In today’s edition of Nigeria in Brief: Sanwo-Olu commissions Lagos Blue Rail Line, Obi leads in fresh Anap Poll, Saraki cautions DSS against dabbling into politics, INEC laments fresh attack in Imo State
Lagos 250,000 capacity Blue Rail Line ready for operation
The Lagos Blue Rail Line has been completed and ready to begin operations. The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, confirmed this yesterday when he led his officials to a test ride on the Blue Rail Line which took off at the National Theatre Station to the Marina Station. Recall that the construction of the Rail Line started during the administration of the former governor of Lagos, Babatunde Raji Fashola, in 2010. Meanwhile, speaking after the test ride, Sanwo-Olu said the Rail Line construction was a part of the former governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s grand master plan for the transport sector in Lagos. He said the train will serve 250,000 passengers daily.
Peter Obi takes the lead, others follow
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, has scored another victory lap, as a fresh poll conducted in December shows he is ahead of the other three presidential candidate. A new poll conducted by NOI Polls Limited and commissioned by Anap Foundation showed Peter Obi of Labour Party leading Atiku Abubakar (PDP), Bola Tinubu (APC), and Rabui kawankwaso (ANPP) for the second time since the last poll in September. In the Poll, Peter Obi score 23%, Bola Tinubu 13%, Atiku Abubakar 10%, and Kwankwaso 2%.
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Saraki warns DSS against dancing naked in public
The former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has warned security forces in Nigeria not to be used by desperate politicians in the 2023 elections. Saraki, who was reacting to the recent suit by the DSS to arrest the apex bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, over an allegation that he was financing terrorism, said desperate politicians will try to hijack security apparatuses in the country for their selfish purposes. The Former governor noted that it is suspicious that the DSS’s suit is coming at a time the CBN governor introduced stringent regulatory policies that would affect those who have stockpiled money for vote-buying in the 2023 elections.
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INEC office attacked again in Imo State
The Independent National Electoral Commission has stated that unidentified hoodlums attacked its office in Imo State on Tuesday. This is the fourth attack on the commission’s facilities in the state within the past one month. The commission noted with sadness the incident and stated that critical equipment have been moved to another facility for safekeeping. The INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, said the hoodlums vandalized the windows, and burglary proofs were removed. He assured voters that uncollected PVCs and ballot boxes have been moved to a secured facility.