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04/30/15

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04/28/15

*Buhari, Are You The One or Should We Wait For Another - Nigerian Legislators Earn Bogus Salary

By Uchendu Precious Onuoha (Masterweb Special Correspondent-Spain)

About 2500 years ago, the nation of Israel was in a state of dilemma and confusion, as it were dominated by an imperial lord. Under the circumstance the people found themselves they remembered that they were blessed with a land that flowed with milk and honey. But because of their disobedience to Yahweh, evil and corruption pervaded the land, and the Jewish nation lost their position and bearing in God’s purpose for the nation. And they became colonized by the Roman Empire. The people suffered in the midst of plenty as their fate lied in the hands of the imperial lords. Under their predicament, they remembered a promised messiah. A leader who would bail them out, and deliver them from political, social and economic bondage.

And It was under that scenario that Jesus Christ came on stage with a ministry contrary to their expectations, including John his fore runner. Perhaps if Jesus were really the Messiah, He would perform works connected with political deliverance of Israel or at least the deliverance of John, His fore runner who was unjustly imprisoned, they may have reasoned. John became doubtful, and sent emissaries to Jesus and asked. “Are you the coming one, or do we look for another?” Under the circumstance John found himself, his situation may be explained. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: As seen - Nigerian legislators collect world top 'rat' salary, feed fat while the masses live in abject poverty.

The Presidential election has come and gone in Nigeria. And the president elect has emerged. His victory has been welcomed with a lot of euphoria among some Nigerians, and despair among others across the nation. Like the people of Israel and John, Nigeria is in a state of high expectation, doubt and predicament. To the President elect, like a new born baby the birth celebration will soon be over and the guests will depart. And staring before him is a journey into a vast plantation. Buhari, to many Nigerians may seem to be the expected Messiah going by his pedigree. But to millions of Johns across Nigeria, given to the state of rot in the system, with corruption exulted and glorified in high places, no steady power supply, education and health care beyond the reach of the common man, no water, and good roads. A situation that made Andrew to check out in the 80’s. And worse still the hydra headed insecurity problem. In the midst of these, the question in the minds of many Johns in Nigeria are; Buhari, are you the coming one, or should we look for another? President elect, the answer is yours.

In a country where the leaders are richer than the states, Politicians looting and squandering the public’s money without any fear or restriction and milking the nation’s resources to a standstill. While the masses and youths are suffering, the salary and income of a Nigerian legislator in a year is more than the overall income of the constituency that he represents. Mr. President elect, your campaign slogan was vote for “change”. Now that the protagonist of change has arrived, Will there be changes in situations that are crying for change. Buhari, are you the coming one or should we look for another?

Judgement should begin from the house of God. Therefore change should begin from those on the seat of power. The earnings of a Nigerian senator in a year is more than enough to provide the basic amenities, which are lacken in the states they represent. Because Nigerian legislators are overpaid that’s why going to Abuja has become a do or die affair for every politician whom the first bill that receives an express approval is their salaries. If Abuja is changed from been a goldmine to legislators at the expense of the people, the number of those who go there to suck Nigeria dry will be reduced. ( Continues below….. )

General Muhammadu Buhari

Photo Above: VENUE: Abuja, DATE: December 9, 2010 - Buhari displays a clenched fist during his declaration of his intention to stand for the 2011 presidential election.

Remove tithe and offering from the church, then you will know those who are really called by God. President elect, here is a special report on the salaries of the legislators you are about to preside. Will there be a change in this trend. Buhari, are you the one, or should we wait for another?

Details of Average Salary of a Nigerian Senator.

Basic Salary (B.S) - N2, 484,245.50

Hardship Allowance (50% of B.S) - N1,242,122.70

Constituency Allowance (200% of B.S) - N4,968,509.00

Newspaper Allowance (50%of B.S) - N1,242,122.70

Wardrobe Allowance (25% of B.S) - N621,061.37

Recess Allowance (10% of B.S) - N248,424.55

Accommodation (200% of B.S) - N4,968,509.00

Utilities (30% of B.S) - N828,081.83

Domestic Staff (70% of B.S) - N1,863,184.12

Entertainment (30% of B.S) - N828,081.83

Personal Assistants (25% of B.S) - N621,061.12

Vehcle Maintenace Allowance (75% of B.S) - N1,863,184.12

Leave Allowance (10% of B.S) - N248,424.55

Severance Gratuity (300% of B.S) - N7,452,736.50

Car Allowance (400% of B.S) - N9, 936, 982.00

Total Monthly Salary = N29,479.00 x 12 = N353,756,988.00 ($2,183,685.00)

*Exchange Rate = $1 = N162

LEGISLATORS PAY WORLDWIDE PER ANNUM

Britain - $105, 400.00

United States - $174,000.00

France - $85,900.00

South Africa - $104,000.00

Kenya - $74,500.00

Saudi Arabia - $64,000.00

Brazil - $157,600.00

Ghana - $46, 500.00

Indonesia - $65, 800.00

Thailand - $43,800.00

India - $11, 200.00

Italy - $182, 000.00

Bangladesh - $4,000.00

Israel - $114,800.00

Hong Kong - $130,700.00

Canada - $154, 000.00

Spain - $43,900.00

Germany - $119,500.00

Pakistan - $3, 500.00

Norway - $138, 000.00

According to the Economist, in terms of law makers’ salaries as a ratio of GDP per capita, the gap is even much wider. While the salary of a Nigerian law maker is 116 times the country’s GDP per person, that of British Member of Parliament is just 2.7 times. The average salary of a Nigerian worker based on the national minimum wage is N18, 000.00. So the yearly salary is N18, 000.00 X12 = N216,000.00 ($1,333.00). Remember, the annual salary of a Nigerian senator is, $2,183,685.00. In proportion, $2,183,685.00/$1,333.00 = 1,638. Therefore, it will take an average Nigerian worker 1,638 years to earn the annual salary of a Nigerian Senator. Senior Buhari, please answer John your servant, with the above statistics, are you the one to make the changes, or should I wait for another?

Mr. President, you can see that our legislators legislate more into their pockets, and they are part of the problem of this country. Therefore you don’t need to search far for where the change you came for should start. Buhari, tell us if you are the messiah Nigeria has been waiting for, or do we look, and wait for another. To be contd.

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04/23/15

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04/11/15

*Nigeria 2015 Governorship Election Results Live Report

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*IMPORTANT NOTICE 1 => Friday, April 10 at 7.00 pm an unidentified caller informs Masterweb News Desk that a new rector in one of the institutions of higher learning in Aba, Abia State gathered students in his house and was paying them to thumb print ballot papers. The caller refused to disclose the name of the rector nor the name of the institution. If you have information on this incident please contact us by phone at +1 4148070329( from Nigeria dialed 00914148070329 ) or by email at admin@nigeriamasterweb.com Your identity will be protected.

