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Kogi governorship election: Senator Melaye disowns all his posters in circulation

Melaye disowns all his posters in circulation ▷ Legit.ng

Kogi state governorship aspirant, Dino Melaye, has claimed that he is yet to print any poster to announce his ambition to rule the state.

The senator, however, appreciated the gestures of those who went out of their ways to print the posters.

"Yet to print any poster but Nigerians from all over have been producing posters. I'm grateful," Melaye wrote on his Instagram page.

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However, a follower of Melaye identified as Mike pushed back, saying making such statements will not take the senator anywhere.

"You claim, Nigerians from all over, are the ones producing posters, but you're the one pushing the said posters out to the public on your own platforms? Don't they have platforms to push your posters out to the public? If truly, others are the ones producing your posters? This cheap lies won't take you anywhere," he said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Melaye unveiled his poster for governorship race. The governorship aspirant released the official photo on his Instagram page on Sunday, June 2.

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This came shortly after the senator declared his interest to contest the Kogi governorship election scheduled for November 16. The senator made his intention known on Saturday, June 1, during a meeting of Kogi West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) executives held at his country home in Aiyetoro Gbede, Ijumu local government area of the state.

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Nigerian Navy on Thursday, June 13, commenced the manual destruction of unserviceable firearms recovered from Ondo state amnesty programme.

Legit.ng had reported that the acting inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, said that the Nigeria Police Force was in the process of acquiring and deploying less lethal weaponry during operations.

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Adamu made this known on Thursday, April 25 in Osogbo at the inauguration of a zonal security stakeholders’ forum, a community policing concept for the Police Zone XI comprising Ondo, Osun and Oyo.

Nigerian Navy began the exercise on Thursday, Wednesday 13 (Photo credit: The Nation

Nigerian Navy began the exercise on Thursday, Wednesday 13 (Photo credit: The Nation)
Source: UGC

Nigerian Navy begins destruction of unserviceable firearms

The exercise by the Nigerian Navy is for all firearms that are no more in use (Photo credit: The Nation)
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Legit.ng gathered that the forum was aimed at galvanising the people of the three states toward identifying and partnering with the police to address peculiar security challenges.

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The IGP, who was represented by the deputy inspector general of police, Taiwo Lakanu, said he had commenced the process of addressing factors that engender conflict and distrust between the citizens and the police, particularly issues bordering on misuse of firearms and sundry abuses of police powers.

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- A motion to debate President Buhari's Democracy Day speech was blocked by APC senators

- The motion was brought by a PDP senator, Gyang, representing Plateau

Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have prevented a motion by Senator Istifanus Dung Gyang (PDP, Plateau) on President Muhammadu Buhari's June 12 Democracy Day speech. The motion sought for the Senate to debate the speech delivered by Buhari.

Daily Trust reports that Senator Istifanus on Thursday, June 13, brought the motion on the floor of the Senate, seeking the consent of his colleagues for the motion to be considered as a matter of urgent national importance.

He said: “The motion has to do with the speech by President Muhammadu Buhari on Democracy Day. The speech is already in the public domain and had generated a lot of interest.”

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When Senate President Ahmad Lawan subjected the motion to voice votes, majority of the senators, most of whom are of the APC overwhelmingly rejected it. Lawan therefore ruled that “The nays have it.”

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari finally addressed the nation first time since his re-election as he made new promises as well as announced goals to be achieved by his government in the next four years.

In the address, President Buhari noted the strength in the unity of the country. He also noted that there was a general agreement that the 2019 presidential election was free and fair.

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He said: "The principal thrust of this new administration is to consolidate on the achievements of the last four years, correct the lapses inevitable in all human endeavors and tackle the new challenges the country is faced with and chart a bold plan for transforming Nigeria."

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- A thief in Aba, Abia state, has reportedly stolen a generator engine

- The unknown culprit allegedly removed the engine from the chained generator, leaving the fuel tank behind

- It was gathered that the incident reportedly happened while it was raining

Stealing is a social ill that authorities have been trying to curb and these criminals have also become more creative to escape getting caught.

A Facebook user identified as Dan Mecha has reached out to Legit.ng to report the theft of his neighbour’s generator engine in Aba, Abia state.

According to Mecha, the engine of his neighbour’s generator was stolen despite it being chained down to keep it safe.

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From the photo sent by Mecha, it appeared that the thief left just the fuel tank behind. See the photo below:

Mecha also added that the incident happened on June 12, 2019, during a heavy rainfall in the city.

