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17 years after, Nigeria to conduct population census after 2023 elections

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Seventeen years after its last population census, the Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday said it may carry out a national census that is designed to produce not only an accurate, reliable, and acceptable census after the next general elections scheduled to hold in February and March 2023.

The director-general of the Nigeria Population Commission (NPC), Nasir Isa-Kwara, made the disclosure at the end of the Council of State meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Isa-Kwara revealed that the pilot census will be conducted in June by the National Population Commission after political parties have held their primary elections.

The last census was held in August 2006 but the NPC has said it is targeting to carry out the next one in April 2023.

The commission also said it has successfully completed the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in the 772 LGAs out of the 774 LGAs in Nigeria as well as the 1st and 2nd Census Pretest in the selected Enumeration Areas in the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory in preparation for the 2022 Census with the outcomes of these preparatory activities re-assuring that the Commission is on course in its mission to deliver a credible and reliable census.

The NPC boss said “through the census, we generate the data that we use for policymaking, for planning, for development, by the three tiers of government, and the private sector, they all need this.

Speaking further on the importance of the population census, Isa-Kwarra stressed that census figures will also benefit the private sector.

“If you are in the private sector, you’re producing something, certainly, you need to know the population of an area if you want to create a market there. So, census data is very crucial, very important. Because, the data we’ve been using are just projections, and estimation and are sort of obsolete, we need the actual census data to use for our planning. “

Censuses are controversial in Nigeria because rival ethnic and religious groups have in the past tried to use them to assert their numerical superiority and claim a larger share of oil revenues and political representation.

The World Bank estimates Nigeria’s population will overtake that of the United States by 2050 to reach almost 400 million.

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Zambian Police to charge ex-President Lungu over ‘people will rise’ comment

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The Zambian Police says they are going to charge former President Edgar Lungu to court over a recent comment credited to him where he was quoted as saying the “People will rise,” which the police deem inciting.

National Police spokesman, Rae Hamoonga, who gave the indication that the ex-President would be prosecuted over the comment, said the implication of the statement was being assessed, and appropriate legal actions may be taken.

According to reports, Lungu had made the remark when he said ordinary Zambiand would rise if the police continued with the harassment of Patriotic Front (PF) and other opposition members.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Hamoonga said the remarks made by Lungu apparently led to an unrest at the Kabwata Police Station where his followers at the were teargassed and arrested.

He warned that a police station was a protected place by law and that any misconduct within its premises would not be tolerated.

“Today, the actions taken by Kabwata police were in accordance with the law,” Hamoonga said.

The police spokesman noted that the arrest of the Lungu-led PF Chairperson for Information and Publicity, Emmanuel Mwamba, alongside three others on Monday was executed lawfully.

“The police managed to confiscate three drums used by an unruly crowd and these will serve as crucial evidence ” he stated.

Hamoonga further warned that a police station was not a playground for disorderly conduct and individuals engaging in illegal activities within its confines were liable to be arrested.

“The police are committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens,” Hamoonga emphasized, while reiterating the importance of respecting the law and maintaining order, emphasizing that a police station was not a venue for disruptive behavior.

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Nigerian govt debunks coup reports

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The Nigerian government has dismissed a report that has been making the rounds in the past couple of days of a coup plot by some disgruntled military officers, saying the rumour was not only “unequivocally false”, but “fake and heinous act of disinformation.”

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, who made the denial in a statement on Tuesday, said such reports were not only baseless but mere “figment of the warped imagination of detractors, whose malicious intent was to destabilise the country and undermine the present administration.”

The Minister noted that the President Bola Tinubu-led administration would neither be distracted nor intimidated into abandoning the ongoing reforms aimed at rejuvenating the economy and creating a pathway of prosperity for the citizenry.

“It is now evident that some desperate individuals have resorted to publishing fake news to erode public trust in the government and sow the seed of discord in the country,” Idris said.

He added that the government would exercise its rights within the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s laws to contain rogue actions aimed at destabilizing national security and the nation’s hard-earned democracy.

The Minister further urged the Nigerian public to “exercise discernment and refrain from spreading or amplifying the unfounded report,” which was being strategically planted on some pliant and compromised news platforms to subvert the nation’s democracy.

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