OBIANO’S WIFE SPEAKS ON THE “INAUGURATION SLAP”

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Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, the wife of former Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has stated her own side of the fight between her and wife of the former Biafra Warlord, Bianca Ojukwu.

A statement by the former Anambra First Lady’s spokesperson, Chidiebele Obika, said, Mrs. Obiano left her seat to greet Bianca, but the latter reacted to her greeting with a slap and pushed her.

The statement wondered what brought about “so much anger and hate” that would cause a former diplomat to be unable to “manage herself in public”.

The statement added that Mrs. Obiano didn’t bother returning the slap, but she walked away in utter bewilderment.

Bianca Ojukwu had last Thursday, slapped Ebelechukwu during the inauguration of Charles Soludo as the Governor of Anambra State.

JAMB ADOPTS ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION CODE, WHATSAPP PLATFORM

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has adopted an additional USSD registration code, 66019 to its already existing 55019 code, which had been operational since 2018, for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and its other services.

The Office of the Registrar of JAMB made the disclosure on Monday, in its weekly bulletin.

“This is to facilitate a hitch-free 2022 UTME/ Direct Entry (DE) exercise, by ensuring that there was no difficulty whatsoever, in the creation of profiles by candidates.”

“In essence, both codes are to be used to create profiles for the registration by candidates sitting for the 2022/23 examination.”

JAMB also disclosed that Candidates are expected to send their NIN, via either of the codes for their details to be pulled out from the NIMC database before they proceed to any accredited centre for biometric capturing.

On the planned introduction the use of a WhatsApp platform, as an additional support and complaint platform for clients, JAMB further disclosed that candidates and other stakeholders would have the benefit of instant messaging and solutions to whatever query they might have regarding any of the operations of the board.

“The platform is not meant to replace but complement the existing ticketing system, thereby expanding access to critical services among others,” JAMB stated.

OBASEKI CONSTITUTES EDO PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION COMMITTEE

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Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has appointed Hon. Justice Alero Edodo-Eruaga (Rtd), as Chairman of the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2021 Implementation Committee.

In a statement issued by Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., the constitution of the committee is in line with Section 4 (1) of the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2021.

“The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has, in line with Section 4 (1) of the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2021, appointed the under-listed persons into the Edo State Private Property Protection Law Implementation Committee.

Other members of the committee are: Mr. J. O. Uhunamure, Mr. Nosa Edo-Osagie Esq., Dr. Olufemi Ayewoh, Gen. Friday Airende (rtd), Mr. A. Agbonlahor AIG (rtd), and Chief Osaro Idah, while the Chief State Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Oshirekun Otokunrin Esq., is to serve as the committee’s secretary.

RANDY OLD MAN NABBED FOR RAPING BLOOD SISTERS

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The Police in Delta State has confirmed the arrest of a 35-year-old Jude Nduka for allegedly raping two sisters.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, in a statement on Saturday said Detectives of the command arrested the Suspect following upon a complaint from mother of the victims.

According to the PPRO, the Suspect, a resident of No. 10 Obi Onuwe Street behind Kowen Plaza Asaba, was alleged to have raped and impregnated a 16-year-old girl as well as raping and defiling the victim’s 13-year-old younger sister.

The statement added that medical examination on the said victims has been carried out while the suspect, who confessed to the crime, will be charged to court on completion of the investigation.

ONDO GOVERNOR IMPOSED 24-HOUR CURFEW IN IGBARA OKE

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Ondo State governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Igbara Oke, headquarters of Ifedore Local Government Area of the state with immediate efect.

The imposition was sequel to the violent dimension of a peaceful protest in the town following the outcome of a councillorship bye-election.

In a statement issued on Thursday evening and signed by Richard Olatunde, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Akeredolu ordered all security agencies in the state to enforce the order.

The statement reads: “Ondo State governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, has ordered the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on Igbara-Oke, headquarters of Ifedore Local Government Area of the state. This order is with immediate effect.”

The development, according to the statement was sequel to the violent dimension of what was initially considered a peaceful protest in the town following the outcome of a councillorship bye-election.

While, urging security agencies to enforce thet oder, he enjoined traditional rulers, opinion leaders and all persons of goodwill to let peace reign in their wards, the statement added that non-compliance with this curfew order will not be tolerated.

