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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Wednesday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday adjourned plenary to Wednesday, March 13, 2019 over the death of Hon. Temitope Olatoye, ‘Sugar’ representing Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

The adjournment followed a point of Order by the Senate leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, to suspend plenary as a result of the death of the lawmaker in the lower chamber.

2. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 23 for supplementary election in the six states where March 9 elections were declared inconclusive.

A statement signed by the chairman of the commission’s information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, on Tuesday, said the states are: Benue, Sokoto, Plateau, Adamawa, Kano and Bauchi.

3. Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has named Hadiza Balarabe, deputy governor elect as the head of a 38-member transition committee, he set up ahead of his inauguration for a second term in office.

El-Rufai explained that the duty of the transition committee was to prepare the ground work for the government.

4. President Muhammadu Buhari has set up an audit committee, for the policies, programmes and projects under his administration.

The committee will be headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, while the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, is one of its members.

5. The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its troops successfully foiled a coordinated attack by Boko Haram insurgents at a military location in Borno.

Col. Ado Isa, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, stated that troops of 152 Battalion neutralized a number of the insurgents when they attempted to infiltrate its location on Monday at Bula-Yobe-Banki axis in Borno.

6. The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has announced date for its 2019 recruitment process

NAF disclosed that the recruitment exercise will commence on Saturday 16th – Saturday 30th March 2019 at 15 Centres.

7. The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, has reacted to the victory of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha in the state’s governorship Election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He described it as victory for the people of the State, adding that it was liberation for them from the hand of the ‘oppressor.’

8. Troops of Operation Sharan Daji have killed 55 bandits and rescued 760 persons abducted from villages in Zamfara state.

Acting Force Information Officer, Maj. Clement Abiade in Gusau on Tuesday, said, the troops also recovered weapons, ammunition and rustled cows as they blocked all entry points to the bushes to deny the bandits free movement while building confidence of the locals.

9. The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Plateau State has won 14 out of the 24 seats in the State House of Assembly, while the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won 8 seats.

The APC won in Bokkos, Wase, Shendam, Pankshin North, Pankshin South, Mangu North, Kanke, it also won in Dengi and Kantana constituencies of Kanam LGA and others, while the main opposition PDP won in Riyom, Jos North-West, Jos South, Langtang North-North and Langtang North-Central.

10. The Adara Development Association, ADA, in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has raised the alarm that the state government has remained indifferent over the continued killings and burning of houses in the area.

The community development association in a statement issued by Barrister Luke Waziri, its Assistant National Secretary said, “Kajuru land and by extension the Adara nation has been gripped by a fully-funded and supported group of terrorists that have been wreaking havoc in our lands for long, while those saddled with the responsibility of securing us deliberately looked the other way.”

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Governorship election: Live supplementary polls results from Plateau State

Results of the supplementary governorship election in Plateau State have started trickling in.

The rerun elections are ongoing in four other states such as Kano, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the exercise in these five states as inconclusive.

The commission had declared winners in the governorship elections in only 22 states.

However, the Returning Officers (ROs) in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states, declared the elections as inconclusive.

The supplementary elections will be held in the affected states today, March 23.

Follow Arewa.Ng, on this thread for results from Plateau State as declared by INEC.

Here is the result for the governorship supplementary poll at Plateau Hotel Polling Unit, Jos North LGA, Plateau State as announced by the Presiding Officer, Abdulaziz Mohammed.

PDP – 158

APC – 78

SDP – 1

Total number of votes: 237
Registered voters: 853.

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PDP Asks INEC To Cancel Kano Supplementary Elections — But APC Says No


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed over the calls by the former for the cancellation of elections in the state.

Addressing journalists on Saturday, Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, state chairman of PDP in Kano, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the ongoing supplementary elections in Kano “with immediate effect”.

According to Bichi, the decision was based on reports received by the party that some “PDP agents have been molested, vehicles burnt, property destroyed in Doguwa, Nasarawa, Minjibir and Tudun Wada Local Government Areas of the state”.

PDP alleged that security personnel gave hoodlums cover to unleash mayhem on their supporters.

He also claimed that some political thugs were imported from neighbouring states to cause chaos in the ongoing supplementary elections.

However, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, debunked the allegations of the PDP that there was mayhem during the conduct of the supplementary elections.

Speaking at media briefing in Kano on Saturday, he said the election was conducted peacefully and devoid of violence and thuggery.

He referred to the allegations by the PDP as “baseless and untrue”, and called on the general public to remain calm and wait for the final results by INEC.

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JUST IN: Police Send Reinforcement To Kano After Electoral Violence


The Police Command in Kano State have sent a reinforcement of security personnel to Gama Ward of Nasarawa Local Government to beef up security at polling units located in the ward.

Abdullahi Haruna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the Command, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Kano.

Gama has been in the spotlighted for the incidents of violence, voter intimidation and ballot box burning and snatching that tainted Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Kano, even leading to calls for the cancellation of the exercise.

Abdullahi said the deployment of additional security personnel to the areas followed the visit of Anthony Michael, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), to the area.

He explained that following the report on the security challenges at the area, the DIG visited the ward to assess the security situation in the area.

The PPRO said the deployment of additional security personnel was necessary as part of efforts to enhance security as well as ensure the protection of lives and property in the affected areas.

He also denied reports of the alleged arrest of Commissioner for Special Duties, Muktar Ishaq.

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