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The Independent National Electoral Commission, has reacted to ballot box snatching, violence in Rivers and some other states in respect to the .

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner, representing its Chairman Mahmood Yakubu addressing stakeholders at ICC in Abuja said the election will be postponed in areas where violence was recorded.

He, however, added that a meeting will later be held with stakeholders and relevant authorities to determine when the election in those areas will be conducted again.

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“On ballot box snatching in some states, we have asked commissioners on ground to submit their firsthand on these incidences like that in Rivers and Lagos.

“We are waiting for official reports from these states to take a major decision.

“The moment we receive a report from resident commissioners, then we will take a decision after accessing the report and nature of incidences that took place in those areas.

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“The commission will hold consultation with relevant authority with relation to these areas and announce when polls will emerge.

“In all the places voting did not take place we will take a decision as a commission later.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Lekki toll gate shooting: Seyi Tinubu’s firm explains why billboard lights were switched off

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The management of Loatsad Promomedia Limited has claimed it turned off the billboard at the Lekki toll gate, in obedience to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s curfew order.

The advert company is owned by Seyi Tinubu, who is one of the sons of Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

There has been outrage over the decision to disable CCTV cameras and turn off the billboard, shortly before End SARS protesters were attacked at the Lekki toll gate.

But Loatsad Promomedia, in a statement posted on its Instagram handle, insisted it had no ulterior motive for the action.

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It read: “When the ‘EndSars and ‘say no to police brutality’ protests started from day one, we wholly supported the movement and used all our platforms to promote the messages (I believe the promoters can verify this information) as we believed in the cause.

“On Tuesday, when the curfew was announced we heeded the governor’s warnings and didn’t want our staff in any danger, hence by 3pm our staff had been ordered to leave the site and the board was switched off based on the governor’s curfew request.

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“We had no idea what was going to happen and we feel the same anguish, pain and shock at the events that unfolded and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of this ungodly act.”

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Lekki Killings: PENGASSAN, NUPENG Threaten To Withdraw Services, Wants FG To Produce Perpetrators

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has threatened to withdraw its services nationwide to honour Nigerian youth killed during the use of live bullets on peaceful #endSARS protesters in Lekki, on Tuesday night; if the government failed to immediately produce the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Both PENGASSAN and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) condemned the killing of the innocent people and declared that their hearts bleed for Nigerian youths.

PENGASSAN said in a statement signed by its , Comrade, Festus Osifo and the General Secretary, Comrade, Lumumba Okugbawa, that it would hold its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting with a view to withdraw its services across the country.

“We hereby call on the Government of President, Mohammadu Buhari, to provide adequate security for the protesters in line with democratic norms and to immediately produce the perpetrators of the dastardly act; failure of which we will convene an emergency meeting of our National Executive Council (NEC)to review the happenings in the Nation with the view of withdrawing our services Nationwide.” The union said.

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According to PENGASSAN, “in view of the gruesome killings of unarmed protesters by armed Military personnels as seen on social media, at the Lekki toll gate last Tuesday night (20/10/2020), the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has viewed these images of shootings of peaceful #endsars protesters not just at Lekki toll gate but all over the country with sadness, heavy hearts  and deep concerns for our Nation.

“Without mincing words,  we vehemently say that this unfortunate incident falls short of any standard of civilization globally of handling peaceful protest in any democratic system.

“Our hearts bleed for innocent Nigerians who lost their lives or got injured in this senseless and inhumane action of the armed security agents of the government. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go to the families of the victims as well.

“As an institution that indulges in peaceful protest on a regular basis, there is a renewed sense of insecurity with the new tactics employed by the men of our armed forces. We are not against government arresting any hoodlum who may want to hide under the guise of the peaceful protest to perpetuate violence but to unleash this level of cruelty on peaceful and harmless protesters who were holding the National flag, singing the National anthem in demonstration of their belief in the course of the country by killing and injuring them is highly condemnable.”

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It added: “The President and Commander in Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces must seize this opportunity to provide uncommon leadership and stir the ship of this nation to safety.

“PENGASSAN stands with you at these trying times as a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Also, the leadership of NUPENG said it viewed the gory images of Tuesday night (20/10/2020) shootings of peaceful #endsars protesters at Lekki toll gate with sadness, heavy hearts and deep concerns.

Without any iota of doubt, the union pointed out that the unfortunate incident fell short of any acceptable minimum global and civilized standards of managing peaceful Protest in any democratic system.

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The statement signed by NUPENG President, Comrade Williams Akporeha and the General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale, said: “Our hearts bleed for our youths who lost their lives or got injured in that senseless action of the armed security agents of government.

Our deepest thoughts and prayers are equally extended to their families as well.

“We ask our members nationwide to stay calm and safe at their various workplaces and be on alert as the leadership reviews the situation.”

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