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COVID-19 : Group Urges Nigerians To Support Buhari To Eradicate Virus

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Igbo Youth Assembly ( IYA) Worldwide, a socio-cultural youth organisation, has urged Nigerians to support the President Muhammadu Buhari led-Federal Government (FG) as it strives to curtail and eradicate COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The youth body said this in a statement signed by its Secretary- General, Comr. Casmir Irekamba and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Friday.

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Irekamba said that since the World Health Organisation had declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, it would be reasonable for nigerians to support FG’s efforts in fighting the disease.

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He also commended the Federal Ministry of Health, the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for making concerted efforts in fighting the strange virus.

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He further urged nigerians to strictly comply strictly with the presidential directives on restriction of movement, social distancing, improved personal hygiene and regular hand washing.

According to him, all efforts made to eliminate the dreaded virus from the Nigerian soil will have long term health and economic benefits.

He, however, frowned at the hike in prices of food items and other essential commodities in some parts of the country, adding that it was in direct opposition to government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of the global pandemic.

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“As the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Coronavirus a Global Pandemic, we urge nigerians to unite and support the FG’s efforts to prevent, manage and curtail the virus.

“IYA Worldwide commends the federal ministry of health , the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the NCDC for cordially synergising to combat this strange virus.

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“We also wish to remind Nigerians that playing politics with this virus will do more harm than good, as the it is already attacking citizens across party lines.

“We also urge nigerians to desist from unnecessarily inflating the prices of food items but to help reduce the sufferings of one another as our contribution to national cohesion “, he said.

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The group called on nigerians in all parts of the world to continue to pray for the country, while expressing confidence that Nigeria will overcome her challenges inclusive of the coronavirus pandemic.

(PHOTO: File)

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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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