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Why FG should reconsider signing African Free Trade Agreement – Chamber

Abuja – Mr Emeka Okereke, Director General, Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), has called on the Federal Government to reconsider the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

President Buhari participates at the African Youth Congress against Corruption Summit in Abuja
Okereke said this in Abuja when the chamber officials visited the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The visit was to create publicity for the forthcoming 30th Enugu International Trade Fair.

The Fair is slated to hold between April 5 and 15 with the theme: “Promoting and Enhancing Value in Addition in the Oil and Non-Oil Sector for Robust Economic Growth And Development.’’

He said that the agreement was meant for free enterprise and building block economy.

According to him, many African countries have signed the agreement and so such can discourage bringing goods through the illegal ways.

AfCFTA was adopted on March 21, 2018 to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of goods and ensure block African economy.

Okereke said that the country had even signed the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS).

He said that the ETLS was established to encourage entrepreneurship development in the region and increase intra-regional trade and boost economic activity.

Okereke added that the ETLS and Free Movement Protocol are the most promising tolls for enhancing regional integration in West Africa.

” For AfCFTA, Nigeria consciousness is good but we cannot run away from reality; we cannot be an island on to ourselves, even in ECOWAS, we have signed for free movement of goods, persons and services.

” I tell you those goods can still come into our country except we are not obeying the ECOWAS protocol we have signed into,” he said.

Okereke said that challenge was that the country has an open border, adding that even if the country did not sign goods, it would still come into the country through the back door.

He said that the agreement would create a single market for goods and services, with free movement of people and investments across 55 countries.


According to him, the government should try and develop the country’s infrastructure as the main challenge for manufacturers is the high cost of doing business.

He also urged the government to address the multiplicity of taxes and levies.

He complained that most companies left the country due to cost of doing business.

” The government needs to address issues affecting the business environment in order to boost the country’s economy.” (NAN)


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Meet 45-year-old Polygamist Who Emerged Noun’s Best Graduating Student

Many adult Nigerians without formal education would say age and family responsibilities discourage them from starting studying and any form of schooling.

But Bala Magaji, 45, a father of seven who on Saturday graduated in Islamic Studies, has challenged that claim.

Married to two wives, Mr Magaji on Saturday emerged the best graduating student of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for the 2018/19 academic year.

Mr Magaji, who was showered with encomiums at the 8th convocation ceremony of the university in Abuja on Saturday, said a university degree is not cheap or easy but can open doors to great benefits.

”I feel very happy and excited today and I will recommend the school because it is one of the best in the country and it has rich materials,”
 Mr Magaji told PREMIUM TIMES in a separate interview.

Asked how he combined his academics and marriage, he said ”I had to tell my wife to sacrifice every time she said she needed me and that is why I had to praise and thank her in my speech.

”I had the feeling that I will perform exceedingly well so I created time to study and I ensured I understood all I read. On the average, I read two to three hours daily and had lots of sleepless night,” he said.

Mr Magaji recorded a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.8.

He advised the management of the university to start a postgraduate degree in courses they are yet to have the programme.

”I will like to teach Islamic studies later,”
 he said.

Mr Magaji currently works at Unity Bank and he has a previous degree in Zoology from the University of Jos and a Masters degree in Banking and Finance from Bayero University, Kano.

In his welcome address, the vice chancellor of the institution, Abdalla Adamu, said 20,799 students graduated, the highest in the school’s history. Last year, 14,769 graduated from the university.

Mr Adamu said the number of undergraduates is 15 642, with 103 graduating first class; while the number of postgraduates is 5,157.

Speaking on the academic development of the school, Mr Adamu said all the programmes the university submitted to the National Universities Commission (NUC) were accredited.

”Of the 18 programs submitted, 15 had full accreditation, while only three had interim accreditation. Even then, one of them is being phased out,” he said.

”The three programmes that got interim accreditation are B.sc Hotel and Catering Management, B.sc Political Science and B.sc Chemistry,”
 he said.

He said the institution received over 250 PhD applications between 2017 and January 2019, out of which 34 scaled the selective examinations and were granted admission.

Similarly, the pro-chancellor of the school, Peter Okebukola, said the management of the school is confident that the authorities of the Council of Legal Education and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) would discuss with NOUN on how to end the discrimination against NOUN graduates so that they can access the services offered by the agencies.

He urged all the graduates to concentrate on their life’s endeavour.

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Mikel Obi sends strong message to President Buhari

Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has sent a strong message to President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government regarding the security situation in the country.

He spoke in reaction to the kidnap and release of the mother of fellow Super Eagles star, Samuel Kalu.

“I called Samuel when his mother was kidnapped and gave him my advice as someone who has been through it twice. I knew how he would be feeling. I was glad when his mother was released because you don’t want anyone going through that.

“I suppose these things happen every day with different families and obviously we want to see the authorities take more responsibility, but Nigeria is a very crowded place and you can’t manage the security.

“You go out and you don’t know if you will come back. The government need to look into it and they can do more,” Mikel said on BBC World Service’s Sportsworld.

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Super Eagles End AFCON Qualifying Campaign With Victory Over Seychelles

he Super Eagles of Nigeria, today at the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba defeated Seychelles 3-1 to finish top of Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

With qualification already achieved, the Eagles needed just a win to ensure they finish top of Group E above South and Libya.

Goals from Odion Ighalo, Henry Onyekuru and Moses Simon completed the mission for Coach Gernot Rohr’s team.

Top striker, Ighalo gave Nigeria the lead in the first half from the penalty spot, moments after Wilfred Ndidi was brought down. But a goalkeeping error from goalkeeper Francis Uzoho allowed Seychelles Boby Melaine to level the score in the 41st minute.

The Super Eagles regained the lead in the second half through a free header from Onyekuru before Simon sealed the win with a late goal.

The Eagles will now focus on next week’s Tuesday international friendly match against the Pharaohs of Egypt at the same stadium in Asaba.

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Priest stabbed during mass at Canada’s biggest church

Catholic Priest Claude Grou was stabbed during a livestreamed morning mass on March 22, 2019, at Canada’s biggest church, Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, police said. The suspect was arrested at the Roman Catholic basilica shortly after the attack in front of 50 people and a television audience around 8:40 am (1240 GMT), while Grou was taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP)A priest was stabbed during a livestreamed morning mass Friday at Canada’s biggest church, Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, police said.

The suspect was arrested at the Roman Catholic basilica shortly after the attack in front of 50 people and a television audience around 8:40 am (1240 GMT), while priest Claude Grou was taken to hospital.

Police told AFP that Grou was “slightly wounded in the upper body” when, according to witnesses cited by authorities, “the suspect suddenly ran up to the priest and attacked him with a knife” while he was officiating the mass.

The suspect was due to be interrogated shortly, while the scene has been cordoned off.

Church spokeswoman Celine Barbeau said Grou, the church’s rector, “was conscious when he left. We are hopeful he will pull through.”

Video of the attack rebroadcast by CTV showed the assailant — a tall man in jeans, a parka and a white baseball cap — chase the priest around the altar and stab him.

Grou falls to the ground, but quickly gets back up and backs away as security officers surround the suspect and detain him until police arrive.

A witness, Adele Plamondon, told public broadcaster Radio-Canada the priest was about to start reading the gospel, when “this man drew a knife and ran up to stab him.”

The suspect “did not shout, didn’t say anything” during the assault, but appeared “very determined,” Plamondon said.

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Oxford English Dictionary Adds Gender Neutral Terms

In a bid to help people better discuss sensitive topics, the Oxford English Dictionary has introduced gender-neutral words.

According to editors, the latest additions were an ‘attempt to grapple’ with the sensitive topic.

These include ‘hir’ and zir’ as alternative pronouns to him, his or her, ‘peoplekind’ rather than mankind, and ‘Latin@’ as a gender-neutral term for someone of either sex from Latin America.

Meanwhile, the verb ‘misgender’ could apply to anyone who unwittingly or intentionally uses a pronoun that is not preferred by the person.

Also among the 650 updates were less politically-correct dog cross-breed terms, including puggle (a cross between a pug and a beagle) and a dorgi (a dachshund/corgi mix).

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Lagos Fashion Week Takes London

Lagos Fashion Week, in continuing our mission to raise the profile of African designers at home and beyond, will be presenting targeted activities aimed to give designers exposure to industry stakeholders in the city of London. The goal is to provide designers with access to new markets and simultaneously nurture partnerships internationally for future opportunities.

From the 2nd to the 5th of April, #LagosFW will host a series of events in London and Lagos, featuring a selection of African designers. Some of the participating brands, are beneficiaries of the International Trade Center’s SHETrades in Commonwealth program which aims to connect three million women to market by 2021.

