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Obaseki to spend N2b on production of furniture in schools

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has revealed plans by his administration to spend N2 billion in procuring furniture for primary schools across the state.

The governor said this during an inspection of remodelling work at the Government Science and Technical College (GSTC), formerly known as the Benin Technical College, in Benin City.

Why INEC postponed general elections to February 23

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the general elections by a week, less than five hours to the start of the polls.
According to the commission, the Presidential and National Assembly elections, initially scheduled for today, February 16, will now hold on February 23, while the governorship and state houses of assembly elections will take place on March 9.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, announced the decision at a short press briefing at 2:44 am on Saturday morning.

Polls: Shun sit-at-home order by IPOB, group advises Enugu residents

By Mary Okoh
Enugu

2019 polls: Sullivan Chime assures of Buhari's victory

By Mary Okoh,
Enugu

Former governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, has expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari would win saturday general election.
He also urged the South-East region to support Buhari’s re-election bid.
Chime spoke in Enugu yesterday.
He said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was no longer an option for Ndigbo as the party had outlived its usefulness.

‘Herbalist threatened me with snake to confess’

Twenty-four-year-old Miss Favour Friday has finally decided to open up on how she was caught in the web of the men who pinned her down and inserted pepper into her private parts.
Favour, who is from Rivers State, said she had been living in Benin since 2018.
She disclosed that February 1 was a day she would never forget; that was the day the men accused her of stealing and thereafter debased her.
Favour was beaten and stripped by some men who accused her of stealing iPhone X Max valued at N440,000.

How 409,000 IDPs, others will vote in Borno – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained how the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and other residents of Borno State will vote in the general elections.

Militants: Rig polls and we’ll bomb pipelines

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has warned the Federal Government to desist from rigging the presidential election billed for tomorrow (Friday, February 16, 2019.
The group also advised multinational oil companies in the region to immediately vacate their personnel in case of any eventuality.
NDA is a factional militia group to the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) and the Coalition of Niger Delta Militants (CONDEM) that threatened the peace of the country three years ago over unresolved Niger Delta questions.

Buhari Promises Nigerians Free, Fair Elections In National Broadcast (Full Speech)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja addressed the nation ahead of the general elections.

Read the full speech by the President below;

HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S BROADCAST TO THE NATION, FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Fellow Citizens,

On Saturday, February 16, 2019, you will, once again, be called upon to choose the leaders who will pilot the affairs of our great nation for the next four years. This is a constitutional right which should be freely exercised by all eligible voters.

CCT grants Onnoghen bail, adjourns trial till March 11

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned the case of non-declaration of assets involving the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, till March 11, 2019.

Prior to the adjournment of the case, Onnoghen was also granted bail on self-recognition.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, his counsel, Mr Chris Uche said although they were ready for arraignment, the defence had pending applications.

According to him, a bench warrant had been issued to his client.

EFCC releases hotlines for reporting electoral fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has urged patriotic citizens with authentic information that can lead to the arrest of culprits of Vote Buying to reach the commission for a prompt response.

In a statement on Friday by its spokesman, Tony Orilade, the commission released some contact numbers for anyone with information regarding electoral fraud.
The numbers to call are as follows:

ABUJA HQ—- 08141219896, 09077928772, 09051923475, 09074456025

ABUJA ZONAL OFFICE —09051916064, 09066270016, 08123827088

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