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Hoodlums set INEC office on fire in Imo

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The offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] at Orlu in Imo state have been set ablaze by suspected hoodlums.

The fire started in the wee hours of Monday and it was not put out until it wreaked havoc on the secretariat, WuzupNigeria gathered.

WuzupNigeria further reports that the fire comes a week after some thugs invaded the INEC office to stop the collation of results from the supplementary election in Orlu/Orsu/Oru East federal constituency.

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After three days INEC completed the collation at its office in Owerri, the state capital and declared Jerry Alagbaoso of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] the winner.

Our correspondent learnt that the inferno destroyed the electoral umpire’s sensitive documents.

No fire fighter was seen at scene during the fire outbreak, our correspondent was told by an indigene of the area.

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When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that the state commissioner of police, Olaniyi Fafowora had ordered investigation into the incident.

The police spokesperson said

“I can confirm the incident to you but the cause of fire outbreak is unknown for now.The state commissioner of police has dispatched the operatives to the scene of the incident. The Deputy commissioner of police in charge of operations led the squad to the scene. “

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People who stole chicken are languishing in jail while those who stole billions are walking free – Ortom

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Benue: I don't regret revealing the identity of the Covid-19 index case- Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom has described the current fight against corruption by the federal government as a witch hunt and selective.

“People who have stolen chicken are languishing in jail while those who stole billions are walking about free saying the rule of law is selective.”

Speaking during special session members of Youth Parliament to mark this year’s International Youth day in Government House Makurdi on Wednesday, Governor Ortom expressed concern over social vices that have bedevilled the country and world at large.

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He said the youths need new orientation as they spent most of their time on social media insulting elders.

“Nobody will pay you for insulting people on face book but you can take advantage which social media has provided and create wealth instead of insult.

He reiterated his call on the federal government to allow responsible citizens own AK 47 just like those who carry them illegally to kill innocent people.

“Why give me a license for double-barrel and den gun when those coming to attack and kill use AK 47,” Ortom queried.

Governor Samuel Ortom said if God permits him, he wants to live for 90 years only.

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The Governor is 59 years old and will clock 60 next year.

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JUST IN: FEC approves N8.49bn for 12 COVID-19 testing items

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N8.49 billion for purchase of 12 assorted items for COVID-19 testing by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The memo for the procurement was presented by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on behalf of the centre at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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The FEC meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

Details later…

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Foreign Affairs Minister recovers from COVID-19

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Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has recovered from coronavirus after three-week of isolation.

He tested positive on July 19 and proceeded to an isolation centre for treatment.

In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Onyeama announced:

“By the very special grace of God my latest #COVID19 test result came back negative after three weeks isolation.

“I am eternally grateful to my family, the C-in-C and VP, the medical team, relations, friends, colleagues, religious leaders and numerous well-wishers, who through their care, prayers, fasting, messages of support and encouragement never let me walk alone.”

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