SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – FEBRUARY 23, 2019
My name is Sango, I will clear you, angry soldier barks at Sagamu voters
Residents on Isote Street, Makun, Sagamu, Ogun State, were confused and ran helter-skelter on Saturday after a misunderstanding between a voter and soldiers patrolling the area. One of the soldiers had fired a warning shot into the air while the elections climaxed. Our correspondent learnt that a voter, who did not know that the soldiers understood Yoruba, boasted in the native language that no bullets could penetrate his body. One of the soldiers, who identified himself as Sango, became livid as he stepped out of their butter coloured Sienna and sought his challenger. While pacing up and down the road, he dared anyone with traditional bulletproof charms to come out and face him. “My name is Sango. If there is anybody that thinks bullets cannot penetrate him, he should come out. I will clear him. Go and ask about me. I am the officer in charge of this area and I am Yoruba.
Lagos deputy gov saves corps member, INEC officials from angry voters
The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Idiat Adebule, on Saturday averted what could have led to the mobbing of a young female National Youth Service Corps member and other Independent National Electoral Commission officials due to the delay in the election process. Adebule, who had cast her vote at the Ward 8, Polling Unit 029 at about 11:25 a.m. embarked on election monitoring around Ward 8 with her team. At a polling unit located close to her estate, the deputy governor noticed an irate crowd and made moves to appease them.
Udom Emmanuel commends INEC, complains about aide’s arrest
Gov Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the improved electoral process, adopted for the 2019 general elections. Emmanuel made the commendation after casting his vote in Awa Ward 1, Unit 1, in Onna LGA on Saturday. However, the governor said the level of intimidation from security personnel was unbearable.
Wike’s ex-aide, brother killed in Rivers
The Rivers State Police Command had confirmed the killing of a former aide to the state governor, Mowan Etete, who was shot dead alongside his brother on Saturday. It was gathered that Mowan, who was a former Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters and his brother were killed by unknown gunmen at his residence in Andoni. The Rivers State Police Command had confirmed the killing of a former aide to the state governor, Mowan Etete, who was shot dead alongside his brother on Saturday. It was gathered that Mowan, who was a former Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters and his brother were killed by unknown gunmen at his residence in Andoni.
Voters protest as presidential result sheets missing in Imo
There was protest by no fewer than 800 prospective voters at booth 001 and booth 002 at Agbala ward in the Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, as there was no result sheets for the presidential election as of 03:40pm on the election day. There was also inadequacy of ballot papers, which hindered the voting process. An INEC ad hoc staff who identified himself simply as Emma,told journalists that he had complained to the Returning Officer in charge of the LGA but no solution had been proffered. According to him, he had no option than to wait for the Returning Officer in charge of the LGA to give instruction.
Elections: 115-year-old woman votes in Ile-Ife
A 115-year-old woman, Mrs Falilat Omisore, in spite of her old age, has exercised her civil right by casting her vote in the on-going Presidential and National Assembly elections. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the old woman cast her vote at Iremo Ward 11, unit 002 in Ile-Ife at exactly 12 noon on Saturday. While speaking with NAN shortly after, she said that the only power she had to show her patriotism was to vote. Omisore said she believed that the only way to make Nigeria metamorphose into an ideal society was to vote for the right candidates.