YAGA- Africa, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to address the problem missing names of electorate in the voters’ register to prevent disenfranchisement of intending voters.
The Chairman of YIAGA AFRICA `Watching The Vote’, Dr Hussaini Abdu made the call at a news briefing on Saturday in Abuja.
He said the commission must also address problem of non payment of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) drivers who were expected to support the deployment of election materials and personnel.
Abdu call on the electoral umpire to extend the voting period across board for all eligible voters to exercise their franchise and ensure transparency of the results collation process.
The chairman said collation centres should be provisioned with adequate lighting facilities and calculators to avoid computational inaccuracies that could undermine the integrity of the election.
He called on INEC to ensure that polling officials strictly adhere to the electoral guidelines on accreditation and voting and ensure instructions are given to security personnel to allow free movement of accredited observers.
According to him, YIAGA AFRICA Watching the Vote deployed 3,906 observers throughout the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the country.
“The number includes 3,030 Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) observers who were deployed in pairs to a random, representative statistical sample of 1,515 polling units where they will remain throughout the day,” he said.
The chairman explained that the deployment would enable YIAGA AFRICA to independently verify the accuracy of the official presidential election result when it is announced by INEC.
“YIAGA AFRICA undertook the Watching the Vote project to provide Nigerian voters, presidential candidates, political parties, civil society and INEC with independent information about whether the official results for the Feb. 23, 2019 presidential election truly reflects the ballots cast at polling units,’’ he said.
The chairman said that as at 7:30 am, YIAGA AFRICA WTV observers reported that INEC Officials had arrived at 31 per cent of polling units though arrival rates varied by geopolitical zones.
Abdu said at about 10:00 a.m., 41 per cent of polling units had opened across the country. Opening rates again varied by geopolitical zone.
The chiarman said snatching of election materials by unknown person was reported in Okrika LGA, River state which led to no voting in wards 06, 07, 08 and 09 in the area.
Abdu said the ugly incident was also reported in polling unit 003 ward 10 Emohua LGA, of the state and that vote buying were reported in polling units 010/01/10/13 in Omala LGA in Kogi state. (NNN)
Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa
Yagazie Foundation urges support for amputee footballers
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Yagazie Foundation, on Sunday called on the government, private organisations and individuals to come to the aid of the national Amputee Footballers in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Kennedy Ezirin, made call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria while reflecting on the activities of the foundation.
NAN reports that the foundation partnered with the Nigeria Amputee Football Players Association in organising a one-day awareness competition to prepare for the national trials ahead of the 5th Cup of Africa Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF).
The one-day tournament featured four selected teams that competed at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
On the challenges facing Amputee football, Ezirin called for adequate support for the underprivileged athletes toward realising their goals and making meaning out of their lives.
“There is an urgent need to help these underprivileged athletes towards realising their goal to take up a career and be useful. We have realised that they are going through lots of stress.
“We have observed that the Amputee footballers lack basic amenities such as jersey and they have no camp for preparations, which is affecting their morale.
“The team is not asking for much, but minimum comfort for them to excel because they are ready to showcase their talents, all what they need is exposure and support.
“For the government, the physically challenged people can be molded into stars by exploring their inner strength, so government should come to their aid as well as other well meaning Nigerians,’’ he said.
The Assistant National Coach of Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF), Gbenga Dosunmu, told NAN that the just-concluded competition had helped in raising the awareness for the national trials.
“The competition has helped to create awareness about the national trials scheduled for this week.
“What we need now is to look at the way we can address our challenges, which include inadequate funding and lack of sponsorships for the footballers.
“We are looking up to sponsors like Yagazie Foundation to come to the aid of the amputee footballers in realising their dreams.
“For us, we need early preparation towards the Angola 2019, coming up by September, so, we will need assistance to help put our plans together to ensure good outings at the competition,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the NAFF national trials scheduled from June 17 to June 19 in Lagos is to select footballers for the national team towards the 5th CANAF billed for Angola in September.
Amputee footballers laud Yagazie Foundation’s partnership for national championship
Amputee footballers have applauded Yagazie Foundation for its determination to be engaged in the activities for the 5th Cup of Africa Nations Amputee Football (CANAF) in September.
Ugochukwu Obieze, Athletes’ Representative of Nigeria Amputee Footballers Players Association (NAFPA), expressed their gratitude on Wednesday in Lagos in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria .
He said that the support from the foundation was a positive development for footballers and coaches who had trained consistently to excel in competitions.
Obieze disclosed that the pre-National Amputee Football Championship ahead of CANAF, supported by the foundation would hold on June 14 at Kaza Pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos, adding that it would involve four teams.
“Our coaches have been living up to their responsibilities on us, encouraging us just to keep our faith alive but no competition to display efforts because individuals and corporate bodies are not forthcoming.
