The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has called on bankers and Bureau de Change operators in Benue State to report any suspicious transaction of large volume of money during this election period. He noted that the commission was committed to getting the democratic system to work by ensuring that no bank or Bureau de Change agent compromised. The zonal head also warned the Bureau de Change operators of the fake dollars, he said were in circulation. “That is why we held a meeting with dureau de change operators and bankers, stating clearly the consequences of not obeying the law. There can be no development without peace and there can be no peace if the democratic system is compromised.
February 23, 2019 11:03 UTC
The staff, who staged the protest at about 8.10 a.m. at Ikengbua Primary School, Ajamimogha, a Registration Area Centre (RAC) in the area, claimed that they had not been paid the allowance for training they attended for the elections. Consequently, distribution of election materials from the centre to other polling units in the area began in earnest, leading to commencement of accreditation and voting. As at about 8 a.m., impressive number of the electorate had arrived at most polling units in the area, which also had the presence of security agents. However, at 8.25 a.m., materials had not arrived at GRA Ward 5, units 3 and 4 and at Nana College unit. Some voters, who were waiting at the units, attributed the delay to earlier protest by INEC ad hoc staff at the Registration Centre at Ikengbuwa Primary School.
February 23, 2019 11:03 UTC
Bomb explosions were heard at the dawn of Saturday in two major towns of North-East Nigeria in Borno State and Yobe State, as eligible voters looked forward to the Presidential and Parliamentary election. Cases were reported in Maiduguri, Borno State, and Geidam, Yobe State as apprehension gripped the citizens of the towns. Tribune Online gathered from a source at 1000 housing Estate nearby Jimtilo in Maiduguri that the explosives sounded like artillery fire coming from foot soldiers testing their weapons. ALSO READ: #NigeriaDecides2019 | Police debunk social media rumour of bomb explosion in EnuguSimilar attacks were equally heard in neighbouring Geidam, Yobe StateNo case of casualties on both sides was reported yet. Meanwhile, a surveillance helicopter has been hovering the different suburbs of Maiduguri to assure voters of security presence.
February 23, 2019 10:52 UTC
Femi MakindeSome prospective voters at Ward 3 Unit 2 inside State Junior Grammar School, Eric Moore, Surulere area of Lagos State have protested the mix-up on the voter register with the Independent National Electoral Commission. No fewer than five eligible voters complained to our correspondence that their names and photographs were found on the voter register pasted at the unit but they could not vote because different names were shown on the voter register at the point of accreditation. One of the affected voters, Mr Adeleke Awoniyi, said he was surprised that he was turned back because the name that came up on the card reader was a female voter’s name but with his photograph. But today, I saw my name and photo in the voter register pasted on the walls but a female voter’s name came up as mine during accreditation. I have been denied the opportunity to vote but I will wait and see their boss.”Another affected voter, Mrs Eno Ajayu also said her name appeared correctly in the pasted voter register but a male name different from hers was seen during accreditation.
February 23, 2019 10:52 UTC
Tunde Oyekola & Nike Popoola, IlorinSenate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said the turnout of voters for the presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara State was impressive. Saraki spoke while addressing journalists after voting at Ode Opobiyi polling Unit (005/006), in Ajikobi ward, Ilorin West Local Government. He was accompanied by his wife, Toyin; mother, Mrs. Florence Saraki and eldest son, Seni at 10.20am. While commending the peaceful election, he urged the voters to remain patient to enable them cast their vote within the stipulated time frame. Sarahi however worried about the late arrival of voting materials in some polling units within Ilorin metropolis.
February 23, 2019 10:50 UTC
KANO State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has said the crisis leading to the death of many and destruction of property in Bebeji Local Government Area of the state could have been averted if the state Police Command had heeded his advice to withdraw the permit granted to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to hold its rally. The governor said this in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Mallam Muhammad Garba, and made available to journalists in the state. It said while APC members and supporters agreed to shelve their programme, they organised themselves into a small group to conduct a special prayer session for peaceful general election only to be attacked. It stated that in the melee, the residents of people at Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency was torched by the PDP hoodlums. It condemned the incident and urged the police authority to fish out the perpetrators of the attack and other noxious acts by the Kwankasiyya thugs with a view to bringing them to book.
