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Nothing Will Ever Stop Anambra Election – IGP

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..Says that those Who Attacked Odili’s Home In Our Net

..says Abba Kyari has not resumed work

Inspector-General of Police(IGP) Mr Usman Akali Baba, has vowed that the Police and other sister agencies would see to the success of Saturday election in Anambra.

The IGP, also refuted the news making the round in the social media that former Commander IGP’S Intelligence Response Squad (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari ,had resumed duty, saying that Kyari remains suspended.

The IG who was speaking yesterday in Lagos , during 2021 Capacity Building Workshop with the Theme: Internal security operations in a democratic dispensation, organized by Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, Mr Johnson Babatunde Kokomo, said he was affirmative that Anambra Election would be successful.

He said:” People should go out and exercise their franchise. We have provided two types of security in Anambra State. One,we are policing the election process to making sure that citizens excercise their franchise without molestation. Two, we are checkmating the activities of criminal elements like the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Eastern Security Network (ESN), and other criminal elements, who don’t want people to excercise their rights. I advise the citizens to go out and excercise their franchise as adequate security has been provided for them. I am very worried about the situation in Anambra, we are doing our best even though we need improvement”.

The IGP who cleared the air on whether suspended DCP Abba Kyari, has resumed work, said:” Kyari has not resumed . That is what I can say, he has not resumed.

Nothing Will Ever Stop Anambra Election – IGP

On the raid on the Abuja home of Justice Mary Odili, he said the perpetrators have been arrested while the case was still being investigated to know their motives:” I had taken my time not to speak quickly, because I want to appreciate the situation so if I speak, I should be able to give Nigerians the the real thing that happened. For now, and to the best of my knowledge, we have been able to arrest the perpetrators and we are investigating”.

The IGP also confirmed the attack by bandits on University of Abuja, saying the six students were abducted, adding that the Force was after the bandits ,” we are after the bandits and we are going to rescue those who were abducted.Six persons were abducted and we are going to rescue them”.

Akali who spoke on the importance of the workshop said the importance can not be overemphasized as it was aimed at collaboration and synergy among the security agencies,” It is all about synergy,collaboration and cooperations among the security agencies. I thank AIG Kokumo,for this wonderful initiative. We will hear from resource persons; learn more from them and apply what we gathered to our day to day job of policing .

Ogu State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, who declared the two-day workshop open, said the laudable initiative of AIG Kokumo, was one of the best things that had happened to the two States of Lagos and Ogun,whose security agencies would benefit from the workshop,” the AIG has succeeded in bringing together the whole security agencies , including the police,Army , Navy, other paramilitary agencies and state approved security agencies. It will make up for more effective and efficient law enforcement agents.

” Security is not only arming security agencies with weapons, it goes beyond that. We need to engage our children and take them away from crime ,drugs cultism and other vices.We need to educate our youths and this will decrease the problems of insecurity in the country.”
His Lagos State Counterpart,Mr Babajide San-wolu, said the state would continue to assist the Force and other sister agencies through the State Security Trust Funds for effective policing of the State .

San-wolu,who was represented by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Folashade Jaji ,said the workshop was apt as the country was facing serious security challenges .

Earlier, AIG Kokumo, said his reason for the initiative was borne out the current security challenges which needed serious inter agency cooperation and collaboration to tackle .

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Electronic Voting Being Opposed By Prominent Nigerians – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday raised concern over efforts by some influential Nigerians to undermine electronic voting.

According to INEC, some persons are working hard to undermine the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for future elections.

This is coming just as the commission has also raised the alarm over the activities of hackers in its operations.

The commission stated that since 2015, hackers have been trying to get into its system in order to compromise the electoral processes without success.

The resident electoral commissioner (REC) in charge of Akwa Ibom State, Barrister Mike Igini and director ICT at INEC headquarters, Chidi Nwafor made the revelations during a stakeholders’ roundtable on electoral technology organised by Yiaga Africa in Abuja.

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Igini, who first spoke, said: “The problem we are having in this country has to do with people who are out to undermine it. As we are working on the BVAS, people are out there to undermine it.

Electronic Voting Being Opposed By Prominent Nigerians – INEC

“They are out there to undermine the process and we do nothing about it. There is an urgent need to bring people (who violate the process) to face the law.