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Below are Election results update compiled from Masterweb Reporters on the ground in Nigeria, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announcements, and the general public in Nigeria-(may be truthful, biased or false). Nigerians today vote in their fifth governorship and state assembly elections since the country’s return to democracy in 1999. Voters in 29 states will elect governors while new state house members will be elected in 36 states. There are no governorship elections in Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Kogi, Ondo, and Osun because the tenure of their governors are yet to expire. Both Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Party (APC) are going into the elections with one form of advantage or the other. PDP controls 20 of Nigeria’s 36 states while APC govern 15; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) controls the remaining one state. PDP controls more states the other parties. The advantage APC has is that it won the March 28 presidential and national assembly elections and these will be appealing to voters to vote for them in this governorship and state assembly elections; there is a popular saying in Nigeria that "If you can't beat them, you join them." The general public can contact us (or text us) at +1 4148070329( from Nigeria dialed 00914148070329 ) with election news in their area; please include the time of the occurrence of the news item.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

9.00 am: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) To Hold Gubernatorial Re-run Polls In Abia, Imo & Taraba - INEC fixes Saturday, April 25 for re-run of the 2015 governorship and some constituencies in the state House of Assembly elections in Abia, Imo and Taraba states. In Abia, the supplementary election will be between Okezie Ikpeazu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). It will hold in selected polling units in Aba North and South, Osisioma, Ugwunagbo, Umuahia North, Isiala Ngwa North, Obingwa, Ohafia and Ikwuano. In Imo, the re-run will be between Governor Rochas Okorocha of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Emeka Ihedioha of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)- Constituencies affected in the re-run include Ikeduru, Isiala Mbano, Isu, Oguta, Owerri West, and Oru East. In Taraba, the re-run is between Aisha Jummai Alhassan of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Darius Ishaku of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Taraba governorship was declared inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes totaling 127,125 were more than the 54,812 margin between the PDP candidate who polled 317,198 and the APC candidate who got 262,386 votes. [ info by a Citizen reporter ] ( Continues below..... )

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

11.00 am: Stakeholders in Abia State have call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the results of the governorship election in the state with immediate effect. They described the alleged inconclusive elections in the state as a ploy to rob Dr Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of his victory, noting that they would not fold their hands and watch the electorate's mandate stolen in broad day light. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

10.00 am: INEC Holds Run Off Election in Taraba On April 25 - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed April 25 for the run off of the Taraba governorship elections declared inconclusive. Fabian Yame, INEC Head of Public Affairs made this known to newsmen in Jalingo yesterday. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

10.00 am: INEC Declares Governorship Election in Taraba Inconclusive - Mohammed Kyari, INEC Returning Officer in the state made the announcement yesterday in Jalingo. Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 317,198 votes while Aisha Alhassan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 262,386 votes. According to Kyari, the election was declared inconclusive since the total number of cancelled votes which was 127,125 exceeded the marginal difference of 54,812 votes between the scores of the PDP and APC candidates. He said the re-run election between the two candidates would be held within 30 days in the areas where votes were cancelled. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

8.00 am: Wike wins Rivers State governorship election by landslide - Nyesom Wike of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 1,029,102 votes, while Dakuku Peterside, of All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 124,896 votes to place second. APC, which previously controlled the state described the result as “a rape of democracy” but PDP said it was a “a reflection of the people’s confidence” in them. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

Monday, April 13, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

10.00 am: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wins Abia. According to tally by Masterweb Special Reporter in Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won a total of 248,459 votes, trailed by Dr. Alex Oti of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) who came-in second with 165,406 votes. The two parties are still dragging the results at the time of this report. [ info by Masterweb Special Reporter ]

10.00 am: All Progressives Congress (APC) sweeps to victory in the governorship and House of Assembly elections. According to the results released yesterday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC so far won 18 states while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 9 states. The states won by APC include: Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Katsina, Adamawa, Jigawa, Kano, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Kaduna, Niger, Borno, Benue, Kwara, and Zamfara states. PDP won Enugu, Ebonyi, Rivers, Gombe, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Taraba, Plateau and Delta. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

Sunday, April 12, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

4.00 pm: The All Progressives Congress (APC) makes more gains in Saturday's governorship and state assembly elections by retaining Lagos State governorship in and clinched Kaduna and Katsina States currently controlled by PDP. Final results for 29 governorships and all 36 state assemblies are still being tallied. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

3.30 pm: Declaration of results of Abia governorship election stalemated following the reversal of the cancellation of results in three local government areas, namely: Osisioma, Obingwa and Isialangwa North by the Returning Officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba. The results were earlier canceled on the grounds of “incontrovertible evidence of violence’’ and reports from international observers. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

2.30 pm: Professor Ibidapo Obe, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer in Imo State declares the governorship election in Imo state inconclusive, due to the number of cancelled votes (144,715) in relation to the margin of win (79,529) by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Rochas Okorocha. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

Saturday, April 11, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

4.30 pm: Security operatives arrest INEC official with thumb printed ballot papers at Ajeromi, Lagos State. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

4.00 pm: Voting in Delta State generally peaceful - voting takes place place in Ethiope East LGA after failed attempt to hijack electoral materials. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

3.30 pm: Malam Nuhu Ribadu, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Adamawa says he would concede defeat if he loses. Ribadu made the statement shortly after casting his vote at Aliyu Mustafa polling unit in Yola State. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

2.45 pm: Rivers State Commissioner of Police confirms several gunmen invaded registration area center in Buguma around noon today shooting sporadically and triggering explosions using dynamite. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

2.15 pm: President-Elect General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) and his wife accredited in his hometown, Daura, Katsina. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

2.00 pm: Widespread abnormality reported in Warri in polling units in Jedo Okpe local govt. area. Mad woman disrupt voting insisting on being allowed to vote in Abiwan ward, polling unit 023, Ifo local government area, Ogun State. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

1.30 pm:Poor voters turnout in Bauchi statewide. At polling units are multiple political party agents (up to five) representing one party instead of one as was the case in the presidential election. Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and wife accredited by INEC officials at 1.00 pm at Unit 14, Ward 13, Ikwerre local government. Speaking to newsmen shortly before accreditation, Amaechi described the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state as a sham. He said the elections witnessed thuggery and hijack of election materials by hoodlums in most parts of the state. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

