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INEC announces date for 2023 Presidential elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has announced February 18 as the date for the 2023 presidential election.

The INEC chairperson, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this Thursday at the inauguration of the House of Representatives Special Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution held at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja. TheCable reported.

The Commission had conducted the last general election- the presidential and National Assembly polls – on February 23, 2019, while governorship and state assembly elections were held on March 9, last year.

Reports from local and international observers adjudged the elections violent.

An estimated 626 persons were killed across Nigeria in the six months between the start of the election campaign and the commencement of the general and supplementary elections, according to the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room.

According to the report, Mr. Yakubu urged the house members to ensure the timely review of the present Electoral Act for the use of technologies in the electoral process.

He also said there are just about 855 days left for the 2023 general election.

The commission had deployed the use of technology in the recent past Edo and Ondo governorship elections as part of its means in improving the electoral system.

It has also engaged over 40 ICT firms for the use of electronic voting and the collation of results.

Part of the innovations includes a dedicated online portal and INEC Result Viewing (IRV), to enable Nigerians view results from polling units in real-time on election days, as well as the use of the Z-pad.

In his remarks, the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the constitution review is important to “identify those areas where the laws of our land have not lived up to expectations” and fix the gaps.

“We are commencing this constitutional review process at a time of great and ongoing upheaval in our country. Mr Gbajabiamila said.

“New challenges emerge daily from every corner. Some of these challenges are of our own making, and others, we could not have foreseen or been prepared for”.

“Whichever may be the case, the Nigerian people look up to us as a government to proffer solutions that work, to do the heavy lifting of writing the new constitution, one better suited to our current aspirations and reflecting our vision of the future.”

The presidential election comes up every four years as stipulated by the country’s constitution.

Since the return of the country to civil rule in 1999, four presidents have emerged through the periodically held presidential elections.

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FCMB demotes Adam Nuru, appoints Yemisi Edun as acting Managing Director

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The First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has announced the appointment of Yemisi Edun as its acting managing director.

Edun takes over the running of the bank from the Managing Director, Adam Nuru, who on Tuesday, January 5, proceeded on leave amid allegations of marital infidelity involving him and former staff of the bank, Moyo Thomas. There are allegations that Moyo’s estranged husband, Tunde Thomas, 45, died on December 16, 2020, from a heart attack after battling with depression upon discovering that the two children from their marriage were allegedly fathered by Mr Nuru.

A statement from the bank announcing Edun’s appointment reads in part

“In line with normal corporate practice, Mrs Yemisi Edun is acting as the managing director of FCMB in the interim period while Mr Adam Nuru is on leave, and the Board conducts its review of the allegations.

She has not been appointed as the substantive Managing Director. As and when the Board completes its review of the allegations, we will provide an update.”

Edun has hitherto been the bank’s executive director, finance.

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Teacher fakes her own kidnap in Kwara to extort N250, 000 from her father

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The police in Kwara state have arrested a 24-year-old teacher, Medinat Ibrahim,  for allegedly faking her own kidnap just to extort N250, 000 from her father.

Medinat, who was paraded alongside two other suspects identified as Amudalat Wahab (30) and Hammed Lekan (28) said she committed the crime to raise money to settle a debt which accrued from the monthly contribution at the private school where she serves as a teacher.

She alleged she was maltreated by her stepmother who also caused friction between her and her father, adding that she decided to fake her own kidnap to get money to offset debts she incurred during COVID-19 lockdown.

I teach in a private school where I was paid N15,000. We organised monthly contribution which I collected and invested in a business, but when COVID-19 broke out, our salary was stopped, I could no longer continue with the contribution.

“Those who were in the group continued to mount pressure on me to pay up my own contribution and there is nowhere that I could get the money. So I decided to go and hide in my sister’s place and I told someone to call my father on phone that I was kidnapped and demanded a ransom of N250,000 which was paid to my friend’s account.” she said

Parading her before newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Bagega, said Medinat conspired with her elder sister, Amudalat Wahab, and one Hammed Lekan to arrange her kindap and they have both been arrested as well.

The CP said a bank account, belonging to one Hammed Lekan, was used to cash the N250,000.

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731 Batch B NYSC members test positive for COVID-19 – Presidential Task Force

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, says 731 members of Batch B National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) have tested positive for COVID19.

Mustapha disclosed this at the national briefing on COVID19 in Abuja on Tuesday, January 5.

According to Mustapha, the PTF had conducted the testing of batch B corps members using RDTs. Out of the 35,419 in Batch B, 731 tested positive compared to the 108 recorded in Batch A.

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“It is on record that cases were recorded from corps members from every state of the federation. There is also a rising rate of infections among healthcare workers and this calls for the escalation of surveillance.

In Africa, Nigeria has joined South Africa in reporting the highest daily infection cases.

As at date, the statistics for Nigeria shows the following: Cumulative cases: 91,351; Cumulative Tests: 958,911; Deaths: 1,318 and Week 53 recorded 57 deaths which is the highest for any single week since we started”

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