(ABUJA, Nigeria.) JUST IN: Election Day: Nigerians finally get to vote in an election that will have to address power shortages, corruption, security threats, and a sluggish economy but just before polling began its reported several blasts and gunfire after Boko Haram promised disruption in its home town of Borno and suspected Islamist militants attacked the town of Geidam, forcing people to flee, the Reuters news agency reported #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.23: Nigerians are finally going to the polls for the country’s general election following a last-minute postponement of the vote a week ago: The main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, is the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, 72………Whoever wins will have to address power shortages, corruption, security threats, and a sluggish economy………..Voting began at 08:00 (07:00 GMT) and polls are due to close at 14:00 (13:00)………President Buhari cast his ballot in his hometown of Daura in the northern state of Katsina. Asked if he would congratulate his rival if he lost, he said: “I will congratulate myself.”

About two hours before polls were due to open on Saturday, residents of the town of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state in the country’s north-east reported hearing several blasts and gunfire…………..State police said in a statement that there was no threat to public safety. “The gunfire were not targeted at members of the public but was for security purposes,” the statement said.

Borno is the birthplace of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which had said it planned to disrupt the elections: In the north-eastern state of Yobe, suspected Islamist militants attacked the town of Geidam, forcing people to flee, the Reuters news agency reported https://t.me/reuters_news/73442

The initial vote was rescheduled in a dramatic press conference in the early hours of Saturday 16 February, just five hours before polls were due to have opened.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku AbubakarAFP
President Muhammadu Buhari (l) is expected to face a strong challenge from Atiku Abubakar (r)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) has given several reasons for the delay, including attempted sabotage and logistical issues such as bad weather and problems with delivering the ballot papers: Inec has said that everything is in place for the poll to take place this time round.

The candidate with the most votes is declared the winner in the first round, as long as that person gains at least 25% of the votes in two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states: There are 73 registered candidates in the presidential election, but campaigning has been dominated by the two political giants and the established party machines behind them.

Ballot paper for Nigerian presidential election 2019AFP
The ballot paper has to be extra long in order to fit on all 73 presidential candidates

The president’s All Progressives Congress (APC) has promised to take the country to the “next level”, arguing that in his first four-year term Mr Buhari has done a lot of “foundational work” that may not be immediately obvious: Mr Abubakar and his People’s Democratic Party have pledged “to get Nigeria working again”, saying that the president has wasted the last four years……………Both men are from the mainly Muslim north of the country. While they are in their 70s, more than half of Nigeria’s 84 million registered voters are under 35.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer but corruption and a failure to invest the proceeds from the industry have hampered development in the country: It slipped into a recession in 2016 and a slow recovery has meant that not enough jobs have been created to cope with the large number of young people coming into the employment market. Currently nearly a quarter of the working age population is unemployed.

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Election in numbers

  • 73 million have voter’s cards
  • 51% of the electorate under the age of 35
  • 73 registered presidential candidates
  • 120,000 polling stations
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Mr Buhari has quelled a militant Islamist rebellion in the north-east of the country, but Boko Haram remains active. There has also been an upsurge in violence in the country’s Middle Belt as traditional herders and more settled farmers have clashed: Up until 1999 Nigeria was governed by either short-lived civilian administrations or military rulers. But this year marks 20 years since the return of democracy.Mr Buhari was elected in 2015 – the first time an opposition candidate had defeated an incumbent to become president.

#AceNewsDesk report………………Published: 23: 2019: Full coverage: Nigeria’s 2019 vote
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(MANHATTAN, NYC.) NYPD APPEAL: Officers are searching for a man suspected of attempted rape of a 51-yr-old woman in her apartment she threw coffee in his face and ran screaming for help and the suspect ran off #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.22: Police are searching for a man accused of following a 51-year-old woman home and then trying to sexually assault her Thursday in Manhattan: It happened in broad daylight around 9:50 a.m. near Seaman Avenue and Academy Street in the Inwood neighbourhood: Police are searching for this man, after they say he attempted to rape a 51-yr-old woman inside the entrance to her Inwood apartment building.
They say she threw a cup of coffee in his face and got away @CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/LVS3FhYBq5 — Natalie Duddridge (@CityNatalie) February 22, 2019

Police said the suspect followed the victim into her building and then tried to pull her pants down: The woman fought back, throwing her coffee in his face and screaming for help: The suspect took off heading north on Seaman Ave.


