Senate suspends screening of INEC Commissioners over Magu

The Senate on Tuesday put on hold the screening of the 27 Commissioners proposed for the Independent National Electoral Commission by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate, which took the action on Tuesday, demanded the removal of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (INEC), Ibrahim Magu, as condition for the screening. It said the suspension of the screening will be two weeks in the first instance. The Senate had rejected Magu as the chairman of the EFCC over a damning report by the Department of State Services….

INEC records minor fire incident

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Monday recorded minor fire incident. The commission, on its twitter handle posted at about 5.09p.m. on Monday, said the “officers of the Fire Service and the Commission just put off a minor fire incident. No loss of life and no loss of sensitive documents.” INEC director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, who confirmed this in a telephone interview last night said the incident happened at the first floor of the commission. “It’s just on the first…

No decision yet on indicted 202 staff – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it has not suspended the 202 staff indicted for electoral fraud in 2015 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). There was media report two days ago that the affected staff had been inter- dicted and placed on half salary pending conclusion of their trial in court. But in a statement yesterday by Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, INEC said that it has not concluded its investigations on the matter and has not suspended the affected staff. “The…

Rerun: INEC to fix Anambra Central election’s date

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may fix date for the Anambra Central senatorial rerun election this week. The election was nullified by the Court of Appeal in 2015, which ordered INEC to conduct e a fresh election to fill the vacancy. Court cases had stopped the commission from conducting the rerun, but INEC’s, Professor Mahamood Yakubu, at a media interaction yesterday, said commission was working for the withdrawal of the cases so as to allow for alternative dispute resolution mechanism to resolve the matter. The All Progressive Grand Alliance…

INEC records minor fire incident

  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the early hours of Monday recorded a minor fire incident. ‎The Commission, on its twitter handle posted at about 5.09 Monday, said the “officers of the Fire Service and the Commission just put off a minor fire incident. No loss of life and no loss of sensitive documents.” INEC director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, who confirmed this in a telephone interview Monday night, said the incident happened at the first floor of the Commission.  “It’s just on the…

We’re yet to take decision on indicted staff – INEC

  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has not suspended the 202 staff indicted for electoral fraud in 2015 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). There was media reports two days ago that the affected staff had been indicted and placed on half salary pending conclusion of their trials in court. But a statement Monday by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, INEC said it has not concluded its investigations on the matter and has not suspended the affected staff. “The attention of the…

Perspectives on political developments in Nigeria

Sylvester Imhanobe’s undertaking to write this book is both complex and delicate, given that the book has three-dimensional thrusts – historical, political and legal. When a lawyer undertakes such a task, the effort can only be described as exploratory. Imhanobe is no doubt a well-trained and skillful lawyer, but historiography is also an entirely different subject with its unique skills, just as dynamics of political actions are best understood by the actors themselves. So when a lawyer picks certain political cases, such as is done in this book, and gives…