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Today's Headlines; Why INEC Cannot Be Trust Again -Nigerians; You Disobeyed Us, S-Court Slam Buhari

Why INEC cannot be trust again — Nigerians

Obio/Akpor Local Government Area (LGA) Ward 13, Unit 49 in Rumuadaolu, Rivers State is less than five minutes drive from the INEC Office.

By 1.30pm on election day, with ban on vehicular movement except for election duties, materials had not arrived to commence accreditation and voting. In Ward 11 Unit 18 of Ahoada West, by 3pm, which was past the voting time allowed by the guidelines, materials had not arrived.

News Source: Vanguard Newspaper

Same was experienced in several places to the frustrations of teeming voters who came out as early as 7am, determined to ensure nothing stopped them from casting their votes. In the end many were disenfranchised as voting was aborted with many still on the queues into nightfall.

It was the same ugly story in many polling units across the country. Ballot boxes were snatched by thugs. Voting was disrupted by armed hoodlums who chased away voters. INEC officials either refused to upload the results sheets on the INEC central server or changed the figures at the collation centres.

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Naira: You disobeyed us, attempted to sacrifice democracy, S-Court slams Buhari

The Supreme Court, on Friday, nullified the ban on the use of the old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes as valid legal tenders by the Federal Government.

The apex court, in a unanimous decision by a seven - member panel of Justices, held that the old banknotes should remain in use until December 31.

News Source: Vanguard Newspaper

It held that the old Naira notes should be used alongside the redesigned currencies, until the end of the year.

In its lead judgement that was prepared and delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the apex court slammed FG for unilaterally introducing the demonetization policy, through the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, without consulting the Council of States, the Federal Executive Council, the National Security Council, the National Economic Council, Civil Society Organizations and other relevant stakeholders. 

US ignores Russia warning on arms as Biden meets Scholz

The United States responded Friday to a Russian warning against arming Ukraine by offering a further $400 million in security assistance, as President Joe Biden hosted German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a show of unity against Moscow.olaf scolz

The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group meanwhile said its forces had “practically encircled” the eastern Ukraine city of Bakhmut, which has seen the fiercest fighting of Moscow’s invasion.

News Source: Punch Newspaper

Western military aid for Ukraine has been key to Kyiv’s ability to hold out against Moscow’s military onslaught and to even regain ground, but the Kremlin said such assistance will only “prolong the conflict and have sad consequences for the Ukrainian people".

Arms deliveries “place a significant burden on the economies of these countries and negatively affect the well-being of citizens of these countries, including Germany,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

16 killed in Indonesia fuel storage depot fire

At least 16 people were killed and dozens injured in Indonesia’s capital Friday, after a massive blaze broke out at a state -run fuel storage depot before firefighters brought it under control, officials said.

The raging inferno caused people to flee in panic and the evacuation of residential areas nearby the depot run by state energy firm Pertamina in north Jakarta.

News Source: Punch Newspaper

The North Jakarta fire department said 16 people including two children were killed in the fire, which injured at least 50 more.

Many of those killed and injured suffered severe burns after the fire broke out, department chief Satriadi Gunawan told AFP.

The cause of the fire, which started after 8 pm local time (1300 GMT), was not clear.

The blaze was put out several hours after it started, army chief of staff Dudung Abdurachman told reporters.

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