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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) personnel on patrol should be allowed to bear firearms to curtail excesses of road users in Nigeria, some National Assembly members have said.

Specifically, the House Committee on Road Safety said the road marshals had been empowered to carry arms to protest themselves and be more effective, adding that they would mount pressure on the Federal Government to implement this.

The Chairman of the committee, Akinfolarin Mayowa, who gave the indication during the corps’ 2020 budget performance and 2021 budget defence in Abuja, explained that the 1992 Act of FRSC allowed the corps to carry guns.

NAN reports Mayowa as saying the implementation had become necessary to ensure laws were obeyed and to allow the FRSC function effectively.

He disclosed that the committee would meet with Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and write to President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the Act.

A member, Solomon Maren, added that the committee would discuss the matter with the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The lawmaker said there were more risks on the roads, adding that the FRSC should now bear arms.

The FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, has decried incidents where motorists threatened personnel on duty.

Oyeyemi stressed that weapon bearing for protection would curtail violent road users and protect officers.

According to him, the corps has 280 formations, with presence in nearly all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.

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FG gives update on where fleeing Binance executive is hiding

The Nigerian government has announced that Binance executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla, who fled custody in Nigeria, has been located in Kenya.

A source within the presidency, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the development, stating, “We know where he is. He is in Kenya, and we’re working with the authorities to bring him back to Nigeria.”

EFCC chairman, Ola Olukuyede, reiterated last month that the commission is collaborating with INTERPOL, the US, UK, Northern Ireland, and Kenyan authorities to extradite Anjarwalla, who has been on the run.

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Anjarwalla, along with Binance Holdings Limited and another executive, Tigran Gambaryan, faces five-count charges including tax evasion, currency speculation, and money laundering. They were arraigned by the EFCC on April 4, 2024.

Anjarwalla had escaped custody on March 22 and has remained at large since.

Moreover, the government confirmed that the EFCC had assumed full responsibility for the Binance case from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The Nigerian government has been actively pursuing actions against Binance for its alleged involvement in manipulating the country’s foreign exchange market. Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, disclosed during the 293rd meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in February that over $26 billion had been funneled through Binance without a trace.

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I helped Emefiele to collect $3m cash – Dispatch rider 

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I helped Emefiele to collect $3m cash – Dispatch rider 

Osasuwa, while being led in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), said he was a dispatch rider in Zenith Bank in 2001 before he joined the CBN in 2014.

Osasuwa said he joined the apex bank as a senior supervisor in 2014.

He said Emefiele was the Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc while he was working as a dispatch rider in the bank.

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The witness said he knew Emefiele, who was his boss, while in Zenith Bank and that he later joined him at the CBN.

The witness said he was later appointed as a senior supervisor (full-time) in recording and filing documents while working in the CBN governor’s office in Lagos.

“I was still working in the CBN governor’s office when I was appointed as a full staff member and we usually communicated through WhatsApp and email.

“I function as a senior supervisor, recording and filing with other official roles.

“I recall that in 2020 when he was outside Lagos, he called me that he would give me a number that a man had something I should collect from him and that the man would give me the number of another person.

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Why we didn’t swear in seven APC members of Plateau assembly – Speaker

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Why we didn’t swear in seven APC members of Plateau assembly – Speaker

The Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Gabriel Dewan, has explained the reason behind his swearing-in of only 9 out of 16 members of the House who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The 16 APC members were returned to the House after the Court of Appeal sacked 16 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who were occupying those seats.

Last week, the Speaker swore in 9 members and left out 7, an action that has infuriated the APC.

Explaining his action on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday, Dewan said the 7 members are yet to complete the necessary procedures needed before they could be sworn in.

He said: “Sometime in November, there was a pronouncement in the court that 16 of my members have been removed by the Court of Appeal. A pronouncement in the court is different from the procedures in the House.

“I wasn’t in the court, I heard it on air that 16 members have been removed. There is no communication to me from the INEC or the CTC of the judgement for me to be sure that truly those members have been removed or anything.

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“And I was waiting for that proper thing to be done, what did I get? Sometime in January, a lawyer, one S.O Obende or so, wrote a letter to my office attached with 16 certificates of return of members and I replied back that Obende is not a member of my Assembly. If the court has declared members elect the members know the normal procedure to follow.

“The right thing to be done was for INEC to write to me as the Speaker directing me that based on this judgement, attaching the communication with the CTC of the judgement, that based on this judgement, we have been directed to withdraw the certificate of return from this honourable to these honourables. Therefore, we are directing you as the electoral umpire to recognise this person as your member, that was never done.”

The Speaker added that, “Sometimes two weeks ago, I was told by those responsible for documentation in the House of Assembly that 9 members have submitted their certificates of return and have met all the requirements and I said okay.

“So, I don’t know if the CTC copies of the other members are not ready. So, what was presented to me was what I recognised and I swore them in.”

Dewan maintained that only the presentation of the certificates of return and the CTC copies of the judgements by the remaining members would give him the authority to inaugurate them as members of the House of Assembly.

On the accusation by some members of the APC that he contemn a court order, Dewan challenged those accusing him to sue him for contempt.

He also denied that his action was politically motivated, insisting that he was only ensuring that due process is followed.

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