LAST WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT DIES AT 85

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Former South African president Fredrik Willem De Klerk has died Thursday morning at the age of 85, after a battle with cancer his foundation announced.

A statement from the former president’s F.W De Klerk Foundation on Thursday read: “Former President F.W De Klerk died peacefully at his home in Fresnaye (Cape Town) earlier this morning following his struggle against mesothelioma cancer.”

Born in the economic hub of Johannesburg in March 1936 into a family of Afrikaners politicians, a white ethnic group descended mainly from Dutch colonisers, his father was a leading apartheid senator who served briefly as interim president.

De Klerk studied law, before being elected to parliament as a member of the National Party that instituted apartheid.

He held several ministerial positions before taking over from Pieta W. Botha as the head of the National Party in February 1989 and became President in September 1989.

In 1990 he announced he was releasing anti-apartheid Leader Nelson Mandela, leading to multi-party polls and handed over to Mandela after the first democratic election in May 1994.

He is most remembered for his famous speech delivered on February 2, 1990, announcing the lifting of a ban on the African National Congress (ANC) and other liberation movements.

De Klerk had announced his diagnosis on his 85th birthday, on March 18 this year.

He is survived by his wife Elita, children Jan and Susan, and grandchildren.

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Obaseki appoints political adviser, 72 others

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Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has appointed Princess Philomena Ihenyen as his Political Adviser.

Governor Obaseki also appointed 72 Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) and Special Assistants (SAs), consisting of 21 Senior Special Assistants, and 51 Special Assistants, from Ihenyen’s Edo Central Senatorial District.

The appointments were contained in a statement endorsed by Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie, Esq.

The appointment, according to the SSG, was consequent upon harmonisation by leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo Central Senatorial District of the state.

Obaseki, last month, appointed 11 Special Advisers bringing to a total of 12 Special Advisers so far appointed.

PDP CANDIDATE CONGRATULATES SOLUDO

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Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded Anambra Governorship election, Valentine Ozigbo, has congratulated the winner and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chukwuma Soludo.

The PDP Candidate disclosed that he called Professor Chukwuma Soludo on phone and congratulated him after being declared winner of the Anambra State Governorship elections wished him well and as well prayed for his success.

Ozigbo, however, alleged that there were shortcomings at the election, emphasizing that the Independent National Electoral Commission presented poorly trained staff who could not operate the voting machines in many places.

“This election was fraught with a lot of shortcomings on the part of various government institutions,” Ozigbo said.

According to him, “failed woefully in providing logistical support for their staff and so elections started very late in many places and did not hold in many others.”

Soludo won with 112,229 votes beating Ozigbo, who polled 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress who got 43,285 votes. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party polled 21,261 votes came fourth, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

CRYING OVER ELECTORAL ACT AMENDED BILL 2021

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*APC, PDP JOIN FORCES FOR A SHOWDOWN WITH THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

There are indications that the two main political parties; All Progressives Congress’s and the people’s Democratic Party, may stage strong resistance against the just passed Electoral Act Amended Bill, 2021.

The reason the parties are crying foul is clause 87 of the amended Bill which provides for direct primary for political parties in nominating their candidates for elective position.

Some Governors on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have tried at various times to prevail on the National Assembly to halt the process, but the National Assembly on the other hand, muscled the courage to look the other way; passed the harmonised version of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021, without batting an eyelid

They argue that it is the exclusive perogative of any political party to pick and choose either of the mode; direct or indirect mode of primary election, and as such, the option should be left open for the parties choose how to nominate their candidates for elective positions.

An area that obviously boxed the political parties to a corner is the fact that the National Assembly empowered INEC to go ahead with the Electronic Transmission of Election Results.

Another argument advanced against the Direct primary mode is that it will eat deep into the resources of INEC while playing its supervisory role when many political parties are doing their primaries.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the passage of the amended version as unacceptable, emphasizing that no party has the right to impose its will on another on the method to adopt in primary election.

The passage followed the consideration of the report of the Conference Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives, which was set up in line with the existing tradition, to carefully scrutinize, clause by clause, the merit and demerits of the Bill before it was passed and awaiting the assent of the President.

21 clauses were harmonised, including the controversial clause 52; which provides for Electronic Transmission of Election Result (ETR) and clause 87 which mandates political parties to adopt the direct primary mode of selection of candidates into elective positions amongst other clauses.

