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Despite heavy security presence mounted on the routes leading to project inauguration sites by President Muhammadu Buhari, some angry Kano youths dared the security presence by openly attacking Buhari’s Chopper hovering above them.
The majority of the youths were seen running helter-skelter.
There was a fierce battle between the irate youths and security operatives, who kept on their toes to ensure sanity on the routes leading to the sites for the inauguration of the projects on Ahmadu Bello Way.
Besides Hotoro and a few other venues, Buhari flew aboard his Chopper to the Emir’s palace, where he paid homage to Emir Aminu Ado Bayero before driving in a convoy to commission Galaxy Backbone Limited Project, during which there were minor skirmishes with the youths, who were hauling stones of various sizes from a distance, to avoid being caught by heavily armed security operatives providing security for the President and his convoy.
The President’s Chopper was parked at the Emir’s palace, from where he proceeded to Kumbotso LGA to unveil the 10 megawatts solar power project.
The President’s trip to Kumbotso did not record any attack by any mob, as he was sandwiched by security operatives, comprising heavily armed soldiers aboard a motorised Toyota Hilux and supported by armed mobile police special forces.
The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has intercepted some syndicates in parts of the country for allegedly selling the newly redesigned Naira notes.
This was contained in a statement issued by the agency’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya, on Monday in Abuja.
He said the syndicate was intercepted by operatives of the service during an operation.
“Investigation has also shown that some Commercial Bank officials were aiding the economic malfeasance. Consequently, the Service warns the currency racketeers to desist from this ignoble act.
“Appropriate regulatory authorities are, in this same vein, urged to step up monitoring and supervisory activities to expeditiously address the emerging trends,” the PRO said.
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He further stated that the DSS has ordered its commands and formations to further ensure that all persons and groups engaged in the illegal sale of the notes were identified.
The DSS spokesman, therefore, urged anyone with useful information relating to the sales of the new currency to pass the same to relevant authorities. (NAN)
A container has fallen off a truck along Sawmill road in the Dopemu area of Lagos state on Monday.
The incident occurred a day after a container crushed the occupants of a commercial bus on the Ojuelegba bridge on Sunday.
WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that an articulated truck carrying a 20-foot container toppled on a commercial bus, killing nine people on Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos.
A tweep, who shared the video said his sister recorded the scene on her way to work.
He said, “January 30, 2023. My sister, on her way to the office before Tower company going to Iyana Ipaja.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, LASAMA, has said that the fallen 40 feet container occupied 90 percent of the road.
LASTMA said, “A 40ft container laden truck fell at Sawmill inward Dopemu under bridge, it’s occupying 90 per cent of road. Our men are on ground doing the needful as effort is on for recovery.”
The United Bank for Africa Plc has appointed Mrs. Abiola Bawuah as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UBA Africa.
Bawuah will also join the Group Board as an Executive Director, overseeing the Group’s operations across the African continent.
UBA operates in 19 African countries beyond Nigeria, in addition to global operations in New York, London, Paris and the UAE.
In a statement, the bank said her appointment further demonstrates UBA’s commitment to diversity as the Group Board now includes eight female Directors.
Prior to her appointment, Bawuah was Regional CEO, West Africa, supervising the Group’s operations in nine subsidiaries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.
She previously held the role of CEO, UBA Ghana.
Speaking on the new appointment, the Group Board Chairman Mr Tony O. Elumelu said, “Abiola has contributed significantly to the growth of UBA Africa for close to a decade. She brings a wealth of experience in commercial banking, and stakeholder engagement. It also gives me great pleasure that with her appointment, the UBA Group Board has now become a majority female board.”
The UBA Group also announced Chris Ofikulu as the Regional CEO, UBA West Africa. Ofikulu has over two decades of banking experience spanning corporate, commercial, and retail banking.
Other appointments include Uzoechina Molokwu, who will take on the role as Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of UBA Ghana, subject to local regulatory approvals; Ayokunle Olajubu will be the Managing Director/CEO UBA Liberia, subject to local regulatory approvals.
Theresa Henshaw, who was previously the DMD, Business Development, UBA America, was appointed as CEO of UBA UK, subject to local regulatory approvals.
Usman Isiaka, who is currently CEO, UBA Sierra Leone, will be the Deputy CEO in UBA America, subject to local regulatory approvals.
