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Ebonyi Speaker accused of destroying campaign billboards belonging to PDP candidates

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Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Francis Nwifuru, has been accused of sending thugs to destroy the billboards of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in his Izzi local government area.

The campaign posters destroyed, it was learnt, include those of the governorship candidate of the party, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Ọdịi, and that of the senatorial candidate of the party for Ebonyi North, Senator Sam Egwu.

Others are the campaign posters of the House of Representatives candidate for Izzi/Abakaliki constituency, Barnabas Ofoke, and that of the Izzi East State Constituency candidate, Jerome Elom.

The party made the accusation yesterday in a statement by its spokesperson, Chika Nwoba.

Mr Nwoba in the statement said the thugs were led by one of the protocol officers of the Speaker (names withheld).

He said the thugs were in the Speaker’s convoy when they spotted Mr Elom and his supporters at Nwezenyi Primary school.

He said they pulled out of the convoy and went to accost Mr Elom and to disperse the meeting.

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Nwobasaid: “I got information that the convoy of Francis Nwifuru had a brief stopover at the Nwezenyi Primary School where a PDP House of Assembly candidate for Izzi, Jerome Elom was interfacing with his supporters and ordered his protocol officer identified as Jango to go disperse them.

“The Jango did exactly that and even collected Barr Jerome’s phone and headed towards the position of a billboard showcasing PDP candidates, used dagger and tore it round and packed the pieces into the bush. He left with the candidate’s phone till this moment”, he alleged.

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Mr Jerome Elom, in an interview with our reporter corroborated Mr Nwoba’s statement.

According to him, “I went to Nwezenyi to mounting billboards. And after I successfully mounted billboards, I decided to entertain some of my supporter around that area.

“So why we were there, three Sienna cars came, I recognized one of them which was branded with APC logo. It is owned by one of speakers protocol officer, Felix Okemini aka Jango.

“They asked why should I mount billboards of Anyuchuks'(Odii) billboards in Izzi local government, that his billboards and poster should not be seen anywhere in the local government.

“I said no, that this is politics, they should allow everybody to campaign. They said no that I should remove it and I refused. They climbed and removed the billboards themselves”.

“They were so many and I could do anything. I tried to record what they were doing and they came and started dragging my phone. I say okay, take the phone. They collected it and left”, he said.

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Elom said the thugs managed to unlock his phone on Thursday and logged into his social media handles and posted an apology to the APC over the incident.

“Today, I found out that they have managed to unlock my phone and used my account to post an apology purportedly from me.

“How can I be apologizing to APC when they are the ones that wronged me. They should be the ones apologizing to me,” he said.

But the Speaker, Mr Francis Nwifụrụ, denied sending anybody to destroy any billboards in the area.

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Nwifuru’s Media Aide, Leo Oketa, described the allegation as pathetic.

“The Speaker did not send anybody to go and destroy any billboard. The allegation is pathetic and untrue.

“They should get serious with their campaign and not to make such pathetic allegations. We have gone beyond such.

“You know Mr Speaker very well, he is a very peaceful man and there have never been any time he has told any of his supporters to do such a thing,” Mr Oketa said.

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Peter Obi should be held responsible for anarchy arising from August 1 hunger protest – Presidency

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Bayo Onanuga, a senior to President Bola Tinubu, has alleged that supporters Mr Peter Obi, former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, are planning mayhem in Nigeria.

Onanuga claimed that the proposed nationwide protests were being planned by Obi’s supporters, whom he described as failed presidential candidate.

According to him, Obi should be held responsible for whatever crisis that would emanate from the action.

In a post on his X handle on Saturday, Onanuga said the proposed protest planners are also the same people who were instigated by the incarcerated IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu to launch the destructive ENDSARS protest in Nigeria in October 2020.

He wrote: “REVEALED: Peter Obi’s supporters are the people planning mayhem in Nigeria: Obi should be held responsible for anarchy

“Don’t be fooled: the malcontents planning to stage nationwide protests are supporters of Peter Obi, the failed presidential candidate of the Labour Party. And he should be held responsible for whatever crisis emanates from the action.

“The protest planners are also the same people who were instigated by IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu to launch the destructive ENDSARS protest in Nigeria in October 2020. ENDSARS began as a genuine protest by youths against the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, notorious for its high-handedness. IPOB members planning to extricate the South East region from Nigeria infiltrated the protest and hijacked it for their own agenda. Lagos still bears the scar of the malicious destruction by IPOB elements until today.

“Two years after ENDSARS, the IPOB and the gullible innocents joined the Labour Party in 2022 to support Peter Obi, a sympathiser of their cause.

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They are the people spreading the hashtags ‘EndBadGovernance’, ‘Tinubu Must Go,’ and ‘Revolution2024’. They are not democrats but anarchists. They are attempting to call out our people via propaganda because their Messiah, Peter Obi, failed to win the Presidency in the 2023 election. As bad losers, they don’t have the patience to wait for another election in 2027; they would rather destabilise Nigeria by staging a civilian coup against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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Two brothers drown in FCT River

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Two brothers, Joshua and Samson, have drowned in a river in Robukya community in Kwali Ward in Kuje Area Council of the FCT.

A relation of the deceased, Musa Abednego, who confirmed the incident to our reporter on Thursday, said it happened on Tuesday around 9am while they were crossing the river.

He said the brothers, Joshua and Samson, were between the ages of nine and 12 and that they were on their way to the farm when the incident happened.

He explained that the victims got drowned following a heavy rainfall which made the river to overflow.

He said, “Their father asked them to hold on after the rain subsided. Unfortunately, they left home to the farm without him knowing.”

Abednego said their corpses were recovered on Wednesday around 4pm through the help of some fishermen, adding they had been buried.

The spokeswoman of the FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh, was yet to speak on the incident.                                              Daily Trust

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CBN intervenes in foreign exchange market

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has started selling foreign exchange on a regular basis through Authorised Dealer Banks and licensed Bureaux De Change (BDCs) as a response to the current fluctuations in the foreign exchange market.

These fluctuations are primarily caused by the demand pressure coming from corporate entities and the seasonal increase typical during the summer period.

By implementing regular sales of foreign exchange, the CBN aims to stabilise the market and ensure smoother transactions for both businesses and individuals involved in foreign exchange activities.

Director, Financial Markets Department of the CBN Dr Omolara Omotunde Duke in a statement on Friday night assured the public of the bank’s commitment to address the demand pressure and stabilize the foreign exchange market.

Highlighting recent transactions, the CBN disclosed that it sold a total sum of US$106,500,000.00 to 29 authorized dealer banks on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19, 2024.

These transactions took place within an exchange rate range of N1,498.00/US$1 to N1,530.00/US$1. Additionally, the CBN purchased US$9,500,000 (Nine Million and Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) from four authorized dealer banks at rates between N1,510.00/US$1 and N1,550.00/US$1. All these transactions are marked for settlement on July 19, 2024.

The Central Bank also stated its commitment to closely monitor compliance with existing trading rules and regulations by authorized dealer banks. This is seen as an effort to promote ethical conduct and ensure stability in the foreign exchange market.

The general public was also advised to direct their foreign exchange demands to their respective banks and BDC operators, adhering to prevailing market regulations.

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With the regular sale of foreign exchange and ongoing monitoring of trading practices, the CBN aims to meet demand pressure, foster stability, and sustain a well-functioning foreign exchange market.

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