The Independent National Electoral Commission, Kebbi State, has distributed sensitive election materials to the 21 Local Government Areas ahead of Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Ahmad Mahmud, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday that the distribution took place at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Birnin Kebbi branch on Wednesday.
“The distribution was done in the presence of representatives of political parties and security agencies like the DSS, Customs, Immigration, Civil Defence, Police and Nigerian Army,” he said.
He expressed optimism that the materials would reach all the Local Government Areas by Thursday evening for onward distribution to various polling centres across the state.
“We still have over 16,000 ad hoc staff, mostly NYSC members and students of higher institutions to serve during the exercise.
“We have 225 wards, 1,345 voting points and 2,398 polling units in the 21 local government areas of the state.
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Mahmud said the commission was ready for the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state on Saturday.
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Inflation rate falls to 1.7%
The office for National statistics says the consumer price index is 1.7%-down from 2.1% – in August
Head of inflation at ONS Mike Hardie said: “The inflation rate has fallen noticeably into August, to its lowest since late 2016. This was mainly driven by a decrease in computer game prices, plus clothing prices rising by less than year after the end of the summer sales.
“Annual growth in house prices slowed to its lowest rate since September 2012, with four of the nine English regions now seeing prices falling over the year”.
Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe
Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.
The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).
The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.
According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.
It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.
“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.
“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”
The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.
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