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Today's Headlines: There Are Plans To Disrupt Gov Polls-DSS, INEC Explains Transfer Of ICT Director

There Are Plans To Cause Chaos, Disrupt Gov Polls — DSS.

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There are “orchestrated plans” by some persons to cause a total breakdown of law and order and disrupt the scheduled elections in parts of the Federation, the Department of State Services (DSS) has said.

DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Wednesday, however, warned the individuals or groups no matter how highly placed they are to abort such plans.

The secret service therefore cautioned political players to be law-abiding as Nigerians head to the polls for the governorship and state assemblies’ elections.

The DSS said it is committed to the safety and security of citizens who may wish to go out to exercise their civic responsibility.

“All and sundry are, therefore, enjoined to abide by the rules of engagement particularly the Electoral Act and extant guidelines,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the governorship and state house of assembly elections scheduled for Saturday, March 11.

INEC explains transfer of ICT director.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the transfer of the former Director of ICT has nothing to do with glitches experienced with the uploading of the Feb. 25 national election results.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this on Thursday in Abuja in response to insinuations that the transfer of INEC’s former Director of ICT, Chidi Nwafor, caused the glitches experienced with the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) in the Feb. 25 presidential election.

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Oyekanmi said such insinuation was nothing but an attempt to mislead the public.

Poor Infrastructure: Soludo Flags Off Road Projects In Nnewi North.

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Worried by poor road infrastructure in Nnewi North Council Area of Anambra State, Governor, Chukwuma Charles Soludo has flagged off the construction of some roads in the area.

The roads are the 3.2 kilometers Okpunoeze-Nnewi Hotel Road and the Isaho Umuezeagu-NAUTH (Teaching Hospital Permanent site) Road which measures 2.2 kilometers, according to the governor.

Soludo who acknowledged the importance of roads in the distribution of goods and services said the road projects were awarded to the contracting firm, Benejaf International Limited while the consultancy was given to Maintech Engineering Consult, adding that major markets in Nnewi would be given a face-lift.

Army raids kidnappers’ den, rescues commissioner in Cross River.

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Troops of the 13 Brigade Nigerian Army, Calabar, deployed for Operation Akpakwu, have rescued the Commissioner for Women Affairs in Cross River, Mrs Gertrude Njar, from captivity.

The announcement of her rescue is contained in a statement by Capt. Dorcas Aluko, Army Public Relations Officer, 13 Brigade, Calabar on Wednesday.

The Commissioner was kidnapped on February 1 in the Mayne Avenue area, Calabar South.

“Acting on actionable intelligence on the victim’s whereabouts, troops laid a tacit ambush for the kidnappers around Peter Effiong Creek, Messembe, Jebs. The gallant troops tactically sprung an ambush to take the kidnappers by surprise while in search of the victim.

“In the ensuing melee, the criminals abandoned the victim and fled into the creeks,” Aluko said.

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