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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the National Identification Number (NIN) is not mandatory for voter registration.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the clarification to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, NAN reports.

Yakubu said that NIN was only a means of identification for registration as listed in the Electoral Act.

“I want to make this important clarification. NIN is not going to be made mandatory for voter registration.

“This is for a simple reason that we are operating on basis of the law establishing INEC.

“Section 10 of the Electoral Act lists identifications to be presented by prospective registrants for the purpose of voter registration to includes birth certificate, national passport, national identity card.

“We cannot single NIN out and make it mandatory. All the other requirements are of the law and we must apply the law appropriately.

“If you have your national ID card we will register you on presentation of the card, but we will not make it a mandatory means of identification for the exercise.

“Since the law, the electoral act does not make it mandatory, it is only one of the many means of identification required,” Yakubu said.

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BREAKING: JAMB reschedules UTME Mock exams

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has postponed the 2021 Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The exam, earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday, 30th April, has been rescheduled to hold on Thursday, 20th May.

Fabian Benjamin, Head, Public Affairs in a statement said the change of date was due to ongoing adjustments in operational processes.

He explained this would not affect the Mock Examination other schedules, including the date for the UTME fixed for 5th to 19th June, 2021.

The spokesman informed all stakeholders that the 2021 UTME/DE Registration exercise is ongoing and will end on 15th May, 2021.

The board, however, said it was concerned that some candidates, in trying to generate their profiles, were sending their details wrongly to 55019.

“The right process is to send the word “NIN” allow one space in between, then insert the eleven digits NIN number to 55019 e.g. NIN 00000000000.

“Any other process is wrong and would not generate the profile code for the candidate. It is also necessary for the candidate to know that only the SIM that is linked to his/her NIN can be used to send the NIN to 55019”, the statement added.

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Latest News… Worshipers Was Killed in Kaduna Church

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Latest News… Worshipers Was Killed in Kaduna Church

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly invaded a church in Chukun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing an unspecified number of worshippers.

We gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday morning.

Details of the incident was still sketchy as at press time.

When contacted correspondent to ascertain the name of the church and confirm the incident, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige said, “I will find out and get back to you”.

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10 things you need to know today Sunday 18/04/2021

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1. Thousands of youths, women and leaders of Yoruba, yesterday, staged a protest in some streets of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, demanding for Oduduwa Republic. The protesters were led by a Yoruba group, “Ilana Omo Oodua”, clamoring for self determination.

2. Following an alleged plan by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to deploy 5,000 of its vigilante to the South East to protect herders in the zone, the IPOB has warned the association to steer clear from Igbo land, just as it has threatened to deploy its outfit, the ESN to the North. IPOB gave the warning in a statement by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful.

3. The PDP Southwest zone, yesterday, commended the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, over his decision to unite the aggrieved party members in the zone and for prevailing on Dr Eddy Olafeso and other candidates that contested in the just concluded PDP South West congress from challenging the outcome of the congress in the court. The party’s zonal Publicity Secretary, Sanya Atofarati, made this disclosure in a press release on Saturday.

4. Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Pantami, yesterday, renounced some controversial comments he made on Al Qaeda and Taliban which led to the call for his resignation. While answering questions during his daily Ramadan lecture at Al-Noor Mosque in Abuja, the minister said he now knows better about some of the comments he made in the past.

5. Governors of the states battling with Boko Haram terrorism in the North-East have asked the Federal Government to issue a special fiat, different from the general one issued earlier, to enable them to speedily prosecute suspects arrested for terrorism.

6. Chairman, Takum local government council of Taraba State, Shiban Tikari, narrowly escaped death yesterday as armed militia opened fire on his vehicle leading to the death of his police orderly.

7. Armed men suspected to be Fulani herders, yesterday morning, butchered a family of four and three other residents of Mbamondu community, Modern Market Council Ward in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue state.

8. The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, yesterday, called on Muslims in the country to rally support for the FG’s COVID-19 vaccination programme by being vaccinated to save their lives. Oyetola made the call on Saturday while speaking at the 26th Annual Ramadan Lecture of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Abuja Branch.

9. Troops yesterday resisted an attempt by the Islamic State of West African Province/Boko Haram to take over Kumuya Military Base in Yobe State. Following an attack, the military restricted movements on Damaturu-Damboa-Biu Road to enable it trail the fleeing insurgents.

10. Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday ruled Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State off the track over his recent allegation that the FG printed N60 billion to augment the March revenue allocation to states. The Progressive Governors’ Forum made this known in a statement on Saturday.

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