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Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said solar powered electronic voting system produced by National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) is ready for use. Onu made this known on Thursday in Abuja. According to him, the product is of world standard designed for effective and efficient voting. He said using of the indigenous voting system for 2019 or 2022 could only be decided by Independent Electoral Commission (INEC). “We have improved on our solar powered electronic voting system so much that we have taken it to INEC and show it to the chairman and all the National Commissioners. They were very impressed. “We took it to the National Economic Council where the Vice President is chairman and all our governors are members and showed it to them.” But I can’t say when the solution will be used whether in 2019 or 2022 that is a decision to be taken by INEC but our law now allows electronic voting, he said.” Onu said the aim of developing the solar-powered electronic voting machine for collating results was to ensure free and fair elections as well as to tackle current electoral challenges. The minister said the machine had provision for real-time election results collation as voting progressed and provision for Diaspora voting. He said the solar-powered electronic voting system developed was built on the gains of the present INEC. In another development, the minister said the government was presently discussing with some countries towards having a constellation of satellites. “This means that instead of one country having one satellite, many countries can have many satellites that can do so many things. “Then you pull the resources together and pull the data together from all participating countries. So in that way, you share cost and also share data and it is more cost-effective.” “We have very serious constraints in terms of funding but we are working on how we can have funding for research and innovation in the country from outside the budget,” he said. He said the Federal Government was still working on the speeding limit system of a Nanosatellite set up last year at National Space Research and Development Agency to bring the cost down. He said the government was also intensifying effort to ensure the Nanosatellite was the best in the country and world. According to him, using the Made in Nigeria satellite will cut a lot of costs and provide jobs.

Five Nigerians have been sentenced to various jail terms by an Inner London Crown Court over the theft of £610,000 from business bank accounts. According to reports, Victor Oke, 39, of Galleons Drive, Barking, used stolen data provided by Desmond Uyiosa Abifade, 25, of Henniker Road, Stratford, to falsely impersonate company directors via telephone banking. Once Oke gained access, he diverted funds to ‘mule’ beneficiary accounts monitored by Moses Kuye, 28, of Connaught Road, Silvertown. Melinda Mensah-Oke, 37, also of Galleons Drive, impersonated company directors when a female voice was necessary, while Arinola Kuye, 27, also of Connaught Road, acted as the group’s money launderer. They were caught after being spotted by fraud investigators at HSBC, who passed the case to the dedicated card and payment crime unit (DCPCU) to investigate, Punch reports. The DCPCU is sponsored by the banking industry and made up of officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, bank investigators and support staff from UK Finance. Police were able to analyse when and where the calls were made to identify the phones used and from there, the perpetrators. All five were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, which they pleaded not guilty to. On Wednesday, Oke was sentenced to four years in prison, while Moses Kuye was jailed for three years and three months. Mensah-Oke received a fourteen month suspended sentence and Abifade a two year suspended sentence. Arinola Kuye was given a 12-month community order and instructed to complete 50 hours of unpaid work. DC Dave Cass, who investigated the case for the DCPCU said: “This was a concerted effort to commit fraud against two companies and profit from crime. “The police take fraud very seriously and these sentences should send a message to fraudsters that you will be caught and punished.” All losses were refunded to the genuine business account holders.

Russia has signed agreements with Nigeria to build and operate a nuclear power plant in the oil-rich West African nation that has a deficit of reliable power and faces security challenges by Islamist militants in the far northeast. Feasibility studies for the plant and a research center construction will include site screening, capacity, financing, and time frames of the projects, state-owned Russian nuclear company Rosatom said in an emailed statement. The nations in 2009 signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of the peaceful usage of nuclear technologies. Nigeria in 2015 was in talks with Rosatom to build as many as four nuclear power plants costing about $20 billion, the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission said at the time. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, distributes an average of 4,500 megawatts of electricity. Half the output of the Egbin power plant, the nation’s biggest, is lost because of inadequate transmission infrastructure, its chief officer said last month. Rosatom is seeking to build nuclear power plants in other countries on the continent including South Africa.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted hazy weather conditions over the central states of the country on Wednesday morning and afternoon. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Tuesday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 27 to 34 and 15 to 26 degrees Celsius respectively. It added that there would be chances of localised thunderstorms over Ibi, Makurdi and Lokoja in the afternoon and evening hours. The agency predicted that the southern states would experience cloudy morning over the Inland cities with prospects of localised thunderstorms over Enugu, Abakaliki, Owerri, Awka, Akure, Oshogbo and Ado-Ekiti axis in the afternoon and evening hours. It added that cloudy situation would prevail over the southwest coast with slim chances of localised thunderstorms over Calabar, Eket and Uyo in the morning hours. NiMet also predicted afternoon and evening localised thunderstorms over Port-Harcourt, Yenagoa, Calabar, Uyo and Eket with day and night temperatures of 30 to 33 and 21 to 25 degrees Celsius respectively. According to NiMet, northern states will experience dust haze condition with visibility range of two to five kilometers, in localised visibility of less than 1000m throughout the forecast period. It said the region would have day and night temperatures in the range of 34 to 38 and 15 to 22 degrees Celsius respectively. “The Northern states are expected to be in dust haze condition with visibility range of two to five kilo and localised visibility less than 1000 metres. “Hazy conditions are expected over the central cities with possibilities of localised thunderstorms over the southern cities in the next 24 hours,’’ NiMet predicted. (NAN) I found this interesting I didin't find this interesting

