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Alleged Double Registration: INEC Retrieves Back-Up Machine On Kogi Governor

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recorded a breakthrough in its ongoing investigation of the allegation of double registration levelled against Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

The electoral commission has succeeded in retrieving a back-up Direct Data Capture (DDC) machine on what transpired between the governor and INEC team.The machine will also assist in determining how the governor’s name disappeared from the voter register.

INEC is expected to engage experts in the next few days to download the data in the back-up machine, which is being protected under heavy security.

The commission had alleged that the governor first registered in Abuja in January 2011 and subsequently registered for the second time on Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Government House, Lokoja.

But the governor said his ghost might have been registered by INEC because he was away to Dubai at the time he was accused of double registration.

While INEC was probing the governor’s double registration status, his name disappeared from the Continuous Voters Register.

A reliable source, who spoke in confidence said: “INEC management has made progress in investigating alleged double voter’s registration by the governor of Kogi State. The commission has succeeded in retrieving a back-up machine which will reveal the truth.

“Those who tampered with the DDC used to register the governor don’t know that every machine has a back-up.

“We will engage experts to analyse the CVR conducted on May 23 in Lokoja and how the governor’s name purportedly got missing.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “We have also retrieved the photograph of the governor, the statement of the Chief Press Secretary to the governor on the second registration by the governor.

“We stand by the fact that the governor was allegedly involved in double registration. But we want to be scientific with our findings before we release the details to the public.

“Our state office in Kogi State has filed a report which requires further investigation, including the review of the back-up machine.

“There is nothing to hide; we will say the truth no matter whose ox is gored. And the law will eventually take its course.”

Section 117 Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) recommends sanctions for voters who have registered more than once, being in unlawful possession of a voter card, selling or buying of voter card.

The punishment for such an electoral offence is “a fine not exceeding N100,000 or imprisonment for one year or both.”

INEC speaking through its national commissioner, INEC National Commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Prince Solomon Soyebi, first raised the alarm over the alleged double registration by the governor.

He said: “It has come to the attention of INEC that Governor Bello of Kogi State registered as a voter for the second time on Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Government House, Lokoja, the state capital.

“His first registration was on January 30, 2011 in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.

“The governor’s double registration and doing so outside lNEC’s designated centres are both illegal.

“We wish to make it clear that no INEC staff was authorised by the commission to re-register him or any citizen or to do so outside our designated CVR centres.”

Speaking after praying at the Presidential Villa mosque on a Friday, Governor Yahaya Bello said: “I travelled on 19th to Dubai for a brief break and I saw the press release and I was taken aback, that I did double registration on 23rd.

“Probably it is my ghost that has done the double registration.”

Credit: The Nation

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How two Police inspectors lost their lives in autocrash while helping to bury colleague

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Two policemen attach to the Kogi State police command, who were helping to convey the remains of their colleague to his family for burial, have also lost their lives in an autocrash.

NationalUpdate gathered that the two inspectors of police along with a civilian driver died on Thursday in a fatal auto crash on Itobe-Ojodu-Anyigba road.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Solomon Aghure, confirmed the incident.
He told newsmen in Lokoja that the victims were travelling in an ambulance van to Anyigba with emppty casket when the accident happened.

Aghure added that the two deceased policemen were only offering their helping hands to pick the corpse of a police sergeant from a mortuary in Anyigba, adding that their vehicle and a Mercedes Benz truck, coming from the opposite direction had a Headon collissio at a spot in Ojodu community.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the police command in the state, DSP William Aya, who also confirmed the incident, said the two policemen were detailed to pick the corpse of the deceased sergeant at Anyigba and accompany it to Adamawa for burial.

Aya said the family of the deceased sergeant policeman requested that his remains be brought home for burial.

The police spokesperson said that the driver of the truck and his conductor disappeared immediately the incident happened to evade beingarrested.

He said that the corpses of the two police inspectors had been deposited at a morgue in Lokoja, adding that the civilian driver of the ambulance had been released to his family.

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AIG passes on to the great beyond 14 days to retirement

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AIG passes on to the great beyond 14 days to retirement

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 8,Lokoja, Kogi state, Mr Yunana Yukubu Babas has passed on to the great beynd barely 14 days to his retirement.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), for the zone, Inspector Ruth Awi, made the disclosure to newsmwn in Lokoja on Friday.

She indicated that Babas was hail and hearty on Wednesday when he reported in Office and was preparing for his retirement which would have come up in two weeks.
Awi explained further that on getting home, he took ill, adding that when the ailment did not abate, Babas was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre,(FMC), Lokoja for proper medical attention where he gave up the ghost at about 10.30 a.m on Thursday.
It would be recalled that two other police officers attach to the police command in the state, who were on a mission to convey the body of their late colleague from the state to Adamawa state lost their lives in an auto crash.

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Niger Government debunks report of plan to recruit 4,000 Youths to fight insecurity

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The Niger state government has described as baseless and untrue reports in some online media that the state government has concluded plans to recruit about 4,000 youths across the 25 local government areas of the state to fight the security challenge bedeviling the state.

The purported report was credited to the Commissioner for local government, community development and Chieftaincy affairs, Mallam Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji.
However, while dissociating himself from the story through a statement in Minna on Friday, Sarkin Daji said, the report trending in some social media is nothing but fake news adding that it is the imagination of the reporter.
The commissioner said the publication was the creation of the reporter, pointing out that he has not granted any interview or made any public statement to that effect in any forum.
He wondered where the reporter got his facts from.
Sarkin Daji who admitted that the state is faced with serious security challenges, occasioned by the activities of the armed bandits, said the government has no any immediate plan to engage the youths in the fight against armed bandits.
According to Sarkin Daji, while the state government welcomes the idea of the state policing to compliment the efforts of security agencies who have remained committed to the fight against armed bandits and other criminal elements across the state, the government has not approved the engagement of youths to fight insecurity.
The commissioner who expressed the commitment of the government to ending the activities of the armed bandits in the state, disclosed that over 2,000 local vigilantes have been mobilized across the state to compliment the efforts of the security joint TaskForce combating armed Banditry in the state.
He therefore urged the public to disregard the said publication, stressing that the state government will continue to give the necessary support to security agencies in the state to enable them win the war against armed bandits and other form of criminalities in the state.

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