Meanwhile Adeyemi Adeleke, the former CEO of UBA, UK is now the Group Treasurer. Adeleke will be working to unlock the immense value in the Group’s multi-jurisdictional balance sheet, leveraging on its presence in 24 countries within and beyond Africa.
In addition to the executive appointments, UBA has announced the retirement of High Chief Samuel Oni, an independent non-executive Director, from the Board following the expiration of his tenure.
He joined the UBA Group in January 2015 and served on the Board of the Group for eight years.
The Group Chairman expressed his appreciation to High Chief Oni, for his commitment, leadership and extensive contributions to the UBA Group.
UBA is one of the largest employers in the financial sector on the African continent, with 25,000 employees group wide and serving over 37 million customers globally.
The European Union Election Observation Mission has said that 100 observers would be deployed for the 2023 polls.
The Chief Observer, EU EOM, Barry Andrews stated this during the launch of the EU EOM to Nigeria 2023, in Abuja on Monday.
Andrews said the EU EOM was deployed by the EU following an invitation from the Independent National Electoral Commission and it started its work on 11 January, 2023 with the arrival of a core team of 11 experts with competencies in various aspects of elections.
He also stated that this is the seventh EU EOM to Nigeria since 1999, noting that for the first time in Nigeria, the mission has a dedicated Election Technology Analyst who would be assessing the use of technologies especially the verification of voters and the transmission of results.
The Chief Observer explained “The structure of our team is that we have the Chief Observer, Deputy Chief Observer and we have 11 in our core team and they have been here since January 11th. We have an election analyst, political analyst, media experts, social media and mainstream analysts. Just yesterday, 29 January, we deployed 40 long-term observers in 20 teams of two covering the 36 states across the country and we will rely on their observations and inputs from the data they were able to assemble and meeting from stakeholders in order to help us complete the work we are working on at the moment.
“We will be examining the implementation of the Electoral Act and all the changes that have taken place and the challenges that are peculiar to Nigeria. Each election environment has its own characteristics and we are cognisant of all those characteristics that affect the country. There are concerns relating to the new technology, full implementation of the Electoral Act and the work of INEC.
“We will also deploy short-term observers in the immediate running of election which would be locally recruited. We are very grateful for the cooperation, not just the EU delegations that are here but also, Canada, Norway, and Switzerland have contributed their short-time observers for this. In due course, we would have 100 observers that they will cover the election day itself. The 100 observers will observe the voting, counting, and tabulation procedures on 25 February and 11 March.”
Andrew added that after the data and observations gotten from the long-term observers, a preliminary statement would be issued two days after the general election.
He said “The EU EOM will issue a preliminary statement two days after each election day and will remain in Nigeria until the completion of the entire electoral process including complaints and appeals processes, and any possible second round of presidential election.”
The Chief Observer, however encourage “the authorities, candidates, and political parties to commit to peaceful conduct prior to, during and after election day.”
President Muhamamdu Buhari has attributed Nigeria’s insecurity problem to powerful countries bent on destroying Nigeria.
Buhari made the assertion on Monday in Kano at a presidential lunch after his tour around the state to commission projects by the administration of Governor Ganduje.
According to him: “One can clearly see how these foreign countries took on our weaker part of Nigeria, the Lake Chad where we have reserves of crude oil, and cause serious mayhem there with consistent attacks.”
But for Governor Zulum who is serious with his duty, the story of the area around Lake Chad would have been different by now, Buhari said.
The President reminded that in 2015 when he assumed office, only four of Borno’s 17 local government areas were not in the hands of Boko Haram.
“And we are aware that people are using the insurgents who are fraudulent to cause problems, but today most of these local governments [areas] are free,” he said.
The President added that those behind the insecurities knew that Borno was potentially a rich state. “That was why when I was a governor there, I went to Niger, Chad and even Cameroon because you need your neighbours to survive,” he stated.
Buhari who expressed happiness with Governor Ganduje for the infrastructural development in Kano State also commended governors of Lagos, Kaduna, Katsina and Kogi states for doing good in their respective states.
The president also urged the elite to work on the education of youths, saying the lack of education among them is a problem.
President Buhari also cracked a joke saying he has huge qualifications including that of suffering and enjoyment while reminding that he was in prison and had contested the presidency on several occasions.
