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2018 Suspended ALGON May Surrender To Fate



… Uzodinma Moves To Accommodate 2010

… Plans To Settle Out Of Court

Suspended 2018 Councillors and Chairmen elected under the regime of former Governor Rochas Okorocha appears to have resorted to fate as plans are on the way to accommodate the 2010 sacked Chairmen and councilors elected under Ohakim but were sacked by Okorocha’s led administration by the Imo State Government.

An investigation by Lead Newspapers revealed that Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma in the bid to conduct a council election devoid of court actions has spoken with some the Leaders of the 2010 ALGON sacked by Okorocha, s led administration to work out the best of modalities to bring an end to the pending suit between the said 2010 ALGON and the State Government which presently is before the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

2010 chairmen and Councillors elected under Ohakim’s regime were tactically sacked by Owerri High Court on the grounds that the election that brought them in was marred with irregularities when Justice Njemanze was the Chief Judge of Imo State.

Dissatisfied with the development, one Barr Enyinna Onuegbu and 27 others moved to the court of Appeal in search of justice and from there to the Supreme Court where the case is pending before the expiration of eight years tenure of Okorocha.

In the same manner, Okorocha at the tail end of his administration conducted a Local Government election which Ihedioha led administration through the 9th Imo Assembly suspended on grounds that the said election was done on a Community basis amongst other grounds which according to the said House was not in tandem with ISIEC provisions for the Local Government elections in Imo.

In a bid to get justice, the same sacked 2018 ALGON proceeded to Court where they got a favorable judgment from the Appeal Court in Owerri which ruled amongst others that Imo State Government should reinstate the said persons.

While the litigants were waiting for the said reinstatement as directed by the Court, Imo State Government got a stay of execution order which rendered the said judgment unenforceable.

However, while the said matters are pending in various courts, Governor Uzodinma as authoritatively gathered by the Lead has concluded plans to settle and accommodate the 2010 ALGON elected under Ohakim.

Although some of the said persons already are in Uzodinma’s cabinet but he the Governor wants to extend his hands of fellowship to others and this as Leant by Lead would entail the concerned persons bringing out the matter from the Supreme Court for an amicable solution and negotiation.

Some of the members of said ALGON who are already in Uzodinma’s Government include the then ALGON chairman, Ruby Emele who is presently the SA on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as well as the then ALGON Secretary, Barr Enyinna Onuegbu who is now the Commissioner for Lands.

The 2010 ALGON members had a few weeks ago declared their unalloyed support for the Uzodinma’s administration.

Again, some people had last Friday stormed the Imo State Secretariat on solidarity to one of theirs, SA to Uzodinma on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The visit which was led by the 2010 ALGON Reps, was another avenue where the said persons reinstated their resolve to work with Uzodinma.

In the said meeting, Emele ready assured them of the readiness of the Government to accommodate them while urging them to exercise a little patience.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman



The Senate, after a two-hour session on Wednesday at plenary confirmed the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission.

Bawa was nominated for the role by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

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Speaking during the screening, the new Chairman denied an allegation that he sold the seized property in EFCC custody at its Port Harcourt Zonal office.

He said the seized property in Port Harcourt were properly disposed off by the agency’s officials from its headquarters.

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CBN, Others Defend Cryptocurrency Stance



Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele has insisted the Bank’s decision to stop deposit money banks, non-banking institutions and other financial institutions from facilitating trading and dealings in cryptocurrency is in the best interest of Nigerians.

Emefiele made the assertion on Tuesday, while briefing a joint Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions; ICT and Cybercrime; and Capital Market, on its directive to institutions under its regulation.

Emefiele also insisted that the operations of cryptocurrencies are dangerous and opaque adding that the use of cryptocurrency contravened an existing law.

He said given the fact that cryptocurrencies were issued by unregulated and unlicensed entities made it contrary to the mandate of the Bank, as enshrined in the CBN Act (2007) declaring the Bank as the issuer of legal tender in Nigeria.

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“Cryptocurrency has no place in our monetary system at this time and cryptocurrency transactions should not be carried out through the Nigerian banking system,” he added.

The Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr Lamido Yuguda at the event clarified that there was no policy contradiction between the CBN directive and that of SEC on cryptocurrency.

Equally, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Commission (ICPC) and Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) have supported the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria to ban cryptocurrency use in Nigeria.

Chairman of ICPC, Bolaji Owasanoye, said the #EndSARS protest was largely financed by cryptocurrency, indicating that it could be used to fund insurgency.

The NFIU boss, Tukur Moddibo also said cryptocurrency failed the critical tests of vulnerability and attendant risks, noting that his agency averted a $3 million fraud linked to 20 bank accounts.

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Sex hawker caught, plan to sell her baby for 40k



Sex Worker caught, plan to sell her baby for 40k

A commercial sex worker, Victoria Chukwube has been apprehended in Ebonyi state while trying to sell her baby.

According to the State Police in Ebonyi, the woman was apprehended for allegedly trying to discard her baby for N40,000 only.

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Odah said, “So her name is Chukwube Victoria, she told us she is a commercial sex hawker and that she has this baby which she is carrying.

The 32-year-old woman said she needed to sell the four-month-old baby boy in order to raise money to start a business of selling drinks.

Ebonyi State Police spokesperson, Loveth Odah said Chukwube was arrested following a tip-off.

“She said if she leaves here she would continue to look out for prospective buyers.

“But we tried to talk to her and to make her see the value of being a mother, but she refused.

“She even told us that if we allow her to go home with the baby she will throw the baby away and that she can’t tell who got her pregnant.”

While Interrogating the lady, she refused to disclose her state of origin or local government but maintained that she does not have the financial capacity to take on the responsibility of caring for the child.
Chukwube said, “I am from Nigeria, 32 years old, a commercial sex hawker and my baby is just four months old. “I want to sell the baby at the rate of N40,000 to start up a business. I have a fridge and I reside at Ogbe Hausa in Abakaliki.”

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