Fire Guts Phil-Hallmark Supermarket In Edo State

fireA fire incident has razed a shopping mall, Phil-hallmark supermarket, along Sapele road in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The incident which occurred in the early hours of Sunday December 11, 2016, is said to have destroyed properties worth hundreds of millions of Naira.

According to some witnesses, the inferno started at about 3:00 am from the top floor of the building, they decried the poor response to the situation by men of the edo state fire service.

Speaking to journalists at the scene, the Director of the Edo State Fire Service, Agbonlahor Franklin, confirmed that no life was lost in the inferno, while attributing his agency’s delayed response, to lack of adequate equipment.

He however appealed to well-meaning individuals to assist the fire service when cases of this nature occur, adding that the cause of the fire could not be determined at this point.

Edo Governorship Election: Sultan Of Sokoto Calls For Peaceful Conduct

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, Edo governorship electionThe Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has emphasised the need for a violence free exercise in the coming Edo State governorship election.

The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, made the call during the council’s visit to Edo State Government House in Benin City, the state capital in south-south Nigeria.

In his remarks, Governor Adams Oshiomhole commended the monarch’s visit and supported his call.

He noted that an individual’s conscience and not religion has a more important role to play in the decision concerning whom to vote for in any election.

The visit came a day after the presentation of the Register of Voters for the September 10 governorship election to the various political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The presentation of the register, which is a key criterion for the conduct of the upcoming poll, is also in line with section 20 of the Electoral Act.

APC South-south Holds Rally Ahead Of Edo Election

APC, Edo, ElectionThe South-south zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has held a solidarity rally for party candidates in the 2016 Edo State governorship election.

The APC convened its members on Friday at the banquet hall of the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

The National Vice Chairman of the party, Hilliard Etta, explained that the forum was to forge an even stronger bond among party faithful in preparations for the primaries.

In his address, the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, stated that the achievements in the past eight years would speak for the APC when the campaigns properly kick off.