The Late 5: INEC to meet ASUU; Obasanjo asks Igbos to be wary of APC | Other top stories

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The Nigeria Police Force. through its Spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood disclosed that it had arrested 12 suspects in connection with the kidnapping of twin sisters in Dauran Village in Zurmi Local Government Area, Zamfara.

The suspects are, Nafiu Usman, 28; gang leader, Farouk Usman; Alhaji Ibrahim; Ibrahim Ibrahim; Kabiru Usman, 30; Salisu Wadata; Shehu Mohammed; Bala Garba, 60 and Awal Jibrin, 41, among others.

One of the three who contested for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa in October, Nuhu Ribadu has handed over his campaign offices, vehicles and other items in his campaign structure for the reelection campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ribadu who lost the Adamawa APC governorship ticket to incumbent Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow, announced the turning over of his campaign structure Monday afternoon at his Yola campaign office which has been re-branded as Buhari/Osinbanjo for Continuity 2019.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in his New Year message, has promised to ensure “free, fair and credible” elections in 2019.

He said, “…The dawn of a New Year is also a time to look forward. To consider new prospects, unfold our plans, and prepare for landmark dates and events.

“2019 will be an election year for us. In about two months, the polls are due, and we will elect leaders into various offices, at national and state levels.

“As I welcome you into 2019, I also reiterate my many promises and declarations that the general elections will be free, fair and credible.

“Elections need not be do or die affair, and we should not approach that eventuality in a democracy with trepidation and mortal fear…”

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has advised the Igbos to be wary of the promise of the APC government to hand over power to them in 2023, noting that it was dangerous to take the APC government seriously, Vanguard reports.

Obasanjo stated this during a stakeholders meeting held at the residence of a former minister of aviation, Mbazuluke Amechi in Ukpor Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra on Saturday.

The former president was reportedly reacting to a statement credited to the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, who said that President Buhari will hand over power to an Igbo person in 2023 and urged Ndigbo to embrace the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decided to hold a meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) on January 4, ahead of the 2019 polls.

The national president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi said the major reason for the meeting is for the union to assist the electoral body in the forthcoming election.

The meeting, according to the electoral body, will be limited to the involvement of their members in the 2019 general elections.

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