The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has apologized to the Nigerian Air Force for wrongfully accusing it of using its personnel to invade its premises in Rivers State and disrupt the collation of results in the protracted governorship and House of Assembly polls.
It will be recalled that the Spokesman for the INEC in Rivers State had accused the NAF and other security agencies of invading its collation centre and disrupting the exercise thereby forcing it to discontinue the declaration of results, a development that is currently generating tension across the country and beyond.
But apparently realizing its mistake, INEC said on Tuesday that it had discovered that none of the NAF personnel was involved in the chaos that was recorded in the premises at the weekend leading to the suspension of poll results collation and announcement.
In the statement absolving NAF entitled: “Inadvertent Involvement of the Nigerian Air Force in the Disruption of the March 9 2019 Collation Process”, INEC said it also discovered that the men in military uniforms were neither not from the NAF.
The statement which was made available to Vanguard on Tuesday was signed by the Head of Voter Education in Rivers State, Mr. Edwin Enabor for the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga.
The statement said: “Further to our investigation and clarification from the NAF Command in Rivers State on the invasion of our offices/disruption of collation process by armed men in military uniforms, the commission wishes to state that the persons purported to have worn the Air Force uniforms were neither personnel of the service nor authorized by the service to be at INEC office.
“The commission therefore wishes to express its regret at the embarrassment this might have caused the NAF,” INEC said.
The apology by INEC notwithstanding, its earlier claim at the weekend that military personnel took over its premises and hijacked the collation of results, has gone viral and attracted global attention, forcing some countries to issue threats against Nigeria.
BREAKING: Buhari Addresses Nigerians By 7pm
After much pressure, President Muhammadu Buhari will finally address Nigerians by 7pm on Sunday.
His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement.
Many Nigerians have been eager to hear what the President will have to say on the raging COVID-19 pandemic for which NIgeria has recorded 91 confirmed cases.
Adesina said: “President Muhammadu Buhari will broadcast to the nation Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 7pm.
“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast.”
Buhari: ‘The Man Parading Himself As Nigerian President Is Fake’ — Islamic Scholar, Mohammad Tawhidi [VIDEO]
Australian-based Islamic Scholar, Mohammad Tawhidi who is popularly known as Imam of Peace is not done attacking Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that ORIENTAL TIMES had reported that Tawhidi earlier stated that Buhari is the dumbest person in Nigeria whom he also accused of enabling terrorism.
The Iranian-born Muslim cleric has intensified his attack. This time, he claims that Buhari is fake, stating categorically that he is a Photoshop President.
Tawhidi made his claims during a live broadcast he held on his social media platforms.
In the broadcast which lasted a little over 16 minutes, Tawhidi also blasted President Buhari’s aides who always come in his defence, stating that they’re doing their job as “shoe polishers” who were employed to lick the President’s hands and make him feel good.
Watch the video below.
BREAKING: Nigeria COVID-19 Cases Jump To 97 As NCDC Confirms 8 New Cases
Nigeria has recorded eight (8) new cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID -19) in the country, bringing the total number of those infected to 97.
The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet on Saturday confirmed the 8 new cases.
According to the tweet, 2 of the new cases are in the FCT (Abuja), 4 in Oyo, 1 in Kaduna and 1 in Osun State.
Eight new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 2 in FCT, 4 in Oyo, 1 in Kaduna and 1 in Osun State
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 28, 2020
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