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Banks in satellite towns of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Saturday opened for business as directed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who monitored some banks in the Territory, reports that huge crowds of customers were seen at banks’ Automated Teller Machines (ATM) galleries.

NAN also reports that customers were also seen standing in queues entering the banking halls one after another.

The banks that opened for operations along Nyanya-Mararaba road include First City Monument Bank (FCMB), United Bank for Africa (UBA), Zenith Bank, First Bank, Fidelity Bank, Ecobank, and Access Bank.

Mrs Ngozi Ugoh, a customer at Access Bank, said although she did not know about the CBN directive, she entered to get some cash when she saw a large crowd in her bank.

”I didn’t know about the directive of opening at weekends but I was just passing by and saw people so I entered to see if I can get some cash,” she said.

Another customer, Mr Andy Jerry seen at Zenith Bank, who welcomed the development, said banks were complying with the CBN directive to work during the weekend to shelve the planned protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

”I think the CBN compelled banks to work weekends so that the protest by NLC will not hold. I like this because it will give more time for people to access cash,” he said.

Miss Stephanie Ikpe commended the CBN for the directive.

She said the development would help reduce the cash crunch currently being experienced by the masses.
Ikpe appealed to the CBN to monitor banks to ensure that their weekends operation continued.

The CBN on Friday through the Acting Director, Corporate Communication s Department, said that a substantial amount of money in various denominations had been received by commercial banks.

The apex bank also directed all commercial banks to open for operations on Saturdays and Sundays. (NAN)

Former Nigerian President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described his appointments of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Charles Soludo as his best appointments, as he speaks about Igbophobia.

Recalls that Obasanjo was the president of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007. During that period, he appointed Charles Soludo as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor and also appointed Okonjo-Iweala as the finance minister both from Igbo extraction.

It should be noted that Soludo is the current governor of Anambra state, while Okonjo-Iweala is the current Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

On Saturday, during a ceremony to commemorate Governor Soludo’s one-year tenure, Obasanjo said the appointments of Okonjo-Iweala and Soludo were “probably the best of the appointments that I made when I was president.”

On February 25, the former president openly supported Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, and expressed concern about Igbo discrimination in Nigeria.

To explain what he meant by “Igbophobian,” the 85-year-old former president recounted how an unnamed close associate reacted when he appointed Soludo as CBN governor and Okonjo-Iweala as finance minister, respectively.

Obasanjo said;

Somebody came to me and said, ‘Wow! You have ruined the economy of Nigeria.’ I said, ‘How?’ He said, ‘An Igbo woman, Minister of Finance; an Igbo man, Governor of the Central Bank? Then you have clearly completed the task of ruining the economy of Nigeria.’

I don’t know why he said that, except for what I can call Igbophobia, and I don’t take that lightly. It remains, it persists. But when you have that type of thing that was said to me and the type of thing that you know is going on, as I have just called it, what do we do with it.

I believe we have to go back to the scripture, which says we must conquer evil with good. And whoever you are, wherever people are afraid of you, you must make yourself friendly to those who are afraid of you and earn their friendship by being good to them, and that is what we have to do.

The Lagos State government says it has instituted a case of involuntary manslaughter and negligence against Chrisland High School Ikeja following the death of Whitney Adeniran.

Whitney, who was a student of the Lagos school, died on February 9 during a sports event at Agege Stadium.

Blessing Adeniran, Whitney’s mother, accused Chrisland of holding back information on the cause of her death.

Consequently, the state ministry of education ordered a temporary closure of the school pending an investigation.

The state later revealed that an autopsy on February 15 showed that the girl died from asphyxia and electrocution.

The school has already tendered a public apology on the matter, but an inquest into it is to begin on April 4.

The Lagos ministry of justice now says a case of involuntary manslaughter has been established against the school.

This, the ministry said, is contained in legal advice issued on March 23 by its department of public prosecution on the matter.

The ministry said those to answer to the charges that are to follow include the school, some staffers, and a vendor.

“On the 23rd of March, 2023, the DPP issued his legal advice and came to the conclusion that a prima facie case of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts had been established against the school,” it stated.

“They will therefore be charged with the offences of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, Ch C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

“Information will be filed in accordance with the legal advice issued by the DPP. Certified true copies of the legal advice are available on the ministry of justice website.”

Chrisland Group runs a number of top-rated schools spread across Lagos and Abuja, with branches in Ikeja (Opebi and Ladipo Oluwole), Victoria Garden City, Lekki, Festac Area (Amuwo-Odofin), and Idimu.

