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Violence at Edo APC NASS primary in Akoko-Edo

Violence marred the All Progressives Congress’ primary for the Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency in Edo State, the state primary election committee said on Sunday evening.

The committee also said that party members who assembled at the venues of the exercise held across the 10 wards were harassed and intimidated.

The election was between the incumbent, Mr. Peter Akpatason, and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto.

There had been disagreements among supporters of the two aspirants over who should get the party’s ticket in the 2019 general elections.

Briefing journalists at the APC state secretariat in Benin, the Chairman of the state primary election committee, Hajia Farida Suleiman, said that the results of the exercise from the area were not ready due to the crisis.

Suleiman, however, said that the results would be released when investigations into the violence were concluded.

She also said that some wards in the Edo Central Senatorial District witnessed violent activities.

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OYE: Isn’t it questionable that the APC’s primaries and other elections have been full of alleged election malpractices.

Who will save us from the hands of these people?

Far Away in South Sudan Inmates seize control of the prison

More than a dozen inmates have disarmed prison guards and seized part of a notorious detention centre in South Sudan’s capital Juba, officials said Sunday.

A detained officer of the National Security Service (NSS) overpowered a guard at the entrance of the Blue House compound and disarmed him in overnight, the NSS said in a statement.

The detainees have seized 32 guns and knives, the NSS said, adding that it was seeking “to disarm (Keribino) peacefully for the safety of the other prisoners”.

The jail is part of the headquarters of the NSS. The prison has repeatedly drawn condemnation from human rights organisation over the alleged illegal detention of prisoners, torture and suspicious deaths.

Ordeals of Nigerians in Ghana

The Federal Government must hasten and wade into the ordeals of Nigerian traders doing business in Ghana. It requires serious, intensive engagement, else the issue might boil over into xenophobic attacks, which will seriously threaten the cordial relationship between Nigeria and Ghana.

Following the closure of more than 400 shops by the authorities in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, some members of the Nigerian Union of Traders Associations (NUTA), Ghana, led by its President, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nnaji, recently staged a protest at the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Abuja, demanding that Ghana should respect the treaty on free trade and movement of persons in the sub-region and reopen their businesses.

The diplomatic efforts and assurances notwithstanding, there is cause to worry that the worst may still lie ahead. In 1994, the government of Ghana enacted a law which provides that only capital-intensive foreign businesses with the minimum $300,000 (over N10 million) capital outlay capable of employing at least 10 Ghanaians would be allowed to open shop or stay in business. More than 20 years after its enactment, Ghanaian indigenous petty traders have become impatient and are putting great pressure on their government to implement the law. According to the Chairman of the Greater Accra chapter of the Ghana Union of Traders’ Associations (GUTA), Mr Kwadwo Amoateng, Ghanaians want the shops of foreign petty traders shut. The tension is growing. In June this year, non-Ghanaian petty traders got a notice to quit the markets. The closure of the 400 businesses did not come as a surprise.

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OYE: this is getting serious

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