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Hoodlums snatch ballot at Dino Melaye’s polling unit



WuzupNigeria has learned that ballot has been snatched at Senator Dino Melaye’s polling unit in Kogi State.

It was gathered that hoodlums, who arrived in a black Hilux van and Honda Civic car, broke one of the boxes and carted away the other.

They were also alleged to have shot sporadically into the air, prompting voters to scamper for safety.

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Hoodlums also reportedly attacked the town hall polling unit and carted away the ballot boxes.

Journalists and Election observers scampered for safety.

Apart from the governorship election in the state, a senatorial election is going on simultaneously in Kogi West.

It pits Melaye with Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress.

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***The Nation contributed to this report


(JUST IN) Edo 2020: Wike to head PDP’s campaign



The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to head its campaign council in the governorship election in Edo State.

The party also appointed his Adamawa counterpart, Umar Fintiri, as the deputy campaign chairman.

The PDP candidate in the election, Godwin Obaseki, won the primary election unopposed after his opponents stepped down.

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Social distancing breached at Ondo commissioner’s burial who died from COVID-19 (photos)



Social distancing guidelines were not followed during the burial ceremony of Ondo state’s former commissioner for health, Wahab Adegbenro, who died of COVID-19.

Adegbenro died of COVID-19 at the state infectious disease hospital in Akure on Thursday, July 2, 2020. He was 65 years old.

According to a government official who spoke with SaharaReporters, Mr Adegbenro died on Thursday after he was rushed to a hospital in Owo after contracting Coronavirus.

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The source said;

“The Commissioner died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo and this has just thrown the entire cabinet into chaos.

“He died of COVID-19 because he had contracted the virus earlier and was taking drugs at his own comfort being a medical doctor.”

Wahab Adegbenro was buried earlier today July 3rd, 2020, however, a major highlight of the event was a violation of the social distancing rule as advised by health authorities to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

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JUST IN: AbdulRazaq reshuffles cabinet



Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday effected a minor cabinet reshuffle involving five commissioners.

The affected commissioners are to move from one ministry to the other.

Those affected are the Commissioner for Communication Olanrewaju Murtala who moves to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; and Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Harriet Adenike Afolabi Oshatimehin who goes to the Ministry of Communication, AbdulRazaq’s media aide Rafiu Ajakaye has said.

Ajakaye in a statement said the

“Commissioner for Environment Aliyu Mohammed Saifudeen switches to the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development; Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development Hajia Aisha Ahman-Pategi moves to the Ministry of Special Duties; while the Commissioner for Special Duties Funke Juliana Oyedun goes to the Ministry of Environment.”

The governor has also commended the BUA Group for donating three ambulance buses to the Kwara State Government — some two months after the conglomerate donated N100m to the state’s COVID-19 campaign.

“I am so glad that BUA has lived up to the expectation again. It is not just the buses. BUA recently gave us N100m which we are very grateful for,” AbdulRazaq said shortly after the ambulances were handed over to him in Ilorin, the state capital.

Insisting that the gradual reopening of the economy does not mean that the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the governor urged citizens to adhere to all safety protocols as the world now appears to be in the middle of the health crisis.

“I want to specifically thank the chairman of BUA, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, for N100m, these ambulance buses, the hundreds of people being employed in Kwara State, and for the internally generated revenue they contribute to the state and for future prospects and investments,” he added.

Senior General Manager of the Lafiagi Sugar Company (BUA Group) AbdulRasheed Olayiwola said the ambulances were meant to further Kwara’s campaign against the pandemic which affects everyone.

“We are stakeholders in Kwara State and our Chairman is very particular about development and, as a responsible corporate organisation, we’re not only interested in our investment here, we are also interested in the wellbeing of Kwarans. We deem it fit therefore to support this government in its drive to fight the scourge of COVID-19,” he said.

The state government, meanwhile, has announced the receipt of N243m as financial donations from private individuals and corporate bodies between March 27th and now.

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The donations were in respect of the government’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic, and had at various times been acknowledged in official news releases, Ajakaye, who doubles as the spokesman of the COVID-19 Committee, said in the statement.

“The government is most grateful for these gestures from distinguished Kwarans and organisations, including citizens whose contributions were borne out of patriotism than the size of their pockets,” it added.

The statement also said a total of N1,569,107,944.70 has so far been expended on the pandemic between April 1 and June 29.

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The breakdowns are running (cost) of the activities of the technical committee (N132,931,510); medical supplies and equipment (N713,480,100.90); palliatives (N525,277,030.00); COVID-related renovation works N149,928,753.80; and security, health workers’ allowances and logistics (N47,490,550.00).

These expenses covered the purchase of military-grade Toyota Land Cruiser Ambulances; automated ventilators and several other Intensive Care Unit (ICU) gadgets/equipment; production of hand sanitizers; and the cost of running the activities of the technical committee and its subcommittees, the statement added.

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The expenses also included the cost of the palliatives that were distributed during the lockdown; renovation of the Sobi Specialist Hospital and the Hajj Camp; mass production of face masks, purchase of surgical masks, digital thermometers, N95 and respirator-sperien 5311, and other Personal Protective Equipment; medical supplies and consumables; security expenses; trainings; allowances for medical personnel and other supportive staff in charge of the pandemic; part-renovation of the Offa General Hospital as an isolation centre; and patients’ management, among others.

“It is important to add that the government has not spent a kobo from these donations as the funds have not been appropriated by the House of Assembly. However, materials including foodstuffs donated have been distributed accordingly,” the statement added.

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