Some accredited observers have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the March 18 governorship election in Ogun State and conduct a fresh one.

The observers cited over voting, vote-buying, BVAS failure and voter suppression during the election.

INEC had on Sunday declared Governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election, having polled a total of 276,298 votes, while Ladi Adebutu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 262,383 votes.

The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Biyi Otegbeye, came a distant third with 94,754 votes.

However, there have been mixed reactions over the results of the election with many opposition parties alleging compromise on the part of the electoral body.


Speaking at a press conference in Abeokuta, the state capital, the spokesman for the observers, Ms Abiola Abimbola, faulted the exercise, saying it fell short of the voters’ expectations.

She pointed out that logistical challenges and multiple incidents of political violence overshadowed the electoral process and impeded a substantial number of voters from participating in the election.

Abimbola also alleged that the INEC “deliberately denied some political parties’ submission of candidates, while some parties’ logos were missing on the ballot paper.”

She said in order to save the country’s democracy from collapsing, the elections must not be accepted by Nigerians.

She said, “In conclusion, we must be aware that, no matter the situation in our country, all leaders must consider the stability and security of the country as paramount. Our country is bigger than any individual and is certainly more important than any vested interest.

“To save our democracy and our country, the present election results must not be accepted by Nigerians and by all friends of Nigeria. We are therefore calling for the cancellation of the 2023 governorship election in Ogun State, New election should be conducted as soon as possible.”

Alleges move to truncate his inauguration


President-elect, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has raised the alarm over an allegedly orchestrated plot to truncate his formal inauguration in May.

Tinubu who spoke through his Director, of Public Affairs, Festus Keyamo, ( SAN) said the masterminds of the plot were behind recent protests in the Federal Capital Territory, aimed at inciting Nigerians to reject the outcome of the presidential elections.

The president-elect who alleged that certain candidates who lost out in the presidential race and their backers were scheming for an Interim National Government warned against such moves which he noted were against provisions of the Constitution.

Keyamo who revealed that relevant security agencies have been informed of the plot to truncate the transition process warned those behind it to desist.

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“Enough is enough. Their continuous determination to dare us should cease forthwith. We are not lacking in capabilities and capacities. Our silence should not be taken for cowardice.”

He maintained that aggrieved presidential candidates should wait for the pronouncements of the judiciary on their petitions before the Court.

The statement read in part: “We have watched with great concern the condemnable activities of some persons and groups who are desirous of truncating our democracy. For reasons best known to them, these persons have remained embittered that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was declared the winner of the 2023 General Elections.

Repeatedly, but unfortunately, these misguided individuals have called for either the cancellation of the results or that the President-elect should not be inaugurated on the 29th of May, 2023.

“We wish to reiterate and emphasise that these positions are not in tandem with our constitutional provisions or our electoral laws. We would have taken these as mere wishful thinking, however, because of their implications for national security and public order, we have therefore considered it necessary, if not expedient, to call them to order.

“We are aware of the intentions of those engaged in these treasonable and subversive acts. We also know those involved in the many plots being contrived to undermine the transition in particular and democracy in general. They are fixated on an Interim Government. They have done it in this country before and it threw the country into avoidable crises for many years and they want to do it again.

They are bent on delegitimizing the new government. Some have made treasonable insinuations and openly called for military take-over. It is for these reasons that they are desperate to incite the people against the incoming Government.

“It is perplexing to see that those contesting the results want to be in the courts and on the streets at the same time. However, if they intend to truncate the inauguration of the President-elect and Vice-President-elect, they should immediately bury the thought. It is gratifying to note that the President has set in motion steps for the actualisation of the swearing-in ceremonies.

In this regard, the Presidential Transition Council has remained focused and committed to its terms of reference in respect of organizing a hitch-free handover.

“On many occasions after the declaration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the election, his public speeches and utterances have centred on reconciliation, forgiveness and a greater vision for Nigeria.

He has pledged fairness as the basis for his present and future engagements. He has unequivocally stated that he would not accord favour to those that supported him, and neither would he mistreat those who did not vote for him.

This is statesmanly and patriotic. We all watched the President-elect as Governor of Lagos for eight (8) years. He never undermined any person or tribe. He championed people-oriented policies. It is common knowledge that he is a welfarist and a pacifist. This is even more so that millions of citizens have spoken through the ballot box in his favour.

