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INEC confirms Dapo Abiodun of Ogun as governor-elect



Dapo Abiodun

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun has been confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the 9th March election and also declared the governor-elect.

In the official result announced on Sunday night, Abiodun polled 241, 670 votes, the highest number of votes in the election to defeat Adekunle Akinlade, governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) who scored 222,153. Abiodun won with a margin of 19,517 votes.

The APC candidate won in 11 of the 20 local government areas (LGAs), APM had six LGAs, Action Democratic Congress (2) while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won just one LGA.

ADC coming third in the election with 110,422. PDP candidate, Buruji Kashamu got 70,290 votes.

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Two Nigerian authors shortlisted for 2019 Caine Prize



Tochukwu Okafor and Lesley Arimah

Two Nigerians have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing.

They are Lesley Arimah for ‘skinned’ and Tochukwu Okafor for ‘All our lives’.

The Caine Prize is an annual literary award for the best original short story by an African writer, whether in Africa or elsewhere, published in the English language.

The winner of this year’s £10,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony at SOAS University of London in July. Each shortlisted writer will also receive £500.

The shortlisted stories will be printed by the UK’s New Internationalist in a special publication to mark the 20th anniversary of the prize, and through co-publishers in 16 African countries.

Their stories will also be printed by new internationalist in a special publication to mark the twentieth Caine Prize award dinner. It will be achieved through co-publishers in 16 African countries that have received a print-ready PDF free of charge.

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#PoliceBrutality: Days after police killed 20-years of woman, family seeks justice



Adaobi Ojide killed by Lagos police officer

The family of Adaobi Ifeanyi who was shot dead by a police officer has urged the authorities to ensure that justice is done in the handling of the matter.

The deceased’s elder brother spoke during a condolence visit by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, said a similar fate befell the family in 2008.

According to him, a family member was killed by Chinese officials for an unknown offense.

Ifeanyi, who hailed from Umuleri in Anambra State, was survived by four siblings.

Her younger sister, Deborah, described the deceased as “someone no family would ever want to lose.” She said it is the reason is why the family is grieving over her death.

“She was an easygoing and jovial person, everyone in the neighborhood knew her. She kept to her word. If Ada promised to do or buy you something, she definitely would.

“I was not allowed to see her in the hospital she was taken to,” she added, sadly.

Ifeanyi, 20, was fatally shot by police officers early Saturday morning while reportedly returning from a night club with her male friend.

She died on the way to the hospital while her friend, Emmanuel Akomafuwa, 32, is still receiving treatment for the injuries he sustained from the shooting.

On Sunday, the police said they had arrested five officers involved in the incident while one of them escaped after the incident.

While condoling with the deceased’s family, the Commissioner assured that justice would be done.

“As I was leaving the office this evening, the trial of all the five officers has been concluded, including the one that ran away, he was tried in absentia, they will all receive punishments.”

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Mz J4zzie celebrates 25th birthday to mark success in music



UK-based Afro-rap artist, Mz J4zzie, on Wednesday said that her 25th birthday party was to mark her successes in the music and fashion industry.

Jasmine Remi-Olori known as Mz J4zzie, who is the Chief Executive Officer of R-I Records and self-acclaimed Nigeria’s Afro-rap queen, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone that she was grateful to God, her family, and friends for all her achievements.

She could only show my appreciation with the grand-style celebration.

“I am very happy and excited for how far I have come, in my business as an artist and in my fashion empire.

“For the achievements, I have recorded so far, I just want to express how grateful I am to God and to the people around me.

“It was a grand party which I celebrated with my friends and my family and I am glad I did what I did because I love to make a statement in everything I do,” she said.

Mz J4zzie promised that R-I Records would continue to produce good music and add positive values to the entertainment and fashion industry.

The “Shutdown” and “Sho Ready” crooner booked a hummer limo at a grand hotel in London on March 22 to mark her 25th birthday on March 18.

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