Tuesday, February 19

Election shift: Airlines slash fare to urged voters

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Nigerian air carriers, Aero Contractors and Arik Air, have announced a slash in their fares to encourage Nigerians who might have to travel to cast their votes in the coming elections.

The airlines made the announcement in separate statements released on Monday in Lagos.

Chika Ubendu, the Spokesperson for Aero Contractors,  who confirmed the development for his outfit said there will be a 50% discount in flight fares from February 18 for travels between February 21 and February 25 on all her routes.

Similarly, Arik Air’s spokesperson, Adebanji Ola, said said his firm has slashed flight fares on all routes to N16,000.

He adds that citizens must present a valid voters card to participate in the Fly to Vote promotion, which is on to encourage Nigerians to travel to their respective wards to cast their votes during the elections.

The N16, 000 promotional fare is the one-way ticket cost to any domestic destination on Arik Air’s network and customers must present a valid Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) at the point of purchase and at check-in to be eligible to fly,” he said.

“The Fly to Vote promotion is available for sale from February 18 till March 11 for travel between February 21 and February 26 as well as March 7 till March 12.
This follows a similar move by the Independent petroleum marketers association, IPMAN to reduce fuel price from N145 to N140.

Chinedu Okworonkwo, national president of the association, in a statement released on Sunday said the slash on petrol price will be effective between February 20 and February 25.

“IPMAN was prompted to slash N5 from the N145 per liter official Petroleum pump price in a bid to motivate Nigerians to return to vote again on February 23,” the statement read.

“We urge all our members across Nigeria to immediately reduce the fuel pump price from N145 per liter to N140 per liter,” it added.

Sunday, February 17

5 Boko Haram fighters confirmed dead in Buni Yadi attack - Nigerian Army

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5 Boko Haram fighters confirmed  dead in Buni Yadi attack - Nigerian Army

Five Boko Haram terrorists (BHTs) were killed as they attempted to ransack a military base at Buni Yadi, in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, NAN report.


According to report, the army spokesman, Col Sagir Musa, the terrorists struck at about 06:05 hours (pm) on Saturday 16 February.

News Agency Nigeria report that the terrorists stormed the military base with four gun trucks, one Mine Resistant Ambush Protection,one MOWAC and assorted arms and ammunition, they were outgunned by the vigilant Nigerian troops.

Among the arms seized from them were nine AK 47 rifles, one Anti Aircraft gun, 121 rounds of 12.7 mm Anti Aircraft ammunition, 36 hand grenades, 295 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition, four Improvised Explosive(IED) Device, one IED cylinder, one RPG bomb, one RPG bomb charger and one gun truck. Also seized from them was one Bajaj Motorcycle.
The AK 47 seized from the terrorists and rounds of ammunition
photo credit: News Agency of Nigeria

However, four Nigerian soldiers, including an officer died in the crossfire.Five soldiers were wounded.

Col. Musa said the wounded are stable and are receiving treatment in the Brigade Field Ambulance.
Boko Haram terrorists in the last 24 hours stepped up their campaign against Nigeria. On Saturday, they also made an unsuccessful attack on Maiduguri.

While Nigerian troops eliminated, in an ambush, three unidentified key commanders of Boko Haram at Warawara general area of Borno, another set of terrorists sneaked into Maiduguri on Saturday morning to cause some havoc.

According to acting army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, the insurgents, using Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) struck at Jidimari community in Jidari Polo area of Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

“This is in their highly desperate, orchestrated and collaborative resolve with their cohorts and sponsors to scuttle the 2019 General Elections”, Sagir Musa said.

Consequently, troops of 251 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with Civilian JTF immediately repelled the attack, mopped up and cleared the general area.

“The encounter led to the elimination of 3 Boko Haram terrorists and recovery of 2 AK 47 rifles.
“Unfortunately, 4 innocent civilians lost their lives as a result of terrorists gun fire in addition to lethal explosion arising from PBIED mainly targeted at a mosque at a prime time of early morning prayers.

The carrier of the PBIED and a CJTF who strived to prevent the suicide bomber from accessing the mosque also died.

“At the moment, troops have dominated the area, cordon and search as well as exploitation are concurrently ongoing

In the Warawara ambush, the troops seized from the terrorists two AK 47 Rifles, five AK 47 Magazines, Assorted Charms and one motorcycle.

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has commended the troops for successes being recorded in recent times, in the various operational arenas especially in the North East.

He also enjoined all personnel to remain resolute, alert and decisive as well as professional in the discharge of onerous national assignment.

Nigerian Army also expressed appreciation to all those who passed timely credible information that aided the successful abortion of attempted attack on troops position in Buni Yadi.

NAN REPORTER

Free Google Wifi service Around Any Of These UBA Branches

February 17, 2019 0

 The free Wi-Fi service that will be launched in 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019 has already started with UBA of Africa.


United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Africa’s global bank, has collaborated with Google and ISP partner to launch Google Station in 11 key UBA branches in Lagos State as part of plans to roll out 200 stations in the country.

Earlier before a report was made that, Tech Giant, Google, has launched its free WI-Fi service for Nigerians, the Google Station, in Ikeja, Lekki and other parts of Lagos.