The lawmaker representing Bauchi central, Isah Misau, has alleged that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, impregnated a serving deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Esther, an act which he says contravenes the police act. Misau added that the IGP is having affairs with two policewomen whom he has given special promotion. The senator said Idris married Esther because she was “four months pregnant” for him, reports TheCable. “The IG is openly having two relationships with police women which he gave special promotion. One of them is Amina and one of them is DSP Esther which the IG on 15th of last month got married to that woman DSP. Under police act and regulation you cannot marry a serving woman police officer unless that woman retire,” Misau said. “He quickly did a secret wedding in Kaduna because the lady is four months pregnant. I am saying this because of the institution – that institution I am supposed to be a stakeholder in that institution. It is the institution that brought me here which I’m proud of.” Misau said this on the floor of the senate on Wednesday while drawing the attention of the lawmakers to the disagreement he is having with Idris. The Bauchi senator had also accused IGP of receiving money from oil companies where police officers were sent to provide security. The police had declared the senator a deserter after he had earlier alleged that the IGP collects money for the posting of police officers. Attempts to contact the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, CSP Jimoh Moshood to comment on the allegations were unsuccessful.

A High Court in Lagos on Wednesday sentenced a man to death by hanging for armed robbery and conspiracy to commit crime. The convict, Izunna Ajaere, 25 was charged with stealing a Toshiba laptop, a Blackberry phone and two other phones from one Uchenna Uka in his compound at around 9:30 p.m. on June 22, 2012. He was said to have perpetrated the act with an accomplice who is still at large.‎ According to the prosecutor, A.B Awosika, the convict and the accomplice had accosted the complainant, threatened him with a ‘gun’ and forced him to take them to his apartment where they robbed him of the said items. “He (complainant) cooperated when he realised they were armed with something that looked like a gun and he was afterwards robbed and locked in his flat but he took the second exit out and raised an alarm that led to the pursuit of the culprits and his (convict) eventual arrest beside a swimming pool at Ajao estate and he was taken to the police station by the Oodua People Congress, OPC,” the prosecutor said. The prosecutor added that the complainant later went to the police station the next morning to write a statement adding that he recognised the convict as one of the men who robbed him. He added that the offences violate Sections 295(2) and 297 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. Our Source reports that the accused, however, denied the charges saying he was forced to confess to a crime he did not commit. The hairdresser claimed that he was standing at the bus stop waiting for a bus when he was accosted and accused by the police of being responsible for the crime. He said no weapon was found on him except his work implements. However, presiding judge, Kudirat Jose said the prosecution had proven its case beyond any doubt. “The evidence of the prosecution witness proved that the defendant was one of the armed robbers, therefore, all the ingredients of the crime of armed robbery have been shown.The prosecution has proven the charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery beyond a reasonable doubt. “The defendant is hereby sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and for armed robbery.”

