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Rivers Election: Nigerian Army, INEC Disunited Over Allegations Of Invasion

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Rivers Election: Nigerian Army, INEC Disunited Over Allegations Of Invasion

The Six Division of the Nigeria Army is taking issue with allegations of invasion of the Obio-Akpor collation center by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, which it claims was ignored by the fact-finding committee of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The army says it is disappointed in the statement by INEC’s National Commissioner and chairman Information and Voter Education Commtitee, Festus Okoye, that nothing in its report presented to the fact-finding committee reflected that fact.

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The Army said INEC failed to report that police officers from government house, in collusion with thugs, went in fifty vehicles to Obio-Akpor collation center and allegedly shot captain Adams Salami at close range.  The same group was said to have allegedly matcheted corporal Adeosun Adebayo.  The army says both men are still in the hospital.

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The Army expressed disappointment and asked that the Nigeria police leadership commence full-scale investigation of those security aides it says attacked troops at the collation center.

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The Army has threatened to withdraw its partnership with the police.

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Buhari Condemns Killing Of Christian Youths In Gombe

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Buhari Decries Killing Of Christian Youths In Gombe

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the killings of those Christian youths by the Nigerian policeman who was accused of intentionally ramming his vehicle into them in Gombe while on their Easter Sunday procession.

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The president also expressed sadness over the reprisal killing of the law enforcement officials allegedly responsible for the tragic incident.

In a statement on Monday, the president described the violent actions as “very unfortunate,” and extended condolences to the families of the victims.  He also wished the injured speedy recovery.

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Along with the Christian Association of Nigeria, Gombe chapter, and the state government, the president appealed for calm.  He also decried reckless driving, as well as what he called “quick resort to self-help and mob action.”

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Nigeria’s Borrowing Remains Relatively Low At 19% – Minister

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Nigeria's Borrowing Remains Relatively Low At 19% - Minister

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has said Nigeria’s borrowing still stands at 19 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  She said this level is low compared to debt levels in Ghana, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt and Angola.

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The minister also said there is no plan to remove fuel subsidy. She said the International Monetary Fund merely advised the federal government to remove fuel subsidy but assured Nigerians fuel subsidy removal plans are not even being considered at this time.

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On the question of the country’s debt level, the minister said Nigeria’s borrowing is still at 19 per cent of GDP.  She said this is still within the country’s fiscal responsibility act which allows a maximum of 25 per cent of GDP.

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The minister said Nigeria has the lowest level of borrowing compared to other countries.

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Sanwo-Olu Expresses Confidence In Election Petition Tribunal

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Sanwo-Olu Expresses Confidence In Election Petition Tribunal

Lagos state governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed confidence he will be victorious at the Lagos State gubernatorial electoral petition tribunal.

The governor-elect expressed the optimism when he visited the tribunal to sign responses to two petitions challenging his victory in the march governorship election in Lagos.

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His victory is being challenged by chief Owolabi Salis of the Alliance for Democracy, and professor Ifagbemi Awamaridi of the Labour Party.

Sanwo-Olu said the tribunal will find that the challenges to his victory were without merit because Lagosians went out and voted in large numbers and made their choice.  With him at the tribunal was deputy governor-elect, Obafemi Hamzat.

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