Breaking News In Nigeria Today 18th February 2019

Former Edo Governor Igbinedion’s Son, Nephew Die In Auto Crash In US, APC Caucus Holds Crucial Meeting Monday, and many more happenings. Read on as presents the breaking news in Nigeria today 18th February 2019.

Osun APC Candidate Alleges Threat To Lives Of Electorates

The All Progressive Congress Senatorial candidate in Osun East Senatorial District, Hon Ajibola Israel Famurewa has alleged threat to the lives of the people of eight villages in Atakumosa East Local Government Area of Osun state by alleged thugs from the opposition candidates.

He alleged that residents of Iwara, Olowu, Atorin, Ifewara, Temidayo, Tobalase, Lapaide and Faforiji communities in Atakunmosa East Local Government of Osun state were on Thursday, thrown into confusion when gunmen suspected to be armed political thugs attacked villagers in the build-up to postponed Saturday elections.

Minimum Wage Suffers Set Back As NASS Postpones Resumption

The planned passage of the N30,000 minimum wage by the Senate on its planned resumption this week has suffered a setback following the announcement on Sunday of a postponement of the lawmakers’ resumption.

The lawmakers are now to resume on Tuesday, February 26.

Election Postponement: We’re Greatly Disappointed In INEC ― SDP

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Sunday, said it was greatly disappointed at the unpreparedness admitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the botched Presidential election, urging the commission to ensure that the sensitive electoral material already released were not used by unscrupulous persons who might wish to steal the mandate of its teeming electorates.

It said the seemingly wanton and arbitrary postponement was truly mind-numbing to most Nigerians in the light of the privations they have had to go through to prepare for the election.

APC Caucus Holds Crucial Meeting Monday

A meeting of the statutory organ of the All Progressives Congress, the national caucus will hold on Monday at the party national secretariat in Abuja.

The INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu had on Saturday announced postponement of the election, citing logistics challenges.

Expected at today’s meeting of the APC national caucus are serving governors, former governors, principal leaders of the party in the national assembly, President Muhammadu Buhari, his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, amongst others.

Former Edo Governor Igbinedion’s Son, Nephew Die In Auto Crash In US

Former Edo State Governor Lucky Igbinedion has lost his second son, Osaretin Igbinedion and nephew, Esosa Onyemwense, to a ghastly motor accident in the United States.

Osaretin, accompanied by his cousin, Esosa, in his car, around 3:00 am on Saturday, February 16, in Houston, Texas, ran into an 18-wheeler vehicle, and both of them died in auto crash.

The sad development had brought torrent of condolences to the Igbinedion family, who had since been thrown into mourning.

Eight Rescued From Flooded Mines

Eight miners have been rescued from two flooded mine shafts, officials have said, although dozens more miners are still missing and feared dead.

“So far we have managed to bring out eight miners alive and we are yet to assess and find any more people down there who are still alive,” Tapererwa Paswavaviri, the government deputy chief mining engineer told reporters on Saturday at the scene of the accident.

The rescued miners were whisked away by officials, while rescuers briefly stopped operations due to rain.

INEC Chairman Admits Commission Contractor Is APC Senatorial Candidate

National chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Saturday admitted that candidate of the All Progressives Congress, for Niger East Senatorial District, Senator Mohammed Musa, was a registered contractor with the commission.

The INEC chairman made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ meeting held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Confusion In Ogun As Customs Shoots, Kills Man

There was confusion on Sunday in Shagamu area of Ogun State when bullets from the rifle of a Customs officer, ASC1 Destiny Onebamho hit and killed a young man simply identified as Godwin during a scuffle between Customs officers and passengers of a bus over checking of some suspicious items in the Hiace bus.

In a video that went viral on social media on Sunday, a young man was lying lifeless in a pool of blood while passengers of the Hiace bus were seen manhandling a Customs officer, accusing him of killing the young man over his refusal to part with N5000.

Election Postponement: Oyo Schools To Observe Two Periods Of Break

Apparently as a result of the shift in dates of the general elections to February 23 and March 9, all public and private schools in Oyo state are set to still observe two periods of break after resuming on Tuesday, 19th February.

According to a statement by Permanent Secretary, Oyo Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs I. I. Fatoki, all schools will proceed on break on Friday 22nd February 2019 and resume on Tuesday 26th February 2019.

The second break will be from Friday 8th March 2019 to Tuesday 12th March 2019.

Eight Die In Ogun Auto Crash

Eight persons including four males, three females and a girl lost their lives in an auto crash that occurred on the old Abeokuta-Lagos expressway, on Sunday afternoon.

The incident, according to the Public Relations Officer of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Tunde Akinbiyi, happened in front of Police Post at Ewekoro area of Ogun State.

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