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All Set For Kogi Guber Election

Posted: Nov 21, 2015 at 12:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Audu (left) and Wada the gladiators in November 21 Guber election in Kogi

Audu (left) and Wada the gladiators in November 21 Guber election in Kogi

The stage, it seems, is set for another era of governance in Kogi State, as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and the over 1.3 million eligible voters are now fully ready to play their respective parts in the Saturday’s Governorship election in Kogi.

As at Thursday, heavy security was reportedly visible inLokoja , the state capital, as residents were also seen making last minute preparations to enable them travel to their villages to beat the restriction of movement announced by the police.

Although 22 political parties have fielded candidates for the election, NAN reports that observers believed that the contest appeared more pronounced between the incumbent Gov. Idrs Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Alhaji Abubakar Audu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Meanwhile, Mr Halilu Pai, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, told NAN on Friday in Lokoja that all materials needed for the election had been deployed to all the 239 wards in the state.

Pai, who restated the resolve of the commission to ensure free, fair and credible election, said that the election would commence by 8 a.m. across the 3,018 voting centres.

He urged the electorate and other stakeholders to play by the rules.

Mr Sotonye Wakama, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, who has been redeployed from Force Headquarters to oversee the security operations for the election, said that 13, 260 regular and mobile policemen had been deployed.

He said that the policemen had been fully briefed and despatched to their beats, adding that the police was fully ready to provide adequate securoty for election materials, and officials and the electorate.

Wakama reiterated that the movement of vehicles into and out of the state would restricted from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

In the same vein, Mr Nnamdi Nwiyi, the Deputy Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC), also told newsmen on Friday in Lokoja that the number of men and officers of the corps deployed on election duty in the state had been increased from 5, 000 to 6, 286.

Nwiyi advised them to work diligently and not to compromise on their work in order to justify the existence of the corps.

Suspected Terror Group Members Resist Extradition From UK

Three men alleged to be key members of an Islamic State-affiliated terror group that plotted to conduct attacks across Europe and kidnap diplomats are fighting their extradition from Britain, the Guardian of UK has reported.

Bakr Hamad, Zana Rahim and Awat Hamasalih held senior positions in Rawti Shax, a “trans-national, radical and fundamentalist group”, whose purpose was to carry out violent acts in the west, it is claimed.

Via cells in Britain, Italy, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Finland and Norway, as well as Middle Eastern nations, it aimed to “intimidate the population and to put pressure on public powers and international organisations”, according to prosecutors.

The Sunni-Kurdish group’s primary objective was to overthrow the government of Kurdistan and establish a caliphate alongside Isis territory in Syria. Suspects held across Europe in alleged plot to kidnap Norwegian diplomats

Hamad, 38, of Kingston-upon-Hull, Rahim, 32, of Derby and Hamasalih, 38, of Birmingham, were arrested last Thursday as part of coordinated raids across Europe led by the Italian authorities. A total of 13 people were taken into custody in Italy, Norway and the UK as part of the investigation. They all denied consent for extradition at an earlier hearing.

The men’s lawyers explained they would be challenging the extradition on grounds of refoulment, the illegal returning of refugees. They may also invoke article two (right to life) and article three (prohibition of torture) of the European convention on human rights.

A fourth man arrested last Thursday was earlier told he no longer faced action. Sharif Kadir, of Gleadless Road, Sheffield, appeared ahead of the extradition hearing.