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Buhari Tells Nigerians, Observers To Trust INEC Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Polls

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2019 Elections: Buhari Urges Nigerians, Observers To Trust INEC

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians, local and foreign observers to trust the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct tomorrow’s rescheduled presidential and National Assembly polls without hitches.

In a television and radio address to the nation this morning, Buhari said he believed INEC had learnt from the mistakes of the past and was fully ready to deliver tomorrow’s presidential and National Assembly elections, and next month’s governorship and state assembly elections.

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Buhari says he believes INEC realises the profound and weighty duty that rests upon it and would not let Nigerians down

The president acknowledged that, democracy, being the best form of government, had its own challenges.  He called on all Nigerians to be patient to see the upcoming election exercise through to a successful end.

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COVID-19 Guidelines Violation: PTF Blames Govs For Crowds At Edo Rallies, Kashamu’s Burial

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COVID-19 Guidelines Violation: PTF Blames Govs For Crowds At Edo Rallies, Kashamu’s Burial

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has also blamed governors, traditional and religious leaders for allowing crowds to gather and break safety protocols during electioneering in Edo State and during the burial of senator Buruji Kashamu in Ogun State.

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A large crowd of mourners was in attendance on Sunday when senator Kashamu was buried.

Both the all progressives congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have also held campaign rallies in Edo State ahead of next month’s governorship election.

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The national coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, has asked governors and traditional leaders to show responsibility for the residents of their states and local councils.

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Aliyu says last weekend’s development has shown the failure of leaders to ensure compliance with protocols in their respective states.

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FG Issues New Directives To Civil Servants Over Resumption Of Work

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FG Issues New Directives To Civil Servants Over Resumption Of Work

The Federal Government has on Monday directed civil servants on Grade Levels 12 and 13, as well as those on important duties to resume full work.

According to the Nigeria News Agency NAN, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan gave the directive in a circular stating that “workers affected would resume work from Monday to Friday, and be in the office from 8 am to 4 pm as usual.”

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As part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, only workers on Grade Level 14 and above go to offices, and work for just 3 days a week.

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Yemi-Esan urged Chief Executive Officers to ensure full compliance with the directives on the Coronavirus pandemic preventive measures, including physical distancing, regular washing or sanitising of hands and wearing of face masks.

According to her, where the number of staff resuming work was large, Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers should consider the option of duty rosters.

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday reported 290 new cases of Coronavirus bringing the total number to 46,867, a total of 33,346 patients have been discharged while 950 deaths have been recorded so far.

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Presidency Targets Diezani, MDAs As Salami Panel Gets More Powers

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Presidency Targets Diezani, MDAs As Salami Panel Gets More Powers

The presidential investigative committee on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been given judicial powers.  The panel, led by Justice Isa Ayo Salami, will now work in line with section one of the tribunals inquiry act of 2004.

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The panel has also been approved to hold public sittings and should submit a report in forty-five days.

The panel is probing the EFCC suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.  Among other cases to be taken up by the panel are the ones involving former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and the nearly ten billion dollar judgment against the country by process and industrial development (P and I.D.).  The panel will also take up complaints by the UK national crime agency in London.

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