“It is only then people will know that there will be consequences for their actions.”

On his part, Nwafor said, “Hackers have been trying to get into our system. I can tell you that in all the elections, from 2015 to 2019. I know it will happen in 2023 but God has been with us.”

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Also speaking, the president of Nigeria Computer Society, Prof Adesina Sodiya backed the use of electronic voting in future elections.

Sodiya said the country was ripe enough to adopt the technology for its elections.

But the spokesperson of the Senate, Ajibola Bashiru disagreed, saying the infrastructure to cover every corner of the country during elections was not available.

Basiru said the country was not ready to adopt an electronic voting system for its elections because of gaps in network coverage.

Basiru, who is representing Osun Central, argued that some communities in his state are without GSM network adding that such people may be disenfranchised if e-voting were to be adopted.

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“Apart from the issue of coverage, I can tell you in Osun Central that there are certain wards and certain polling units that you cannot even get any of the existing networks even in terms of voice or 2G.

That is not data from NCC but practical knowledge.

“We need to not see this as a matter that is for only areas where advancement has been to in respect of elections.

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2023: Only the North Central can rescue Nigeria – Baraje

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Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has declared that only a President from the north-central zone can rescue Nigeria from it’s current state of comatose.

Baraje, who stated this when he led a team of PDP Advocates to consult on behalf of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki for the Presidency at the PDP secretariat in Minna, Niger State, said all that is required is for the zone to adopt a consensus candidate.

He argued that in order to actualize their ambition, the north-central zone need to come out in a united front and present one candidate who can give the zone the presidency come 2023.

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The former National Chairman of the PDP stated, “for the past years we have worked for other zones, we have assumed positions as national Chairman of the PDP severally and produced Presidents but this time around whether the national Chairman is from our zone, the North Central will still produce the next President.”

Baraje explained that former Senate President has the character, capacity and competency required to bring the nation out of it’s present challenges.

He insisted, “Saraki has the capacity for the job. He will not be like those who are over 70 years old and travelling abroad for months not minding what happens to the people and the nation.

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2023: Only the North Central can rescue Nigeria – Baraje

“Even if the north-central produces the next party chairman, the zone will still vie for the presidency in 2023.”

The former Governor of Kwara State, Sha’aba Lafiaji explained that if the zone must succeed in actualizing it’s desire, there is the need to adopt a consensus candidate.

According to him, “Enough of pushing the position of national chairman position to us. This time around we must be firm on a Presidential aspirants from the zone. We all need to adopt a consensus candidate from the zone and that candidate is Bukola Saraki.”

Responding, the state PDP Chairman, Barrister Tanko Beji assured of the support of the state towards the north central consensus candidate to ensure victory in the 2023 adding that it is time that the north-central has its place in the helm of affairs of Nigeria.

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“We are willing to give their support to Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki or any other consensus candidate that would be agreed upon by the zone,” he stated.

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The All Progressives Congress, Anambra State chapter, has announced that a disciplinary committee had been formed to examine Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige and Director-General of National Inland Waterways Chief George Moghalu after both were accused of conducting anti-APC activities.

The news was announced by APC State Chairman Basil Ejidike in Awka on Monday, in which he also accused them of causing a crisis in the party.

“We are seriously disappointed by Senator Chris Ngige and Moghalu, who benefited greatly from the party,” said Mr Ejidike. “As a party, we are seriously disappointed, particularly with Ngige. Ngige is the brain behind the crisis in Anambra state APC.

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APC Sets To Scrutinize Ngige, Moghalu Over Anti-Party Activities

“Whatever is the problem of the party has always come from Ngige because he wants to remain the leader of the party in the state forever.

“He cannot be the leader forever. Today, we have a sitting deputy governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, a serving senator, Chief Stella Oduah, and governorship candidate in the state, Dr Andy Uba.

“We have set up a disciplinary committee to unravel those who are engaged in anti-party activities; including the activities of Ngige and Moghalu. Any person found culpable shall be dealt with according to the letters of our constitution.”

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Mr Ngige previously warned Mr Ejidike against creating “a Trojan Horse” in the party and “look inwards and manage the self-inflicted tear in the State Exco and Working Committee of the Party”.

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