After Buhari's ruthless order, Nigeria army uncovers 'unholy' political plan

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Barely 24-hours after Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari said he had given orders for the security forces to be ruthless on ballot box snatchers, the army said on Tuesday that it had uncovered a plot to disrupt the process.

“Credible intelligence available to HQ 6 Div NA has uncovered an unholy plan by some political actors within its AOR to arm and sponsor miscreants in addition to using military-like fatigue dress for deception to cause pandemonium at polling stations for their political gain,” the military said on social media.

The statement noted that the said incident was in the Niger Delta region. It said there were efforts to track the source of weapons being used in the said operation. Officials were also cautioned against active politicking which was against service rules.

“To this end, the GOC 6 Division and Land Component Commander (LCC) OPDS Maj Gen Jamil Sarham wish to reassure the good people of Niger Delta of providing adequate security in conjunction with other security agencies before, during and after the 2019 General Elections,” the statement added.

Nigeria’s army plays a crucial role in Nigeria’s complex security setup – soldiers are largely in charge in zones affected by terrorism – in major parts of the northeast. They are also involved in anti-kidnapping, banditary operations in north central and northwest.

Buhari’s caution was issued at a meeting of the national caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the capital, Abuja.

“I do not expect anybody to make any disturbance. I have briefed the law enforcement agencies and the military, they have identified hot spots, flash points, they should be prepared to move.

“I really gave the military and police order to be ruthless… Anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch ballot boxes or disturbs the voting system, will do so at the expense of his own life.

“We are not going to be blamed that we want to rig elections. I want Nigerians to be respected, let them vote whoever they want across the parties.”

Buhari’s comments was met with a swift riposte from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Whiles they accused Buhari of giving shoot to kill orders, pro-government activists insist that he was only speaking in the language that ballot snatchers understand.

Credible intelligence available to HQ 6 Div NA has uncovered an unholy plan by some political actors within its AOR to arm and sponsor miscreants in addition to using military-like fatigue dress for deception to cause pandemonium at polling stations for their political gain. pic.twitter.com/7gi5PyV3YW— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) February 19, 2019

Nigeria would have by now known the results of the February 16 poll that was postponed by the elections body, INEC. The action was taken about six-hours to the opening of polls, something Buhari gravely deplored and called for a probe into.

The new date for the vote is coming Saturday, February 23. Buhari has tasked voters to not lose steam but to turn out and vote in large numbers for all candidates across the parties.

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Video: French Officer Is Punished for Revealing Truth About US Role in “Defeating ISIS” in Syria

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Venezuela Under Washington’s Gun

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Romanticism and the Rise of the Superheroes: Who Are the Saviours of the Oppressed?

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Paul Anka My Way

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Ethiopian runner, 19, shocked he smashed Guerrouj's 22-year record

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Aged 19, Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera raced across the line in Birmingham to break a world indoor record over 1,500m but he says he did not even originally plan to partake in the event let alone break the record.

The record is one that dates back to 1997 when Moroccan middle-distance great Hicham El-Guerrouj ran the distance of 3:31.18, set in Stuttgart.

He told the BBC: ‘‘Let alone breaking the world record. I had not planned to participate before,’’ but he relishes the moment, ‘‘I am very happy. Words can’t express my happiness.’’

He beat fellow country man Yomif Kejelcha, who Tefera said he expected to win the race having come close to the the mile world record last week.

Tefera overtook his compatriot with 200m to go and finished in three minutes 31.04 seconds.
‘‘I was expecting Yomif [to win] too,” Samuel said. Kejelcha, who was undefeated indoors this year, clocked 3:31.58.

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Workers strike at Port Sudan container terminal over concession deal

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Workers at Port Sudan’s southern container terminal went on strike on Monday to protest against a deal with Philippine port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), port employees and a union official said.

Witnesses in Port Sudan said work at the terminal had been suspended since the morning because of the strike, which was timed to coincide with a visit by the Sudanese prime minister aimed at resolving opposition to the deal.

“Today with the prime minister’s visit all the workers in the container terminal in Port Sudan’s port carried out a full strike,” said Othman Taher, head of an opposition trade union. “They numbered 1,800 workers.”

“Our message and our demand to the government is to refuse the privatisation and cancel the contract with the Philippine company to protect the country’s resources.”

On Jan. 3 ICTSI subsidiary ICTSI Middle East DMCC signed a 20-year concession deal with the Sea Ports Corporation of Sudan (SPC) to operate, manage and develop the South Port Container Terminal at Port Sudan, a disclosure from the company said.

The transfer of facilities would take place in the first quarter of this year, it said, adding that the terminal has a capacity of more than 1 million TEU, the standard unit for shipping container size.

ICTSI could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Photo: Joseph Kabila, DRC's ex-president who loves to drive himself

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Most former presidents across the world are taken care of by the state for the rest of their lives. Their housing, transport, salary even travel and general upkeep is the state’s responsibility.

Africa’s most recent ex-president is Joseph Kabange Kabila who it appears prefers to drive himself – maybe sometimes.

The most recent incidence of Kabila driving himself was last Sunday, February 17, when he met with his successor, Felix Tshisekedi. Kabila drove himself in an antique vehicle to the meeting and drove himself back.

Throwback to January 25, a day after he handed over – the first peaceful and democratic power transfer – Kabila left the presidential mansion but hopped into the driver’s seat of a pickup and drove off, as security detail followed in another vehicle.

Kabila was president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, for eighteen years till in late January 2019 when he handed over to Tshisekedi.

In the run up to the elections, Kabila had also been cited driving himself to a series of meetings. He won two disputed elections and overstayed his tenure by two years citing inability to hold a poll to replace him.

Political watchers say Kabila is likely to stage a return to the presidency given that the law allows him to contest for the seat after serving his two terms and leaving.

PHOTOS: Tshisekedi-Kabila meeting, first since handing over ??
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Four hours of cordial exchanges according to the presidency.?
Reports indicate that talks centered on coalition govt arrangements.
Credit: Presidence_RDC pic.twitter.com/CVP2tVfRhQ

— africanews (africanews) February 18, 2019

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Trump reacts to 'amazing' skills of African woman in viral footy video

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“Amazing,” one word the United States president Donald Trump used to react to an African woman in a viral football skill video.

The video of the woman – somewhere in Africa – had been making the rounds on social media platform Twitter since the weekend.

The woman is seen juggling a ball with effective and efficient dexterity that is usually seen of professional footballers during signing on ceremonies or at training grounds.

Persons surrounding her kept hailing her as she went about displaying her skills for well over a minute. She ended the act to much applause by the onlookers.

President Trump’s reaction, however, came on Monday. As is usual of his tweets, it has been ‘liked’ and retweeted massively.

Reactions to Trump’s comment have been diverse, from those worried about the things that occupy his mind in the midst of a potential government shutdown. Others hold that Trump had spoken the truth about how spectacular the skills display was.

The about 90-seconds video which Trump commented on was shared by one Akin Sawyerr, an entrepreneur and a person in the financial technology and block chain arena. He first shared the tweet on February 16. It has been watched close to 8 million times in three days.

If there is a president known to be in charge of his Twitter handle, it is Donal Trump. He has often made major announcements using the platform. Whiles most leaders will sign off their tweets, Donald Trump is not known to do so.

Talent is evenly distributed, opportunity isn’t pic.twitter.com/bWvFVLlyHN— Akin Sawyerr (@AkinSawyerr) February 16, 2019

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