12.30 pm:Mr. Emeka Nworie , PDP Ishielu LGA Chairman and a young man shot dead in Ebonyi. Huge turnout of voters in Adamawa despite hazy weather. In some areas, INEC officials arrived as early as 7.oo am. Hundreds of displaced people of Michika and Madagali slept at INEC designated IDPs voting centers. Bala Ngilari, Adamawa State Governor lifts dusk to dawn curfew imposed in the state. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

12.15 pm:Dr. Alex Otti, governorship candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and wife accredited at Ward 5, Unit 17, Ehina-Gury, Umuru in Isiala-Ngwa Local Government Area. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

11.00 am: Voting starts in some polling units including Omi Primary School polling station in Delta State. Accreditation continues in other polling units. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

10.00 am: Over 50 soldiers surround home of Rivers PDP candidate, Nyesom Wike in Old GRA Area, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. New card reader delivered to Abiwan ward, polling unit 023, Ifo local government area, Ogun State. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

9.00 am: President Goodluck Jonathan calls on voters and all citizens to ensure peaceful election devoid of intimidation and harassment. “Mr. President reiterated his call for peaceful conduct during the election and he stressed the point about every stakeholder placing emphasis on national unity and stability. This was against the background of certain developments after the presidential and national assembly elections and in the lead up to the gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections,” Reuben Abati, spokesman for President Jonathan said in a press statement. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

8.30 am: Card Reader problem in Abiwan ward, polling unit 023, Ifo local government area, Ogun State. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

8.00 am: Accreditation commences in most polling stations. INEC officials arrive early at Jos North polling stations. Electoral agents and materials arrive as early as 7.30 am in some polling units in Farin Gada, Rock Haven and Alikazaure areas of Jos North. Atmosphere generally peaceful with minimal problems with card readers compared to the challenges experienced in the presidential election. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

6.00 am: Streets are empty across the country. Police and soldiers on patrol. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

Friday - April 10, 2015:
(1) Stringent security measures put in place in 31 out the country's 36 states that gubernatorial and state assembly elections will take place according to The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and police. A statement signed by Emmanuel Ojukwu, national police spokesman read: "The Inspector General of Police assures that adequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere. In this regard, policemen for election duty have been properly briefed on their roles as stipulated in the (Nigerian) Electoral Act."

(2) INEC postpones State House of Assembly election in 8 of the 24 constituencies in Bayelsa State to April 18. Baritor Kpagih, Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state said the election in the 8 constituencies was postponed by one week due to inadequate ballot papers.

(3) Friday at 7.00 pm an unidentified caller informs Masterweb News Desk that a new rector in one of the institutions of higher learning in Aba, Abia State gathered students in his house and was paying them to thumb print ballot papers. The caller refused to disclose the name of the rector nor the name of the institution.

(4) Friday at 9.00 pm another unidentified caller informed Masterweb News Desk that he was witnessing live, 6 buses full of people entering gate 1 of Umuana - Ndume, Ibeku in Abia State. He said villagers were worried and not happy with what was happening - strangers being brought into the community on the eve of state elections. [ info by Citizen & Nigerian reporters ]

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Nigerians casting their votes in a previous election

Photo Above: Nigerians casting their votes in a previous election.

Nigerians line-up to vote during election, while a cattle herder remains on his normadic job with his herd.

Photo Above: Nigerians line-up to vote during election, while a cattle herder remains on his normadic job with his herd.

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04/10/15

*Intersociety Writes ICC For The Arrest & Prosecution of Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos

By Intersociety

Our Ref: INTERSOC/SE/NG/01/04/015/ICC/Genocide/Int

Mrs. Fatou Bensouda
Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC)
The ICC Headquarters, Maanweg, 174
2516 AB, The Hague, The Netherlands

Dear Prosecutor,

A Call For Immediate Arrest & Prosecution Of Oba Rilwan Akiolu Of Lagos, The Governor Of Lagos State & The Inspector General Of Police Of Nigeria For Commission, Aiding & Abetting Of Crime of Incitement To Genocide Against The Igbo Ethnic Group In Lagos State Of Nigeria

(Democracy & Rights To Ethnic Existence, Onitsha Nigeria, 10th April 2015)-The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, Southeast Nigeria, humbly writes your locally and internationally respected office over the subject above referenced.

Introduction:

On 28th March 2015, Nigerians went to the poll to elect the new president and his vice as well as 360 members of its Federal House of Reps and 109 Senators. The second and final tranche of the country’s 2015 general polls will hold tomorrow being Saturday, 11th April 2015 to elect the country’s 58 out of its 72 State governors and their deputies as well as its 1,152 State legislators. Of these referenced polls, the presidential poll is the most crucial and controversial owing to sharp ethno-religious divisions among the country’s major ethno-religious groups particularly between largely Christian South and largely Muslim North.

Prior to these important polls, the electoral umpire called the Independent National Electoral Commission or INEC compromised its independence and impartiality. It rudely disregarded Nigeria’s ethno-religious composition and pluralism as it concerns the distribution of electronic voters’ cards to the registered voters in the country. The Commission skewed the electronic voters’ cards distribution in favour of Hausa-Fulani ethnic population and ensured widespread denial of other ethnic nationalities including Igbo, Southern and Northern ethnic minorities registered to vote, numbering 12.4 million, access to their electronic voters’ cards. The INEC, for reasons above, bluntly refused to allow them the use of alternative temporary voters’ cards.

The out-going President comes from the Southern minority tribe of Ijaw with Igbo ethnic group and other minority Southern and Northern Christian entities as his strongholds. At the end, 12.4 million registered voters dominated by the Igbo, Southern and Northern Ethnic Minorities were denied electronic voting cards, their alternatives and voting rights. In Lagos State alone, over 2 million registered voters dominated by the latter were denied electronic voting cards and rights by INEC. Further, during the referenced poll proper, there were widespread electronic voting card readers’ failures in most of the polling booths in the South-south and the Southeast geopolitical zones leading to late reversion to manual voting accreditation in some voting areas as well as late voting. Strict voting procedures like use of card readers and voting deadline were strictly applied in the South and relaxed in the North during the said voting.

The combination of the foregoing disenfranchised and excluded from voting millions of voters of the Igbo and other ethnic minorities. While the said millions of registered voters were denied or frustrated from voting in the South and other areas in the North populated by minority Christian communities; the electronic voting cards were not only lumped in the North in the hands of Hausa-Fulani Muslim registered voting population, but also millions of under-age children ranging from 8 years to 14 years were registered and accredited as voters by INEC.

