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Ugochinyere: ACJHR Seeks Visa Ban For Uzodinma, IGP, Imo CP, DSS Boss

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A civil society organization (CSO), African Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR), has appealed to the international community to place Governor Hope Uzodinma; Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba;

Imo State Commissioner of Police, and Director of Department of State Service (DSS) in Imo State, on Visa ban and watchlist over alleged Imo State government’s role in the plot to kill the Spokesman of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) Ikenga Ugochinyere, in the State.

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Recall that on Saturday, January 14, 2023, a motorcade conveying gunmen and arsonists stormed the residence of Ugochinyere, who is also the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for House of Representatives seat of Ideato North/South federal constituency of the State, at his hometown in Akokwa, where four persons were killed including his Uncle and properties destroyed.

Governor Uzodinma had while reacting to the carnage, accused Ugochinyere of violating an agreement which he (the PDP candidate) allegedly reached with unknown gunmen and it was his breach of the agreement that led to the attack on his property.

But, reacting to the governor’s comment on the attack, ACJHR in a statement by its strategic communication consultant, Mr. Abubakar Isa, frowned at the silence of security services particularly the ones in Imo State.

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He said with their silence, it means they were allegedly part of the plot to assassinate Ugochinyere, hence the call for Visa ban for them and placement on watchlist by the international community.

The statement reads, “The sole mandate of security agencies is to do everything possible to prevent incidences capable of causing human death.

It’s however sad that since this heinous crime was committed nothing has been done by the security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

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“their silence means they are probably part of the plot to assassinate Ugochinyere, hence should Visa ban and watchlist by international community.”

In a related development, Arewa Consultative Youths Movement has accused the IGP of shielding Governor Uzodimma’s aide, Chinasa Nwaneri, who previously and openly threatened to harm Ugochinyere.

In a statement by its President, Mallam Kabiru Yusuf, the group said the governor should be held responsible for the killings and destruction at Ugochinyere’s house.

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He said, “Few weeks ago, Ikenga was openly threatened by one Chinasa Nwaneri who is one of the aides of the incumbent governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma. It’s been days since the attack yet nothing has been done, by the security agencies.

“It is really worrisome is that, in all of these, no arrest has been effected by the Nigeria Police and/or the Department of State Services.

It is noteworthy that protection of lives and property is the sacred responsibility of government. The security agencies are supposed to be non-partisan and act without fear or favour.

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JUST IN: IMF ask CBN to extend Feb 10 deadline for old naira notes

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By Francesca Iwambe

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to extend the February 10 deadline for the use of old naira notes if the difficulties in getting new notes persist.

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According to the IMF, the call become necessary as the development had led to the disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new noted in the bank.

The call was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.

“In light of hardships caused by disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new bank notes available to the public, in spite of measures introduced by the CBN to mitigate the challenges in the banknote swap process, the IMF encourages the CBN to consider extending the deadline, should problems persist in the next few days leading up to the February 10, 2023 deadline,” the statement reads.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court suspends February 10 deadline for naira swap

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By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has restrained the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Federal Government from ending the legal tender statuses of old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes on February 10, 2023.

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The apex court made the order following the suit filed by three State governments challenging the Naira swap policy.

Recall that governments of Kaduna, Zamfara and Kogi States had approached the Supreme Court seeking an order to stop the policy.

Naijablitznews.com will bring you more details shortly

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CBN captures more Communities as currency swap is continuous in Taraba

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Emmanuel Awari-Jalingo

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Friday extend her currency swap exercise to more Communities of Yorro, Ardo-Kola and Ibi local government areas of Taraba state.

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The Director Financial System Strategy, Central Bank of Nigeria, Ibrahim Hassan who disclosed this to our correspondent in Jalingo said, the development was in continuation of the CBN initiative targeted at ensuring that all rural dwellers in Taraba have their old naira notes swapped to new ones or deposited in banks before the extended CBN deadline for currency swap.

Hassan noted that the currency Swap Initiative was to help save communities who do not have access to bank, swap their old naira notes to the new notes.

“Just as we have been doing to ensure that people in the rural Communities of Taraba who do not have access to Bank have their old naira notes swap to new ones. CBN delegation have been drafted to more Communities of Yorro, Ardo-Kola and Ibi local to ensure success of the initiative.

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“CBN delegation for Yorro is led by Mr Jackson Imandi, the Deputy Director, the one Ardo-Kola is led by Mr. Kazeem Olatinmu while the one in Ibi local government is been led by the CBN Head of Banking Services in Taraba State, Hayatu Yahaya Shehu to ensure the villagers gain advantage of the Ten days extension for the currency swap” Hassan explained.

When contacted, the chief of Mumuye in Yorro local government, Ado Adamu Manang, that of Ibi, Abubakar Salihu Danbaw and some beneficiary of the exercise in Ardo-Kola local government, Mohammed Musa, Hafsatu Babangida and Isa Mahmud, commended the central Bank of Nigeria for the exercise as it was the best for villagers and promised to help create massive awareness for people to swap their old naira notes to the new ones.

According to them, businesses were already collapsing as people were no longer accepting the old naira notes even before the extended window.

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