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Today's Headlines: Gunmen kidnap Imo monarch’s wife, raze houses of APC, LP chairmen, Biden calls for peaceful, transparent election in Nigeria

Gunmen Raze Houses of APC, LP Chairmen In Imo

Gunmen on Wednesday kidnapped the wife of the traditional ruler of Amuro autonomous community in the Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State, Ugoeze Umugborogu.

Apart from kidnapping the monarch’s wife, the rampaging gunmen also burnt the country homes of the chairmen of All Progressives Congress and Labour Party in Amuro ward.

The development caused panic in the community as residents fled their homes.

A source who doesn’t want to be mentioned told our correspondent that the attackers set the houses ablaze as soon as they arrived at the compounds.

The source said ” Ugoeze Umugborogu, the wife of the late king of Amuro autonomous community, has been kidnapped.

“After kidnapping the woman, they went to the house of the Labour Party chairman in Amuro ward, Ifediora Umugborogu and razed it. The man and his family were away when they struck.

“They equally razed the house of the APC chairman in the ward. This is going out of hand. The government should come to our rescue.”

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Biden calls for peaceful, transparent election in Nigeria

U.S. President Joe Biden called on Thursday for Nigeria’s presidential election on Saturday to be peaceful and transparent.

The U.S. president also urged candidates and parties to accept the results as announced by the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Nigerians are set on Saturday to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections that are seen as the most wide-open since Africa’s most populous nation switched from military rule to democracy in 1999.

Of the 18 candidates vying to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, three stand a chance. More than 93 million people are registered to vote.

There will be about 176,600 polling stations across the country, including in camps for people displaced by the conflict between Islamist insurgents and federal troops in the northeast.

INEC says it has taken measures to ensure this election will be free and fair – a major concern in a country with a long history of electoral discord and violence.

Northern youth groups declare support for Atiku

Ahead of Saturday’s presidential election, the Joint Action Committee of Northern Youth Associations has declared support for the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for the poll.

They said Atiku, who’s also a former Vice President, was their preferred candidate because he had over the years garnered enough experience to govern Nigeria.

JACOM, comprising over 70 youth organizations in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, said their choice of Atiku was based on the fact that of all the 18 presidential candidates, he has all it takes to rebuild the country.

Addressing a press conference at the Arewa House, Kaduna on Wednesday, JACOM’s Convener, Murtala Abubakar, flanked by Raphael Makama, Director of Communication and Public Affairs as well as other executives, said none of the contestants had built political bridges across Nigeria like Atiku.

According to Abubakar, the youths of the region arrive at the decision after feeling the pulse of the Northern Elders Forum and the Arewa Consultative Forum as well as other Northern groups on the candidature of the former Vice President.

The JACOM boss, therefore appealed to all Nigerians to come out en masse and vote for Atiku, noting that the decision “we are going to make, will make or mar Nigeria if not well guided by our choice.”

Protesters, vandals don’t have money in bank – Susan Peters

Actress Susan Peters has accused individuals championing protests over cash scarcity and vandalisation of public properties as mischief makers who actually do not have money in the banks.

Acknowledging the current situation of the country demanded prompt action, Peters argued the resort to violence and burning of banks as well as other public facilities would be counterproductive because when the current challenge expires, the damages that have been done would yet remain until they are sorted.

She warned those engaging in these brutal acts to desist forthwith.

Anambra youths mobilise support for Obi

Anambra youths have endorsed and declared full support for the presidential bid of the former governor of the state and presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, two days before the election.

The Anambra State Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Obi Emeka Chukwudi said the endorsement was based on the person of Mr Peter Obi as the most qualified among the candidates and not necessarily because of his identity.

The NYCN and other youth leaders had earlier last year warned opportunists trying to cause problems in the state, because of the verbal rift between the LP Presidential Candidate and the Governor of the State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.

While describing Obi’s candidacy as a national project, the youths had also expressed confidence in the mandate of Governor Soludo, which they said was handed to him by the youths.

The Anambra NYCN Chairman said, ‘On Peter Obi’s Mandate I Stand, Let History Judge Me Right’, saying it has become imperative at this time to openly identify with the Labour Party candidate, having observed how he has discharged his campaigns creditably.

Bauchi govt. shuts down state-owned schools

The Bauchi State Government has declared a two-day break for all the state-owned schools ahead of the presidential and national assembly elections on Saturday.

Hajiya Jamila Dahiru, the state commissioner for education, disclosed this at a news conference Thursday in Bauchi.

According to her, the state government has also declared a two-day break for all the state-owned schools ahead of the gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections on March 11.

“Day school students should stay at home on February 24 and 27, 2023, for the presidential elections, and school activities will resume on February 28, 2023.”

“For the gubernatorial elections, day students are to remain at home on Friday, 10th and Monday 13th March 2023. “School activities are to resume on Tuesday 14th March 2023 while all Boarding School students are to remain in their respective schools during the break,” she said.

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