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Police deploy 31,000 officers for Edo gov poll
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has revealed that 31,000 police personnel will be on the ground to protect election officials, materials and voters as well as enforce the rules during Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.
“This massive deployment is not only to deter misguided political actors, but to show that they will be brought to justice, while those who go out peacefully to exercise their rights will be protected,” Adamu said this at a stakeholders’ meeting in Benin on Monday.
He also promised that the police would be professional and non-partisan in handling the election. He also said the police would not hesitate to clamp down on election riggers and thugs who may want to disrupt the process.
Petrol price/electricity tariff hikes: TUC, NECA, ASUU talk tough as FG meets Labour today
The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday said the Federal Government had surrendered the growth and development of the country to the International Monetary Bank and the World Bank.
The National President of the union, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, who said this in a telephone interview with The PUNCH in Lagos, said the Federal Government should prepare for more crises as people’s anger against the government would worsen as a result of hunger in the land.
He also said those running “Nigeria today do not love Nigerians,” but relied on the advice of some “outside forces.”
How Adeosun saved me when I was first ambushed – Buratai
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday said his deputy, Lt. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, the present Chief of Training and Operations, saved his life the first time he was ambushed in the North-East.
Buratai spoke in Kuta, Osun State, during the inauguration of a bridge named after him, constructed by the Nigeria Army Engineering Construct Regiment, Ede.
Buratai, while commenting on the military operations in the North-East, said when he was appointed the Chief of Army Staff, he met Adeosun, an indigene of Asamu in Osun State, who he said had commenced the process of rejigging the army.
US extends visa ban to Edo, Ondo polls’ offenders
The United States Government says it has imposed visa restrictions on some individuals for their actions during the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State elections and in the run up to the Edo and Ondo State governorship polls on Saturday and October 10, respectively.
Although elections have not yet held in Edo and Ondo states, the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, imposed the visa restriction on the individuals due to their conduct in the run up to the polls.
“In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians, who undermined the February and March 2019 elections. Today, the Secretary of State is imposing additional visa restrictions on individuals for their actions surrounding the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State elections and in the run up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo states’ elections,” a statement signed by the spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, on Monday, read.
Dangote refinery won’t have high effect on fuel price – FG
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has said when Dangote’s refinery begins operations next year, it may not lead to significant reduction in the price of petrol because it will be selling at the international price.
Ahmed said this was because the refinery was located at the Export Processing Zone in Lagos State.
The minister said this on the Nigerian Television Authority’s Good Morning Nigeria programme on Monday, which was monitored by our correspondent. She added that the only thing Nigeria would not need to pay was the shipping cost of fuel.
I hope this is last time I’ll be invited –Mailafia
Hundreds of supporters of a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, on Monday stormed the Jos office of the Department of State Services to witness his grilling.
The supporters, who chanted solidarity songs, were, however, prevented from gaining entrance into the DSS compound.
Mailafia said he hope that would be the last time he would be invited by the agency. “Thank you all for being here. Many have said worst things and nobody invited them. I hope this will be the last time I will be invited to the DSS office. All I am saying is that the killings must stop,” he said.
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