Buhari: I don’t understand relationship between CBN policy, security threat in Kano – Emefiele counters GandujeWritten by Admin
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has said the excuse of security threats pushed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has no bearing on the ongoing currency swap across the country.
Ganduje had, in an interactive session with critical stakeholders, including scholars, legislators, political leaders and the business community in the state, revealed that his administration had requested President Muhammadu Buhari to postpone his official visit to Kano.
He said Kano was deeply concerned about the hardship principally induced by the ongoing cash swap from old to redesigned Naira notes.
According to him, the decision was taken to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.
However, the CBN governor debunked Ganduje’s assertion, saying, as quoted by NAN: “I don’t understand the relationship between the CBN policy and security challenges in Kano State.”
Meanwhile, Buhari had earlier on Sunday morning approved an extension of the ongoing currency swap by ten days, moving the deadline from January 31 to February 10.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said an effective cashless policy in Nigeria can help stem the surge of illicit election financing by making it possible to track funds.
Osinbajo spoke on Monday at the Presidential Villa when he received a delegation of the European Union Election Observation Mission led by Barry Andrews, the Chief Observer.
The VP said: “I think that what we should be looking at is to provide more infrastructure. The cashless thing has been really advantageous and helps with tracking. That sort of infrastructure is useful for more financial inclusion and the more financial inclusion you have, the easier it is to track.”
According to Osinbajo “so much money can be spent without it being tracked” under the current election financing practices in the country.
While noting the difficulty in controlling election financing due to cash transactions, Osinbajo said that there are still infrastructure issues required to be in place to ensure an efficient cashless system in the country.
“With cash transactions, it’s still difficult to seriously control election financing,” the VP observed.
On the issue of electoral offences, Osinbajo noted that there is the Electoral Offences Commission Bill at the National Assembly and “we hope that it’ll begin a new regime of dealing with electoral offences, which would be helpful.”
The VP emphasized: “By and large, one should not expect INEC to be the investigator of electoral offences. I think that law enforcement agencies should be responsible for arresting and prosecuting offenders, state by state.”
Nigerians have taken to social media to condemn popular Nigerian Afropop singer, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, professionally known by his stage name Iyanya for pushing a fan off stage while spraying him money in Akwa, Anambra State.
A video that angered fans on social media captured the moment the singer pushed a male fan spraying money on him off stage and continued performing as if nothing had happened.
Reacting to the massive backlash he received because of the push, Iyanya, in a tweet on his Twitter handle, explained that the fan was slapping his face with the money.
He wrote, The guy kept slapping my face with the money, and I tried to hold his hand, and he continued. First, no matter how much you are spraying, don’t slap someone with it, that’s disrespectful.
aramicom01, He can go scot-free with this but might not go scot-free next time. Power drunken celebrity.
Vitus, Usual Proud Iyanya. Maintain your comeback so that you don’t fade as usual. This pride that you get since project fame has not taught you a lesson.
DSP Bright Edafe, Normally, if that guy makes an official report, @Iyanya can be arrested for this. I come in peace.
Justice Black, You are broke. Someone is helping you. You are pushing your helper.
MrCruiseSA, If it’s abroad now, you won’t do that. It’s only Nigerian fans that you people always treat in this manner. Yes, he was wrong, but he didn’t know. Pushing him off the stage was bad. I blame those who are still watching your dead career on stage.
@Favlked, Oga, you shouldn’t have pushed him like that. What if he got Injured due to that push, he’s a fan, I don’t think your enemy will want to spray you money on stage, take correction, and move on, you’re a professional, not a roadside artiste, just shift him aside simple.
@yunus_salihu, But your bouncer should have stopped him. Ask him to step down gently. Maybe the excitement of seeing you made him not to control himself. No matter what, he still loves you that’s why. This is somehow harsh gaskiya.
@kinqKudos, Artiste that is still struggling to get a hit song doesn’t push fans.
Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has urged voters in Osun State to sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for wasting their votes.
He stated this during an interview on Arise TV.
It would be recalled that the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke for overvoting at over 700 polling units in the Governorship election.
The tribunal asked INEC to give Certificate of Returns to former Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Mr Falana said, What the voters in those areas have to do is to sue INEC for damages that you have wasted my votes.
Mr Falana also said it will be a daunting task by Adeleke’s lawyers to overturn the verdict of the tribunal.