“By being declared winners, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima are legally entitled to be inaugurated into office as provided for by law and As we have practised since 1999, whilst those that feel otherwise have the right to seek legal redress in court. Why should their situation be different from what we have practised since 1999?

“Those who are dissatisfied with the declaration must conduct themselves within the ambits of the law. Nigeria is not a lawless country and should not be portrayed as such no matter the frustrations presently being exhibited by some bad losers.

“Those who are stoking the embers of hate, division and falsehoods as well as peddling misleading narratives through some compromised media outlets should detract from such. It amounts to campaigning after elections. Hate speeches, fake news and propaganda at a time like this are needless because Nigerians have already made their choice. Those who are bent on scuttling the process will ignite the fire of destruction and run away. But they should not even start.

“We simply wish that peace reigns in the country. It does not make sense that some persons who should know better are encouraging violence and are so determined to achieve that. We know these persons and their sponsors from within and outside Nigeria and we shall be working closely with the security agencies to apprehend them and bring them to book.

Our concern is that everyday Nigerians who are unaware of the evil intentions of these persons should not be used as cannon fodders. Enough is enough. Their continuous determination to dare us should cease forthwith. We are not lacking in capabilities and capacities. Our silence should not be taken for cowardice. We should come together for the peace of our beloved country. It is better.”

A Labour Party aspirant in the upcoming Governorship primaries in Imo State, Chief Humphrey Anumudu has been found dead in his house.

The aspirant died in his house in Lagos after he had returned from an LP meeting at the party national headquarters in Abuja on Friday.

A native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Anumudu was reportedly found dead in his house in what family sources described as a “spiritual attack.”

Chief Humphrey Anumudu

As a multi-billionaire businessman cum politician, he has been contesting for the governorship seat of the state since 1998.

He was said to be the true winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in the state in 1998 before the ticket was ceded to Achike Udenwa who went on to rule the state between 1999 and 2007.

Since then he had been contesting for the number one seat of the state. In 2019 he was the Zenith Labour party governorship candidate.

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A close friend of the deceased said that he died around 5:30 pm on Friday.

The late politician had already paid the sum of 25 million Naira for Labour Party’s Governorship form for the November 11th 2023 Guber contest.

Chief Anumudu, a respected legal luminary and an astute politician was also the Chief Executive Officer of Globe Motors.

He contested for the Governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has made clarification on viral reports that it has suspended accounts of some Fintech companies like OPAY and PALMPAY.

The apex bank refuted the reports, describing it as fake news.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this was made known by the Acting Director, of Corporate Communications of CBN, Mr. Isa AbdulMumin, on Friday, March 24, 2023, in Abuja, where he said that the viral news “is simply fake’’.

The viral news credited to AbdulMumin claimed that the CBN was about to suspend accounts of the Fintech companies because they were being used to perpetrate fraud.

The viral news partly read, “Please if you are using OPAY, PALMPAY or any of these CHINA APPs or their POS, stop keeping much money in the account or stop using it.

“The CBN is about suspending their accounts because these apps are being used to perpetrate fraud.’’

Similarly, OPAY and PALMPAY had in separate social media messages denied being under the radar of the CBN.

OPAY had stated that, “the post mentioning the CBN shutting down our operations is false and misleading to the general public.’’

PALMPAY also posted a similar disclaimer stating that “We are aware of news currently being spread on social media about CBN shutting down the operations of PALMPAY.

“Please ignore all such misleading news of this nature,’’

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A World Health Organisation (WHO) study has revealed that the use of skin bleaching creams was prevalent among 77 percent of Nigerian women which was the highest in Africa compared to 59 percent in Togo, 35 percent in South Africa and 27 percent women in Senegal.

This was disclosed by the Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Adeyeye while delivering her opening address at the North-Central Zonal Sensitisation Workshop on the Dangers of Bleaching Creams and Regulatory Control held in Jos, Plateau.

She explained that the scary statistic has shown that the menace of bleaching creams in Nigeria has become a national health emergency that requires a multi-faceted regulatory approach.

According to her, “part of the multi-pronged approach are consultative/sensitization meetings such as this and heightened raids on distribution outlets of bleaching creams.”

The Director-General stressed the need for stringent regulatory actions to stem the dangerous tide of rampant and pervasive cases of Nigerians using bleaching cream.

She urged the media to assist NAFDAC in publicising and disseminating knowledge acquired to the general public and further commended the media for its collaboration and support for NAFDAC to rid the country of the menace of substandard and falsified medicines, unwholesome foods, corrosive cosmetics and other substandard regulated products.

