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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 14th July, 2021 Edition)

Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari social media aide

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Onochie’s Rejection Victory For Democracy — PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Senate’s rejection of Lauretta Onochie as national commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a triumph of the Nigerian people and democracy.

The rejection of Onochie followed the consideration of the report of the Committee on INEC chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).

The PDP, in a statement yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Onochie’s rejection by Nigerians has saved the nation from “very serious crisis.” It said the rejection has also salvaged INEC and the entire Nigerian electoral process from a “ruinous pollution” that would have led to the collapse of the nation’s democratic order.

Woman, 4 Kids Killed In Zamfara Airstrikes

Air strikes from fighter jets targeting bandits have claimed the lives of a woman and her four children at Sububu, in Zamfara State.

Multiple sources told Daily Trust that the aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force was targeting bandits at the expansive Sububu Forest located between Shinkafi and Maradun Local Governments when the unfortunate incident happened.

Sububu Forest is one of the major hideouts of bandits in Zamfara. From the forest, they launch attacks on travelers on Sokoto-Gusau Road as well as villages in Sokoto and Zamfara States.

In phone interviews, four different persons confirmed to Daily Trust that the fighter jets missed their targets by dropping the bombs on the Sububu village, rather than the bandits’ enclave in the forest. The bombs killed a woman and her four children. Two of the kids, a boy and a girl, were teenagers. One elderly woman was also wounded in the attacks,” a Sububu resident told Daily Trust.

Buhari Dines With N/Assembly Members, Vows To End Insecurity

Members of the 9th National Assembly comprising 109 senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa in Abuja last night.

This was the first time in recent history that members of the two chambers of the National Assembly would meet with the president at the State House. What obtained before was for the president to address a joint session of the legislators at the National Assembly especially during budget presentation. Daily Trust recalled that the Senate had on April 27, 2021, reached a resolution for the leadership of the upper chamber to work towards a meeting with the president to enable all 109 senators to discuss security issues in the country.

During a dinner held at the State House Conference Centre, President Buhari expressed the readiness of his administration to use everything within its powers to end insecurity in the country and bring perpetrators of criminal activities to book. He said ‘‘Insecurity, manifesting as insurgencies, banditry, kidnapping and urban crime of all sorts is the single most difficult challenge we face today.’’

I’m Deeply Worried Over Hardship In Kaduna – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State says he is deeply worried by the hardship occasioned by insecurity in the state. Kaduna is one of the states where bandits have wreaked havoc.

Hundreds of residents across the state are currently in captivity while many have been killed. In his remarks during the presentation of the Kaduna State Security Incidents Report for the Second Quarter of 2021, the governor said the security report presented had sobering statistics on the state of security in the state.

“The data on security incidents in the state during the second quarter of 2021 reflects the real agony of our citizens and communities, their pains and losses, and the fears and anxiety that have created considerable distress,” he said.

Senate Approves 20-Year Jail Term For Ballot Box Snatchers

The Senate yesterday passed a bill seeking to establish the Electoral Offences Commission. This followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).

Gaya, in his presentation, said establishing the Electoral Offences Commission has become imperative in view of INEC’s inability to prosecute electoral offenders in accordance with the provisions of sections 149 and 150(2) of the Electoral Act (as amended).

The Senate in Clause 12 of the bill approved at least five years jail term or a fine of at least N10 million or both, for any officer or executive of any association or political party that engaged in electoral fraud that contravened the provisions of clauses 221, 225(1)(2)(3) and (4) and 227 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

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