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2023: Return Ex-President Jonathan To Villa, Legal Luminary Suggests

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Jos based human rights legal luminary, Barrister Gyang Zi, has called on Nigerians to return former President Goodluck Jonathan to the Presidency in 2023 for the sake of peaceful coexistence and prosperity in the country.

Barrister Zi, while addressing newsmen in Jos, indicated that the former President possessed the quality of a unifying leader and a democrat owing to the policies of his administration while in office and his respect for the rule of law.

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According to Sun online, Zi argued that Jonathan was not a sectional leader, citing a pattern of appointment of persons into government offices, infrastructural development schemes and his general attitude towards the country at large.

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He said that Jonathan believes so much in Nigeria and that his patriotism informed his willingly conceding power 2015.

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Sun reports Zi as saying, “We are advocating for Jonathan presidency in 2023 based on the following achievements while in office. Nigeria was listed among the fastest-growing economy in the world; diversification of the economy by developing the agricultural and mining sectors and the introduction of the BVN; and single Treasury Account as a systematic way of fighting corruption.

“He came up with educational reforms, including the establishment of additional universities; granting licences to private persons and bodies to establish private universities and other institutions; the establishment of Almajiri schools in the north etc.

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“Strict adherence to the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; obedience to judgements and orders of the court as well as respect to the rule of law; non-interference with other arms of government especially the judiciary.

“His effort toward fighting insecurity despite extreme sabotage by opposition and refusal to sell arms to Nigeria by the USA and the international community and conducting a free and fair election as well as relinquishing power in order to save the lives and properties of Nigerians.”

Barrister Zi added that if Jonathan declined to contest the 2023 polls, Nigerians should zone the presidential seat to the South-East which has been marginalized for long.

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“I am advocating that if Nigerians are not returning Goodluck Jonathan to Aso Rock in 2023, then the position of the President should be zoned to the Igbos who have been sidelined from the Presidency and yet to be given the opportunity to lead the country since after the Civil War.”

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Abducted Ondo Monarch Regains Freedom

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The monarch of Oso Ajowa Akoko in in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Clement Jimoh, who was kidnapped, has regained freedom.

The traditional ruler, who was abducted in his palace, was set free by the bandits after he had spent seven days in their den.

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According to a family source, the monarch was freed on Wednesday evening and he had been taken to the hospital where he was receiving treatment.

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Kabiyesi regained freedom yesterday (Wednesday) evening but he has been taken to the hospital for treatment,” the source stated.

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Withdrawal Limits: Senate Raises Concerns, To Debate New CBN

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A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

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The Senate has raised concerns about the latest Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy on cash withdrawals.

Senate Minority Leader Phillip Aduda in a point of order during plenary on Wednesday called the attention of his colleagues to the new policy and demanded for caution as it will affect many Nigerians, especially small business owners.

In his response, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautions the CBN not to approach the policy by jumping into it at once as many Nigerians will be affected.

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He further noted that there is a need to engage the CBN in discussions to get more details of the policy and he directs the committee on banking to discuss this matter during the screening of the CBN Deputy Governors expected to hold before next week.

The Senate has set next Tuesday to debate the new CBN policy.

Under the new withdrawal policy, the CBN restricted the maximum cash withdrawal over the counter (OTC) by individuals and corporate organisations per week to N100,000 and N500,000 respectively.

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The CBN stated, however, that withdrawals above the thresholds would attract processing fees of 5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively for individuals and corporate entities going forward.

In addition, third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for OTC payment while extant limits of N10 million on clearing cheques still remain.

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The new withdrawal regime further pegged the maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated teller Machine (ATM) at N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

 

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IGP Launches Portal To Report Stolen Vehicles

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As precautionary measures to tackle vehicle theft, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has launched a platform for Nigerians to report cases of stolen vehicles.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said the digitalized platform – Central Motor Registry (CMR) – successfully completed and commissioned by the IGP is situated at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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He said the platform launch followed the “IGP’s quest to ensure a digital environment for policing the country for robust and more proactive measures in crime prevention, investigation, and prosecution.”

“The newly digitalized Central Motor Registry Command Centre will make it possible for members of the public to report vehicles stolen from as far back as 1st January, 2018, and yet-to-be-recovered to input the vehicle details on the online platform to serve as a reliable data point for the possible recovery of the vehicle,” he stated.

“The platform will also process motor vehicle information to support police operations and efforts toward enhancing national security.”

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With the CMR having two Command Centres in Abuja and Lagos, Adejobi said 37 Information Centres are located across the Country and in the Federal Capital Territory, with 200 e-Enforcement Operational Patrol Vehicles with automatic number plate recognition on each vehicle as part of the first batch.

He also asked Nigerians and other residents in the country to take advantage of the platform at https://reportcmr.npf.gov.ng to upload their vehicle information on the website with effect from today 7th December, 2022, as a security step for preventing it from being stolen and re-registered.

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