See the photo below:

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Thief makes away with engine of chained generator leaving the fuel tank behind in Abia (photo)

Thief makes away with engine of chained generator leaving the fuel tank behind in Abia (photo)
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a thief who was unable to swim jumped into a lagoon to escape being caught after snatching a phone in Lagos traffic.

Unfortunately for the criminal, he could not swim and he eventually had to be rescued by passersby.

One of his rescuers even threatened to push him back into the lagoon after the phone was recovered, but he was cautioned by people who told him to let the police handle the matter.

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- Ibrahim Magu said the EFCC has been able to secure more than 1,000 convictions since 2015

- The EFCC acting chairman said corruption was also fueling terrorism in the country

- Magu said the commission arrested those involved in vote-buying during the election

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has identified corruption as one of the ingredients encouraging terrorism in the country.

According to Premium Times, Magu said this at a one-day National Democracy Day anti-corruption summit organised by the EFCC in Abuja on Tuesday, June 11.

Magu also noted that since 2015, the commission has secured an estimated 1,204 convictions.

In attendance were guests from the diplomatic community and government, including the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame; U.S ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington; head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen; Nigerian state governors and some of their predecessors.

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Magu said: “The convictions secured by the commission since the beginning of this administration reflect a positive progression. In 2015 the commission secured 103 convictions, 194 in 2016, 189 in 2017 and 312 in 2018. From January 2019 to date the commission has secured over 406 convictions and recovered several assets worth billions of Naira.

He also noted that “corruption does not just affect the economy of the country but encourages terrorism”.

The EFCC chairman also said the commission monitored the 2019 election and arrested individuals involved in vote-buying.

He said: “Electoral spending by politicians is often linked to voter inducement in Africa and in our local parlance, “votes buying”. Worthy of note is the fact that one is induced to sell his vote.

”He automatically loses the moral equilibrium to challenge corrupt tendencies of those elected. On the other hand, vote-selling by the electorate has mostly been due to several factors, including lack of proper political education.

”Political parties often induce voters with money because they lack appropriate and realistic policies to convince the electorate to vote them into power, thus breeding multi-dimensional adverse effects on good governance and creating gaps for corruption to thrive.”

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Meanwhile, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to take a cue from his Tanzanian counterpart, John Magufuli, in the fight against corruption.

Magufuli who has been the head of the Tanzanian government since 2015, kick-started his government by imposing measures to curb government spending by barring unnecessary foreign travel by government officials, using cheaper vehicles and board rooms for transport and meetings respectively.

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- The menace of banditry in Nigeria is fast becoming a cause of serious worry both to citizens and to the federal government

- In fact, Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, on Wednesday, June 12, said that banditry is becoming a bigger problem than Boko Haram insurgency

- Mustapha said that this is because bandits all over the nation go as far as claiming territories after carrying out their attacks

Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Wednesday, June 12, said that banditry was becoming a bigger problem than Boko Haram insurgence in the country.

However, Mustapha said that the federal government is doing its utmost to tackle banditry and other violent crimes in the country, Premium Times reports.

The SGF said: “We have had incidents of banditry, which have taken a new dimension altogether. It is no more kidnapping just for the sake of it.

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“Kidnapping is becoming a commercial enterprise and the banditry in the north-west, if care is not taken, will be another insurgency because they come in and take territories and declare lordship over those territories and they dare even authorities and securities agencies.

“There are many aspects of this crisis that are manifesting, but I can tell you that we have tried as much as possible to deal with them. You can see there is relative calm, even in the southern part of the country.

“In the south-south, which was a major challenge at the time we came in 2015 but because of the interface, mediation, negotiation and extending a hand of fellowship and assuring people that they are part of Nigeria and they can make claims for which the government is obligated to listen to them, there has been relative peace even with the issues of self-determination as exhibited in south eastern part of the country.’

“So much is being done in terms of interface with the governors, with the leadership of the south-east trying to dissuade people from towing that part, which will not be of benefit to anybody.

“So as much as possible, in the area of securing the nation, issues of security as they manifest in different dimensions, we are doing as much as humanly possible to ensure we contain it.

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"Like the president would always give assurances that we would work to avoid the conflicts which are needless, the office of the OSGF has done a lot in that area.

‘’We have tried as much as possible to interface with the traditional rulers being the first respondent in most communities through the National Council of Nigeria Traditional Rulers which is co-chaired by the Ooni of Ife and the Sultan of Sokoto.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Senator Shehu Sani had reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement about lifting 100 million people out of poverty in 10 years.

The senator on Thursday, June 13, said that the people need to be lifted out of banditry first before they are taken out of poverty.

Sani in another separate tweet elaborated the situations people want to be rescued from, he listed such areas as herdsmen, kidnappings and killings.