“‘Until nowthat we have this encounter with Yagazie Foundation which promised and responded promptly to our need which is reality of this upcoming competition on Friday. The foundation has done well,’’ he said.
Victor Nwaewe, Coach of the amputee footballers, told NAN that the partnership and support of the foundation came at the right time when footballers were preparing for a continental tournament.
Nwaewe said the development had brought a great relief to footballers and they were eager to exhibit their skills, noting that the competition was necessary to fortify the footballers.
“The National Amputee Championships for the selection of footballers that will make the national team for CANAF is coming up next week so this event will put them in good shape.
“What the foundation did has brought inspiration and encouragement to the amputee footballers and we are very grateful for their assistance,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF) will organise a National Championship to kick start preparations for the 5th CANAF tournament holding in Angola in September.
Yagazie Foundation, NAFPA plan pre-CANAF National Amputee Football Championship
Lagos, June 11, 2019 Kennedy Ezirim, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Yagazie Foundation, says the NGO is collaborating with Nigeria Amputee Football Players Association (NAFPA) to organise a national championship before the Cup of Amputee Football Nations Cup (CANAF) later in the year.
Ezirim told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos that the Pre-CANAF National Amputee Football Championship was part of the buildup to the continental tournament slated for Angola in September.
He said that the his passion for the physically challenged athletes compelled him to identify with the NAFPA, adding that the body approached him for necessary assistance towards its preparations for CANAF.
“Its so inspiring to see persons living with physical disability playing football, I was really motivated by their dedication in contributing their quota to the progress of football development.
“They approached us for support which I gladly accepted and it is on that note that Yagazie Foundation is partnering with NAFPA in their upcoming events,’’ he said.
The CEO said that the forthcoming event was aimed at creating awareness and soliciting for more support for the amputee footballers preparing to represent the nation in CANAF.
Ezirim urged individuals, the private sector and other Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to key into the initiative, adding that the footballers should be encouraged in their mission of making a mark in the tournament.
According to him, four amputee football teams were expected to feature in the Pre-National Championships holding on June 15 in Kaza pitch, National Stadium, Lagos.
Nigerian Photographer Yagazie Emezi receives Getty Images Bursary Award
Nigerian documentary photographer Yagazie Emezi, has been awarded the Inaugural Creative Bursary Award by Getty Images.
The 26 year-old is among the six recipients selected by an industry leading panel of the international photo curating platform to get amounts between two thousand dollars and five thousand dollars.
Other recipients include Neema Githere from Kenya; Oriana Koren, Jeremy Dennis, Donavon Smallwood and Tara Sellios from the United States of America.
Emezi, who hails from Abia State, came in joint second place with Neema Githere for a prize sum of three thousand dollars.
The news was shared on the official website of Getty Images and confirmed by Emezi on her Instagram page @yagazieemezi on Tuesday, where she wrote:
“Excited to announce that I am among the 6 recipients selected for the @gettyimages Creative Bursary (@gettyimagescreative) for emerging photographers!
“Thanks to the funds, I’ll finally have some small piece of mind to set time aside to put form to the things in my head lol.
“Congratulations to the rest of the recipients (it was great to see a familiar name on the list representing Kenya @findingneema)!
“Ready for the challenge and looking forward to seeing how we make use of this opportunity to tell more of our necessary stories,” Emezi wrote.
She began her journey as a self-taught photographer in early 2015 and has since been commissioned by Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, Refinery29, Everyday Projects, and UNFPA.
The Vlogger and graduate of Cultural Anthropology and African Studies from the University of New Mexico came into limelight for her continuous project ‘Another Tale by Moonlight’.
She returned to Lagos from the United States in 2014, to ‘document life in Nigeria as it truly is’.
Emezi has worked on several projects including ‘Felaberation’ and the Lagos Fashion Week.
In 2017, she was a participant of the World Press Photo Masterclass West Africa and is a contributor to Everyday Africa.
Getty Images Inaugural Creative Bursary Awards was established in October, 2017, to support emerging photographers, who must be under 30 or have been pursuing professional photography for less than three years.
The annual $40,000 Bursary will enable them to realise commercial photographic projects which, without funding, they might not have otherwise been able to pursue.
For the selection, participants were asked to submit a project proposal and visual brief in support of their creative idea. Awardees were selected from the pool of entries.
Edited by: Sadiq Adamu/Ekemini Ladejobi
Man accused of stealing neighbour’s phones remanded
An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan on Wednesday ordered the remand of 38-year-old, Ibrahim Badmus, for allegedly breaking into his neighbour’s house and stealing two cell phones.
Chief Magistrate Olabisi Ogunkanmi, who ordered the remand, did not take the plea of the defendant.
