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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 17 October, 2020 Edition)

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Here’s our picks on today’s top stories on Daily Trust.

Kano LGs Poll Gulp N2.3b

Kano State government has approved the sum of N2.3bn for the purchase of sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the conduct of the local governments’ election, slated for January 16 next year in the state.

This was disclosed by the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state executive council meeting, Thursday.

He said in the spirit of shared and collective responsibility in governance, the funds shall be shared between the state and the 44 local government areas of the state. “It would be shared between the state and local governments on a ratio of 55 per cent and 45 per cent, which translates to the sum of N1,301,008,238.75 billion and N1,064,461,286.25 billion respectively,” he said

Endsars: Death Toll Rises To 12, Many Injured

Twelve people have been killed since protests against police brutality started in Nigeria about 10 days ago.

Youths in states across the geopolitical zones in the country have been voicing their displeasure at police brutality and corruption.

Protesters observed the Friday Jumma’t prayers on the road while there was a large turnout of protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza, Lagos and Unity Fountain Maitama, Abuja, where a candlelight was observed in the memory of those that had died from police brutality. Amnesty International said on Thursday that 10 people were killed and hundreds injured during the ongoing nationwide protests demanding an end to police brutality and corruption.

Kano #SecureNorth Protest Resumes Saturday Despite Thug Attacks

Groups, under the umbrella of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) have vowed to resume their peaceful protest in Kano state over the insecurity in northern Nigeria despite thugs attack on some of their members on Thursday.

They promised to return to streets on Saturday over the level of insecurity bedeviling the region.

The national chairman of the coalition, Balarabe Rufa’i, who confirmed this on Friday during a press briefing in Kano, also said that they have lost confidence in the political elites of the region over what they described as their indifference to the demands of the protesters.

Governorship Election: How Votes Were Traded In Ondo

The October 10 governorship election has been won and lost, with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaring incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election. He defeated the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, and that of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi, to emerge winner of the hotly contested election in the Sunshine State.

The menace of vote buying played out in the election as confirmed by the civil society organizations that monitored the conduct of the election. Also, electorate confirmed votes were heavily traded and they willingly surrendered to the highest bidders.

A resident of Akure, Kolawole Jinadu, said he supported Jegede during the election but the ruling party was able to outspend the opposition candidate during the election. “I supported Jegede wholeheartedly but it is not possible to overthrow a sitting government. This is what also happened in Edo. APC shared N10,000 and PDP shared N4,000. Look at the difference; who will not collect that money?

120 Aides Not Enough For Me — LG Chair

Chairman of Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Danlami Idris Odasko, has said that 120 political appointees are not enough for him.

“I have 120 political appointees. If I have more revenue sources, I will increase their number to 200 or 300.

“The political appointees are mostly youths who want a means of subsistence. Neglecting them would not augur well for their immediate community,” he said.

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