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Osun APC Senatorial Candidate, Supporters Attack

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The Osun West Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Dr. Amidu Tadese has been reportedly attacked by some hoodlums suspected to be members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ikire, Irewole Local Goverment area of the state.

It was gathered that the attack left a number of the supporters and members of APC injured at Ward 9, in Ikire, on Tuesday.

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A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the thugs, closed to 30 in number were allegedly led by the opposition candidate during their rally in the area.

He further said that the political hoodlums attacked them with cutlasses and guns and destroyed their vehicles.

According to him, “We are in ward 9 in Ikire where we were holding our political rally until the PDP Senatorial Candidate, Lere Oyewumi led some thugs close to thirty in number brandishing cutlasses and shooting sporadically into the air to disperse the loyalists of the APC who had already assembled for
the Ward meeting.

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“This incident took the entire communication into uncertainty as residents were panicking to the extent that they had to scamper for safety. Many of the vehicles brought to the venue of the meeting by the APC Senatorial Candidate, Dr. Amidu Tadese were damaged.

“As I speak, there is palpable commotion in entire community. Many of the APC loyalists were seriously injured during the attack and two of our people who sustained gunshot wounds have been hospitalized.

“The ugly incident left many with various degrees of injury as some of the victims were macheted with cutlass in the neck, hands and other parts of their bodies. I am sure they must have been in the hospital by now.

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“Some of us escaped from the attack and I am sure that they attacked us because they were intimidated with the crowd that came out for the meeting and rally that we held. I think, their intention was to kill Dr. Amidu Tadese because I heard them shouting where is he during the attack”, the source added.

Confirming the incident, the APC Osun West Senatorial Candidate, Dr. Amidu Tadese, said the attack occurred around 5:30pm.

According to him, the hoodlums who were more than 30 in number ransacked the entire community after they destabilized the meeting and attacked members of the APC.

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“Our supporters had already erected canopy and assembled at Ward 10, Ikire before the incident occured. We were about starting the meeting when we saw the hoodlums shooting sporadically shortly after someone offered the opening prayers at the meeting.

“They were more than 30 in number led by Akogun Lere Oyewumi, the PDP Osun West Senatorial Candidate. They were shooting from Naira and Kobo area and before we know it, they were already at the venue attacking people and destroying property including our vehicles and commercial mini-buses and tricycles passing by at that material time.

“A lot of properties were destroyed. I saw Oyewumi himself leading the hoodlums. When they destabilized the whole thing and people scampered for safety, they retreated to Oyewumi’s filling station.

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“Though, we had the police permit to hold the meeting and I see no reason such could have happened. But we thank God for His protection and safety”, he added.

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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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