She also directed that the case file be sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
Ogunkanmi, thereafter, adjourned the case till Aug. 21 for mention.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Badmus of Ita – Baale area, Mapo, Ibadan, was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, breaking and entering as well as stealing.
The Prosecutor, Insp Sikiru Opaleye, had told the court that Badmus and one other person at large conspired together to commit the offences.
He alleged that Badmus at about 2:45am on March 26 broke into the house of one Abike Olajiire, 50,and dispossessed her of two Android cell phones valued at N46, 000
According to the prosecutor, the complainant alleged the defendant used a knife to threaten her and her daughter to dispossess them of the cell phones.
He said the restoration of public power supply enabled the complainant to identify the defendant as her neighbour before he fled the scene.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
ACI, Coca-Cola engage 100 residents to pick plastics for cleaner Lagos
Mr Alexander Akhigbe, Chief Executive Officer of African Clean-Up Initiative, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos that the initiative was undertaking in collaboration with Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd.
Akhigbe commended Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd for increasing the earnings of those engaged in the project.
“The compensation by Coca-Cola motivated those engaged. The project has made the environment cleaner and free from flood.
“I also commend the effort of some NGOs, such as Inspired Next Initiative, Quivers Foundation, Yagazi Foundation, Weblers Foundation, among others, for providing face masks and other sanitary items to the participants,” he said.
Akhigbe said those engage would pick up the pet bottles twice a week in Ijora to prevent the plastic bottles from blocking the drains in the area.
“We also sensitise the people on the dangers of the waste to the environment.
“They understood that plastic has value, so they go around their community to encourage others to pick up pet bottles and earn little income,”Akhigbe said.
“The project gives me more money and I have encouraged others to participate in the exercise,” she said.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Court remands man, 29, for alleged kidnap, rape, armed robbery
An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Thursday remanded a 29-year-old man, Sodiq Abiodun, in police cell for alleged kidnap, rape and armed robbery.
She adjourned the case until July 2 for mention.
Abiodun, whose address was not provided, was arraigned on a six-count charge bordering on armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and impersonation.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp M . Adegbenro, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Dec. 30, 2019 on Sodun Street in Muslim area of Ibadan.
Adegbenroo said that the defendant armed himself with a gun and robbed one Kemi Olapoju of N40, 000.
“The defendant also on Feb. 19, in Iyana Modina area of Odinjo, Ibadan, attacked a lady at gun point and dispossessed her of a Techno cell phone and N2,500.
“He held her hostage inside a room in Papa Eleye area of Ibadan and forcefully had unlawful canal knowledge of her.
“The defendant also disguised himself as a military officer by wearing a camouflage uniform and presented himself as a soldier to his victim,” said Adegbenro.
He said the offences contravened Section 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap. RII, Vol. 14, Law of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Court remands barber over alleged rape of client’s 19-year-old granddaughter
An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan, on Wednesday, remanded a 20-year barber, Evans James, in the custody of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) for allegedly raping his client’s granddaughter.
The Magistrate, Mrs Olajumoke Akande, who did not take plea from the defendant, remanded him at the SCID, Iyaganku, pending the advice from the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).
Akande, thereafter, adjourned the matter till July 23 for mention.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that James, of an undisclosed address in Ibadan, was arraigned on a one-count charge of rape.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. M. Ayodeji, told the court that James, on June 15, at about 2.27 pm. at Adedeji Pero Street, Oluyole, Ibadan, had unlawful carnal knowledge of a 19-year-old lady.
Ayodeji said that James raped the lady without her consent in her home.
“The defendant, being a barber, was rendering home service to the victim’s grandmother on that day, as he had been rendering the service in the house before the incident.
“On the fateful day, James after being through with the job, had unlawful carnal knowledge of the victim,” he said.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes Section 357 and punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap. 38, Vol II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
Edited By: Sam Oditah and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Man in court for allegedly having sex with a pig
A 22- year-old man, Ayokunbi Olaniyi, on Tuesday appeared in an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly having sex with a pig.
The police charged Olaniyi, who resides in Eleti – Odo area, Iwo Road, Ibadan , with one count of unnatural offence.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Opeyemi Olagunju, told the court that on April 2, at about 4 p.m. at Elewi – Odo , Ibadan , the defendant allegedly had sex with a pig against order of nature.
He alleged that the defendant worked for Mrs Adenike Taiwo’s pig farm in Elewi – Odo area, Ibadan.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the offence.
The Defence Counsel, Mr Mumin Jimoh, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.
Jimoh said the owner of the pig has forgiven the defendant.
Chief Magistrate Olaide Amzat said:” if the owner has forgiven the defendant, has God forgiven him or the pig forgiven him?”
“The law must take its cause”.
Amzat admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the matter untill July 21, for hearing.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
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