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Today's Headlines: B'Haram abducts 7 villagers in Borno, Buhari’s order to CBN will do magic -Etiaba

Boko Haram abducts seven villagers in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists have abducted seven people from Ngamma community of Magumeri Local Council of Borno State.

The abduction followed the terrorists’ storming of Ngamma on March 2, 2023, in the north-west part of the local council.

A counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, disclosed, yesterday, in Maiduguri that the terrorists kidnapped three men and four women at gunpoint.

“After the villagers were abducted on Thursday evening, they were ferried away towards Gudumbali, a border community with Niger Republic,” he said.

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In another development, a military source in Maiduguri also said that Boko Haram terrorists were exposed to hunger and hardship due to the consistent attacks by the Nigerian military and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), stating that they were forced to kidnap people for ransom.

Naira redesign: Buhari’s order to CBN will do magic – Etiaba

Three days after the Supreme Court verdict on the old Naira notes’ validity, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Emeka Etiaba, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, would end the weeks-long currency crisis.

Emeka disclosed this on Monday during a Channels Television interview monitored by DAILY POST.

“The Federal Government has been directed by the Supreme Court, by inference its agency, in this case, the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“A statement, directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to the Governor of the Central Bank will work magic; it does not need to take one week”, he stated.

DAILY POST gathered that the Central Bank of Nigeria had remained mum over the Supreme Court’s verdict validating the use of old N200, N500, and N1000 notes amid uncertainty by business owners, traders and commercial banks.

Ayu, Okowa, Tambuwal To Lead ‘Black Uniform’ Protest At INEC Office Today

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set for a ‘black uniform’ protest match today (Monday) at the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja.

The PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; the Vice Presidential Candidate of the party in the just-concluded election, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, amongst other leaders of the party will lead the protest.

According to a statement by one of the party chieftains, Ibrahim Bashir for the Director General (DG) of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

Others invited to the protest match include the Chairman of PCC and Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel; the DG of PCC and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

The statement instructed party officials to wear black clothes at 10 am with the takeoff point as the Legacy House in Maitama, Abuja.

My life still under threat, Rivers collation officer cries out

One week after announcing results of the presidential election in Rivers State, the Collation Officer, Prof. Charles Adias, has cried out over unabated threat to his life.

The don, who is also the vice chancellor of Federal University Otuoke (FUO), had, during collation of results, announced to newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital of the adjournment of the exercise due to threat to his life and family members.

He alleged that some persons, especially members of the LP, were after his life, despite having nothing to do with conduct of elections and computation of results.

He said those accusing him of rigging election in Rivers State were circulating his picture and personal information on social media and calling on their members to deal with him.

Ebonyi APC Amassed Ak-47 To Disrupt March 11 Polls, PDP Alleges

The Campaign Council of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi State, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government had procured and distributed arms and ammunition across the 174 wards in the state with the intention of disrupting the March 11 governorship and state House of Assembly elections in the state. 

Director General of the PDP Campaign Council in the state, Austin Igwe-Edeze, who made the allegation, on Sunday, while briefing journalists in Abakaliki, alleged that he had been reliably informed that the APC-led government had distributed four AK-47 in each ward across 171 wards in the state with the intention of disrupting the Saturday’s elections. 

According to Edeze, if the four AK-47 per ward, which was allegedly distributed officially, is added to the ones acquired unofficially by the APC in the state, it means that we have over 1,500 AK-47 awaiting the coming election. 

Edeze, who alleged that the APC won the just concluded National Assembly elections in the State through massive rigging and violence, however, warned that it would not be business as usual, as the PDP would do everything legally possible to protect their votes in the coming election. 

He said: “Heaven knows we were robbed in the last elections but we are not going to be robbed again. We already know that they come with violence. We already know what they do and would want to repeat it in the next election. We are aware that they have amassed a lot of arms and ammunition. 

Guber poll: No talk with LP — Lagos PDP declares

Lagos State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has debunked claims by the Labour Party, LP, Governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour that he is talking with “the real owners of PDP structure” in Lagos State for possible alliance towards the March 11 gubernatorial poll.

The party, through Publicity Secretary and Chairman, Media and Publicity Team for JandorFunke 2023 Campaign Council, Hakeem Amode, debunked the claim in a statement on Monday.

The rebuttal followed a recent statement credited to Rhodes-Vivour and a “purported message broadcasted on a Twitter handle @zuccinille” who claimed that Jandor would collapse his structure to work for a certain political party.

The statement read in part: “The claim as credited to the Labour Party Candidate came as disrespect to PDP, as no one can lay claims to the ownership structure of the PDP. PDP is a proper Democratic Party and it’s only the State Executive of the party as recognised by the National Body can be described as the custodian of the PDP under the leadership of the party’s Governorship Candidate Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (Jandor).

“So whoever Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is talking to is only representing themselves and not Lagos PDP, as no official conversation across the two-party lines at the moment, and Jandor is NOT planning to step down for any candidate.

“Jandor as a candidate in this election achieved making the Jandor brand a household name in Lagos on his own merit due to his immense hard work, and he’s not riding on any sudden waves.

“We are using this opportunity to urge our teeming supporters and good people of Lagos that the decision of the people to ensure that Lagos breaks free will be respected and defended in the coming gubernatorial election of March 11.

“The efforts to liberate Lagos from the present oligarchy government of APC cannot be undermined by people who do not see such a great battle that must be won and cannot be subjected to social media cruise.”

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