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APC’s Akeredolu leads Ondo gov poll with 68,211 votes

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  • Wins nine of 12 LGAs; Jegede 3
  • Results from six LGAs awaited

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressive Party is leading the Ondo governorship election conducted in the state on Saturday with a margin of 68,211 votes going by the results of 12 local governments already declared by the poll umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission.

There are 18 local governments in the state. Results from the six remaining LGAs are expected to be announced as from 9am when the INEC returning officer and other members of the electoral team and party agents reconvene at the state collation centre in Akure.

Details of the results so far announced showed that Akeredolu polled 161,667; Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party scored 93,456; while, the Zenith Labour Party’s candidate, Agboola Ajayi got 29,824 votes.

There are 3,009 polling units in the 203 wards of the 18 local government areas in the state. Seventeen parties are taking part in the election but going by the results already announced, it appears to be a three-horse race involving the APC, PDP and ZLP.

After the collation of results had been concluded in most of the local government collation centres, the INEC state collation centre in Akure was opened and the announcement of results from the various councils commenced around 12.45am on Sunday.

The first local government to be announced was Ifedore where the PDP candidate, Jegede, had the upper hand against Akeredolu of APC; and Ajayi of the ZLP.

The results are as follows:

Ifedore LGA

APC: 9,350

PDP: 11,852

ZLP: 1,863

Ileoluji/Oke-Igbo LGA

APC: 13,278

PDP: 9,231

ZLP: 1,971

Irele LGA

APC: 12,643

PDP: 5,493

ZLP: 5,904

Akoko North East LGA

APC: 16,572

PDP: 8,380

ZLP: 3,532

Akoko South West LGA

APC: 21,232

PDP: 15,055

ZLP: 2,775

Akoko North West LGA

APC: 15,809

PDP: 10,320

ZLP: 3,477

Ondo East LGA

APC: 6,485

PDP: 4,049

ZLP: 3,221

Akure North LGA

APC: 9,546

PDP: 12,263

ZLP: 1,046

Idanre LGA

APC: 11,286

PDP: 7,499

ZLP: 3,623

Akoko South-East

APC: 9,419

PDP: 4,003

ZLP: 2,004

Akure South-East

APC: 17,277

PDP: 47,267

ZLP: 1,236

Owo LGA

APC – 35,957

PDP – 5,311

ZLP – 408

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Zamfara killings: Buhari says it’s time to crush bandits

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President Muhammadu Buhari was aghast by the latest orgy of violence visited on innocent people in Zamfara State by bandits and issued a fresh order to security agents to crush the gunmen.

More than 25 people were killed in attacks on Gobirawa, Rini, Gora, and Madoti Dankule in Bakura and Maradun LGAs in Zamfara — the death toll has since risen.

The gunmen were said to have invaded the communities on motorcycles and shot sporadically, on Wednesday.

Reacting, Buhari said the “insane and persistent violence against innocent people must stop”, adding that “such wanton disregard for life will be brought to an end sooner than later”.

A statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Thursday quoted Buhari to have said this, adding,“These criminals should stop pushing their luck too far by believing that the government lacks the capacity to crush them.

“The violence against poor villagers who are struggling with poverty and other severe economic challenges is not going to be tolerated by this administration.”

He directed security agencies to close all existing gaps in their operations while expressing hope that the special operation launched by security agencies will prove decisive in ridding the state of the “frequent and horrifying” bandit activities.

“Let’s not give these criminals any opportunity to succeed by taking the war to their own camps and stop them in their tracks before they even have the time to respond under our massive fire power,” the president added.

Buhari reassured residents of the state of his administration’s determination to defeat the enemies, despite the latest setback.

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MASSOB rejects UK asylum offer, says it’s plot against Biafra

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The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has turned down the United Kingdom’s offer of asylum for its members.

It said the offer was an arrangement probably taken with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government to divert the attention of the people of Biafra.

A statement by MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, made available to journalists in Enugu, said the asylum offer was part of plans by the Buhari regime hatched with the British government against the emergence of Biafra.

The statement read in part, “The government of Britain is the sole architecture of the political, economic and religious problems of the people of Biafra in Nigeria even till today.

“It has not shown any remorse or apologise to the people of Biafra.

“Britain killed, maimed mesmerised and wounded our fathers, mothers and brethren through the Hausa Fulanis. MASSOB rejects their asylum gift.

“How can the chief persecutor of the people of Biafra suddenly turn to be our pacesetter? Britain and Nigeria can no longer deceive the world again concerning the plights of the people of Biafra.

“Our unified resilience, resolutions and unshakable spirit of no surrender will continue to hunt down this geographical expression called Nigeria.

“MASSOB demands referendum on Biafra not asylum.”

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Security: Avoid 14 Nigerian states, US warns citizens

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The United States has asked its citizens to stay away from 14 Nigerian states considered as hotspots of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.

It stated this in its latest travel advisories even as it urged its citizens to “Reconsider travel to Nigeria”.

The US State Department in the updated advisory added at least 116 countries this week to its ‘Level Four: Do Not Travel’ list.

The UK, Canada, France, Israel, Mexico, Germany and others are on the list, citing a “very high level of COVID-19.”

Before Tuesday, the State Department listed 34 out of about 200 countries as “Do Not Travel.” The State Department now lists 150 countries at Level Four.

Nigeria is categorised as Level 3.

Unlike countries categorised as Level 4, based on the advice of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nigeria has a good rating on COVID-19 prevalence.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Nigeria due to COVID-19, indicating a low level of COVID-19 in the country”, the State Department said.

It listed areas American visitors should avoid, while in Nigeria as Borno, Yobe, and northern Adamawa states due to terrorism and kidnapping, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Zamfara states due to kidnapping.

It also banned American citizens from going to Coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, and Rivers states (with the exception of Port Harcourt) due to crime, kidnapping, and maritime crime.

In a country summary on Nigeria, the U.S. State Department wrote:

“Violent crime – such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, hostage taking, banditry, and rape – is common throughout the country.

“Kidnappings for ransom occur frequently, often targeting dual national citizens who have returned to Nigeria for a visit, as well as U.S. citizens with perceived wealth. Kidnapping gangs have also stopped victims on interstate roads.

“Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast.

“Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather. Terrorists are known to work with local gangs to expand their reach.

“There is civil unrest and low-level armed militancy in parts of Southern Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta region. Armed criminality, including kidnapping and maritime crime, is also pervasive in this region.”

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