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FRSC redeploys Olagunju, other senior commanders in major reoganisation

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has announced a major reorganization that involves deputy corps marshals, assistant corps marshals, corps commanders, deputy corps commanders and 10 state sector commands across the country.

Two deputy corps marshals and six assistant corps marshals including ACM Kayode Olagunju PhD, a former zonal commanding officer (Jos), are affected in the redeployment announced on Wednesday by the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, which he said was meant to “bolster the system for superior performance and efficiency.”

He added that all those affected were expected to report to their new commands with immediate effect.

A statement by the Corps Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said Deputy Corps Marshal HZ Fomsuk, former DCM Special Duties and External Relations will now take over as DCM in charge of the Department of Motor Vehicle Administration at the national headquarters, Abuja, while DCM Victor Nwokolo, the outgoing Zonal Commanding Officer RS8HQ Ilorin, would take over as the Head of Policy, Research and Statistics Department also at the national headquarters.

ACM Kayode Olagunju PhD, former Zonal Commanding Officer, RS4HQ Jos, will proceed to Enugu as the Commandant, FRSC Academy, Udi, while ACM Kingsley Agomoh, the erstwhile Zonal Commanding Officer, RS6HQ Port Harcourt, moves to the Corps Project Implementation office.

ACM AB Datzama takes over the helm of affairs in the Department of Special Duties and External Relations and ACM M Adetunji, the Deputy Corps Secretary, becomes ACM Personnel at the national headquarters.

Kazeem further said ACM S. Iyamah, who is currently heading the Corps Budget Office, as well as ACM RT Kumven heading the Corps Safety Engineering Office are to retain their positions

The statement added that ACM EN Obot, the erstwhile Corps Commander in charge of Policy Advisory Unit under the Office of the Corps Marshal, moves to Command Administration and Strategies at the Operations Department RSHQ, as ACM MR Yerima transits from CC Research to ACM Manpower Development.

Apart from Jos, Kaduna, Ilorin, Benin, Port Harcourt and Jos zonal commands, all other zonal commanding officers are to remain in their respective commands.

The statement also said, “Expectedly, out of the 37 sector commands, 27 sector commanders retained their positions while the remaining 10 states were affected.

“Those posted to the affected sector commands include Corps Commanders Okoyeocha Patrick, Delta State; Iro Danladi, Zamfara State; IU Boyi, Anambra State; JS Udoabba, Enugu State; OS Ochi, FCT; AK Okore, Ebonyi; PI Ugwu, Abia; UA Ibrahim, Bayelsa; OI Ameh, Cross River and MO Olonisaye, Akwa Ibom.”

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JUST IN: Old naira: IMF asks FG, CBN to extend February 10 deadline

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for the extension of the February 10 deadline to phase out the old naira notes.

The International monetary body made the call just after the Supreme Court had restrained the Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) from enforcing the deadline.

The IMF, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by Laraba Bonet, said the plea was on the hardship Nigerians were exposed to over the issue.

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It said: “in light of hardships caused by disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new bank notes available to the public, in spite of measures introduced by the CBN to mitigate the challenges in the banknote swap process, the IMF encourages the CBN to consider extending the deadline should problems persist  in the next few days leading up to the February 10, 2023 deadline”.

The IMF is the first international financial organisation to openly call for extension of the deadline for the deposit of old Naira notes.

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Cash crunch: Protesters defy police in Abeokuta, make bonfires on major roads

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Residents of Abeokuta, Ogun State, took to the streets on Tuesday protesting the scarcity of cash and the attendant pains.

Major streets affected by the protests are Aladesanmi, Fajol and Somorin in Obantoko area of Abeokuta as the protesters made bonfires and chanted anti-CBN songs
The Sapon branch of First Bank was also vandalised and the protesters tried to set it ablaze.
Ogun Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the protest, saying police officers were on the ground to monitor the situation and prevent the destruction of property and loss of lives.
He said some group of boys were involved in the crisis.
The police later came to disperse the protesters but they regrouped as soon as the operatives withdrew from the scene.
The situation affected vehicular movement as motorists and pedestrians ran in different directions to avert being caught up in the chaotic situation.

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Court frees Diezani associate Omokore of $1.6bn fraud

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An Abuja federal high court on Tuesday discharged and acquitted Jide Omokore, chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited, of $1.6bn fraud allegations.

Omokore, an associate of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with Victor Briggs, Abiye Membere, and David Mbanefo on a 15-count charge on July 4, 2016.

They were accused of fraudulently diverting the $1.6bn said to be part of proceeds of sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government.

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