(Credit: NYPD)
Police said they’re searching for a Hispanic man, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, 250 pounds with a beard, mustache and glasses: He was last seen wearing a black knit cap, black and gray hooded jacket, black sweater, black sweatpants and blue and white sneakers.Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: February.22: 2019: 

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(CARACAS, Venezuela.) LATEST: Venezuelan military keeps the Venezuela-Brazil border closed. People shout “You are killing us with hunger” We’re not beggars,” he said. “What the U.S. empire is doing with its puppets is an internal provocation Santa Elena de Uairen in Bolivar #Venezuela as Maduro rewards in $’s for wrecking humanitarian aid transport – #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.22: At least one civilian was killed and several were injured in the southern Venezuelan town of Kumarakapay near the border with Brazil after troops opened fire there, indigenous community leaders and victims’ relatives told Reuters: Venezuelan military keeps the Venezuela-Brazil border closed. People shout “You are killing us with hunger” “We’re not beggars,” he said. “What the U.S. empire is doing with its puppets is an internal provocation…………………..They wanted to generate a great national commotion, but they didn’t achieve it.”…………Santa Elena de Uairen in Bolivar #Venezuela The picture is said, Maduro rewards: grab the key, about the humanitarian aid transport vehicle, grab the key reward $1,000, puncture the tire reward 800 dollars

Several indigenous Venezuelans suffered gunshot wounds early on Friday after confronting government security forces in an area close to the Brazilian border, doctors and relatives told a Reuters witness at the medical center where they were being treated: Some members of the indigenous community in that area have previously expressed their support for the opposition’s plans to bring in foreign aid this weekend despite the objection of President Nicolas Maduro

The national guardsmen in anti-riot gear positioned a trailer truck in front of a tunnel, blocking the highway westward: A shouting match and scuffle ensured, with the guardsmen firing tear cag before the lawmakers eventually forced their way through and resumed their journey.

The truck is part of a cross-country caravan led by Guiado for the border with Colombia, where much of the U.S.-supplied aid is warehoused: Guaido has called for thousands of ordinary Venezuelans to assemble at the Colombian border on Saturday to help bring the aid across.

The clash came as Maduro announced Thursday plans to close the vast, jungle border with Brazil a day after he blocked air and sea travel between Venezuela and the nearby Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, where the first cargo of relief supplies arrived earlier that day.

The clash came as Maduro announced Thursday plans to close the vast, jungle border with Brazil a day after he blocked air and sea travel between Venezuela and the nearby Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, where the first cargo of relief supplies arrived earlier that day. (Reuters)

The clash came as Maduro announced Thursday plans to close the vast, jungle border with Brazil a day after he blocked air and sea travel between Venezuela and the nearby Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, where the first cargo of relief supplies arrived earlier that day: Maduro said he was also weighing whether to shut the border with Colombia, where the bulk of aid is being stockpiled and exiled leaders have been gathering ahead of a fundraising concert Friday organised by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, in which several major Latin American pop artists will perform.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..https://t.me/liveuamap/5434 Published: February.22: 2019: US SAYS IT WILL DELIVER AID BLOCKED BY VENEZUELA, SETTING UP CONFRONTATION WITH MADURO REGIME

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(CHICAGO, Illinois.) Court Report: Jussie Smollet mobbed as he leaves court in Chicago following bond hearing after he had been indicted Wednesday on charges of filing a false police report which earlier had officially declared the ‘Empire’ star a suspect in the hate crime hoax: Attorneys say there are no plans for him to meet with Chicago detectives Monday for a follow-up interview about his reported assault #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.22: Anne Kavanagh is a spokeswoman for Smollett’s lawyers. She says in an emailed statement that his lawyers “will keep an active dialogue with Chicago police on his behalf.”Smollett reported last month that he was physically attacked by two men who yelled homophobic and racial slurs: He said they also yelled he was in “MAGA Country,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.Police said Saturday that the investigation had “shifted” after detectives questioned two brothers about the attack and released them without charges. Police say they’ve requested a follow-up interview with Smollett.Smollett’s lawyers say the actor feels “victimized” by reports that he played a role in the assault.

‘Jussie Smollett indicted in ‘racist & homophobic attack’ hoax ‘

Published time: 21 Feb, 2019 01:46 Edited time: 21 Feb, 2019 08:20

Chicago police announced Smollett’s indictment on Wednesday night following a grand jury hearing in which the two Nigerian brothers, who had previously been detained as suspects in the “hate crime,” testified, along with detectives: Filing a false report is a class 4 felony in Illinois, carrying a minimum prison term of one year.

