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INEC: Over 430 Thousand  Registration Completed in Eight Weeks

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Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed the number of fresh registrants since the launch of the online registration portal on 28th June 2021 as over two million.

National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq in a statement, said as at 7 am Monday 23rd August 2021, the number of new registrants is 2,215,832.

Similarly, four weeks ago, the Commission commenced the in-person or physical registration as well as the completion of online pre-registration in all State and Local Government Area offices nationwide.

Okoye affirmed that the number of completed registration now stands at 430,363.

According to him, “Detailed distribution of the online and completed registration by State/FCT, age, gender, occupation and disability has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms for public information.

“Once again, the Commission appeals to all eligible citizens who have not registered to seize the opportunity to do so.

“For emphasis, the Commission wishes to reiterate that those who have already registered as voters need not register again. However, those who wish to transfer to another place where they wish to vote in future elections or who have issues with their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) may apply online or in-person for resolution.”

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NDLEA Discovers 13 Million Tramadol Pills Worth N8.8 Billions of Naira in Lagos Mansion

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has discovered an expensive mansion in Lagos stashed with about 13 million tramadol pills with a street worth of N8.8 billion. 

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has discovered an expensive mansion in Lagos stashed with about 13 million tramadol pills with a street worth of N8.8 billion. 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency declared in a statement released in the early hour on Monday that about 13,451,466 tramadol pills were recovered in a blockbuster operation. 

According to the statement released by NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, the mansion where the drugs were recovered belonged to a billionaire drug baron, Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia, who was in custody.

Babafemi further stated that the mansion which was located in the Lekki area of Lagos State was not occupied by occupied humans. 

Part of the statement read “Following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives on Friday 30th September stormed the Plot A45 Road 2 home of the 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin. 

A search of the expansive mansion led to the discovery of 443 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225 mg, which contains 13, 451, 466 pills of the drug while some cartons were already burnt in a fire incident in the house the same day”. 

Babafemi added that Ugochukwu who hails from Ihiala local government area of Anambra state has been on the Agency’s watch list as one of those behind the tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria.

He also noted that Babafemi has about six mansions within the VGC one of which he uses to warehouse the tramadol consignment.

Investors King learnt that five exotic vehicles were also located in two of the mansions which include a bulletproof jeep. 

It would be recalled that in September 2022, the law enforcement agency busted a warehouse in a secluded estate in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, where over N194 billion worth of cocaine were seized.

Me Babafemi said the illicit drugs, which were 1.8 tons (1,855 kilogrammes), were worth more than $278.2 million, an equivalent of N194.7 billion in street value. 

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FG Signs Agreement With UNICEF to Ensure Safety of Children Rescued in Conflict Areas

The federal government has signed an agreement with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to ensure the safety and protection of children found by Nigerian Security Agencies in conflict areas in the country.

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The federal government has signed an agreement with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to ensure the safety and protection of children found by Nigerian Security Agencies in conflict areas in the country.

According to a statement on Friday, UNICEF representative in Nigeria Cristian Munduate stated that the handover protocol will prohibit the detention of children allegedly associated with armed groups.

Munduate further added that the agreement signed will enable proper integration of such children into the society through educational and psychosocial support, adding that it will give them the privilege of acquiring an identity.

With this agreement, children rescued will be taken to the ministry of women affairs and social development for proper support within seven days.

The statement reads, “The handover protocol is a practical tool to prevent or reduce the detention of children encountered by military and security forces during armed conflict and presents an opportunity to identify and transfer children allegedly associated with armed groups within a period of seven days to the ministry of women affairs and social development.

“The government of Nigeria and UNICEF will continue to work together to ensure that children allegedly associated with armed groups receive appropriate, tailored social and economic reintegration assistance that supports the children’s, families, and communities resilience and social cohesion through child protection, education, psychosocial support, and livelihood initiatives, vocational and skills development, and life skills.

“Under this agreement, the government of Nigeria, the United Nations system in Nigeria, and UNICEF will appoint focal points to oversee the implementation of the protocol and develop a detailed operation plan to guide the implementation of the protocol, outlining roles to ensure its operationalization and share regular compliance reports on the implementation of the protocol with relevant authorities.

“Today marks a historic moment for children who are victims of serious rights violations in north-east Nigeria. This positive undertaking in signing the handover protocol represents a significant milestone and demonstrates the government of Nigeria’s commitment to upholding its obligations to establish and implement the minimum safeguards to prevent the involvement of children in armed conflict.

“The protracted armed conflict in north-east Nigeria has resulted to mass displacement and humanitarian and protection crisis. From 2016 to September 2022, 4,204 children (2,866 boys, 1,338 girls) have been released from administrative custody by the Nigerian military and have received interim care services at the Bulumkutu transit center, including community-based social and economic reintegration assistance.”

The handover protocol is reported to be the first civil human rights instrument to specifically cover the transfer, custody, and care of children in northeast Nigeria and minors from other nationalities who escaped or were rescued from armed groups.

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Cloud-Based Analytics Platform Class54 on A Mission to Drive Exam Success Rates For Students

Class54 has unveiled tools that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance high success rates for students preparing to write the Nigerian university entry examination and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

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Class54, a Nigerian startup that offers an all-in-one solution for students to prepare for exams efficiently, has unveiled tools that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance high success rates for students preparing to write the Nigerian university entry examination and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

With a mission to empower students by providing them with a quick revision guide, exam simulator, question engine, and cloud-based analytics platform, students can practice from the comfort of anywhere they are.

All they have to do is to download and install the Class54 mobile app which is available on both iOS and Android or the Windows desktop software to get started.

Class 54 has a rich plethora of well-explained past and curated questions by experts which help students prepare for and pass their examinations with excellent grades.

Students can also access the summary of recommended novels, practice questions by their preferred topics, or practice questions by how hard or easy they prefer them to be.

Instructions on each subject are presented with detailed explanations for every question, complete with clearly labeled diagrams. To boost adoption among target users across Nigeria, the applications have been optimized to work even with limited internet access.

To access the platform to begin practice, it costs a token of NGN1,000 for One-month access, NGN1,500 for 3-months of access, and NGN3,000 for 1-year access.

Speaking on the solution, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Oluwasegun I’ve said, “We have built an amazing technology based on artificial intelligence which helps students improve their grades in a record time as they prepare for major examinations in Nigeria.

“Our technology tracks their progress and recommends the next-best action to take to get the best grades in their examinations. This has enabled us to raise the average pass rate for candidates who used the class54 App in the 2022 JAMB examination to 73.54%, up from the 21% national average just in our first year alone.”

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