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Trump finally agrees to hand over as US congress confirms Biden

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After weeks of grandstanding and threats with violent protests, US President Donald Trump has finally agreed to hand over to Joe Biden.

This came after the congress had ratified the election of Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

The congress has confirmed Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

Biden’s victory was certified by congress in a joint session presided over by Mike Pence, the US vice-president.

The lawmakers confirmed that he polled 306 electoral votes to defeat incumbent Donald Trump who got 232 votes.

The congress certified Biden’s victory after lawmakers from each state confirmed votes cast by electors for either of the two candidates.

Trump came closest to admitting election defeat in a statement issued after the congress concluded the ratification.

He, however, insisted that he disagreed with the outcome of the election, even without any evidence of fraud.

The statement read, “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted.

 “While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.”

Biden won the November 3 election with 81,283,098 votes after flipping some Republican strongholds, leaving Trump with 74,222,958 votes.

On December 14, the electoral college voted just as the states’ ballot went, handing Biden the 306 votes while Trump got 232 votes.

But despite numerous losses in the courts where he sought to overturn the election outcome without any evidence of fraud, Trump insisted that he defeated Biden with “a landslide”.

He had also claimed the election is the “most fraudulent” in US history and “worse than that of third world countries”.

But even some of his party officials tackled him over his claims of fraud which election officials across the US said were not true.

On Wednesday, just hours before his supporters stormed the US Capitol to disrupt the ratification of Biden’s victory, he addressed them at a rally where he vowed to keep fighting his defeat.

“We will never concede,” the US president had told the crowd, adding, “you don’t concede when there’s theft.”

He had also said: “This year, they rigged an election. They rigged it like they’ve never rigged an election before.

“All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical left Democrats, which is what they’re doing and stolen by the fake news media. That’s what they’ve done and what they’re doing.

“We will never give up; we will never concede; it doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”

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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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