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Today's Headlines: Banks Give Old N500/1k To Nigerians, Gunmen Reportedly Kill 1, Burn Cars In Enugu

Banks give Old N500, N1000 Notes To Nigerians Amid Silence From Central Bank

Some commercial banks in Nigeria on Monday began dispensing the old N500 and N1000 Naira notes on Monday, SaharaReporters has gathered.

A resident of Ilorin, Kwara State confirmed to SaharaReporters that the ATM machines of Guaranty Trust Bank at Umar Audu Road, Opposite University Road Junction, Tanke, GRA, 10, Ilorin paid him some old N1,000 notes.

A banker who also spoke to SaharaReporters corroborated this.

He said some banks had started dispensing the old notes but his bank had not got the go-ahead yet because of uncertainty surrounding the validity of the notes as legal tenders in the country.

Daily Trust also reported that no fewer than three banks in Abuja, issued out old N500 and N1000 notes to customers in Abuja on Monday while a bank in Kano also did the same.

Recall that the Nigerian Supreme Court had ordered that the old N500 and N1000 notes phased out by the Federal Government be kept in circulation until December.

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But the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has yet to react to the apex court’s decision on the policy which has subjected Nigerians to hardships in recent weeks.

Sit-At-Home: Hoodlums Reportedly Kill One, Burn 7 Vehicles In Enugu

Some hoodlums reportedly enforcing Monday’s sit-at-home have killed a yet-to-be-identified person and burnt two Sienna minivans and five commercial tricycles popularly called Keke Napep in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria.

The incident occurred in Abakpa in the Enugu East local government area of the state, according to Daily Independent.

Eyewitnesses said the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday, at Liberty Bus stop, Abakpa.

The armed men, according to the report, stormed the ever-busy bus stop at about 5.30 am, shooting indiscriminately to scare away the residents who were coming out of their houses for the day’s activities.

It was learnt that in the process, two Toyota Sienna minivans and tricycles whose owners had positioned to convey passengers from the area were burnt by the hoodlums.

The gunmen were said to have moved to the popular T-junction where they attempted to force an elderly man out of his car but ended up burning him along with the vehicle.

 “They stopped the man and commanded him to step out of the car, the man resisted and that made the gunmen open the fuel tank, shot into the tank making the car to go up in flames with the man inside,” said an eyewitness, who added that the man was burnt to death.

SaharaReporters reports that residents of Enugu State following violent attacks on businesses have continued to obey the sit-at-home order.

We need N869bn to conduct census’ — FG begs for donations

The federal government says over $1.88 billion (N869 billion) is needed to conduct the 2023 population and housing census. 

Speaking at a high-level partner engagement in Abuja on Monday, Clement Agba, minister of state for budget and national planning, said the federal government has provided 46 percent of the budget.

Agba said there still remains an outstanding of N327.2 billion needed to carry out the census effectively.

In an appeal for support, Ulla Mueller, UNFPA resident representative, said that population growth is not a challenge because it can provide opportunities.

He called on public and private sector stakeholders to support the exercise, adding that the support for the collection of data must become a social corporate responsibility because it will help with evidence-based policies.

Tinubu: We will not allow GRV handover Lagos to Igbos – Fani-Kayode

Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said the party will not allow the Labour Party, LP, governorship candidate in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, hand over the state to Igbos.

Fani-Kayode noted that Yorubas and Igbos were subjected to torture in the Southeast during the presidential election.

In a series of tweets, the politician said some Igbos were killed in the Southeast for voting for the President-elect.

According to Fani-Kayode: “How can such a well brought up & distinguished young man be one of those that joined the mob to burn buses during the Endsars riots?

“How can he be one of those that turns his back on his own Yoruba people, hero worship secessionists like Ojukwu & conspire to hand over Lagos to the Igbos? Can any Igbo man do that for a Yoruba in the East? Is he aware of what the Yoruba were subjected to in parts of the east during the just concluded presidential election?

“Does he know the number of Igbos that were killed, tortured & whose homes were burnt in the east simply because they dared to vote for Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a Yoruba man?

“I love the Igbo & I believe in a plural society which welcomes all ethnic nationalities & creeds but to hand Lagos over to them as a way of compensating them for their past woes is absurd.

“That would be absurd and suicidal and we will NEVER allow it to see the light of day. What happened to this otherwise brilliant and cerebal young man called Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour? What has got into him? Is he possessed? Is he in need of prayer and deliverance?”

Court Grants Doguwa N500m Bail, Bars Him From Kano Guber Election

A Federal High Court in Kano has granted N500 million bail to Alhassan Ado Doguwa, majority leader of the House of Representatives.

Following the widespread violence that led to deaths and arson in Tudun Wada local government area of Kano during last week’s election, the police had arraigned Doguwa before a Magistrate’s Court on charges of arson and murder.

The lawmaker was arraigned for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, arson and illegal possession of firearms among others.

(SAN), applied for an exparte order before Justice Muhammad Nasir Yunusa to grant the accused bail based on alleged infringement of his fundamental human rights and absence of jurisdiction by the magistrate’s court that had remanded the accused.

Jimoh contended that since the accused was charged with culpable homicide and illegal possession of firearms, a Magistrate’s Court lacked jurisdictional power to remand Doguwa

Upon hearing the application, Justice Yunusa granted him bail with the condition that the suspect must provide two sureties, one of which shall be a first-class traditional ruler while the other must be a permanent secretary at the federal or state civil service.

PDP Trying To Incite, Destabilise Nigeria With Abuja Protest –APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC has berated the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the planned protest over the victory of the APC in the just concluded presidential election.

The PDP had asked its members to join a protest at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja over the result of the presidential election on Monday.

However, while reacting to the statement the chief spokesman for the APC presidential campaign council, Festus Keyamo in a post on his verified Twitter handle condemned the protest.

He said; "I understand PDP is planning a protest. Question: are they also protesting that LP rigged in the areas where LP won? Are they saying @officialABAT should not have won the South West? Are they calling for cancellation of areas they won in the North? What really are they saying?” 

Also, another chieftain of the APC, Femi Fani-Kayode, accused the PDP of trying to incite and destabilise Nigeria with their protest.

Fani-Kayode who made this known on Monday in a Twitter post said the APC was ready for what the PDP was preparing to do. 

"The PDP's protest march scheduled for tomorrow in Abuja is a dangerous precursor to something more sinister


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