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Ojukwu v Nwobodo: The battle of Nkpor

18 March 2019 Nigeria’s recent presidential and governorship (s)elections in Rivers State, aka “Rivers of Blood”, has, once again, brought to the fore the violent battle for supremacy in that state between two former allies, current governor Nyesom Wike, and his predecessor and transport minister Rotimi Amaechi. The struggle between the two, which has led to fatalities, has involved thugs, …

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Lagos collapsed school building shows criminal negligence of Nigerian govts

14 March 2019 10 people have been reported dead when a building in Lagos that also housed the Ohen Nursery and Primary School, and residential apartments, caved in around 10am yesterday. No one is quite sure about the casualty figures. Nigerian emergency services claimed that 37 people were rescued alive. The building, according to Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, had …

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Enugu State governor Ugwuanyi’s “project”

13 March 2019 Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State was reelected last Saturday by a landslide. He got 449,935 “votes”, while his closest rival from the All Progressives Congress (APC) received 10,423 “votes”. Ayogu Eze, of the APC called the results “phantom”. However, apart from the questionable results that secured a second term for Ugwuanyi, he didn’t take any chances …

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AAC candidate for Enugu State governor ends up “not voting for himself”!

11 March 2019 An old quote that has been incorrectly attributed to Joseph Stalin has been given a new lease of life in Nigeria: ‘Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.’ Chidi Nwanyanwu, the African Action Congress (AAC) candidate for Enugu State governor, allegedly told a friend that he voted for himself in Saturday’s (s)election and the official results ended …

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British High Commission in Nigeria “extremely concerned” about use of military to rig the (s)election in Rivers State

10 March 2019 The voting yesterday for the governorship and state assembly of Rivers State appears to have turned into a predictable orgy of violence. The state is tagged as the “Rivers of Blood” because the criminal politics there involves a higher rate of violence than in other parts of the country. Videos have been circulating all over social media …

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Shi’ites protest at US embassy in Abuja, claim America is supporting terrorism in Nigeria

8 March 2019 Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the leader of the predominantly Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), protested in front of the United States embassy in Abuja yesterday, claiming that the US was “promoting terrorism” in Nigeria by backing the Nigerian government’s brutality against Shia Muslims. Followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky staged a protest to @USEmbassyAbuja condemning the …

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Former Central Bank of Nigeria governor’s £33m British property empire

6 March 2019 The current edition of the UK’s investigative journalism magazine, Private Eye, has a story called “Abuja on Thames” about a former CBN governor’s property portfolio. It states that: “The family of a former central banker of Nigeria who looted his country under its 1990s military dictatorship has amassed a £33m British property empire.” It continues: “Paul Ogwuma, …

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A brief look at election fraud in Nigeria

27 February 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari has been declared the winner of the presidential (s)election that took place last Saturday.  But his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, has refused to make the call to congratulate the winner, saying: “If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of …

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Tinubu’s bullishness about bullion vans demonstrates the buffoonery of Buhari’s anti-corruption

24 February 2019 Pictures surfaced on social media of two bullion vans allegedly entering the home of Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State and self-styled “national leader” of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the day before yesterday’s presidential and national assembly (s)elections. Tinubu is seen as the “godfather” of Lagos State, who picks and chooses who runs the …

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#NigeriaDecides2019: Rivers of Blood

23 February 2019 As voting commences across the country for president and the national assembly, an eyewitness in Abonnema, Rivers State reported: “A Sienna vehicle with APC [All Progressives Congress] thugs drives into a polling area accompanied by security men…brandishing all manner of weapons. Shooting and scaring the crowd away. Polling zone is a ghost town now”. He added: “Meanwhile …

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