BETWEEN US will represent the vibrant and dynamic facets of African design and community, with a focus on its diversity, from traditional handcraft and local production to cultural and political messaging through fashion. The pop-up recognises that each brand’s connection with Africa is proudly present yet fluid, unique, fresh and limitless.

For six weeks beginning on the 2nd of April, The Shop at Bluebird will welcome the versatile and effervescent spirits of Africa to its London flagship store; Carriage Hall with the first multi-brand pop-up since opening the Covent Garden space in May 2018. BETWEEN US honours over twenty unique designers, from womenswear and accessories to interiors and lifestyle, curated by the Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week, Omoyemi Akerele and brand consultants Tammy Tinker Pudel and Katrina Macpherson, who are based out of Cape Town.

Claire Miles, the buying director of The Shop at Bluebird, says “BETWEEN US is the first collaborative installation of its kind, as well as the first that we are hosting in Carriage Hall. We are delighted to be able to showcase and support both new and established African talent.”

Participating brands include: AAKS | Anyango Mpinga | Aprelle Duany | Ardmore Design | Asha : Eleven | Chommies | Crystal Birch | Eki Orleans | Eclectic Chique | Galago | Iamsigo | Karu | Lisa Folawiyo | Lukhanyo Mdingi | Mami Wata | Maxhosa | Nina Bosch | Okapi | Orange Culture | Pop Caven | Studio 189 | Tilayo

Fashion Business Series
Fashion Business Series, a Lagos Fashion Week signature platform, which provides an avenue for industry thought leaders and collaborators to convene and exchange ideas, share information and educate an engaged audience will also be coming to London, continuing a global city tour that has included Accra, Nairobi and New York in 2018.

This edition, which will be held on April 2nd, 2019 will feature seasoned experts in their respective sectors who will contribute to conversations surrounding “Succeeding in Today’s Retail Market”.
New Season Presentation
On April 3rd 2019, Lagos Fashion Week will debut a live London showcase at The Shop at Bluebird, spotlighting a selection of African designers, who will present their new season collections exclusively in the UK to buyers, press and VIP customers. This approach allows invited guests to have a closer look at the pieces and interact with the designer and overall collection.

On April 5th 2019, in Lagos Nigeria, the 2018 Fashion Focus Africa finalists will present their business and marketing strategic plan to a panel of judges for the opportunity to be the recipient of the Fashion Focus Fund in partnership with FETSWallet – a cash grant of NGN5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) and year long mentorship.

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NAFDAC raises alarm over Importation of snuff Into Nigeria from Ghana

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, in Niger State has expressed concern over the safety of tobacco snuff currently imported into the country in large quantities.  

Aniko Ibrahim, the state Coordinator of NAFDAC, expressed the concern in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Thursday.

“Going by the labels, these products are coming from Ghana into our country because of the nature of our borders. It means that as an agency we have to work very hard to stop the proliferation of products like this,” he said.

Ibrahim expressed concern that many people now sniffed the powdered substance and got addicted to it without knowing the content (ingredients).  

“We have not ascertained the composition of these substances as some of them claim to cure eye disease, pile, waist pain, and headache. Others claim to cure weak erection in men, asthma, cough and catarrh and many more. In fact, they are endless,” he said.  

He said that the composition of the various snuff would be checked to ensure that there were no harmful substances in the imported local powder. The NAFDAC state coordinator said that the agency’s headquarters in Abuja would be notified for necessary action.    

“We will find out who is responsible for bringing the snuff into Niger state,” he said

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Ihedioha’s Victory Has Ended Tyranny In Imo – Politician

A former Secretary to the Imo State Government, Chris Okewulonu, has said that the emergence of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party as the state governor-elect has ended tyranny, Punch has reported.

He said, greed, nepotism, lawlessness, land grabbing and suppression would no longer have a place in the state.

The PDP chief said, “Ihedioha, known for his knack for hard work and dexterity in public service, will recover and rebuild the state already left in ruins by Okorocha.”

“Ihedioha is experienced, hardworking, selfless and has the capacity to revive Imo. That is the cheering news. Imo is indeed liberated.

“As Ihedioha’s campaign’s Director-General in 2015, we tried to let the people know what the state stands to benefit from Ihedioha’s leadership then, but enemies of democracy scuttled our efforts.

“I am happy that now, Imo people have appreciated our message of liberation, recovery and rebuilding of the state as well as the need to safeguard her from the hands of the oppressors of the people and economic plunderers.”

Okewulonu assured the people that the incoming administration in the state will restore the lost glory of the state.

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Mass Jubilation as Nero celebrates POP

A former President of the department of Statistics IMO state university owerri, Comr. Stanley Okoro passed out of the one year Compulsory national youth Service, On Thursday the 14th day of March 2019, Nero as popularly called was deployed to serve at Regal Secondary school NRI Anaocha LGA of Anambra state Nigeria. While in camp he was chairman of Data Analysis committee Umunya Camp where he was involved in the analysis of data generated from the survey conducted on camp.
On successful complexion of the camping exercise he was deployed to Regal Secondary school Nri where he was assigned to teach Mathematics, He later became the President of the Education and Mass Literacy CDS group, where he distinguished himself as a true leader, he initiated the Historic partnership of CDS group with WAEC to promote better performance on students in the examination,
Nero was also distinguished in the religious sector as he was also the President of the National Association of Catholic corps members Anaocha Zone.


He was also relevant in the general CDS of the LGA.

At the End of it all we are all grateful to God for a successful service year and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors

(sponsored)

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Handsome Ex-Corper Celebrates With His Mum At The Market After Passing Out (Photos)

A 2018 Batch A corps member, Godspower Asuquo, who passed out yesterday, March 14th, went straight to the market after receiving his NYSC discharge certificate, to celebrate with his mum.

He shared pictures of himself popping a bottle of wine with his mum and some other market women.

He wrote; “God saw me through this I overcome temptation His grace kept me never forget where you came from be proud of what contributed to your success

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UK Must Offer ‘Clear’ Brexit Response Ahead Of EU Summit, Says France

The British government must offer a “clear” answer on its intentions for Brexit before the EU summit next week, the French presidency said Friday after UK lawmakers voted to seek a delay if no withdrawal deal is reached soon.

“Without any clarity, no solution is possible,” President Emmanuel Macron’s office said, adding that if the current withdrawal deal is rejected, a “clear and new alternative plan” must be presented or else Britain will have to leave the EU with no deal.

The summit next week is seen as the last chance for Prime Minister Theresa May to secure unanimous approval from the other 27 EU members for any Brexit delay.

May is expected to again submit the withdrawal deal to lawmakers next week, though it has already been rejected twice.

“That’s the best option,” the French presidency said, in which case no EU state is expected to oppose a “technical extension” that would give Britain time to vote on a series of laws for ensuring a smooth Brexit.

But if the deal is again rejected, any request for a short delay would be “pointless” and as a result probably rejected by the EU, it said.

Only a longer delay request that puts “something new on the table: a referendum, an election, some other deal” would be likely to gain EU approval, Macron’s office said.

“It’s not up to EU countries to say what that is, but the United Kingdom,” it said.

The comments dovetailed with those from Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, who was in Paris on Friday.

“We’ve always said in Ireland, if the UK asks for more time, for one to prevent no deal, a crash-out Brexit happening, but secondly to implement a clear plan and strategy to reflect on and perhaps change direction in regard to Brexit, well then Ireland certainly wouldn’t be an obstacle to that,” Coveney told a conference.

The deal May struck with the EU has remained deadlocked in the British parliament, chiefly by disagreement over the so-called Irish “backstop” — a measure to keep trade flowing and avoid barriers at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Coveney was to hold talks later Friday with France’s Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau.

Ahead of the meeting he thanked France for its solidarity” with Ireland on the border issue, seen by Ireland as key to avoiding a return to violence in Northern Ireland.

“Many people see peace in Northern Ireland as something that was negotiated and agreed two decades ago, assuming it is done and we can move on. The truth is that peace needs to be worked for every week and every day,” he said.

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Recruitment: Prison Service releases names of shortlisted candidates

The Lagos Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service says over 300 candidates have been shortlisted for its recruitment exercise scheduled for Monday, March 18 to Saturday March 23.

The Comptroller of Prisons of the state Command, Tunde Ladipo, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

According to him, preparations for the successful conduct of the exercise which will include both written and oral tests had been concluded.

“We are set to conduct the 2018 recruitment for the Nigerian Prisons.

“Over 300 shortlisted applicants have been notified and invited for the interview from Monday, March 18 to Saturday March 23.

“The interview is for candidates for the Superintendent cadre to the Assistant Superintendent (ASP) and others.