Google Station, a platform for providing free, high-speed Wi-Fi Hot-spots in public places, began in Lagos last year and extended to Abuja in December in partnership with Backbone Connectivity Network.

This Google-powered initiative would allow customers access to internet connectivity within the 11 branches and its environs, thereby facilitating their day-to-day businesses and activities, while ensuring unhindered connectivity.

The 11 branches where the Hot-spot will be located are:

  1. UBA Bank Road, 810-811 Bank Road, Daleko
  2. UBA Matori, 21 Fatai Aterestreet
  3. UBA Surulere, 152 Ogunlana Drive
  4. UBA Allen, 13 Allen Avenue, Ikeja
  5. UBA Tisco Plaza, Alausa
  6. UBA Apapa, 11-13 Warehouse Road, Apapa
  7. UBA Marina, 55 Marina, Lagos Island
  8. UBA HQ, Broad Street, Marina
  9. UBA Lekki Admiralty
  10. UBA Oke Arin
  11. UBA Aspamda Plaza, Trade Fair.

At the official launch which took place in UBA’s Head Office, Mr. Chuks Nweke, UBA’s Executive Director/ Group Chief Executive Officer, expressed UBA’s excitement over the collaboration, adding that the move will go a long way to present opportunities far beyond the imagination of both organizations. He noted that the challenges of financial inclusion which the USSD platform has not been able to solve will be eased through the Google Station, as the financially excluded will now be able to access the internet and enjoy the services provided free of charge.

 He said, “It is an interesting platform which will ultimately benefit everyone. It is a win-win for everyone.
Customers will have ease of doing businesses, especially with the growing use of smartphones, and the 52 million Nigerians who have otherwise been financially excluded will now have access to data through this collaboration and can carry out their transactions with ease. “Interestingly, SMEs, who previously had challenges with funding can now do other things which they couldn’t achieve before, such as accounting services and others.

Also, UBA recently launched an educational app, and so, students will be able to use these Google Station platform to carry out their necessary research from the comfort of their homes, it is an awesome opportunity with benefits for everyone which we are presenting to our customers in line with our customer 1st philosophy. Dupe Olusola. Group Head, Marketing, UBA Plc, said in addition to the 11 locations, the organisations are looking to expand beyond the shores of Nigeria to other African countries where UBA operates. She added that by the collaboration, the initiative will help ease the burden off customers while also presenting them with opportunities to excel beyond boundaries.

INEC POSTPONE ELECTION, COMEDIAN ALIBABA, I GO SAVE. AKPORORO, ELENU, KE...

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Christ Apostolic Church former General Evangelist , Prophet Kayode Abiara, has advice Nigerians that it is divine intervention for the  postponement of the presidential and National Assembly polls.

Abiara tell Nigerians not to blame Prof. Mahmood Yakubu the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, , for the postponement but to see it as an act of God to make Nigeria a better country.
The former Christ Apostolic evangelist state this while reacting to the postponement of the elections on Saturday.
He said, “Nigerians must thank God almighty for this situation because God owns Nigeria and God is aware of the cancellation of these elections.

“It so sad many people travelled from different parts of Nigeria to cast their votes in their various states and they will be disappointed by the postponement. But Nigerians must appreciate God for averting a series of devilish ploys concerning these elections by the postponement

“The chairman of INEC is not God, he needs to apologies to Nigerians. We Nigerians should also not blame him because it is God’s intervention.”
Abiara urged Nigerians not to shun the elections due to the postponement while pleading with them to troop out to vote their leaders on February 23.

3 Boko Haram commanders killed, army confirms bomb attack in Maiduguri

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Nigerian armies have put an end, in surprise attack, three unidentified key commanders of Boko Haram at Warawara general area of Borno, with their enclave also destroyed. 


According to, the Acting Director Army Public Relations  Col. Sagir Musa, two AK 47 Rifles, five AK 47 Magazines, Assorted Charms and one motorcycle were seized from them.
The triumph came as Boko Haram terrorists sneaked into Maiduguri on Saturday morning to cause some havoc, NAN report.

According to acting army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, the insurgents, using Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) struck at Jidimari community in Jidari Polo area of Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

“This is in their highly desperate, orchestrated and collaborative resolve with their cohorts and sponsors to scuttle the 2019 General Elections”, Sagir Musa said.

Consequently, troops of 251 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with Civilian JTF immediately repelled the attack, mopped up and cleared the general area.

“The encounter led to the elimination of 3 Boko Haram terrorists and recovery of 2 AK 47 rifles.
“Unfortunately, 4 innocent civilians lost their lives as a result of terrorists gun fire in addition to lethal explosion arising from PBIED mainly targeted at a mosque at a prime time of early morning prayers.

The carrier of the PBIED and a CJTF who strived to prevent the suicide bomber from accessing the mosque also died.

“At the moment, troops have dominated the area, cordon and search as well as exploitation are concurrently ongoing.

“Situation in the area is now calm. Normal routine activities are gradually going on. The army wishes to reiterate its resolve to ending the remnant of boko haram criminals thereby bringing an effective and an enduring end to terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria”.

