General Elections: INEC To Release Final List Of Candidates Tomorrow

The chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said the list will be published in all the state offices of the commission across the country and on the commission’s website.

He said this at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Resident Electoral Commissioner in Bayelsa State, Monday Udo on Wednesday.

Professor Yakubu also noted that the commission is awaiting the confirmation and appointment of the nominee for Osun State.

He further stated that the commission has implemented 10 out of the 14 activities outlined in its scheduled programs of activitie

Northern Youths Protest, Back Buhari On Onnoghen’s Suspension

A coalition of northern youths in Kaduna is backing President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, thereby calling for his resignation.

The youths took there demands to the streets to protest against those that are calling for the CJN’s reinstatement.

The protesters, who marched through some major roads in Kaduna state capital carrying banners and placards with various inscriptions, commending President Buhari for taking the bold step in cleaning the judiciary of corruption, urging him not to relent in the fight irrespective of whose ox is gored.

Addressing Journalists, the leaders of the coalition groups, who describe those calling for the reinstatement of Justice Onnoghen to his position as enemies of the country, also warned the public from given Justice Onnoghen’s suspension any religious or ethnic colouration but rather look at the gravity of the offence at hand.

According to them, Justice Onnoghen having failed to fully declare his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau has violated the law, and should, therefore, resign honourably rather than engaging in judicial arms twisting.

Describing the suspension of Justice Onnoghen as a right step in the fight against corruption, the group notes that Nigeria cannot move forward with wrong judges piloting the affairs of the country’s judiciary.

The group, therefore, demanded the immediate dismissal and prosecution of the embattled CJN which they believe will save the country from further embarrassment.

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CJN Onnoghen Denies Resigning

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen has denied media reports that he has resigned following his suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a statement by his media aide, Awassam Bassey, the CJN described as ‘Fake News’ all reports suggesting that he has resigned.

“Mischief makers are still circulating this fake news. Once again, no truth in it whatsoever. The Hon CJN, Hon Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, has not resigned”, Awassam Bassey said.

 

There have been several speculations regarding Justice Onnoghen case at the Code Of Conduct Bureau.

President Buhari suspended Justice Onnoghen on Friday, January 25, Justice Tanko Mohammed was sworn in to serve as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The President’s move has since generated diverse reactions across the country and even in the international community

Death Toll In Brazil Mine Disaster Jumps To 58 [PHOTOS]

The number of people killed by the collapse of a dam at a Brazilian mining complex rose to 58, with those still missing rising to 305, civil defense officials said Sunday.

After search operations, “the number has increased to 305 people missing and 58 dead,” Minas Gerais state civil defense spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Flavio Godinho told reporters. He said rescuers had found a bus filled with human bodies.

Rescuers and firefighters remove the body of a victim from a pile of mud and debris, four days after the collapse of a dam at an iron-ore mine belonging to Brazil’s giant mining company Vale near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 28, 2019. The search for survivors intensified on Monday, on its fourth day,
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General Elections: INEC Releases Full List Of Accredited Observer Group

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a list of 144 domestic and foreign observer groups accredited to monitor how the forthcoming general elections are conducted

INEC made a full list of the accredited observers on its official website.

The list comprised of 116 domestic observers and 28 international observers.

The electoral umpire advised all the accredited observers to operate within the binding code of conduct for election observers.

 

The commission said, “NEC reserves the right to cancel and withdraw the accreditation of any organisation if its members or agents breach the code of conduct.”

Below is the full list of observers as accredited by INEC.

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The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has insisted on a Minimum Wage of N30,000 for all workers

At a House of Representatives Public hearing on Monday, Ayuba also called for the removal of the clause exempting organisations with less than 25 workers from paying the proposed minimum wage of N30,000.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week sent a Minimum Wage Bill of N27,000 to both chambers of the National Assembly, following the approval of the National Council of State.


 

The Federal Government had, however, said it would increase it to N30,000 for its workers and that states were at liberty to augment the new agreement as they deemed fit.

It also exempted private and public organisations with less than 25 employees to pay the minimum of N18,000

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Greek PM Announces Minimum Pay Rise As Elections Loom

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday announced an 11-percent rise in the minimum wage, the first after a decade of austerity and months ahead of legislative elections.