“We must warn, that those who are not invited for the interview are not to come to the venue of the exercise for security reasons.

“We have put adequate security measures in place to ensure a hitch-free conduct of the entire exercise, just as we are also enjoining the candidates to comport themselves throughout the period,” Ladipo told NAN.

The prisons boss noted that the essence of the exercise was to boost manpower needs of the service as well as inject new blood.

According to him, there is a shortfall of manpower as a result of retirement.

He noted that to this end, there was the need to fill the existing gap created by the retirement of old staff and bring in new ones that would further boost the security of the various prisons.

“For instance here in Lagos, we have five prisons. We also have what we call the Cottage, a form of industry, which houses our printing section, welding and tailoring.

“We also have the poultry, fish pond and the dog section, which we call the Canine and the Arms Squad.

“The dogs are trained there, as they also assisst in carrying out security tasks too,” he said.

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NYSC: 1600 corps members pass out in Kogi on low-key

No fewer than 1,600 2018 Batch A corps members collected their discharge certificates to mark the end of their service year in Kogi State.

The passing out ceremony, which was done in a low-key at Lokoja on Thursday, saw no corps members repeating the service year.

The Kogi State coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Oludolapo Ahile, while addressing journalists in Lokoja on Thursday, said the passing out corps members comprises 834 males and 756 females.

The State Coordinator, who spoke through the NYSC Public Relations Officer, Rev. Adedapo Tayo, said the set recorded no death during the service year in review.

Explaining further, she said two corps members, Seun Albert and Dr Alabi Vincent, won the state award for their effective performance during the service year.

The State NYSC coordinator lauded the outgoing corps members for their conduct during the service year, admonishing them to sustain the tempo in their future endeavours.

She, however, urged the outgoing corps members to remain focused on becoming self-reliant and sustaining.

The coordinator, therefore, advised them to put into practice all the skills and entrepreneurship training they received during their one-year of national service.

Mrs Ahile also enjoined the corps members to continue to be good ambassadors of their homes, institutions and the country.

She urged them not to rely on government jobs but to strive to utilise the skills they learnt and become employers of labour in the nearest future.

The coordinator reminded the corps members not to think that their service to the nation had ended, urging them to go out and affect the society positively.

”As part of the end of service year activities, the corps members engaged in sanitation projects, visitation to Federal Prisons and Orphanage homes in the state.

”Also, the corps members, on Wednesday, celebrated their end of year programme at the Glass House, in Government House, Lokoja, for impactful and successful service year with several dignitaries in attendance,” Tayo said.

“NYSC is proud of this Batch A 2018 set. They conducted themselves as if they are from one family. I hope they continue like this as they move to another world of life. They have done well and am optimistic that they do not relent from what have been learnt in this compulsory one year service to our nation,” she added.

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No Need Yet To Celebrate HIV/AIDS Free Nigeria – Says Buhari

The Nigeria HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), 2018 has been inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari who made his first official appearance after the elections at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.

The survey which listed Akwa Ibom, Benue and Rivers states as having the highest prevalent rate of HIV/AIDS, is a data bank of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), a 3-year data covering 2019-2021 and the largest revised national HIV/AIDS Strategic framework.

Speaking at the launch, the president, who said there was no need yet to celebrate an HIV/AIDS free country, disclosed that there are still millions of people living with the pandemic who are yet to access treatment. He noted that data is crucial in combating HIV/AIDs, if the country is to succeed in getting rid of the scourge.

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Champions League quarter-finals: All you need to know

The UEFA Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draws, will both take place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday, March 15.

The draw ceremony will begin at 11am GMT.

The final eight are: Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Ajax, FC Porto, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Liverpool.

There is no seeding or country protection, with any restrictions to be announced ahead of the draw.

The semi-final draw will follow the quarter-final draw, meaning teams will know their potential paths to the final.

When the matches will take place
9/10 April: Quarter-finals, first leg

16/17 April: Quarter-finals, second leg

30 April/1 May: Semi-finals, first leg

7/8 May: Semi-finals, second leg

Saturday 1 June: Final – Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid

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Champions League highest goal scorers [See top 20]

Following the conclusion of the Champions League round of 16 second-leg ties on Wednesday night, where Liverpool defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 and Barcelona won against Lyon 5-1, below are the current highest goal scorers, chasing the Golden Boot in the Europe top-flight league:

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski failed to score in his side’s defeat to Liverpool. The Polish international is currently having eight goals.

Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, is now up to four goals in the Champions League, following his hat-trick against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi scored a brace in his side’s win over Lyon. The Argentine international is now on top of the goal chart with eight goals.

UEFA Champions League leading scorers after Wednesday’s matches:

8 goals: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

6 goals: Dusan Tadic (Ajax) and Moussa Marega (FC Porto)

5 goals: Aguero (Manchester City), Dybala (Juventus), Dzeko (Roma), Kane (Tottenham), Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Neymar (PSG)

4 goals: Benzema (Real Madrid), Ronaldo (Juventus), Jesus (Manchester City), Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Icardi (Inter Milan), Mbappe (Paris SG), Sane (Manchester City)

3 goals: Manuel Corona (FC Porto) and Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

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The world in mourning

Several countries were unexpectedly thrown into mourning early last Sunday when an Ethiopian aircraft crashed within minutes of its takeoff. The waves of the tragedy swept through 30 countries including Nigeria, claiming three of our illustrious sons, two of whom very well known. I am referring to Professor Pius Adesanmi and retired Ambassador Abiodun Bashua.

The flight was from Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, to Nairobi in Kenya. The pilot was said to have reported difficulty and asked to be allowed to return to Addis Ababa. The aircraft went down before he could do so, near a town called Bishoftu, 60 km south east of Addis Ababa.

It is good that the president sent his condolences to the family of the departed. Those in affliction and pains cannot have enough of words of succour and encouragement. In view of safety concerns raised about the 737 Max 8 from the stable of Boeing, Nigeria must go beyond that and take more than passing interest in the disaster. Ethiopian airline is the biggest and the most commercially thriving in Africa. It is the airline Nigerians going to China, South Korea and some other Asian countries use. It competes with Kenya Airways for the Democratic Republic of Congo route as well as for flight to Kenya enroute to South Africa.

It is not enough to say as the Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika has done that Boeing 737 Max 8 is not in the fleet of any airline in Nigeria. Air Peace has placed orders for 10 of the model and Arik eight, according to reports. Theirs are among the 5,011 orders the Boeing has received from around the world out of which it has delivered 350. A definitive statement by our government does not appear to be on the way beyond the tepid statement by the Aviation Minister that the airlines in the country do not have them in their fleet.

Indeed, the air safety concerns in the wake of the crash in Ethiopia cannot be said to be felt thick in the air. Our accustomed insensitivity to horrendous loss of human lives must undoubtedly have found a ready alibi in the state elections. By the time the news of the crash sank, say mid-day on Sunday, many were already glued to the television and the eagerness to know the results: Who won and who lost overshadowed everything else. And hardly is the crash a subject of discussions in most gatherings beyond 24 hours after it happened. The crash had been crowded out of our minds. Since there is still a government in place, there ought to have been a sharper reaction from the government and an active engagement of a sort on the disaster especially as Nigerians numbered among the casualties.

Ambassador Bashua worked for the UN. He was former UN and Africa Union (AU) Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, Sudan. Prof. Adesanmi was Director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He was lecturer of English and Literature in Carleton University. Although they were not carrying Nigerian passports—Bashua, UN passport and Adesanmi Canadian passport, BBC News promptly identified them as Nigerians.

Hear what was said about Prof. Pius Adesanmi. Pauline Rankin, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences said: “the contribution of Pius Adesanmi to Carleton are immeasurable. He worked tirelessly to build the Institute of African Studies, to share his boundless passion for African literature and to connect with and support students. He was a scholar and teacher of the highest caliber who leaves a deep imprint on Carleton.” President and Vice-Chancellor of Global Affairs, Canada, Benoit -Antoine Bacon in his own tribute said: “Pius Adesanmi was a towering figure in African and Post-Colonial Scholarship and his sudden loss is a tragedy.”

Back home, editors, print or digital will remember Prof. Adesanmi as a prolific contributor to opinion pages, for his grasp of Nigerian issues, his perspicacity, breadth and depth, and masterly use of English language. Never for him tired words or beaten tracts. The language was ever fresh and enchanting.

The Nigerian authorities ought to have regarded the crash as one too many. It was the second in five months. The first in October, last year when an Indonesian carrier code named Lion Air crashed 13 minutes after take-off on a domestic flight from Jakarta. It killed all 189 passengers and the crew. The Boeing 737 Max 8 model was rolled out in 2017. That it has become problematic is thought by many countries as strange and the suspicion by aeronautic experts is that it has a serious factory defect, resulting in instrument failure. The experts are blaming a new autopilot system said to have been added to curb the jet’s tendency to pitch up. The autopilot was meant to pitch the nose of the aircraft down. But then the anti-stalling system pushes the nose down suddenly that pilots struggle to raise it up.