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- A village head in Batsari local government, Alhaji Bature Mai'unguwa, has been kidnapped

- Confirming the abduction, the police in Katsina said the village head was kidnapped by unknown gunmen while working on his farm

- The police also reminded the people that the state has suspended farming around Rugu forest areas

The Police command in Katsina state has confirmed the abduction of Alhaji Bature Mai’unguwa, the Village Head of Labo in Batsari local government area by unknown gunmen.

The police public relations officer, SP Gambo Isa, confirmed the abduction to newsmen on Wednesday, June 12, in Katsina, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

He said that the victim was abducted on Tuesday, June 11, afternoon while working on his farm at the outskirts of the village, near Rugu forest.

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"Operation Puff Adder responded to the distress call, but since it was far inside near Rugu forest, before they could reach, the hoodlums have already fled into the forest. We are following a lead that may assist us in rescuing him.

"The command is calling on communities in the affected areas to always form groups while going to their farms and inform security agents for security backup.

"We are reminding people of the state government’s directives on the suspension of farming activities around Rugu forest areas.

"Members of the communities are reminded to put security of their lives first before embarking on any activity,’’ he said.

NAN gathered that the gunmen invaded the village on motorcycles around 1:00 pm, on Tuesday, June 11, shot sporadically to pave way for their operation, abducted the village head, and fled into the forest.

In a related development, Leadership also reports the kidnapping of another village head named Mallam Labo in the same Batsari local government.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that bandits, described as herdsmen on Wednesday, June 12, attacked passengers on the Ife-Ibadan highway, killing one person.

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It was gathered that the dead man was identified as Adenipekun Ademiju, a worker in the Atakumosa west local government area of Osun state.

Ademiju was said to have boarded a vehicle at Osu town going to Ibadan when he and other passengers were attacked at Ikire community along the expressway.

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- Nigeria's socio-political organisations have reacted to the comment made by former president Obasanjo on governance structure in Nigeria

- The Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo backed Obasanjo on his position on the emergence of leaders for the National Assembly

- However, the ACF said contrary to Obasanjo's claim, President Buhari cannot be blamed on the outcome of NASS elections

Three major socio-political organisations in Nigeria have reacted to the comment by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on the currently national governance structure.

The Afenifere, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the former president was wrong on his assertion on the imbalance in Nigeria's governance structure.

Reacting to comments made by Obasanjo on the leadership structure for the 9th Assembly, the Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo backing Obasanjo on his position expressed concern on the emergence of leaders for the legislative.

ThisDay reports that the national publicity secretary of Afenifere group, Yinka Odumakin, said the emergence of Lawan as Senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila as House of Representatives speaker would lead Nigeria into “elected dictatorship.”

Odumakin said: “The fears Obasanjo raised are very real. In the midst of where Nigeria is today and the feelings on the land, to concentrate the three heads of government in the hands of core north and of the same religion, is like striking a match stick beside an opened keg of petrol.

“These people should be more sensitive to know that this will further promote the feeling of alienation by sections of the country. This illustrates the arrogance with which these things are being done. It is not healthy for the polity," Odumakin added.

He said the celebration of June 12 by the present administration is not inclusive.

"The South-east has nobody in all the top seven positions in the country. Not one! And you take all these key positions to the core north. I think Obasanjo is right," he added.

Also defending Obasanjo, the leader of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo group, John Nnia-Nwodo, said the group was not surprised with the outcome of the National Assembly leadership elections.

Nwodo also commended the former president for speaking out against the structure of governance.

He said: "It cannot be worse than this. We never expected anything different because the president is irredeemably clannish. It has never been heard that a president will decide to totally shut out a people from a nation’s governance structure."

“With the ways things are, the three arms of government in the country are being led by people from the core north - the executive, legislature and the judiciary and yet we still pretend to be a nation.

“It’s expected that at the end of every election, the winner will embrace every part of the country as one whether they supported you or not. This is the reason why we took our own decision before the election because we expected nothing from this arrangement," Nwodo said.

The ACF however, did not agree with the issues raised by former president Obasanjo.

According to ACF, the leaders of the socio-political groups and Nigeria at large cannot blame President Buhari for the election at the 9th Assembly.

ACF said Buhari should not be blamed for Nigerians’ decision to elect people from the north into offices.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Obasanjo had said that the country is being driven towards “disaster and instability” by the President

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Buhari-led government. The former president made the comment at his Ibogun Olaogun ancestral home in Ifo local government area of Ogun state.

He said that even though Nigeria has made considerable progress since the new dispensation began in 1999, the pace of movement shows that the country may be inching towards disaster and instability.

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