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Election thanksgiving: Gov. Eno declares three days crusade



Akwa Ibom State

Governor, Mr Umo Eno has declared a three-day crusade in the state as part of his plans to celebrate his electoral victory affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Speaking at the end of the first Government House Prayer Service for 2024 at Government House, Uyo, Eno gave God the glory for disappointing the devices of the crafty and for proving that he alone rules in the hearts of men.
“From January 30, 2022, when God led my worthy predecessor, Udom Emmanuel to unveil me as his preferred successor, all hell broke loose.

“A number of people said my candidature was dead on arrival. We were confronted with 26 court cases, with eight making it to the Supreme Court.

“Fast forward to today, all those cases were thrown out for lacking in merit, the most current being the Supreme Court judgement last week that affirmed the mandate our people had given me to be the governor of this blessed land.

“Because God rules in the heart of men, it was the counsel of God that prevailed. We give him all the glory. In every race, there must be a David.

“Some had boasted and wrote us off, but God rules in the heart of men,” the Governor explained.
To show his gratitude to God and the collective joy of the people, State Governor Eno declared February 8, 9, and 10 to be used for the State-wide crusade.

The three-day event will be capped off on February 11, 2024, when an official Thanksgiving Day will be marked with the theme “My case is different.”

The governor also used the occasion to thank the First Lady of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu for her deep spirit of altruism through the Renewed Hope Initiative where 250 elderly citizens in the state were recently given N100,000 each.
It would be recalled that Governor Eno had last Sunday, launched the Arise initiative for the elderly, to support and extend the seed of goodness earlier planted by the wife of the President.

“The programme will provide N50,000 each to 500 elders across the 31 local government areas to bring governance closer to the people and show them gratitude for all they have done for our dear state, while alive,” the governor said.
The initiative is going to be managed by the Office of the First Lady of the state, through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare.

The governor re-emphasised the need to uphold transparency in the selection process and tasked the Transition Chairmen to ensure that the programme gets to the targeted people.

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CBN disowns notice on cryptocurrency transactions



The Central Bank of Nigeria says a notice circulating on social media about the risk of cryptocurrency is fake news.

The Apex disclosed this via its official X account, urging the public to disregard the purported notice for all Deposits Money Bank, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, and other Financial Institutions.

The notice reminded “Institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies and facilitating payments for cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited”.

However, CBN said the content doesn’t originate from it.

“This information does not originate from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“For authentic updates, please visit the official website,” CBN wrote.

Recall that the CBN governor, during the Bank’s 293rd Monetary Policy Committee meeting, said over $26 billion funnelled through Binance.

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, said the anti-graft agency froze about 300 accounts to ensure the safety of the foreign exchange market.

The Nigerian government had continued clamping down on Binance and other cryptocurrency platforms amid efforts to defend the Naira in the foreign exchange market.

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Biden says U.S. will begin sending weapons to Ukraine



U.S. President Joe Biden wants to start delivering of weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week.
The president said this shortly after the U.S. Senate approved billions of dollars in new aid for the country under attack from Russia.
“I will sign this bill into law and address the American people as soon as it reaches my desk tomorrow so we can begin sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week,” Biden said.
By passing the legislative package, which also includes billions of dollars in aid for Israel and Taiwan, the U.S. Congress has demonstrated the power of American leadership in the world, Biden added.
“We stand resolutely for democracy and freedom, and against tyranny and oppression.”
There is an urgent need for support for Ukraine, which is being subjected to relentless bombardment from Russia, Biden said.
The bill also contains aid for Israel, which has recently faced unprecedented attacks from Iran.
“This critical legislation will make our nation and world more secure as we support our friends who are defending themselves against terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin,” Biden said.
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NSCDC deploys personnel to JAMB CBT centres in Anambra



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said it has deployed personnel to ensure a hitch-free 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Anambra.

The state Commandant, Olatunde Maku, stated this after monitoring the conduct of the exams across CBT centres in Awka, on Wednesday.

Some of the centres visited are, Integral Development Konsult on Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, White House in Awka, JAMB Centre located inside JAMB office in Amawbia and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Others are St. John of God ICT Hub, Awka and Kachukwu Ventures Staff Development Centre, behind Government House in Awka.

The examination centres take candidates in three batches: 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Maku said that the synergy between NSCDC and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had yielded positive results in reducing exam malpractice.

He said that the monitoring of the centres would continue till the end of the examination period, to ensure a seamless conduct of the exercise and promote transparency.

“We are firm in our determination to protect critical national assets and infrastructure including JAMB centres.

“Which was why the NSCDC deployed personnel to JAMB CBT centres in the state to ensure security and so far they have been professional in carrying out their mandate,” he said.

Maku advised candidates writing the 2024 UTME to be law abiding and avoid being in possession of prohibited or incriminating items during the examination.

He warned unauthorised persons against loitering around designated exam centre, adding that anyone found wanting would be arrested and prosecuted.

Also speaking, Mrs Jema Iheme, JAMB Coordinator, Anambra state, commended NSCDC for their support and for ensuring security of candidates and staff at the exam centres.

Iheme said that the swift response of NSCDC to emergencies and enforcement of exam rules and regulations was contributing to a smooth and secured exam process so far.

NAN also reports that about 1.9 million candidates are expected to write the JAMB UTME, which commenced on April 19 and would end on April 29.

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