Kogi West: 52.3% voters endorse Melaye’s recall

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Dino Melaye
  • Algerian troops seize 1.4 tons of drugs near Moroccan border

A total number of 188,588 voters, representing 52.3 percent of the total number of registered voters in Kogi West senatorial district have approved the recall of Senator Dino Melaye from the Senate.

The Special Adviser to the state governor on political affairs, Mr Pius Kolawole announced this on Monday in Lokoja while addressing party members from the district.

He said that the collation of signatures of voters to that effect was carried out successfully on June 17.

Kolawole commended voters in the district for turning out en masse for the exercise, saying that Section 69 of the 1999 constitution backed their action.

“In 2015, we voted for Dino and now we are using the same method to return him home,” he said.

Announcing the result of the collation, the Returning Officer, Mr Adamu Yusuf said that 188,588 out of the 360,098 in the senatorial district endowed Melaye’s recall.

While giving the breakdown of the result per the seven local governments in the district, Yusuf said that 18, 374 of the total number of 35,331 registered voters in Yagba East approved the recall.

Others are 9, 186, out of 18,356 voters in Mopa-Muro local government, 24, 703 out of 46, 810 voters in Yagba West, 63,736 out of 116,296 in Lokoja Local Government and 24,283 out of 46,819 in Ijumu Local Government.

In Kabba/Bunu Local Government, 28,277 out of 60, 520 voters endorsed the recall, while 24,703 out of 46,810 voters in Kogi Local Government voted for the move to recall Melaye.

According to Yusuf, with this, the next move is to submit the document to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the next action.

In the meantime, the Algerian Defense Ministry said on Monday that army troops managed to seize some 1.4 tons of drugs in two separate operations conducted both in western border of the country.

The source said army troops deployed in the westernmost area of the country, near the border with Morocco intercepted a drug dealer on Sunday, in the border locality of Beni Ounif, in the province of Bechar, southwest of Algeria.

The drug dealer was carrying a load of 1.25 tons of narcotics, added the source.

The other operation was carried out in coordination with security forces and border guards in northwest of Tlemcen province, near the border with Morocco, as three drug traffickers were arrested carrying 144 kg weed.

These operations are part of border protection and the fight against organised crime, the source noted.

Earlier, the Defense Ministry said army troops seized more than half a ton of drugs in the provinces of Tlemcen and Oran, western Algeria.

Western border remains the most drug traffickers’ targeted region, as Algeria has been forced to deploy more troops along its closed-border with Morocco, to thwart drug smuggling attempts.

Additional report from Citizen

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