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Election Violence/Malpractice: CSOs Demand Arrest, Prosecution Of Offenders

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Following confirmations of electoral malpractices and violence during elections across the country by the tribunals and courts at various levels, a Civil Society Organisation, the Centre for Advocacy of Justice and Rights (CAJR)) in conjunction with International Foundation for Election System ( IFES) has advised the Security Agencies to prosecute all offenders.

The organisations also advised the stakeholders to ensure that election malpractices were curtailed and to bridge. the communication gap with enhanced voters education and sensitization.

The group cited Kogi state as an example where election malpractices and violence were glaring as confirmed by a National Commissioner of INEC Mallam Mahamoud Haruna and other stakeholders.

They therefore call on the relevant security agencies to be patriotic to arrest and prosecute all those that were involved in violence and election malpractice during the November, 2019 election to serve as deterrence to others.

Mr Kingsly Obida, the project coordinator of the group, in his address at the press conference in Lokoja during the official presentation of Nigeria Election Violence Report (NEVR) of the 2019 governorship election in Kogi State.bemoaned high rate of violence deployed on the people before, during and after the gubernatorial election that led to the death of no fewer than 11 persons across Kogi State.

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Obida noted that the report was all encompassing as it has to consider activities of the political actors in the pre election, during, and post election, lamented at the high incidences of violence by the political actors in collusion with some security Agencies.

He stressed that the forms of election violence recorded as monitored by the group, were the clashes between and within political parties , thugs intimidation and threats to voters, political arrest, physical harm , violence against women and destruction to private properties.

The Coordinator added that the rate of violence was highest in the Kogi East with 50 per cent cases with Dekina and Ankpa LGAs the worst hit, and West with 30 per cent, while the Central senatorial zone recorded a minimal incidence of violence through out the election period.

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The report noted that there were 20 cases of murder in overall, with Madam Salime Achefu Abuh, who was burnt alive in her country home at Ochadamu, saying 45 incidences of intimidation, 18 cases of destruction of properties that included posters , billboards, cars of political opponents damaged through out the election period.

The group lamented that in Lokoja metropolis over 20 ballot boxes were snatched by unknown gunmen while votes buying assisted by some security officials and election officials were recorded.
They added that arrest of some members of opposition parties before the election was highest in the western senatorial zone of the state.

Obida explained that the Centre for Advocacy of Justice and Rights, had engaged series of activities which included hot spot mapping, flash points and areas with history of violence during election, and the training of monitors were carried out.

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He added that the organization’s 45 trained monitors were deployed two months ahead of the election to the 21 Local Government Areas to monitor political atmosphere before, during and after the election.

Also speaking, Mrs Judith Abiem hinted that the CAJR assignment was a comprehensive project which needed a deliberate and systematic effort to give an incontrovertible report of the whole process leading to the conduct of the 2019 Kogi governorship election.

Abiem added that the organisation need not to be in a hurry to submit its report to the public but to cover activities of the election management body, the Security Agencies, the political parties even after the conduct of the election with the views to present a report that would be the true reflection of the election.

Abiem who is the Project Coordinator of IFES commended CAJR for her meticulous service.

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Social Media Regulation: Desmond Elliot Broke Down In Tears On Live TV Over Social Media Attack

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A serving house of Assembly member in Lagos State, Desmond Elliot has broken down in tears on Live TV, following the backlash he’s receiving from Nigerians over social media regulation.

Recall that the former actor, at the Lagos State House of Assembly in his submission, pushed for passing if social media regulation bill.

the controversial statement received lots of criticisms, as many Nigerian youths boast him for referring to youths as “children” and for also pushing for the regulation of social media.

Desmond Elliot

Desmond Elliot in a new interview on Arise TV broke down in tears. This came after he apologized for his statement earlier.

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Looters Not Necessarily Hungry, It Is Pure Greed – Femi Adesina

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The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says the looting of warehouses and shops by hoodlums were not necessarily caused by poverty but greed.

Adesina who disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, insisted that the looting spree which occurred in days after the #EndSARS protest was propelled by greed and criminality.

He said he completely disagrees with the idea that the pandemonium which accompanied the #EndSARS protests is a true reflection of the people’s hunger and anger.

“I wouldn’t agree completely with that (that the looters are hungry) because criminality is criminality, would you justify armed robbery because the man was poor?

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“Just as you can’t justify armed robbery because a man was poor and then he took a gun to rob another person. You can’t also justify the lootings that are going on. It is pure criminality.

“It is not everybody engaged in that looting that is hungry, that is the truth. It is pure greed and criminality,” Adesina said.

He added that a situation was created for anarchy in the country and this created room for criminality and looting.

Adesina insisted that the looters are not necessarily hungry and angry they took advantage of the breakdown of law and order.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina

The President’s spokesman said further that, “Criminality will always be criminality and mere anarchy promotes criminality. What has happened in the last two or three weeks led to what has happened now. If there was cohesion and tranquillity in society, this wouldn’t happen.

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“Therefore, it was a corollary to the mere anarchic situation that came on the country because of the protests. If you didn’t have people burning police stations, killing policemen, burning private and public property, you wouldn’t have this spate of looting.”

 

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21 People Including School Children, Crushed To death By Truck belonging To A Construction Firm In Enugu.

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Global Times Nigeria reports that on Wednesday people, including school children were killed in an auto crashed at Mgbowo, Agwu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Our Correspondent report that the Enugu Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps Ogbonna Kalu, said the accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

He said the accident involved a school bus and trailer, blaming the accident on speeding beyond the limit and dangerous driving.

Kalu said, “21 persons have been confirmed dead and more than 50 persons were in the school bus.

“Also of note is that not all the deaths were school children. Those working on the roadside were part of the casualties.

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“From available information, the accident was caused by reckless driving.”

The tragic incident occurred when a Low bed truck belonging to a construction firm working at Oji-River – Awgu Federal Road lost control and rammed into a school bus conveying over 60 pupils of the Presentation Nursery and Primary School, Awgu owned by the Catholic Diocese of Awgu home

 

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