Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning????. Enjoy!
1.Men suspected to be loyalists of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State invaded Lafenwa Market in the state and disrupted the disbursement of TraderMoni. The men were allegedly led by the Chairman of Abeokuta North-West Local Council Development Area, Monsuru Shorunke. Shorunke who did not deny the incident noted that he led some to the market on the order of the governor. “I was in front of the governor when we heard that some people came to Lafenwa Market, collecting PVCs from the traders in exchange for money. The governor said we should go and find out what was happening. We believe that it was wrong for them to collect people’s PVCs before election day. That was what they came to do at Lafenwa and it is wrong,” he said.
2. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Tuesday while speaking after a security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja said that Kaduna State need more deployment of troops to maintain peace during the general elections. The governor alleged that the death toll in the recent Kajuru attacks had risen to 130. “The last report we got is that over 130 people were killed, not even 66. And the Fulani leaders are providing the names of all these people; we have the list and we will release it to the press,” he said.
3. The Kano State Police Command has arrested 950 suspected political thugs (aka Yan Daba) ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections. Wakili Mohammed, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, confirmed the figure on Tuesday when the Kano Election Peace Committee visited him. Mohammed noted that he would not fold his arm and allow some disgruntled elements to continue to harass and intimidate innocent citizens of the state.
4. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday night reportedly arrested, Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, the lawyer of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the PDP. He was reportedly arrested by the anti-graft for alleged $2million money laundering. Giwa-Osagie was allegedly implicated by a bureau de change operator who said he was the owner of the money. EFCC suspects that the money might be budgeted for either vote-buying or to compromise electoral officials.
5. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a statement on Tuesday while reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to security agencies to kill ballot box snatchers, asked Nigerians not to despair, saying that they had fought leaders who were more ruthless and more dictatorial than Buhari in the past. “It is shocking for any head of state to utter such words in a democracy and we shall not accept it from General Buhari in this country. We have fought more ruthless dictators than him,” Atiku said.
6. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has clearly disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari over his order to security agents to ruthlessly deal with ballot box snatchers during the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections. Buhari had warned that anyone who thinks he can snatch ballot box on Election Day should be ready to pay with their lives. However, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of INEC, in an apparent response to Buhari said that the commission would stand by the Electoral Act which “states that persons who snatch election materials are liable to a prison term of two years or maximum fine of N500, 000.”