The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday said it has deployed 25,000 policemen for the November 16, Kogi governorship election.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, represented by DIG Operations, Abdulmajid Ali, said this at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Kogi stakeholders meeting.
According to Idris, the police is ready for the election and will ensure free, fair and credible poll in the state.
“The name kogi is synonymous with violence but we are ready, we will provide level playing ground to all candidates and remain impartial.
“Officers have been trained, so we want you to support us to provide the level playing ground to all because, of recent we observed clashes between some parties.
“We have taken notice of some of the flash points and we will be serious in these areas, more so, intelligent gathering revealed that some aspirants are also organising their armies.
“They sow uniforms of either army or police for them but we have taken notice of this we are going to take decisive action.
“This will not even happen, so if you are thinking of doing that please have a rethink,” he said.
Idris urged the people of the state to eschew violence so as to experience a peaceful election.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission would strive to ensure that there was no supplementary election in the state.
Yakubu said that the commission had made provision for persons living with disabilities by providing some special materials like the braille among others.
He said that special provision was also made for those without fingers and those on wheelchairs.
He urged the staff to give preference to pregnant women, nursing mothers, elderly persons in the course of the election.
He said that the commission was working with the police to ensure that electoral offenders were prosecuted.
Yakubu said that with what happened in Ankpa and Lokoja there were some concerns that made INEC to come 36 days to election to appeal to stakeholders for understanding and peaceful conduct.
He said that the commission would hold another meeting between stakeholders and the peace committee to continue to spread the message of peaceful election.
He reassured Nigerians that INEC was not a political party and so would not take side.
Governor Yahaya Bello said he was committed to a peaceful election and urged residents to embrace peace.
Bello said that the news of violence in the state was overrated adding that the state was ready for the election.
Musa Wada the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said election was about the people and so there was no need for violence.
Wada said there was no need for the military to be involved in the election because it was a civil matter and appealed to the police to be fair to all.
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COVID-19 cases in Nigeria increased further on Saturday with 553 cases reported by the country, even as authorities intensify efforts to flatten the curve of the pandemic.
The new cases were confirmed by the specialist agency, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Twitter.
This takes the country’s total infections to 9,855, out of which 2856 have been discharged with 273 losing their lives.
Data from the NCDC showed that the cases were spread across 14 states and the FCT, with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections for the day with 378 cases.
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COVID-19: Enugu govt. decontaminates Ogbete Main Market
The Enugu State Fire Service has commenced the decontamination and fumigation of Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing newsmen during the exercise on Saturday, the state’s Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Okwudiri Ohaa, said that the exercise would last until Sunday.
It would be recalled that the state fire service carried out the first phase of the exercise in the market on April 1, shortly after the market was shut down by the state government to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
During the first phase of the decontamination of the market, the exercise was monitored by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and heads of security agencies in the state.
Ohaa said that the state government had been consistent with the exercise to ensure that “the fight against COVID-19 is won in Enugu State”.
He maintained that the decontamination would be a continuous one, saying that “when the market reopens, it will be a weekly event’’.
He advised residents to continue to adhere strictly to all precautionary measures for containment of COVID-19.
Ohaa said the guidelines on personal hygiene protocol by World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), among others, should be adhered to.
Reacting on behalf of the traders in the market, the Chief Security Officer, Mr. Justus Ezebinagu, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the initiative to decontaminate the market for the second time.
Ezebinagu gave an assurance that the traders would comply strictly with the government’s precautionary measures as well as the laid-down protocols by WHO and NCDC.
“When we were told that the governor directed the fire service to come and fumigate the market, the traders were happy because this is the second time they are coming to fumigate the market since this pandemic started.
“We thank our amiable governor for coming to our aid. We are happy.
“Even though the market is partially open for now, we believe that our governor is going to do more in our collective interest,’’ he said.
Buhari‘s nephew, Ibrahim Dauda, dies in Daura
Ibrahim Dauda, a nephew to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is dead.
Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Dauda died on Saturday in Daura, Katsina State, following a prolonged illness.
In a condolence message, Buhari was quoted as saying the death had robbed the family and the Daura community of one of its finest gentlemen.
“I am deeply touched and devastated by the passing of yet another family member, a man who had demonstrated amazing kindness and honesty in all his dealings.
“The deceased is survived by a number of children, including Dauda Ibrahim, a Chief Administrative Officer in State House, Abuja,” the President said.
He prayed to God to forgive the soul of the deceased and reward his deeds.
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