The Nigeria’s present Constitution and its Electoral Act of 2010 prohibit citizens less than 18 years and above from being registered as voters as well as voting during elections. This stone-age conduct of INEC resurrected the age-long deep divisions and ethno-religious hatred among dominant Christian and Muslim populations in Nigeria leading to highly divisive and segregated voting that produced Mr. Muhammadu Buhari of the APC (All Progressives Congress) as the winner on account of demographically rigged and manipulated block votes from his Hausa-Fulani Muslim enclaves.

Incitement To Genocide & Crime Of Persecution:

Background:

Lagos State is a highly Cosmopolitan Island and Africa’s largest city with over fifteen million residents. Remotely, it was founded in 17th century by the defunct Benin Empire (1440-1897) which used it as a military outpost during the slave trade and pre colonial wars. Its first name was given by the erstwhile fiery Empire as “Eko” or war camp and in 1630, the Empire created the Obaship of Lagos and named one of its princes called “Prince Ado” as its first King or Oba. The area was later named “Lagos” or group of lakes or lagoons by first Portuguese settlers who also built the palace of the Oba of Lagos in 1705. It later became Nigeria’s second federal capital after the city of Calabar (Niger Coast Protectorate).

The area is surrounded by Yoruba speaking areas and Benin Republic and labeled a “Yoruba State” owing to dominance of assimilated and corrupted Yoruba and English Languages. The latter is called “pdigin English” derive from freed slaves and missionaries from Liberia, Sierra Leone and other Anglo regions. Of the State’s over fifteen million residents, Igbo natives constitute at least 40% or six million. The ancient Igbo natives also co-founded the Obaship of Lagos owing to their integration into the Benin Empire’s ruling class and ancient intellectualism such as adoption by the defunct Empire of Igbo’s four-market days, labeling, to mention but a few.

The Igbo ethnic group, apart from being one of Nigeria’s three major ethnic groups; is the most peaceful, accommodating and harmless ethnic group in Nigeria. The group constitutes about 70% of guest population in Nigeria followed by the Fulanis. It has both sedentary or home based and pastoralist or outside home based populations in the country. The Igbo ethnic group is also the most hated and endangered in Nigeria. In the case of the referenced genocidal remarks by the accused Oba of Lagos, it arose from the 28th March 2015 federal legislative poll in the State where five non indigenes including Igbo natives won five federal seats out of 24 seats federally allocated to the State. The out-going President also pulled a surprise to the likes of Oba Rilwan Akiolu by garnering 632,000 votes as against the APC and its Buhari’s 792,000 votes.

Further, in the 1953 anti Igbo Kano riot, thousands of the group’s natives were massacred. In 1966 anti Igbo pogrom in the North, the tribe lost up to 30,000 natives. In 1967-1970 civil war, over 2 million of its natives including men, women and children died from fighting and forced famine. Others are 1981 anti Igbo riots in Kano and Kaduna; the October 1991 anti Igbo killings and the 1995 Gideon Akaluka’s beheading/Igbo massacre in Kano; the Kano and Kaduna anti Igbo riots of 2000/2001; the Abuja and Jos riots of 2001; the 2002 Miss World riot; the 2008 and 2010 Jos riots; the 2009 Boko Haram uprising in the North; and the 2011 post election violence in the North. In these butcheries, tens of thousands of Igbo natives were targeted and slaughtered. As a matter of recent fact, out of at least 13,500 innocent citizens massacred by the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria between 2009 and 2014 (President Goodluck Jonathan, New York, USA , September 2014), at least 5,000 were Igbo natives living in the North.

Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s Genocidal Incitement:

On 6th April 2015, the Oba of Lagos, Retired Assistant Inspector General of Police Rilwan Akiolu, made the following genocidal speech against over 6 million Igbo natives in Lagos State of Nigeria:

''On Saturday, if anyone of you (Igbo resident) goes against Akinwunmi Ambode, who I picked, that is your end. If it does not happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me. By the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future. On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, Allah goes against my wish that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos State, the person is going to die inside this water (Lagoon). For the Igbo and others in Lagos, they should go where the Oba of Lagos heads to. When they were coming to the State, they did not come with all their houses. But now, they have properties in the State. So they must do my bidding. And that is the bidding of the ancestors of Lagos and God. I am not ready to beg you. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi (Agbaje) is my blood relation and I told him that he could never be governor in Lagos for now. The future belongs to God. I am not begging anybody, but what you people cannot do in Onitsha, Aba or anywhere you cannot do it here. If you vote against my candidate Ambode, Lagos will be hostile to you”.

Hours after the Oba’s genocidal speech was delivered publicly to the Igbo natives’ traditional representatives, the following hate message rented the air and sprang up in every nook and cranny of the referenced State as well as online and social media. The said hate message is as follows:

"Vote Ambode for Governor! Jim Agbaje is giving igbos power to dominate us in our land. He has promised them 4 Local Government Chairmanship positions and 3 Cabinet posts in his cabinet if the Igbos in Lagos support him to win. Can you imagine 5 Igbos have won House of Rep(s) election in Lagos State (?). Jimi Agbaje says when he wins, an Eze Ndigbo will (be) crowned and given the same status as Oba of Lagos. YORUBA E RONU, WE DON'T WANT TO LOOSE (LOSE) LAGOS STATE TO THE IGBOS, THE WAY WE LOST Ilorin, remember The Afonja story. The igbos claim that Lagos is no man's land, let's prove them wrong by voting APC on Saturday. VOTE Akinwunmi Ambode"

The Oba’s attempt to water down or deny the genocidal speech was rubbished by video and audio clips of the referenced speech. Oba Rilwan Akiolu is a first class Oba or Traditional Ruler in Lagos State and a public office appointee of the Government of Lagos with full paraphernalia of office including security detail, official cars, official aides and monthly government pay allowances. He is also a former senior officer of the Nigeria Police Force and its pensioner. The video clip or footage is hereby attached.

Aiding & Abetting By Government Of Lagos State & The Inspector General Of Police:

On account of legally and socially indisputable evidence in public domain and mounting public outcries over the issue, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman A. Abba was publicly called upon to investigate and prosecute the culprit, but the Police IG chose to make himself and his NPF an accomplice. He reacted as follows:

“Police cannot investigate Oba Akiolu because he has denied making the (genocidal) statement and that since the traditional ruler has denied the allegation, I am not in any position to state otherwise. I saw it in the media and I tried all my best to verify whether that statement was made and, so far, what I have been able to gather is the fact that the Oba himself denied it. And if the Oba denied it, who am I to say that he didn’t make it. However, if for any reason that becomes a subject of further efforts to confirm if he did it or not, I think we will leave that to the future. But for now, this is what I have.” There is a video clip confirming the IGP’s official reaction above. Our leadership publicly gave him 48Hrs to initiate moves at getting the errant Oba arrested and investigated but he chose otherwise. By the provisions of the ICC, he has aided and abetted. The said video clip is hereby attached.

