Nigeria Court Bars Military from Deploying Around Polling Stations: Lawyer

first_img(Reuters) – The Nigerian federal high court in Lagos has barred the military from deploying around polling stations during March 28 national elections, the lawyer for the parliamentarian who brought the case said on Tuesday.Opposition leader Femi Gbajabiamila had argued that any such deployment would violate the constitution, lawyer Ijeoma Njemanze said, amid opposition fears that soldiers could be used to intimidate voters.The ruling, made on Monday by Justice Ibrahim Buba, does not affect troops already dispatched to northeast Nigeria, where they are needed to battle an Islamist insurgency, she added.The tight election pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. It was meant to take place on Feb. 14, but was delayed by six weeks because the military said it could not guarantee security, especially in the northeast, where Islamists have waged a six-year insurgency.Jonathan is seeking a second elected term, in the closest-fought election since the end of military rule in 1999.If the military deploys despite the court order, the opposition is likely to use that fact to dispute the result should it lose the parliamentary and presidential ballot.The military’s role in the electoral process, including pressing for the vote to be delayed, has alarmed some Nigerians, reminding them of the bad old days of dictatorship, which included the annulment of a 1993 vote by a military government.The case was brought after an outcry over the heavy deployment of troops in southwestern Ekiti and Osun states last year. Reports in the press alleged that soldiers had conspired to intimidate voters and rig a by-election in Ekiti — a charge the military and ruling party declined to deny or confirm.Electoral officials said on Tuesday about 82 percent of Nigerian voters had collected the cards they need to present at polling stations to take part in Saturday’s election, leaving 18 percent of registered voters disenfranchised.After the decision to postpone the vote from February, there has been a concerted push against Boko Haram militants, especially by neighbors Chad and Niger, chasing them out of much of the territory they had previously controlled.There had been fears that millions of Nigerians in areas affected by the insurgency, including a million internal refugees, would be unable to vote.“Wherever it is safe and people have resumed normal life, we will conduct elections,” election commission head Attahiru Jega said. “We’ve also got arrangements to conduct elections for internally displaced persons. We have designated centers … where IDPs will be able to vote.”The commission said about 56.7 million voter cards had been collected by Nigerians. Jega said distribution had now ceased, apart from a handful of cards that had just been produced and would be handed out in the next few days.last_img read more

Three Injured After Thursday Morning Crash

first_imgThree people were hospitalized on Thursday after an early morning crash in Milan.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office said 19-year-old Dylan Swain, of Aurora, was driving south on County Road 800 near SR 350 when his vehicle entered into the path of oncoming traffic.A second vehicle driven by James Ashcraft, 50, of Milan was traveling westbound on State Road 350. His SUV was struck on the driver’s side door by the vehicle Swain was driving.Ashcraft was transported by ambulance to Dearborn County Hospital. He was later transferred to University of Cincinnati Hospital for his injuries.No word on his current condition.Swain was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extracted. He was sent to Margaret Mary Health, then later to University of Cincinnati Hospital for potential life threatening injuries.Kori Ranshaw, 19, Milan, was a passenger in the vehicle Swain was driving. Ranshaw, who is six months pregnant, had minor injuries and was transported to Margaret Mary Health.“All occupants were wearing seatbels at the time of the crash,” noted Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills.The crash remains under investigation.last_img read more

Cricket News Kuldeep Yadav surges to second in ICC Twenty20 International rankings

