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Breaking: INEC resumes collation of Bauchi governorship results

Collation of governorship result for Tafawa Balewa local government area in Bauchi state has commenced at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s head office.According to Channels TV, the session is being chaired by a new collation officer, Musa Dahiru, based on a direction by INEC, to replace the former officer, Dominion Anosike who had earlier written to the commission that her life was in danger.INEC Resident Commissioner for Bauchi, Ibrahim Abdullahi explained that the results that were carted away, are being regenerated, and will be submitted to the state collation officer.His words: “What they are doing is that they are submitting the regenerated or reconstructed result which was carted away, from the ward to the local government collation officer. After that, the local government collation officer will come to the state collation officer, submit this report after which the state collation officer will round up, declare and return the winner”.He further explained that; “section 6 and 7 of the INEC regulation and guidelines for 2019 general elections provides that once there is violence when results are destroyed or taken away, the collation officer is supposed to regenerate using the duplicate results, after which, with the permission of the Resident Electoral Commissioner is required.”“As it is, I have given my permission and the regeneration has taken place, which the ward collation officers are now formally presenting to the local government collation officer who will, in turn, present it to the state collation/returning officer,” he said.

Google Street View takes you to Devon Island, which isn’t on Mars

Ever hear of Devon Island? Yeah, neither have I. Apparently, it is an island in Canada that is referred to as "Mars on Earth" by some, including Google. Why? Because of its similar terrain/environment to the "red planet."You see, the search giant seems very excited about bringing its popular Google Street view to this location. Truth be told, at first, I thought Google actually had miraculously brought Street View to the actual planet of Mars (silly me), but upon further investigation, my excitement was quickly extinguished when I discovered it was just a place here on Earth. But OK, I guess it's still kind of cool.ALSO READ: Google Maps for Android and iPhone gets Lime integration"Devon Island, a desolate land mass in Canada’s Arctic with a polar climate and treacherous terrain, is the largest uninhabited island on Earth. Yet the factors that make the island unlivable also make it indispensable to the scientists and researchers who work there -- its climate and landscape are the closest thing to Mars that can be found on Earth," says Katja Minitsenka, Program Manager, Google.ALSO READ: Google Maps for Apple iPhone and iPad now lets you follow your favorite placesMinitsenka further says, "Now anyone can visit 'Mars on Earth' in Street View. Last year, I received a special invite from Dr. Pascal Lee, chairman of the Mars Institute and director of the Haughton-Mars Project, to visit Devon Island and learn about the research done there. We spent three months preparing for the expedition, and after 72 hours on seven flights, found ourselves at basecamp surrounded by an untouched landscape."If you want to check out Devon Island on Google Earth, you can do so here. This includes a "guided tour" where you can easily access significant landmarks -- if you don't want to just scroll around aimlessly.

BREAKING: INEC Resumes Collation Of Bauchi Gov Election Results, To Name Winner Today

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resumed collation of results of the supplementary governorship election in Bauchi State.The resumption comes hours after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja dismissed the suit of Mohammed Abubakar, incumbent Governor of the state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging INEC's decision to conclude, collate and announce the governorship election result from Tafawa Balewa Local Government in Bauch State.Festus Okoye, National Commissioner of INEC who disclosed the resumption on Monday evening, said "the collation has commenced, and the suspended process will be cncluded today".

