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TAPAN Demands INEC Chairman steps down over non Payment of Ad-hoc Staff:

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The Taxpayers Association of Nigeria (TAPAN), an Umbrella body of taxpayers were approached by the ad-hoc staff that worked in the Presidential and National Assembly elections of 16th February, 2019 who were not paid their stipends as stipulated. Few days from now will be 16th of February 2020 which is exactly one year these youth play their role in this engagement and up till now INEC is yet to play its own part of the bargain in giving them their entitlement. However, the core values of TAPAN as an association amongst others is to ensure that taxpayers’ money are duly appropriated and expended for this purpose.
During the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) whose function is to conduct elections as the electoral umpire of the nation recruited ad-hoc staff who help in the said election to coordinate all the Polling Units across the nation for the Presidential and National Assembly elections. The ad-hoc staff included both ex-corps members and serving corps members.
Also, there were 119, 973 (One Hundred and Ninety Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy-Three) Polling Units across the nation and each Polling Units was coordinated by 4 (four) officials; one serving Corp member and three Ex-corp members making it a total of 479,892 (Four Hundred and Seventy-Nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety-Two) ad-hoc staff engaged in this process.
As a prelude towards the said elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) organized a training for all the ad-hoc staff which lasted for two days and the ad-hoc staff for the said elections were entitled to N8,000.00 (Eight Thousand Naira) only which is to cover their logistics. At the end of the induction course, even-though the said amount was appropriated, was never paid to them including the sum of N15, 000.00 (Fifteen Thousand Naira) for coordinating the Polling Units for the said elections.
The entire ad-hoc staff mobilized to their various areas of primary assignments ready for the job, when at about 3:00 am on the election day, and about four hours to opening of the polls, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu came on air and called for the postponement of the elections with reasons best known to him. Till date the ad-hoc staff have not been paid.
“Gentlemen of the press, the youth of this country have become endangered species, not only do they roam the street seeking for jobs but the ones done for the country entirely are yet to be paid. We need not to add that money for the exercise was duly appropriated by the National Assembly from taxpayers’ money, hence our involvement in this matter so therefore, TAPAN insist that Prof. Mahmood must resign with immediate effect and handover himself to the appropriate authorities for misappropriation of taxpayers’ money, breach of trust, rape of justice. And lack of administrative mastery and finesse.” Said Comr. Obinna Okafor, the president of Taxpayers’ Association of Nigeria (TAPAN)

The President of TAPAN, Comr. Obinna Okafor addressing the press during the press conference

“Public office is not for everybody, gentlemen of the press may I state emphatically without fear or contradiction that Taxpayers Association of Nigeria had once written to the Vice-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (GCON) and our letter was replied within 14 (fourteen) working days, it shows efficient service delivery in public office, whereas we wrote 3 (three) different letters to INEC, two (2) from our attorney and one (1) from Taxpayers Association of Nigeria concerning this subject matter, yet, it was treated with reckless abandon and unheeded up-till today.” Said the TAPAN President, Comr. Obinna Okafor
According to Comr. Obinna Okafor, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has failed to

understand that his activities as INEC chairman is predicated on Taxpayer’s money, yet he lacks capacity in simple administrative matters. He also lamented that INEC agreed with TAPAN that they are aware that some of their Ad-hoc staff died in the course of this assignment, some were raped, valuable items such as phone and money were forcefully taken by the village miscreants due to poor accommodation, yet nothing has been done as supposed.
Therefore, the Taxpayers Association of Nigeria (TAPAN) call on the attention of the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, President. Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) to kindly intervene urgently to this clarion call in order to restore confidence and trust of Nigerian youths, by ensuring that these INEC Ad-hoc staff are paid immediately and demands that Prof. Mahmood Yakubu step down with immediate effect.
“Mr. President, your name will be written in gold and chronicled as a listening president who has pacified fate of almost 500,000.00 (five hundred thousand) youths.” Said Comr. Obinna Okafor, the TAPAN President.
Conclusively, TAPAN has done her best to hold down the INEC Ad-hoc staff for so long believing that this commission will be reasonable enough to do the needful but from their survey as an organization they are made to understand that INEC body language is an invitation to nationwide protest that will not likely end until Prof. Mahmood steps down. We are all aware that almost 500,000.00 (five hundred thousand) youth are involved in this case, it is obvious that the outcome of the protest is better imagined than experienced and we hope INEC responds positively on this matter.

