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Ekiti sales boy disguises, threatens boss with kidnap, demands N1.5m

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ekiti State Command, has arrested a sales boy, Tobiloba Olayinka, for allegedly plotting to kidnap his boss in a bid to extort N1.5m from him.

The NSCDC Commandant in Ekiti State, Mr John Fayemi, said the suspect wrote a letter with a fictitious identity to his boss in Ado Ekiti in December, threatening to kidnap him if he failed to deposit N1.5m into a bank account.

Fayemi, who spoke while parading Olayinka alongside two other suspects arrested by the command for different crimes in the New Year, said the 21-year-old was arrested by men of the counter-terrorism squad for threatening to kidnap his employer.

He said, “Upon discreet investigation, the suspect was arrested on January 8, 2022. The suspect was a sales boy of the victim, but he cooked up a letter using a strange name and account number and demanded a sum of N1.5m or else his employer would be kidnapped.

“But for the quick response of my men, he was botched after a discreet operation. He used a fictitious name, account and telephone number with the intention to defraud his employer. We tracked the phone number and he was arrested. He would be charged to court on completion of ongoing investigation.”

Olayinka, an indigene of Osun State, said what he did was only an attempt to raise money for Christmas from his boss.

He said, “I did not mean to kidnap him. I thought the threat would give me money. My intention was only to collect money to celebrate Christmas. That was why I wrote the letter threatening to kidnap my boss. I later sent the account where the N1.5m would be paid. The money was not paid before I was arrested.”

Also paraded was a 21-year-old man, Ayodeji Fanas, who allegedly stole N500,000 under the guise of helping his victim to purchase a vehicle, and one Daniel Emmanuel, who was alleged to have stolen fabricated metal.

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Insecurity in schools: NSCDC sensitizes education stakeholders

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From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

To forestall the increasing spate of insecurity in schools across the country, the Benue State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has stressed the need for all security guards in all schools in the state to be duly registered and trained by licensed private guards. 

State Commandant of NSCDC, Dr. Philip Okoh stated this during a stakeholders’ meeting with key actors in the educational sector held at the state command of the Corps recently.

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Okoh, while addressing the stakeholders, said the training became necessary following reports of kidnapping and other vices linked to security guards in schools around the country and the need to prevent such occurrence in Benue.

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CBN slashes electronic transfer, ATM fees, others

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has slashed its electronic transfer, ATM and card maintenance fees.

The new charges were contained in the latest Guide to Charges by Banks and Other Financial Institutions just released by the CBN

The CBN said bank customers will now pay N10 for electronic transfers below N5,000, N25 for electronic transfer between N5,000 and N50,000, and N50 for electronic transfer above N50,000.

Previously, bank customers pay N50 charge for electronic transfers below N500,000.

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The CBN also slashed charges for cash withdrawal via Other bank’s ATM to “maximum of N35 after the third withdrawal within the same month” from “N65 after the third withdrawal within the same month”.

Also, the CBN removed Card Maintenance Fee (CAMF) on all cards linked to current accounts, among others.

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COVID-19 impact: Enugu govt partners AUDA-NEPAD on farmers’t

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The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has taken measures in furtherance of its efforts to cushion the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people and the economy of the state.

Enugu State office of the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for African Development (AUDA-NEPAD), yesterday, held an interactive meeting with stakeholders in the state on the agency’s agricultural project aimed at empowering small holder farmers and boosting food production to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the stakeholders, Enugu State Commissioner for Special Duties and State Coordinator/Focal Person in charge of AUDA/NEPAD, Enugu Office, Mrs. Mabel Agbo, disclosed that AUDA-NEPAD Continental Office in collaboration with some international agencies took bold measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on the citizens by initiating the project, entitled “Innovative Strengthening of Small holder Farmers Capabilities Towards Productive Land Restoration Amid COVID-19 in Nigeria”.

Mrs. Agbo said “this project as the title connotes is aimed at empowering small holder farmers in our different communities in all agriculture value chains and segments (crops and livestock) to boost their capacity for food production, especially in the aftermath of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on our economy.

“To reduce the negative impact of this pandemic, we must step up efforts to enhance the capacity of our farmers to provide food for the wellbeing of our citizens.”

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She said both the African Union (AU) and Governor Ugwuanyi had ensured that the funding for the project was available.

She urged traditional rulers of autonomous communities in Enugu State and the presidents-general of town unions to ensure that lands were made available for use by the potential farmers.

Also speaking, the representative of the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Afam Ngene, described the project as laudable, commending the AUDA-NEPAD for the initiative.

The commissioner equally lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for ensuring that the programme reaches all the nooks and crannies of Enugu State, for full actualization of the objectives in the interest of the farmers in particular and the state in general.

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