Professor Adeyeye said one of the sensitisation actions was the flagging off of media sensitization workshops organised for journalists in Abuja, Lagos, and Kano, adding that the one organised for the North Central was a fulfillment of her promise to cascade it to the six geo-political zones in the country as a deliberate strategy of mobilising, educating, sensitising, and challenging Nigerian health journalists to play a frontline role in concerted efforts to eradicate the menace of bleaching creams and needless waste of scarce resources in Nigeria.

“This sensitization workshop is a training for the Trainers’ Programme with the great expectation that participants will assume the role of champions in the vanguard of the campaign against the use of bleaching creams. It is pertinent to mention that during my recent press conference in Abuja announcing my second tenure in office, I promised to continue the transformative agenda of my first tenure but intensify and widen the scope of our publicity and public awareness campaign.

She assured that NAFDAC will henceforth constantly engage the Mass Media as the agency strive to bring down to the grassroots level positive impacts of its regulatory activities.

Professor Adeyeye further disclosed that some of the harmful effects of bleaching creams include cancer, damage to vital organs of the body, skin irritation and allergy, skin burn and rashes, wrinkles, premature skin aging, and prolonged healing of wounds.

In his address, Director Public Affairs NAFDAC, Dr Abubakar Jimoh said the agency needs the media to fight the menace of bleaching among Nigerians adding that NAFDAC cannot do this alone.

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The Jama’atu Izalatul Bid’ah Wa Iqamatus Sunnah in Bauchi State requested that Nigerian naira notes be made available during Ramadan on Friday.

Alhaji Hassan Gwani, the chairman of the tafsir committee for the Kasuwan Shanu JIBWS mosque, made the appeal at the beginning of the annual Ramadan tafsir this year.

He said, “Ramadan is here again and the currency meant for daily purchases is not available thereby making the situation difficult for people to buy what they need.

“If the FG wants the policy to be received with open arms and successful, the new naira notes should be made available for people to spend.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council has felicitated the Muslim faithful as they commenced the month-long Ramadan fast.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, conveyed the congratulatory message on behalf of FEC on Friday, in a statement issued by the Director of Information, Office of the SGF, Mr Willie Bassey.

In Jigawa State, the government has reduced the official working hours in the state by two hours during the period of Ramadan.

The state Head of the Civil Service, Hussaini Kila, disclosed this in a statement issued to journalists by his Public Relations Officer, Ismail Dutse.

According to the statement, civil servants in the state would report to the office at 9 am and close by 3pm instead of 5pm between Monday and Thursday.

“Furthermore, workers would report to work on Fridays by 9 am and close by 1 pm as usual. It is also hoped that civil servants would use the fasting period to pray for the peace and economic prosperity of the state and Nigeria at large,” the statement said.

On his part, former vice-president Atiku Abubakar called on Muslims to use the holy month to seek spiritual guidance and sacrifice to the cause of peace.

Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded elections, gave the advice in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

He said, “It is quite clear that the essential principles of this holy month are what we need to heal our wounds, both as individuals and as a country.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, on Friday urged Muslims to use the period of the fast to wage relentless spiritual war against the rising ethnic tensions.

Bamidele said, “Most importantly, our Muslim brothers should look beyond seeing this period for personal spiritual fortification. They should pray against insecurity, corruption, ethnic tension, and nepotism that is afflicting the nation and quaking our bond of unity and collective destiny.”

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Apostle Johnson Suleman has recounted how some men of God treated him when he was attacked last year.

Speaking during a church service, he stated that some pastors showed him great love and sympathy in that trying time.

He said one of such pastors was Bishop David Oyedepo, the President and Founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide.

According to Suleman, Bishop Oyedepo called several times and prayed for him against any future attacks.

“The love I saw from Bishop Oyedepo when I was attacked, I didn’t see it from any minister in Nigeria”, he said.

“He didn’t have my phone number; he sent me his phone number. He said that they should give it to me.

“People were calling me. Bishop Abioye was calling me. I know Bishop Abioye’s number. And he (Oyedepo) began to pray for me.

“The next day, he called me again. Such a man! Who am I? He said, ‘they will not succeed, they can’t quench that light’! Tears came out of my eyes.”

Recall that on October 21, 2022, Suleman’s motorcade was attacked by gunmen suspected to be assassins. Seven people were killed in that attack, including security officers.

The man of God escaped death in his bulletproof car.

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