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“Not less than 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in the attack on a rice field in Borno State.” – UN Reveals

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United Nations (UN) has revealed that not less than 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in the attack on a rice field in Borno State.

A statement by the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon on Sunday while describing the attack as horrifying, said not less than 110 people were killed with many other persons injured in one the deadliest attack by the terrorist group, who have laid siege on the Northeast for over a decade.

Kallon said: “I am outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near Borno State capital Maiduguri.

“At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.”

He disclosed that: “In early afternoon of 28 November, armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields in Koshobe and other rural communities in Jere Local Government Area. Reports we are receiving are indicating these innocent farmers were the victims of this callous violence.”

Kallon, while condoling with the government and people of Nigeria, said: “I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in this atrocious attack. I also wish a speedy recovery to those who were wounded in the incident.”

Kallon also lamented that several women may have been kidnapped in the attack.

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He said: “We have also received reports that several women may have been kidnapped. I call for their immediate release and return to safety.”

He added that: “My thoughts are also with the rural communities in the area, who are shocked by the brutality of yesterday’s (Saturday’s) attack and fear for their safety.”

He said: “The entire UN system and the humanitarian community working to provide life-saving and development assistance to the most vulnerable in Borno State is outraged by the incident. Such direct attacks against innocent civilians jeopardize the ability for the most vulnerable people to survive the adversity they are facing, and which we are striving to alleviate.”

He said: “The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice.”

He lamented that: “It is unfortunately one of too many such attacks targeting farmers, fishermen and families who are trying to recover some livelihood opportunity after over a decade of conflict.”

He said: “I strongly condemn this attack and any act of violence against innocent civilians and I firmly urge all actors on the ground to respect international laws and humanity.”

The statement said: “Rural communities in Borno State are facing untold hardships. Helping them to farm land and rebuild livelihoods are amongst our priorities and the only way to avoid the looming food crisis in Borno State. They and all other civilians need to be protected and spared from any kind of violence.”

It noted that: “Innocent women, children and men desperately need food and other support and assistance, particularly at a time when we are recording some of the highest levels of food insecurity in Borno State. We owe to do our utmost to help them survive these difficult times.”

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“Don’t let this industry lifestyle deceive you” – Kiddwaya advises celebrities

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“Don’t let this industry lifestyle deceive you” – Kiddwaya advises celebrities

Former big brother Naija housemate, Kiddwaya, has advised his celebrity friends.

The Benue born reality star and billionaire Terry Waya’s son, took to his Twitter account to urge fellow celebrities not to allow the industry lifestyle deceive them.

According to him, they need to start saving money now as price of things are goin up.

Advice to all my celebrity friends. Start saving your money now. Don’t let this industry lifestyle deceive you. Basket of tatashe going up.” he wrote.

Kiddwaya was a housemate of the 2020 Lockdown edition of the BBNaija reality show, who was evicted one week to the show’s finale.

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Nasarawa State APC Chairman, Philip Shekwo Kidnapped and Murdered

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The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa state, Philip Tatari Shekwo, who was kidnapped last night has been murdered.

Mr Bola Longe, Commissioner of Police in the state, confirmed the death of the APC chairman to reporters on Sunday in Lafia. According to him, the body of Shekwo was found in an area near his house in Lafia on Sunday and corpse has been evacuated to the Dalhatu Araf specialist Hospital.

His body was found dumped few meters away from his private residence at Anguwar Bukan -Sidi in Lafia metropolis on Sunday morning.

Gistflash was gathered that the gunmen armed with sophisticated weapons invaded the chairman’s residence around 11: pm on Saturday, November 21.

They opened fire at the gate, forcing a policeman guarding the house to take cover and then went straight into Shekwolo’s bedroom and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

The spokesman of the Nasarawa State Police Command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, who confirmed the abduction to newsmen, said policemen were immediately deployed to the scene, adding that the police engaged the gunmen in a shoot out but they managed to escape with the victim.

No suspect has yet been arrested over the kidnapping or murder.

 

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