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New MD of First Bank Holdings, Nnamdi Okonkwo, arrested, detained

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested and detained the newly appointed Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Holdings Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo, those familiar with the matter have told PREMIUM TIMES.

Details of Mr Okonkwo’s arrest remained sketchy Monday night although some sources said he was being questioned over his role in the transfer of $153.3 million from the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission in favour of Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former petroleum minister. The banker was managing director of Fidelity Bank at the time.

The banker has remained in EFCC custody for at least three days, a source said, adding that it was unclear when he would be allowed to go home.

The EFCC had on April 28, 2016 detained Mr Okonkwo over the same matter and later slammed a 14-count charge, including money laundering, on him. The status of the case is unclear as of the time of filing this report on Sunday morning.

It is also unclear if there are fresh evidences against the banker which has now necessitated a fresh round of investigation. EFCC officials contacted declined to provide details.

The board of FBN Holdings Plc had on October 28 appointed Mr Okonkwo the new GMD of the company with effect from January 1, 2022. He will succeed U.K. Eke, who will step down on December 31, according to the company’s note to the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

The board decision came five days after the chairman of Geregu Power Plc, Femi Otedola, declared his 5.07 per cent stake in the group, making him a substantial shareholder.

It also came a day after Tunde Hassan-Odukale (FirstBank’s chairman) responded to a query from the exchange to FBN Holdings, seeking clarification on why the shareholding of Mr Hassan-Odukale and related parties were classified into two parts of 4.16 and 1.20 per cent respectively, totalling 5.36 per cent.

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Armed Man On Suicide Mission Forces Lockdown In UN Building, Emergency Vehicles Deployed

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Officers with the New York Police Department are in an armed standoff with a man wielding a shotgun outside the United Nations building, police reported.

The man is seen on video pacing outside building in Tudor City, along the East River. The incident was reported at 10:39am at the bus stop at the intersection of E 42nd Street and 1st Ave.

The white man assumed to be in his 60s has grey hair and is wearing blue jeans, a light blue shirt under a red sweater and tan jacket. He is seen holding the barrel of the shotgun to his head, according to Dailymail.

Police were heard saying, “Put down the gun. There are better ways to get your message out.”

Officers had their guns trained on him as they issued their warnings and attempted to negotiate with him. The man is reportedly threatening to harm himself. A black bag, red megaphone, glasses, a water bottle, several jackets and several small unidentified objects were splayed out on the sidewalk behind him.

NYPD released a statement assuring citizens that “There is currently NO THREAT to the public.”

Video from the scene shows the man pacing back and forth as he holds the barrel of the gun to his chin.

He is seen holding up a red folder and appears to be talking to someone out of the shot. He shakes his head before standing up and walking towards the direction he was speaking holding the shotgun and the red folder.

NYPD confirmed that they are attempting to establish communication with the armed man but did not report any comments he has made.

Two law enforcement officials say the man was seen muttering to himself and also has what appears to be a bag with him, CNN reported.

The bomb squad has responded to the scene where a heavy police presence has been seen.

NYPD issued a traffic advisory around 11am warning citizens to avoid the area as emergency vehicles were expected to surround the area. Traffic along FDR Drive has been affected.

An estimated two dozen emergency vehicles have responded to the scene.

Helicopters were heard flying over the area and a city bus has been used to block traffic uptown.

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Nigerians drag Wizkid after Tems stopped him from getting ‘touchy’ with her on stage (Video)

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Nigerians have dragged singer, Wizkid after he tried to get ‘touchy’ with female singer, Tems during stage performance in London.

Hours ago, a short clip of Wizkid stretching his hands towards Tems backside in an attempt to lift her up on stage, surfaced on social media.

Tems surprisingly did not allow him to carry out his ‘weightlifting intention’; as she subtly brought down his hands and disengaged from him.

The clip was captured during the ongoing ‘Made In Lagos’ Concert in the O2 Arena, London; while performing their monster hit titled ‘Essence’.

Reacting to this, fans dragged Wizkid over his action as they recounted his stage performances with Tiwa Savage.

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Reps want review of security checkpoints in Anambra

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The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector-General of the Police to direct the Commissioner of Police in Anambra to review the location of the police checkpoints in Ihiala Federal Constituency of the state.

This was a sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by a member, Ifeanyi Momah (APGA-Anambra) at the plenary on Wednesday.

Moving the motion, Mr Momah said for over two years, military and police checkpoints had been operational on Onitsha-Owerri Expressway due to insecurity in the area.

According to him, road users have since been subjected to devastating, degrading and inhumane treatment by the security operatives manning the checkpoints in that area.

“Being a major expressway, the negative impact of the military checkpoint has been grave on the community, as well as all road users,” he said.

The lawmaker said the security checkpoints were located at the middle of the busiest road in the local government area, opposite Abbot Boys Secondary School, Ihiala, and opposite Ihiala Divisional Police Station.

According to him, headquarters of both institutions are located within the same axis, an area that ought not to be associated with a military checkpoint.

Mr Momah said it is popular knowledge that military checkpoints were to be stationed at border communities and not in the current location.

“Recall that on Saturday, May 2020, a police makeshift roadblock was the cause of a fatal accident in Ihiala which led to the death of a trailer driver and his conductor as well as over 10 bus passengers,” he said.

The House observed a minute silence for the souls of those that died in various accidents at the police and military checkpoints along the Onitsha-Owerri Expressway.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, mandated the Committee on Police Affairs and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance.

Briefing reporters after the plenary, Mr Momah said the most annoying aspect of the situation was that, the officers often run away after accidents, instead of giving help to the victims.

READ ALSO: Reps ask IGP to dismantle all illegal checkpoints following fatal accident

He said but for his intervention and those of other community leaders, youths in the constituency were about to take laws into their own hands.

He called for the relocation of the checkpoints to forestall further preventable loss of lives and property.

Anambra, like other states in Nigeria’s South-east, has been plagued by incessant deadly attacks often linked to IPOB, an outlawed group campaigning for the actualisation of an independent republic, Biafra.

IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is in detention in Abuja where he is facing trial for alleged treason.

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