The crisis rocking the All Progressives Party (APC) in Edo State took another dimension, Thursday, January 30, as a top member of the party, Mr. Henry Idahagbon narrowly escaped death.
The gunmen suspected to be hired assassins attacked the former Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in his office, Siluko Road, near the popular Oliha Market.
The gunmen who came in three vehicles reportedly fired several shots, leaving the office pockmarked with bullets while shattered window panes littered the premises of the building.
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He said that he was in his office, attending to his clients when he was jolted by the volley of bullet shots which were aimed at his office, sited on the mid floor of the three storey building.
Speaking, however, on mobile phone, the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Chidi Nwanbuzor, said he was not aware of the incident.
“I am not aware of any shooting. I am just hearing of it from you for the first time”, Nwanbuzor added.
Idahagbon who has since gone underground said that he quickly dashed for the back exit, through which he escaped, even as the fire was still going on, adding that miraculously nobody was injured.
He lamented; “I was in my office, attending to some clients when I heard the echoes of gunshots directed at my office. I immediately ran out. Thank God, nobody was injured. The windows were shattered while the building is pockmarked with bullets. I have reported the matter to the police.”
In panic, some neighbours who heard the volley of the shots, apparently from pump action rifles ran out of their shops, unlocked and fled for fear of being hit by stray bullets.
He said that he immediately reported the incident to the nearby Oba Market Police station where a team of policemen were drafted to assess the extent of damage.
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2nd House Prize Winner Emerges In Festival Of Joy Promo Draw In Port Harcourt
Foremost mobile network operator, Globacom, on Thursday held a draw to select the winner of a second three-bedroom house prize in Port Harcourt in furtherance of its Festival of Joy loyalty reward promo.
In a press statement issued by the company after the Port Harcourt draw, Globacom encouraged subscribers who desire to win prizes in the promo to dial *611# and keep recharging (voice and data during the promo period) to qualify for the draw.
The winning number was drawn by an elderly Glo subscriber, Mr. Ogbomade Sampson Joe, who was present at the Gloworld to transact business. It was witnessed by several Glo subscribers, the media as well as Mr. Koko Finny, the representative of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) in Port Harcourt.
The lucky Glo subscriber who emerged winner in the draw will receive the house prize at a presentation ceremony billed for Friday, December 9, 2022.
Three lucky Glo subscribers had previously become landlords in Ibadan, Abuja and Port Harcourt courtesy of Glo Festival of Joy promo which has on offer, 20 houses, 24 brand new cars, 100 generators, 200 sewing machines and 1,000 rechargeable fans.
Abducted Ondo Monarch Regains Freedom
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.
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.
“Kabiyesi regained freedom yesterday (Wednesday) evening but he has been taken to the hospital for treatment,” the source stated.
Withdrawal Limits: Senate Raises Concerns, To Debate New CBN
A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.
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.
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.
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.
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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