Breaking News In Nigeria Today 24th February 2019

Armed men in Military uniform kill Govt house photographer. INEC mulls fresh polls in violence prone areas. Tragedy As 3 Kids Die Of Suffocation At Polling Centre In Nasarawa. Read these and many more as presents the breaking news in Nigeria today 24th February 2019.

Sterling Bank Lists N33bn Bonds On NSE, FMDQ

Sterling Bank Plc, Nigeria’s leading commercial bank has simultaneously listed the Sterling Investment Management SPV PLC ₦32.90 billion Series 2 on FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The bond which is unsecured with a tenor of seven years at a fixed rate of 16. 50 per cent is part of a N65 billion Debt Issuance Programme of the bank to enable it to finance its new business strategy and digital banking.

We’re Not Owing Corps Members, Security Personnel ― Oyo INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oyo State has said the commission is not indebted to any corps member or security personnel engaged in the election.

Head of Department, Voter Education & Publicity, INEC, Oyo state, Mr Ayodele Folami, who stated this on Saturday, however said the commission could not be said to be owing security personnel for a job that is ongoing.

Folami explained that presiding officers were empowered to pay security personnel, though he added those not paid will get their pay as soon as they return to the state INEC office with personnel and materials.

Tragedy As 3 Kids Die Of Suffocation At Polling Centre In Nasarawa

Tragedy struck on Saturday in Mararaba, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, ‎as three kids were reportedly suffocated on the backs of their mothers at a polling centre during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

According to eyes witnesses, the incidents followed the long hours the voters who turned out in their numbers ‎as early as 6 am waited without the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on ground to commence the voting exercise until 12 noon.

Health Minister Wins Polling Unit For Buhari

The Minister of Health and facilitator of Buhari Leekansi Initiative, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole on Saturday, delivered his polling unit for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the rescheduled general election.

Announcing the result at the end of polls, the presiding officer confirmed that in the presidential result, Buhari of the APC scored 156 as against 59 of the PDP. For the senatorial election, the candidate of the APC, Jibola Famurewa polled 161 while PDP garnered 50 votes; House of Representatives election, Lawrence Ayeni of APC defeated PDP by 167 votes to 50.

Armed Men In Military Uniform Kill Govt House Photographer

Armed men in military uniform reportedly attacked a house, killing a Government House Photographer, Mr Reginald Dei, and one other person at Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

According to an eye witness account, the two victims of the attack were killed while they were in their houses while waiting for votes at their ward to be counted.

APC Killing Nigerians, Burning Ballot Boxes —PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday drew the attention of Nigerians and the international community to how the All Progressives Congress (APC), it observed, has been killing innocent Nigerians, snatching and burning ballot boxes in today’s Presidential election.

According to the party, “the unleashing of violence is the major part of the script by the APC to intimidate Nigerians and disrupt the election, in their bid to enforce the now failed President Buhari’s self-succession plot.”

Fayemi Lauds INEC Over Conduct Of Election

Governor Fayemi expressed satisfaction with the conduct of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

Shortly after casting his ballot at the Ogilolo Unit, Isan-Ekiti, where his wife, Erelu Fayemi, also voted, Fayemi said: “In my voting unit, everything has been relatively smooth; the card reader worked perfectly, the process was smooth, the officials were disciplined and the voters were orderly in their conduct.”

Ajimobi Wins Polling Unit

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, who is contesting for Oyo South Senatorial seat, on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 112 votes to win his polling unit.

At Ajimobi’s Ward 11, Unit 20, in Ibadan South West Local Government Area, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) followed APC with 66 votes while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came third with 61 votes.

One Killed At Polling Unit In Ibadan, Police Arrest Ballot Snatcher

A 25-year-old man, Monsuru Hamzat became the first victim at a polling unit at Agbongbon area in Ibadan, Oyo State, as he died after being hit by pellets, after some hoodlums who allegedly accompanied a former governor of Oyo State, Taofeek Arapaja allegedly fired shots on arrival at Ward 2, Unit 14 at the area on Saturday.

Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, said that voting had been concluded and ballot papers were being counted when the former governor came, allegedly in company with one Akin and Edilla, as well as some hoodlums.

However, when contacted, Alhaji Arapaja denied the story narrated by the police commissioner, saying that the shoe was on the other foot, as he was the target of the shooters.

INEC Mulls Fresh Polls In Violence Prone Areas

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has said it might conduct fresh polls in areas where elections did not hold at all or was disrupted as a result of violence.

Barrister Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman Voters Education and Publicity Committee of INEC made the revelation of fresh polls.

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