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Don’t use Anti Corruption Crusade to persecute Opponents – Gani Adams warns PMB

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The Anti-Corruption crusade of the President Mohammadu Buhari administration is a welcome development, but can only be meaningful only if it follows the rule of law and not as a system of persecuting imaginary opponents of the government.

This view was expressed last Wednesday by the National Co-coordinator of ‎the Oodu’a Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams in Abeokuta during an Interactive session with members of the organisation.

According to him, the anti corruption war will loose its steam once it has become tools deployed by the ruling party ‎to cripple activities of the opposition and all dissenting voice. His words: “The issue of anti corruption is being highly politicised, I am giving my 100% support to president Buhari to make sure that the system is sanitised, to put an end to corruption in our country or bring to the barest minimum. But I am not in agreement with doing so on the basis of selection; we have about three ministers in president Buhari’s cabinet that has been alleged and indicted of corruption and they are still in his cabinet. There are lots of people that were strong supporters of president Buhari during the elections that have not been probed.”

He further gave reasons why the OPC supported President Goodluck Jonathan‎ during the 2015 general elections. According to him “When you are a leader of a group, they look up to you for direction and they followed the direction given to them during the last election based on the fact that I was part of the delegate that attended the national conference; former president Jonathan gave the opportunity for the nation to organise the conference and gave me the privileged to be a part of the conference with a promise to implement the outcome. If you noticed, we didn’t campaign for any governor during the campaign because; we were campaigning solely for Jonathan and we don’t have any apology for that”

Otunba Gani Adams however expressed disappointment at the drift the nation’s politics is headed which is assuming a politics of vendetta. His words: “it is a norm for a candidate to either win or lose; in America, we have the democrats and republican, if one looses, automatically, campaign mockery and attacks ends because it is politics, a game of numbers, if you lose today, you might be a winner tomorrow and being a winner is not the criteria for demonising the loser”

He therefore affirmed that‎ the second face of their agitation will focus on the implementation of the report of the constitutional conference convoke by the Jonathan’s administration. “we knew that the implementation will not be easy because, even in the national assembly, there are lots of impediments against Jonathan while he was in power but we have decided that for us to have struggled to get the CONFAB done, we need to agitate for the implementation too and we are prepared to fight for it to be implemented. There were lots of hurdles before the CONFAB was organised and it will surprise you to know that most of our people that we believed were progressives in the west were actually antagonists of the CONFAB. And for a nation to be restructured it won’t come easy and so we must be ready to fight for it. Many people do not even know the content of the conference” he added.

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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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