Breaking News In Nigeria Today 19th February 2019

The PDP has asked a poser on how a large number (300) of allegedly fake police and soldiers could besiege the residence of a former Governor without the knowledge of the police and the state government. President Buhari’s Shoot-On-Sight Order is a sign of military hangover, group says. Read these stories, and many more, as presents the breaking news in Nigeria today 19th January 2019.

Kogi PDP Raises Alarm Over Invasion Of Ex Gov’s House By ‘Fake Police’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state, on Monday, blamed the Kogi State government and the state police command over the invasion of the residence of a former governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, by masked policemen last week.

The PDP presidential campaign council also said the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Busari, have questions to answer over the invasion on the eve of the botched Presidential and National Assembly Election by over 300 fake policemen and soldiers, who were allegedly given cover by some identified men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

A statement by the spokesperson of the council, Austin Okai, wondered how such number of allegedly fake police and soldiers would besiege the residence of a former and yet get away with it without the knowledge of the police and the state government.

PDP Leader Raises Alarm Over Arrest Of Party Members In Abuja

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoenia, has raised an alarm over a planned intimidation and arrest by some policemen from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja who he said have landed in Ibadan, Oyo state capital with the sole aim of hand-picking perceived leaders of opposition Party, mainly, PDP, ahead of the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly election on Saturday.

The party leader added that information available to him affirmed that the team of police were camped at a popular hotel in Ibadan with the aim of swinging to action as early as tomorrow.

Polls: Jonathan Warns Against Extra-Judicial Killings

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has charged security operatives to demonstrate their goodwill towards peaceful elections by desisting from extra-judicial killings.

The former President said: “Anytime someone dies extra-judicially it reduces the integrity of the country. So, if our security personnel are interested in peace, especially during this electioneering, then they must do everything to suppress extra-judicial killings; because when one person is killed unlawfully, it affects everyone.”

Buhari Is A Warmonger ― Ozekhome

Prominent lawyer and activist, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has condemned the statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari, where he is alleged to have urged the military at a meeting of the APC leadership that anyone that snatches a ballot box does so at the expense of his life, adding that the president is usurping the powers of INEC and the Police.

Ozekhome said “APC’s leading lights have so far preached terror, ‘body bags’, mayhem, strife, stoned their president and leaders booed, others killed; some in cold bloodshed denied themselves tickets, and generally engaged in acts of gangsterism, hooliganism and shameless ‘agberoism’ quite unbecoming of a ruling party. Presidents don’t preach violence nor engage in scaremongering as Buhari is currently doing at every turn and opportunity.

“The statement is grossly reckless, incendiary, provocative, bellicose, belligerent and wholly condemnable. He even literally read the riot act to INEC chairman and staff, threatening them with fire and brimstone, if they do not do his bidding. This is to strike fear in them, as he has done to the judiciary, NASS, the press and voices of the opposition and critics. ”

Buhari’s Shoot-On-Sight Order Is A Sign Of Military Hangover

Southern and Middle-Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) on Monday frown on the order issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to the security agencies to shoot on sight any ballot snatcher in the elections holding from Saturday across the country, describing the order as a military hangover.

The group, while agreeing that ballot snatching remained a criminal offence, however, maintained that democracy does not permit summary execution of suspects or any form of extrajudicial killing.

Political Thugs Set 30 Houses Ablaze In Ebonyi

Over 30 houses in some communities have been destroyed in some local government area during the pre-election related violence.

The two major political parties in the state, the People’s Democratic Party PDP and the All Progressive Congress, APC, have continued to thread blames over the destructions.

This is even as the Commissioner of Police in the state, Awosola Awotunde, on Monday in Abakaliki appealed for calm from residents of the state over the attacks allegedly carried out by suspected political thugs in some communities in the state.

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Suspected Gunmen Kill Edo Hotelier

Upper Sakponba area of the Edo State capital of Benin was once again in the news as gunmen suspected to be cultists struck on Monday night and killed one Mr Okunkpolor Osatohamwen Von.

The late Okunkpolor, the husband of Mrs Anita Okunkpolor, a Benin-based journalist was murdered at a popular hotel located in Upper Sokponba, Ikpoba-Okha local government area.

It was gathered that the assailants who stormed the hotel, wounded some guests with broken bottles before they opened fire at the 43-year-old Okunkpolor.

Tension In Osun Community As Suspected Political Thugs Set Five Houses Ablaze

There was pandemonium in Igangan community of Atakumosa East local government of Osun State on Sunday night when suspected political thugs set ablaze five houses.

This development came amidst accusation and counter-accusations between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over violent attacks in Ijesa axis.

ZLP Confirms Ajanaku, Others As Reps Candidates

The Oyo State Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has once again confirmed Honourable Rotimi Ajanaku as the only authentic candidate for Ibadan Northwest/Southwest Federal Constituency.

While addressing the journalists in a media briefing held at Bodija residence of the leader of the party and a former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, the state chairman of ZLP, Comrade Wole Abisoye emphasised that only recognised candidate for the constituency is Otunba Rotimi Ajanaku.

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