Saturday, February 16

Buhari considering Amina Zakari to replace INEC boss —CUPP

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The Coalition of United Political Parties on Saturday 16 Feb. 2019 report that President Muhammadu Buhari is planning to suspend the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu.


Ugochinyere the spokesman claimed the President was planning to name a National Commissioner, Amina Zakari the former INEC charlady, as the Acting Chairman, citing her experience as the oldest and most experienced National Commissioner.

Ugochinyere said, “The President is planning to use the excuse of inability to hold election today (Saturday) as a reason for the imminent suspension.

“Feigning ignorance of the real reasons behind the shift, the President in his earlier statement today did not have just a word for the shameful and despicable actions of security forces and the Central Bank’s staff who, in obedience to Presidency’s directives, deliberately sabotaged the distribution of sensitive materials in selected states.

“We are aware that his hurried return to Abuja today from his home state, Katsina, is to sack the INEC boss. But this should be resisted by all well-meaning Nigerians and the international community.

“The sin of the INEC chairman is that he refused to conduct staggered elections that will allow the President and his men to manipulate the process.

“The Presidency had mounted pressure on the Commission to conduct election today in states where there were no issues and postpone only the states with materials distribution issues.

“The INEC chairman insisted on conducting the election at the same time, hence warranting the postponement of the entire election.

“We hereby warn President Buhari that the position of the INEC chairman is independent, hence, he cannot be removed from office via suspension.


“The 1999 Constitution in Section 157(1) states that the chairman and members of the Commission may only be removed by the President acting on an address supported by two-thirds majority of the Senate that the person be removed for inability to discharge the functions of the office (whether arising from infirmity of mind or body or any other cause) or for misconduct

“We are aware that the government itself sabotaged INEC distribution of materials.

“We are warning that any attempt to sack or suspend the INEC chairman will only lead to electoral and constitutional crisis. The nation is still grappling with the illegality and unconstitutionality of the removal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“If the President has ears, let him hear.”

President Buhari Back to Abuja after INEC postpone Election

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President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Abuja after departing his country home in Daura, Katsina State, where he had gone to cast his vote in the Presidential and National Assembly elections which were moved by INEC. 

The President left for Abuja sometime in the mid-day on Saturday.
This was made known by his Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad, on Saturday.
The President said he was heading back to Abuja to ensure that an INEC meeting with stakeholders scheduled for 2pm, was successful.
Earlier in the day, President Buhari had said that he was deeply disappointed with the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The President said this on Saturday in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

He said, “I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally the INEC postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commitment”.

The President lamented that many Nigerians had travelled far and wide from various locations to exercise their franchise likewise the international observers.

“Many Nigerians have travelled to various locations to exercise their rights to vote and international observers have gathered.
“INEC themselves have given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour, that they are in complete readiness for the elections. We and all our citizens believed them,” he said.

The President, however, disclosed that his administration will not interfere in the processes of the Commission but will rather ensure that all funds are released.
source: channel tv

I am disappointed in INEC , president Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grave disappointment in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponing the presidential and National Assembly elections at the last minute.

Buhari in a series of tweets on his twitter handle @MBuhari said that it was so disappointing that after promising day and Night that it was ready for the election, the commission had to call it off at the last  dial  minute.

Buhari decried that many Nigerians had traveled to various locations across Nigeria to exercise their franchise while election observers were already on ground, only for the commission to postpone the polls.
“I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement.

“Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered.
“INEC themselves have given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour that they are in complete readiness for the elections. We and all our citizens believed them.

“This administration has ensured that we do not interfere in any way with the work of INEC except to ensure that all funds were released to the commission,” he said.

He ask INEC to ensure that all the gaps that led to the postponement were addressed before the new date so that a free, fair and credible election would be conducted.

“We now advice INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.

“While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire & the sanctity of the electoral process & ballot, I urge all political stakeholders & Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.

“I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.

“I have decided to move back to Abuja to ensure that the 14.00 hrs meeting called by INEC with all stakeholders is successful,” he said.

INEC in a last minute meeting, decided to shift Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections till next week 23 February.

The Governorship and state assembly elections will take place on 9 March, instead of 2 March as initially scheduled.

Gunman Attack Worshippers In Maiduguri, Eleven was Killed As Suicide Bomb

February 16, 2019 0

Eleven was killed  early morning in suicide attack on Muslim worshipers in Maiduguri, Borno State.



Channel report that, The suicide bombers, two of them, accompanied by a gunman, infiltrated a mosque in Kushari village behind old CBN quarters Maiduguri at about 5:30am.

According to a statement issued by the Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, an “On-the-spot assessment at the scene revealed that at about 0540hrs gunmen suspected to be BH terrorists & suicide bombers infiltrated Gwozari/Kushari in Polo general area, Maiduguri shooting sporadically & detonated IEDs strapped to their bodies.”

The statement further says “Eleven people including three bombers died while fifteen others sustained injuries and are currently hospitalized at the State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri.”

Damian added that Clearance operations are ongoing by teams of EOD, SARS, PMF, NSCDC and the Military.