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N290m saved by INEC for fusing Kogi elections.

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The Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) said it would be saving over N290 million for combining the Kogi West Senatorial District and the governorship election on Nov. 16.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at the commission’s quarterly consultative meeting with political parties in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Yakubu said that the senatorial election would now coat less than N10 million instead of the N300 million if conducted as a standalone election.

“In the case of Kogi West, it is a whole senatorial district that the Election Petitions Tribunal and the Court of Appeal had nullified the election conducted on Feb. 23 and ordered INEC to conduct a re-run.

“By coincidence, the judgment of the Appeal Court came very close to the governorship election. So the commission decided to combine the election with that of Kogi West Senatorial district.

“As a standalone election, the senatorial district election in seven local government areas of the state would have cost the nation over N300 million.

“ We have to get ad hoc staff, make arrangements for transportation, accreditation of observers and also the cost on the part of the political parties and others.

“But because we are combining the election with that of the governorship, it is going to cost the nation less than N10 million, instead of over N300 million.

“So, the commission decided to combine the two elections in order to save cost and for convenience,’’ he said.

The INEC chairman also disclosed that the Brass I state constituency election, holding in six polling units in Bayelsa, would also be conducted on the same day with the governorship election.

According to him, INEC has already made arrangements for the elections.

Yakubu appealed to political parties to advise their candidates and supporters to shun hate speech, inciting statements, physical attacks on opponents, destruction of electoral materials and other violations of the Electoral Act.

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JAMB are to intiate a platform for candidates who score over 250.

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it will create a platform that will enable some candidates who scored 250 and above to know why they are denied placements in their respective schools of choice.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.

According to him, the development is to further engender transparency and equity as well ensure that candidates do not fall prey to fraudsters who may claim to be in a position to influence their placements if they (candidates), can meet their terms.

“The board is urging all candidates to have faith in the system as they need not beg, pay or patronise anybody to secure admission.

“Reports reaching us indicate that some persons have been going around collecting candidates’ registration numbers and scores under the guise of helping them to secure placements in their respective institutions of choice.

“Most of these candidates are high-scoring candidates who in the board’s 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) ordinarily could have secured their admission on merit considering the system put in place by the board.

“The board has through the Central Admission Process System defined all parameters for admission, and once a candidate meets the requirements, such a candidate is automatically picked by the system without interference.

“Unfortunately due to the ignorance of some of these candidates on how the system is being configured to engender transparency, equity and fairness, they allow themselves to be defrauded by some criminals, parting away with huge sums.

“Apparently, these candidates, in an event of being able to secure admission through the CAPS, attribute their success to these criminals who had collected money from them, without knowing that they made no contribution to their success.”

According to him, it is against this backdrop that the board has decided to create a platform that will guide high scoring candidates, from 250 and above on their admission status.

“These group of candidates are to visit the platform and know why they are not admitted in the case of such eventuality and take necessary precautions for the subsequent exercise.

“This is to ensure that these candidates have confidence in the system, as well as prevent them from falling prey to fraudsters.

“We, therefore, also call on all institutions of higher learning to key into this sensitisation of disclosing why some high scoring candidates may not be admitted,” Benjamin said.

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Workers steal N243m worth of jewelry from Lagos celebrity

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Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two domestic workers, Alex Obinyan and Ayuba Samson, for allegedly stealing jewelry worth N243m in the Lekki area of the state.

It was gathered that Obinyan, a cleaner, and Samson, a car washer, allegedly stole a Cuban diamond neck chain as well as Frank Muller and Rolex wristwatches worth N243m belonging to their boss, who is a celebrity, and fled to Borno State.

The duo was arrested after selling the neck chain and Frank Muller wristwatch for N6m and N4m, respectively in Lagos and Abuja.

Our correspondent learnt that Obinyan, who earned N80,000 monthly, had spent over eight years working with the celebrity, whose identity the police did not disclose, while Ayuba, who earned N50,000 monthly, started working two months ago.

According to the police, the suspects and the buyers of the jewelry were brought to the RRS headquarters by the decoy team of the agency after an eight-day investigation in Abuja and Borno State.

The RRS stated that the suspects, who were captured on CCTV leaving the celebrity’s residence, had confessed to stealing the Cuban diamond chain worth N54m, the Frank Muller wristwatch worth N140m, and the Rolex wristwatch worth N49m.

Narrating how they stole the jewelry in his confessional statement to the police, Obinyan said, “I have been working with him in Lekki for over eight years. I am used to moving those valuables around the house whenever I found them in his car. I have never thought of stealing them.

“When Samson came and he saw me with the diamond encrusted gold chain, he convinced me that we could make a fortune from stealing them. He was not with us before. Within two months of his stay, we planned to steal these things.

“The boss was in the sitting room when we stole the chain along with the Frank Muller and Rolex wristwatches and before escaping; we already got a buyer for the chain. We sold the Cuban diamond chain in Eti-Osa, Lagos, for N6m.

“The following day, we escaped to Abuja, where we bought a Toyota Corolla, and we sold the Frank Muller watch in Abuja for N4m to raise more money for our escape to Borno State, where we planned to start new lives and businesses.”

However, Obinyan, in a letter he left for his boss while departing his apartment, stated that the celebrity was not someone he could rely on.

The letter read in part, “I know you will be shocked why I write to you but the truth is that due to some quite observations, I have come to a notice that you are not a person that someone can rely on. I have been patient enough to see if you can help me but you keep on promising me up to (sic) now there is no avail (sic).

“To cut the story short, I have decided to stop working for you, and I am sorry to mention that but you have to bear with me. I have gone for good because I cannot continue to work for a person that does not care about (sic) me and does not value me for the rest of my life.”

According to the police, the suspects were arrested in Maiduguri in the two-bedroom apartment they rented alongside the buyers of the items, Haruna Abdullahi and Abubakar Buhari.

Recovered from them were the Rolex wristwatch, two brand new tricycles, a Toyota Corolla car and the sum of $2,200.

Our correspondent learned that the suspects had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for further investigation.

Reacting to the incident, the RRS Commander, DCP Olatunji Disu, urged Lagos residents to always conduct background checks on their domestic workers before employing them.

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Son Heung-min dedicates goal to André Gomes against Red Star.

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Son Heung-min, Tottenham star, may still be overtly devastated by guilt but by virtual of his highly remorseful gesture during Spurs’ victory over Red Stars, the South Korean star has accrued more love to his side. Son put behind the most spine-chilling moment of his career that saw him accidentally dislocate André Gomes’s leg in a Premier League tie against Everton as he hit brace in Spurs’ Champions League win over Serbian side Red Star Belgrade.

But the top highlight of the encounter was when the 27-year-old refused to celebrate his second goal and opted to use the moment apologise to the Everton star in a touching moment caught on camera. Son would later disclose that he staged the on-pitch gesture out of respect for Gomes because he understood “his situation.” “I didn’t want to celebrate because I wanted to respect his situation. Of course, I still feel really, really sorry about the situation,” the 27-year-old said Young girl selling groundnut gets enrolled in better school after signing graduate’s shirt “Of course, I still wish Andre Gomes gets well soon and best wishes,” Son submitted according to Balls report.

The emotional action has set social media agog with football fans across the world praising the South Korean star for his humility and his enviable sense of remorse. “Son didn’t even celebrate scoring a Champions League goal because he is more saint than human being and still feels bad about Gomes’ injury. I love him,” Samuel Army posted.

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