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Imo Gov, APC Stakeholders Plotting To Take Over Edo Assembly, Speaker Raises Alarm

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Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye Wednesday, August 5, raised the alarm that Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma and other stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, APC are planning to import a fake mace to take over Edo State House of Assembly.

He alleged that this they plan to excecute in connivance with the alleged suspended Deputy Speaker of the House who recently publicly declared support for the governship candidate of the APC, Pastor Ize-Iyamu.

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The Speaker, in a press conference said the “planned action is akin to lighting a match in an already tensed political environment, which according to him its conflagration is capable of causing crisis in the state.”

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He continues, ” The state’s polity is already heated by the high political tension from electioneering campaigns. Their planned action is akin to lighting a match in an already tensed political environment, which conflagration is capable of causing crisis in the state, and of a scale beyond our imagination.”

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Okiye, on behalf other members called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Governor and others allegedly working with him to execute the plan to desist and allow the law to prevail.

The Speaker also called on Edo people to rise against this alleged attack and plot to subvert their will and subjugate them using external forces.

He said, ” We call on President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Presidency to urgently call this governor and others working with him to execute this illegal plan to desist and allow the laws of the state to guide them.

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” We call on Edo people whose mandate and interest the state’s legislature holds and protect, to rise against this planned attack and plot to subvert their will and subjugate them using external forces.

” We urge lovers of democracy across the world institutions that hold democratic tenets and values, pro-democracy groups to denounce this planned illegality that seeks to distract a duly constituted authority.”

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However, reacting to the allegations, the Commissioner for Special Projects of Imo State, Mr Simon Ebegbulem said the allegations are baseless, and nonsensical.

While wondering why Uzodinma should be dragged to the political problem of Edo State, the Commissioner noted that the governor is interested in working with other APC stakeholders in reclaiming Edo State which according to him, has been APC state.

“The illegal Speaker and his governor are not making sense to me with this baseless allegation. I don’t even know what they are talking about because there is no House of Assembly in Edo state. I think that is why the so-called Speaker is running away from his shadow like a criminal that will always run once he sees a law enforcement agent.

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” However, I don’t know why he should draw the leg of His Excellency, Governor Hope Uzodinma into his political problems. My Governor is interested in working with other APC governors and stakeholders to reclaim Edo State which has been an APC state before Governor Obaseki donated it to the PDP.

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” The illegal Speaker and his principal is already jittery because of the imminent defeat in the coming election. You can see that his aides are resigning every day including his Deputy Speaker. Now he is left with five lawmakers and does that show that he is in charge?,” Simon questioned.

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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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