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Protesters cry out to President Buhari, call for intervention in Zamfara killings

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Indigenes of Zamfara State residing in Abuja have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene and curb the killings and kidnappings currently terrorising the state.

The indigenes, who staged a protest in Abuja on Saturday, decried the insecurity in the state, which has resulted in apprehension, displacements of communities and loss of lives.

The convener of the protest, Miss Fatimah Mustapha, said that their action was to call attention of government to the gruesome killings and cases of kidnappings going on in Zamfara

According to her, perpetrators of these evil acts are getting bolder day by day with little action taken by the authorities to arrest the situation and stop the act.

Also, Mrs. Kaderia Ahmed, a journalist, who participated in the protest, urged the President to direct security personnel to rise to the situation. NAN reports

“We have the challenge of security situation all over the country, but that of Zamfara is clearly bad. We are tired of mass burial and that is why we are calling on PMB to intervene.

“Nobody is talking of these killings now among our leaders, and this is apparently disgusting. This issue involves lives and people deserve to be safe whereever they live in this country,’’ she said.

Mr. Zaharuddeen Bello-Imam, a former Director General on Social Media to Gov. Abdullaziz Yari of Zamfara, said the Federal Government should take decisive action against the kidnappers and bandits operating in the state.

According to Bello-Imam, there was need for total overhaul of the security apparatus of the state to control the situation before the killing and kidnapping get out of hand.

Another protester, Mr. Aliyu Dansado, said the killings and kidnapping had affected farming activities in the state, adding that he was unable to go to his farms for some time because of fear.

“Government should rise up to action to end the killing and kidnapping, we have been paying ransom to kidnappers for the past five years now, people are killed on daily basis, government needs to do something now,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesters marched from the Unity Fountain, Maitama Abuja to the Presidential Villa where they presented their letter for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking to the protesters, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Special Assistant to the President on Security, promised to convey their message to the President

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Kogi decides: ‘This is helicopter election’ – Senator Dino Melaye rejects result, reveals how APC rigged

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Dino Melaye, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kogi West Senatorial candidate, has described Saturday’s election as an ‘helicopter election.’

The lawmaker who spoke to Channels TV, said the result released by INEC is ‘fictitious.

Rejecting the results of the election, Melaye added that the election was marred by massive violence and rigging.

He said, “The innovation is that what we had is what I have christened ‘Helicopter election’. For the first time, rigging has been advanced to the level that now the use of a helicopter in perpetuating this electoral atrocity manifested yesterday.

“Helicopter hovering around Polling units in Lokoja, dropping bullets on innocent, harmless citizens and electorate; and as I speak, yesterday, teargas being fired from this helicopter.

“Despite the fact that this helicopter was used in harassing, intimidating and firing innocent electorates, the votes of those places were carted away and taken to the government house, stuffed and brought back to the collation centre and they have been accepted and admitted and collation is ongoing.

“They brought mayhem on my own community and even killed my nephew, we are waiting to see what INEC will do, but I reject in totality, this fictitious result and I want to say that all these are not about the election, it is about Dino Melaye.”

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Kogi Decides 2019: Dino Melaye’s nephew dies after sustaining gunshot wounds

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Senator Dino Melaye has announced the death of his nephew, Olorunjuwon, who was shot by unknown gunmen at his polling unit during the Saturday’s election.

Melaye and Senator Smart Adeyemi are engaged in a fresh battle of who emerges the Kogi West senatorial district representative.

The Kogi West senatorial district election was held alongside the governorship election in the State yesterday. The winner is yet to be announced.

Melaye came out on Sunday morning to announce the death of Olorunjuwon after sustaining gunshot wounds at his polling unit on Saturday.

Dino Melaye announced this on his Twitter page Sunday morning saying: “My nephew Olorunjuwon who was shot at my pooling unit yesterday died this morning.

“My brother your death is a Supreme sacrifice in the struggle for the liberation of our people. Rest in peace aburo… So sad.”

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Kogi decides 2019: Live Results from Collation Centres

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Results of the governorship election have started coming in from collation Centers in the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State.

AREWA.NG reports that over 20 political parties presented candidates for the election.

However, many would expect the result to go either the way of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, David Lyon or Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Follow this thread for results as being announced by INEC Collation officials at Local Government headquarters.

Okehi LGA

A: 02
AAC: 08
AD: 13
ADC: 67
ADP: 19
ANRP: 16
APC: 36954
APGA: 43
GDPN: 04
GPN: 01
HDP: 00
JMPP: 03
MAJA: 02
NCP: 09
PDP: 487
PPN: 17
PPP: 19
PRP: 03
SDP: 3095
NCP: 12
PDP: 139
PPN: 14
PPP: 15
PRP: 25
SDP: 50
UDP: 4
UPC: 3
YDP: 10
YPP: 6
ZLP: 1
APM: 26

UDP: 52
UPC: 02
YDP: 05
YPP: 02
ZLP: 0
APM: 25

LG Collation Officer:
Prof Ugoh Sylvanus Chukwudi

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