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Boko Haram: Many Reportedly Killed By Armed Bandits In Zamfara State

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Several Nigerians were reportedly killed on Monday night after suspected armed bandits were said to have attacked some villages in Zamfara State.

The armed bandits are said to be a new component of Boko Haram. They attacked Madaba village in Magami district of the state at night when residents were asleep.  Dozens of residents were killed.

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A journalist, known to have access to Boko Haram leadership, disclosed the information in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

The journalist, Ahmed Salkida, also raised the alarm over a Boko Haram component disguising as “armed gang,” and attacking villages, killing soldiers and kidnapping residents in Zamfara State.

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Salkida tweeted that his argument that there is a Boko Haram component in the crisis in Zamfara is reinforced by the way the armed gangs operate, especially how they execute some of their victims.  He further said there is no doubt that there is a terrorism component, and the cattle rustling and ethnic components as well.

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Falana Calls For Visa Ban, Prosecution Of El-Rufai For ‘Body Bags’ Threats

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Falana Says El-Rufai May Be Prosecuted For 'Body Bags' Threats

A sage in Nigeria’s legal profession, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, says Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, may be prosecuted at the end of his tenure for his threat of sending back in body bags foreigners who interfere with Nigeria’s elections.

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Falana was speaking at an event in Lagos honoring Beko Ransome-Kuti at the secratariat of the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, CDHR.  The activist lawyer has urged international communities to impose a visa ban on El-Rufai.

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He also said El-Rufai’s threat to attack and kill foreign election observers in Nigeria constitutes an infraction of the 2010 electoral act.

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‘Leaked’ Audio Is A Wilful Defamation, Tinubu Reacts To Vote-Buying Allegation

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'Leaked' Audio Is A Wilful Defamation, Tinubu Reacts To Vote Buying Allegation

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to leaked audio, where he was reportedly quoted as bargaining with electorates for their votes in exchange for money.  Tinubu says the audio is a wilful defamation.  He also said the perpetrators have crossed the line into the impermissible.

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The leaked audio sounded like Tinubu addressing a meeting of APC supporters in Lagos last week.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Tinubu said the audio was meant to paint him in a poor light.  He said in the statement that politics is an arena where mischief and exaggeration may not be the best craft but are permitted excesses of the trade.

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The statement said the leaked audio grossly mis-translates Tinubu’s statements to imply corruption and election malpractice.

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Friday Public Holiday Is To Prepare Nigerians To Exercise Franchise – Buhari

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Friday Public Holiday Is To Enable Franchise - President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared Friday a public holiday.  The president says this is for Nigerians to prepare for the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly election.

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Many had used last week’s similar work free day to travel to their home towns and villages where they are registered to vote.  The postponement of the election took everybody back to his work station.  Now that trip has to be made again if they are to exercise their franchise to vote in this election.

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