Offa robbery: What happened in court on Monday

An Ilorin High Court on Monday refused to order for an autopsy for Michael Adikwu, a principal suspect in the bloody April 5 Offa robbery incident in which 33 people were killed.Justice Halimat Salman, who accepted that the medical report of suspects injured in the incident could be conducted, refused the application for autopsy report on Adikwu as the prosecution had amended the charge sheet.She also adjourned continuation of the defence of trial within trial till April 8.The defence counsel, Mr Mathias Emeribe, on Monday had prayed the court to order for the autopsy report of Adikwu and medical examination of the suspects at the resumed trial of the five accused persons in the Offa robbery case.He had pleaded with the court that medical examination should be conducted to determine whether the wounds in the legs of the suspects was a product of gunshot as claimed by the suspects.The defence counsel also applied for the autopsy of Adikwu to determine the cause of his death so as to find corroboration to the evidence of all the suspects.According to him, since the police claimed that the suspects made voluntary confessional statement and were not tortured, medical examination should be conducted to know the truth.Emeribe, however, argued that the statements were not voluntarily taken.But the prosecution counsel, Prof. Wahab Egbewole, objected to the application, describing it as baseless and pointless.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the five accused persons standing trial in connection with the robbery incident were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.NAN also reports that three suspects were injured on the legs while another suspect claimed the police tortured him to make false confession.He claimed said that the principal suspect, Adikwu, was shot dead by one Insp Vincent attached to the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).“I was beaten with plank on the head by the police to make false confession against myself; when I declined; they tied my legs and my hands and threatened to kill me if I refuse.“I told them that I am an illiterate; when the police brought paper and biro for me to write my statement, the police wrote that I am one of the suspects of Offa robbery attack and asked me to thumb print.“That was how I made confessional statement under duress, ” the suspect said.

EU releases report on Kano, Benue, Sokoto, Plateau Bauchi supplementary election

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has raised concern over cases of violence in the just concluded supplementary elections.The union in a statement issued by its press officer, Sarah Fradgley said there was violence and intimidation of voters during Saturday’s rerun in parts of Kano, Bauchi and Benue States.It said, “The environment was intimidating and not conducive to voters’ free participation in the election. Party leaderships locally and centrally did not appear to take any steps to rein in supporters and prevent evident violence, intimidation or other misconduct.“Throughout the day, INEC did not comment on electoral disturbances, despite its overall responsibility for the election and security arrangements.”It added that though the electoral process had been transparent, there were violence in the rerun election in parts of Kano State where polling units became inaccessible to EU observers in some areas.‘In Nasarawa local government area in Kano, which accounted for approximately one-third of all registered voters for the supplementary governorship election, EU observers witnessed organised intimidation of voters.“For example, groups of youths with clubs and machetes patrolled the streets, and people with party agent tags harassed voters. During collation in Kano, EU observers saw that several INEC polling staff had been attacked. Large groups of men with weapons were not contained by the police.“Due to intimidating crowds and disturbances, EU observers in Kano could not access or continue observation in polling units in Dala and Nasarawa LGAs. The electoral process in Kano was further compromised by the harassment and obstruction of citizen observers, and journalists from BBC Hausa, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), and TVC. This compromised scrutiny of both polling and collation of results in the affected areas.“Isolated violent incidents also disrupted voting and counting in other states. In Bauchi, EU observers witnessed around 50 people with clubs disrupting counting in one polling unit.“In Benue, election materials were burnt, resulting in the cancellation of polling affecting 13,000 registered voters, and a collation officer carrying result sheets was shot in the leg.“Party agents were seen to interfere more in the process than on the previous two election days. Some polling units in Kano were dominated by controlling party agents and supporters. Of the 40 polling units that EU teams could fully observe, agents were present in all and in five cases were seen interfering in the work of polling officials, in Benue, Plateau and Sokoto.“EU observers in all five states also saw party agents trying to influence voters, assisting voters or voting on their behalf. Supporters and agents were sometimes present in polling units in excessive numbers, resulting in overcrowding. EU observers also saw vote-buying in Sokoto by both the leading parties, and indications of vote-buying in Kano. Citizen observers also reported party agents involved in vote-buying, and bribery of polling staff and police,” the report said.EU said INEC improved logistical arrangements with most polling units observed open within half an hour of the official opening time adding that in the 40 polling units that EU teams could fully observe, procedures were mostly followed.“Smart card readers were used to accredit voters in all polling units observed. However, manual accreditation procedures were not always correctly followed if card readers failed to authenticate fingerprints. The secrecy of the vote was not always sufficiently protected in nearly one-third of polling units observed.”“The collation process was finalised in Bauchi, Benue, Plateau and Sokoto within 24 hours, but in Kano it was suspended for several hours due to concerns over the safety of lower-level collation staff. For security reasons, collation of results in two of 29 LGAs in Kano had to be undertaken at the state collation centre.“ Similarly, ward collation had to be undertaken at one LGA in Bauchi. Adding to transparency of the process, the media provided live coverage of state-level collation. EU observers visited 12 collation centres and observed party agents present in all. EU observers noted that overall collation procedures were followed and the process was generally transparent.”“The EU EOM will continue to observe the results and petitions’ processes, and will remain in Nigeria until early April.“ The Chief Observer, Maria Arena, will return in June to present the mission’s final report, which will include recommendations for future electoral processes.”

