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Bauchi Govt Declares Land Areas ‘Special Planning Corridor’, Forbids Construction Of Buildings

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Bauchi State government on Thursday, June 18, declared some land areas ‘Special Planning Corridor’ and ordered the stoppage of any building erections or demolition in those areas for a period of three months.

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Professor Adamu Ahmed, the state Commissioner for Land and Survey who made the declaration in a news conference in Bauchi, said the ministry was in collaboration with Bauchi State Urban Development Board (BSUDB).

He further stressed that the purpose of the declaration among others, was to secure proper coordination of roads, public utilities and services including the supply of safe drinkable water in the areas.

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“The area of land five kilometers south of Tambari Estate encompassing the new Miri-Sabon Kaura bye-pass and the proposed southern bye-pass, running south eastwards enclosing Federal Low Cost Housing area.

“Also Zangon village, stretching eastwards to the Industrial Area and further northwards to intersect at the Bauchi-Gombe Road at Shafa filling station connecting into the new road linking the State House of Assembly with Turun has been declared special planning Corridor with effect from today, 18th day of June, 2020.

“The purpose of this declaration among others is to secure proper coordination of roads, public utilities and services including the supply of safe drinking water.

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“Consequently, a person shall not, within the planning corridor, carry out a development of land, construction, demolition, renewal, extension or otherwise for a period of not more than three months from this declaration until a final scheme is approved for the areas,” the commissioner said.

The professor highlighted other objectives of the declaration to include: control of land use and physical developments to involve redistribution or re-adjustment of land holdings amongst property owners as well as implementation of Systematic Land titling of properties to strengthen the local economy.

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He also declared that it was illegal for persons or individuals to undertake sub-division of land outside an approved government scheme and without the consent and approval of the state governor as stipulated by the Land Use Act of 1978.

The commissioner explained that any person who contravened the declarations would be subjected to pay a fine or upon conviction served a jail term.

“For the purpose of the ongoing reforms towards improving the quality of the Urban environment, it is further declared that a person shall not within the 25km approved planning radius of Bauchi metropolis engage in sub-division of land for a period of three months until a final guideline is determined.

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“A person or developer who contravenes the terms of the declarations is liable, upon summary conviction to imprisonment or fine as the case may be,” he said.

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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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