After pilots on two flights have confidentially reported experiencing problems flying Boeing 737 Max 8, with the planes nose tilting down suddenly, experts are suggesting that the anti-stalling device installed may have been responsible in both the Indonesian and the Ethiopian crashes. Boeing may have tacitly agreed that the anti-stalling system may have been the problem. Reports say Boeing sent an emergency notice to airlines that it was going to release a software to deal with the issue.

Countries not wanting to take chances have swiftly suspended 737 Max 8 flights from their airspaces. The United States President, Mr. Trump reflecting, said in a sarcastic and warning tweet: “Airplanes are becoming too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further when often old and simpler is better…. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot.”

Trump later spoke on phone with Boeing CEO who predictably expressed confidence in the safety of the Max fleet. But there are increasing concerns among leading American Congressmen, who are displeased with what is seen as the wait and see attitude of the Federal Aviation Administration. They are pressing that the Max 8 be grounded. A lady Senator, Dianne Feinstein, for example, wrote to Aviation administrator asking that all Boeing 737 Max 8 be grounded “until their safe use has been confirmed. This weekend’s tragic airplane crash near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, bears several troubling similarities to the October 29, 2018 crash near Jakarta, Indonesia.

“Both tragedies involved a new Boeing 737 Max 8 series crashing only a few minutes after takeoff. The two accidents killed all people onboard, resulting in a combined loss of 346 lives, including eight US citizens. This has raised legitimate questions about whether an unknown problem exists, which must be discovered and remedied as soon as possible.” FlyersRight association also decried the attitude of the Federal Aviation Administration saying it was putting lives at risk as well as the reputation of the US Aviation Industry.

As of yesterday, about 10 countries had either banned or suspended the aircraft model from their airspace. The first was China, followed by Indonesia, not surprisingly. Another is Australia which says it is suspending flights of the plane in and out of the country while awaiting further information on the crashes. The other countries are France, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore and United Kingdom. Indeed, Singapore said it was suspending flights of all variants of the Boeing 737 Max. The EU has announced the banning of the aircraft model from the airspace of member countries even where some have taken individual steps to safeguard the safety of their citizens.

The victims came from Kenya that lost 32 of her citizens; Canada, 18; Ethiopia, nine; Britain, nine; Italy, eight; China, eight; the US, eight; France, six; Egypt, six; Germany, five; India, four; Slovakia, four and 21 who are connected with the UN and were travelling to Nairobi for its programme. A deeply moving one was the case of a 24-year-old girl who was going for the UN conference. According to BBC News, excited Danielle Moore posted a message on her Facebook the day before the crash: “I ‘m so excited to share that I’ve been selected to attend and I am currently enroute to the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. Over the next week I’ll have the opportunity to discuss environmental issues, share stories, and connect with other youth and leaders from all over the world. I feel beyond privileged to be receiving this opportunity and want to share as much with folks back home.”

Miss Moore studied marine biology and she was working as a member of Clean Ocean advocacy group, Ocean Wise and as an education lead at Charity Canada Learning Code. Sarah Auffret a polar tourism expert and a product of University of Plymouth was going to the conference to talk about Clean Seas. Dr. Kodjo Glato, a professor at the University of Lomé was said to have passion for sweet potatoes and was going to the conference on how they could be used to improve food security.

Among the Canadians was a family of six. The couple was taking their daughters, one 14, and the other 13, to visit Nairobi, the birth place of their mother. They were accompanied by the parents of the said mother, Kosha, 37. There was also a third-year law student at Georgetown University. Cedric Asiavugwa was reportedly travelling to Nairobi to attend the funeral of one of her relatives. Georgetown University Law Dean, said of him: “With his passing the Georgetown family has lost a stellar student, a great friend to many, and a dedicated champion for social justice across east Africa and the world. He carried out research on subjects ranging from peace to food security in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan.” Kenya football administrator , Hussein Swaleh was returning home after officiating in a CAF Champion League match in Alexandria, Egypt. So was Kenya journalist, 49, who had just represented Kenya at a UN conference in Paris. As of the time of the crash, he was with UNESCO as deputy director of communications.

Canadian-Somali Amina Ibrahim Odowa was travelling with her five-year daughter for her wedding.What I am getting at is that it would seem Nigerians have seen so much violent deaths that they are hardly moved and alarmed any longer by reports of tragedies of that nature. Were it not so the government would have regarded the Ethiopian plane crash in which illustrious citizens of this country died as one crash too many, and our airspace closed to any variant of Boeing 737 Max until after ongoing investigations are concluded and there is guarantee of safety.

The plane that crashed was one of the six of the Max 8 model in the fleet of Ethiopian Airlines. It ordered 30 in the quest of its expansion programme.

Prof. Adesanmi evidently had a premonition of his demise. He wrote on 09 March, quoting Psalm 139; 9-10: “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”

Antonis Mavropoulos, a Greek missed the flight two minutes. As it turned out, the two minutes separated him from death. According to BBC, Mavropoulos was late to get to the boarding gate. He was furious nobody helped him to reach the gate on time. It is said he now calls the day his “lucky day.” A Kenyan from Nairobi, Ahmed Khalid similarly missed his flight, because his connecting journey was late!

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World Wide Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Visits Nigeria

The Founder of the Internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was in Nigeria on Wednesday as the world marked the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

To mark the event, Berners-Lee had embarked on a 30-hour flight which ended in Lagos with a meeting with the Nigerian tech community.

In Lagos, he explained that his invention was driven by the need to connect the world’s population using innovation and technology.

According to him, as the Internet reshapes lives globally, people have a responsibility to make sure it is recognised as a human right.

The Internet since its creation has broken boundaries, connected people around the globe, empowered business and availed information to the citizenry at a click.

Figures recently released by the International Telecommunication Union shows that 51.2 percent of the world’s population are now online.

But that is not enough for the President of the World Wide Web Foundation, Adrian Lovett.

“We need to say now that we can’t stop here. We can’t even stop at 60, 70 or 80 percent. The Web was always meant to be for everyone, and this is our chance to redouble efforts to make sure that we secure that goal,” he said.

Former Minister of Communications, Omobola Johnson, who was also at the event suggested ways to get more women technologically empowered.

“There has got to be a deliberate effort to get women to not be afraid of technology,” she said.

“That means we need to encourage young girls from early ages to interact and engage with technology. Again, we have to start making technology an attractive option for women.”

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Outage hits Facebook, Instagram users worldwide

Facebook and Instagram users lost access to the social network’s applications in parts of the world Wednesday as a result of an outage of undetermined origin.

The California giant which has more than two billion users acknowledged the outage after users noted on Twitter they could not access Facebook or had limited functionality.

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” a Facebook statement said on Twitter.

A short time later, Facebook indicated the outage was not related to an attack aimed at overwhelming the network.

“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack,” Facebook said, referring to what is known as a distributed denial of service cyber strike.

According to the website downdetector.com, outages were heaviest in North America and Europe, but some users appeared to be affected in other regions.

Last November, a Facebook outage was attributed to a server problem and a September 2018 outage was said to be the result of “networking issues.”

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List of survivors from collapsed building in Lagos

Atleast 41 people are reported to have survived the collapse of a three-storey building which trapped many occupants and students at Ita Faji, Lagos Island, Lagos.

The list of survivors, obtained on Wednesday evening, contains 41 names, five of whom are unnamed.

The survivors comprise 22 females, 17 males and two persons whose gender was not listed.

Two teachers, three adults were clearly stated.

DAILY POST earlier reported that at least 50 children have been rescued by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as well as other security agencies.

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Biafra group mocks Okorocha, Uche Nwosu; advises Ihedioha

The Biafra Nations Youth League, BNYL, has mocked the governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, following his failed attempt to install his son-in-law as the Governor of Imo State.

BNYL, in a statement to DAILY POST by its National Leader, Princewill Chimezie Richard, said that the people of Imo did not vote for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but for the person of Emeka Ihedioha.

He, therefore, called on the governor-elect to put the interest of the people first before his political interest.

The statement added, “The people of Imo State did not vote PDP but voted for the candidate, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha.

“The people of the State resisted the Lagos type of politics where one man is lord over the people.
The outgoing Governor of Imo State wanted Uche Nwosu because he married his daughter.

“The Governor-elect, Ihedioha must consider the interest of the people of the State first before his political interest.”

