violence harmed Nigerians and the electoral process”.

“We note the assessments of international and domestic observer missions affirming the overall credibility of the election, despite localized violence and irregularities,” he said.

Read Also: UK Congratulates Buhari, Says Nigerians ‘Can Have Confidence In The Result’

Speaking further, Pompeo congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election, as well as all the other candidates for their peaceful participation.

He, therefore, called on all Nigerians to ensure peaceful state elections next week, adding that the US “remains committed to working together with Nigeria to achieve greater peace and prosperity for both nations”.

INEC Office Attacked, Electoral Materials Burnt [Photos]

INEC Office Attacked, Electoral Materials Burnt [Photos]

Updated February 24, 2019

An INEC office at Oriade Local Government Area in Osun state was attacked at about 3 AM on Sunday, officials say.

Suspected hoodlums are said to have besieged the office, shooting at the Commission’s office and destroying parts of its property.

Some of the items destroyed include ballot papers and boxes which were burnt and 2 generator sets.

READ ALSO: Two Killed Following Electoral Violence In Delta State

.Bayelsa Govt House Photographer, One Other Shot Dead

Bayelsa Govt House Photographer, One Other Shot Dead

Updated February 23, 2019

A photographer of the Bayelsa State Government House, Reginald Dei and a Ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Seidougha Taribi, have been shot dead.

The state government confirmed this a statement issued on Saturday.

According to the statement, both men were killed by men of the military in Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

They were said to have been shot to death while they were in their houses, waiting for the counting of votes to commence in their Ward.

In a statement, the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Moses Cleopas, said the death of Dei and Seidougha brings the number of those allegedly killed by APC thugs, to three.

Moses had alleged that thugs identified to be working for the APC with the support of some soldiers had besieged the Bassambiri and Oluasiri axis of Nembe Local Government Area, where they engaged operatives in a shootout all night on Friday.

According to him, the attackers lost a member in the attack while several others were injured and taken to the Hospital in Ogbolomabiri and Yenagoa

Seven Killed As Hoodlums ‘Ambush’ Troops In Rivers

Seven Killed As Hoodlums ‘Ambush’ Troops In Rivers

Updated February 23, 2019

Army Confirms Boko Haram Attack On Rann

Seven people have lost their lives following a clash between troops of the Nigerian army and hoodlums in Abonnema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area (LGA) Rivers State.

According to a statement from the Headquarters Nigerian Army (NA), troops of 6 Division were attacked by hoodlums.

The army claims the attack was pre-planned and carried out between Charles and Bob-Manuel’s compounds in Abonnema Town at about 1:00pm.

READ ALSO: Police Confirm Killing Of Soldier In Rivers Violence

A spokesman for the army, Colonel Sagir Musa said that the attackers barricaded a major road into the town and laid an ambush “in the adjoining built-up areas from where they opened fire on unsuspecting troops when they attempted to remove the barricade”.

The troops are reported to have fought their way through the siege and in the process killed six of the assailants. However, a lieutenant died in the encounter.

Election Day In Nigeria: Scenes From Across The Nation

Election Day In Nigeria: Scenes From Across The Nation

Updated February 23, 2019

After an intriguing period of political drama and campaigning, heralded by defections and war of words, Nigerians will today to decide who will lead the country for the next four years and elect lawmakers to fill the 469 national legislative seats up for grabs.

The photos below highlight the situation across the country as citizens exercise their franchise.






Buhari Votes In Katsina

Nigerians Turn Up For Polls After Delay

PHOTOS: Nigerians Turn Up For Polls After Delay

Updated February 23, 2019

Nigerians Turn Up At Polls After Delay

Nigerians turn up at various polling units across the country on Saturday morning to elect their leaders for another four years, after the elections were postponed.

Some electorates arrived at their polling units as early as 6am, even ahead of the electoral officers conducting the polls.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections are holding today while that of the governorship and state house of assembly will take place on March 9.

See the pictures below;

Somalia: Several Killed in Double Blasts in Northern Mogadishu

Somalia: Several Killed in Double Blasts in Northern Mogadishu

2019-02-21 01:56:35

Twin blasts rocked a high-rise in northern Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Sunday, killing several and injuring a number of others, witnesses said.

The first blast happened early in the morning when a remote-controlled landmine struck a military convoy belonging to the African Union mission in Somalia [AMISOM].

Several minutes later, a second explosion occurred in the same vicinity as AMISOM soldiers were towing their damaged vehicle after the explosion hit its rear end.

Social media footage showed a busy road shrouded in smoke as devices exploded on the ground while people fled.

Al-Shababa, the Al-Qaeda-linked militants have claimed responsibility for the roadside bombings in Mogadishu targeted AU troops.

Driver blamed for crash that claimed nine lives

Driver blamed for crash that claimed nine lives

2019-02-19 01:59:26

A bus driver has been blamed for the accident that claimed nine lives at Kamara along the Eldoret-Nakuru Highway.

According to survivors of the accident recuperating at Eldama Ravine sub-county Hospital, the driver of the ill-fated bus was angered by passengers who questioned his delay in Eldoret before leaving in a huff and driving recklessly.

For about 95km, it was a hellish drive for the passengers before finally crashing head-on with trailer.

Seven passengers died on the spot while two succumbed to injuries at Eldama Ravine sub-county hospital, according to Nakuru County Police Commander Stephen Matu.

The accident occurred as the driver of the bus attempted to overtake several vehicles at a corner with a continuous yellow line, thus colliding head-on with the trailer.

Narrating the ordeal from their hospital beds, survivors of the 1am accident told The Standard that the driver of the bus had picked a quarrel with some passengers before leaving Eldoret town.

Irene Nekesa, who spoke from her hospital bed, said she boarded the bus at around 8pm at Chwele in Bungoma County.

The vehicle, however, left some minutes past nine for Eldoret. She said on reaching Eldoret, the driver disappeared and returned after an hour, leading to an altercation between him and some passengers.

Nekesa, who suffered a broken leg, said the bus left Eldoret Town at 11pm but was being driven recklessly.

Zigzag drive

Another survivor Abby Khalachi said the driver at some point drove in a zigzag manner, causing panic among the passengers.

“We pleaded with him to drive carefully but he could hear none of it and in fact drove faster and carelessly,” said Khalachi.

Two students from Mary Jenifer Yoo Secondary School in Cheptais who were on their way home for midterm survived with minor injuries.

At Eldama Ravine hospital, medics were busy attending to the over 70 survivors.

Anyesi Serem, the nursing officer in charge, said they tried their best to save lives of those who were rushed to the hospital.

She said though they were overwhelmed, the nurses and doctors from Mercy Mission Hospital offered them a helping hand.

The hospital wards at the time were full and patients were forced to share beds.

“We were overwhelmed in terms of human resources and had to call nurses and doctors from nearby Mercy Mission to come assist us,” said Serem .

The nursing officer said they were forced to refer five of the survivors to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital as they were in critical conditions.

Matu said the bodies, which included that of the driver of the bus, were taken to Eldama Ravine sub-county morgue to await identification.

72.7 Million Nigerians Collected PVCs – INEC

72.7 Million Nigerians Collected PVCs – INEC

Updated February 21, 2019

Source: INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has revealed that a total of 72,775,502 million Nigerians have collected Permanent Voter Cards for the General Elections.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, announced the total figure of PVCs collected during his daily briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

The number of PVCs collected represents 86.36 percent of the 84,004,084 Nigerians that registered to vote.

According to INEC, 11,228,582 PVCs were not collected for the polls.

Details later…

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