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Watch SignatureTV News Update: Supreme Court Affirms Soludo As APGA’s Governorship Candidate

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IGP orders officers to be ruthless in dealing with gunmen in Anambra

Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has ordered Police Mobile Force commanders to deal ruthlessly with political thugs and gunmen who may work against a transparent and credible governorship election in Anambra State.

Speaking at a meeting with Police Mobile Force Squadron Commanders in Abuja on Wednesday, Usman Baba said the election security action plan would revolve around the police mobile units.

Baba also read the riot act to squadron commanders, vowing to deal decisively with any commander that lacked command capacity or failed to key into the reform agenda of his administration. He vowed to deal decisively with errant commanders following reports of unprofessional conduct and illegal deployment of personnel.

 

COVID-19: FG TO BAR UNVACCINATED WORKERS FROM WORK BY DECEMBER 1

The Federal Government has revealed its decision to bar workers from accessing their offices as from 1st December if they are unable to show proof of their vaccination against the COVID-19 virus or a test done within 72 hours.

Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha made the announcement on Wednesday.

Mustapha said that with effect from 1st December 2021, Federal Government employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria.

He further stated that Statistics generated over the last four weeks on testing have shown that the trend of infection is going down in some states while in others, the trajectory is upward.

 

Supreme Court Affirms Soludo As APGA’s Governorship Candidate

The Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed Professor Charles Soludo as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Anambra election slated to hold on November 6, 2021.

The five-man panel led by Justice Mary Odili also affirmed Victor Oye as the chairman of the party.

The apex court, in a unanimous decision upheld the judgement of the Kano State Division of the Court of Appeal, which validated the primary election that produced Soludo.

According to the Supreme Court, the appellate court was right when it quashed a Jigawa State High Court judgement that recognised a parallel primary election that was conducted by the Jude Okeke-led faction of APGA.

 

Police rescue 51 kidnap victims in Edo

The police command in Edo has rescued 51 kidnap victims in different operations across the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Phillip Ogbadu, in Benin on Thursday, said that the victims were rescued between July and September from various bushes in the state where they were held hostage by their abductors.

Ogbadu said that the command also arrested 132 suspects during the period, explaining that they were arrested for crimes ranging from murder, kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery to arson, while urging the public to always avail the police with information on suspicious activities around them.

 

IN BUSINESS

President Buhari Urges Agencies To Prioritise Indigenous Professionals

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) to give priority to indigenous professionals for planning, design and execution of national projects.

At the Inauguration of the Presidential Monitoring and Evaluation Council of the Executive Order 5 at the State House on Thursday, President Buhari admonished that foreign professionals should only be considered where it had been certified that the expertise was not available.

Accordingly, he explained that the Executive Order No 5 was aimed at placing Nigerian Professionals and Manufacturers at the centre of the Nigerian Economy.

The President, who is also Chairman of the Presidential Monitoring Evaluation Council, said the team would oversee the general implementation of the Executive Order 5, and the secretariat would be domiciled at the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, supported by the Strategy Implementation Task Office for Presidential Executive Order 5 (SITOPEO-5).

 

ON THE FOREIGN SCENE

Taiwan fire: At least 46 killed and dozens injured as blaze engulfs apartment building

At least 46 people have been killed and dozens injured after a fire broke out in a 13-storey residential building in southern Taiwan.

The extremely fierce blaze erupted at around 3am on Thursday morning and destroyed several floors of the tower in the city of Kaohsiung.

Kaohsiung fire chief Lee Ching-hsiu, said that the fire was extinguished around dawn and firefighters were still going through the building, adding that the number of dead could rise.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire, including whether it was started deliberately.

Earlier, officials said 55 people had been taken to hospital, 14 showed no signs of life and at least 11 people found at the scene went straight to the morgue.

Officials said the building is around 40 years old with shops on the lower levels and flats above.

 

IN SPORTS

We’d feel more pain failing to qualify, says Leon Balogun

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has disclosed that the players feel more pain when they fail to win games or qualify for tournaments more than the fans.

Balogun said this in an interview while explaining that he understood the pain fans feel when their teams don’t qualify for tournaments, but their pain is more amplified.

Since qualifying for their first World Cup in 1994, Nigeria has missed just one edition, the 2006 edition hosted by Germany.

However, the Rangers defender stated that while the fans will always have the opportunity to see their teams play, the players have a limited shot at representing their country in tournaments.

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