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NIN registration: NIMC lists enrollment centres in Lagos, Abuja

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has published a list of National Identity Number (NIN) enrollment centres.

NIMC posted the venues on its Twitter handle on Thursday.

The locations are in Lagos and Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The federal government had extended the deadline for NIN-SIM registration.

Subscribers with NIN were given the grace to connect it to their phone numbers by January 19, 2021.

Those without NIN were asked to register and update their records by February 9, 2021.

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NIN registration: NIMC lists enrollment centres in Lagos, Abuja

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‘Magralen’ receives 3 nominations at Lift-Off Film Fest

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'Magralen' receives 3 nominations at Lift-Off Film Fest

The Iranian short film Magralen directed and produced by Maryam Zarei and written by Payam Saeedi was nominated for the annual award of the International Lift-Off Film Festival in three categories of Best Director, Cinematography, and Actors.

“Megralen”, as Zarei’s first filmmaking experience, participated in the 11th Toronto LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL and won the Best Film Award at this cinematic event.

This film has competed in the competition section of prestigious international film festivals such as Berlin International Film Festival, Gimli Film Festival, Malta short Film Festival, Odense International Film Festival, and etc. 

The short film “Magrallen” tells the story of a family living in a car cemetery. The little girl of the family, who is blind, together with her older brother, have built a car for themselves where they spend their days. An accident disrupts the shaky order of the family.

Being hosted by London, Sydney, Manchester, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Berlin, Toronto, Tokyo, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles, the Lift-Off Global Network will hold its closing ceremony on January 29, 2021.

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How politicians caused Cross River’s crises, loss of 4 lives, destruction property

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Chairman of Ikom Local Government Council in Cross River State, Hon Kingsley Egumi has given further details on how the communal clash in Abankang and Alok communities in Ikom Local Government Area claimed four lives, destroyed property worth billions of Naira and displaced over 2, 000 people.

Speaking with Muhabarishaji on Monday morning via phone, Hon Kingsley who lamented the incident said that the killing, destruction and displacement of people wouldn’t have been so devastating assuming the some politicians in the area were not involved.

He said it would have been a small clash between Abankang and Alok communities where Chris Agibe and House member come from, but it later turned out to be the entire ward.

He explained that there used to be an armed check point around the area because that land had been in dispute, but the sudden withdrawal of the Army from the road and the place made the place porous.

“I got a distress call on Tuesday morning that some boys had started destroying things and I invited the Police, and we went there. We were able to calm down the situation and there was absolute peace, hoping that everything had been resolved, but on Wednesday, another crisis broke out. One of the Abankang boy was gunned down and four other boys wounded.

“We went back with some soldiers, police and other security agencies and effort was made to calm down the situation, and the police took the corpse to the mortuary. Later that same evening, there was what we call Bako Union that has to do with Ikom and part of Ogoja that sued for peace and everybody accepted.

“On Thursday, we have negotiated for another meeting between the leadership of the two communities in Ikom by 10 am, hoping that they were going to come but all of a sudden, the OC from the barracks told me that the House of Reps member had called him and said the meeting should be shifted from 10am to 1pm.

“And I wondered what would have been the reason; this is a man whose name was mentioned right from the day the crises started. I begged on the security personnel to call him and let us resolve the crisis before it escalates, but they said he was in Abuja

“As I was making calls to resolve the crisis, before 9am-10am of that day, the crisis started again and houses were burnt down, the entire community affected. Over two hundred houses affected, four persons, killed while over 2, 000 people displaced,” Hon. Kingsley said.

It was gathered that some people who sustained various degrees of injuries are now under medication at the Ikom General Hospital.

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Gardaí install checkpoints on non-essential airport travel in new operation

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Gardaí stopped vehicles making their way to several airports across the country over the weekend, in a new operation that effectively extended domestic travel restrictions to international travellers.

The Irish Times reports that gardaí conducted Covid-19 checkpoints on the Dublin Airport campus and the roads approaching it.

Most vehicles travelling both to and from the airport were stopped and questioned, while some drivers were taken out of the lines of traffic for enforcement action.

Garda sources said the checkpoints were repeated at other airports and ports across Ireland. The force’s headquarters has warned that holidays abroad are not deemed an “essential” reason for travel amid current Covid-19 restrictions.

It comes as enforcement action to reduce non-essential travel within the Republic has soared since the introduction of €100 on-the-spot fines two weeks ago.

Almost 1,000 fines were issued over 12 days from Monday, January 11th up to last Friday.

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One major checkpoint was located at the bottom of the M1 close to the Port Tunnel. From 7am to 9pm, teams of gardaí spoke to three or four drivers at a time.

All drivers were spoken to except when large tailbacks built up and gardaí waved some vehicles through to ease the congestion.

Gardaí also carried out checks at major train stations, with passengers at Heuston Station in Dublin stopped before boarding their train and asked the purpose of their journey.

Gardaí have now warned that anyone taking a flight or ferry for a non-essential reason can be fined in the same way people travelling further than 5km from home have been sanctioned under the “on-the-spot fines”.

Holidays abroad are not deemed essential

“Gardaí at Dublin Airport are enforcing the 5km from home travel limit. Essential travel restrictions apply to flights from Dublin Airport. Holidays abroad are not deemed essential,” Garda Headquarters in Dublin said of the new operation.

“Various checks on public health regulations at ports and airports [on the spot fines] can be issued for non-essential travel, including non-essential international travel.”

It comes as all international arrivals into the State are now required to produce proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19 taken within the 72 hours prior to their arrival. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to €2,500.

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