The Legislative Arm of Esan South-East local government, Thursday, May 14 sacked its leader, Ernest Egwemi and elected Lucky Umar Ukaki as the new leader.
The arm also impeached its majority leader, Israel Iyanobor and elected Anthonia Iyangbe as the new majority leader.
The principal officers were impeached by seven out of the 10 members of the legislative arm.
Ernest Egwemi, Israel Iyanobor, and Evans Ogbeiye were accused of gross financial misconduct, anti-party activities among others.
The former principal officers were also accused of being rubber stamp to the administration of the former chairman of the council that was sacked March this year by the court.
The impeached former legislative leader, Evans Ogbeiye, and Israel Iyanobor were however, suspended pending the investigation of allegations levelled against them.
The house had earlier passed a vote of no confidence on the Ernest Egwemi-led house before the impeachment.
Efforts to get reactions from the impeached legislative leader proved abortive, but a close ally to him described the impeachment as null and void.
According to him, Councillors representing the ten (10) wards of Esan-east local government area were held hostage at the local government secretariat, Ubiaja.
“The ten councillors from the local government were invited to the Ewohimi residence of the council Chairman, where they were bundled against their will, with Police escorts and thugs to the council secretariat.
“They, however, called on the Nigeria police force to come to their rescue whose lives are being threatened by desperate individuals,” he said.
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.
IGP Launches Portal To Report Stolen Vehicles
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.
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.”
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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