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Benue evacuates students from Taraba varsity after killing

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The Benue State Government announced on Wednesday that it had commenced the evacuation of Benue State students at the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba.

The evacuation followed the closure of the university after the alleged killing of two Benue students in the institution on July 30 by people suspected to be members of the Jukun militia.

Hundreds of people have been killed over the years in recurring communal clashes between ethnic Jukun and Tivs in the agricultural belt of Northern Nigeria.

The bloody conflict has taken its toll on the two ethnic groups with many lives lost and property estimated at millions of naira destroyed.

Speaking in a telephone interview with newsmen in Makurdi on Wednesday, the Benue Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, said the evacuation of the students was due to the closure of the university.

He said that relevant security operatives and the government of Taraba had been notified about the evacuation.

Ityavyar said that the Benue Government was hopeful that the Taraba Government would provide adequate security for all Benue citizens, including students residing in Taraba.

He said the Benue Government had since started making arrangements to provide for the needs of Benue students affected by the crisis.

“The Government of Benue State has contacted the Government of Taraba State, police commissioner, the army and other security formations in Taraba State to ensure the safety of Benue State indigenes in Taraba State.

The commissioner appealed to Taraba indigenes schooling in Benue to remain calm, assuring that the Benue Government was on top of the situation to ensure safety for everyone.

“There should be no panic moment of students of Taraba State origin who are schooling in Benue State. We are on top of the situation,” he stated.

Benue and Taraba Governments have held series of meetings over the years to find a lasting solution to the crisis but the killings have not abated.

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House Speaker Gbajabiamila congratulates Lyon, Bello, appeals for support for APC

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has congratulated the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, Yahaya Bello and David Lyon, for emerging victorious.

Gbajabiamila, in a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said the victories recorded by the APC candidates in the two States was an indication of the wide acceptance of the party in the two States.

The Speaker said Bayelsa State, in particular, has now joined the Next Level train, having seen the massive change driven by the APC-led government at the federal level.

“It is gladdening to know that our party, the APC, came out victorious in the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States. This is a testimony that Nigerians across the length and breadth of the country are beginning to realise what the APC means for the country.

“This victory is not for the party or its members alone, but for the entirety of Nigerians.

“May I call on the two governors-elect to be magnanimous in victory. The APC stands for the good of Nigerians, and I know the two governors-elect are part of the journey to make Nigeria better,” the Speaker said.

He called on the people of the two States, including members of the opposition parties, to join hands with the governors-elect to make their States great.

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Bayelsa Decides: Jonathan, Patience celebrate Lyon’s victory with APC leaders

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Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, have been pictured celebrating with the Jigawa State Governor Mohammed Badaru, who is also the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Campaign Organisation and Senator Ita Enang over the victory of David Lyon.

Jonathan’s kinsmen in Kolo, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State also trooped out on Saturday celebrating the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward 9.

An ex-aide to the former President, Reno Omokri had yesterday debunked the speculations that his former principal, who obviously did not show his support for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Douye Diri, voted for the APC candidate, David Lyon.

However, Jonathan and his wife were captured celebrating the already confirmed victory of Lyon with the APC leaders when they visited his residence in Otuoke on Saturday evening.

Recall that prior to the election, Jonathan’s mother was also reported to have endorsed the candidate of the APC and reports emerged on social media on Sunday claiming that the former President also voted for the opposition party in the State.

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JUST IN: INEC Resumes Collation Of Result In Kogi

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has resumed the collation of results of the governorship election in Kogi State.

The electoral commission has declared the Kogi West senatorial rerun election inconclusive.

According to the returning officer, Prof Olayinde Lawal, the margin between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Smart Adeyemi, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Dino Melaye, was 20,570.

He announced that Adeyemi polled a total of 80,118 votes, while Melaye got 59,548 votes from the seven local government areas in the senatorial district.

Dino has rejected the result so far, saying the election was manipulated.

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