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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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Kanu not in court, case adjourned till Oct 21

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Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, will remain in detention till October 21, 2021.
He was due to be in court on Monday but the Federal Government did not arraign him.
Kanu, who was reportedly arrested in Kenya last month, has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday adjourned the case till October 21, 2021, over the failure of the Federal Government to arraign him.

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Insecurity made FG to retain DIGs, AIGs, says minister

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The Federal Government on Monday explained why it retained some Deputy Inspectors-General of Police and Assistant Inspectors-General of Police after the appointment of Usman Baba Alkali as Inspector-General of Police.
Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, said the high level of insecurity made the government to retain the senior police officers.
He stated this during the decoration of 24 newly promoted Commissioners of Police to AIGs.
No senior police officer with the rank of AIG or DIG went on compulsory leave when Baba was appointed IGP.
Dingyadi stressed that was the first time of such development in recent history of the Nigerian Police Force.
He said, “The government deliberately took this position to have many hands in the force. With this action, the Police Force has retained experienced professionals that would contribute towards sustaining the relative peace of the country.”
The minister added that the criteria for the appointment of the new AIGs were purely on merit, professional conduct, and individual performance, urging the newly appointed AIGs to redouble their efforts to curb insecurity.
He reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Salaries and Wages Commission to come out with new salary structure.
He said, “To whom much is given, much is expected. Officers should re-double their effort in the fight against insecurity which had bedeviled the country today. A lot is expected of you in contributing your quota towards the sustainability of peace and unity in the country.”

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Four more Kaduna school students escape from bandits captivity

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Three students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, have escaped from their captors.
They escaped from the camp on Monday where they were kept since July 19, 2021.
An aunt to one of the students, who craved anonymity confirmed this on Monday.
According to her, the teenagers had spent five days roaming inside the forest before they finally met another herder who directed them out of the forest.
It was also gathered that one of the escaped students who could recall his father’s phone number borrowed a phone to call home before his father went to pick them up.
“The children were found around Kasuwar Magani on Sunday evening hours after 28 students of the school were released by the bandits. It was the school management that called my in-law to inform us,” she said.
Two other students had escaped from the camps before they were recovered by the police.

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