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Kuldeep Yadav has surged to second spot in the latest International Cricket Council rankings for Twenty20 Internationals. Kuldeep was the only bowler who escaped punishment in the Hamilton Twenty20 International against New Zealand by taking the wickets of Colin Munro (72) and Tim Seifert (43) to finish with figures of 2/26 from four overs. India lost a high-scoring thriller by four runs to lose a three-match Twenty20 International for the first time. New Zealand prolonged their pain in the shortest format as they won their eighth encounter against India in 11 games. Kuldeep’s great show in the Twenty20 International in Hamilton continued his good form in New Zealand where he was impressive in the ODIs.In the first two games in Napier and Bay Oval, Kuldeep finished with figures of 4/39 and 4/45 as India won an ODI series in New Zealand for the first time since 2009. Kuldeep is the only Indian bowler in the top 10 of the Twenty20 International rankings and he is behind Afghanistan sensation Rashid Khan.Kuldeep’s spin bowling partner Yuzvendra Chahal after an indifferent series against New Zealand, dropped six places to be 17th while Bhuvneshwar Kumar maintained his 18th rank. In the batsmen’s list, Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma swapped three places with compatriot KL Rahul, who didn’t feature in the recently-concluded series.  The batting chart is headed by talented Pakistani batsman Babar Azam while Rohit Sharma is in seventh. Rohit, who captained the side for the last two ODIs and in the Twenty20 International series, recently became the leading run-getter in T20Is. During the Auckland clash, he smashed his 16th fifty and became only the third player after Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle to hit 100 sixes in this format. Azam, on the other hand, recently became the fastest to 1000 runs in T20Is and in the series against South Africa, he top-scored with 90 but Pakistan still managed to lose the series 1-2 to the Proteas.India will now play two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia in Vizag and Bangalore on February 24 and February 27. After the end of the two-match series, India will play five ODIs which will be their last international assignment before the 2019 World Cup which will be held in England on May 31. Rohit Sharma is currently in seventh in the list for batsmen.Kuldeep Yadav took two four-wicket hauls in New Zealand.India have not yet won a T20I series in New Zealand. highlightslast_img read more

Silvi Uattara rebounds from Friday performance to help lead Syracuse to win over Clemson

first_imgSilvi Uattara stood on the sideline, watching as her team lasted five sets against Georgia Tech on Friday night. Wearing a zipped-up warmup jacket, she was idle for over two hours as her teammates won a bounce-back conference game.Uattara, a senior, was far from her best on Friday, spending most of the game on the bench.The outside hitter mustered just three kills, zero blocks, and .091 hitting percentage. Her only in-game action was in the first set.“If you’re going to look at (her) numbers, the numbers weren’t really good,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said Friday night after the game.He likened volleyball to a test. Players have the ability to prepare, but if they aren’t ready for the test, they shouldn’t take it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday, Uattara wasn’t ready for the test, he said. She said she was mentally out of the game, and couldn’t find her play through the first set.Averaging 2.8 kills per set and a .233 hitting percentage thus far in the 2015 season, Friday’s game was her worst of the season in terms of both.Sunday’s game against Clemson (5-19, 0-12 Atlantic Coast ) was different.Uattara led the Orange (17-6, 8-4 ACC) with 17 kills, posting her 11th double-digit kill performance of the season. The senior powered the Orange to a 3-1 rout of the Tigers at the SU Women’s Building on Sunday afternoon, a complete juxtaposition to the game Friday night.“On Friday, I wasn’t as mentally ready as I was today,” Uattara said after Sunday’s game, “(Being mentally ready) doesn’t seem like a lot, but it actually is.”After playing just one set Friday night, the senior saw action in each of the four sets Sunday afternoon. Her resounding kills echoed throughout the gymnasium, and cheerful embraces from her teammates followed every point.“(Uattara) was more confident (today), and her hits were so much more powerful,” freshman middle blocker Santita Ebangwese said, “She was placing them really nicely; she was just fantastic.”In the fourth set, after a Tiger comeback in the third that could have turned the tide of the game, Uattara settled in, assisting on two blocks and contributing three kills. Syracuse ended the set and won the match.Though her back is still bothering her, the senior was in her usual form on Sunday. She called for sets on almost every play, and found gaps in Clemson’s blocking line, recording a .452 hitting percentage.Uattara has been a valuable asset to the SU side all season. She is third on the team in kills with 241, and with the postseason quickly approaching, SU’s success often hinges on hers.“She’s a crazy athlete,” Yelin said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2015 at 5:02 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more