INEC to release final list of NASS presidential candidates as campaign begins Sept. 28; 11.9 Billion Naira Stolen From Kwara Treasury Between 2011 And 2019 – Audit Reveals

  • INEC to release final list of presidential and NASS candidates as campaign begins September 28
  • 11.9 Billion Naira Stolen From Kwara Treasury Between 2011 And 2019 – Audit Reveals
  • Arrested Ogun Chairman sleeps in Abuja EFCC custody
  • Jigawa vaccinates 1 million people against cholera
  • Seven dead in a car accident in Ekiti

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INEC to release final list of presidential and NASS candidates as campaign begins September 28

Ahead of the 2023 elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that it would publish the final list of candidates for president, senator and member of the House of Representatives on September 20.

During the “Expert Meeting on the Conduct of the 2023 General Elections in Nigeria in an Unstable Security Environment” on Thursday in Abuja, INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu made the statement.

The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) and INEC collaborated to plan the event.

Mr. Yakubu said the release of the final list was in line with Section 32(1) of the Elections Act 2022 and the commission’s schedule and schedule of activities.

“This will be followed on October 4 by the publication of the final list of candidates for the State elections (Governorship and State Houses of Assembly).

“Political parties’ public campaigning will officially begin on September 28, as provided for in Section 94(1) of the Elections Act 2022.

“As the campaigns begin, we call on all political parties and candidates to focus on thematic campaigns.

“It is the best way to complement our efforts to ensure transparent elections in which only the votes cast by citizens determine the winner,” he said.

Yakubu said activities for the 2023 general election would enter critical phases this month from the next 19 days.

11.9 Billion Naira Stolen From Kwara Treasury Between 2011 And 2019 – Audit Reveals

According to a forensic audit study, N11.9 billion of government funds were illegally withdrawn from the Kwara State Treasury between 2011 and 2019 without being linked to any project or programme.

Among other startling facts, the forensic audit study revealed alleged misconduct during the period.

This information can be found in a statement made Thursday in Ilorin by Mr. Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

The audit also revealed that in February 2019, just a month away from the general election, 2 billion naira in cash withdrawals that were not related to any project or official expenditure were made within eight days.

Presenting the report to AbdulRazaq on Thursday, Professor Anthony Iniomoh, said the report is in two volumes covering internally generated revenue; capital receipts; internal and external loans; Recurrent expenses/overheads; Personnel costs (wages and salaries); Capital expenditure; assets sold; Kwara State Internal Revenue Service; Kwara Infrastructure Fund (IFK); and Harmony Holdings Limited, among others.

Iniomoh said the report saw cases of companies receiving significant government funding without any documentation of the work they had done.

The report also revealed a case where a civil servant received the equivalent of years of salary from two different sources.

Iniomoh revealed that 2.06 billion naira in cash was withdrawn in eight days in February 2019 without any supporting documents being made available to verify the reason for the transaction.

He said the audit team was unable to verify a number of other large-scale cash withdrawals carried out by the state during the period, totaling billions of naira.

The audit, in his view, proved that loans were received by the Kwara government throughout the reporting period.

While some cases must be referred to an administrative board of inquiry for certain people to explain their role in the many transgressions, the report recommends that the government prosecute certain people and companies accused in the two-volume report.

Arrested Ogun Chairman sleeps in Abuja EFCC custody

The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, who was detained by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission officers on Thursday morning at Murtala Muhammed International Airport and transported to Abuja, remains in their custody on Thursday evening.

According to reliable reports, the embattled politician is currently being held by the Abuja Anti-Corruption Commission for financial mismanagement and embezzlement.

Following his repeated refusal to accept the EFCC’s invitation, he was reportedly on the commission’s wanted list.

Oluomo and others (who have yet to be named) have been accused of falsifying signatures and financial documents belonging to the Ogun State House of Assembly.

Jigawa vaccinates 1 million people against cholera

According to the Jigawa State Ministry of Health, more than one million people in three local government areas in the state have been vaccinated against cholera.

Last year, the outbreak was worst in the local government areas of Dutse, Birnin Kudu and Hadejia.

Salisu Mua’zu, permanent secretary of the ministry, disclosed this during a press conference on Wednesday.

According to the official, immunization efforts have been stepped up with the introduction of rotavirus vaccines, unlike the previous year, when the state reported 595 deaths out of 21,877 cholera cases.

He said his ministry has put in place a response mechanism to reduce the number of deaths from the disease in 2022 to avoid the high death rate seen from the disease last year.

“We vaccinated more than a million people against the cholera epidemic, raised surveillance parameters and trained people to identify cholera cases. As a result, the state has yet to record a case,” he said.

Seven dead in a car accident in Ekiti

In a collision involving two automobiles on Wednesday night in Ekiti state, as many as seven people died.

According to sources, the incident between an 18-passenger bus and a Toyota sedan on the Iluomoba-Aisegba road resulted in fatalities for all parties involved.

According to a source, one of the cars lost control as it tried to avoid a pothole and crashed into the oncoming car heading towards Ado Ekiti.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps in Ekiti State, Mr. Olusola Joseph, who confirmed the accident, said: “The number of passengers in the two vehicles was 17. Seven passengers lost their lives and the victims were deposited in the morgue”.

The FRSC boss, who said other passengers with varying degrees of injury were being treated at a tertiary hospital in the state capital, warned motorists against speeding, which he said described as the cause of unjustified road accidents.

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