Direct primary gives right to the participation of all party members in the nomination process of party candidates, while the indirect primary is used at the whims and caprices of Governors or party leaders who recriuite their choice party leaders from the ward, Local Government and State executive members to function as delegates to nominate party’s candidates at a congress or convention.

The final harmonisation and passage of the Bill by the Senate and the House of Representatives is a process that started from the seventh, through to the eight and was concluded by the to the ninth Assembly.

PASTOR ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY DEFILING 12-YEAR-OLD HOUSE HELP

A Pastor and Lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has been arrested by the Anambra State Police Command for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl.

Confirming arrest of the suspect, Spokesperson of the State’s Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, who did not disclose the identity of the suspect, disclosed that the suspect was currently making statement at the time he was contacted.

He assured that he will send the full detail of the incident to Journalists once it was ready.

A Source disclosed that Wednesday night, when the girl jumped down from the two-storey building they reside in, on Wednesday night to escape rape after the Pastor whom she was living with as a house help tried raping her.

“She is currently in the hospital receiving treatment as she fractured her leg, after jumping down from the height.

“We are calling for justice for the little girl, as she has been able to speak to some neighbours from her hospital bed, saying that from the very day she came to the man’s house, he started sleeping with her.

“The girl said on Wednesday, after taking care of the house chores, she was about to go to bed when the man came again. She excused herself that she wanted to ease herself, and while the man was making phone call, she used the toilet window to jump down,” the source stated

DEFECTION NOT ENOUGH GROUNDS TO REMOVE GOVERNOR, DEPUTY FROM OFFICE -COURT

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has dismissed the case filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Taiwo Taiwo, held that defection was not one of the grounds stated in the Constitution for removing a Governor and his Deputy from office.

Hon. Justice Taiwo also held that Governors and their Deputies can only be removed from office in line with sections 180, 188 and 189 of the constitution which stipulated that elective office holders can only be removed from office on account of death, resignation or impeachment.

‘’The point must be made that it is not the duty of the court to make law. If a gap is disclosed, the remedy lies in amending the Act”.

“This court has no power to declare vacant the seat of the Governor and Deputy, ” Justice Taiwo said.

Earlier, Justice Taiwo directed the lead counsel to the PDP, Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), to address the court on the position of the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division in respect of Governor David Umahi and his Deputy’s defection from the PDP to APC.

Ukala (SAN), argued that the subject matter, issues raised for determination, interpretation of certain provisions of the constitution in the cases of Umahi and Ayade were not the same because, Umahi’s prayers at the Abakaliki High Court were different from what the PDP were seeking at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

In his reply, Counsel to APC, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), submitted that the case decided at the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division was same with the instant case at the Federal High Court in Abuja, emphasizing that reliefs 12 and 13 in Ayade’s case are same with reliefs two of Umahi’s case in Enugu.

“The entire case boils down to defection and the issue is whether a Governor and his Deputy after being sworn in can be removed from office,’’ Ozekhome (SAN), submitted.

COURT THROWS AWAY ABBA KIYARI’S FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS SUIT AGAINST NDLEA

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, dismissed a fundamental enforcement rights suit filed by suspended DCP Abba Kyari against National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the suit after counsel for the NDLEA, Joseph Sunday, prayed the court that the matter be struck out.
When the matter was called, Cynthia Ikena, lawyer to Kyari, was absent.
Sunday, NDLEA’s Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, urged the court to strike out the suit.
Justice Ekwo said he was informed that Ikena sent a letter, praying the court for an adjournment.
But the letter was not filed by the lawyer and therefore not in compliance with the court rule.
The judge directed that the letter be shown to the NDLEA’s counsel.
Sunday, who expressed surprise with the development, said he was not copied in the letter in accordance with the rule of the court.
He prayed the court to strike out the matter.

