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Photos: Fresh Protest Erupts In Abuja Over Presidential Election

Following the dissatisfaction of some electorate in the presidential election in Nigeria, protests rocked the Nigerian capital city, Abuja, on Tuesday against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that angry voters objected to the alleged discrepancies in the election results signed by party agents against what was uploaded at INEC portal. The protesters, who are mostly youths, took over the Unity Fountain.

The demonstrators besieged the Unity Fountain with placards bearing various inscriptions, such as “We stand for Justice, we fight for a new Nigeria,” “President Buhari keep your promise,” “Democracy not INECcracy” who owns Nigeria? The people,’”. They called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “save Nigeria from collapsing”.

Speaking at the protest ground, Convener of the demonstration, Moses Ogidi Paul of Yell-Out Nigeria decried the failure of INEC in the just-concluded presidential election. Ogidi said it is not too late for INEC to redeem its image. He said although Nigerians had great appetite for democracy and were keen to engage in various civic activities, their expectations were dashed.

According to him, the apathy recorded at the governorship and states House of Assembly elections conducted last Saturday was a clear consequence of failures by political elites and “unfortunately, INEC.”


Source: Politics Nigeria



Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Paul Grant dies at 56 after collapsing in public

An actor who appeared in the Star Wars and Harry Potter films has died. Paul Grant, who played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi and a goblin in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was found collapsed outside King’s Cross station in London.

The 56-year-old’s daughter, Sophie Jayne Grant, confirmed his death to Sky News, saying: “I’m heartbroken… No girl deserves their dad to be taken away… He was so well known and loved [for his work]. He’s gone too soon.” Mr Grant was pronounced dead at 3.49am this morning, but had been declared brain dead before that following his collapse.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to reports of an incident at St Pancras Station, Euston Road. “We sent an ambulance crew and a medic in a response car. We treated a man at the scene and took him to hospital as a priority.”

Mr Grant is survived by his girlfriend Maria, his two daughters and one son as well as his stepchildren and grandchildren. As well as Star Wars and Harry Potter, Grant also appeared in the 1988 film Willow and the cult classic Labyrinth alongside David Bowie in 1986.


Source: Linda Ikeji