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Fayose, Keyamo, Others React To INEC Appointment Of Amina Zakari

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Fayose, Keyamo, Others Reacts To INEC Appointment Of Amina Zakari

The ad hoc committee on electoral logistics is chaired by an INEC national commissioner, retired air vice marshal Tijjani Mu’azu, another INEC national commissioner, Amina Zakari, was named the chairman of the ad hoc committee on national collation centre.

INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, says, the commission was taking another step in its determination to ensure seamless preparations for next month’s general elections by inaugurating the two committees

Concern has been raised about the sensitivity of the position, and Zakari’s closeness to the president.  Some politicians have also expressed anxiety that this may be a plot to rig the elections.

Political groups, including the People’s Democratic Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, have opposed the appointment of Zakari as head of the committee at the presidential election coalition centre.

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The PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said on Thursday at a press conference in Abuja, that his party has rejected  Zakari’s appointment because she is president Muhammadu Buhari’s niece.

Ologbondiyan said such an appointment would assist Buhari, the APC and INEC to rig the presidential election.  He also said that could fuel violence,

Mike Angel, APGA’s director of strategic communication for John Gbor’s campaign organisation says the appointment had shown why president Buhari refused to sign the electoral act (amendment) bill into law.

And on twitter a former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose tweeted

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria says it’s a provocative act of political corruption.

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Buhari’s campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, has commented on the reactions to the appointment.

Keyamo’s tweet reads:

But the chief press secretary to INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi says Amina Zakari’s appointment as chairman of the ad hoc committee on collation centre should not be interpreted as a plan to rig the elections.  He said Zakari played a similar role in the 2015 general elections, and no one has yet complained of rigging in that election.

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Uganda: Police Steps Up Deployments To Stop More Cases Of FGM

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Uganda: Police Steps Up Deployments To Stop More Cases Of FGM

Authorities in Uganda’s Eastern Sebei region have reported an increase in cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), that is illegal in the country. Police say they have stepped up their deployments to stop any more cases.

Local leaders and activists say some FGM ceremonies are now happening in public in spite of the practice being illegal in Uganda. Most of the victims are believed to be married women in their 20s and 30s who face stigma for not having undergone the procedure.

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A non-governmental agency says there have been at least 12 women who have undergone public circumcision, although there have been many more suspected cases.

FGM was banned in Uganda in 2010 with those committing the act facing up to 10 years in prison. Campaigning by the government and activists has led to a reduction in the practice.

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But now some women, who did not undergo the procedure before marriage, are said to be facing social isolation and pressure to get circumcised.

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Security Officers Repulse Suspected Al-Shabaab Attack In Kenya

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Security Officers Repulse Suspected Al-Shabaab Attack In Kenya

Four more suspects named by Kenyan authorities as wanted following last week’s attack at the Dusitd2 complex in the capital, Nairobi, have surrendered. They reportedly handed themselves in at a police station in Isiolo, north-east of the capital.

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Kenyan police also said on Monday, they have thwarted an attack by suspected Somali militants Al Shabaab on a Chinese-owned construction company in an eastern region, days after the Islamist group killed 21 people in Nairobi.

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The assailants wounded one person while they attempted to hit the site in Garissa county, not far from the Kenyan-Somali border, owned by a Chinese road construction company that is building the Garissa-Modogashe highway.

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County Police Commander David Kerina says, the attackers were repulsed since the security officers were very alert.

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South Sudan Govt Sets To Repair Oil Wells Damaged During Civil War

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South Sudan Govt Set To Repair Oil Wells Damaged During Civil War

South Sudan says it has begun repairing and pumping oil from wells damaged during the civil war that broke out in 2013. Oil Minister Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth says the move will boost production by 70, 000 barrels per day by the end of the year.

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The country gained independence from Sudan eight years ago, and currently produces 160,000 barrels per day.

Gatkuoth says wells are being repaired with the help of Sudan after production plunged to less than half of pre-war levels. South Sudan’s President Salva Kirr and rebel leader Riek Machar signed what they called the “final final” peace deal agreement to end the civil war in august last year. But it has not been fully implemented.

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