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Man Kill His Wife In Plateau, But Claims She Fell Inside Well

Ismaila Salau, a 49-year-old electrician, on Tuesday in an Igbosere High Court denied killing his wife, Silifat Yakubu, with a pestle, NAN reports.

Salau was arraigned in 2015, on a count charge of murder preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

At the resumed hearing, Salau, who was led in evidence by his counsel, Mr A. A. Babalola, said on Oct. 3, 2014, he was held up in traffic after running errands for a friend.

Salau said that when he got home, he did not see his wife, who had gone to her mother’s place for Sallah celebration and her phone was switched off.

He said he called his older daughter who told him that the deceased left her mother’s house since 8 p.m.
Salau narrated how he went for a village meeting the following day and heard about a pregnant woman who drowned in the stream.

He said, “I then told the Baale that my wife was missing so he asked me and my wife’s older brother to go to the Badagry General Hospital where the corpse was deposited to check if it was my wife.

“When I saw the corpse, I knew that that was my wife.”
During cross-examination by the Lagos State prosecutor, Jubril Kareem, the accused admitted that he did not report to the police about his missing wife.
He, however denied the statement he allegedly made to the police during police investigation.

After listening to the evidence, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, adjourned the case until April 9, for continuation of trial.

Earlier, the prosecutor told the court that the defendant murdered his wife, Silifat Yakubu, by hitting her head with a pestle and dumping her corpse in a nearby stream.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody.

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NNPC opens portal for fresh recruitment

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has opened its portal for recruitment of fresh graduates and experienced professionals into the system.

Mr Ndu Ughamadu, its Group General Manager, (Public Affairs Division), confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that the portal for the recruitment was opened on Wednesday.

The recruitment portal address is https:/careers.nnpcgroup.com.

“The portal was opened today and I have received hundreds of inquiries weather it is correct or not.

“We are going to recruit people from different engineering fields, especially fresh graduates and equally in the administrative areas,” he said.

Ughamadu said that recruitment would be in three categories of fresh graduates, senior officers/ supervisory cadre and managerial cadre.

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Chioma Hangs Out With Her Sister And Davido’s Lawyer

Davido’s girlfriend, Chioma shares cute photos as she hangs out with her sister and Davido’s lawyer.

Chioma said she loved meeting with davido’s lawyer because she would be able to spend his money. 

She wrote: “I love meetings with @prince_iicoz I get to spend his money right after” 

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Piracy on Nigerian waters: The truth

Globally, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre, based in Singapore, recorded 201 incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery in 2018, up from 180 in 2017. The Gulf of Guinea remained increasingly dangerous for seafarers as reports of attacks in waters between the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo more than doubled in 2018.

The expansion of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea poses a dire threat to local economies, potentially undermining what little stability currently exists in the region. Oil revenue, which many countries in the region rely upon, is seriously threatened by pirate activity; 7 per cent of Nigeria’s oil wealth is believed lost due to such criminality.

Additionally, instability in the Gulf has sharply decreased revenue collected from trade; Benin, whose economy depends on taxing ships entering the port of Cotonou, has experienced a 70 per cent decline in shipping activity due to piracy. Furthermore, as piracy drives up insurance premiums for international shipping companies, the price of imported goods in the region could spike, further imperilling local economies.

On its part, the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently working assiduously to ensure that the Nigerian Maritime domain and indeed the Gulf of Guinea is safe for local and international shipping and has taken several proactive steps to ensure this dream is actualized.

The primary approach is in ensuring that all legal loopholes related to the prosecution of offenders are plugged. The proposed legislation, widely known as the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Bill, 2018, is being sponsored by NIMASA and has been presented to the National Assembly where it has passed the first and second hearing stages and should be passed into law in 2019:

The Bill incorporates the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the Suppression of Unlawful Acts at Sea (SUA) conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) into comprehensive legislation to deal with the menace of piracy and related crimes in the Nigerian maritime domain.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the acquisition of maritime security assets under the ‘Deep Blue Project’ which will cover aerial, joint maritime and shore surveillance systems as well as physical patrols of our coastal and Gulf of Guinea waters.

The project is an all-encompassing security scheme aimed at maintaining a 24-hrs eagle eye view of our maritime domain and has been midwifed by NIMASA under the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

On its part, the Executive Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) under the leadership of Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside is fully aware of the economic losses resulting from maritime insecurity and the consequent high costs, for stakeholders, involved in adopting extra security measures and insurance premiums.

NIMASA as the Designated Authority (DA) responsible for administering the maritime industry, while ensuring safer and more secure waters, has adopted a Total Spectrum Strategy to combat insecurity in the nation’s coastal waters and in the greater Gulf of Guinea area.

The Agency’s Management is also aware of the effect of marine insecurity on maritime-related businesses culminating in reduced employment and business opportunities in the Nigerian maritime industry not to mention the negative international media coverage which in itself is bad for attracting and sustaining investments into the sector.

The Nigerian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Kirikiri Lagos will considerably enhance the dissemination of information in the Nigerian Maritime Domain. The incident reports from Masters of Ships/Skippers on piracy attacks or suspicious crafts will promptly be relayed to the Nigerian Navy for immediate response. Distress messages will henceforth be directly intercepted by the RMRCC thus eliminating the delay in relayed messages.

The Agency is working out modalities to ensure that all Shipowners install Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) which when triggered onboard will automatically alert the MRCC and Naval Authorities of any piracy attack.

At the bilateral level, Nigeria has been at the forefront of enhancing cooperation aimed at improving security in the Gulf of Guinea. This is demonstrated by the concluded joint maritime security patrols carried out with the Benin Republic tagged “Operation Prosperity” which succeeded in reducing the number of pirate attacks off the coast of both countries.

Participation in regional exercises has also yielded positive results with the GoG member states now conducting cross-border patrols, sharing law-enforcement intelligence, establishing and maintaining joint coordination centres through the implementation of a regional strategy.

The US Navy component of AFRICOM has been conducting exercises such as Obangame and Saharan Express to reinforce and activate operational agreements. In this regard, the Agency fully participated in the 2018 version of the Obangame Express held in the GoG Region.

Another example of international partnerships entered into by NIMASA in efforts to eradicate maritime insecurity involved NIMASA’s exercise tagged ‘Operation 30 Days At Sea’ which saw INTERPOL in conjunction with the NIMASA, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Navy amongst others to conduct patrols in GoG territorial waters in 2018.

It is a peculiarity of how piracy incidents are reported that leaves the Gulf of Guinea open to exaggerated security threat levels. A situation where every incident of maritime crime regardless of nature and scale are reported as ‘Piracy’, it is inevitable that figures reflecting on these would be higher than they would ordinarily have been.

For example, information from the ICC-IMB indicates 149 recorded incidents of piracy and 34 attempted piracy attacks whereas statistics from the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre (MRCC) show that there were only 31 cases of piracy and 18 cases of attempted piracy in Nigerian territorial waters in the same period under-reportage.

Bearing in mind that most of the cases reported involved opportunistic theft from vessels and activities of oil bunkerers, it is unfortunate that the optics of violent, armed pirates roaming the GoG with impunity continue to pervade international media coverage whereas this is very far from the reality.

NIMASA, on its part, has raised the issue of misrepresentation by the IMB to the International Maritime Organisation, at its annual meetings on numerous occasions highlighting the inconsistencies in the reportage of piracy incidents and the negative effects that has on the perception of the Gulf of Guinea maritime area.

Regardless, Nigeria’s maritime territory and the Gulf of Guinea at large remain very viable domains that must be secured in view of the fact that activities within this domain are significant to the economic well-being of our nation and the sub-region.

By securing this strategic area, we would be encouraging further commercial engagements with the international shipping community, which translates to an additional boost to our national and regional economies.

Clearly, the truth about piracy in our waters is that NIMASA has acquitted her responsibilities in securing our territorial waters commendably despite ongoing challenges and has contributed, through aggressive implementation of drawn up strategies and collaboration with international agencies and Gulf of Guinea countries, to improve the security situation in the region’s maritime space.

Chinweizu Chidi Amuta (A Public Relations Officer with NIMASA is writing from Lagos).

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INEC fixes March 23 for extra polls in six states

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on March 23, 2019 hold supplementary elections in the six states where the exercises were declared inconclusive. The states are: Plateau, Sokoto, Bauchi, Benue, Adamawa and Kano.

According to a statement yesterday by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, “supplementary elections will also hold in polling units in all states where state Assembly elections were declared inconclusive and winners could not be declared.”

It added that details of the constituencies including number of polling units and registered voters would be published today.

Besides, to prevent a violent reaction against the declaration of the Kano State governorship election as inconclusive, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi has cautioned the stakeholders against making unofficial and false comments on the outcome of the poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation officer, Prof. Bello Shehu, had said that the election became inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes was more than the margin figure between the two leading political parties.

