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Reactions As Kingmakers proclaim sacked monarch Obong of Calabar

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Reactions trail the re-selection of the Obong of Calabar.

Following the Supreme Court’s judgment on January 13, 2023, Etubom’s conclave in the Obong of Calabar Palace conducted a fresh selection process for the stool.

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During the exercise, the kingmakers reselected and proclaimed, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu the V, as the Obong.
Reacting to the development, one of the Etuboms who participated in the re-selection process, Bassey Ndem, said it was “transparent” and urged the media to report the issue with caution to avoid creating unnecessary tension.
In his reaction, Okon Edet said, “Our traditional stool needs someone on it. No traditional seat ought to be vacant for a week. If they reselected him, it shows that they have confidence in him and trust him. If I am on the Obong’s Traditional Council and I realise that he has done well, I will reselect him.”

On Wednesday, Chairman, Etubom’s conclave, Etubom Effiwat, announced the re-selection of the Obong while reading a document signed by 13 members of the conclave in the presence of the conclave members at the Obong of Calabar’s palace.
In a document signed by the secretary of the conclave, HRH, Etubom Ededem, Ntiero stated that Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu of Adiabo Ikot Mbo Otu House having been fully satisfied with the candidate’s qualifications and eligibility, the Etubom’s conclave, therefore, declared him the successor and hereby “today January 18, 2023, conveys his proclamation as successor to the throne of Obong of Calabar.
“The qualified Etuboms who fall under this group were communicated with and directed to produce and present their nominee to the Etubom’s Conclave by January 18, 2023.
“The most senior Etubom of the Atai Iboku group, HRH Etubom Otu Efa Otu, presented their selected nominee for the throne of Obong of Calabar in the person of HRH Etubom Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu of Adiabo Ikot Mbo Otu House.”
Following the decade-long litigation that had followed Obong’s selection, the Supreme Court ordered a new selection process.

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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.

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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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