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Published in World News June 17 2018 0 Tagged under

Rivers State Local Government Council elections have been concluded across the twenty three Local Government Areas of the state.


Our correspondent Uchendu Ejiowhor reports that the electoral material arrived late in some pulling units in Emohua, Ikwerre and Ahoada Local Government Areas.


Some electorates who spoke to our correspondent expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the election.


A candidate of the People Democratic Party in Ikwerre Local government area Samuel Nwanosike and that of Emohua Tom Aliezi commended Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission and Security for conducting free and fair elections.


However, the state chairman of the All People's Party, APP, Kenneth Atata has called for the cancellation of the exercise alleging that sensitive materials for the election were hijacked.


Also speaking a councillorship candidate of the Green Party in Ibaa community in Emuhua Ikpendu Somba accused RSIEC of assisting the PDP to rig the elections.


Meanwhile reports from Ogu-Bolo, Okrika, Eleme, indicate that there was a low turnout of voters in the areas due to the rainfalls.


Our correspondent Vitor Ezeama who monitored elections in the areas reports that electoral materials arrived in some of the polling units around 9AM.


Some respondents who spoke with our correspondent including Navy CAPTAIN Erasmus Victor, Philip Oparaji, and Boma Iyayi described the election as widely peaceful.


A member of the Rivers State House of Assembly Evans Bipi called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to learn from the Rivers RISIEC.


Correspondent reports that there was full compliance to the restriction order with security presence in all the twenty three Local government areas of the state.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has commended the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission for conducting credible Local Government Elections across the state.


The governor also commended security agencies for ensuring that the elections were peaceful by creating the right atmosphere for peaceful polls.


Speaking in an interview after monitoring the local government elections in Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor Local Government Areas, Governor Wike said that the non-participation of the All Progressives Congress in the elections turned out to be one of the reasons why the process was peaceful.


The governor noted that the security agencies played their constitutional roles during the elections.


He said the message to the Independent National Electoral Commission is that they can conduct credible elections if they resist pressures from different quarters.


Governor Wike said that he was more interested in the peaceful and credible conduct of the elections than anything else.


The position of the Governor was contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Dakuku Peterside says the massive low turnout that characterized the controversial local government election in the state on Saturday is a clear sign that what he said it Governor Nyesom Wike’s treachery has expired.


In a statement issued by his media team, the APC stalwart said that several members of the People’s Democratic Party called him, accusing the governor of manipulating everything, including changing the names of some candidates at the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission.


He noted that despite only PDP contesting the election against some imaginary opponents, the RSIEC still connived with the ruling party to inflate figures even in the governor’s home local government where he claimed that voters chose to stay at home.


The Peace Corps of Nigeria has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to unseal its corporate headquarters, according to various court orders.


The development was even as the PCN claimed it had secured over fifteen valid court judgement against the Police and other security agencies in Nigeria, which none has been appealed against.


National headquarters of Peace Corps of Nigeria has been under lock and keys by the Police since February 28th, 2017, the day the office was officially launched.


National Commandant of PCN Dickson Akoh has claimed the organization pays as much as thirteen point five million naira rent annually on the sealed office.


But the Police have refused to vacate the properties, despite two subsisting court orders; resolution of the House of Representatives; the letter of authority from the Attorney-General of the Federation; the interventions from the Civil Society Organizations and National Human Rights Commission.


Akoh further stated that his organization and his person have not committed any known crime under the laws of Nigeria, vowing to present himself for prosecution when the Police comply with court orders.

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has threatened to take legal action against political parties that were still selling nomination forms to aspirants despite previous court judgments prohibiting such payment.


Falana who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos as he re-emphasized his opposition to the sale of nomination forms to aspirants for elective offices by political parties.


The rights Lawyer has spoken against the commercialisation of nomination forms by political parties.


He added that aggrieved aspirants should be encouraged to sue their parties.


South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has warned army officers against rebellion after leaving the military.


President Kiir said that some of the generals form or join rebel groups with hope that they may be recalled and promoted in the army or government.


President Kiir warned the soldiers at the military headquarters in the capital Juba any rebel should remain in the bush.


In April, the President made similar remarks to the military warning that such intentions posed a major threat to the nation's peace and stability.


Several army chiefs, who have been dismissed, have formed rebel groups intent on dislodging the government among them a former close ally of President Kiir, the ex-chief of general staff Gen Paul Malong.

Glasgow's world-renowned School of Art in Scotland has been gutted by another huge blaze, four years after part of the building was destroyed by fire.


Flames ripped through the celebrated Mackintosh building after it caught fire at about last night.


The blaze spread to nearby buildings, including the Campus nightclub and O2 ABC music venue, which suffered "extensive damage".


No casualties have been however reported

Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr has said the team’s two nil loss to Croatia in their opening match of Russia 2018 was due to many mistakes.


Rohr, while speaking at the post-match conference of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D fixture, said he and his players were aware they made some important mistakes during the game.


He said the entire team was disappointed at the result, adding that they needed to work on being professional with the set-pieces.


Rohr, however, assured that he and his assistants would go on to ensure the team was improved upon before their June 22 date with Iceland in Volgograd.


Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has admitted that it is difficult to play as the only striker upfront in the Super Eagles team.


Ighalo in his reaction to the loss against Croatia said there is more pressure from the defenders if a striker plays alone.


He however believed the Eagles will correct mistakes made and agreed that Croatia deserve the win against Nigeria.


In the match played in Kalinin-grad, the Eagles lost through an own goal by Nigeria’s mid-field sensation, Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modrić.


Published in World News June 15 2018 0 Tagged under

There has been a global alarm over rising sea levels as satellites monitoring the state of the Antarctica, otherwise known as the White Continent, indicate some two hundred billion tonnes of ice are now being lost to the ocean yearly.


The BBC quoted a report published in the journal Nature saying that the trend is pushing up global sea levels by zero point six millimetres annually, which represents a three-fold increase since 2012 when the last assessment was undertaken.


The researchers say the losses are occurring predominantly in the West of the continent, where warm waters are getting under and melting the fronts of glaciers that terminate in the ocean.


They expect that governments will need to take account of the information and its accelerating trend as they plan future defences to protect low-lying coastal communities.


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