The indictment came less than a day after police officially named Smollett as a suspect in his own “hate crime” and nearly a week after his shocking story of being beaten by two Trump-slogan- and racial-slur-shouting white men began unraveling.

A video obtained by reporters on Wednesday shows Olabingo and Abimbola Osundairo, the Nigerian brothers who allegedly helped Smollett stage the attack, casually purchasing ski masks, gloves, and other items similar to those Smollett claimed were used in the assault: The brothers reportedly told investigators Smollett paid them to stage the attack because a hoax letter he had sent to himself at the ‘Empire’ studios the week before had failed to generate attention. The letter included a drawing of a stick figure hanging from a tree next to a gun and featured letters cut from magazines as well as the Trump slogan “MAGA” written in red marker.

Smollett continues to deny he played any role in a staged attack, and Fox, which airs Empire, has stood by the actor, despite reports they have cut several but not all of his planned scenes in an episode currently in production.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Politicians jump ship as Jussie Smollett hate hoax sinks amid revelations: MOMENTS AGO: Jussie Smollet mobbed as he leaves court in Chicago following bond hearing. https://t.co/A3CjR97O3a Published: February 21, 2019 at 11:59AM

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(LONDON) MET Wildlife Crime Unit Court Report: Woman who imported and illegally sold fashion accessories in products which were subsequently discovered for sale at three London shops; two in Mayfair and one in Bexley heath made of ‘ Python Skin ‘ through her online company: She was sentenced to carryout 160h rs unpaid work within the next 2yrs #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.22: Stephanie Scolaro, 26 (05.02.1992) of Curzon Street, W1 was sentenced to a Community Order at Southwark Crown Court on Monday, 21 January. She must carry out 160 hours of unpaid work within the next two years: Scolaro previously pleaded guilty to the offences relating to the illegal import and sale of python skin at the same court on Friday, 14 December: The court heard how on Monday, 7 November 2016 a parcel was seized at Leipzig Airport by German Customs Officers containing ten python skin hats and two bags………………The parcel was intended to be sent to Scolaro at her parents address in Mayfair.


Python skin hats

Officers from the Met’s Wildlife Crime Unit were alerted to the incident by UK Border Force and an investigation commenced: Enquiries established that Scolaro operated an online company named ‘SS-Python.com‘ selling python skin hats, bags, chokers and mobile phone covers………………..On Wednesday, 8 March 2017 officers attended an address in Baker Street where Scolaro had been living and seized a further five hats……….As a result, Scolaro attended a police station where she was voluntarily interviewed in relation to the illegal import/sale of python skin items………….Her products were subsequently discovered for sale at three London shops; two in Mayfair and one in Bexleyheath. The owners of these businesses were made aware and the products were seized…………………….On Thursday, 11 October 2018 Scolaro was charged with two counts of importing goods with the intention to evade prohibition and four counts of keeping for sale specimens of species imported / acquired unlawfully.

Detective Constable Sarah Bailey, from the Met’s Wildlife Crime Unit, said: “Pythons are one of many species protected under CITES*, an international treaty to protect endangered plants and animals [Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.] “Any trade outside of the legal framework could threaten the conservation status of the remaining wild population and contribute to its decline in the wild………”We will continue to enforce the regulations in place and work to protect these species when offences are discovered………………”This is a fine example of multiple agencies, comprising the Met, UK Border Force, Animal and Plant Health Agency and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee working together toward a common goal.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: February.22: 2019:

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(LONDON) MET PartnershipPlus Scheme: To allow ‘ Local Authorities ‘ to Purchase officers to police local areas and focus on local issues they say: But is this one step further to ‘ Private Police Forces ‘ for those area of the U.K. that can afford which can only lead to ‘ No GO Areas ‘ controlled by ‘ gangs that will haunt the streets of major cities #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.22: Editor says this report from the MET that highlights the change from April from the existing MetPatrolPlus that allowed ‘ Buy One Get One Free ‘ scheme leading to this newly announced PartnershipPlus scheme allowing local authorities that can afford it o purchase officers to patrol their areas and as l am sure will eventually be seen leaving ‘ No GO Areas in certain parts of the Britain to those gangs that will control them …. this is just another step of privatisation of services #AceNewsDesk says

MET REPORT: From April, PartnershipPlus will replace the existing MetPatrolPlus scheme. It will see Met officers working with communities and partners to tackle crime that affects local areas, such as anti-social behaviour.: Officers will be available to purchase at a reduced rate, rather than on the current ‘buy one, get one free’ scheme: These officers will be directed to focus on the range of demands the Met faces, including violent crime.

