Today’s Headlines: Gunmen kill Pawpaw’s brother in Imo, ICPC frees D’banj on self-recognition,
Gunmen kill policeman, Pawpaw’s brother in Imo
Mbaitoli in Imo State and its environs on Friday afternoon came under heavy attack by gunmen enforcing the five-day sit-at-home order.
The gunmen, who struck at different locations, killed a policeman and Prince Iheme, an elder brother to movie superstar, Osita Iheme aka Pawpaw.
The gunmen also macheted Commissioner for Solid Minerals, Martin Eke.
It was learnt the gunmen who rode in Trundra operational vehicles shot sporadically forcing people to scamper for safety.
While businesses abruptly wounded up, the roads were deserted as motorists abandoned their vehicles and ran helter skelter.
At Orji, near Owerri, the state capital, the gunmen wearing black clothes in three vehicles attacked residents and passersby, including policemen.
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the gunmen met policemen at 7up junction at Orji and shot one cop dead.
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ICPC frees D’banj on self-recognition
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has released popular musician, Daniel Oladapo, also known as D’Banj.
D’banj’s lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, who announced the development on Friday, said the musician was released on self-recognition.
Olajengbesi in a statement on Thursday said D’Banj who was arrested by the anti-graft agency on Tuesday, was innocent of the allegations of fund diversion trailing him regarding the social empowerment programme ‘N-Power Scheme.’
This was also as he demanded that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs should make public the names of government officials allegedly involved with D’Banj in the alleged fraud.
But sharing the news of the singer’s release on his Facebook page and a statement on Friday, Olajengbesi explained that nothing incriminating was found on D’banj.
The statement read, “After 72 hours of unfair detention and false allegation against Mr. Daniel Oladapo (D’banj), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday afternoon released the popular singer.
“It is instructive to note that the ICPC released D’banj) on self-recognition after the agency could not find anything incriminating on him.
We won’t be rigid on cash withdrawal limit – Emefiele
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, on Thursday, said that the recently-introduced policy on cash withdrawal limit was not meant to hurt anybody but to strengthen the nation’s economy.
The CBN governor, who stated this while speaking with State House correspondents after meeting behind closed-doors with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, assured that the apex bank will not be rigid on the policy following criticism from the Senate, business experts and some stakeholders.
Recall that the CBN had, on Tuesday, unveiled a revised cash withdrawal limit with a maximum of N100,000 cash withdrawal per week for individuals and N500,000 cash per week for corporate bodies.
But the Senate faulted the bank on the grounds of timing, arguing that it might worsen the tight economic environment.
Besides, stakeholders have expressed worry about the possibility of implementing hitch-free cash withdrawal limits in communities with ‘blind spots or poor network connectivity.’
However, the CBN governor explained that more and more countries that are embracing digitisation have gone into cashless and that this policy not targeted at anybody.
16 Killed In Fresh Attack On Enugu Community By Suspected Herders
Sixteen people including women and children have been confirmed killed in Eboh Autonomous community in Enugu State.
This comes after a fresh attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Eboh, which is in Eha-Amufu under Isi-Uzo local government area of the state.
SaharaReporters gathered on Friday that the fresh killings occurred on Thursday when the gunmen suspected to be herdsmen along with collaborators from Benue State launched an attack on Eboh Ishialu village.
Community sources told our correspondent that the assailants wore military uniforms, which deceived the people and made them relax when they first saw them.
Some residents who spoke to SaharaReporters said as of 9 am on Friday, the number of bodies recovered was 16 and that a search for missing people was still ongoing.
Several people also sustained gunshot injuries while about seven houses were razed by the invading assailants.
Labour Party sacks national publicity secretary, dissolves Ogun excos
Labour Party has sacked its National Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, and dissolved Ogun State chapter executives of the party for alleged anti-party practice.
This is coming almost two months before the 2023 general elections.
The National Working Committee of the party took the decision, following their role in the alleged expulsion of Doyin Okupe, the Director General of Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council.
During the emergency meeting of the NWC in Abuja, on Friday, Umar Farouk, the National Secretary of Labour Party, announced the dissolution of its state chapter in Ogun, removal of the party spokesman and suspension of its chairman and other executives.
The committee is said to have passed a vote of confidence in the leadership of its embattled National Chairman, Julius Abure, saying it has reviewed the corruption allegations levelled against him and found him not culpable.
Baze University sends 185 amnesty students out of exam over fees
The Baze University Abuja, has denied 185 of its students opportunity to sit for their ongoing examinations over outstanding fees.
A lecturer in the institution had reportedly walked out the students who had been screened and allowed to write the Digital Entrepreneurship Gen 201 out of the institution’s multipurpose hall.
The action of the private school owned by Dr Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, against the students, who are said to be beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme scholarship of the federal government ,has incurred the anger of the students,their parents, family members and concerned members of the public.
The affected students, according to Vanguard source, were said to be in the middle of their ongoing examinations when the university authorities threw them out, because the scheme was yet to complete the payment of their school fees for the semester.
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