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Joe Biden launches transition website

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Votes are still being counted across the United States but Democrat Joe Biden has launched a transition website “so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One”.

On the website, buildbackbetter.com, is the short statement, “The American people will determine who will serve as the next President of the United States.

“Votes are still being counted in several states around the country.

“The crises facing the country are severe — from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice — and the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One.”

Both Biden and his Republican opponent and incumbent President, Donald Trump, still had paths to winning the White House by hitting the magic majority threshold of 270 of the electoral votes awarded to whichever candidate wins the popular vote in a given state.

But momentum moved to Biden, who made a televised speech from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware to say that “when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.”

By flipping the northern battlegrounds of Michigan and Wisconsin, and also winning formerly pro-Trump Arizona, Biden reached 264 electoral votes against 214 so far for Trump.

To reach 270, Biden hopes to add the six electoral votes from Nevada, where he had a small and shrinking lead, or, even better, the larger prizes of hard-fought Georgia or Pennsylvania.

However, Trump has so far accused his opponent of electoral fraud and threatened court action.

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Lagos communities to experience 6 hours outage – EKEDC

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The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Wednesday announced a six-hour planned outage in some communities in Badagry, Lagos State.

 

The General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, Mr Godwin Idemudia, said in a statement, that the outage would start between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 23.

 

Idemudia said the outage was to allow the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to effect maintenance of their equipment at Agbara 132/32 station.

 

According to the general manager, the outage will affect customers in areas like Agbara Estate, Edu, Badagry, Mowo, Agemowo, Oke-Ira, Odan, Morogbo, Ijanikin, Era, Adaloko and environs.

 

“We are, therefore, appealing to customers to bear with us, as supply will be restored as soon as these repairs are concluded.

 

“EKEDC highly regrets any inconveniences caused by this outage,” Idemuda said. (NAN)

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Court jails three oil thieves in Rivers

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The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced three oil thieves to three-month community service for illegal dealing in petroleum products.

 

The convicts, Illiyasu Ibrahim, Mallam Shehu Idris and Mohammed Bello were jailed after they pleaded “guilty” to one- count separate charges bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products.

 

The convicts were arraigned by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) according to a statement signed on Wednesday by the commission’s Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren.

 

After reading their charge in the court presided over by Justices S. D. Pam and A. T. Mohammed, they pleaded guilty.

 

The prosecution lawyer, N. A. Dodo, prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.

 

Defence counsel: M. M. Suleiman prayed the court to temper justice with mercy “for they are first -time offenders and have no previous criminal records.”

 

Justice Pam convicted and sentenced Illiyasu Ibrahim, Idris and Bello to three-month community service with an option of fine of N50, 000, each.

 

Both Judges ordered that the illegally- refined Automotive Gas Oil( AGO) stored in 23 jerry cans be sold by the court in conjunction with EFCC officials and the proceeds paid into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federal Government.

 

The convicts were arrested by operatives of the EFCC, acting on some intelligence, on September 6, 2021 at Ahoada Local Government Area of Rivers State at the scene where several bunkered petroleum products were assembled and sold, along the road to trucks and vehicles.

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Turkish President: Terrorists Who Tried To Oust Me Are In Nigeria

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has expressed concern that the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), which he blamed for the July 15, 2016, failed coup attempt against his government, is still active in Nigeria.

 

Erdogan spoke Wednesday at a joint press conference with President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of his official visit to Nigeria.

In the speech delivered in his native Turkish and interpreted by one of the officials on his entourage, Erdogan asked Nigeria to join his country to forge a solidarity in the fight against terrorism in the two countries as one of the oldest allies of Turkey in Africa, having seen 60 years of diplomatic ties.

 

He said: “Distinguished members of the press, as Turkey, we have been closely monitoring the developments unfolding in Nigeria, our brotherly and friendly nation.

 

“The terrorist organisations, the armed gangs and the marine bandits are continuously active in Nigeria and the Nigerian authorities are continuously fighting against them. So, in order to cooperate further in the fields of military, defense, and security, we are doing everything that will be available….

 

“As we’re probably aware of the fact that Turkey has been fighting against terrorist organisations for many decades, such as the PKK, PYD, FETO, DASH and other terrorist organisations.

 

“The perpetrator of the heinous failed coup of July the 15th, FETO, is still illegally active in Nigeria, and we are continuously sharing our intelligence with the Nigerian interlocutors and authorities. I hope and pray that our Nigerian brothers will forge a closer solidarity in this field with us, the Republic of Turkey. I hope and pray that our visit will yield the most auspicious results and I would like to thank my distinguished brother, President Buhari, for being such a gracious host for me and for my delegation”, he said.

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