* Thugs Prevent Voters From Voting In ‘Adeleke’s Stronghold’ * Osun Re-Run Election: REC Assures Adequate Security, Says Ballot Box Snatching Impossible

* Thugs Prevent Voters From Voting In ‘Adeleke’s Stronghold’                   * Osun Re-Run Election: REC Assures Adequate Security, Says Ballot Box Snatching Impossible

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

 

Thugs Prevent Voters From Voting In ‘Adeleke’s Stronghold’

Political thugs have taken over the Orolu community and prevented the voters from casting their votes. The election observers accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission to monitor the election in the area were sent back by security operatives. At Disu Oke-Odo area, ward 7, Kajola road in Orolu community, voters were were prevented from getting to polling centers as some political thugs who were fully armed were shooting sporadically.

Osun Re-Run Election: REC Assures Adequate Security, Says Ballot Box Snatching Impossible

The Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, has assured the electorate, voting at the state re-run election, of adequate security as voting process commences on Thursday. Agbaje gave the assurance when he visited the polling unit at Ward 5, Unit 17, on Adewale Street, Alekuwodo Area in Osogbo. He said INEC and the ad hoc staff were ready to conduct the election and that “the deployment of heavy security is an assurance that nobody or individuals can distrupt the process.

Recall Of Paris Club Refund: Govs Resolve To Use Fund To Offset Salaries

Following the order from the Federal Government to recall the second tranche of London and Paris Club refunds disbursed to five states, amounting to about $2.7 billion, the 36 state governors have resolved to use the funds to offset outstanding salaries. The governors also resolved to prepare all their outstanding liabilities and have them forwarded to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

Strike: ASUU Denies Inducement By Opposition

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, denied yesterday that it was being influenced by the opposition to embark on strike following its consistent demand for the federal government to implement the agreement reached with the union in 2009. Addressing reporters at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, the coordinator of Owerri Zone of ASUU, Prof Uzo Onyebinama said the union was not interested in who was in power, adding that the main interest of ASUU, as a major stakeholder in education, was to see that tertiary education was given the attention it deserved.

 Strike: Benin Airport Gates Shut Against Passengers, Workers

Activities at the Benin Airport were grounded on Thursday as both entry and exit gates were locked, with hundreds of intending travellers stranded due to the nationwide strike embarked upon by the organised labour. Organised labour had on Wednesday directed all its affiliates to commence an indefinite warning strike on Thursday to press home its demand for a new national minimum wage.

Nigeria More Divided Today Than Pre-Civil War Era —Atiku

Former Vice President and Presidential aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar yesterday described Nigeria as a nation at a crossroad because her people elected a president in 2015 who had succeeded in dividing them. Addressing Anambra PDP delegates to the forthcoming presidential primaries of the party in Awka, Atiku urged Nigerians to unite to ensure that All Progressives Congress, APC, does not return to power in 2019.

Nigeria Airways Ex-Workers Accept N22.68b, Await N55.62b Balance

Ex-workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways, yesterday, okayed the grant of N22.68 billion recently approved by the Federal Government, though in anticipation of N55.62 billion balance. The 6000 beneficiaries, under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Nigeria Airways branch, will today sit at a meeting with the Presidential Payment Committee in Abuja, to fashion out modality of disbursement. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, approved the sum of N22.68 billion, being a part payment of the sum of N45 billion the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved over a year ago.

Nigerian Community In China Drums Support For Bianca

President of the Nigerian community in China, Mr Emma Ojukwu,  has urged the electorate in Anambra South senatorial constituency to join hands in electing Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu,  wife of former Biafran leader, Odumegwu Ojukwu  as their senator in the 2019 election. Ojukwu, also the leader of Anambra youths worldwide, said in a statement from Guangzhou, China on Tuesday that Bianca who had already indicated her interest in  contesting for Anambra South senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA,  has the potentials to give the constituency an effective representation in the upper legislative house.