The Governor of Lagos State and his Government also aided and abetted by refusing to make any bold and categorical public statement on the issue, which ought to include relieving the Oba of his traditional stool and revoking his certificate of office as well as recommending him for arrest and prosecution for conducts capable of breaching public peace, security and safety and other relevant criminal sanctions grounded in Nigeria’s municipal laws and international rights treaties entered into by the country. The State Government’s ruling party merely said “the Oba did not speak for the party, its national leaders and the Government of Lagos State” and that “his speech was a slip of tongue”.

Citations:

The crimes of Hate Speech and Incitement to Genocide are criminally prohibited and punishable under international law and rights treaties. State-Parties under International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR) of 1966 are enjoined in Article 20 (2) to prohibit hate speech (any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence). Nigeria became a State-Party to ICCPR in 1993. Incitement to Genocide is also a fundamental breach of international criminal law including the Genocide Convention of 1948, the ICCPR of 1966 and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court of 1998, which came into force in July 2002. Nigeria is a State-Party to all of them with its specific ratification of the Rome Statute of the ICC in 2001. As Madam Prosecutor is aware, the Crime of Incitement to Genocide is clearly provided for and defined by Article 25 (3) (e) of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

Also the conducts of the trio of Oba Rilwan Akiolu, the Governor/Government of Lagos State and the Inspector General of Police of Nigeria are a clear case of Persecution (intentional and severe deprivation of fundamental rights contrary to international law by reason of the identity of the group or collectivity). This is provided for and clearly defined by Article 7 (2) (g) of the ICC. Rights to vote conscientiously is a fundamental human right recognized by the Chapter Four of Nigeria’s Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights. Threat to make Lagos hostile for Igbo natives living in the State should they vote their traducers’ enemy candidate is also a clear case of Persecution frowned at by the international law.

Further, in case of Aiding & Abetting, it is grounded under the Jurisdiction & Admissibility of the Rome Statute of the ICC as well as other relevant provisions of the Court. It provides: “the Court has jurisdiction over individuals accused of these crimes including those directly responsible for committing the crimes as well as others who may be liable for the crimes for example by aiding, abetting or otherwise assisting in the commission of the crimes”.

The Principle of Complementarity, which invokes the jurisdiction of the Court on account of unwillingness and inability of the State-Party to investigate, prosecute and punish criminal suspects under the ICC mandate, is fully grounded in this case owing to the accused authorities’ refusal and unwillingness to the punish the first accused (Oba Akiolu). This is in accordance with Article 17 of the Statute establishing the Court. By Article 25 (3) of the Rome Statute of the ICC under Individual Criminal Responsibility, a person shall be held criminally responsible and liable for punishment for committing a crime within the jurisdiction of the Court if that person in respect of the crime of genocide directly and publicly incites others to commit genocide.

Calls:

It is globally agreed that the inherent dignity and equality of every individual is the foundational axiom of international human rights and law. Already, some individuals and groups with vested interests including the party supporters of the first accused (Oba Akiolu) have given the Oba’s genocidal public speech a lot of interpretations in order to water down its meaning in a misleading and deceitful manner. Some said “he drank”, “he spoke figuratively”, “he spoke in parable” and others said “he spoke out of anger”, etc. These sponsored excuses have no single bearing in the international crime being complained of. The traditional global elements of crime are well grounded in the referenced case.

The attached video clip also does not show any of these infantile and watery excuses in the referenced international criminal conduct. The Government of Lagos State, under which the first accused serves, has a notorious record of intolerance and anti ethnic rights policies and actions. In July 2013, in the hours of the blue law, it rounded 76 Igbo natives lawfully residing in the State and deported them to Anambra State and dumped them under a popular overhead bridge before cock crows.

In view of the foregoing therefore, we call for investigative and prosecutorial intervention by Madam Prosecutor and her Court. The first accused, who is supposed to be the custodian of peace, social harmony and values in his traditional domain has become a serial promoter and instigator of social disharmony and ethnic cleansing capable of erupting into genocide of uncontrollable proportions. The resolve of the second and third accused to aid and abet the genocidal conduct of the first accused is also shocking and deafening.

There are ominous signs all over Lagos State and environs that the lives, liberties and properties of over 6 millions Igbo natives in the State will indeed be perished in the lagoon particularly after the referenced polls unless Madam Prosecutor and her Court intervene urgently. The referenced genocidal speech is akin to operation nettoyer (operation clean up the Tutsis) used during the Rwandan Genocide of April to July 1994 that killed approximately one million people. Interestingly, the Nigeria’s version under reference is coming in the same month the world is marking 21 years of the Rwandan Genocide. As our tribute to the Rwandan fallen heroes and heroines of its 1994 Genocide, we hereby dedicate this anti genocidal clarion call in memory of the sad episode of 1994.

Madam Prosecutor is grandly urged to punish the accused so as to serve as enough deterrence to others. Besides, Igbo natives in Nigeria, having become endangered species in their own country; should be internationally protected at all times. Despite winning the presidential poll under controversial circumstances, the jubilant Hausa-Fulani youths in the North still resorted to killing and maiming of Igbo native residents in the area for not joining them in saying “Sai Buhari!” (sort of “Buhari is great”). In considering our criminal complaint against the accused, Madam Prosecutor is also prayed to consider other criminal sanctions against them in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute establishing the Court.

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In January, President Jonathan, Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) and nine other presidential aspirants signed peace deal to respect the outcome of a credible poll and urge their supporters to do the same. National Peace Committee for the 2015 General Elections chaired by ex-military head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar brokered the deal referred to as “Abuja Accord”. Jonathan and Buhari renewed the peace accord late March before the elections. This was the promise Jonathan kept by conceding defeat and calling on his supporters to accept the election results and refrain from violence. Ministers did not pressure him into what he had promised to do under the Abuja Accord.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

9.00 am: President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari congratulates outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power. “President Jonathan was a worthy opponent and I extend the hand of fellowship to him,” Buhari said in a press statement. [ info by a Citizen reporter ] ( Continues below..... )

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

7.00 pm: General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) Becomes New President, Defeats Goodluck Jonathan - INEC has declared him winner of the presidential election. With anger swelling over corruption, inequality and a devastating Islamist insurgency in the nation’s north, Nigerians massively voted him. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

5.00 pm: President Jonathan congratulates General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate by telephone conceding defeat and in a press statement urged his supporters to accept the results. Figures yet to be confirmed put the total votes received by Buhari at 15.4 million and that of Jonathan at 13.3 million. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

