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Abia Governorship Crisis: The Presidency Connection *Govt alleges plan to kidnap judicial officers

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Fresh facts emerged at the weekend over the ongoing governorship crisis in Abia State with the alleged unseen hands of the presidency believed to be responsible for the attempted plot to remove Governor Victor Okezie Ikpeazu of the state.
This is coming even as the state government, this morning alleged plans by some persons loyal to the “emergency governor-appoint” of the state, Uche Ogah, to kidnap some judicial officers in the bid to further complicate the tense situation in the state.
Inside sources revealed at the weekend that beyond the position of Governor Ikpeazu on the Grazing Bill believed to have put him against the presidency is the issue of ‘no certificate’ against President Muhammadu Buhari recently withdrawn by Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaiwe, an Abuja-based lawyer, who had initially sought to see the case to a logical close.
Unfortunately, for the governor, Nwokocha-Ahaiwe is not only an indigene of the state but also on the employ of the government, where he was said to be heading an agency. Therefore, there is said to be the belief in the presidency that should an employee of the government be seeking to remove the president, then, there is no way the governor could feign ignorance.
It was at this point the plot to remove Ikpeazu was allegedly hatched. Although intelligence had allegedly reached the governor, who according to sources immediately asked Nwokocha-Ahaiwe to withdraw the case because of the likely consequences and which he did. But the intervention appeared to have come late as those alleged to be behind the removal plot had already swung into action.
Recall that Nwokocha-Ahaiwe had last Thursday withdrawn the suit seeking an order from a Federal High Court in Abuja to declare President Buhari not qualified to contest last year’s presidential election for allegedly not possessing requisite education qualification.
The plaintiff had alleged that Buhari was not qualified to contest the 2015 presidential election – which he won – as he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 as he claimed. The application was filed on June 27.
However, at the resumed sitting on Thursday, presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola struck out the case in a short ruling following the plaintiff’s notice of discontinuance of the case. Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe declared his intention to withdraw the suit, though failed to adduce any reason behind the decision.
Meanwhile, the Abia State Government, this morning said it uncovered plots by desperate politicians to kidnap judicial officers in the state.
“We call on security agencies in the state to increase surveillance and protection services around all the judicial officers in the state,” a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Eyinnaya Appolos, said, adding that, “We wish to warn those involved in this plot to desist from their nefarious activities as the government will not hesitate to apply the full weight of the law against them.”
The government therefore called “on Abians to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement around them to the security.”

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Controversial Sterling Bank caught in the act! CBN sanctions, parades officials for hoarding new naira notes [VIDEO]

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Officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have discovered N6 million of the new naira notes hoarded in Sterling Bank Plc, Ado Ekiti branch on Bank Road, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, having received the funds for over two weeks, THE WITNESS reports.

 

In a trending video on social media, seen by THE WITNESS, a man who identified himself as Oluwole Owoeye, a deputy director of CBN, while monitoring the distribution of the new naira notes in the state, was seen questioning the bank officials as to why they have not uploaded the funds into their Automated Teller Machines, (ATMs), despite having six of the machines in place.

 

The CBN director also announced a fine of N1 million for each day the fund was in the bank’s custody.

 

The CBN official said, “I am currently at Sterling Bank, on Bank Road as part of the new naira notes monitoring compliance with the guidelines by CBN. They have N6 million, which they collected from the bank for almost two weeks, they have not disbursed any. They said they are yet to configure their ATMs, I do not know why that and I have brought attention to the penalty clause of N1 million per day, because they have five ATMs here, they have no reason for keeping this money.

 

“The zonal service manager, Tunde Onipede promised that by 10:00am latest tomorrow (Monday), because I told him by latest 10:00 am I’ll be here and I want to see the machine dispensing this money.

 

“What is the name again? Olumide Owolabi (Service Manager, Ado) & Motunrayo Babayele. My name is Oluwole Owoeye and I am a deputy director of CBN.”

 

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FCMB Manager Arrested For Hoarding New Naira Notes

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A manager of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch in Osogbo, Osun State capital, has been arrested for allegedly preventing Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) loaded with cash from dispensing money to customers.

The spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Friday said the cash bundles were loaded into the ATMs while still wrapped, and as such, could not be dispensed through the machines

“The ICPC Compliance Team in Osogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State, where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers un-removed, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed.

“The Team, therefore, directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly’.

Similarly, seven Point of Sale (POS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during the ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

The arrested persons are helping the Commission with information to assist investigations and bust any syndicates involved in the hoarding or sales of the redesigned notes.

 

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New naira: ICPC arrests Stanbic IBTC Bank manager over sabotage

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has arrested an official of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Abuja for alleged sabotage.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said the development was in continuation of ICPC’s clampdown on elements frustrating efforts in making the redesigned Naira notes available to members of the public.

The bank official, who is the branch service head of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Deidei Branch in Abuja, was taken into custody for her deliberate refusal to upload cash into the branch’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) even when the cash was available and people were queuing at the ATM points.

The statement reads: “When the ICPC monitoring team stormed the bank at about 1:30pm on Friday to ensure compliance, and demanded explanation as to why all the ATMs were not dispensing cash, the team was informed by the branch’s head of operations that the bank just got delivery of the cash.

“However, facts available to the ICPC operatives indicated that the branch took delivery of the cash earlier around 11:58am and either willfully or maliciously refused to feed the ATMs with the cash.

“Against this backdrop, the ICPC team compelled the bank to load the ATMs with the redesigned Naira notes and ensured that they were all dispensing before arresting the culprit.

“The ICPC said investigations were still ongoing and the Commission will take appropriate actions as soon they are concluded.

“Similarly, seven Point of Sale (PoS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during an ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

“Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

“The arrested persons were helping the anti-graft commission with information to assist investigations and bust other syndicates involved in the hoarding and sales of the redesigned Naira notes,” the anti-graft agency said.

 

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