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INEC polling units and the future of elections

The last time new polling units were defined in Nigeria was 25 years ago by the defunct National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON), as INEC was then known. At the time the country had on the voters’ register, 50 million voters. Over the years, it worked with an estimate of 120,000 polling units across the country but an eventual census put the exact figure at 119, 973 polling units.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Adedayo Adewole, made the disclosure while inspecting some of the ploughed lands, located in Ife South Local Government Area of the state, on Sunday.

Food sufficiency: Osun government to allocate 1000 hectares of land to farmers

Osun state government says it has set aside 1000 hectares of land for farming to boost food sufficiency and make the state the food basket of South-West zone.

Abia monarchs decry harassment, intimidation of residents by security agents

Traditional rulers and major stakeholders of Ohafia Tuesday cried out over the siege laid to the community by the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, which has paralysed economic and social activities and turned the residents in the community into internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has commended the Nigerian military over recent gains recorded against Boko Haram’s fighters in Gwoza and the road leading to the northern part of the State.

Governor Zulum: Borno government will not retrench workers

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has announced that his administration will not retrench any civil servant in spite of the current trying moments in the insurgency-wracked state.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ebonyi governor grants amnesty to armed youths

He also called on them to leverage on the new opportunity carved by the state to employ about 5,000 persons into the state civil service including the empowerment of 3,000.
In a statement on Friday signed by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, CNG dismissed the news of an impending coup as a smokescreen intended to divert attention from the failure to acknowledge the huge demands been made for the President to address serious shortfalls in the nation’s policing and security institutions.

Northern group asks National Assembly to halt constitution review

The Coalition of Northern Groups has asked the National Assembly to suspend the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution, describing it as ill-timed and uncalled for.
Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the announcement in Abuja at a world press conference, explained that in arriving at the amnesty various issues were looked at and several options considered.

Minister: It’ll take Nigeria 50 years to recover from civil war

Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has warned Nigerians from war mongering, insisting that any war would take the country 50 years to recover from its consequences.
Former Niger Delta militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias “Tompolo” has protested against the continued siege on his firm, Mieka Dive Limited, five months after he was vindicated of corruption charges by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

NDDC: Tompolo accepts truce with minister, suspends seven-day ultimatum till June ending

Ex-militant warlord, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has reluctantly announced the suspension of the 7-Day Ultimatum issue to the federal government to immediately constitute a substantive board for Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) or face dire consequences.

NGOs advocate constitutional roles for traditional rulers

A consortium of Non Governmental Organisations, Global Peace Development (GPD), ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) and Beacon Youth Initiative (BYI), have called for clear and defined constitutional duties for traditional rulers, as it relates to fostering peaceful and harmonious co-existence and promoting security at the grassroots.

Constitution review: We want scholarships for Fulanis – Miyetti Allah

Officials of the Kogi Chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has said the group wants scholarships for Fulanis.

TROMPCON: Host communities should not be mandated to protect facilities

Monarchs under the aegis of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON) have insisted that it was the constitution obligation of the Federal Government to provide security for the protection of oil facilities.
Speaking at a press conference on the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country.

Minister: Nigeria is in safe hands

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that “in spite the security challenges we are facing now, Nigeria is in safe hands’’.
The Operation Safe Haven also known as the Special Task Force (STF) has arrested 17 suspected kidnappers and five Armed robbers for attempted kidnapping and robbery in at Lishin village, in Pengana Chiefdom in Bassa and Lamingo in Jos North Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

STF warns Plateau, Kaduna residents against illegal possession of arms

The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states, has warned residents of the areas against illegal possession of firearms.
The member representing Ibarapa Central/Ibarapa North Federal Constituency of Oyo State, Hon. Muraina Ajibola, has petitioned the Presidency and the House over incessant cases of kidnapping in his constituency and demanded adequate compensation for kidnapped victims in the area.

House member demands compensation for kidnapped victims in constituency

The member representing Ibarapa Central/Ibarapa North Federal Constituency of Oyo State, Hon. Muraina Ajibola, has petitioned the Presidency and the House over incessant cases of kidnapping in his constituency and demanded adequate compensation for kidnapped victims in the area.
A press release issued and signed by the National President of the body, HRM Owong (Dr.) Effiong B. Archianga (JP), stated that the event had been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Traditional rulers from oil-producing areas postpone Asaba conference

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON) has announced the postponement of its general meeting/conference hitherto scheduled to hold on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Asaba, Delta State.
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Imo traditional rulers partner UNICEF, NOA to eradicate female genital mutilation

Royal fathers in Isu Local Government Area of Imo State have resolved to partner with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in their area.
The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting of CP Christopher A. Owolabi as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Anambra State Police Command.

IGP launches ‘Operation Restore Peace in Port Harcourt

The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has launched the new special security action plan, “OPERATION RP” in the South-South region of the country.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

Ekiti labour rejects withdrawal of new minimum wage, others

The Organized Labour in Ekiti State, on Monday rejected the withdrawal of minimum wage and consequential adjustment on the salaries of workers by the state government.
The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

Yahaya Bello: People are asking me to come and fix the country

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Friday said he is considering running for President in 2023. He made the comment while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar, has expressed concern over the spate of insecurity currently ravaging most parts of northern Nigeria.

NSCIA: Ramadan fast continues, Sallah holds Thursday

The NSCIA said: “The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) – under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni – wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that there was no proven report of the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, 1442 AH on the 29th of Ramadan, 1442 AH.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has called on Christian leaders not to relent in praying for Nigeria to overcome its challenges. Fayemi made the call when he received the Southwest Zonal Executives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on a courtesy visit on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti.

EndSARS: Fayemi receives report, sets up complaints centre

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has received final reports from State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into allegations of Human Rights Violation Against Police Officers including officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other Persons.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Sallah: Niger government bans horse riding

Ahead of the Muslim festival of Ed-el-fitri slated for next week, the Niger State Government on Friday clamped a ban on horse riding before, during and after the festival.

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The chairperson of Eti Osa local government, Rafiu Olatunji, has died on Monday night at his Sangotedo residence. He died from a long-term illness.
The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria is largely fuelled by youth unemployment and poverty, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said.

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Rivers community severe ties with NLNG over rights

The people of Finima community in Bonny local government area of Rivers State, the host to the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), have announced their decision to severe ties with the company following its alleged refusal to accord them, the host community rights, as stipulated in the law.