Weeks After Attack On Borikiri, Mother Of 7 Grieve Over Missing Son

mrs-andrew-in-grief-after-borikiriWeeks after an attack on Rex Lawson water-front community in Borikiri of Rivers State, a family is still in grief, with their child still missing.

Residents and the Rivers State Police Command have continued to trade blames over the incident that led to the destruction of cars, property with one building burnt.

While residents insist that the destruction was done by men of the Police Command, the Commissioner of Police said the community had been harbouring the alleged cultists who wreaked the havoc.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Emmanuel Ereyi, visited the area to see how people have been getting along since the incident occurred.

He said although calm has since returned to the area, signs of destruction are still visible, as wasted property were seen littered around, with residents counting their losses.

A case in point was Mr and Mrs Sunny Andrew who are still searching for their only son, a seven-year-old boy. They say he has been missing since the attack.

The grieving mother blames their ordeal on the police.

She said: “We were sleeping when a group of men who wore police uniforms broke into our house, chased us out and set the house ablaze. All of us fled in different directions. I am still looking for my son”.

The father of the missing boy, Sunny Andrew, is also not on the same page with those who said it was the result of a cult clash, as earlier stated by the police.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Francis Odesanya, who spoke exclusively to Channels Television said that the community had been harbouring cultists and a battle of supremacy led to the destruction.

According to him, a leader of one of the groups, who escaped with gunshot injuries, has since died.

“His body has been recovered and the two police riffles have also been found,” he said.

Mr Odesanya advised residents to go about their lawful duties, as the police were on top of the matter.

Ghanaian President Calls For True Freedom In Africa

Ghanaian PresidentThe President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has called for what he called true freedom in Africa for the continent to develop economically and educationally.

He made the call while presenting a lecture during the 40th anniversary of University of Ilorin.

The Ghanaian President lamented that the continent has never been free from colonialism and also blamed past African leaders for their harsh method of governance which he noted retarded the growth of their countries.

Each country, he stressed, should evolve plans to develop its education and economy to meet its peculiar needs.

Also speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, urged the private sector to complement the efforts of the federal government in the education sector by investing to improve the education in the country.

He also urged them to think outside the box in the funding and running of their campuses.

Osinbajo Says Next Budget Will Spring Economic Development

Yemi Osinbajo, vice president of Nigeria on BudgetNigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says the next budget, which the new administration is already drafting, is positioned to spring economic development.

The Vice President spoke at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Sunday in an interview with Channels Television’s correspondent, Emmanuel Ereyi.

Professor Osinbajo further said Nigerians should expect the continuation of good governance, as promised by his party during campaigns.

He stressed that the coming days of the present administration would see the stabilisation of power, security and completion of the drawing of the next budget.

The Vice President was in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, as a guest at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

On the choice of members of the cabinet, he assured Nigerians that best crop of ministers would be presented by the Federal Government at the end of the month.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on September 7 in Aburi, Ghana, reassured Nigerians and the international community that he would name his cabinet before the end of the month.

President Buhari gave the assurance at a joint press conference with President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana.

Card Reader Test: Exercise Good So Far In Lagos, Delta

Card Readers For Election in NigeriaThe card reader test conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State “has been good so far”, Channels Television’s correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye reported on Saturday morning.

Our correspondent in Ward 4, Azagba Primary School, Ezenei, Asaba, Delta State capital, South-south Nigeria, also reported that the exercise which started exactly at 8am, saw a good number of Delta residents coming out with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) for the mock accreditation exercise.

According to our correspondent, it was a smooth ride for some, with only a few minutes and they are done, pointing that it took a little while for others before their thumb print could be recognised by the card reader.

He added that some other persons from other wards came out to check if they could be accredited but the card reader rejected the cards with an “OPC message which means Other Polling Cards”.

Some voters in an interview with Channels Television, lauded the exercise while others pointed out a few challenges that should be looked into by INEC.

In Lagos, south-west Nigeria, Seun Okinbaloye reported that the exercise took place at Ikeja Primary School in the GRA, on Fajuyi road, one of the 30 Polling Units in Onigbongbo Ward, Ikeja Local Government Area of the State.

Okinbaloye noted that as people were trickling in, INEC officials used the opportunity to map out the process, accompanied by State Security operatives.

He also said the time frame for the testing of the card readers ranged from about 5 seconds to a minute, adding that the issue of cloned cards had not been recorded, even as those whose cards had been tested still hung around to observe the exercise.

Cloned PVC Fails To Pass Card Reader Test In Port Harcourt

Smart Card ReaderOfficials of the Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) on Saturday reported that an individual had presented a cloned Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to be verified during the card reader test in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

INEC on Saturday began testing card readers that would be used for voter accreditation during the 2015 general elections, in 12 states, spread across six geo-political zones.

Channels Television’s correspondent in In Port Harcourt, Emmanuel Ereyi who was at the scene of the incident reported that the testing exercise had kicked off to a slow start as “not many people appeared to have taken it seriously” despite the presence of INEC officials.

The process commenced when “people started trickling in” and the cards had been read by the devices. However, one case of a failed test had been recorded as one person complained his card could not be read by the device.

Ereyi noted that the card in question “did not look like a proper card issued by INEC” as officials at the unit claimed the card appeared to have been cloned, further explaining that cards not issued by the Commission will not be read by the card readers.

The person whose card was not verified threatened “that if he comes on the voting day and the reading machines cannot detect his card, he is going to cause mayhem”.

His statement was reported to the police by INEC officials who promised measures were in place to forestall any mayhem on election day.

In Anambra, Channels Television’s correspondent, Joy Odinye reported that there were challenges as the card readers took up to three minutes to verify voter’s thumbs. This, she said, was because many of the voters had not been properly educated on how to place their thumbs on the device.

“The atmosphere is really calm. People are trickling in, one after the other to have their accreditation done”, she said, noting that about 30 persons had come for the voluntary exercise.

Odinye reported that the exercise took one to two minutes for the authentication as voters have to first cross check their name in the register.

“The next process, which most of the people here are saying is really cumbersome is the authentication process where the fingers will be authenticated” Odinye said, noting that the process took between one to three minutes.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner who was at the scene explained that “if the card readers fail, so to speak, then the voters have a choice to fill a form and still vote”, Odinye said, adding that the process was going well altogether.

Also in Kano State, Channels Television Correspondent, Idris Jibrin, said that the exercise was going on smoothly, except for some cards not matching the biometric data of the owner.

In response to this challenge, the INEC Commissioner in Kano, Abdullahi Danyaya, said that they had already anticipated this kind of problem, disclosing that it is been taken care of by the issuance of accreditation cards to each voter whose thumb print was not accepted.