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2023 Polls: Electoral Act Totally Transfers Power to Nigerian People—Igini

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2023 Polls: Electoral Act Totally Transfers Power to Nigerian People—Igini

…Says ballot remains best means of expression of people’s will*** 

 A former Akwa -Ibom State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini, says that with the current electoral Act, power now rests squarely on the people, through the ballot box.

Igini made the observation while delivering a keynote address at the 2022 University of Benin, Lagos Branch, Alumni Association, Award of Excellence to deserving members.

The theme of the event was “2023 Election: Assessing How 2022 Act & INEC Innovations Empowered Nigerian Voters.”

According to him, political power is now vested on the Nigerian people through the ballot box, adding that the polling unit has now become the ‘center of the universe.’

He noted that the 2023 Election is very important in the life of every Nigerian since it afforded them the opportunity to make the choice of their leader for the next four years.

He expressed appreciation to the National Assembly and President Mohammadu Buhari for making the 2022 Electoral Act come to being.

“There is panic among some politicians since the Electoral Act has reposed power back to the people.

“That is my greatest joy today,’’ Igini said.

The former commissioner noted that the present Electoral Act suffered many setbacks before its final passage into law.

He said that under the new electoral reforms, a voter’s PVC would be verified and authenticated to get his/her biometric accreditation.

He added that this process rules out the challenge of multiple voting patterns, to prevent vote buying.

“No incident form again, it has gone forever. In the unlikely event that part of your fingers cannot be captured, there is still an option for facial accreditation

“This is the defining moment for the electoral process which has eliminated rigging.

“The beauty of this is that politicians who used to boast of wrong figures in a polling unit are no more under the current regime.

‘There is no provision for those who are no more, those that did not come to vote or those that have moved away from a particular location.

“No more inconclusive elections,” Igini said.

He said that INEC innovation has shown that the ballot is the best means of expression of the will of the people in a democracy.

Igini said that the procedures and the law have also shown that in a democracy, effective powers to govern must flow from credible elections.

“What INEC is doing now is online, designed to insulate the process from the pre-existing interest of those in power.

“Come 2023, there must be a total reset in the country.

“Results will be uploaded to the cloud.

“All aspirants must set up their collation room without waiting for INEC, but they can’t make a declaration.

“Before any collation officer must make any declaration, he/she must check from the INEC portal to confirm before such declarations,” Igini said.

He said that the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) has come to stay, adding that no court can stop its use in the coming elections.

He said that the 2022 Act and procedures was designed to address the historical challenges of elections in service delivery in our country which has now returned power to the Nigerian people.

Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Mr. Obukoraro Ovadje, in his opening remarks, said that the Alumni Association’s Award of excellence has become an annual event.

Ovadje said that the award was given to members who distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavor.

“In a way, it is meant to appreciate their individual contributions to the society they work.

“This is the institution that molded us and gave us the opportunity to venture into the unknown.

“Currently, the branch is embarking on a hostel project that will help solve the accommodation challenge in the school,” Ovadje said

Names of the Awardees are Mr. Victor Onyenkpa, Mr. Henry Oroh, Mr. Gabriel Ogbechie, Dr. Gregg Cynthia, Engr. Kayode Akiode, Mrs. Rita Ojo, Mr. Wole Adeniyi, Mr. Wole Abu, Pharm Henry Edo, Mr. Mike Igini, Pharm Henry Ashimedua, Pharm Josephine Ehimen, Dr. Mrs. Orode Doherty, Mr. Austin Okwah and Pharm Mrs. Gloria Ukwuoma.

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LASG Issues Travel Advisory Ahead Of Students Rave Event

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LASG Issues Travel Advisory Ahead Of Students Rave Event

… Says traffic will be restricted between Police Zonal Headquarters, Zone 2 and Onikan Roundabout from 7:00 am*** 

The Lagos State Government has advised Motorists to plan their movement around Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Old Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island ahead of the Students Rave 2023 event scheduled for Friday, 27th January 2023.

As a result of the above rally, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde disclosed that traffic will be restricted between Police Zonal Headquarters, Zone 2 and Onikan Roundabout from 7:00 am on the aforementioned day. He assured that Officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, (LASTMA) will be available to manage traffic flow.

Explaining the alternative routes, Oladeinde advises Motorists plying Island Club road by Police Headquarters Zone 2, Onikan to go through Ozumba Mbadiwe road inbound Falomo Bridge (Five Cowries Bridge) to link Alfred Rewane and Osborne road to complete their journeys.

In the same vein, Motorists from Bonny Camp according to the diversion plan can access CMS/Marina Bridge after Independence Bridge (Mekunwen Bridge) and loop it down towards Cathedral Church to connect Lagos Island proper through Odunlami Street for their desired destinations,

The Transport Commissioner also advises Motorists to utilize Force road beside Muson Centre to link J.K Randle Avenue (Race Course) or go through Onikan Roundabout to connect JK Randle Avenue/Water Board area to access CMS Bridge by the State House/Old NITEL Building.