2.00 pm: All Progressives Congress (APC) Claims Victory - Opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) declares victory for its candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) today. "This is the first time in Nigeria that a sitting government will be voted out of power using purely democratic means," APC spokesman Lai Mohammed told newsmen. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

1.00 pm: Reuters poll tally collated from 33 of Nigeria's 36 states shows General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) leading with more than 14 million votes with Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan trailing with 11 million votes as counting of votes draws to an end. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

11.00 am: The Board of Editors for ThisDay Newspapers Declares Buhari Winner - The following is ThisDay Newspapers Press Release => "With the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announcing collated results for the presidential election from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, and having analysed the state and local government areas' results in the possession of THISDAY reporters from around the country, The Board of Editors of THISDAY calls this presidential elections in favour of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. THISDAY Newspapers can comfortably project that Buhari has won the 2015 presidential election. While both Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan have satisfied the constitutionally required 1/3 in 24 states, General Buhari's current majority is unassailable by any results still to be declared. We congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan for giving Nigeria the legacy of free and fair elections and urge him to immediately concede. We congratulate General Buhari for a hard won victory after four attempts at the presidency, and urge him to not only be magnanimous in victory but give Jonathan's supporters - especially the minorities - comfort. The Editors of THISDAY urge all Nigerians that the the time for healing has begun. [ info by ThisDay Newspapers report ]

10.00 am: A provisional Reuters tally collated from 31 of Nigeria's 36 states gives Buhari 13 million votes and President Jonathan 10.5 million votes. It is still possible that the election results could change since 5 states were not included in the Reuters provisional tally. *Note that this is not INEC official results but a Reuters provisional tally and remains unofficial. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

1.00 am: Vote counting stopped just before midnight Monday with Jonathan winning 9 states and Abuja (Federal Capital Territory) to Buhari's nine states. This gives a total of 18 states and Abuja (FCT)counted. In terms of total accumulation of votes, Buhari had significant lead over Jonathan - Buhar: 8,520,436 votes and Jonathan: 6,488,210 votes. INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega announced that vote counting of the remaining 18 states will commence Tuesday at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT). [ info by Masterweb reporter ]

Monday, March 30, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

3.00 pm: BSO tells security agencies to Arrest Fani-Kayode - Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) tells security agencies to arrest Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, Director - Media, Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation for announcing unofficial results. The call was made by Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, BSO Director - Media and Information, today in Abuja at a news conference. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

2.00 pm: U.S. and U.K. warn of efforts to manipulate (rig) results of Nigeria elections over the weekend. "We have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process -- where the votes are finally counted -- may be subject to deliberate political interference," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a joint statement. INEC flatly rejected the accusation. "There is absolutely no basis for that at all. There is no interference at all. We are about to start the collation process. We have no evidence of political interference," INEC spokesman, Kayode Idowu countered in a press statement. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

1.00 pm: Buhari wins his home state of Katsina by landslide. The returning officer for Katsina State, Prof Jibrin Amin who announced the result today said Buhari polled 1,345,441 votes, while Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 98,937 votes. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

11.30 am: Governors Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and T. A. Orji of Abia State win senate seats. Akpabio will represent Akwa Ibom north east senatorial district while Orji represents Abia central senatorial zone. Akpabio polled a total of 422,009 votes ahead of Inibehe Okorie, candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) who got 15,152 votes . Orji polled 46,070 votes ahead of Ahamdi Nweke of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) who got 10,204 votes. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

10.00 am: General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd.), Presidential Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) wins by landslide his polling unit in Sakin Yara “A”, Kofar Baru 3 in Daura local government of Katsina State. Buhari polled 499 votes out of total votes cast while Jonathan got nothing; 3 votes were voided. In National Assembly elections, APC got 478 for senate, PDP 18 and People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) 3 votes while 3 votes were nullified. In House of Representatives election, APC amassed 500 votes while PDP and APGA got 1 vote each. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

9.45 am: Results from Nigeria's elections, the closest contest since the end of military rule in 1999 are to soon start trickling in, according to sources, however INEC says it expects to announce the first batch of results of the presidential poll on Tuesday. [ info by Masterweb reporter ]

8.00 am: Femi Fani Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity of PDP Presi­dential Campaign Organisa­tion (PDPPCO) says President Jonathan was leading with vic­tory in 23 states. Kayode accused APC of posting fake results using phony social media and noted that only INEC enjoys the statutory mandate to re­lease election results. He said President Jonathan was leading in the Southern part of the country and core North on information from PDP party agents. The ex-aviation minister said the motive of APC of posting fake results, was to precipitate violence once INEC declares President Jonathan winner of the election. In Kayode's words: “ The re­ports that we are getting from the field is that our candidate is doing very well in the south and north central and that we are making very strong inroads into various states in the core north. As we speak now, we are winning in 23 states and we have 64 percent, while the APC is winning in 14 states and has 36 percent. “These results are subject to confirmation by the Independent National Elec­toral Commission. However, we are certain of what we are saying because we have in­formation from our agents in every polling unit nationwide. No one must test our will by attempting to change these results and the APC should desist from pushing this nation to the brink of fire, chaos and destruction with their dirty lies and propaganda. The motive for the lies and disinformation of the APC is to create high expecta­tions for their supporters, so that when the real results come out and they are announced by INEC, and when those real results do not tally with the fake results that the APC had told their agents and friends to release, they will begin to run riot, create havoc and kill people. This is irresponsible and dangerous and we hereby warn the APC and their agents in the media to stop spreading falsehood and telling danger­ous lies. We also call on the security agencies to be vigilant because when the truth of their defeat finally dawns on them, the APC and Buhari will not take it very lightly. We should all patiently wait for INEC to release the official results of all the elec­tions and until then, we call on our supporters and party mem­bers to hold their heads up high, to remain confident and strong and to hold their peace.” [ info by Masterweb reporter ]

7.30 pm: PDP Rejects Results In 7 States - The national leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected results from seven states namely: Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi where underage voters were allowed to cast votes, a development they say was contrary to the provision of the Electoral Act. They also added that voting took place late in the night in the affected states. Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the party today at a press briefing said: “In Kano and some of these states in the North, majority of voters were under-age. Voting also took place in the night and you know that in the night rigging can take place. We have completed our reports from Kano State chapter.” [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

6.30 am: Stage seems set for a change of leadership in Nigeria with results of the presidential polls indicating Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) is in comfortable lead in three of the country’s six geo-political zones. The zones include the two largest ones – North West and South West. Buhari also polled more votes than his arch-rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, in North East zone. The incumbent president clinched the South South and the South East. Both candidates have shared the spoils in North Central zone with Buhari winning in Kogi, Kwara and Niger states while Jonathan won Nasarawa, Plateau and Benue. From results trickling in from the collation centres, the former military head of state has emerged the preferred choice of the people in the presidential poll. “There is no doubt the race has been won and lost and that Gen Buhari has won,” a source at the INEC office confided in LEADERSHIP. [ info by Leadership Newspaper reporters ]

