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Anambra LP tasks aspirants on guidelines, denies alleged Ubah’s exit



THE leadership of Labour Party (LP) has reminded all governorship aspirants and those intending to run for the November 16, 2013, race of the procedure for the party’s primary election scheduled to hold on Wednesday, August 28. It stressed that aspirants who are less than six months’ old in the party should apply for waiver.

  The state Chairman of LP, Mr. Sam Osita Oraegbunam, who disclosed at the weekend while briefing newsmen on the rules for all aspirants for the governorship post, said the reminder became necessary to avoid a similar situation where a rival party disqualified governorship aspirants after collecting nomination fees from them.

  The chairman also denied rumours making the rounds in the state that frontline governorship aspirant of the party, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, was planning to dump the party, saying it was the “handiwork of mischief makers and envious rivals who want to steal from LP candidate fielded in the governorship polls”.

  Oraegbunam said public enlightenment remains central to real practice of democracy, contending that “admitting party members, especially aspirants, without proper guidance on procedures and modalities amount to criminal ambush on citizen’s hard earned money”. He assured that LP was determined to do things differently to serve the people’s interest.

  He added that members of the party who have validated their colleagues and are not in arrears of their monthly dues of N100 are eligible to aspire for any position under LP in line with the Electoral Act 2010, pointing out that only members who have paid in full their expression of intent and nomination fees of one million and 10 million naira respectively, are eligible for screening.

  While reiterating that the “National Working Committee (NWC) of the party may decide to grant waivers to any member on request for whatever reasons and on terms it deemed necessary”, Oraegbunam declared that “such member granted such a waiver must show the evidence through a letter signed by both the national chairman and secretary of the party to the screening committee”.

  The chairman added that the notification is to avoid disqualification of any aspirant on the ground of non-compliance with this guideline or party constitution, asserting however, that female aspirants and physically-challenged persons are exempted from payment of both intent and nomination fees.

  On voting guidelines during primaries, Oraegbunam said “members shall queue behind each aspirant for the office being contested for and voting shall be done in line with Article 24 of the Labour Party Constitution as may be decided by the presiding officer”.   

  He added that the aspirant with the highest number of votes should have his/her name submitted as the party’s candidate.  

  On the speculating exit of Ubah, Oraegbunam said there was nothing to support the claim, stressing that “spin doctors of rival parties have noted with envy the democratic and peaceable way LP is going about its candidate selection processes and feel frightened that any governorship candidate of LP stands a brighter chance of clinching the Anambra governorship polls on November 16.

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NIgeria Records 87 New Cases Of COVID-19, Total Infections Now 1,182



By Abujah Racheal

Nigeria has recorded 87 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total infections to 1,182 , according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The NCDC, in a tweet via its official handle, said 33 of the new infections were recorded in Lagos, 18 in Borno, 12 in Osun, nine in Katsina, four each in Kano and Ekiti, three each in Edo and Bauchi and one in Imo.

“As at 11:55 pm April 25, there are 1,182 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria.  The country’s total deaths from the virus now stand at 35, while 222  have been treated and discharged,” it said.

The centre said as at 11:55 pm, April 25, Lagos has 689, FCT-138, Kano-77, Ogun-35, Osun-32, Gombe-30, Katsina-30, Borno-30, Edo-22, Oyo-18, Kwara-11, Akwa Ibom-11, Bauchi-11, Kaduna-10, Ekiti-8 and Ondo-4.

Others are Delta-six, Rivers-three, Jigawa-two, Enugu-two, Niger-two, Abia-two, Zamfara-two,  Sokoto-two, Benue-one, Anambra-one, Adamawa-one, Plateau-one and Imo-one.

Sourced From: News Agency of Nigeria

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2 Women Crushed To Death On Lagos – Ibadan Expressway



Two women were crushed to death in a road crash involving a Mack truck and a motorcycle around Lotto, beside NNPC filling station on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

The accident occurred around 8:02am on Saturday when the truck marked FST 984 XX lost its brakes and hit the moving motorcycle, killing the women.

The spokesperson of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi,  confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.

”The truck and the motorcycle were both on the outbound lane from Lagos when the crash happened due to break failure on the  part of the truck driver.

“The vehicle and the motorcycle are with the police at the Redeemed Police Station, along with the driver of the truck,” he said.  Akinbiyi explained that the rider of the motorcycle was nowhere to be found after the accident.

He disclosed that  the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

Sourced From: Daily Trust

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Mentally-Challenged Man Axes 70-Year-Old Father To Death



A 37-year-old man said to be mentally-challenged has used an axe to kill his father, aged 70 in Unuchiana Village, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Tribune Online learnt that the suspect allegedly axed his father to death in their compound.

Confirming the incident in a statement, the Anambra State police command’s public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, said one Timothy Ezeofor reported that his elder brother, 70-year-old Godwin Ezeofor, was allegedly murdered by his son, Chigorom Ezeofor using an axe.

According to Mohammed, at about 9:45am on Friday, one Mr Timothy Ezeofor of Umuezegoro Kindred, Unuchiana Village, reported at Aguata Police Station that at about 8:00am of same day, his elder brother, Godwin Ezeofor of the same address was murdered by his son, one Chigorom Ezeofor, of the same address using an axe.

He said the complainant alleged that the suspect had been mentally ill for the past eight years.

The police spokesman said following the report, police operatives attached to Aguata Division led by the DPO, CSP Ayeni Oluwadare, mobilised to scene and rushed the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced dead by a medical doctor and the corpse has been deposited at a hospital mortuary for autopsy.

He also said the suspect who “looks insane” had been arrested and taken to the station for investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

Sourced From: Tribune Online

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COVID-19: Police Arrest Bishop For Defying Lockdown To Protest At Chinese Embassy In Lagos



By Chiemelie Ezeobi.

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the General Overseer of Resurrection Praise Ministries for Africa alias Jehovah Sharp Sharp, Archbishop Samson Benjamin, for defying the lockdown order to protest at the Chinese Embassy in Lagos.

Benjamin, the police alleged, led about 100 persons to the Chinese Embassy in Victoria Island to protest the maltreatment of Nigerians in China.

According to the cleric, the Chinese were operating freely in Nigeria despite that COVID-19 started in their country but have chosen to maltreat Nigerians and other blacks in China.

It was gathered that officials of the embassy sent a video clip of the alleged invasion to the police which prompted operatives from Victoria Island Division to move to the scene to effect the arrest.

A police source who spoke on anonymity said the cleric was being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, (SCIID), Yaba and may be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

In the video, the bishop denied going to the embassy with 100 persons, insisting that he was there by himself to register his displeasure over the ill-treatment of Nigerians in China.

Efforts to reach the spokesman for the state police command, DSP Bala Elkana, proved abortive as he didn’t return the message sent to him as at press time.



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