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Group tackles Lagos Assembly member over unreasonable patriotism

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The Group Coordinator, Epe Progressive Indigene for Good Governance (EPIGG), Mr. Olayemi Orunbon, at the weekend maintained that the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate for Epe constituency 1, Hon. Mustainu Abiodun Tobun in next year elections, do not staind a chance in the 2023 election.

Speaking with journalists in Epe, at their secretariat, Orunbon said that Hon. Tobun has disappointed the entire masses of the constituency and not stand chances of winning the election, noting that nobody knows him in the areas any more, especially with his unpatriotic and unfair manners of alleviate the poverty that ravaging the masses.

Orunbon stressed that anybody aspiring to representing the constituency must be willing to operate beyond friends and families inhibitions.

“I don’t know him (Tobun). He was somebody who was at the position for the third term. Go and ask Epe indigenes how many politicians/masses know Abiodun Tobun. We need a House of Assembly candidate that will turn around things, which devoid of friends and families politics, that will also demonstrate beyond all barriers whether Eko Epe, Ijebu Epe, and religious or regional etc,” Orunbon maintained.

Describing Tobun as a perennial contestant, Orunbon pointed out that the present Assembly member will lose this time, as he did not offer the constituency a very tangible development, and noone is ready to vote for him again.

“Tobun is a force, but our force is greater than him and he knows it. He’s a veteran at contesting elections and this time around a veteran winner will lose to opposition,” Orunbon declared

Told that this perhaps remains the best chance for Tobun candidacy again, Orunbon stated that it had been said in the past that each opportunity presented the best chance for Tobun to win, insisting that the perception was not new, noting that he will lose this time around with the new electoral law.

He maintained that like in the last couple of elections where the Assembly member contested and won, Tobun’s aspiration to win this time around would fall flat again in 2023, insisting that opposition would emerge.

Orunbon stressed that the Epe constituents had already bought into that thinking that opposition will take over from Tobun, with the people’s current unshaken support for the opposition party.

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CBN disowns notice on cryptocurrency transactions

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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

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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

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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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