Kanu: Ohanaeze kicks as IPOB threatens 30-days sits-at-home
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Wednesday, disagreed with the plan by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to lock down the South East for one month, if its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not brought to court on October 21, 2021, warning that it would be counter-productive to the cause they are pursuing.
A statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, alleged that the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Department of State Service, DSS, in Abuja have concluded plans not to bring Mazi Kanu to court on October 21, 2021.
IPOB alleged that the plan of the Federal Government and DSS is to perpetually keep Mazi Kanu behind bars without trial to see if they can demoralize him and Biafrans.
He warned that its peaceful disposition as a people should not be misconstrued as weakness.
NDLEA arrests trafficker with N2.3bn cocaine at Abuja airport.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a drug trafficker, Okey Eze with 350 wraps of cocaine worth over a N2.3billion in street value at Nnamdi Azikiwe International (NAIA) Airport, Abuja.
NDLEA’s Spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the 38-year-old Eze, who claimed to be a tiler by profession, is an indigene of Orji River, in Oji-River Local Government area of Enugu State and also a resident of Bamako, in Mali.
He narrated that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday, September 22 during an inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight number 911 enroute Bamako-Addis Ababa from Abuja adding that the illicit drug weighing 7.70kilograms was concealed in eight packs tucked in different parts of his luggage.
ICPC seeks regulatory intervention in cryptocurrency trading.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has called for regulation of cryptocurrency trading in Nigeria to prevent unsuspecting members of the public from being swindled.
Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, made the call at the opening of a two-day capacity building retreat for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption, and board members and directors of the Commission held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Spokesperson, ICPC, Azuka Ogugua in a statement yesterday, said the ICPC boss has emphasized the need for more regulations from the legislatures to address IFFs and other related offences, stating that the breaches in the law and absence of regulatory framework have encouraged perpetrators of the crimes to continue to engage in the crime, with Nigeria being the second-largest Bitcoin market in the world with over $500million worth of assets traded over the last five years.
Budget 2022: Experts frown as Senate passes MTEF, FSP.
The Senate yesterday passed the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, and Fiscal Strategy Paper, FSP, with the approval of N13.98 trillion as aggregate Federal Government expenditure for 2022, based on oil price benchmark of $57, the exchange rate of N410.15 to the US dollar, and 1.88 mbpd crude output.
The breakdown of the expenditure is made up of Total Recurrent (non-debt) of N6.21 trillion; Personnel Costs (Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs) of N3.47 trillion; Capital expenditure (exclusive of transfers) N3.26 trillion; Special Intervention (Recurrent) amounting to N350 billion; and Special intervention (Capital) of N10 billion.
The Senate pegged daily crude oil production at 1.88 million barrel per day (mbpd), 2.23 mbpd, and 2.22 mbpd for 2022, 2023 and 2024 respectively, in view of an average 1.93 mbpd over the past three years and the fact that a very conservative oil output benchmark has been adopted for the medium term in order to ensure greater budget realism.
UK Suspends Official for Breach Exposing 250 Afghan Interpreters’ Details
Britain’s defence ministry said on Wednesday an employee has been suspended over a data breach revealing details of interpreters in Afghanistan seeking relocation to Britain after the Taliban retook control of the country last month.
The defence minister Ben Wallace apologized and launched an investigation on Tuesday after an email sent to more than 250 people seeking relocation mistakenly copied all applicants, so they were visible to other recipients.
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