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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has scheduled by-election for Port Harcourt State Constituency Three on Saturday, 18th of August.

The election notice was announced in a statement signed by INEC Secretary, Augusta Ogakwe, which was dated 26th July.

A copy of the Press Release seen by our correspondent indicates that INEC took the decision following notification of the vacancy by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

It further disclosed that another by-election shall hold on the same day to fill the Takum One State Constituency Seat in the Taraba State House of Assembly.

The INEC Secretary, Augusta Ogagwe also said the Commission has approved a timetable and schedule of activities leading up to the by-elections in Rivers and Taraba states next month.

 

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The Police High Command has opened an investigation into reports of the abduction of Senator Dino Melaye and wants his family members who have information about the incident to assist with such.

The request was made in a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, in which he explained that the Nigeria Police Force had not received any complaint about the purported kidnap of Senator Melaye.

Moshood said the attention of the Police was drawn to the purported kidnap of Senator Melaye in the media, based on which the Force commenced investigation into the incident.

However; latest reports indicate that Senator Dino Melaye has reappeared but there are no words yet about what exactly happened to him yesterday.

July 26 2018 0
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The Police High Command has dismissed a report claiming that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has no case to answer in the Offa bank robbery incident.

 

The position of the police is in reference to a report published by an online tabloid, which quoted one Samuel Ogundipe attributing the claim to an advice by the Director of Public Prosecution.

 

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said it was not true that the DPP’s advice mentioned that there was no evidence linking Senator Saraki and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, to the attack that claimed the life of thirty-one people in April.

 

Moshood also said the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation did not restrain the Police Force from further investigation of the indictment against the Senate President and Governor Ahmed by the principal suspects.

 

He maintained the Senate President has a case to answer, adding that the statement that was submitted earlier by Senator SarakI not explicit and detailed enough.

 

The Force spokesman said it was on that basis that Senator Saraki was issued a letter of invitation dated 23rd July, requesting him to appear before the Intelligence Response Team in Abuja office on 24th July.

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The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Niger Republic for crude oil export and the construction of a refinery in Katsina State.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the signing ceremony in Abuja on behalf of the Nigerian Government.

 

In his remarks; President Buhari welcomed the Nigerien delegation as a partners and hailed the MoU as a mutually beneficial strategic initiative.

 

Buhari said Nigeria sees the cooperation on crude oil export from the Republic of Niger and construction of refinery facilities in Katsina as a win – win for both nations.

 

He said the initiative would not only provide a reliable market for stranded crude from the Niger Republic but will also provide petroleum products for Nigeria.

 

President Buhari also expressed the hope that exploration efforts around Chad Basin, Gongola Basin, Sokoto Basin, Bida Basin and Benue trough will result in the provision of additional hydrocarbon inflow to the corridors of the proposed pipeline and refinery around Kaduna axis.

 

The President said the project will be private sector driven with the full support of the governments of both countries, adding that a Steering Committee to be chaired by the Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the alternate chairman is the Nigerien Minister of Petroleum has been set up to oversee the project.

 

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 The Rivers State Government says a cartel that benefits from the illegal refining of crude oil is responsible for the prevailing black soot pollution in the state.

 

The Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewell Chike, also said the government has taken a leading role to curb activities that contribute to the pollution.

 

Professor Chike gave this indication at the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of Nigerian Medical Association in Port Harcourt.

 

Speaking on behalf of Governor Nyesom Wike, the Health Commissioner also disclosed that government has concluded arrangements for the acquisition of Mobile Screening Equipment to screen patients for illnesses that may arise from soot pollution.

 

Professor Princewell Chike expressed displeasure over the level of environmental degradation in some of communities, including Degema, Gokana, Kula and Beele, due to illegal refining activities.

 

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