According to him, the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje won in 28 local government areas with a total of 987,819 votes., while Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in 16 local government areas with the highest 1,014,474 votes.

Despite the PDP clear lead with 26,655, the verdict for a rerun was made due to the number of cancelled votes which stood at 141,694 votes, higher than the 26,655 with which Yusuf is beating Ganduje.

Votes were cancelled in 234 polling units, including the controversial Gama Ward in Nassarawa Local Government Area.

Bello explained that the majority of the votes were cancelled, especially in Nassarawa, due to an invasion of the collation centre by suspected political thugs who destroyed electoral materials and carted away some original results sheets.

Earlier, the collation officer for the Nassarawa Local Government, Prof. Ibrahim Kalil Abdulsalam, who narrated how he was maltreated by the hoodlums, said the results sheets were carted away as polls officials scampered for safety.

Ibrahim said the incident occurred about 1:00 a.m. on Monday when the collation of 10 out of 11 wards had already been concluded. According to him, the security lapses at the scene forced INEC to order that the collation be shifted to the commission’s head office.

The police have confirmed the arrest of Kano Commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Sule Garo, and Chairman, Nassarawa Local Council, Sani Lamin, for allegedly leading the hoodlums to disrupt the electoral process at the collation centre.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Abdullahi, said the suspects were already being charged to court.

He revealed that the Kano State Deputy Governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, was rescued from the scene of the incident where he went for an inspection.

To prevent the political situation from becoming volatile, Emir Sanusi yesterday gave the caution while addressing journalists on the INEC verdict at his palace.

He reminded the public that the electoral umpire reserved the constitutional right to announce the results of elections.

Ostensibly referring to some unverifiable results of the Kano gubernatorial election flooding the social media even when collation was still in progress at INEC office, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria warned the public against any act capable of disrupting the relative peace in Kano .

“We should avoid doing things that will degenerate into chaos, more so announcing results that are clearly spelled out as inconclusive by INEC. We should also know that the original results by all parties are intact and cannot be tampered with.

“You should not engage in any action that will bring Kano to disrepute and destroy its ancestral dynasty. Everyone should allow INEC, the authentic and legally recognised body, to complete its job,” the monarch said. .

According to Sanusi, an election is not a war but simply a participatory exercise where electorate take their destiny in their own hands by voting for whom they want to lead them for the next four years. He urged the people never to attempt killing themselves for no just reason.

The monarch spoke as INEC announced that a rerun of the election in Kano will hold in 30 local government areas where votes were cancelled. The election will be held in 234 polling units scattered across 88 registered areas (wards).

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP has urged INEC to declare its governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, as the winner, saying that the returning officer, Prof. Andrew Yakubu, declared the poll inconclusive in error.

Former governor, Mr. Boni Haruna, told journalists yesterday in Yola that the returning officer was not properly guided by INEC before he declared the election inconclusive.

He said that the ground advanced by Yakubu that the 44 polling units have 40,988 registered voters could not be transmitted into eligible voters because only those that collected their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) are classified as eligible voters.

Haruna pointed out that INEC records showed that only 31,027 registered voters out of the 40,988 in those 44 polling units collected their PVCs. He argued that since the PDP led with 32,476 votes, the party should, by law, be declared the winner of the election.

“To be an eligible voter is only when your PVC is with you, so since the number of those that collected their PVCs is lower than the number of votes with which Fintiri is leading Bindow, Fintiri is by law the winner and we demand that INEC, as an unbiased umpire, should correct the error of the returning officer and declare Fintiri winner,” he stated.

In Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom and PDP candidate appealed to the people to remain calm following the declaration of the gubernatorial election as inconclusive.

Ortom, in a statement by his Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, expressed appreciation to the people for their peaceful conduct during the election and urged them to continue to be law-abiding.

According to him, the results of the governorship poll as well as those of the national and state assembly elections have demonstrated that the PDP remains their preferred choice.

The controversy over inconclusive elections raged yesterday with proponents of “Third Force” under the aegis of Nigeria Intervention Movement describing the development as a “brazen corruption of our electoral system.”

The movement’s position was contained in a statement made available to journalists by its Director, Media and Publicity Bureau, Mr. Debo Adeniyi.

Adeniyi said NIM had decided to resist the development with everything at its members’ disposal. He said the INEC’s strategy was meant to put a machinery in place for an eventual rigging of the elections as allegedly seen in the case of Osun State governorship poll in 2018.

“The political Third Force in Nigeria under the umbrella of Nigeria Intervention Movement warns INEC to desist from the antics of declaring elections almost won as inconclusive to enable its ‘favoured’ political parties to put a machinery in place for an eventual rigging of the elections as cleverly invented during the Osun State governorship elections last year.

“We alert the entire country that we of the Third Force are already exhausted by this disingenuous antics of INEC officials and have decided to resist this with everything at our disposal as it is a brazen corruption of our electoral system by INEC in collusion with parties in power.

“We note that this style of mandate manipulation is again about to happen in the governorship elections in some states like Kano, which shall be resisted with a nationwide mass action in Nigeria to express our principled grievances against the obvious lapses in the 2019 elections.”

Adeniyi said the movement would on April 3 announce a day of national mass action against all lapses observed in the 2019 elections. He urged all allied movements, parties and stakeholders to be on the alert.

Also yesterday, the PDP candidate in Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, was declared winner of the governorship election by INEC.

Declaring the results at INEC’s Office in Owerri, the Returning Officer, Prof. Francis Otunta, said Ihedioha polled 273,404 to defeat his closest rival, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA), who scored 190,364 votes.

The Taraba State Governor Darius Dickson of the PDP was also declared re-elected by INEC.

Ishaku triumphed with a total of 520,433 votes to defeat the candidate of the APC, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Danladi, who got 362,735 votes.

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Understanding Cerebral Malaria

Every 30 seconds, one child dies from malaria. Although taken lightly in Africa, this sickness is responsible for the deaths of over 90 percent of children under five in Sub-saharan Africa.

While it has been successfully eradicated in certain countries in the West, it still thrives in countries in Asia, Latin America, Middle East where there is a warmer climate.

Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasite which are carried by Anopheles mosquitoes. Some of its symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, headache among others. If left untreated, it can lead to death.

Of the five types of malaria, falciparum and P.Vivax are considered the most dangerous. Falciparum is commonly found in Africa and is responsible for blood loss and clogged blood vessels while P. vivax can come up months and years after the mosquito bite.

Cerebral malaria is the most severe the most severe neurological complication of infection with Plasmodium falciparum malaria. 40 percent of the world’s population at risk and over 500 million cases every year, the number of people who are affected by this parasite is of 575,000 per year.

There are several forms in which celebral malaria occurs. Sometimes, it comes as anaemia, neuro-disability, coma, seizures, metabolic acidosis and death.

Plasmodium falciparum malaria is the most severe which is often characterised by coma and brain injury, hypertension.

After a seizure, the child experience fever running to three days. This is sometimes followed by a coma, weakness and prostration. Doctors also notice a swelling of the brain, haemorrhages and abnormal respiratory and pupil size.

Thankfully, cerebral malaria is on the decline yet caution must be taken when malaria symptoms occur. While patients may fully recover, 11 percent of them suffer brain injury while some become blindness, cognition impairment and epilepsy.

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APC wins majority seats in Senate

The ruling All Progressives Congress has won 62 out of 109 seats in the Senate. The People’s Democratic Party has 37 seats and the Young Progressives Party secured one.

Although the Senate is made up of 109 seats, the Independent National Electoral Commission has only announced 100 winners as the commission had ordered a rerun in some states

Reruns were held on March 9 in Abia South, Imo West and North, Kogi East, Ondo South, Plateau South, Rivers East, Rivers West, while Bauchi South Senator will be determined by a court.

Winners of those reruns are yet to be included in the list.

Of the 100 senatorial seats declared so far, six are to be occupied by women.

President Muhammadu Buhari said he was happy over the majority of the APC in the Senate.

Buhari said he was looking forward to a mutual and effective working relationship with the ninth National Assembly toward improving the budgetary process and restoring the country to the January-December fiscal cycle.

He recounted how the delay in the passage of budgets hindered timely execution of projects across the country. The general election budget approval was also delayed.

The presidency alleged that the National Assembly planned to sabotage the 2019 poll by deliberately withholding approval for funding as required by the electoral commission for the elections.

Senate chief Bukola Saraki dismissed the allegations and accused the presidency of not properly explaining issues regarding the budget before sending it for approval.

He said the legislature would not accept being treated as the “appendage of the executive.”