February 23, 2019 10:41 UTC
As the 2019 presidential elections hold today, February 23, Nigerians are to chose whether they want to remain in their current state or move higher. Gathering in their numbers at different polling units, they will decide who will become Nigeria’s president for the next four years. Here are some of the conspiracy theories that shook the candidates and the nation:Read More: The Polls Of Our LivesJibril from SudanPresident Buhari’s body double is Jibril Aminu from Sudan. InternetMrAyeDee (real name Mukhtar Alexander Dan’Iyan), on February 2, 2019, called on the government to shut down the internet. This action undertaken by the administration has only made people believe that Nnamdi Kanu holds the key to Nigeria’s unknown secrets”).
February 23, 2019 10:33 UTC
The presidency has refuted allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari has an agenda to islamize Nigeria. It they are doing so for selfish political reasons having failed to achieve their objective with the same accusation in 2015. The statement added: “It has come to the notice of President Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of the forthcoming elections, that some unscrupulous Nigerians are again falsely and wickedly claiming that the administration has an agenda to impose Islam on Nigeria. “The President strongly affirms the oath he took before the Nigerian people to faithfully defend the Constitution of Nigeria. “President Buhari further affirms his commitment to freedom of religion and worship for all Nigerians, and that under no circumstance will any religion or faith be imposed on any Nigerian.
February 23, 2019 10:30 UTC
The 2019 rescheduled general elections have commenced peacefully in Sokoto town on Saturday with an impressive turnout of votersA visit by our Correspondent to some of the polling units within the town shows an impressive turnout of voters already on queue before 8 am, waiting for the official time of INEC to start the business of the day. Some of the areas visited includes Maniru road, Sokoto Cinema, Diplomat, Bauchi road and some other polling units already. Speaking with the chairman of the All Progressive Congress in the State, Alhaji Isah Sadiq Achida, he commended Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the arrangements made so far in the State. He disclosed that people of the State are eager to cast their vote, saying some of the voters actually pass their night at their respective polling units.
David Folawiyo, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), monitoring the general elections in Lagos State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the suspects were molesting electorate from exercising their franchise. The AIG, in company of Lagos State police commissioner, Zubairu Muazu, said that the suspects were taken to Police Zone 2 Headquarters, Onikan, for further investigation. Also speaking, Muazu said the exercise had been peaceful, stressing that information from his men across the Lagos State had been positive. The Lagos CP said all INEC materials were escorted and delivered successfully to various centres and elections had begun. NAN reports that the AIG, CP and some other security agencies visited Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin and other areas for monitoring.
February 23, 2019 10:18 UTC
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo, voted on Saturday at the Code 33, Polling Unit II, Victoria Garden City(VGC), Lagos at 10.53a.m. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that voting commenced at the polling unit at 10. 34 a.m.due to the late arrival of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC). Osinbajo, who arrived the unit at 10.28 a.m. voted at 10.53a.m. Speaking with newsmen shortly afterwards, Osinbajo expressed optimism that the exercise would be fair, credible and peaceful.
Confusion over Rivers, as INEC claims ignorance of Supreme Court rulingHe appealed to eligible voters who may sight underage persons on the queue, waiting for accreditation to inform the police. Underage persons and anyone trying to sponsor underage voters, will be arrested. INEC okays Zamfara APCMeanwhile, INEC has restored the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the ballot for National Assembly, Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in Zamfara. Okoye said that the restoration was in compliance Zamfara State High Court‘s decision, explaining that INEC had consistently maintained that it would always obey court judgments and orders. “In the case of the APC in Zamfara, the Federal High Court, Abuja and Zamfara State High Court issued conflicting orders relating to participation in the two strands of elections scheduled for Feb. 23 and March 9.
In an interview, Honourable Olasupo said the turn out of voters, not minding the one-week postponement has been very impressive. There have been contacts around the town, community and the entire constituency in all, no cause for alarm. So far, security agencies have done well, everything is under control.”Commanding INEC’s level of preparation, Olasupo said “materials were delivered at the polling units on time. But this time around, you accredit and vote, so its a little bit crowdy. The situation here so that the environment is calm and with the process that INEC has put in place, I think everybody is happy with it.”
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February 23, 2019 09:22 UTC
The Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday witnessed a large turnout of voters in Osogbo and Obokun Local Government Areas of Osun. Izuchukwu said that he and other ad hoc staff were at the polling unit as early as 7 a.m. Some of the voters at the polling units commended INEC for the timely arrival at the polling units. Sajuyigbe, who claimed to be at the polling units as early as 6 a.m., said she believed in the progress of the country. Unarmed security operatives were also seen at all polling units visited to ensure that there was no problem.
February 23, 2019 09:22 UTC