Nigeria Today: Top 5 Headlines

10 April, 2019 | Akeem

 INEC Fixes Nov 2 for Kogi, Bayelsa Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has chosen November 2, 2019, for the governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa State.

The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said on Tuesday April 9th, 2019 that the commission has released the time tables for the two elections

The commission also stated that “The official notice for both elections will be issued on August 1, 2019, while political parties that intend to sponsor candidates are to hold their primaries for the nominations of such candidates from 2nd-29th August 2019".

Also added that, “The Commission at its meeting held today approved the timetable and schedule of activities for the Governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, which will hold in both states on Sunday, 2nd November 2019''


 Dokubo Defends Amnesty's N88m Salon Contract

Prof. Charles Dokubo, the Coordinator, Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme, has denied breaching the public procurement law in the award of an N88m contract of the empowerment of some Niger Delta youths in salon business.

According to Dokunbo's media aide, Murphy Ganagana, said on Tuesday April 9th, 2019 that 22 Niger Delta youths benefitted from the project, which was based on a business template of N4m for each of the beneficiaries.

Ganagana further added that the initiative was in line with Dokubo’s mandate “to provide human capital development and skills acquisition for the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme towards deepening stability in Niger Delta.”.

He said the N4m per beneficiary covered the cost of refresher/entrepreneurial training course to prepare the beneficiaries for effective management of their businesses, land acquisition or shop rent for use by the beneficiaries, among others.


Fire Service Boss, Six Others Released

The Lagos State Fire Service boss and six others that were abducted last Saturday April 6th, 2019, at Ikorodu, have been released. They were released at about 11:45pm on Tuesday April 9th, 2019.

According to Lagos State Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Elkana Bala said, they were released unhurt and had reunited with their families.

 Bala added that, “The Command deeply appreciates the support of Lagos State Government and the good people of Lagos State who stood by it and also provided useful information that facilitated the prompt rescue of the victims"


 Fuel scarcity hits Port Harcourt

Residents of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, and its environs are currently experiencing fuel scarcity as long queues have returned to filling stations. The sudden closure of the filling stations caused a long queue and motorists had a tough time before they could purchase Premium Motor Spirit.

It was gathered that the scarcity started around 3pm on Monday April 8th, 2019 when fuel dealers decided to close majority of the filling stations in the state capital.

Though the filling station was selling at the normal price of N145 per litre, some motorists had to wait for over an hour before they could purchase fuel.

A commercial tricycle rider, who identified himself as James, said that the scarcity was as a result of the rumour that the depot in Port Harcourt was no longer distributing fuel.


Buhari Returns To Abuja For Security Reasons

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja on Tuesday night April 9th, 2019, a day ahead of schedule. The president was initially scheduled to return to Abuja from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday April 10th, 2019 at about 1.30p.m.

It was gathered that the president’s decision to cut short his official engagements in Dubai might not be unconnected with security developments in Zamfara, Kaduna and some other parts of the country.

Buhari, who on Sunday April 7th, 2019 moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), participated in the ninth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting. While in Dubai, President Buhari also held bilateral talks and met with different groups of investors at the sidelines of the Annual Investment Meeting.

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