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Nigerian League: Wikki Tourist Humbles Lobi Stars 4-0

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From Adamu Shehu Imam, Bauchi

The impressive of performance Wikki Tourists footbal club of Bauchi earned them a maximum of three points in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League played at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.

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Recall that Lobi Stars defeated Wikki 2-1 during the first round in Markudi.

Week twenty encounter between Wikki and Lobi Stars is part of the second round of the professional league.

Wikki Tourists scored early goal 3 minutes into the game through striker Manu Garba, while captain Idris Guda made the tally in the 20 minutes as the first half ended 2 draw.

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Meanwhile, the third goal came after 3 minutes into the second half after an assistance from the left corner scored by the same scorer of the first goal, Manu Garba.

The fourth was a header by Idris Guda from a free-kick spot, the match ended in favour of Wikki Tourists by 4 goals.

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Abdullahi Shareef, Wikki coach expressed joy after superlative performance of his boys.

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“We continue to work hard to shape the team and also we get the depth, we still lack the depth in the team, the most important thing is getting the three points so now is over for today’s game, we hope to get a three point next in Kano against Jigawa Golden Stars”.

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Coach of Lobi Stars, the visiting team, Gbenga Ogunbole, shortly after the match expressed disappointment but said it’s game of football, noting that Wikki took them unaware by scoring early goals both first and second half.

“Well, it is a temporary set back, we will get back, I have no complaint about the officiation, we should just go back home and see it as a challenge”, he said.

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Sports enthusiasts said they have hope from the new technical crew of Wikki Tourist headed by Coach Abdullahi Shareef and prayed for the team to claim up to the league table.

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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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