Nigeria needs N10 trillion infrastructure bond to curb deficit – Fashola

Related NewsThe Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said N10 trillion infrastructural bond was needed to meet up with infrastructural deficit and advance the course of Nigeria’s development.Mr Fashola made this known on Monday in Abuja at a meeting with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Works to defend his ministry’s 2018 budget performance and 2019 budget.The minister received legislative commendations from the committee for his achievements so far in the road sector.Speaking on his achievements, the minister the said while government was constrained to operate within the current budgetary limits, it had considerably scaled up performance, using the Sukuk Bond over which government had no allocation control.Mr Fashola, therefore, called for a N10 trillion infrastructure Bond which he noted could take care of the nation’s infrastructural issues and deficit going forward.“If such is created, we can draw from it without resorting to the annual budget, but of course with legislative backing to solve our problems once and for all,’’ he said.The minister, however, expressed confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari’s willingness to sign the Road Infrastructure Fund Bill, provided” the provisions don’t conflict with existing laws governing the sector.”Lawmakers also took the minister up on his 7-point priorities, noting that the pace of implementation left much to be desired.They said many roads and bridges across the country had become death traps – failing even while still under construction with many others still waiting for attention.Addressing the issue of road construction and rehabilitation, relative to the availability of fund from annual appropriations, the committee chairman, Toby Okechukwu, said the minister had done well.According to him, the minister has done considerably well in the light of inadequate cash flow from budgetary releases.The chairman, however, asked the minister to intimate the committee on how the 2019 budget could capture road maintenance in the country, “so that existing roads don’t fail as obtained in the past.”A breakdown of the 2018 appropriation showed that N715.6 billion was allocated to the ministry, out of which N399.4 billion was for capital.The main ministry, he said got N56.7billion while Parastatals got N42.639billion, and overhead for the ministry took N13.23billion, while Personnel cost gulped N17.25billionOn the Implementation, N144.263billion was released for capital, representing 40.4per cent of the appropriation.(NAN)

Bauchi governor denies conceding defeat to PDP’s Bala Mohammed

Related NewsThe press secretary to Bauchi State governor, Abubakar Alsadique, says his principal, Muhammed Abubakar, has not conceded defeat to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Bala Mohammed.Mr Mohammed, a former senator and FCT minister, polled the largest number of votes so far declared by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) in the yet to be concluded Bauchi State governorship election.After the last supplementary election, Bauchi State has one more hurdle to cross, which is the collation of results from Tafawa Balewa local government.PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Abubakar on Monday morning lost a suit at an Abuja High Court where he sought to stop INEC from resuming collation of the Tafawa Balewa local government result.On Monday afternoon, while the INEC in Bauchi State resumed the regeneration of election results from Tafawa Balewa local government, the news went wild on social media that the governor had conceded defeat and congratulated Mr Mohammed.The governor’s spokesperson promptly issued a statement debunking the report.“Our attention has been drawn to a trending fake news, said to have been issued by me on behalf of His Excellency,” the spokesperson wrote.“The said news is a fake news. We have genuine channels of disseminating all our press statements to media organisations, which we have not done.“It should, therefore, be disregarded, please.”