Following wave of agitations for secession and restructuring of Nigeria’s governance architecture which brought mild unrest in some regions, youths have urged individuals, ethnic groups and others behind the moves to eschew violence and limit their demands within confines of law. They argued that demands could be achieved through dialogue, rather than through violence which often leads to lose of lives and property in the country. At a gathering organized by a youth based group, NaijaDay Foundation, yesterday in Lagos, with theme ‘Significant of peace and unity in Nigeria’, put in place to commemorate Nigeria’s 57th independent anniversary, the youths also urged government at all levels to keep their quota of responsibilities, so as to ensure adherence of peace and unity among citizens, especially youths. Addressing congregation at the event, the Director, Prisoners Right Advocacy Initiative (PRAI) and 2017 Mandela-Washington Fellow, Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem, warned agitators to desist from uttering hate speeches while demanding for their rights in the country, just as he caution against overheating polity with various hate moves. He implored Nigerians not to share every post on social media because a lot of them were written to cause discord amongst Nigerians, stressing that every Nigerian need to be armed with correct information and shun gullibility. “We all possess innate weapons to fight intolerance and hate, let’s use it. Most of the people sponsoring and leading the clamour for war will jet out of the country if it happens and the common man who has blindly followed them would be made to suffer,” Adetola-Kazeem added. He emphasized that whenever war occur in a country, the nation would metamorphosed negatively and may not regain its potentials several years after the crisis might have ended. “The rich will become poor, children became orphans, wives transformed to widows, landlords of palatial homes became refugees who will queue for food. Lawyers, doctors, judges, businessmen, may not be left out. And millions could be sent to their early grave. “Rather than fighting ourselves we must fight that peace may reign. It is impossible for all of us to agree on the same thing but it is possible for us to be tolerant of one another’s views,” For Publisher, Checkout Magazine, and a United Kingdom (UK) based journalist, Lekan Fatodu, pocket of violence within the country, which was due to agitations from the regions for secessions, restructuring and others, indicated that it was time to make peace a national mantra. He said: “It’s high time we made peace a national mantra in Nigeria given the current agitations for secession, devolution of power, resource control, restructuring and other concepts that are clearly threatening the unity, stability and peace of the nation.” Fatodu opined that after making peace the new mantra, the Federal, state and local governments must embark on strategy that would gradually inculcate in every citizen the need to embrace good behaviours and harmonious relationship. “And the government must adopt the all important strategy of gradually changing opinions, quietly eroding primordial thinking and slowly instilling new ideas that are based on socio-economic and political justice, trust, hope and gains for all Nigerians regardless of tribes, tongues, backgrounds and political affiliations. “Citizens, through the viable and brilliant platform like NaijaDay, also need to rededicate themselves to the cause of one and better Nigeria and should continually galvanise thoughts and influences that will help in delivering the Nigeria of our dreams,” he added. To achieve peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, the Director, Center for human rectitude, Yusuf Aweda, appealed that clerics in the country should use religious teachings to ensure protection of humanity, regardless of tribes, religion and ethnicity. Aweda added that religious leaders should also use alters in protecting lineage and encourage members to marry one another with morality to worship the supreme creator of all. “Protection of lineage leads to good home, good homes beget adorable communities, good communities make good states. good states make good Nation,” he said. The director however warned that religion should not be used as a mechanism to promote corruption, steal public funds or frustrate government efforts in eradicating corruption, saying, a nation that has its common wealth not protected could turn a barren nation and may never grow productively to influence the society with great values.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has opened an office in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, its Spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Tuesday. He said the development had moved the commission’s fight against corruption closer to the people of Akwa Ibom and neighbouring Cross River. The office, according to him, is located at No. 3, Akparawa Crescent, off Edet Akpan Avenue (4 lane), Uyo. He added that the office started receiving petitions on Aug. 8 when the commission took over the complex. Uwujaren stated that the Zonal Head, Mr Abdulkarim Chukkol, had earlier addressed journalists who visited the office to find out whether it had truly commenced operations. He explained that Chukkol had confirmed the presence of the commission in the state and gradual take-off of operational activities. He said “the commission favours no political party over another; we urge the people to see the nearness of EFCC to their door steps as an advantage. “People should maximise this opportunity by alerting the commission of any form of economic or financial crimes.”

Gunmen suspected to be cult members ambushed a patrol team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) along the East West Road, Emohua section today, wounding one officer, while a member of the cult group was shot dead and a pistol and other weapons recovered. The Commander of SARS in Rivers State, Akin Fakorode confirmed the incident.”We had enccounter with a cult group in Emohua this morning when on patrol to ensure that the kidnappings and robberies in that axis of the East-West road are checked and ensure safety of travellers. There was a gun battle during which one of the cultists was killed. “No arrest has been made yet, we are still on the trail of other members of the cult group. We just recovered some of the weapons of the cult members. Fakorode added that an injured SARS officer was in the intensive care unit at the UPTH. The Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said the SARS Patrol team were on routine patrol when the team was attacked leading to the exchange of gunfire between SARS operatives and the cult members. He said the presence of the SARS operatives is to check the frequent incidents of kidnappings, armed robberies and other criminal activities on the major highway. An eyewitness Aghedo Alexander narrated the incident in his Facebook page. According to him, “I witnessed everything on my way to Ahoada my office. I was caught in crossfire or will I say ambush, after backup came from SARS and they cleared the blockage at OGBAKRI junction chasing this protesting cult boys into the bush, and telling motorist to continue their journey. Unknown to us and the SARS team that these cultists have mounted another burn fire and road block 2 kilometers away from the first one SARS cleared. The boys came out from the bush and started shooting at motorists. Thank goodness my driver was fast enough to make a U-turn. Thank God for safety”. Another witness, Ohaka Bob Ikpendu, narrated: “I was caught in between, I pleaded and pleaded with them, I spoke all the Ikwerre language in me today just to prevent them from smashing the car and harassing me and the others I was travelling with. “We truly have a big problem in Rivers State. I saw very angry, idle and destructive youths, who were so available to cause mayhem at the snap of a finger there. There has to be a programme for youths in this state. There are a lot of youths idle and available to commit crime,” Ikpendu said in his Facebook page.

The Lagos State police command on Friday said it had arrested 34 officials of the Peace Corp para-military organization. The spokesman of the command, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole announced the arrest to newsmen. The arrested officials, according to Famous-Cole, will be charged to a mobile court on Saturday. “The command has arrested 34 members of the Peace Corp. “The organization is illegal, therefore the command would charge the suspects to a mobile court tomorrow,” he said

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