*INEC can’t cancel any announced result – REC* *12 killed by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon*

*INEC can’t cancel any announced result – REC* *12 killed by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon*

MIDDAY NEWSSabinews Midday News Update for April 18, 2015


INEC can’t cancel any announced result – REC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC for Anambra State, Mr. Edwin Nwatarali insisted yesterday that the Commission has no powers to cancel any election result announced by INEC returning officer, saying those who felt aggrieved over the outcome of the national assembly election in Anambra State should pursue their matter at the election petition tribunal.

Nwatarali, who spoke during the handing over of certificate of return to the senators and nine House of Representatives –elect who were declared winners in the March 28, 2015 general elections, said he has been receiving incessant telephone calls since the announcement of the results, with some of those making the calls threatening him. Read more

12 killed by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon

Military officials say twelve civilians have been killed in an attack carried out by Boko Haram terrorists in northern Cameroon.

According to Press TV quoting Major Nlate Eballe, the operations officer of Cameroon’s Operation Alpha special military unit, the Takfiri terrorists launched their cross-border attack on Dia, a village located in the country’s far north region, early on Friday. Read more

Rivers: We did not lose, we were robbed – APC Chieftain

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who doubles as the lawmaker representing Emohua constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Lloyd has said his party did not lose the keenly contested election in the state rather was robbed of its sure victory.

The Majority Leader in RSHA who is also seeking fourth term bid into the state legislature on the platform of APC disclosed this while reacting to the cancellation of the State House of Assembly election in his LG. He alleged that the APC was robbed of its victory by the PDP with the connivance of the INEC and the security operatives. Read more

Defection: S-Court sacks House of Reps member from Ondo State

It was end of the road for the lawmaker representing Akure South/North Federal Constituency of Ondo State, Ifedayo Abegunde, as the Supreme Court, yesterday, ordered him to immediately vacate his seat following his defection from the Labour Party, LP, which sponsored his election

A Seven-man panel of Justices of the apex court, in a unanimous judgment yesterday, declared Abegunde who decamped from the LP to the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, as unfit to remain at the legislative house. Read more

UN calls for peace ahead of Burundi elections

The UN Security Council on Friday called upon all parties in Burundi to “refrain from any acts of violence and intimidation before, during, and after elections” in the country.

“The members of the Security Council stressed the need for the government and political opposition to refrain from any acts of violence and intimidation before, during, and after elections and to actively support the conditions for a peaceful, timely, credible and inclusive elections process,” the 15-nation UN body said in a statement issued to the press here Friday night. Read more

Five political parties seek cancellation of Abia gov election

Five political parties that participated in the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections in Abia State have rejected the entire exercise and called for total cancellation of the exercise and a re-run election organized by INEC in the state.

According to the parties, “there were no elections in Abia State on the 11th of April 2015 as the good people of Abia State were not allowed to exercise their franchise on the election day and we call on all well meaning Nigerians to add their voice to the call for total cancellation and a re-run in the state”. Read more

Mysterious fire engulfs Otukpo main market, over N250m worth of goods, cash destroyed

Goods and cash worth over N250million wereThursday night destroyed in a mysterious fire outbreak that engulfed over 120 shops at the Otukpo main market, in Benue state.

Saturday Vanguard learnt that the fire which started about 7.30 pm at the cosmetics and fish sections of the market, lasted into the night when all efforts to put out the mysterious inferno failed. Read more

Ogboru rejects Delta gov poll result

The Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Delta State, Great Ogboru, has rejected the declaration of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect.

Rejecting the election result, Ogboru said, “The rigging is too senseless to ignore.” Read more

22 dead in Afghan suicide bomb attack

A suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and wounded 50 others in an attack on Saturday outside a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, provincial officials said.

“The explosion happened outside a bank where government employees collect their monthly salaries,” Nangarhar provincial police chief Fazal Ahmad Shirzad told AFP. Read more

Kingsley Onye: Eagles don’t need Keshi now

Former Enugu Rangers and Eagles defender, Kingley Onye is unhappy with the current form of the Super Eagles following the recent spate of unfavourable results.

Onye who played for the Flying Eagles team at the FIFA World Youth Championship, held in the then Soviet Union (USSR) in 1985 also spoke about the importance of Mikel Obi and Michael Emenalo in Chelsea team. Read more

Drop in Oil Prices, Opportunity for Subsidy Reform, Says IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday stated that the current drop in oil prices offers a unique opportunity for Nigeria and seven other oil-producing countries in Africa to implement politically difficult oil subsidy reforms.

IMF’s Director for African Development, Antoinette Sayeh who made the submissions at a press conference in Washington DC, United States of America at the ongoing IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings, added that in the short run, dealing with oil shock should be the priority. Read more

Akpabio Berates Role of Special Police Squad in A’Ibom Election

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio has taken a swipe at the role played by the Nigeria Police in the conduct of the April 11, 2015 governorship and house of assembly election in the state.

Akpabio who bared his mind shortly after being presented with a certificate of return as the senator-elect, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district on Thursday, frowned that the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) and two Police Commissioners sent to the state, alleging they were meant to protect the interest of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) in the election. Read more

Keshi begs Nigerians over protracted contract talks

Out of contract Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has apologised to Nigerians over his protracted contract talks with the Nigeria Football Federation.

A very sober Keshi in a chat with africanFootball.com also begged the NFF president Amaju Pinnick and entire executive committee of the soccer body. Read more

Indonesian woman beheaded in Saudi Arabia for murder of 4-year-old girl

Saudi Arabia has executed an Indonesian domestic worker just days after beheading another woman from the country.

Karni binti Medi Tarsim was convicted of murdering a four-year-old girl in 2012, according to a statement from the Indonesian foreign ministry. Read more

Sri Lanka bars central bank chief from foreign travel for 3 months

Sri Lanka has imposed a three-month ban on overseas travel by its central bank governor, Arjuna Mahendran, who faces an investigation over alleged insider dealing, an official said on Saturday.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe set up a three-member panel to investigate the alleged insider dealing at a Feb. 27 bond auction after opposition parties accused Mahendran of involvement and demanded an independent inquiry. Read more

Kenya College Massacre May Spark Closure of Dadaab Refugee Camp

The massacre at a Kenyan college which left almost 150 people dead may be about to spark a full-fledged humanitarian crisis.

The April 2 attack by Somalia-based al Shabaab at Garissa University prompted authorities to order the United Nations to close the Dadaab refugee camp within three months, leaving residents wondering where they will go. Read more

Gunfire and explosions heard in Libyan capital

Clashes broke out in a district and a suburb of Libya’s capital on Saturday, home to groups opposing an alternative government controlling Tripoli and parts of western Libya, residents said.

The North African country is in the midst of a conflict between two governments and parliaments allied to armed groups fighting for power and territory four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. Read more


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