Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Saturday 15th February 2020

Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Saturday 15th February 2020

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Unease At Abuja Airport After Airk Air Delays Passengers Without Explanation

 
There was an altercation on Friday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after Arik Air delayed passengers scheduled to take off at 5:10pm.Drama started when the airline announced boarding for passengers scheduled to leave at 6:45pm, neglecting those it had delayed at 5:10pm and rescheduled to 7:30pm.Frustrated passengers stormed the boarding gate in a bid to prevent the 6:45pm passengers from boarding their flight until they got an explanation from Arik Air.After minutes of waiting, an Arik Air official, who identified himself as Lukman, told off passengers asking for an explanation, saying, “We don’t have enough aircrafts on ground and to borrow an aircraft to convey this people. There is a problem with rotation of aircraft, the one that is supposed to take the 5:10pm passengers is an route from Ilorin.”When prodded by passengers as to why the delay was not explained to them, Lukman said, “You are costing us money by wasting our time please get out of the way”.His comments angered passengers, who soon demanded an apology from the airline.

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BREAKING: Douye Diri Sworn In As Bayelsa Governor

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Douye Diri, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State, has been sworn in as governor.His swearing-in comes a day after the Supreme Court sacked former governor-elect of the state, David Lyon, and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

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BREAKING: Fulani Herdsmen Attack Farms In Plateau State, Many Feared Killed, Injured

Many people are feared killed while scores have been left injured after armed Fulani herdsmen attacked Malul village in Daffo district under Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State. 
An eyewitness told SaharaReporters that he saw at least one person die while others are currently receiving treatment at Sunnah Hospital in Bokkos town.
He said, “At about 9am, a group of Fulani about seven of them attacked our village and killed one Danjuma Machen while he was in his potato farm. 
“Another person who was with him, Dauda Maren, was stabbed with knives and severed with machetes. He is currently in hospital.”
Another eyewitness said the attackers are dry season Fulani grazers, who pitched camp in Garau village. 
He said, “The herdsmen were ravaging his crops and crops of others around. Before you know it, they attacked and killed him.”
The attacks come few days after Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State ordered the arrest of all Fulani leaders in the state over renewed attacks in the state. 
The order follows an attack on Kwatas community in Bokkos LGA, which claimed at least 30 lives in one night including a pregnant woman. 

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BREAKING: Oshiomhole Faults INEC, Vows To Challenge Douye’s Declaration As Governor

National Chairman of the All Progressives, Adams Oshiomhole, has berated the Independent National Electoral Commission for declaring candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Duoye Diri as governor-elect of Bayelsa State.
He said the electoral body had overstepped its boundary and erred in the law for assuming and arrogating  judicial power to itself and presented certificate of return to the PDP candidate.
Oshiomhole disclosed this on Friday at the end of the National Working Committee meeting of the party in Abuja. 
He vowed that the party would use all legal means to challenge the decision of the electoral body not to subject the will of the majority to minority rule.
According to him, “INEC now choosing  to appropriate the judicial power to interpret laws that is neither competent nor have the mandate to do.
“INEC failed to understand that its responsibility does not include legal interpretation and the Supreme Court did not ask INEC to go and begin to assume judicial powers. 
“We do not accept and we reject the decision of INEC to illegally declared the candidate of PDP as governor-elect of Bayelsa State.” 

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Amnesty, Nigerian Army Disagree Over Borno Boko Haram Attacks

 
Amnesty International, a human rights group, and the Nigerian Army are trading accusations over the recent Boko Haram attack in Borno State. 
The human rights group had accused the army of burning some villages in Borno, one of the worst-hit states by the insurgency in the North-East.
The group also accused the army of displacing residents of the affected villages in response to escalation in attacks by Boko Haram insurgents recently.
AI said, “These brazen acts of razing entire villages, deliberately destroying civilian homes and forcibly displacing their inhabitants with no imperative military grounds, should be investigated as possible war crimes,” said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria. 