“No genuine leader of the legislature will be comfortable that the presidency will simply write a terse letter to the national assembly on key issues which the federal legislature is expected to later deliberate upon and give its approval,” he said.

“The Buhari administration consistently treats the legislature with contempt and acts as if the lawmaking body should be an appendage of the executive. To me, this is unacceptable.”

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Man City Launch Child Sex Abuse Compensation Scheme

Manchester City have launched a compensation scheme for survivors of historical child sex abuse in football, the Premier League club have announced.

The scale of abuse among youth teams in Britain came to light in 2016, when a string of ex-footballers, including England internationals, told of the crimes inflicted upon them, including years of being repeatedly raped.

Former football coach Barry Bennell was last year sentenced to 30 years in prison for abusing youth players, with the judge branding him “sheer evil”

City said they commissioned a review in November 2016 into whether the club was used by Bennell and “any other individual to facilitate alleged sexual abuse of children from 1964 to the present day”.

That review, which is ongoing, led to the “uncovering of serious allegations of child sex abuse in respect of another individual, John Broome.”

Bennell, who was a youth team coach with City and Crewe, was convicted of dozens of offences committed against 12 boys he coached between 1979 and 1991.

Broome, who is now dead, was involved in City’s youth set-up in the 1960s.

City said the compensation scheme applies to the victims of Bennell and Broome.

“The club’s review remains ongoing and Manchester City FC continues to be restricted as to what it can make public at present for legal reasons,” the club said in its statement.

“The club reiterates, however, its heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences that they endured.

“All victims were entitled to expect full protection from the kind of harm they suffered as a result of their sexual abuse as children.”

The BBC reported that City would offer millions of pounds in compensation and that survivors of the most serious crimes would receive six-figure sums.

The report said City know of 40 potential claimants to their fund but they are braced for more cases.

Britain’s Press Association said it understood that as well as involving financial compensation, the scheme will see victims receive a face-to-face apology from a senior club official.

It is understood the scheme will enable victims to apply for compensation for general damages, impact on career, therapy fees and some legal costs and that some cases could be processed as quickly as within six weeks.

Settlements will have no confidentiality clause and will be kept open for those who prefer to consider pursuing a civil claim.

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Senate To Begin Debate Of 2019 Budget On Wednesday

The Senate will commence debate of the general principles of the 2019 budget Wednesday, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said.

Saraki scheduled the date of the debate of the general principles of the fiscal document shortly before the upper chamber adjourned plenary session in honour of late member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Temitope Olaoye “Sugar” who was killed by unknown persons.

President Muhammadu Buhari presented a budget N8.6 trillion to a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives for consideration and passage on December 19, 2018.

Christened budget of continuity, the 2019 fiscal document is planned to continue the country’s drive for inclusive economic growth, diversification and sustainable development.

Saraki asked Senators who have contributions to make on the budget to list their names for proper coordination of the debate.

He said that the debate will take two days, Wednesday and Tuesday 19, March 2019 to enable many senators to contribute.

The conclusion of the debate of the general principles of the 2019 Appropriation Bill will pave the way for its reference to the Appropriation Committee for further legislative action.

Saraki also mandated the ad-hoc committee on the new minimum wage Bill to hasten and conclude its assignment.

He directed Senator Francis Alimikhena to take over the chairmanship of the committee in the absence of its substantive chairman, Senator Olusola Adeyeye.

The House of Representatives had debated and approved the N30, 000 new national minimum wage as proposed by the Federal Government.

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Real Madrid Make First Contact For 100 Million Pounds Hazard

Real Madrid have signalled their intent to secure the £100 million ($132m) summer signing of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Goal understands.

Their interest in the Belgian represents the first proper contact ahead of a potential summer move.

The appointment of Hazard’s idol Zinedine Zidane as Santiago Solari’s replacement at the Bernabeu could prove decisive in making up the 28-year-old’s mind.

Hazard has already described a move to Spain’s capital as a “dream”, with Madrid having frequently been linked with the former Lille winger over the last couple of years.

Chelsea are asking for around £100m from the reigning European champions, who are aiming to get the asking price down.

Madrid are keen to maintain a positive relationship with the west London club in the negotiations, as they did in the process of securing the signing of Thibaut Courtois from the Blues in 2018.

Blancos president Florentino Perez is hoping the reappointment of Zidane will lead to a summer rebuild, with Madrid also linked with Paris Saint-Germain duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

Perez hopes that the presence of the France legend at the helm once more might tempt Mbappe to Madrid.

“Zidane’s French so maybe he could do something with Mbappe,” Perez, with a laugh, told reporters.

When pressed over whether he believed Mbappe could be convinced to join Madrid, Perez deflected, instead saying their focus was on finishing the season.

“Right now, all we are concerned with is ending the season well and start preparing for next season,” Perez said.

Neymar has also been rumoured as a Madrid target, with reports suggesting the club would shatter the transfer record PSG paid for the Brazilian while offering to make him the highest-paid footballer in the world.

It has also been reported that such a move would take Madrid out of the race, at least in the short term, for Mbappe, given the cost of landing both stars.

However, when asked who he would choose between the two PSG stars, Perez instead answered “Both.”

Hazard, meanwhile, is in a strong bargaining position over his future at Stamford Bridge as his Chelsea contact enters the final year. 

The Blues have fought hard to keep their star man and had hoped to renew his contract – making him the club’s highest-earning player in the process in an attempt to ensure he finished his career at Stamford Bridge.

With the Liga giants now stepping up their plans to sign Hazard, Chelsea are set for something of a turbulent summer.

As well as Hazard, there are also doubts over the long-term future of Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was targeted by Bayern Munich in January but was ultimately blocked from making the move to Germany.

He will also be entering the final year of his contract in summer 2019 and will likely be considering his future again as regular first-team opportunities in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri continue to be hard to come by.

The Blues will also be hampered by the transfer ban that has been handed to them by FIFA, which is due to begin in the summer.

Football’s world governing body rejected the Premier League club’s attempt to delay the ban, that will span two transfer windows, with Chelsea now looking to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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Atiku vs Buhari: CUPP ‘leaks’ names of election petitions panel members, reveals president’s influence

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has released a list of five Justices of the Court of Appeal, who they claim have been approved to hear the petition of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, over the February 23 election results.

This was contained in a statement signed by its national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, in Abuja on Tuesday.

CUPP claimed that the list was approved by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, “with the endorsement of the Buhari APC.”

Ugochinyere listed members of the panel to include Bulkachuwa (Presiding Judge), Justice Abdu Aboki, Justice Peter O. Ige, Justice J. S. Ikyegh and Justice S. C. Oseji.

CUPP has now demanded that Bulkachuwa, Aboki and Ige immediately recuse themselves from the panel, because they are likely to be biased in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It is based on the foregoing and the evidence in the custody of the CUPP that we immediately, categorically and unambiguously demand that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, Justice Abdu Aboki and Justice Peter Ige recuse themselves from the panel.

“The intelligence at our disposal, which formed the basis for all the views canvassed in this statement, is that these three Justices have already given their commitment to the Presidency that they will rule in favour of the President at the tribunal, hence they cannot dispense justice.

“Justices Aboki and Peter Ige, in furtherance of this commitment, had already and, very strangely so, denied Alhaji Atiku Abubakar his application for forensic analysis of the materials used for the presidential election.

“We also demand that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa recuse herself from the administrative duty of reconstituting the panel, but that should be done by an impartial senior Justice of the court.

“This idea of the Villa approving list of Justices that will sit over any matter, particularly the one where the President is a party, is novel and tyranny taken too far.

“The President has annexed the judiciary and the hope of the common man is blighted. Nigerians must rise in defence of the judiciary and insist that justice must be done in this circumstance.

“Let the world and Nigerians tell Justice Bulkachuwa not to take Nigerians for fools and bring the judiciary to further ridicule with her plan to constitute a tribunal panel that has been briefed with one agenda, which is to stamp the electoral robbery perpetrated by her husband’s party, APC.

“Announcing justices who have shown bias already to the case of Atiku, even at the preliminary stage of ordinary requests for forensic analysis of election materials, will not augur well for the stability of Nigeria and the institution/wheel of justice,” the statement read.

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Buhari meets seven APC Govs in Aso Rock

ABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with seven governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President arrived the Presidential Villa at about 1pm on Tuesday after spending five days in his home town, Daura, Katsina state where he went to participate in the governorship and state assembly elections.

President Buhari with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu as he receives in audience Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Some APC State Governors in State House on 12th Mar 2019
The agenda of the meeting was not made public and the governors did not talk to journalists when they finished, it is coming barely a day after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC declared six governorship elections in the north inconclusive.