Tsipras, whose party is trailing in opinion polls, said the minimum wage would increase from 586 euros ($668) to 650 euros from February.

“Crushing workers is not the way to sustain growth and boost the economy,” he told the cabinet. “On the contrary, it’s a proven recipe for bankruptcy.”

Nearly 900,000 people would benefit from the move, either directly or indirectly, as the change would also affect unemployment benefits, he added. The benefit is calculated from a percentage of the minimum wage.

 

It was a conservative-led government that slashed the minimum wage by 22 percent in 2012, under pressure from Greece’s EU-IMF creditors at the height of the financial crisis.

But Tsipras, with his leftist Syriza party trailing in polls some 10 points behind conservative rivals New Democracy, is in a race to improve his ratings.

Elections in Greece are not scheduled before October but there is speculation they could be held in May — coinciding with local and European parliament elections — or even sooner.

The 44-year-old prime minister heads a minority government after his nationalist coalition allies defected this month over their opposition to the historic name-change deal with neighbouring Macedonia.

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General Elections: APC Is Sure Of 90 Per Cent Votes In Zamfara, Yari Boasts

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Mr Abdulaziz Yari says the All Progressives Congress (APC) is sure of raking 90 per cent votes from his state.

Yari stated this on Sunday in Abuja, the nation’s capital while briefing journalists ahead of the general elections.

The governor is optimistic that President Muhammadu Buhari will defeat win the state during the February 16 presidential election.

“I can tell you that in entire Nigeria, Zamfara is one of the states that APC is sure of 90 per cent, up till now that I am talking to you. If I decide today not to go back to Zamfara, on February 16, we will see what is going to happen because people are waiting,” he stated.

 

Speaking on the crisis rocking the party in the state, the governor insisted that the APC conducted its primaries as requested by the law.

He criticized the party’s national secretariat and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for an alleged unfair treatment.

“How can a system that has been running since 1998 till date be scrapped just overnight so that they will not participate in any election? I think it is unfair,” he added.

Yari’s comments come four days after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja APC from fielding candidates in the forthcoming general elections in Zamfara State.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu who gave the ruling on Friday following a suit filed by the APC challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a letter dated October 9, 2018, INEC had barred the party from fielding candidates in the state for failing to conduct its primaries within the stipulated time.

Two courts on Friday handed down conflicting rulings on whether INEC can accept candidates presented by APC for Zamfara elections in 2019.

While a High Court sitting in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, ruled that APC actually conducted primaries in the state and should be allowed to present candidates for the elections, an Abuja court ruled otherwise

Army Commissions Armoured Vehicle Manufacturing Plant In Kaduna

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has commissioned the newly established Nigerian Army Vehicles Manufacturing Company for the production of light and heavy infantry vehicles in Kaduna State.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony at Rigachikun community in Igabi local government area of the state, General Buratai attributed ineffectiveness of some armoured fighting vehicles and other imported light skin vehicles from overseas as responsible for some of the setbacks suffered by the Nigerian military in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast, hence the need to develop and assemble such military hardware locally.

 

 

Below is a statement by the army as published via social media, also below is a video of armoured vehicles being tested.

“In order to rid the North East of insurgency and sustain the tempo of operations in the region, the recently established Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company has refurbished some Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) to support Op LAFIYA DOLE.

“Some of the newly refurbished AFVs of both wheeled and tracked variants, are fully fitted with advanced communications equipment, gun mounds and sophisticated weapon systems.

“These AFVs would serve as force multipliers and overall game changers in the theatre of operations. Watch the clips below

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At least 24 people were killed when a bus in southwest Pakistan burst into flames after crashing with a truck on Monday, officials said

The bus carrying dozens of passengers was heading from the southern city of Karachi to Panjgur district when it crashed in Lasbela district.

“We have recovered 24 bodies from the vehicle. All of them were burned,” local administration chief in Lasbela district, Shabir Mengal, told AFP.

 

“The bus is very hot from the inside, we are taking out bodies slowly.”

Senior police official Agha Ramzan Ali also confirmed the crash and said a rescue operation was underway.

Deadly traffic accidents are very common in Pakistan owing to reckless driving and the bad condition of roads.

Every year hundreds of people lose their lives in traffic-related incidents in the country.

 

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