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“They repeat a long-standing pattern of the Nigerian military meting out brutal tactics against the civilian population. Forces allegedly responsible for such violations must be suspended immediately and brought to justice.”
Reacting to the accusation, the Defence Headquarters accused Amnesty of deliberately supporting the acts of terrorism perpetrated against Nigeria by Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African State terror groups.
Onyema Nwachukwu, Acting Director of Defence Information, in a statement, cautioned the group to put an end to its reckless distortion of facts in its bid to satisfy “its puppeteers by undermining Nigeria’s military campaign against terrorism in the North-East”.
According to the statement, “The Defence Headquarters has taken cognizance of yet another falsified report by Amnesty International in a campaign of calumny targeting the Nigerian Military and deliberately supporting the callous acts of terrorism perpetuated by Boko Haram Terrorists and Islamic State of West African Province.
“This inglorious campaign is contained in a recent report alleging employment of unlawful tactics of razing down villages and unlawful detention of locals by troops. This is line with the AIs usual mannerism and tenacious efforts aimed at disparaging the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“The Defence Headquarters wishes to state unambiguously that the allegations being touted by AI are nothing but a betrayal of its lack of in-depth knowledge of the goings-on in the North East theatre of operation.”
It continued, “It is expedient to state that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole who are conducting Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations in the NE do not employ arson as an operational tactic. It is a well-known fact, going by the modus operandi of BHTs, that they have more often than not engaged in the atrocious acts of looting and burning of villages, as well as destroying infrastructures.
“It therefore, beats ones imagination that AI is attributing these atrocities to AFN troops who are legitimately defending the country guided by extant rules of engagement and operational codes of conduct.
“AI must understand the fact that Nigeria is at war against terrorism in the NE and that the troops have a constitutional mandate to protect lives and property, even if it means conducting an evacuation to save and secure lives of civilians in the conflict. Protecting civilians by evacuating them from the line of fire during combat is not a violation of the international law of conflict or a war crime.
“We urge members of the public to please discountenance AIs report, as it is not a true and realistic reflection of troops’ counter terrorism operation in the NE.”

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PHOTONEWS: Corpses Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Parents, Isreal And Sally Arrive Umuahia For Burial

The corpses of Nnamdi Kanu’s parents, Isreal and Sally, have arrived at Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State where they would be laid to rest.
Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, is in exile after he jumped bail granted him during his trial. 
At the council headquarters, the bodies were received by the Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, the transition committee chairman of the LGA and many prominent stakeholders on the ground to honour the deceased. 

Isreal Kanu was a traditional ruler before his demise.

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Irate Protesters Destroy House Belonging To Bayelsa Governor-elect, PDP Secretariat Over Supreme Court Judgment

Several properties have been destroyed in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, by irate protesters following Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling announcing Diri Douye as authentic winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state. 
Among places destroyed are Steve Azaiki Library, a house belonging to Douye, Radio Bayelsa and Peoples Democratic Party DP secretariat along Imgbi and Azikoro roads respectively. 
At Radio Bayelsa, our correspondent observed that over 15 vehicles were destroyed by the protesters mostly members of the All Progressives Congress while offices were also  vandalised by the group.
Though normalcy had been restored to the city by law enforcement agencies, there is still tension across Yenagoa and indeed most parts of Bayelsa. 
The apex court had on Thursday nullified the emergence of David Lyon of the APC as winner of the election after it emerged that his running mate presented a fake academic credential to the Independent National Electoral Commission before the exercise.  

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BREAKING: Angry Protesters Invade Radio Bayelsa Premises, Destroy, Loot Property

Some aggrieved protesters have invaded the premises of Radio Bayelsa in Yenagoa, the state capital, destroying and looting property in the process. 
Operational vehicles belonging to the station were also destroyed during the siege on the facility. 
Streets across the city have been deserted as gunshots rent the air. 

Police are making random arrests at the moment.  

SaharaReporters had earlier reported that members of the All Progressives Congress took to the streets to protest the ruling of the Supreme Court on Thursday, which nullified the election of David Lyon as winner of the November 16 governorship election in the state. 

The Independent National Electoral Commission has since complied with the apex court’s ruling and handed a fresh certificate of return to Diri Douye of the Peoples Democratic Party. 

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JUST IN: Ekiti Assembly Passes Amotekun Bill Into Law

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has passed into law the act establishing Ekiti State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps.
The Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, during the plenary on Friday said, “Having passed through the third reading, the bill has become a law.”
The bill will now be transferred to the state governor for assent. 
According to reports, the first two stages of passing the bill to law were done on Thursday before the plenary was adjourned till today.
The lawmakers, who debated the bill exhaustively in the chambers on Thursday, spoke on the appropriateness of the proposed law in view of the security challenges facing the state, region and Ekiti State.
A public hearing was also conducted on the Bill later on Thursday.
At the resumed sitting on Friday, the House Committee on Security presented the committee’s report.
The report was adopted by the committee of the House, then the Bill went into the third reading, which it passed through.

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BREAKING: INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To Douye

The Independent National Electoral Commission has presented to Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party certificate of return as the duly elected governor of Bayelsa State.
He was presented the certificate at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja.
The presentation follows the declaration of Douye as winner of the election following the order of the Supreme Court in Abuja on Thursday.

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