Sunday, March 29, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

7.00 pm: Collation of results from the 36 states of Nigeria is to begin at noon, Monday, March 30, Professor Attahiru Jega, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman announced today. “Please, be wary of declaration from people who are clearly partisan. We will declare results when it has been collated from the states,” Attahiru Jega said. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

5.00 pm: Buhari leading Jonathan in Oyo State. Oyo breakdown are as follows: [Oyo West: APC-16,431; PDP-5,381] [Atisbo: APC-9,090; PDP-6,392] [Saki East: APC-7,208; PDP-5,368] [Iwajowa: APC-8,715; PDP-7, 389] [Ona Ara: APC-12,291; PDP-7,175] [Ibarapa East: APC-10,482; PDP 7,009] [Atiba: APC-16,755; PDP-6,443] [Oluyole: APC-19,642; PDP-6,956] [Ido: APC-17,235; PDP-6,538] [Kajola: APC-14,538; PDP-11,045] [Afijio: APC-8,001; PDP-5,738] [Orelope: APC-9,425; PDP-5,384] [Irepo: APC-10,380; PDP-4,979] [Itesiwaju: APC-7,257, PDP-7,605] [Iseyin: APC-24,075; PDP-10,569] [Oyo East: APC-17,105; PDP-6,326] [Orire: APC-10,161; PDP-13,238] [Saki West: APC-25,965; PDP-7,008] [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

3.45 pm: Buhari so far leading Jonathan in Kogi State. In 11 out of the state's 21 local governments counted, Buhari has 109,827 votes and Jonathan 84,555. Results from the remainder 10 local governments are being awaited. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

2.30 pm: Buhari leading in Ogun, Borno and Lagos States. With 13 local council results declared in Ogun State, Buhari got total votes of 179,160 and Jonathan has 112,080. Buhari led in 9 out of the 13 local councils. Buhari is leading in 10 local government areas of Borno State. The results for the two leading parties (APC & PDP) were as follows: [Abadam LGA: - APC 2657; PDP – 70] [Kala Balge LGA: APC 1766; PDP 98] [Askira-Uba LGA: APC 5220; PDP 1308] [Kaga LGA: - APC 6133; PDP 202] [Mafa LGA: APC 7,140; PDP 178] [Marte LGA: APC 4262; PDP 242] [Ngala Local LGA: APC 2,764; PDP 241] [Nganzai LGA: - APC 3,521; PDP 211] [Kukawa LGA: - APC 5662; PDP 230] [Mobbar LGA: - APC 4487; PDP 108] Early results in Lagos indicate Buhari leading Jonathan. [ info by Citizen reporters ]

11.45 am: President Goodluck Jonathan wins 14 local governments of Ekiti State. Results from 2 local governments are yet to be released. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

10.30 am: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declares Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary elections that started on Saturday “largely peaceful” and orderly. He condemned attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants and others that attempted to disrupt the election and was “encouraged by the determination and resilience shown by the Nigerian people in pressing forward and exercising their civic duties in the face of unjustifiable violence,” his office said in an email press statement. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

10.000 am: "In Kaduna central senatorial zone APC Beats PDP massively. Result from polling unit 002, Shaba Ward 1, Kaduna North LGA are as follows: [President: APC = 311 PDP = 33 PPA = 1 Void = 2] - [Senate: APC = 294 PDP = 44 Void = 1] - [House of Representatives: APC = 272 PDP = 63 Void = 6]" -Lukman Yakubu [ info by Masterweb site commentator ]

8.00 am: Voting continues in some parts of Nigeria after technical hitches during Saturday's presidential/national assembly elections. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

Saturday, March 28, 2015 ( Scroll down for Earlier Updates )

11.30 pm: Prof. Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman speaks live on ChannelsTv saying he was satisfied with election process so far. He regrets problems with use of the card reader, explaining the rationale behind creating an addendum to the electoral guidelines. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

10.45 pm: "On all of idowu martins polling units Victorial Island Lagos, it's been Buhari and APC Rep & Senatorial aspirants winning." -Graham O. [ info by Masterweb site commentator ]

9.30 pm: "At Amuwo Odofin, unit 20 at chemist bus stop, Marwa road, Ijegun, Satellie town, Lagos, President Jonathan had 154 votes and Buhari had 10 votes, 5 votes were voided. Senate candidate for PDP had 161 while that of APC had 8. House of Rep, PDP 154, APC 10." -Ndubuisi Okafor [ info by Masterweb site commentator ]

9.00 pm: "There were no elections in almost all parts of Rivers State particularly in Emuohua Local Government Area. INEC officials came without the original result sheets there, when they could not provide the result sheets voters rejected the process and INEC officials left." -Freddie [ info by Masterweb site commentator ]

8.45 pm: Soldiers reportedly surround house of Danjuma Goje, Ex-governor of Gombe State. Speaking live on ChannelsTv via telephone he said: “They have blocked the street leading to the house and no one can go out.” No explanation has been given so far for the action of the soldiers. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

7.45 pm: Results of presidential election in Polling Unit 022 at presidential villa, Abuja gave General Muhammadu Buhari, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate victory over President Goodluck Jonathan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flag-bearer with 93 votes. Buhari got 334 votes while Jonathan had 241 votes. All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) came in third with 45 votes and Labour Party 11 votes. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

7.00 pm: General Muhammadu Buhari(rtd.), All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate and the party’s House of Representatives Candidate in Ikorodu, Babajimi Benson took early lead in some parts of Ikorodu Division. 90% of 100 callers to Masterweb Reports said they voted for Buhari - this sample is not representative of Nigerian voters, but statistics to closely watch. Vote counting continues in polling units in several states. Reports confirm that in Abia State, accreditation and voting were peaceful. [ info by a Citizen & Masterweb reporters ]

5.45 pm: Elections in Akai Efa, Calabar, Cross River State very peaceful from beginning to end. Vote counting begins in polling units in some states. [ info by a Nigerian reporter ]

5.30 pm: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) restores hacked website, cleans it of virus. INEC resorts to manual accreditation in cases where card readers have issues. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

4.45 pm: "There is no election at Obio Akpor LGA Ward 15, Unit 1, Rumuosi Town as the boys are throwing bottles and the Police are shooting sporadically into the air. This was a resultant of the INEC Officials not coming with the Result Sheets hence the Youth ordered the stoppage of the Accredtation which began so late. Hence No Election in Unit 1, 2, 3, and 4." -Ephraimite [ info by Masterweb site commentator ]

