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EU: Nigerian state elections marred by ‘systemic failings’

11 March 2019 International observers have condemned accusations of violence and intimidation during the highly-contested state elections. State governors wield a considerable amount of power and influence in Nigerian politics. Nigeria’s presidential election may have officially wrapped up, but the country is still awaiting the final results of Saturday’s state elections which could have a significant impact on the country’s …

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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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Nigeria to hold local elections amid fears of violence

8 March 2019 Security analysts warn there is a risk of election-related violence in parts of the country. Millions of Nigerians are expected to cast their ballots on Saturday in local elections, two weeks after the country’s presidential and legislative polls were marred by violence and fraud allegations. On the eve of the vote, which will see governorship and state …

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The house Uche Secondus is building

14 February 2019 The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is building the mansion above in his hometown of Ikuru in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. He became national chairman of the PDP in December 2017 with the backing of Nyesom Wike, the governor of oil-rich Rivers State. Secondus was also a two-term state chairman of …

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Nigeria’s alleged plans to block internet access during elections is illegal

2 February 2019 On Thursday, the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike alleged that Nigeria’s federal government, using the National Security Adviser (NSA) had instructed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to work with internet service providers to shutdown internet access during the elections. The presidential (s)election is just two weeks away. Wike claimed: “NSA has met with INEC to …

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Nigeria’s 2019 Elections: Six states to watch

22 December 2018 Nigerian elections are high-stakes affairs often marred by street clashes and worse. As the 2019 contests approach, the risk of disturbances is particularly high in six states. The government and its foreign partners can limit campaign-related violence by enhancing security and promoting dialogue among rivals.  What’s new? As presidential, gubernatorial and legislative elections draw near in Nigeria, the …

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Toxic mud swamps fortunes of Niger Delta women years after oil spill

Ogoniland women produce most of the family’s food but the twin pressures of land grabs and pollution are making it impossible for them to surviveR 19 December 2018 Two women pick a slimy path through a creek, prized by generations of their female forbears for its mangroves, which once provided an abundance of food. The elder in orange, the younger …

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