Assistant Commissioner for Frontline Policing Mark Simmons, said: “For many years the Metropolitan Police has worked in partnership with local partners to help keep their neighbourhoods safe. We are committed to continuing to doing so in a flexible way that will also allow us to also focus on our core priorities like violence and safeguarding.”

Local authorities have been written to, inviting them to register their interest and to seek views on the provision of officers: The purchased officers will be in addition to the local command unit workforce and will be a dedicated resource for the local authority. They will be ring-fenced from normal Met duties such as policing of football matches or local events, allowing them to concentrate on policing issues that are important to local communities. They may, however, be used by the Met on high demand days for public order issues or in case of emergency.

The Met is recruiting police officers now. If you think you could play a part in making London a safer place, visit our website to find out how you could start your career in policing.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: February.22:2019:

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(HAVANA, Cuba.) Cubans go to the polls Sunday to ratify a Communist Party-proposed overhaul of the island ’s 1976 Magna Carta that institutes modest economic changes while maintaining the one-party system: In 1976 97.7 percent of 5.6 million registered voters in favor, and just 54,000 voting no. Most analysts exp ect the new version to pass by a lesser margin among today’s 8 million registered voters #AceNewsDes k reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.21: For the first time since the 1959 Revolution, as #YoVotoSi (I vote yes) and #YoVotoNo Cuban voters on Sunday may express significant dissent, when they go to the polls to ratify a new constitution that institutes modest economic changes while maintaining the one-party system: Opposition to the new charter could reach a quarter of the vote, one Cuban analyst said, a major increase from the low single digits of past votes.

A woman passes by a screen displaying images promoting the vote for “yes” for the constitutional referendum, in Havana, Cuba, February 5, 2019. Picture taken on February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

The new document introduces important changes to Cuba’s Cold War era constitution, recognising private property for the first time, as well as the role of foreign investment and the Internet: While it confirms centralized economic planning, the charter introduces presidential term limits, adds a prime minister and restructures local government. It also enshrines fundamental principles such as the right to legal representation upon arrest and habeas corpus.

The current constitution was approved in 1976 with 97.7 percent of 5.6 million registered voters in favor, and just 54,000 voting no: Most analysts expect the new version to pass by a lesser margin among today’s 8 million registered voters.

“We can only overcome tyranny if everyone who wants a free and democratic Cuba gives full support … I vote no,” tweeted Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, some of whose members have suffered temporary detentions and raids on their homes in the lead up to the referendum:

Some Cubans, while expressing regret that reforms do not go further, say they will vote for the new charter: Alejandro Hernandez, a 54-year-old skilled tradesman in Havana, said the proposals were sufficient to garner his support: That does not mean I agree with everything: For example, the top figure of the country, the president, should be elected by the people, not the National Assembly,” Hernandez said.

A clause allowing gay marriage by defining the institution as between persons, not a man and woman, provoked so much opposition that the new constitution contains no reference to marriage: Its framers in fact removed a previous reference to marriage, effectively kicking the issue down the road for possible inclusion in a future family code……………A growing evangelical movement, which boasts hundreds of thousands of ardent followers, campaigned against the measure and has not been appeased.

“I am voting `no` because taking out that marriage is between a man and a woman opens the door in the future to something that goes against our beliefs and the Bible,” said Ruben, a Baptist pastor in Havana, requesting his last name not be used.

The Catholic Church took a similar position in a four-point critique read from pulpits: It also took issue with the document’s ideological bent, denial of access to media and education, and the specification that foreigners, but not Cubans, could invest…………“Affirming as an absolute that ‘only in socialism and communism the person reaches his full dignity’ is totally unacceptable,” Monsignor Jose Felix Perez, secretary of the Cuban Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said of the proposal’s preamble.

Explainer: What is old and new in Cuba’s proposed constitution

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Reuters News Reporting by Marc Frank; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Steve Orlofsky Published: February.21: 2019: Hash tags such as #YoVotoSi (I vote yes) and #YoVotoNo (I vote no) compete for space on Twitter.

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