INEC postpones 2019 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission has decided to shift Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections till next week 23 February.

The governorship and house of assembly, FCT area council elections have also been shifted from 2 March to 9 March.

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu confirmed NAN report of the shift of the presidential election, attributing the postponement of all the scheduled elections to logistic and operational problems.

Police orders restriction on vehicle movement on Feb. 16

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered vehicular restriction from 6am – 6pm on the 16th of February during the election.

Adamu said the restriction was in furtherance of the overall interest of public order, public well-being and safety and national security.

IGP Adamu said the restriction will assist the security agencies in effectively policing the electoral process, thereby preventing hoodlums and criminally-minded elements from hijacking and disrupting the electoral process.

Niger prioritises NYSC permanent camp building
Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Sunday said the state government was working on building a permanent site of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) to provide befitting accommodation for corps members.

He disclosed this while on campaign rally to the palace of Alhaji Muhammadu Mustapha, District Head of Paiko.

Bello explained that though the project was capital intensive and beyond the resources of the state, efforts were being made to ensure that corps members posted to the state were comfortable.

Nigerian airports record 15.2m passengers in 2018

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in its 2018 annual report says a total of 15.2 million passengers passed through Nigerian airports in 227,834 aircraft movements in 2018.

The report posted an increase of 2.5 million passengers from 12.7 million passengers recorded during the same period in 2017 representing 19.11 per cent increase; just it also revealed an increase of 27,068 from the 200,766 aircraft movement recorded in 2017 representing 11.48 per cent increase.

I'll construct Maikunkele road soon- Gov. Bello

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has pledged to construct Maikunkele road before or immediately after his re-election as the governor of the state.

He made the pledge when he paid a courtesy visit to Alhaji Suleiman Dada, District Head of Maikunkele in Bosso Local Government Area of the state.

Bello said the state Ministry of Works would be directed to commence the construction of road so as to ease movement of commuters.

INEC extends deadline for PVC collection to Monday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to Monday.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Friday in Abuja.

Yakubu said that the decision was based on the demands by Nigerians.

”In the last couple of days, we have been inundated by calls from Nigerians to review the current process of collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards. In response, the Commission has taken the following decisions:

Pension now N8.63trn strong

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) says total pension fund assets have grown to N8.63 trillion as at December 2018.

Ms Aisha Dahir-Umar, its Acting Director-General, disclosed this at the public hearing of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee in Abuja on Thursday.

The committee is mandated to investigate activities of PenCom and alleged violation of Acts establishing it.

Dahir-Umar said the fund had an average monthly contribution of N29.15 billion, while the total pension assets were equivalent to 7.40 per cent of the Nigerian rebased GDP.

PVC sale: DSS arraigns 2 INEC staff, one other in P/H

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday arraigned two Staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Monday Ifiesimama and Beesor Sorle before a Chief Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt for alleged electoral offences.

Darlington Ogolo was also arraigned alongside the INEC officials.

Ifiesimama and Sorle were accused of attempting to steal 3,097 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and selling them to Ogolo, whose identity was still under investigation.

EFCC recovers over N527bn, $53m, £123m through whistle blowers

Mr Ibrahim Magu, Acting Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says the commission recovered over N527 billion, 53 million dollars and £122.890 million through the Whistle Blowing Policy as at May 2018.

Magu made the disclosure on Thursday at a Town Hall Meeting organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) in Port Harcourt.

Gov. Bello of Niger pledges to fight banditry, kidnapping in Rafi LG

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Thursday promised to tackle incessant armed banditry and kidnapping along Kagara–Pandogari-Kaduna Road in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that activities of armed bandits and kidnappers on the road had forced motorists and drivers of articulated vehicles to abandon the route for Minna-Suleja Road.

Bello made the promise while on campaign rally to the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Salihu Tanko at his palace.