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Sen. Sani Berates Northern Governors On Call For Social Media Censorship

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A northern former lawmaker has broken ranks with northern governors on the issue of social media censorship.  Former senator Shenu Sani has disagreed with the call for censorship of social media by northern governors who said they made the call for censorship to “avoid the spread of fake news,” and to stop the devasting effect of uncontrolled social media.

The northern governors had also said some EndSARS protesters had taken advantage of the peaceful protests to push an agenda for separation.  They condemned what they called “subversive” actions of those protesters.

Shehu Sani said in a tweet on Tuesday, while banditry was forcing northern leaders to live in fear, the governors have chosen social media as their biggest concern.

He said “northern governors; their kinsmen are being slaughtered daily by bandits and insurgents, their people are daily being kidnapped and impoverished by ransom, their women raped and their villages are under siege”.

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Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman

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Now, Independent National Electoral Commission chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, can continue as the commission’s boss after the senate confirmed him on Tuesday for a second and final term.

Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015, succeeding Attahiru Jega, who supervised that year’s general election.

Committee chairman, Kabiru Gaya, says Yakubu was re-confirmed because of his suitability for the position with no petition or incriminatory report against him.  Gaya says Yakubu is a nominee with a high level of intelligence, no affiliation to any political party and has never participated in any political campaign.

Yakubu resumes immediately.

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Delta To Hold LG Election March 2021

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Delta State independent electoral commission has fixed march next year for elections into chairmanship and councillorship positions in the state.

Commission chairman, Michael Ogbodu made the announcement after meeting with stakeholders and party chairmen on Tuesday in Asaba.

Ogbodu says additional 34 wards was created to add to the existing 466 wards across the 25 local government areas in the state.

The commission chairman approved immediate commencement of pre-election activities such as campaigns.

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Nigeria Records 281 New Coronavirus Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for disease Control (NCDC) has announced 281 new coronavirus infections in thirteen states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The total confirmed cases in the country have now risen to 67,838.

As usual, Lagos recorded the highest number of infections with 123, while the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Imo reported 64, 38 and 15 infections respectively.

The rest of the cases were shared among nine other states.

The agency said 148 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from different isolation centers in the country.

Three new deaths were recorded as a result of complications from the disease.

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