The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said eligible Nigerians who registered in the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) that they would get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before December this year. INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said this in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja. He said the clean-up of the register of voters using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) is ongoing since the CVR was suspended on 31 July 2022. Okoye added that as soon as the process is concluded, the commission will provide the public with full information. “The ABIS for the period – 15th January to 31st July 2022 is almost completed. Several double, multiple, and ineligible registrants have also been detected and invalidated. These include entries that fail to meet the commission’s business rules. The commission takes this responsibility seriously because a credible register is at the heart of electoral integrity”, he stated. “Thereafter, valid registrants will be added to the existing national register of voters before publishing the same nationwide for scrutiny, claims, and objections by citizens as required by section 19 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022,” he added. 

Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola said that the FG would complete special facility capacity custodial centres that would house 9,000 inmates in three states by December 2022. These 3,000-capacity custodial centres are located in Kano, Rivers and Abuja. Aregbesola disclosed this to journalists on Monday after a facility tour of the Capacity Custodial Centre in Karshi, Abuja. He said the one in Kano was almost completed while the facilities in Rivers and Abuja were at 55% of completion. “My desire is to have the first three of the six projects to be completed before this administration ends. “We have a similar facility in Kano that is almost completed. I believe before December, it will be inaugurated and commissioned by the President. The one at River State is almost at the same stage like this. With support from the President, these two (Rivers and Abuja) will be completed by the end of the year,” he added.

Unionised aviation workers on Monday protested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja to demand the retraction of a clause in the Civil Aviation Act 2022. The union said the clause in the Act seeks to classify aviation workers as essential service providers. The union explained that the clause would impede their rights as workers. The workers who marched from the international wing of the airport to the gate carried placards with different inscriptions.  The FCT Council Chairman of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Comrade Dauda Nambol, who spoke to journalists said the protest was imperative following the unlawful clause inserted into the Aviation Bill. He explained that classifying them as essential workers meant they would be exempted from all the instruments of their actions. He also added that classifying them as essential workers was anti-labour. “We are comrades and this is our right as workers. If we feel dissatisfied over any issue, we have the right to protest and we will not allow anybody to take away that right”, Nambol said. The union gave the FG two weeks to retract the clause.

Appeal judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday rejected a decision to award a record $30 million in compensation for child soldiers and other victims of convicted Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda, sending the case back to a lower court for a new ruling on the amount of the reparations. The appeals judges said the order was missing a fundamental detail, “namely the number of victims whose harm it was intended to repair,” and added it was “not discernible” how the lower court had arrived at the sum of $30 million. Ntaganda was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2019 for murder, rape and other atrocities committed when he was military chief of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from 2002-2003. In March last year, a lower court ruled that Ntaganda should pay reparations of $30 million to his victims, the highest such amount ever ordered at the ICC.