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Edo APC Crisis: Party Goes Spiritual, Declares Fasting, Prayers

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With a view to seeking God’s intervention in the crisis that has bedeviled the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, the party has consequently declared Friday, February 21 as a day for fasting and prayers for all members of the party and well-wishers in the state.

Factional Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Joseph Osagiede, disclosed this on Thursday, February 20, while briefing newsmen in Benin City.

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Osagiede said the recent crisis, bombings and attacks on individuals in the state call for prayers and fasting and that God should put an end to it.

READ ALSO: Edo APC Crisis: Oshiomhole Not Ready For Settlement, Says Party Chieftain

He said, “We are calling for this fasting and prayers in view of the activities that have been taking place in the state in the past few weeks, where we have series of crisis, some forms of bombings and attacks on individuals. We don’t want the continuation.”

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He posited that the gobernorship position in the state does not worth the blood of any individual hence the fasting and prayers in order curb the attacks, bombings that have bedeviled the state of recent.

Osagiede noted that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of anarchy, stressing that the attacks, bombings witnessed of recent in the state were needless.

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“We believe that the governorship seat or the gobernorship tussle is not worth the blood of anybody. This is why we are calling on all and sundry to join us in this one day fast” he added.

Osagiede continues, “No meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of crisis; no meaningful development can take place where there is anarchy, so we are calling on all lovers of peace, all citizens in Edo State to join us in this fast.”

He said the one day fasting and prayers was to also pray for peace in Nigeria and that all those making the state ungovernable for the governor, God should touch their hearts.

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“We are also praying that all those who trying to make Edo State ungovernable for our governor, Godwin Obaseki, should have a change of heart, as there can be no meaningful development in a state where there is anarchy.

READ ALSO: Edo APC Crisis: Party Scribe Wants DSS, Police To Investigate Recent Attacks, Bombing

“We should thank the Lord for giving us a corrupt-free , articulate and masses-oriented governor whose developmental strides are visible to all and sundry even the trouble-makers”, 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.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Kidnap Ondo Monarch, Police Launch Probe

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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