Looking at the judgement, I believe very strongly that it is going to be a daunting task to impeach the judgement. INEC has to be held completely responsible for what happened.
He said, INEC will have to go back to the drawing table so that we will not have this experience. INEC will have to put its house in order, If we have this in a presidential election, where you issue one or two reports, it will have a crisis of monumental proportion.
The Department of State Services, DSS, has dismissed reports of poisoning Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in its custody.
DSS said the issue with Kanu was not political; hence Nigerians should discountenance the report of poisoning.
There have been reports that DSS was poisoning Kanu in its custody.
It was claimed that some youths are planning to burn down government properties in the Southeast.
In line with this claim, IPOB accused DSS of secretly and systematically trying to kill Kanu by denying him access to his medical doctors.
However, an operative of DSS who spoke exclusively with DAILY POST on the ground of anonymity, said Kanu is being treated well.
He said, Nnamdi Kanu can’t be denied access to his doctors, and what is happening to him is political. Even if the prisoner is a hardened criminal, we treat him well, so Kanu’s case is not different.
There is no truth in the claim that DSS is poisoning Kanu; it’s all a lie – he has access to his doctors. However, he has his medical issues, but he is not denied access to his doctors.
You know we should not expect anything good from IPOB, their issue and agenda are against the government so disregard all these reports.
Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed a suit by a former presidential candidate of Hope Democratic Party, HDP, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru, against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 presidential election.
The suit seeking the outright sack of President Buhari was thrown out by Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo on three major grounds.
Parts of the grounds are that the suit constituted a gross abuse of court process, statute barred and was an affront to the supremacy of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Besides, Justice Ekwo held that the suit was baseless, frivolous, irritating and vexatious in its entirety.
Owuru had, in the suit, applied for an order of court to declare the presidential seat vacant and swear him in as the authentic winner of that election.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has pledged to support the families of slain officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Seven personnel of the corps were ambushed and killed alongside five others from a sister security agency and local security service on January 9, 2023.
The personnel who were attached to the Kaduna State Ministry of Mines were ambushed and killed by bandits while on official duty at a mining site in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
El-Rufai made the pledge when he played host to the Commandant General of NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, where he condoled with the CG on the deaths of the gallant men who died in active service.
In a statement signed by the corps spokesperson, Olusola Odumosu, on Sunday, the support would help cushion the effects of the hardship that the loss of their breadwinners may have created.
El-Rufai sympathised with the loved ones left behind and the NSCDC family, promising continuous support in terms of logistics, operational equipment, and working tools to improve its operational services.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the performance of the corps, especially in the protection of critical assets and infrastructure in the state, citing the mining sector as significant to the growth of the nation’s economy.
El-Rufai said he would direct all LGA chairmen in the state to build more outposts for the corps in their LGAs.
He commended the CG for bringing about transformational changes in the corps, like the establishment of the Special Female Squad, which was driving the Safe Schools Initiative, among other efforts.
Audi thanked the governor for his magnanimity in remembering the bereaved families.
He also appreciated him for more outposts he promised to build for the corps in the state, stating that the gesture would aid easy communication, reinforcement of personnel, and reduce response time to emergencies.
He stated that the governor’s support was coming at the right time because, in order to improve the operational activities of the corps in the State, he already approved the creation of additional eight divisional offices, three area commands, and more outposts in the state.
Audi assured the governor of the corps’ determination and commitment to doing its best in securing lives and protecting critical assets and infrastructure in the state without compromise.
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said he gets energised whenever he is disappointed.
According to him, he doesn’t get angry when he faces betrayal, he only tackles it by ignoring whoever betrays him.
Naija News reports that the APC flag bearer was said to have made the remarks during a town hall meeting in Edo State.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, on Sunday, Tinubu told the gathering he was ready to work with them to rescue the state from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said the reason he is energised by disappointments is that they push him to work harder, adding that his betrayers are not God who created him.
The APC picked on his counterpart in the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, admonishing the Edo people to take their state from the hands of the PDP, but should not get angry at any situation.
He advanced that anger does not solve problems, so there was no need to get angry at any circumstance.
He said “We must rescue Edo State. I am ready to work with you. Take lanterns, go from house to house.
“Don’t get angry; anger does not solve problems. Disappointment is an energizer for me. You disappoint me, I work harder. You betray me, I don’t get angry; I ignore you.
“The reason is because you are not my God and you are not my creator.”