75-year-old woman battles high blood pressure after being defrauded of N4.8 million ▷ Nigeria...

- A young lady has taken to social media to lament after her mother lost N4.8 million through her bank- According to the lady, her 75-year-old mother does not own an ATM and only uses mobile banking- The huge loss has now affected the aged woman who now suffers from high blood pressureFraud is a common issue in Nigeria that many people hope not to fall a victim of. Some people keep their money in the bank hoping that it would be kept safe but that appears not to be the case anymore.A young Nigerian lady identified on Twitter as @Carnayour has taken to the microblogging site to call out her mother’s bank after she was defrauded of N4.8 million.According to Carnayour her 75-year-old mother lost the huge sum of money through her bank. She added that her mom was only registered on mobile banking and does not own an ATM card. Also she explained that her mother did not get any call from anybody requesting for her pin or one time password (OTP).PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android and read the best news about NigeriaThe case was reported to the bank and Carnayour revealed that the manager as well as the customer service personnel seemed surprised at how the money could have gone missing. The theft has also reportedly affected the aged woman so much that she now struggles with high blood pressure.READ ALSO: 15 Traits That Meghan Markle Has In Common With Princess DianaIn a subsequent tweet, the young lady wondered how a customer can lose so much money from a bank and how a person’s details can be expose for such an amount to move undetected.Nawa o.Meanwhile previously reported that an angry lady took to social media to expose someone who defrauded her of some money.The young lady shared screenshots from her chat with the scammer as proof of the unfortunate incident.READ ALSO: Personal letter from the Editor-in-Chief of (formerly! ( upgrades to We keep evolving to serve our readers better.BUSTED: Professional Hacker Nabbed Over Fraudulent Purchase of N28 million Porsche | Legit TV

Champions League news: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo & Juventus will physically destroy Ajax’ – Andrea Pirlo...

'Ronaldo & Juventus will physically destroy Ajax' - Pirlo expecting Champions League masterclassThe former Bianconeri star believes that the Serie A giants will avoid making the same mistakes as Real Madrid when facing Eredivisie oppositionCristiano Ronaldo and have been tipped to “physically destroy” in the , with Andrea Pirlo admiring the motivation of star turns in Turin.The Bianconeri acquired a five-time winner of the competition last summer in the hope of bringing their barren run in Europe to a close .The Portuguese superstar has carried them into the quarter-finals, with his stunning hat-trick in the second leg of a last-16 showdown with Atletico Madrid helping to keep their dreams alive.Dutch opponents are next in Juve’s sights , with Ajax having claimed the notable scalp of title holders to prolong their own continental adventure.An exciting and youthful, Eredivisie outfit will present another stern examination of Juve’s Champions League credentials, but Pirlo believes Ronaldo and Co will prove too strong.The former star told Gazzetta dello Sport : “Juventus' target is Europe now. They have changed their mentality.“Ronaldo decided to change his life at 33. It means he had great motivations and he settled in well very quickly.“In a season, there is always a turnaround, a perfect game that changes the season.“I think Juve can physically destroy Ajax, it was a good draw.“Ajax beat Real Madrid but Real were as unorganised as ever and that's rare. It won't happen with Juve.“Juventus can win the Champions League provided that they won't repeat what they did in Madrid.”Juve suffered a quarter-final defeat to a Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid side in 2017-18.Article continues belowThe previous year, the man now on their books dashed their dreams in the final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.They now have the chance to right those wrongs and claim a first European triumph since 1996.Ronaldo will be expected to lead that charge, with the Champions League’s all-time leading goalscorer having recorded another four efforts in the competition this season as he seeks to lift the famous trophy in a fourth successive campaign.

Thai election complaints mount as junta holds popular vote edge | The Guardian Nigeria...

