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Anyone that intends to disrupt elections should be ready to die, police warn



The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has warned against disruptions during the governorship and state assembly polls on Saturday.

Ahead of the elections, there is heightened tension among political parties and their supporters, fuelling fears of election-day violence.

Police commands across different states have however assured Nigerians of adequate security as they troop out to perform their franchise.


John Amadi, deputy inspector-general of police in charge of the south-east, on Thursday asked residents of the geopolitical zone not to “entertain any fears”.

“The police are there to protect the system,” he said during a briefing in Umuahia, Abia state capital.

“Anybody that wants to put himself into problem or [get] involved in thuggery would have himself to blame. Anybody that wants to snatch ballot boxes or disrupt the elections will be promptly dealt with.

“We have deployed our men to dominate all the areas that we think that trouble would erupt from. So we are sounding a note of warning to criminals and non-state agents that we would not tolerate anything that would not allow the people cast their vote and chose who they want to represent them.

“Anybody that wants to disrupt the system should be ready to die and anybody that wants to die should come out and disrupt the system. If you love your life keep away, cast your vote, go home and wait for the result.”

The police chief urged the Abia electorate to disregard any threat to stop the elections while stating that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be adequately protected.

He pledged the readiness of the force to maintain neutrality during the polls, saying the police do not belong to any political party.


The police command in Zamfara has cautioned politicians against seeing the elections as a do-or-die affair.

Kolo Yusuf, commissioner of police in the state, made the remarks when leaders of political parties signed a peace accord in Gusau, the Zamfara capital.

“I am happy that all critical stakeholders are here to endorse the peace accord,” he said.

“As security agencies, we want peaceful elections; we are after free, fair and credible elections. All security agencies in the state are ready for peaceful elections.

“We invited the leadership of political parties and the youth leaders because of their importance in the election process. We want our youths to remain peaceful before, during and after the elections.

“We want assurance from all political parties that they will control their youths and supporters; we want everyone to remain peaceful and avoid any act of violence. We are not at war; the election cannot be successful with violence.”


The Kogi police command has warned politicians against using armed security escorts during the elections.

Yekini Ayoku, the commissioner of police, gave the order during a stakeholder meeting in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara.

“On no account should any politician go about with armed men to polling units during Saturday’s House of Assembly elections in Kogi,” NAN quoted him as saying.

“Any politician who flouts this directive or order will be seriously dealt with in accordance with the law of the land.

“Although there wouldn’t be a governorship election in Kogi this time around until November, we are however not oblivious of the intense interest and passion that election into the state House of Assembly being the direct representatives of the people could generate.

“It is in view of this that I solicit your support and cooperation in working with the Police and other security agencies to ensure the election is conducted in an atmosphere of peace devoid of rancour and violence.

“All the security agencies in the state are working in close synergy and are uncompromising in providing the conducive security environment for the conduct of a free, fair and hitch-free election by INEC and for voters to exercise their franchise freely.

“The police command under my watch, leading other security agencies in election security management, is determined to remain neutral, apolitical, professional and will provide the level playing ground for all political parties and actors in the state.”

Usman Baba, the inspector-general of police (IGP), had earlier ordered quasi-security outfits to stay away from election-related activities nationwide.

The IGP also directed a restriction of vehicular movement between 12am and 6pm on Saturday.


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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed public sector workers in the country to embark on strike beginning from Wednesday next week.

Joe Ajaero, NLC president, gave the directive at an ongoing media briefing at Labour House in Abuja on Wednesday.

He also directed that affiliate unions constituting the Nigeria Labour Congress should also be on standby for picketing exercise across all branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) nationwide.

He said the directive became imperative following the expiration of a one-week ultimatum given to the apex bank to make cash available for Nigerians.

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Lagos Airport Hotel assures customers of safety after fire incident




The Management of the Lagos Airport Hotel Limited has allayed the fears of customers after the fire incident in one of the layover rooms in its administrative section.

The hotel’s Acting General Manager, Mrs Folashade Awe, in a statement, assured customers of their safety, as the fire incident was far from the customers’ service blocks

According to her, no life was lost as it was quickly brought under control.

“Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained at the time of this report, it might likely be as a result of an electric spark,” Awe remarked.

The acting general manager claimed that the hotel operated on a high level of general safety and discipline “and wishes to correct the impression that the whole hotel was on fire”.

She reiterated that only a tiny portion of the staff layover that was isolated from the hotel service rooms was affected and the incident did not in any way affect the hotel’s daily operations.

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INEC to resume collation of results in Abia, Enugu today




The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will resume the collation of election results in three LGAs in Enugu and Abia states today.

The electoral body had on Monday suspended the collation of results from Obingwa LGA in Abia as well as Nsukka and Nkanu East LGAs in Enugu.

Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, announced the resumption of the exercise in a statement on Wednesday.

“It will be recalled that the Commission met on Monday 20th March 2023 and reviewed the conduct of the Governorship and State Assembly elections held nationwide on Saturday 18th March 2023,” the statement reads.

“Arising from the meeting, the Commission took the decision to suspend further collation of the Governorship election results in some parts of Abia and Enugu States in order to carry out a review of the collation processes in both States.

“The Commission has concluded the review. Consequently, the collation of results for the Governorship election in both Abia and Enugu States will continue today 22nd March 2023.

“The Commission appreciates the patience and understanding of the people of both states as we conclude the collation processes.”

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