Police Parade Man Who Threatened To Rape Atiku’s Wife

The Nigeria Police Force has paraded one Augustus Akpan, who had threatened to kidnap, rape and kill Atiku Abubakar’s wife and daughter if he fails to discard his presidential ambition. Augustus, aged 43, had also sent a message to the former vice president, threatening to blow his plane mid-air. The Police claimed to have retrieved a mobile phone and SIM card from Augustus, which he allegedly used to send the life-threatening message to Atiku and his family. The exhibits were discovered to have been stolen from a lady.

Army Inflicts Heavy Casualties On Boko Haram

Nigerian troops have repelled an attack on a military base by Boko Haram jihadists in the country’s northeast, the army and security sources said on Thursday. The attack, in the town of Gashigar, in the Mobbar district of Borno state, is believed to have been carried out by a Boko Haram faction backed by the Islamic State group. It was the latest in a series of strikes against military bases that have raised questions about the group’s strength, despite repeated official claims they were on the verge of defeat.

INYC Hails Pinnick’s Re-Election As NFF President

The Itsekiri National Youth Council (INYC) has congratulated Mr. Amaju Pinnick on his re-election as the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), noting that Pinnick’s re-election is a confirmation of his giant strides in revolutionising the Nigerian football administration. INYC, in a congratulatory message signed by its president and secretary, Comrade Oritseweyinmi Agbateyiniro and Comrade Appearance Afejuku, said: ‘’We are not surprised over Pinnick’s victory in the election given his dedication and contribution to the growth of football in Nigeria and Africa.

AFN Certifies Routes As Coal City Half Marathon Draws Near

Officials of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) on Monday completed the inspection and certification of routes mapped out for the first Enugu International Half Marathon, also known as Coal City Marathon. The AFN team, who arrived in the state over the weekend, went through the routes marked for the 21-kilometre half marathon, and at the end of their call described the new addition to Nigeria’s athletics calendar as a project that would help the country’s athletics development.

Barca And Madrid Endure Surprise La Liga Defeats

Barcelona conceded twice in 68 seconds and Real Madrid were three down at half-time as La Liga’s two title favourites were each stunned by surprise defeats on Wednesday night. Barca’s 2-1 loss to relegation fighters Leganes was the greater shock but Madrid’s beating was more emphatic, blown away 3-0 by Sevilla after a torrid 39 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The Photo That Will Teach Manchester United Player Paul Pogba A Lesson

Around the time Paul Pogba was stripped of the United vice-captaincy at Carrington, some of the club’s greatest ever players gathered 300 miles away across the Irish Sea in the home dressing room of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium in Cork. That, in itself, was a historic moment – the Gaelic Athletic Association do not allow English games to be played at their stadiums – but they eventually made a rare exception. For Liam.

What Paul Pogba Did On Team Coach Ahead Of Wolves Clash That Left Manchester United’s Staff Furious

Just as it seemed as though Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba’s relationship was beginning to turn a corner, the bus they were on sharply reversed back and into a ditch. Seemingly, that bus was en route to Old Trafford for The Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday. It was during that clash against Wolves that Pogba lost possession by trying to do a clever turn that led to the visitors’ equaliser before questioning his manager’s tactics.

 Trump Becomes A Punchline At The U.N.

Even the most bullish of President Trump’s supporters would have a tough time classifying his performance at the United Nations this week as a success. His Tuesday address to the U.N. General Assembly will be remembered for the mocking laughter that followed his claim that the Trump administration has, so far, “accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”

EU Single Market: What Is It And Why Should We Care If The UK Leaves It?

Theresa May’s hopes of keeping Britain within the EU’s single market after Brexit under the terms of her “Chequer’s agreement” were flatly rejected by European negotiators this month.With talks still mired in stalemate, the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told assembled MEPs in Strasbourg: “We respect the British decision to leave our union, even though we continue to regret it deeply. “But we also ask the British government to understand that someone who leaves the union cannot be in the same privileged position as a member state.

BMW Throws All Its New Tech At The X5

The average BMW X5 never strays too far from asphalt. It’s more at home navigating mall parking than on a backwoods trail. BMW is changing that with its latest X5, starting at $60,700 for the xDrive 40i. The new SUV (or Sports Activity Vehicle, as BMW calls it) ships with actual “sports” capabilities along with an impressive suite of new technology that’s premiering on the X5.

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