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Women Record Large Turnout In Bauchi Re-run

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From Adamu Shehu Imam, Bauchi.

Women came out in numbers to exercise their civic right to cast their votes during the supplementary and re-run elections for the two vacant seats in the House of Representatives for Zaki and Gamawa federal constituencies of Bauchi State.

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Our reporter who monitored the conduct of the elections in the two LGAs, observed that women queues were unprecedented to exercise their franchise to elect their preferred candidates.

Some of the women who spoke said that they were properly mobilized by their husbands to come out and cast their votes, stressing the importance of participating in the electoral process.

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While speaking to Journalists, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ibrahim Abdullahi, commended the process saying that it was an improvement on the last election considering the large turnout of voters especially women.

Resident Electoral Commissioner, Bauchi State. PHOTO: Adamu

The REC added that there was no logistics issue as all the materials were distributed in good time and they got to the various polling units in good time which made the exercise hitch-free.

On some reported Electoral cases, he said that as at the time of the interview he did not received any negative reports stressing that, “all the Electoral personnel have been well briefed on what to do in case of any problem, I believe that I will get proper briefs from them and will let you know”.

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Ibrahim Abdullahi also commended security agencies for providing adequate security in the two LGAs saying that, “the security operation is very commendable and I have confidence that the end will be better”.

The supplementary and rerun elections were as a result of the Court Judgements that nullified the elections conducted last year and urged INEC to conduct supplementary election in Zaki and re-run in Gamawa.

More so, the court of appeal in jos, not only annulled the election, but also barred the candidate of APC Ali Garba Gololo in Gamawa Federal C
onstituency, on the ground of school certificate forgery.

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The major two contenders of the re-run election in Gamawa LGA were People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).

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The results of the two elections is expected soonest by the independent national electoral commission area offices, at the two federal constituency.

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Withdrawal Limits: Senate Raises Concerns, To Debate New CBN

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A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

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The Senate has raised concerns about the latest Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy on cash withdrawals.

Senate Minority Leader Phillip Aduda in a point of order during plenary on Wednesday called the attention of his colleagues to the new policy and demanded for caution as it will affect many Nigerians, especially small business owners.

In his response, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautions the CBN not to approach the policy by jumping into it at once as many Nigerians will be affected.

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He further noted that there is a need to engage the CBN in discussions to get more details of the policy and he directs the committee on banking to discuss this matter during the screening of the CBN Deputy Governors expected to hold before next week.

The Senate has set next Tuesday to debate the new CBN policy.

Under the new withdrawal policy, the CBN restricted the maximum cash withdrawal over the counter (OTC) by individuals and corporate organisations per week to N100,000 and N500,000 respectively.

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The CBN stated, however, that withdrawals above the thresholds would attract processing fees of 5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively for individuals and corporate entities going forward.

In addition, third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for OTC payment while extant limits of N10 million on clearing cheques still remain.

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The new withdrawal regime further pegged the maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated teller Machine (ATM) at N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

 

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IGP Launches Portal To Report Stolen Vehicles

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As precautionary measures to tackle vehicle theft, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has launched a platform for Nigerians to report cases of stolen vehicles.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said the digitalized platform – Central Motor Registry (CMR) – successfully completed and commissioned by the IGP is situated at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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He said the platform launch followed the “IGP’s quest to ensure a digital environment for policing the country for robust and more proactive measures in crime prevention, investigation, and prosecution.”

“The newly digitalized Central Motor Registry Command Centre will make it possible for members of the public to report vehicles stolen from as far back as 1st January, 2018, and yet-to-be-recovered to input the vehicle details on the online platform to serve as a reliable data point for the possible recovery of the vehicle,” he stated.

“The platform will also process motor vehicle information to support police operations and efforts toward enhancing national security.”

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With the CMR having two Command Centres in Abuja and Lagos, Adejobi said 37 Information Centres are located across the Country and in the Federal Capital Territory, with 200 e-Enforcement Operational Patrol Vehicles with automatic number plate recognition on each vehicle as part of the first batch.

He also asked Nigerians and other residents in the country to take advantage of the platform at https://reportcmr.npf.gov.ng to upload their vehicle information on the website with effect from today 7th December, 2022, as a security step for preventing it from being stolen and re-registered.

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NCC Gives Update On Status Of 3.5GHz Spectrum Auction

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) hereby announces that by the close of business on Monday, December 5, 2022, only two companies expressed interest in the auction of the 3.5GHz Spectrum band namely;

i. Airtel Networks Limited (Airtel) and
ii. Standard Network & Connections Limited (Standard Network).

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However, only Airtel paid the Intention to Bid Deposit (IBD) as stipulated in the Information Memorandum (IM) whereas, Standard Network sent an email appeal for the deadline to be extended by twelve (12) working days which was not acceptable in view of the auction timetable.

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Having met all the provision in the IM, Airtel has, therefore, emerged as the sole Bidder.

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Consequently, there shall be no further bidding and the Commission will proceed to the Assignment Stage in line with the published Information Memorandum guiding the licensing process.

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