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The Independent National Electoral Commission () has expressed concern about some reported cases of violence in the Saturday governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.

In a statement issued by Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Committee in Abuja, INEC said that it was unfortunate there were violence in spite all efforts to ensure peaceful elections.

The commission, however, called for calm while assuring voters of INEC’s commitment to conclude the elections process in both states fairly and credibly.

It said that the commission was carefully monitoring the processes even as voting had closed in all polling units in both states.

“Reports from accredited observers and our officials in the field indicate that most voters who were willing to had the opportunity to do so.

“The commission delivered materials to its two states offices in good time and made adequate preparations for the movement of staff and materials to the various voting locations.

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“There are reports indicating that electoral process was in several places affected by thuggery and violence, which the commission unequivocally condemns.

“We are still receiving, collating and evaluating these reports as we move into the critical phase of collation,” the commission said.

The commission also said that results would be collated at registration areas, local government areas and state levels.

It added that its staff were ready to receive those results while advising stakeholders to keep to their commitments to ensure peaceful conduct.

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The commission commended the security agencies, saying they had been supportive so far, in the face of many challenges.

The commission urged the public to remain calm, assuring voters in the two states of its resolve to ensure that the ”elections are concluded fairly and credibly.”

It said that it deployed staff and materials in 4,352 polling units in the two states for the governorship elections, Kogi West Senatorial rerun and Brass I State Constituency supplementary in Bayelsa.

“In addition, national commissioners, resident electoral commissioners and other staff were deployed to monitor and supervise the elections.

“These field officers are regularly submitting real-time reports to the commission on developments in the field,” the commission said.

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COVID-19: NCDC Confirms 354 New Cases, Total Rises To 45,244

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 354 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infection to 45,244.

The NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Thursday.

“On the 6th of August 2020, 354 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 45244 cases have been confirmed, 32430 cases have been discharged and 930 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 354 new cases are reported from 17 states- FCT (78), Lagos (76), Kaduna (23), Ebonyi (19), Oyo (18), Nasarawa (17), Rivers (17), Delta (16), Kwara (15), Akwa Ibom (13), Edo (12), Ogun (12), Plateau (11), Kano (9), Bauchi (6), Borno (6), Ekiti (6),” the NCDC said.

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See the breakdown of cases by state below;

Confirmed Cases by State

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 15,627 2,316 13,119 192
FCT 4,241 2,965 1,231 45
Oyo 2,825 1,392 1,402 31
Edo 2,340 174 2,073 93
Rivers 1,911 267 1,591 53
Kano 1,608 264 1,291 53
Delta 1,557 110 1,404 43
Kaduna 1,530 183 1,335 12
Ogun 1,428 200 1,204 24
Plateau 1,294 676 598 20
Ondo 1,243 565 651 27
Enugu 880 377 485 18
Ebonyi 838 19 793 26
Kwara 815 452 342 21
Katsina 746 265 457 24
Borno 634 30 569 35
Abia 625 103 517 5
Gombe 620 68 529 23
Osun 586 273 300 13
Bauchi 574 40 521 13
Imo 472 315 147 10
Nasarawa 360 129 223 8
Benue 356 285 64 7
Bayelsa 342 31 290 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Akwa Ibom 234 55 171 8
Niger 226 81 133 12
Adamawa 176 80 85 11
Ekiti 159 81 76 2
Sokoto 154 1 137 16
Anambra 142 41 83 18
Kebbi 90 82 8
Zamfara 77 1 71 5
Taraba 72 13 55 4
Cross River 68 27 33 8
Yobe 67 2 57 8
Kogi 5 3 2

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has asked airline operators and aviation authorities, to begin the process for resuming international flights.

The PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, stated this during Thursday’s media briefing in Abuja.

Aliyu said the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other agencies should commence the process.

According to him, passengers would arrive three hours before flights, when the country’s airspace finally opens for international operations.

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He said, “Specific to air transportation, as you are aware, domestic flights have already resumed, the railway sector has also restarted. For international travel, we have made recommendation to the aviation industry to commence the process for opening international airport provided all existing international and local Covid-19 protocol are in place.

“We have modified the protocol for passenger arrivals at the airports. Domestic passengers arriving at the airports are advised to arrive one hour before their flights and three hours before international flights when this restarts.”

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Domestic flights had resumed in Nigeria in July after a four-month closure due to COVID-19.

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