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The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Sunday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Angry voters in Anambra locked up some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday. The incident happened at College Primary School, Oko Ward II in Orumba North Local Government Area of the state. According to a PTCIJ observer, trouble started when electoral officials wanted to head to LGA collation center from the ward.

2. The Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Nwachukwu Orji has decried the disruption of the governorship election in some local government areas of the state where he claimed election materials were “snatched and destroyed by community members” for undisclosed reasons.

3. Following the Friday night fire which claimed at least six lives at the Kubwa Ultra Modern Market, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu has banned the sale of inflammable products in undesignated areas of the territory. The Minister announced the ban on Saturday when she visited the market.

4. The two abducted pupils of Glory Land Group of Schools in Igarra, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo have been released following the payment of N6 million ransom. A family source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told reporters on Saturday in Auchi that the two sisters were released late Friday night after the payment of the money.

5. The Shura (Judicial) Council of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), an ISIS affiliate, has named Sani Shuwaram as the new Leader (Wali) in Lake Chad. Shuwaram is replacing the commander, who had been appointed in acting capacity since the demise of Malam Bako.

6. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended voting exercise in the Anambra governorship election. The Resident Electoral Commissioner for INEC in Anambra State, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji announced the extension of voting by one hour, from the previous 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

7. Kwara State doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, NAGMDP, have suspended their 7-day warning strike. The state Chairman of the body, Dr. Saka Agboola, announced this in a statement in Ilorin, the state capital on Saturday.

8. The National Chairman-elect of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu, yesterday, said the party’s loss of the presidential election in 2015 was a blessing in disguise. According to him, the last six years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has left no one in doubt that Nigeria was far better under the PDP administration.

9. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has launched an investigation into the fire incident that occurred at the Kubwa Village Market of the FCT on Friday evening. A statement on Saturday by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adah, said, the remains of five persons already burnt to death were evacuated from the scene to the hospital where they were confirmed dead.

10. Nkem Okeke, Deputy Governor of Anambra State, who defected from the All Progressives Grand Alliance to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the buildup to the election, failed to deliver his polling unit for his new party on Saturday.

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