Election officials released the first unofficial preliminary results for seats in the lower house Monday as a blizzard of complaints over apparent mistakes in the count and possible irregularities at the polls rolled in.Sunday’s election — seen as a referendum on the military — was held under new rules written by the junta to ease its transformation into a civilian government.Despite that headstart, analysts had not expected the army-linked Phalang Pracharat party to win the popular vote, given anger at junta rule and the enduring popularity of Pheu Thai — the party of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.But preliminary figures showed Phalang Pracharat — with 2014 coup leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha as its candidate for prime minister — ahead in the popular vote.It had racked up more than 7.6 million votes with more than 90 percent of ballots tallied, giving any government it tries to form a claim to legitimacy.That is nearly half a million more votes than Pheu Thai, which nonetheless had earned 137 of the 350 available constituency seats in the lower house compared to Phalang Pracharat’s 97, according to preliminary figures released later Monday.There are still 150 “party list” seats in the lower house up for grabs, which is where the popular vote will matter more.But no matter how the numbers play out, coup leader Prayut’s party will benefit from a military-appointed 250-member Senate.That means Pheu Thai would need to cobble together 376 votes in the lower house to override the Senate advantage, while the junta only needs 126.As rivals scrambled to seize the momentum and persuade other parties to join forces in a coalition, Pheu Thai’s prime ministerial candidate Sudarat Keyuraphan said her party had won the “mandate from the people” to form a government.She also pointed to “irregularities” and said her party was “gathering evidence about the election process”.Pheu Thai will have to try and build a pro-democracy coalition, lassoing in Future Forward — a new upstart anti-junta party which has won the hearts of millennials, claimed over five million mainly youth votes and 30 lower house constituency seats.Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruankit, whose party is key to any alliance, told reporters Monday that his “greatest concern” is the junta staying in power.Nearly 1.9 million votes had been invalidated with 93 percent of votes tallied.But the Election Commission defended itself against critics accusing it of bungling the process.“Please wait.. this is Thailand, we are not like other countries who have an election one day and form a government the next,” said Jarungvith Phumma, EC secretary-general.The commission sidestepped questions over wildly inaccurate poll returns reported late Sunday in several constituencies, with another official calling it “human error”.Thaksin, the self-exiled billionaire ex-cop turned-Thai premier, who is at the crux of Thailand’s political breakdown, reached out to shocked supporters in the pro-democracy camp.“As long as we still have breath, we can not give up,” he said in a Facebook post on Monday.Deep dividesThe EC has said it will finalise the results by May 9.But questions over the count have billowed out, with social media ablaze with allegations of vote buying, mass invalidation of ballots and bungling by polling staff across the country.About 400,000 people signed a petition to sack EC members, and more disputes are expected across the political spectrum.A co-ordinator for Thailand-based election monitor We Watch said that voter education was insufficient.A candidate in Songkhla province for the Democrat Party, which came in second in the last election in 2011 but was down in fifth this time, said they had evidence of votes bought.“Without vote buying, we wouldn’t have suffered such big losses,” candidate Sirichok Sopha told AFP.General Prayut’s party appears set to get close to the 126 lower house seats it needs to secure a parliamentary majority, in combination with the appointed Upper House that it created when it was in power.“The people have chosen us,” Kobsak Pootrakool, Phalang Pracharat spokesman told reporters.But the vote has again revealed Thailand’s old divisions between Thaksin supporters and arch-royalist, conservatives who look to the army for stability.On the eve of the poll, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn issued a cryptic statement urging people to support “good” leaders against those who create “chaos.”Thailand’s monarchy is protected by harsh royal defamation laws and is nominally above politics.But another royal command in February torpedoed the candidacy of the king’s elder sister Princess Ubolratana for prime minister via a party linked to Thaksin.Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup, and has lived in self-exile since 2008. The administration of his sister Yingluck was also the victim of a 2014 power grab by the military.