After listening to NDLEA’s lawyer, Justice Ekwo struck out the case.
Also, the judge, after going into the substantive matter and seeing that parties had joined issues in the suit, went ahead to dismiss the case.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekwo had, on March 15, threatened to strike out the fundamental enforcement rights suit following the delay by Ikena to serve Sunday her further and better affidavit after being served with the counter affidavit since Feb. 28.
Justice Ekwo, in a short ruling, had threatened to strike out the suit if the lawyer was unprepared in the next adjourned date.
“Put your house in order before the next date of hearing and if you do not, I will assume you are frustrating this matter and the suit will be struck out,” he said.
NAN reports that Kyari had said that the NDLEA’s allegations against him were fictitious.
The suspended DCP disclosed this in an affidavit in support of his motion ex-parte marked: FHC/ANJ/CS/182/22 and filed before Ekwo.
The affidavit, dated Feb. 16 and filed Feb. 17, was deposed to by Kyari’s younger brother, Muhammad Usman.
Kyari, through Ikena, had filled the application to seek for his fundamental rights enforcement.
In the document, Kyari described the allegations against him by NDLEA as “trump-up.”
He said the agency had failed to establish a prima facie case against him.
He averred that the allegation linking him to an international drug cartel by the anti-narcotic agency was untrue.

He said since the Nigerian Police Force arrested him and handed him over to the NDLEA, he had been kept in custody since Feb. 12, without having access to his medical treatment.
He averred that his arrest and continued detention was an infringement on his fundamental human rights.
Kyari, a former head of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), in an originating motion on notice marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22, dated Feb. 16 and filed Feb. 17 demanded a N500 million in damages from the NDLEA over alleged unlawful arrest and detention.
He also sought for an order, directing the NDLEA to tender a written apology to him in two national dailies.
Kyari, who said that his fundamental rights would continue to be infringed upon by the NDLEA if the court did not intervene, urged the court to grant the application for bail in the interest of justice.
Kyari and his co-defendants, who are police officers, in the alleged drug trafficking charge preferred against them and two others before Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court, Abuja, are currently in Kuje Correctional Centre based on the order of the trial judge. (NAN)

SOLDIER ARRESTED FOR KILLING 3-YEAR-OLD GIRL, 6 OTHERS

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the arrest of a soldier who allegedly killed seven civilians, including a 3-year-old girl in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Intelligence Coordinator, Theatre Command of the Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), Col. Obinna Azuikpe, disclosed this, on Friday, while briefing Newsmen on the military’s operations in the North-East.

Azuikpe disclosed that about 16 other persons sustained various degrees of injuries during the incident which occurred on Tuesday in Mafa market.

The Intelligence Coordinator, who attributed the incidents to ”post traumatic stress disorder and drug abuse” said, the injured victims had been hospitalised.

He disclosed that the soldier was arrested by the Military Police, adding that there was another incident of two police men killing soldiers in Maiduguri.

According to him, the Theatre Commander, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, has set up a joint committee to review the existing codes of conduct in the operations and assured of commitment of the military authorities towards improving the welfare of the troops.

FIRST NIGERIA’S FEMALE VC PASSES ON AT 89

The first Nigerian female to obtain a Doctorate degree and first female Nigerian vice-chancellor, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, died on Friday at the age of 89.

The late Alele-Williams, a Professor of Mathematics was appointed Vice-chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) in 1985 by the regime of former Military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

LAGOS FASHION STYLIST BAGS 2bYEARS BEHIND BARS FOR SHARING KEGS OF FUEL AS SOUVENIR

A Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court sitting at Oshodi in the Ikeja Magisterial District, has sentenced Ogulu Chidinma Pearl, the Socialite and Fashion Stylist, who distributed gallons of fuel as souvenirs at a party in Lagos State, to two years behind bars.

The Fashion Stylist was found guilty by the Court after she pleaded guilty to the three count charge slammed on her for sharing the kegs of fuel to guests on March 5, 2022, at Havila Event Centre in Victoria Island during her installation as Erelu Okin Orile Kemta Foundation Party.

Trial Chief Magistrate Kehinde Ogundare, held that prosecution proved its case against the socialite beyond any reasonable doubt as required by law.

Chidinma, initially, pleaded not guilty, but later pleaded guilty at the hearing of the case.

The Court, accordinglly, sentenced her to three months in prison or a fine of fifteen thousand naira (N15, 000), in count one, of and one year jail term or a fine of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) fine in count two.

The Court also sentenced her to one year in prison or a fine of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) in count three.

SUPREME COURT OF NIGERA UPHOLDS DE-REGISTRATION OF 22 POLITICAL PARTIES BY INEC

The Supreme Court of Nigera has upheld the de-registration of 22 political parties carried out by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Delivering judgment in an appeal filed by the INEC against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Ejembi Eko, consequently, set aside a judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja division, which had nullified the de-registration of the political parties.

