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2023: Actions are in place to address issue of minors on INEC voters’ register – ICPC board member

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By Francesca Iwambe

A board member of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Bukola Balogun has said that actions have been put in place to address the issue of registration of children in the country.

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Balogun was reacting to the alleged registration of children in the northern part of the country as eligible voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Earlier in the week, photos of minors registered as voters on the INEC voters’ register surfaced on social media.

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The pictures gained traction on all social media platforms as Nigerians condemned the development and called on the electoral body to explain how children who are obviously below voting age were registered as voters ahead of the 2023 election.

However, Balogun in his reaction said that the agency won’t disclose the action it would take in addressing the issue of underage voting in the country.

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“Let’s leave till that time, those are operational issues and it’s not good to talk about what would happen in the future, you know when you now bring out what you want to do…. you know our society.

“So, please let’s leave it like that. But let us all perform our civic responsibility and pray to God to do well for Nigeria”, she said.

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On vote buying, she said the anti-corruption agency is already making efforts to curb it, adding that some people have already been jailed for inducing voters with money.

“For every election, we have been part of it. I won’t go into the details but I can tell you, we are on top of it. But you know some people have been arrested and have been tried for vote buying, so, those are operational issues and I want to tell you that we are working on it”, she said.

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information and Voter Education of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Festus Okoye, has called on Nigerians to help in cleaning the voters’ register.

He confirmed that he has seen the photos of the kids trending on social media as eligible voters.

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Photos/Video: LASU class of 2004, Anthony Campus re-union anniversary

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The class of 2004, Public Administration of the Lagos State University (LASU) Anthony Campus re-union second anniversary get together on Saturday.

Old classmates had a lot share and had time to dance and celebrate old times.

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Finally, after terrorists attack, NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna rail operations on Monday

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Finally, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will resume the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service on Monday, with only two return services after the terrorists attack.

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Naijablitznews.com reports this was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria.

The statement shows the first train will depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna state to Abuja by 8:00 in the morning while from Abuja, the first train will depart Idu train station to Kaduna state by 9:45 in the morning.

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The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number and valid Boarding Ticket before they will be allowed to board.

It also says the purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

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Online and mobile app ticketing will be available from 8:00 in the morning on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations will open from 6:30 in the morning on Monday, December the 5th.

Recall that the NRC suspended train service along the route after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.

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The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack attracted international and national outrage.

The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.

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Before the hostages were completely released, distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.

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Peter Obi Attends Gospel Musical Concert ‘The Experience’ In Lagos+Photo

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday, attended the annual gospel musical concert organised by House On The Rock church in Lagos.

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Upon his introduction, Obi was welcomed with cheers from the crowd.

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