4.20 pm: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) restores hacked website, cleans it of virus. INEC resorts to manual accreditation in cases where card readers have issues. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

4.00 pm: Elections in parts of the country extended to Sunday by INEC after delays and a number of violent attacks. Over 7 people were killed Saturday morning by suspected fleeing members of Boko Haram who had invaded Shole village in Nafada LGA of Gombe State and pursued by Nigerian army. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

3.30 pm: European Union Chief Election Observer in Nigeria, Mr. Santiago Fisas describes the accreditation process as slow. Yomi Ademola, PDP member killed by suspected APC thugs in Ikirun, Ifelodun LGA, Osun State. [ info by Citizen reporters ]

3.00 pm: Starts raining in Ikeja, Lagos Island, and other parts of Lagos State but voters defy downpour and stayed in queue to cast their votes. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

2.30 pm: Voters reject use of incident form as alternative means of accreditation at polling units 009/008 Alakija, Lagos. Card reader could not be accessed as password was not available at polling unit Rugar kuka 2 box 012- Danmaliki- Kumbotso, Kano State [ info by Citizen reporters ]

2.00 pm: Accreditation still going on at ward 3,PU 003 in Daura, Katsina State where All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammad Buhari will vote. Many people are still in queue. There are reportedly 724 registered voters in the unit. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

1.30 pm: Accreditation yet to start at polling unit 24/13/07/053 in Lagos as Card Reader malfunctioned and was taken in for repairs with no replacement. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

1.00 pm: Most major streets in Abuja and Lagos deserted as soldiers patrol cities with vehicles and at checkpoints check identity of pedestrians and search boots of cars. A man identified as Ozoemena Odenta by police in Ikwo Division, Ebonyi State for distributing stolen PVCs in Ekawoke ward. Odenta was accused to have stolen over 300 cards from INEC during the last distribution exercise and resurfaced on election day to distribute them to loyalists. [ info by Citizen/Nigerian reporters ]

12.30 pm: Card reader fails to capture biometrics of Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang and his wife. Addressing journalists after failure to authenticate him Jang said "I am disappointed in the process, since the card reader can reject the number one citizen of the state." [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

12.15 pm: No trace of INEC officials at Lugbe King of Kings secondary school and Katampe II polling unit Mpape Bwari, Abuja. Police officers maintain order in most polling stations and soldiers absent as ordered by the court. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

11.30 am: The Transitional Monitoring Group make posting on Facebook that across Nigeria, 68% of polling units had opened by 11.30 local time (10:30 GMT). [ info by Citizen reporters ]

11.00 am: INEC staff arrive polling unit 006 at Area 2 Shopping Complex, Abuja to begin accreditation. Accreditation yet to commence at Kwalli polling unit, Kankarofi ward, Kano municipal, Kano as INEC officials were not on site. [ info by Citizen reporters ]

10.30 am: Lots of complaints from many polling units around the country of card readers not working properly. Several callers from Aba, Abia State say many people in Aba were turned back from accreditation due to non-functional card readers; according to the callers some people were accredited manually in some of the polling units where INEC claim card readers were not working properly. Accreditation yet to commence at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Egbo Uruagu, Nnewi Anambra State. [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

10.00 am: No sign of INEC officials at the polling units in Agege area of Lagos State. Soldiers barricade Abuja-Kuje road blocking journalists and observers trying to enter town. 10.17 am: Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo accredited at Ward 11, Unit 22, Olusomi Compound Polling Centre at Oke - Sokori, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Military helicopters hovered above voters queuing at a polling stations in Maiduguri, the former headquarters of Boko Haram, [ info by Nigerian reporters ]

9.45 am: House of Reps election postponed in Ethiope East and West Constituencies in Delta State due to insufficient ballot papers. At Polling Unit 003c, 003A and 003B, 003, Oluyole Extension Ibadan, Oyo State there is only one policewoman stationed with no soldiers visible. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

9.00 - 9.40 am: (9.10 am: General Muhammadu Buhari and his wife are accredited in his hometown, Daura, Katsina. They are due to return at 13:00 local time (12:00 GMT) to cast their votes. 9.35 am: President Jonathan and wife Dame Patience are accredited at an Otuoke polling station in Bayelsa after several card readers failed to capture their biometrics; Jonathan speaking to press joked: "Maybe it's me? If I can endure, you see my sweat?" and called for public patience saying he was not worried about technical glitches. "It's the first time we are using this technology, PVCs (permanent voters card), card readers," Jonathan added. Jonathan and his wife will return at 1.00 pm local time to cast their votes. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

8.30 am: INEC commences accreditation of registered voters at most polling booths. Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari's (ex-Niger Delta militant) voter card rejected by the electronic card reader at his polling station in Rivers State. [ info by a Citizen reporter ]

7.30 am: Voters start queuing up at polling units across the country awaiting INEC's accreditation. [ info by a Masterweb reporter ]

6.30 am: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) website taken over hackers and infected with virus. A group calling itself the Nigeria Cyber Army placed a message on the site warning Nigeria Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) not to rig the elections. [ info by a Masterweb Cyber Patrol Bureau ]

Friday Night - March 27, 2015: Boko Haram militants kill at least 25 people in attack on remote northeast village of Buratai in Borno State. They torched houses fatally shooting those who fled before reportedly beheading some of the bodies with chainsaws. At least 14 people were killed in separate attacks by the radical Islamist group in the towns of Biri and Dukku in Gombe State; the victims included a legislator. INEC postpone House of Rep elections in eleven federal constituencies in Jigawa State due to insufficient supply of election materials such as ballot papers and result sheets. The postponement does not include presidential and senate elections in the consituencies. The affected constituencies are Dutse/Kiyawa, Ringim/ Taura, HadeJia/Kafin Hausa/Auyo, Jahun Miga, Gumel/Maigatari/Sule tankarkar/ Gagarawa, Kaugama/Malam-madori, Gwaram, Babura/Garki, Birnin Kudu/Buji, Birniwa/Guri/Kirikasamma and Kazaure/Roni/Gwiwa/Yankwashi. [ info by Nigerian reporter ]

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Huge crowd trail Buhari during a campaign rally

Photo Above: Huge crowd trail Buhari during a 2011 campaign rally - displaying "Power to the people" sign which is part of PMM logo (photo insert).

Goodluck Jonathan waves to the crowd on arrival at a campaign rally in Kano

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan waves to the crowd on arrival at a campaign rally in Kano, northern Nigeria, March 16, 2011.

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