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One killed, seven injured as police, hoodlums clash in Anambra

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The Anambra Police Command, on Tuesday, confirmed that one person died, while seven others sustained injuries when hoodlums tried to stop its operatives from arresting fleeing criminals in Onitsha metropolis.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Mr Haruna Mohammed, the state Police Public Relations officer told newsmen that the incident occurred at about 1pm at Obosi New Park, Onitsha.

He said “There was an intelligence report that some suspects, who escaped from custody, were seen at that place and the police mobilised and went there to make arrests.

“They were, however, stopped by some hoodlums who attempted to disarm a policeman.

“The policeman tried to liberate himself from them, but they refused. So he had to use his fire arm and unfortunately, it hit one of them.

“The victim was rushed to a hospital but was confirmed dead.”

NAN reports that the hoodlums, who became angry at the death of the man, went on rampage, blocking the Onitsha–Owerri road.

Although their activities disrupted vehicular movement for about 45 minutes, it took the intervention of reinforced police team and the local security guards to disperse the rampaging hoodlums.

“So far the area is calm and the Commissioner of Police has ordered an investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident,” Mohammed added.

The police spokesman declined comment on whether the wanted criminals were later arrested.

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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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Kogi Decides: Yahaya Bello has ordered my assassination – Natasha Akpoti claims

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The Social Democratic Party, SDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti has claimed that Yahaya Bello has ordered her assassination.

Akpoti said this on Monday morning on her official Twitter page.

She wrote: “Gov Yahaya Bello has ordered for my assassination.”

AREWA.NG, recalls that Akpoti on Sunday called for the cancellation of the ongoing gubernatorial election in Kogi Central and part of Lokoja, the state capital.

Akpoti claimed that “what happened in Kogi Central and other parts of the state was a far cry from a credible election,” hence the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should cancel the elections and conduct a rerun.

She made the call in a statement she personally signed and issued on Sunday.

According to Akpoti: “Ballot boxes were destroyed and burnt in Okene, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori Magongo and Okehi Local government areas and other parts of the state.

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Kogi/Bayelsa decides: APC govt trampled on Nigeria’s democracy like Hitler did in Germany – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the conduct and outcome of the Bayelsa and Kogi State elections have shown that the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government has trampled on the country’s democracy like Adolf Hitler of Germany did during his time.

PDP said the Saturday’s elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States has destroyed the hope Nigerians had in democratic practice, stressing that the country was “sliding back to the era of dictatorship.”

A statement by PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said the “shameful elections conducted in Kogi and Bayelsa states have damaged the fate of Nigerians in a democratic order.”

The statement reads: “Nigerians and the entire world watched in horror as the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government trampled our democracy underfoot with utmost impunity that can only be obtainable in Hitler’s Germany and Samuel Doe’s Liberia, where the lives and rights of citizens meant nothing to suppressive power mongers.

“Citizens agonized as APC-controlled security forces aided armed hoodlums to invade polling centers, shoot and kill innocent citizens, cart away ballot boxes, stuffed them with already thumb printed ballot papers in favour of APC, after which results are allocated to the APC and handed over to a compromised Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce against the will of the people.

“It is distressing that under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, votes no longer count; power and governance no longer derive from the people but from violence, manipulations and the barrel of the gun. Nigerians now ask; are we still in a democracy?

“With the outcome of the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections, Nigerians and the world have lost hope in our institutions of democracy and security system as presently constituted.

“They have completely lost hope in INEC under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, which has shown itself to be a repressive tool in the hands of dictatorial forces.

“As a party, we condole with the families of our compatriots that were killed in Kogi and Bayelsa states and prayed that God grant their souls eternal rest.

“Nevertheless, the PDP remains strong and united in the face of all odds. Nigeria is our nation and no individual or group can appropriate our collective sovereignty as a people at all times.

“Our party will therefore continue to fully exert itself in upholding the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians despite the manipulations of the APC.”

Urging Nigerians to remain resilient and focused, PDP said: “Our party will, in due course, address Nigerians on the way forward in the overall quest to retrieve stolen mandates, rescue our nation from dictatorial forces and reinforce democratic practice in our country.”

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