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Two notorious kidnappers – Igwe Sunday, 28; and Chukwuemeka Bright, 21 – who were fleeing with their victim, were on Wednesday arrested by the police in Lagos.

They were arrested with their victim, Mildred Mbajiorgu, at about 9:43pm at Elemoro, Ajah, Lagos State.

The tight security network put in place by the Command Commissioner, Edgal Imohimi, was said to have done the magic as the Divisional Police Officer of Elemoro, SP Mohammed Shehu Limawa, tapped into it to get the suspects arrested.

According to Limawa, he received a distress call from a lady who told him she heard the voice of a woman crying for help in a dark blue Gulf 3 car.

She also gave the registration number of the car as KRD 845 EC.

The DPO quickly alerted one of the anti-crime patrol teams along the route taken by the kidnappers and instructed the policemen to slow down traffic to about 20km per hour.

The hoodlums ran into the gridlock and were arrested by the policemen who were waiting for them.

The victim was rescued and taken to the hospital to treat the injury inflicted on her forehead by the dare devils using the butt of a locally made pistol.

Meanwhile, Sunday and Bright along with the locally made pistol recovered from them have been handed over to operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigation.

The Commissioner of Police warns criminals and would be criminals that Lagos is too hot for them.

He further stated that they should learn from the fate of those who had had tried his resolve to rid Lagos off criminals.

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BREAKING: APC Releases Approved Mode Of Primaries For 36 States, FCT

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The All Progressives Congress has released the approved mode of primaries for each of its 36 states chapters and the Federal Capital Territory.

The mode of primaries was contained in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Tuesday, which also banned the Adamawa State Executive Committee of the party from conducting the elections.

It accused the state executive of bias in respect of a governorship candidate.

Contrary to the earlier directive of the party that direct primaries must be used for all levels of election ahead of the 2019 elections, some state governors kicked against it.

At a meeting last week between the governors on the platform of the Progressives Governors Forum, led by the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, and the leadership of the party, headed by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the party soft-pedalled on its earlier position.

In the statement by the party on Tuesday, Nabena said the National Working Committee of the APC approved the mode of primaries for the September 29, 2018 governorship primary elections scheduled to hold across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

ABIA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

ADAMAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

AKWA IBOM: DIRECT PRIMARIES

ANAMBRA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

BAUCHI: DIRECT PRIMARIES

BAYELSA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

BENUE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

BORNO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

CROSS RIVER: DIRECT PRIMARIES

DELTA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

EBONYI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

ENUGU: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

EDO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

EKITI: DIRECT PRIMARIES

GOMBE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

IMO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

JIGAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KADUNA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KANO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

KASTINA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KEBBI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KOGI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KWARA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

LAGOS: DIRECT PRIMARIES

NASARAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

NIGER: DIRECT PRIMARIES

OGUN: DIRECT PRIMARIES

ONDO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

OSUN: DIRECT PRIMARIES

OYO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

PLATEAU: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

RIVERS: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

SOKOTO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

TARABA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

YOBE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

ZAMFARA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

FCT: DIRECT PRIMARIES.

Nabena added: “The National Working Committee (NWC) has banned the Adamawa State Working Committee from participating either as delegates or superintendents over the governorship primaries holding in the State.

“This is due to the fact that the Adamawa State Working Committee was prejudiced in favour of a governorship aspirant.”

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Osun 2019: Omisore ‘Agrees’ To Work With PDP, Adeleke

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The Senate President and the Peoples Democratic Party’s Chairman, campaign council for the Osun State governorship election, Bukola Saraki has disclosed that the 2018 Osun governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore has agreed to work with the PDP and its governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke in the rerun election billed for Thursday, 27th September 2018.

Saraki disclosed this after he met with Omisore in Ile-Ife.

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared the governorship election in Osun state “inconclusive” after a thin margin between scores for two main contenders.

Rerun elections slated for September 27 in Osun are to hold in seven polling unit across four local government areas.

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Lagos APC: Go Test Your Popularity At The Primaries, GAC Tells Ambode, Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) has urged governorship aspirants in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to go and test their popularity in the party primary.

Briefing journalists, at the APC state Secretariat, on Acme Road, yesterday, on the official stance of the 22-man GAC, who met last Saturday, Dr. Abayomi Finnih, in company with Professor Tunde Samuel affirmed that the council, unanimously, adopted direct primaries to pick APC candidates, including for the governorship contest.

GAC, the highest decision-making organ of the party, is headed by the APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Finnih assured that there will be level-playing field among the three aspirants jostling for the governorship ticket of the party.

The governorship aspirants are the incumbent, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Managing Director of the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and former commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Femi Hamzat.

The council had, after last Saturday’s meeting at Tinubu’s Bourdillion, Ikoyi residence, insisted on the direct primary for all governorship aspirants slated for the September, 29 primaries.

The APC leader, who spoke on behalf of the council, assured that all necessary machinery has been put in place to ensure a peaceful, free and fair exercise.

“It is not Tinubu’s affair as it is being peddled around in the social media and some quarters. The GAC has no preferred candidates among the aspirants. It is not about Tinubu, it is a collective decision. We resolved to provide a level-playing ground for the contenders without fair or favour.

Meanwhile, Sanwo-Olu, has reached out to the former Lagos State governor and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

Sanwo-Olu is also discussing with the camp of the factional APC chairman in the state, Fuad Oki. He was said to have, in the past, met with the former APC legal adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire and other critical shareholders of the party.

Sanwo-Olu was represented by the Director General of his campaign organisation, Tayo Ayinde, during the meeting with Oki.

Sources close to Sanwo-Olu said: “Our principal’s meeting with Fashola held on the phone, for several minutes, during which the duo expressed mutual understanding particularly as the former worked under the latter as commissioner…”

In a related development, the APC national leadership has, for the fourth time, shifted the presidential primary from Thursday, September 27 to Friday, September 28.

President Muhammadu Buhari is the party’s only known aspirant for the 2019 presidential poll.

The ruling party had initially fixed September 26 as the date to conduct the direct primary but later shifted to September 25, then Thursday, September 27, before the latest date was announced in a statement by acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.

He, however, hinged the reason for the latest postponement on a clash of dates with the Osun governorship election re-run, which holds on Thursday.

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