He further explained that Water Board inbound Broad Street to Tinubu Square will be available to Motorists, adding that they can equally access Old Defense road/ Ganiyu Smith from Water Board to link Igbosere/Sandgrouse to Simpson Street and connect Third Mainland Bridge to continue their journeys to other parts of the State.

The Transport Commissioner reiterated that Security and Law Enforcement Agencies will be at all strategic junctions and intersections to ensure the safety and security of all road users and the free flow of traffic within the perimeter of the venue and alternative routes outside the venue.

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Military Destroys 39 Illegal Refineries, Apprehends Oil Thieves; Niger Lifts Curfew on Lambata

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Military Destroys 39 Illegal Refineries, Apprehends Oil Thieves; Niger Lifts Curfew on Lambata

 Defence Headquarters says the troops of the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, have in the last two weeks destroyed 39 illegal oil refining sites in the South-South zone.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing on military operations on Thursday, in Abuja.

Danmadami said the troops in the conduct of Operation Octopus Grip and other operations destroyed 48 cooking ovens, 103 storage tanks, 27 dugout pits and 33 wooden boats during the period.

He said the troops also recovered one tug boat, a barge, 3 pumping machines, three speedboats and 13 vehicles.

According to him, troops recovered 274,000 litres of crude oil, 71,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, and 15 Ak47 rifles, while 40 suspected economic saboteurs were arrested.

“All recovered items and apprehended suspects have been handed over to the appropriate authority for further action,” he said.

“Equally, the air component of Operation Delta Safe conducted air interdiction to several illegal refining sites and creeks at Gogokiri Degema and Okrika Local Government Areas both in Rivers State between Jan. 12 and Jan. 24.

“Crew observed the sites to be active makeshift tents sighted as well as illegal refining activities been carried out.

“Targets were engaged with weapons and the locations were observed to have exploded in an inferno while the illegal refining equipment were also destroyed,” he said.

In South East, defence spokesman said the military and other security agencies had sustained the offensive against the activities of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network criminals in the zone.

He said the troops had neutralised six terrorists, arrested 24 and rescued 16 abducted civilians.

According to him, several calibres of arms and ammunition including AK47 rifles, pump action rifles, IEDs and locally made explosive pipes among other items were also recovered.

In another development, Gov.  Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has directed the lifting of the curfew on Lambata town in Gurara Local Government Area of the state.

The directive is contained in a statement by the Secretary to the state Government, Mr Ahmed Matane in Minna on Thursday.

The governor had on Jan. 15 imposed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. as a result of a violent clash that led to the killing of the village head of Lambata, Alhaji Muhammed Abdulsafur.

Matane explained that the lifting of the curfew would begin on Jan. 26.

He said that the curfew was lifted having reviewed the security situation and return of peace in Lambata town and environs.

He said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ogundele Ayodeji had visited Lambata town and commenced investigation into the matter that led to the killing of the village head, stressing that arrests had also been made in connection with the violent clash.

Matane, however, urged the people of Lambata and the public to always be law-abiding and to remain peaceful with one another regardless of social, political or religious affiliations.

According to him, security agencies have been directed to ensure the safety of lives and property of the people of the area.

Matane noted that the governor thanked the residents of Lambata town for their understanding in complying with the curfew.

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Adamawa Violent Crimes: Police arrest 208 suspects in January, Recover AK47 riffles, locally fabricated guns

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Adamawa Violent Crimes: Police arrest 208 suspects in January, Recover AK47 riffles, locally fabricated guns

The Police Command in Adamawa says it has arrested 208 suspects in connection with various crimes in the state.

The Commissioner of Police (CP) Sikiru Akande, disclosed this at a news conference in Yola on Thursday.

Akande disclosed that 108 of the suspects had already been charged in court.

He disclosed that the suspects were arrested in connection with suspected Kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and other violent crimes.

According to him, seven AK47 riffles, seven locally fabricated guns, generators, and televisions among other exhibits, were recovered.

“Early this year the command renewed its commitment and designed a security template to deliver on the mandate of the IGP Usman Alkali Baba to leave a deepened legacy of Democratic system and credible electoral process in the country.

“From Jan. 1st to date, the command operatives carried out tactical and intelligence-driven patrols, raiding of criminal hideouts, rescue operations, stop and search operations, community policing, and engagement of stakeholders among others.

“These operations yielded positive results and a total of 208 suspects were arrested in connection with kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and other violent crimes, out of which 108 suspects were charged to court.”

Akande commended the government and people of Adamawa for the support and cooperation rendered to the command that yielded the success recorded.

He gave assurance that all the suspects would be diligently prosecuted upon completion of investigation.

“Those at large will equally be traced and made to face the wrath of the law,” he said.

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