The Late 5: You have to sweat and work for a living, no more handouts – Buhari tells Nigerian youth; Diesel-laden tanker explodes in Oshodi | Other top stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation today:

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday flagged off his re-election campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom where he promised to improve on the war on corruption and insecurity, as well as build the economy in the interest of the people.

Speaking to a large crowd of supporters who turned out for the South-South rally, the president who said that a lot of people have been arrested and investigated and a lot of money and property recovered from them, added that on assumption of office, Boko Haram who was holding 17 local governments in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, no longer holds any local local government today but have resorted to suicide attack and other methods which he assured Nigerians he would soon stop.

Boasting that the country was already enjoying some sorts of food security as it had drastically reduced its imports, he said “I assure you that you will not regret trusting us. We are going to secure this country, we are going to manage it properly. We are going to stop corruption, so you better sweat and work for a living because there is no more handouts.

A Diesel-laden tanker on Friday exploded at the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, around Biogas Industries, in the nation’s economic capital, Lagos.

As reported by Vanguard, while the cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertainedan eyewitness said the 4000-litre tanker filled with diesel was heading towards the Mile 2 area before it got flamed up, consequently causing gridlock within the axis before it was eventually contained by the officers of the Nigerian Police Force.

Nigeria’s apex electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has introduced an application to enable the Nigerian electorate act as election observers and report live from their polling units, with a bid  to address the new challenge of vote buying which characterised the recent governorship elections in some states.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Board of The Electoral Institute, Mustapha Leeky, who disclosed this on Thursday while declaring open a workshop on electoral security training in Abuja, said the app was developed to address the new challenge of vote buying which characterised the recent governorship elections in some states, adding the commission had introduced a number of measures to ensure that vote buying does not interfere with the electoral process in 2019.

“It is geo-reference, so we know exactly where that issue is taking place and we can easily draw the attention of police or other security agencies to make sure that the matter is actually addressed. “It allows every Nigerian to be an observer and a reporter of events as it happens. This, you can download freely, and have it on your smart phones. So, you can take pictures, you can also take a short video and send it to us,” he explained.

The Police on Friday laid a siege to the residence of the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye as witnesses in the area told Premium Times that at least 10 officers forcibly entered the building, while 10 others, including at least 10 plainclothes officers, were manning outside.

The Senator who confirmed the development in a series of tweets on his Twitter account, alleged that the operatives beat his security personnel to stupor, hand cuffed him and put him in a truck, adding that he officers tried planting guns in his cars within the premises.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has however condemned the development in a statement alleging that “the invasion is part of the larger machination by the Buhari Presidency to use state apparatus of power, particularly the police under IGP Idris to harass, intimidate and clamp down on opposition members in a bid to create fear and subjugate the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.”

The Nigerian Army on Friday debunked reports that Boko Haram terrorists had taken over Baga town in Borno.

Speaking on the development at a news conference in Maiduguri, the Army’s Chief of Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, said “Baga town is not in the hands of the Boko Haram. They contested it but they lost the contest.’’ 

“They terrorised the town and attacked the Headquarters of the 7 Brigade of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) at about 7 p.m. on Wednesday,’’ he explained.

And stories from around the world:

United States President, Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the border with Mexico over illegal immigration if Congress fails to fund his proposed wall.

“Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border,” the US president tweeted after nearly a week of deadlock in Washington over the federal budget. (BBC)

Russai and Britain have reached an agreement to return some staff to their respective embassies after they expelled dozens of diplomats early this year, the Russian embassy said on Friday. (Reuters)

Sudanese police have fired tear gas and stun grenades on hundreds of protesters in several cities, including the capital Khartoum, as opposition groups urged for more anti-government protests.

The protests, which entered their 10th day on Friday, were staged after the weekly prayers in some areas of Khartoum, its twin city Omdurman, Port Sudan, Atbara and Madani, witnesses said. (Al Jazeera)

Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday and while both pledged to deepen ties, there was no announcement as some anticipated of Brazil moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia’s new foreign minister struck a note of defiance Friday in the face of international outrage over critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, rejecting the kingdom was in crisis and his predecessor had been demoted. (AFP)

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