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Women protest naked in Delta over killings



Women and youths in Orhuwhorun community, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, on Wednesday protested naked against what they described as unexplained killings and rape cases in the community.

Some of the protesters told our correspondent that the development was a traditional practice aimed at restoring peace to the community.

It was learnt that in the last three weeks, the community had been in the throes of bizarre killings of youths, raping of teenage girls and stealing in farmlands perpetrated by unknown persons.

The situation led to the naked protest by the women and youths. The protest was masterminded by a group.

They danced through Akoto, Ekerejegbe, Ekereabe, Ekerevie and Bughare Quarters in the community, chanting traditional songs and waving green leaves signifying the cleansing of the land.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ovie in council of the community, Mr. Tataunu Akporhobor, decried the increase in criminal activities in the community.

He expressed confidence that the naked protest would restore peace to the community.

Apkorhobor described the protest as a ‘cleansing rite,’ adding that both Christians and non-Christians partook in the exercise.

In a related development, there was a crisis between the youth of Orhuwhorun and the township youths leading to the amputation of the left arm of one Stanley Okobiebie, while many allegedly sustained injuries.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that trouble started when the township youths refused to allow Orhuwhorun youths to participate in the carrying of concrete blocks to a construction site.

It was gathered that both groups had been at loggerheads before the incident over the sharing of jobs assigned to them by the contractors working with the oil companies in the area.

The spokesperson for the police command in the state, DSP Celestine Kalu, said the command had deployed more troops to the community to maintain law and order.

He added that 16 persons arrested in connection with the crisis in the community were currently being interrogated.

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew



Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.

The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.

However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.

The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.

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Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra



Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.

Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.

Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.

The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.

“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.

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National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari




The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.

Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”

Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”

It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.

The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.

While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.

The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”

Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.

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