The Apex Court held that the Court of Appeal erred in law when it, on its own, raised the issue of lack of fair hearing in favour of the 22 political parties, but declined to give an opportunity to other respondents to address it on the issue, before reaching a just conclusion.

Justice Eko also held that the Court of Appeal took the issue of fair hearing out of the contemplations of the notice of appeal filed by the political parties, emphasizing that proceeding to give judgment in such a situation, ran afoul of the pillar of the same fair hearing.

74 political parties were de-registered by the INEC on February 6, 2020, de-registered 74 political parties for failure to win any political office in the 2019 general elections, the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) and 21 other parties had later filed the action at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

COURT REMANDS SUSPECTED KILLERS OF OGUN TRADITIONAL RULER

12 persons, suspected killers of , Oba Ayinde Odetola, the Olu of Agodo, Ogun State, have been remanded in a Correctional Centre, on the orders of a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Itori, Ewekoro Local Government of the State.

The suspects are; Abiodun Sanyaolu, Fatai Ramon, Lukman Azeez, Femi Adeniyi, Adeniyi Samuel Akinjiyan and Monsuru Ramon, Segun Akinjiyan, Ojo Olatidebe, Adewale Odunayo, Saheed Ramon, Oladele Idowu and Ajinbosin Gbeminiyi.

The suspects and others now at large were arraigned before the Court on a 3-count charge of conspiracy and murder bothering on murder, punishable under section 319 of the Criminal Code.

They were alleged to have on January 24 burnt the Traditional Ruler to death in his Toyota Sienna car with Reg No. APP 55 GF in Agodo Town, where the monarch had gone to clear the grave of his brother on a piece of land in the village.

The Prosecutor, Saheed Yinusa, urged the court to remand the accused at the Oba correctional facility for 60 days, pending the advice from the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), in view of section 306 of the administration of Criminal Justice Law of Ogun State.

Presiding Magistrate O. F. Adeduntan, ordered their remand in Oba correctional facility and adjourning the matter to June 17, 2022.

UMAHI’S DEFECTION: INEC STAYS ACTION OVER CONFLICTING JUDGMENT, ORDERS

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has stayed action on court orders sacking Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State and his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe, due to their defection.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, made the revelation, via a statement issued in Abuja, Thursday.

Okoye noteded that the commission decided to stay action on the matter, owing to conflicting judgements and orders served on the Commission from Courts of coordinate jurisdiction.

He added that the Commission is aware of pending Appeals and Motions for Stay of Execution of some of the judgements before various divisions of the Court of Appeal.

“It will be recalled that INEC met on Thursday, March 17 on the matter, and decided to defer its deliberation on the Ebonyi State cases.”

“INEC stepped down the listed Memorandum to enable its Legal Services and Clearance Committee to study the new processes served on it in the light of the previously served ones and advise the Commission comprehensively.”

“Since then, INEC has been served more court processes on the same matter, bringing the total to twelve,” Okoye said.

EDO COUNCIL ELECTORAL BODY FIXES COUNCIL POLLS FOR APRIL 9

The recently inaugurated Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC), has released timetable for the Local Government Councils election in the state.

Chairman of the Commission, Justice James Oyomire (Rtd.), in the Notice of Election endorsed by the Commission’s Secretary, Peter.O. Ojo Esq., stated that the commission would meet with political parties on Monday, March 28, 2022.

The EDSIEC disclosed that party primaries will be held between March 30 and April 6, 2022, while the publication of notice of polls at the ward collation centres will be on April 11, 2022 and the election will hold on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

According to the notice of election, collection and submission of forms by political parties is scheduled for 7th to 12th April, 2022, Electioneering Campaign will commence on 12th April, 2022.

The Commission also disclosed that sreening of aspirants contesting elective positions in the council polls, will take place between 13th and 14th April 2022, while names of candidates will be displayed on 15th April, 2022.

Submission of names of changed/substituted candidates and screening of substituted candidates is scheduled for 16th April, 2022, while final publication of listed candidates is billed for 17th April, 2022.

The EDSIEC further stated that the electioneering campaign will end on 18th April, 2022.