The INEC, had declared elections inclusive in six states that are stronghold of the APC except Benue and Sokoto whose Governors were elected on the platform of the ruling party (APC) before they defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The states that have inconclusive elections are Benue, Sokoto, Kano, Plateau, Adamawa and Bauchi, while elections in Rivers State was suspended as a result of violence.

Five of the PDP governorship candidates that were leading in the elections according to the results declared by the INEC before the elections were declared inconclusive are Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Abba Yusuf of Kano, Umaru Fintri of Adamawa state and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state, while Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state who is seeking second tenure on the platform of the APC had higher number of votes against his opponent, Jeremiah Useni of the PDP.

INEC stated that the number of cancelled votes in the six states that elections were declared inconclusive were higher than the number the leading candidate has against his opponent.

The APC serving governors whose elections were declared inconclusive are Abdulahi Ganduje of Kano state and Jibrila Bindo of Adamawa state.

The Governors at the meeting were Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Abdulaziz Yari, Zamfara State, Abubakar Badaru, Jigawa State, Kassim Shetima of Borno State and Fayemi Kayode of Ekiti State.


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Rochas Okorocha’s In-law, Uche Nwosu Blows Hot After Losing Imo Governorship Election

The governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, has said he will challenge the election result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission in court.

He rejected the outcome of the election which was announced by the (INEC) declaring the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Emeka Ihedioha winner of the governorship election.

He said, “It is a robbery of Action Alliance mandate and I believe the judiciary will take its course”.

Mr. Ihedioha emerged governor-elect of the state after polling 273,404 votes to defeat Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) and Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Nwosu, who was backed by Governor Rochas Okorocha, finished second with 190,364 votes; followed by Senator Uzodinma who got 96,458 votes.

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BREAKING: British Parliament Rejects Brexit Deal For A Second Time

British MPs overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a second time on Tuesday, pitching Britain into the unknown just 17 days before it is due to split from the European Union.

The House of Commons voted by 391 to 242 to reject the divorce deal, even after May secured further guarantees from Brussels over its most controversial elements.

The move risks unleashing economic chaos, as Britain is scheduled to end ties with its biggest trade partner after 46 years on March 29, no matter what.

Appealing to MPs in a voice half-breaking due to a cold, May had urged them to avoid the “economic shock” of leaving without an agreement.

But she also warned eurosceptics, many of whom have campaigned to leave the EU for their whole careers, that if her deal failed, so might Brexit.

May has promised to allow MPs to vote on a “no deal” option on Wednesday and if that is rejected, to decide on Thursday whether to ask the EU to delay Brexit.

“If this vote is not passed tonight, if this deal is not passed, then Brexit could be lost,” she said before the vote.

However, eurosceptics believe the deal is so bad it is worth the risk of leaving with no plan.

“We must take what now seems to be the more difficult route but in the end the one that preserves our self-respect,” said former foreign minister Boris Johnson, a favourite to succeed May if she steps down.

“It is to leave on March 29 as required by law and to become once again an independent country able to make our own choices.”

Not a single change

After MPs first rejected the 585-page Brexit deal in January, May promised changes to the hated backstop plan which is intended to keep open the border with Ireland.

Weeks of talks failed to make a breakthrough, but May made a last-minute trip to Strasbourg to meet EU leaders on the eve of the vote.

She announced she had secured the promised “legally binding changes” to the backstop, which would keep Britain in the EU’s customs union if and until a new way was found to avoid frontier checks.

But hours later, however, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said the additions would not completely allay MPs fears of being trapped in the arrangement forever.

It did not take long for Brexit-supporting MPs in May’s Conservative party, and her allies, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to declare their opposition.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also urged parliament to vote down May’s plan.

“After three months of running down the clock, the prime minister has, despite very extensive delays, achieved not a single change to the withdrawal agreement,” he said.

Some eurosceptics changed their mind, however, urging their colleagues not to risk everything.

Former minister Edward Leigh said: “You may not like the deal, it’s not perfect, but it delivers Brexit and let’s go for it.”

The pound, which has been highly volatile since the 2016 referendum which saw Britons narrowly vote to leave the EU, made gains against the euro after May’s deal on Monday but fell sharply on Tuesday as it became increasingly clear the deal would be defeated.

‘No third chance’

The backstop is designed to protect the peace process in Northern Ireland, which involved the removal of border checks with EU member Ireland.

Brexit supporters wanted a unilateral way out of it, or a time limit to the arrangement, but the EU said this would make it worthless.

But leaders across Europe also united behind a message that this was the best and final offer Britain could expect.

“There will be no third chance,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said after his talks on Monday with May.

If MPs vote against a “no deal” exit on Wednesday, and want to postpone Brexit, the other 27 EU nations would need to agree.

Their leaders will meet in Brussels for a summit on March 21-22.

But any postponement may have to be short-lived. Juncker on Monday said Brexit “should be complete before the European elections” at the end of May.

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PDP’s Okezie Ikpeazu Re-Elected As Abia Governor

overnor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has been declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, Professor Damian Ozurumba, declared him as the winner of the poll after he secured 261,127 votes, more than double the 99, 574 votes his closest rival, Dr Uche Ogar of the Peoples Democratic Party, got.

Dr Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) finished third with 64,366 votes.

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Gov. Ugwuanyi wins Enugu governorship poll for second tenure

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of Saturday’s Governorship election in Enugu state for a second tenure.

The state Returning Officer, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, who announced the result in Enugu on Sunday, said that Ugwuanyi won in the 17 local government areas (LGAs).
Ahaneku said that the governor polled 449,935 votes against his closest rival, Sen. Ayogu Eze of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 10,423 votes.

Enugu State Governor and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, casting his vote for the governorship election at his Amube Ward II Polling Unit, Ohom Orba, Udenu Local Government Area.

Mr Emmanuel Nwankpa of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mr Ekene Uzodinma of the United Peoples Party (UPP) polled 2,547 and 1,476, respectively.
Ahaneku, who is the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said that there were 1,944,016 registered voters in the state.

He said that 478,241 voters were accredited, adding that 470,927 valid votes were recorded, while 7,314 votes were declared invalid.

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Woman Snatches Ballot Papers In Nasarawa, Arrested By Soldiers

A Nasarawa woman suspected to be a political thug, has been arrested by soldiers after she snatched ballot papers from electoral officials  and ran away.

The suspect who is said to be loyal to  one of the parties, grabbed the  ballot papers from the National Youth Service Corps members at Polling Unit 026, Gayam Ward,  Lafia in  Nasarawa State on Saturday and ran away.

While policemen struggled in vain to arrest her, the lady was chased by some soldiers on Makurdi Road who retrieved some of the ballot papers from her. 

Mr Peter Bitrus, a domestic election observer who disclosed that the incident occurred just 30 minutes after Salamatu,  wife of Governor Tanko Al-Makura,  voted at the unit,  some suspected thugs working with the lady aided  her  escape.“It was a conspiracy.

The governor’s wife voted  in this polling unit and we expected  that security would be tight here.

“The exercise had  been largely peaceful before this woman came and caused pandemonium. She was dressed in a long black gown and she hid the papers under the gown.”

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Four Missing As Passenger Boat Capsizes In Delta

A boat carrying 22 passengers has capsized in Ebrohimi community creek in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Delta State Police Command confirmed the development to Channels Television.

According to the acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Chuks Orisewezie, the boat comprises of three police officers and 19 other passengers.

“The report available to the Command reveals that on March 9, a boat conveying 22 passengers, three Policemen and 19 members of the community returning from ward 3 Ebrohimi to Koko Jetty after the elections, at about 0120hrs capsized along the waterway at Ureju community,” he stated.

The police officer explained that 18 passengers including three Policemen and 15 natives have been successfully rescued.

He added that 4 passengers are still missing, two of the rescued passengers have been rushed to the Oghara General Hospital.

Contrary to some rumours, the police spokesman noted that no Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official or National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member was involved in the boat mishap.

He also reiterated the commitment of the police in rescuing the missing passengers.

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Justin Bieber Begs Fans For Prayers

Pop star, Justin Bieber in a social media has cried out for help from his fans.

The multiple Grammy award-winning Canadian singer in a recent Instagram post urged fans to pray for him as he has been feeling disconnected lately.

Bieber who married his wife, Hailey Baldwin some few months ago has appeared to be struggling with emotions for some time now. On different sightings, he has been seen breaking down in tears or looking gloomy and thoughtful.

Although he didn’t reveal what the issues he is facing are, he emphasised on the need to be prayed for. He wrote,

Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys. Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird.. I always bounce back so I’m not worried just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me. God is faithful and ur prayers really work thanks .. the most human season I’ve ever been in facing my stuff head on..”

It would be recalled that we reported earlier that the singer is currently receiving treatment for depression.

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